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Year 4 ACADEMIC YEAR 2012-2013

SUMMER TERM
 

 

The highlight of this term is our trip to Malvern.  This is an opportunity for the children to develop many skills, risk taking, independence and self esteem to name but a few.

An Indian theme runs throughout the term, it will be embedded in our english, geography, dance art and ICT.  We are hoping to have a special Indian Day.

Our science covers separating materials and we continue with our Play2Learn culuminating with a performance in Gheluvelt Park.
 

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What fabulous weather we had at Malvern.  The children behaved brilliantly and made the most of every challenging activity they faced from bed making, sandwich making to climbing, high ropes and long walks across the Malvern Hills.  Many thanks to the enthusiastic staff at Malvern and the teachers and teaching assistance who stayed with the children on site. 
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SPRING TERM


 

Welcome back and a Happy New Year to you and your families. This term we are looking into the fascinating world of ancient Egypt. Our mantle focuses on the children working for an archaeologist. They help to plan a dig and imagine what it must have been like to discover the tombs of the Pharaoh’s. The project will culminate in a real life adventure………………….!!!!

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We will study the local environment and what it means to save energy and be green through refining the children’s question and survey skills to enable them to produce a leaflet offering advice. We will study a variety of artist who use recycled materials leading us into creating a large collaborative collage.
 
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In Science we will be studying forces and electricity which will link to our DT project where we will make our own working torches.  

Our Play to Learn sessions culminate with a performance for our parents.

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AUTUMN TERM
 

This term is a fantastic 'Tudorfest'. We start off with a super Tudor Day by the History Man Mr Cadle.

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We had a trip to the wonderful Harvington Hall. We link a lot our other curriculum work to the Tudors as well, which really inspires the children.
We have made Tudor magazines and biscuits to name but a few.
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In addition as part of the Play to Learn initiative every child will have the opportunity free of charge to learn to play either drums, clarinet, French horns or cornet. Clarinets, cornets or French horns will come home to be practised. Remember to forewarn the neighbours and PLEASE ensure they are brought back each week on the MONDAY! At the end of the year we will take part in a concert in Gheluvelt Park, to which you will be invited.

We have enjoyed studying The Wreck of the Zanzibar by Michael Morporgo and in Art we have looked at light and shade and produced these lovely pictures.

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Our Design and Technology project has been to create Christmas themed 'Pop Up Books' linked to our poetry unit in which we have studied personification, list poems, kennings and rhyming couplets.
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Homework this year is set every Friday and expected back in by Wednesday the following week. Each piece of homework should only need half an hour to complete but if your child is inspired they can take as long as they wish and present work in any form!! A Think5 point will be awarded to your child for returning their homework and a further point for those that 'go the extra mile'.

Springboard and Basic Skills maths groups may be given homework on alternate days.

Spellings are given each Friday, either in a Red Spellings Book or on a Look/Cover/Write/Check sheet, and will be tested the following Friday. Think5 for children achieving excellent results in their weekly spellings test.

Please feel free to come and see us if you have any queries.

 

Curious about the Terrible Tudors? Intrigued about Egyptian tombs, mummies and hieroglyphics? Do you want to be whisked away and discover how people live in India? Then you will love Year 4!

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