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Year 4

Year 4

Welcome to the Autumn term in Year 4!

Welcome everybody to the Year 4 section of the website.

Class Teachers: Miss Dunn & Miss Newman
LSAs: Miss Vieto, Miss Newbury and Mr Tierney 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to talk to one of the Year 4 team.

Reading at home

We cannot stress enough how important it is for your child to read at home! Reading is brilliant and we want to encourage children to do it as much as possible. We are going to be reading books together as a class but we would also like the children to read regularly at home. They will have a reading folder to take home and a reading log to record any reading they do. We would like them to read at least 5 times during the week – this can be anything that they are interested in reading, not just books, but useful information that they need, such as (appropriate) websites, television guides, menus, magazines… the list is endless!  The reading logs will be checked regularly. 

Homework

Homework is sent out each Friday to be handed in the following Thursday. These tasks will be posted on our online learning platform Seesaw. We ask parents to support us with completing the maths, spelling, grammar and reading tasks sent out. Each is designed to take no longer than 3 minutes each. Competitions will also be set every week on times tables rockstars.

P.E

4N PE days - Tuesday (Fitness) and Wednesday (Dance)
4D PE days - Wednesday (Dance) and Thursday (Swimming)

Please ensure that your child comes to school in their PE kit on these days.

PE kit consists of: a plain white t-shirt, black shorts and black PE pumps. Children may wear black jogging pants and a jumper in the colder months if they go outside. Due to the limited space we have in the cloakroom in our classroom, please can children refrain from bringing in large rucksacks/handbags. They are too big for the pegs and children cannot hang their coats up properly. Instead, we encourage them to bring the blue school reading book bags to put their belongings in. Thank you for your co-operation with this.

Water bottles & snacks

Don’t forget to bring water bottles in each day - it is important for the children to stay hydrated throughout the day. Please put a label on bottles and refill them every day.

Children can purchase milk cartons at the beginning of each half term (see the school office) and bring a healthy snack for break time. 

Swimming

In Year 4 we have the exciting opportunity to learn and improve our swimming skills! These lessons will happen once a week and our currently on Thursdays. 4D are currently attending swimming lessons.

For swimming your child will need:

Swimming hat
Towel
Swimming costume/Swimming trunks. (No bikinis)

They can also bring a snack to the pool.


Do not send your child in with goggles as they will not be needed during the lessons. 
It is recommended that you send your child in with their swimming costumes/trunks underneath their school uniform. This will make getting changed much quicker for them. If you are doing this, please remember to provide your child with a spare change of underwear. We also ask that you ensure your child has a warm waterproof coat, as we will be walking to the leisure centre in all weathers.

Maths

Pupils will learn to use short and long form multiplication and division methods to recap skills learnt at the beginning of the year. After this has been covered, pupils will learn to use and understand fractions.

We would like to remind you the importance of pupils regularly using Times Tables Rockstars, and practicing their times tables. Fluency in this area can often help children with many other areas of Maths. Additionally, in Year 4 pupils will take the times tables test so lots of practice will help children greatly!

Practise with our multiplication method app.

English

In English this term, Year 4 are reading Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo - Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but it is the butterfly lion which ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten.

Science

Science is now taught as Biology, Chemistry and Physics throughout the year. This gives children the opportunity to revisit learning and prepares them for High-school Science. Our Biology will be kick started by our trip to RHS Bridgewater Gardens.

 

History

We are heading back to 1500AD to find out about the Ancient Greeks and their way of life. They have some fantastic mythology, philosophers and scientists and were crucial to creating the mathematics system we use today.

Geography

Year 4 are having a virtual tour of a recycling centre to get a better understanding of what happens to our rubbish after we are finished with it. Recycling is an important way of looking after our planet; we are going to look at natural resources as well as eco-friendly ways to generate power.