Welcome from staff
Hi I'm Mrs Ellis and this is my 4th year teaching at Saint Mary’s and I am very pleased to be teaching year 4 this year. I am Maths lead/NQT Mentor/DDSL / Designated teacher for LAC/Assessment lead and Y4 class teacher. Outside of school, my favourite things to do are spending time with my husband and two daughters, reading and playing netball.
Hi I’m Mrs Szlapanska , I was in year 2 last year and am very happy to be working in year 4 this year. Out of school I love spending time with my husband and boys.
Both Mrs Ellis and Mrs Szlapanksa are very excited to be teaching this class and we have been working extremely hard to plan some amazing topics for you this year. Our classroom has a very 'homely' feel to it with lovely, soft rugs and cushions and beautiful lighting, so it's the perfect environment for feeling emotionally ready to learn.
It's so wonderful to have all of the children back in school and we are all looking forward to a fabulous year together.
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Curriculum - Cornerstones
Our topic this term is Potions.
In Science, we will learn the properties of solids, liquids and gases, recognise hazardous materials and learn how and why medicines, such as anaesthetics, were developed. In history we will use a range of historical source materials to find out about how potions were used in the past for both everyday medicinal and magical reasons. We will make potions using a range of herbs and ingredients known for their mystical or medicinal properties and write a description of our potion and its historical usage. Please see below our knowledge organiser for this topic.
At Saint Mary’s Catholic Primary Academy, we aim to equip all pupils with the skills and confidence to solve a range of problems through fluency with numbers and mathematical reasoning. Children are encouraged to see the mathematics that surround them every day and enjoy developing vital life skills in this subject. We use Power Maths and White Rose to assist us in the teaching for mastery approach to mathematics.
Time Tables Rockstars:
Times tables are vital in year 4 as we have the Multiplication test check towards the end of year 4 in which children will be tested on all tables up to 12 x 12.
For English we will be using Pie Corbett's Talk for Writing structure. This involves a 3 part process. 1 - imitate: we will learn a text off by heart using actions and a story/ text map
2- innovate : we will then use the structure of the map and change key events / characters to make a new story
3 - invent : Now children have the structures, learnt new vocabulary and understand the features of the genre they are writing, they are ready to create their own text.
Please find below the year 3/4 spelling list
We follow the Come and See RE scheme here at Saint Mary's. In year 4, our Advent topics are:
People, Called and Gift.
Year 4 PE is on a Tuesday afternoon. GTFC coaches provide specialist physical education lessons weekly. Wherever possible this will be outdoors so children will need a dark tracksuit, a white tee shirt (or the new blue tee shirt with logo), dark school jumper (or blue uniform hoodie) and trainers. No football kits, brightly coloured clothing or lycra please.
Children will also be provided with their own skipping rope so that they can take part in daily skipping practice in an afternoon. This is a fabulous and fun way for children to keep fit and healthy.
Our wellbeing curriculum
The Wellbeing Curriculum puts mental health and emotional wellbeing at the core of education. It is underpinned by the 4 key qualities we believe children need to learn about in order to flourish in life.
Their mental health
We have been using stories and lessons as part of our daily routine to ensure wellbeing is part of our class ethos. We have also used short videos from class dojo and other sources along with meditation and yoga to achieve our perfect learning mode.
A short video we have enjoyed in year four is called Be the Pond.
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