Welcome to Year 4

We are delighted to welcome you to the Year 4 web page - this page will develop with more information over the school year. We hope that you will find all the information here that you require, if you have any suggestions we will be pleased to hear from you.

Mr Johnson - Year Leader

Newsletters

Year 4 Newsletter - Spring Term 1st half 2019

 Dear families,

A happy new year to you all!  The purpose of this letter is to provide you with information and reminders about Year 4, which we hope you and your child will find useful.

In our year group this term we will have the following adults;

Blenheim - Mr Johnson/Mr Wright and Mrs Fuller (TA)

Ascott - Mrs Badea and Mr Kemp (TA)

Osborne - Mrs Laniauskiene and Mrs O’Connor (TA)

Maths

Our focus will be handling data in the first week (with an emphasis on tally charts, pictograms and bar charts); then for the next two weeks the pupils will study place value followed by some consolidation work on column addition and subtraction. In week 4 the children will be revisiting written methods for multiplication and division before doing some work on angles, coordinates and conversion of different measurements in the final two weeks.

 English

Our focus text for this half-term is ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo.  This will involve an in-depth study of the text, producing letters and log entries that fit in with the narrative, a character study and a newspaper report.  The final outcome will involve the children planning, drafting and then editing and evaluating an alternative ending to this very famous piece of children’s fiction. 

In spelling we will be focussing on adding suffixes, such as –ous, -sion to words and exploring words with the ‘s’ sound spelt ‘sc’.

Science

Our focus will be ‘In a State’ which will involve looking at the different states of matter (gas, liquid, solid), how these can change state, via for example freezing and melting, as well as a detailed study of the water cycle and the important part played by evaporation and condensation within it.

 Cornerstones Curriculum

Our topic this half-term is ‘1066’, we will study the key events from this memorable date in British history and place these into the correct chronological order.  The children will also learn about the Bayeux Tapestry and attempt to use their sewing skills to recreate parts of it, what life was like for a Saxon child living in a village during this time and design and then create their very own Norman or Viking helmet.

 P.E.

Our focus this half term is responsibility and leadership, the children will be looking to develop these skills through participation in gymnastics and tag rugby.  Please ensure your child has a warmer kit and suitable trainers for outside PE sessions, as well as their indoor kit.  As the weather continues to turn colder, we are happy for the children to wear warm hats and gloves should they wish.  An extra pair of socks is always handy in case the field is wet, as well as a plastic bag to keep muddy trainers away from the rest of their kit.  

Children must be able to remove and replace earrings independently.  If your child has only just had their ears pierced they will need to bring in medical tape to cover their earrings themselves, not plasters.

PE lessons take place on the following days:

Blenheim - Thursday and Friday

Ascott - Monday and Friday (swimming)

Osborne - Monday and Friday

Homework

Children will be tested weekly on their time tables using the ‘Cracking Times Tables’ scheme.  Each week they will take home a sheet which will show the tables they need to learn in order to pass through each level.  The children will also be allowed to take their finished sheets home so that parents can see how they are doing and where they could perhaps do with a little extra reinforcement.

My Maths - As a year group we will set a number of tasks for the children to do across a half-term which will be related to work we complete in class. These can be accessed with a log-in on the internet.  Children without access to a computer at home are more than welcome to join a special ‘My Maths’ lunchtime club held on Tuesdays.

Reading

At William Harding we encourage the children to become independent readers; children will bring a home reader of their choice home to read for their own enjoyment.  Alongside this we also want to promote social reading and will be providing a reading diary for parents to complete with their children.  Please read to/with your child as regularly as possible over the week.  The recommendation for children in Year 4 is 20 minutes per day.  We ask that you fill in the entries in the reading diary to let us know all about the excellent reading and discussions that have taken place.  Children can earn house points for the reading you do at home, so the more we know about it, the better their chances of being rewarded for it.

 Water Bottles

Please ensure your child has a named water bottle with them every day. It is important for children to stay hydrated as part of their general well-being.

Snacks

The school continues to acknowledge the importance of good nutrition as an aid to learning.  Therefore, can we please remind you that any snacks for break should be healthy e.g. fruit or vegetables.

 We look forward to another super term ahead.

 Yours sincerely,

 Mrs Badea, Mr Wright, Mrs Laniauskiene and Mr Johnson

Class teachers