Class 4 - Mr Gunning


Welcome to Class 4.

Hello. I'm Mr Gunning and together with teaching assistants Mrs Corker and Miss Brooks, I'd like to welcome you to our class and our classroom, which is an exciting, inspiring and happy place to grow and learn.

I'm the Year 4 teacher and ICT leader. I also coordinate PE in KS2. As well as anything sporty, I have a passion for word play, which I hope to use throughout the year with the children.

Each year we teach the same key skills in the National Curriculum, but through different themes. No two years are exactly the same and this allows us to respond to the children's interests and needs. This year we have some exciting topics, including the Vile Victorians and Sound. We have already been on our first school trip to Cusworth Hall! This was a fantastic day that gave the children a real insight into how both rich and poor people lived in Victorian times in South Yorkshire.

Reading books: It would be fantastically helpful if you could listen to your child read at least 3 times a week. In Year4 we record every time one of the children reads on our Reading Window. If your child records their home reading in their Learning Log, then prizes can be gained throughout the year.

Spellings: Spellings will be tested on Monday and your child will write any incorrect spellings in their log book (which must be kept in their book bag at all times please). These spellings will be tested again at a later date.

On Wednesday your child's spellings for this week will be added. Practise these for the following Monday's test.

On some Fridays, I will also give the children a quick test on the Year 3 and Year4 in their Learning Log, so keep practising these throughout the year.

Homework: This is given in a menu format at the start of term for five to six weeks and will be presented/displayed/celebrated on return. Any weekly core subject homework will be set on Friday to be returned by the following Thursday.

Mr. Gunning (Class Teacher)

What are we learning? - Summer 2 Term 2017/18

Africa / The Butterfly Lion

As Geographers we will ... study Africa. We will explore maps of Africa, noting key features. We will also study the geological make up of Africa.

As Scientists we will ... investigate the digestive system. We will find out how the digestive system works and identify parts of the body that make up the digestive system. We will also study our teeth and think about how we look after them.

As Writers we will ... be creating wonderful texts based upon The Butterfly lion. We will write descriptive texts based on settings. We will also write letters and narratives based upon events in this amazing book.

As Artists and Designers we will ... create beautiful artwork based on our text. We will create Tinga Tinga paintings, African masks and sketch butterflies. Our amazing art will be displayed on our Art Appreciation board.

As Mathematicians we will ... continue to develop our written methods for the four operations. We will also study money and look at solving money problems. We will compare 2d shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles. In place value lessons we will use negative numbers and round to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.

As Readers we will ... continue to use Project X to help us to become Expert Readers. We will learn to use our expert tips to make connections across arrange of texts and make predictions. As a class we will, of course, be reading The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo. We will follow the adventures of Bertie as he tries to be reunited with his friend the white lion.

As Responsible Citizens we will ... refresh our Year 4 art gallery. We will continue to celebrate our achievements on Class Dojo by collecting Proud Points. We will also think about healthy lifestyles and making healthy life choices.

As Enterprising Learners we will ... be reflective learners. We will look at our work and think what we have done well and how could we improve next time. This term we will focus on setting our own targets for our own learning.

We will celebrate our learning by ... making sure that our work is well presented so that we can display as much as possible. Our work will also be on the website, shared on Class Dojo and we will choose a learner of the week.

Our Year 4 Parents Narrative - 2017/18 Summer 2 is available to download.

What are we learning? - Summer 1 Term 2017/18

The Firework Maker's Daughter

As Geographers we will ... study China. We will explore maps of China, noting key features. We will also make a specific study of The Great Wall of China.

As Scientists we will ... investigate electricity and electric circuits. We will look at household use of electricity. We will create our own circuits using switches and find out how we can make bulbs shine more brightly.

As Writers we will ... be creating wonderful texts based upon The Firework Maker's Daughter. We will write descriptive texts based on settings. We will also write diary entries and letters based upon characters from this wonderful book.

As Artists and Designers we will ... create beautiful artwork based on our text. We will use pastels, watercolours and sketching pencils. Our amazing art will be displayed on our Art Appreciation board.

As Mathematicians we will ... continue to develop our written methods for the four operations. We will also focus upon fractions: telling the time, measuring time and solving problems related to time. We will look at 2d shapes and find the properties of quadrilaterals and triangles. We will also look at symmetry in 2d shapes.

As Readers we will ... continue to use Project X to help us to become Expert Readers. We will learn to use our expert tips to clarify vocabulary and to visualise events in a variety of texts. As a class we will, of course, be reading The Firework Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman. We will follow the adventures of Lila as she embarks on her journey to meet the terrifying Fire-Fiend.

As Responsible Citizens we will ... refresh our Year 4 art gallery. We will continue to celebrate our achievements on Class Dojo by collecting Proud Points. In circle-time we will reflect on what being a responsible citizen means.

As Enterprising Learners we will ... be reflective learners. We will look at our work and think what we have done well and how could we improve next time. This term we will focus on helping each other by assessing our Learning Partner's work.

We will celebrate our learning by ... making sure that our work is well presented so that we can display as much as possible. Our work will also be on the website, shared on Class Dojo and we will choose a learner of the week.

Our Year 4 Parents Narrative - 2017/18 Summer 1 is available to download.

The Year 4 Home Learning Menu - Summer 1 is also available to download.

What are we learning? - Spring Term 2017/18

Wildlife Rangers

As Geographers we will ... continue to develop our skills as map readers. We will look at a variety of maps and use these to find information.

As Mathematicians we will ... continue to develop our written methods for the four operations. We will also focus upon fractions: finding equivalent fractions, adding fractions, subtracting fractions and finding fractions of quantities. We will look at 2d shapes and how we can find the area and perimeter of squares and rectangles.

As Readers we will ... continue to use Project X to help us to become Expert Readers. We will learn to use our expert tips to clarify vocabulary and to visualise events in a variety of texts. As a class we will be reading DEADLY 60 Diaries and The Way of the Wolf by Bear Grylls.

As Scientists we will ... be studying food chains. We will identify producers, predators and prey. We will also look at how animals can be grouped and explore using classification of animals.

As Writers we will ... be writing for concentrating on non-fiction. We will begin by writing persuasive texts based upon our school trip to the RSPB Old Moor Nature Reserve. We will also look at writing information texts based upon Steve Backshall and the DEADLY 60.

As Artists and Designers we will ... be focussing on the artist Wassily Kandidnsky. We will create animal based paintings and clay models. We will also create our own posters based upon the DEADLY 60.

As Responsible Citizens we will ... refresh our Year 4 an art gallery. We will continue to celebrate our achievements on Class Dojo by collecting Proud Points.

As Enterprising Learners we will ... be reflective learners. We will look at our work and think what we have done well and how could we improve next time.

We will celebrate our learning by ... making sure that our work is well presented so that we can display as much as possible and showcase our learning to parents at the end of term. Our work will also be on the website, shared on Class Dojo and we will choose a learner of the week.

Our Year 4 Parents Narrative - 2017/18 Autumn 2 is available to download.

Spring 2 Learning

Y4 trip to the CLC

Y4 recently enjoyed a trip to the CLC where they had the fantastic opportunity to design and create their own apps. They have also enjoyed learning about circuits back at school.

Y4 Topic and Science Work on display ...

Spring 1 Learning

The Y4 and Y1 children thoroughly enjoyed their trip to the RSPB Old Moor Nature Reserve. They were fascinated by the facts and information learned.

What are we learning? - Autumn 2 Term 2017/18

Frozen Kingdom

As Geographers we will ... be studying the North and South poles. We will look at maps of these areas and find out about why they are important.

As Mathematicians we will ... be focussing on multiplication and division. We will be looking at using rapid-recall of times table facts to help us to divide. We will also look at informal and formal written methods for multiplying and dividing.

As Artists and Designers we will ... be focussing on portrait pictures, both traditional and non-traditional (such as Picasso). We will also be creating our own pastel and paintings based upon The Northern Lights.

As Readers we will ... be reading the children's classic, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis in class. In our reading sessions we will continue to use the Project X to help us to become Expert Readers.

As Writers we will ... be writing descriptive texts based upon visiting Narnia. We will also write letters from a characters point of view and a playscript based on The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. In our topic writing we will write information texts based upon animals found in frozen.

As Scientists we will ... be comparing groups of materials. We will identify whether they are solids, liquids or gases. We will look at how materials can change state. We will also study the Water Cycle.

As Historians we will ... be studying the explorers who raced to discover the North and South Poles. We will find out about their adventures and the routes that they took.

As Responsible Citizens we will ... explore every child having the right to health care and education. We will compare the lives we lead with those of people from other countries.

We will celebrate our learning by ... opening an art gallery in Year 4. We will present the amazing art work that we have created. We will continue to celebrate our achievements on Class Dojo by collecting Proud Points.

Our Year 4 Parents Narrative - 2017/18 Autumn 2 is available to download.

The Year 4 Home Learning Menu - Autumn 2 is also available to download.

Autumn 2 Learning

Year 4 showing us their maths work!

Our Y4s have been taking part in pedestrian training in order to stay safe...

These photos are from the fabulous performance at Magna this week from our Y4s who performed music that they composed to tell the story of the Twits by Roald Dahl.

We are so proud of them!

The Y4s enjoyed a creative writing workshop with staff from Grimm and Co, writing poetry inspired from their Twits project.

What are we learning? - Autumn 1 Term 2017/18

Vile Victorians

As Readers we will ... be reading various texts based in Victorian times, such as Around the World in Eighty Days, Oliver Twist and The Owl and the Pussycat. We will also use extracts from the Horrible History book The Vile Victorians.

As Mathematicians we will ... be looking at place value of numbers up to four digits. We will also add and subtract using column method. In our mental maths we will be counting forwards and backwards using different size steps.

As Geographers we will ... use maps from the past and present to gain knowledge of how West Melton and Brampton have changed since the Victorian times. We will use investigation skills to learn about the history of coal mining in the area.

As Historians we will ... learn about Queen Victoria and her character. We will learn about jobs that poor Victorians did and compare these to rich Victorians. We will gain a knowledge of major inventions that happened in the Victorian era. During this half term we will investigate toys of the past and compare them with modern day toys. We will gain skills in how to use a timeline and using correct historical language.

As Writers we will ... be writing letters and diary entries from a character's point of view. We will also write a recount based on our school trip to Cusworth Hall. When writing we will try to include a wider range of punctuation and sentence types.

As Scientists we will ... be studying sound. We will find out how sounds are made and how they travel. We will investigate how a sound can be changed and different pitches of sound.

As Artists and Designers we will ... learn about the Victorian artist, William Morris. We will discuss his work and say what we like and don't like about it. We will look at how he used colour and shape and design our own piece of art work in the same style. We will practice our colour mixing skills and learn new printing skills.

We will celebrate our work ... on the school website and on Class Dojo and we will choose a writer of the week!

Our Year 4 Parents Narrative - 2017/18 Autumn 1 is available to download.

Autumn 1 Learning

The following photos are from Class 4's trip to Cusworth Hall, where all the children experienced being a Victorian child for the day.