St James

Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!

In Year 4 we have some exciting and hands on activities planned for the term ahead. Your children are now beginning to develop some independence and are more willing to share their own ideas and opinions. This year we will continue to nurture and encourage your children to grow in confidence and independence, beginning the journey to become self-assured young adults.

Mrs Thomson and Mrs Marland

Class Information

PE

PE is every Wednesday and Friday. Your child should only bring in their PE kits on these days. It is especially important that your child brings their water bottle to school on these days.

Reading

Reading is essential for your child’s learning and reading with an adult at least four times per week can increase their confidence and fluency dramatically. Your child will bring home a small selection of reading books from school at their level. These can be changed on a weekly basis. Please check your child’s reading record for their allotted day to change their reading books.
Homework

English and Maths homework is set on a Friday for the following Wednesday.
Spellings are set on a Friday for a test the following Friday.

Autumn 1
English

Our Reading book for this half term is ‘Charlotte’s Web’ by EB White.
This is the tale of how a little girl named Fern, with the help of a friendly spider, saved her pig, Wilbur, from the usual fate of nice fate little pigs.

Wider Curriculum



In our History lessons, Year 4 will be exploring the fascinating culture and achievements of the Roman Empire and the Celts. We will compare these civilisations, explore their warfare and tactics and study influential individuals.



In our Science lessons, Year 4 will be learning about sound. We will investigate how sound is made and how we hear them, explore how sounds can be changed and identify patterns in the pitch and volume of different sounds.

Autumn 2
English

We will be reading the story ‘Leon and the Space Between’ by Graham Baker-Smith. This story features a magic show in which Leon is tasked to prove to his siblings that magic really does exist. During this unit of work, we will work on our narrative writing by exploring the features of effective description and applying this to our own writing.

Spring 1
English

During Spring 1, our class novel will be ‘Krindlekrax’ by Philip Ridley. The book tells the tale of unlikely hero Ruskin and a mysterious beast that plagues Lizard Street. We will use this story to inspire our writing in class and will explore description and journalistic writing this half term.


Topic
This half term, our learning is based on the theme ‘Road Trip USA’. This is an exciting topic which will give us the chance to explore American history, geography and inspire our work in Design & Technology. In our science lessons, we will be exploring electricity. Please read our latest newsletter for more information.

Summer 1
English
Our Reading book this half term is ‘Gorilla’ by Anthony Browne. This is a classic story of a lonely girl, a friendly gorilla and their amazing night out.
We will be looking at how pictures can help tell a story as well as creating a back story for characters and writing from a parent’s point of view.

Summer 2
English
Our Reading book this half term is ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’ by Kate DiCamilo.
In this book we learn all about the true meaning of love and belonging and discover what is truly important in life.

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