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 Autumn 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 transition week, we are all excited about the 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 3rd September - Staff Training Day
Tuesday 4th September - School Reopens - Welcome Back! - PE kit required for all Year 4 children.
Thursday 13th September - First swimming session of the Autumn term.
Monday 24th September - Road Safety Workshops
Friday 5th October - Individual School Photos Tempest
Thursday 18th and Friday 19th October - Dside E-safety Sessions
Thursday 25th October - Last day of half term
Friday 26th October - Staff Training Day
Friday 30th November, 2.15pm - Parent Topic Share 'Anglo Saxons/Vikings'
Wednesday 16th January, 2.15pm - Parent Topic Share 'Human Body'
Friday 22nd March, 2.15pm - Parent Topic Share
Wednesday 26th June, 2.15pm - Parent Invite 'Rainforest Charity 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!
Please see documents below for learning log homework expectations.
Curriculum this Term:
Maths coverage during the Autumn term (the objectives below are taught in sequence):
· Count backwards through zero to include negative numbers.
· Count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1000.
· Add and subtract numbers with up to 4 digits using the formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction, where appropriate.
· Estimate and use inverse operations to check answers to a calculation.
· Compare and classify geometric shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles, based on their properties and sizes.
· Read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12- and 24-hour clocks.
· Recall multiplication and division facts for tables up to 12x12.
· Recognise and use factor pairs and commutativity in mental calculations.
· Multiply 2-digit and 3-digit numbers by a 1-digit number using formal written layout.
· Measure and calculate the perimeter of a rectilinear figure (including squares) in cm and m.
· Interpret and present discrete and continuous data using appropriate graphical methods, including:
- bar charts
To be able to discuss and respond to a film stimulus (inference and deduction).
To use drama to understand the thoughts, feelings and motives of a character.
To understand the features of a recount and draft ideas.
To write a recount in the first person, showing understanding of a character’s thoughts, feelings and motives.
To be able to edit and improve a piece of writing by responding to feedback.
To write quotes for a piece of persuasive advertising.
To use the senses to describe a setting.
To write a detailed setting description that appeals to the senses.
To understand the features of and plan a persuasive poster.
To be able to edit and improve a piece of writing by responding to feedback.
Our PE days for the Autumn 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.
One of the exciting things Year 4 children take part in this year is swimming. They will be swimming every Thursday, starting Thursday 13th September. 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
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.