Class 4ST

Welcome to class 4ST!

Our class teacher is Mrs Thain. If you have any questions or you would like to talk to her about anything, she is on the KS2 playground before and after school every day.

In Class 4ST we are working hard to be ‘the best we can be’. As well as working to maximise our potential, we are working on respect, feelings and value which play a big part in growing up.

We cover exciting topics in year 4 linked to fabulous inspirational books like ‘Percy Jackson’. This supported our learning about Ancient Greece, through a story which helped us to understand the Greek Gods. It provided many exciting opportunities for writing and developing our literacy skills

Our next  focus was geographical, based around France. Through that we explored the many ways of looking at the land through maps and images and study differences in how it is used. Our book was ‘The invention of Hugo Cabret’ – a story told in a range of amazing graphics as well as text. We used the work of French artists such as Degas to enhance our figure drawing skills and explored use of different media. This will support our work later on studying a range of great artists in a future Enquiry question.

A visit from a creative practitioner will support our ‘Stone Age’ Enquiry question and later in the year we hope to organise a trip linked to our Enquiry question based on mining.

We also plan to take part in a skipping festival in 2019, so we have been developing our skipping skills and an exciting ‘skip dance’. Enthusiasm for this is tremendous and is bound to improve our health and fitness whilst we have fun.

A year would not be complete without our time in Forest School where we use our outdoor classroom, develop team building skills, roam the outdoors, learn bush skills, firemaking and cooking, get creative in nature (which usually involves mud too) and generally have a great time.

Underpinning our curriculum we continue to extend our fluency and mastery of maths, through building our knowledge and understanding of new maths concepts, whilst deepening our reasoning skills through team tasks and discussions. It is important that we build our fluency by knowing our tables well and be able to use written methods of calculation.

In Year 4, we are also working on developing good learning habits. You can see our Year 4 Learning Habits here:

Each half term we have a learning reflection event to celebrate the work we have been doing. Our parents and carers are invited into school so that we can show them what we have been learning.

To find out what we are learning about each half term, the Year 4 curriculum plans can be found here.

 

Important things to bring to school:

Water Bottles – children can bring their own water bottle into school and store it by the sink in the classroom. Please make sure that water bottles only have water inside.

Reading Folders – children need their reading book and reading diary in school every day.

PE – children need their PE kit in school every day. PE kit consists of a white t- shirt, black shorts and plimsolls/sand shoes.

Homework – Homework is sent home every Friday and needs to be completed and returned to school by Wednesday morning.

Please visit our Twitter page @GCPSyear4 to follow our regular updates of the children’s learning and important information.

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