Year 4 2017 - 2018

Mrs Callender

Mrs Yearsley

Welcome back!

It's great to be back and see all of our Year 4's looking smart and ready to learn. The children have told me lots of stories about their holiday's today and it sounds like they have had plenty of great experiences.

Hoping to offer memorable experiences of our own, we have started off the year by becoming archaeologists and delving into an Ancient Egyptian tunnel (photographs will be added shortly). In the tunnel, the children explored and searched for historical artafacts that might provide clues about ancient Egyptian times. Why? Because that is our topic this half term; 'Awefull Egyptians.'

 

Through this topic, I hope to give the children lots of hands on experiences, through which they will learn about who the ancient Egyptians were, what they believed, how they lived and why we still study this fascinating civillisation over 5000 years later. There are oppurtunities for scientific investigations (mummifying tomatoes), DT (making Egyptian jewellery and making working replica Shadufs), Art and of course lots of History and Geography. There will also be lots of opportunities to get writing! I have linked a topic web for this half term at the bottom of the page if you would like to know more about what we are learning.

I will share the children's learning journey with you on a regular basis; uploading photographs, videos, and copies of work that we do.


At Home

It would be great if you could get involved in our topic at home and do your own research about the ancient Egyptians. The Liverpool World Museum has an excellent ancient Egypt section and is free to visit. You Tube has the Ancient Egyptian Horrible Histories collection (which are equally enjoyable for children and adults in my opinion). There are many excellent websites with information about Ancient Egypt specifically aimed at children (I have included some links below). There are also lots of good books linked to the topic; both fiction and non-fiction. In class we will be reading Jeremy Strong's, There's a Phraoah in the Bath Tub and The Egyptian Cinderella. Other good reads include: Jeff Brown's Flat Stanley: The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery, Terry Deary's The Plot on the Pyramid, and for more able readers Julia Jarman's The Time-Travelling Cat and the Egyptian Goddess. For those of you who like to get crafty, there are all sorts of things you can model using junk materials.

I would love to see and hear about what you and the children do at home, please do send in any photographs, drawings, models ... anything linked to the Egyptians that you have enjoyed doing as a family.


Homework

Over the course of this term, we will set weekly homework. The homework will be linked to something that the children have worked on in class, therefore providing the children with the oppurtunity to pratice skills and keep parents/carers informed on what we have been learning. We ask that homework is returned to school on Tuesdays.


USEFUL WEBSITES

  • http://www.topmarks.co.uk/

  • https://mathsframe.co.uk/

  • http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/interactives/history/egypt/

  • http://egypt.mrdonn.org

  • http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/kids/games-quizzes/egypt-mummys/

 


Other Information

Dates of any events and days of the week when children will be doing PE will follow shortly. 

I aim to send homework out via the School Spider this year - homework will be posted Thursdays and checked/marked the following Tuesday. If you have problems accessing it,  I can provide paper copies upon request. 

Please feel welcome to come and see me at the end of the day if you have any questions or concerns, I am happy to talk. 

 

So from Mrs Yearsley and I - Welcome to Year 4, I hope you're as excited about the year to come as we are.

 

Mrs Callender

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St John Fisher Primary School

Edward Street,
Widnes,
Cheshire,
WA8 0BW

Main Contact: Office Manager Margaret Hassett

Tel: 0151 424 7794
sec.stjohnfisher@halton.gov.uk