Welcome to The Owls Class Page
(formerly Year 4)
Owls are known for their wisdom so
our motto is:
Sapientes nos sumus
Mrs Rigden - Class teacher
Mrs S Clarke Mrs Z Hussain
Our teaching assistants
Welcome to Year 4
Letters to Parents
To see a topic overview click on the title below:
Week 1 - The Rise of Ancient Egypt
Where was it and was it the only civilisation of that time?
This week the children will look at where ancient civilisations happened in the world and think about why they happened linking to their work of last year. They will research the different civilisations of Mesopotamia (Ancient Sumeria), the Indus Valley, the Shang Civilisation and Ancient Egypt. They will work out when these civilisations occurred and why they happened in the areas they did.
Week 2 - Where are the important rivers of the World?
This week the children are looking at the major rivers of the World. They will find them using their geographical skills using an atlas and plot them onto a World map.
Week 3 - How do we find out about periods of History that were a very long time ago?
This week the children will take part in an archaeological dig, look at tomb paintings and look at hieroglyphs and how to translate them. The children will discover how historians piece together a lot of information to discover what happened in ancient history.
Week 4 - Where do rivers begin and end?
This week we will look at the River Nile and plot its course. We will look at the different parts of the river and use geographical vocabulary to describe the different parts. The children will describe different aspects of the river using the correct vocabulary.
Week 5 - Why were the pyramids built at Giza?
This week we are looking at the site of the pyramids of Giza. The children will research the discovery of the site and what has been discovered about the reasons for the pyramids to have been built.
Week 6 - What was the importance of the River Nile to Ancient Egypt?
Egypt is said to be the gift of the Nile and the children will learn what that means and how the Nile was the reason why the Ancient Egyptian civilisation was able to grow in the middle of a desert area. They will learn about inundation and the reason it was so vital to the Egyptians in ancient times.
Week 7 and 8
What was daily life like in Ancient Egypt? What jobs might people have had? What might children have done during the day?
In these weeks we will look at the jobs people did in Ancient Egypt and what children may have done all day. They will use different sources of information to help them discover facts about every day life in Ancient Egypt. They will use what they have learned to act out aspects of Egyptian life including tasting some foods that would have been eaten in Ancient Egypt.
What do we know about Ancient Egyptians? What is the timeline of Ancient Egypt?
This week the children will bring together all their knowledge of the Ancient Egyptians and construct a time line to show the different periods over the thousands of years that the Ancient Egyptians ruled over Egypt.
What did the Egyptians believe? What was mummification for?
The Egyptians had a religious system which had many gods and a belief in the after life. This week the children will be increasing their understanding of the beliefs of the Egyptians and why mummification was an important part of life in Ancient times.
How is water brought into our homes? Is this the same for everyone in the World?
This week the children will look at home water reaches our homes. They will compare this with the experience of children in other countries across the world.
What can we do to help our river environment to be free of pollution and help the river creatures survive?
Pollution is a continuing problem and this week the children will consider how pollution can harm the river environment. They will also consider the effects of water pollution on river creatures and humans.
What is the water cycle?
The water cycle is an important system and the children will learn how the different phases of the water cycle help our planet. They will learn the vocabulary of the water cycle and use it to describe how the water cycle works.
In Year 4 we will continue to develop the skills of comprehension by reading individually, in groups and as a whole class. It is important that, when reading, the children understand the words they are reading and have the ability to check the meaning of words when they are not sure.
The children will build on their previous knowledge of Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling to improve their speaking, reading and writing skills.
In writing we will be also be building on our previous learning. This term we will be looking at Fantasy, Fairy Tales (with a twist), news reports, information writing including non chronological reports and biographies and classic poetry. We will link our writing, whenever possible, to our exciting topic on Raging Rivers and Fantastic Pharaohs.
Numeracy is a very important part of the curriculum and this term we will be looking at Numbers and the number system. Including counting in different steps 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1000. We will read and write numbers to 9999 in words and numerals and find 1000 more or less than a given number. We will learn to understand what negative numbers are a count backwards through zero. Recognising the place value of each digit in a four digit number (thousands, hundreds, tens and ones) and compare numbers beyond 1000 are also things we will learn. Building on the work of Year 3 we will continue to learn to recognise and understand Roman numerals up to 100.
We will also learn more about addition and subtraction and build on our knowledge from previous years. We will use column methods for addition when appropriate and use numbers up to 4 digits. We will estimate and use inverse to check our answers.
With these different aspects of maths we will also solve number and practical problems to increase are understanding of how important understanding numbers and addition and subtraction are to our everyday life.
We will also being looking at money, properties of shapes and the measurement of perimeter and area.
Division and multiplication will complete our maths studies for this term. We will particularly look at recalling multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12. We will learn why it is important not just to count in multiples but know the factor pairs quickly and efficiently. We will be using the formal method for multiplying two and three digit numbers by one digit numbers.
Information for parents- http://www.croft.notts.sch.uk/Numeracy%20Targets%20Year%203.htm
If all parents could encourage their children to learn and practice all the tables up to 12x tables that would be very useful too!
This site may help with that:
P.E. for Year 4 this half term is Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure that your child has their P.E. kit in school at all times. Please also make sure that all items are clearly marked with your child's name. We will be going swimming every Tuesday. Please make sure that your child has their swimming kit in school on this day each week.
In our Sound topic we will be learning to:
- identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating
- recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear
- find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it
- find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it
- recognise that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases.
In our Electricity topic we will be learning to:
- identify common appliances that run on electricity
- construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers
- identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery
- recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit
- recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors
Our learning for R.E this term focuses on 'How and Why Christians follow Jesus' and Advent and how different countries celebrate Christmas.
Learning log tasks are set at the beginning of a topic to be completed over the half term. The children will have the whole half term to complete their chosen tasks. We will make sure you have the date for the homework to be returned. We hope that you enjoy the range of tasks that we have set for you!
Children will be given spellings on Friday and tested on the following Friday giving you a whole week to practice before the test!
Numeracy homework will be set on a Wednesday and should be completed by Friday.
Reading as much as possible will really help your child’s progress at school. For their learning passport they must have read three times a week all term. In addition to the home reading book, children will also be allocated reading and Spelling Punctuation and Grammar homework via Bug Club your child's username is the first four letters of their first name and the first four letters of their surname. The password is year4.
Ambassador Awards 2017-2018
This year we have incorporated the Learning Passport within a document that recognises children’s achievements in school and the wider community. What is expected in order for children to achieve their ’Ambassador Award’ comes under 4 headings:
- Behaviour and conduct
Each section has elements that underpin the values that as a school we hold dear. We believe that learning is something that continues every minute of the waking day and it is important to recognise children’s achievements not only in lessons but beyond. Adults in school will discuss each section with the children and how they can meet the criteria identified; we are hoping that the children will be able to take some ownership of the passport themselves!
Have a look at the Ambassador leaflet to find out more and look through 'Steps to Success' passport the Owls children will be working through this year to help them achieve their Ambassador Awards!