Welcome to Year 4 - Bronte

Welcome to Bronte class. Emily Jane Bronte was an English novelist and poet who is best known for her only novel, Wuthering Heights, now considered a classic of English literature.

In Bronte class, we are; Miss Nock (class teacher) and Miss Hedges and Miss Whistler (Teaching Assistants).

Our topic this term is called:

Ancient Greece

We will be learning all about Ancient Greece. In english we will be writing Greek myths and legends and Greek play scripts. ALso very excited about going on our trip to The Collection Museum in Lincoln to find out more about the Ancient Greeks.

Things to know:

PE is on Monday. Please ensure PE kits are in school. They can stay on pegs during the week and then taken home to be washed over weekends.

Swimming for Bronte class is on Wednesdays at Portland (not Lenton). Parents are able to either pick their child up from Portland at 3.05 or from school at 3.30. Please return slip to let us know which.

Forest School will be on a Thursday with Mrs Walker. Children are encouraged to bring in wellies.

Superstar readers

In year 4, we expect the children to read every day. It’s vital that the children read regularly so that they can access all areas of their learning and make fantastic progress. You can earn a raffle ticket for every 3 reads recorded in your reading diary and raffle tickets mean prizes!

Times tables

Children must keep practising their times tables up to 12 at home so they can complete their challenges in school. Your child should know and be able to use the commutative method. E.g. 2x4=8 in the 4x table and 4x2=8 in the 4x table.

This term's spellings

This term's spellings are:

woman

opposite

women

ordinary

promise

perhaps

therefore

pressure

This Week

Christingle

All ready for this afternoons Christingle service at St Georges. We learnt about what each part represents.

Christmas Jumper Day

Looking good!

Greek Vases

With Mrs Russell the children created their Greek Vases using scratching. Don't they look Fab! I can't wait to see their clay vases next week!

Lincoln Collection Museum

We had a fabulous fun day in Lincoln. We got to learn even more about our exciting topic Ancient Greece. During the workshops the children acted out a Greek play, made shields and became archaelogists. Ask them what their favourite part was. What a great day out!

Special Visitors

RSPB came in today and did a workshop with the children to learn more about wildlife and their habitats. The children went outside to investigate our environment to see how our school attracts wildlife and looked at ways we could improve it further. I'm glad I had my scarf, hat and gloves today!! Brrrrr!!

Statistics

This week in maths the children are learning all about graphs. So far they have looked at bar charts, created one on the computer, drawn them in books and interpreted the charts.

Here are a few fantastic examples of how to set out a bar chart.

Well done Gideon, Nagla, Naomi and Ashton!!!

Feeling Festive

Our Christmas tree has arrived!! Each class have made decorations for the tree. Year 4 made snow men paper chains. What a pretty tree!

Crackers

The children had a lovely time eating their Christmas dinners. I heard 23 not so funny jokes. Thank you to the kitchen staff who cooked it.

Trip Reminder

Thank you to everyone who has already paid for our trip to Lincoln. The trip is fast approaching. Please bring £13 to one of the year 4 team as soon as possible. Thank you :)

Christmas Dinner Day

Don't forget it is Christmas dinner day Monday 4th December. There will be no grab bag option so if you do not want your child to have a christmas dinner they must bring in a pack lunch from home. Looking forward to the festive season.

News reporters

This week in English we have have written scripts reporting on a Greek Myth. The children then in groups used their scripts to be news reporters for either ITV news, BBC News or Newsround. Reporters watch out, Bronte class are coming for your jobs!

Maths

It was very cold this morning when me and Miss Whistler drew the shapes on the playground but the children enjoyed working out the perimeters. The whole class can work the perimeter out and are now moving onto reasoning and problem solving!

Speech

Today, we have been practising using speech and including adverbial clauses. They came up with some cracking sentences about what Miss Froggatt might say.

Inase you can't read the pictures they say;

"What are you doing?" Mrs Froggatt asked as she ripped page out of a book.

"What a wonderful class you are!" Mrs Froggatt said happily as she walked into the room.

"I wish I could have a class like this" Mrs Froggatt sighed as she relaxed down on the blue chair.

Perimeter

The children have been learning how to measure the perimeter in maths. Ask them how you work it out!

Multiplication Grid

This week in maths we have begun using a multiplication grid to work out multiplications such has 45x6 and 143x7. Today they have been explaining how to use the grid to a friend.

English

This week in English we have been looking closely at different Myths. Our inpendent write was to rewrite the myth Perseeus and the Gorgon's Head. Here are just a few of the fantastic examples of year 4 writing!

By Alyssa

By Naomi

Times Tables

Bronte class have been working hard on learning their times tables and being able to recall them rapidily. Keep it up!!

What beautifully presented work!! Well done Naomi, Gideon and Nagla. :)

Children in Need

Spots, spots and more spots. Thank you very much for all your donations!

Bronte's lovely Pudsey biscuit sale posters. Dont forget your 50ps!

SOUND

This week in science we have been learning about sound. We matched the sounds to the labels.

Then we found out how sound was made. Ask your child about longitudinal waves and transverse waves!

Parents Evening

Parents evening is on Tuesday 14th November and Wednesday 15th November. Letters will be coming round. I am looking forward to seeing you all!

Achievements

A huge well done to Conal Marshall on winning the Taekwondo Championships at the weekend in Birmingham. He had to beat 6 opponents to win. What an achievement!!

Welcome Back

Please read our newsletter for this half term for year 4. A copy is on the website incase it didn't make its way home!

Handwriters of the Week!

Well done Ashton, Gideon and Edyta for your beautifully presented The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Stories.

Bronte Class Going Wild

SCRATCH!

We will be using scratch in ICT at school,. Why not sign into your account at home and explore scratch. more! Your logins are Bronte followed by your initials. For example mine would be BronteJN. Children you should remember your passwords. If not we can write them in our diaries! Enjoy exploring!

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

We have been reading and pulling apart the book; The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. The children have be learning how to infer from a text. Ask your child what infer means!

We have written diary entries being William, who is the main character in the book who lived in Malawi.

Here is one of the fabulous examples of the work year 4 produced.

Well done Alyssa!

Bright Sparks

This week in science we have been making our own switches and testing them in a simple circuit.

Next week we will be carrying out an experiment to see which materials are conductors and which are insulators.

Swimming

The children loved their first swimming sessions. It takes us longer than we initially thought to get changed and walk back to school. We will now be back at roughly 3.40. Please wait by our classroom to meet your child. Thank you :)

Welcome to Year 4

I hope everyone has had a fun filled summer. I am looking forward to welcoming you all back on Monday 4th September into Bronte Class. Don't be late!!

Homework

Spelling

This term, you will have 8 spellings that you need to learn.

You need to:

  1. Learn the spelling of the word
  2. Learn the meaning of the word
  3. Recognise the word in my reading
  4. Use the word in a sentence
  5. Write the word correctly in dictation

This half term’s spellings are:

woman opposite

women ordinary

promise perhaps

therefore pressure

Times Tables

This year, you must know all your times tables and related divisions. A good way to learn your x tables easily is to learn them through the commutative law as detailed below:

Using the commutative law:

Aims: At the end of the series, pupils will be able to recall accurately their times tables from memory and at speed.

Getting started: Write the 0 x table in one colour, and the 1 x table in another. Ask if there are any easy ways to do the 0 and 1 x table. If they do not know it already, explain that 0 x anything is 0 and 1 x anything is anything. Write the 0 and 1 x tables , using different colours, but keeping 1 x 0 in the 1 x table the same colour as 0 x 1 in the 0 x table.

Explain the "secret" of the commutative law, that a x b = b x a, so that the first entry of the 1 x table is just the same as 0 x 1 in the 0 x table, hence they are the same colour.

Taking it further: Choose a different colour for the 2 x table. Each table has a different colour.

Week 1
Introductory lesson
Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12
1x1=1
2x1=2
3x1=3
4x1=4
5x1=5
6x1=6
7x1=7
8x1=8
9x1=9
10x1=10
11x1=11
12x1=12
1x2=2
2x2=4
3x2=6
4x2=8
5x2=10
6x2=12
7x2=14
8x2=16
9x2=18
10x2=20
11x2=22
12x2=24
1x3=3
2x3=6
3x3=9
4x3=12
5x3=15
6x3=18
7x3=21
8x3=24
9x3=27
10x3=30
11x3=33
12x3=36
1x4=4
2x4=8
3x4=12
4x4=16
5x4=20
6x4=24
7x4=28
8x4=32
9x4=36
10x4=40
11x4=44
12x4=48
1x5+=5
2x5=10
3x5=15
4x5=20
5x5=25
6x5=30
7x5=35
8x5=40
9x5=45
10x5=50
11x5=55
12x5=60
1x6=6
2x6=12
3x6=18
4x6=24
5x6=30
6x6=36
7x6=42
8x6=48
9x6=54
10x6=60
11x6=66
12x6=72
1x7=7
2x7=14
3x7=21
4x7=28
5x7=35
6x7=42
7x7=49
8x7=56
9x7=63
10x7=70
11x7=77
12x7=84
1x8+=8
2x8=16
3x8=24
4x8=32
5x8=40
6x8=48
7x8=56
8x8=64
9x8=72
10x8=80
11x8=88
12x8=96
1x9=9
2x9=18
3x9=27
4x9=36
5x9=45
6x9=54
7x9=63
8x9=72
9x9=81
10x9=90
11x9=99
12x9=108
1x10=10
2x10=20
3x10=30
4x10=40
5x10=50
6x10=60
7x10=70
8x10=80
9x10=90
10x10=10
11x10=110
12x10=120
1x11=11
2x11=22
3x11=33
4x11=44
5x11=55
6x11=66
7x11=77
8x11=88
9x11=99
10x11=110
11x11=121
12x11=132
1x12+=12
2x12=24
3x12=36
4x12=48
5x12=60
6x12=72
7x12=84
8x12=96
9x12=108
10x12=120
11x12=132
12x12=144

Ancient Greece

This term, we are learning about Ancient Greece!

Activities you could complete at home are:

1. Make a name plaque for your bedroom using Greek letters.

2. Create your own storyboard of a Greek myth using pictures and captions.

3. Make a Greek God/Goddess fact file.

4. The myths and legends of ancient Greece include various strange creatures and monsters partly based on real animals that existed. Invent your own monster – this can be made out of junk materials, clay, card or collage.

5. Find the names of five Greek inventors. Research what they did and present your work as a poster.

6. Make a replica of a Greek pot or plate.

7. Research the Ancient Olympics: Why did the Greeks hold the Olympic Games? What events took place in the Olympic Games and who took part? What are the main similarities and differences between the Olympic Games then and now?

8. Can YOU think of something YOU would like to do about Ancient Greece? Yes? Then do it and bring it in for us to be amazed at!

All homework can be brought into school at any time by the end of this half term to be celebrated.

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