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Year 4 Information Sheet – Summer 2017

Here is an outline of important information for Year 4.  It contains a breakdown of the curriculum for the term and contains a weekly timetable. The timetable sees the school day divided into 4 main teaching sessions.  It is crucially important that children are in school on time and not late. Registration takes place at 8.55am. Lessons will start promptly at 9.10am.

 

This year, the Year 4 class teacher is Miss Sumner. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns about your child.

 

The class will also be taught by Mr Ward for PE on Tuesday afternoon. Even though our PE day is on a Tuesday, the children do need their kit in school every day in case unexpected activities are scheduled at the last minute.

 

Lunchtimes start at 12:15, with Cafe Crunch offering fantastic, balanced meal choices.  Lunch orders must be organised a week in advance and children will not be able to order on a daily basis.

 

At the end of the day, children will be dismissed from their first floor classroom and will need to collect their lunch boxes from the lunch trolley before joining parents in the playground.

 

Curriculum

This term our topic is Trails and Connections. We will be learning how to read maps using co-ordinates and using keys to locate different landmarks including capital cities and other landmarks. As part of this topic we will be comparing our town of Reading with Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. We will look at the differences in the location, facilities and culture between the two towns. Our computing work will be focused on methods of communication that we could use when contacting people in further afield locations. As part of our Art and Design work for this topic we will be creating our own fabric prints inspired by fabrics designed and produced in Dubai.

 

Homework

Children in Year 4 will typically have 4 pieces of homework per week.

 

Spelling Groups will be taught across the Key Stage with spelling lessons and tests every Wednesday.  Spellings will be set every Wednesday by their spelling group teacher and will need to be learnt for the next Wednesday.

 

Talk homework will be set on a Monday ready for Big Write on a Friday.

 

English homework will continue to take the form of either grammar practise or a reading comprehension and but will now be given out on Thursday and taken in the following Tuesday.

 

Maths homework will set in their maths homework books. This will also be set on a Thursday and taken in the following Tuesday.

 

In addition, children need to be able to confidently recall up to their 12 times table. As well as practise in the classroom, some children will need to practise their times tables at home.  Where this is the case, those children will be sent home with a practise sheet on Monday for testing on Friday. I have also included the following website which contains many different times tables interactive activities which may help your child learn their times tables: http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables.

 

Reading

Children will need to read regularly to an adult. They will take part in weekly guided reading sessions in school but children should be still reading at home regularly. Our book changing days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday so that the children have time to read and discuss the longer texts.  As children become free readers, it is important that they continue to note down the books they have read in their record book so that we can monitor the types of literature they are reading. It is important that the children’s reading records are signed by an adult to confirm that they have read the book. If anyone is available to listen to children read then please let us know.

 

ClassDoJo

This year, we will be using ClassDojo to support our behaviour policy. The children have already discussed the class rules and when they believe they should receive ClassDoJo points. Parents and carers who register on ClassDoJo will receive a weekly summary of the points that their child has earned, plus any comments made by teachers.  The points will count towards class and personal awards and rewards.

 

If you require any further information about our day, then please do not hesitate to ask.

 

Thank you

 

Miss Sumner

 

 

Homework

Reading records

PE Kit


Given:        Thursday
Return:       Tuesday


To be seen Monday, Wednesday and Friday
(Changed whenever completed)


Must be in all week.
PE takes place on Tuesday.

 

Camping 2017

Year 4 had a really exciting time away on their camping trip last Thursday and Friday in connection with our Wolf Brother English topic. We put up our own tents first on the Thursday followed by a visit to the farm on the tractor. During Thursday afternoon, we went river wading by Bradfield College which was a new activity for most of us. In the evening, we had a BBQ and a campfire where we were able to toast marshmallows and tell jokes. Later on, we went bat detecting using echo-location devices in the black barn. After a short night's sleep, we were all up early (at sunrise!) and searched for our own breakfast cereal in the woods. On Friday we all went pond dipping and were able to build dens.Year 4 had a fantastic time! Here are our photos we would like to share with you of our trip.

As part of our Combined Studies topic we have been learning about traditional food eaten in the UAE. We had the opportunity to try some traditional English and UAE food. We tried hummus with vegetable sticks and breadsticks; falafel, bread and butter, yorkshire puddings, and couscous. Year 4 were very good at trying new foods and some of us found that we really enjoyed them! Here are some pictures of us trying the foods:

Bath Bombs

On Friday 23rd June 2017, Year 4 had a very exciting visit from Reading University. We all had the opportunity to make bath bombs out of household ingredients. Firstly, we had to mix the bicarbonate of soda with the citric acid powder. We chose a food colouring to add to our bath bomb, and some of us chose to add some glitter and a scent to them. Here are some photos of us making our bath bombs:

Printing

This term our topic is Trails and Connections. We have been comparing the features of Reading to Dubai. As part of this, we also considered the traditional clothing worn in Dubai and the patterns used on the fabrics. We firstly designed our stamp in our sketch books and then made it using cardboard and string. After printing with our stamps on paper, we decided to evaluate and improve them using different materials. We found that foam worked much better to we produced another stamp using the same design and used them to firstly practise on paper and then print on to our own fabric. Here are some photos of our stamp design:

Dental Talk

On Tuesday 21st March 2017 as part of our science topic 'Teeth and the Digestive System', we were very fortunate to receive a talk from the Triangle Dental surgery on keeping our teeth healthy. We all were able to use disclosing tablets before brushing our teeth in the session to highlight any parts of our teeth that we were missing when brushing. The dental nurse explained the functions of the different teeth in our mouths and we discussed different foods that can harm or keep our teeth healthy.

As part of British Science week, year 4 had a look at chemical reactions. We poured milk in to a petri-dish and then dropped food colouring in to observe the changes. Once the colours had dispersed, we added a drop of washing up liquid and observed what happened.

Looking at the Digestive System

As part of our Science topic 'Teeth and Digestion' we had the opportunity to make our own digestive system. We used a plastic sandwich bag to represent the stomach and tights to represent the small intestines. Firstly we crushed the biscuits and banana to replicate our teeth chewing the food. This was poured in to the stomach (plastic bag). We used orange juice to represent the acid in our stomach so we added this to the bag too and gave it a good mix! Lastly, the contents of the bag was emptied in to the tights and the juices that ran out of the tights represented the nutrients entering our blood stream through the small intestines. We had lots of fun with this activity!

In Combined Studies this term we have been looking at the structure of the earth and the formation of volcanos. As a DT/Art project we have made our own volcanos using a plastic drinks bottle, cardboard and papier mache. Once the papier mache had dried, we painted our volcanos ready to explode them near the end of this term.

Sky Studios - 20th February 2017

On Monday 21st February, Year 4 went on a class trip to the Sky Studios in Osterley, London to tie in with our English and Combined Studies work this term. In English we have been looking at news reports. We used this opportunity to write the script for our own news report on Natural Disasters (linked to our Combined Studies topic). At the Sky Studios Skills Academy we were able to record and act out our news report. We learned all about the different roles that are required to produce a news report and each child took on one of these roles within the group. The trip was very successful and we all had lots of fun producing our news report which is available to watch below:

Skills Studios 2017.mp4

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Viking Longships

Over the past few weeks we have been learning about how Vikings travelled to other countries in order to invade. We have learned about the typical structure of a Viking Longship and the advantages of the different features. To make our Viking Longships we have used a variety of different skills, including measuring and sawing different lengths of wood.

PE lessons

Due to timetable changes, Year 4 will now have their PE lesson with Mr Ward on a Tuesday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has their full PE kit in school from Monday to Friday. Thank you!

Roald Dahl Day - October 2016

Year 4 and Miss Gould's Reception class teamed up to produce a small scene from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Year 4 began by writing the playscript for the 'Chocolate Room' scene in their English lessons leading up to Roald Dahl day, identifying key characters to use, writing stage directions for the characters and producing their own dialogue for the scene. The script used in this scene was written by Bethany, Elise, Rukaya, Prajin and Kelsey.

 

On Tuesday 18th October, both Reception and Year 4 worked together to produce the scenery for Mr Wonka's Chocolate Room. Split in to three mixed groups, some children painted the waterfall, others painted the grass (with their feet!) and the final group made different types of carboard sweets to fill the backdrop and act as props for the actors. After finishing the scenery, Year 4 spent time teaching Miss Gould's class the Oompa Loompa song to finish the end of the scene with. Miss Gould's clas very kindly made biscuits during their cookery session in the afternoon which were iced on Wednesday with some assistance from some of the Year 4s. Wednesday was spent preparing the acting and singing for the scene which was recorded in the afternoon. Both Miss Gould's class and Year 4 should be very proud of the scene they have produced and the staff were impressed by the way all the children worked together!

 

Photographs of the day to follow...

Roald Dahl Day 2016.mp4

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The 'Chocolate Room' scene based on 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' by Roald Dahl.

Black History Month

As part of Black History Month we have also completed the other half of the photograph of Frank Arthur Bailey using sketching pencils.

Black History Month

Year 4 used their ICT skills to research some information on Frank Arthur Bailey, the first black London firefighter. Working in partners, we have successfully found information and as a class have produced a factfile on Frank Arthur Bailey below.

Fact File

Name:

Frank Arthur Bailey

Born:

In 1925 in Guyana, West Indies. Lived until he was 90 years old.

Moved to England:

Moved in 1953 to become a political activist. Heard about the firefighting community and applied for a job with the Fire Brigades Union.

Job:

Fire Fighter in London.

Family:

Had 3 daughters.

Picture:

 

 

Viking Rune Stones

As part of our topic of the Vikings this term we have created our own Viking Rune Stones. Rune Stones were stones that the Vikings carved messages and stories in to as they did not have access to pencil and paper like we do today. The Vikings used their own Futhark alphabet to construct the words. We have have written our own names and messages in Futhark and have engraved them on to our own Rune stones.

Eden Project Trip 28th-29th September 2016

Year 4 were extremely priviledged to be able to visit the Eden Project in Cornwall as part of Churchend's prize won from the Rolls Royce Science Competition with their Eco-Mad project. This trip links very well with our current topic of 'Habitats' in Science this term. We firstly enjoyed some time on the beach making sand castles, paddling in the sea (a first time experience for some of us!) and flying a kite before we headed on to the Eden Project for some dinner and our special 'Secret Biomes' Workshop. Year 4 were very lucky to be able to explore the Rainforest Biome in the evening whilst it was shut to the rest of the public. We learned lots about different food grown in the rainforest and the type of habitat the rainforest provides for different animals and plants. On Thursday morning, we took part in a 'Rainforest Rangers' workshop where we had to use the Rainforest Biome to record different materials we could use for food, water and shelter to survive as a Rainforest Ranger. Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed their experience at the Eden Project and are very grateful to all those who helped this happen!

On Friday 16th September Year 4 kick started their topic of 'Invaders and Settlers' with a fantastic Viking Workshop run by the 'Longship Trading Company'. We learned lots about Viking life including what they wore, the tools they used, weapons and trial and punishment. Year 4 handled many different Viking artefacts and were able to ask lots of questions about them too! We had a fantastic day and are keen to continue learning about the Vikings in our Combined Studies lessons.

Welcome to Year 4!

This year, the Year 4 class teacher is Miss Sumner. Please do not hesitate to contact me if there is any concern about your child. The class will also be taught by Mr Ward for PE on Thursday afternoon.

 

Here is an outline of important information for Year 4.  It contains a breakdown of the curriculum for the term and contains a weekly timetable. The timetable sees the school day divided into 4 main teaching sessions.  Assemblies will be held in the afternoon session to maximise the use of prime teaching time in the morning. Because of this, it is crucially important that children are in school on time and not late. Lessons will start promptly at 9.10am. Spelling Groups will be taught across the Key Stage with spelling lessons and tests every Wednesday. Even though our PE day is on a Tuesday, the children do need their kit in school every day in case of unexpected activities being scheduled at the last minute.

 

Lunchtimes start at 12:15, with Cafe Crunch offering fantastic, balanced meal choices.  Lunch orders must be organised a week in advance and children will not generally be able to order on a daily basis.

 

At the end of the day, children will be dismissed from their first floor classroom and will need to collect their lunch boxes from the lunch trolley before joining parents in the playground.

 

Curriculum

We have a very exciting term ahead and we are all looking forward to it.

 

This term we'll learn about Invaders (the Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and Scots), discovering how they shaped British society, how they invaded countries, methods of travel and everyday life. In Science, we will be learning about Living Things and Sound. In English, we will be studying range of Viking tales and sagas in order to plan and write our own, followed by work on playscripts based on a Viking Raid

 

Homework

Children in Year 4 will typically have 4 pieces of homework per week.

 

Spellings will be set every Wednesday by their spelling group teacher and will need to be learnt for the next Wednesday.

 

English homework will continue to take the form of either grammar practise or a reading comprehension and will be given out on Friday and taken in the following Wednesday.

 

Talk homework will be set on a Monday ready for Big Write on a Friday.

 

Maths homework will set in their maths homework books. This will be set on a Friday to be handed in on the following Wednesday.

 

In addition, children need to be able to confidently recall up to their 12 times table. As well as practise in the classroom, some children will need to practise their times tables at home. Where this is the case, those children will be sent home with a practise sheet on Monday for testing on Friday. I have also included the following website which contains many different times tables interactive activities which may help your child learn their times tables: http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables.

 

Reading

Children will need to read regularly to an adult. They will take part in weekly guided reading sessions in school but children should be still reading at home. Our book changing days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday so that the children have time to read and discuss the longer texts. As children become free readers, it is important that they continue to note down the books they have read in their record book so that we can monitor the types of literature they are reading. If anyone is available to listen to children read then please let us know.

 

ClassDoJo

This year, we will be using ClassDoJo to support our behaviour policy. The children have already discussed the class rules and when they believe they should receive ClassDoJo points. Parents and carers, who register on ClassDoJo, will receive a weekly summary of the points that their child has earned plus any comments made by teachers.  The points will count towards class and personal awards and rewards.

 

If you require any further information about our day, then please do not hesitate to ask.

 

Thank you

 

Miss Sumner

 

Homework

Reading records

PE Kit


Given:        Friday
Return:       Wednesday


To be seen Monday, Wednesday and Friday
(Changed whenever completed)


Must be in all week.
PE takes place on Tuesday.

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