Year 4 Summer term
Hello and welcome to the summer term! In Year 4, the children will be continuing to develop their independence through a variety of exciting and fun themes. This half term, our topic is called the Amazonia and Water cycle. Please find the medium term plan below so you know what we will be learning over the next few weeks
Homework is given out each week on Fridays, to be handed in on Wednesdays.
REMINDER: Please encourage your child to read daily. It is still extremely important, even in Year 4, to read to an adult. This will help your child develop their comprehension skills and broaden their vocabulary. Please remember to sign your child’s contact book to show you have heard them read.
We have P.E. every Tuesday and Friday so please ensure that your child comes in their correct kit on these days. Kit should include school P.E. t-shirt, school jumper, tracksuit bottoms or shorts and trainers.
Thank you for your continued support
We are excited to have you back.
My name is Mrs Debora Tesfu and I will be your class teacher this year.
Your class T. A. will be Nicole
Lets get this adventure started!
Year 4's P.E. lessons will take place on Mondays and Fridays. Please ensure your child has the correct P.E. kit, including plimsolls/trainers, to participate in the lessons.
Reading Records needs to be signed daily as part of the Home-School Reading Agreement. There is a minimum expectation of three reading over a week. Please encourage your child to read for at least 20 minutes.
Homework in Year 4 is given out on Tuesdays and returned on Tuesday (unless stated otherwise in special circumstances). Please make sure you child brings their homework in on time, as it is beneficial to our learning at the time. In addition, please ensure your child learns their spelling list for the week as there is a weekly spelling test.
Hello Year 4
It feels really strange not to be seeing you. I hope you are all ok and trying your best to enjoy your time at home, do some work and have some family time.
I will be setting some basic tasks on Google Classroom in the next few days. Have a go at them! Remember you can use 'stream' to ask me any questions... I'll be checking in on it throughout the day.
I will ensure the website is regularly updated with ideas for Apps, Websites, and activities to do at home. You also have a set of these things in your packs.
Please make sure you are reading your books each day. Please also practise your times tables every day and complete a diary entry for the day.
Do not forget to take regular work breaks and exercise.
Please use Joe Wicks’s Workouts for children - they are really fun!
Take care of yourselves,
Welcome to the new school year! The Year 4 class teacher is Miss Robjant. Our Teaching Assistant is Jacqui.
P.E. is every Wednesday and every Thursday. Please ensure that your child has the correct P.E. kit (white t-shirt, white shorts, trainers) so that they are able to participate.
We go swimming at Cally Pool every Wednesday during the Spring Term. Please ensure that your child has their swimming kit.
Daily reading of 30 minutes. Other homework (including spellings) will be given out every Friday, and will be marked and returned on the following Wednesday. We will have a spelling test and multiplication test every Friday.
Book Bags & Reading Records:
Book bags must be brought into school every day, with reading records signed as evidence of daily reading.
Year 4 have been learning about the Digestive system.
We made a model of the digestive process to help us to understand what goes on when we eat our food.
Please ask us to explain it to you.
We will use words like; Oesophagus, Stomach, Large Intestine, Small Intestine, Enzyme, Saliva, nutrients and energy so listen out for them!
We are studying Shakespeare's Macbeth in Year 4.
We are really challenging ourselves to understand the Shakespearean language and understand the complex storyline.
It's very unlike the other stories we have looked at and we are really enjoying it.
We were lucky enough to have a puppet workshop with The Little Angel Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
During the workshop, they helped us to create our own puppets based on the characters in Macbeth.
We then learned how to "breathe life into our puppets" and act out some of the scenes from the play.
We have been finding out about Plastic and how it impacts on our environment.
We found out that one of the ways that plastic ends up in the sea is through washing man-made fibres.
We conducted an experiment using fleece as our man-made fibre. We hand washed pieces of the fleece in warm soapy water. We timed how long we washed each piece for to make sure it was a fair test. We then filtered the water through filter paper and we discovered evidence of micro plastic on the filter paper.
This means that when you wash your man-made clothes, tiny pieces of plastic are finding their way into our oceans. This micro plastic is having a huge impact on our fish and on Coral Reefs.
We have now decided to try to think really carefully about the materials we buy!
We have started studying a new book in our English lessons. We went to the library and listened to the story together.
The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl is a funny story but it does also raise some very serious issues about how we treat animals. Since reading the story we have been debating the issues raised.
This week Year 4 investigated the school pond to see what we could find. We used keys to help us identify the creatures and the digital microscopes to take a closer look!
A water boatman
Emperor Dragonfly Nymph
Click on the picture below to access some fun Maths activities and games. Children have been provided with username and login.
We found water boatmen, water slaters, water spiders, a whirligig beetle, mayfly and damselfly nymphs, frogs and fish.
Your can find out more about the creatures on the website below.
Year 4 had a brilliant Maths Week full of investigation and fun! We worked very hard on our times tables and completed challenges that changed the way we thought about Maths. We really enjoyed working together to solve problems and working with other pupils across the school during Roundabout Morning! Thank you to parents for helping us make Maths Hats and for coming to our lesson on Monday.
Freshwater Theatre Drama Workshop
We had an amazing time with David from Freshwater Theatre, who helped us recreate the Greek myth of King Midas! We really enjoyed using our Ancient Greece knowledge to bring the story to life.
Getting into character...
Max as our very own Silenus the satyr - half man, half goat!
King Midas (aka Chase) after everything he touched turned to gold!
King Midas and Princess Aurelia
Sadler's Wells Tour & Workshop
We were lucky enough to have a backstage tour of Sadler's Wells theatre on October 16th. We were shown around the auditorium and other parts of the theatre - we even got to see the ACTUAL well in Sadlers Wells! We then had a movement workshop with Cheryl all about our Ancient Greece topics. We were practicing being Greek heroes and mythical beasts!
National Poetry Day
Thursday 8th October was National Poetry Day. We worked really hard to perfect this performance of "Rumble in the Jungle" by our special person for Black History Month, Muhammad Ali! Our performance was also chosen as Ms. Hamer's Pick of The Week.
Some of us brought our best Eid clothes to present at assembly on Friday 25th September. We really enjoyed sharing and learning about Eid and why it is special for Muslims - Miss Arthur included! Thank you to parents who brought snacks for us to share at our Edi party. Eid Mubarak, everyone!
As part of our Ancient Greece topic, we have been creating our own Greek Temple! It will go on display as part of our brand new Book Corner... Watch this space!