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Y4: What are we learning This term?

At St Michael’s our aim is to provide a rich curriculum and a wide range of opportunities that will build the habits of ambitious, capable learners.

Due to safety measures and restrictions that are currently in place, we are starting our year a bit differently than how we usually do things. However, we will do our very best to provide the children with the best possible experiences and will work tirelessly to support the children to flourish in their potential at our school.

Here is an outline of what the Year 4s will be learning during the Autumn Term.

Literacy

We will be developing the children’s reading comprehension skills by studying the book ‘Varjak Paw’, using a whole class reading approach.

In writing, the children will be writing a fictional ‘journey tale/tale of fear’ (based on Zelda and the rain cat) as well as non-fiction writing, linked to ‘Varjak Paw‘.

Numeracy

In addition to embedding the children’s mental maths skills, through our daily CLIC programme and BMBT (Big Maths Beat That), we are following the White Rose Maths curriculum, which covers the whole content of the National Curriculum. This term the focus will be:

  • Place Value
  • Addition & Subtraction
  • Multiplication & Division

This term, the children must learn the x6 and x8 timestable so that they know it off by heart. They should also know their x3, x4 off by heart.

TOPIC (History/Geography)

In Geography, as part of our whole school theme of ’Seven worlds, one planet’, Year 4 will study the continent of Asia. The learning will include using maps, atlases and globes to focus on key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities. The children will learn about the position and significance of latitude, longitude, the Equator, the Northern and Southern Hemisphere and the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. Ultimately our aim is to develop a better world view and to foster an appreciation for the complexity of the our world as well as the diversity of cultures across continents.

Science: ‘electricity’

Our aim is for children to learn about what electricity is and how it is generated.  We want them to identify which appliances use electricity in their homes and how to keep themselves safe.  The children will develop their scientific skills by constructing circuits, creating pictorial circuits and conducting investigations into insulators and conductors and different types of switches.

Religious Education

In RE we learn about the 6 main religions in the world, and this term our focus is on Judaism. As part of our topic, our learning will include

  • Main beliefs
  • Special places
  • Holy book
  • Symbols and meaning
  • Jewish Pilgrimages
  • Jewish Stories

We will also be dedicating some time to deepen our understanding of our school values of ‘Respect’, ‘Love’ and in the second half term ‘Peace‘.

PE

As the children will not be swimming this term, they will have a ‘socially distanced’ PE sessions, which will be on Wednesdays. This term the children will be focusing on multi-skills, which involves the fundamental movement skills of agility, balance and co-ordination; the key building blocks in a child’s physical development. Please ensure your child comes to school in their PE kit, tracksuit and trainers on Wednesdays.

CREATIVE CURRICULUM

In addition to all the learning already outlined, the children will also be given ample opportunity to do Art and DT (linked to their topic, but also a whole school art project), to participate in Music lessons, to take part in drama & dance activities, to develop their personal, social, citizenship and health education (PSCHE), to learn computing skills, including online safety and to learn a language other than English, which will be Spanish. As the children enjoyed the Spanish lessons during lockdown so much and as it is the second most spoken language in the world, we have decided to continue with the teaching of Spanish as our Modern Foreign Language at St Michael’s.

HOME learning

Following the positive feedback from using CLASSDOJO during lockdown, we will continue to set homework via our dojo platform.

Your child will be sent home with their log in details for classdojo; the log in is in the form of a QR code.  Past experience has taught us that it is easier to scan the QR code for tablets and smartphones, but if using a laptop, typing the log in details are a better option.  If you would prefer this option, please contact us via our school email, schoolmail@stmichaels.lewisham.sch.uk  so we can send this to you.   Please note that their existing log in details, given during our period of lockdown provide access to your child’s former year group class dojos.  Therefore if you already have this set up on a device, you will need to repeat the process for your child’s current class .

Can we also remind you that in order to refresh the screen and see additions to the page, your child must log out at the end of each session and then log in again when required.

Home learning will include:

  • Mathletics (login and password card will be given to them)
  • Weekly spelling words to learn (children will be tested on a Friday)
  • The children will also be given a fortnightly comprehension (written) task on a Monday, which must be completed and handed in the following Monday. We will mark them together in class.

Children will be awarded DOJOs points for completing their homework.

stay in touch

Despite the current restrictions about entering our school premises, please do not let that stop you from staying in contact with us. If you wish to speak to us, please contact the school office via schoolmail@stmichaels.lewisham.sch.uk and we will be happy to address any concerns you may have.

Our Year 4 classroom

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