Class Blog for Year 4

Welcome to Year Four! 

Thank you for taking the time to come and look at the exciting learning that takes place in Year Four. Please have a read of this blog to find information about life in Year Four. We will keep this page updated regularly with blogs, pictures and information.

The Team
Our Year Four Team consists of Mrs Berridge (Mon, Tues and Wed) and Mrs Hill (Wed, Thurs and Fri) in 4B, and Mrs Yates in 4W. We also have Mrs Young and Miss May who will be supporting both classes and of course, Mrs Bryant (Gill) and Mrs Hodkinson who will be working in 4W.

Learning in Year Four
As from 6th January, many children in Year 4 will be accessing learning remotely from home due to the school closures. Remote learning will operate via Microsoft Teams for which your child should have an email address and password. From here, you will be able to access all learning in the “Files” section, post completed work in the “Class Notebook” section and even message teachers about work in the “Posts” section.  Just make sure you select Wadebridge Year 4 as your “Team” (not 4B or 4W).   Look out for live links (go to the Calendar section to check for these).

Our current topic is all about Vikings and Anglo-Saxons and we are exploring the over-arching question: is violence every acceptable? Most of our wider curriculum subjects such as history, art and music will be incorporated into this theme. Some subjects such as science and Religious Education will be taught discretely. English and maths learning will continue to follow the whole-school planning.

Morning Routines
These have been changed slightly in light of the new Lockdown as introduced on 05.01.21. Currently, all pupils can arrive at school between 8.30 and 8.45am and should arrive through the Year 3/4 entrance. This gate will always be staffed. Registers and lunch orders will be taken at 8.45am. Lessons begin at 9am.

End of day routines
Again, this has changed a little; children can be collected from 3pm onwards. Only those with permission to walk home will be allowed to do so (please check your Arbor to update your permissions if needed). Those who are walking home will be dismissed when a member of staff has seen the person collecting. Any children being collected from school by car will be called by a member of staff via radio. Children will be supervised when getting into the vehicle.

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 this term, please send your child in to school in their PE kit every Tuesday and Thursday. They will then stay in their PE kit throughout the day.

Snacks
If your child would like to bring their own fruit then they are more than welcome to. In order to promote healthy eating, we do ask that children only bring fruit or vegetables to school.

Lunchtimes
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 can be ordered during the morning register. The menu will continue to be on the school website so please have a conversation with your child each morning about what they would like to have. Alternatively, your child is welcome to bring their own packed lunch. This term, lunches will be eaten in classrooms.

Home Learning (Homework)
At Wadebridge Primary we believe that home learning is an important aspect of a child’s education. We believe that it encourages children to realise that learning can take place outside of the classroom as well as in school. Home learning allows parents, carers and the school to work in partnership for the benefit of the children. The home learning tasks give opportunities for children to practise and apply the skills learnt in school.

Reading: Regular reading (3X weekly) recorded within your child’s reading record.

Times Tables: Towards the end of Year 4, the children will be assessed on their times table knowledge (we will give you information about this closer to the time). It would benefit your child to practise them at home. They can access the assessment online at home by visiting: https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check . In addition to this, each child will continue to have a Times Tables Rockstar log in which they can use.

Additional home-learning: This will be based around our topic theme and can be found in the link below.

If you have any questions, please do feel free to email us:

Mrs Yates: jyates@wadebridgeprimary.co.uk
Mrs Hill: sjhill@wadebridgeprimary.co.uk
Mrs Berridge: jberridge@wadebridgeprimary.co.uk

Mrs Hill, Mrs Yates and Mrs Berridge.

 


Weekly Overviews for remote learning 

Thank you sooooooo much for all your hard work in supporting your children with their online learning; it really is much appreciated.  Thanks also for bearing with us as we get to grips with a whole new way of teaching and learning; it has been a huge learning curve and we are really lucky to have such a community of supportive, understanding parents.  You not only have shown great patience during a very difficult time (lots of you we know are juggling remote learning, remote working and family life during lockdown!) but you have been incredibly helpful and kind.  For this will are extremely grateful.

Together we have worked through many problems but one which has arisen is the ability to access Teams on older devices.  In order to try to get around this, we will post the weekly overviews with links to online videos/resources here as well as on Teams.

As always, if you have any problems, questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact any of us:

Mrs Hill: sjhill@wadebridgeprimary.co.uk
Mrs Berridge: jberridge@wadebridgeprimary.co.uk
Mrs Yates: jyates@wadebridgeprimary.co.uk

Take care,
The Year 4 Team

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Home learning  

Good morning everyone! 

There will be lots more to follow, but to get you started, here is the Viking homework grid for this half term. There are many fun activities to help with your learning, so see how many you can do. 

Please check the class page for further learning opportunities as we will be uploading them as the days go on. 

*Edit - We have now uploaded home learning for the rest of this week. Please head to our Microsoft Teams page (Year 4) to access the work. We have uploaded an overview of the week to give you an idea of the learning that will be happening. This may be subject to change as we go along if we feel that the children are in need of more input. 

We encourage the children to take photos of their work, as we would love to see it.

Take care! 
The Year 4 team 

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Thank you!  

A huge 'THANK YOU!' to everyone who donated items for the Christmas hamper. As you can see, the Year 4 hamper looks amazing! Good luck to you all... You're in for a treat if you win!  

 


French Day photos 

Thank you to all pupils and parents for the lovely costumes which were created to celebrate our French Day last week! 
We are in the middle of collating the very best photos from the day (we took LOADS!) which will be uploaded shortly. 

We had a wonderful day and it really helped to make the learning purposeful to the children.  We hope you enjoy sharing in the fun with us.

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UPCOMING: Year 4 Wow Day! 

We will be holding a Wow Day for the children in Year 4 on Wednesday 25th November. This will enable us to celebrate all the learning the children have done based around our topic of Europe and “Does travel make you richer?” as well as providing the children with meaningful outcomes and fond memories of their learning.

On this date we will be holding “A day in France” as we compare our locality with that of another European country. We ask that children come to school dressed as something to do with France and please feel free to be as creative as you like with this. However, we are also mindful that during this tricky time, it is more difficult for parents to source anything special/adventurous so we would be more than happy with children coming dressed in colours of the French flag or a simple stripy T-Shirt if this is easier at this time.

There will be lots of lovely activities on hand including French food sampling (think baguette, brie, grapes etc). In order to make this possible we do ask for a small contribution of 50p which your child can bring with them on the day. We are hoping to share with you how much the children enjoy these activities via our class webpage and Facebook – watch this space!

As always, if you have any questions or queries, please contact your child’s teacher to discuss further. We very much look forward to celebrating this special event with the children and would like to thank you in advance with your support for this.

 


09.10.20 






























Year 4 have had the most wonderful Art lessons over the last few weeks. The children have created beautiful upside down drawings of some of the famous landmarks in Europe. We are sure that you'll agree, they are amazing! Over the last 2 Art lessons, they have started to create a picture using the Pointillism technique, which was developed by French artist Georges Seurat, in the 1800s. 

P.E - The children are enjoying their Basketball lessons. So far (apart from one lesson) we have been lucky with the weather. As we are outside, please ensure that your child brings a coat with them every day. A quick reminder that the correct P.E kit should be worn. This is a white t-shirt or the school burgundy P.E top, with black shorts, leggings or jogging bottoms.  A school jumper can be worn over the t-shirt. 

Maths - We have just finished our unit on place value and will be moving to addition and subtraction. This week's homework is column addition and subtraction, which should remind them of how to calculate answers using the column method. Please let us know if your child loses their homework, we always have spare :) 

English - The children have just finished writing their versions of Petar's Song, a story set in World War 2 about a little boy who needs to flee his country. Petar gets separated from his dad, who stays in their home village. We are very proud of the children for the time and effort that they have put in to their stories. They are truly amazing. 

We can't wait to see what next week brings! Any questions or queries, please don't hesitate to email us. 

The Year 4 team 






 


25.09.20 

We have had another fabulous week in Year 4! The children have been ever so busy writing their final drafts of 'Little Red Riding Hood'. The stories are amazing and we are really proud of the quality of work that they have produced. We have now started a new learning journey focusing on stories from different cultures. The children have story mapped 'Petar's Song', a story about a boy called Petar who had to flee from war.

In our maths lessons this week, the children have been learning how to multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000. They have also started to learn how to round numbers.  A homework task will be set on Friday (25th Sep) with a focus on identifying and representing numbers. This will consolidate learning that they have already completed in class. 

You have been emailed our updated Home Learning Policy, and in line with this, your child will be coming home with some Maths work to do this week and some Spellings to practice. Teachers will give out homework every  Friday and we ask that the children bring their work back to school by the following Thursday. Additionally, spellings will be given out on a Monday. They do not need to bring their spelling list back to school, just the Maths or English worksheet (depending on which was set that week). If you have any difficulties or if you would like to discuss the work set, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher. In case the sheets get lost, or the dog eats them, we will also upload them on our webpage so they can be printed off. The children will be sent home with their Topic related homework gird. This is and optional grid of activity ideas linked to our termly topic, this term it's 'Europe'. We have tried to keep the activities fun and engaging. It really would be wonderful for the children to be able to bring homework in to discuss and display. 

P.E - Please ensure that your child comes to school every Tuesday and Thursday dressed in their P.E kit. Please make sure that they wear a white t-shirt and black shorts (leggings or tracksuit bottoms on colder days, if they wish). They can wear their school jumper or cardigan over their t-shirt.  


We are already excited for next week. Have a wonderful weekend, 

The Year 4 team 

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Our first week  

Wow, what a brilliant first week in Year 4! We are so proud of all of the children for settling in so well into their new classes and their new routines. As things are a little different to what they usually would be at this time of year, we were aware that it might take a little longer for the children to familiarise themselves with their new environment as well as their new teachers and routines. However, this wasn't the case and everyone has slotted in beautifully and the excitement for learning has returned to the classroom. We thought that we would share a few things that we have been up to this week... 

In PSHE,  which have focused on our feelings about returning to school  and what may have changed since we were all together last (routines, rules and hand washing 100 times a day!). We felt that this gave the children the opportunity to share any thoughts and feelings about returning to school and to get answers to any questions what they had. Strangely, most questions were asking about lunch time and when that would be! 

In between the hand washing and sanitising, we've spent some of our week enjoying the glorious weather during P.E. The children have really enjoyed the P.E lessons this week and it's great to see them putting 100% effort into it. Please remember that our P.E days are Tuesday and Thursday and that children can come to school in their PE kits. 

Topic - We have introduced our topic of 'Europe' and have asked the children what they would like to learn. We have started to plan our topic around their interests . The children took part in a French lesson on Wednesday, it was great fun and everyone tried their hardest to master speaking in French (the finger moustaches helped apparently!). 

99 Club: The children took part in their first 99 Club of Year 4 and we are really proud of their efforts.  Please see our letter to parents below for details of how you can help your child to improve their fluency in arithmetic.

If our first week is anything to go by, this year will be amazing! We can't wait to see what next week brings. 

If you have any questions or queries, please don't hesitate to email us. 

Mrs Yates, Mrs Berridge and Mrs Hill. 

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