Welcome to Year 4
This page provides the parents of children in my class with all of the information they should need regarding life in year 4. You will also find lots of pictures of the fun things we get up to in year 4.
- Weekly reading target (should be about 20 minutes at a time, minimum of 4 times a week) - reading records checked on a Tuesday.
- Spellings for weekly test - 8 following a specific spelling rule and two from the year 3 and 4 statutory word list - New spellings and test on Fridays
- Weekly times table activity (in preparation for Year 4 statutory tables test)
- Additional maths/English tasks where necessary
- Doodlemaths at least 3 times and at least 30 stars per week - checked on a Monday
- All children have a Duolingo login, which they may choose to use for additional French practice. This is not compulsory homework.
Year 4 PE lessons will usually be on a Wednesday afternoon with Miss Barker. Please can I ask that the children bring their kit on a Monday and keep it in school all week. This is just in case we have any timetable changes or any additional sporting activities. As we move into Autumn and the weather becomes less kind, I would like the children to bring their full indoor and outdoor kits, including trainers, each week.
Maths - multiplication of up to 3-digit by 1-digit numbers.
Literacy - we are writing stories following the theme of 'connections' for the Rotary Writing competition.
Topic - Hull: Iconic Landmarks. We will look at Hull's geographical location and the effect this has had on its history before looking into some of Hull's iconic landmarks. We will then do a more in depth study of the Humber Bridge before designing and making alternative bridges. It would enhance your child's experience of this topic if they were able to visit some of Hull's landmarks - especially The Humber Bridge.
Computing - Scratch - making games.
Science - Animals including humans - we will learn about the human digestive system, different teeth and their functions and food chains.
Art - Pencil drawings. We will build up to drawing pictures of some of Hull's iconic landmarks. We will also draw pictures of The Iron Man.
Music - Abba. We will study the music of Abba and learn to perform the song Mamma Mia. We will sing as well as play glockenspiels and recorders.
NEW! Year 4 Statutory Tables Check
You may or may not have heard that, from this academic year, all children in Year 4 will sit a statutory times table check in June. They will be tested on 25 multiplication questions, based on the tables from 2 to 12. Although this is nothing to worry about, I would like the children in my class to be well equipped to do well in the test. I will be providing the children with lots of opportunities to practise and develop their times tables skills throughout the year, including: regular chanting, daily quick fire questions, rhymes, weekly tests and a weekly intervention group 'Times Tables Tuesday' for those who really struggle. However, there are things which you could do at home to further support your child, especially if s/he struggles with his/her tables. These are:
- The Doodlemaths tables app (please note that using the tables app does not count towards the weekly homework target)
- Times tables flash cards - we are happy to provide these.
- Sing songs - YouTube is great for these.
- Use journey times to chant the tables and give your child some quick fire questions.
- There are some great games on this website: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables
- This website is set out very similarly to the official tables check so is a good tool for practising for the check: https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check
- Tables Tennis - https://www.ictgames.com/tablesTennis/mobile/index.html
- By following this link, you will find an interactive tables matching activity. However, you could make up your own version of the game using physical cards to focus on the specific tables your child needs to learn https://nrich.maths.org/1252
- Times Tables Swat - buy a cheap fly swat, lay out the answers to different multiplication questions on the floor/table, you ask a question e.g. 3x7 and your child has to swat the correct answer.
If you would like further information on what the times table check is, you can find it here: https://matr.org/blog/times-tables-test-parents-guide/
Christmas is coming. Below are some ideas for educational gifts (all available from Amazon) which might help your child with their tables:
- David Walliams Billionaire Boy's Tremendous Times Table Games
- MathMat-iQ (board game)
- Mrs J's Brilliant Tables Game
- Times Tables Rock Audio CD - great for car journeys
Year 4's Class Rules
We worked as a class to come up with and agree to the following class rules:
Always be polite to others.
Respect other people, their belongings and their beliefs.
Line up quietly.
Always walk around school.
Always listen to the grown ups when they are talking.
Look after your belongings.
Always be honest.
Always try your best.
On the morning of Tuesday 3rd December, the year 4 children baked gingerbread men.
That afternoon, the children decorated their gingerbread men with lots of sweet treats.
Then, on Thursday morning, we came in to class to find that our naughty elf had eaten the leftover gingerbread men!!!
Art with Mrs Lodge – Tuesday 26th November
We were lucky enough to welcome Mrs Lodge, school governor and local artist, into our class this morning.
She taught us how to use charcoal and chalk to create tonal drawings.
First, we experimented with the charcoal and chalk. We learned how to use different techniques to create different effects.
Then we practiced drawing pictures of The Deep or The Humber Bridge using the techniques we had learnt.
We put all of our new skills into practice when creating our final pieces.
What did we learn today?
“Just do it big and be wild and creative” – Alex.
It was dirty work but we had lots of fun and learnt some new skills.
Mamma Mia by Year 4
Mamma Mia, I am sure you will agree that the year 4s singing and performing this 1970s classic sounds ABBA-solutely fantastic. My my, we’ve had so much practice. But, I’ve made up my mind, it must come to an end and we must move on to a new topic.
PS - Watch out for Mrs Prutton making a cheeky guest appearance towards the end!!
Science – The Digestive System – Thursday 14th November
In science this week, the children experienced a practical demonstration of how the digestive system works. They recreated the journey our food takes from the mouth to the ‘other end’. It was very messy and gross - we loved it!
The food is chewed up in the mouth and mixed with saliva before travelling down the oesophagus and into the stomach where it is mixed with stomach acids and broken down further.
Then, the food travels through the duodenum and into the small intestine where the nutrients are absorbed into the body.
Next, the leftover food moves into the large intestine where most of the water is absorbed before the waste leaves the body as poo!!
Mixed Media Remembrance Art – Friday 8th November
The children experimented with charcoal in today’s art lesson. They practised drawing and shading and used the charcoal to create different effects. They then applied their new skills, alongside watercolour painting, to create really effective Remembrance Day artwork.
Animals Including Humans – Lesson 1 – Thursday 7th November
Our Autumn 2 science topic is Animals Including Humans. As part of this topic, the children need to understand all about the digestive system.
Today, we ate apple and talked about the journey it would take through our digestive systems. We discussed what happens at each stage and of the digestive process. I bet you can guess which part all of the children found most interesting!
We used string to demonstrate the length of the small intestine and pushed a tennis ball through some tights to demonstrate how food is pushed through the intestines. Then, we had a look inside Jasmine’s body at her digestive system.
Topic – Design and Technology – Bridge Building
As part of our topic this term about Hull’s iconic landmarks, the children were set the task of designing and building an alternative to the Humber Bridge.
DT lessons over the past couple of weeks have focused on exploring bridge designs and structures. The children took inspiration from real life bridges and used them in their designs.
The children first had to decide whether to build a suspension or a truss bridge. Then, they designed their bridges in teams. The children worked really well in their teams to build their bridges.
I am sure that you will agree that the finished products look really impressive. Every person who has walked past them has said “WOW!”
Well done year 4 – you have done a brilliant job!!
The children worked hard on their line drawings of the Iron Man, which made fantastic front covers for their Iron Man recounts. Don't they look great?
Well done to all of the children in Year 4 who participated in the cross country competition at Wolfreton. You all did brilliantly!
Harry and Josh brought in the model suspension bridge they made at home to show us. We were very impressed! Good practice for when we build our bridges in DT.
In Art, on Friday 27th September, we recreated a line drawing of Hull landmarks
On Thursday 3rd October, year 4 went on an Invertebrate Hunt around the school grounds. We found lots of different invertebrates and used identification keys to identify them.
We are experts on living things and know lots about invertebrates.
Just for Fun Quiz
Try this Invertebrate Quiz - you could play kids versus adults.
- What is the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates?
- Can you name one class of invertebrates?
- What is the hard, protective layer called that some invertebrates have on the outside of their body?
- What is the special name of an invertebrate with an exoskeleton?
- What kind of invertebrates have eight legs?
- Name one difference between insects and arachnids.
1: vertebrates have a backbone and invertebrates do not
2: insects, arachnids, annelids, protozoa, crustaceans, molluscs or echinoderms (your child may name a specific animal e.g. worm or spider)
3: exoskeleton (your child may also say cuticle as this is the special name for a centipede's exoskeleton)
5: Arachnids (your child may say spider but there are other types of arachnids such as scorpions)
6: insects have 6 legs and arachnids have 8.
Science - Thursday 3rd October - Invertebrate Hunt
Friday 4th October - Mamma Mia with glockenspiel accompaniment - "Music to my ears!!"