Welcome to Squirrel Class
Welcome to Squirrel Class, We are Year 4. There are 16 children in our class and our teacher is Miss Fox. Within our class, we also have Mrs McCabe who is a Higher Level Teaching Assistant. During our afternoon lessons, we have Owl Class who join us in Year 4. This means that we will also see Owl’s teacher, Miss Short and their Teaching Assistant, Mrs Lishman.
To find out what we will be doing this year, look at the Our Curriculum section of our website. To help us with our spelling and reading look at the phonics and reading section of our website. As we get older, we access the internet more and school wants us to stay safe online. To find out how you can support us in staying safe online, checkout the E-Safety section of our website.
Autumn term 1
During this term, Year 4 will be exploring the text ‘Secrets of a Sun King’ by Emma Carroll. They will be using this book to inspire them to write a letters, narratives and newspaper articles. This story is all about a little girl called Lil who goes on an adventure to Egypt to stop a curse and save her Grandfather. Although this is a fictional text, this does explore the history of Egypt in a fun and engaging way. Year 4 have already started to read this text during the first week back to school, they all loved listening to the story and are already excited to read even more! In our spelling lessons we are exploring prefixes and suffixes, we will look at how these change the meaning of words when added. Below are links to support both children to learn their spellings. Children also have access to SpellingShed accounts.
- What is a prefix and suffix?
- Adding the prefix un-.
- Adding the prefix dis-, mis-, un, im-.
- Adding the suffix -ing and -ed.
Within maths, we are currently working on our place value unit. All children could benefit from having as much practise as possible. Children can access their Mathletics accounts to practise place value work which has been assigned to them. Within our maths basic skills sessions, we are focussing on number bonds to 100. There are lots of fun and interactive games that children can play at home to support them to recall these number bonds. Children can also access maths home videos created by WhiteRose. These videos will recap the lesson taught within school and are a very valuable resource to support your child’s learning. For our times tables we will be focussing on the 3x, 4x and 6x this term. Children love to sing along to the Supermover songs to help them remember the multiplication facts.
Science – What do our bodies do with all the food we eat?
We will be exploring the human digestive system this term and be looking at how our body digests food and uses it to produce energy. Both Year 3&4 used their first session to share questions that they had about the topic, they all generated some fantastic questions and I am looking forward to exploring them all within our topic.
Geography- We’ve got it all! Why is the North East so special?
Art and DT- Local Landmarks
Within our Geography and Art we will be looking at the North East and what makes it so different to the rest of the UK. We have a fantastic trip planned to the Laing Art Gallery and a tour around Newcastle to see all the local landmarks. All pictures of the trip will be added to our class page.
Music- Mamma Mia
Within music, we are going to be focussing on ABBA and their song, Mamma Mia. We will be learning to play the Glockenspiel and creating our own performance of the song.
French- Les Amimaux
Within French, we will be exploring animals and how to say the names of animals, short conversations, and greetings.