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Thor (Year 4)

Welcome to Y4 Thor

Teacher: Mrs Kelly

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Simpson
 

Thor class has an exciting year ahead, learning lots of new things and exploring a wide range of topics. Our topics this year are ‘Invasion’, ‘Blue Abyss’ and ‘Bottoms, Burps and Bile’. Along side our classroom learning, we will also be embarking on various trips and visits outside of our school to further our learning and enjoy alternative educational experiences.
Thor class are a lovely, lively, and enthusiastic group of children who love to learn and share their thoughts and ideas. We will be enjoying written and practical based tasks throughout our year and can’t wait to share our work with you.
Please check our page regularly to see all the wonderful things that we have been doing and share our learning journey with us.

 

Key Information:
 The children will take part in Kidz Konnekt  sessions every Thursday and should wear outdoor clothes that are comfortable and practical. Please send your child with clothing suited to the weather as lots of activities take place outside.


PE lessons take place every Friday. All children have been provided with a school PE kit and will change in to this on their PE day. 

 

Our Learning

English

Reading

Children will continue to build on their existing reading skills by working on their fluency, pace and tone when reading. They will understand how to read in the ‘author’s’ voice and how to use punctuation and natural pauses for emphasis when reading or performing aloud.
They will also develop their comprehension skills by completing retrieval and inference questions as well as learning how to summarise a text and make accurate predictions. They will also expand and broaden their vocabulary through exposure of new words and learning techniques to allow them to discover the meaning of new vocabulary.

 

Writing

The children will learn how to identify text types and how to produce writing to suit a variation of writing styles. They will complete research tasks to widen their knowledge and create multiple pieces of effective and exciting writing.
We are also currently developing our spelling, punctuation and grammar skills and do this through learning and understanding the place value of punctuation and grammar. Children learn how to create an independent clause and the importance of a subject and a verb and how to identify different word classes.

 

This half term, Thor class are developing skills to write a setting description. We are learning how to use figurative language effectively and how to use adverbials of place. 

 

Maths

In year four, we are working towards a times tables test that takes place in the summer term. Therefore, we practice our times tables daily and have a focused times table of the week where we complete various challenges and learn strategies to help us learn and remember them.

This half term we are focusing on how to multiply and divide numbers. We are using a variation of methods to help strengthen our skills and are learning how to multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000. We are also practicing our 6 and 9 times tables and complete daily challenges. 
 

The children also use programmes on their IPad’s such as times tables rockstars, freckle, hit the button and purple mash to enhance their mathematical skills. We also complete regular arithmetic challenges.

 

Science

Our topic in science this half term is ‘Sound'. We will know how sound is made, associating some of them with vibrating. We will also know what happens to a sound as it travels from its source to our ears. We will be able to identify the correlation between pitch and the object producing a sound. 

 

Creative Curriculum

Invaders and Raiders  – Children will learn about the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxons and life amongst those times. We will be expanding our geographical skills and knowledge by studying maps, locating areas and plotting our findings on maps. 

Computing – This half term, children will be learning how to keep safe online and how to use technology to create an informative leaflet.

PE – The focus for the children this half term is Rugby. Children will develop skills in passing, kicking and handling a rugby ball. They will also build on teamwork and coordination skills.

PSHE – The focus for these lessons over this half term is ‘Being Me in My World’. This explores the celebration of each individual and their rights and responsibilities.

 

We Are A Rights Respecting School

In our school we explore our rights across all areas of our school through our learning and social times. We make links in our lessons and explain why or how they relate to a certain right.

We also have a ‘Right of the Half Term’. This is where we dedicate time in our week to explore a specific right in detail.
This half term, our focus is Article 29 – Aims of Education. Children will set themselves aims and goals to reach. they will also identify their own strengths and talents and share what they are proud of. We will share why our education is important to us and where our education can take us, looking at the opportunities education provides. 

 

Key Dates:

  • February half term - 12th - 16th February 2024 (Children break up for half term on Friday 9th of February and return on Monday 19th February). 
  • Safer Internet Day - 6th February 2024 
  • Author Event - 26th January 2024 
  • Y4 Class trip to Jorvik Viking Centre and DIG - Tuesday 20th February 2024