Amazon Class 22-23

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Welcome to Amazon Class!

Our teacher is Miss McBride and our teaching assistant is Mrs Tyack!

 

Our Class Reps are… 

 

Recent Events in the Autumn Term…

Career Day 2023

Christmas Jumper Day 2022

Elf Day 2022

Children in Need 2022

Anti-Bullying Week 2022

Remembrance 

(Check back here to see some of the amazing Blackout Poems that we created in Amazon class!)

Our Class Wreath 

In year 4, we explored the animals who were also part of WWI and WWII. We were fascinated by how everyday animals had a huge impact on the war itself and how they helped the soldiers. Here is our wonderful class wreath dedicated to the soldiers and the animals who served in the war. 

Feather Sketching

This week, we decided to try our hands at sketching bird feathers. We carefully examined the different parts and explored the level of detail shading and different line styles can make. 

Here we have some beautiful chalk outline artwork we made in Amazon class. 

To celebrate Harvest Festival, year 4 spent some time creating some beautiful artwork of winter scenes and the traditional folk figure ”’Jack Frost’. We were inspired by Claude Monet and used his impressionism art style to recreate scenes about winter time.  

Time to be TTRockstars!

Star of the Week

Lucas was our Star of the Week (last week) for his amazing effort in learning and pronouncing some of our new Spanish vocabulary this week. 

Tyler is our Star of the Week this week for his fantastic work in maths this week as we explored multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100.  

Maths Star

Evan (last week) 

Jovanni (this week)

Reading Star

Jenson (last week) 

Joshua G (this week)

English

Maths

We will begin by looking at Factors and Factor Pairs (brushing up on our times table skills, which will help for the Multiplication Check we will do near the end of Year 4) before moving onto applying our place value knowledge to multiply and divide by 10 and 100. After that, we will begin at looking at more formal methods of multiplying and dividing multi-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers

Understanding Science and Technology

Science

In Science, our topic is Electricity. We will begin by learning about the different types of electricity and how they are generated as well as how we can stay safe with electricity. Then, we will move on to exploring circuits and having fun building our own complete and incomplete circuits using different components.

Computing

In computing, we will look at networks and the internet. We will develop an understanding that the internet is a network of networks. We will explore who owns the content on webpages and evaluate online content to decide how honest, accurate or reliable it is.

DT

Our DT lessons this term are inspired by our topic: Riotous Royals! We will be exploring textiles and clothing as we begin to design our own outfit for a Horrible Histories video about Henry VIII. We will be developing our knowledge of the properties and uses of different fabrics as well as developing our skills in recognising which designs are “fit for purpose”.

Understanding Art and Culture

Art

Like DT, our Art this term is inspired by our topic: Riotous Royals. Our primary focus will be exploring the Bayeux Tapestry (which, did you know is not actually a tapestry? It’s actually an embroidery) and the different scenes that have been stitched into it. We will also begin got explore some of the different stitches used and then we will have a go at re-creating our own version of the tapestry!

Music

In our first unit we will be exploring layers of a song. We will explore Amenhotep III’s funeral march. We will work in small groups to perform a section of the song using untuned percussion or our voices.

Understanding our Health and Well-Being

PSHCE

As it is a brand New Year, our Jigsaw unit for this term is all about our Dreams and Goals. We will explore our hopes and dreams for the future and the steps we can take to achieve them. We will also explore how we may feel disappointed when we do not achieve them but we can always make a new plan or a new goal.

PE

This term, we will continue the swimming sessions that started in the summer term of Year 3. Amazon class will be swimming on Thursday afternoons.

Our other PE unit for the first half of the Autumn term is Basketball. We will develop our skills so we can pass to a teammate using a variety of techniques appropriate to the game. We will play small games to help us control our dribbling under pressure, make tactical decisions about passing and shooting and defend one on one.

Understanding the World

History 

This term, we are exploring some of the most influential English monarchs, starting with William the Conqueror all the way up to the late Queen Elizabeth II. We will be exploring significant events in English history such as the signing of the Magna Carter. We will also explore some of the different castles that have been built.

Check out this Horrible Histories song about ALL the Royals. It turns into a bit of a tongue twister but it’s so fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vC6okzIKQvg (We all love Horrible Histories in Year 4)

Geography

In the Autumn Term, we used our knowledge of the water cycle to explore rivers. We used atlases to identify rivers on maps of the UK and also explored the different features of a river.

We have also explored the various Arctic animals in Earth’s two Polar Regions. Did you know that Penguins and Polar Bears cannot live together?
Our inspirational figure for this unit was Sir David Attenborough and we explored some of wondrous things he has found on his expeditions. David

RE

Spanish

This half term, we are going to learn how to answer this question: ¿Dónde vives? (Where do you live?) We will be introduced to brand new vocabulary, such as the different places we could live as well as the different rooms we may have in our homes.

In the Autumn Term, we explored La Familia and learned how to read and say the different things about our families, such as the nouns of each family member as well as how to say how many brothers and sisters.

We also learned how to introduce ourselves in Spanish. We learned how to ask and respond to key phrases such as:

Home Learning

In line with the rest of the school, we encourage your child to spend time reading at home each evening. This can be recorded in their Reading Record by an adult or by the child.

As the Multiplication Test occurs at the end of Year 4, we encourage your child to spend 10 minutes each evening practising their skills by playing TTRockstars.

Each Friday, we set homework on Google Classroom. We post a selection of activities and ask that your child has a go at completing three different activities. They should spend no more than 20 minutes on each activity.

Link to Google Classroom

Water bottles

We ask that your child brings a named water bottle to school each day. These are kept by our sink so that your child has free access to them throughout the day. Your child can refill their bottle at one of the water fountains when they need to.

PE kits

We ask that your child has their PE kit in school each day of the week as our timetable is subject to change due to the weather and the availability of space. In line with our school uniform policy, they require a pair of plain blue jogging bottoms for the winter months as we may have our lesson outside.

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