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Where did early Britons choose to settle? Why that location? How did they build there houses? We'll try and answer these and more with our 'Celts' topic this half term.

To view a copy of this year's long term plan please click the link below-

In English this half term, we will be focusing our work around a wonderful book, Weslandia by Paul Fleischman. A creative tale of a boy whose decides to make a difference in his life by starting his own civilisation. 

Through our English lessons we will cover the following;

  • Fiction and Non-fiction reading/writing
  • Creative extended writing
  • Grammar
  • Comprehension
  • Guided reading tasks
  • Active Learn in class and at home
  • Read, write inc spelling and phonics
  • Fortnightly spellings

In Year 3/4 we are teaching for mastery in our maths lessons. Through carefully planned teaching and the support of a 'Power Maths' scheme we enable all children to access the maths curriculum at their level and open up opportunities for all children to work within a mastery approach. 

Mastering maths means pupils acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. The phrase ‘teaching for mastery’ describes the elements of classroom practice and school organisation that combine to give pupils the best chances of mastering maths. Achieving mastery means acquiring a solid enough understanding of the maths that’s been taught to enable pupils to move on to more advanced material.

As a teaching team across phase and with teaching assistants, we work closely to plan, assess and evaluate each lesson to ensure the needs of every child are met. Additional time can be given in the afternoons or mornings if a child has struggled with a concept or we feel they need some pre learning to aid them in their understanding. 

 

The children also have access to TTrockstars, Mymaths and Numbots to support their Maths progression through app and online resources. 

 

THis term Year 4 will focus on the following topics;

  • Measure- Perimeter
  • Multiplication and Division 
  • Measure- Area 
  • Fractions 
  • Decimals 
  • Problem Solving 
  • Times Tables

'Where did the Celts choose to settle?'

This term we are travelling back in time to the Iron Age. We will explore hard choices that the Britons had to make when choosing a place to call home. The children will have the opportunity to enquire and explore just how the Celts selected the best spot and how to defend it.

Alongside our geography curriculum (see link at top of page), we have been looking at our chosen class city of  Oslo This work began in Transition week and the children took a keen interest in researching and discovering how life in Oslo compares to ours here in Warrington. We continue to grow our knowledge and are adding to our Oslo display as the year goes on. 

As part of our Geography topic, the class will have opportunities to research an ancient race, the Celts, and explore their lives in a bit more detail to support their learning. We will also use knowledge from our Stone Age and Egyptians topics to find comparisons between these civilisations.

Religious teaching takes place throughout the school day with daily prayers, whole school and class worship and the sharing of our gospel values. Each term we focus on a particular area of the curriculum taken from the Diocese scheme of work:

  • A non-christian unit on Hinduism- Places of Worship
  •  Easter- Betrayal and Trust

Living Things and their Habitats

During Science sessions this half term, the class will have the opportunity to group, sort and classify living things based on their properties. Using these skill they will then attempt to identify living things through collecting and investigation. We will explore how living things adapt to suit their habitat and look at how humans are impacting the fragile balance of nature.

Throughout the year we cover a number of PE skills, games and health and wellbeing.

PE is every Thursday afternoon so the children will need full PE kit in school. As we are in the Winter months, the children will need outdoor PE kit as we use the playgrounds and running track. 

This term weare using the Real PE scheme to teach the children varying levels of skills, as well as games and running. 

From January 16th, Year 4 children will attend swimming lessons for 10 weeks during the PE afternoon. 

Our PE lessons will be supported by a PE specialist, Mr Taylor. 

As part of our weekly class worship, the children are once again joined by the lovable Boris, to help us to be 'Heartsmart'. The children have been enjoying Boris' guidance as they display our Christian and school values to their peers and teachers. 

How you can support us.

Reading

Please hear your child read at least 3 times per week and record this in their reading record.  Children also need to complete some Active Learn at home.

Maths

Please help your child learn Times Tables.  TTRockstars is a brilliant APP to help with this.  Additionally, children need to complete online maths learning.

Spellings

Please help your child to learn their spellings.  These are given out weekly and there will be a spelling test each week.

Children are more than welcome to come and complete TTRockstars or Active Learn before school begins each day - if your child would like to do this, please mention this to the class teacher. 

Please feel free to contact and talk to us in regards to any of your children’s needs.

 

Staff

Class Teacher- Mr Lamb

Class TA- Mrs Ellison & Mrs Dawson

 

 

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