Hello, welcome to the year four page of our website!
At Highwoods we think Year 4 is really special. We cover lots of exciting themes and look forward to sharing some of our learning with you.
The teachers in Year four are Mrs Parsons, Mrs Chester (Mon- Wed) and Mrs Tolhurst (Thurs, Fri). 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 email@example.com . This gets checked every day (but not during school hours!)
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.
The first 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.
The second 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.
Spring term's books
Our first 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.
We then move on to 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.
Our last 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 though, he was sailing the world with his parents and this fits in perfectly with our Adventurers theme. We write diaries as though we have been to Rio De Janiero and Cape Town, descriptions of our time sailing and what we saw, a letter from friends and family back home and then a report on how to survive on a desert island.