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 Quest this term is called:
We will be exploring electricity in science and carrying out some investigations in class. We have already got off to a great start learning about the key elements of building an electrical circuit!
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.
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!
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:
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
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!
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.
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!!
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:
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 |
| Week 2 || Week 3 || Week 4 || Week 5 || Week 6 || Week 7 || Week 8 || Week 9 || Week 10 || Week 11 || Week 12 |
| 1x1=1 |
| 1x2=2 |
| 1x3=3 |
| 1x4=4 |
| 1x5+=5 |
| 1x6=6 |
| 1x7=7 |
| 1x8+=8 |
| 1x9=9 |
| 1x10=10 |
| 1x11=11 |
| 1x12+=12 |
This term, we are learning about electricity!
Activities you could complete at home are:
1. Write a set of instructions on how to make a working electrical circuit. Be creative! For example, you could use bullet points in the shape of light bulbs. Think about adding a troubleshooting section.
2. Design an electricity themed board game. Include the proper electricity symbols.
3. Take photos of electrical appliances at home and make a collage.
4. Make a cartoon strip about electrical safety.
5. Pretend you are an electrical safety officer. Make a checklist of possible dangers in the home.
6. Can YOU think of something YOU would like to do about electricity? Yes? Then do it and bring it in for us to be amazed at!
All homework can be brought into school at any time to be celebrated.