WELCOME TO THE YEAR 4 BLOG!
This is our year to be….
STONES and BONES!
I am thrilled to be welcoming the children back into school and can’t wait to get started. Our newsletter will be out in the next few weeks and our Home Learning page will continue to be up and running with ideas and activities to support learning at home. Have look below.
What can we learn about life in the Stone Age?
As a school we are reveling in this being the year that will be…. Strong, Brave and Fearless! Our focus in class will be discovering more about life in Britain between the Stone and Iron ages! In support of this, we will be reading the story of The Stone Age Boy and using this to inspire our writing. We will be journeying back in time as we visit the sites of Skara Brae and Stonehenge. In Geography we will be using this focus to investigate the how the United Kingdom has changed over time. In English, we will also be studying the well-known classics, The Witches by Roald Dahl and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.
In RE, Art and D&T the children will be working alongside Miss Ferrara. 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 Art, we will be continuing our journey back in time as we learn about the cave painters of the Stone Age and we compare them with more contemporary examples of street art. In Design and Technology we will be using cooking methods of the Stone Age era to inspire us as we bake typical, unleavened bread from the period.
Our scientific investigations will also be inspired by this period in history. We will learn more about both the human skeleton and its muscles. We will also be fossil hunting and have chance to investigates key different types of rock as we imagine more about life in this era. When we are in the Computer Lab, we will be learning about internet safety and preparing a PowerPoint on how life changed for people throughout the Stone Age era.
In Mathematics we will be working hard to develop our understanding of place value and to perfect our addition and subtraction strategies. We will be improving our knowledge and recall of our multiplications facts up to the 12 x table and we will be using both Times Tables Rocks Stars and Mathletics on a weekly basis to hone these skills further at school and home.
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.
Keeping fit and staying strong in Year 4!
BRW are committed to active learning. As part of this commitment Year 4 will be taking part in a ‘K a Day’ from September 2020. Our aim is to increase our energy and fitness levels by engaging in regular movement and activity breaks. On a daily basis the children, alongside myself and the Year 4 team, will be putting our active feet forwards every day to engage in walking or jogging one kilometer a day. In support of this, please ensure your child has trainers in school daily. They will also need a water proof jacket in school in order that we can remain active even when the weather worsens.
Further more, Year 4 will be engaging in PE sessions each Wednesday this term. The children will be taking part in PE sessions focusing on the fundamental skills of Agility, Balance and Coordination with myself and Mr Fearn on a weekly basis. Once we have built upon our existing skills in these areas we will have chance to showcase them as Year 3 and 4 will compete together as a house competition at the end of the term. Details to follow in due course.
We will also be taking part in a series of Yoga sessions this term to help develop flexibility and focus!
Here is another copy of your holiday homework too, in case you need it.
I look forward to seeing you on Thursday 3rd September 2020!