Welcome to Warhol class page.
My name is Mr. Beresford, I'm now in my second year with Kimberley Primary School and I will once again be teaching in Year 4. I will be supported by my colleagues Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Read.
You can follow me on Twitter for updates (including photos) on what our class is up to: @MrJBeresford
Multiplication Tables Check:
This year will be the first in which children in Year 4 are (nationally) tested on their times table knowledge. We will have a 3 week window in June in which the children must take their test and will confirm specific dates in due course.
Consequently, times table practice will be of the upmost importance. Thankfully we have access to a number of fantastic resources to help the child, one of which is Times Table Rockstars. The game 'Sound Check' is built to work just like the test and is a friendly and fun way for the children build the skills they will need to be successful. Please encourage your child to play at home, they've all been given their usernames and passwords and know how to access the page (if not, click the hyperlinked words above).
I'm pleased to be able to say, that through lots of hard work and practice, we're making great progress as a class. I've seen notable improvements across the board and I'm growing ever more confident that we will smash the MTC in June.
Keep encouraging the children to play TTRS at home!
We structure our curriculum teaching around a group of ideas and outcomes that we include in our knowledge organisers. These documents help us plan our lessons and ensure that children are exposed to key ideas and vocabulary.
Further knowledge organisers will be added to this page as the year progresses and we work through curriculum themes.
As our curriculum evolves, so does the way we organise our knowledge. We will no longer be creating our own knowledge oraganisers as we streamline our planning processes.
In the intervening period, if you'd like to know more detail about what your child will be learning this term take a look at our Weekly Overview below or come and see me.
This year we will be taking a new approach to our curriculum. This will see us study in the first half of this term under the theme of Land of Hope & Glory. The theme is primarily Geography focused but we will also explore other linked subjects. Our end of topic aim is for the children to be able to identify both human and physical features of both the local and national landscape.
Please see the attached Curriculum Newsletter for details of our curriculum plans for this term.
This term we have the fantastic Mr. Fur in on Friday mornings to teach the children in LKS2 how to play the Ukulele. In lesson one we've already learnt how to hold the Ukulele, strum the strings and play our first chord. We're aiming to build toward the whole class being able to perform a song in unison!
Autumn Trip - Nottingham Contemporary & City of Caves
Here are a few photos of our fantastic trip to the Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery and City of Caves;
This year we will be continuing to develop our new curriculum. As part of this will we spend the Spring term studying the subject of Languages but not as you may suspect...
We will be focusing on how written language has developed over time, from the Stone Age (Circ. 8700 BC), through the Ancient Word stopping off in Egypt (3200 BC - 30 BC), before reaching the beginnings of modern civilization in the Roman Empire (753 BC - 1453 AD) and paying a visit to the mighty Vikings (791 BC - 1066 AD). It promises to be an interesting journey through history from a fresh perspective.
Please see the documents below for a weekly overview of the lessons being taught.
Interactive, Active Science!
With many thanks to my colleague, Mrs. Shelton, fantastic planning we've been learning about how to classify animals in various different ways using classification trees and Venn diagram all through interactive tasks, some of which required us to use our bodies as well as our minds!