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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 Spring.

PE

In year 4, the PE day is Thursday. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit and on this day.

Trips

In Summer term we will be visiting a place of worship. We would welcome parent helpers who hold Kent House DBS checks, so please contact the class teacher about this.

Inspire Workshops

In Summer 2, the topic of the inspire workshop will be on how to help children learn at home. 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. From 8.45, children will be able to walk to their own classrooms. Children must be on their way to their classrooms by 8.55 as the playground doors will close as normal, at 9am. In KS2, children will be dismissed at the end of the day at 3:25.

 

Homework

Read it

Research it

Make it

This half term we will be reading Fly, Eagle, Fly! This is a traditional African tale retold by the author Christopher Gregorowski and illustrated by Niki Daly.

 

You should read another book or traditional tale from another culture and compare and contrast it with Fly, Eagle, Fly! You can do this by looking at similarities and differences between them e.g. setting, characters and plot. Which do you prefer? Why? Explain. What value do the illustrations add to the texts?

Research an information poster about ancient Egyptian burial practices. How did they bury their dead? Why did they do it that way?

Imagine that you are an expert, an Egyptologist, so prepare your information as an attractive poster that will help you to present your findings to the rest of the class.

 

Starting Point (A British Museum link):

www.ancientegypt.co.uk/menu.html

 

Make a Sumerian temple-pyramid, a ziggurat. These were purpose built places of worship in the very first recorded human cities in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq). They were step pyramids with shrines to the gods at the top. (Search: Ancient Sumer, Mesopotamia, Ziggurat)

Think about what the ziggurat looks like, what kind of materials you can use to construct it e.g. cardboard, paper, papier-mâché, boxes, wood, etc. What colours do you think it would be? What would the temple/shrine look like at the top?

Practise it

Write it

Design it

Spend some time practising the skills we are learning in school:

Practise your Times tables with links:

e.g. 2x, 4x and 8x; 5x and 10x; 3x, 6x and 9x

How can knowing one time table e.g. 4x help you to know the 8x

 

Spelling: try to learn as many of the Y4 words as possible in your new Reading Record book.

The story of Fly, Eagle, Fly! makes us think that we can achieve much more than people, or we ourselves, sometimes believe we can. We don’t have to be a chicken, we can become an eagle and achieve great things.

Write your own story which shows how people can achieve their potential or make the most of their talents. Like in Fly, Eagle, Fly! Use animals to show how this can be done and support your story with pictures.

 

The Ancient Sumerians and Egyptians loved to play board games!

 

Design your own board game which uses the patterns that link and connect times tables:

e.g. 2x, 4x and 8x tables, or the 3x and 6x tables, etc.

How will know your move? Dice? Coloured sticks? A spinner? How does the game start? How does it end? How do you move around the board? Will it need squares? Circles? Use your imagination!

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.

The homework will be due in on Monday 21st May.


What are we learning?

In literacy we will begin by reading “Fly, Eagle, Fly!” This is a story written by Christopher Gregorowski. The main point of the story is the hidden message and metaphor which discusses how we view one another, and how we view other countries. Throughout this, children will think about writing for specific audiences, and for specific purposes. In maths, we will be returning to our learning about fractions, before moving on to telling the time, and problems relating to time. Our topic learning will be focusing on Egypt.

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 have a mathletics login – please encourage them to use this frequently, as it will really help with their quick recall of mathematical facts. They are also given a login to “word mania,” which can be used regular to help develop spelling and fluency.

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