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Welcome to Year 4!

 

Things to remember:

 

P.E
We have PE every Tuesday. Please make sure children have PE kits in school on Tuesdays. 

 

Year 4 Residential

Our residential this year is at Ilam Hall on Wednesday 15th May. We will leave school at 9.30 on Wednesday and our planned return is at 3.10 on Thursday 16th.

 

Homework

The Year 4 homework menu has been sent home. There are loads of different activities for you to try and you have until the end of this half term to complete as many as you can. Up to 10 stickers will be given for every piece of homework.

Spellings are sent home every Friday.

Times-table activity sheets are available to take home and all children have a log on for the fantastic app Times Table Rock Stars, which they can play on a computer, phone or tablet.

 

Reading

Reading Rocks has been replaced by Vipers, which continues this half term with new books. 

 

Please read your school book at home at least 4 times a week and record it on your Reading Race Track! 

This term we are reading these chapter books together as a class.

 

 

Year 4 Mosque Visit

Year 4 got a taste of the wonderful diversity at their school when they explored a mosque this half term. It was an inspiring experience, where many Islamic children here at Northgate explained and described the special objects and surroundings to children in the class. Children had fantastic questions, such as, "Why do men and women go in separate areas?". We were very proud of the respectful behaviour and thoughtful questions of our children.

Ice Skating

A huge well done to Year 4 for a fantastic half term on the rink at the Nottingham Ice Skating Arena. The children showed such resilience as they progressed, making the Year 4 team very proud.

 

Our Trip to the Lakeside

 

We had a fantastic day last term at the Lakeside Art Gallery. Year 4 shared their creative ideas about the art up in the gallery with a local artist, then impressed her with their own sketching skills. They enjoyed some winter sunshine while spotting the local wildlife around the lake and even found time to build a home for local hedgehogs.

 

 

English

 

We get to learn how to write our own stories this term. We are reading a very special copy of The Wind in the Willows, which Mrs Southey's granddad gave her when she was a little girl. There's a problem though! The pages are missing from the end! The only thing to do is to write poor Mrs Southey our own endings. Do not fear Mrs Southey, Year 4 are on the case!

 

Our focus this term continues to be on children independently checking their grammar, punctuation and spellings as well as trying to produce the best quality and quantity of work that they can.  Our grammar themes of adding detail to writing with noun phrases and adverbials, and punctuating speech correctly continue this term. Children will also get the opportunity to independently use the key skills learnt in year 3, especially joined handwriting.

 

 

Last term the children impressed us with their fantastic conversations between Dr Who and an alien that they created. They did a great job using speech marks, and what better way to show these off than inside a Tardis. They are making our classrooms look out of this world!

 

Maths

 

Now that we are Year 4, it is really important that we all keep working hard to memorise our times tables up to 12 x 12. By the end of the year, we need to know all these tables off by heart! Doing these at home will be a great way to ensure that we can access maths with greater ease at school.

 

Times Table Rock Stars is a super app to get some practice of those times tables on. We have a whole day of times table fun activities with a Times Table Rock Stars day on 5th February. We are looking forward to getting into the role fully with fancy dress.

 

Every Friday we get maths active! We build, draw, prove and explain our problem of the week to practice the maths we move onto over the next few weeks.

 

 

 

Curriculum

 

This half term we explore what the job of an archaeologist is. We are exploring life in Ancient Greece while understanding how archaeologists find objects for us to learn these things from. We are busy researching and putting clues together in order to get creative and make our own pots from clay.

 

 

 

 

  • Relationships
  • Respect
  • Resourcefulness
  • Reflection
  • Resilience
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