The Fishes (Y4)

Welcome to the Fishes!

In the Fishes class, children get ready to make the transition from lower key-stage two to upper key-stage two. Following our recent return to school, we will focus on developing a positive attitude to our learning which will enable children to maximise their learning opportunities. Teaching the children how to become more independent is also a key focus. They will be encouraged to be more self-sufficient in preparation for their transition to Year 5.

The class teacher is Miss Jones, who with the help and support of Ms Thornley and Miss James, will maintain high expectations for learning attitudes and behaviour in order to support, enhance and stretch all children’s learning.

This year the Fishes class will cover a variety of topics. We will be starting with place value in maths, before progressing to written methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, moving on to fractions and decimals. Throughout the year, we will also focus on strategies to help the children with their times tables up to 12x12 in readiness for the Multiplication Check which the children will sit in June. (This has been postponed this year).

In English, we will develop our writing skills; so our writing becomes more cohesive and includes more intricate grammatical features, such as fronted adverbials, conjunctions and embedded clauses.

Our work in humanities covers a broad range of topics; in R.E. we look at different religions, beliefs and practices. In Geography we focus on the structure of the earth, how and why volcanoes and Tsunamis are formed, we will be looking at the Rainforests of the world, and the effects of deforestation, and then move onto mapping skills. In our history lessons, we discover why the Romans wanted to come to Britain, Ancient Egypt, and then go on to look at Crime and Punishment, and how our attitudes have change throughout the ages.

Our science topics this year include electricity, sound, living things, states of matter and teeth and digestion.

To offer a broad and balanced curriculum, we also aim to teach children key ICT skills, and how to stay safe online. We will begin with e-safety before moving on to the mechanics of computing. The children will also look at what it means to be a responsible digital citizen. In French, we develop our vocabulary and children will be encouraged to practice their new-found language skills.

This year in art, we will be focusing on using our art pencils to create tone and texture. We will look at the work of some famous artists. In DT Children will design and make Roman shields; evaluating their products against their designs.

Due to Covid-19, music lessons will involve listening to; analysing and evaluating music across a range of historical periods.

P.S.H.E. will focus on supporting children to understand and celebrate that they are all different, and help prepare them for changes they may face when living in the wider world. As a result of the recent pandemic, we encouraging children to talk about their feelings – re-assuring them that things are different at the moment.

For a successful home-school partnership, communication is key. Home-school communication is now predominantly through the Class Dojo app and connecting to this is vital. If you need help setting this up, please do not hesitate to e-mail me. This term our homework will be submitted via See-Saw; this is to minimise books etc being brought into and out of school.

Many thanks

Miss Jones (Class Teacher) [email protected]