# 4J

Welcome to 4J!

In 4J we work hard, help each other and have lots of fun together!

Our teacher is Miss Johnston and our learning support assistants are Mrs Jones, Mrs Bird and Muse.

Our P.E day is Wednesday so please come into school wearing your P.E kit.

Please bring a water bottle into school each day as it can get quite warm in school, and drinking water will really help you concentrate - especially in the afternoons!

## Below you will find lots of information about our class, including what we have been up to. From March 8th 2021, when all children returned to school, class teachers will be providing work via Class Dojo if children are isolating at home. By clicking on the Learning from Home star you will still find a weekly timetable and other links to support learning

Autumn 2

We have been discussing how Christians prepare for Christmas. We know the importance of preparing to welcome Jesus into our lives. We explored the meaning behind the advent wreath and made links to scripture as part of our assessment.

English-An outsider narrative and information report.

Our text this half term is 'Leaf'. We have enjoyed exploring an outsider narrative. Watch this space for examples of our published work.

## Leaf By Sanda Dieckmann

Design and Technology

This half term we will be exploring different joining techniques in textiles. We will be building on our prior learning from year 2, when we made hand puppets. We will explore existing products and plan and make a simple tote bag as part of our 2D shape to 3D product project. Watch this space for pictures of our finished product.

In Maths we have enjoyed starting each lesson with a journaling task. We are encouraged to use mathematical vocabulary to estimate, prove or solve a problem as part of our journaling. Journaling allows us to take ownership of our learning and reflect on the 'why' of mathematics and not just the 'how'. We have been using both mental and written methods to add and subtract 4 digit numbers with exchange.

SCIENCE - TEETH & THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

Year 4 have learnt the names and functions of our different teeth types. They have a good understanding of how to keep teeth healthy. We have used household items to recreate the digestive system and chart how our food turns to faeces. Read about our new learning in our writings - The Diary of a chocolate cake.

HISTORY - THE ANGLO-SAXONS

Year 4 are enjoying learning about the Anglo-Saxons. We have learnt about the settlement of the Anglo-Saxons, the coming of Christianity and have questioned if King Alfred really deserves the title Great. Throughout, we have evaluated secondary sources and have recognised the difficulties in relying on such limited sources.

PE - Hockey

Year 4 have enjoyed learning how to play Hockey. They have developed their passing, dribbling and scoring techniques. We have played competitively within our classes and then within our Year group.

PSHE - Dental Hygiene & Nutrition

We have built on our knowledge from our Science unit and developed Healthy menus. We have created and eaten healthy salads and have recognised foods and drinks that could aid tooth decay.

Autumn 1

R.E- Families and Belonging

This half term we will discuss what makes a family. We will learn how Jesus was part of a historical family just like us. We will explore how families come in all different shapes and sizes and families continue to grow, much like a tree with roots we can not see.

English- A Setting Narrative and Newspaper Report

This half term we will be studying how an author uses language for effect, when describing a setting. In English we follow Read to Write, this allows us to explore a wide and rich vocabulary and encourages us to continue to use language for effect in our own work.

Our book this half term is 'The Whale'

Maths- Place Value

In addition to our work on place value this half term, we will also start each day with flashback 4. This will allow us opportunities to recap prior learning and allow our teacher to address any misconceptions. We will also be rehearsing our times tables daily, which will help us during our weekly test each Friday.

It is in year 4, all children will take part in the government multiplication check (more information to follow in the spring term)

Geography

Our big question is...

What is the climate and why does it change?

Each week we will explore a different question.

Lesson 1: Are weather and climate the same thing?

Lesson 2: The UK and Chile: why do they have different climates?

Lesson 3: What four different climate zones is the Earth divided into?

Lesson 4: What is a biome and how are they shaped by the climate?

Lesson 5: Why do different areas have different sorts of vegetation?

Lesson 6: Is climate change affecting the UK?

Vocabulary: annual, area, atlas, biome, coast, continent, latitude, longitude, North Pole, precipitation, region, South Pole, temperate, thermometer, desert, evolved, humidity, lichen, moss, polar, rainfall, sedges, sub-tropical, tropical, weather

Science

This half term, supported by our reading, we will be learning about living things and their habitats. We will explore food chains and food webs.

Art

This half term we are studying Claude Monet. We will experiment with water colours to recreate Monet's famous water lilies painting.

In year 4 we enjoy daily whole class reading sessions, following steps to read. Our texts link well with our other curriculum studies. This half term we are reading a wide selection of fiction and non fiction about living things and their habitats. We know that our reading will support our studies in Science and provide us with a a wider range of knowledge in our own creative writing based on the text 'The Whale'

Natwest money lessons

Natwest bank are providing live maths/money lessons every Monday.  They also have lots of free, fun and interactive learning activities and games, which are a great way of way of introducing money topics at home.  CLICK HERE to find out more.

In addition to our English lessons, we will be doing lots of grammar, handwriting and spelling. Weekly spellings will be given out each Monday to be tested on Friday.

Here are some useful websites to practise your English skills at home:

BBC Bitesize English

Spelling Frame

Literacy Shed

This term, we will be learning to add, subtract, multiply and divide larger numbers using different written and mental methods. We will be learning to measure length, area and perimeter. We will also be looking at fractions.

Every morning, the children will do maths based wake up work so please be here on time! Children will be given times table tests to do each week also.

Here are some useful websites to practise your maths skills at home:

BBC Bitesize Maths

Maths Shed

Top Marks Maths Games

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