Welcome to Year 4
Mr Doyle Mrs Allen
Our virtues for this term are Generous and Grateful. We are generous with our gifts and use them in the service of others. We are generous with our time and give of ourselves to serve others as God wants us to. We are generous with our actions, doing things to help other people and make a difference in the world. We are grateful for the gifts God has given to us, for the gifts of other people and the blessings of each new day. We are thankful for what we have and for the people around us.
Saint Josephine Bakhita, Our Class Saint
This half term, we will be reading Varjak Paw. It is the exciting adventures of a small Mesopotamian Blue Kitten who has to venture into the outside world to save his family from a dreadful fate. On his travels, he befriends Holly and Tam, two wild cats, battles with Sally Bones and learns the Way, an ancient feline martial art. In order to fulfil his destiny, he must build an alliance with Cludge, a massive dog. Will he be successful?
We are the best readers in the school (That's what Mr Doyle and Mrs Allen say!) Every day, we choose books from our class library and complete tests on Accelerated Reader when we are finished. We have made a lot of progress this year and we're looking forward to doing our next Star test which will give us our new ZPD codes! We love our comfortable reading corner and can read a variety of books, magazines, newspapers and comics!
We have been having a lot of fun with place value this term but we are moving onto addition and subtraction as our next maths topic. So far this term, we have been covering Roman Numerals, Rounding numbers (up to 1000!), comparing 4 digit numbers and negative numbers. We are also learning our times tables (Up to 12) because we will be taking part in the national times tables test next Easter. Don't forget to practise your times tables on TT Rockstars every night and also at home with your parents.
We have been studying the topic of Sound this half term with Mrs Bodlevic. Using musical instruments, we have been experimenting with the different ways that sound travels to our ear. We are learning how pitch, tone and volume can be changed so that we hear different things, depending on the distance the sound has to travel! We've even learned that sound travels in waves!
Our Prayer table.
This half term, we will be learning about the story of Creation. We will also find out about the lives of Prophets from the Old Testament such as Abraham and Joseph. Using our virtues of being generous and grateful, we will explore how we demonstrate these virtues daily through our thoughts and actions. Have we been generous with our time and our gifts with others? Are we grateful for the wonderful world God has provided for us? How do we show our gratitude?
This term we will be studying life in Ancient Rome in our History lessons and Spatial sense in our Geography lessons. Our History lessons will cover topics such as the life of citizens and slaves in Rome, Pompeii, the life of a soldier and what it was like to live in the city.
In Geography, we are learning about Spatial Sense. This means we are finding out about how we find our way around the world, using longitude and latitude to help us. We will be using street maps to navigate our path through Birmingham and also using Ordinance survey maps to discover the hidden treasures of our local area.
We have PE on a Tuesday so full kit must be in school.
Water bottles are to be brought into school and taken home each day.
Reading books and diaries are to be taken home each night and diaries to be signed each night.
Spellings are given every Friday for a spelling test on the following Friday. These are written in the diaries.
Mirodo is an online homework program that we are using to assign homework. Please use it on google chrome. https://mirodoeducation.com
We love Times Table Rock Stars! Please use it at home. https://ttrockstars.com/login
Remember! Excellent handwriting means that you can earn the right to use a pen in class! Keep practising!