Welcome to Year 4
Thank you for all your lovely Christmas wishes, cards and gifts. We hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.
I hope that you all managed to wind down and relax over the festive period! Having had a chance over Christmas to mull over the Autumn Term, I can but look back upon what was a fantastic first term in Year 4 with an extremely enthused, hardworking and lovely group of children. I am hopeful that working with such an enjoyable bunch in the New Year will help me to keep my many planned resolutions!
During the Spring 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 opening few days, we are all excited about the Spring and Summer 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.
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.
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 19th February 2018 - Back to School
Monday 19th February 2018 - Year 3,4 and 5 'Come & try' mini tennis sessions at Wetherby High School (3.45-5pm)
Thursday 22nd February 2018 - Swimming lesson at Wetherby Leisure Centre
Monday 26th February 2018 - Year 3,4 and 5 'Come & try' mini tennis sessions at Wetherby High School (3.45-5pm)
Thursday 1st March 2018 - Swimming lesson at Wetherby Leisure Centre
Friday 2nd March 2018 - D-side in school
Friday 2nd March 2018 - World Book Day celebrated in school with non-uniform day
Monday 5th March 2018 - Year 3,4 and 5 'Come & try' mini tennis sessions at Wetherby High School (3.45-5pm)
Monday 5th March 2018 - Tempest in school to take class photos (Moved from Wednesday 14th March)
Thursday 8th March 2018 - Swimming lesson at Wetherby Leisure Centre
Monday 12th - Friday 16th March 2018 - Science Week
Monday 12th March 2018- Year 3,4 and 5 'Come & try' mini tennis sessions at Wetherby High School (3.45-5pm)
Thursday 15th March 2018 - Swimming lesson at Wetherby Leisure Centre
Monday 19th March 2018 - Parent Consultation Evening (1)
Wednesday 21st March 2018 - Year 4 Viking Day
Wednesday 21st March 2018 - Parent Consultation Evening (2)
Thursday 22nd March 2018 - Final Spring term swimming lesson at Wetherby Leisure Centre
Tuesday 27th March 2018 - Non school uniform
Wednesday 28th March 2018 - PTA/ FOCS Easter Bingo Night
Thursday 29th March 2018 - Year 4 open afternoon
Under 9’s Football Tournament
Well done to the 10 children from year 4 who represented the school this week at the Under 9’s Leeds United Foundation Kids Cup. The boys and girls showed great passion and pride representing the school and Mr Moore and I were proud of their team and individual achievements. Unfortunately they just missed out on place in the semi-final. Well done!
Under 9’s Squad: James H, Lydia A, Isobel N, Joe H, Dominic B-H, Daniel H, Charlie S, Jasper C, Hollie K and James T.
Year 4 tooth ‘Egg’speriment
In science this week, Year 4 wanted to investigate the effects of different liquids on our teeth. To find out which liquid does the most damage to our teeth we had to use an egg. We used an egg as its shell and our teeth have something in common; both can be weakened by acid. The liquids we chose to investigate were: coke, water, milk, orange juice, Lucozade and vinegar. The eggs were then placed in a container and they will remain there for 2 weeks. We will find out the results of our egg-citing experiment after half term and write up the results for the next newsletter.
Year 4 have been investigating teeth and their importance as part of our science topic, 'Excuse me are these your teeth?' The children had to work together and create a clay model of their teeth. Using mirrors and their tongues to feel the shape of their teeth the children worked carefully to produce their models. From their models the children were able to identify the different types of teeth and their functions. After been inspired by their learning a number of children went home to share their learning with parents and created their own models out of play dough. A fantastic start to their new learning. Well done Year 4.
Sensational Learning Logs
Last half term , Year 4 blew me away with their exceptional attitudes towards their home learning tasks. Children created Anglo - Saxon helmets and shields, carried out science investigations and continued to w ork hard on their times tables and reading. Their thirst for knowledge - combined with their passion for learning - has made for some amazing projects being brought into school. The learning shared in class has benefitted not only themselves , but also thei r peers. Well done Year 4!
Exciting Learning Opportunity
After a successful taster session last week in which the children gained so much learning we are pleased to announce that for the rest of this half term year 4 will take part in orienteering sessions on a Monday afternoon. We ask that children come in PE kit as this is an outdoor sports activity. This not only links in with our PE curriculum but also our Geography curriculum. A fantastic link to allow the children to put their map reading skills into practice.
Fantastic start to the new year!
WOW! I cant believe this is the start of our 4th week together as a class. In those 3 weeks we have achieved so much, the children have taken part in our orienteering sessions, started our weekly swimming lessons at Wetherby Leisure Centre, improving our skills in dance with our fantastic coach Nicola and we have been working really hard in Maths and English. Our class have shown great courage and perseverance in their learning but they have approached everything with great positivity and bundles of enthusiasm and myself, Mrs Shaw and Mrs Questa could not be any prouder of their commitments and efforts. Well done Year 4!
Please see documents below for learning log homework expectations.
Curriculum this Half Term:
1. Viking Raiders and Invaders
Develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study by knowing who the Vikings were and when and why they raided and invaded Britain.
• Can I explain when and where the Vikings came from and why they raided Britain?
2. Anglo-Saxon Kings
Be able to address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference and significance by learning about some Anglo-Saxon kings, how they influenced Britain and how they fought against the Vikings.
• Can I compare the significance of Anglo-Saxon kings during the Viking period?
Be able to construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information by learning about the later Viking raids, the actions of King Ethelred II and the introduction of Danegeld.
• Can I explain who King Ethelred II was and say when and why Danegeld was introduced?
4. Viking Life
Be able to construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information by learning about and organising information about Viking life.
• Can I identify and explain key aspects of Viking life?
5. Laws and Justice
Be able to address historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference and significance by learning about the Anglo-Saxon legal system and how it is similar and different to the modern legal system in Britain.
• Can I explain how the legal system worked in Anglo- Saxon Britain?
6. The Last Anglo-Saxon Kings
Develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study by learning about the last Anglo-Saxon Kings of England and what happened in Britain during their reign.
• Can I explain how the last Anglo-Saxon kings shaped Britain?
Our English lessons for the next few weeks will focus on the Beowulf saga by Rob Lloyd Jones. The children will learn to:
create a mythical character
describe contrasting settings
use ‘power-of-3’ to expand noun phrases
use powerful verbs
draw inferences from details in a text
use ‘show-not-tell’ as a writing technique
describe how tension builds in a story structure
create tension in my writing
prepare a group performance
identify conventions in mythical literature
make a plan for my writing
write my own hero myth
find words in a dictionary
organise paragraphs around a theme
edit and evaluate my writing and proof read my writing for spelling and use of punctuation
present my story to an audience
use inverted commas and other punctuation to indicate direct speech e.g. The conductor shouted, 'Sit down!'
Read Write Inc. Spellings
During the Spring term the children will be taught:
Animals including Humans – Excuse me, are these your teeth?
i. describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans
ii. identify the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions
iii. construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey
i. asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them
ii. setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests
iii. reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions
iv. identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes
v. using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings
Our PE day for Spring term 2 will be Tuesday. Please ensure that you are wearing your School PE uniform, have long hair tied up and earrings either removed or covered with a plaster.