Welcome to The Owls Class Page
(formerly Year 4)
Owls are known for their wisdom so
our motto is:
Sapientes nos sumus
Mrs Rigden - Class Teacher
Mrs Clarke Mrs Hussain Mrs Shanley
Our teaching assistants
Welcome to Year 4
To see a topic overview click on the title below:
Week 1 - Where is Derbyshire? How does the weather in Derbyshire differ from the rest of the UK?
In this topic we are learning about the geography of Derbyshire. We will look at where Derbyshire is in the United Kingdom. We will look at the climate of Derbyshire compared to other places in the rest of the UK. We will present our findings with graphs.
Weeks 2 How can maps help us locate different features around Derbyshire?
This week we will look at the Ordinance Survey maps for the area. We will look at the key and try to find different features across Derbyshire. We will look at the grid references and carefully plot different places and objects using the four and six figure grid references.
Week 3 - What different landscapes can we find around Derbyshire?
Human and physical geography is our focus this week. We will look at the difference between the two and use maps, photographs and videos to look at the different landscapes across the whole county. We will use geographical words to describe the different features found in the landscape.
Week 4 - Orienteering Adventure!
Where in the World are we?!
This week we are going to find out if we can use our skills out in the field! We are going to explore the local area through trailing off the marked paths. Can we use a map and compass and the skills we have learned to find the different points on the map? Perhaps we will be asking 'Where in the World are we?'
In Year 4 we will continue to develop the skills of comprehension by reading individually, in groups and as a whole class. It is important that, when reading, the children understand the words they are reading and have the ability to check the meaning of words when they are not sure. We are focusing particularly on answering more difficult comprehension questions when reading so that the children build up their deductive skills and have more of an understanding of what the text is telling them.
The children will build on their previous knowledge of Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling to improve their speaking, reading and writing skills. We will focus on different types of sentences and the associated punctuation. We will build on our knowledge of homophones so that we choose the right ones in our work.
In writing we will be also be building on our previous learning. This term we will look at Fantasy stories, We will also create a persuasive leaflet to get people to come to Derbyshire.
Numeracy is a very important part of the curriculum and this term we will be looking continue to build our skills in number and place value.
This term we will be once again look at number and place value and working towards mastering this in different ways. We will also look at subtraction and find ways to make sure our answers are correct through estimating and using the inverse. We will continue to build up our multiplication skills and use these when finding answers to division calculations. This should also prove useful for our continued fraction and decimal work.
Information for parents- http://www.croft.notts.sch.uk/Numeracy%20Targets%20Year%203.htm
If all parents could encourage their children to learn and practice all the tables up to 12x tables that would be very useful too!
This site may help with that:
P.E. for Year 4 this half term is Tuesdays and Fridays. Please ensure that your child has their P.E. kit in school at all times. Please also make sure that all items are clearly marked with your child's name. We will be going swimming every Tuesday. Please make sure that your child has their swimming kit in school on this day each week.
Animals including Humans
In Science will be learning about animals including humans.
We will describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans. We will identify the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions. We will compare our teeth with those of other animals.
We will construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.
Our main objective this half term is to consider this question ‘What is the best way for Buddhists to lead a good life. We will look at the eight fold path and think of how Buddhists might make choices that could be easy or hard.
Learning log tasks are set at the beginning of a topic to be completed over the half term. The children will have the whole half term to complete their chosen tasks. We will make sure you have the date for the homework to be returned. We hope that you enjoy the range of tasks that we have set for you!
Children will be given spellings on Friday and tested on the following Friday giving you a whole week to practice before the test! Spending just 5 minutes a day on learning spellings does make a big impact on the words you can spell correctly. This helps the children in their writing to be more adventurous in their choice of words.
Numeracy homework will be set on a Friday and should be completed by the following Friday. The homework will be in two parts - general Maths homework covering the different areas of Maths each week and learning tables homework. There will be a times table test each week for the table facts sent home each Friday. Our aim is to know all the times tables up to 12 x 12 by the end year 4.
Reading as much as possible will really help your child’s progress at school. For their learning passport they must have read three times a week all term. It is very important that they understand what they are reading a few minutes spent asking questions about what has been read helps children to develop comprehension skills which are vital to their education. In addition to the home reading book, children will also be allocated reading and Spelling Punctuation and Grammar homework via Bug Club your child's username is the first four letters of their first name and the first four letters of their surname. The password is year4.
Ambassador Awards 2018-2019
This year we have incorporated the Learning Passport within a document that recognises children’s achievements in school and the wider community. What is expected in order for children to achieve their ’Ambassador Award’ comes under 4 headings:
- Behaviour and conduct
Each section has elements that underpin the values that as a school we hold dear. We believe that learning is something that continues every minute of the waking day and it is important to recognise children’s achievements not only in lessons but beyond. Adults in school will discuss each section with the children and how they can meet the criteria identified; we are hoping that the children will be able to take some ownership of the passport themselves!
Have a look at the Ambassador leaflet to find out more and look through 'Steps to Success' passport the Owls children will be working through this year to help them achieve their Ambassador Awards!
Monday 29th April - Back to school for the children.
Monday 6th May - Bank holiday. School closed.
Friday 24th May - Ambassador Passport assembly at 10.00. invites will be given to parents if their child receives an award.
Friday 24th May - Last day of term.
Monday 3rd June - INSET day. School closed to the children.
Tuesday 4th June - School open.
Wednesday 19th June - Sports Day.