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Kings Meadow Primary School and Early Years Education Centre

Celebrating Success

Year 4

A very warm welcome to Year 4!

It’s so good to be back at school.   We have a very exciting year of learning ahead of us.  You will find the following information useful in the next couple of weeks as you settle into Oak Class.

Your class teaching team is

Miss Adkins – Class teacher

Mrs Lightfoot – Teaching Assistant

Mrs Robinson - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Moir – Teaching Assistant

 

You will need to remember to bring your P.E kit on Wednesday

We will be swimming on a Tuesday, please remember to bring your kit to school on that day. 

On Tuesday you will be given homework and spellings, it should be returned to school by Friday.  You should aim to read and learn your spellings on a daily basis.  You will have a weekly spelling and multiplication quiz.

This is our theme overview for this year

At Kings Meadow ‘LEARNING MEANS THE WORLD’ and we are ‘ADVENTURERS’.  Throughout this year we will learn how to become

BRAVE

I can take responsibility, showing confidence in myself and my contribution to the group.

RESILIENT

I can adapt my ideas as circumstances change.

 

We will also learn how to support our learning by being

RISK-TAKERS

I trust my intuition and feeling

PREPARED

I can organise my time and resources, making sure I do the most important tasks first.

 

Our Theme is ‘That’s All Folks!’ – Exchanging Ideas. It is part of our whole school focus on COMMUNICATION (hyper link to communication rationale).

The “That’s All Folks!” is a thematic unit based around the history and development of animation and cartoons. It primarily takes in elements of history, art and computing/ICT and starts with learning about the beginnings of animation, looking at ‘Zoetropes’ and ‘Fl­ip books’, before moving on to the dawn of the Disney age. Then, the process of animation is explored further, with an opportunity for pupils to exchange their own design ideas and create their own animated films.

Curriculum Breadth

The other subjects included in this thematic unit are art, dance, ICT / computing, literacy, science, speaking and listening, maths and PSHE. Breadth comes, not only from the range of subjects covered, but also from their careful integration, leading to more connected thinking. Global Dimensions help pupils develop a wider perspective and understand the links between their own lives and those of people around the globe, as well as understanding their own place in the worldwide community.

Curriculum Depth

Learning Means the World puts great emphasis on curriculum depth. We focus on common attributes that ensure provision of a deep curriculum and use them to underpin our thematic units. We consider these to be:- meaning and relevance; cohesion; opportunities for inquiry; development of critical, creative and high order thinking skills; integration of subjects; provision of access to information from a range of sources and viewpoints; authenticity of end products.

Through elements such as Catalyst Questions, Pupil-Led Activities and Essential

Learning Experiences (ELEs), teachers can thus ensure a greater depth of learning.

In this theme we will cover the following Learning Objectives

 A1

Hi16 Explore the different ways we can find out about the past and how to understand the evidence

Hi19 Use dates and vocabulary relating to the passing of time and sequence event

Hi22 Use sources of information including ICT to find out about events, people and changes

A2

Hi26 Identify how significant events, developments or individuals and groups have

influenced the world in the recent and distant past

Hi30 Use and evaluate sources of information, recognising that evidence varies in

the extent to which it can be trusted

Hi31 Communicate knowledge and understanding in a variety of ways

 

A1 / A2

Ict25 Use a variety of ICT tools to create, refine and present work in a variety of ways

Ict28 Use features of layout, presentation and organisation in print and on screen

Ict29 Use editing skills for visual effects

This is our WHISK SHEET (Knowledge Organiser) – a summary of our learning for this theme

Our class novel is ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

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