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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!

This is an exciting year! We are excited about our residential trip to Whitby!

Staff in Year 4

Year 4 are taught by Mr Hogg and Mrs Berry assists us.

 

 

Useful Information

Year 4 also enjoy a weekly music lesson on a Tuesday with a Brass specialist. In this lesson 10 pupils each term will learn to play and compose on the trumpet. The rest of the class will also be taught keyboard skills – playing simple melodies and composing in groups.

 

PE is on a Wednesday and Friday and we enjoy a variety of different sports and physical activity.

Homework

Each week we suggest that there are three activities to be done at home that support the work we are doing in school.

Number Zumba-

This is a ‘learn by heart target’ that is personalised to your child. This is number target your child needs to work on and will be tested on it in class. If your child is successful in their test then they move on to another target within that colour band. Once all the targets within a colour band are achieved they will change colour band. This is a fun, energetic and fast paced session in school and so quick recall is a very important.

There are a number of ways you can support your child:

recalling them in the car/ writing them out in a different order/ writing them in chalk/ post it notes

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Spellings-

This is a list of spellings/ high frequency words that your child needs to be able to write confidently in order to be able to apply it to their every day writing. As well as know the word in isolation, it is also very important that they can write their spellings in the context of sentence writing – so it is worth dictating the words in the context of a familiar sentence, e.g. if the word is ‘some’, you could dictate, “I have some sweets.”

There are a number of ways you can support your child:

making the words out of magnetic letters/ chalking the words/ writing them on post it notes/ playing splat/ hiding the word/ making silly sentence with the word in…. speak to a member of the class team if you require some fresh ideas!

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Reading-

We encourage that you read with your child at least 3 or 4 times a week reading the leveled reading book sent home from school.

Can you find… the title? the author ? the front cover…?
If your child has previously read the book, show them the front cover and ask them to retell the story in their own words.

Support them with questions like:
What happened next? Can you remember why that happened?
Looking at the front cover- What do you think this book is about? What do you think might happen?
Make sure to ask children the meaning of a new word in a book. Can you tell me what that word means?

Encourage your child to make links between the words and pictures.
Can you point to the illustration of the … Talk about the feelings of the characters as the story progresses. Encourage more ambitious vocabulary than ‘happy’ and ‘sad’. Suggested words: upset, worried, anxious, excited, sleepy, angry, How do they feel? How does that make them feel? How would you feel if that happened to you?

Ask your child to make predictions before turning a page or at the end of the story. What do you think is going to happen? Why?
What do you think they do next?

 

Curriculum Update

In the first half term Year 4 were learning about the Anglo-Saxons. We looked at Saxon kings, village life and Saxon art.

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Our science topic at the moment is sound.  We are investigating how sounds are made, how sounds travel and patterns between pitch and volume. We have made our own string telephones, listened to sound travelling through water and made cous cous dance with sound vibrations.

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Trips

Trip info/ photos

This year we are taking part in the Bradford School linking project and have formed a link with Rainbow Primary School. In January we met Rainbow Primary at Cartwright Hall and worked together to create some art based on celebrating culture and diversity.

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Recently, we have been reading Stig of the Dump. As part of our text based learning, we walked to St Ives to build our own dens just like Stig. In art, we made our own Stig models from modelling clay.

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Letters

17/05/17     School Linking Visit – click here

13/02/17     Whitby Letter – click here

27/01/17     Curriculum Letter – click here

24/01/17     School Linking Project – Cartwright Hall Visit – click here

27/09/16     Slides from the Curriculum Evening – click here

13/09/16     Curriculum Letter

02/12/16     Class outing – CLIKS