Welcome to Year 4!
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Welcome back to another exciting school year!
After a long, hard year in KS1 last year, the children will now take another step up the school ladder and move up into KS2 and into Year Four. We will continue the hard work from last year and prepare the children for the coming years in KS2. The Year Four team who will be helping your children on their school journey this year are:
Mrs Taheir – Class Teacher
Miss Gaddu – Class Teacher
Mrs Taylor – Teaching assistant
Mrs Brown – Teaching assistant
Mr Cartwright – Teaching assistant
We have been fortunate enough to start this half term with a twist and as a school explored Southfields Farm to extend our learning of our Topic ‘Food for life’.
To launch our ‘Food for life’ topic we looked at the children story book ‘Carla’s Sandwich’, written by Debbie Herman. Which is about a young girl who brings a variety of unique sandwiches into school. The children learned about where our food comes from, what it means to have a healthy diet including the five main food groups. Then children had to design their very own unique sandwich, we had some amazing ideas. We then set them the challenge of creating their own sandwiches in the parent workshop in September. We had some very interesting and unique sandwiches! To challenge the children we set them a task of researching what different breads were called in different languages. The children found some interesting results, for example, bread is called ‘focaccia’ in Italian and ‘brotchen’ in German!
To give the children a true experience of seeing how things grow we went on a school visit to Southfields Farm. We experienced feeling different crops and seeds and learning about how these grow. The children were then given the chance to use the milling machine to turn wheat into flour. We also had the opportunity to go pound dipping and mini bug hunting, which the children loved! The children were then given the chance to see, feed and even stroke lots of different animals on the farm.
This Autumn One term in topic children will be focusing on rivers, the features of the different parts of a river, the different rivers countries have and discovering where we can find water. In Science we will be learning all about living things and their habitats, children will be look at the vertebrate and invertebrate animal groups. In English we will be looking at the ‘Iron Man’ and descriptive writing.
This term, Year Four PE will take place on a Thursday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has a PE kit in school. Also, Year Four will have swimming on Thursday mornings, please ensure your child has a swimming kit.
Homework, home reading and practicing times tables is a very important part of Year Four children’s school work. Could we please ask that you support us by ensuring that your child has completed their homework and return it to school. Also, please can you ensure that your child is reading at home to an adult every day and that this is recorded into their reading diaries. Spellings will be set every week according to the National Curriculum and will be sent home to practice ready for a spelling test the following week. Times tables are a crucial part of the Year Four curriculum, as Year Four children will have a formal times table test at the end of the year. Therefore, it is very important that your child is practicing their times tables on a regular basis, this can be done online through TT Rockstars, children have been provided with a login for this.
Please feel free to come and see us, or contact us via class
Many thanks for your consistent co-operation.
Year Four team.
1st prize winners
We are proud to announce our Year 4 children who took part in the Multi-sports skills event on Tuesday 5th March.
We achieved 1st place! Well done!
Year 4 Oceans
Year 4 began the year by learning all about Oceans for our ‘Polar Express’ topic. Over the week we investigated the implications of sea levels rising. We used search engines to find information to create a fact file on different ocean creatures. Children used atlases to locate the five oceans. We enjoyed using water paints to create an ocean setting for our collage creatures. We hope you enjoy looking at our work.
Year 4 Allotments
Every Thursday this half term, children in year 4 have had the opportunity to learn and develop a range of skills. They have the opportunity to understand how different fruits, vegetables and plants grow at different times of the year.
Year 4 have prepared beds to plant new seeds and bulbs by removing weeds and watering the soil, to make it more moist and nourished ready for the seeds to grow. Children have used a range of tools to help them with their gardening skills. They have tasted pumpkin soup and made apple bird feeds.
Year 4 Brum Brum Let’s Go
To launch our Topic in September, Year 4 walked to the Walsall Canal to develop an understanding of what canals are and what the main purpose of them maybe. To begin with children were unfamiliar and showed little understanding but soon found out, canals are man-made and were used in the past to transport goods and waste to different places in the UK.
During this Topic, children also found out about famous people from Birmingham. The most famous, being John Cadbury and The Lunar Society.
Please take a look through our Year 4 2017 - 2018