Welcome to Year 4!
The staff in year 4 are:
4CF - Mrs Clarke, Mrs Fawcett-Foster, Mrs Harvey and Miss Roddy
4H - Miss Long and Mrs Shafeel
Welcome Back to Summer Term 1
Lots of sun,fun and HARD WORK!!
What's happening this term?
Initially we will be completing the final drafts of our travel brochures and writing a persuasive text based on the plight of the
orang-utans in The Rain Forest.
We will also be writing suspense stories. We will be reading texts of this type in class to learn about features that create suspense in a story. If your child can access any suspense stories from the library it would help.
We will be continuing our work on fractions and decimals. In addition, we will be exploring problems involving measurement and money.
We will be using applying what we know to daily reasoning tasks.
In science we will be learning about States of Matter.We will be exploring how materials change their state and whether these changes can be reversed. Baking at home is a great way to experience how materials change as a result of heating and cooling! We will be carrying out a range of investigations relating to the topic to enable the children to observe changes in the state of different materials and how these changes happen. We will also be visiting EUREKA! this half term at the beginning of May. This is an interactive learning centre where children can explore different strands of science.
What can you find out at home?
We are going to be researching The Vikings and what they wanted when they settled here. Our enquiry will be: What did Alfred do to stop the vikings from getting what they wanted? We will also be exploring the difference between historical evidence, myth, folklore and legend.
Both classes will have PE 3 times a week (gymnastics, dance and outdoor games). It is important that your child always has his/her kit in school. Our PE kit is a white t-shirt, black shorts or to-the-knee leggings with pumps or trainers.
We use 'Purple Mash' in our ICT lessons and all children have their own username and password so they can also access this at home. Please encourage them to go on Purple Mash at home where they can extend their learning.
Swimming is also part of the year 4 curriculum and is a Government requirement. All children will therefore be going swimming every Thursday morning. Please ensure that your child has the correct swimwear:
Girls must wear one-piece swimming costume (not a two-piece “bikini” style one) for the lesson.
Boys must have regular speedo-style fitted trunks. Shorts and underwear are not appropriate.
If your child has long hair, please provide a swimming cap for them.
They will also need a clean towel.
Literacy and Numeracy homework will be given out every Friday and must be returned to school the following Monday. Detentions will be given out if homework is not given in on time. If you are unsure about homework that has been given, please speak to your child's class teacher and we will be more than happy to go through it with you. It is also important that children complete the home/school project set by their teachers. SCIENTISTS and INVENTORS is the focus of the project this half term.
There will be a big push with reading and times tables this year. Please read at home daily with your child and sign their reading record. Children will need to know all of their times tables for a new times tables test that the Government will be introducing so please practise these at home. There are some fabulous dancing videos on BBC SuperMovers which will really help the children. Please see link below. In addition, we have introduced Rockstar Times Tables in school which the children enjoy in class daily. Children can access this at home using the personal password that has been issued to them.
We are looking forward to welcoming you all back this week. Please don't hesitate to see your child's class teacher should you need anything.