Class Blog for Year 4

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Welcome to Year 4! 

Welcome to Year 4!
The Year 4 team would like to wish you a very warm welcome to our webpage! We will be updating this blog regularly, so scroll down for pictures and information about life in Year 4.

The Team
4B: Mrs Berridge (Monday – Wednesday) and Mrs Martyn (Thursday & Friday)
4W: Mrs Reeve (Monday – Thursday) and Mrs Clayson (Friday)
We are very lucky to have Mrs Jeffery, Mrs Brier, Mrs Gallie and Mrs Clayson supporting learning across Year 4.

School Day
Gates open: 8.25am
School starts: 8.40am
Breaktime: 10.30am
Lunchtime: 12.15pm
Home time: 2.50pm

Important Days
Monday: Spelling Tests - Old spellings will be tested and new ones given out. 
Wednesday: Times Table test for 4B
Thursday: P.E. Day for both classes. 
Friday: Times Table test for 4W.
             Weekly homework will be given.

Things to bring to school
Full school uniform, a waterproof coat, book bag with reading record and book, water bottle. In the summer months, please bring a hat and sun-cream. Please ensure that every item is clearly named.

PE Kit: Rather than keeping PE kits in school, please send your child in to school in their PE kit on Thursdays. They will then stay in their PE kit throughout the day.

Snacks: Unfortunately, KS2 children are not entitled to free snacks so if your child would like to bring their own snack then they are more than welcome to. It’s a long morning and the learners can get very hungry by lunchtime without a morning snack. Please remember that we are a nut free school and also a 'Healthy School' so children are encouraged to eat fruit and vegetables at snack time. 

Lunch: Lunches will be available from the kitchen (free school meals for those entitled to them or paid via Parent Pay for those who aren't) and must now be ordered in advance through ParentPay. Alternatively, your child is welcome to bring their own packed lunch.

Reading
Reading continues to be the foundation for all learning in Key Stage 2. As such, we encourage you to listen to your child read at home as often as possible. This will ensure that they continue to develop fluency, increase their vocabulary and improve comprehension skills which are all vital components of being a good reader. Please ensure that your child comes to school with their Reading Packet every day. In addition to developing skills for reading, children will have weekly visits to the School Library to help them develop their love for reading. Children will be able to borrow any book they wish to. If you have any concerns about your child's reading or would like more information, please feel free to speak to your child's teacher.

Home Learning
We recognise home learning as an important opportunity not only to ensure progress but also to provide parents with a link to their children's learning. There will be a weekly piece of homework given; this will alternate between English and Maths and will link directly with either learning that has happened in class or work that will soon happen. This is given out on Fridays in class and then posted on the website. Do check the blogs which follow this introduction for our weekly updates. 

Spelling is increasingly important throughout Key Stage 2 and so we will be monitoring progress weekly. Please take the time to help your child learn their spellings at home. Spellings will be differentiated according to your child's ability.

At the end of Year 4, children will be required to take part in statutory Times Tables Assessments and so we strongly encourage times tables practise at home.

In addition to this, we will be issuing a termly "Topic Homework Grid" which will focus on the wider curriculum and link directly to our topic (not just English and Maths). We value creativity and welcome any home-learning the children complete. This will always be celebrated and we very much look forward to some wonderful creations.


 


 

Week 3 in Year 4

We started the week with a charity cake sale. In total, the children managed to raise £74.59 for a very worthy cause: Cancer Research UK. A huge well done to all of the children that organised this. They put up posters, supplied the cakes and dedicated their break times on Monday and Tuesday to selling cakes. Thank you to Mrs Jeffery, who did a fabulous job supervising the cake sale. We must also say a big thank you to the parents that supplied the delicious baked goods and thank you to everyone that spent their money on the cakes.

This week, we have had a big push in class on times tables practice. Please can parents try to encourage children to practise as much as possible at home. Following the link below will take you to a Maths frame activity that exactly mirrors the 'Multiplication Tables Check' that will be given to children in June.

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check

If you would like to know any more information about the Multiplication Tables Check, please have a look on the government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/multiplication-tables-check-information-for-parents

We hope you all have a lovely weekend and we’ll see you next week!

 


Latest News From Year 4 

Can’t believe we’re at the end of Week 2 already! We thoroughly enjoyed Year 3’s Star Wars themed assembly on Wednesday this week. Well done Year 3!

This week in class, we continued with our Minibeasts and Meadows topic work. We drew minibeasts, considering the use of proportion and learnt about the different body parts of an insect. Did you know, an insect always has 6 legs?

In English, we wrote our own Minibeast poems titled ‘My Home’. Some of our poems will be selected to be entered into The Charles Causley Trust’s 2022 Young People's Poetry Competition. So, fingers crossed we will have some winners!

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Start of Summer Term

As lovely as the Easter Holidays were, we’re glad to be back in school and we’ve had a brilliant and busy start to the summer term.

We kicked off our new topic ‘Can we survive without meadows and minibeasts?’ by going out on a minibeast hunt. We found a variety of minibeasts on our school field and classified them using our Invertebrates Classification Key.

In English, we have started a unit on poetry and it’s no surprise to find that we have some brilliant poets in Year 4. In Maths, we’ve been learning how to use short division.

This afternoon, we were lucky enough to be visited by the RNLI. They spoke to us all about staying safe at the beach, the flags to swim and surf between and what to do if we, or anyone else gets into trouble in water.

We look forward to seeing you next Tuesday. Enjoy the bank holiday weekend!  

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01/04/22 

Latest News From Year 4

Wow! What a busy week we’ve had in Year 4. We finished off our Vicious Vikings topic on Wednesday with a morning of Viking related learning and then performed our Viking play to parents in the afternoon. After weeks of rehearsals, we thoroughly enjoyed being able to share all of our learning with you through acting, dancing and singing. Thank you again to everyone that helped children learn their lines and for providing costumes and props! We couldn’t have done it without you.

We have now started a mini science topic all about sound! On Thursday, we conducted a sound survey of the school. It turns out no area of our school was completely silent! Today, we carried out an experiment to investigate the relationship between the volume of sound and the size of the vibrations it causes. We’re looking forward to learning more about sound next week. Can’t believe it will be our last week of the Spring term!

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18.2.22 

Storm Day! 

Hello Year 4!

Well this was unexpected!  We are sorry not to be seeing you in school today, but we have posted some English and Maths work for you below this blog. (It has also been uploaded to Teams and emailed to you!) If you need any help, do send Mrs Reeve or me a message either  on Teams or via email. Don't forget you still have your reading, spellings and timestables to practice too! I hope you have a relaxing day at home and enjoy your half term break. 

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11.2.22 

Week 6 :) 

Year 4 have had a great week this week. As it is Children's Mental Health week, the children spent some time thinking about ways in which we can ensure we have healthy minds as well as bodies. We discussed their circle of support and the children had some really mature and thoughtful contributions to discussions about what Mental Health is. They have also been continuing with their own research into the way the Vikings lived. Ask your child if they can remember any of the facts they have learnt this week. They have used a range of sources to take control of their own learning with great outcomes and lots of new knowledge. See below some photos of the Viking collages that were finished last week as well as some of 4W's home learning. Spellings and Homework is also in the documents below. 

Next week, on Wednesday, we are going to paint and decorate Viking shields. If at all possible, please can you help your child find a strong piece of cardboard and cut it into a circle that has a diameter of around 50cm. They will also need a yoghurt pot for the centre boss. If you have any of these materials going spare, please send in your extras as I'm sure there will be children who are understandably not able to lay their hands on these items. Many thanks for your help with this. 

Have a lovely weekend - one week to go! 

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28.1.22 

Home learning and Spellings :)

Please find below, this week's maths home learning and spellings which will be set on Monday. 

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21.1.22 

Another week done! 

We were a bit thin on the ground this week (especially in 4B!) but we had another fantastic week delving deeper into the Viking era. The children have been journalists this week, preparing to write their Newspaper report on the Viking raid on Lindisfarne (gruesome stuff!) and have also been planning their Viking collage. Having honed their collage techniques last week, this week they planned their final design, thinking carefully about materials they would use for their masterpiece. In history lessons, the children have been learning that people in the past often represent ideas in a way that persuades others. They have been exploring what real Vikings were like and comparing this to the stereotypical view of a Viking that often springs to mind. In Music lessons the children have been learning about Viking Gods through song! The bbc online tutorials are fantastic, feel free to ask your children jump online and sing you some of the songs they have learnt! 

Thank you to all of those children who have been learning from home this week and keeping in touch via Teams. We love seeing what you have been up to (provided that you are feeling well enough of course). 

Please see attached, some photos of our learning and also this week's English homework and spellings! 

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14.7.22 

Week 2 Learning! 

This week we have been getting stuck into our Viking topic. Beginning to learn about Newspapers, we have spent the week finding out about the Viking Raid on Lindisfarne monastery so that we can eventually write an article ourselves. The children are very excited about becoming journalists, especially with such a meaty (gruesome!) subject to write about! 
In history, we have been learning about Chronology and ensuring that we understand where the Vikings and Anglo Saxons came in Britain in the grand scheme of things. Ask your children about BC and AD and see if they can explain! 
In art, we have been preparing to create a Viking masterpiece by honing our collage skills. Who knew there were so many different techniques involved in collage? 
Please enjoy the photos below and also find this week's homework and spelling attached. 

P.s Please continue to support your children in learning their times tables, as this will help them with the written methods for multiplication we will be learning next week. 

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