Mr Cockson, Mrs Shipton (4PC) and Mrs Carruthers (4LC) warmly welcome you to Year Four.
We are also lucky to have Mr Ali, and Mrs Denham-Marsh, Mrs Latham and Miss Jackson working alongside the children on a regular basis.
This year, Year Four will continue to have swimming lessons on a Thursday afternoon. They will also have P.E on a Tuesday afternoon. Please make sure that children bring in the correct kit on these days. We ask them to bring in their P.E. kit on a Monday and keep it in school until Friday.
Homework is set on a weekly basis. At the start of the year, it will be an English or Mathematics activity, spellings and times tables to learn and daily reading with an adult or older relative to share a book and talk about it. It will be given out and marked every Thursday/Friday. Later in the year, we will start termly homework where the children will have a wide variety of homework linking into their subject topics.
Please remember your reading book and water bottle every day. We may also have clubs on Mondays, so you may need other equipment then!
In English this half term we learning about poetry with a focus on the Romans to link in with our history topic. We will also be learning about instructions with a focus on Roman roads.
For our first topic, we read Aesop's fables. Aesop was a Greek man who wrote fables. He wrote them because he wanted to teach people, by telling them stories. Each of these stories has a moral. That means the lesson that it teaches us. We read many fables and tried to work out what the morals of the story were. Most of the characters in the fables are animals, but with human characteristics. Despite being written thousands of years ago, the lessons still apply to our lives nowadays. We wrote our own fables, some of us using the same morals as Aesop and some making up our own. Our own morals included: Don’t judge someone by their looks; being patient pays off and don't tell lies!
For our second topic in English, we celebrated the British author Roald Dahl. We really enjoyed reading 'The BFG' and using it for ideas for our drama and writing. We have written amazing diary recounts of Sophie's journey and awesome descriptions of the scary Blood bottler. We finished off the mini topic by using the chapter on the dreams to inspire some poetry for an international poetry competition.
In our topic on communities, we learnt about the history and geography of our local community. We started by discussing the the rules and considerations needed to live in a community. Our English was linked to our topic whenever possible by looking at how fables were used by communities and celebrating British authors. We had a strong geography focused and improved our map work and knowledge of Oldham, Greater Manchester, the United Kingdom, Europe and the world.
We enjoyed making sure that lessons had a focus on awe and wonder, thinking for ourselves, outside learning, creativity and the use of I.C.T to enhance learning throughout the curriculum and seeing links between subjects.
In our first term, we concentrated on learning lots of greetings. We have enjoyed the opportunity of singing lots of songs, a visit from Spanish students and a Spanish Culture afternoon.