Welcome to Year 4’s Class Page
Please click here to view the Year 4 timetable for this term – SUMMER 2019 timetable YR4
I hope that you have all had a fantastic Easter and didn’t eat too much chocolate! We have an action packed Summer Term ahead of us and this newsletter is to give you a brief outline of what the children will be learning over the next few months.
For your information, Mr Webb will be teaching the children throughout the week and Mrs George is the Year 4 teaching assistant every morning.
We hope you find this newsletter helpful in informing you of what your children will be learning about this term.
In English, the children will be studying poetry to begin with, and then moving on to non-fiction explanation texts. Poetry will build on previous learning and expand their skills into new and advanced poetic techniques. The explanation texts will give the children the opportunity to display all of their knowledge on robots and technology which they have acquired and developed throughout the term.
In our Math lessons we will now be moving into the large area of Shape. Throughout the term, children will gain a solid understanding of the properties of 2D and 3D shapes, as well as moving into trickier topics such as area and translation. Alongside this, Year 4 will continue the whole school focus on the quick mental recall of all times tables up to 12 x 12.
Children are also set maths targets, again linked to essential number skills and/or the unit of work being covered. These will be evident in their maths books.
Our Topic is Science based and is focusing on robots and their development throughout history. Children will learn the interesting origins and advancements of robots over the ages, and how they play an increasing important role in the modern age.
We will be studying electricity and how this ties in with the progress of technology in the modern age. Children will have the opportunity to build their own circuits and experiment with switches, motors, bulbs and buzzers.
The children will also continue their work on writing up experiments and ensuring they are conducting fair tests.
Art & DT
Our Art lessons will be focusing on the robot paintings of Karl Egenberger. Children will be recreating his bright and vivid painting style inspired by ‘science fiction’ from the past. In Design Technology, children will also have the opportunity to create their very own Robot head with fully functioning circuitry inside!
As before, the children will be bringing home English and Maths homework (Matheletics) weekly. The children will be set homework on a Friday which will due in on the following Wednesday. Children will have one day’s grace to bring late homework in, after that they will be asked to complete it during their lunchtime. It is expected that the children spend about 30mins on each homework task. If your child is struggling with the management, time taken to complete or anything else, please ask the children to come in and speak to us to help develop their sense of independence.
As you are aware, the children will be swimming on Wednesday mornings at Swan pool. In addition to this, Year 4 will have their outdoor PE/Games lessons on Wednesday afternoons as part of Mr Webb’s PPA time. The session will be with Mr Cassidy, working on various types of invasion games.
The children will need the correct PE kit which is a red t shirt, black shorts and a black track suit for colder days. Trainers are essential, plimsolls are not. Initially, both PE lessons will be outside unless the weather changes.
This term, the children will be studying Pilgrimages across a wide range religions. We will study the different traditions and reasons behind the various religious journeys taken all over the world.
This term the whole of Year 4 have our exciting residential trip to look forward to! The annual Bushcraft adventure holiday will take place on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of May and is all set to be fantastic experience for everyone involved.
This term Mrs Morton will be teaching the children music on Wednesday morning. Across the classes, it will be a mixture of recorders, keyboards, singing and developing compositions with percussion instruments. This continues to be an exciting opportunity for the children, being taught by a specialist across a range of instruments.
Your child will be given 10 words to practise weekly. These will be tested on a Thursday and will be a mixture of spelling rules learnt and high frequency words.
The children will be expected to continue working on their times tables throughout the year. This may for some weeks form part of the maths homework. We will establish which times tables children need to work on early in the term and then set them targets to achieve a certain set of times tables half-termly. The school website offers many games to help consolidate tables and we can give sheets to support rehearsal of tables if useful.
The children will also be expected to continue reading and we would ask that they write in their reading records when they have done so. If they read 3 times weekly or more, they will be given house points and invited to Mr Webb’s Friday Fun session! The reading records will be checked on a Monday.
Remember to read the schools weekly newsletter and check the school’s website regularly to find out what is happening in school.
We are available in the morning for short messages such as if somebody else will be collecting your child.
If there is anything else you would like to discuss we are around after school.
Please email/ call the office if there are any messages throughout the day. 01280 813066
Behaviour & Rewards
In Year 4 we will continue to have rewards for the children to earn through good behaviour. These are: House points, Monthly Marvels, entries into The Golden Book and the class will decide on their own rewards for when they work together well as a class. These will then build towards a class treat as and when the rewards are accrued.
We are always looking for parents to come in and listen to readers each week or support the learning of individuals. Also please let us know if you have any hidden talents which you can share with us, such as: cooking, art or maths!
This term, Year 4 is lucky enough to have Rosemary Vygus as our parent reader.
Please send your child in each day with a named water bottle. Please also encourage children to bring in bags which are a suitable size to fit in their lockers. Please make sure all items of clothing are named. It would also be beneficial if pencil cases could be small enough to fit in children’s trays!