Year 4 Avocet 2022 - 2023
Welcome Back! We are very proud of how you have returned with a positive attitude and are excited to get to work. We are really enjoying getting to know you all and we have a great year planned ahead.
Here are some important pieces of information about our class…
- Our day starts at 8:30 and ends at 3pm
- In our class expect to see - Miss Westbrook (Monday - Wednesday) Mrs Phillips (Thursday Friday) Mrs Bartley and Mrs Thorpe
- Our PE day is on Thursday and so children are asked to come to school in their PE kit on a Thursday ( please wear a school PE kit , tracksuits are available to order or children can wear blue/ black leggings or joggers and a white T shirt. Trainers need to be worn for outdoor PE please. During the colder weather a zip up jacket may also be useful. )
- Spellings are given out weekly and a short test will be given the following week, remember to practise!
All children now have a reading book. Ideally children should read at least 3 x a week at home, but more if possible! Please sign your child's reading diary as they collect house points for reading at home.
Children have log ins for the following websites and this is the learning children are expected to complete at home. Activities will be added to these websites for the children to complete.
Log in details have been sent home and children have spare copies in their drawers.
Times tables rockstars
Learning with parents ( Email invite sent to parent's email address )
Find out more about our learning...
Our Curriculum in Autumn 1
We take part in daily maths lessons and we hope that children really enjoy their learning. Our teaching incorporates the concrete ( physical apparatus), pictorial( visual representation )and abstract( the written concepts ) model and children are encouraged to choose whatever method they find the most helpful . Maths equipment is available to children at all times as we encourage children to be indepedent in their learning. You may hear children talking about base 10 or place value counters as we are using those to help with our understanding of 4 digit numbers. We want children to build really solid foundations in these first important units of maths.
This term, our maths learning begins with our place value unit focusing on 4 digit numbers. Here are some of the things we are learning to do:
- Know the value of each digit in a 4 digit number
- Order 4 digit numbers on a number line
- Count in 1000s
- Find 1, 10, 100 and 1000 more or less than a given number
- Partition numbers using a part, part whole model
- Compare numbers using greater than and less than
- Solve problems using mathematical reasoning skills
- Count in 25s
Next we move on to addition and subtraction. Here are some of the things we will be learning to do:
- Add and subtract 1s, 10s, 100s and 1000s
- Add and subtract two 4 digit numbers with no exchange
- Add and subtract two 4 digit numbers with one or more exchanges
- Estimate answers
This term we are starting with the fun text, Stone Age Boy. We are using this as our Talk for Writing text, so we become familiar with the structure of the text. We will be concentrating on using exciting adjectives and expanded noun phrases within our descriptions of settings. We will finish this unit by writing our own version of the story. This will be followed by a unit that focuses on explanations – How to look after a woolly mammoth. We will also be exploring causal conjunctions.
Children take part in a reading lesson daily and children move to groups for this first hour of the day so that children working at the same level can work and be taught together. Children follow the Read , Write , Inc programme until they are reading with pace and fluency. After this, they move into a reciprocal reading group where they focus on various texts chosen carefully and work on skills to help them become expert readers. We hope that children will develop a love of reading and, of course, as their reading ability increases they can access many more texts to engage and excite them.
Class books –
The Stone Age Hunters Gatherers and Woolly Mammoths by Marcia Williams
The Wild Way Home by Sophie Kirtley
Our first topic is Through the Ages . This topic teaches children all about British pre history from the Stone Age through to the Bronze and Iron Ages. Children will learn how people lived and will be able to make comparisons between the different time periods using a variety of evidence and artefacts. They will be encouraged to discuss and explain their reasoning and understanding.
- Regular use of Times tables Rock Stars ( TTRS )
- Reading plus.
- Purple mash activities.
- Learning with parents ( New activities every 2 weeks )
- Reading school reading book x 3 times a week
In addition to the above we know that some families may like to engage in creative tasks with their children and we really encourage this. Each term we will send home a grid with optional activities for you to complete. Children are encouraged to bring in their work and share it with their classmates. The grid is attached at the bottom of the page.