4S-The Mad Hatters
We follow the Cherry Fold values, Enjoy, Respect, Succeed!
Meet the Staff
During your time in Y4, you will grow into an independent learner, aim to be more resourceful and resilient, make new discoveries about the wider world and develop lasting memories!
We follow a theme based curriculum in Y4, through which you will learn National Curriculum skills. Each half term, our theme changes so that you will be involved in lots of different activities, to enable you to become a better learner and achieve your potential. Examples of our topics in Y4 include; Journey to Egypt, The Vikings and Burnley V Barcelona. We ensure your learning is enhanced by engaging in Enrichment days/Activities. We have a viking visitor coming in to spend the day with us, and, during our topic, Endangered, we have a visitor bringing lots of animals coming too! This also links with our science. As well as all that, we engage in stimulating activities, in our Forest schools, making the most of our exciting outdoor learning environment.
In Year 4, we are encouraged to make our writing creative and exciting. We follow the Lancashire English Units and study novels linked to our topics such as, The Mousehole Cat, The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster and Gulliver’s Travels which inspire our writing further. Additionally, we use Acceleread to help us improve our reading, taking quizzes once we have completed novels and gain as many points as we can, the more we gain the deeper our understanding! In Maths, we follow the Lancashire Red Rose Maths Mastery Scheme, which deepens our understanding of key concepts. By the end of Y4 we will have taken the National Multiplication tables check and are Times Tables Wizards after having learnt up to our 12x tables!
To support you on your learning journey, we hope that you will receive help from your parents and carers. They can do this by listening to you read, helping you to learn your Spellings and Times Tables and encourage you to complete your weekly Grammar and Maths Homework Tasks.
Finally, we use Class Dojo to send pictures and messages home about what you have been learning and all the fantastic achievements you have made!
We want you to have fun whilst learning. Remember Enjoy, Respect, Succeed!
Children will have a reading book chosen by themselves appropriate to their reading level. Accompanying these books are their reading diaries, where you can write comments on their reading daily. Your child will also be given many opportunities throughout the week to read a variety of texts and will then undertake an online quiz to assess their understanding of the text.
Miss Kauser will be teaching on a Tuesday afternoon- RE and PE.
In Year 4, children are expected to complete two to three pieces of homework a week.
Your child has been provided with both CGP English and maths books to complete their homework. Each week, they will be provided with different page numbers in order to complete different tasks from each book!
Weekly spellings will be every Friday. You should practise these throughout the week, ready for our test the following Friday morning!
PE will take place every Tuesday and Thursday.
Please ensure a full kit is in school ready for your child’s lesson.
Please ensure all jewellery is removed before lessons.
It is important to note your child can bring a healthy snack at break times such as fruit or vegetables. We also encourage your child to bring water to drink in class throughout the day, but they may bring something else to drink with their packed lunch.
In English we are reading Rumaysa by Radiya Hafiza.
Early Islamic Civilisation
This half term we will be looking at the Early Islamic civilisation.
In science we are looking at the topic- animals including humans. We will be studying the human digestive system and the different types and functions of our teeth, we will:
- Investigate the different organs within the human digestive system and what each part does.
- Look at the different types of teeth humans have and what each one is used for- we will then conduct an investigation into what destroys/ protects our teeth best.
- Look at what predators, producers and prey are and then use this knowledge to construct and interpret a variety of food chains.
Key Vocabulary for animals including humans:
Digestive system, digestion, mouth, teeth, saliva, oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, nutrients, large intestine, rectum, anus, teeth, incisor, canine, molar, premolars,
herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, producer, predator, prey, food chain
Key vocabulary for working scientifically: practical work, fair testing, relationships, accurate, thermometer, data logger, stopwatch, timer, estimate, data, diagram,
identification key, chart, bar chart, prediction, similarity, difference, evidence, information, findings, criteria, values, properties,
characteristics, conclusion, explanation, reason, evaluate, improve.
This half term we are looking at Keeping safe:
Throughout these lessons we will look at:
- The dangers risk and hazards and the difference between them.
- Strategies for managing risk
- What is a dare and how to say no if it is dangerous
- Understand that we can be influenced both positively and negatively
- Consequences of behaving in an unacceptable, unhealthy or risky way
- Identify images that are safe/ unsafe to share online
- Know and explain strategies for safe online sharing
- Understand medicines are drugs and how to use them safely
- Suggest alternatives to taking a medicine when unwell
- Strategies to limit spread of infectious diseases eg handwashing
- How to keep our information safe online
During RE we will be investigating Christianity- Jesus.
Key Question: How should we live our lives?
Focus Question: Is sacrifice an important part of life?
To answer this, we will be investigating at the following points:
- Retell the story of Jesus in the wilderness
- Identify Christian beliefs about Jesus reflected in this story
- Suggest why sacrifice might be an important Christian value
- Describe what a Christian might do during Lent and why
- Explain what is meant by sacrificial love- agape
- Discuss Christians who have been good examples of sacrificial love
Below is the curriculum map for Spring 1. Please find enclosed the exciting things we will be learning about this term!
Year 4 Common Exception Words
Common exception words are a key aspect of the KS2 English Curriculum. Children can practice these words which will help their school work and throughout the curriculum, as well as independent writes.
Our climate change documentary
We have thoroughly enjoyed our unit this term, exploring all things climate change! Please watch our finished outcome below as 4D had so much fun presenting all of our hard work by filming a documentary. We made excellent presenters and producers!
We love to get creative in 4S, which is why we spent an afternoon creating artwork for our 'Climate Crisis' unit. We used the technique of 'splatting'. Although it was messy, we got hands-on as we created the Northern Lights using the colours blue, green and white. Afterwards, we used white chalk to create the snowy, picturesque mountains.