Year 4 2023 - 2024
Year 4: Mr Dalton’s Class
Autumn Term 2023
Hello and welcome to our Year 4 class page. This is where you will find out all the relevant information you need about what we are learning at school.
My name is Mr Dalton and I am very excited to be teaching at St Mary of the Angel’s again this year. I am supported by Mrs Thompson-Jones and we have some really interesting things coming up this term.
This term, we will be learning all about Greece and the Ancient Greeks. This is a really interesting and exciting topic where we will get to find out about the history and culture of this period. Through this, we will develop our historical skills to find out how we know about the Ancient Greeks as well as learning about the myths and some famous people. We will also be completing some pieces of sculpture inspired by Greek pottery.
In English, we will be using the fantastic Anthony Browne book ‘Gorilla’ as inspiration for our writing. We will look at features of narrative texts and then use these to create our own piece of narrative writing. Alongside this, we will be having a significant focus on basic skills such as handwriting, punctuation and grammar. During our guided reading sessions, we will look at a variety of age appropriate texts to focus on fluency and recall of information.
Towards the start of the year, we will focus most of our learning on Place Value and Number. This is to ensure that the children have a solid grasp of the foundational basics so that they can use them in other areas of learning. Alongside this, we will complete some more practical maths investigations. In Year 4, we have the Multiplication Tables Check towards the end of the year and we will start looking at ways to improve our rapid recall of these facts.
In RE, our topic is The Bible. This is a really interesting and important topic where the children will initially learn how to use a Bible, before learning about how God has spoken to a variety of prophets such as Abraham, Joseph and Moses. We will also find time to take part in a variety of Liturgical Prayers around some of the themes that come up throughout the year.
We also have lots of exciting learning planned across other subjects such as Music, PE, Spanish, Forest School, Computing, Art and Technology.
Monday afternoon: Team-building with Mr Dalton
Thursday morning: Tag rugby with Mr Dalton
Unless stated otherwise, our Forest School dates for this year are as follows:
Please ensure that your child comes to school on these days dressed accordingly to the weather forecast in old clothes which you don’t mind getting dirty. During the winter months it will be imperative that the children are wrapped up with multiple layers.
Homework in Year 4
At home, there are many things you can do to support your child. On Friday, work will be set on Google Classroom with details of activities that can be completed in their Home Learning books. There are also activities to complete on Spelling Shed and Times Tables Rockstars which children are encouraged to complete as regularly as possible.
With regards to reading, Children should continue to read every night and noted each time in their reading diary. This will complement the reading that children will be completing in school individually and during group Guided Reading. During these sessions, next steps will often be suggested, which will give hints for how to support reading at home.
You are always welcome to chat with myself after school, or to make an appointment. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Year 4 Teacher
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