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Year 4 - Larch Class

Welcome to the Larch Class Page

I hope you have all had a lovely break and are feeling well rested and energised for the final half term of the year.

Dates for Your Diary

Monday 3rd June - Summer 2 term begins

Forest school dates - 5th June, 12th June, 26th June, 3rd July (Pupils to come to school in uniform as usual and please bring change of clothes suitable for forest school) 

Week commencing 3rd June - Times Tables Check practice 

Week commencing 10th June - Time Tables Check

Wednesday 3rd July - Move up morning

A reminder about online safety:

If you are working online, don’t forget to be safe and savvy! 

Never give personal information to anyone! Think about the safety of what you are sharing or posting if you are online or on your phone.

Do not share your school log-ins or change your log-in details. We won’t ask you to do that.

Make sure you are accessing online material that is relevant for your age and tell an adult at home if you come across something that is not suitable for you, or if someone is trying to contact/talk to you that is not someone you know.

You can contact your teacher through Seesaw if you feel vulnerable or worried, or contact Childline 0800 1111.

Useful reminders about Online Safety are at Thinkuknow.co.uk 

Please find below some information which you will hopefully find useful during the first half of the autumn term: please look at the curriculum section of our website to view more information about our curriculum.

Year 4 - Larch Class Curriculum

Maths  

We will start this half term by continuing our geometry work. We will be using our knowledge of angles, lines, length and perimeter to sort shapes into groups. We will then be looking at symmetry, we will be identifying lines of symmetry completing shapes. We will then be moving on to position and movement, focusing on plotting co-ordinates on a grid before focusing on Roman numerals.

In Year 4, the children will be required to perform a times tables assessment at the end of the year. They will be tested on a set of random calculations from the 1-12 x tables. Any extra practice at home would be greatly appreciated. Times Tables Rockstars is a fantastic app to use and passwords will be sent home with the children.

English 

This half term, we will be focusing on a book called 'I was a rat! Or the scarlet slippers'. The children will use their reading strategies such as making predictions, inferences, retrieving information and understanding language as we delve into the book. The book will be used to inspire writing genres such as diary entries, letters, newspaper reports and character descriptions as well as visualising our own images and creating freeze frames and role plays. 

Spellings

There will be a focus on teaching and learning the words on the weekly spelling list in class, rather than sending lists of spellings home. A new list will be given to the children each Monday and they will be tested every Friday. Please look below for each week’s spelling rule and list.

Reading

It is essential that children in Year 4 continue to practise their reading skills every day. Reading books are being sent home and to be changed every Tuesday. Please remember to return the book with a signed reading record.

Children take part in Guided Reading sessions twice a week in which whole class strategies are used, using different forms of media including pictures, films and whole class texts and written comprehensions. The children also have time to read independently for pleasure after dinner every day. In addition, children are able to choose a book from the class book corner, which is to stay in school. The children also have the opportunity to go to the school library once every two weeks. Larch's day will be Tuesdays.

Cross-Curricular Topic  

We will be continuing with our History topic this half term. We will be focusing on Henry VIII, interpreting a variety of sources, and understanding the term bias. We then be looking at the comparing and contrasting our lives today to the Tudor era by looking at Tudor houses, clothes, food, and schooling. We will then look at some famous Tudors such as William Shakespeare and Sir Francis Drake.

Science

We will be continuing our topic of ‘Grouping living things and animals in danger’. Children will understand the terms producers and consumers and be able to create their own food chain. Pupils will also be looking at positive and negative influences on the environment and animals’ habitats and animals that are endangered of becoming extinct. 

P.E.

P.E. lessons will take place on Monday afternoons and Thursday afternoons. The children will have a focus on athletics and rounders this half term.

Please ensure their kit is weather dependent i.e. tracksuit bottoms/jogging bottoms when the weather is colder.