St James' Church of England Primary School

Together in faith, we are a winning team.

Mrs Aarons, Mrs Richards and Mrs Mutch help us to learn and grow in Class 4. 

Hello and welcome to Class 4's web page. Here is my email address if you need to contact me: AaronsS@sja.fa1.uk


Information Slides for Parents/Carers

Meet the student council representatives for Class 4 as voted by their peers. 

Well done to H and I
Well done to H and I

Topic Learning Objectives:
• To introduce the award and explore what ‘leadership’ means
• To think about how we can ‘be the change we want to see’ in our schools and communities

• To explore leaders who have had a positive impact on the world through their faith and leadership.
• To apply leadership skills to our own lives and to the challenges that we are completing through the award.

• To take a walk around the local area and identify hubs of the community and places that are in need of change.
• To develop an ‘alternative map’ of our local area identifying community and change.

• To research charities who are working to bring about change on a national level.
• To organise a fundraiser or non-school uniform day where the pupils present their findings about their charity to raise awareness and support.

• To explore global issues of injustice through studying the lives of families in Calcutta, India.
• To think about ‘who your neighbour is’ and explore our responsibility to serve those in need.
• To empathise with the working life of those in Calcutta by making paper bags and selling them to raise money for charity.

• To prepare for your community action project

Our core texts this half term are...

During English sessions, we will be learning...

- To articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions

- To maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments

- To participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates

 - To apply their growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes (etymology and morphology) as listed in English Appendix 1, both to read aloud and to understand the meaning of new words they meet

- To develop positive attitudes to reading and understanding of what they read by: listening to and discussing a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks 

- To identify themes and conventions in a wide range of books

- To prepare poems and play scripts to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone, volume and action

- To recognise some different forms of poetry [for example, free verse, narrative poetry]

- To predict what might happen from details stated and implied

- To place the possessive apostrophe accurately in words with regular plurals [for example, girls’, boys’] and in words with irregular plurals [for example, children’s]

- To write from memory simple sentences, dictated by the teacher, that include words and punctuation taught so far.

- To plan their writing by: discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar

- To evaluate and edit by: assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggesting improvements

- To read aloud their own writing, to a group or the whole class, using appropriate intonation and controlling the tone and volume so that the meaning is clear.

During maths sessions, we will be learning about...

During science sessions, we will be learning about...

Our SEALS theme this term is Changes 

During computing sessions, we will be learning...

  • To design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller part
  • To use sequence, selection and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output
  • To use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs

Our French topic this half term is Carnaval des animaux 

During RE sessions, we will be learning about...

Summer 1

Awesome Egyptians

Our English core texts this half term are...

During Maths sessions, we will be using Power Maths Practice Books 4B and 4C 

During science lessons, we will be learning about sound

Our SEALS theme this term is RELATIONSHIPS 

During RE sessions, we will be thinking about...

What do different people believe about God?

Why are festivals important to religious communities? 

During computing sessions, we will be learning how to create beats and we will be perfecting out research skills using the internet.

Our French topic this half term is Les Sport

 In P.E we will be learning athletics and swimming

Children in Year 4 have a wonderful and exciting swimming lesson on a Thursday morning. All children are expected to participate during these fun sessions. Please ensure your child has their swimming kit for each session. 

Spring 2 

Blue Planet

Learning Outcomes for geography topic - Blue Planet

  • Can they give an extended description of the physical features of the area that they live?
  • Can they use maps, atlases, globes and satellite images to attempt to locate areas that are environmentally similar on a world map?
  • Can they name and locate some globally significant mountains of the world?
  • Can they say how features and places change and consider the links between people and their environment? (River pollution and plastics in the sea)
  • Do they express their opinions on environmental issues and recognise that other people may think differently?
  • Can they describe the key aspects of the water cycle?
  • Can they name the key features of a river?
  • Can they name and locate many of the world’s major rivers on different maps?
  • Do they know the eight points of a compass?
  • Can they use fieldwork to observe, measure and record physical features in the local area?
Think about: How important are rivers? Where are the rivers in my locality? Where and what are the major rivers in the word?
Think about: How important are rivers? Where are the rivers in my locality? Where and what are the major rivers in the word?

In science sessions, we are learning about the Water Cycle. Have a listen to this very catchy song! 

Learning Outcomes for science topic - Water Cycle

  • Can they identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature?
  • Can they ask relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them?
  • Can they set up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests?
  • Can they make systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, taking accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers?
  • Can they gather, record, classify and present data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions?
  • Can they record findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables?
  • Can they use results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions?

Our English core text this half term is...

English Learning Outcomes this half term:

  • Can they listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers?
  • Can they ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge?
  • Can they articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions?
  • Can they participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates?
  • Can they apply their growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes?
  • Can they develop positive attitudes to reading and understanding of what they read by: listening to and discussing a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks?
  • Can they understand what they read, in books they can read independently, by: checking that the text makes sense to them, discussing their understanding and explaining the meaning of words in context?
  • Can they retrieve and record information from non-fiction?
  • Can they participate in discussion about both books that are read to them and those they can read for themselves, taking turns and listening to what others say?
  • Can they write from memory simple sentences, dictated by the teacher, that include words and punctuation taught so far?
  • Can they increase the legibility, consistency and quality of their handwriting?
  • Can they draft and write by: composing and rehearsing sentences orally (including dialogue), progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures?
  • Can they organising paragraphs around a theme?
  • Can they develop their understanding of the concepts set out in English Appendix 2 by: extending the range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions, including when, if, because, although?

Maths Overview for this half term


Class 4 have really enjoyed performing to music using cups

SPRING 1

Impressive Impressionists

Monet and Renoir.

This term pupils will study impressionism and re-create scenes before attempting to paint their own.  Children will look at the style of impressionism itself. It was a major change from the previous art and took a lot of courage to try something new. Monet was a driving force in impressionism (based in France) and the children know about France from Year 3.

Pupils will look briefly at what came before and after e.g. pointillism came after impressionism as did Van Gogh’s new style. Renoir was also an impressionist painter, but he was also an accomplished sculptor. We will look at some of his sculptures when we study him. We will compare and contrast impressionist styles and pupils will say which impressionist artist they prefer and why. 

Throughout this topic, pupils will recreate and create impressionist style artwork thinking about: texture, tone, shade, scale, style and texture. 

 

Pupil artwork inspired by Monet. 

Pivot Animation 


Learning to use Pivot at home

Learning to use Pivot at home

Learning to use Pivot at home

Learning to use Pivot at home

Our core text in English this half term is...

Some fantastic interviews by Class 4 reporters. 


William and the Missing Masterpiece

William and the Missing Masterpiece

Autumn 2 

Smashing Saxons

This topic is in the British Values overview and therefore it is important to remember them: British Values: Democracy; The rule of law; Individual liberty; Mutual respect; Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.

We will link the chronology as a continuation from Year 3 (after the Romans left); the reason for groups wanting to settle in the UK; rule of law; faith and belief. In the rule of law, we will teach the children how the Saxons decided on punishments for crimes and what these were. Children will discuss if they are fair and even decide themselves which one is the most appropriate. The impact of the Saxon arrival on religion in Britain is another aspect we will cover and we will compare to beliefs to now. Also, the conflict between the groups of invaders and settlers (Scots, Anglo Saxons and Vikings) until Alfred the Great’s (first King of England) actions in bringing peace in England. He is a significant person that will be studied in this unit.

This term in English sessions, we will:

  • use relevant strategies to build their vocabulary
  • maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments
  • gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener(s)
  • apply their growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes (etymology and morphology) as listed in English Appendix 1, both to read aloud and to understand the meaning of new words they meet
  • reading books that are structured in different ways and reading for a range of purposes
  • increasing their familiarity with a wide range of books, including fairy stories, myths and legends, and retelling some of these orally
  • predicting what might happen from details stated and implied
  • identifying main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph and summarising these
  • retrieve and record information from non-fiction
  • spell words that are often misspelt 
  • use the diagonal and horizontal strokes that are needed to join letters and understand which letters, when adjacent to one another, are best left unjoined
  • discussing and recording ideas
  • organising paragraphs around a theme: in non-narrative material, using simple organisational devices [for example, headings and sub-headings]
  • proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors
  • using the present perfect form of verbs in contrast to the past tense
  • using conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause

 

This term in maths sessions, we will:

  • add and subtract numbers with up to 4 digits using the formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction where appropriate
  • estimate and use inverse operations to check answers to a calculation
  • solve addition and subtraction two-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why.
  •  Convert between different units of measure [for example, kilometre to metre; hour to minute]
  • measure and calculate the perimeter of a rectilinear figure (including squares) in centimetres and metre
  • recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12
  •  use place value, known and derived facts to multiply and divide mentally, including: multiplying by 0 and 1; dividing by 1; multiplying together three numbers
  • solve problems involving multiplying and adding, including using the distributive law to multiply two digit numbers by one digit, integer scaling problems and harder correspondence problems such as n objects are connected to m objects.

Our Science topic this half term is...

In RE we are learning about....

What can we learn from religions about deciding what is right and wrong? 

Our French focus this half term is...

Faire les magasins

Our computing focus is...

Topic presentations and Internet research

We had a wonderful time working with Chetham's School of Music to perform a Christmas Samba. 

Autumn 1 

You're having a laugh! 

This term we will be reading many of Roald Dahl's humorous stories and his wickedly funny revolting rhymes. 

 Our science focus this half term is 

States of Matter 

 In RE we are learning about Creation/Fall

Our French focus this half term is...

Les Transports

Our SEALs focus this term is...

Our Computing focus is...

Word Processing and Computer Networks

OUR PRAYER AREA

REFLECTION TIME

During the school day, there are dedicated times where we collectively stop, think and reflect. Children are invited to join in with these prayers.

Lunchtime Prayer

For health and strength and daily food, 

We thank you, God. Amen

 

End of day prayer

At the end of the day we would like to say,

Thank you, God, for a lovely day.

Please keep us safe 'til the morning. Amen

 

Our classroom and playground have prayer spaces that children may visit too.

 What can you do to help your child this academic year?

  • Encourage your child to learn multiplication and division facts.
  • Read for 5 - 10 minutes each night with your child, asking them about what they have read.
  • Spelling Bee practice 
  • Ensure that your child completes their Learning Log activity on a weekly basis. 
  • Spellings will be given out on a Monday and children will be tested on a Friday. 
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