Class 4

Mrs Nelms' Class 2017-18

Class 4

 

Spring Term 1

We thoroughly enjoyed studying E. B White’s “Charlotte’s Web” last half term and will continue to complete further work using this text during our Guided Reading sessions this half term.

 

This text provided us with so many different opportunities for writing and learning across the curriculum including; writing character descriptions, described settings, compared themes and feelings across the chapters, using evidence and quotes to support our ideas, writing newspaper articles, questioning whether animals “have a voice” and considering the problems faced when ensuring the survival of endangered species. We linked this to our theme of Habitats and each of us then completed an in-depth study of one endangered animal.

This half term Class 4 have a history theme, which is “The Romans.”

 

  

 

 

Next week we will be visited by Fran Yarroll (an expert in all things Roman!), from the Shropshire Museum in School service. We know that she will help to bring the topic alive and we are really looking forward to studying all the different artefacts that she will bring to show us, as well as learning more about this exciting period in our history.

 

 

Our work in English this half term will follow our theme and cover many of the events that took place during the time of the Roman Empire. For example, reading exciting texts including “Escape from Pompeii” will enable us to understand the devastation caused by natural disasters and the danger that thousands of people found themselves in when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79.  In addition we will look at the impact that Latin has had on our own language and how many words that we still use today had their origins during Roman times.

 

 

We are all very proud of the progress we have made learning our multiplication tables in Maths throughout the Autumn Term. Our structured weekly homework has already helped us to improve our instant recall of many multiplication and division facts. We will continue with this system in order to support other areas of Maths including; calculating the area and perimeter of shapes, together with our work on fractions. This half term we will also review how to tell the time, both digital and using an analogue clock. We will learn to read, write and convert time between 12 and 24-hour clocks and extend our problem-solving skills to include those related to time.

In Science we will continue with our theme of “Living things and their habitats,” working to explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things, both locally and in the wider environment.

 

Linked to the theme of habitats, in DT we hope to design and make our very own bug hotels. These will then be placed at strategic points in the School’s rapidly developing wildlife area, for all the classes to enjoy.

In music, we will continue with our weekly recorder lessons, working systematically through our tutor book to learn new notes and play more complex tunes.

    

Our RE focus in Year 4 is Islam. Comparing different beliefs and how people worship is vital to enable us to understand and respect the importance of different religions, both in our multicultural society and throughout the world.

 

In French we will undertake a range of fun activities to help us learn the names of everyday clothes.

This term our outdoor PE focus is games (Monday pm) and indoor focus is gymnastics (Tuesday pm). Please note that all PE kits (fully named) should be brought into school on a Monday morning and remain in school for the duration of the week.

Our PE sessions may however be subject to timetable changes, especially the outdoor session, which is dependent on the rather unpredictable weather at this time of year.

 

 

 

 

Autumn Term 2

What a fantastic time we had studying Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” last half term.

This text provided us with so many different opportunities for learning across the curriculum, culminating in the amazing Roald Dahl Exhibition, just before the half term break.

 

 

This half term Class 4 have a Science and Geography theme, which is Habitats, and we will be learning about the different climatic regions of the world, as well as conducting a local habitat study. Each pupil will have the opportunity to research a particular habitat of their choice in depth during their Computing lessons, which they will then present to the class at the end of term.

 

 

In English, we have already started to read “Charlotte’s Webb” by E. B. White. So far we have written character descriptions, described settings, compared themes and feelings across the chapters and used evidence and quotes to support our ideas. Soon we will be writing our own newspaper articles, questioning whether animals “have a voice” and consider the problems faced when ensuring the survival of endangered species.

 

So far this term, we have had a focus on learning our multiplication tables in Maths and our structured weekly homework has already helped us to improve our instant recall of many multiplication and division facts. We will continue with this system for the remainder of the term in order to support other areas of Maths including; calculating the area and perimeter of shapes, together with our work on fractions. We will also continue to develop our resilience when solving problems across all areas of mathematics.

 

 

Linked to our theme of habitats, in DT we hope to design and make our own bug hotels. These will then be placed at strategic points in School’s rapidly developing wildlife area, for all classes to enjoy.

In music, we will recommence learning to play the recorder; reviewing old pieces before progressing to learn new notes and more complex tunes.

 

 

In French we have learnt the names of various breakfast foods and drinks and how to order them in a restaurant. We will now extend our knowledge of food further, as we study the French version of the well-known children’s book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” or “La Chenille qui fait des trous.”

 This term our outdoor PE focus is games (Monday pm) and indoor focus is gymnastics (Tuesday pm). Please note that all PE kits (fully named) should be brought into school on a Monday morning and remain in school for the duration of the week.

Our PE sessions may however be subject to timetable changes, especially the outdoor session, which is dependent on the rather unpredictable weather at this time of year.

 

Autumn Term 1

 

This half term we have a whole school focus on the works of Roald Dahl, and Class 4 are busy reading “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” as our main text.

In English we have already started to write character descriptions, describe different settings, and consider dilemmas. We will continue to create and design posters and adverts, together with writing letters and newspaper articles linked to this text.

We also celebrated “Roald Dahl Day” on 13th September by conducting research into the life and works of this famous children’s author.

Through our work in History, we hope to find out about the origins of chocolate when we undertake a short study of the Maya Civilisation.

In DT we will taste, create and make new chocolate flavours and then use our mathematical and artistic skills to design exciting packaging.

Our science topic related to States of Matter will help us to understand the melting and solidifying processes too.

In art, we will look at the works of the famous illustrator Quentin Blake, who has worked with Roald Dahl over many years, bringing his characters to life in our favourite books.

               

 This term we will have a focus on learning our multiplication tables in Maths and our structured weekly homework will help us to improve our instant recall of many multiplication and division facts. This will then support other areas of Maths including; calculating the area and perimeter of shapes, together with our work on fractions.

We will also develop our resilience when solving problems across all areas of mathematics.

    

In French we have started to learn the names of various foods and drinks and how to order them in a restaurant. We have looked at the similarities between English and French words, together with making comparisons between the sequence of words in a sentence.

 

This term our outdoor PE focus is athletics (Monday pm) and indoor focus is dance (Tuesday pm). Please note that all PE kits (fully named) should be brought into school on a Monday morning and remain in school for the duration of the week.

 Our PE sessions may however be subject to timetable changes, especially the outdoor session, which is dependent on the rather unpredictable weather at this time of year.