Welcome to Year 4
Welcome to our page and thank you for visiting! Here, find out what Year 4 are up to, view some of our amazing work and keep up-to-date with notices and dates important to our year group.
Please use these clickable links to navigate our page.
Home Learning So Far
Please click on the tab on the left hand side 'Home Learning Showcase' to view some of the fabulous and exciting learning that has taken place so far. The children of Year 4 have demonstrated such a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards their learning already and have aspired to do their absolute best during these unusual circumstances. It has been fantastic to see so many of our school values in action; children have been collaborating with their siblings and family members, a real love and passion for learning has been evident and one especially; respect. Children have shown such respect to others and their communities, many joining in with the 8pm clapping in support of the NHS. Even though we were unable to celebrate such a monumental occasion in school, the children did a remarkable job of remembering all those involved and associated with VE Day. It was so wonderful to see so many making and creating home made decorations and spending time with family in their household. A reminder that home learning activities can be accessed using the 'Pupil Secure Area' and by using the username and password provided on the leaflet.
Miss Thelwell & Mrs Till :)
Learning from Home
As detailed in the 'Home Learning Procedure' sent out on Friday 20th March, children will be able to access daily school work from the 'Pupil Secure Area' within the 'Pupil Zone' tab above. Please refer to the leaflet provided for access to this area (username and password). To contact your class teacher during this period of Home Learning, you can use the following email addresses:
4CT@leasowes.staffs.sch.uk for Mrs Till
4LT@leasowes.staffs.sch.uk for Miss Thelwell
We thought this would also be a useful time and place to provide you with websites that we as professionals use in school to support your child's learning. Many of these websites are offering free subscriptions to parents at the moment.
Step 1: Go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer
Step 2: Enter the code CVDTWINKLHELPS to sign up for free.
My Mini Maths
Completely free to use and have produced multiple 'Home School Learning Packs' for different year groups in KS2. The Mini-Maths section also allows quick warm ups where you can practise the same concept for 5 days in a row. They also have something called TT38 (times table challenge) based around the premise that when you remove the easier times tables they call the basics, there are 38 core facts to know. Children practise these core and basic facts, alongside the related division facts in a rotation of ten days. Find more information here... https://myminimaths.co.uk/tt38-times-tables-skill-builder/
White Rose Maths
This is a resource we use frequently in schools to support children with reasoning and problem solving. The team at White Rose are currently working at putting Home Learning packs together.
Times Table Rockstars
Children continue to be able to use this as part of our whole school subscription to practise daily times tables. If you click on the NumBotslogo within TTRockstars, children are now also able to use this feature to practise arithmetic.
Once Upon a Picture, The Literacy Shed, Pobble 365
These websites are packed full of fantastic stimuli for writing, from pictures to video clips. There are often teaching suggestions to help, story starters and questions to ask.
Children can also continue to use the whole school subscription to the Reading Cloud by using their individual barcodes in their Home School Records. There are some ebooks that they can access to read from home. They can also search for books and write their own reviews.
Espresso and Education City
Children can also continue to use Espresso and Education City as part of our whole school subscription. They have passwords for these within their Home School Records. Here, they can also watch clips, complete actitivites and play games for a varying range of foundation subjects too like history, geography and languages as well as the core subjects. Espresso is a great website for science.
Thanks for your continued support,
Mrs Till and Miss Thelwell
Spring 1 so far!
How are we half way through the Spring one half term already? Time flies when your learning!
We have now started to focus on our next topic - Off with their heads! and have started to read our class text A pig called Henry by Karen Wallace. We have already had some moments of laughter and amazement after only reading 3 chapters and from the teachers too! After such a fantastic focus on the time periods of British history from our Dragon Invaders topic, I'm sure this one will not disappoint. We are very much looking forward to delving deep into the Tudor time period to identify how much life has truly changed.
In science, we have also moved on and are now focusing on the unit of sound. So far, we have discovered that sounds make vibrations and it is those vibrations that pass through the air into our ears. We have taken an interesting journey through the ear hole and down into the canal. Thankfully, we didn't have to borrow any live ear canals for this process!
This half term, PE will be scheduled for a Monday afternoon where children will be developing their skittle ball skills and a Friday afternoon where Dance is the new focus.
Thank you for your continued support,
Miss Thelwell & Mrs Till
Autumn 2 Round up
Wow... and just like that we are at Christmas! The first term completed and one third of the way through year 4!
This week we have finished our Dragon Invaders topic and completed our reading of How to Train your Dragon by Cressida Cowell. There were some gasps of surprise near the end of the book which are always great to see as a teacher, and we all agreed we have thoroughly enjoyed this history based topic on the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. Favourite parts ranged from Mrs Till acting as Sven the Viking during the Viking raid, the Viking Day delivered by Timezones, making Viking longships and testing different sails in DT, making animations on Scratch in computing, to sketching our own dragons and making dragon eyes in art. See some photos in the 'Dragon Invaders' folder/tab to the left handside. After Christmas, we just have a short amount to finish on the myths we are currently writing based on Beowulf and then we will be moving on to our Tudors topic: Off with their heads!
In science, we have completed our unit on Animals including humans so your children should now be experts on teeth, digestion, food chains and webs, as well as animal adaptations. In maths this half term, we have covered the formal methods of multiplication and division, as well as some additional work on place value.
Next half term we will no longer be attending swimming. Days for PE will be confirmed in the New Year in line with our hall timetables.
Thank you for your support this half term and have a wonderful, restful Christmas.
Mrs Till & Miss Thelwell
Autumn 1 Round up - Welcome to Autumn 2!
The weeks soon go whistling by and here we are already in Autumn 2! Our Dragon Invaders topic has certainly been a highlight of our first half term and the children have loved learning about the Anglo-Saxons. This half term, there will be a change in focus as we begin to learn about the Vikings. The children are already thoroughly enjoying this and have made some great animations on Scratch of Viking raids!
In our reading and writing lessons, we have been making links to our topic by studying the book 'How to train your dragon' by Cressida Cowell. We started off by writing dragon descriptions and learning how to use fronted adverbials and expanded noun phrases. We then completed a unit of work on non-chronological reports, and planned and designed our own dragons to write about, drawing ideas from the dragons in the story. In our art lessons, we have learnt how to draw dragons from observation and used these to illustrate our reports. We know lots of parents loved reading these at parents' evening. We have also learnt how to use dialogue and written our own conversations between different characters. Last week, we wrote our own explanation texts on how to train a dragon, trying to improve the advice from Professor Yobbish (which was utterly useless and just said to yell at it!). Now, we are the best dragon trainers/ dragonologists (somebody who studies dragons) the world has ever seen!
In Science, we have been studying the unit 'Animals including Humans' and learnt all about our teeth and digestion. We have been practising our working scientifically skills on different enquiries. We have investigated how our teeth can be damaged by the different drinks that we consume, by leaving an egg in different liquids. The shell on the egg is similar to the enamel on our teeth. Ask us what we found out! We also investigated the process of digestion by replicating this with a banana and crackers (food), water (saliva), a zip lock bag (stomach), orange juice (acid), tights (the small intestine) and a cup with a whole (the large intestine and rectum). We learnt that when food passes through our digestive system, the nutrients are extracted and that waste is left. It was a very messy process! See some pictures below.
Finally, in maths we have had a whistle-stop tour of lots of areas, with lots of children nearly completing their first exercise book already. We have covered place value, decimals, addition, subtraction, time, multiplication, coordinates and shape. Please make sure that daily times tables practise is encouraged at home. We also found that some children found telling the time tricky, and any extra support you could provide them with this would be great.
Thanks for your continued support,
Mrs Till & Miss Thelwell
What's new? 4/9/19
Hi everyone and welcome back! It has been a super busy, but enjoyable week and the children have settled into their new routines and classrooms fantastically!
Please note, that this half-term Y4's will have PE on a Wednesday afternoon with Mr Williams. This could be indoor or outdoor depending on the weather, so please make sure children have appropriate kit.
Year 4 will have swimming on a Tuesday morning. Please ensure your child has their swimwear, a towel and goggles if possible. See separate swimming letter for details.
PSHE will be taken by Mr Rock on a Wednesday afternoon.
Our class timetable is available at the bottom of the page. Please note that this is subject to change.
Much of our learning for the first two weeks of term will be focused on a wonderful book, "The Atlas of Imaginary Places" by Mia Cassany and Ana de Lima. The whole school will be working on this text for the first two weeks to lead towards a celebration of writing and artwork at the end. School will be open to parents after school on Friday 13th September if you're keen to see what learning has been taking place. Year 4 have been working on the island of 'The Sleeping Whale' and 'The Cape of Flying Fish'.
Next Tuesday - the 10th September - is our "Meet the Teacher" evening. This provides an opportunity to meet your child's teacher and to find out about your child's education this academic year whilst they are in year 4. There are two time sessions to choose between so that you may visit any sibling's teachers.
5:00 - 5:30 session 1
5:45 - 6:15 session 2
Please remember that if you have any queries, I am available each afternoon on the school gate.
Mrs Till & Miss Thelwell.
Please see our school calendar on the parent news tab for upcoming Christmas Carol Concert dates.
Y4 have PE on a Wednesday afternoon with Mr Williams. This could be indoor or outdoor depending on the weather, so please make sure children have appropriate kit.
Y4 have swimming on a Tuesday morning and this will continue up until Christmas. Please ensure your child has their swimwear, a towel and goggles if possible.
BBC Bitesize KS2 - English, Maths and Science videos, games and more.
Spelling Frame - A simple website for practising the Year 3/4 and 5/6 spelling lists.
Espresso Learning - A site school has bought into; see your teacher for your login.
Sumdog - Online maths games. Please see your teacher for your login.
Mad4Maths - Click on “For Kids” to access some fun games to practise speed of recall of times tables.
Crickweb - A range of English games and activities.
KS2 Literacy - Activities to reinforce and practise a range of spelling rules.
Spellzone - A range of activities and games to practise a range of spelling rules and patterns.