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December 17
Fun in 4D!

First off, I just want to say how proud I am of each and every child in 4D for how they have adapted, behaved and progressed through the year so far! We had a short time in self-isolation, but the amount and quality of work I still received was amazing!

In Maths this term, we have been practising different methods of multiplication and division, with grid method and bus stop methods being the class favourite. Keep practising your times tables at home ready for the end of year check!

In English, we have been practising writing our sentences, with a focus on handwriting. We also looked at word class, inverted commas and prepositions.

In reading, we have been enjoying Charlotte’s Web, as well as other types of writing, like poems and information texts.

Our YPC topic was Early Islam, and it was wonderful to see how many children could contribute to the lesson and help the rest of the class understand more about their religion!

We have been exploring electricity in Science, and have aswk4d and answered many questions, like ‘Where does electricity come from?’. We have made circuits and tested different materials that we could use to conduct electricity as well.

Thank you for a great term 4D! It has been wonderful getting to know you so far, and I can’t wait for 2021!

I hope you and your loved ones have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Enjoy the break – you deserve it J​

December 15
Autumn 2 in 4F

​4F have worked so hard this term and should feel very proud of themselves.

In Maths, we focused on multiplication and division. It is really important that the children know their times tables up to 12x12 by the end of the year as this will help with speed when using written methods. Division was a challenge but we will keep coming back to it.

In English, we continued with our focus on sentence structure and grammar, including prepositions, speech and word classes. The sentence structure has really improved ready for longer pieces of writing next half term.

In Reading, we enjoyed reading Charlotte's Web. We looked at lots of different question types, including summarising, inference and vocabulary. We also looked at different types of texts, including poems, information texts and recipes.

In YPC, our topic was Early Islam. This was a really interesting topic, focusing on Baghdad in 900 AD. We learnt about what life was like for people who lived there, their food, art and culture. 4F have used geometric patterns inspired by Baghdad to create their end of year calendars.

Our Science topic, Electricity, was really fun. The children made circuits to make a bulb light up and investigated conductors and insulators.

It's been a very busy half term and 4F definitely deserve a break! Enjoy your holiday and I will see you next year.

December 15
Autumn 2

​Well done, 4C. I am extremely proud of all the hard work you have put in over this term. It has been a long term but you can finally relax for two weeks.

The children have completed their class text (Charlotte's Web) in English this term. They have worked really hard on their writing skills and have focused on different genres including letter writing and setting descriptions.

In Maths, we have focused mainly on multiplication and division. The children have learnt a number of methods for each operation. They have listened really well and have built their confidence in times tables.

We have really enjoyed our Electricity topic this term. The children have had the opportunity to make simple series circuits which include a cell (battery), a light bulb, a switch and a buzzer. They have really enjoyed testing materials to see if they are conductors and insulators.

Early Islamic Civilization is the topic the children have studied in YPC. They have learnt many facts about Baghdad and the culture in Baghdad.

In P.E. the children have learnt many skills and move in Gymnastics and Tennis.

Please continue to: learn your times tables and read.

Once again, well done. Have a very merry Christmas and a New Year.

Please be safe over the holidays.

December 15
What a strange few weeks!

​Hi all!

Well it has definitely been a term you'll remember. I am so proud of each and every single child in 4M, they have gone above and beyond to achieve great things in the last 7 weeks. 

In English, we continued to look at grammar and spelling whilst also looking at instructions and news reports within our 'remote learning'. I have seen some fantastic progress throughout the class and I can not wait until we can get in the classroom and write some amazing pieces.

In Maths, we focused mainly on the four operations, specifically multiplication and division. There are so many tricky things to think about when using the methods involved and 4M were able to expand their brain capacities and take in all of the rules! I am so impressed by their resilience. Through 'remote learning' we consolidated our learning and was able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the methods.

In Science, we had a look at electricity and we were able to build on our knowledge of insulators and conductors as well as build our circuits.

In YPC, we finished the stone age and began looking at the Early Islamic Civilization. We haven't spent as much time in school on this, the majority of learning took place as part of our 'remote learning', but the things I have seen have made me really proud.

In computing, we briefly looked at programming and used 'kodu'. In PE, we started to look at gymnastics and Tennis, while we didn't complete these modules, I was very impressed with the skills that I saw.

You should all be so proud of the effort that has been put in to this term. Parents and Carers, you have been so supportive with the remote learning process and I am incredibly grateful to have such an amazing group of children who continue to bounce back everytime.


I wish you all a very merry Christmas and I hope that the new year brings you much joy and happiness. 

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Keep Smiling

Miss Mac x

November 02
Year 4 Newsletter: Autumn 2

Welcome back to Autumn 2, Year 4.
 
English:
This term, we will begin planning and writing longer pieces of work, still with a focus on sentence and paragraph structure. We will look at different text types including narrative, letter-writing and biographies. This will include making notes, speech punctuation, improving vocabulary, plus some editing and re-drafting.
 Our Reading sessions will focus on extracts from different types of texts and we will also read some non-fiction based on the Stone Age. We will look at the vocabulary used in a text and how they are structured.
 
Maths:
This term, the children will be focusing on different methods for multiplication (associative law, commutative law, distributive law and grid method). The children will work on multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 and will be looking at additive chunking for division. 
 
Science:
Electricity – the children will be identifying common appliances that run on electricity, constructing a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers and recognising some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors
 
YPC:
The children will be continuing their Stone Age to Iron Age topic where they will be focusing on where bronze and iron came from. They will then move onto Early Islam Civilisation topic.
 
The children will be continuing their Forest School sessions with Mr Jones. Week 1: Thursday - 4M Friday - 4C week 2: Thursday – 4F Friday – 4D
 
Computing:
The children will be using the program Kodu to program a game. This will require problem solving skills as the children correct errors in the game and improve the game experience.
 
PE/Sports: 
On the days of P.E. lessons or Sports Clubs, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit or clothing appropriate for P.E instead of their school uniform. Where possible, we will be conducting P.E. lessons outside so a hoodie/jacket and joggers are recommended. Please ensure that they still have a warm, waterproof coat for lunch and play times on these days too.
 
If your child wears earrings, there are three options:
1) Send plasters in so that their ears are covered.
2) Children have plasters put on at home so that they are prepared for their P.E lesson.
3) Children do not wear their earrings on the day they have PE.
 
4C: P.E Tuesday and Friday
4D: P.E Wednesday and Friday
4F: P.E Tuesday and Wednesday
4M: P.E Wednesday and Friday
RE/PHSE:  Expressing Joy, Being Thankful, Harvest.
 
Important information:
-          Year 4 children enter school and leave for dismissal at the link bridge door (near the theatre hall/ lunch hall.)
 
-         Year 4 enter the school between 8:45 and 9:00 and can be collected from 3:15 until 3:25
 
-          Children should bring a water bottle to school each day and take it home to be washed.
 
-          Unfortunately there will be no assemblies until further notice. However we will be celebrating achievements in class and on twitter so do follow your child’s teacher.
 
-  Children should be undertaking regular reading practise at home; even as little as a regular five minutes a day can make a huge impact on their learning. Also, multiplication grids and spellings can be found in the planners for children to practise.
 
Homework:
 
The ‘Learning At Home’ pack will be available to download from the ‘Latest Letters’ area of the school website. Please let us know if a paper copy is required. We also encourage the use of the learning platform as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars.
 
Thank you for your continued support.
 

October 20
A super start!

​​It has been a pleasure to work with this group of children for the last 7 weeks, We have had so much to do in such a short time and these guys have shown how much they have matured now that they're in Year 4.

In Maths, we revisited place value and worked on securing our knowledge of number, as well as beginning to touch on column methods for both addition and subtraction. We will be moving on to the other operations after half term!
 
In English, we have looked at a variety of different writing styles and used the features to create our own short texts based around Roald Dahls 'The Witches'. We have also spent a lot of time looking at the grammatical skills that we need to know in Year 4, there are some very challenging ones, but once again they have blown me away with their determination. 
 
In YPC, we have completed our mini topic on the environment and the class were very mature when talking about the effects of Lockdown on our environment. We have started our 'Stone Age to Iron Age' topic and have a solid understanding of the tools that were used.
 
In Science we focused on sound and how sound travels as well as differences in volume and pitch. The children in 4M know all about making noise!
 
It has been an amazing first half term for 4M and I can't wait to see what adventures we can have after half term!
 
Have a lovely Half Term Holiday!

October 20
Autumn 1 in 4F

I have really enjoyed teaching 4F for our first half term together. The children have impressed me with their hard work and positive attitudes.

In English, we have focused on sentence structure, including correct punctuation, use of year 3 and 4 words and tense. We have also really enjoyed reading Roald Dahl's The Witches. We've done lots of work around this, including a non-chronological report on How To Spot a Witch and some descriptive writing.

In Reading, we have focused on retrieval questions and finding answers in the text. As well as The Witches, we have read some extracts from non-fiction. We also enjoyed some work around Michael Rosen's Chocolate Cake. Don't forget to keep reading lots of different books at home.

In Maths, we have spent lots of time on place value, including partitioning, Roman Numerals and ordering. We have just started to look at addition and subtraction, which will continue into next half term. There's also regular times tables practise. If you can, please practise these at home on TT Rockstars.

We started the year with a YPC mini topic- Save Our Planet, in which we looked at the impact of Covid-19 on the environment; both positive and negative. The children really undertood the problem with disposable face masks and enjoyed designing their own. We've just started our Stone Age topic and have enjoyed making replica stone axes and cave paintings!

In Science, we have learnt about sound and the ear. Children have worked hard to plan and carry out investigations in a safe and mature way.

 

Have a lovely half term and I will look forward to seeing you in November!

October 20
Autumn 1

​It has been an amazing first term for me and the children. The children have settled in really well and adapted really quickly to the changes around school.

In English the children have been focusing a lot on grammar and punctuation skills. They have also been reading the Witches and have been answering questions based on certain chapters.

The children have worked so hard in Maths this term. After a whole week on rounding, the children have understood the rules for rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. We have also looked at column addition and subtraction.

We have just completed our Sound topic in Science. The children have had the opportunity to experiement vibration and pitch in the lesson.

At the start of the term, the children focused on the topic called Saving the Planet where they understood the importance of recycling. They were able to design their own face masks. We then moved onto our next topic called Stone Age through to the Iron Age. The children have created hand axes which look amazing.

This term in P.E. we have worked on our Tri Golf skills and Breakdancing skills.

Once again, it has a been an amazing first term and I am looking forward to Autumn 2 with the children.

Stay safe 4C and keep washing your hands :)

See you all on Monday 2nd November 2020.

October 20
What a fabulous Half Term!

​I have enjoyed getting to know you all so much over the past 7 weeks, and I cannot wait to see you grow over the academic year! We have had a wonderful time so far!


In English, we have been reading The Witches by Roald Dahl, and recapping some of our year 3 and 4 curriculum goals. We have had so much fun learning about the present perfect tense, and you all did such fabulous non-chronological reports on how to spot a witch, well done!


In Maths, we have been consolidating our year 3 and 4 targets too within our place value topic! We have done so much work, like addition and subtraction using the column method, and even learning about roman numerals!


In the first few weeks of YPC, we looked at how we can Save The Planet, where we researched the effects of PPE being thrown away due to Coronavirus, and we even made our own face masks! We then moved onto the Stone Age, where we have looked at the role that archaeologists played in helping us to understand how we know about things from thousands of years ago, as well as making our own Stone Age hand axes! We can't wait to carry this topic on after half term!


Science has been all about sound for the past 7 weeks, and we have learnt about how sounds travel through the air and different materials. We also did different investigations to observe how the pitch and volume change.


I have enjoyed teaching 4D so much so far, and I hope their wonderful behaviour continues. You have all settled in amazingly, and I hope you have a wonderful half term! Have fun and stay safe! :) 

September 10
Year 4 Newsletter: Autumn 1

We are so happy to have Year Four back in school after such a long time away. Due to the long break, we are focusing on consolidating skills from Year Three as well as moving onto Year Four skills. Here’s what we’ll be up to this term.

 

English:
A focus on handwriting and presentation, sentence structure, word classes (verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs) and tense. We will be gradually building up the amount children write. Our book this half term is The Witches, a fantastic book we’re sure the children will love. We’re also answering questions about a variety of texts such as non-fiction, poems and short stories. Please do read regularly with your children.
 
Maths:
Place Value – Partitioning, rounding, representing numbers with 4 digits and Roman Numerals.
Formal methods for the four operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with numbers up to 4 digits.
We’ll also be practising times tables regularly. Please do the same at home.
 
Science:
Sound – Exploring how sounds are made, how the ear picks up sound and how to change volume and pitch.
 
YPC:
Mini topic: Save Our Planet. As topic was missed last year, we’re starting by looking at the impact of Covid 19 on the environment. This will have a DT focus, including sewing.
Stone Age to the Iron Age- Next, we’ll move on to looking at the distant past, understanding how historical sources are used and how the lives of people changed over time.
 
Computing:
Staying safe online and reporting concerns, Word Processing.
 
PE/Sports: 
On the days of P.E. lessons or Sports Clubs, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit or clothing appropriate for P.E instead of their school uniform. Where possible, we will be conducting P.E. lessons outside so a hoodie/jacket and joggers are recommended. Please ensure that they still have a warm, waterproof coat for lunch and play times on these days too.
 
If your child wears earrings, there are three options:
1) Send plasters in so that their ears are covered.
2) Children have plasters put on at home so that they are prepared for their P.E lesson.
3) Children do not wear their earrings on the day they have PE.
 
4C: P.E Tuesday and Friday
4D: P.E Tuesday and Friday
4F: P.E Tuesday and Wednesday
4M: P.E Wednesday and Friday
RE/PHSE:  Expressing Joy, Being Thankful, Harvest.
 
Important information:
-          Year 4 children enter school and leave for dismissal at the link bridge door (near the theatre hall/ lunch hall.)
 
-         Year 4 enter the school between 8:45 and 9:00 and can be collected from 3:15 until 3:25
 
-          Children should bring a water bottle to school each day and take it home to be washed.
 
-          Unfortunately there will be no assemblies until further notice. However we will be celebrating achievements in class and on twitter so do follow your child’s teacher.
 
-  Children should be undertaking regular reading practise at home; even as little as a regular five minutes a day can make a huge impact on their learning. Also, multiplication grids and spellings can be found in the planners for children to practise.
 
Homework:
 
The ‘Autumn 1 Learning At Home’ pack will be available to download from the ‘Latest Letters’ area of the school website. Please let us know if a paper copy is required. We also encourage the use of the learning platform as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

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