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Hello, welcome to the year four page of our website!.

The teachers in Year four are Mrs Parsons, Mrs Chester (Mondays and Tuesdays) and Mrs Tolhurst (Wednesday-Friday).  There are lots of other adults to help us to learn too including Miss Munford and Miss White, as well as all of the support staff at the school. We hope you enjoy looking through our news and learning.

Please feel free to contact us with any comments or questions you have.

Our email address for year 4 is year4@highwoodsprimary.com . This gets checked every day.

Homework each week will consist of:  Spelling Frame, TT Rockstars, SPAG.com,  Reading with an adult.

Homework is set on a Friday each week and due by Wednesday of the next week.

PE is on a Tuesdays (swimming) and Fridays (outdoor PE)  Please come to school ready in your PE kit which needs to be suitable for outside PE.

James Ketchell Visit

Year 4 had an amazing morning with the adventurer James Ketchell on Tuesday 25th January.  After learning about famous explorers and all about Mount Everest, the children found his talk and workshop very inspiring and were able to make connections with their learning in class and James’ talk about climbing Everest.  We hope to have communication with him later in the year when he will be at the North Pole.

Spring Term

During the first half term, our theme will be Adventurers and Explorers. This is where we find out about the world. We look at the different continents and how their climates differ and what amazing places we have around the world. We also look specifically at Antarctica and Mount Everest and what is needed to survive in those harsh environments. We find out about Ernest Shackleton, Tenzing Norgay, Edmund Hillary and Amelia Earhart and do some fantastic art on icebergs and mountains.

During the second half of Spring term, we will be learning about the Shang Dynasty of Ancient China in our theme Dragons from the East. We will find out who they were and where they lived. We will also find out about their cities, beliefs and food among other things.

Spring term's books

Our first book of the term is Kenuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. It’s the story of a boy who ends up stranded on a desert island and how he survives. Before the island, he was sailing the world with his parents and this fits in perfectly with our Adventurers theme.

Our second book is Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White. We read it in class alongside the film and use it to inspire our writing- a diary from Fern’s point of view, a setting description and dialogue between characters.

Our last book of the Spring Term is The Firework Maker’s Daughter by Philip Pullman. We use this to write a letter from Lila to her dad and to write instructions on how to make our own fireworks.

Autumn Term

This term our themes are Myths and Monsters and Push the Button.  Please see the curriculum map page for information on these themes and other curriculum content for the Autumn Term.

Autumn Term Reading

Please hear your child read as much as you can at home.  Sharing books and taking it in turns to read pages can also be fun.  Any reading at home is good, we would like children to read for pleasure.

In school this term, we will be reading three books:  Varjak Paw, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and The Christmasaurus.

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