Welcome to Patience Class, we are taught by Miss Nicolas and Mrs Joshi. Together, we work to provide the best possible learning opportunities and environment for the children. We are excited about the learning that will take place, the adventures we will embark on and the memories that we will be making together.
We follow the National Curriculum for maths. At the beginning of each objective, we have a chapter introduction – this outlines what we are learning, the steps that we need to do to achieve the objective for our purple stamp. Once we have gained our purple stamp, we move onto the mining challenge which is a greater depth task designed for us to apply and manipulate our new skills.
Every chapter begins with a pre-assessment, and we mark this together in class to give us a head start in our learning. At the end of each chapter is a post-assessment to show us what we have learnt. Again, this is marked together in class to help cement our learning.
On Fridays we have a stand-alone reasoning session based on problem-solving and applying the new skills that we have learned in maths. We really enjoy these as they are fun and interactive!
In year 4, we look at various genre types – these are what our English lessons are based around. Similar to maths, at the start we have a chapter introduction to explain what we need to include to achieve our purple stamp. We also have a ‘Technical Knowledge’ part on our chapter introductions, and this explains the skills that we need in general to be a good writer. If we achieve the purple stamp, we move onto greater depth which means working towards achieving the gold stamp, where we apply and manipulate the skills we have learned.
In English, we use the ‘double-page spread’ technique to plan all of our ideas, we then use these to form a draft which we edit before producing our final piece. We’re always aiming to improve, and have focused lots on language and cohesion to make sure our writing is informative, descriptive and entertaining.
‘Is necessity the mother of invention, or invention the mother of necessity’ is the title of our first topic, focusing all about inventions throughout time. This topic is built around weekly missions on our ‘Mission Log’ and each mission has a brief and debrief sheet that tells us what we need to do to achieve and whether we have achieved or not. We have learnt lots about electricity, sound and local history!
Inventor's Laboratory - Our inventor’s lab themed immersion room helps us create our own inventions, write our adventure narratives and film our newsreels! It also helps us to get into character and become inventors ourselves.
We have been lucky enough to have three trips this term:
- Museum of Making
- Derby Silk Mill
- Black Country Living Museum
We have learnt lots about the history of inventions, especially in Derby, and how inventions have changed the world we live in!
Our Word Study sessions follow a four-part sequence:
Word Study is based on exploring the spelling patterns and meanings of words, and linking them to phonics. By exploring the words and patterns, we are able to discuss our findings and apply them to our writing.
We use the skill of reading constantly, but we also have a weekly whole-class reading session on a Friday morning. Each week is based on at least one of the seven skills:
We discuss which skills we are focusing on and use a range of resources, such as pictures, videos, texts and ‘thunks’.
Our enrichment this year is ‘Find my community which is run by Mrs Rai. This term, we have been exploring the forest and had lots of independent learning.
Carousel & PE
Our carousel time lets us learn different subjects throughout the week. During one week of carousel we will be taught:
- Personal Development