Goldfinches 2021 - 2022
Welcome to Goldfinches Class
We are so excited to have you back and are looking forward to our next adventures together this Autumn Term.
Please remember the link to our weekly blogs is at the bottom of the class page.
Mrs Evans will teach Tuesday-Fridays and Mrs Judge will teach Mondays. Mrs Shimmin will be our Teaching Assistant until Easter when Miss Randles returns from her maternity leave.
This is our class theme for the year. We will consider the Legacy left behind by the people of Ancient Greece and Rome and the Legacy we would like to leave to our future ancestors through our impact on the world and people around us.
‘Gorilla’ by Anthony Browne will take us on a journey to help us write diary entries from the viewpoint of different characters and stories based on animals.
After half term we will go on a magical and mysterious adventure with 'Leon and the Place Between' to help us improve our descriptive writing.
During our shared reading lessons, we will focus on increasing our vocabulary and understanding of an increasing range of words.
We will use both fiction and non-fiction texts to improve our ability to predict, retrieve, infer and deduce and learn to comment on the author’s intent, purpose and viewpoint.
Our first shared reading book is a beautiful book of '50 Animal Stories from Around the World'.
After half term we will join Susie on her adventures to magical and mysterious places in the 'Train to Impossible Places'
Our new book is The Train to Impossible Places’ and will take us on a magical and whirlwind tour to some incredibly imaginative places!
We will promote the love of reading through daily sessions of quiet independent reading where the children will have access to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books.
Please continue to support your child to read at home daily (a mixture of aloud to you and quietly to themselves) and in Year 4 it is so important that you continue to read aloud to them.
We will continue to follow the Read Write Inc Spelling scheme and the Y3/4 statutory spellings with spellings from these lessons sent home weekly for parents to support. In class we focus on practising spellings through a range of games and activities. Look out on the weekly blog for the spelling list.
Spellings to learn at home will be set and tested weekly.
This Autumn we will focus on mental calculation methods in our Monday Arithmetic lessons. Monday maths will have a focus on angles, triangles and quadrilaterals. During the rest of the week we will focus on Place Value, addition and subtraction methods and will move on to multiplication methods after half term.
Year 4 is a key year for times tables with the Government expectation being that children will know all of their times tables to 12x12 and the related division facts by the end of Year 4 when they will sit the online National Multiplication Tables Assessment. We will use the time first thing in the morning to practise and learn our times tables and will have mini tests each week to work through the 6x and 9x this half term. Look out on the weekly blog for links to online times table games.
Please support your child to continue to play TTRockStars at home.
History and Geography
This half term we will begin our study of the geography and history of the people of Ancient Greece to investigate what their legacy was and why they are such an important people to find out about. We will use Art, Drama and Dance to help us explore their culture in more detail. Look out for upcoming details of some very exciting Ancient Greek visitors into school in October to help us bring this period of history to life with a range of artefacts, activities and experiences. After half term we will move onto investigating the Ancient Roman Empire and the imact they had on Britain today.
Art will begin with sketching and using watercolours to create our own individual Goldfinches to sit in our tree. Art will link with the Ancient Greeks when we study the Ancient Greek pottery art and have a go at our own. We will learn to sketch the human figure in proportion and experiment with colour and silhouette.
In DT we will learn about healthy food and make links with the ingredients used in Greek Salads. We will taste test, design and prpare our own Greek Style salads.
Our Science focus this half term is Sound. We will be investigating and exploring how sounds are made, how they travel and how we hear them whilst learning the associated vocabulary along the way. Later in the term we will learn about the digestive systems and the importance of a balanced healthy diet.
RE this term is the Holy Spirit and then Incarnation which Mrs Judge will teach on Mondays.
PSHCE - No Outsiders, Heartsmart, Minfulness
This half term we will 'Get Heart Smart' and then move on to 'Don't forget to let love in' after half term. We will use Smiling mind, peer massage and mindfulness activities to help us to learn about the importance of our mental health and well being. Our No outsiders books are 'Dogs Don't do Ballet' and 'King and King' this term.
PE will be on Wednesdays and Fridays this term. Wednesdays will be cricket until half term and then dance. Fridays will be Gymnastics and team building games.
On PE days your child will come to school wearing their PE uniform and remain in it all day.
Please remember all long hair must be tied back and earrings either covered with tape or removed at home.
Goldfinches will follow the Charanga music scheme this term focusing on singing with Abba and then playing glockenspiels.
This term Goldfinches will learn German with Mrs Judge.