Year 4

Welcome to Year 4
Miss Clancy (Class Teacher of 4C)
Mr Lowe (Class Teacher of 4L)
Miss Done (4C), Mrs Giblin (4L) and Mrs Makin (Y4)

Spring 2 in Year 4:
Welcome to Year 4's page!


Mr Lowe's class have finished their swimming lessons and Miss Clancy's class will now be going swimming from Monday 25th February 2019. Yr4C will go to Walkden swimming baths every Monday afternoon at 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 we are applying our grammar skills that are at the forefront of our learning. To create some fantastic writing, we will be using 'Stellaluna’ by Janell Cannon and ‘Scaredy Squirrel’ by Melanie Watt.


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!


Reading Celebration:-We are exploring a range of literature throughout lessons every day and we are celebrating a book to end every school day at 2:45pm. The children have already shared a keen interest in loaning the class library books.

We will also be holding a year group assembly each week to celebrate what we have read in school and at home and share a story time session together. During this assembly, there is a reward certificate for the child who has impressed the class with their impressive reading skills and more importantly their enjoyment of a book.


Mathematics:-Remember to use your TT Rockstar account. If you have difficulty logging on or have lost/forgotten your details please contact Miss Clancy or Mr Lowe.
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. By the end of Year 4, children should know all of their tables (up to 12X12) off by heart. Some of the objectives we will cover include: counting in multiples of 8s, Roman Numerals, converting between the 12 and 24 hour clock, rounding with decimals and solving problems involving money. There is lots to be getting on with at home.

Mathematics Weekly Focus
Week 1- Shape and co-ordinates
Week 2 and 3- Multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 100.
Week 3- Addition and subtraction using multi step problems.
Week4- Multiplication and division using multi step problems.
Week 5- Multiplication and division using decimals and money.

Animals including Human Food Chains. This will also be linked to a geography aspect with rivers and oceans

We will be learning:

• To work collaboratively to investigate animals and their habitats.
• To use internet search engines effectively to find out about living things and their habitats in different countries.
• To recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways.
• To discuss environmental issues and understand the difficulties this can present to living thing in my local area.
• To sort living things into groups.
• To generate questions about animals.
• To see similarities and differences between vertebrates.
• To identify vertebrate groups.
• To identify characteristics of living things.
• To discuss and suggest how to have a positive effect on the local environment.
• To name endangered species and create detailed information all about the species, its habitats and the cause and effect of the animal being endangered.
• To generate a criteria/organisational system to sort living things into categories.
• To sort living things using a venn and carroll diagram.
• To identify dangers to wildlife in the local and wider environment and create a debate for or against the subject.

Reminder: From our previous Science topic, electricity, we have our workshop on Wednesday 13th March. The workshop will consolidate our understanding of electricity and how everyday circuits work, along with electrical safety, prevention and hazard risks that we are unaware of everyday. This will also provide us with the opportunity find out lots more information to do with electricity and ask any questions to the professionals coming in. Please ensure the £3 cost for this workshop is paid on Parent Pay before March 6th 2019


Topic:- During Spring 2, in Topic, we will be continue to learn about the Tudors within history. We will also learn about the Tudors through drama, reading, writing, mathematics, DT, Art and Music.

Once we have finished this topic, we will be looking at famous landmarks within Europe. We will also focus on the geographical elements within the topic and explore countries and continents too.

We will be learning:-
• To locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe (including the location of Russia).
• To describe and understand key aspects of physical geography including … rivers and mountains.
• To locate the world’s countries, concentrating on major cities.
• Use maps, atlases, globes and digital mapping.
• Describe & understand key aspects of physical geography including climate zones, rivers & mountains.
• Describe and understand human geography including types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.
• Understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region in a European country.
• Describe and understand key aspects of physical and human geography.
• Use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content.
• Use presentation software to communicate ideas or information (optional).
• Retrieve, record and present information from non-fiction.
• Plan, draft, edit and write a concise report. Be clear about an appropriate standard of handwriting.


Computing, Art, DTand 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 an artist called Helen Frankenthaler a U.S Abstract Artist who focuses on colour bleeding and blending techniques. We will explore this style of art work and link this with other topics. We will also explore artists called Monet and Klee and compare their work with Frankenthaler.

- In DT, we will continue with our weekly baking sessions. So far this term, we have baked Viking bread, Brazilian biscuits and Tudor Biscuits. We will be now exploring a different type of pastry, meal preparations and develop onto making a full hot meal and cake baking.

-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.


Spellings and Homework:-

Every other week, a set of spellings will be provided, which the children should create sentences with, ready for an assessment of their learning every two weeks. 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 from what we have learnt within the week. 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.

Kids Fitness
Year 4C and 4L will have kids fitness every Tuesday afternoon Please bring in an appropriate PE kit including a pair of trainers for high intensity sessions.


Class Dojo- Each child will have a monster character. When they are seen working hard, trying their best, persevering, being kind, having consistent good behaviour and more they will be rewarded with points. If a child does not follow our school rules and values these points can be taken away.
Reading Raffle- Each time a child reads at home with their reading record signed a raffle ticket with their name will be entered into the reading jar. At the end of the half term one name will be pulled out and that child will have the opportunity to choose their very own book of Amazon to read and KEEP!
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 and most importantly our attendance! 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 Miss Clancy and Mr Lowe, we are always happy to discuss any queries at the end of the school day or via an appointment made at the school office.

Thank you,

Miss Clancy and Mr Lowe

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