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St. Augustine’s Catholic Academy

Love one another as I have loved you

Welcome to Year 4

Meet the staff:

Mr Ellis is our Year 4 class teacher.  He teaches full-time in Year 4 and is also the I.C.T. coordinator in our school.  He runs Minecraft club on a Thursday afternoon.

Mrs Keeling is one of our teaching assistants.  She works in Year 4 in the morning, and works with smaller groups of children across the school in the afternoon.

Mrs Knapper is one of our teaching assistants.  She works in Year 4 in the morning and in the afternoon.

Useful Information

P.E.

Our class has Physical Education on Tuesday, in the afternoon, and Thursday, first thing in the morning.  Please ensure your child has the correct kit, and brings it to school on the right days.

Homework

Our class has homework given out on Thursdays.  We expect homework to be handed by the following Tuesday.

Spellings

Our class has new spellings given out each week, usually on a Friday.  Currently we are focusing on learning the key spellings for Year 3/4 which we must learn by the end of the year according to New Curriculum standards.

What are we learning in Year 4?

Writing

We are learning to use powerful verbs in our writing.  Click here to find out what a powerful verb is.  Recently we have been learning to replace the boring word 'said' with more powerful verbs such as commanded, instructed, mumbled and shrieked.

We have been looking at Greek mythology, in particular the story of Daedalus and Icarus.  The children have been fascinated by this story!  Click here to read the story of Daedalus and Icarus.

Later on in the Autumn Term we will be learning to write reports.  Click here to find out what a report is.

Maths

We are learning to use various written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Click here to see an explanation of the column method for addition and subtraction.

Click here to see an explanation of column multiplication.

Click here to see an explanation of division facts.

 

When children do well at these methods, we build on this in two ways:

Firstly, we look at missing number problems.  Click here to see some examples.

Secondly, we look at word problems.  Click here for an explanation of word problems.

 

We are also putting a big focus on learning our times tables.  We use hundred squares to count in 2s, 3s, 4s, and so on.  We appreciate any time you spend at home teaching your child times tables - it has a dramatic effect on their mathematical ability at school, and is one of the best ways to give your child a 'head start' in mathematics.

Hundred squares can also be used to find 'number bonds' to 100 which are number pairs which add to make 100.  For example, 55 + 45 = 100.  We strongly recommend you practise using a hundred square at home to find these number bonds, if your child does not already know them all.

R.E.

We are learning all about scripture in our Religious Education lessons.  We have been looking at the book of Genesis from the Bible, and we have explored the following:

  • When God created the world in 7 days
  • Adam and Eve
  • The story of Abraham

Topic

Our topic for the Autumn Term is the Mayans.  We have explored the following:

  • Where the Mayan civilisation came from
  • How the Mayan civilisation developed
  • How Mayan society was organised
  • Mayan religious beliefs

We will continue to explore the Mayans through the rest of the Autumn Term, and will be looking at the following:

  • Everyday life for Mayan people
  • Mayan writing and calendars
  • The decline of the Mayan civilisation