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 2020-2021
Mrs Monaghan- Year 4 teacher
Mrs Jones- Teaching Assistant
Mr Southern- Pastoral Manager
Things to remember
- Please remember that homework is due in by WEDNESDAY each week.
- PE lessons for Summer will be on a Tuesday and Wednesday. The children will continue with their swimming lessons on a Wednesday and will need to come to school in their PE kits. Please remember to write your child's name on all of their uniform and sports kids to avoid confusion. Can you also please label your child's swimming bag. On a Tuesday afternoon will be our outdoor PE lesson in school.
- Reading is encouraged both in school but also at home. Reading for enjoyment is as important as reading to learn. 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 with Spelling Shed this year and the children will be encouraged to use this 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. This lesson takes place on a Thursday afternoon.
- The expectation at the end of Year 4 is that the children will be able to recall their times tables up to 12x12. It is important that the children regularly practise these at home. TTRockstars is a fantastic tool for this as well as 'Hit the Button'.
This half term.... Summer 2 (June - July 2021)
In English we will start off with an independent write (newspaper report) based on our class reader 'The Boy at the Back of the Class'. We will also be finding out what big adventure the children in the story will be going on. After this we will begin a new class Non-Fiction book based around the life of Walter Tull.
I am very excited for the children to learn more about this inspirational man and we will be basing our reading and writing work around his life. The children will have the opportunity to develop their skills of writing a biography and their speaking and listening skills by creating a presentation for the class on a person (famous or non-famous) that has inspired them.
In the final weeks of Year 4 we will be creating our own adventure stories. The children will be creating their own adventurer, setting and problems. This is an excellent opportunity for them all to showcase their writing skills!
Throughout the term we will be continuing to develop 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 Maths we will be consolidating our knowledge of the four operations of number and our fraction work in our daily morning Maths activities. In our Maths lessons we will be covering a range of topics. The children will be learning to:
- reason about the location of any 4-digit number on a number line
- understand the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction
- multiply and divide whole numbers by 10 and 100
- identify lines of symmetry in 2D shapes
- reflect shapes in lines of symmetry
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.
- Recognising, adding and subtracting fractions.
RE - We will be thinking about the Church. We will also have the opportunity to visit and learn more about Christ Church Pennington. We will also be thinking about important places of worship across other faiths.
Heart Smart- We will be looking at the Heart Smart principle 'No Way Through isn't True!'
Visit the website www.heartsmartprimary.com for more information on what Heartsmart is all about.
Geography - we will be looking at Europe in greater detail. We will be:
- Building on prior knowledge of UK regions by using maps to locate countries of Europe.
- Study maps to make assumptions about the different areas of Europe. For example, using map keys to identify mountainous and urban areas.
- Match key landmarks to the country and make suggestions about how landmarks affect the country.
- Using eight points of a compass.
Science - We will be starting a new unit on 'Sound'. 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.
Computing - We are meteorologists - Presenting the weather. During this topic the children will be learning to:
• Understand different measurement techniques for weather, both analogue and digital.
• Use computer-based data logging to automate the recording of some weather data.
• Use spreadsheets to create charts.
• Analyse data, explore inconsistencies in data and make predictions.
• Practise using presentation software.
DT - Our topic is textiles this half term. Having already learnt the basics of sewing and decorating fabric in earlier years, this topic offers extra challenge by introducing two new skills to add to their repertoire: cross stitch and appliqué. After learning these techniques, they apply their knowledge to the design, decoration and assembly of their very own cushions
Our French work moves on to learning about food this unit looks at:
- ordering at cafes including consolidating basic numbers to help talk about money in French
- different types of shops in France
At the end of the topic the children will produce their own menu in French.
Music - The children will be continuing their guitar lessons with Barry and Sam. The children now have a good understanding of the different notes and will be applying this to a variety of different songs.
PE - 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.'
We will be continuing our swimming lessons this half term on a Wednesday Morning.
On Tuesday afternoon's we will have our outdoor PE lesson. This half term our focus will be athletics. The children will be:
- practising the FUNdamentals (running, jumping and throwing skills)
- improving their running technique for sprinting, including the sprint finish
- practising relay running
- standing long jumps
- practising the pull throw technique
Summer Term 1 NEWS!
Summer 1 has been another busy term! I can't believe we only have only one left! The children continue to amaze me everyday with their growing confidence, positive attitude and the hard work they show in class.
I have loved sharing our class reader 'The Boy at the Back of the Class' with the children and cant wait for them to find out what the big adventure is and who the narrator is. We have learnt lots of new vocabulary from this book, discussed the important topic of refugees and had the opportunity (some of us for the first time) to taste lemon sherbets and pomegranate seeds!! The children wowed me with their work on plastic pollution. All of the children showed sensitivity and a real understanding of this important issue. They produced some excellent newspaper reports and information posters that we are going to display in the junior corridor to inform other children about this important issue.
They have continued to work hard on their times tables, four operations of number and their reasoning skills in Maths. They produced some excellent work in Geography and did a fantastic job making and investigating circuits in Science. I have been very impressed with the children's improving skills at swimming on Wednesdays and in guitars on Thursdays. They have once again shown maturity and sensitivity during our RE topic on prayer and in our Heartsmart and Wellbeing Wednesday lessons. I am immensely proud of all the work the children have produced in the wider curriculum and the perseverance and resilience they continue to show on a daily basis.
Well done everyone, we have had a lovely start to the Summer Term. Lets continue to do ourselves proud in the final weeks of Year 4!
During Spring term we were in Lockdown, so News updates were done collaboratively through Seesaw.
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 virtual lesson 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 our 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.
We completed our work on the Romans in Britain and had some great discussions about Boudicca and why the Romans decided to conquer Britain and the impact of this. It was lovely to see the children's historical skills develop during this topic and hear them using historical language.
The children's swimming skills and guitar skills have also gradually improved throughout the half term. It is lovely that the children have the opportunity to do both of these things and their enthusiasm and perseverance are a joy to see.
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 Geography, 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 very own Chapter 15's and loved all of their wonderful sweet inventions! 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 our topic on teeth and eating, especially our lessons on the Digestive System. It is been wonderful to see them so engaged and enthused about their learning and thinking scientifically. They also worked well and participated fully in class discussions which was a pleasure to see!
In Geography we learnt more about the UK. The children really developed their map reading skills through this topic and did a fantastic job using an 8-point compass. 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.
Our first unit of French, ‘Moi et ma famille’ (Me and my family) got off to a promising start! We spent a lot of time on phonetical work, grasping the French alphabet and revisiting previous learning. We also made some progress with early vocabulary learning (focusing on who is in our family). The adaptations to our first DT unit of work on Food Technology (which saw the children taste-testing biscuits, researching biscuit eating habits and even following a recipe/baking biscuits at home