WELCOME TO DAVIES CLASS
Welcome to Year 4
In Year 4, learning journeys have been expertly designed to capture children’s interests while exposing them to the wonders of the world beyond their own experience. Topics across the curriculum are comprised of a range of immersive learning experiences that challenge learners’ thinking and encourages them to further question, investigate and analyse concepts. In addition to this, teaching and learning is rigorous, nowhere more so than in the basics, and expectations are very high, but it is exciting and meaningful for the children. Children in Year 4 will fall in love with reading, learning and exploration.
Our class country is Italy. We will learn about its landscape and physical features as well as the rich history of Ancient Rome and the spread of the Roman Empire across the world.
Nicola Davies is our class author and we have a selection of her books available in the classroom and library to enjoy. We will explore her amazing stories and look at the meaning behind her stories and how she portrays this using language and character personalities.
Our maths focus at the moment is fractions, including top-heavy and mixed fractions. Homework will be set every Friday on My Maths which you can find at the link below. https://www.mymaths.co.uk/
The children are continuing to work on their times tables with weekly challenges to test their knowledge and speed recall. They can practise their tables at home using Times Table Rockstars, My Maths and writing them out of order at home. https://play.ttrockstars.com/
Please find activities and information by following the Third Space Learning link. This is a website with step by step videos and worksheets (which you can print or just have a go at on paper whilst looking at them on the screen). Basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division using standard methods would be good to practice.
Year 4 spellings are set fortnightly and all groups focus on the same sound. These are available at the end of this page or you can access them on Google Classroom under the homework section.
Remember to try and read with your child as much as you can even if it is only 5 minutes a day. Not only does it help with their word recognition and understanding but it improves their confidence when reading aloud and helps them to use tone in their voice. Reading books are changed every Tuesday and Friday.
The children love Free Writing and Pobble 365 has a new writing stimulus every day! There are sentence starters and prompts with each sentence and your children already use these in the classroom.
Please encourage your child to practice their handwriting skills whenever they are writing - the Letter Join website is available to support handwriting practice. The username is ak3814 and the password is home.
A Carnival of Animals
This half term in Year 4 we are learning about the incredible world of the Amazon rainforest, with a special focus on the amazing animals that live there. This will be enhanced by our trip to Marwell Zoo, where the children will have the opportunity to spend time in the wonderful Tropical House that they have there - and maybe meet a sloth.
The children will be writing reports about an animal of their choice and deciding how to present these. This will lead on to story writing, using How To Be a Lion by Ed Vere as the model text. Our science will be closely linked, looking at animal classification and how animals adapt to suit their environments.