We welcome you all to Year 4 and the next year of Key Stage 2. We hope you all had a lovely break over the summer and are ready for an exciting year with a range of fascinating topics and challenging opportunities.
Our first couple of weeks in year 4 will see us making an exciting start to our brand new topic on the Saxons with a variety of activities planned including a trip to Oxenwood on Tuesday 12th September. We will be leaving at 8:30 prompt and returning to school at 3:20. A separate letter has already been sent out and we thank you for the monies already received. This is certain to be an eventful and engaging day which will inspire the children as they start to learn about our Autumnal topic. We will be designing and making lots of Saxon artefacts over the following weeks and tasting foods similar to those eaten in that period. We are also planning an inhouse Saxon day on Thursday 14th December where we would like your child to dress up as a Saxon, so look on the website for past clothing ideas and start being creative if you wish!
English will see us writing some newspaper reports based on the Saxon invasion which will link to our computing topic. We will also be looking at instructional writing and narrative writing, adventure stories towards the end of the term.
Our Computing work will link to English, where we will be creating a newspaper report to report on our Saxon day experience and imagining what an invasion would have been like to the defenceless monks at Lindisfarne. We will also focus on e-safety.
In PSHE we are discussing and exploring how to become the best class team possible. This will link to this terms value of respect and apply to the weekly star of the week and leaf of achievement awards.
In RE we are going to be learning all about what we can learn from religions about what is right and wrong, looking specifically at The 10 Commandments, the Jewish and Christian faith.
In French we will be learning the different countries of the world and the variety of transport used within them. We will also learn the days of the week, how to travel and the weather.
Art will focus on pattern and printing and designing our own patterns using runes as our motifs. We have a wealth of artefacts to use and inspire us in our work so watch out for our creations and masterpieces!
More details can be found on our topic web and also on the Year 4 DB primary page which can be accessed through Brook Field's virtual learning environment. The children will be able to access topic challenges, thought provoking forum topics and a gallery of images showing our previous term in Year 4. There are also some useful website links which can further the children's learning and also allow them to have some fun out of the classroom.
We can't wait for these experiences to really inspire us and help us to understand the Saxons a little more. If you have any talents or expertise you would like to share with us to enhance our topic, please let us know as we are always keen to accept help in any form.
Year 4 Team.