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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 supporting us and helping 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 and I want all the children to develop an attitude that enables them to enjoy and love learning. We will always aim to live out our vision and become the best for God that we can be, in all we do, whilst ensuring we demonstrate our school Christian Values.


This half term in Literacy, we are looking at stories that raise issues and dilemmas.  We will be reading two books ‘Bill’s New Frock’ and ‘The Suitcase Kid’. Reading these books within the lessons will help us identify the language features and structure we need to know to be able to write our own stories about current issues or dilemmas we face. We will also have a weekly Grammar lesson, Comprehension lesson and we develop our reading skills every morning for twenty minutes.


During Maths lessons, we will be learning all about fractions. Children will learn what numerators, denominators, unit and non-unit fractions are before developing a thorough understanding of tenths and equivalent fractions. We will use practical equipment and pictorial representations to support our learning of adding and subtracting fractions. Our understanding of fractions will help us when we are introduced to decimals. Children will explore the link between fractions and decimals using concrete manipulatives and pictorial representations before moving on to dividing 1 and 2 digit numbers by 10 and 100.


For RE, we will be exploring the Easter story. We will use passages from the Bible to help us learn why and how betrayal and trust feature in the resurrection of Jesus. We will then use our knowledge to retell and explain the story from different points of view. 


In History this term, we will be looking at what Britain was like during the 1960s. We will study the key vocabulary related to this topic and use this to further our understanding. Using this key vocabulary, we will study technology, art, fashion, music and cultureIn Science, we will be learning about states of matter. We will investigate how to compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases. This half term in DT we will be designing and creating the perfect pencil case by looking at practicality and design. In French, we will continue to learn how to pronounce and accurately write about our family and then begin to look at French words and sentences relating to Easter. During Music in Year Four, we will have access to clarinets that we will learn how to play through music sessions provided by Bolton Music Service. We will be looking into making decisions about money, using money and keeping money safe in PSHE lessons. Rounders and Tennis will be the focus of our PE lessons this half term and we will learn skills for hitting a ball, catching and fielding. We also address the rules and regulations of each game. Finally, in Computing we will be HTML editors - editing and writing on our own web pages.


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 what we will be learning, the smiles and laughter we have and all of our 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. 


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