Goldcrests

Welcome to Year 4!

Check out the sections below to keep up with our learning.

In-class Learning

Topic

Our first topic 'Hunter Gatherers' is now fully underway and the children have been enjoying learning about our ancestors dating back 850,000 year ago!

Please see the letter below for ideas about home learning projects.

Maths

In our current unit on addition and subtraction, we are using formal written methods to add and subtract 4 digit numbers. We are also representing these calculations through bar models, part-whole models and using place value grids where needed.

English

In our current unit on narratives, we are learning to write tales of mystery creating atmosphere. In our grammar phase, we have learnt about fronted adverbials, subordinate clauses and expanded noun phrases and we will be including these in our stories.


News and reminders

Events

We will be visiting the Sedgwick museum on Thursday 31st October 2019. There is a cost of £4.25 per child and letters have already gone out.

PE kits

PE, this half term, will take place on a Friday. However, this can change so please have the PE kits in every day!

Swimming

During the second half term of the autumn term, Goldcrest class will be taking swimming lessons every Wednesday morning.

All pupils swimming will require a swimming costume, or trunks, a swimming hat and a towel.

The letter with all the relevant information has gone out. Please, email me or the office if you did not receive it.

Water bottles

Please ensure your child has a water bottle every day. We have drinking water in class for refilling.

Home Learning

Reading

Reading every day is the most important part of learning at home. Please log each book you read by filling in the grid in your home learning book and complete one activity each week.

Maths

In Goldcrest class, we are expecting children to practise their times tables on TTRockstars regularly.

In addition to this, there will be a set of Diagnotic questions set for homework every Thursday and children will be expected to complete this by the following Wednesday.


10th September 2019


Dear parents and carers,
We hope that you have all had a relaxing and enjoyable summer holidays.
For the next 10 weeks, we will be embarking on our new unit called ‘Hunter gatherers’ in which we will be learning about our Prehistory. During this unit, we will be focusing on History, Geography, Science, Art, and Design & Technology.We already know the interest you take in your child’s work and we would like you to talk to your child about the Stone Age this week in preparation for next Monday. Please discuss the following:
What impressions do you have about this period in time? Can you choose one word that summarises the Stone Age?
Additionally, if you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you. Swifts and Goldcrests will be having a visit from Ely Museum on Thursday 3rd October where they will get to experience life in the Stone Age. You will be receiving a separate letter with more details nearer the time. We also have an exciting trip coming up in school in the second half term – again, more details will follow shortly.
Please, keep checking the website as this will be updated regularly with relevant information. Also, do not forget our weekly school newsletter!
Home learningYour child should choose one of the following long-term home learning projects, to complete over the next few weeks:Research information about: Must Farm (near Peterborough)WandleburySkara BraeCreate a tourist information poster or leaflet.
Design a model of Stonehenge / Avebury circlesDesign a model of a hill-fort
Write a diary entry of a day in the life of a Stone Age child
Your child’s long-term home learning project should be brought into school by week commencing 4th November at the latest. Please help and encourage your child with this project, but without actually doing the work for them. Encourage your child to spend some time each week working on their long-term project.
Other key informationPlease continue to encourage your child to read regularly and continue to practise their times tables on TTRockstars.
As the weather gets more unpredictable please ensure that your child has a coat or waterproof jacket. Of course your child needs a water bottle (filled with water not juice please!) with them each day, along with a school bag to carry books and letters safely. Please ensure that all school uniform is named as it makes it much easier to reunite them with lost items!
Our PE day will continue to be twice a week, so please make sure you have a PE kit in school all week.
If you have any comments or questions about your child's learning, please do get in touch.Many thanks,
Mr Calle and Mrs WalshGoldcrest and Swifts Classes