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Church of England Primary School

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Year 4 - Acer Class

Welcome to Year 4 - Acer Class!


Who are the staff in Acer Class?:


Miss Patterson     Mrs Eley

(Class Teacher)    (Teaching Assistant)


I’m always available after school or you can phone the office to arrange an appointment to see me, I’m always happy to help with any queries.  Thank you for all your continued support.

Miss Patterson


What does our day look like?


Click on the link below for our current timetable:

What does our curriculum look like?

What are we learning in term 5?

Grab your wet suit! We're going deep into an underwater world of incredible coral and mysterious sea creatures.  We have already visited the aquarium and discovered lots of fascinating creatures.  We will be learning about the different layers of the ocean and which creatures live in each layer.  We will also be learning about classification in Science.  


Our Power of Reading text is the Boy and the Bear in the Boat and pupils will be writing poetry, diary entries, narrative and creative stories.  We will be learning to use complex sentences and exciting vocabulary to make our work interesting to read.  

What are we learning in Term 4?


Ssh…what’s that noise?  A bash?  A crash?  A shake, a rattle or a low, bass hum?  Which do you prefer…an acoustic singer or a booming brass band?A solitary voice singing sweetly and quietly or a magnificent choir lifting the roof?


Take out your ear plugs as you journey through the valley of sound and find out about instruments, the sounds they make and how they are produced.  Discover how sounds are made and which sounds travel the furthest!


Our focus for English will be on poetry.  Pupils will be learning to read and enjoy poems, try performance poetry and compose their own poems.  Our Poetry text is called Hot like Fire by Valorie Bloom.  


In Art, pupils will look at the work of artists Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee and use music as inspiration to create a piece of art in the style of one of these artists. 


Homework ideas include:


Learning a song off by heart or play a piece of music on an instrument. 


Write a fan letter to a musical hero explaining what you like about their music.


Write song lyrics for a new song by your favourite band.

What did we learn in Term 3?


Big and strong, powerful and brave, the Saxons wave their battle axes and brandish their swords as they begin to invade Britain’s shores.  Year 4’s new topic is ‘Traders and Raiders!’  Sail back to the dark ages, where the battles were rife and fear reigned.  Pupils will find out about the lives of the Saxons, including how they lived and where they came from.  They will also learn about the bloodthirsty Vikings from Scandinavia-never before had so much terror swept the land. Pupils and parents, are you ready to shine a light on the dangerous and deadly Dark Ages…?


Pupils have been provided with a Fun Facts and Ideas for homework page.  This should provide inspiration for pupils’ homework projects this half term.  Ideas include; making Anglo-Saxon bread or Viking flatbread;designing an Anglo-Saxon coin; writing a message in the runic alphabet or finding out about real treasure such as the hoard discovered at Sutton Hoo.


In Maths we will be focusing on fractions and decimals, to find more details clink on the yearly overview link above.  Pupils are expected to complete the MyMaths homeworks to the best of their ability.   


In Year 4, pupils should be reading for at least 30 mins a night and should record this in their reading journal which is then signed by an adult.  Thank you very much to those parents who do ensure this happens, it makes a huge difference.  

P.E. is still on Wednesdays and Thursdays, please ensure your child has a P.E. kit for those days.  


Thank you very much to parents for your input last half term with your child’s learning and I’m sure that together we’ll make this one another success.  The pupils are very excited about the Anglo Saxons and Vikings already so I imagine you will be learning quite a lot of facts over the next few weeks!


What did we learn in Term 2?


Welcome to the magical world of potions and their properties!  This half term pupils will be learning about liquids, solids and gases through exploring what their particles are like and how they behave.  We will be learning together about what effect heating and cooling these particles has.  Pupils will be busy carrying out various investigations such as testing the viscosity of different liquids.  Pupils will record their scientific findings in different ways.  


In Art, pupils will design and draw their own perfume bottle.  They will look at two artworks that contain potions and discuss how the artworks compare.  In History pupils will gain a brief understanding of the History of anaesthetic and gain a sense of how medical equipment has changed and improved over the years.  


In Literacy, our class text is Alice and Wonderland.  Alice encounters various potions and curious characters along her adventure.  We will be using the Power of Reading approaches with children to provide a range of writing outcomes.  For details about Maths, please refer to the yearly overview document (the link is above). 


What did we learn in Term 1?

This term our class topic is ‘Gods and Mortals’.  Pupils will be learning about the history of Ancient Greece and Greek gods.  Details of what we are covering can be found within the yearly overview document.

Our PE takes place on Wednesdays and Thursdays and pupils will be doing gymnastics and imoves dance.  The imoves dance is linked to our topic and pupils are linking their movements to the Battle of Troy.

In Maths the focus will be on Number and Place Value.  Details are provided in the Yearly Overview.  

Our Power of Reading text is Odysseus, again details of writing outcomes and teaching approaches can be found on the Yearly Overview.

What does our learning look like?

What does our learning look like? 1

What homework is given in Acer Class?


Homework: Pupils are expected to complete their set MyMaths homework and read for at least 30 mins every evening.  Please complete and sign reading records each night.


Pupils homework projects will be displayed as part of the express section at the end of the unit of work. Pupils can choose whether to present their homework as written work, ICT or something creative.  If pupils decide to choose something creative such as a painting then they should choose either written work or I.C.T. for their next homework project so that they are using different skills throughout the year.

How do we reward children in Acer Class?


We believe in positive praise and always seek opportunities to reward the children.  We always try to follow the “5 B’s” which are:


Be Respectful

Be kind and gentle

Be Careful

Be responsible

Be the best you can be

Picture 1 Blue circle (Mrs Kemp reward)
Picture 2 Yellow circle (Busy bee)
Picture 3 Green circle (Good to go)
Picture 4 Orange circle (Stop and think)
Picture 5 Red circle (Consequence)

In PSHE we have been thinking about feelings and emotions and how these impact on our behaviour. We have been using The Zones of Regulation to describe and discuss our emotions. Please follow the links for more information.

Below are some links to useful websites that will support your child’s learning and development: