Saturn (Year 4)

Saturn Class Year 4

2020-2021

 

Welcome to Year 4!

We are all looking forward to getting back to school. Year 4 will be a great year for all of us – we will work hard and learn lots, and continue to be resilient, independent and responsible.

 

The Year 4 team are:

Mrs Buck, Mrs Underdown, Mrs Ray and Mrs Heron.

The first day back at school is the 7th September and Year 4 start the school day at 8:50am. Home time for us is 3:15pm. For families with more than one child in the school, they all start school at the time of the earliest class.

Please remember to check out our Class Dojo for all communication. We will share as much of our learning as we can, so you can see how well we are doing!

 

Autumn Term 1

This term our topic is:

Poisonous potions, aromatic brews, vapour or a sticky goo…

Welcome to the amazing world of potions!

By reading an extract from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, we’ll learn all about mysterious potions, and write a safety label for Alice’s bottle. We’ll sort everyday items into solids, liquids and gases, and learn all about hazard symbols.

Using our investigation skills we’ll explore capacity and the properties of liquids. We’ll also design fabulous bottles for magical potions. Becoming super scientists, we’ll investigate chemical reactions and states of matter.

Shakespeare will inspire us to write spells, and we’ll think of a powerful potion of our own, based on listening to Romeo and Juliet, and we’ll write spells with magical, strange or gruesome effects, with the help of MacBeth – what ingredients will we use?

We will have some fun making bath bombs too!

English: narrative using The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers;

poetry based on Shakespeare instructional writing.Maths: whole numbers to 100,000; multiplication and division; statistics.

Times tables, times tables and more times tables. In Year 4, the expectation is that the children will know all their times tables to 12 x 12 by the end of the year. We do know lots already, but we need to be extra quick at recall of the facts!

To generate a test for learning at home, follow this link: http://www.timestables.me.uk/printable-pdf-quiz-generator.htm

Click on the times table you need and enter 50 questions. We time them to do in 4 minutes – but that time will get shorter as the year progresses!

Weekly Spelling Tests: 

The children know which group they are in. The spellings are tested by Mrs Heron on a Wednesday morning. Use the green spelling book to learn them using Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check. Be neat in these books – the expectation for presentation is the same as it is in class!

You can also try these fun ideas for learning the words: Ways to learn spellings KS2

The weekly lists for each group are photographed on the Dojo and also uploaded here each week. Click on the name to download the list.

Mrs Heron – Test 21.10.2020

and

Mrs U Test – 21.10.2020

Science: states of matter; working scientifically.

 

Art and Design: sketching; painting; designing magical potion bottles.

Design Technology: making bath bombs.

Computing: eSafety.

RE: Judaism: How special is the relationship Jews have with God?

PE: KS2 Multi-skills and circuits for fitness.

PE will be on Mondays. Please wear PE kits on Mondays and we will be outside. The children will stay in their kits for the day.

Spellings will be sent home using the Class Dojo. These will be sent on Wednesdays to be learnt for the following Wednesday.

Times tables will be learnt and tested in class. We will work through them as a class to begin with, and we will let you know which one we are focusing on for you to be able to practise at home for confidence and progress.

Please continue to read with your child as much as possible, both by reading to them and hearing them read. We will have a class library, where the children may borrow a book to read in class. For the time being, these books have to stay in class, however the children can bring a book from home as they have done before.

Visit this useful website to discover brilliant books aimed at Year 4 children: https://www.booksfortopics.com/year-4 and go here to branch out and try new books based on your favourites: https://www.booksfortopics.com/branching-out

If you have any queries, please contact us with an email to the office.

What to do if you are self-isolating at home:

Please follow this link: https://classroom.thenational.academy/schedule-by-year/year-4

It will take you to Oak National Academy and you can find a schedule for daily videos and activities that will help you continue your learning while you are at home.