Welcome back to the Summer Term in Year 4, which is packed full of exciting learning and events! We trust you had a lovely holiday and look forward to the term ahead. As expected, the children have settled back in well after an exciting break and have continued well with their learning.
The Summer term is always a busy time for children in Year 4 with lots of new learning taking place as well as consolidating previously learnt skills. English and Mathematics will continue to be taught daily and focus on key writing skills and mathematical calculations. Times tables remain a main priority right up to 12x12, and we appreciate your help in practising these at home. We wil be completing our Y4 Multiplication check in June so children need to be practising several times a week to keep their skills sharp. We will continue with regular Rockstar challenges in class, and at home, and our very popular ‘Superheroes’ work. Our English work will link initially to our Thematic topic ‘Under the Canopy’, beginning with describing the Rainforest using our narrative skills, and moving into non-chronological reports.
In our Science lessons, we will be exploring ‘Animals including Humans’. Our first topic covers teeth and digestion, moving onto a wider topic after half term looking at animals and food chains.
We have 3 Thematic topic this term – our first is ‘Under the Canopy’ linking to the Brazilian rainforests and drawing on our Geography, History, PSHE, Science, Computing and Art skills. After half term, we have a shorter topic called ‘Thee Giant Steps’ which explores mapwork and locations. Our final topic ties in well to the upcoming Commonwealth Games – more is set to be revealed soon!
We have two other exciting events this term. Many Year 4 children will be going on residential to Conwy just before half term, and you will shortly be receiving more information about this. Those children not attending and remaining at school will explore a special project just for them on those days, full of fun learning and activities. We will be celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee just before half term, with whole school events planned on Friday 27th May.
Children will continue to receive spellings on a Friday, to be tested on the following Friday. Additionally, children will continue to receive 10 Age Related Spellings on a Tuesday to be tested the following Tuesday (referred to as Yellow book spellings). Please encourage your child to keep their Yellow Book in their school bag each week, to ensure these are used regularly – thank you.
Each week, we still expect pupils to read their school reading book and complete at least one journal task. It is vital your child has their reading book in school every day This term’s task are new, and based on retrieval. Please support your child with reading regularly each week, and completing the written task, as it really will strengthen their understanding. They will also continue with their creative purple homework book.
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 will be asked to remove or tape 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. 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.
PE days are as follows:
Class 13: Tuesday and Friday
Class 14: Tuesday and Friday
Class 15: Wednesday and Friday
Thank you, as ever, for your continued support,
Mrs A Brasier-Creagh (Year Leader) Mr Holmes Miss Hubble
Class 14 Class 13 Class 15
Click on the links below to listen to Year 4 Podcasts
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!