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My aim as year 4 teacher is to ensure that your child is happy and ready to learn in class. Your support is vital for your child’s development and therefore if you have any questions or concerns then please do not hesitate to see me.
Superstar of the day is year 4’s reward bear. At the end of every day, he is awarded to the child who has shown an impressive attitude to their work, the amount of progress made or behaviour. Superstar then sits with pride on the desk with that child for the whole of the following day!
Happy Holidays to everyone!
Make sure you enjoy the sunshine and spend quality time with your family!
Summer term is a long one so plenty of rest required! Homework is to rest, relax and make fun memories!
In our Thrive sessions this week, we have been activating our doing brains and thinking brains. For our doing brain, we had the opportunity to get messy and splatter paint. These activities release feel good chemicals in our brain. For our thinking activity, we looked at famous quotes from Steven Hawkings and discussed what they mean to us, accepting everyone’s views and opinions.
21.3.18 – homework and spellings for Summer 1.Summer 1 Homework
In our PE session this week, we worked on our team building skills. Mrs Clark set up a course where we had to get all of our team mates across and the equipment. We spoke about leadership, roles and strategies and how important communication was.
Today, we launched (pun intended!) our new STEM topic – The Glider Challenge! This challenge is sponsored by the RAF and the children are to design and make a foam glider.
You can find more information here
We began by finding out what a glider is and testing different designs, looking at the speeds, angels and which design would fly the furthest.
Today we celebrated mother’s day and world book day! Take a look at our pictures.
What a busy 5 weeks it has been, especially with the unexpected snow days!
In our topic work – the Great exhibition, we have been designing and making a security system for Buckingham Palace to protect the crown jewels from Gangsta Granny . The children loved designing and making these systems. We then presented our models to the class and were judged on the models, creativity and presentation skills.
Below is the Spring 2 creative homework sheet along with their spellings. Please continue to encourage your child to practice their times tables to 12 x 12 as this is a year 4 expectation along with reading for a minimum 3x per week.
This week, the children have been attempting to beat their own score! Some fantastic results and the leader board creates healthy competition between the children.
We have also had the opportunity to celebrate a multicultural society. We spoke about how everyone is an individual and unique, and we must not stereotype people due to their religion, race, gender or disability. We created a dance sequence to represent our views and how we are stronger together. The masks represent our physical differences. You can watch some sequences on twitter.
Our topic this week has been all about keeping ourselves safe online. First of all, we discussed the advantages and disadvantages of using the internet and reflected on our own actions and what we need to do to protect ourselves. Next we discussed different scenarios that could happen online and created a “What would you do?” poster. To finish off, we had the opportunity to make a video to inform other children how to keep safe online, created a FAQ webpage to help parents keep their children safe online, and created an information leaflet. The internet is a fantastic tool but please keep yourselves safe online.
We have finished our Antony Gormley topic on Sculpture. We made clay models.
Our leader board changes everyday and children are beating their scores! I have seen a massive improvement in their mental recall skills! Keep up the fantastic work!
We have been working on the text type “Poems with a theme”. Our chosen poem is the Highwayman. The children have been working hard rewriting their version of the poem. Lots of visual stimulus and key words help us construct good sentences which we then up level and receive feedback from our peers.
Although our education is important, so is our social and emotional development. For our Thrive session this week, we were able to express ourselves creatively using paints whilst still being connected to our peers and building positive connections in our brain. If you would like more information on Thrive, ask your child! They will be able to tell you all about the triune brain!
For our topic, we have been looking at the sculptures constructed by Antony Gormley. We have researched all about the artist and prepared a pose for our own sculpture which expresses ourselves. This week, we will be sketching the pose and making it out of clay!
We enjoyed the opportunity to attend Sheffield Arena and sing with the Young Voices Choir. What an experience!
Spring 1 homework is now available here and in the homework section. The children’s times tables knowledge is progressing everyday which is fantastic. This is a fantastic, free website www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button for your children to practice.
Please remember it is a year 4 expectation to know all of the times tables to 12 x 12
A big well done to all the children who are practicing their times tables. Take a look at our new times table challenge leader board in class.
Our Christmas production is coming on a treat and our crafts to sell are almost complete!
We would love to see you there – 18th December at 9.15
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The children are doing really well with their Y4 spelling rules however it has become apparent that children are misspelling basic words. Children are to practice these over Christmas.
Our next topic will be our Enterprise Project.
We will be joining Year 5 to plan and perform a Christmas production then after we will be selling items at our Christmas craft stall.
The money we raise will help fund our visit from a Viking when we learn all about the Relic Hunter in February/March. Please come and support our enterprise project.
We would appreciate any donations for us to sell.
The next spelling rule we will be learning in class.
We will be supporting the wonderful work of Children in Need this Friday. Children are asked to wear something spotty and to bring £1. Thank you.
The significance of shared fun, enjoyment, excitement and enthusiasm cannot be over-stated. Shared moments of pleasure and shared games and laughter release a delicious mix of ‘feel-good’ chemicals in the brain that develop the pathways to curiosity, motivation, focused attention, enjoyment, general trust and happiness. Try these activities at home as a family.
It was lovely to catch up with the parents this afternoon to discuss how your child has settled and the progress they are making. Thank you for your continued support.
Parents Evening slots are filling quickly so make sure you bring your slip back to ensure you get the time you prefer.
Tuesday afternoon 1pm- 3.10pm
Wednesday afternoon 3.30 – 5pm (1 slot left)
Ever wondered how your food is digested in your body? Today, we looked at each organ of the digestive system and practically made faeces . Take a look at our pictures! The children did lots of learning whilst getting messy and having fun! Here is just a selection of our pictures!
Autumn 2 homework is now available in the section below.
The amount of children reading at home is fantastic and it is so encouraging seeing them take responsibility for their own learning!
A brilliant start to year 4! Little super stars.
Today we were lucky enough for LTL enterprise to come and work with us – check out our fantastic pictures and videos on twitter! @ASALeavers20
Another great resource on how to support your child’s reading at home. It covers the year 4 reading expectations and gives you advice on how to question your child. Some feedback would be helpful if you have been using this!
Please support this fantastic cause this Friday. Be part of the cure – wear pink and donate £1
Below is the next set of spellings for Autumn 2 – this include the spelling rule -ure and the year 4 common exception words.
This week, we wrote a letter to a logging company in Brazil persuading them to stop deforestation. Our star writer this week is Leon! This was his fantastic letter.
I am writing to you to express my opinions of the destruction that is harming other people as well as me. Somewhere across the line, people will be affected by this terrible act. I beg you to stop these heart breaking shenanigans.
First of all, by demolishing the rainforest, you will be losing a big supply of food. As well as that, more than 25% of the oxygen that we breathe is being destroyed. Just think, it took the rainforests 60-100 million years to evolve and now you’re destroying it! Rainforests covered 14% of the earth, now it only covers 6% of the land due to deforestation.
The loss of homes in the rainforest is terrible, tribesmen and Mayans wake up at the crack of dawn to this disaster. They are also forced instantly to ditch their beloved homes and find somewhere else really far away. Mayans and tribesmen are nothing like us, since all they know what to do is hunting. They would not survive outside of the rainforest.
The species and plants are just as important as the tribesmen and Mayans. The plants could have some kind of medicine that can cure serious diseases. 99% of the medicines have been undiscovered, only 1% has been discovered! All those people are dying because of diseases and there is still a medicine that will be able to cure it if we can carry on investigating them. I strongly believe you should stop. The animals need help and you’re still knocking their natural habitat down dangerously.
In conclusion to this, you must stop these actions because they are affecting everything and will eventually cause a war.
In maths, we have been working on column subtraction, estimation and using the inverse operation.
In topic, we have debated the reasons for and against deforestation. We have made information leaflets, wrote diary entries and wrote a short debate. Our next topic begins next week – George Seurat and his pointillism technique.
97% of pupils have completed their home reading this week! What a fantastic beginning to the year! Most of the children have already successfully completed their first bookmark – they can’t wait to attend the end of year reading party!
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In school, not only do we educate children to learn and apply the national curriculum objectives, we educate children around their life skills, what they need to do to survive in the world, and to build an effective stress regulation system. When in school, your child’s safety is our number one priority. Discussions will be held with the class around how to be safe and what we need to do to keep others safe.
This week, we have finished the story of Toki in the rainforest, and was delighted at the quality of writing that was produced. Our star writer this week is Holly! Not only did you remember and apply the skills we had looked at during the week, you kept me engaged and enticed throughout!
In maths, we looked at 4 digit column addition and completed a missing numbers challenge to get our brain into problem solving mode. Some children said “It really stretched me today!” and “I loved the challenge”. These problem develop children’s resilience skills.
In topic, we wrote our own short story about travelling to the rainforest and began looking at deforestation, what it is and what effect it has on our planet. Next week, we will be looking at writing a letter to a logging company in Brazil to persuade them to stop deforestation.
Our times table challenge in class has been a hit! Our highest score is 24 in one minute with a mixture up to 12x. Keep up the fantastic work year 4!
***Spelling test next week*** Please make sure that your child has practised these words for our test.
As discussed at the Parents Curriculum evening, reading is an important life skill. Some parents asked how to help their children by effective questioning. Here is a great resource I have found with a range of questioning techniques to help your child gain a deeper understanding of the text.
Our PE days have changed to Wednesday and Thursday. Please ensure your child brings the correct kit for these days. Thank you
97% of Year 4 have read at home at least 3 times this week! On top of that, we have had 100% attendance for four days this week! #lovinglearning
Our superstars have been working extremely hard this week! We have been working on negative numbers and rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000! We have also been working on writing an opening to “Rites of Passage”, where Toki is sent to the rainforest and capture the largest animals. We have also finished our layers of the rainforest models and been looking at Harvest in RE! In our Thrive session, we listened to some music and discussed how it made us feel and what experiences they reminded us of.
This afternoon, we became explorers! We went to the library, made sure our passports were completed and up to date, then put our explorer hats on. The passport controllers were vigilant and extremely strict (some of us were even questioned!) We took our seats and were given a box which was imported from the rainforest. Inside were 8 clues. We had to use our resources (atlas and ipad) to find out the seas of the world, continents of the world, locate the equator, locate the tropics of Capricorn and Cancer, find out why rainforests were located between the tropics then label the rainforests on our maps! Lots of learning in one hour!
We have been learning about how powerful our brains are and the difference between using a growth mindset and a fixed mindset. We also learned about the Triune brain (crocodile brain, monkey brain and thinking brain) and which are controls our impulsiveness, emotions, creativity and higher level thinking skills. After, we did one of our Thrive activities about being special. We made an item to represent why our partner is special then present it to our class.
Today, we learned about democracy, why voting is important and when we are required to vote in our life. All the children we given the opportunity to stand for our school council representatives by giving a speech of what they will do for our school and our pupils. We then did a blind vote. It was a nail biting moment as three boys tied! We voted again and elected our new school council representatives!
The homework and spellings are now available for you in the section below. The children will also have a paper copy in their homework books and spares are available if any are misplaced.
The spelling rule this half term is to spell homophones and near homophones.
Welcome back Fantastic Four! We have had a brilliant first day discussing what we had been up to over the summer, rules and expectations, playing people bingo and looking at challenging stereotypes and discrimination.
You can find the elements we will be covering here: http://www.primarycurriculum.me.uk/year4
You can help your child by:
Encouraging them to find things out about their new topic each half term.
Helping your child to explore the relevant websites listed.
In Literacy the genres we will be covering are:
Stories with historical settings
Stories set in imaginary worlds
Stories from other cultures
Play scripts – Story adaptation
Twists on traditional fairy tales
Poems playing with sound/images
Poems on a theme
Recount – newspaper/magazine
Recount – diaries
Information text – dictionaries/encyclopaedias
Explanation text – How an object works
Explanation text – How to care for an animal
Persuasive – letter of complaint/formal
You can help your child by:
Talk to them about the writing they are doing in school and see if they can explain the features to you.
Practice their spellings with them.
Reading and finding books which are the same genre.
In Maths we will be covering the objectives for year 4
These can be found at:
You can help your child by:
Practice their multiplication tables – Year 4 children are expected to learn up to their 12 x tables.
Practice written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with numbers up to ThHTU.
Questioning your child about the time at any given opportunity so they can read the time to the minute using an analogue clock.
Use the following websites to play math based games (flash player is needed):
Homework is set on:
Homework will be sent home on Friday and will need to be returned to school the following Wednesday for marking.
Homework will be linked to the worked we are doing in class that week.
Lot’s of creative homework is happening and we want to provide you with an easy way to share it. Have you just finished making a model? Is your homework a creative project like a science experiment? Any homework that is not in homework books can now be evidenced with a few snaps and emailed to your class teacher! Be as creative as possible and evidence your homework the easy way.
Year 4 Homework Email: email@example.com
Your child should read their school reading book (or a book from home) at least three times a week.
Reading is an important life skill for everyone! The more your child reads, the more reading rewards they can earn, both as a school and in class.
Reading records are checked every Friday.
The children are expected to change their own reading book when they have finished one.
Spellings are located in the homework book.
Children are required to practice these spellings for their weekly test.
Other important information:
PE kits are needed on Monday and Tuesday.
Due to Health and Safety, please make sure that no ear rings or jewellery are worn for PE.
Please let the school office and the class teacher know if your child has any condition requiring medication, including allergies or asthma. An additional form will have to be completed if medication is to be administered during the school day. This can be collected from the school office.
If you would like to discuss any of these aspects further feel free to make an appointment.
Your children will now have a copy of Summer 2 homework and spellings. This can be located in the homework section of this page if you lose your copy.
This week, we have been learning about the Mayans and their civilization. We have sketched our own Mayan face masks.Three lucky children have been chosen to display their fantastic art work in Darfield’s Art Museum.
Today, we begun our new topic “Amazon Explorers!” The children entered the class with passports and exploring hats were waiting for them. We completed our passports and made our way to the rainforest. The passport controller was thorough indeed but we all managed to get past. We had been sent clues from other explorers and we investigated where rainforests were. We learned all about the oceans, continents, the equator, the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn and finally discovered where rainforests are located.
We finished our topic today and completed our Hedgehog habitats. We placed them in our woodland area.
Our new topic is Nature Week. We have discussed and created leaflets about how humans affect animal habitats and ways to help them. We have also looked at classification and designed habitats for hedgehogs. Today, we began building them! Take a look at our work in progress.
Some of our children in maths have been creating 3D shapes using artistraws and blu-tac. They have learned how many faces 3D shapes have, as well as their edges and vertices.
Hope you’ve all had a fantastic Easter break and ready for our final term! Your support for your child’s learning is crucial so I have attached a curriculum overview of the summer term. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to book an appointment.
The homework and spellings for Summer 1 is now available in the homework section and extra copies will be available in the classroom if yours is lost. Can I remind parents that it is a school expectation that the children read at least 3 times a week and this needs to be recorded in your child’s reading record which will be signed by a member of staff at the end of the week.
In RE this week, we have been looking at the Easter story and how this applies to the modern day society. We have focussing on temptation and sacrifice. We had a fantastic discussion about what you would sacrifice and are some sacrifices more important than others.
The importance of keeping safe online had a huge impact on the children who went home and produced posters and leaflets for other children to help them keep safe online! Great work!
Just a reminder for parents and guardians that parents day/evening is the 29th March. Please return your form if you have yet to do so. Thank you
This week, we are learning how to be safe online. We have discussed the advantages and disadvantages of the internet and came up with some rules to keep ourselves safe. We have also looked at how to flag any concerns we may have.
Today, Year 4 took part in the whole school “The Great Exhibition”. Children were placed at a station where they spoke about their learning journey and how they used their knowledge to make their final models. Children from other classes and parents enjoyed interacting with Year 4 and having a go at that they have been learning. Thank you to all of the parents who came in to support your child’s learning.
Take a look at our pictures.
This week, Year 4 were introduced to their new topic “The Great Exhibition- Gangsta Granny”. The class was sent a letter from Buckingham Palace asking them to design and make an alarm system to protect The Queen and her crown jewels. We have been identifying what appliances require electricity to work, looking at the different components of a circuit, creating simple and complex circuits. Today, we have learned what conductors and insulators are and set up our own investigations to see what materials conduct electricity. Have a look at our fun practical learning.
The school is hosting “The Great Exhibition” on Monday 13th March in the afternoon and parents are invited to come and vote for the class’ submission. We would be delighted if you came to support our class!
Sadly, our Viking topic has come to an end. Over the past two weeks in literacy, we have been looking at writing a story about a Viking warrior. The quality of writing of “The saga of Biorn” is fantastic and I am so pleased with their stories.
My star writers this week are Harley, Caitlyn, Daniel and Ellie. A big well done! I may have some handwriting pens to be given out too!
Look at how engaged the children are producing their shiny writes!
The homework and spellings for Spring 2 is now available in the homework section and extra copies will be available in the classroom if yours is lost. Can I remind parents that it is a school expectation that the children read at least 3 times a week and this needs to be recorded in your child’s reading record which will be signed by a member of staff.
In PE, we have been developing our own sequences on and off the floor.
Here are some pictures.
Year 4 have just had the most amazing day with Njal. We have had an absolutely action packed day! An amazing learning experience all packed into one day. We visited “The Thing” where the Anglo Saxons were put on trial by ordeal, made a Longship, sailed the oceans, made linen, made bread and butter, raided the monasteries, played Viking games and much more! Njal was superb. He taught them everything they needed to know about Vikings and more.
We have taken lots of pictures for you to see. Enjoy!
Part 1 –
It is the day before our visitor comes and year 4 (and staff!) are excited about dressing up and being Vikings for the day. We have been designing and making our own weaponry for the occasion. Keep your eye out for the pictures of our topic day!
We are super exited to get our teeth stuck into our new topic “Relic Hunter.” We are learning all about the Vikings – Why they invaded England and settled here, their way of life, battle strategies, weaponry and crimes and justice. Ingrid (Mrs Clark) dressed up as a Viking and we asked her lots of questions. We even have a Viking coming to visit us on the 9th February! Some children have been making their own weaponry at home and they reenacted the viking shield wall.
Year 4 began the year learning about “Animal Antics.” We have studied food chains, habitats and researched different types of animals. We then designed our own animal using different body parts and wrote an information text explaining the diet of their animal, habitat, behaviours and appearance. Take a look at some of our pictures – amazing things happen when your unleash a child’s creativity!
Well, what a term it has been! Lots of learning and progress made in year 4! I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Make sure the children have plenty of rest and ready to return in January!
Our topic for the past month has been “The Enterprise Project.” We have been researching products online, asking questions to our parents and designed our products. It was all systems go when it was time to make our products. On behalf of Year 4, I would like to thank everyone who came and bought our products – we almost have enough to invite a viking into school! Take a look at our learning journey.
To gain a deeper understanding of how the digestive system works, we practically demonstrated the features of each organ. The children defiantly enjoyed making faeces this afternoon!
Today we have began our new topic “The Complete Athlete.” We looked at the digestive system and what the roles are for each organ. Our task was to draw and label the organs of the digestive system.
Over the last couple of weeks, we have been working on our stories for “Eye of the Storm.” We have been working on sequencing the story, character descriptions, setting descriptions and speech.
To kick off Autumn 2, we have been studying Georges Seurat and the art technique ‘pointillism’. To honour remembrance day, we have used this technique to create poppies for our wreath. We have also used the outline of Seurat’s work , Bathers at Asnieres, which he painted in 1884. To complete our topic, we have sketched Darfield Church and applied the technique to our own work.
In maths, we are focusing on multiplication and division. One pupil in year 4 made her own game which involves multiplication. She has thought of challenge cards, differentiated her questions and made a grid which will help children who struggle. Take a look at her game!
Year 4 love reading! We have ERIC time (everybody reading in class) and enjoy spending our time in the library. We also share with the class what we are reading.
Here is a list for the first half of next half term’s spellings. Your child should know which group they are in.
|Group 1||Group 2||Group 3|
I can spell words with the /or/ sound spelt ‘a’ before l and ll (e.g. call, ball).
|Adding suffixes beginning with vowel letters of more than one syllable||I can spell words ending in ‘ure’|
|National Curriculum Words|
Class 4’s task over the past four weeks has been to design and make models of different developments which would improve Darfield. The children have incorporated this into their literacy work were they have written an explanation text and persuasive letters to the community and the voting committee. Take a look at our pictures.
During this half term, we have been learning about Multi-Cultural religions. Our class focus has been Hinduism. We have looked at the shine where they worship, learned about the items on a puja tray, learned about the different gods and Hindu’s in the community. Today, we tried different foods from India. Did you know that 80% of the population in India follow Hinduism?
Year 4 had a lovely surprise today! Liam from Sheffield Steelers delivered a lesson on Unihoc. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Take a look at our pictures!
Year 4 have enjoyed learning about their topic on “Sound and Music.” We carried out investigations to find out how sound is created. Did you know that it is created from vibrations? We proved this by using tuning forks and testing them on different materials. We have also been learning how the particles travel to our brains. Did you know sound travels faster through solids because the molecules are closer together? After that, we made our own pan pipes. This helped us explain the concept of pitch. Finally, we made string telephones to prove that sound travels faster through solids and that sounds change over distance.
Take a look at our pictures!
Roald Dahl day….I wonder who won the Wonka Golden Ticket for a surprise chocolate bar?
The children loved our Roald Dahl day and dressing up as characters from his books. They did lots of activities throughout the day to support reading, had a scrumdiddlyumptious dinner and loved welcoming their parents into class at the end of the day.
Year 4 have enjoyed writing and performing raps. We identified the features of a rap, performed raps, worked with groups to ignite our imaginations, constructed sentences and wrote our own raps about school and about themselves.