Year 4 - Hawthorn & Poplar Classes
Welcome to Year 4!
Class teachers: Miss Stroud and Mrs Oakman
Teaching Assistant: Miss Holewell
Additional teachers: Mr Davies (Sport), Mrs Mott (Music), Mrs Pepper (French)
In Year 4, we are keen for the children to become independent learners, and to edit and improve their work with increasing confidence as the year goes on. Children have the chance to earn their pen licence when they demonstrate consistently good handwriting, and their times tables badge for fast recall of multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12.
We have a rich curriculum with many creative opportunities, for example during our Ancient Egypt topic the children create artefacts from clay and pewter, as well as a scale model mummified Pharaoh, complete with his own sarcophagus! The children also benefit from specialist teachers for several of their subjects throughout the year.
Activities that children will enjoy in Year 4 include:
- visit to Rye Nature harbour
- visit from a local fisherman
- living History Workshop – Ancient Egypt
- visit to Hastings Museum – Roman Empire
Parent meetings will be arranged twice a year to set your child’s targets, and discuss progress. If you would like to speak to us at any other time, please feel free to pop in and see us, or put a note in your child’s home-school link book.
Have a look on the tabs below to see what we have been learning about in each term…
Term 1 has been a lot of fun!
Our theme for Term 1 was ‘Robin Hood’ and the children enjoyed learning all about the legend and writing their own retelling of the Robin Hood story. Just like the outlaws of old, Poplar Class have enjoyed Monday afternoons in our woodland area! During their Forest School lessons, they have learned all sorts of outdoor skills including den-building and making fires.
In Art, we were lucky enough to have some sessions with our Artist in Residence, Mrs Wilhelm, who has taught the children the basics of watercolour painting. They were able to create some stunning autumn pictures using the techniques they had learned.
The children really enjoyed our science based field trip to Rye Harbour, and learned a lot about habitats. They were able to closely observe some of the animals that live in the salt marshes, and took part in some activities on the beach, finding out about what can be found on the shoreline and how to keep our environment clean.
Many children from Year 4 took part in the Cross Country event held at Sandown, and some of our girls qualified for the Finals – well done to them and to everyone who took part. We also raised lots of money during the Olympics challenge which will go towards new sports equipment for the school.
We look forward to a fun-filled Term 2 packed with wonderful learning experiences!