Welcome back to the new school year; we hope the children are well and are looking forward to Year 4 at Elston Hall. The children appear to be settling into their new classes and are enthusiastic to make a start on their new learning. It’s lovely to work with you all once again!
The Autumn term is always a busy time for children in Year 4 with lots of new learning taking place. English and Mathematics will continue to be taught daily and focus on key writing skills and mathematical calculations. Times tables are a very important focus this year and we would ask you to support your child with this regularly. Please encourage your child to learn and revisit times tables they are struggling with, as this knowledge aids so much of their learning in maths. There will be a strong emphasis on recalling times tables up to 12 x 12 as children in Year 4 will be taking take part in the National Multiplication Test later on in the year. More information will be provided nearer the time.
This year we are continuing with our exciting, thematic approach, allowing children to make connections between areas of learning and consolidate skills. All the themes chosen deliver the programmes of study for the National Curriculum and this term our topic will be ‘Lost at Sea’. Our History, Geography, Art, Design and Technology and Computing work will all be linked to this topic. MFL, R.E and Science will be taught discreetly. In our Science work, we will be studying “States of Matter’, including the water cycle”. For more details about our learning this term, please see the attached Curriculum Overview.
During the Summer Term, we hope that there will be a residential stay at Conwy. More details will follow during the term.
Year 4 PE sessions are:
Class 13 – Tuesday and Friday
Class 14 – Tuesday and Friday
Class 15 – Monday and Wednesday
Please can we remind parents that no jewellery should be worn in school with the exception of stud earrings, and in line with Health and Safety guidelines these should not be worn on PE days. Children may be asked to remove earrings before PE sessions. Please ensure that children have the correct PE kit in school at all times; PE kits can be purchased from the school office. We ask that children also have an outdoor P.E kit for the colder months. This should consist of trainers, jogging bottoms and a tracksuit top. PE kits can be purchased from the school office and can be kept in school all week on your peg. Water bottles are also available at a cost of 20p each. We will continue with morning toast up until close of register and should you wish, children can bring a piece of fruit to school for their morning snack.
Children in Year 4 receive regular homework: purple creative homework books will continue and phonic spellings will be given out on a Friday and tested on the following Friday. Reading books will need to be brought to school each day, and taken home each night, and we continue to ask for at least one journal to be completed each week. Times table homework may also be given, as needed.
We anticipate a busy and exciting term ahead and we thank you in anticipation of your continued support.
We look forward to working with you over the next year to ensure your children have a pleasurable and valuable year.
Year 4 is a very important year and we look forward to excellent progress being made. If you have any concerns or worries, please arrange a time to speak to one of us, as you play a vital role in your child’s education.
Mrs A Brasier-Creagh (Year Leader) Mr Holmes Miss Hubble
Class 14 Class 13 Class 15
Great Elston Bake Off
Year 4 wowed us with their amazing entries. Click on the cake to see a selection.
So impressed with your creative digestive systems!
We enjoyed our Christmas themed science lesson. We predicted and made observations of what happened to candy canes in different liquids.
Fantastic seascapes in the style of Monet!
Incredible water cycles!
Fantastic completed seascapes in the style of Claude Monet!
Really impressed with the art skills in Year 4! Check out our seascapes in the style of Monet.
Children enjoyed learning about how living things can be grouped in a variety of ways. They learnt all about insects, annelids, molluscs and arachnids! Children were so engrossed they wanted to carry out their own research.
Year 4 children were amazed that Aaron Becker could tell a story without words. They used inference skills to answer questions in their Whole Class Reading Session.
We recreated a tsunami to help us learn about the effects.
Thank you to all parents/carers who joined Year 4's P.E class. We hope you enjoyed it as much as the children.
Children are really enjoying their Fanta 'SEA' topic! Here are a few examples of our work so far!
Children wrote some super character descriptions for a suspense story.
In Maths children have been using place value counters to add 1,10, 100 and 1000.
Year 4 had a fantastic time on their residential. They all enjoyed their time at Conwy, whether it was making their way down in to the Bronze Age Mines, taking a tram up the Orme, climbing the spiral stairs in Conwy Castle, eating ice-cream and chips on the beach, having fun in the arcade or relaxing in the youth hostel!
Year 4 had a lovely day celebrating all things Asian! Children had the opportunity to make Chinese fans, design mehndi patterns, learn an Indian dance, create rangoli patterns, listen to Arjan play his dhol drum and participate in a delicious Indian feast made by Mrs Suwali! Thank you to parents/carers for providing children with their amazing outfits.
Look at our amazing creative homework!
Year 4 children loved celebrating World Book Day!
Year 4 children thoroughly enjoyed their visit from West Midlands Fire Service. The children watched a short film to show how quickly fire spreads, then learnt about:
- Smoke detectors
- Escape plans
- Emergency calls
- Fire hazards
- Stop, drop and roll
- Pedestrian safety
- In-car safety
During the session they learnt vital life saving skills.
We composed some emotive poems and created some super poppy pictures to commemorate Remembrance Day.
Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Tamworth Castle where they had the opportunity to dress up as Anglo-Saxon soldiers, take part in an archaeological dig and re-enact a battle! The children were a credit to Elston Hall, asking relevant questions and impressing the staff at Tamworth castle with their knowledge about Anglo-Saxons.
We loved celebrating Elston Hall's 80th anniversary! It was fun to experience school life in the 1930's.
In DT we have been learning about healthy eating. Our healthy sandwiches were delicious!
Look at our fantastic homework!