Welcome to the Year 4 Page!
What an amazing first term! The children have been an absolute pleasure to teach and we have enjoyed every minute with them. We have discovered some truly wonderful mathematicians, exceptional writers, breath-taking illustrators and adventurous scientists, but most importantly three classes of kind, respectful and utterly lovely children.
Every child in the year group has shown a true talent in something and each child has been given the opportunity to shine. Whether it’s been at the Harvest Festival with their beautiful singing voices, as a Story Teller, reading their class a favourite book, leading an experiment before their peers, receiving a reward during class or assembly time, your child has something to be really proud of.
We are delighted to say that Year 4 is such a happy and joyful place to be, wherever you go you’ll be met with a smiley face, a greeting or a compliment from one of the children. It’s so lovely when we see the children so excited about school, their lessons and their learning and it’s been a joy to be a part of. We can’t wait to start our new topic, ‘The Sound of Musicals’, after half term!
We welcome Mrs Flint to the Year 4 team – we have already spent quality time together sharing ideas, planning and her wealth of experience. We just know the children are going to adore her! She has a very kind nature and has already spent some time getting to know our little lovelies. We are really excited to have another creative mind in our team and look forward to the Spring Term.
Do have a look at our Spring Curriculum Newsletter for more details of what is coming up in the first half of the Spring Term 2017.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Miss Bourg and The Year 4 Team
Week Beginning 17th October
Wow this last half term has whizzed by! We're so thrilled with how the children have settled in and knuckled down to Year 4 - thank you for all your support with this too. We are already looking forward to the next half term, especially our residential trip to High Ashurst in the first week back. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with one of us if your child is having any worries or anxieties about going away, or if you have any other queries about the trip. The High Ashurst Kit List and Directions letters can be found in our documents section at the bottom of this page.
Well done to all the children who learnt a poem by heart for our Poetry competition - we were so impressed with the high standard and the children's wonderful expression, intonation and confidence as they performed their poem in front of their class. Thank you all for helpling them with this at home. We have selected 2 children from each class to go into the lower phase final next week.
Thank you to everyone walked with us to St Paul's Church or who came to watch our Harvest Festival. I'm sure you'll agree that the children sang and read beautifully!
Next week is Art Week throughout the school. We love this themed week in Year 4 and are so lucky to have the fantastically creative Miss Bourg in
our team! She has planned lots of exciting activities around the theme 'People'. Don't forget to bring newspaper/magazine cuttings of faces or people on Monday.
We will be focusing on Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar this week, revisiting spellings learnt this half term as well as revising word classes (nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions).
In maths we are learning to add and subtract numbers with up to 4 digits using the formal written methods of column addition and subtraction where appropriate. We will also be developing our skills of mental addition and subtraction and solving words problems in different contexts.
In preparation for Art Week, please collect newspaper or magazine cuttings of people and faces to bring to school for Monday.
There are also activities assigned on Mathletics for the children to complete.
Week Beginning 10th October
This week we are completing our lessons on writing detailed character descriptions, describing appearance and personality traits leading to our 'Golden Write' on Wednesday. We will then be editors and improve our work, using a thesaurus to find even better descriptive words!
We will be learning to recognise and use factor pairs and commutativity in mental calculations. Click here for a game to practise this.
We will be using and applying our multiplication skills in solving word problems, and recording using formal written methods. Keep practising times tables at home to speed up your written multiplication.
Harvest Festival - Friday 14th October 1.30pm at St Paul's Church, Warren Road. All parents and families welcome!
High Ashurst Residential (November 2nd - 4th) - please see letter and kit list in Home School Books.
Parents Consulation Evenings - Tuesday 18th October 3.30-6.30pm and Thursday 20th October 4.30 - 7pm - you can now book your appointment with your child's class teacher online.
Poetry Competition - we are holding our annual poetry competition week beginning 17th October. Please see home learning below for more details.
This week we would like you to learn by heart a poem for our poetry competition! We have chosen 5 poems for you to choose from (see home learning book or click on the document below) around the theme 'People'. Practise reading your chosen poem out loud, with intonation and expression and try your hardest to memorise it. We will be holding class heats initially, before choosing 4 children from the year group to perform in front of the school in the grand final! There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for the lower phase (Years 3 and 4). We can't wait to hear your poems - good luck!
Week Beginning 3rd October
Our learning journey over the two week period the children will be learning how to write a character description that paints a picture in the reader’s mind. Their GOLDEN write will be titled ‘How to Recognise The White Witch’. This week we will be learning to identify features of a detailed character description, such as appearance and traits, using characters from our focus text The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
We will be learning to multiply 2 digit numbers by one digit . We will also be learning to understand the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and how to use commutativity in mental calculations.
We're very excited to be welcoming a real life author to our school! David Fuller has written a series of books called 'Alfie Jones' - you can find out more about him here: http://www.alfie-jones.co.uk/ He will be holding a workshop for our year group and answering any questions the children may have. His books will be available to buy on the day - if your child is interested in buying one please send money in a named envelope.
David will also be judging our photo competition - we want to see photos of you reading in the most unusual places!! Print an bring your photo on Monday - there will be prizes! If you have any trouble printing then please email photos to Mrs Gibbard email@example.com
We look forward to seeing your pictures!
We will also be hosting our annual 'Travelling Books' Book Fair all week. The children will have an opportunity to browse the shelves during the week and books will be on sale after school every day.
Don't forget to take a photo of yourself reading in an unusual place!
This week's home learning is a Mathletics task. We have assigned 5 tasks for you to complete which test your knowledge of place value and ordering numbers. We have stuck log in details (which remain the same as last year) in the back of Home School Books for reference. Please compete the tasks by Monday 3.10.16 so that we can log on and monitor progress. Click the link to take you to the Mathletics page...
Week Beginning 26th September 2016
We have started our topic 'Through the Wardrobe' and have started to read 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' by C.S. Lewis - the children are loving the story already. The book will be our focus text for guided reading. In writing we are learning to write a diary entry. We will be putting ourselves in the character Lucy's shoes, and imagining what it was like to find the wardrobe and discover Narnia! We will be identifying the features of diaries (first person, chronological order etc) and using SAMPA to enrich our recounts.
What is SAMPA?
Simile: The comparison of one thing with another thing. Often the words ‘like’ and ‘as’ are used to compare.
Adjectives: Describing words
Metaphor: A metaphor is a figure of speech where two things that are normally unrelated are compared to each other. Often the words ‘was’ or ‘is’ are used to compare.
Personification: Personification is when you give human qualities to an object or animal.
Alliteration: Alliteration happens when words that start with the same sound are used close together in a phrase or sentence. The sound is usually a consonant and the words don't have to always be right next to one another.
Example elephant SAMPA sentences
S: The elephant’s skin was as tough as leather.
A: Gigantic, Colossal, Huge, Mammoth, Giant, Wrinkly.
M: The elephant was a giant, towering over me.
P: Excitedly, the elephant’s trunk wrapped around me tightly, hugging me.
A: The enormous elephant’s ears flapped fast and furiously in the whistling wind.
We are learning to order and compare numbers up to and beyond 1000. We will be solving number and practical problems with number and place value from the Year 4 curriculum, with increasingly large positive numbers. We will also be learning to round whole numbers to 10,000 to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000.
Home Learning (due 26/9/16)
Week Beginning 12th September 2016
Welcome back! We have been so impressed with how the children have settled into Year 4 so far, well done everyone!
We will be using this page as another form of communication for all things Year 4 so do keep checking regularly for updates. We will be sharing our weekly learning at school and home learning too, as well as celebrating achievements and successes.
Please let us know if there is anything else you would like to see on our year group page.
We hope to see as many of you as possible at our Year 4 Curriculum Information Evening on Wednesday 13th September 6pm in the hall.
Mrs Gibbard Miss Bourg Mr Bullock Miss Thomas
We are starting the half term with a mini topic on the story 'Lost Happy Endings'
which will be the whole focus for our fantastic corridor display. We will be looking
at setting and creating beautiful art work to adorn our walls for all to see.
We are learning to recognise the place value of each digit in a 4 digit number - units, tens, hundreds and thousands. We will then be ordering and comparing numbers with up to 4 digits and learning to round numbers to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000.
Home Learning (due in 19/9/16)
For this week, we would like the children to cover their home learning and spelling books in wrapping paper of their choice or with sticky backed plastic.
Spelling books are to be handed in on Mondays for marking. We expect the children to practise their spellings at least 4 times a week, using the 'Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check' method. For an extra challenge we encourage the children to write 4 or 5 sentences using their spelling words for that week.
The children must also record their own reading in their Home School Books - this will be monitored every Friday. They are expected to read for 20 mins at least 5 times a week.
PE is on Tuesdays.
Swimming also on Tuesdays and Fridays.