Year 4 - Class Eagle
Welcome to Class Eagle!
This page is designed to let you know a little bit more about our class...we hope you find it helpful. If you ever have any questions about life in Class Eagle that you can't find the answer to on this page, you'll always be able to catch a member of our class team before or after school on the playground and we'll be happy to
Class Teacher: Miss C Davies
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We are launching a new Foundation Curriculum at Badsey for 2019-20, designed to ensure there is a progression of learning across the school. We will still keep The Big Idea, with the chosen strand for the Autumn Term being Respect. Throughout the Autumn 1 term, the specific focus will be on The 2019 Rugby World Cup.
In Eagle Class we will be studying the country of Australia and linking all our topic based learning to this; geography, history, music, art and dance will all be incorporated. To begin our unit we are lucky enough to have a professional rugby player visiting the children for the day. He will undertake a session with our class teaching the basics of rugby and linking it to respect. The children will also have the opportunity to ask him questions. Following the visit, we will then join in with the whole school for a Rugby Opening ceremony on Friday 20th September – this will be an opportunity for the children to ‘show off’ some of their learning so far.
In our Maths Learning Journey we will be providing the children with a range of learning objectives based upon a specific maths topic area. On a daily basis, this enables us to focus our teaching upon their specific needs and provides the opportunity for the children to apply their maths skills in a range of contexts. The week will consist of four Maths Learning Journey lessons and one Basic Skills Maths lesson. We will also begin our mornings this term with ‘maths facts’ which are areas of maths that the children need to know. These are 20 minute sessions of quick, fun ways to help the children to remember these key facts. On a Tuesday and Thursday, these sessions will be TT Rockstars slots, where the children can practise their times tables in preparation for the assessment in the Summer Term.
Maths coverage during the Autumn Term:
Three weeks beginning 2nd September – Place Value
Week beginning 25th September – Rapid-recall Addition and Subtraction
Week beginning 30th September - Rapid-recall Multiplication and Division
Fortnight beginning 7th October – Formal written method Addition and Subtraction
Fortnight beginning 21st October - Fractions and Decimals
Week beginning 11th November - Position
Week beginning 18th November - Assessment week
Fortnight beginning 25th November – Formal written method Multiplication and Division
Week beginning 9th December - Money
Week beginning 16th December - Opportunity to address class needs
This year the government have introduced a new times tables assessment where the children will be tested on their tables from 2 to 12 on a computer/tablet. In order to prepare them for this, we will be focussing on times tables heavily in the Autumn Term and would appreciate your support at home with this. We do use a programme on the Ipads called TT Rockstars – the children should know their log ins and should be able to access this at home for extra practise.
Our primary tool for teaching children to become amazing writers at Badsey remains Talk 4 Writing. To learn more about Talk 4 Writing, click here.
Our English learning journey begins with a journey story where 2 aliens visit other planets in search of some animals. To launch this, the children will be creating their own paper mache planet and basing a short piece of writing on this which will be used as an initial assessment for Year 4. This will be followed by a non-chronological report about the countries of the World Cup. For the second half of the term, we will be learning to write a warning story and a recount which will be based around the KS2 trip!
Handwriting is a focus this term and we are closely monitoring the presentation with the aim of the children to gain their Year 4 Pen License.
Other Important Information
Our main PE will be undertaken each Friday however other PE sessions will be linked to our topic where relevant, therefore please can PE kit be in school at all times. We will ensure the kit is sent home at half term to be washed; please can it be returned to school on the first day back.
Please ensure that your child always has an appropriate PE kit in school. Your child will need shorts and a dark blue t-shirt. Don't forget tracksuit bottoms and a jumper for the cooler months. We strongly recommend outdoor trainers for outdoor PE, much of which will be undertaken this term.
Taught Forest School sessions with Mr Holdaway at Badsey are reserved for Reception, Year 1 and Year 4. The sessions for Eagles class will be on the following dates:
17th September, 24th September, 1st October, 8th October, 15th October, 22nd October, 5th November, 12th November, 19th November and 26th November.
Your child needs to wear long sleeves and trousers to be in the Forest School. They will also need wellies. We have a large selection of waterproof all-in-one outfits available to the children. A separate letter will be sent out and reminder texts to ensure you have full details.
These will be taught on a daily basis linking to our English Learning Journey where possible. At the beginning of each week the children will be learning a new spelling rule and the following series of lessons will be practising, applying and creating the with the rule.
A copy of spellings for this term can be found in your child's homework folder as well as by clicking here. During the Autumn 2 term we will move on to look at the spelling rules available here. You will notice our initial focus for the Autumn terms is a consolidation of Y2 rules and some of the Year ¾ rules to consolidate. Please work with your child in helping them learn their weekly spelling rules, perhaps you would enjoy using some of the ideas in the homework folder.
The words provided on each list are examples of words that follow the rule; they will not necessarily be the words used in a weekly assessment. The children need to practise the rule at home and seek similar words. The aim is for the children to be confident using the rule and will therefore be able to apply it when needed.
The National Curriculum Spelling Appendix can be found here. It shows you the expectations for spelling rules and the 100+ common exception words for each year group / phase. We strongly recommend working through these at home with your child.
Homework will be a choice grid, which has a range of activities for your child to choose from and ultimately aim to complete by the end of the term. We would like the homework brought into school on a Friday for them to share with their class.
We also ask that you read every day with your child at home, making a note in their reading diary when you have done so. Reading is the most important tool to unlocking all other areas of learning - please don't underestimate the importance of it! When reading with your child remember to ask them to regularly predict what they think will happen next and tell you why; clarify words they don't understand; ask them questions about what they are reading; and summarise what they have read with you when you have finished.
As mentioned above, times tables is also a key focus for Year 4 so any practise of these at home would be greatly beneficial to the children! Please do see me if you would like any help or resources to support this