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Year 4


Summer 2:

Welcome back to our final half-term!  The children have adjusted fantastically to being back and are enjoying being back with their friends. They have all been working incredibly hard and putting in so much effort into every lesson. Mrs Noakes will continue to teach the class on a Friday morning.

Our main topic this half-term is ‘Passport to Europe’. We will be learning about a country in Europe and exploring themes such as what it is like to live there and what its physical geography is like.  We will be linking this to our English lessons by writing a non-chronological report featuring a country we have invented. In Science, we will be learning about habitats and living things. We will be making use of our outdoor space to help us investigate the different habitats that are in our school grounds. Below is a list of words that will be introduced throughout the topic. You might like to ask your child about them or discuss them at home.

                        Europe                        Population                 Economy                    Climate          

                        Region                        Environment              Volcanoes                   Settlement

A huge thank you for continuing to support your child with their reading at home. We aim for all children to read at least three times a week and record this in their reading diaries. Keep it up, Blue Class! Remember, if you do record your reading at least three times a week, you will earn the Reading Reward!

Regular times tables practice is also essential for helping children to make good progress in mathematics. Your child has access to the Times Table Rock Stars site and app, which is great for learning and practising times tables. If you have trouble accessing the site, please let me know.

In the event of your child being unable to attend school, but feeling well enough to continue learning, please see the home learning sheet on the reverse of this letter.

The children will have their PE lesson on a Tuesday.  Children should arrive in school in their PE kit on this day. They should wear their PE t-shirt and wear a track suit/joggers/school jumper over the top to stay comfortable throughout the day.

Finally, if you have any questions or you would like to discuss something further, please ring the school office or let me know after school to arrange a phone call. Unfortunately, we are unable to meet with parents face-to-face at the end of the day without an appointment, due to social distancing and arrangements for collecting children.  Thank you again for all your support!

Spring 1:

Due to the current national lockdown, we are teaching our children through our Remote Education/Home Learning offer. Our approach includes our teachers sharing videos of themselves on a platform called Seesaw, workbooks and learning activities for children to complete and additional inputs such as stories and assemblies. The learning includes English, Mathematics and topics from across the curriculum including PE, Science, Art and Geography. Further information can be found at https://www.willow.lancs.sch.uk/curriculum/pupil-voice/

Autumn 2:

Welcome back to a new half term! The children have settled back into school brilliantly as always and continue to make me proud every day. They are working hard and putting in so much effort into every lesson, every day. This half term, Mrs Noakes will continue to teach the class on a Friday morning and Mr Higgins will work in Blue class on a Thursday and Friday.

Our topic this half term is ‘Sparks Might Fly.’ This is a science based topic and we will be learning all about the world of electricity. We will be creating circuits and making buzzers, switches and lights work. In English, we are reading and writing about The Firework Maker’s daughter by Phillip Pullman and then we will be moving onto writing explanation texts about how things work. In Maths, we will continue to practice addition and subtraction methods and then focussing on multiplication and division. We will also be creating an exciting Christmas product with an electrical component in DT later in the half term. Watch this space! PE is now on a Tuesday afternoon and we will be working on improving our strength and flexibility in gymnastics. Please ensure your child’s kit is suitable for these lessons. PE is also on a Friday morning.

Here is a list of words that will be introduced throughout the topic. Please discuss and go through these with your child at home as well as finding and naming as many electrical appliances you have at home.

Electricity    appliance     device    mains     plug     circuit       component    cell     battery     connections     short circuit         bulb        switch          buzzer       conductor   insulator

It is fantastic to see how much reading is happening at home and long may that continue! Thank you so much for your continued support with this. It truly makes a huge difference to your child’s progress. In your child’s reading records it helps if a ‘h’ for ‘home’ is recorded so we can clearly see whether the read is at home or at school. We would love to see all children reading four times a week at home and we are working towards a class treat at the end of the half term as well as the weekly rewards children receive in class. Times tables are a very significant part of learning in year 4 and in future weeks, the children will need to know as many as possible by heart to support their learning in class. Please use Times Table Rockstars regularly at home. If you have trouble logging in, please contact me and I will happily go through it with you. Login details are in your child’s reading record.

On the reverse of this letter, you will find links and information for learning at home that you can complete if you are off school and well enough to learn at home. (e.g. if you are awaiting the results of a test) These are also on the school website so you can find and follow the links directly.

Finally, it was lovely to speak to so many of you at parent’s evening! If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything further, please contact the school office and arrange a phone call. Unfortunately, we are unable to meet parents face-to-face at the end of the day without an appointment, due to social distancing and arrangements for collecting children. Thank you so much for your support with this.

Autumn 1:

Welcome to a new school year and welcome to Blue Class! It is so wonderful to see the children back in school, thriving and working so hard. They have settled back in beautifully and are making us all proud every day. One of our highlights so far has of course been our amazing trip to Borwick Hall! They were all amazing and worked together as teams to solve problems and overcome challenges. This year, the Year 4 team consists of Miss Frankland, Mrs Noakes and Mr Higgins who will work in Blue Class on a Thursday and Friday. Mrs Noakes will teach the class on a Friday morning.

This half term our topic is ‘There is no Heart without Art.’ We will be learning all about  famous artists from     History such as Van Gogh, Wassily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrian. In lessons, we will be exploring their art work, finding out about their lives and recreating art work in their style. The children will enjoy exploring a range of  media and materials in the afternoons including mixing paints, sketching and smudging with charcoal and exploring 3D effects. In Science we will learning about Light and Dark. As a class, we will be reading the novel How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell. Below is a list of words that will be introduced throughout the  topic. You might like to ask your child about them or discuss them at home.

Primary colours        secondary colours         tertiary colours              abstract                    neutral colours      warm and cool colours           impressionism          post impressionism    industrial artwork                       

I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for all the support and hard work you put into Seesaw last term. It was always wonderful to see the fantastic work produced. I would also like to say how brilliant it is to see all the children reading so much at home—long may it continue. We aim for  everyone to read 4 times a week and record this in their reading records. Regular practice truly does make a difference to confidence, fluency and comprehension. Children who read regularly at home will be rewarded and we will have a target to work towards each half term.

Regular times tables practice is also essential for helping children to make good progress  in mathematics. Your child has access to the Times Table Rock Stars site and app, which is great for learning and practising times tables. If you have trouble accessing the site, please let me know.

Blue Class will have PE on a Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Please ensure your child comes to school in full PE kit on these days. They are welcome to wear a tracksuit/joggers/jumper especially as the weather becomes cooler.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything please  feel free to call and make a telephone appointment via the school office. Unfortunately we are unable to make face to face appointments at this time due to social distancing and arrangements at the end of the day.

As always, thank you for your continued support.