Welcome to Year 4
Autumn Term 2018
In English this term, 4T have been reading The Angel of Nitshil Road by Anne Fine. We have tried to decide if the main character, Celeste, is an angel or not. We have used ideas from the story to create an argument to support or reject this idea. Some children have read I independently and other have begun reading other books by the same author. We are also going to be reading something by Roald Dahl, another popular author.
We have developed and learned new skills in maths this term. We have had great fun learning times tables and completing weekly Rock Star Challenges. There is a great enthusiasm about moving up the Rock Star ladder and lots of the class use the site at home to improve their times tables. Your child has their own login to this site. There is also the times tables challenge where they can earn bronze, silver and gold stars for every table. Let’s get learning!
In Science we are becoming experts on the human digestive system. We learned about the different teeth we have in our mouths and how to care for them. We carried out an investigation to find out which liquids were bad for our teeth and discovered that fizzy and acidic drinks damaged teeth a lot.
We will be learning about Ancient Greece in History and will create some very striking designs based upon Greek art and pottery. We will discover how our own democracy in the UK began in Ancient Greece over 2000 years ago.
Our Geography learning has focused on Shildon and what it can offer us. We will look at land use and complete some map work. We will also learn about the north east including the names of the counties that make up the area.
Class 4H have been reading Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown and are going to be writing their own version of this.
We are also going to be looking a different non-fiction texts, related to our topic in Geography about important cities, towns and landmarks in the north east of England. The children will be learning that non-fiction texts are set out differently to fiction.
We are very lucky to be having some exciting music lessons this term. Every two weeks, each class will have an hour with a skilled teacher from Durham Music Service who is teaching us how to play brass instruments. The children have made an excellent start to this.
As part of our PE sessions and our work on keeping healthy, we are working each week with people from FISCH (Family Initiative Supporting Children’s Health). We will be learning about the importance of being active and having a healthy diet. The children will have some challenges to complete at home about this.
UNCRC Article 28 – Every child has the right to an education.