Welcome to Class 4
Welcome to our class page. This year Class 4 will be taught by Miss Waring and Miss Riley, our Teaching Assistant.
During the first half term, we are learning all about Vikings! We want to find out if they were always vicious and always victorious...
We will be reading "Arthur and the Golden Rope" by Joe Todd Stanton, a tale of an unlikely hero and his epic adventure. We will focus on:
History – Understand how Vikings lived, why they invaded and settled in so many countries and which mythical gods and creatures they believed in
Geography – Develop our map skills, plan a journey and understand difference between a village and a city
Art – creating our own comic books and design a page to tell Arthur’s story
D&T – build a Viking longboat that can float and sail long distances, just like the Vikings did
Joe Todd-Stanton grew up in Brighton and studied at UWE Bristol, receiving a first class degree in illustration. Joe has been commissioned to work for clients such as Oxford University Press, Usborne Publishing and Aquila magazine.
To find out a little more about his work, we asked Joe the following questions:
What Inspires Your Work?
I normally find inspiration through reading or conversations. It's rare that I get a fully-formed image in my mind but I will read about something strange that interests me and I will research it to see if anything grabs my attention. Normally by the time I have finished the work it has completely changed from the thing that influenced it but I think that is what makes it interesting.
Tell Us a Bit About Your Process...
I try to keep plenty of sketch books and fill them up with weird characters and life drawings so when it comes to making an actual piece of work or commission I already should have a few relevant drawings and I'm not just starting from scratch. Once I have a finished drawing I use Photoshop to colour and tweak things around.
We do PE every Monday and Thursday, so please remind your child to bring their PE kit on the correct days.
Homework will be sent out every Friday and need to be sent back into school by the following Wednesday. Your child will have spellings to learn, maths activities and some creative topic work to complete.
Reading regularly to an adult is extremely important so that your child makes good progress and understands what they are reading well. Your child’s reading diary will be checked every Friday. The children who have read the most often each week will win a prize and receive a special certificate! Each half term there will be an exciting prize for the child who has read the most in total.
- Our Year 4 Long Term Plan, is now available to view.
Please read every day with your child and write this in their diary. Your child will bring a book home from their tag but you could also read newspapers, biographies, comics and encyclopaedias together to encourage them to read a wide range of books for pleasure.
By the end of Year 4 all children need to know their times tables up to 12x12. Please practise together as often as you can, a little time each day would make a huge difference to their times table knowledge.
Spellings will be sent home every Friday, please practise and talk about each word’s meaning together to check your child understands.
Non-Negotiables for Year 4
After half term we are reading a new book in our English lessons, called Cloud Tea Monkeys.
In English we will be learning about:
- Making predictions using evidence from the text
- Understanding the meaning of new words and using a dictionary
- How to retell legends
- How to develop a range of sentence types
We will also be learning about:
- Geography – Map skills & The Water Cycle
- Science – States of Matter / Materials
- Philosophy – gender inequality and human rights
- Art – Drawing
We have had a busy and fun half term learning about The Himalayas and its location in the world, our local area, the UK and developing our map reading skills.
We have also finished reading "Cloud Tea Monkeys" where we have written stories, formal letters, reports on snow leopards and designed and made adverts for our own tea. We had a lovely tea party with parents at the beginning and end of the half term to taste and explore different types of tea from around the world.
In Art, we studied The Great Wave and used sketches and oil paints to recreate it to show movement and texture.
We were lucky enough to visit Clip & Climb and watch Alice in Wonderland at the Marcus Garvey Centre, which we enjoyed immensely.