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Welcome to the year 4 page!

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child to a new year at St Clare’s. We are looking forward to the year ahead and all the amazing work that will be produced.

Below is a list of information on the weekly routines for the each class:

  • P.E will be on a Wednesday for 4B and Thursday for 4RW.
  • Homework will be uploaded to Quizziz on a Friday to be completed by the following Wednesday.
  • Spelling will be handed out Friday to be learnt before a test the following Friday.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Mr R Willis

r.willis@st-clares.manchester.sch.uk

Miss Burns

r.burns@st-clares.manchester.sch.uk

Year 4 yearly overview

Year 4 Spring 2 curriculum overview

Spring term 1

We have made a brilliant start to the Spring term. Despite the challenging circumstances, children have worked really well both at home and school showing their hard work ethic and resilience.

In our English lessons we focused on ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ where children looked at key features of an introduction, sentence styles (simple, compound, complex), and descriptions with the effective use of adverbs, verbs, adjectives and nouns. Children wrote some brilliant instructions on how to ‘tame’ and ‘train’ a dragon. At the end of Spring 1, we had poetry week with the theme of ‘feelings’. Children compared two poems; ‘Smile’ by Spike Milligan and ‘What’s My Name?’ by Roger Stevens. They loved this and produced some amazing poetry, based upon ‘What’s My Name?’

In Maths, we looked at multiplication, division and measurement (Area). Before half term, we began Fractions. We will be continuing this after half term by looking at both adding and subtracting fractions. The children are working extremely hard at some difficult maths and are progressing well - some children have been asking for extra division work!

In History, the children started to learn about the Anglo-Saxons. We looked at what Britain was like before the Anglo Saxon's arrived and what life might have been like living in Britain during the Anglo-Saxon time. Children practiced being historians by looking at artifacts from this time period and enjoyed making predictions! We looked closely at the first Viking raid in Britain- Lindisfarne. Children have been fascinated by this topic and we will be continuing to learn more about this period in history on our return.

In R.E, our topic was Community, looking at how this is an essential and enjoyable part of life for people of every age and faith.  Children looked at the Parish Community and the roles within it in detail. They discussed and reflected upon the importance of celebrating, responding and belonging to the life of the local Christian community in accordance with God’s word.

In PSHE, we had a strong focus on feelings during lockdown and children made a feelings diary. They also developed a ‘Coping Toolbox’ and participated in ‘Wellbeing Bingo’. We looked at friendship and resilience and had a lovely lesson about Sir Captain Tom Moore and why he was an inspiration. Children thought about how they would raise money for important causes, coming up with ideas such as 100 minutes of trampolining, drawing, silence and much more! On the final week, there was the introduction of ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’ – a great opportunity for children to be mindful and do activities away from the screen. Children both at home and in school had a brilliant time.

Year 4 Welfare Wednesday

Autumn term

We have had a fantastic start to the school year! In English, we read the ‘Incredible book eating boy’ by Oliver Jeffers. There was some “Incredible” writing across both classes - stories about children eating pencils, trees, cars, computers and many more! The children then created a story about a piece of food travelling through the digestive system. Children were able to use scientific vocabulary and understanding from their first science topic (the digestive system), to provide detailed insight. Our next book was “Guitar genius” by Kim Tomsic which told the story of Les Paul and how he created the first ever solid body electrical guitar. Children were really impressed at the resilience he showed throughout his life and “be a Lester!” became a common motivating phrase in class!

In Maths, we looked at place value and all children worked hard throughout this with good understanding of all topics such as rounding, negative numbers and representing number on a number line. For the rest of the autumn term we focused on the four different maths functions: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

In Science, the children had fun exploring sound- they looked at the way in which sound is produced and learnt key scientific vocabulary such as ‘sound waves’, ‘vibrations’ and ‘pitch’. Children loved this topic, investigating sounds in various parts of the school and using instruments to see how noises and pitch can be adapted.

In R.E we learnt about the Jesus’ human family and family tree. We also looked at the sacrament of reconciliation, focusing on the importance of asking for forgiveness when we have sinned. Children learnt the various stages of reconciliation and their purpose.

In PSHE, children enjoyed class discussions around topics such as peer pressure and cycle safety. Children were able to think about and make the right decision when given various scenarios.