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St. James' CE Primary School

Welcome to Year 4

SUMMER TERM 2 (5th June - 18th July)

TOPIC

This term we will be spending the first three weeks as a whole school looking at the 'Global Goals' and in particular at Goal #2, Zero Hunger. As part of this, 4 Ghana will be looking at 'Ugly' fruit and vegetables, ionclusing the work of charities like City Harvest (http://www.cityharvest.org.uk/) and companies like Oddbox (https://www.oddbox.co.uk/). 4 Kenya will be looking at yoghurt making, examining the work of the charity Send a Cow (http://www.sendacow.org).

Following this, we'll pick up some poetry, looking closely at the excellent Valerie Bloom and her anthology 'Hot Like Fire'. 

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SPELLINGS
Please see below for spellings this term (Spellings, Summer 2). Please note, rather than Orange/Purple spelling groups, this term all children will receive the same spellings, derived from the National Curriculum Year 3/4 word list. The children have encountered these words, grouped according to spelling rules, previously over the course of the year. Please treat this as a bit of revision / last push on these important words! For anyone who finds them a little too easy, please start to learn the Year 5/6 words (see below).

PE

Please note PE remains scheduled for Wednesday mornings. Please could children come to school with their full school PE kit on Wednesdays.

HOME SCHOOL PROJECT

Please download a copy of our home school project letter for this term below ('Term 6 Home School Project Letter).

 

9th May 2017
Dear Parents/Carers of Year 4 

Sadly, as you know, Ms Smyth has been unwell for the past couple of weeks.    She is still not feeling very well, and has a medical certificate for a further 2 weeks.   We have managed to book the same supply teacher for this week - Mr Mackle.  He was the class teacher last week.

I am in the process of arranging cover to minimise disruption to the children.   Mr Taylor, as year group lead, is overseeing the curriculum and I had the pleasure of marking the children's Big Writes on Friday.  I will be in contact regarding long term cover at the end of the week.

 Thank you for the cards you have sent in for Ms Smyth, I have forwarded those to her.

Kind regards
Karen Willis

 

 

SUMMER TERM 1 (17th April - 26th May)

TOPIC

This term the children have chosen to study The Lost Happy Endings by Carol Ann Duffy, a wonderful picture book with some excellent scope for discussion around themes of happiness, the process of writing itself, the natural world and fairy tales. Given this, it's been quite difficult to pin down a name for our topic! We've opted for 'The Natural World'; in Art the children will be developing their sketching and drawing skills, looking at famous artists' work and finally painting their own landscape paintings. In Science, we'll be looking at 'Living Things', we'll be squeezing in some RE, thinking about fame and Christianity as well as pilgrimage and lastly the Ancient Greeks in History (part of our curriculum ahead of Years 5 and 6 that sadly doesn't quite fit our topic!).

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SPELLINGS
Please see below for a link to a PDF document containing  the spellings for this term ('Spellings Summer 1, Y4').

PE

Please note PE is now held on Wednesday mornings, rather than Wednesday afternoons. Please could children come to school with their full school PE kit on Wednesdays.

HOME SCHOOL PROJECT

Please see below to download a letter with more details about our Home School Project this term. Entries are welcome any time from now until Monday 5th June!

SPRING TERM 2 (20th February- 31st March)

TOPIC
Our topic this term is 'Fire and Ice'. Our main text this term is 'Ice Palace' by Robert Swindells, a shorter novel than we have been looking at until now. This will give us the chance to also look at the wonderful 'The Firework Maker's Daughter' by Phillip Pullman in the final two weeks of term. Both books are 'quest' style stories.

We will also be looking at the books below during Reading Carousels. 'Ice Palace' is reminscent of many of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales and we will take this opportunity to also examine some well-known fables to understand the typical features of both. If you would like to support your child at home, these books will help.

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SPELLINGS
Please see below for a link to a PDF document containing  the spellings for this term.

PE

This term, both 4 Ghana and 4 Kenya will continue to have PE on Wednesday afternoons. Please could children come to school with their full school PE kit on Wednesdays.

SWIMMING

Please note children are no longer swimming on Monday afternoons. Three different classes have their turn this term.

Night of the Seawigs Afternoon

A huge thanks to everybody who could make it in to school for our Night of the Seawigs afternoon! Your support was tremendously welcome and I'm sure you'll join us in congratulating the children for their performances and their hard work this term.

We'd like to host similar events in future and are constantly striving for improvement. With that in mind, we would enormously appreciate it if you could complete the following 4-question survey. Responses will be treated in confidence. Just click here!

SPRING TERM 1 (4th January - 9th February)

TOPIC
Our topic this term is 'The Sea'. Our main text this term is 'Oliver and the Seawigs', by Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve. If you would like to complement this with some reading at home, there a couple more titles by McIntyre and Reeve ('Cakes in Space' and Pugs of the Frozen North'), each with their trademark humour and cartoonish illustrations. Other titles which may be of interest, linked to the sea, include 'Little Boat' by Thomas Docherty and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by S.T. Coleridge. Another adventure story that might appeal is 'Ice Palace' by Robert Swindells.

Please do also check out Reeve and McIntyre's blogs and websites- plenty to explore there!

http://www.philip-reeve.com 

http://www.jabberworks.co.uk/oliver-and-the-seawigs/ 

Lastly, please click on the link below for ideas for our home-school project this term.

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SPELLINGS
Please see below for a link to a PDF document containing  the spellings for this term.

PE

This term, both 4 Ghana and 4 Kenya will continue to have PE on Wednesday afternoons. Please could children come to school with their full school PE kit on Wednesdays.

SWIMMING

The children will be attending swimming lessons at Fisher Downside leisure centre this term. 4 Kenya have an earlier slot of 2:00-2:30pm. 4 Ghana's slot is 2:30-3:00p.m. and may be 5-10 minutes late back to school, since changing sometimes takes a little time and it's a 15 minute fast walk back!

 

AUTUMN TERM 2

PE
PE days have been changed for this term. 4 Ghana will now have PE on Wednesdays. 4 Kenya will now have PE on Tuesdays.

Spellings
Please see below for a link to a PDF document containing  the spellings for this term.

Topic
Our topic this term is 'Fierce Creatures'. Please click on the link below for details of our home-school project this term. We will be looking closely at a great little book called Varjak Paw by SF Said. If you want to complement this at home, look out for the following titles:

The Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine.

One Dog and His Boy by Eva Ibbotson.

Krindlekrax by Philip Ridley.

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AUTUMN TERM 1

Home-School Project
Entries for our home-school project are warmly welcomed. The theme is 'Modern Fairy Tales', based on our class novel this term, Noah Barleywater Runs Away. Please find a letter with ideas below.

Spellings
Please see below for a link to a PDF document for the spellings this term.

Group
This year, some children from each class have joined a group, just for Numeracy and Literacy in the mornings. As you may already know, the other year groups have all split into three classes, leading to a better teacher:child ratio and we hope, improved progress and attainment. The group in Year 4 is by no means a ‘booster’ group, but simply a division of the children. They will still register with their class and participate in all activities, with the exception of Numeracy and Literacy.

PE
PE will take place on Tuesday afternoons for 4 Ghana. For 4 Kenya, it will be on Wednesday afternoons. We will be swimming in the first half the Spring term (January/February).

Uniform
Thank you for sending your children to school looking really smart, Mrs Willis has been really impressed! Any issues with sourcing any missing items of uniform, please have a chat with Mrs Brenta at the office.

Topic
This term we will be looking at Modern Fairy Tales as our topic, once we have completed the first two weeks’ of learning based around Roald Dahl. Our class novel for the term is Noah Barleywater Runs Away

Homework
READING: This year, all children will come home on a daily basis with a book bag. This will contain a home-school journal, where you can find their spellings for the week and where you should record daily reading (just a signature suffices!).

All children will have a ‘reading for pleasure’ book, which they will have the opportunity to change on a weekly basis. Most children will have a reading scheme book (these are on order and are coming in, so please bear with us). Some children will some word flashcards for them to practice too.

MATHS: This year, we will still be setting Mathletics as an extension opportunity. The children will be expected to complete one page of a new Maths workbook on a weekly basis. This will be handed out on Fridays and due by the following Wednesday. There will be optional homework opportunities to create a poster or model to explain weekly teaching points of arithmetic.

SPELLINGS: There will be 10 ‘core spellings’ which will be tested; these are the ones we’d like the children to really focus on. Also there will be an optional extra 10 ‘extension spellings’. These will be read out for the children to have a go, but the results will just be for the children. Spelling tests are on Fridays.

HOME-SCHOOL PROJECT: There will more information about a home-school project coming soon, please check back on the website next week for more information.