Welcome to Year 4
In our class there are 35 children.
These are the adults who help us:
Miss Price (our teacher)
Mrs Thomas (our HLTA)
Mrs Gwilliam (our TA)
Our Weekly Timetable
We have been visited by our local fire service to teach us about the dangers around us. We learnt the reason why prank phone calls to 999 can be so dangerous, how to identify dangers around our homes, what to do if we ever find ourselves in a fire and how to stay safe when crossing the road.
We are a class full of mathematicians; we crunch our numbers like we do our Cornflakes!
In every Maths lesson, we practise our fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills. We also have extra fluency and reasoning sessions each week.
Every Friday we sit an arithmetic and a reasoning/problem solving test and we LOVE to see our scores going up each week.
Additionally, we are focusing on learning our times tables up to 12x12, as well as the related division facts.
Books, books and more books. There is a reason that our class is called Shakespeare- we love reading!
By the end of year 4, we should be reading grey colour banded books, but guess what? Half of us have whizzed passed that colour and are now reading sapphire and some of us even ruby books!
We are very good at reading our colour banded books, but we also enjoy taking home novels from our class book corner.
Our shared text this half term is Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson and Miss Price is also reading us Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J K Rowling before we go home each day.
Our stationary budget is being chipped away at by all of the handwriting pens we go through each week - the ink just cannot keep up with the amount we write!
So far this year we have written (deep breath!): a fantasy story, a newspaper, a magazine, a poem, a story set in the past and an explanation text, play scripts, persuasive letters and a story with an important dilemma. We have also written shorter pieces such as character and setting descriptions, letters and diaries.
Not only do we write in our English lessons, but we also practise our writing skills in History, Geography, Science and R.E.
When we write, we use lots of things to help us produce the best writing that we can: words around the classroom, grammar reminders on our grammar board, dictionaries to check our spellings, thesauruses to help us find synonyms for ‘boring’ words and checklists that we create ourselves.
Handwriting is also important to us and we are trying our very best to improve it everyday. We have a chart in our classroom (bronze, silver, gold and platinum) so we know where we currently are and what our next steps are.
Our Science topic this half term is ‘Living Things’. We have learnt about animals and their habitats, food chains and we wrote a persuasive letter to our local MP about the importance of preventing the destruction of habitats near our school.
Why is Birmingham such a cool place to live?
This is the question that we have been exploring this half-term. We have read and analysed different maps of Birmingham, researched attractions and landmarks in Birmingham and researched the recent news about Birmingham being chosen to become the host of the Commonwealth games in 2022.
In July we will be visiting Birmingham's Museum and Art Gallery where we will become historians and delve into the history of our local city.
We LOVE P.E.
This term we have been taught the rules of football by our Ace Coach and have loved learning how to be a good team player when playing football...as well as enjoying some friendly competition in mini games each lesson.
We are so lucky to be taught French by our lovely specialist teacher, Madame Jones.
Through games, we have learnt how to have conversations with each other speaking in French. We have also started to write phrases and short sentences in the French language.
Every Thursday afternoon, we are taught how to sing beautifully by our specialist music teacher, Mr Colley. He not only teaches us how to sing, but he also teaches us musical vocabulary such as: pitch, duration, staccato and much more.
Some of us attended the Dudley Perfoming Arts Christmas Singing Gala back in December and one of our class mates, Ciara, sang a solo - she rocked! We also took part in DPA's Spring concert.... can you tell that we love to sing and perform?