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 2019-2020
Mrs Monaghan- Year 4 teacher
Mrs Jones- Teaching Assistant
Miss German- Teaching Assistant
P.E takes place on Tuesdays (Indoor PE) and Fridays (Outdoor PE). 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 introduced Spelling Shed In the Autumn Term, the children are encouraged to use this regularly at home as well as in school. The children will also 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.... Spring 1 (January - February 2020)
In English we will start the term off with a new genre of writing for the children 'Explanation Texts'. (Writing to inform) We will be identifying the key features, discussing the use of language and then produce our own written explanations of the 'The Digestive System'. This links with our Science topic on 'Teeth and Eating.'
After this we will begin our new class reader 'The Boy at the Back of the Class' by Onjali Q Rauf.
'There used to be an empty chair at the back of the class, but now a new boy called Ahmet is siting 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!
Our class reader will form the basis for both our whole class reading sessions and writing. In our writing will be looking at the following genres:
- Recount - diary writing (Writing to entertain)
- Newspaper writing (Writing to inform)
- persuasive writing (Writing to persuade)
It is very important that as well as developing new skills in writing the children don't forget the basics and do always check that their work is punctuated correctly and makes sense.
Non-Negotiables for Y4:
- Capital letters for the start of sentences, 'I' and all proper nouns.
Example: Can I go to London this weekend?
- Spell of and off correctly.
Example: The BFG ran off into the night.
Beware of the dog!
- No misplaced capital letters.
- Full stop (or ?/!) used correctly at the end of every sentence.
Throughout this term we will continue to practise our joins (please continue to do this at home too!) in our handwriting lessons. The children are all working extremely hard to gain their pen license. On Tuesday's the children will have an English lesson with Mrs Kirkman focusing on their punctuation and grammar, working on both their fluency and reasoning.
During our whole class reading sessions, 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'.
In our spelling lessons we will be looking at:
- the suffix -ly
- words with the sh sound spelled ch
- the suffix -sion
- the suffix -ous
In Mathematics we will continue to develop our times tables. TTrockstars, Hit the Button and Maths Shed are excellent resources, so please encourage your child to practise them regularly. It is crucial that the children continue to practise these at home along with counting in different multiples. We will be completing our learning on perimeter on the first two days back and please could the children continue to consolidate their understanding of place value at home as well as the written strategies for addition and subtraction.
- Roman numerals to 100
- counting in 25's and 1000's
- ordering 4 digit numbers
- negative numbers
- rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 100
- Adding and subtracting 4-digit numbers
- If you would like some advice or extra work with any of these then please call in to speak to me or send a message via SEESAW.
This half-term we will start our work on multiplication and division. The children are continuing to develop their reasoning skills and each week I will be putting a reasoning question on SEESAW to consolidate their thinking.
Small Steps for multiplication and division are:
- Multiply by 10/100
- Divide by 10/100
- Multiply by 1 and 0
- Divide by 1 and itself
- Multiply and divide by 6,9 and 7
Geography - We will spend a couple of weeks finishing our topic on the UK. We will begin with our 'sticky learning' around counties and cities to consolidate the children's understanding after the Christmas holiday. We will then:
- Label mountains and rivers.
- Study photographs and maps of 3 different locations in the UK.
- Ask Geographical questions e.g. How was the land used in the past? How has it changed? What made it change? How may it continue to change?
- Use locational language to describe the location of points on a map of the different counties.
History - We will continue from where we left our timeline with the end of Roman rule in Britain and focus on Britain’s settlement by Anglo Saxons and Scots. From this we will look at Viking invasions. This topic will cover this half term and the next. We will be thinking about:
- The Scottish and Anglo Saxon invasion of Britain, following Roman withdrawal.
- 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.
- Chronology, knowledge & understanding – When I talk or write about the past, I include details which show some understanding of what things were like before and after this at local, national and world level.
- Chronology – I can place historical periods I have studied on a timeline, as well as information about my topic.
- Significance – I can suggest which people and causes& consequences of change are more historically important.
- Understanding historical interpretation – I can compare evidence to help me identify reliable information
Throughout this topic we will be comparing what is happening in Britain with the Mayan Civilisation in Central America.
Art - Our focus towards the end of the half term will be sculpture. The children will make a Viking longboat, control modelling with clay or papier-mâché – making attachments with clay. They will control the use of tools and their suitability for different tasks. The children will understand that the design process is a necessary starting Point for any sculpture – using 2-D form in sketchbooks. They will be able to name some famous sculptures e.g. ‘Angel of the North’, and begin to recognise the work of particular sculptors.
Science - We will spend the first three weeks back completing our topic on 'Teeth and Eating.' This will link with our work on explanation writing in English. The children will also be creating their own science experiment on the first day back. This gives them an ideal opportunity to develop their working scientifically skills. The children will be finding out about what damages teeth and how to look after them. The children will also be learning:
- To make observations and form conclusions.
- To describe the function of parts of the human digestive system.
- To make observations and record findings using scientific language and labelled diagrams.
- To recognise what a food chain represents.
- To construct and interpret a variety of food chains.
- To identify producers, predators and prey.
Our topic after this will be 'Living Things.'
During this unit the children will have the opportunity to:
- To recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways.
- To recognise how a simple key helps identify living things.
- To ask questions that can be used to construct a key.
- To observe key features of living things.
- To recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.
- To examine invertebrates in their environment.
- To identify invertebrates with a simple key.
- To make careful observations.
RE - We will learn about 'Jesus, the son of God, and 'Shabbat'. The children will be exploring Jesus' authority revealed through his teaching and miracles. They will have the opportunity to explore the Jewish celebration of the Sabbath.
What is authority?
How do we know Jesus had authority?
Where did Jesus' authority come from?
Heartsmart - The Heartsmart principle for this half term is 'Too much selfie, isn't healthy!' The children will be thinking about how they can be 'unselfie' by working well with others, listening to others and having a positive attitude to other peoples views, even if they are different to ours. It is about moving away from thinking about ME and starting to think about WE.
Visit the website www.heartsmartprimary.com for more information on what Heartsmart is all about.
Computing - 'We are Musicians' The children will have the opportunity to develop digital music. They will be learning to:
• Use one or more programs to edit music.
• Create and develop a musical composition, refining their ideas through reflection and discussion.
• Develop collaboration skills.
• Develop an awareness of how their composition can enhance work in other media.
We will be using the app 'Garage Band' to support the children with their learning.
French - Mrs Kirkman will continue with her French lessons on a Tuesday. The children really engaged with learning how to talk about their pets in French in the second-half of Autumn Term – as well as vocabulary learning, the children found themselves conducting surveys in class ( in French) about the variety of pets that they all have at home and have been able to add this information to form detailed descriptions of who exactly makes up their family unit! The trickiest part of this learning journey was matching the vocabulary with the correct possessive adjectives (mon or ma) based on the masculine and feminine article (le, la, les, un and une), so we will keep revisiting this area of French grammar. As we approached Christmas, the children had just enough time to learn about the French post-Impressionist painter Henri Rousseau (and how his best known pictures depict jungle scenes, even though he never left France), and to build on their previous knowledge of French Christmas traditions, looking especially at ‘la nativite’ (which culminated in them making a French greetings card for their families).
Moving in to Spring Term, the children will turn their attention towards learning how to ask the time in French, responding accordingly, and learn the days of the week and French weather phrases, broadening their vocabulary and ability to speak in sentences using familiar vocabulary.
Music- The children will be continuing with their WOPPS guitar lessons on a Thursday afternoon with Barry and Sam. So far, the children have learnt the open string notes: E,A,D,G,B,E. They have also learnt the song ‘Big Blue Bear’. This half-term the children will be continuing to develop their guitar playing whilst learning new songs.
Our sporting value for this half-term is 'Teamwork'
'Treating everyone equally, supporting each other and working together to have fun and achieve. Celebrate each other's success and be positive team player.'
Indoor PE - This half term WALCT will be delivering sessions on sports and healthy lifestyles.
Friday PE - (Fortnightly with Wigan Athletic) This term the children will be completing a dance unit. The children will be learning to:
- think creatively to find solutions to challenges.
- create phrases to depict the Vikings.
- perform with poise and control.
Dates for your Diary:
Parents Evening: 4th and 5th February 2020
Autumn Term 2 NEWS!
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. 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 continue to 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! We had a lovely visit from Revered Saunders and had lots of fun making our own Christingles and learning about what each part represents.
The children have continued to work hard in maths this term.A highlight for me is how they are developing their reasoning skills and using a range of mathematical equipment to support their learning. They have worked hard on all their number work and now have an effective strategy they can use for addition and subtraction. We are making progress with or times tables but please still continue to practise at home as this is starting to have an impact.
During our English lessons the children continued to developed their non-fiction writing skills, producing some excellent information pages on an animal 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. We finished our class reader 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. We loved sharing this book together and the children got a great deal from this book, impacting both their writing and comprehension skills. We had a great discussion about the similarities and differences between the book and the original film. It is a joy to see the children reading for pleasure and discussing books together; I know that they are all really keen to bring home the 'snuggle with a book' suitcase!
We completed our work on the Romans in Britain and had some great discussions about Boudicca and the legacy the Romans have left behind. It was lovely to see the children's historical skills develop during this topic and hear them using historical language. We then began our Geography work on the UK, which we will complete after Christmas. We have looked at the countries in Uk as well as using the atlases to find the counties and cities. We had an interesting discussion on whether Leigh was in Lancashire or Greater Manchester!
We had a magnificent Science Day and loved investigating in the afternoon and learning about Stephen Hawking in the morning. The children's costumes were amazing and very imaginative. It was a wonderful day of creativity, inspiration and investigating!
The children's lights shone brightly again 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!
Autumn Term 1 NEWS!
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 History, Science and RE 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!
I have absolutely loved sharing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with the children and can't wait to continue reading it together this half-term. The children have developed both their reading and writing skills through our class novel and it has been wonderful to see them engaged and reading for pleasure. I enjoyed reading their setting descriptions of Charlie's house and along with their persuasive letter to Willy Wonka. I think he would have had a very tricky choice choosing his favourite sweet! The character descriptions the children did of one of the golden ticket winners blew me away. The children are really developing into confident writers who are not afraid to challenge themselves. I am also pleased that they are beginning to proof read their work more and working hard to make sure all their sentences make sense. We will be introducing more editing this half-term, another important skill for a developing writer. The children's inference skills are slowing starting to develop and they are now starting to use evidence from the text which is pleasing to see. We will continue to develop our comprehension skills through our VIPERS questions.
In Maths we have spent the half-term focusing on place value. The children have shown through their explanations that they are developing their reasoning skills and are able to show examples of their thinking. This is a key area we will continue to develop throughout the year. They have enjoyed using all the concrete equipment and have slowly become more confident with 4-digit numbers. It is crucial that the children continue to practise all the skills we have learnt to keep it bubbling!
Our Science lessons have been a hive of activity. The children have loved investigating how torches work and how to light a bulb in a simple circuit. It is been wonderful to see them so engaged and enthused about their learning and thinking scientifically. They also worked well in a team which was a pleasure to see!
In History we have travelled to Mexico and Central America (Mesoamerica) to learn more about the Mayans. This will help us make comparisons with the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings later on in the year! We have also begun our topic on Roman Britain and learnt more about why Julius Caesar and Claudius wanted to invade to Britain. We also developed our sketching skills through looking at Roman Architecture and created a Roman dance in PE.
Through our RE, Heartsmart lessons and Picture News the children have shown great sensitivity and really developed their reflective thinking. They have really thought about the choices they make and what God looks for in our hearts. We have also explored friendship and the qualities of a good friend. We had the lovely opportunity to visit the prayer room at Christ Church Pennington and think about all the people we want to pray for. The children were a credit to you all during this visit and were extremely respectful.
I loved watching all the presentations the children did on someone who inspires them. It was fantastic to see such a range of people and that some children had been inspired by our new range of 'Little People, Big Dreams' books in the school library. The children's responses, questions and ideas during our Mental Health Day were astounding and really showed a deep level of thinking. It is an absolute pleasure to teach class who really think about the needs of others as well as the importance of their own mental wellbeing.
A highlight for me was our theatre trip with Year 3 to watch 'Awful Egyptians' in Manchester. It was a fantastic opportunity to watch a live theatre show and I know this is something that the children really enjoyed as many hadn't been to the theatre before. Once again their behaviour was great and they were great ambassadors for our school.
The children have also been developing their music skills through their guitar lessons with Barry. Over the last couple of weeks I have really seen a big improvement and I know that Barry is very pleased with the progress they are making and all the practising the children are doing at home. Keep up the hard work everyone!
As you can see it has been a very busy seven weeks 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!