rylei61Year 4:  Riley class

 

Bridget Louise Riley is an English painter who is one of the foremost exponents of Op art.   She currently lives and works in London, Cornwall and the Vaucluse in France.

 She began painting figure subjects in a semi-impressionist manner, then changed to pointillism mainly producing landscapes.  She evolved a style in which she explored the dynamic potentialities of optical phenomena.

Early in her career, Riley worked as an art teacher. 

In Year 4 children have the opportunity to write in many different formats, have guided reading daily, visit the school library to get a book to take home as well as consolidating and progressing their learning in maths through number, shape, data handling and problem solving.

Reading books and reading diaries go home every afternoon and are brought to school every morning. We encourage the children to read every night, and write in their reading diary each time they do so. To support maths you could help them practice their mental maths and times tables (including for division facts).

PE will take place on Wednesdays. Children need a plain white t-shirt and blue jogging bottoms or shorts to change into, as well as suitable footwear (plimsolls or trainers).

Swimming for Year 4 will take place on a Friday. All children must wear a swimming hat. Jewellery should not be worn, however small studded earrings are acceptable.

Homework is given out once a week on a Friday and will be due in the following Thursday. If children are finding it difficult, discuss homework club with the teacher.

Year 4 will perform an assembly about the things they have been learning on the 12th February 2016. Parents are welcome to attend these.

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Autumn Term 1 – London Calling

This half term our theme is World War 1 London. We will be learning about the war and how it affected the local area. Children will be looking at how London has changed since WW1. The English focus will be the story of Guy Fawkes and learning about why he is celebrated. Children will have the opportunity to expand their storytelling, poetry and drama skills as they learn the story. Whilst learning the story, children will work to produce a London background. This will eventually be used alongside the Science unit of Electricity where children will build houses that light up! Their learning outside school will take place with a visit to Westminster Abbey. After exploring the Abbey and collecting research the children will create their own leaflets with interesting facts.

Spring Term 1 – Viking Invasion

Year 4 have been learning about the Vikings and how they contributed to British history. We planned, designed and made our own Viking longships. We also looked at the lifestyles of Vikings, in particular their trading and how they invaded other countries. We also looked at the positive aspect of Vikings such as the skills of craftsmen, sewing, jewellery making and farming. Their knowledge on the Vikings was increased through the workshop we had in the Greenwich Maritime Museum. In science, we looked at Electricity. The children investigated with circuits and carried out experiments on what would the effect be if the numbers of bulbs or batteries were added to a circuit. In reading, the children are broadening the knowledge of a range of authors and this half term we focused on books by Anne Fine.

Summer Term 1 – Bonjour Paris!

Year 4 have been learning about Paris this half term. They have been doing character and setting description based around the book – The Invention of Hugo and are inventing their own stories following up from this story. In Science, they have been learning about Sound, how they are made, how they travel and  how to change the volume and pitch of sounds. In Geography, they learnt how to use grid references to locate information on a map. Also, they looked at the human and physical features of France. They have also looked at Parisian fashion and designed and evaluated their own outfits. Year 4 have also visited The Wallace Collection in Central London, looking at Art by French artists and a brief history about the Monarch in France before the French Revolution.

Autumn Term 2- The Arctic and Antarctic

Year 4’s topic has been FROZEN this half term. They have enjoyed their trip to the Scott Polar Museum where they learnt about the extreme climates of the Arctic and Antarctic and how to survive those extremely cold temperatures. In Science they learnt about the different states of matter and they investigated with the properties of solids, liquids and gases. They are able to name some matter that can be reversed and some that are irreversible. In literacy, they read and performed The Snow Queen and wrote setting and character descriptions based on it. In Art, they learnt how to draw winter landscapes in the style of Vincent Van Gogh and produced they own versions inspired by the school landscape. They also learnt how to mix paints to create different colours.

Spring Term 1 – Who were the Victorians?

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Summer Term 2 – Where do cocoa beans grow?

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