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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4

 

The year 4 team for 2022/23 consists of Mr Letts (4I) and Mr Chadaway (4J) and our teaching assistants are Mrs Billa-Patel (4I) and Mrs Grimstead and Miss Gospel (4J).

 

Year 4 PE days are Tuesday and Friday.  Please familiarise yourself with our uniform policy in relation to PE, including health and safety requirements linked to jewellery.  Please note: 4I will be taking part in swimming lessons on a Tuesday afternoon from 13th September - 22nd November 2022, and therefore will require their swimming kit on these days.  4J will take part in this opportunity in the spring term.

 

Please ensure that your child brings in a water bottle and their reading book/record, as well as their link book, every day.  Homework is set on a Friday, and is due in the following Thursday.  Children should be reading to an adult at least three times per week for at least 15/20 minutes each time.  This must be recorded in your child's reading record.

 

Could we please ask that any belongings are labelled - it makes it easier to return when left around school!

 

The learning in year 4 is crammed with fascinating opportunities to discover more about the history of our incredible planet.  During the autumn term, the children will be kickstarting their learning with the gripping topic of Roman Britain, with its fierce soldiers and ingenious inventions.  They will also investigate rivers around the world with a particular focus on the Amazon, in our 'Amazonia' topic before Christmas.  This will give the children the chance to learn key terminology about rivers, as well as how rivers support local environments and habitats.  We are looking forward to a sensational start to year 4, with many fun-filled learning experiences to embed knowledge. 

 

Want to revisit your learning from the start of the year?  To find out about Roman Britain, you can check out this website: Facts about the Romans

 

Discover some interesting information about rivers, in readiness for our second autumn topic.  We'd love to hear your fun facts!  Follow the link: National Geographic - Rivers


Updates about our current learning in school will be made available on this page, so do check back regularly.

Home learning

 

All homework tasks for year 4 are set via Education City.  Please follow the link below and use your child's login information to access the site.

 

Education City - Login Page

 

The children should also be regularly practising their times tables knowledge.  You can take advantage of a number of sites and apps to support your child in practising these key skills.  Here are a selection of maths games to enjoy:


Maths Frame
Times Tables Rockstars

Hit the Button

White Rose - 1 Minute Maths (app)

This week's homework (25.11.22 - 01.12.22)

Handwriting

Learning showcase

Exciting moments from year 4 will appear in this space, including any pictures or videos we take.  Please keep checking in, in order to see what the children have been up to!

Children in Need ๐ŸŸก (November 2022)

 

It has been absolutely fantastic to see so many children wearing spots of all shapes, colours and sizes today, as well as many Pudsey Bear-inspired outfits.  Today was jam-packed with Children in Need activities.  Pupils learned about the inspirational work that the charity undertakes as well as trying some Pudsey artwork, which was completed in the style of Pointillism, Mondrian or triangular artwork.

 

Thank you to all of our families for your generosity in donating to our coin trails, which the children arranged with real enthusiasm!  We are pleased to announce:

 

4I’s coin trail measured 58 metres long

4J’s coin trail measured 34 metres long

 

To reach almost 100 metres as a year group is an incredible feat - well done to everyone in year 4.

Sensational science: experiments with solids, liquids and gases ๐ŸŒก๏ธ (November 2022)

 

States of matter has been year 4’s science topic this half-term and the children have now begun a series of three science experiments which investigate changing states.  To begin with, the children were finding out which liquids freeze by utilising their skills in working scientifically. They had to make a prediction, conduct the experiment, write out the method, investigate the results and conclude their findings - a lot to think about!  A lot of fun was had all round as the children discovered that washing up liquid, tomato ketchup and saltwater do not freeze easily, whereas both cold and warm water freeze quickly.  Could you try freezing different liquids at home?!

Storyteller’s Challenge ๐Ÿ“ (November 2022)

 

Class 4I were bringing out their inner storytellers this week, as they had the chance to write short stories based on stimuli.  After being given a card with either a setting, trigger or plot idea, the children were tasked with penning a piece of creative writing, and they certainly rose to the challenge!  We had a number of spooky stories and thrilling tales with stimuli including a dark alleyway, a door creaking open on its own and a journey to the mountains.  Mr Letts and Mrs Billa-Patel were very impressed by the creativity and innovation shown. Great job, 4I!

Performance poetry ๐ŸŽฌ (November 2022)

 

Coming back from the half term break, the children have focused on fireworks and Bonfire Night in English and art lessons.  Year 4 have produced some fantastic poetry with beautiful details and illustrations.  They rounded off the week with performance poetry, in which they had to show off their ability to use expression, gestures and changes in volume.  All children enthusiastically rehearsed the poem 'The Fifth of November' by John Milton with a partner, and some were even willing to stand in front of the whole class to present their hard work.  We have included a selection of videos below and hope that you enjoy seeing what the children have been up to recently.

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Black History Month - The Obamas (October 2022)

 

To celebrate Black History Month in year 4, the children have been researching the life and work of Barack and Michelle Obama.  After completing some artwork on Monday afternoon, year 4 pupils were enthused to have the chance to use the computers in the ICT Suite to gather some interesting facts about these influential Black role models.  We are looking forward to seeing the whole school display, created by Mrs Nagra, which will eventually feature some of this work from the children in year 4.

Times Tables Rock Stars ๐Ÿงฎ (October 2022)

 

Great excitement has been building in year 4 over the last week, as 4I and 4J went head to head in a ‘battle of the bands’ competition on Times Tables Rock Stars.  Every correct answer counted towards the class total and the children impressed Mr Chadaway and Mr Letts with their dedication to supporting their class team.  Thank you goes also to the parents who supported their children in accessing TTRS at home, as many in the year group did.  Although 4J took the crown this time, we know that 4I will be eager to even the score!  Keep up the hard work everyone.

 

We are scientists! ๐Ÿงช (October 2022)

 

We had a lot of busy children in year 4 this week, as they put their team working skills to the test in order to conduct a scientific experiment into soundproofing.  The children were investigating 5 different materials (fabric, paper, cardboard, bubblewrap and Lego) to discover which was the best at blocking sound.  They also had the chance to use a decibel meter, and showed a fantastic understanding of how to ensure that their investigation was a fair test.

Watercolour experimentation ๐ŸŽจ (October 2022)

 

Our art topic this half term is the artwork of Claude Monet, and the children have been honing their artistic skills in preparation for a watercolour painting of his famous ‘Water Lilies’ artwork.  This week, year 4 pupils experimented with watercolour paints to consolidate their understanding of blending colours.  Great fun was had all round as the children predicted their results in advance.

Roman artefacts exploration ๐Ÿบ (September 2022)

 

Our history topic has continued at full speed this week, as children in both classes had the opportunity to handle both replica and real artefacts from Roman Britain.  There was an audible gasp as Roman shields, gladiator helmets and a 2000-year-old Roman plate were revealed to the children and passed around for the children to look at.  Everyone was very responsible and respectful of the artefacts, some of which have been temporarily loaned to our school from Warwickshire Education Services and museums, an incredible opportunity which has broadened our children’s understanding of the era as well as piquing their interest in the daily lives of Roman soldiers, nobles and gladiators.  The children were thrilled to brush their fingers through the horse hair on top of a Roman soldier’s helmet and inspect the pottery of a Roman oil lamp - they even had the chance to examine a Roman ear scoop!

Making Roman roads ๐Ÿ›ฃ (September 2022)

 

This afternoon, the children were thrilled to have the opportunity to create their own edible Roman roads!  Linking with our history focus of Roman Britain, it offered year 4 pupils the chance to consolidate their understanding of how the Romans built roads from stones, pebbles, sand, broken tiles and cement.  Using their culinary creations, the children were able to explain the different layers of the roads, some of which have remained in use for over two thousand years.  Most of all, the children showed a lot of restraint in not tucking into their roads until they reached the playground!

Settling into year 4 (September 2022)

 

We have been incredibly proud of the way that the new year 4 children have settled into school life once again.  The children have enjoyed kickstarting their new topics, meeting the staff members they will be working with, and spending time with their friends following their long summer break.  All adults working with year 4 have commented on the excellent learning attitudes and behaviours that have been displayed so far.  Keep up the hard work, year 4!

Long term plan 2021 - 2022

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