Hello everyone and welcome to Year 4!
Our amazing team starts with the 32 fantastic children we have, Mr. Card and Miss Dyke.
It is a pleasure to be part of such a wonderful team and we are all looking forward to the year ahead!
P.E. this term in Year 4 will be on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon so please ensure that the children have the correct kit in school on these days. Kit can be brought into school on a Monday and then taken home on Friday to be washed over the weekend.
The expectations remain the same for the children and their reading – four times per week to earn stars in their reading diaries – and for their reading diaries to be brought into school each day.
Please ensure that reading diaries are signed when the children read to you at home.
There is a huge push in Year 4 for the children know and recall their times tables fluently, so please ensure that you are assisting with this at home. Times Table Rockstars is an ideal tool for this.
We also promote sustainability and would appreciate it if the children could bring reusable water bottles into school with them.
Our topic for this half term is “The Great Outdoors” and within this, we will be exploring many different aspects of the World. We will be looking at physical and human geography and what different elements affect the World that we live in, such as disasters and pollution.
Here’s to a great year in Year 4!
This half term we have had a very busy return to school in Y4. We have been studying ‘The Great Outdoors’ and as part of this, the book ‘The Mountain of Adventure’ by Enid Blyton.
In English, we have used a wide range of techniques to create our own short narrative based on ‘The Mountain of Adventure’.
We used our DEAL sessions on a Friday to discuss the importance of having a ‘growth mindset’ and how this can help us in our journey through life. In Science, we discussed different states of matter, learned all about how states of matter can change, and we even got to make our own volcanoes using vinegar, bicarbonate soda, water, washing up liquid and food colouring. The results were explosive!!!
During our Topic lessons, we looked at the water cycle and how rainfall is caused. We also looked at different volcanoes and mountains, creating fact-files about each after researching in depth about them.
In our Computing lessons, we focused on e-safety and the importance of never revealing our personal details online! We took part in an online assembly to help us even more with this.
We have had another very busy half-term here in Year 4!
In English, we have been reading ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ and from this, we retold the story in our own, personal way. We also looked at a range of poems later in the half term and discussed what makes a really great poem, thinking about features such as figurative language and rhyming couplets. To finish off the half-term, we entered a competition where we had to write our very own mini-saga in less than 100 words, with the chance of getting our work published. Fingers crossed!
In Science, we have been learning about electricity. We began by discussing the dangers of electricity and how circuits work. We then got ‘hands on’ by creating circuits of our own!
Our Topic lessons have been focused on extreme weather. We researched natural disasters and found out some amazing facts about disasters that have happened across the world. In computing, we created our own Avatar and learnt all about how emails work as a form of communication – all the while remembering our e-safety rules. We also used the iPads to make our own Artwork in the style of an artist we have been learning about – Kandinsky.
Finally, we created a fantastic Christmas market stall where we sold our own handmade Chocolate Reindeers and Sweet Santa’s. These were so much fun to make and they were absolutely delicious!