Welcome to Kingsbury Class (Year 4)
Teacher: Mrs E.Taylor
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Stirling
Welcome to Kingsbury Class! Kingsbury is taught by Mrs Taylor, with the support of Mrs Stirling every morning and on Monday afternoons.
We are lucky to have a number of parent volunteers to listen to readers. Mrs Bartlett teaches music on a Tuesday afternoon and Premier Sports teach one of our PE sessions. On Thursdays, Mr Bertie teaches clarinet.
This term our topic is the Ancient Greeks. We will be learning all about Ancient Greek life including clothing, food, religion, games and hobbies and Greek warfare. The topic will include a Greek themed day on 21st October. More details will follow but the children will be doing all the preparation for the day (including making costumes) in class. In English we will be writing our own Greek myths.
In Maths this term we are focussing on place value followed by addition and subtraction. The children will also be working hard to practice their times tables. The expectation is that they will know all their tables up to 12x12 by the end of Year 4 and they will now be formally tested on these at the end of the year. We will continue to use Sumdog, Times Tables Rockstars and Purple Mash to practice maths skills.
In science our themes are sound and electricity. We will be making musical instruments and electronic games to showcase what we have learned.
We have recently revamped our reading scheme in Key Stage 2 and now have coloured levels throughout. We place a high priority on reading and expect the children to be reading every day at home and to have their diaries signed. There will be rewards for children who read regularly.
Spellings will be set via the online portal ‘The Spelling Shed’. Children will be expected to practice their spellings online ready for an informal test during the week. We will also work on the spelling patterns they are learning in school so the words will be familiar to them. Children will also bring home a list of the Year 3 and 4 statutory spellings. We will be working on these in class but it would be useful if you could support your child to learn these at home.
Homework will be sent home on a Friday. It will be related to what we have been learning in class and may be an online or a written task. Homework will always include times tables and spelling practice.
PE Kit will be needed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays but should remain in school all week. We will continue aiming to run a GOLDEN MILE as often as we can.
In Year 4, we go on a one-night residential visit to Leeson House. This is always a very successful trip with the children carrying out lots of outdoor learning and team-building activities, including the popular walk to Dancing Ledge. This year’s trip will be on May 6th. More details will follow in the Spring term.
We have an open-door policy before and after school so do please come in and see us if you have any concerns or require information about something. If we can't help you straight away, we will be happy to make an appointment to see you at a convenient time. Alternatively you can make an appointment through the office.
We had a .fantastic time pretending to be Ancient Greeks! We boarded EasyJet Kingsbury and Mrs Eyres took us on a sensory journey to Greece, sharing with us the sights and smells we might have encountered. We wore our handmade chitons and beaded brooches and made comedy and tragedy masks before performing 'Theseus and the Minotaur'. Poor Mrs Stirling played the Minotaur, who didn't fare well!! We investigated Archimedes theory by dropping weights into water and discussed the famous story whereby Archimedes ran naked through the streets shouting 'Eureka!' having made the discovery during his bath, After lunch we made laurel wreaths and took part in our own Mini-Olympics. We tried shot-put, javelin and long jumping, just like the Ancient Greeks! After a ceremony to present the winners with their medals, we sat down to a huge feast of traditional Greek foods. A fabulous day was had by all.