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Welcome to Year 4, where lots of fun and exciting learning takes place. Mr Elliot is our class teacher and in the mornings we are joined by Mrs Shaw. On this page you will find our class news and lots of interesting pictures showing you what we have done. We hope everyone has a lovely break! We look forward to seeing you all on Monday 15th April 2019.
Welcome to Year 4
A very warm welcome to Year 4. We hope you enjoy reading our class page, especially finding out about all the wonderful things we have and will be doing throughout the year; latest news will be updated fortnightly on a Thursday. Photographs will be updated after an event.
During the Summer Term, it will be important to both consolidate and build upon progress made thus far and continue to aid the children in continuing to become confident, happy and well-rounded people. Having enjoyed a thoroughly successful Autumn term, we are all excited about the new term ahead!
Any concerns or queries that you may have are hugely valued so please feel free to approach me after school. Additionally, I am available for more formal meetings by appointment which can be arranged by emailing the school office or by catching me outside.
Please take the time to read our class page.
Topic information will be updated ready for the start of each half term. Latest news will be updated fortnightly on a Thursday. Photographs will be updated after an event.
Your teaching team will be Mr Elliot, Mrs Shaw and Mrs Questa. Mrs Shaw will be our teaching assistant and she will be with us Monday – Friday mornings. Mrs Questa will teach Year 4 on a Wednesday and Friday afternoon. PE will be on a Tuesday and Thursday. Please continue to scroll down for further information regarding our PE coverage.
So that you can take your learning as far as possible, this page will be updated regularly with all the learning and events that will be taking place. Each half term our learning objectives will be put up so that you know what we will be doing and fortnightly we will be updating you on all the latest news from class and any upcoming events that you need to be aware of.
We are really looking forward to our time in year 4 this year, and hope that you are too!
Mr Elliot and the Year 4 Team
Monday 15th April - Welcome back.
Tuesday 16th April - Easter Service at St Oswald's.
Tuesday 16th April - First PE dance session with Leeds Rhinos.
Wednesday 17th April - Mini tennis festival and competition.
Thursday 18th April - FOCS Easter Bingo.
Friday 19th April - Good Friday.
Monday 22nd April - Easter Monday.
Monday 6th May - Early May Bank Holiday.
Friday 24th May - Break up for Summer half term.
Monday 3rd June - Staff Training Day.
Monday 17th June - Start of assessment week.
Wednesday 19th June - Sports Day.
Wednesday 26th June, 2.15pm - Parent Invite 'Rainforest Charity Day'.
Wednesday 17th July - Year 1 and 4 school trip.
Tuesday 23rd July - Break up for the summer.
Wednesday 24th July - Staff Training Day.
WOW! What an unbelievable start to the new year. The children have certainly hit the ground running. Mrs Shaw and I have been blown away with each and everyone's attitude and commitment to their learning. This week in maths we have been looking at counting through zero to include negative numbers, where we see negative numbers and applying that to real life and to finish off the week we have completed some problem solving and reasoning questions around negative numbers. In English we have started to look at autobiographies before we start to write our own next week. Well done Year 4 on a fantastic start to the year! Mr E
Year 4 -Sensational Scientists
We have taken the Digestive System to a new level in Year 4, by showing the journey of a banana through the saliva and teeth, the oesophagus, the stomach, the small intestine and the large intestine. It was certainly messy....but the children learnt so much through this practical experiment and were then able to apply their new learning in their follow up work! It was suitably informative and messy all in one go, some say the best type of learning!
As part of this term’s science work, we have arranged a visit for Year 4 to Magna, the science adventure centre in Rotherham, on Monday 26th November. The children will have the opportunity to explore the differentinteractive exhibitions and will be taking part in a workshop called ‘Big Circuits’. Children will enjoy the challenge of making a big circuit from all kinds of materials.
We will be leaving school at 9.00am and returning to school around 3.00pm. Children will need to wear their normal school uniform. But please make sure children are wrapped up warm as Magna is set in an old steel works and can get quite cold. A packed lunch will also be needed.
On Monday, 26th November the children in Year 4 had an amazing day at Magna. They participated in a workshop all circuits where in groups they constructed a circuit using different components and had great pleasure in making the fan and bulb work. The children also found out about different electrical insulators and conductors. Afterwards the children had chance to explore Magna, they went to the fire pavilion where one of their favourite parts was watching the fire tornado. Also they enjoyed practically exploring the earth, air and water pavilions. In earth they learnt how to move different rocks and materials. In air they learnt about different air waves and in water they learnt about the forces used to turn wheels, measure and transport water.
The children had a fantastic day describing it as 'amazing' and 'epic'. A great day was had by all! Thank you to our parent volunteers for the day, your support was greatly appreciated.
VISIT FROM ALEC SHELBROOKE (MP) This morning, we were visited by Mr Alec Shelbrooke (Conservative Member of Parliament for Elmet & Rothwell). His visit was to meet the Year 4 children in order to see what they had been learning about through their PSHE topic of democracy from earlier in the school year. The children had created their own political parties – including the Sensible Party and the Nature Party – and Mr Shelbrooke was shown the manifestos that the children had written in small groups. He was very impressed with the amount of discussion and debate that had gone into agreeing the intended aims and projects for each party. Following this, the children were told all about the life of an MP at Westminster and asked a range of questions about topics including defence, the House of Lords and how noisy the House of Commons can be!
As it was Christmas jumper day today, we were delighted to see that Mr Shelbrooke joined in the fun by sporting a rather festive cardigan (scroll down the page for pictures). We were incredibly grateful for him taking the time to visit us and the children really enjoyed having the opportunity to discuss politics with a real MP.
Our class also featured in the Wetherby news. click the link below to read the article:
01/02/2019 - Year 4 Superstars
Year 4 have made a great start to the new term and we cant quite believe how much we done and achieved over the past few weeks. The children have really enjoyed immersing themselves into their new learning including going back in time to find out about the Vikings, learning about fractions in maths and investigating the states of matter in science. This term we have also welcomed Mr Lomas into our class. Mr Lomas is on a teaching placement from Leeds Beckets University. He will be with us until the 15thof March.
This half term the children have also been learning a new sport, Orienteering. The children have really enjoyed learning new map reading skills and timing themselves and others to complete different courses around the school. Not only have they been tested physically but mentally too as they have had to carefully locate different points around the school grounds using just a map. More recently the children have had to create their own orienteering course by working together and collaborating ideas to creatively designing challenging courses for their peers.
Our class have shown great courage and perseverance in their learning but they have approached everything with great positivity and bundles of enthusiasm, Mrs Shaw, Mrs Questa, Mr Lomas and I could not be any prouder of their commitments and efforts. Well done Year 4!
Mr Elliot, Mrs Shaw, Mrs Questa and Mr Lomas
28/03/2019 VIKING TIMES…
Year 4 travelled back to the Viking times this week with the help of a very fierce and fascinating Viking. The children (and staff) fitted in very well as they had the perfect Viking outfits for such an occasion. They were able to handle weapons and stand in battle lines. In fact you could probably hear their battle cries from home! There were some amazing drama scenes from a selection of children who acted out the story of when Thor’s hammer was stolen by Loki. We clearly have some stars in the making! The children also had the chance to hold and ask questions about interesting artefacts including Viking weaponry, drinking horns, battle shields, clothing and deer furs. I think the most enjoyable part of the day came towards the end as the children were able to recreate a Viking invasion. Luckily Year 4 arrived back to the present day just in time to go home! The visit gave our children a lively and inspiring enrichment to their history topic on Anglo Saxons and Vikings. Keep a look out for the amazing photos from our day, which will be displayed on the year 4 class page.
Please see documents below for learning log homework expectations.
Curriculum this Term:
Our PE days for the Summer term will be Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure that you are wearing your School PE uniform, have long hair tied up and earrings either removed or covered with a plaster.
Swimming during the Spring term will be every Thursday, starting Thursday 17th January. The children will need the following items in a waterproof bag:
A one piece-swimsuit should be worn for the lessons – bikini’s or two- piece type swimwear are not permitted. If your child has long enough hair, plaits are ideal for swimming days as the swimming hat goes on more easily.
Cycle type swimming shorts/briefs are permitted (shorts must be well above the knee). Bermuda style shorts or long shorts are not permitted as these can be dangerous. For reasons of safety, the swimwear should be sufficiently tight fitting to allow the freedom of body and limb movement without causing unsafe water resistance. In terms of the legislation that governs this, we are guided by AfPE (Association for Physical Education), Safe Practice in Physical Education and Sport 2012 and the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association).
We are hoping to have a small collection of spare swimming kit and would be grateful for any donations of outgrown items in order that we can provide spare kit for any child that may forgotten, so they do not miss a lesson. Please ensure all uniform and swimming kit is named.
It is a good idea for children to get in the habit of taking responsibility for packing and remembering their kit as this will really help with their independence – one of our class targets for year 4. This will also help the children to remember as we will not phone home if kit is forgotten.
We leave school at approximately 10:05am and return at 11:25am. Swimming continues throughout the whole academic year, however, it does not happen on the first or last Thursday of each full term. The Thursday before and after half term are swimming as usual. There is no charge for swimming lessons.
As some you may be aware, the National curriculum requires that by the end of year 4 children should know their times tables up to 12 x 12. So this is the term to really push this at home and help children to master their multiplication and division facts. Learning by rote is one option (the old fashioned way!) and we use Numberlink boards at school (more information on the school website under the ‘About us’ and then ‘Curriculum’ tab). There are lots of great interactive games/ apps available on the net too. This is a good place to start: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables
Each week the children will have 3 minutes to answer questions on a selection of times tables (depending on which level they are on), once they get all the question correct on a level they get to move up. Details of each level and their focus are outlined below:
Finalist Level - We know our 2, 5 and 10 times table and can recall a selection of multiplication and division questions in three minutes
Bronze Level - We know our 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 times table and can recall a selection of multiplication and division questions in three minutes
Silver Level - We know our 3, 4, 6 and 11 times table and can recall a selection of multiplication and division questions in three minutes
Gold Level - We know our 7, 8, 9 and 12 times table and can recall a selection of multiplication and division questions in three minutes.
European Level - We know our tables up to the 12 times table and can recall a selection of multiplication and division questions in three minutes.
Olympic Level - We know our tables up to the 12 times table and can recall 100 multiplication and division questions in three minutes.
Tough Level - We know our tables up to the 12 times table and can use these to recall facts including those with decimals.
It has been wonderful to see so many of the children develop a love for reading this year and we have some very competent and independent readers out there. Reading must continue to be recorded at home and we would ask that listen to your child read aloud to you on a regular basis. Many children enjoy this and it also gives you the opportunity to check their comprehension, discuss vocabulary, make inferences and develop opinions of their own. These are all important skills that will put them in good stead for SATS. We ask that children read at least three times a week at home and that this is recorded in their Reading Records (and signed weekly by parents weekly). Reading Records will continue to be checked on a regular basis.
Lost uniform and equipment
Please ensure all clothes, lunch boxes, bottles etc are labelled. There is a box of lost property in the Y4 classroom which is never empty and a cloakroom which is always scattered with lost items. Please encourage children to take responsibility for looking after their belongings, and to check that lunch boxes and bottles in particular are taken home daily.