Welcome to the Year Four class page. Mr Pinchbeck is our class teacher and Mrs Mitchel and Mrs Pearce are our class teaching assistants. Here you can find lots of information about Year Four as well as keeping up to date with all the exciting things we get up to throughout the school year.
This year we will continue to follow the exciting Inspire Curriculum. Our topics cover English, Science, History, Geography, Art, Design Technology and Music. The nine topics for Year 4 are:
1. Chewing and Pooing
2. Vicious Vikings
3. Bright Sparks
5. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
6. Sounding Off
7. Amazing Amazon
8. A Place for Everything
9. It's a Small World
In addition, Mathematics, Spelling, Computing, Religious Education, PSHE, Franch and PE are all taught as discrete subjects and details of their annual frameworks, along with additional information on the topics above can be found in the Y4 Curriculum Framework document located in the downloads area below.
Our topics for the Spring Term will be Chewing and Pooing, Vicious Vikings and Bright Sparks.
Chewing and Pooing
In this topic the children will learn about the different parts of the human digestive system and the role each part plays. They will compare and contrast different types of teeth and learn why different animals have differing sorts of teeth. The children will study the work of the artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo and recreate some artwork in his style. In DT they will design a healthy food product. In Music they will learn songs about food and create their own composition of a familiar song.
In this unit the children will learn about the links between Scandinavia and the British Isles. In History they will learn about the waves of invaders and settlers who came to Britain from Scandinavia and North Western Europe during the period 450 to 1100 A.D. and the influence this had on both the invaders and the invaded. Through their work in Art, English and History the children will learn about the cultural treasures of the Scandinavian world: from stories, myths and legends to musical instruments, games and jewellery. There will be also opportunities for the children to find out about the ways in which people live and work in the modern Scandinavian world.
In our final Autumn unit the children will explore various ways in which electricity is used. They will consider the effects of electricity and the idea that it is useful because it can be used to produce heat, light, sound and movement. In Music the children will explore ‘magical’ music. They will listen to a selection of pieces of music, analysing how the musical elements combine to create a magical atmosphere. During our Art sessions, the children will gather ideas about colours, textures and shapes that lend themselves to designs for Christmas decorations. In Design Technology children will create their own Christmas decoration.
Our homework is given out on Tuesday and is due back to school no later than the following Monday. It will normally consist of one piece of English, Maths or Topic work, which we encourage children to complete as independently as possible. We also encourage all children to practise their times tables, spellings and read regularly at home in addition to set homework. We recommend at least 15 minutes each night reading with an adult, as regular practise really does make a huge difference to reading ability, as does talking about what has been read with someone at home too. Please remember to sign your child's home/school diary once reading has taken place and ensure your child brings their reading book back to school every day.
High Frequency spellings will be given out on Tuesday and tested the following Monday. RWI Spellings are also given out and tested every two weeks, depending on the unit being studied.
P.E. will take place on Wednesday and Games on a Thursday in Year Four. It is expected that your child will have the appropriate indoor and outdoor PE kit available on these days. The correct PE kit consists of: a white t-shirt, navy shorts and plimsolls for indoor sports. Trainers are requested for outdoor activities and a plain navy blue tracksuit for outdoor activities is advisable when the weather is colder. Please ensure all PE kit is clearly labelled with your child's name and in a drawstring bag.