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Year 4

Autumn 1:

Welcome to a new school year and welcome to Blue Class! It is so wonderful to see the children back in school, thriving and working so hard. They have settled back in beautifully and are making us all proud every day. One of our highlights so far has of course been our amazing trip to Borwick Hall! They were all amazing and worked together as teams to solve problems and overcome challenges. This year, the Year 4 team consists of Miss Frankland, Mrs Noakes and Mr Higgins who will work in Blue Class on a Thursday and Friday. Mrs Noakes will teach the class on a Friday morning.

This half term our topic is ‘There is no Heart without Art.’ We will be learning all about  famous artists from     History such as Van Gogh, Wassily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrian. In lessons, we will be exploring their art work, finding out about their lives and recreating art work in their style. The children will enjoy exploring a range of  media and materials in the afternoons including mixing paints, sketching and smudging with charcoal and exploring 3D effects. In Science we will learning about Light and Dark. As a class, we will be reading the novel How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell. Below is a list of words that will be introduced throughout the  topic. You might like to ask your child about them or discuss them at home.

Primary colours        secondary colours         tertiary colours              abstract                    neutral colours      warm and cool colours           impressionism          post impressionism    industrial artwork                       

I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for all the support and hard work you put into Seesaw last term. It was always wonderful to see the fantastic work produced. I would also like to say how brilliant it is to see all the children reading so much at home—long may it continue. We aim for  everyone to read 4 times a week and record this in their reading records. Regular practice truly does make a difference to confidence, fluency and comprehension. Children who read regularly at home will be rewarded and we will have a target to work towards each half term.

Regular times tables practice is also essential for helping children to make good progress  in mathematics. Your child has access to the Times Table Rock Stars site and app, which is great for learning and practising times tables. If you have trouble accessing the site, please let me know.

Blue Class will have PE on a Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Please ensure your child comes to school in full PE kit on these days. They are welcome to wear a tracksuit/joggers/jumper especially as the weather becomes cooler.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything please  feel free to call and make a telephone appointment via the school office. Unfortunately we are unable to make face to face appointments at this time due to social distancing and arrangements at the end of the day.

As always, thank you for your continued support.