Welcome back to the new school year and to Year 4! the Year 4 team are looking forward to getting to know you all and starting our exciting Year 4 together! Please find below some useful information about Year 4.
The teachers in Year 4 are: Mr Toms, Miss Gascoine and Mrs Oldham
The main adults who support teaching and learning in Year 5 are: Mrs Porter, Mrs Wilson and Miss Cook.
Maths, times tables and spelling homework will be allocated weekly.
Spellings will be given on a Friday and tested on the following Friday - the children will have chance to practice their spellings in school as well.
Reading: Please try to encourage/listen to your child read at least 3 times a week
Our PE day is Wednesday (we will do an indoor and an outdoor session on this day) and children will need to come to school in their PE kits on this day. Please make sure you are wearing the correct PE uniform of black shorts or trousers, a white top and a black hooded jacket.
Our Learning Challenge topic for this term is a Science and Geography topic called 'Where do the rivers go?'. The children will be learning about solids, liquids and gases, the water cycle and rivers.
If you have any questions about your child's time in Year 4 then please don't hesitate to get in contact with us via Class Dojo or through the school office.
The Year 4 Team
Children in Year 5 all have access to the following websites to support their home learning:
If you require your children's log in details for these sites, please contact their class teacher.
Thank you for your continued support.
During Autumn 1, we will be exploring Science and Geography through our topic 'Where do the rivers go?' and our Focus texts in English 'The Rhythm of the Rain' and 'Once Upon a Raindrop'. We will link our learning across subjects through drama lessons exploring the water cycle and explanation text writing.
Our first focus this term will be exploring solids, liquids and gases through our science lessons. We will then move onto exploring the water cycle through some interactive lessons creating the water cycle in a bag and performing the water cycle through drama. Children will then explore rivers in their Geography lessons from the different parts of a river to why cities grew around rivers.
In maths this half term, we will be exploring place value, addition and subtraction, through using using concrete, abstract and pictorial methods.
We had lots of fun this week researching, designing and making tortilla wrap pizzas - a healthy alternative and a great snack!
We have been learning about states of matter (solids, liquids and gases) and how these can change state with a change of temperature. We have learning about freezing, melting, evaporation and condensation. Afterwards, we had lots of fun with our class competition of who could melt the ice cube the quickest! There were some very inventive ways of melting the ice such as putting it under a running tap, rubbing it in our hands, putting in somewhere warm on our bodies like in our elbow and rubbing it on the carpet.
We enjoyed our PJ day to promote reading for pleasure. In Year 4, we created a 'Reading River' to discuss all of the books that we enjoy!
Year 4 created life-sized human body diagrams to show our learning from this half term about the digestive system, muscles, skeleton and teeth. We prepared them as a group and then presented our diagrams to the class.
We enjoyed our savoury meal project in DT! We researched vegetables that are in season now, created a design criteria, designed our meal thinking about the eat well plate, made our salad and evaluated it. Our salads were very yummy!
Last half term, we wrote persuasive letters to persuade parents to donate money to allow Year 4 to adopt a lion. Our letters must have been very persuasive as here is our adoption pack, complete with an adorable cuddly lion!
We had a great time watching our digestion demonstration to look at how food changes as it travels through the digestive system. Our 'stomach' plastic bag mushed up the food and the nutrients and water was squeezed through the 'intestines' of the tights. We even had the 'waste' pass through the rectum and anus at the end! It was very gruesome but very fun!
In Summer 1 we have been looking at our Science topic of Digestion. We have learned all about different types of teeth, the digestive system and revisited learning from Year 3 about muscles and the skeleton.
Our Key text in English has been Rhythm of the Rain by Grahame Barker-Smith.
We made fantastic Easter cards to take home. We used researched designs, made a design criteria, designed our cards, made prototypes, made our card and evaluated.
In Spring 2 we will be looking at the Science topic of Animals including humans. We will be learning all about food chains including looking at producers, predators and prey and how energy is transferred between them. Additionally, we will be looking at the classification of animals and how animals can be grouped in different ways using classification charts to help us. It is important to think about the environment too and how changes in the environment can affect living things and even out them in danger.
Our Key text in English for Spring 2 will be the Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo.
In Maths, we will be looking at fractions and decimals.
In Spring 1, We have been learning all about the Romans in our Learning Journey History Lessons. We have learned about who the Romans are and where they were in the world, the food they ate, the language they spoke, about their history in Britain and the impact that they had on our country.
Our key texts in English for Spring 1 have been Escape from Pompeii by Christina Balit and Queen of Darkness by Tony Bradman. From our study of this text, we have written a news paper report about the volcanic eruption in Pompeii and a biography about Boudicca.
In Maths, we have been learning about multiplication, division, perimeter and area.
It is lovely to see all of the children back in school and ready to learn. Please find below our Curriculum overview for this academic year, alongside our "Welcome to Year 4" Letter.
We like to support our children in becoming avid readers and reading for pleasure. We hope you will support us in encouraging your child to read at home. We have a list of 50 books we recommend the children read during their time in Year 4. Please mark them off as you share them. Who will be the first to read them all?
Our core text for Autumn 1 is Greek Myths by Geraldine McCaughrean . We are also exploring Aesop's Fables and other Greek myths. This links to our Learning Journey question of 'Can we always believe what we are told?' focussing on Ancient Greece.
Home Learning Packs:
Please find below the home-learning for the weeks ahead. These will be updated weekly with the new week's learning being uploaded the Sunday before the week starts. There are a variety of activities to include the multiple aspects of learning we would be covering in our curriculum under normal circumstances. The Maths is focused on progressing through the curriculum, following White Rose, as we do in school supported by Maths Shed PowerPoints whereas the English is building on reading and writing skills, following the planning we would be using in-class under normal circumstances. You will also find your weekly spellings in these packs.
This should be in addition to and not to replace your already existing schedule, so please carry on with your TTRockstars practising times tables; Joe Wicks P.E - keeping fit and active; code.org where you can develop programming skills; and some of the other activities you have already been completing. Aim to incorporate these packs into your weekly routine. The English and Maths is designed to be worked on daily, as we would do in-class.
As mentioned, this is designed to last the week, so please don't feel pressured to complete it all at once. Feel free to print these out at home, or contact the school to pick up a copy. Alternatively, you can use any plain or lined paper to hand to complete the majority of the activities, so don't feel pressured to print or collect everything. We would love to see examples of great work, so keep posting on Class Dojo Portfolios. Finally, should you or your child have any questions, feel free to get in touch with the Year 4 team via Class Dojo.
Home Learning Week 2
Please find below the home-learning for week 2. There are a variety of activities to include the multiple aspects of learning we would be covering in our curriculum under normal circumstances. The Home-Learning Project gives some suggestions for some generic activities you could complete throughout the week, whereas the English, Maths and Science is more structured and is designed to enable your child to keep up with their learning and access the curriculum. This should be in addition to and not to replace your already existing schedule, so please carry on with your Joe Wicks P.E, your code.org and some of the other activities you have already been completing. Aim to incorporate these packs into your weekly routine. The English and Maths is designed to be worked on daily, as we would do in-class.
As mentioned, this is designed to last the week, so please don't feel pressured to complete it all at once. We would love to see examples of great work, so keep posting on Class Dojo Portfolios. Finally, should anyone have any questions, feel free to get in touch with Mr Toms, Ms Grant or Mrs Oldham.
As a school we are signed up for a website called code.org. To support children with computing, code.org is a self run website for children to develop skills and have fun with completing projects such as Minecraft hour of code. As teachers we can set activities and track how your children are doing it. Please aim for one or two activities per-week. We will be sending children's logins directly via classdojo.
Again, you can find the website at code.org
Children in Year 4 all have access to the following websites to support their home learning:
Spring Term 2
Animals Including Humans
This half term we will be looking at all sorts of animals, including humans. Specifically we will be exploring digestion, from teeth to the... other end! We will analyse food chains, classify animals and look at their habitats. We will also take on the role of artists as we critique and re-imagine the art of Henri Rousseau. Finally, Year 4 will discover what it is like in 'the tropics' and the equator. All of this will be supported by an exciting visit to Yorkshire Wildlife Park to get up close and personal to some of the animals we will be studying.
Our Visit to Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Roman Day Autumn 2 2019
What an amazing day we had learning all about the Romans. We had the opportunity to look at Roman artefacts as well as trying some of them on! We also learned all about Roman tactics and formations and we had the chance to march in the ‘turtle’ formation, I think Ms Grant and Mr Toms were terrified!
Later that day we discovered the tale of Boudicca and recreated some Celtic jewellery. The patterns were tricky but we tried our best! We finished by playing three games from the Roman times; Liar’s Dice, Ludus Latrunculorum and Knucklebones. All three required a lot of skill but we definitely had some champions in the class!
Have a a look below for some of the pictures from the event.
Autumn 1 2019
Now that we are a few weeks into the term we would like to take this opportunity to welcome all of our Year 4's back to school and say how impressed we are with how they are settling back into school.
We would also like to give you some important information: