Year 4

Welcome to Year 4

 Steph Pounder Matt Standen Robert Barber

Ms Roberts - Heather Class
Mrs Pounder - Heather Class
Mr Standen - Clover Class
Mr Barber - Year 4 Teaching Assistant

 
 

A Very Warm Welcome to Year 4

WWelcome back from the Easter Break. We hope that you are all well rested and are ready for an action-packed summer term! We are really excited to jump into teaching and learning with our amazing 'history' led topic:

“How and why did the Ancient Greeks build so many temples?”

 

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This half term the children will be exploring the history of Ancient Greece along with the lives and beliefs of its inhabitants. They will study the mytholgoy of the period, the gods of Mount Olympus and the impact they had on daily life. In Art they will link their learning to this by constructing models of Greek temples. We will be using our class novel and collections of Greek myths to help us to write our own myths and explanation texts for how to look after a mythical beast. 

Our class novel this half term is 'Beast of Olympus: Beast Keeper' by L Coats, the first book in a delightful action-packed series, that brings to life the gods, goddesses and mythical beasts of the ancient Greek pantheon.

 

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A boy is reunited with his long-lost father, the Greek god Pan, only to find himself taken to the kingdom of the gods.

What begins as just another ordinary day for Demon ends up being far from normal . . . because travelling on a rainbow to Mount Olympus is a bit odd for anyone, even if your dad is the Greek god Pan! When he arrives, Demon is in for a shock. The stables are full of mythical beasts like the flatulent Cattle of the Sun and a very grumpy Griffin. All Demon's animal husbandry skills, polished on his mother's farm on Earth, are going to be put to a rather exacting test as he tries to sort out the chaos and deal with the upset and concern of the gods. Can the stableboy help the Nemean lion that Heracles has hurt, and avoid incurring Hera's wrath if he can't heal her pet Hydra . . .

Over the half term, we will also be learning:  

o   MATHS - Decimals, money and time

o   SCIENCE - How sound travels, how it's made and how we hear sounds

o   COMPUTING - Programming and coding algorithms on Logo

o   HISTORY - Studying the Ancient Greeks

o   ART - Construsting model Greek temples

o   SPANISH - Days of the week, months of the year and how to say when our birthdays are  

o   PSHE - Relationships

o   PE - Athletics and swimming

We will continue to ask the children to read three times a week at home and to practise their spelling weekly. These will be given each Wednesday and tested the following Wednesday. 

 

Key Dates for Spring 2

Monday 2nd May 2022

May Day Bank Holiday

 

Thursday 5th May 2022

Class Photographs

16th-20th May 2022

Walk to School Week

 
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PE and Swimming

In the Summer term, PE takes place on Wednesday whilst we are going swimming each Thursday afternoon. Please could all children wear their PE kits to school on Wednesday but bring swimming kit on Thursdays. PE kits consist of PLAIN black shorts or jogging bottoms, PLAIN white t-shirt, and trainers. Children should wear their school jumper too. Please see the timetable for this half term below:

 

Week Commencing 

19th April 

25th April

2nd May

9th May

16th May

23rd May

Clover

PE Wednesday

Swim Thursday 

 PE Wednesday

Swim Thursday

PE Wednesday

Swim Thursday

PE Wednesday

Swim Thursday

PE Wednesday

Swim Thursday

PE Wednesday

Swim Thursday

Heather

PE Wednesday

Swim Thursday 

PE Wednesday

Swim Thursday 

PE Wednesday

Swim Thursday 

PE Wednesday

Swim Thursday 

PE Wednesday

Swim Thursday 

PE Wednesday

Swim Thursday 

Homework in Year 4

Each week, we ask that all children read with somebody at home at least three times a week. This could be any adult or an older sibling or friend. Please sign their diary and add a comment. Every little bit of reading really does help children on the learning journey. We also ask that the children practise their weekly spellings which can be found below. We conduct a spelling quiz each week, and these words form part of our English teaching for the week. A vital aspect of Maths is that the children have a secure recall of times tables so we ask that they spend some time each week on TT Rockstars practising these. We also have half-termly homework challenges to complete with children being rewarded for their efforts of going above and beyond by up-levelling to a bronze, silver or gold card!

 

Check out our class blogs to see what we've been doing in school!

Clover

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Heather

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  • Week Beginning 9th May

    Another packed week in Clover Class!   In Maths we've continued our geometry work, focusing on types of triangle and quadrilateralm. Our English focus has been on explanation texts. We learned "How to take care of a teacher", looked at how to use causal conjunctions, ending the week writing in pairs how to look after a JC pupil! In Art this week we completed our construction projects building Greek temples out of paper... Photos hopefully coming soon! The end of the week was very active with our usual swimming on a Thursday afternoon and then an amazing visit from Dan the skipping man on...

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  • Week Beginning 2nd May

    Despite a shortened week due to the bank holiday we had an incredibly productive and successful week in Clover Class!   In Maths we have moved on to a new topic of shape which has seen as exploring angles particularly looking at how how we can compare angles to right angles. We have been using the terminology acute for those larger than right angles and obtuse for those between a right angle and straight line.   Our writing this week has focused on writing Greek myths around mythical creatures that we created last week.  This ties in with our continued topic work on the ancient Greeks and our...

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  • Week Beginning 28th February

    Week Beginning 28th February: Here's what the children in Clover Class have been up to this week, in their own words:   In Clover class we have been learning about volcanoes and earthquakes. On Wednesday we had outdoor learning and it was really, really, really (and more really) muddy!!!  - H.A   This week in English, we're been using a shared plan to write a setting description on the results of an earthquake. On Thursday, it was world book day and almost everyone wore amazing costumes to represent a book character. In Science we've been looking at the states of matter  - L.P   This Week in clover...

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  • Week Beginning 7th March

    Week Beginning 7th March: Another wonderful week in Clover class. Here's what the children have been up to, in their own words:   In Clover class this week we got to have two PE lessons! For me, on Monday I had netball but you could`ve had tag rugby, hockey, netball or badminton. On Wednesday, we all did basketball. In art, we did before and after sketches of a volcano, before it erupted and aster it erupted. The week after next we will use watercolours to paint them. We learnt the notes of a ukulele. In science, we melted chocolate to see if hot, room temperature or cold water would melt it...

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  • Welcome to Clover Class Blog

    Welcome to Clover's brand new class blog!   We will be updated this with all the amazing things we get up to in Clover class at JC ⭐

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