Welcome to Year 4 

Key Dates for Summer Term 2

Year 4 Multiplication assessments will commence the week beginning 10th June 2019

The whole school photograph day is Wednesday 19th June 2019

Year 4's class assembly will be during Summer 2

The whole school Fun Day will be on July 18th (subject to the weather)

Sports Day dates - Monday 17th June

Reports dates- Friday 12th July

 Summer Term

We can not believe it is nearly the end of another academic year. We have learnt so much and have  enjoyed our residential trip to Prestatyn, drama productions, science workshops and even baked lots of traditional Tudor snacks.  

We are looking forward to this last half term and making the most of every minute we have left in year 4.  

Swimming-Mr Lowe's class have completed their swimming sessions and Miss Clancy's class (Year 4C) are now attending them at Walkden Swimming Baths every Monday afternoon from 12:30pm and will return back to school in time for 3pm.

Swimming Kits- A swimming cap, towel and either a full swimming costume (one piece suits only) or trunks (not shorts).  

English:-English lessons will focus on creating atmosphere and detail through engaging language choices, while ensuring good punctuation and exciting sentence variation. Making sure our handwriting is carefully formed in the cursive script and applying our grammar skills are also very important. To create some fantastic writing, we will by using our new text, 'Flotsam'. This is a fantastic book that dives into the ocean to reveal a whole new world. Using this text, we will focus on emotive writing, direct speech and persuasion. Following this, we will use 'Calvin Can't Fly' by Jennifer Berne. Whilst using this text, we will also be exploring the PSHCE aspects of bullying, friendship, belonging, random acts of kindness and perseverance.

Later in the term, we will be reading the text 'The Rhythm of Rain' which will link with our humanities topic, 'Rivers and Oceans'.

 Reading:-It is very important that each child has an enjoyment of reading. There is a book for everyone! I really hope that the children continue to be encouraged to read as often as possible outside of school and as a result of daily guided sessions, independent reading time and listening to our class story at the end of each day. Remember, comprehension and an appreciation of what you have read is of equal importance to speed and fluency. The children need to bring their books into school each day and their reading record needs to be signed each week by an adult. Thank you for your help with this. Don't forget that those children who have read each week will be entered into our class raffle draw and the winner will receive a prize at the end of each half term- their very own choice of a brand new book!

Mathematics:- Each week will consist of daily Mathematics lessons, where we will concentrate on our understanding of the number system and securing formal calculation methods. Learning these methods, alongside the multiplication tables, will be of huge benefit as the children continue through Year 4 and beyond.

 summer 2 Objectives:-

- Multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000

-To solve measure and money problems involving fractions and decimals

- Solving 2 step word problems using addition and subtraction

-Solving multi-step word problems and deciding which operations to use

-To identify and order angle sizes

 

Times Tables-:

TT Rockstar's has had a fantastic response in Year 4- and the children are using it every single day. We are all becoming very good at recalling our times tables. In class, we have been recapping our 2s, 5s, 10s, 11s, 3s and 4s from previous years and are consolidating our 6s, 8s, 7s and 9s through songs, games and competitions.

Remember to use your TT Rockstar account at home. If you have difficulty logging on or have lost/forgotten your details please contact Miss Clancy or Mr Lowe.

 

 Science:- The ocean and Plastic Pollution - including States of Matter and the Water Cycle

Science Objectives for the states of matter and the water cycle:

-To extend my current knowledge of states of matter.
-To compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases.
-To identify the properties of solids, liquids or gases.
-To know what temperature is and how it is measured.
-To use a thermometer and interpret data from a chart explaining patterns in results.
-To understand the different stages of the water cycle.
-To create my own water cycle model.

 Topic Focus:- 

History:

We will be exploring local history and will be learning all about the changes in Salford Quays over time from the large docks to the Media City it is today.

Geography:

Linking with science, we will be focusing on the rivers of the world/oceans and what lies within human and physical geography (including the water cycle). 

Computing, Art, DT and PSHEC:-
-In computing, we will be looking at the importance of keeping safe online as well as keeping safe on gaming consoles.
-Within art, we will be exploring different mixed media projects to create under water creatures. We will be painting, sketching and making 3D sculptures, and applying the knowledge and skills we have learnt throughout the year,  We will explore this style of art work and link this with other topics.
- In DT, we will continue with our  baking sessions and create beach themed dishes to work along side our beach themed topics. 
-In PSHCE, we will continue to complete weekly verbal sessions to develop our understanding of different friendship situations, developing and creating personal aspirations and exploring growth and changes to our bodies. We will also be working in English to address issues of bullying, perseverance, kindness and having a sense of belonging.

Spellings and Homework:-
Every week, a set of spellings will be provided, which the children should create sentences with, ready for an assessment of their learning. With the weekly spellings, crosswords, word searches and quizzes linked to the weeks spellings will be attached.

-Continued practise of the multiplication tables will also be encouraged as well as daily reading.
Our focus this year is to consolidate learning of keywords, spellings, timetables and reading each day. Thank you for all your support at home.

Spanish, Music and PE:-

Spanish and P.E is every Thursday afternoon. Please remember to bring the correct kit, ready for this day. This is a white T-Shirt, black shorts and a pair of black pumps. It would be ideal if this kit was clearly labelled and kept securely in a labelled P.E. bag, so that any misplaced items can be returned quickly. In the colder months, outdoor sports wear and trainers are also allowed.

Rewards

Smileys- The children receive green smileys for all the positive things they are seen doing in relation to the school rules. The smileys are celebrated each week and the children have goals to reach. Once the target amounts are met the children are rewarded within the Good News Assembly each Friday. The children are rewarded with certificates with a bronze, silver, gold and platinum reward. The rewards include stationary, books, an out of class activity and even a trip to the local café for a milkshake with Miss Julie and Mrs Watson!

School Times
Finally, remember school begins at 8:55 and children need to make sure that they are on time every morning. We want to impress Mrs Watson with our punctuality! We want to see everyone ready in the correct uniform, including the correct black footwear. Also, if your child attends an after-school club, then a signed letter will be required to inform us as to whom they will be collected by. Thank you.

Of course, if you have any questions or queries about your child's learning, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to speak with me via the school office.

Thank you,

Mr Lowe, Miss Clancy and the Year 4 Team

Remember to add our class twitter page, @ClancyMiss, where all of the letters, school dates and key information is updated regularly.