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Year 4 - What's happening this half term (Spring 1st half term)?

5th January 2023 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. The children will increase the amount they are able to write during a lesson and continue to perfect their use of paragraphs. We will also be trying out more genres of writing, including formal letters, narrative and persuasive texts. Furthermore, the children will 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: The Boy at the Back of the Class, which should be a really thought-provoking read.


Maths

We will continue to work on multiplication and division. We will learn about factors, multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100, formal methods for multiplication and division and how to multiply efficiently. In addition, we will learn about length and perimeter and underline our previous understanding. Just before half term, we will be introduced to fractions and will begin to understand that one whole can be split up into several different types of fractions.

As always, we will be having short lessons focused on times tables learning. We will play games and look at times tables in different formats, ahead of our assessment later on in the year.


Science

States of matter – Through our investigations we will be able to identify, classify and group materials according to their features. We will explore how a variety of materials can change state through various experiments and the causes of these changes. Following this, we will begin to explore the water cycle.


History

Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age – Our enquiry question for this topic is ‘Which was a better time to live - Stone Age, Bronze Age or Iron Age?’ therefore we will be exploring each time period in detail to compare them and eventually form an opinion to answer the question. We are going to be exploring the lifestyles, animals, tools and many other aspects of life during the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age.


Art

Cave Paintings- Throughout this topic we will be exploring how cave paintings and the roles and purposes of artists, craftspeople and designers working in different times and cultures.


Computing

Zu3D (Animation) – This term we will be exploring how to use software to create a short animation for a given purpose and then evaluate it in comparison to a success criteria.


RE/PHSE

Cultivating inclusion, identity and belonging, Dreams and Goals, Online Safety Day, Chinese New Year


PE/Sports

4A: Wednesday and Friday (Swimming)

4F: Wednesday and Friday (Swimming)

4M: Monday and Tuesday

4P: Wednesday and Thursday

On the days of P.E. lessons, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit. Details of kit required for P.E. can be found here. 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.

4A: 9th January, 23rd January and 6th February

4F: 16th January, 30th January and 13th February

4M: 13th January, 27th January and 10th February

4P: 20th January, 3rd February and 17th February


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 must be collected at 3:25

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

Work at home

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.

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 4A - Autumn 2nd Half Term

15th December 2022 Posted by Miss Ashmore

The Autumn term has flown by, I can’t believe it’s the Christmas holidays already. We’ve had a fabulous time this term and I am so proud of the progress you have all made this term.

In Maths, we have been learning about area as well as further developing our multiplication and division skills. We’ve also looked at the links between different times tables and how they can help us to solve more complex calculations. In addition to this, we have been having specific times table lessons to build on our fluency and recall of times table facts. Each week we look forward to our Times Table Rockstar sessions to improve on our soundcheck scores. Remember to keep practicing over Christmas!

In English, we started our new class text, ‘Aliens Invaded my Talent Show’ by Matt Brown. We have all thoroughly enjoyed reading our new book this term and using it to support our writing as well as helping us to build on our summarising and predicting skills. We wrote wonderful character descriptions based on the aliens from the text. We also created a set of instructions for a magic trick based on a card trick performed by the main character, Eric.

We have been very busy in Science this term, exploring our new topic Electricity. We have looked at how to create a complete circuit as well as make our own switches to control our circuits. We’ve discussed different types on conductors and insulators and why we may need to use them.

For our topic subjects, we completed our DT project of shell structures in which we created our own biscuit boxes. In History, we compared Baghdad 900AD to London 900AD. We have looked at the differences in leaders, trading, important buildings, and general development of both areas.

Alongside swimming, we have been developing our gymnastic skills in our P.E. lessons. During our lessons, we have been developing and refining our jumping, balancing and traveling skills so that we could create and preform our own sequences. I have been very impressed by the creativity and determination skills showed in these lessons.

Again, I am so proud of all the hard work you have put in this term 4A and you should all feel proud of yourselves too. I hope you enjoy your Christmas break, see you all in the new year!

Miss Ashmore x

Class 4F - Autumn 2nd Half Term

15th December 2022 Posted by Miss Fielding

It's been another busy half term for 4F.

In English, we read Aliens Invaded My Talent Show! This was a really funny book and we loved reading it. Children completed some super pieces of writing, including an instruction text and a guide to planet Earth. We've also focused on presentation, sentence structure and tense. In our Reading sessions, we continued our focus on vocabulary and sequencing events.

In Maths, we learnt about finding the area of a shape by counting squares. We also found different ways of multiplying numbers, using pictures and practical equipment to help. Please continue to support your child with times tables at home, as they need to be able to recall up to 12x12 by the end of the year.

Our Design Technology topic was all about food packaging. 4F explored different types of packaging and designed and made their own box for a biscuit. I was impressed by their sturdy designs. Moving onto History, we have learnt all about Baghdad during the Golden Age of Islam and compared it with London at the time. 4F became historians to study different sources and consider how they help us learn about the past.

In Science, we learnt about electricity. Children enjoyed creating circuits and switches. In Computing, the class loved using Kodu to program a game. Finally, in PE, we've continued learning to swim, and have worked hard in Gymnastics.

Class 4M - Autumn 2nd Half Term

15th December 2022 Posted by Miss Murphy

What another great half-term, 4M! It has been wonderful watching you develop as learners as well as individuals. We have been very busy this half-term building on our previous knowledge and learning lots of new skills.

In English, we have been recapping how to create exciting and grammatically correct sentences within our writing. It has been wonderful to see the use of different adjectives, nouns, verbs and adverbs within your writing alongside all of the powerful new vocabulary we have been learning. I can see that lots of children are really developing their own writing style and I can’t wait to see more of it in the Spring term!

During lots of our Reading sessions we have been reading a wide variety of texts, including poems, narratives and extracts from fiction books to help us to develop our predicting, clarifying, summarising and questioning skills. We have then built on this by incorporating skimming and scanning, sequencing and vocabulary alongside other skills. The children have also really enjoyed being able to read books of their choice during our Reading for Pleasure sessions.

Our Maths topics this term have been Measure, Addition and Subtraction and Multiplication and Divisions. During Measure we explored finding and creating the area of a shape. In Addition and Subtraction we recapped lots of basic skills and began to build on this by solving more reasoning and problem solving questions. For Multiplication and Division we have been learning a variety of different methods and using these to help us solve problems. Also throughout this half-term we have had a big push on our times tables, which have improved significantly. Well done!

During Science lesson, we have looked at 'Electricity'. We have explored creating our own circuits, while being able to recognise that they need to be complete in order to have a working circuit. We have also planned, investigated and evaluated a range of experiments to improve our knowledge of electricity. During our investigation we looked at insulators and conductors.

We started the half-term by completing our Design and Technology topic of ‘Shell Structures’ where we were able to design, make and evaluate a biscuit box. We then moved on to our History topic of Baghdad 900AD where we were able to compare Baghdad and London in 900AD. We explored the House of Wisdom, The Silk Road and trading in Baghdad.

We have also been very lucky to have the wonderful Mrs Hodgkiss and Mrs Grange come and visit us each week to improve on our Spanish and Music knowledge.

We have had a wonderful half term in Year 4 and I am looking forward to continuing the amazing work after the New Year. Please make sure to check out our twitter @MissMurphyYPS to find out everything we have been getting up to!

I hope you have a lovely break!

Class 4P - Autumn 2nd Half Term

15th December 2022 Posted by Miss Perkins

I can’t believe another half term is over. The children have had a marvellous half term; filled with lots of learning and lots of fun!

In English, we have been doing lots of work based around our class text – ‘Aliens Invaded My Talent Show’ by Matt Brown. The children have written character descriptions, non-chronological reports and instruction texts. They have been able to showcase new learning through these and have confidently used subordinate clauses, enhanced vocabulary, imperative verbs and apostrophes for possession their work.

In Maths, we have practised our addition and subtraction skills in great detail. We have also looked at area and perimeter and have worked hard on our times tables knowledge. The children’s place value knowledge has impressed me and this has assisted them in completing their work and learning new concepts confidently.

In Science, we have been learning about electricity. The children have enjoyed creating circuits and using them in different ways. We have created our own switches and experimented with different equipment. The children were overwhelmed when they saw what happened when two batteries were added to their circuit to light one bulb!

In PE, we have been playing tennis. The children have used pace and control in order to gain points against a partner. The teamwork the children have shown this half term has been magnificent – particularly when they have been giving positive praise.

There has been a focus on History during this half term and the children have learnt all about Baghdad. We have discussed what Baghdad was like in 900AD and what it was known for. We’ve learnt all about what life was like back then, what Baghdad is famous for, what clothes people were expected to wear and that the caliph was their ruler (to name but a few elements).

In Computing, we have enjoyed exploring Kodu. We have created our own world and introduced objects and a character. We are proud of our progress and loved playing with this software.

I am so proud of 4P’s progress this half term. They have remained dedicated and focused and have really done themselves proud. Their contributions to class discussions have been marvellous and the progression I am already seeing across the curriculum is really lovely to see.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas break and enjoy celebrating Christmas with your loved ones, if you are celebrating. I hope your New Year celebrations are great, too. I hope that everyone has a well-earned rest and I will see you in the New Year!

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

7th November 2022 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 be encouraged to develop their own style of writing through varied writing opportunities where they can show off the skills they have developed thus far. 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

We will continue to build on our addition and subtraction skills with numbers up to 4-digits. The children will also be looking at how to find the area of a shape. We will then move onto multiplication and division towards the end of the term.

We will also be practising our times tables regularly. Please continue to do this 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.

History

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

Stone Age- Iron Age- In this topic, we will be studying the earliest settlements of the UK and how they changed over time. We will be comparing the different eras to see what was the same, and what was different

Computing

We will be continuing with our unit on Spreadsheets. Children learn how to format tables, graphs and text and to create their own graphs.

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.

  • 4A: P.E Wednesday and Friday (Swimming)

  • 4F: P.E Wednesday and Friday (Swimming)

  • 4M: P.E Monday and Tuesday

  • 4P: P.E Wednesday and Thursday


P.E. Kit reminder

On the days of P.E. lessons, pupils in Years 1-6 should come to school in their P.E. kit.

Indoor and outdoor P.E. lessons (during warm weather):

  • Plain white t-shirt.

  • Plain black/grey shorts (or leggings if required).

  • Black pumps/plimsoles (slip-on or velcro) or appropriate trainers (suitable for sport, not fashion trainers).

Outdoor P.E. lessons (during cold weather):

  • Plain white t-shirt.

  • Plain black/grey tracksuit bottoms (normal fit, not 'flared') or leggings.

  • School sweatshirts/cardigans to be worn over P.E. t-shirt.

The following items are not appropriate:

  • Football (or other sports) kits or tops.

  • Hoodies or non-school sweatshirts.

  • Coloured t-shirts or t-shirts with slogans or pictures on.

  • Coloured shorts or shorts with patterns or pictures on.

ALL P.E. KIT MUST BE LABELLED WITH YOUR CHILD'S NAME AND CLASS


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.

  • 4A: 7th November, 21st November, 5th December,

  • 4F: 31st October, 14th November, 28th November, 12th December

  • 4M: 4th November, 18th November, 2nd December, 16th December

  • 4P: 11th November, 25th November, 9th December


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 must be collected at 3:25

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

Work at home

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.

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

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.


Christmas Fayre

Yardley Fundraisers (our PTFA) are pleased to announce that our Christmas Fayre will return this year! It will take place on Friday 2nd December 2022, 4.30pm-7.00pm.

Please visit our Christmas Fayre page here for full details of the event, including:

Details of what to expect at our fayre

Details of our ‘Bring a Donation’ non-uniform day

Raffle and tombola donations

Information for people interested in having a stall

Year 4 will be there with a stall, we hope to see you there too!


Thank you for your continued support.

Class 4A - Autumn 1st Half Term

20th October 2022 Posted by Miss Ashmore

We have had a fabulous first half term in Year 4. It has been so lovely getting to know you all and start to see your personalities shine through. I’m looking forward to seeing all your wonderful characters grow throughout the year.

In English, our main focus has been recapping our basic skills and making sure we have Perfect Punctuation in all of our sentences. We have been learning how to correctly use expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials and apostrophes for possession. The children have been able to use these skills when writing their diary entries, instruction texts and character descriptions based on our class text – ‘The Demon Headmaster’.

During our Maths lessons, we have been learning about place value of numbers up to 10,000! We covered place value columns, identifying the value of each digit within a number and comparing numbers. Towards the end of the term we have started looking at addition and subtraction which the children have been excelling through. We are able to successfully use the column method to add and subtract 4-digit number. There are definitely a lot of mathematicians in 4A.

4A have also made a tremendous effort in learning their times tables. I am very happy with the progress being made by all of the children and their excitement to practice their times tables. Keep it up 4A!

In Science, we have been learning about the topic ‘Sound’. In our lessons we have been learning about different parts of the ear and how sound travels to our ears. We have conducted several experiments and investigations to test our knowledge and understanding of sound.

In our Reading Skills lessons, we have been learning how to retrieve and summarise information from a range of texts. The children have been super at being able to skim and scan the texts to retrieve the correct information as well as unpick some new vocabulary.

For Art, we have been learning about the famous Artist Rene Magritte who has been inspiring us with his surrealist paintings. In our lessons, the children have been using their artistic skills to create their own versions of surrealism which I have been very impressed by. I can see a lot of futures artists in 4A and I’m excited to see where their creativity skills develop over the year.

We have just started our DT topic which is looking at Shell Structures. After half term the children will be creating a biscuit box to protect their beautifully decorated biscuits which the children are very excited about.

In PE, we have been working on our team building skills which has been lovely to see. The children have been so supporting and encouraging of each other every lesson. I can also see these skills being used in all lessons as well as during break and lunchtime. The children have also been enjoying going swimming on a Friday morning. I have been able to see so many children grow in confidence and see a true improvement in their swimming skills. I’m excited to see this develop even more over the rest of the year.

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!

Within our Computing lessons, we have been discussing online safety and how they can keep themselves safe when using the internet. Recently we have moved onto out spreadsheets topic and have started discussing the vocabulary that is used when working on a spreadsheet.

I am truly proud of 4A for their wonderful efforts this term. I’m looking forward to seeing the children grow even more in Autumn 2 and cannot wait to see all their progress.

Please remember to follow us on twitter @MissAshmoreYPS to keep up to date on our adventures.

Have a lovely break 4A! Miss Ashmore :)

Class 4F - Autumn 1st Half Term

20th October 2022 Posted by Miss Fielding

It's the end of our first half term in 4F. The class have worked really hard and made lots of progress already. We have particularly enjoyed our swimming lessons on a Friday afternoon.

In English, we read the book The Demon Headmaster and really enjoyed the story. Children were able to answer questions about the book, make predictions and summarise what had happened so far. We also used the book as a stimulus for writing, focusing on description, sentence structure and paragraphs. I am really impressed with the improvement children have made in these areas.

In Maths, we have focused on Place Value and Addition. The class have discovered lots of different ways of representing and partitioning numbers and are beginning to solve problems involving number. We have also had a big focus on times tables, by playing games, reciting and lots of practice. Again, I am really impressed with the progress so far.

In Science, our topic has been Sound. We have learnt about how sound travels to the ear and have completed investigations such as whether sound gets quieter the further away it is.

In Art, we learnt about Rene Magritte, a surrealist artist who created unusual scenes from everyday items. We shared our opinions about his work, tried to emulate it and then were inspired to create our own.

Wishing you all a lovely half term holiday. See you on 31st October!

Class 4M - Autumn 1st Half Term

20th October 2022 Posted by Miss Murphy

What a fantastic start to the year, 4M! It has been lovely to get to know all of you and I have really enjoyed this half-term. We have been very busy consolidating lots of basic skills throughout all of our subjects.

In English, we have been focusing on how to build accurate and effective sentences to develop a good flow in our writing. We thought about different adjectives, nouns, verbs and adverbs and used these to create sentences with accurate punctuation. I can see that there has been a fantastic improvement in our understanding and I can’t wait to see how you will be applying these skills to your writing next term.

During lots of our Reading sessions we have been reading The Demon Headmaster which we have all enjoyed. We have had many a wonderful discussion about the characters and the plot. It has been really beneficial in helping us to develop our reading skills such as predicting, clarifying, summarising and questioning. These skills have then been applied to other texts such as TV guides, short stories and fictional texts. Also, we have loved our Reading for Pleasure sessions where the children can read a book of their choice.

Our main Maths focus this term was Place Value. We have consolidated lots of previous learning and build on this to tackle more reasoning and problem solving questions. We have looked at Roman numerals, values of digits, comparing and ordering numbers and estimating on a number line. Follow this, we moved on to Addition and Subtraction where the children have been adding and subtracting up to 4-digit numbers, sometimes using more than one exchange!

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. During our investigation we looked to see how the volume of a drum would alter as we moved further away from it.

We started the year with an Art topic where we 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. We discussed ‘surrealism’ and what it meant. We have also recently started our Design and Technology topic of ‘Shell Structures’ where we were able to design, make and evaluate a biscuit box.

We have also been very lucky to have the wonderful Mrs Hodgkiss come and visit us each week to improve on our Spanish knowledge. We have recapped some greetings, colours and numbers before learning the contents of a pencil case and masculine and feminine grammar.

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 @MissMurphyYPS to find out everything we have been getting up to!

I hope you have a lovely break!

Class 4P - Autumn 1st Half Term

20th October 2022 Posted by Miss Perkins

Hello everyone! Thank you in advance for reading Class 4P’s blog. It has been a wonderful Autumn 1 and the children have settled in beautifully - I can already see dedicated attitudes, wonderful characters, and an overall eagerness to learn amongst the class. I have no doubt that this will continue throughout the rest of the year.

In English, we have been focusing on basic skills. The children have had a reminder of how to structure brilliant sentences, using grammar and punctuation efficiently. We’ve been learning about expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials and how to use apostrophes for possession. The children have written some wonderful pieces of writing, too. They showcased their knowledge whilst writing a diary entry, an instruction text, and a structured, paragraphed piece of writing all about our class text – ‘The Demon Headmaster’.

In Reading Skills, we have been focusing on retrieval, vocabulary, and summarising. The children are wonderful at skimming and scanning the text to retrieve information, regularly unpick vocabulary and have begun to summarise texts with great confidence.

In Maths, we have learnt all about place value. We’ve gone over place value columns, partitioned numbers, compared numbers, identified the value of each digit within a number (to name but a few concepts) and more recently, have moved onto addition and subtraction. 4P have made an excellent start in Maths and I can’t wait to see their knowledge progress further throughout the year. In addition to this, 4P have had many times tables lessons, where times tables have been presented to the children in many ways to underline their knowledge.

In PE, we have worked on our team building skills and have started our Gymnastics topic. It has been wonderful to see the children working as a team and supporting one another throughout lessons. I have been mind-blown by their knowledge of gymnastics and have enjoyed watching them do leaps, rolls, and sequences.

We have been learning all about the famous artist Rene Magritte in Art and Design this half term. We been inspired by his surrealistic paintings and have enjoyed recreating our own versions of these. More recently, we have started our Design and Technology topic – ‘Shell Structures’. The children are thinking hard about how they will best protect a decorated digestive biscuit during Autumn 2. They’re very excited about this!

In Science, we have been learning all about sound. We have conducted many experiments and talked all about air particles, sound vibrations and why exactly we can hear. We have talked about pitch and volume and why we hear things differently according to our environment. There are some budding scientists in 4P!

In Computing, we have discussed how to stay safe online in detail. The children have a super knowledge about how to protect themselves whilst using the internet, which is brilliant. We have also recently started our spreadsheets topic and the children have made a fabulous start. They have enjoyed getting their heads around technological vocabulary such as ‘cells’ and ‘formulae’.

I am so proud of 4P and their wonderful efforts thus far and I cannot wait to see what Autumn 2 has to bring! Have a lovely half term and I will see you on Monday 31st October.

Miss Perkins x

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

16th September 2022 Posted by Year 4

We hope you’ve had a wonderful summer. 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.

Art

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.


History

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.

R.E./P.H.S.E.

Expressing Joy, Being Thankful, Harvest.


PE/Sports

On the days of P.E. lessons or Sports Clubs, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit instead of their school uniform. Where possible, we will be conducting P.E. lessons outside so school sweatshirts/cardigans should be worn over P.E. t-shirts. 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.

  • 4A: P.E. Wednesday. Swimming Friday

  • 4F: P.E. Wednesday. Swimming- Friday

  • 4P: P.E. Wednesday and Thursday

  • 4M: P.E. Monday and Tuesday


Forest School Dates

  • 4A - Monday 3rd, 17th October, 7th, 21st November, 5th December

  • 4F - Monday 26th September, 10th , 31st October, 14th, 28th November, 12th December

  • 4M - Friday 30th September 14th October, 4th, 18th November, 2nd, 16th December

  • 4P - Friday 23rd September, 7th, 21st October, 11th, 25th November, 9th December

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 8:55 and can be collected at 3:25

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

  • More news will follow regarding celebration assemblies.


Work at home

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.

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

The ‘Autumn 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 4D - Summer 2nd Half Term

18th July 2022 Posted by Miss Delaney

What a fabulous half term we’ve had!

In Maths, we’ve looked at co-ordinates and translation, as well as statistics and recapping what we’ve done this year. We have continued to work on our times tables, and I am extremely proud of how hard the children have worked in preparing for the Multiplication Tables Check.

In English, we have finished reading The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, and we used this book to write setting descriptions and play scripts. We have really enjoyed reading it and we’re curious to know what happens next.

In Science, we have recapped all the topics we have looked at this year, and included an investigation every week.

We have focussed on Art and Design Technology this half term, looking at graphic design and 2D to 3D fashion respectively. They were both so fun! We got to learn typography skills, and use sewing and stitching to create a book bag.

In Computing, we created a piece of stop-motion animation on ZU3D, and then we had a go at creating some play scripts using Scratch. We have some amazing skills in this class!

In Music, we have been looking at different types of music and evaluating them. In Spanish, we have been finishing off learning the colours, and we are now able to write sentences in Spanish about the colours.

In PSHE, we have looked at how to be healthy, both physically and mentally. In RE, we have looked at how the world came to be, as well as the different creation stories for each religion.

We have had such a wonderful year, and I am so unbelievably proud of each and every child in 4D! You have all been superstars, and I feel very lucky to have been your teacher for a year. I can’t wait to see you in Year 5, and hear about how amazing you continue to be!

Class 4F - Summer 2nd Half Term

18th July 2022 Posted by Miss Fielding

What an exciting final term in 4F. We had our first residential, read an exciting book and continued to work hard on times tables.

In English, we read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and did some lovely writing inspired by the book, including a script, a travel brochure and a setting description. Children have continued to work on using appropriate vocabulary, as well as writing in full, detailed sentences.

In Reading, we recapped skills from the year, including ordering, summarising and inference. The children enjoyed reading the class text, as well as The Person Controller, which we read at the end of the day.

In Maths, we focused on shape, space and measure. 4F enjoyed a day focused on money, when we learnt about saving accounts, credit cards and how to avoid debt. They also worked hard in the year 4 times table check, and have made great progress throughout the year.

Our Art topic focused on using graphic design elements to create a poster for a landmark building. Children used sketch books to practice and evaluate their ideas. We then moved on to Design Technology, where children designed and made a book bag.

In Science we recapped topics already studied this year and enjoyed a Science Day about electricity.

It has been a super year for 4F. Have a great holiday and a wonderful time in Year 5.

Class 4M - Summer 2nd Half Term

18th July 2022 Posted by Miss McDougall

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

In English, we have read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. 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 worked hard to implement this.

In Maths, we have worked on completing the year 4 curriculum by completing statistics and recapping some of the skills we have learnt this year. The children have also completed the MTC and I am very proud of the progress that has been seen throughout the year.

In Science, we focussed on recapping all our science topics from Year4, as well as delving into the depths scientific enquiry.

In YPC. we have completed a design and technology topic based on fashion and sewing. The children have also worked very hard on their graphic design 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 in Year 5.

Have a lovely summer!"

Class 4O - Summer 2nd Half Term

18th July 2022 Posted by Miss Orford

Dear 4O,

I cannot believe I am writing this in your final week of Year 4! I have been so lucky to teach and get to know every single one of you. There was a lot of uncertainty at the beginning of the year, but the perseverance and determination shown by all of you has meant this year has been incredible for all of us.

We have been faced with many challenges this year but all of you have continued to impress me with your positivity, creativity, enthusiasm and consideration of others. We have accomplished so many goals throughout the year and I hope you are as proud of yourselves as I am of you.

Our skills in English, Maths, Reading, Art and the rest of the curriculum have continued to improve and I am overly impressed with the extra work you have all put in to continue to progress in your learning. Your love of reading has continued to flourish and I am so overwhelmed by the range of texts you are exploring and the discussions you are having, not only with me, but with your peers in the classroom.

I do not doubt you are all going to be amazing in Year 5 and I cannot wait to hear about all of the wonderful things you are getting up to and the achievements that I know each and every one of you will make.

Have an amazing summer and I will see you all in September.

Well done 4O!

Miss Orford x

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!