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Welcome to Year 4, where lots of fun and exciting learning takes place. Miss Ghassempour 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. Swimming will continue to be Thursday morning this half term. 

 

 

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. 

 

During the Autumn Term, it will be important to both consolidate and build upon progress made in year 3 and continue to aid the children in continuing to become confident, happy and well-rounded people. The children made so much progress in year 3 and 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. 

 

Your teaching team will be Miss Ghassempour, 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 Tuesday afternoon. PE will be on a Monday 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!

Miss Ghassempour and the Year 4 Team

Upcoming Events:

Monday 2nd September - Staff Training Day.

Tuesday 3rd September - Children return to school

KS2 Parent Welcome meeting, time and date to be confirmed - we will cover year 4 expectations and curriculum 

Thursday 12th September - first swimming session

Monday 4th october- INSET day

 

Homework Expectations:

Please see documents below for learning log homework expectations. 

Curriculum this Term:

 

Maths:

This half term we will be learning to:

Count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1000

order and compare numbers beyond 1000

Find 1000 more or less than a given number

Recognise the place value of each digit in a four digit number

Round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000

Count backwards through zero to include negative numbers

multiplication and division by 10 and 100

length, perimeter and measure

 

English:

READING (Word reading):

  • apply their growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes (etymology and morphology) as listed in Appendix 1, both to read aloud and to understand the meaning of new words they meet
  • read further exception words, noting the unusual correspondences between spelling and sound, and where these occur in the word.

 

READING (Comprehension):

  • listening to and discussing a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fictionand reference books or textbooks
  • reading books that are structured in different ways and reading for a range of purposes
  • identifying themes and conventions in a wide range of books
  • preparing poems and play scripts to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone, volume and action
  • checking that the text makes sense to them, discussing their understanding and explaining the meaning of words in context
  • asking questions to improve their understanding of a text
  • drawing inferences such as inferring characters' feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence
  • identifying main ideas drawn from more than oneparagraph and summarising these
  • identifying how language, structure, and presentation contribute to meaning
  • retrieve and record information from non-fiction
  • participate in discussion about both books that are read to them and those they can read for themselves, taking turns and listening to what others say.

 

WRITING (Composition):

  • discussing writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, vocabulary and grammar
  • discussing and recording ideas
  • composing and rehearsing sentences orally (including dialogue), progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures
  • organising paragraphs around a theme
  • in non-narrative material, using simple organisational devices such as headings and sub-headings
  • assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggesting improvements
  • proposing changes to grammar and vocabulary to improve consistency, e.g. the accurate use of pronouns in sentences
  • proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors
  • read aloud their own writing, to a group or the whole class, using appropriate intonation and controlling the tone and volume so that the meaning is clear.

 

Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation:

  • use and understand the grammatical terminology in Appendix 2 accurately and appropriately when discussing their writing and reading.

 

SPOKEN LANGUAGE:

  • listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers
  • ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and build vocabulary and knowledge
  • articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions
  • give well-structured descriptions and explanations
  • maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments
  • use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas
  • speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English
  • participate in discussions, presentations, performances and debates
  • gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener(s)
  • consider and evaluate different viewpoints, attending to and building on the contributions of others
  • select and use appropriate registers for effective communication.

 

Science:

This half term we will be focusing on our topic of Vikings and Anglo Saxons.

 

 

Computing:

 

PE:

Our PE days for the Autumn term will be on Monday 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 - Children will take part in swimming during the Autumn term lead by qualified swimming coaches from Wetherby Leisure Centre

 

Swimming:

 

Swimming will begin on Thursday 12th September and continue for the Autumn term. Children will need the following items in a waterproof bag:

 

GIRLS
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.

  • Towel.
  • Goggles and swimming cap are optional.

 

BOYS

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).

  • Towel.
  • Goggles and swimming cap are optional.

 

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 will be for the Autumn term however, it does not happen on the first or last Thursday of the term. The Thursday before and after half term are swimming as usual. There is no charge for swimming lessons.

 

Times tables

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  

 

Times Table Test Level

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. 

 

Reading

It has been wonderful to see so many of the children develop a love for reading last 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. 

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