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Phoenix - Year 4

Mr Keyes

Teacher (Monday-Tuesday)

I've found it impossible to narrow down my favourite book to just one! When I was growing up I absolutely loved the Famous Five; I wanted to join the children (and dog) on all of their adventures! I think Harry Potter is great (I like the third one best) and I'd love to visit Hogwarts one day. Michael Morpurgo has written some incredible stories, Kensuke's Kingdom is probably my favourite. Of course all of Roald Dahl's books are brilliant, I think George's Marvellous Medicine and The Magic Finger are the ones I most enjoy. I've always wanted to make a giant potion like George does in the story and see what would happen if I gave it to someone to drink!

Miss Easlick

Teacher (Wednesday-Friday)

Mrs Manton

Support staff

I love reading using my kindle, especially before I go to sleep at night. I like lots of different genres of books from thriller and crime to books that make me laugh out loud. Gardening books are also a favourite, as I dream of all the lovely plants I could grow in my garden.

Mr Connolly

Support staff

As there are so many books it is tricky to pinpoint which is my favourite so I’ve decided to tell you about a few which I’ve really enjoyed. One of my favourites growing up was Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl. I also thoroughly enjoyed reading the Glory Gardens books by Bob Cattell as they were all about cricket which I am very passionate about. The Harry Potter books are fantastic and I really liked the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz too.

Summer 1
 
Welcome back everybody, we hope that you've had a fantastic Easter Holiday. We are really looking forward to getting stuck into another fun-filled half term in Phoenix Class!
 
For our Maths this half term, we will be continuing to focus on decimals, moving on to money, then time. We will encourage children to attempt our 99 Club challenges and TT Rockstars battles as well as daily Flashback 4s to encourage retention.
 
In English, we will begin by writing adventure stories, set in a rainforest. This will develop our understanding in using adverbials, possessive apostrophes and punctuation to add emphasis within our writing. For the rest of half term, we will write a persuasive letter about saving our world's rainforests. The children will learn how to include text specific adverbials and conjunctions. 
 
In our Whole Class Reading for this half term, the pupils will study texts from the Year 3/4 Reading Spine. These daily sessions will continue to follow our Whole Class Reading structure, where the children will get the opportunity to develop the skills of understanding vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval, sequencing and summarising. In addition to this, pupils will have 20 minutes of silent reading each day. During these sessions, adults will listen to pupils read aloud to promote fluency and to check comprehension. AR quizzes will be taken once a child has finished a book to also check for understanding and to ensure that your child is reading an appropriate book at the right level. The children will also have the chance to listen to their chosen class book at the end of each day. 
 
In Geography, the children will be using atlases to locate rain forests around the world, learning how to identify and describe the weather and climate of a rainforest, what the layers of the rainforest are and also the different plants within the layers of a rainforest. 
 
 
For RE, the children will be answering the question 'what is it like for people to follow God?" within our Understanding Christianity People of God unit. 
 
For PE, we will be focussing on gymnastics. Children will work with a partner to create a routine involving symmetrical and asymmetrical shapes, as well as travel and transitions. 
 
For our Music lessons, we will be completing our next Charanga unit focused around Exploring Our Environment, where children will be learning how to play the notes C, D, E, F and G on the glockenspiel. Pupils will be improvising and composing. 
 
For French this half term, we will be looking at fruit and vegetables, where the children will learn how to listen and respond to key phrases. 
 
In Design Technology, our focus will be on Clothing and Textiles and the skill of sewing. The children will get the opportunity to plan, design, create and evaluate a product in groups. 
 
During our Computing lessons, we will be learning all about effective searching, how to use search browsers effectively to locate information and to assess whether an information source is true and reliable. 
 
In PSHCE, our pupils will on Making Me, encouraging children to reflect on what forms a person's identify, exploring how medias and advertising can shape our views and ideas. We will encourage pupils to think how the feel valuable as a person and learn all about healthy self-esteem. The children will also learn about My World, Your World, thinking about how their actions can affect others both physically and emotionally, including consequences and resulting outcomes from specific decisions.
 
We hope you find the resources below easy to access for supporting your child's learning at home and understanding the key objectives being covered. The list below includes:
 
-Knowledge Organisers
This explains the key information and facts your child needs to know by the end of their topic unit with some visual aids and key vocabulary we will learn too.
 
-Calculation Policy 
This provides you with information about the key mathematical concepts and how these are taught during this Key Stage.