Year 4 - Peacock
Hello! Welcome to Year 4, Class Peacock. Mrs Lark is class teacher and Mrs Black is Y4's learning support assistant with Mrs D Moore giving additional learning support in some lessons.
We have a fun packed term of learning ahead of us in Year 4. In Inquiry we will be linking with our next Science unit, ‘Living Things & Their Habitats’, to look at which animals live in our locality and how they are suited to their environments. This will include investigations with living ‘minibeasts’ in our school grounds, plotting locations on maps and recreating possible environments to reflect their needs. In our Science lessons we will consider how living things are grouped, exploring classification keys and identification. We will also look at the impact of changing environments and how this can affect living things.
In English we will explore two units, ‘Stories in Imaginary Worlds’ and ‘Non-Fiction: Magazines’. Alongside learning the craft of the fantasy author and writing our own fantasy fiction, we will create fantastical beasts in our Art sessions to link with Music and Science. We will use the programme ‘Deadly 60’ as inspiration for planning and writing a series of magazine articles to, again, link with our Inquiry and Science studies. In November, we plan to celebrate the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize with some book review writing and will be using National Non-Fiction Day to carry out research for our articles in the library and ICT Suite.
In Maths we will continue to work on our Basic Skills, applying our learning from Autumn Term 1 to a range of open ended challenges and problem solving tasks. Our new topics this term include multiplication and division and we will be seeking opportunities to apply our mathematical skills in other subjects.
Geography based learning will involve a focus on Europe, using maps to identify environmental regions, countries, cities and key human and physical characteristics. The children will have the opportunity to carry out some orienteering using the eight points of a compass and OS maps. We will consider the impact of transport on the environment, seeking ways to improve this situation.
PSHE and Philosophy will include examining the ‘British Values’ of mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and those without a faith. In addition, we will look at how to get along with others and devise positive ways to deal with conflict during Anti-Bullying Week and when reflecting on ideas of right and wrong in R.E., taking inspiration from famous lives, such as Martin Luther-King.
In P.E, (Tuesdays and Wednesdays), we will continue to receive lessons from the EFC sports coaches who will be introducing us to skills and techniques used in gymnastics this term, to help us to improve our balance, co-ordination and stamina.
Last, but definitely not least, we are excited to be continuing our weekly percussion lessons with Resonate, when we will be introduced to a brand new set of steel drums to add to our musical repertoire! We are looking forward to showing our families how well we are doing at a concert later in the year. In class we will also look at animal themes in the work of the composers Handel and Saint-Saens.
Homework arrangements remain the same, with tasks for English and Maths being sent home alongside a reading book every Friday. If you have any questions about our curriculum, please don’t hesitate to speak to either myself (Mrs Lark) firstname.lastname@example.org or our TA, Miss Black.
Here’s to an exciting term! Thank you for your continued support.