WELCOME TO THE YEAR 4 BLOG! This year….I will!
This term is already looking to be a very exciting (and busy) one. This year has been named the “This Year I WILL….” and our first topic will get the ball rolling in great style!
The children’s topic this term is called ‘Strive, Thrive and Remember’ and will be focused on what life was like for the people of Nottingham during the First World War and how we will remember the legacy this generation have left behind. In our History sessions we will be learning about the events which started WW1 and the impact it had upon the lives of people in Nottingham. We will learn more about life in the trenches and create our own propaganda war posters.
Our Science sessions will give us the opportunity to learn more about the water cycle as we investigate the types of weather observable in the WW1 trenches. We will also be investigating the impact that WW1 had upon the diet of people in Nottingham. We will learn more about the digestive system and human teeth.
In our English lessons we will be reading two key texts, The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers, this will support our science work on the digestive system and ‘Archie’s War’ which is the story of a young boy‘s experiences in WW1. Both texts will provide the children with opportunity to engage in drama, improve their writing stamina and sentence structure further.
Mrs McGurk will be teaching both RE and Geography in Year 4 on Thursdays this term. In RE the children will be learning about important people in the Bible and in our own families. We will also be learning how Christians are called by God and we prepare for Jesus’ coming during Advent.
In Geography we will be learning about the European countries involved in WW1 and comparing Nottingham with some regions in France.
We will be using class I-pads to update you on work in class (brwacademy.com) and each child will have chance to ‘Embrace the Case’. Watch this space for more details!
In Art the children will be learning more about Great Artist from the past, particularly the WW1 artist Paul Nash. In remembrance of those who lost their lives in WW1, the children will be completing a commemorative piece and in D&T we will also be making ‘soup for soldiers’ packed with healthy ingredients.
Music will be inspired by the sounds of the era as they listen to live recordings from the period. Hymn Practice will also continue on a weekly basis, as will music lessons.
In MFL the children will be learning to ask and answer simple questions in French whilst learning to write some words and phrases in French from memory.
Homework and Reading
Your child will continue to receive homework each week. Homework will be set on a Tuesday/Wednesday and should be brought into school the following week on the Monday. It will be used for class discussions and follow-up work during the lessons that week. A list of spellings will be given out each week and spelling/multiplication fact quiz will take place each Monday in the Autumn term.
Reading should occur each night at home or as often as possible. Once a few pages have been read, please ask your child questions about the text to check they have understood. Please remind your child to change their reading book when required.
Extra tasks or class projects may be set throughout the term. Details of these will continue to be written in your child’s Homework Diary. The Homework Diary should be brought into school every day and MUST be checked and signed each week after homework is completed. Please encourage your child to read at home, complete their homework and learn their spellings/timetables.
And finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your support and co-operation in Year 4.