A very warm welcome to Year 4
Mrs Nicholls and Mrs Humphrey (who helps in the mornings). On Wednesdays Mrs Barros takes the class.
The over-arching topics this year will be Ancient Greeks, Romans, extreme weather, sound, animals, states of matter, electricity and living things. It will include coding, e-safety and databases. Music will cover pentatonic scales.
We will be reading books of myths and fables in the early part of the Autumn term and will then proceed to reading 'Varjak Paw' after half term. We will work more generally on SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) as well as handwriting, creative writing and writing for other purposes and audiences.
We have begun to revise the use of apostrophes and past and present tense.
In the Spring term we will read 'The Ice Palace' followed by The Sun is Shining (a poetry collection). The Summer term we will read 'Mouse, Bird, Snake,Wolf and then 'Roman Diary'. A nice variety of genres and styles.
N.B. please do not read core books to your child as we structure our English lessons in a way that we will read a section at a time.
In the Autumn term we will focus on number and place value, as well as addition and subtraction. Alongside these we will be revising and consolidating the times tables. In the second part of the Autumn term, we will add multiplication to the ongoing list from the first half term. Additionally, I will be looking to support learners who have some gaps to address as well as challenging those who we are supporting to work at greater depth.
In the Spring term we are going to cover division and fractions before moving on to geometry and shape. By Summer tern we will tackle further multiplication and division before finishing the year with data handling.
Homework will go home on a Friday and return the following Wednesday. The homework may include a bit of writing, spelling or the learning to topic words, times tables practice, arithmetic and occasionally an activity linked to the class topic.
At St Peter's the PE kit is a plain white or green t-shirt with either a pair of black or green shorts. In the winter, the children are more than welcome to wear a pair of plain black or green jogging bottoms and a jumper. Please ensure clothing is loose and the children can move freely. They should not include large logos. Football kits cannot be worn. PE will take place on a Wednesday afternoon (when the children go swimming) and then on a Thursday afternoon, when they have either outdoor or indoor PE, depending on the weather.
Additionally, the class will be learning a dance for the Rickmansworth Festival, which takes place in November.
Refreshment in class
Every child needs a water bottle - children will only be allowed water in class. Also, they can bring a fruit/vegetable snack every morning along with their water or school milk.
We look forward to working with you throughout this year. Please inform me if there is any additional information affecting your child at any time, as this is helpful in meeting their needs at school..