Year 4 Blog


Year 4 - What's happening this half term (summer second half term)?

9th June 2022 Posted by Year 4

We hope you had a fabulous break. There are lots of exciting events and topics coming up this half term.

Some of us will be going on a residential trip to Alfrey Centre week beginning 20th June. Please check your emails regarding specific dates for each class.


English:

We will be completing our class text ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ by C.S. Lewis in our English lessons.

After this, we will be exploring a wide range of genres, including poetry, non-fiction and song lyrics.

We will be focusing on consolidating grammar, punctuation and spelling skills that we have already learnt this year to further our understanding and use within our writing.

We will also be creating writing pieces with a range of genres including incident reports, narratives and sequels.

We will be using our class text to continue developing our reading skills, particularly in inference and summarising.


Maths:

Fractions and decimals – We will be exploring equivalent fractions, and be learning how to change those fractions into decimals. We will also be learning how to use decimals for division and rounding.

As well as fractions, we will have a focus on reasoning and problem solving, using the skills children have already learnt this year.

We’ll also be practising times tables regularly. Please do the same at home, especially the 6, 7, 8 and 9 times tables.


Science:

We will be recapping what we have learnt from every topic covered in Year 4, and we will be diving deeper and exploring topics with experiments.


YPC:

Graphic Design – we will be designing a poster for a famous landmark, using skills such as typography, shading and sketching.


Computing:

Our Computing topic is very exciting this term, as we’ll be learning to create a stop-motion video using Zu-3D.


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.

4F and 4D will continue Swimming this term, on Fridays. Please refer to the separate email sent out for more details.

  • 4D: Monday and Friday (swimming)

  • 4F: Tuesday and Friday (swimming)

  • 4M: Wednesday and Friday

  • 4O: Wednesday and Thursday

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.


Each class has Forest School on alternate weeks. Children should wear warm, old clothes that you don’t mind getting a little muddy as we go out whatever the weather.

  • 4D: 6th June, 4th July, 18th July

  • 4F: 13th June, 27th June, 11th July

  • 4M: 14th June, 28th June, 12th July

  • 4O: 7th June, 21st June, 5th July, 19th July


RE/PHSE:

During our RE lessons, we will be looking at uniqueness and acceptance.

Within PSHE, we will be focussing on how we change as we grow older.

Our UNICEF article for this half term is: UNICEF Article 22 - you have the right to special protection and help if you are a refugee (if you have been forced to leave your home and live in another country) as well as all the rights in the convention.


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 8:40 and 8:55 and can be collected at 3:20

- Children should bring a water bottle to school each day and take it home to be washed.

- We celebrate achievements in class and on Twitter so do follow your child’s teacher.

- Children should be undertaking regular reading practice 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.


Work at home

All classes are on Twitter so please do follow us for updates.

The ‘Summer 2 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon. Please let us know if a paper copy is required.

We also encourage the use of our Learning Hub as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars.


Thank you for your continued support.

Class 4D - Summer 1st Half Term

27th May 2022 Posted by Miss Delaney

What a half term we've had 4D!

I am so proud of how far you have all come, and I am enjoying teaching you so much!

We have written some amazing pieces in English, like letters and a brochure, which have gone into our Published Writing Books. We've also read more of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, focussing on retrieval and summarising.

In Maths, we looked at co-ordinates, which linked to our YPC topic of Britain from the Air. We also started our Fractions topic, where we have added and subtracted fractions, as well as finding fractions of amounts and identifying equivalent fractions.

In YPC, we have studied Britain from the Air, where we looked at what we can learn from a map. This included things like 4 and 6 figure grid references, the points of a compass, different map symbols and how to follow and draw a map on our trip to the Local area.

In Science, we studied animals including humans, and we looked at the digestive system and teeth, as well as the functions of those. We also had a go at creating a variety of food chains, looking at what happens when something is eaten.

In PE, we have had some lessons in Archery, and improved our aim towards the targets. We have also been going swimming, which will continue after half term.

Thank you for working hard and being your wonderful selves! Have a lovely break and I will see you after the half term.

Class 4F - Summer 1st Half Term

27th May 2022 Posted by Miss Fielding

Although it's been a short half term, we've packed plenty in and the children have made great progress.

In English, we began reading The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. The children are really enjoying reading about the magical land of Narnia. Through this text, we have practised the skills of summarising, inference and explaining the author's intent.

We have also produced some fantastic pieces of writing, including a letter and a travel brochure. Children continue to work on writing in full, correct sentences, using appropriate vocabulary.

In Maths, we have continued to prepare for the Multiplication Tables Check in June, through games and regular practice. We have also completed a long block on fractions- identifying them in shapes, fractions of amounts, adding and subtracting as well as problem solving.

In Science, our topic has been Animals including Humans. Children learnt about the digestive system and teeth.

In YPC, our topic has been Britain From The Air, focused on map skills. Children followed a map, looked at different types of map and compared Birmingham to Tenby.

In P.E. we continued with swimming. Children are making fantastic progress and many of them are able to swim without arm bands now. In our other lesson, we had fun trying out archery.

Class 4M - Summer 1st Half Term

27th May 2022 Posted by Miss McDougall

In English, we have started reading 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe'. We have written texts including first person narrative, a diary and a persuasive brochure. Children continued to improve and up-level their sentences using a wide range of vocabulary. They are now more confident editing and improving their work. In Reading, we've continued to work on different skills, particularly inference and summarising.

In Maths, we have focused on fractions. We have looked at fractions of amounts, equivalent fractions and adding and subtracting fractions. Children also regularly practised times tables and have made great progress.

In YPC, our topic has been Britain from the Air. Children have learnt how to read maps and how to use 4 and 8 point compasses to find positions on a map. The children have been able to identify symbols on an ordnance survey map.

In Science, we learnt how to group and classify different animals and plants. We have looked at the human body and the digestive system, discussing how it works and why eating the right foods are important. In PE, we finished archery and started working on our bowling skills.

Have a wonderful half term, only one more to go :D

Class 4O - Summer 1st Half Term

27th May 2022 Posted by Miss Orford

Only one more half term left of Year 4 :(

I am so incredibly proud of everything we have achieved so far and everything we still have yet to achieve before you leave Year 4 and head to Year 5.

In English, we have been focusing on our class text 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe'. It has been great to see the enjoyment from everyone when reading this text and we have created some detailed and impressive writing pieces including a persuasive brochure and a letter from a character's point of view. I am looking forward to delving further into this classic and seeing your writing styles progress during Summer 2.

When reading our class text, we have also focused on a range of reading skills, in particular inference and authorial intent. We have continued to clarify and develop our vocabulary and this has shown in all of your writing pieces. It has also been a pleasure to see your enjoyment of reading flourish, we have continued to enjoy 'The Demon Headmaster' during Yardley Loves Reading.

We have focused on fractions this half term in Maths. We have looked at equivalent fractions, fractions of a shape and an amount and also adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator. We have continued our work on times tables and improving our rapid recall. All of the class have worked incredibly hard, at home and at school, to continuously improve. Well done all!

In YPC, our topic has been Britain from the Air. We have had a strong emphasis on map work and used these skills on our local area walk. We compared Tenby, Wales and Birmingham to each other and looked at the attractions, weather, man-made and natural features, building on our enquiry question throughout.

Our Science topic was 'Animals Including Humans' and we have learnt all about teeth, the digestive system and how food chains work. We conducted and observed lots of experiments to further our understanding and build on our prior knowledge.

We have also spent time during our week learning Spanish, music, RE and PSHE. Every other week, we have spent time in our Forest School area and furthered our mapping skills from YPC.

You should all be very proud of the progress you have made in Year 4 so far. Please enjoy your break and I look forward to our final half term together.

Enjoy, Miss Orford x

Year 4 - What's happening this half term (summer first half term)?

29th April 2022 Posted by Year 4

We hope you had a wonderful break. There are lots of exciting events and topics coming up this half term.

We will be visiting Brighouse for a trip the week beginning 23rd May. Please check your emails for the date for your class.


English

We will be starting a new class text ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ by C.S. Lewis in our English lessons.

We will be focusing on practising a range of grammar, punctuation and spelling skills that we have already learnt this year to further our understanding and use within our writing.

We will also be creating writing pieces with a range of genres including letters, narratives and persuasive non-fiction texts.

We will also be using our class text to continue developing our reading skills, particularly in inference and summarising.


Maths

Fractions and decimals – we will be learning how to identify, add and subtract fractions, as well as show equivalent fractions, and change those fractions into decimals. We will also be learning how to use decimals for division and rounding.

As well as fractions, we will have a focus on reasoning and problem solving, using the skills children have already learnt this year.

We’ll also be practising times tables regularly. Please do the same at home, especially the 6, 7, 8 and 9 times tables.


Science

Living things and their habitats – we will be exploring living things and recognising that they can be grouped in a number of ways. We will also study environments and look at changes that can also affect the way living things survive around the world.


YPC

Britain from the air – we will be exploring the local area through maps, and learning how to read maps. We will also be looking at using co-ordinates and comparing Birmingham to a coastal area, looking at how and why they might be different.


Computing

Our Computing topic is very exciting this term, as we’ll be learning to create a stop-motion video using Zu-3D.


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.

  • 4F and 4D will continue Swimming this term, on Fridays. Please refer to the separate email sent out for more details.

  • 4D: Monday and Friday (swimming)

  • 4F: Tuesday and Friday (swimming)

  • 4M: Wednesday and Friday

  • 4O: Wednesday and Thursday

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.


Each class has Forest School on alternate weeks. Children should wear warm, old clothes that you don’t mind getting a little muddy as we go out whatever the weather.

  • 4D: 16th May

  • 4F: 25th April, 9th May, 23rd May

  • 4M: 26th April, 10th May, 24th May

  • 4O: 3rd May, 17th May


RE/PHSE

During our RE lessons, we will cover topics such as: living by rules, being temperate, exercising self-discipline and cultivating serene contentment.

Within PSHE, we will be focussing on understanding and appreciating positive relationships.

Our Unicef article for this half term is Article 38 – you have the right to protection and freedom from war. Children under the age of 15 cannot be forced to go into the army or take part in war.


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 8:40 and 8:55 and can be collected at 3:20

  • 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 practice 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.


Work at home

All classes are on Twitter so please do follow us for updates.

The ‘Summer 1 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon. Please let us know if a paper copy is required.

We also encourage the use of our Learning Hub as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars.


Thank you for your continued support.

Class 4F - Spring 2

8th April 2022 Posted by Miss Fielding

In English, we have enjoyed reading 'The Boy at the Back of the Class'. We have written texts including first person narrative, a diary and a persuasive letter. Children continued to improve their vocabulary and sentence structure. They are now more confident editing and improving their work. In Reading, we've continued to work on different skills, particularly inference.

In Maths, we have focused on shape and space, including perimeter, area, conversions and measurements. We continued to practise the four operations. Children also regularly practised times tables and have made great progress.

In YPC, our topic has been Rainforests. The children loved having a visit from the Rainforest man and a trip to the Botanical Gardens. We learnt about where rainforests are found, the layers and the animals and plants within the rainforest. Finally, children produced some beautiful paintings inspired by Henri Rousseau.

In Science, we learnt how to group and classify different animals and plants. Branching keys were a challenge but children tried hard. In PE, we started swimming and I've been really impressed with the children's progress.

Have a wonderful Easter holiday and I will see you soon.

Class 4D - Spring 2

8th April 2022 Posted by Miss Delaney

What a busy half term we've had!

During Maths this half term, we’ve looked at shape, space and measure. Within this, we’ve focussed on naming the properties of 2D and 3D shapes, lines of symmetry and calculating area and perimeter. We’ve also practised our times tables ready for our Multiplication Check.

In English this half term, we’ve read more of our book, ‘The Boy At The Back Of The Class’ and started to write extended pieces of writing, such as a diary entry, a narrative and a persuasive letter. We’ve also looked at inference and retrieval for reading, linking to both fiction and non-fiction texts.

In YPC, we’ve completed our topic of Rainforests. We answered the question of whether we should save the rainforest, and learnt lots of interesting facts about the tribes, plants and animals that live there. We were also very lucky to have a Rainforest Roadshow come in, as well as a trip to the Botanical Gardens.

During Science, we’ve looked at Living Things and their habitats. This has allowed us to classify living things into different categories using classification keys, and understand how animals adapt to living in their environment.

In Computing this half term, we have been looking at 2Code, and have had a go at programming different games.

Our PE topics this half term have been Hockey and Swimming. We will continue with Swimming after half term, and it has been wonderful to see all of you improve so much already!

Thank you for a wonderful half term 4D, I have really enjoyed all the fun activities we have been doing. Have a lovely Easter break with your family and I am looking forward to seeing you for more fun in the Summer term!

Class 4M - Spring 2

8th April 2022 Posted by Miss McDougall

4M has had a fantastic term!

In English, we have started writing narratives and diary entries. We have also looked at asking and answering questions. 4M have worked hard to develop their writing and have created some beautiful pieces and put them into their published writing books.

In reading, we have started to work on different styles of questioning, we have linked this to ‘The Boy At The Back Of The Class’, which is our current text.

In Maths, we have done a lot of work on shape, space and measure. Focusing on area and perimeter as well as converting units of measure.

We have been learning about living things and their habitats in Science. We have looked at classification keys and how to use them to identify animals.

In YPC, we have spent a lot of time working on the rainforest. We have looked at various climates and identified where rainforests are on a map. 4M have also been to the botanical gardens where we learnt a lot about tribes and animals in the rainforests.

In Computing, we have looked coding and programming using a programme called ‘2cod’. 4M have worked hard on fixing bugs and creating their own lines of coding.

Our PE topics for this half term have been Hockey and Handball, 4M have worked on their team work skills and have been able to develop their sports skills.

I hope you all rest over the Easter holidays. I can’t wait to see you back for the summer term.

Class 4O - Spring 2

8th April 2022 Posted by Miss Orford

Can you believe we have finished our second term in Year 4?

We have spent a lot of time showing off all of the skills learnt since we entered Year 4 in September 2021. I am looking forward to seeing even more progress as we enter our last term of Year 4.

During English, we have been focusing on our class text 'The Boy at the Back of the Class'. It has been an extremely poignant text as there has been so much going on in the world surrounding refugees and the crisis in Ukraine. All pupils have asked important questions to further their understanding of the ongoing war and it has been excellent to see their maturity when discussing such serious issues.

Through reading our class text, we have focused on a range of reading skills to improve and further our understanding of vocabulary and authorial intent. We have created some fantastic writing pieces including, diary entries from the point of view of a refugee, setting descriptions and a narrative from a refugee's point of view.

Our focus in Maths has been shape, space and measure. We have revisited and furthered our skills in perimeter, area, angles and 2D and 3D shapes. We have looked at a range of different measurements and how to convert between them. We have also continued to focus on mastering our times tables. We are very close to the multiplication tables check and are continuing to practise as much as possible. These times tables are also helping us with other aspects in Maths.

Our Rainforest topic in YPC has now come to an end. We have visited Botanical Gardens and had a visit in school from Dave and the Rainforest Roadshow. It has been great to find out all of the interesting facts about the rainforests and also be able to think about how we can help save the rainforest by simple things in our everyday life.

Our Science topic has been closely linked with our YPC topic. We have looked at living things and their habitats and looked at adaptations and how we can classify animals and plants.

We have also been completing Spanish, music and much more throughout the week. We have learnt how to count from 0-20 in Spanish, play and interpret a range of musical styles and thought about how to keep ourselves healthy and kind.

I hope you all have a lovely break over the next 2 weeks and enjoy a well-deserved rest. I am very proud of you all!

I look forward to seeing you all after the holidays 🙂

Miss Orford x

Year 4 - What's happening this half term (spring second half term)?

4th March 2022 Posted by Year 4

We hope you had a wonderful break. There are lots of exciting events and topics coming up this half term.

We will be visiting the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on 22nd March. You should have received an email with more details.


English

Now the children are gaining confidence in completing longer pieces of writing, we will continue by trying out more genres of writing, including formal letters, narrative and persuasive texts. We will continue with our new Phonics scheme, to help children read and write new vocabulary.

In Reading, we will be trying different question types, including a focus on Inference. We have started a new book: The Boy at the Back of the Class. The children are really enjoying this story and are learning about refugees and how it would feel to be in a strange country.


Maths

Shape – we will recap properties of 2D and 3D shapes, as well as symmetry and angles.

Measure – we will be learning how to calculate the perimeter and area of different shapes. We will also look at converting between different units of measure and money.

Fractions and decimals – we will be learning how to identify, add and subtract fractions, as well as show equivalent fractions, and change those fractions into decimals. We will also be learning how to use decimals for division and rounding.

We’ll also be practising times tables regularly. Please do the same at home.


Science

Living things and their habitats – we will be exploring living things and recognising that they can be grouped in a number of ways. We will also study environments and look at changes that can also affect the way living things survive around the world.


YPC

Rainforests – we will be focusing on all aspects of the world’s rainforests (layers, animals, tribes, products) and ensuring our learning produces a deeper understanding of the need to save rainforests from climate change and deforestation.


Computing

We will be using 2Code to improve our coding skills. This can be found as a tool on Purple Mash so please feel free to have a go at home.


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.

4F and 4D will begin Swimming this term, on Fridays. Please refer to the separate email sent out for more details.

  • 4D: Monday and Friday (swimming)

  • 4F: Tuesday and Friday (swimming)

  • 4M: Wednesday and Friday

  • 4O: Wednesday and Thursday

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.

Please come to school in appropriate sportswear on your PE days.


Forest School

Each class has Forest School on alternate weeks. Children should wear warm, old clothes that you don’t mind getting a little muddy as we go out whatever the weather.

  • 4D: 7th March, 21st March, 4th April

  • 4F: 28th February, 14th March, 28th March

  • 4M: 1st March, 15th March, 29th March

  • 4O: 8th March, 22nd March, 5th April


RE/PHSE

Being merciful and forgiving, being regardful of suffering, Pancake Day, Lent, St David’s Day, St Patrick’s Day, Easter and being healthy.


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 8:40 and 8:55 and can be collected at 3:20

  • 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 practice 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.


Work at home

All classes are on Twitter so please do follow us for updates.

The ‘Spring 2 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon. Please let us know if a paper copy is required.

We also encourage the use of our Learning Hub as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars.


Video Parents Evening

If you haven't booked an appointment already, we would like to invite you to attend our Video Parents Evenings, taking place on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 15th March 3.40pm - 5.40pm

  • Wednesday 16th March 3.40pm - 6.20pm

Visit our Video Parents Evening page here to find out more and to book.

If you have already booked an appointment, please test that your device will work for your appointment. Click here to see how to test your appointment.


Thank you for your continued support.

Class 4F - Spring 1

18th February 2022 Posted by Miss Fielding

English- We have begun to write longer pieces of work, including narratives, dialogue and news reports. I have been impressed with the improvement in grammar and sentence structure. Children are starting to expand their vocabulary and use some super words in their writing. We are now using a new phonics scheme regularly to help with spelling and reading new vocabulary.

Reading- We have finished reading Aliens Invaded My Talent Show and have moved onto The Boy at the Back of the Class. We've used these texts to work on our vocabulary, summarising and inference skills.

Maths- In Maths, we have continued our focus on times tables. 4F have made wonderful progress and are confident with their times tables. Well done for all your hard work! We have also practised the four operations and have completed a block on the important and tricky skill of time.

YPC- We enjoyed learning about Baghdad in 900AD and how it differed to England at the same time. We have now moved onto Rainforests and are learning about why they are in danger from human habits.

In PE, we have been playing team building games, where children learn to communicate and co-operate. Next half term, we will begin swimming. You should have received an email about this.

In Science, we have learnt about solids liquids and gases and have tried different types of investigation. We also learnt about the water cycle.

Well done for working so hard this half term, 4F. We're half way through the year but still have lots more exciting things coming up.

Class 4M - Spring 1

18th February 2022 Posted by Miss McDougall

What a great half term 4M have had!

In English, we have went over our basic skills and started using our imagination to create different pieces of writing, like information posters and news reports.

In Reading, We have finished reading our book ‘Aliens Invaded My Talent Show’. We have moved onto reading ‘The Boy At The Back Of The Class’, we have also practised answering both retrieval and inference questions.

In Maths we have recapped the written methods of the four operations, as well as looking at time. We have practising our times tables using Times Table Rock stars and other times table games.

In science we have looked at states of matter, we have participated in lots of different investigations, like ‘which liquids freeze?’

In YPC, we have completed the topic of Baghdad 900AD, which was really fun! We looked at the different aspects of life in Baghdad 900AD, we also compared this to life in London. We have started looking at our new topic of Rainforests, which we will continue after half term.

In Computing, we have looked at creating and editing spreadsheets in Excel, as well as talking about staying safe online during every lesson.

Our PE topics for this half term have been Football and Team Building, this has definitely helped improve the children’s abilities to trust and work with children they may not always choose for themselves.

Have a great rest during the February half term!

Class 4D - Spring 1

18th February 2022 Posted by Miss Delaney

What a fabulous and very busy half term we’ve had!

In English, we have recapped our basic skills ready for creating different pieces of writing, like information posters and news reports. We have also looked at asking and answering questions making notes and how to write speech.

In reading, we have practised answering both retrieval and inference questions, and we have finished reading our book ‘Aliens Invaded My Talent Show’. We have moved onto reading ‘The Boy At The Back Of The Class’.

In Maths we have recapped the written methods of the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), as well as looking at time. We have practising our times tables a lot, which has helped us when we have been looking at shape, area and perimeter.

We have been learning about States of Matter in Science, which has been really fun, as we have participated in lots of different investigations, like which liquids freeze.

In YPC, we have completed the topic of Baghdad 900AD, which was really fun! we learnt about lots of different aspects of life in Baghdad 900AD, and we compared this to life in London. We have also started looking at our new topic of Rainforests, which we will continue after half term.

In Computing, we have looked at creating and editing spreadsheets in Excel, as well as talking about staying safe online during every lesson.

Our PE topics for this half term have been Football and Team Building, which has been lovely to teach, as the children are super at working together in teams and as a class.

It has been so lovely to get to know everyone much more, and I can’t wait for all the fun we will have next half term. Have a great rest during the February half term!

Class 4O - Spring 1

18th February 2022 Posted by Miss Orford

What an incredible half term we have had in 4O!

All of the effort and determination show by every single pupil has been evident across all subjects and I am already looking forward to our next half term together.

We finished our previous class text 'Aliens Invaded my Talent Show' by Matt Brown and everyone really enjoyed it. In particular, we enjoyed the comedy surrounding the text and the author's style of writing. In the last few weeks, we have been reading and focusing our English lessons on 'The Boy at the Back of the Class' by Onjali Q Rauf. It is the story of a young boy who is a refugee and comes to live in London. We have spent lots of time looking at vocabulary and clarifying lots of new words to add to our 'brain dictionaries'. We will be continuing to explore this text during the next half term.

During Maths, we have started to practise telling the time. It is such a key skill for us to learn, so we have spent time studying and learning both digital and analogue times. We are continuing to visit all four operations and make sure our understanding of each method is being practised to help us further our understanding of word problems and problem solving. After Times Tables Rockstar Day, we have continued to use our times tables games and even made our own. Keep logging on as much as possible, I will continue to set up competitions to see if you can beat my speed!!!

We began our Rainforest topic in YPC and have started by exploring the question 'Should we save the rainforests?'. We spent time understanding the layers of the rainforest and the different climate zones. We will continue to explore this question further and research different rainforests around the world so that we able to answer our enquiry question with lots of evidence to support our reasoning.

Science has been very interesting indeed, we have conducted a range of different experiments to explore states of matter. These included condensation, evaporation, melting, freezing and boiling.

As always, I am so proud of the progress each and every one of you is making during Year 4. You should all be extremely proud of yourselves and I cannot wait to see what the next half term brings.

Have a well-deserved break 4O.

Miss O x

Year 4 - What's happening this half term (spring first half term)?

7th January 2022 Posted by Year 4

We hope you had a wonderful break. There are lots of exciting events and topics coming up this term.


English:

We will continue our focus on basic skills, including punctuation, tense, word classes and description, while starting to add in more detail. Children will increase the amount they are able to write during a lesson and continue to perfect their use of paragraphs. They will also continue editing and redrafting their own work.

In Reading, we will continue to focus on summarising, vocabulary and retrieval questions, though we will begin answering inference questions too. We’ll have a new book to study: Aliens Invaded My Talent Show, which should be a really fun and engaging read.


Maths:

Place Value revision – Partitioning, rounding, representing numbers with 4 digits and Roman Numerals.

Formal methods for the four operations –multiplication and division with numbers up to 4 digits.

Review of the four operations with a focus on addition and subtraction.

Shape – area, properties of 2D and 3D shapes.

We’ll also be practising times tables regularly. Please do the same at home.


Science:

States of matter – we identify and classify different materials and discuss how the states can change.


YPC:

Baghdad 900AD - we will be looking at Baghdad in 900AD and identifying features of the golden age, we will then compare this to England in 900AD.


Computing:

Staying safe online and reporting concerns, spreadsheets


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.

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.


Each class has Forest School on alternate weeks. Children should wear warm, old clothes that you don’t mind getting a little muddy as we go out whatever the weather.

4D: 17th January, 31st January, 14th February

4F: 10th January, 24th January, 7th February

4M: 11th January, 25th January, 8th February

4O: 18th January, 1st February, 15th February


RE/PHSE: Cultivating inclusion, identity and belonging, Dreams and Goals, Online Safety Day, Chinese New Year


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 8:40 and 8:55 and can be collected at 3:20

  • 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 practice 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.


Work at home:

All classes are on Twitter so please do follow us for updates.

The ‘Spring 1 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon. Please let us know if a paper copy is required.

We also encourage the use of our Learning Hub as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars.


Thank you for your continued support.

Class 4M - Autumn 2

16th December 2021 Posted by Miss McDougall

What amazing half term we have had in 4M!

In Maths, we have been learning about the four operations and how to use column method to solve problems. We have also been working hard on our times tables, making amazing progress.

In English, we have worked hard on our sentence structure this term and have also been looking at how we can expand our sentences adding better vocabulary and more detail.

In Reading, we have started reading a book called Aliens Invaded My Talent Show! We have been focusing on the skill of retrieval and summarising. 4M have worked very hard on this.

In YPC, we have been learning about Pre-historic Britain (The Stone Age to the Iron Age). We have also worked hard to create artistic masterpieces based on cave paintings. Then we finally created our own shell structures as part of our D&T topic.

In Science, we have learnt about electricity and the children are confident with their knowledge of electrical safety.

Have a wonderful Christmas break!

Class 4D - Autumn 2

16th December 2021 Posted by Miss Delaney

Wow 4D, what an amazing term we have had! I am so proud of the progress that every one of you has made, and it has been lovely to see you all become so much more confident in learning and as a person.

In Maths, we have looked at multiplying and dividing by certain numbers, and we have also spent a lot of time focusing on our times tables, with a specific lesson every week just for practicing.

In English, we have started to produce bigger pieces of writing now, such as character descriptions and non-chronological reports. I was so impressed by the reports that we put them into our Published Writing Books! We have also read more of our 'Aliens Invaded our Talent Show' book, and we are really excited to continue it after Christmas.

In Science, we have been looking at electricity, and we have created lots of different circuits using different components. We also understand the difference between a working circuit and one that wouldn't work, and we have as great understanding of electrical safety.

In YPC, we finished off our Stone Age to Iron Age topic, and we started a new topic where we created our own Cave Paintings. For the past few weeks, we have been learning about Shell Structures, where we created a box to protect a biscuit.

I hope you all have a great Christmas and a have a Happy New Year! Enjoy the break Year 4, you have worked amazingly this past term!

Class 4F - Autumn 2

14th December 2021 Posted by Miss Fielding

We've had a very busy half term in 4F. The children have worked really hard and made great progress.

In English, we have continued our work on sentence structure, and have begun adding more detail using expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials. There has also been a focus on full stops, capital letters and editing spellings.

In Reading, we've begun a book called Aliens Invaded My Talent Show! We've been focusing on retrieval, summarising and ordering events. Children are starting to clarify words they are unsure of, using a dictionary.

In Maths, we have been concentrating on addition and subtraction, using base ten and place value counters, as well as using the written methods in our books. We've continued with our work on times tables, including weekly focus lessons. Please do keep practising at home as all the children are making great progress.

In YPC, we enjoyed our topic learning about prehistoric life in Britain until AD43. We also had a linked Art topic, where we learnt about cave paintings, the materials they used and how they were created. Recently, children created a 3D shell structure to transport a biscuit home.

In Science, we had an exciting topic learning about electricity. Children were able to put together circuits, predict if they would work and add switches.

I hope you enjoy your Christmas break, see you in the new year!

Class 4O - Autumn 2

14th December 2021 Posted by Miss Orford

Another half term has flown by! We have been so busy in the lead up to Christmas.

In English, we started a new class text ‘Aliens Invaded my Talent Show’ by Matt Brown. We had already read an extract during the first half term of Year 4 and loved the characters and style of the author. We have used the text to focus on retrieval and vocabulary in our reading skills and then created a range of writing using the text as a focus. We created an amazing set of instructions for how to complete a magic card trick just like the main character, Eric. We are also reading the sequel to The Demon Headmaster during our Yardley Loves Reading session every day before the end of school.

We have continued to build on our basic skills during Maths. Our focus has been using our knowledge of place value to explore the four operations. We have spent time using manipulatives to have a full understanding of how to add, subtract, multiply and divide. We have also been spending a lot of time improving our rapid recall of times tables. We have spent at least one lesson per week exploring each times tables and using different strategies to help us remember them. Times Tables Rockstars has been a firm favourite to improve our speed, the leader board is changing all the time so keep practising!!!

We have also been very busy in other subjects. Mrs Hodgkiss teaches us every Wednesday morning in Spanish and we are becoming more fluent every week. We can now count to 20 in Spanish and are able to have a short conversation to greet a partner. We also have been learning to play glockenspiels in Music which has been very enjoyable, we learnt the instrumental part from Mamma Mia.

Our Science topic, Electricity, has been very interesting. We have created circuits and our own switches to turn a bulb on. We spent a lot of time focusing on electrical safety and using our knowledge of circuits to create more complex ones.

We completed our Stone Age topic in YPC and have moved on to creating shell structures to protect biscuits that we have decorated in class. We have spent time exploring nets and different materials to use to ensure that our biscuits are kept safe from breaking.

I am so proud of all the hard work that 4O have completed this Autumn term. You have all worked so well and you should also be very proud of yourselves. Have a lovely break and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Miss O x

Year 4 - What's happening this half term (autumn second half term)?

4th November 2021 Posted by Year 4

Year 4 are thoroughly settled in now and are impressing us all with their hard work. We have lots of lovely lessons and topics coming up and can’t wait to get stuck in!


English:

We will continue our focus on basic skills, including punctuation, tense, word classes and description, while starting to add in more detail. Children will increase the amount they are able to write during a lesson and continue to perfect their use of paragraphs. They will also continue editing and redrafting their own work.

In Reading, we will continue to focus on summarising, vocabulary and retrieval questions, though we will begin answering inference questions too. We’ll have a new book to study: Aliens Invaded My Talent Show, which should be a really fun and engaging read.


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:

Electricity – we will be focusing on how circuits are made and good insulators of electricity. Also, we will be looking at being safe around electricity.

YPC:

Stone Age to the Iron Age- We will be continuing with the Stone Age and looking at cave paintings.

Early Islamic Civilisation – we will be looking at Baghdad in 900AD and identifying features of the golden age.

Computing:

Staying safe online and reporting concerns, computer programming.

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.

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.

Each class has Forest School on alternate weeks. Children should wear warm, old clothes that you don’t mind getting a little muddy as we go out whatever the weather.

4D: 1st November, 15th November, 29th November, 13th December

4F: 8th November, 22nd November, 6th December

4M: 9th November, 23rd November, 7th December,

4O: 2nd November, 16th November, 30th November, 14th December


RE/PHSE: Expressing Joy, Being Thankful, Rememberence.

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 8:40 and 8:55 and can be collected at 3:20

- 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 practice 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.

Work at home:

The ‘Autumn 2 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon. Please let us know if a paper copy is required.

We also encourage the use of our Learning Hub as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars.


Thank you for your continued support.

Class 4D - Autumn 1

20th October 2021 Posted by Miss Delaney

What a wonderful half term we’ve had! It has been so lovely to get to know all the children in 4D so far and we've had so much fun the past few weeks.

In English we've been recapping basic sentence structure as well as including some character description in our writing. I have seen some amazing work so far and I'm so excited to see what the children get up to in English next half term.

In Maths we've been recapping place value and the children have amazed me with how much they have understood the topic so far.

We've been looking at the Stone Age in YPC, and the children have a great understanding of what life was like back then. We’ve also studied some artwork by René Magritte, and created our own version of his famous painting.

Our topic for Science this half term has been sound, and the children have completed some very fun experiments which have allowed us to explore how sound is made and how it travels to our ears.

In PE, we have learnt how to dance the Haka, which the children really enjoyed. We also learnt some Tri-Golf, and the children impressed me with their putting skills during the lessons.

I am so proud of everything the children have achieved so far. They have shown great resilience and maturity whilst they’ve settled in, and I am very excited for another great half term!

Class 4F - Autumn 1

18th October 2021 Posted by Miss Fielding

It's been a busy half term, but 4F have worked hard and settled in well.

English- In English, we have been reading The Demon Headmaster. Children have focused on clarifying vocabulary, summarising chapters and making predicting. This will continue next half term. We have also used The Demon Headmaster as inspiration for our writing. We've focused on using capital letters and full stops; as well as using expanded noun phrases to describe characters.

Maths- In Maths, the focus has been on all things place value. Children are now confident with partitioning, ordering and comparing numbers and are starting to round numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. We have also practised times tables regularly, which will continue be a focus throughout the year.

Science- In Science, we have completed lots of investigations around Sound. These were really fun and helped us understand the difference between pitch and volume.

YPC- We have had two topics- an Art and a History topic. In the Art topic, we looked at Surrealism artists such as Magritte and created our own Surreal artworks. In History, we have studied changes from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. We have learnt a lot!

Class 4M - Autumn 1

16th October 2021 Posted by Miss McDougall

It's been a great start to the year in 4M, everyone has made an effort to get back into school.

In Maths, we have been focusing on place value. The children have made a fantastic start with this topic and have demonstrated a great understanding of what has been covered.

In English, we have been reading 'The Demon Headmaster'. The children have worked hard on their sentence structures and have created some fantastic character descriptions.

In Science, we have been learning about sound and how we hear. They have shown great interest in finding out more about how sound waves are made.

In YPC, we started with an art topic, based on Rene Margritte. The children worked hard on their sketching skills and developed some beautiful pieces of art. We have now started on the Stone age and have looked at comparing different time periods.

The children have worked hard in P.E., first they learnt the Hakka, then they have learnt how to play 'tri-golf'.

I can't wait to see what they get up to after the holidays.

All the best!

Class 4O - Autumn 1

14th October 2021 Posted by Miss Orford

What a fantastic first half term we have had in Year 4. It has been so lovely to begin to get to know every single one of you!

We have been very busy this half term with consolidating our basic skills throughout all subjects.

Our main focus in English has been learning how to build accurate and effective sentences to ensure our writing improves continuously. We thought about different determiners, adjectives, nouns and verbs and used these to create sentences with accurate punctuation. There has been a huge improvement across the whole class and I am looking forward to seeing the amazing pieces of work that we will be completing over the next half term.

We have also been reading The Demon Headmaster during this half term. I have enjoyed reading a book from my childhood with the class and I know that every pupil has also found the text mysterious and exciting. We have focused on our retrieval skills by practising analysing football leagues, TV guides and short pieces of texts.

During Maths lessons, we have looked at place value and number. We have looked at Roman numerals, values of digits, comparing and ordering numbers and estimating on a number line. We have spent time outside of the classroom using concrete apparatus to ensure we have a full understanding of place value before we move on to our next Maths skills in Autumn 2.

We completed an art topic focused on Rene Magritte and other similar artists. We spent time building our skills in our sketch books and have created a number of pieces that use the same media and art skills that the artists we have studied used. After completing this topic, we began looking into the Stone Age. We have started our topic with the question 'Which time would you have preferred to live in, Stone Age, Bronze Age or the Iron Age? We will continue to study this topic during Autumn 2.

We have really enjoyed learning Spanish with Mrs Hodgkiss. Our dialogue is improving each week and we are learning more and more every session! Gracias Mrs Hodgkiss :)

During Science lessons, we have looked at 'Sound'. We have learnt the different parts of the ear and how sounds work. We have also planned, investigated and evaluated a range of experiments to improve our knowledge of sound.

We have had a brilliant first half term in Year 4 and I am looking forward to continuing the amazing work during Autumn 2.

Please make sure to check out our twitter @MsOrfordsClass to find out everything we have been getting up to!

Enjoy your break 4O!

Miss Orford x

Year 4 - What's happening this half term (autumn first half term)?

8th September 2021 Posted by Year 4

We hope you’ve had a wonderful summer. Due to last year’s lockdown, we are still focusing on consolidating key 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 Demon Headmaster, 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

How do artists challenge our view of the world? An art topic focusing on the surrealist artist Rene Magritte. Children will use their sketch books to practise different art skills, finally creating their own surrealist painting.

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.

P.E./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.

Further information will follow, regarding Swimming and Forest School.


RE/PHSE: Expressing Joy, Being Thankful, Harvest.

Important information

  • 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 practice 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.

Work at Home

The ‘Autumn 1 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download from the school website soon. Please let us know if a paper copy is required. We also encourage the use of the learning hubs as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars.


Thank you for your continued support.

Class 4D - The End of Year 4

19th July 2021 Posted by Miss Delaney

In English this half term, we have been looking at Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, which has been so fun! The children have been able to write a match report and lots of fun descriptions based on characters!

In Maths, we have been recapping all of the skills learnt this past year, which has been great, as we've remembered lots of things, but also played games and worked as a team.

We briefly recapped States of Matter in science, and we did an experiment where we created our own mini lava lamp! In YPC, we looked at different artists and musicians, created our own artwork and practised a song!

P.E. has allowed us to learn and play games of cricket, which was really fun in the sun.

Thank you for such an amazing year 4D! You are all so amazing and so clever, and I am so proud of everything that everyone has achieved! I will miss you dearly, but will always be here if you want to say hi or show me your work!

Have a great summer and good luck in Year 5!

Class 4C - Summer 2

14th July 2021 Posted by Mrs Chaudary

This term in English, the children's lesson have been around the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone. We have read certain parts to each chapter and written different pieces of writing around those extracts such as, a story, playscript and news report.

In Maths, we recapped skill that were taught back in Autumn term for example, time, units of measurement and shape. The children really enjoyed using the clocks to help understand time and using the measuring scales to understand measurement.

States of Matter is the topic the children have covered this term in Science. We revisited this topic as we had originally started this topic during lockdown.

In P.E. the children worked on their Athletic skills and cricket skills. We covered javelin, shotput, discus and running in Athletics.

It has been a great pleasure teaching 4C this year and you will truly be missed. I wish you all the best for the future. Have a well deserved break and I will see you around school back in September.

Take care, 4C.

Class 4F - The last half term in Year 4

13th July 2021 Posted by Miss Fielding

In English this half term, we have based our lessons around Harry Potter. We have read extracts from the first book and watched clips from the film. Children wrote descriptions, play scripts, news reports and stories based on the world of Harry Potter and will finish by watching the whole film and comparing it to the book.

In Reading, we focused on reading Harry Potter, understanding the vocabulary and inferences within the text.

In Maths, we recapped topics from throughout the year, focusing on reasoning and problem solving. We particularly recapped time, money and measures.

In YPC, we designed and created pop up books using split pins. Children attempted to create moving parts. This was very tricky but the children tried hard. Next, we moved onto Great Artists and Musicians. We practised and performed a song, which you should be able to watch on Friday.

In Science, we recapped States of Matter, with a focus on scientific skills. Children planned and carried out an investigation around evaporation.

4F have shown great resilience throughout this strange year. I do hope next year is a more settled year for them. Have a lovely summer and enjoy Year 5!

Class 4M - Goodbye and good luck!

13th July 2021 Posted by Miss McDougall

4M have had an incredible end to the year and have persevered through many challenges.

In English, we have looked finished reading Gangsta Granny and also completed Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. The children have worked really hard to remember the rules for each skill taught and have been able to apply it to their English work. There has been a big focus on presentation within the class and the children have risen to the challenge.

In Maths, we have worked on completing the year 4 curriculum by completing statistics and recapping all the skills we have learnt this year. The children have been pushed with their mathematical knowledge and continue to ask for challenges.

In Science, we focussed on recapping states of matter as well as delving into the depths scientific enquiry.

In YPC. we have completed a design and technology topic based on levers and linkages. The children have also worked hard on their Artists and Muscians topic.

The children have been working hard in P.E., with both athletics and cricket.

It has been a pleasure to teach this class and I wish them all the best next year.

Have a lovely summer!