Year 4

Autumn Term in year 4

A warm welcome to both Year 4 and parents alike! I am very much looking forward to a term full of joyful learning. The children will have many opportunities for learning in the classroom and beyond in the next few months running up to Christmas. This year’s annual theme at BRW is ‘I Am Who I Am’ (Exodus 3:14). The children are encouraged to take pride in who they are and meditate on God as the Great ‘I Am’. We will look to recognise the ‘Great I Am’ in all of us as Christ works through every child and adult in the school.

In RE, the children’s first topic will be ‘People’, which encourages us to explore the importance of family and the significance of family in the Church and in scripture. We also learn about important people in the Bible including Abraham, and what it means to trust in God as he did. After this, we will have two more topics in ‘Belonging’ and ‘Loving’. Through these topics, we will prepare for Jesus’ coming and consider what opportunities Advent gives us for reflection and exploring our faith. We will also spend some time learning about Judaism and their traditions, and how Christianity stems from the religion.

In English we will be delving into Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’, with opportunities for exploring techniques for describing villains in stories and writing in the style of the author. We will continue to expand our vocabulary and navigate language through spellings and learning new words regularly.

Mathematics will see us focused this term on Addition, Subtraction and fluency with numbers. In the lead up to Christmas, we will move on to Division and Multiplication.

Our first topic will focus on the Dark Ages, with a Geography focus on settlements that considers local geography exploring Clifton Village. We will also be finding out why the Anglo-Saxons decided to settle in the British Isles, consolidating this learning in Computing with the use of OS maps. Our History focus will revolve around the Anglo-Saxons, giving the children the opportunity to explore what life was like for people in Britain well over 1000 years ago.

In Science, we will be learning all about electricity and light, tying these topics together with a DT project in which the children will design and assemble their own torches. We will be working scientifically to explore the behaviour of circuits and how light travels. In Art, we will be exploring the use of colour and pattern, with Gustav Klimt as our focus artist.

In PE, the children have brilliant opportunities this term for varied and beneficial learning. Year 4 will have Swimming, Dance and Fundamentals. Children will learn essential skills in Fundamentals that will inform their approach and expand their skill set in future PE units.

In French lessons, children will be learning language skills relating to food, family and friends.

On a weekly basis Year 4 will have music lessons with the opportunity to play instruments, with a view to build to a performance towards the end of term. We also have the pleasure of the Dioscesan-endorsed choral music singing lessons! Weekly hymn practices shall continue ahead of whole school Masses.

How You Can Help

You can check homework reminders, which will be shared in children’s diaries on a weekly basis, starting soon. Homework will aim to consolidate learning in class and also provide opportunities for project work with a view to display and celebrate creations throughout the year!

The children have access to Times Tables Rock Stars and NumBots and can use Mathletics alongside this to practise their times tables. Encouraging regular use of these will help your children master recall of their times tables facts.

Please support your children in ensuring they are engaging in their expected daily home reading during the week.

Please make sure your child has their P.E. kit (black shorts, white tee-shirt and trainers or plimsolls) in school on Mondays. PE kit should stay in school all week. Only to go home to be washed at the weekend.

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