Welcome back to the summer term! We are looking forward to lots of learning and exciting times ahead as we start the climb to year 5!
In English, we will be learning to write play scripts and stories with dilemmas. This term will see us livening up our English lessons by giving the children the opportunity to attend five ‘Active Literacy’ workshops.
As mathematicians in Year 4, the children will continue reinforce the four rules of subtraction, addition, multiplication and division, both mental and written methods. Children be learning about angles, properties of shapes, statistics and converting measurements.
For more information about our learning this term, please click on the Summer Term Curriculum Overview.
Times tables are still an area requiring continuing improvement, please encourage your child to learn and revisit tables they are struggling with as this knowledge aids so much of their learning in maths. There will continue to be a strong emphasis on recalling times tables this term up to 12 x 12. Children will continue to complete ‘Rockstars Times Tables’ in school and we strongly advise children get involved with ‘Rockstars’ at home. ‘Times Tables Superhero Clubs’ will continue where children complete a timed challenge before moving onto the next club. Our school will be trialling the new Year 4 multiplication tables check in the summer term, for more information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/multiplication-tables-check-trials-to-begin-in-schools
PE days in Year 4 will continue to be:
Thursday/Friday Class 13
Tuesday/Thursday Class 14
Monday/Tuesday Class 15
Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school (black shorts, white t-shirt and pumps). Additionally, please provide your child with an outdoor kit consisting of; plain black/grey/blue joggers, suitable outdoor shoes (trainers) also a plain sweatshirt as PE will take place outside wherever possible. It would also be appreciated if all uniform (including PE kit and pumps) is labelled with your child’s full name and class. Please can we remind parents that no jewellery should be worn in school with the exception of stud earrings, and in line with Health and Safety guidelines, these should not be worn on PE days. Children will be asked to remove earrings before PE sessions.
In June, children will have the opportunity to complete Bikeability workshops. In order to participate in this workshop, your child will need a roadworthy bike (with both brakes fully functioning). Halfords offer a free bike check service and 10% voucher off any work that may need to be carried out. This can be found at The Bikeability Participants Hub https://bikeability.org.uk/partnerships/halfords/. Your child must be able to ride a bike without stabilizers and will be unable to take part in their level one training if they are unable to do so. Your child is also required to wear their own safety helmet. Details about dates to follow.
Phonics will continue to be grouped across the year group like last term, however due to Active Literacy sessions, spelling tests will now take place on a Wednesday and then recommence on a Monday when the Active Literacy sessions end. Please note that your child may have a different teacher and be in a different group following our assessments at the end of last term. Additionally, children will also receive 10 spellings on a Friday (to be tested the following Friday) from their class teacher, which are related to their age.
Each week, we still expect pupils to read their school book and complete their journal. May we stress the importance of this and how the written responses are very important as they help show your child’s understanding. It is vital your child has their reading book in school every day. Additionally, they will continue with their creative purple homework book.
Not forgetting our residential visit to Conwy in a few week! This was extremely successful last year and we look forward to an enjoyable few days away. CLICK HERE for the information we shared at the Conwy meeting.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher, who will usually be available at the end of each day. We anticipate a busy and exciting term ahead. Thank you for your continued support.
Miss Hannon/Mrs Humpherson (Year Leaders) Mr Holmes Miss Ringland
Year 4 had a lovely day celebrating all things Asian! Children had the opportunity to make Chinese fans, design mehndi patterns, learn an Indian dance, create rangoli patterns, listen to Arjan play his dhol drum and participate in a delicious Indian feast made by Mrs Suwali! Thank you to parents/carers for providing children with their amazing outfits.
Look at our amazing creative homework!
Year 4 children loved celebrating World Book Day!
Year 4 children thoroughly enjoyed their visit from West Midlands Fire Service. The children watched a short film to show how quickly fire spreads, then learnt about:
- Smoke detectors
- Escape plans
- Emergency calls
- Fire hazards
- Stop, drop and roll
- Pedestrian safety
- In-car safety
During the session they learnt vital life saving skills.
We composed some emotive poems and created some super poppy pictures to commemorate Remembrance Day.
Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Tamworth Castle where they had the opportunity to dress up as Anglo-Saxon soldiers, take part in an archaeological dig and re-enact a battle! The children were a credit to Elston Hall, asking relevant questions and impressing the staff at Tamworth castle with their knowledge about Anglo-Saxons.
We loved celebrating Elston Hall's 80th anniversary! It was fun to experience school life in the 1930's.
In DT we have been learning about healthy eating. Our healthy sandwiches were delicious!
Photos from 2017/2018
Year 4 getting to grips with their hand signals!
Year 4 have had a wonderful experience at Aldersley High School learning about cells and acids. The pupils participated in a range of activities.
Classes 13 and 15 enjoyed their trip to Aldersley today. Both classes enjoyed carrying out science experiments. Class 13 were able to use the microscopes to look at onion cells. Class 15 looked at how metals react with certain acids.
Well done to Rithik, Kai, Zaara and Katelyn who participated in the Year 4 Mathematics Challenge at Wolverhampton Girls' High School! Our four mathematicians enjoyed mental challenges and logical problems whilst competing against 70 other teams! We are still awaiting official results but are extremely proud of the effort and focus of them all!
This afternoon Year 4 were lucky enough to have the opportunity to participate in a fencing workshop. The children enjoyed learning the techniques required within the sport.
Year 4 Asia Day
Year 4 enjoyed a unique school day this week, as we celebrated our Asia day. Children were invited to come dressed in Asian clothing or wear the colours of an Asian country's flag. We even had some children who drew the flags onto t-shirts.
We started our morning by making Chinese flags and fortune cookies. We then danced our socks off in the hall to some Indian music, which we all enjoyed.
After play we learnt about Rangoli patterns and the importance they have during Diwali. We even created our own designs on the playground using chalk.
The highlight of our day was tasting Asian food including; rice, poppadums', chickpea curry, prawn crackers and chapattis. It was very tasty and lots of the children were trying food for the first time which was good to see.
We hope all the children had a fantastic day celebrating our Geography topic of Asia.
Please click on the link below for the powerpoint from the parents meeting on 27th November about Year 4's residential to Conwy.
Year 4 welcomed the Fire service to inform us about fire safety. We learnt what we should do to prevent a fire such as fitting smoke alarms and closing our doors when we go to bed. Also we learnt what to do if we were in a situation where fire was present.
Look at our fantastic homework!