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St Philip's Church of England

Controlled Primary School

Year 4

Our class value is JUSTICE.

 

In year 4 we try hard to demonstrate this value in our everyday lives.

 

When thinking about ‘justice’, some people think first about giving wrongdoers the punishment they deserve.  ‘Justice’ evokes ideas of ‘just desserts’, ‘the punishment fitting the crime’, ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’.

 

However, that would be a one-sided picture of justice. Justice also means giving all people –particularly the poor and oppressed- what is right and fair for them to have: life, health, freedom and dignity.  It is about acting out of concern for what is right and seeing right prevail.  It is about social justice, especially for those who suffer and are least able to protect themselves.

 

 
 

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” 

Martin Luther King

 

WELCOME TO YEAR 4!

Class Teacher: Mrs Edwards

 

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Gallagher and Miss Tyrrell

 

 

In Year 4 we place a lot more emphasis on the children developing greater independence and becoming self-motivated learners, allowing them to thrive for the rest of the Key Stage. During this year, the children will continue to develop in their maturity and are expected to enter into greater communication about their own learning.

 

What happens in Year 4?

 

The Year 4 curriculum offers a rich and stimulating learning experience which children thrive and flourish in. We aim to, where possible, guide the children to make links across the subjects and to real life situations.

 

Our classroom is co-operative and resourceful. We have lots of things in our classroom that help us learn including working walls for Maths and Literacy. The children are encouraged to use a range of resources to allow independent learning.  We try hard to do our best in all aspects of the curriculum and we strive to show pride in our work.

 

We are going to explore a wide range of interesting topics in Year 4, including The Vikings and The Ancient Egyptians. For further information please look at our Year 4 curriculum map.

 

For our homework. we focus on daily reading (of at least fifteen minutes) and spellings and times tables which are given out every Friday, ready for a test the following Friday. 

Your child will be responsible for the daily return of their Reading book and Reading Log as each class has a short reading session at school. It is extremely helpful if you encourage discussion about the plot, characters and what may happen in the story. Your help in this is much appreciated.

 

PE kits should be clearly labelled with your child’s name and left in school and available for use any day of the week.

Please remember to send your child to school with a healthy packed lunch in a sealed box. School dinners are nutritionally balanced. Children in KS2 may also bring in a piece of fresh fruit for their break time snack (grapes must be halved).

Children are encouraged to bring named water bottle into class containing water only. Children need to ensure these bottles are refilled during break time and lunch time so that this does not impact on their learning time.

 

E-Safety

 

We will look at how to be smart and safe when using the internet. To begin the year, we will be reminding ourselves of our prior e-Safety learning, and extending this further. 

Useful websites: http://www.kidsmart.org.uk

 

EXPECTATION

 

We hope that all children in Year 4 will have the opportunity to develop a responsible and mature attitude towards each other and in their approach to their work. There will be a strong emphasis on each child ‘doing his/her best’ in order to achieve their potential. Our aim is to encourage independence in working yet also promote co-operation in group situations. Good effort and behaviour will be positively reinforced.

 

Remember that if you have any concerns at any time, members of staff are always available at the start or end of the day for a quick word. Please arrange an appointment if a longer chat is needed.

Year 4 Recommended websites

https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student     Times table Rock Stars in preparation for the multiplication check towards the end of Year 4

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/

Activities, tests and worksheets for Key Stage 2 maths, English and science. Aimed at pupils, with separate sections for parents.

www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk

A fantastic website with many interactive and informative resources

www.crickweb.co.uk

77 Free Online Math Games for Kids. Key Stage 2, Primary/Elementary Ages 8-11 Years.

 

In Year 4 we aim to give our best in order to enjoy and achieve in everything we do!

 

Finally…this term, like always is a busy one. We do appreciate your continued help and support and if you feel that you could help out in other ways, for example by hearing children read for just one hour a week, please get in touch.

 

Thank you for your support.

Mrs Edwards

 

Year 4 Spellings and Homework

A great big thank you for all the parents who came to look at our lap books.

We are becoming experts at creating maps of the world

In science we explored how our bodies digest food.

In science we explored how our bodies digest food. 1
In science we explored how our bodies digest food. 2
In science we explored how our bodies digest food. 3
In science we explored how our bodies digest food. 4
In science we explored how our bodies digest food. 5
In science we explored how our bodies digest food. 6

Our class trip to a Pizza Express was fabulous. It was like a class party!

We discussed our ideas about water to begin our topic The Trinity in RE.

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