Welcome to Class 4
Class 4 is made up of Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 pupils.
Our Class Teachers are:
This section of the website will keep you up to date with what we will be learning in Class 4.
During this term, we will be continuing to improve our reading and spelling skills by using the Read, Write Inc. program. All children will bring home spellings on a weekly basis, please help them to learn these.
In lessons, we will be reading books such as War Horse by Michael Morpurgo; Boy by Roald Dahl; The Boy and the Tiger by Pie Corbett and War Game by Michael Foreman. We use the method of Talk for Writing where children are given time to memorise a short bit of text and its features before composing a similar text of their own. We will also write instructions and explanations as part of our non-fiction unit.
In October, we will travel to Durham Johnston for a workshop with authors Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom.
Pupils are expected to read five times a week and have their planner signed by an adult.
In the first part of the half term, we will cover Place value and addition and subtraction. We will learn how to partition, order and compare numbers, as well as add and subtract numbers.
In the second half of the term, we will cover addition and subtraction, measurement and multiplication and division. These lessons are delivered in a fun and engaging way and include problem solving which gives pupils an opportunity to apply their skills.
Homework will be given out on Fridays to be completed and returned the following Monday. Please keep a watch on Class Dojo for homework reminders.
In Science, our learning challenge in the first half of the term is: ‘How can you light up your life?’ We will be learning about our eyes; how we see light and how light is reflected. We will even make a periscope. Pupils will develop their own investigations and create graphs to support their findings.
In the second half of the term, our Science learning challenge is, ‘What would a journey through your body be like?’ As part of this unit, we will study the human circulatory system including the function of the lungs. We will focus on how nutrients are transported around the human body. Pupils will explore how a healthy lifestyle supports the body to function and how different types of drugs affect the body.
During the first half term in Geography, we will be asking: ‘Why is the River Wear so important to Durham?’ We will be learning various facts about the rivers in the UK; the features of a river; modeling the course of a river in clay and taking a trip to Durham Cathedral to learn about the history of Durham and the importance of the River Wear.
For History, in the second half of the term, we will be asking; ‘Why should gunpowder, treason and plot never be forgotten?’ This will include developing their knowledge and understanding of this significant event in British history: The Gunpowder Plot. The children will increase their awareness of the past by finding out about Guy Fawkes and other significant individuals involved in the plot.
In Digital literacy, we will begin to understand the following key areas: the meaning of cyber-bullying and the consequences and outcomes; the importance of privacy settings and keeping passwords safe; the pitfalls of sharing photographs and videos; the phrase ‘Think before you send’. In IT we will explore imovie and take photographs, and in Computer science we will use Power Point to present information, and the rapid router app.
Our PHSE topic is ‘New Beginnings’. Children will have the opportunity to appreciate and celebrate differences and similarities between themselves, and to experience and explore how it feels to belong to and be valued in a group.
In RE lessons, we will begin by exploring ‘Why do Christians call Jesus the ‘Light of the World’?’ and explore the symbolism of light in Christianity.
In PE, we will be playing a variety of games with a coach from the Foundation of Light and we will be choreographing our own class dance. We will have have P.E. on Mondays.
Please be sure your child has their PE kit in school.
In languages, we will be learning Spanish with Lingotot. Our Topic this term is greeting and numbers to 20.
Harvest Festival- Thursday 19th October at 1.30pm. All food donations received will go to the Durham Food bank
Please check the calendar on our homepage for any other upcoming dates you may need to be aware of.
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