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Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

Year 4

Welcome to Year 4:
Hepworth Class & Kahlo Class


Mr Jones is teaching Hepworth Class this year and Mr Peart is the class teacher in Kahlo Class.

Welcome

Welcome to year 4! We hope you find the information below useful as your child starts the year with us. This information will help you support your child at home with the organization of their week and their learning at home.

Key Times

Homework

Homework will be set every half term. Your child will be asked to work on a number of projects, designed to enrich the learning taking place in school. This approach to homework has been designed to enable you and your child to work together in a creative way and to develop a love of learning. Please see the homework document for Autumn.

PE

In year 4, the PE days are Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit on these days.

Trips

We would welcome parent helpers who hold Kent House DBS checks, so please contact the class teacher about this.

Inspire Workshops

The topic of the inspire workshop this term will be spelling and grammar. We would welcome parent involvement in this, and look forward to seeing you then.

Key Times

The school gates open at 8:30 in the morning. In KS2, children will be dismissed at the end of the day at 3:25.

Homework

Read it

Research it

Make it

Choose a new fiction book. Be prepared to discuss the characters, plot, setting and themes.

Decide whether you would recommend this book to classmates and be able to explain why.

Complete a book review from our book corner.

Find out about a particular aspect of chocolate that interests you e.g. how it is made, where it comes from, who first made it, etc.

Prepare your information as an attractive poster so you can present your findings to the class.

You are a Spanish explorer in the 16th century, far from home in Mexico. An Aztec chief gives you a chocolate drink and you look in wonder at his headdress and those of his warriors.

Make your own version of an Aztec headdress. Be colourful and creative!!

 

Practise it

Write it

Design it

Practice your timetables, especially 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 9.

Experiment with different ways to learn them e.g. write them, sing them, loud and silently, test yourself or get someone to test you.

And … can you say them backwards!?

Remember, you are a Spanish explorer in 16th century Mexico.

Write a diary entry about your experiences. What did you see/find? What dangers did you survive? How do you feel? What advice would you give someone about surviving there?

Draw a design for a golden Aztec drinking cup, covered in precious jewels and beautiful patterns.

Think about appropriate shapes, colours and materials you would use and label your design.

 

A note to parents,

Over the course of this half term please work with your child to complete the above. Each of the activities has been designed to support, enhance and enrich an aspect of the curriculum. We are looking forward to seeing the results of your work together.


What are we learning?

In literacy we will begin by reading “Jemmy Button”. This story follows the life of a young boy who grows up in Tierra del Fuego, in South America, but is taken to England in the 1800s. Through this, children will explore and discuss culture, differences in peoples and places, and examine the role of empathy. In maths, we will be focusing on place value, and the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We focus on these for a term so that children have a good foundation of number skills before moving on to other areas of mathematics. Our topic learning will be based around Chocolate – learning about the geography of where it came from, the science of how it is made, and the importance of it in the world. Did you know, that originally, only Kings and Queens in Europe would drink chocolate?

How can I help at home?

One of the key ways every parent can help is to ensure that your child is at school every day and on time. Other than this, the main way you can help is by ensuring that your child reads every day, for at least 20 minutes – this can be with you, or on their own, but it is the most effective way of ensuring that your child progresses and learns outside of school. Children also have a mathletics login – please encourage them to use this frequently, as it will really help with their quick recall of mathematical facts.

If you have any questions, please talk to Mr Peart or Mr Jones, or you can arrange a meeting at the office.

Thanks,

Mr Jones and Mr Peart