We hope you had a lovely, restful Easter! Welcome back to the summer term which we are sure will be filled with lots of learning in Year 4. How fast this academic year seems to have gone by as the final term arrives!
Continuing to support myself in Year 4 this term will be Teaching Assistants Miss Thompson and Miss Bella.
Phonics will continue as last term and will be ability set across Years 3, 4 & 5. This will continue to take place twice a week on Monday and Tuesday mornings. Your child may be with a different teacher for this. Children will be told their new group for phonics this week. Children will receive 10 spellings on a Monday, to be tested on the following Monday. Additionally, children will also receive 10 spellings from myself which are related to their age, these will continue to be given out on a Friday and tested the following Friday.
The summer term will be a busy but enjoyable time for learning in Year 4. In our Science work we will be studying ‘Animals including humans’ and ‘Living things and habitats’. In History, we will continue our learning of Saxons and Vikings. Our Geography learning will continue to focus on Asia, looking at the human geography. In Art, we be looking at Natural Art – Landscapes and comic strips where we will be working with clay, and DT will be linked to our History where we will be looking at textiles and weaving. English and Mathematics will continue to be taught daily and focus on key writing skills and mathematical calculations.
For more information about our learning this term, please click on the Summer Term Curriculum Overview.
Within our maths learning we will continue our focus on times tables with the pending multiplication test pending as discussed at parents evening which will take place in the second half of the term. We will continue with ‘Timestable Rockstars’ where the children have 3 minutes to complete 60 questions! This has proven to be very successful in the classroom and it’s exciting for the children to see their improvement in front of their very eyes. This can be supported at home as children have all received their own log in and passwords for the website.
Many parents asked during parents evening whether Year 4 would be going on a school trip this year, I am pleased to inform you we will be visiting Dudley Canal Trust with a variety of activities which will link to many of our topics including History and Maths. This trip will take place in June, more information will follow shortly.
Year 4’s PE will continue to be on a Monday and Wednesday. Spring term saw an increase in PE kits being brought into school allowing more children in Year 4 to take part in physical education with is another important part of the school curriculum. With this in mind: Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school. White round neck t-shirt, shorts (preferably black or navy) and black pumps. It would also be appreciated if all uniform (including PE kit and pumps) is 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.
Purple creative homework books will continue in summer term. They allow our children to both consolidate their learning from class as well as move their learning on and it was fantastic to see this being completed so creatively. Homework will begin again on Friday – please look out for this! We thank you for your support regarding homework.
Children will continue to receive reading books linked to their ability from school. We continue to expect the children to complete a reading journal activity. (Please see the book for details) An area needing improved consistency, this 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. It is vital your child has their reading book in school every day!
The gate to the playground will continue to be opened at 8.45am and closed at 8.55am. Late children will need to report to the main office.
We look forward to a very enjoyable final term full of learning and progress. If you have any questions/queries now or throughout the term, please do not hesitate to speak to me, either after school or by making an appointment via the school office.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mrs L Harper
Year 4 Teacher
Year 4 enjoying sports day!
Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Dudley Canal and Tunnel trust, we were able to experience the day in the life of a child during the industrial revolution. We learnt how terribly children were treated and how they had to go to work from the age of just 5 years old. Travelling through the dark caverns we could experience the cramped and dark conditions and realise how good children have things now. A small selection of children were given the responsibility of legging the boat this allowed us to make it back to dry land. After the activity on the canal we went into the classroom and enjoyed a map and coordinate activity where as a class we found some pirate treasure. Our penultimate activity was working as a team to create our own ship which we were able to race in the mini canal. Our day ended with the opportunity to look around the gift shop and then a quiz where we could show off all the new knowledge we learnt during the day. A fantastic day had by all and a massive thank you to all the staff and volunteers at Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust.
Over the past two weeks Year 4 have been lucky enough to take part in Bikeability in order to achieve their level 1 certificate and badge.
19 children from the year group took part and truly enjoyed the experience. They have increased their knowledge of road and bike safety whilst impressing staff with the array of fantastic bikes and helmets. Well done Year 4.
During the Autumn term and the beginning of this half term, Year 4 have been learning a variety of songs and musical terminology as well as learning how to play the violin with Wolverhampton Music School. To celebrate the end of their music lessons, they performed a short music concert showing off all their new skills. The children have thoroughly enjoyed their sessions and really loved showing their families and other children in the school their new skills. We are now looking forward to our new instrument - The Fife.
West Midlands Fire Service visited year 4 on Wednesday 1st November. The firefighters talked to the children about various hazards, causes of fire and what they should do in case of a fire. The children were shown various ways to stay safe and rules they should follow, as well as where smoke alarms should be placed in the home. Year 4 children really enjoyed learning about this, particularly the chance to practice 'STOP, DROP and ROLL' to put out a fire.