Welcome to Class 4E’s web page!
Welcome to year 4! We are based in class 8 and our teacher is Miss Evenden. We are lucky enough to have Mrs Clarkson working with us if we find things hard and sometimes Mrs Brierly and Mrs Ismaeel work in our classroom with some of us too.
We have been working really hard so far to settle in and have had a busy couple of weeks!
This term we will be learning about the Shang Dynasty of Ancient China. So far the children have thought about what they already know about China and what they want to know about China and the Shang Dynasty. We will find out where China is, what part of China the Shang Dynasty was based in and daily life in ancient China. We will also be looking forward to learning about what the Shang Dynasty was famous for, what the food is like in China and the children will have the opportunity to taste some Chinese food and then try to make some ourselves in our D.T lessons!
In Science, this half term, we are learning about solids, liquids and gases. We will find out what makes up each of them and know examples of a solid, liquid and gas. After that, we will find out what happens when you heat up and cool solids, liquids and gases.
After the half term holiday, our topic will be Light up the Music. We will be looking at music across Europe and how it differs from country to country. During the topic, we will learn how sound is made, how sound travels from one place to another and how we can change the pitch and sounds in music. From this we will design and make our own musical instruments. In RE we will learn about different faiths in our community, the symbol of light in festivals from different religions and how to have a positive and peaceful outlook on life.
In year 4 we continue to learn French and will further develop our conversational skills along with some written language. We will find out about life in France and their culture too. Don’t be surprised if we come home and start speaking to you in French!
In English we will be developing our story writing skills and learning about adverbial phrases and how to use them in our stories. After this we will be looking at instructional writing and different forms of poetry. In all our lessons we try hard to learn and use different parts of English grammar to make our writing readable.
Our Maths lessons this term will be focussing on number work. We have already started to use our knowledge of place value to compare numbers. We are going to be learning about decimal numbers and negative numbers next. In the second half term we will go on to complete questions using the column method for addition, subtraction and multiplication. We will also have fun in learning how to use our basic maths skills to solve lots of different types of problems!
This year we will be working hard to follow the Heckmondwike Way! We have eight positive phrases we will be trying our hardest to keep. If we work hard in class and impress Miss Evenden with our work, we can earn merits. When we reach 25 we will get a bronze award, 50 will get us a silver and for 100 it is a gold! We are very excited about having a hot chocolate Friday as we all want to sit with Mr Harris and Mr Mark to share our good work. Another exciting thing we are all working towards is being nominated for the Heckmondwike Hero award. Each half term one child from each class will get a visit from Mr Harris at home to say how well we have been working and behaving in class. We wonder who will get the first award?
Things we need to remember!
- Now we are in Year 4, we get to go swimming every Wednesday morning. Make sure you bring your swimming costume or trunks, a towel and a bag to keep your wet kit in each week. Earrings should be taken out before coming to school and all hair tied back.
- Water bottles will go home each night to be washed and re-filled – this really helps with our concentration and stops us becoming dehydrated.
- Homework, consisting of a piece of English and Maths, will be given each Friday to be returned the following Monday. Yellow slips will be given out if it is not done or not completed to a suitable standard.
- Spellings will be given out on a Friday to learn for our spelling test the following Friday.It’s quiz time! In Key Stage Two we will choose our own book from the library and then when it is completed, we take a short quiz in school. When we receive 100% on 3 consecutive occasions, we can then go onto a higher level. We aim to do 2 quizzes each week! We would be very grateful if you could read with your child each night and record any comments in the reading log. Books can be changed before school, at break time, during personalised learning time, dinner time and after school.