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Year 4

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.

Homework Activities

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.

PE

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.

 

Autumn topics:

Maths - addition and subtraction of up to 4-digit numbers using the compact columnar method.

Literacy - we will be studying The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. We will write recounts from different character's points of view. We will study the features of the text and take inspiration from it to use in our own writing.

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 - E-safety. We are looking at ways to keep ourselves safe online.

Science - Living Things and their Habitats. We will learn how living things are classified in different ways.

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.

 

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:

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/

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.

 

 

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?

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?  1

Well done to all of the children in Year 4 who participated in the cross country competition at Wolfreton. You all did brilliantly!

Well done to all of the children in Year 4 who participated in the cross country competition at Wolfreton. You all did brilliantly!  1

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.

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. 1

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.

 

  1. What is the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates?
  2. Can you name one class of invertebrates?
  3. What is the hard, protective layer called that some invertebrates have on the outside of their body?
  4. What is the special name of an invertebrate with an exoskeleton?
  5. What kind of invertebrates have eight legs?
  6. Name one difference between insects and arachnids.

 

 

ANSWERS:

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)

4: Arthropod

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.

Friday 4th October - Mamma Mia with glockenspiel accompaniment - "Music to my ears!!"

Friday 4th October - Mamma Mia with glockenspiel accompaniment - "Music to my ears!!" 1
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