Welcome to Year 4
We have had a fantastic start to the Spring term. We have kicked off our new enquiry topic of
'On the Move' becoming real explorers and spending the night at school for a Year 3/4 sleepover.
We spent the night at school carrying out lots of survival based activities such as shelter building, cooking on a campfire, tracking animals in the woods and packing expedition bags. We all had great fun and are really excited about finding out famous explorers and planning our own trips.
Have a look at our photos below!
Year 4 have completed some fantastic home learning projects taken
from our class menu. Have a look at our homework gallery below.
This week in woodland school, we earned our fire lighting certificate!
We demonstrated how we could safely create a fire and work together as a team.
Year 4 enjoyed another fantastic woodland session focusing on our senses. We learnt how wolves use smell to look for food and then formed our very own 'packs' to follow our scent trails through the woods. We had to communicate through wolf howls and work as team.
This week in woodland school the main theme was teamwork. Miss Andrews set the children the challenge of keeping an egg safe all afternoon. The children split into teams, designed and then built an area where they could protect their egg from being broken. The challenge worked by each group being awarded points for their creativity, teamwork, designs and whether or not their egg remained whole. Take a look at what the children came up with.
This year we are very excited to announce we will be learning to play the cello. Mr Slatter, our music teacher, will be visiting every Monday to help us. We spent our first session exploring the cellos and understanding how to look after them properly. For our second session we learnt about the cello strings and keeping a beat or a pulse. We will keep you updated with how we are getting on.
Welcome to Year 4
We will be continuing to use talk 4 writing to develop our understanding of sentence structure and to widen vocabulary. We will be studying many different genres of writing starting with recounts in the form of diary entries. The children will also have daily spelling, punctuation and grammar lessons as well as guided reading sessions to further support their understanding of a range of text types.
During our maths lessons, the children will be developing their understanding of place value, the four number calculations, shape and measure. Children will continue to develop their mental maths skills in additional daily sessions that focus on times tables and learning other mental strategies.
We will have PE on Wednesday. However, please ensure that your child has the correct kit in school every day. PE kit to include: white t-shirt, black shorts, black jogging bottoms for colder weather and trainers or plimsolls. Long hair must be tied back and all jewellery must be removed. We would also recommend that the children bring a roll-on antiperspirant.
This year the children have a fantastic new learning opportunity to take part in Woodland School every Monday. These sessions are designed to develop children’s exploratory, investigative and survival skills. Children must ensure they have a warm, waterproof coat and wellies in school at all times. These sessions will take place regardless of the weather.
We are continuing with our school reading challenge and ask that the children read each evening and that they record this in their reading record books. They will then receive their reading cube helping to fill our class tube. The children need to fill three tubes in order to receive a special school trip.
Each half term, I will also be sending home a menu of homework activities for the children to complete. They can choose which activities interest them most but must complete one task per week. Homework will be collected each Wednesday. A homework club is available during Wednesday lunchtime for any children who need additional time or support with this homework.
A Topic based piece will be sent home in the children’s homework books. All homework will be set on a Friday and then collected in the following Wednesday. A homework club will be held on Wednesday lunchtimes for any children who need additional time and support with their homework.
The school day
The school doors open at 8:30am and we will begin our learning from this time. Please ensure your child arrives promptly to make the most of these early sessions.
Also, please ensure children have a warm, waterproof coat in school daily for play times and lunch times.
If you have any concerns or questions at any point please feel free to come and see any of the Year 4 team before or after school.
Thank you for your support
The Year 4 team