Meet the Staff

 

 

                                                                                                                        September 2017

 

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Year 4. I am very pleased to be teaching your children this year. Our learning support assistants will be Mr Hall in the mornings and Mrs Andrews in the afternoons. Our aim is to make sure your child is having fun and reaching their potential, whilst learning both in the classroom and beyond.

In literacy this term, we will be reading a children’s version of ‘Treasure Island’ – written by Robert Louis Stevenson. We would welcome you to visit the classroom and look at our very own pirate ship, anchored in ‘Pirate Cove.’ I believe this will inspire the children’s writing further as we progress through the novel.

In numeracy, we will begin by investigating our knowledge regarding place value and the four operations before moving onto fraction work. You can support your child at home by playing numerical games, such as snakes and ladders. Practising their times tables is also essential.

Topic work will lead us on an exciting adventure to Bredon Hill; we will be studying ‘Hills and Mountains’, before eventually progressing to ‘Rivers.’ This programme of work will contain two small field trips to Bredon and Pershore. Letters will be sent out accordingly at the appropriate time. This project will tie in with our ‘Water Cycle’ unit in science.

P.E. will be taking place on a Monday this term; please remember your school P.E. kit with suitable footwear and warm outdoor clothes, in case they are needed. Swimming will be starting on Friday 22nd September 2017.

Home work will be sent out once a term, as a mini project, based around one of our topics. There will also be a weekly times tables test, which the children will need to practice for. 

In February 2018, we will be visiting the ‘Pioneer Centre’ at Cleobury Mortimer, Kidderminster. Again, letters will be sent out with full details, kit lists and prices. It will be held over two nights and three days.

I am looking forward to working with your child and yourself as parents/carers; together, we will have a fantastic year!

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Mr Hawtree.

 

 

Long term planning

Subject Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
RE Creation and the Story of Abraham to Joseph  Jesus the Light of the World, Prayer and Advent  Christmas and The Old Testament.   Lent, Holy Week and Easter Pentecost and sharing in the life of Christ  Old Test
 
Topic
 
Geography
Mountains.
 
 
Rivers and Europe – Germany study. History Saxons and Vikings. History Saxons and Vikings. Healthy eating. Take one picture
 
Literacy
 
Treasure island.
 
Narrative. Story with a plot. 
Letters.
Instructions.
Non – chronological report.
Poems.
How to Train Your Dragon.
Narrative work 
 
How to Train Your Dragon.
chronological report –
Saxons and Vikings.
 
Assessment 2
Macbeth Myth and legends
Assessment 3
 
Poems
 
Maths
 
Place value.   Number.  fractions and measure.  Geometry and measure.  Number and statistics.  Number. 
 
Science
 
State of matter &
Water cycle.
 
Electricity. Animals including humans. Sound. Living things and their habitats  
 
Computing
 
E safety and data handling. Internet communication and networks. Research and presenting information. Digital media software, making films. Programming and coding.  
 
Art
 
 Claris Cliff Horizon lines     Saxon and Viking shields and jewellery.    Art work.
 
D&T
 
    Making a dragon and a long boat cam toy.   Cooking.  
 
French / Music
 
 
Specialist
 
Specialist
 
Specialist
 
Specialist
 
Specialist
 
Specialist
 
P.E.
 
Swimming / Multi skill games – attack and defend. Gymnastics. Dance Orienteering / outdoor adventure. Tag rugby / Tennis rounders

Autumn Term

RE

This half term, in RE, Year 4 will have studied the stories of ‘The Old Testament’ from Abraham to Joseph. We have also focused upon the story of Jesus in the temple, learning about the Jewish faith and the synagogue (which we will be visiting in November 2017). We have also studied a number of prayers including the Shema, The Our Father, The Gloria and the Rosary.

Literacy

In literacy this term, we have been studying the children’s version of Treasure Island. This has inspired our work and enabled us to work on a wide range of sentence structures, punctuation and as well as ambitious vocabulary. Please take time to look at a sample of the children’s work below:

Numeracy

In numeracy we have been focusing on place value and the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The children have been working with concrete apparatus to help them complete the calculations as well as problem solving / reasoning tasks.

Science

We have investigated the different states of matter within science. The children set up their own investigations aided by Mr Hawtree, Mr Hall and Mr Thorley. We will be shortly applying this knowledge to the water cycle.

Topic

Year 4 applied their topic knowledge of hills and mountains, practically, to Bredon Hill. The children made potato mountains in class to show the contour lines and features upon it. They then took this knowledge to Bredon Hill, where they used OS maps and observations of a compass to navigate their way to the summit.

Music

In music, the children have been practising “I Got Rhythm” (Crazy for you) which they will perform in the Autumn Concert led by Mr Lister.

 

Synagogue Trip

On 6th November 2017 Year 4 went on a trip to a Synagogue to learn more about their RE topic on Judaism. Here are some photos from our trip.

 

Beeline Festival

On Tuesday 17th October 2017 Year 4 took part in a story telling festival hosted by the University of Worcester at the Hive. 

 

Bredon Hill

On Tuesday 10th October 2017 Year 4 went for a walk on Bredon Hill to learn about the geographical features of hills and mountains. Here are some photos of our trip.

Autumn 2

RE

This half term, our R.E. topic will be ‘Jesus – Light of the World and Beloved Son.’ We have studied The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, The Baptism of the Lord, and The Transfiguration. 

Literacy 

In Literacy, we have looked at formal letter writing, instruction writing as well as non – chronological report writing. 

Numeracy 

‘Measuring the playground with a piece of string, 10 cm long, was hard work and took ages…’ Year 4 took the morning to learn about perimeter. We measured the playground with trundle wheels to gain an accurate measurement and then proceeded to measure out the perimeter for a swimming pool. 

Science 

Year 4 are electric!

Topic 

Our topic in year 4 this term, is rivers. We have studied features of a river, local rivers, rivers of the world as well as how a river is used including hydroelectric dams. 

 

PE

After hockey and football, it is now time for some gymnastics. Look at our partner balances below:

Assembly

Congratulations to Year 4, who delivered an excellent assembly today. They explained how Joseph and his dreams inspired their own skills and talents and how they use these for the good of others. 

Wick Care Farm Trip

Year 4 visited Wick Care Farm for the morning, where we took part in activities such as treasure map co-ordinates, flags made by multiples and factors, floating and sinking pirate ships as well as treasure hunts and acrostic poems.

 

Spring 

RE

This half term, in RE, Year 4 will investigate the Bible. We will look at stories from the Old Testament, proverbs, psalms, prayers and prophecies. We will look at the stories about Moses, Joshua, David as well as studying psalm 23. We will be preparing for Lent and reflecting upon the events of Holy Week. 

 

Literacy

In literacy this term, we will be studying: How To Train Your Dragon, by Cressida Cowell. This will inspire our work and enable us to improve on our a wide range of sentence structures, punctuation and as well as ambitious vocabulary. We will be debating whether dragons should be kept in cages as well as writing newspaper reports about a dragon that has escaped! Help year 4 find the escapee…

Numeracy

This term, in numeracy, we will be focusing on fractions. The children will be building and drawing fraction walls on the playground to enhance their knowledge of equivalent fractions. We will also be learning to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator. We will be looking to solve problems of measure and money. 

Science

We have been learning about teeth decay (pictures below) and the digestive system in science. We have studied the different parts of the system and their functions. 

Design and Technology 

Year 4 have been designing and making their own ‘Moving Toy’ based around their literacy work: “How to Train your Dargon.” They have used 50mm x 25mm PSE timber to make their frame and a cam design to ensure the moving toy rotates. They have used a hammer, drill and saw, under supervision to create their product. 

Topic

Year 4 enjoyed their ‘Viking Topic Day.’ They learnt about Viking raids in York, Saxon Kings and The Battle of Hastings in 1066. The children enjoyed dressing up, acting as Vikings and enjoyed show casing their work to parents at the end of the day. Well done Year 4! 

Pioneer Centre visit 

Year 4 visited the Pioneer Centre on Wednesday 14th February 2018 until Friday 16th February 2018. A very enjoyable experience for all. Even teachers over came their fears. 

Summer 1

R.E.

In R.E, we will be finishing off our Easter work and preparing for Pentecost. 

Literacy

In literacy, we will be studying the ‘Scottish Play – Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare. We will be looking further into the famous ingredients of the witches potion. 

Numeracy

Shape and statistics is the way forward this term. We investigated different shapes including regular and irregular polygons as well as encountering reflection and translation of shapes. For statistics, we created our own data from a 12 minute park run, including number of laps and lap times and presented them in a bar chart and time graph (respectively). From this we designed questions and interpreted the information.

 

Science

Year 4 will be taking a closer look at living things and their habitats such as: fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals as well as snails, slugs, worms, spiders and insects. We will also be considering the human impact upon their environments. 

Topic

Year 4 have completed a local study of Pershore Abbey. On the 21st May 2018, we spent an afternoon living like monks of Pershore. Thank you Mrs Andrews for organising this trip.

Computing

We have worked on the multimedia software package ‘Puppet Pals’ and now we are working on ‘coding’ avatars.

Bell boating

Year 4 took to the river…

Pedestrian Training

Out and about in Pershore… learning how to cross the road safely.  Well done Year 4!

Year 4’s Sports Day

The children took part in sports day… see the action shots below: