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 - Act like a Greek!
Greek Day on Friday!
This week the children will be having a Greek Day on Friday where we hope everyone will come as their favourite Ancient Greek. We will give ourselves Greek names and wear Ancient Greek costumes. (Please don't purchase one - Ancient Greek clothes are easy to make - no sewing required! -information was sent home before Easter - if you've lost it please come and ask us for a new one.)
Week 2 - Where in the world was Ancient Greece? Who were the Ancient Greeks?
This week we are going to compare the area of Ancient Greece with modern day Greece. We are going to try and discover where the Ancient Greeks came from. We will see where the first city states were established and how the Greeks established themselves in the Mediterranean. We will look at the main events during the time of the Ancient Greeks and create our own time lines.
Week 3 - How did the Greeks govern themselves?
This week we will look at the way the Greeks governed themselves. Did they really invent Democracy? What did Democracy mean for them? Is it the same as the way we govern ourselves today in the Modern World?
Week 4 - What sports did they play? Did they invent the Olympics?
This week we will look at the sports that the Ancient Greeks played and find out the origins and reasons for them have special events. We will look at the story of how the Marathon got its name. We will compare their Games with the Olympic games today and see whether there are any similarities.
Week 5- Who were the Gods and Goddesses of the Ancient Greeks?
This week we will find out about the religion of Ancient Greece and who the gods and goddesses were. We will see how the gods and goddesses interacted with the people of Greece.
Week 6 - What happened in the Trojan Wars?
Most people know about the Trojan Horse but what was that made for and what happened? We will look at the story that was written down and see if we can understand why this war is considered to be important.
Week 7 - What is the Greek legacy to us?
During this week we will look back at the things we have found out about Ancient Greece and see if what they did has had an affect on the Modern world.
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 looking at Greek Legends, learning how to carry out a debate and write reports about important aspects of Ancient Greece
Numeracy is a very important part of the curriculum and this term we will continue to develop our knowledge of times tables. We will continue to work on Decimals and also we will be solving problems using money and measures. We will learn to convert between different units of measure e.g. hours to minutes. We will work on reading, writing and converting time between analogue and digital time and the 12 and 24 hour clocks. We will also solve problems involving converting from hours to minutes; minutes to seconds; years to months; weeks to days .
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 Wednesday for the first two weeks, then it will change to Monday and Tuesdays . 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 Living Things and Their Habitats topic we will learn to:
- recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways
- explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment
- recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.
Our learning for R.E this term focuses on pilgrimages. We will look at why people from different faiths go on pilgrimages and how it is part of the life of believers.
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!
Monday 9th April- ~First day of the new term!
Friday 13th April- Greek Day!
Friday 25th May - Last day of term.
Monday 4th June - INSET day. School/Nursery closed to the children.
Tuesday 5th June - First day of the new term!