Welcome back to Year 4! We will be journeying Around the World this term, looking at the impact we have on others and that they have on us. This will look at a wide range of areas from climate change and habitats to fair trade and recycling.
We will also be attending Forest School for the first 4 weeks of term. This will be every Wednesday morning, pupils will need their wellies and waterproof clothes. We would like to remind you that they should also bring in their school uniforms as they will be changing back into these after lunch.
In addition, we are delighted to welcome Bristol Rugby to the school. They will be taking a Sums and Scrums program each Tuesday morning for the term. During this, pupils will get to experience targeted Math's lessons linked to rugby and receive PE coaching from their experienced staff.
PE will be on a Tuesday morning and Friday afternoon, but as always, keep your kit in as you never know when we might have an extra opportunity.
We were very fortunate to welcome Erik from the Longship Trading Company to our school on the 5th January. I want to thank all the parents and families that contributed towards this workshop. It was a fantastic success and the children had a huge amount of fun and learnt a lot about our new topic.
Let me be the first to welcome everyone to Term 3. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break.
This term we will be starting a new topic looking at the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. To this end we will be experiencing a workshop on Friday to immerse us in these two fantastic Civilisations. A new term topic map will be uploaded by the end of the first week.
We plan to continue to have PE lessons on a Tuesday and Friday but PE kits should be in school every day as this can be subject to change due to other factors.
As part of our D&T project this term we built our own Roman Chariots. Take a look!
As part of Year 3's Tudor Day, we had the opportunity to try our hands at archery. They seemed to have a lot of fun!
This term we are continuing the Roman's topic. We are learning about the Roman roads and towns to help us understand the features of a good settlement and the goods the Roman's traded in. In D&T we will be making Roman chariots, while in Science we will be looking at solids, liquids and gasses.
Children will be having PE lessons on a Tuesday and Friday afternoon but PE kits should be in school every day as this can be subject to change due to other factors.
On the 8th November we were fortunate enough to be invited by the mayor of Thornbury to attend the One World Week event at Armstrong Hall.
During this they gave a presentation on how to be a good neighbour and I thought you would all like to see some of the presentation they gave.
I was delighted to welcome all of our new Year 4 children into KS2 this month, including both those who joined us from Year 3 and those completely new to the school.
We've had a busy time so far, from invading Britain; writing fables; exploring the power of electricity and working on our place value over the past few weeks.
Apart from myself (Mr Ford), we are fortunate to have Mrs Brooks join us for our morning Maths and English lessons, in addition to having Mrs Heyes and Mrs Meade with us for both mornings and afternoons.
Mrs Lee meanwhile will be taking the class on a Thursday afternoon to teach French and Music.
Hopefully, you have already found out that our topic for terms 1 and 2 is the Romans. We will be using our topic time in the afternoons to explore their history. Learning about where they were from, how they became the powerful force they were, their invasion of Britain and what they left behind.
A Future Stars coach will be joining us to give Year 4 coaching for Gymnastics after half term but before that we will be focusing on Tag Rugby on a Wednesday afternoon in Term 1. Please make sure you have your PE kit in school all week as this can change depending on weather.
Having just gained access to the website, I wish to apologise for the fact it is only now being updated. Over the first week of October the learning map and recommended reading lists will be updated for the new year.
Mr Ford (Year 4 Teacher)
Pupils in Year 4 bring home weekly spellings which focus on the spelling rules and patterns in the National Curriculum.
In addition, the NC includes a word list for each of the phases. From the Year 3/4 words the easier words have been selected and made into 6 word lists which the pupils need to be able to spell by the end of the year, both in tests and in their everyday writing. Most pupils have been given a sheet with the lists on to begin learning at home. Please encourage them to do this in a variety of ways.