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 2021-2022
Mrs Monaghan- Year 4 teacher
Mrs Jones- HLTA
Things to remember
- Please remember that homework is due in by WEDNESDAY each week.
- PE lessons for Autumn will be on a Monday 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 Monday afternoon will be our indoor 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. They will bring a guitar home to practise and will need to bring this back to school each Thursday for their lesson.
- 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 1 (April - May 2022)
In English we will be starting our new class reader 'The Boy at the Back of the Class' by Onjali Rauf. This is a wonderful book (one of my favourites) and I can't wait to share it with the children.
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'.
For the first couple of weeks we will be focusing on newspaper report writing. The children will be producing a newspaper report based around the important issue of plastic pollution.
We will then complete a short unit non fiction unit linked with our Science and Geography work on the Water Cycle. The children will have the opportunity to write an explanation text based on this. (Writing to inform)
After this, 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 genre:
- Recount - diary writing (Writing to entertain)
We will be using our writing rainbow to help us with our writing. 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.
Spellings this half term we will focus on:
- the prefix 'bi'
- plural and possessive apostrophes
- Key Words (please continue to practise these at home)
In Maths this half term we will be focusing on decimals. The key objectives we will cover are:
- tenths and hundreths
- dividing by 10 and 100
- making a whole
- writing, comparing and ordering decimals
- rounding decimals
- halves and quarters
- problem solving
We will then move onto a unit based around money. It would be fantastic in preparation for this unit if the children could identify different amounts of money and be able to find change.
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 - This half term we will think about prayer and explore prayer in other faiths. Our key questions will be:
- What is prayer?
- How do people pray?
- Why do people pray?
- When do people pray?
- Where do people pray?
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.
Geography - Rivers
During this topic the children will consider how the location of these geographical features has shaped life. They will have the opportunity to ask geographical questions and make links. For example, Are there any big cities near rivers? They will also have the opportunity to:
- use the language of rivers (erosion, depositation, transportation)
- explain and present the process of rivers
- compare how a river has changed over time
- research and discuss how water effects the environment, settlement, environmental change and sustainability
We will be using maps, atlases and digital computer mapping to locate rivers in England. We will also use 4 figure grid references to read maps.
The children will also complete a homework project during this topic. This will involve researching and producing a presentation a river of their choice.
Science - We will spend the first couple of weeks completing our unit on Sound. After this we will start our unit on 'Changes of State'. During this unit the children will:
- (K) Compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases
- (WS) Identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes
- (K) Compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases
- (K) Observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C)
- (WS) Setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests
- (WS) Making systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, taking accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers
- (K) Identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature.
- (WS) Reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions
This unit links with our Geography unit on rivers and the Water Cycle.
Art - We are going to do art projects this half term. The first will be based around Roman Mosaics and using clay. the second will be around textiles. During this unit the children will
*To create a mood board
*To learn what paper weaving is and create a piece of art using this method
*To design a contemporary paper patch work quilt
*To create a research page on Faith Ringgold
*To create a story quilt collage
P.E - 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 afternoon.
On Monday afternoon's we will have our outdoor PE lesson. This half term our focus will be Athletics. During this unit the children will be learning:
- FUNdamentals To use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination. (I can practise existing running, jumping and throwing skills.)
- Finish Fast To use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination. To develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance. To compare performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve personal best. (I can improve my running for sprinting, including the sprint finish)
- Relay Running To use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination. To develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance.(I can practise relay running)
- Standing Triple Jump To develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance. To use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination. To compare performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve personal best.(I can jump for distance)
- Pull It To develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance. To use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination. (I can learn the pull throw technique.)
French - The children will be creating and describing a monster in French. After this they will write sentences about their monster alongside answering questions about their monster. Linked with our computing work they will also recall how to talk about describe the weather in French and be able to say what the weather is like on different days of the week.
Computing - 'We are Meteorologists'
During this topic the children will:
- become familiar with weather equipment and software
- monitor and collect data on the weather
- monitor and forcast the weather
- combine spreadsheet and presentation software to show the weather
- make a presentation about the weather.
Music- The children will continue with their WOPPS guitar lessons on a Thursday afternoon with Barry and Sam. They will keep working on their key skills, practising existing songs they have learnt and learning new songs.
Spring Term 2 NEWS!
Another busy half term in Year 4. I cant quite believe we are at the Summer Term already. The children continue to grow in confidence, mature and work hard. I am immensely proud of the effort that they are putting into all their work.
They have produced some fantastic pieces of writing in English and are really working hard on their content and sentence types. We just need to keep consistently keep checking the basics! They produced some amazing emotive writing based on the Easter story, some great cross-curricular History writing based on the Roman Emperor Claudius and some beautiful inspirational, thought-provoking writing based around the poem 'I Rise' by Maya Angelou.
Our focus this half term in Maths has been fractions. We started right back at the basics of part and whole and built form there. Throughout this topic the children's fluency skills have improved and I have seen a steady progress when solving problems involving adding and subtracting fractions. We continue to do our sticky learning around the written methods for the four operations of number. It is very important that they continue to practise these at home. We have also been working hard on our times tables in preparation for our end of year assessment.
In Computing, we looked at HTML code and the children enjoyed exploring and finding out more about this code. They have learnt more about sound in Science and really enjoyed Science week were they were able to learn more about light and carry put lots of different experiments. In PE we developed our gymnastics skills. (Rolls, handstands and cartwheels). In History we moved further back in time on our timeline and learnt about the Roman invasion of Britain.
Through our Waves of Wellbeing sessions and Heartsmart the children have been able to talk about their feelings and emotions. The children again showed sensitivity when thinking about trust and betrayal in the Easter story. 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!
Spring Term 1 NEWS!
What a busy and action packed half term it has been! 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.
The children have continued to work hard in Maths this term and shown a good understanding of multiplication and division. Their times tables are improving and they have developed a good understanding of the written methods for all four operations of number. It is very important that they continue to practise these at home. As a class we have continued to develop our problem solving and reasoning skills and will continue to do this next term.
In English we have been working hard on both our narrative and persuasive writing. The children's confidence continues to grow along with their vocabulary choices. I have been impressed with how they are using both their jotters and writing rainbow symbols. The overall presentation of their work has also improved. A key target is to continue to keep checking the basics!
In Science the children loved learning about electricity and creating their own circuits. The children loved this topic and showed a great understanding of how a circuit works and even making their own torches in DT.
Through our History lessons the children learnt more about the Vikings and the Anglo Saxon. They have all had a great time learning about why the Anglo Saxons invaded, the seven kingdoms of the Anglo Saxons and Anglo Saxon place names. We will be continuing with this topic, learning more about Anglo Saxon life and then moving back in time further to Roman rule in Britain.
In PE the children continue to develop their swimming skills and did an amazing job in our dodgeball sessions. I was impressed with the increasing confidence the children showed, improved skills and most importantly their team work and resilience. Through our Heartsmart, RE lessons and Picture News the children have shown maturity, created lots of discussion and grown in confidence when giving their opinions. It is a joy to see the children discussing global and important issues with each other and reflecting deeply. Great job everyone!
It has been a very busy half-term and I'm sure the next will be just as busy. Well done everyone, you continue to amaze me everyday, I am very proud of each and everyone of you.
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.
The children enjoyed learning more about the Vikings in Britain and had some great discussions around if it is right and just that they have such a bad reputation. We will be continuing this this half term and then travelling back further on our timeline to learn more about the Anglo-Saxons. It was lovely to see the children's historical skills develop during this topic and hear them using historical language.
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 seeing their love for reading develop. 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 and character creations! 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 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).
I can't wait to get back and start Autumn 2!