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St Barnabas

& St Paul's Church of England Primary School

Class 4B

Welcome to Class 4B


My name is Miss Hopkins and I am the class teacher in 4B. We are really lucky to have Mr Mcdonald and Miss Walsh working with us and they will always be there to help us with our learning.  In class 4B, we will try our best, work hard and respect each other at all times.  We will maintain our high standards and expectations, in the classroom and around school. Mr Mcdonald, Miss Walsh and I want all the children to develop an attitude that enables them to enjoy and love learning. We will always remember to use our school vision, ‘Be the best for God you can be’ whilst ensuring we demonstrate our school Christian Values. Our value for this term is 'Thankfulness'.


 This term in Literacy, we are looking at stories with a historical setting and our focus will be Robin Hood.  We will be learning the features of stories set in a historical setting and by the end of the half term, we will be able to write our own version of Robin Hood using all the structure and setting knowledge we have learned. We will also be looking at non-chronological reports and explanation texts as we learn to write a range non-fiction fiction texts. Our poetry focus this term is Haikus.  We will also have a weekly Grammar and Comprehension lesson.


During Maths lessons, we will be looking at place value. We will be recognising the value of each digit and also begin to learn about negative numbers. We will be rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000 and we will learn how to solve increasingly complex number problems. We will then be looking at addition and subtraction and later in the term, there will be elements of measurement as we look at area and perimeter.


For RE, we will be using the big frieze to explore the story of Goliath. We will learn why people are chosen for different roles and use this information to write a newspaper article about David and Goliath. We will also use a variety of media to explore and explain how God is presented in different Psalms and then use this to write our own praise of God Psalm. We will then continue to learn about symbols and explore the symbolism of light for Christians.


In Geography this term we will be looking at Volcanoes and Tsunamis and how they affect the world around us. We will study the key vocabulary related to this topic such as tectonic shifts and magnitude and using this to further our understanding. The Romans and the impact they had on Britain will the focus for our History lessons. In Science, we will be learning about electricity and how it is sourced and used in the world around us. For Art, we will be focusing on Georges Seurat and his painting style. We will use his influence to carefully select ideas to use in our work and explain why. In DT, we will try out our baking skills in designing and creating biscuits. In French, our targets will be to learn parts of our body and know how to pronounce them accurately. During music in year four, we will have access to instruments that we will learn how to play through the WOPS provided by Bolton Music Service. . We will be looking into friendships and staying safe in PSHE. Fitness and yoga activities will be the focus of our PE lessons this half term, followed by gymnastics and basketball in the second half term. Finally, in Computing we will be learning how to create instructions to hunt for treasure.


PE is taught on Wednesdays – please ensure your child wears their full PE kit to school.  Homework is given out every Friday and must be returned by the following Thursday, so new homework can be set.  The homework should be completed with the upmost respect and to the same standard the children would produce in their school books. We also give out weekly spellings.


I hope this information shares our targets, laughter and hard work with you. Our classroom door is always open and we will see your children out at the end of the day.  If you need to see us about anything, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Soon, we will be organising Meet the Teacher via the virtual platform of Zoom. We hope to see you there.


We are very much looking forward to the year ahead and being the best for God that we can be.  


Miss Hopkins, Mr Mcdonald and Miss Walsh.