Fir Class 2018/19
Welcome to Fir Class 2018-19! This year, we will be using Class Dojo to reward positive behaviours, so if you have not already linked to our classroom please do to see what your children have been up to!
We are reading the very exciting and beautifully detailed 'Firework Maker's Daughter' by Philip Pullman to fit into our topic of Electricity. It follows the tale of Lila, who is determined to become a firework maker just like her father, but can she do it without the help of her friend Chulak, and his trusty talking elephant, Hamlet? We will find out, doing lots of role play, creative writing and play scripts on the way!
As we start Year 4, we will be looking at number and place value. The children will be using equipment such as base ten, numicon, place value counters, hundred squares and number lines to help them explore the value of numbers up to 10 000.
We will look into negative numbers and understand that counting doesn't just stop at 0! Our Year 4 mission is to become fluent and confident in times tables all the way up to the 12s, so we will be having daily practice through song, dance, games and colouring!
We start this year by looking at the Dignity of the human being. We will explore our own special gifts, and think about why God gave them to us and how we can use them to help others. We will also be learning about the Catholic charity CAFOD and learn about some inspiring human beings and consider why they behave in the way they do, and how we could follow in their footsteps.
Year 4 will be looking into electrical circuits to make their own 'Firework Maker's Daughter' themed lamp complete with switch! Running alongside their Science lessons with Mrs Sargent, they will become electricity experts and familiar with terms such as 'conductors', 'insulators' and 'current'. We will investigate similar products and consider materials to create our lamp with.
Science will be taught on a Wednesday morning by Mrs Sargent. The children will look at appliances that run on electricity.
This half term's ICT lessons will focus on algorithms in educational games. The children will look into existing educational games and discover what algorithms exist in these, and use the ideas to innovate making their own games on programming software, Scratch.
The PE session for this half term will be swimming. This will occur on Monday mornings, please send your child with appropriate swim wear, swimming hats and towels. No goggles or money please.
Important Class Information
Homework - Homework will be given out at the beginning of each new half term and consists of different tasks that are to be completed over the course of the half term. The activities are directly linked to what we will be looking at within class and are designed specifically to be completed by the children independently. This is in order to give the children a sense of responsibility to ensure the tasks are completed on time and also to give them ownership over their own work. The activities are designed to be done in ANY order your child wishes to complete them in and are of varying lengths in order to fit around your family life schedule each week.
There will always be a MyMaths activity to complete each week online (usernames and passwords for these will be given out along with homework folders and, should access to the internet be a problem at home, children will be given a slot to complete these short activities during dinnertimes).
Reading - Reading this year is to be strictly monitored by myself and classroom TA. Children will receive a banded reading book to continue their reading progression and this must be read at least 3 times per week aloud to parents for at least 10 minutes per session. Consistent reading is the only way for children to improve their reading skills which are vital for their school work and so, as well as their banded reading books, the children will be able to choose books from the school library to read for pleasure. Reading Bingo sheets will be sent home, which are full of age appropriate books for the children to read at home and at school (independently) for chances to win prizes.This Reading Bingo sheet should run alongside their school reading to encourage fun, interest and excitement about reading!