WELCOME TO YEAR 4
Mrs Priolet, Miss Lizzimore, Mrs O'Rawe
English – This week we will continue our work on creative writing. The children have developed their adventure stories and will now be turning these into mini story books to share with younger children.
Maths – There will be a big focus this week on times-tables and associated division facts.
This week's spellings - words ending in ‘tion’ – addition, audition, caption, edition, emotion, eviction, invention, lotion, location, mention. Blue spelling group's spellings are - let’s, much, suddenly, told, another, great, why, cried, keep, room.
Homework – Homework is to produce an information booklet on Ancient Egypt – it can be on any part of Ancient Egypt; something we have already studied or something new the children have researched independently. This homework will cover up to the Thursday we return after half term. A template booklet has been given to each child and additional ones can be given if they wish to use that one as a planner.
Science – We have completed our work on the digestive system – which culminated in us creating our own digestion dance to the music of Peer Gynt – The Hall of the Mountain King. The class really enjoyed learning about the digestive system – especially all the gory bits! The video is uploaded below for you to watch… we hope you enjoy it as much as we did making it.
British Museum – our trip is on Wednesday and a letter will be coming out with full details - the children will be required to be in full school uniform with a light waterproof coat and a packed lunch in a disposable bag. If they require travel sickness tablets can they please be given before arriving at school. If they require them for the return journey, can I please ask that the tablets be placed in an envelope with your child’s name and dose written on the front. This must be handed directly to me on the morning of the trip
Reminders – Our Monday PE lesson is outdoors and children need joggers & a sweatshirt during this particularly cold weather. They can also wear a suitable hat to help keep them warm if they wish. Letters also went out on Thursday for parent evening appointments on 5th and 6th March. Request slips need to be returned no later than next Wednesday, 13th February,
Surveys – there is a survey for parents to participate in regarding sports and PE. You can access the parents’ survey by clicking https://ipsos.uk/JZMBK
English – This week we will continue our work on creative writing. We will be completing drama work on Monday, to ‘experience’ what it would be the first person to enter a newly discovered tomb in Egypt, whilst on a school trip! The children will then be turning this into an adventure story!
Maths – Fractions! Looking at how fractions can be simplified, their links with decimals and placing them on number lines.
Science - continuing our work on animals and humans - we will be looking at the digestive system, including the Digestive Dance! Look out on our class page, I will be attempting to upload the Digestive Dance for you to watch…
This week's spellings - words ending in 'ous' – mountainous, poisonous, thunderous, contagious, curious, dubious, glorious, gracious, hilarious, luxurious. Blue spelling group's spellings are - that’, baby, fish, gave, mouse, something, bed, may, still, found.
Homework – English homework is to support the children in continuing to improve their sentence work. Maths will help to consolidate their work on time, covered last term and a general maths workout
Dance Festival - our class will be representing the school at the Dance Festival on 30th January at The Palace Theatre, Westcliff. Can I please ask that the children bring in their outfits by Tuesday. They need plain black bottoms, plain black top and black plimsolls. We look forward to seeing you on 30th! Well done Hockney Class, I know you will do the school proud.
Reminders – Our Monday PE lesson is outdoors and children need joggers & a sweatshirt during this particularly cold weather. They can also wear a suitable hat to help keep them warm if they wish.
English - We will be combining our Ancient Egypt topic with our English this week and looking at the Egyptian Creation story. The class will also be completing their 'hot write' for their Egyptian adventure stories.
Maths - this week is all about measures! We will be looking at mass and links between g and kg; length and the links between mm,cm,m and km.
Science - continuing our work on animals and humans - we will be looking at the form and function of our teeth. On Friday we will be carrying out an experiment on oral hygiene (a letter for parental permission as been sent home). Don't forget, the children will need to bring in a toothbrush and toothpaste on Friday!
This week's spellings - words ending in 'ous' - adventurous, carnivorous, coniferous, conspicuous, dangerous, famous, generous, herbivorous, joyous, marvellous. Blue spelling group's spellings are - these, began, boy, animals, never, next, first, work, lots, need.
Homework - it has become evident that the class need to refresh their knowledge of number bonds to 10, 20 and 100. They have been set homework to answer questions for each set of number bonds and play a couple of games to increase their speed. As per usual, children are also asked to read regularly, practice their spellings and practice their times-tables,
Dance Festival - our class will be representing the school at the Dance Festival on 30th January at The Palace Theatre, Westcliff. A letter will be coming home this week regarding what the children need to bring with them and they will be required to wear black trousers/joggers/leggings/shorts/bottoms and a black t-shirt/top. Limited tickets may still be available by phoning the box-office on 01702 351135.
Regards, Mrs Priolet.
Year 4 Homework Expectations
Homework should be completed every day, making sure you spend time on reading, spellings, times-tables, English and maths work. As a rough guide, you should spend at least 5 minutes on each area, each night.
English & Maths
Given out on a Thursday, there will be questions to answer, either linking to our learning of that week or in preparation of learning the following week. You should spend a little time each night, completing the work gradually over the week. This will ensure there is time available for you to come and see me, should there be something you do not understand.
You should always ensure you have an appropriate reading book at home, changing it at school as you finish. You should read a range of fiction and non-fiction books, trying new authors or genres each time. A book review needs to be completed when you finish a book. These will be kept in our reading area for others to use as reference.
10 new spellings will be given each week, linked to the Year 4 curriculum and/or topic work. There will be a spelling test each Friday morning. Please make sure you practice your spellings each night. Use ‘Look, say, cover, write, check’ to help you learn them, keep a list in the car, on the fridge, etc. and ask family members to test you regularly.
Please practice your times tables each night. There will be a weekly test each Wednesday (33 Club). TimesTables Rock Stars will also help you in learning your tables. Please ensure you know how to log on, your log on details and passwords.There may also be additional homework given from time to time to support either topic or science based learning.
Please ensure you have your homework books and reading records with you every day, as these will need to be handed in each morning.
Remember, the homework is there to support your learning – if you are experiencing any difficulties please come and see me.
Have a look, below, at the termly overview to see what exciting things we'll be doing this term