Year 4- Chestnut
Welcome to Year 4
Class Teacher - Miss Jackson
LSA - Mrs Ellis
Contact email: Chestnut@connectedlearningmat.co.uk
Our class is made up of enthusiastic and creative Year 4 children. At the beginning of September we discussed the Golden Rules and used these to create our own Code of Conduct. We all try hard to always have a positive growth mindset - we may not be able to do something straight away but we will do!
Our classroom is a fun, engaging and welcoming space where every class member feels valued, safe and listened to. Have a look at our photo gallery to see some of the things that we do.
Things to remember
Daily: Reading book and diary, water bottle and snack.
PE: PE lessons will be on a Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon so please ensure that the children have their kit in school. Please ensure that earrings are removed on PE days.
As the weather is becoming sunnier, please make sure the children have an outdoor learning kit in school too. We will be gardening within the school are various times. Outdoor learning kit consists of any old clothes that you don't mind children getting dirty!
Summer Term '23
At Cherry Tree, we use the Talk for Writing process, where we follow three stages: imitation, innovation and invention. We also have a strong focus on SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar).
The units we will be covering in Summer Term will be quest tales, explanation texts, tales of fear, persuasive writing and defeating the monster (endings).
We love and value reading in Year 4. All children read every morning as soon as they come into class and then once they have finished their book, they quiz it. If the children get 100% on their quiz they are given a raffle ticket. This raffle ticket is then entered into a termly prize draw! So the more they read, the more chances they have of winning! The children also have access to MyOn online.
Every child in the class is heard read at least twice a week, with a short discussion about what they have read. The children read individually as well as in guided reading sessions. During these sessions we explore a text in greater detail and practice/apply their reading skills, now known as VIPERS. The children have all drawn the symbols into the back of their reading diaries so have a look and ask them to explain what they mean. Please listen to your child read at home as much as possible – note it in their diaries so that once they have read 5 times in a week they can get a little toy from the prize bag!
We follow the Spelling Shed scheme so will be sending a selection of words from each weeks planning combined with a selection of the Year 3/4 Statutory Spellings. We will send spellings home on a Tuesday and testing on the following Tuesday. Please encourage your child to practice often.
Year 4's take a national times tables test so they need to know ALL of their times tables. Please encourage your child to practice all of their times tables on a daily basis. Times Tables Rockstars is one way to get in lots of practice. See the link below to access this.
In Summer Term we will covering these topics in Maths:
Decimals, money, time and shape.
Across Summer Term we will be learning about all living things (animals, classifications and grouping) and electricity!
Geography & History
The first half of geography was covered in Spring Term 2 as the children were looking at mountains. In summer term we will be looking and investigating rivers; how they are made and where they may be etc. In history, we will be investigating three of the world’s first ancient civilisations: ancient Sumer, ancient Egypt and the Indus Valley civilisation. Children will learn about the rise, life, achievements and eventual end of each civilisation.