Welcome to Year 4

Year 4

We hope you had a lovely summer with family and friends and are ready and excited as we are to start our journey in year 4.

Who is who

Your year 4 team are;

Miss Nock is the teacher in Bronte.

Mr Pickering is the teacher in Pankhurst.

Miss Hedges (TA) works with children in both classes.

Mr Allerton SCITT student working in Bronte Class.

Who are our classes named after

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.

Pankhurst

Welcome to Pankhurst Class. Emmeline Pankhurst was a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement. She helped women win the right to vote.

English

During the first part of the half term, we will be reading George's Marvellous Medicine. In our writing we will be continuing to apply a range of rich vocabulary and focussing on writing in paragraphs and using a range of fronted adverbials.

In year 4 children are expected to join up their writing inline with our school handwriting policy.

Second part of the half term, we have been working on a short clip called the Rocketeer. He is a super hero who has no powers but saves a little boy from being runover. When writing, we have been focusing on fronted adverbials, subordinating conjunctions and speech.

Maths

In maths this half-term, we will be covering topics; place value (including negative numbers), addition and subtraction, geometry shape and time.

During basic skills, we will be mainly focusing on learnining our times tables so we can rapidly recall them up to 12 x 12 (ready for the times table test in the summer). We will be working on fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Children should be able to reason about maths and explain their thinking through words and drawing. They will hear 'prove it' and 'show me' a lot this year.

Topic

This half term's topic is called Magnificent Motors. This topic will be linked across mainly science, DT and computing. The end goal is for the children to make their own cars, using motors, to race in our grand prix at the end of the half term.

TRIP

We have planned to go the Nottingham Industrial museum to help kick start our topic and give the children real life experience and understanding of cars.

Homework

Reading

Please support your child by reading with them every evening for about 15 minutes.

Reading regularly will also:

  • Build confidence
  • Build a wider range of vocabulary
  • Help with spelling
  • Build a rich imagination

Don't forget to record it in your diary. Reading =Dojo points.

Homework Task Booklet

The children will each receive a booklet containing a small maths and English activity to be completed each week. The booklets will go out every Monday and to be returned the following Monday with tasks completed. For the Maths tasks children can pick either bronze, silver or gold. Bronze being the easiest and gold being the hardest. The tasks are designed for children to be able to complete them independently. If any problems please ask. Happy homeworking.

Times Tables

Please practise times tables up to 12 x 12. Children are expected to recall all these times tables and know the division facts. At the end of year 4, children will be completing a times table test on the computer. They will only have 6 seconds to answer each question so they must know them well! Also, the times tables are in the back of the reading diaries.

Words of the Week

Please practise them at home with you child ready for the spelling test on Monday morning. (Children will write the 10 words in their diaries)

  1. Can you read the word?
  2. Do you know what the word means? Look at the prefixes and suffixes- how do they change the meaning of the word?
  3. Can you spell the word? How have you learnt to spell it (phonics, chunking, rhyme)?
  4. Can you use it correctly in a sentence.
  5. Do you know more than one meaning of the word> Does the meaning depend on how the word is used in the sentence (verb, adjective, noun, adverb)?

PE

This half term, Physical Education will take place every Tuesday with our new gymnastics coach David. Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school as it is part of school uniform.

Swimming

This half term all children will be going swimming every week (unless of a medical reason). They must bring their swimming kits on the right day they go swimming. If your child wishes to wear goggles, please pass on your permission to their class teacher.

Bronte Class- Friday afternoon

Pankhurst Class- Wednesday afternoon.

We walk to Portland leisure centre and swim from 2.30-3.00. You can either pick your child up from there at 3.10 or from school. We aim to arrive back at school around 15:35. Please inform Miss Nock or Mr. Pickering should you wish to collect your child either from the swimming pool or on route back to school.

NEWS

This section will keep you up to date with important dates and events such as trips

Well done to the year 3/4 football team who beat Wellbeck 5-4 at Portland center.

Well done to Mohammed and Josh. The first children from Bronte class modeling our new 'work hard' and 'be kind' medals.

Today we had the BBC weather reporter and director in with their recording kit. The children had great fun learning about how to present the weather.

Examples of children's work

This section will contain examples of the children's learning throughout the year.

Rhythmic Gymnastics with our gymnastics coach David.

They predicted and then tested materials to see if they were conductors or insulators.

Today, Bronte Class have made their car prototypes. Here are a few;

They have learnt lots about making their cars and it has informed the deisgn process ready to make their actual cars.

This week we have been working towards an dependent- retelling the story Rocketeer. Here are some examples below of some great pieces of work for the start of year 4. Well done.

Ready for making our cars, we practised making circuits and switches.

Circuits

Switches

Gymnastic- balances

A few pictures from our trip to Nottingham Industrial museum.

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