Meet the team:
Mrs Bevan-Jackson/Ms O’Gorman, Mr Taylor, Mrs Evans, Miss Keenaghan
This year we will journey back in time and study how the end of the Roman occupation opened the way for invaders from northern Europe and Ireland. We will use the book Beowulf and others to inspire our writing as well! We will answer such questions such as: Who were the Anglo-Saxons? Where did they come from? What were their greatest achievements? Who were they succeeded by? We will also see how they influenced our local area and what legacies they left behind.
We will look at these famous invaders and dig down to find out the truth behind the myths and legends. What did they bring? How did they shape our country? What is their lasting legacy? As geographers we will look at where they came from and what attracted them to our shores. As historians we will look at contemporary accounts and archaeological artifacts to take a glimpse into how these Scandinavian invaders really lived.
Around the World
Our final topic will allow to us travel both locally and worldwide. We will cross the Atlantic Ocean to North America where we will learn about key physical and human features along with learning how mountain ranges and rivers have been formed. We will study how land use has changed in Yorkshire, paying special attention to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Bretton Hall. What was this land and the surrounding area originally used for? Who built the hall? What was it used for originally? How has it's uses changed through the years? Lots of questions which we will answer using our excellent research and amazing presentation skills which we will have developed throughout the year. This topic will allow us to enhance our map reading skills and identify features on a map and in an atlas too.
We will be using a collaboration of resources to teach maths this year. Our aim is to improve our fluency in the recall of facts and also our methods that we use to calculate. We will also use elements of the Maths No Problem program that gives us lots of opportunity to discuss and explain our learning. We will do lots of learning in pairs and groups. Throughout the year we will also have a huge push on learning all of our times tables.
In writing we will focus on sentence structure and securing the use of basic punctuation to improve cohesion within our writing. We will look at Finnish folk tales, historical reports and a wide range of literature in order to expose the children to as diverse a selection of texts as possible. We are aiming to give the children their own voice in using the Writing for Pleasure materials so that our pupils are given the tools they need to then put their own ideas into published texts.
As scientists we will explore how we hear sound and what changes the sounds we hear. We will learn all about how energy is made and what we can do to help the world in the future. Our topic on States of Matter will help us to find out how materials change from solids to liquids to gases. Finally, we will find out about how animals and humans change as they mature and the habitats that animals live in.
We will swim on a Tuesday and children should come to school with their swimwear underneath their uniform and bring their towel and underwear in a bag. They may bring goggles and swim hats if they wish.
Our other PE day will vary each half term so please check our class noticeboards for the up to date information.
The children should come to school in their PE kits on these days and they will remain in their kits all day.
Home learning expectations
The children will be given spellings each week to practice at home and they will be tested on these in school.
It is expected that year 4 children read every evening and sign their reading record, these will be checked weekly by their class teacher to ensure this. Book bags need to be brought in daily as staff within the class will want to read with them.
Home Learning is set every Friday, this will be checked on a Thursday and then re-set each week. If children do not complete their home learning they will be expected to do so in their golden time.
Children are encouraged to be regularly practicing their times tables, they can do this on TT Rockstars, Maths frame and also Top Marks Maths – all of which we use regularly in the classroom.