Welcome to Year 4

Welcome back! We hope you have had a lovely break and are ready for the Autumn term.

The teacher in Year 4 is Miss Davies. The teaching assistants are Mrs Anderson and Mrs Moorfield.

 

Autumn 1 Learning
Year 4 have been learning all about The Romans and about Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii this term. We have made Roman Mosaics using dried food and have written instructions about them. Additionally, we have made Roman shields and painted volcano pictures. In line with these, we have written a diary entry and a non-chronological report. In Maths we have been refreshing and expanding our knowledge on place value. In computing, we have been using scratch.

Autumn 2 Learning
Our book this term is The Kapoke Tree, this is a book based about conserving our rainforests.  In Maths, we will be covering all 4 operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. In science our topic is ‘Humans and living things’. Here we have been learning about food chains and classifications of animals.

Spring 1 Learning

Our book this is Firebird by Saviour Pirotta. This is a retelling of a famous Russian folktale. In science we have been learning about States of Matter/solids, liquids and gases. We used the beautiful images (produced by Catherine Hyde) in our novel to produce a collage of the firebird. For design and technology the children have been design and sewing their own pieces. In writing we have written a setting description based upon the BBC 2014 Winter Olympics advert. You can see the pictures of the work we have done below.

Spring 2 Learning

Our book next term is Sheep Pig which is the book behind the film of ‘BABE’ and our Geography topic is The UK and Human geography. As part of this we will be visiting Park Bridge Heritage Centre for a fun-filled day of map reading, compass reading and team games. We will also be using this opportunity to comment on the human and natural geography. For art and DT we are going to use our visit to Park Bridge as our stimulus to make a 3D version of the centre.

Homework

Homework will be given out at the beginning  of the half term. The homework will give current maths number facts targets to learn, as well as the terms spellings which are tested weekly. In addition, the children can choose from a range of English, Maths and Topic activities directly related to their class learning. All home work should be handed in during the last week of the half term when it will be celebrated

Year 4 homework spring 1

Year 4 homework spring 2

Reading Books

As well as weekly homework, your child has a reading book which they are expected to regularly practise reading at home.Each child will be listened to read at least once per week by an adult. A reading quiz will take place on the computers before a child can take home a new book.

 

Ways you can help your child develop their reading and comprehension skills:

 

  • Encourage your child to read on a regular basis
  • Encourage your child to read a range of different books from different authors/genres. Taking them to a library would also help.
  • Listen to your child read on a regular basis, during this time also ask them a range of questions to help develop their understanding of the book and improve their vocabulary. …

 

  1. What does that word mean?
  2. If you don’t know the meaning of the word, can you have a guess using the sentences around it?
  3. What has happened so far (summarising) in the book/Can you summarise what has happened so far?
  4. How do the characters feel? (inference) How can you tell?
  5. Why has the author done…?
  6. Why has a character been described as…?
  7. Why has the author chose to…?
  8. Ask them to retrieve key information/facts from the book.
  9. What do you predict will happen next in the book/What do you predict will happen throughout the book?

Snack/ Water

If you would like to provide your child with a healthy snack, they can keep this in their tray or book bag. If you would prefer to have an extra snack provided for your child by the school, there is a cost of 20p per day. The children are responsible for looking after this money, and buying the snack at play time.

Please provide your child with a labelled water bottle. These can only be filled with water (not juice!).

PE

We have P.E. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Children will need a plain white t-shirt, black shorts and black pumps in a bag. Please ensure these are all clearly named.

Class Dojo/House Points. 

We use Class Dojo as a means of communicating and updating parents. To help make our school more environmentally friendly, some letters will also be send via the app.  Please sign up and stay in touch.

The children are divided in different houses (Green, Yellow, Red and Blue). Children are compete for the most amount of house points each week and there is a termly rewards for the winning team.

Year 4’s Mission Statement

 

We will always try our best by persevering with our work and offering help to others with a smile.

In Year 4 we are positive, creative, honest and respectful.

We work as a team and love learning.

Topics

This half term our topic is geography based and is  – The UK –