Sycamore class

Autumn term information

Dear Year 4 Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to Sycamore class! It is with great pleasure that I will be teaching your children this year.  This school year we will build on (and review) what they have learnt in Year 3 in Maths and English and they will experience new, exciting topics.

This term’s topic is Rainforests. Rainforests is an exciting topic that we can really focus on physical and human Geography. We begin the term with creating prints based on the artist named Henri Rousseau who used vivid colours and non-realistic scales to create paintings of green landscapes. The children will learn about: geographical features, map reading, climate zones, fair trade and deforestation. In Science, the children will be exploring the topic ‘States of Matter’ where they will be using their scientific enquiry skills.

In RE we will be focusing on Christianity. Focusing on different points of view and exploring ‘Why do people have faith?’. In PSHE this term we will be exploring Families, Friendships and safe relationships.

In English, we will be looking at a variety of texts. Children will explore and use exciting vocabulary to write setting descriptions, learn about the features of an outsider narrative and write their own. The children will also explore the features of an information report and they will compose their own information report. We will be looking at similar texts in our reading lessons.

Sycamore class are expected to continue reading outside of school in order to progress in their reading skills, especially in understanding what they are reading about. As per the homework policy please ensure you listen to your child read each day – this is a vital step in becoming fluent readers.

In Maths we will be focusing on Place Value to begin with.We will also be exploring numbers up to 10,000. The children will build up their skills based on comparing, ordering  and counting in thousands, hundreds, tens and ones. Each day children will also recap previous learning through key skills sessions.

For the start of the Autumn term at least children will be doing for thirty minutes PE daily, the children may keep their PE kit at school. They will also need a water bottle each day.

Like last year, homework will be set each Monday and must be completed by the Friday of the same week. You can help with homework but please do not do it for your child. Please fill out your child’s reading records when you hear them read each night. (Homework is extremely important. Please refer to the Oak View homework policy for more information regarding homework.) Times tables are also a big focus in year 4 please encourage your child to use TTRocktars at home to practice their times tables.

I will always make myself available to discuss your child’s progress and any questions you may have, please do not hesitate to catch me at the end of the day or to arrange another time to meet.

Miss Leonard, Miss Brittleton and Mrs Jones.

*Please watch the video below. The video outlines key features of our classroom such as: the entrance to our classroom, the toilets that Sycamore class will use and the teachers that Sycamore class will be working with.*

Transition video link

The link below outlines the entrances/exits


Year 4 topic overview

Year 4- English Overview

English MTP Autumn 1

MTP English A1 2020

Maths MTP- Autumn 1

Autumn 1 Maths 2020