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
Thursday 26th April 2018 - First swimming session of the Summer Term.
Thursday 26th April 2018 - Internet Safety event at school. 6pm.
Monday 7th May 2018 - May Bank Holiday. School Closed
Tuesday 8th May 2018 - School Reopens
Tuesday 15th May 2018 - Year 1 and 4 school trip to Tropical World
Friday 25th May 2018 - Break for Spring half term
Monday 4th June 2018 - Staff Training Day
Tuesday 5th June 2018 - School Reopens
Wednesday 20th June - Sports Day
Thursday 19th July - Final Swimming Session
Visit to Tropical World
On May 15th the Year 4 children visited Tropical World as part of our Rainforest topic. We wanted to find out what it would feel like to actually live in a rainforest and what animals would we come across.
We also had an activity in the woods at Roundhay Park. We investigated food chains and we looked for bugs on the woodland floor. We discussed how they were specially adapted to their habitat.
We had a fantastic day out, the children really enjoyed themselves and it would not have been possible without our fantastic parent volunteers!
Last week 20 children from years 3, 4 and 5 participated in the Boston Spa Mini Tennis Competition. The children who took part played with passion and pride whilst representing the school and their attitudes and commitment was rewarded by finishing 2nd and 3rd in the Year 3/4 competition and 2nd and 4th in the Year 5 competition. I could not be any prouder of the children who took part as they gave it everything and had a fun and successful afternoon.
SPORT RELIEF 2018
Thank you for supporting the school so brilliantly once again. It was great to see everyone in their sports kits last week and a HUGE thank you to our school families for the donations and the mountain of buns! The sports leaders have done an AMAZING job of organising this event . We have all been impressed with the way the sports leaders have supported classes today – encouraging, coaching and supporting the children through the obstacle course. Sports leader have set all of this in the context of the school RESPECT code and development of courage, resilience, trust, friendship and joy. Well done to Eva and the sports leader team! Amazing!
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 the famous Viking invasion on Lindisfarne Monastery. 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.
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 Term:
Design & Technology objectives:
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 Summer term the children will be taught:
Our PE day for Summer term 1 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.