Welcome to The Owls Class Page
(formerly Year 4)
Owls are known for their wisdom so
our motto is:
Sapientes nos sumus
Miss Ragg - Class Teacher
Our Teaching Assistants
Mrs Parker Mrs Clarke
(general TA) (Thursday afternoons)
(working 1:2 with specific children in the classroom)
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. We are focusing particularly on answering more difficult comprehension questions when reading so that the children build up their deductive skills and have more of an understanding of what the text is telling them.
The children will build on their previous knowledge of Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling to improve their speaking, reading and writing skills. We will focus on different types of sentences and the associated punctuation. We will build on our knowledge of homophones so that we choose the right ones in our work.
In writing we will be also be building on our previous learning. This term we will be focusing on the story of Charlie and the chocolate factory!
Numeracy is a very important part of the curriculum and this term we will be looking continue to build our skills in number and place value.
This term we will be looking at multiplication, division, fractions and 2D shapes.
We will continue have a strong focus on learning our table facts and there will be a number of facts to learn each week.
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 dodgeball and dance
This term we are learning all about Maya Civilisation and Chocolate
Week 1: How can we find out about the Maya? Where is the World did the Maya live?
For the first week back the children will learn how to locate Central America using an atlas; learning about the different countries and how this correlates to Mesoamerica. We are going to learn about the different cities during Mesamerican times and what the climate was like.
Week 2: What did the Maya eat?
During this week we are learning all about the most popular dishes and ingredients the Maya would have used! The children will also learn about how chocolate is made and processed from the cocoa bean!
Week 3: How did the Maya count?
4,000 years ago there was a counting system! This week the children are learning how the Maya counted and using their own mathematical knowledge to work out Maya calculations.
Week 4: What beliefs did the Maya have?
The Maya believed in many Gods. This week the children will research the different Gods and temples they would visit, along with designing their own Maya God based on what was important to them.
Week 5: How did the explorers discover and record what they found about the Maya in 1800AD? What can we learn about the Maya from their buildings in Chichen Itza?
This week the children will be learning about Chichen Itza and using their research skills to make an information leaflet to persuade tourists to visit!
Week 6: What is mark making? What are the differences between fabrics?
There are many ways to make a mark, the children will be practicing different mark making techniques in their sketch books and exploring different types of fabrics. Where do the fabrics originate from? How are they different? What is the texture like?
Week 7: How do I make a Christmas batik?
For the last week of term the children will be designing and making their very own Christmas batik! The children will learn how to use the different techniques to make different patterns using wax and muslin.
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!
There will be a times table test each week for the table facts sent home each Friday. Our aim is to know all the times tables up to 12 x 12 by the end year 4.
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. It is very important that they understand what they are reading a few minutes spent asking questions about what has been read helps children to develop comprehension skills which are vital to their education.
Ambassador Awards 2020 - 2021
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!