Welcome to the Year 4 class page
Please use this page to access useful information, class updates and to see what the children have been getting up to.
Our class gallery can be found at the bottom of the page.
Learning at home
This is support for pupil learning where they are off school yet are themselves well enough to work and learn from home. If you have difficulty in accessing this, please contact the school office so we are able to download for you some of the resources at an appropriate time if your child is in the situation of having to stay at home.
Spellings – Please see the class page below. Find different ways of writing your spellings. Write each letter in a different colour or write a story that uses all of your spellings.
Spelling support and games - Spelling frame
Grammar and punctuation –
Autumn term 1 - Electricity
Spring 1 - States of matter
History- Ancient Sumerians
Ideas: Compare schools in Ancient Sumer with schools today - what is the same and what is different? Make a poster about Ancient Sumerian life.
Year 4 pupils are taught a wide variety of subjects from the New Curriculum and are assessed throughout the year against milestone 2. Throughout lower key stage 2 they will be assessed using a basic, advancing or deep understanding of their learning, using the milestone criteria.
What subjects do we cover?
• English: Writing, Reading and Communication
• Mathematics: To know and use numbers, multiplication and division, fractions, properties of shape, position, direction and movement, measures, statistics and algebra
• Science: working scientifically, biology, chemistry and physics
• Art and Design Technology
• Physical Education
• Religious Education
• Personal development and Citizenship, including our school Christian Values.
• MFL- French
Although there are all these discrete subjects, many are taught through a themed approach through a range of exciting topics and themes throughout the school year. In the Year 4 Class, our Christian school values are deeply embedded and every day we discuss our belief of the day which links to our focused Christian value for the half term.
Key Class Information
If your child is in the Foxes class, they will have PE on a Wednesday and Thursday this half term. Otters class will have PE on a Thursday and Friday. Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit for these lessons.
Please ensure you have provided medical tape if your child wears earrings and cannot remove them for PE.
Every Monday the children have their spellings test. As part of their homework, children should be practising their spellings throughout the week.
On Friday the children have their times tables test. Children should also work on their times tables throughout the week. Please encourage your child to use Times Tables Rockstar's so that the class teacher can check in on their progress and areas where your child may need further support.
As part of their homework, the children need to read to an adult at least three times a week. Please write a short note in your child's home school diary to acknowledge this so that they can receive the reading rewards.
KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) - These are handed out at the beginning of each half term and have recommendations for challenges that the children can complete. Each half term, the class will be assessed on their KIRF.
Creative kickstarts are given out every half term. The due date will be decided by Mr Holman-Patey and Miss Facey when this is set.
Your child has been advised of their spelling group. Please be aware that spelling groups may change.
In the block below is a powerpoint presentation which shows your child's weekly spellings for each group.
Listed below are some really excellent websites that we regularly use in class.
https://spellingframe.co.uk/ - Fabulous website for learning and practising spellings. The children are familiar with this and know how to use it.
https://www.timestables.co.uk/ - This website is great to prepare for the upcoming times tables test. There is a 6 second timer to help the children familiarise themselves with the timing.
https://ttrockstars.com/ - Excellent for practising times tables. The class teacher can also keep track of your child's progress and note any times tables they may be struggling with.
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button - A really fun website to help with times tables and other maths related topics.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks2-collection/zr4ky9q - Particularly good for times tables but also with subjects such as English. We regularly use this website to sing our times tables and dance.
https://app.gonoodle.com/ - A fun website for learning through movement. It also offers children exercise and opportunities for reflection and meditation.
We have had great fun over the past term in all of our lessons, below is a PDF presentation which includes pictures documenting what we've been getting up to!
In History, while learning about the Ancient Sumerians, we learnt to write using the cuneiform alphabet. Using clay to create our own Sumerian tablets. Challenge: Use the example sheet to work out what has been written!
We were lucky enough to have the Premier League trophy visit St Mary's! The children took part in a very interactive assembly as well as having the opportunity to ask questions to a trophy expert!
After this, we had a visitor from Anglian water, who came in to teach us about the water cycle, our water usage and how we can help to reduce our water waste.
We also went on a walk around Eagle Farm, looking for and documenting a variety of living things and looking at their habitats around the local area.
Finally, we've spent time in English creating free-verse poems about Christmas time. We paid a visit to the Year 1's to perform them who, from their reactions, were very impressed.