Year 4 (Crispin) 2021 - 2022
Year 4 Class Teacher
Dear Parents, Guardians and Children,
Welcome to Crispin Class, I can't wait to get to know everyone and start our learning journey together.
Below, I have outlined what we will be learning about during the autumn term. Due to the turbulent couple of years that we have experienced, there may be changes to help fill in any gaps that we meet on our journey.
This half term, we are focusing on adventure stories and the journey of Hiccup on becoming a dragon trainer. This unit allows us all to have fun whilst recapping and learning new punctuation and grammar techniques. We will be writing instructions, making posters and writing our own adventure stories in the style of Cressida Cowell.
We have a strong focus on reading in Crispin class and I expect the children to read at home for a minimum of 15 minutes, 5 times per week. Reading unlocks huge potential in children both in their understanding and writing capabilities. On top of home reading, we will be reading lots in school and the children will be able to enjoy our extensive classroom library as well as the whole school library.
During the autumn term in maths, we will be working our way through number and place value, addition, subtraction, perimeter and multiplication. In the summer term, the children will sit a national times table test. We will be working on our tables consistently throughout the year and it would be helpful for the children to continue this at home. Please make use of our fabulous online resources such as Sumdog and Times Tables Rockstars which I have linked below.
During the first half term, we will be looking at states of matter. This is a fun unit for the children which involves looking at solids, liquids and gasses and their impact on our daily lives using lots of experiments and demonstrations. We finish the unit looking at the water cycle, which always provides a wonderful writing opportunity. Moving into the second half of the term we will be focusing on sound.
We are starting the year taking a big step back in time to Ancient Egypt. Together, we will be learning about topics such as who the Ancient Egyptians were, how they lived and what happened when they died alongside lots of other interesting facts. After half term, we will be learning about animal biomes using London Zoo as our focus.
As always, we will be spending time this year recapping and learning about internet safety and making sure that the children are confident in understanding what they can do to keep themselves safe online. Throughout the term, we will be looking at the internet, how it works and where the information comes from. By the end of the unit, the children should be able to evaluate online content to assess how honest, accurate and reliable it is.
In Crispin class we are fortunate enough to be going swimming this year. As the children didn't attend swimming last year, we will be partaking in two blocks, one with Year 5 and one with Year 3. Swimming will be on Wednesday afternoons at Egham leisure centre. The children will need to bring:
- A separate waterproof bag
- One-piece swimming costume
- Swimming hat (children will not be allowed in the pool without one)
- Goggles (if the children want them)
- No jewellery
I personally recommend that children with long hair come to school with a plait/plaits on Wednesdays to help them put their swimming hat on. A letter/email with more information will be sent at the start of the school term.
Whilst swimming, the children will only have one PE lesson each week on a Monday. As a class, we regularly use the playground outside for movement breaks and I therefore recommend making sure that the children wear suitable school shoes to be outside running and playing. They need to have a PE kit with the following kept in school:
- Bottle green shorts
- Red Pippins t-shirt
- Socks (if children wear tights regularly)
- Black/Grey/Navy jogging bottoms
- Sweat band (if needed to cover a religious bracelet)
Please make sure that children are not wearing any jewellery on PE days apart from for religious reasons.
The children will receive their homework books on a Wednesday and they will be due back in the following Monday. Alongside their homework, the children will be bringing home spellings each week to practice, these can be found at the back of their homework books.
I know it's going to be a brilliant first term back and I can't wait to get started. As always, if you have any problems or questions, please feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school office to make an appointment.
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