Apple Class Year 4
Welcome to Apple Class, Year 4
I'm so lucky to be welcoming back into my class lots of familiar faces, in addition to those lovely faces joining me from Sycamore. At various points last year I had the pleasure to teach this class as a whole and I honestly can't wait to become your teacher for Year 4. I'm so excited to catch up with you all and I'm sure you're all very excited to have your year group back together again too.
Below is a little lowdown of what we are going to get up to in the following half-term.
In the meantime, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact on me on the Apple class email address below. I will try to get back to you as soon as I can.
Our New Topic: VIKING BRITAIN
Across the foundation subjects, we will work towards being able to answer key questions. Where appropriate, these questions will link to our overriding topic of 'Viking Britain'. Our key questions this half-term are:
How was Anglo-Saxon and Viking Britain ruled?
Would the digestive system work if one step of it is removed? How does light travel and how could we change its trajectory?
What role did Art and Design play in Anglo-Saxon and Viking culture?
What makes a meal healthy and balanced?
Why is Jesus inspiring to some people?
How does virtual reality help our understanding and provide an experience?
Our class read this half-term will be 'Odd and the Frost Giants' by Neil Gaiman.
I am very excited to read this book with you all. I know how much you all enjoyed reading Viking Boy last year, so you will LOVE this story from writer Neil Gaiman.
'Odd's luck has been bad so far. He lost his father on a Viking expedition, his foot was crushed beneath a tree, and the winter seems to be going on for ever. But when Odd flees to the woods and releases a trapped bear, his luck begins to change. The eagle, bear and fox he encounters reveal they're actually Norse gods, trapped in animal form by the evil frost giants who have conquered Asgard, the city of the gods...Can a twelve-year-old boy reclaim Thor's hammer, outwit the frost giants and release the gods? With Neil Gaiman's wit and style, this story transcends the everyday and becomes a humorous, rich and layered tale of a life lived courageously.'
We will also have lots of opportunities to read short stories, non-fiction texts and poems at snack time and at 3pm for our daily afternoon read.
SPaG and Writing
This half-term our key words are:
+ - Maths x ÷
All Year 4s will take part in a Multiplication Tables Check in June 2021. This is competed online, in school. There is 25 questions on times tables 2 to 12. For every question you have 6 seconds to answer and in between the questions there is a 3 second rest. Questions about the 6, 7, 8, 9, and 12 times table come up more often. The questions are generated randomly based on the rules of the MTC.
In school, we will have lots of opportunities to practice our times tables to make sure we're ready for the MTC in June. A great way to practice at home would be to continue using TTRockstars. The 'Soundcheck' mode of TTRockstars has a very similar format to the MTC. Verbal, quickfire questions from family and friends at the dinner table, in the car or while on a walk, would also be a great way to practice.
In our maths lessons this half-term we will be focussing on Place Value and Addition and Subtraction.
Apple Class Yearly Overview
Our teaching timetable for Apple Class
- This half-term, PE will take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays each week. Please make sure your child has a PE kit in school on these days.
- All children should wear uniform which should be clearly named.
- Please make sure your child brings their own water bottle to school each day.
- Please ensure your child brings a coat for outdoor play.
- Drop-off time is between 8:45 - 9:00am. Pick-up time is between 3:15 - 3:30pm (please walk over to Apple classroom within this time slot to collect your child).