Welcome to Year 4
Year 4 Information Booklet
We would like to start by saying a huge thank you for all the flowers and plants that were sent in for outdoor learning day. The children thoroughly enjoyed planting them in our class wheelbarrows and pots and have displayed them, in the school grounds, for all to admire.
This half term, we will be reading the book ‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell. We will explore vocabulary used by the author, make predictions based on what we have read so far and write our own adventure story using the book as a stimulus. The children will also focus on the illustrations created by the illustrator, Hannah Horn in our art lessons to develop their drawing skills.
SPAG work will focus on ensuring understanding of all word types and tenses and also ensure that children can spell all the words on the 100 spelling year 3 & 4 word lists.
This half term in maths we will be practising reasoning skills and looking at examples of questions from test papers. We will review all that has been taught so far this year, and teaching will focus on questions and concepts which children have made errors with, or found most difficult to understand.
- Please ensure children are reading at least 3-4 times a week at home. This is crucial for children, if they are to continue to develop as readers.
- Please ensure spellings are practiced every week and children have their spelling books in school on a Monday so new words can be issued. ( Remember you can use www.purplemash.com to support/consolidate spelling work)
- As the weather begins to warm up (fingers crossed it lasts!), we are pleased to see many of you sending your children into school with sun hats to wear whilst out on the playground. This is very sensible and we encourage parents to do this to protect children from the sun at playtimes. Just a reminder that we cannot put sun cream on the children in school, so applying long lasting sun cream before they come to school is the best option.
- Also remember water bottles are needed to ensure children stay hydrated in the hot weather.
17th -21st of June- Arts Week
19th of June - Bushmead Proms
20th of June - School Photos
27th of June - Walk to Wardown and the River Lea
29th of June - Summer Fair
15th-19th of July- Dell Farm trip
23rd of July -Last day of term
Summer topic overview
We would like to begin by saying a huge thank you for all your support during our Year 4 performances. Without your help we would not have been able to put on such a spectacular show.
Summer term is a shorter term with lots of new and exciting things happening.
This half term, we will be exploring the story 'Voices in the Park' by Anthony Browne. We will use the story and pictures to make inferences, write about characters, make predictions, explore vocabulary and write our own version of the story, using a similar structure as the author.
SPAG work will focus on paragraphing and consolidating work on verb inflections, possessive apostrophes, inverted commas, expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials. We will also look at some sample SPAG questions so children learn the skills of answering them during a test.
In our numeracy lessons, we will be practising reasoning skills and looking at some examples of questions from test papers. We will review all that has been taught so far this year and teaching will focus on questions and concepts which children have made errors with, or found most difficult to understand.
Week 1- Area and perimeter
Week 2- Statistics-discrete and continuous data
Week 3- Data, pictograms and bar charts using statistics
Week 4- Fractions and decimals
Week 5- Revisit all four operations
The children will all be given a My Maths password in their learning logs. This will hopefully be a useful resource for children to use to consolidate their maths learning. We will be setting some homework in their learning logs next week, so please encourage your child to have a go.
Learning Log Dates
We are setting a half-termly task for Summer 1. Your child will bring home details on Monday 29th of April 2019.
Dates for diary
Bank holiday 6/5/19
Year 4 Summer 1 Topic overview
We hope you have had a lovely half term and were able to make the most of the beautiful weather we had.
The second half of spring term promises to be an exciting one, with a fortnight dedicated to the work of
JK Rowling. The children will be reading and exploring the story, 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.'
We will be looking closely at how the author creates atmosphere, tension and suspense in her writing. The children's writing activities will be in response to events in the chapters of the book, such as writing a description of a wizard, writing a newspaper report and writing a formal letter of complaint.
We will also be watching the film of the story at the end of the fortnight. As it is categorised as PG, if you do not wish your child to watch 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,' please let your class teacher know.
After this, we continue with work linked to our Ancient Egyptian topic and begin work on our end of term performance. The children will be able to develop their singing and acting skills as well as design and make jewellery, to wear on stage. More details will follow nearer the time.
This half term, there will be a real focus on developing our reasoning skills.
Week 1- money
Week 2 - length, mass, capacity and time
Week 3 - written multiplication and division
Week 4 - written multiplication and division
Week 5 - shape
week 6 - statistics, rounding and estimation
On Tuesday 12th March, we are having an Egyptian Day to celebrate our topic work. Children will have the opportunity to come in dressed up and spend the whole day exploring different activities. This has always been an exciting event and we look forward to sharing some of the pictures from the day.
Learning Log Dates
Send home date
Thank you to all our parents and carers who have already paid for our visit to Dell Farm. Your support has really been appreciated by the children as they are all excited about having a 'sleepover' at the farm. Please remember we are here, if you need to come and discuss anything regarding the visit.
Dates for diary
Brilliant Book Week- week beginning 4/3/19
Egyptian Day - Tuesday 12th March
Reading Workshop - Tuesday 19th March
Parents' Consultation Evening 25th and 27th March
Spring 2 Topic overview
We will be exploring the story, ‘Why the Whales Came,’ by Michael Morpurgo. The text will allow pupils to have the opportunity to read out aloud using intonation, write non-chronological reports and look at direct speech and narrative. The story will also give children the opportunity to think about environmental issues and hold debates.
Children will continue to bring home weekly spellings. We have provided the children with a look, cover, write, check sheet to use but are aware that this approach is not always suitable for all children. We have seen some very creative methods of learning spellings such as, creating word searches, posters using the words, creating mini dictionaries, writing the words using different colours and paints and using www.purplemash.com Please encourage your child to use their preferred method as this will help improve their spelling skills. Children will continue to have a weekly spelling test or a dictation piece using spellings from that week.
Children will continue to work on their times tables and develop their division skills during our ‘Friday Fluency’ lessons. We are very proud of the progress children have made with learning their times tables and would ask you to continue to use the different games that are available on www.purplemash.com to enhance your child’s learning.
Week 1 –Roman numerals moving onto negative numbers
Week 2 – Fractions
Week 3 – Decimal numbers followed by money problems
Week 4- Finding the area of a rectangular shape
Week 5 - Position and direction
Week 6 - Complete a given polygon moving onto symmetry
We would like to thank you for your continued support with helping your child read at home. The aim is that all children read at least 3 times a week and have an adult sign their reading record to acknowledge this. We do strive to hear individual children read at school but due to time constraints, of the curriculum, this is not always possible therefore, value your support.
We have been thrilled by the amount of work and creativity that the children have shared in their learning logs. Their delightful work is shared as a class and a year group and we have even started to add some examples onto our website! Please take a look and thank you for all the support.
Learning Log Dates
- Monday 14th January; returned by Wednesday 23rd January
- Monday 28th January; returned by Wednesday 6th February
CHILDREN WILL HAVE AN ELEMENT OF CHOICE IN THE ACTIVITIES THEY CHOOSE TO COMPLETE. PLEASE SEE FURTHER DETAILS IN LEARNING LOG BOOKS.
Spring 1 Topic overview
- Children should have their winter PE kits as some PE sessions will continue to be outside. For further details please refer to uniform policy/PE policy
- Children have weekly spelling sessions so need to have their blue spelling books, at school, on a Monday
- Children need a Berol handwriting pen at school- blue ink only
- Please ensure learning logs are at school on the date in their logs
- Please encourage your child to use their www.purplemash.com passwords to support learning- you can find these in their reading logs and learning log
- Please ensure your child has a water bottle at school everyday
- Thank you, for your continued support
Year 3 and 4 Spelling List
Stopsley High School pupils have been working with Mrs Till in our French lessons. Magnifique!
Book week and Egyptian Day
Celts - Computing & English
This week we have been using Purple Mash in our English lessons to explore writing newspapers! The link below will take you to a display board showing all the newspapers we created.
Ask your children to find and share their work with you!
Key Stage 2 are now Internet Legends! We had a visit from Google and they talked us through how to be safe online. It was great fun and very interactive. Have a look at the Google Internet Legends website (https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk) to find out more and also to play the online Internet Legends game.
Egyptian Tomb Puzzle Rooms
Thank you Year 4 for your contributions to Luton Foodbank!
Dell Farm Trip
Literacy - How to Train your Dragon
In literacy, we have been exploring diary entries from different characters' points of view.
STEM Week 2018
Thank you to our inspirational speakers, Mrs Whitaker and Mr Bond for taking time out of their busy schedules to help ignite our passion and interest in following a career in technology.
We would also like to thank Ms Walter for sharing her special skill of sign language!
Dan the Music Man
Big Me Dress-up Day
In year 4 we saw many incredible costumes and it was lovely to hear the children's dreams and aspirations. We wrote letters to our future selves to read when we are older.
Learning Logs Examples
Children have been given their new learning logs and spelling books. Please take some time to have a look at them with your child.
Children will need to have their spelling books in school every Monday and Tuesday so new spellings can be given and we can assess progress.
Check out some of our amazing learning logs - maybe you could create something similar!
In science, we have learnt about sound sources and how sound travels as vibrations.
Roald Dahl Day
On Roald Dahl Day, Year 4 had fun learning all about the incredible author, becoming illustrators like Quentin Blake, creating DIRTY BEARDS, and even being pranked by Miss Ahmed!
Dragon Poetry by CELTS
The sessions ended with a variety of children performing some of the poems.