Welcome back! We hope you’ve had a fantastic break. This school year has passed by so quickly and we can hardly believe this is our last newsletter of year four. This half term, we will begin to prepare the children for the transition to year five. We will begin by talking to the children about the expectations in their new year group as later this term they will find out who their new class teacher will be. They will take part in some transition activities so they can become familiar with their new teacher which we hope will ease the nerves of some children over the summer holiday.
This half term we will continue with our Tudor topic. We have already learnt about Henry VIII and his wives, however, this half term we will delve deeper into the history of the British monarchy. We will also learn more about what life was like in Tudor times and the children will gain a thorough understanding of all aspects of Tudor life. In art, we will learn about Henry’s portrait artist Hans Holbein, who will inspire our piece of art for the annual art gallery next week. We hope to learn all about his life and how he used different shades, tones and mediums to create a vast range of art. We do hope that the children will enjoy experimenting with different mediums such as charcoal, pastels and pencils.
This half term we aim to steer our learning towards mastery of the skills that have been taught throughout year four. There will be lots of opportunities for the children to complete problem solving activities that link to the wider world and will ensure that our children have a real understanding of how maths links to real life situations. We will continue to work on times tables with a particular focus on division, if you could support your child with this at home it would be greatly appreciated.
To conclude the year, we will focus on story writing. We will continue to use the text ‘The Lost Diary of King Henry VIII’s Executioner’ as most of the children have enjoyed the book so far. We hope that this will give the children to apply all of the skills they have learnt so far this year and they will create a wonderful piece of narrative. In addition, we will be learning how to use and punctuate direct speech and we will apply this skill in written conversation Henry VIII and his wives.
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.
PE will continue to take place on a Friday. Please be aware that most 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 hat and water bottle.
As you are aware, there are very few school weeks left of this academic year and there are many wonderful activities planned for the children. This includes sports days and open days, please make sure you have received the school newsletter, which has a calendar of all these events. Details can also be found on the school website. If you require any other information please feel free to come and see us. We are especially looking forward to our annual art gallery on Wednesday 20th June and hope that you will come and join us to celebrate the children’s’ achievements in art.
We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you for your support throughout the year. It has been an absolute pleasure teaching the children and watching them grow into sensible and mature individuals, who we feel sure will rise to any challenge they may face in year five. We have smiled our way through the year and wanted to a say a special thank you to all of the children for their hard work and commitment to achieving their absolute best.
We have had a truly wonderful year!
Miss Davies and Miss Wood
Year 4 are preparing for their production of Olivier. We have provided the tracks for the children to practice at home and learn the lyrics.
I want to be a Lady
Lets go to the Opera
If there’s a Star
The Charity Rag
Who am I?
Here Comes the Judge
The Criminal’s Song
The Convict’s Child
The Criminal’s Song (Reprised)
If There’s a Star (Reprised)