Autumn Term 2019
Welcome to Year 4
We hope you all had a good summer holiday, which no doubt is already a distant memory. The children have an exciting and busy year ahead of them! They have all settled well into our new routines and have shown to be incredibly enthusiastic to start our new topics and subject challenges. We feel this is a perfect opportunity to inform you of some organisational details and introduce you to our exciting and challenging curriculum this year. It is important that students bring their planners to school each day.
In English we are currently studying poetic imagery, and will begin to focus on story writing in a Neolithic story retelling. The girls will also be taking part in Drama lessons with Ms Stirk at JCG during the Autumn term.
Maths this term focuses on number work and problem solving. We will work on the 4 operations, focusing on place value and tables. We will regularly use and apply the maths skills we learn, to investigate and solve problems. In addition, the girls will be practising their times tables and we would encourage short, frequent practice at home (Times Table Rock Stars is great for this-let us know if any problems with log-ins etc). The girls will have opportunities to practise their maths in a real life context during our Jamboree work at Christmas.
In Science we are learning about electricity and circuits, then gases, solids and liquids.
We will be exploring circuits with the use of makey makey kits.
This term our topic is Neolithic. We will also be having a Neolithic day at La Hougue Bie (Wednesday 18th September 2019), where we will travel back in time to the Stone Age. Our topic will extend to English tasks, IT and all aspects of our foundation curriculum.
In P.E we will be taking part in a rolling programme of sports, including gymnastics, hockey and netball. PE lessons are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and students will need to come to school in their PE kit.
In Music, we will learn about repeated rhythmic patterns and how rhythms can be described through rhythmic symbols and notation – Music lessons will be on Thursday afternoons
As part of our ‘Jigsaw’ PSHE lessons, we will be starting with ‘Being Me in My World’.
In R.E., we will be looking at Judaism. We will use a range of percussion instruments to learn accompaniments for their songs. We will also continue with recorder skills. After half term, we will begin rehearsing for our part in the Carol Service.
We have planned a wide variety of art activities for the term. The children will begin to explore a variety of mediums including sketching, pastels and painting using various paints and surfaces. They will also be doing some clay work with pottery to link with our Neolithic topic. Aprons must be in school to avoid creating a very messy uniform!
Each class will have a session of French each week, taught by Mr. Paul.
As you can see we have much to look forward this term. If you have any queries about this term, please do not hesitate to come and speak to us.
Mr Paul Mrs Toudic