We hope that you and your children have had a very enjoyable Christmas break, and we would like to welcome everyone back to the start of a new school term.
The Spring term is always a busy time for children in Year 4 with lots of new learning taking place. In our Science work we will be studying “Sound” and “Electricity”, our Topic this term is Hey Mr DJ! All of our History, Geography, Art and Design and Technology will be taught through this theme.
English and Mathematics will continue to be taught daily and focus on key writing skills and mathematical calculations. Times tables are an area requiring continuing improvement, please encourage your child to learn and revisit tables they are struggling with as this knowledge aids so much of their learning in maths. There will be a strong emphasis on learning times tables this year up to 12 x 12.
For more details about our learning this term, please click on the Spring Term Curriculum Overview.
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.
Year 4 PE sessions continue to take place on Tuesday afternoons.
Please ensure that children have the correct PE kit in school at all times. 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.
Water bottles are requested to be brought in daily and 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 Monday and tested on the following Monday.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher, who will usually be available at the end of each day. We anticipate a busy and exciting term ahead and we thank you in anticipation of your continued support.
The Year 4 Team
We have really enjoyed having a professional cricket coach in Year 4 this term. We have learnt many skills that are needed for cricket. Most of all we have enjoyed working together as one big team!
In Science, Year 4 we have been exploring how materials can change state. We can describe the particles and how they move in a solid, liquid and a gas.
We've had lots of fun melting chocolate into a liquid and then reversing it back into a solid!
During our Science week, Year 4 focussed on human digestion. We explored the names and functions of the parts of the body involved in digestion but we needed to really understand how it worked . . . so we recreated our digestive systems using equipment found in most people’s houses. It was great, smelly, but great! Ask your child how digestions works and be prepared for all of the fascinating facts and delicious smell descriptions.
The Vikings are coming! We spent the day as Anglo-Saxon families preparing our food, sharpening our weapons and creating our clothes. During the afternoon we practised our warfare ready to defend our land from those vicious Viking invaders. We all had a great time and learned lots about Anglo-Saxon Britain and even used artefacts made by actual Anglo-Saxons all those years ago.
We had a glorious day learning about many animals and their habitats. After lunch we went exploring the farm land and found a wonderful adventure playground where we developed our climbing skills.
On Friday the 25th of May, Year 4 went for a visit to the Think Tank Science Museum in Birmingham. We visited around five different galleries in the museum as well as the Science Garden outside. As part of our visit we were able to see the wonderful animals and fossils in the Amazing Animals gallery and we also had a fantastic Amazing Animals workshop led by Rachel. In this workshop the children were able to touch and stroke various stuffed animals and see other fossils. At the end of the workshop we were able to classify the animals which linked to our learning in Science this term. All of the children agreed that it made for a wonderful day which really reinforced a lot of our learning in Science this year.