Welcome back! We hope that you have all had a very enjoyable summer break, and that you are excited to start a brand new year of learning.
The autumn term is always a busy time for children in Year 4 with lots of new learning taking place. We are continuing with our Thematic Topic lessons across the school, and our first Year 4 theme is ‘Lost at Sea’. We look forward to exploring this using our history and geography skills as well as our computing and creative skills to solve challenges and explore this theme. The children across KS2 will be receiving sessions from our local PCSO during the autumn term; Year 4 will be learning about Internet Safety which ties in with our Computing curriculum. In our Science work, we will be exploring States of Matter before moving on to learn about Animals including Humans. English and Mathematics will continue to be taught daily and focus on key writing skills and mathematical calculations. Times tables are an area requiring continuing improvement, please encourage your child to learn and revisit times tables they are struggling with as this knowledge aids so much of their learning in maths. There will be a strong emphasis on learning and rapid recall of times tables up to 12 x 12 as children in Year 4 will be taking take part in the National Multiplication Test later on in the year. More information will be provided nearer the time.
Phonics learning will take place within Year 4, for the time being, and tailored to meet your child’s needs. Children will continue to receive reading books linked to their ability from school and in addition to this, children will be required to complete a reading journal activity. This term the focus will be inference. When the journals come home they will need completing weekly and handing to the class teacher or teaching assistant to mark, the children will then be able to change their book and begin the process again. On the completion of 5 effective journals a certificate will be awarded. Please return any school reading or library books as soon as possible that your child would have received prior to our school closure.
Children need to keep a P.E kit in school, but generally children in Year 4 will have P.E on a Friday, can you please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school. PE kit should consist of a plain white t-shirt, plain shorts and a pair of pumps. In addition to this Year 4 will be going swimming on a Wednesday afternoon and they need to make sure they have their swimming kit in school every Wednesday starting on 15-09-21. It would also be appreciated if all uniform, including PE kit and pumps, are labelled with your child’s full name and class.
Please can we remind parents that jewellery should not be worn in school with the exception of stud earrings, and in line with Health and Safety guidelines these should not be worn on PE days. Children may be asked to remove earrings before PE sessions.
Children in Year 4 receive regular homework: purple creative homework books will be continued and age related spellings will be given out each Friday and tested on the following Friday, while phonics spellings will be given out on a Monday and tested on the following Monday.
A reminder that year 4’s start time remains at 8.45am and children should enter via the main gate, with their collection time being 3.15pm from our classroom door.
A further reminder that if your child is asthmatic, please ensure an in date inhaler and spacer is in school at all times. Please ensure you have informed the office with any updated medical information.
We anticipate a busy and exciting term and we thank you for your continued support. We will, as always, keep you updated with any changes but if you have any questions/queries now or throughout the year, please do not hesitate to speak to me, either after school or by making an appointment via the school office.
We look forward to a very enjoyable year full of learning and progress.
Mrs B Turner
Year 4 Class Teacher
Year 4 have been inspired today by local author Rebecca Tonks. Rebecca presented her book 'Icky Sticky' during an assembly and we were then lucky enough to have a workshop with her.
During the workshop we wrote about our hopes and dreams for the future before creating our own unique heart.
The heart designs from the whole school will be collated together to create a whole school display, which should look amazing!
These are a few photos taken during the creative workshop.
We have had a great fun while learning about their new thematic topic 'Meet the Greeks' with Steve from Humphs Histories. They learnt lots of facts including how we find out about the past, where Greece is in relation to the rest of the World, how far the Greeks travelled, and the evidence that tells us this, what the Ancient Greeks ate, Greek gods and the legacy that has been left behind.
They attempted the Archimedes Puzzle, which was a little tricky, but with perseverance they solved it in the end 🙂
The class were divided into two groups - the Athenians and the Spartans, within their groups they each painted their own shield which they used later in the afternoon to protect themselves, after they attempted crushing grapes, with their feet!
The day finished with us participating in two Olympic events - the discus and the javelin. Watch this space, we may have a future Olympian within Year 4.
A great day was had by all.
Comic Relief 2021
Year 4 enjoyed coming to school dressed as Superheroes in aid of Comic Relief 2021. They took part in a range of activities including walking and running
around the playground perimeter a total of 330 times! Well done everyone.
Computing - Stop Motion
Year 4 worked with Mr Ashton from Squirrel Learning on some digital animation. We used Koma Koma on the iPads to create animations by moving objects one frame at a time, our challenge was to create a sequence 100 frames long in order that it would be a smooth animation! We challenged ourselves further by creating an animation which included more than one object. Our learning was then saved and uploaded so Mr. Ashton could see our creations.
Following our amazing poems receiving second prize in the West Midlands Regional poetry competition celebrating ‘Harvest’ we were lucky enough to meet Brian Hainsworth, Regional Education Consultant, virtually. He gave us a tour of the farm and talked to us about the farm animals. We were each then presented with our prizes – a notepad and pen. We also have a class certificate.
We were all very proud of ourselves and our efforts.
During this years World Book Day celebrations Year 4 enjoyed reading their favourite books, in a range of unusual places, both in school and at home, while wearing their pyjamas!
Where do you like to read your favourite book? To see our photos click in the box below
Year 4 enjoyed being part of the World Book Week Michael Rosen live event hosted by the Children’s Book Show. They particularly enjoyed listening to Michael Rosen read his poems as they found them quite funny!
Year 4 have enjoyed learning new skills while completing their learning at home. The 'Bake Off' challenge was a real success. Look at the delicious entries by clicking on the cake below. They all said they tasted as good as they looked.
Year 4 loved using historical evidence to explore who they thought was responsible for the deaths of over 1,500 Titanic passengers. They were then able to present their evidence to the jury in our 'classroom court'. Great work Year 4 keep it up.
Year 4 enjoyed finding out about where our food comes from, but the best part of all was eating it!
We also looked at different types of foods, the processes needed to change food into what we eat as well as designing a new food bag.
A busy, but fun day of learning was had by all.