In Year 4 we have two classes, Class 9 who are taught by Mr. Goff and Class 10 who are taught by Mrs. Walker-Jones. Both classes are supported by Mrs. Vaughan.
Class 9 have their P.E. on a Tuesday afternoon and their homework is given/collected on a Wednesday. Class 10 have their P.E. on a Wednesday morning and their homework is given/collected on a Monday.
This term in English, we used the book ‘Pinocchio’ as inspiration for both our reading and our writing. We improved a number of reading skills such as skimming and scanning a chunk of text to find relevant information. We also learned how to use evidence from the text to inform our opinions of what we had read and answer questions about it. Our writing culminated in a character description of Fire-Eater from the book. This focused on the use of powerful and interesting language to make our writing descriptive and come alive. Towards the end of term, we learned what a fronted adverbial was and how to use it.
Our maths topic this half term has been ‘Place Value’. During this topic we have used a variety of concrete apparatus to support our understanding of how numbers are constructed and what the value of each digit within a number represents. Then we learned how to order and compare numbers using the symbols for ‘greater then’ and ‘less than’. We have also learned what Roman Numerals are, their origin and where we may see them today. In addition to this, we learned how to round numbers and how to read and use negative numbers.
This half term our focus has been ‘How can we live more sustainably?’. This topic has helped us to address some of the challenges facing our environment today. We learned about non-renewable energy sources, such as fossil fuels, and the impact they have on our environment. We discussed how and why renewable energy sources, such as wind power and solar farms, are increasingly being used to provide us with the electricity we need.
Our science topic has been ‘Living things and their habitats’. This topic has included looking at the life processes, such as growth, movement and excretion, which are common to all living organisms. We learned then how to classify living organisms into different groups. This included broad groups such as plant or animal and more specific groups such as amphibian or reptile.
Next Half Term
Parents Evening will be held on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th November.
Guided Reading will continue every Wednesday for Class 9 and every Monday for Class 10 . We will be given a book and weekly activities to complete for the Guided Reading lesson.
Spellings and Times Tables Rock Stars
Weekly spellings will be sent home for us to learn ready for our tests on Thursdays in Class 9 and Tuesdays in Class 10. We need to remember to go onto Times Tables Rock Stars to practise our times tables.
We have our rainbow reading lists and we will be able to begin borrowing books from this list to take home. We could always get a head start by visiting Clifton library and seeing if any of the books are there for us to borrow.
(Mr. Goff and Mrs. Walker-Jones)