Welcome to Year 4
Our 2017/18 curriculum map can be found here:
We use our CLIC values to help us to learn to the best of our ability. We believe that every child has the right-
C– to be a confident communicator
L– to learn
I– to improve their health
C– to be part of a community
At Netley Abbey Junior School, these ideas underpin all of our learning.
If you would like any further information about our curriculum, please feel free to talk to our class teachers in the first instance who should be able to answer any queries. After talking to the class teacher, if there are any further enquires, they can be directed toward our head teacher.
Miss White – Denzil
Miss Hansell – Priory
Mrs Botma – Seaview
Denzil – Monday and Wednesday
Seaview – Wednesday and Friday
Priory – Monday and Thursday
Homework is handed out each Friday and should be handed in each Wednesday.
Your child will receive weekly spellings with space for them to practise each word five times. They will also receive either an English or maths piece of homework for them to complete, linked to their learning in class.
They should continue to learn their times tables at home as they will be frequently tested at school to ensure their progress. They should also be reading at home at least 3 times a week for 10 – 15 minutes. We would be grateful if you could support your child in learning to tell the time, as this is a particularly important skill.
The links below may help you when supporting your child with homework:
Autumn 1 – Ancient Egyptians
Our first topic this year is the Ancient Egyptians. Our classrooms show some of the work we created on our first days together.
We have been learning about mummification. We worked in small groups to show the mummification process, using drama, props and our imagination!
Autumn 2 – Anti-Bullying Week
During Anti-Bullying Week, each class discussed what bullying was. Denzil came up with some lovely acrostic poems about bullying while Priory discussed things that they could do to make sure they are being kind to everyone. In Seaview class, the children thought about what bullying might look like and created freeze frames to show this.
The teachers all agree that the children showed great maturity when discussing this topic. Well done to those who volunteered to share their classes work in assembly.
Autumn 2 – Alice in Wonderland
This half term, we have been looking at the text “Alice in Wonderland”. In our English lessons, we have used our imaginations to write about a situation in which the Queen of Hearts demands that the Mad Hatter is beheaded! We then wrote a speech on the Mad Hatter’s behalf, persuading her not to do so.
We have also been looking at Lewis Carroll’s poem “The Jabberwocky”. We have been using apostrophes and fronted adverbs to help describe the imaginative beast.
Autumn 2 – Christmas Festivities
We have really enjoyed all the Christmas related celebrations this year, including our trip to Nuffield Theatre to see Hetty Feather and performing our Christmas Carol Concert for you all. The children worked really hard on their singing and speaking and listening skills and we hope you enjoyed the show as much as they enjoyed performing it.
The children have also demonstrated their musical talents in their samba, recorder and keyboard concerts this term. The adults at Netley Abbey Junior School were all so pleased to see how much progress they have made over the year, playing trickier pieces on each instrument. A big thank you to Miss White, Mrs Green and Mrs Opoku for all their hard work.
We have also worked on our team building skills, working together to co-operate. For example, Denzil were asked to make Christmas decorations using only paper and glue. They had to discuss their ideas and negotiate in order to please everyone.
On the last day of term, the children went down to St Edwards Church to take part in our annual Christingle service. Here they remembered the meaning of Christmas and the symbolism behind the Christingle itself.
Spring 1 – War Boy
The first text we will be looking at in English this term is War Boy by Michael Foreman, a non-fiction book looking at life in the Second World War . The children have already started researching World War Two, finding out lots of interesting facts about key events and areas such as evacuation and rationing. We hope to share with you some of their work soon!
Spring 1 – Roman Britain
This term the children will be learning about Roman Britain. We will be looking at why the Romans invaded, who Boudicca was and how modern day has been impacted by the Romans. In March, the children will be taking part in some workshops by Groundlings Theatre Company who will be coming into school to bring Roman history to life.
Spring 1 – Fractions
As part of our fractions unit, we made fraction walls to help us find equivalent fractions. We used pieces of card and folding to ensure we were as accurate as possible. Have a look at us at work!
Spring 2 – Groundlings Theatre Workshop
Boasting no less than 6 different characters, played by two actors, the day was full excitement and packed full of historical facts. The children were first treated to a performance in which they were encouraged to participate. Groups of children were invited up onto the stage to create Roman roads, central heating, teach some Latin and become Roman soldiers and Celtic slaves. This was followed by a lesson on how to act on the stage like a professional. This culminated in a final performance led by the children themeselves. In small groups, children were given a Roman scenario (such as a battle or a banquet), which they had to create a scene on using the information they had learnt that morning. The results were magnificent!