Welcome to Year 4. During this year we hope your child settles in well and continues to work hard to achieve their full potential. In Year 4 this term we are very fortunate to have Mrs Paul. Also Mrs. Mensforth will be teaching P.E and Mrs. Climpson will be teaching R.E. once a week.
We have had a busy start to the new term and look forward to an even busier run up to Christmas. The children have all made a good start to the year, most remembering homework and to bring in P.E. Kits on time.
This term we will enjoy reading ‘The Firework Makers Daughter’ and will be busy writing some fantasy stories of our own. We are currently finishing writing our explanations based on Wallace and Gromit’s ‘Cracking Contraptions’.
Spellings are given out weekly on Tuesday to be learnt for a test the following Tuesday. Please check your child’s spelling sheets and help them learn using the look, say, cover, write and check method. Times tables tests will take place on Thursday throughout this term. Again, please check homework tasks to see which table is being tested that week. Children are heard to read on a weekly basis through their guided reading sessions unless individual support is needed.
This term the children are following the ‘Sparks Might Fly’ theme as their Creative Curriculum topic. They have been looking at Electricity and what impact this has had on our lives. In Science we will be learning about making circuits and use of electricity.
Next half term is our countdown to Christmas. However, we still have lots of work to complete including work on non- fictional writing, poetry and going back to basics in maths, building on number work and solving problems! We all need to make sure we know our tables in order to move on to multiplication and division work after half term. Please access ‘tt rockstars’ regularly.
In R.E. Mrs. Mensforth will be teaching the class about the faiths of Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Sikhism as well as handwriting and P.S.H.E.
In ICT we will be learning how to write basic programmes in our Computing work using ‘Purple Mash’ and ‘Scratch’. You can practice making some of your own on your computers at home, as all pupils have their own login and passwords to access ‘Purple Mash’. Websites will be recommended to pupils when we are working on specialist areas. However, Boot camp, Purple Mash and BBC school sites are good to revise or revisit Maths and English concepts covered in class.
Please remember that P.E. kits are needed every Monday, Tuesday and Friday if your child has opted to do a PE activity for Golden Time. Not forgetting kits on the days your child takes part in after-school clubs.
Homework tasks will be set on a Friday and need to be returned to school by Thursday. These will include a variety of subjects and skills and may involve using a computer or reference books. If your child is unsure about any task, please come and see us, we don’t want anyone worrying unnecessarily. Please remember the homework is designed to be completed at your child’s own level and is open ended.
Thank you for your continuing support.
Miss L Howarth, Mrs C Paul, Mrs Mensforth and Mrs Climpson
Year 4 Staff
We have had a fantastic first week in Year 4! We have worked hard on our explanation texts in Literacy.
We have been refreshing our place value knowledge in Maths!
We have even enjoyed some Yoga!
Junior Apprentice Electrician Status is fully underway! Here are the current leaders!
Happy Roald Dahl Day (13.09.18)
We participated in a ‘Puffin Live Lesson’ during the ‘draw along’ we created our own Oompa-Loompas!
We have been investigating insulators and conductors with a view to designing and making our own switches.
BBC LIVE LESSON
We participated in the’ BBC Live Lesson’ broadcast from the Etihad Stadium. We tested our perimeter, area and translation skills.
Flippy Floppy Fingers
Can you practice your skills this weekend and challenge our ‘mental math champion’ next week? Here is a picture to remind you how to play.
We have been working hard during grammar and Literacy sessions on fronted adverbials. Today we tested our knowledge on the ‘espresso’ programme on the i pads.
Our PSHE topic this term is ‘Health and Well being’. We created a thought shower to depict what healthy lifestyles are to us.
Here we are identifying parallel and perpendicular lines. Can you remember what the difference is?
Please enjoy our electricity raps composed today – incorporating rhythm and rhyme.
We have been lucky enough to loan a circumpolar map from the Canadian Embassy. We have today learnt about the Arctic, identified the Arctic Circle and the countries contained within it whilst discussing climate, geographical and political borders.
We have been exploring symmetry by creating mirror images.
We then used folding to determine the symmetry of shapes.
Dressed in Marvel and Disney attire we put our coordinate knowledge to the test – locating cities using latitude and longitude positions.
Many thanks to all who donated junk modelling supplies the children have created many masterpieces!
We even had a visit from Lightning McQueen!
Categorising shapes in Venn and Carroll diagrams.
Complete Cracking Contraptions
Congratulations to our class indoor athletics champions! We competed in the inter school athletics competition this morning.
Our current Literacy genre is ‘play scripts’. We have been working hard on stage directions and making our characters come to life!
Homework has been very impressive this week – well done everybody!
Learning to tell the time is a vital life skill, please help at home by asking often: what time is it? How long is it until tea time? We created our own clock in Mathematics today.
Here we are using multi link cubes to create arrays, working towards understanding factor pairs in Math. Times tables are at the basis of a plethora of mathematical concepts it is vitally important that all children learn them. Tt rockstars can help with this!
HALF TERM HOMEWORK
We are creating a new reading display in class – ‘Chill out with a good book’ using a wintry theme. Please take a photo of your child ‘chilling out’ with a book and send to school on the first day of the new half term. This can be in as interesting place as possible.
During our design and technology lessons children have designed their own musical instrument. Where possible may I ask that children make a model of their instrument!
Many thanks for your continued support!
Well done to our musicians who have created a plethora of instruments!
During Art we created a Remembrance Day stained glass window.
Poppy, poppy what did you say?
Wear me on Remembrance Day.
Poppy, poppy what did you tell?
Many soldiers in battle fell.
Poppy, poppy what should we know?
That peace on Earth should grow, grow, grow!
Playing ‘Leftovers’ – practicing our division skills.
Enjoying our house point reward! Penalty shootout!
We enjoyed football and math development classes today, focusing on skills and techniques (dribbling/stops/Okocha).
Children In Need Fundraising.
Pudsey Bear came to school!
We have created a dictionary corner in class to aid our growing vocabulary. Each writing lesson we have class members in attendance to help their peers.
We have been very busy today, calculating perimeter in Mathematics.
Additionally, we put our map skills to the test locating plague hit countries.
21.11.2018 LIVING WATERS WORKSHOP
We focused on the importance of not prejudging people.
During History we created our own ‘Plague Doctor’ masks, ask us about the other items Plague Doctor’s wore.
We have been working as news reporters this week. Reporting on the ‘Elf on the Shelf’.
Today we have been creating melted snowmen.
A sporting week!
This week we have started our new topic on ‘teeth and digestion’. We completed a sorting task and have investigated the role of different human teeth.
Today we planned a scientific investigation focusing on the affects of different liquids on our teeth. We very carefully placed hard boiled eggs into water, vinegar, orange juice, coca cola, lucozade and vinegar. We made predictions and will revisit the eggs next week to record our results!
Highland dancing with Mrs Climpson.
Calculating the area of compound shapes.