Welcome to Year 4!
Welcome to Miss Withams' Year 4 class! On this page you will find useful information about our work and ways you can help your child at home. Check back often to see what we've been learning!
School Closure Information
Please follow the link to our Year 4 page of the blog which will be updated regularly with information about work to complete at home. If you haven't already, please also log into Google Classroom by following the instructions included in the pack that was sent home when we closed.
Daily English (reading, writing or grammar) and Maths tasks will be uploaded onto Google Classroom. I will try to make these tasks that can be completed on paper as much as possible for those children who are struggling to use Google Classroom. However, if they are able, please encourage them to use Google Classroom for some tasks.
I have also uploaded onto Google Classroom this week's 'afternoon' grid, which can also be found below. The children can choose which activities they want to complete from this grid and adapt them as they wish. Feel free to extend the activities further if it is something that your child has really enjoyed doing - just comment on the blog or on Google Classroom if you want an idea of an extension to an activity!
It is beneficial for the children to have regular breaks in the day, where they can be active for a bit. As they won't be able to go outside and run around a playground, please encourage them to be active in a different way. On Google Classroom is a weekly 'menu' of challenges to try. Or keep an eye on the blog for ideas from me, and from members of staff, of things they can do to stay active.
Follow the link to watch our school's VE Day video, featuring lots of people you may know!
Also on this page are our fantastic videos showing off our Anglo Saxon knowledge, including the amazing house models that we made!
Spring Term 2020!
Welcome back for the second half of the Spring Term. We have got a busy half term ahead with our RSA4 social action project, a trip to Wolverley High School and road safety training. Keeping checking the website for information about all the things we're doing, and for pictures of the fun we're having!
We are continuing our 'Smashing Saxons' topic that we started just before the holiday. Find the curriculum map for this topic at the bottom of the page.
Gardening - this will usually be on a Tuesday afternoon, however there will be a couple of weeks where it is different - I will let you know when. Please make sure your child has suitable clothes that could potentially get wet and muddy!
Our Class Assembly
Thank you to all the parents, grandparents, siblings and anyone else who came to our class assembly on Wednesday morning. The children loved being able to find out facts about different European countries and sharing them with everyone!
Year 4 Blog
To access the Year 4 Blog, which some of the children have started contributing to, click 'Children', then scroll down to 'Blogging'.
Homework - Your child receives homework on a Friday (maths or English) which must be handed in on a Wednesday morning. This should be completed in their green homework book. In addition to this, topic grids are given out termly/half termly. See the link at the bottom of the page for this term's grid. Spellings will be given out and tested weekly.
PE - This term PE is always on a Tuesday morning, which will be indoors. The second PE session of the week rotates according to visiting specialists and availability of our hall, but will usually be on a Friday and will usually be outdoors. Therefore your child needs their PE kit in school every day so that they are prepared from week to week.
PE kit should consist of:
Reading - Please hear your child read every night for around 15-20 minutes (as far as is possible). Fluency in reading helps children to build their understanding of the world, their comprehension, vocabulary and develops empathy for others. Reading can be from many sources, not just their reading scheme book. Try this list for ideas: https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/reading-lists-for-ks2-school-pupils/suggested-reading-list-for-year-4-pupils-ks2-age-8-9/
Our learning in Year 4
English & Topic
This term we are looking at the 'Smashing Saxons'. We will be finding out about the rise and fall of the Anglo Saxons, including where they came from, their culture, some of their beliefs and why Anglo Saxon rule ended. We will be inspired by the Anglo Saxons for our art and DT work. In English we will be exploring the Anglo Saxon epic poem Beowulf, and meeting the gruesome creatures of Grendel and his mother, as well as the hero, Beowulf himself.
In KS2 we all follow the No Nonsense Spelling programme. Each week children have lessons on how to spell the patterns needed to be successful spellers for their age group. Recent patterns include the various ways to spell the "shun" sound (tion, sion, ssion, cian) and the "chur" sound (ture). Children use spelling journals in class to record their learning and support their independent spelling during writing lessons. See below for a copy of the Year 3/4 spelling list from the National Curriculum.
The whole school began the Maths No Problem approach to lessons. In Year 4 we love learning using this method as it's full of practical diagrams and uses bar modelling to support children's understanding. If you would like to know more about the Maths No Problem programme, follow this link: https://mathsnoproblem.com/en/parent-videos/
For support with basic number facts and times tables, encourage children to try the Top Marks website and play some fun games that help consolidate learning! https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables