Year 4

Welcome back! We hope you’ve had a wonderful Easter break and the Easter bunny was kind to you all. This half term is a crucial time in year four as our learning is geared towards the end of year assessments. Although this will require a great deal of hard work, we know that our fantastic year group will rise to the challenge. In addition, we also have lots of exciting learning opportunities planned for our new art based topic, which will include a visit from a local watercolor artist, Hugh Templeton.

Topic
This half term we finish our Tudor topic ‘Off With Her Head’, which has been a great success. The children have really engaged with the topic and have particularly enjoyed experimenting with a range of mediums to create some wonderful pieces of work.  Towards the end of the half term we will begin our final topic of the year ‘Reflections of Yorkshire’. This focuses on the arts area of the curriculum and will provide children with the opportunity to work with watercolors and charcoals. We will also learn about artists in the local area, which will inspire our piece of artwork for our yearly school gallery.

Maths
We will continue to focus on embedding previous learning in maths. This will involve a lot of work around our number system, including place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with links to fractions. As we previously explained, we aim to work towards mastery in maths which will involve fluency, reasoning, and problem solving. We would also like to highlight the importance of times tables. It is expected that by July, year four children will be able to recall their times tables to 12 X 12.  Although most children are working hard towards this, not all are confident and require more practice. It would be useful if you could work on this at home with your child as this forms part of our end of year assessments.

Writing
To conclude our Tudor topic, we will focus on writing a formal invitation as well as poetry. We will then progress on to story writing using books that were set in Yorkshire. We hope that this will inspire the children to write creatively and to produce well-structured pieces of writing. This will give children the opportunity to show off many of the grammatical features that they have learnt this year as well as applying their knowledge of spelling patterns.

Spelling
We continue to emphasise the importance of spelling in year four and we would appreciate it if you could support your child with the year 3/4 spelling list at home. A list can be obtained online or in class and if you would like any further ideas or another copy of the list please do not hesitate to come and see us.

Science
Our science topic for this half term is animals including humans and living things. The children will learn about food chains, classifying and grouping living things and how we as humans impact upon the environment. We hope to be able to use our lovely outdoor space to further enhance our learning.

PE
PE will continue to take place on a Friday. Please be aware that PE sessions will be outside as the weather improves. Therefore, it is important that your child has their kit in school every week including a pair of trainers. A polite reminder that kit consists of a plain white or blue t- shirt and navy blue or black shorts. Children can also wear a plain navy or black zipped top without a hood and plain bottoms or a plain dark tracksuit.

Other
As you are aware, there are very few school weeks left of this academic year. Therefore, it is vitally important that your child is in school so that large chunks of learning are not missed. This will undoubtedly assist with a smooth transition to upper key stage two as well as with their final assessments. We would also like to remind you that homework will continue to be given out on Friday and should be returned by the following Friday. In addition, we expect reading books to be brought in at least three times signed by an adult. It was lovely to see some children achieve star reader awards for their commitment to reading last half term. We hope this will continue and that lots more children are inspired to aim for a star reader award too!

Thank you for your continued support
Miss Davies and Miss Wood

> Yorkshire Water Treatment

Year 4 recently visited Yorkshire Water Treatment Works in Headingly, Leeds. The visit was linked to our science topic ‘The Water Cycle’.

The day consisted of a tour of the factory to learn how water is cleaned, a session on the ‘monsters’ (bacteria) that live in our water, interactive games linked to the water cycle and how other countries less fortunate than us cope without clean water. The children returned from the visit very enthused by our topic and were eager to learn more. You may have noticed that recent homework was related to water usage and from this children have been able to gather data and create graphs and charts. The children were able to identify households that used lots of water and households that used very little. This has encouraged many children to think of ways that they can save water in school and at home.

The children were so pleased with their school trip that they decided to write a thank you letter to the staff at Yorkshire Water. The homework that they completed was a huge help and enabled them to write high quality letters which we have decided to post to Yorkshire Water. Here are just a few for you to read!

For more pictures please visit our ‘Trips‘ section

> Christmas Performances 2015

Y4 Concert Performance Silent night

Y4 Walking in the Air

> Narnia Day