Welcome to Year 4

Welcome to the Year 4 webpage

Year 4 Teaching Staff:

 

Miss. C. Butler.

Miss. D. Clowes.

Mr. A. French.

Y4 Teaching Assistants:

Mrs. T. Stoneman.

Mrs. B. Khan.

Welcome to our webpage. Here, you can find out about some of the learning taking place this term.

Our class novel this term is...

The story is by the author Michael Morpurgo - who used to be a teacher. He has written over one hundred novels for children some of which have been turned into plays and films. Can you think of any other Michael Morpurgo stories? Have you read any?

Have you ever thought of writing as a career? Watch the video below where Michael Murpurgo talks about how he writes his stories.

Here's an extract of the novel being read aloud. Have a listen. What do you think?

What do you know about lions? There is something unusual about the lion in our novel - the lion cub is white. 

White lions do exist but they are very rare. Have a look at this clip of a white lion cub. Would you keep one as a pet? What do you think about his dad? Make sure you listen to the end to hear the cub's mighty roar!

We'll be finding out about this species of lion. We'll also be learning lots of other things from the novel. Part of our novel is set in the continent of Africa. Do you know anything about the continent? Click on the picture below to find out more.

Don't forget our reading skills! What VIPERS questions could you think of for each chapter? 

VIPERS questions.

Can you think of any VIPERS questions that you could ask about the novel? Let us know.

 

Our topic this term is:

Do you like music? Have you ever really thought about where it has come from; who wrote it or who played it? Have you ever wondered about the instruments people use? Have you ever stopped to wonder about why we can hear music in the first place? 

We'll be learning about all these things in our topic this term. It's often said that music is powerful because it brings people together from around the world. That's something to celebrate!

We'll be finding out about the science behind music. Why can we hear sounds? Why are some louder than others? How can we change sounds? Watch the clip below to start thinking about how the human ear works.

We'll also be thinking about the instruments that can create different sounds. There are lots of different instruments around the world. One of the biggest collection of instruments can be found in an orchestra. Click on the picture to find out more about different instruments and what they sound like. Maybe you can already play one. Maybe you're interested in learning an instrument. If you are, talk to your class teacher or Miss Mason.

There are lots of different styles of music. We'll be listening to and learning about music from around the world. Visit the DK website, by clicking on the globe, to find out about different musical styles. Which is your favourite?

The sounds instruments make can be very powerful. Watch this orchestra flash mob and watch the people's reactions! Do you recognise the tune? What instruments can you spot?

We'll also be finding out about how music has changed; what it's been used for and how it has been influenced. Have a look at how music has changed over the centuries...

Remember that music is important. We all have a favourite style, band, singer or instrument. From Mozart to Taylor Swift - what's on your playlist? We all enjoy a good tune - who do you think US police officer is a fan of?

Music brings back memories when we hear it and music helps us to make new memories. Music can cheer us up and calm us down. It can make us feel better - so if you're feeling a bit down...

What would you like to learn about in our topic? Do you have any questions?

It is an expectation that each week all children read at least 3 times per week, practise their times tables and learn their new spelling rule(s). 

  • Reading record books will be checked weekly. Maybe you will become one of Year 4's reading champions?
  • Times tables will be tested in school weekly, your child should know which times table they are working on. By the end of year 4, all children should be able to quickly recall times table facts up to 12 x 12.
  • Children will be taught new spelling rules every Friday. These will be taught in class and then a supporting sheet will be sent home that day. All information about the new rule will be explained on their spellings sheet. Please encourage your child to learn as many words as possible that follow the spelling rule so that they can apply this rule to a wide range of words. On the following Thursday, children will take part in a short spelling dictation which will check their understanding of the rule.

If you would like to take part in any other home learning activities please explore our homework menu. This is a list of topic related activities you can complete at home. Please encourage your child to share any home learning with us in school - we would love to share it with other children and display their efforts in school.

 

Our homework menu for the Autumn term is below.

If you are going to use the internet for any research, stay safe. Remember what we learnt about e-safety and staying safe online...

Here is our long term plan for Novel Study and our topics for the year.

Other Useful Information

 

PE

All of Year 4 will have 2 PE sessions a week. One of which is likely to be with our sports coach - Mr Smith. 

Please ensure that your child brings their PE kit in on a Monday and keeps it in school until Friday (when it will be sent home for washing etc). This is very important as sometimes timetables may need to be changed and PE sessions may be on alternative days.

Also, please consider what you send your child with for PE, particularly during winter months as we will continue to do PE outside whenever possible.  

 

 

Please be reminded that no jewellery should be worn and earrings MUST be removed before PE  by the child for any PE session. Long hair needs to be tied back.

 

USEFUL WEBSITES: 

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

This website has a good range of free games to practise phonics and decoding skills.

 

http://www.sentenceplay.co.uk/

This has a good range of games which support your child’s spelling and grammar skills.

 

https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0

Bug Club is a fantastic website for reading – children have their own log in and their teacher will assign books or games to read and play - your child’s log in details will be in their organisers

 

https://ttrockstars.com/

This is a fun and competitive way for your child to learn their times tables. Look out for new competitions and challenges. Try to top your class leader board.