Welcome to Year 4

Welcome to the Year 4 webpage

Year 4 Teaching Staff:

 

4CM: Mr W. Collington and Miss. E. Mason

4F: Miss. H. Fenton.

4FR: Mr. A. French.

Y4 Teaching Assistants:

Miss. E. Stoneman

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

Our class novel this term is...

 

Our novel was written by Roald Dahl. Have you read any other Roald Dahl books? How many can you think of?

 

Roald Dahl (13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990) was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilotHis books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide.

He was born in Wales to Norwegian immigrant parents. Dahl was a pilot in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. He became a flying ace and after a crash he became an intelligence officer. He has been referred to as one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century. 

You an watch some facts about Roald Dahl in this video clip. What can you find out that you didn't know before?

 

Roald used to write in a hut at the bottom of his garden - he liked the peace and quiet. He always wrote in pencil and only ever used a very particular kind of yellow pencil with a rubber on the end. He always had six sharpened pencils in a jar by his side. 

Roald only liked a certain kind of paper tool. He wrote all of his books on American yellow writing pads, which were sent to him from New York. He wrote and rewrote until he was sure that every word was just right. He was definitely a very reflective and resilient writer. Here is a short clip of Roald in his hut. 

 

Roald Dahl loved chocolate. Maybe that's why he wrote the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. One of the mementos he kept in his hut was a giant ball made from the foil wrappers from chocolates he had eaten...

 

 

 

 

The book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is about 11-year-old Charlie Bucket. He lives in a small house with his parents and four grandparents. His grandparents share the only bed in the house. Charlie and his parents sleep on mattresses on the floor. One day, Grandpa Joe tells him about the legendary and unusual chocolate maker called Willy Wonka. Wonka did not usually let people visit his factory to stop spies stealing his ideas. The next day, the newspaper announces that Wonka is reopening the factory and he has invited five children to come on a tour if they can find a Golden Ticket in a Wonka Bar.

 

We'll find out what happens. This is what everyone was looking for. This is a prop from the film made in 1971...

 

If you read the book carefully, you might notice something about the date when Wonka invites his guests. Will you spot it?

A lot of Roald Dahl's books were  illustrated by Quentin Blake. Blake illustrated the 1995 edition of the book. Here is a clip of him drawing Willy Wonka. Could you have a go?

 

We'll be finding out about the characters and plot in the story. We'll also be thinking carefully about the themes. What do you think of the different characters? Is Roald Dahl trying to teach us something?

Lots of people enjoy chocolate as a treat but have you ever wondered where it comes from?

 

Remember, it's OK to enjoy a treat now and again but think carefully about eating a balanced diet. Remember the Eat Well plate...

 

As you read our novel, think about our VIPERS skills. Are there any questions that you can think of to challenge other people's thinking?

VIPERS questions.

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

 

Our topic this term is:

We'll be finding out about the life and times of the ancient Romans. Who were they? Where did they come from? How did they live? The Romans were a powerful group of people, for a long time. They had lots of fascinating ideas and got up to some very interesting things. We'll be finding out about them this term. 

Maybe you want to conduct some research of your own. Click on the Centurion below to visit the Dorling Kindersley website where you can explore lots of information about the Roman Empire.

 

The Romans had strong armies and used them to build a huge and powerful empire. Below is a map - the names are historical. Can you recognise any of the countries? What are their modern day names?

 

As historians, we'll be finding out about the Romans and how they changed the world. We will understand where the Romans appeared in history. Can you identify any events on this timeline? Where do you think that the Roman period appeared and disappeared?

 

We'll find out when the Romans invaded Britain - and what happened when they left. You can start your research using the BBC Bitesize website and investigate just what the Romans did for Britain and what they left behind. Click on the image below.

 

The Romans did things differently from us - but their legacy lives on. Have a listen to the song... you could even join in with the signs.

One of our maths objectives is to learn Roman Numerals. The Romans invented this system and we still see it around today; just one of the things that the Romans left behind. Can you think of any others?

 

See if you can remember any of the Roman Numerals when you have listened to the song....

 

Watch this short video about life in Roman Britain. What do you think are facts? What do you think is made up? 

 

Not everyone thought that the Romans were great. We'll also be finding out about some of their enemies and why they needed such strong armies. One of the opponents to the Romans that we will find out about is Boudicca...

Remember that good historians ask questions. Do you have any questions about our topic that you would like to find the answer to? You can submit them below.

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

Below is the Long term and medium term plans for the wider curriculum. This provides an overview of the topics covered throughout the year and the learning experiences that we aim to provide for children.

We aim to teach as much of this as possible, however, there may be some days/weeks where time will be restricted due to other events happening in school. The activities planned aim to engage children and allow them to experience a broad and balanced curriculum alongside teaching skills linked to the foundation subjects.

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. Remember to use Times Tables Rockstars - if your child loses or forgets their login, please contact your child's class teacher.
  • 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 is here:

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

The Long Term Plan for the academic year 2019-2020 will appear here soon.

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.