Our Year 4 Class
A very warm welcome to our Year 4 class page. In Year 4 we are looking forward to the challenges ahead as the children are now fully settled into KS2. During this year the children will be encouraged to be proactive in their independent learning as well as building good relationships in order to work effectively as teams. The children will be nurtured and encouraged to work alongside others in a variety of contexts with a focus on problem solving, research and sharing ideas.
Our Year 4 Class 2018-2019
Mrs Monaghan- Year 4 teacher
Mrs Kirkman- Part-time teacher
Mrs Carroll- Teaching Assistant
P.E takes place on Wednesdays. The children must have their full kits in school for these lessons so that they can take part.
Homework will be given out each Friday. This is to be completed by the following Wednesday.
Reading is encouraged both in school but also at home. Reading for enjoyment is as important as reading to learn. The classroom has a comfortable reading area as well as a listening station for audio books to help the children to learn about expression and tone when reading. The children are also encouraged to use the library and to choose books that they enjoy.
It is important that the children read a range of books/comics/newspapers at home and develop their comprehension skills and vocabulary. This will help consolidate the reading work we will be doing in class. In Year 4, we feel it is important for the children to develop a love of reading as this gives their 'imagination wings'.
We will be continuing our 'Read Write Inc' spellings each week. The children will be bringing home a list of the Year 3/4 words they are still not sure how to spell. Please practise these at home(little and often).
In Year 4, the children have the fantastic opportunity to learn to play the guitar. Each child will be given their own guitar for the year so they can practise at home. They will need to bring their guitar to school every Thursday as the whole class have a lesson on Thursday afternoon. A guitar teacher from Wigan Music Service teaches these sessions. At the end of the school year all the children have the experience of performing in a concert.
This half term.... Summer 1 (April - May 2019)
In English we will be continuing with our class reader 'The Boy at the Back of the Class' by Onjali Rauf. The children and myself have loved this book so far and are enjoying exploring this together as it is a first time read for us all.
There used to be an empty chair at the back of my class, but now a new boy called Ahmet is sitting in it. He's nine years old (just like me), but he's very strange. He never talks and never smiles and doesn't even like lemon sherbets, which are my favourite!
But then I learnt the truth: Ahmet isn't strange at all. He's a refugee who has run away from the war. A real one. With bombs and bullies that hurt people. The more I find out about him, the more I want to help. That's where my best friends Josie, Michael and Tom come in. Because together we have come up with a plan....
We will also be developing our comprehension skills and thinking carefully about our reading VIPERS (vocabulary, infer, predict, explain, retrieve, sequence or summarise) It is important that the children continue to read a range of books/comics/newspapers at home and develop their comprehension skills and vocabulary. This will help consolidate the reading work we will be doing in class. In Year 4, we feel it is important for the children to develop a love of reading as this gives their 'imagination wings'.
The first 3 days back we will be reading our class reader and focusing on our SPAG. We will be looking back at our Spring 2 assessment discussing any misconceptions and consolidating our understanding. After this we will start a narrative project inspired by Bear Grylls. As a class we will create our own adventurer and then using this character the children will write their very own adventure story. We will finish the half term with a poetry unit based on 'The Jabbawocky'.
In Maths we will be thinking about 3 different areas of maths on the first 3 days back.
Wednesday - time
Thursday - shape
Friday - fractions
After this we will consolidate our fraction work and begin work on decimals. The children will be learning to:
- Recognise tenths and hundredths.
- Tenths as decimals.
- Tenths on a place value grid and a number line.
- Divide two digits by ten (decimals)
- Divide 1 or 2 digits by hundred (decimals)
- Make a whole
- Write decimals
- Compare decimals
- Order decimals
- Round decimals
- Halves and quarters
All of these activities will give the children the opportunity to develop their reasoning and problem solving skills. We will also continue with our daily reasoning questions with our partner and counting activities. These help the children to develop their mathematical thinking.
By the end of Year 4 the expectation is that children can recall all their times tables facts up to 12 X 12. You can support your child by regularly asking them times tables questions at home. Making this fun will have more impact! Topmarks is a great website for maths; the game Hit the Button is great at helping children to become quicker at facts recall. Please take the time to have a look - even compete with them! Also please continue to encourage your child to go on TTRockstars regularly. This is a great game that really will have an impact on your child's recall of their times tables facts.
At home, it would fantastic if you could keep some of the children's previously learning 'bubbling':
- Reading times on analogue and digital clocks
- Place value
- Roman Numerals
- Rounding to the nearest 10, 100, 1000
- Number Bonds
- Written strategies for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
RE - We will start off this half term by thinking about forgiveness, this is linked to the work we did on trust and betrayal at Easter. After this we will think about prayer and explore prayer in other faiths.
Heart Smart- 'Fake in a mistake'
'Fake is a Mistake' is very simply about embracing truth, it can be our greatest friend. We lie because we don’t want to get in trouble, we think that a carefully crafted lie or a strong denial will rid us of a looming consequence. But every time we tell a lie one of two things happens. The other person believes us or they don’t. If they don’t then chances are we’re in more trouble than before, we’ve just added telling a barefaced lie to the problem! But it’s worse if they do believe us. We’ll get away with it which means we’re more likely to do the same thing next time and the next time and the next time. The more expert we get at telling lies, the harder it is for us to tell the truth. Without thinking about it, we’ll tell the odd lie here and there and each time we do we build a brick wall between us and the other person. If we’re not careful, we’ll begin to lose sight of the truth all together, we’ll begin to lose sight of ourselves.
Love ourselves, love others and do all we can to live in truth. Truth and love go hand in hand. They travel together. As Mal Panacoast says,'telling someone the truth is a loving act,' both for for others but also for ourselves.
Visit the website www.heartsmartprimary.com for more information on what Heartsmart is all about.
Topic - We will be continuing our work on the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. We are very lucky to have a visit form 'History Alive' this half term. This will give the children the invaluable opportunity to look and handle artefacts from this period in history. In class we will be covering:
- Focus on a key historical figure – Vortogern, Hengest, Horsa.
- Anglo Saxon life and their influence on place names in Britain.
- The introduction and role of Christianity in Anglo Saxon life.
- Who were the Vikings, when and why did they invade Britain?
- Key aspects of Viking lifestyle.
- Anglo Saxon kings and their significance across the period, including King Ethelred II and Danegeld, and the last Anglo Saxon Kings.
- Law, order and justice as an Anglo Saxon.
Throughout this topic we will be comparing what is happening in Britain with the Mayan Civilisation in Central America.
Science - We will start the half term by finishing our unit on teeth and eating. We will think about:
- describing the function of parts of the human digestive system. From this we will be making observations and recording findings using scientific language and labelled diagrams.
- recognising what a food chain represents
- constructing and interpreting a variety of food chains
- identifying producers, predators and prey
After this we will move onto our 'Sound' unit. We will learning:
• To identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating.
• To recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear.
• To find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produce it.
• To explore various ways of making sounds with different pitches.
• To find patterns between the pitch of a sound and the features of the object that produced it.
• To use instruments designed in class to play a recognisable tune.
Art - Linked with our History work on the Vikings we will be producing Viking Longboats using Clay.
Our French will focus on The Body 'Le corps.
Computing - Our topic for this half term will be 'We are Software Developers'
The children will be learning to:
- Develop an educational computer game using selection and repetition.
- Understand and use variables.
- Start to debug computer programs.
- Recognise the importance of user interface design, including consideration of input and output.
Dates for your Diary
- May 1st - History Alive Workshop in school
Save the date
- Thursday 4th July - Y4 Guitar and End of Year Music Concert at Christ Church Pennington
Spring 2 was very busy, action packed and flew by! A highlight for both the children and myself was our weekend away at Hinning House. (The website gallery will be uploading the pictures very soon) It was an amazing experience for everyone and the children were an absolute credit to you. They worked well as a team, loved orienteering, enjoyed shelter building and had fun with their friends. The dorm points competition was extremely close, well done to our winners Scarfell!
The children worked extremely hard on their newspaper articles and thought very carefully about this tricky genre of writing. I absolutely loved watching all the children's performance poetry, they were amazing. They have also worked hard on improving their reasoning skills and have enjoyed working with a maths partner on a range of investigations. I am also very proud of the way they have been working hard on their fractions. They are improving all the time and with continued practise they will go from strength to strength. I continue to see that the children have been practising their times tables and telling the time at home. Keep up the hard work everyone! We all still love our times tables game TT Rockstars! This is a great resource and the children's learning can greatly benefit from it. Please encourage them to have a go regularly.
In PE we have loved learning how to play Handball with Wigan Athletic. The children have all given it their best and showed some great skill. Good Luck to our Y4 handball team in the competition next week! I know they will do us all proud. World Book Day 'snuggle up with a book' was also a highlight for me this half term. It was fantastic to see so many parents, grandparents coming in to share a book before school and then to see the children discussing and sharing stories and books with their friends all whilst in the comfort of their PJs.
During this half term we have improved our bread making skills on two occasions. Firstly during our RE work on Shabbat. The children made some delicious Challah bread with Mrs Larner. Secondly as part of our History work on the Anglo-Saxons, Mr Gornall came in and made authentic Anglo-Saxon bread with the children and taught them some fascinating facts along the way! A fantastic opportunity for all the children. Along with our cooking skills our music skills continue to develop and I have loved listening to the children play their guitars on a Thursday afternoon. I can't wait for our end of year concert.
The children again showed sensitivity when thinking about trust and betrayal in the Easter story. This was also evident in the discussions we had during our Heartsmart work. The children are really thinking about how their actions can impact on others. I couldn't be prouder of Team Year 4!
Well done everyone, we have had a lovely Spring Term. Lets continue to do ourselves proud in the Summer Term!
What a busy and action packed half term it has been! We can't believe we are approaching March and our much anticipated trip to Hinning House! The children continue to amaze me and make very proud. They are growing in confidence and maturity and are continuing to work together as team and show respect for each other.
We loved having Miss Briddon with us and were sad to see her go. We enjoyed having her in Year 4 and wish her lots of luck as she embarks on her teaching career. A highlight of the term for us all was our trip to the Manchester Art Gallery. We loved learning all about colours, looking at all the paintings, discussing Valette and Lowry's magnificent masterpieces and creating our own city landscapes in the museum glass atrium. It was a wonderful experience for everyone and the children got a great deal from this visit. The impressionist paintings they produced when they returned were fantastic and are proudly displayed in our classroom.
The children have continued to work hard in Maths this term and shown a good understanding of multiplication, division and area. Their times tables are improving and they have developed a good understanding of the written methods for multiplication and division. As a class we have continued to develop our problem solving and reasoning skills and will continue to do this next term.
In English, the children produced some magnificent stories based on the clip 'Ride of Passage' They are all developing as writers and it was a joy to read them all. They have all worked hard in improving their sentences and included a good mixture of dialogue and action. This commitment is evident across the curriculum and it is extremely pleasing to see the pride they are taking with their presentation. As a class, they have enjoyed learning about Europe and discovering countries they have not heard of before, learning about Jesus' miracles and reading about them in the class Action Bible and discovering more about living things in their Science work.
At the start of the term we embarked on a whole school RE project based around the 'Big Frieze'. As a class our focus was 'People of God'. The children did an amazing job researching Noah, Ruth, Joseph, David, Jonah and Moses. As well as being able to tell me facts from their lives the children delved deeper and during class discussions they explained the values these important people had and most importantly what we can learn from them. The children's ability to reflect so deeply was a joy to see.
It has been a very busy half-term and i'm sure the next will be just as busy, especially with our weekend away at Hinning House! Well done everyone, you continue to amaze me everyday, I am very proud of each and everyone of you.
Wow, it has been an extremely busy half term in Year 4 and the children have continued to amaze me with their attitude and confidence. They continue to make me smile everyday and we have been very lucky to have Miss Briddon (Student Teacher) join the Christ Church Family. She will be working with us in Year 4 until February half term. Team work is something that we promote and encourage in class. It has been lovely to see the children continue to work well with others and develop their social skills inside and outside the classroom. Respect and compassion are important Christian values in Year 4, the children demonstrated a real understanding of these values during our RE and Heartsmart work and didn't just talk the talk but walked the walk. Without a doubt they let their 'light ' shine through!. It has been a pleasure to see a positive working atmosphere develop in the classroom.
As well as learning about how to respect ourselves, our RE lessons based around Judaism helped the children to understand and respect other faiths. The children showed great sensitivity during this topic and understood that even though someone might have a different belief to us it is important that we show respect to them and value their opinions. After this, we looked at Jesus as the light of the world. As a class we discussed how each one us can shine our light on the world. Throughout the term we saw some wonderful examples of this!
The children have continued to work hard in maths this term. Highlights being the counting stick and displaying their fine voices during our daily maths songs! We are continuing to develop our reasoning skills and the children have loved our Captain Conjecture questions. They have worked hard on all their number work and now have a written strategy they can use for the 4 operations of number. We have used the bar method to help us to visualise problems and improved our overall sense of number.
During our English lessons the children continued to developed their non-fiction writing skills, producing some excellent information pages on an animal or insect of their choice. The children took on the challenge with enthusiasm and a positive work ethic. Independently, they researched their animal, organised their notes under sub-headings and produced a magnificent final draft. The children also produced some good work during our 'anti-bullying' week. Their work displayed sensitivity and and the a real understanding of 'respect'. It was lovely to see them working with Y3 on a combined Drama/English project.
The children have worked extremely hard across the curriculum. Highlights for me have been their wonderful light up jumpers in DT, detailed diagrams of how the water cycle works in Science along with creating their very own water cycle, their excellent explanations of the different features of rivers and their wonderful scratch art pictures of school.
The children's lights shone brightly during our end of term Christmas carol service. The children oozed confidence and pride when they stood at the front of a packed church. It was a delight see this! It was especially pleasing to see their great team work and how they supported and encouraged each other. We are extremely proud of them all!
Well done Year 4 on a super half term! Can't wait to get started again in the Spring term!
During the first half of Autumn Term we have found our feet! We had a great half term, developing routines and relationships and the children have amazed me with their work ethic and team work. We have shared learning in our Topic and Science lessons as well as in English and Maths. We have shared our ideas and understand how working as a team or with a partner can help our own learning journey. I am proud of all the hard work the children have put into their learning this half term!
All the children have developed their writing skills and are continuing to grow in confidence as writers. They have loved listening to our class reader 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', particularly some of the 'lost chapters' from Roald Dahl's earlier drafts. As a class they are enjoying reading in the mornings when they first arrive in school. It is a joy to see the children enjoying and discussing a range of books. The work the children produced around our class reader was amazing. I loved the new 'Golden Ticket Winners' they created and it was an absolute pleasure to read their own 'Chapter 15' for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. All of the children will bring a copy home to share with you after the half term, they will also have the opportunity to read each others chapters. After the holidays we will posting them to the Roald Dahl Museum!
The children have worked hard with their maths and showed a great deal of perseverance when faced with the challenging task of reasoning and problem solving. They have continued to develop these skills throughout the term. They are super at 'Spot the Mistake', especially when they have to tell me what mistakes I have made! We have been working hard on our understanding of place value and our counting, as well as solving addition calculations. I am very proud of the way the children are developing as mathematicians and am pleased that they are enjoying challenging themselves even if it does 'make their brain hurt'!
The children have shown respect, empathy and understanding in our RE work and have developed their reflective thinking. Science has been lots of fun especially using all of the electricity equipment! We have learnt all about how to make a simple circuit work. During our HeartSmart work we have developed the idea of self-reflection, resilience and friendship.
On the last week of term, we looked at the inspiration figure of Rosa Parks during Diversity Week. The children showed empathy and thought carefully about what life would have been like for Rosa. They discussed how her actions paved the way for change and how she is a inspiration to all of us. I was proud of the work the children produced during this week and the maturity they showed asking challenging questions and developing their own opinions on equality and segregation.
As you can see it has been a very busy first half term in Year 4. I have loved getting to know all of the children and it is delightful to see them grow in both their friendships, confidence and learning. The children have worked hard and begun the year with a great attitude. Here's to another half term of great learning and fun!