Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!

Firstly, I’d like to say a warm welcome back to all of Year 4 and their parents. I am thoroughly looking forward to this term and it is already looking like it will be one which captures the children’s interests! The children will be given many exciting learning opportunities throughout the term and we are so pleased to have them back in with us full time! I hope they are ready for the challenges which await them!

What can we learn about life in the Stone Age?

As a school we are reveling in this being the year that we will ’Stand Firm in our Faith’. Our focus in class will be discovering more about life in Britain in the Stone Ages!   In support of this, we will be reading the story of The Stone Age Boy and using this to inspire our writing. We will be journeying back in time as we visit the sites of Skara Brae and Stonehenge digitally too.

 

In RE the children will be learning about important people in the Bible and in our own families. We will also be learning how Christians are called by God and how we prepare for Jesus’ coming during Advent.  We will also be learning about Judaism.

 

In Geography we will be using this focus to investigate the how the United Kingdom has changed over time. In Art, we will be continuing our journey back in time as we learn about the cave painters of the Stone Age and we compare them with more contemporary examples of street art. In Design and Technology we will be using cooking methods of the Stone Age era to inspire us as we bake typical,  unleavened bread from the period.  In English, we will also be studying the well-known classics, The Witches by Roald Dahl and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

 

Our scientific investigations will also be inspired by this period in history. We will learn more about both the human skeleton, its muscles and nutrition. We will also be fossil hunting and have chance to investigates key different types of rock as we imagine more about life in this era. When we are in the Computer Lab, we will be learning about internet safety and preparing a PowerPoint on how life changed for people throughout the Stone Age era.

 

In Mathematics we will be working hard to develop our understanding of place value and to perfect our addition and subtraction strategies. We will be improving our knowledge and recall of our multiplications facts up to the 12 x table and we will be using both Times Tables Rocks Stars and Mathletics on a weekly basis to hone these skills further at school and home.

 

Hymn Practice will also continue on a weekly basis, as will music lessons.  In MFL the children will  be learning to ask and answer simple questions in French whilst learning to write some words and phrases in French from memory.

How you can help… supporting your child.

I have had many parents come to me asking how best to support their children with us here at BRW. As a result, here are a few key things which can prove invaluable in supporting your child.

  • Check homework newsletters which go out each Monday. This will have up-to-date information on the children’s activities too.
  • Regular use of Times Tables Rocks Stars, Numbots and Mathletics will help the children master recall of their multiplication facts up to 12×12 by the end of Year 4. The expectation if for them to play for 10 minutes per day.
  • Encourage your children to read at home daily and ask them questions about what they are reading. Reading aloud is great, talking about the book together really helps develop children understanding of the story and vocabulary.
  • Ensure children are wearing the correct uniform, have full PE kit and are on time for school at 8.45am.

All your support makes such an enormous difference! Mrs Henderson