Notices & Reminders
Monday 26th January 2018
Please note, I have added some resources under the 'Homework' tab to help the children with practising their times-tables fluency at home.
The names of the files are:
- Multiplcation Wheels
- Multiplication Race
- Ultimate Times-tables Challenge.
I have also added an activity sheet named 'Long Multiplication Worded Problems'.
Hopefully you will find these useful. I would also recommend if children have tablets or access to a computer at home that they take a look at the Topmarks website, or Maths Playground (American site - children can play against ecah other).
Friday 19th January 2018
Today in computing, we were learning about podcasts. Please see some links below to sites that are child friendly so the children can download and listen to some fun examples -
http://www.marspatel.com (8-12 years)
Friday 12th January 2018
Please note that homework for spring term has been uploaded under the Y4 Homework tab, along with a tracker for children to record their progress. Mid-term review and hand-in dates are stated on each document. Children who brought their homework in at the end of last term will have physical copies of the documents stuck in their books.
Just a few things to note about homework going forward:
This needs to be opened using Google Chrome due to a flash player issue.
Evidence that children are progressing their number / times-tables facts needs to be shown in their homework books. Those who have mastered their times-tables already need to now explore the related division facts. I have resources for any children who need guidance on how to take their learning forward.
Please ensure that every instance of reading is recorded in your child's reading record. The homework tracker also includes a column for children to reflect how many times they've on a weekly basis. It is not possible to see whether your child has been reading quality texts daily (needed to achieve a gold award) if reading is recorded sporadically or in large chunks.
I have tested the children today on last term's spellings and found that some are not fully secure with the statutory list uploaded last term. Therefore, I have asked certain children to revisit them during spring term.
An extension for the children who are secure with the spellings on the statutory list can be found under the homework tab.
Any questions, please let me know.
Thursday 4th January 2018
Just in case you are not already aware, Year 4 will be doing swimming this term.
Lessons will take place every Tuesday morning, starting from 9th January. Please ensure your child has the necessary kit (costume, googles, towel etc) in school every Tuesday so they are able to fully participate.
Kind regards & wishing you a happy new year!
Friday 15th December 2017
Please note that we will be making Christingles in class on Tuesday morning. Please can you make sure that your child has a orange to bring into school for then.
Monday 11th December 2017
While school is closed, we are asking children to complete one of the following:
- A poem about the snow.
- Instructions for building a snowman.
- A wintery scene description.
We would also like them to do some reading for half an hour - of a book not from a screen! They can then share what they read with the class.
Two maths activities will also go on to Mathletics.
Please be reminded that all children must come into school at 6pm on Wednesday 13th December for our performance.
Friday 8th December 2017
Further to the update about costumes for the Christmas performance, please can I ask that girls wear leggings / trousers rather than dresses if possible.
Our dress rehearsal to the whole school is on Wednesday morning, so please can the children bring their outfits in by Tuesday morning at the latest to avoid any upsets on the day.
Thursday 30th November 2017
Homework hand-in date reminder.
Please note, that homework needs to be handed-in on Monday 4th December for final review. Models of stonehenge and tools that I have already seen and photographed do not need to be brought in again.
Wednesday 29th November 2017
Christmas Performance Update - Costumes.
It has been decided that for Christmas performance this year, the Year 4 children should wear all black.
Any questions please do let me know.
Athletics Festival at Mark Hall, 1.12.17
Please note that although this event will be taking place indoors, the children will be walking to and from the athletics festival in their PE kits. Please make sure that your child has the appropriate kit with them, in school on the day.
Tuesday 28th November 2017
Just a reminder that the Year 3/4 parent maths workshop is this Thursday 30th November 8.45-9.15.
It would be great to see you all there.
Monday 27th November 2017
Year 4 Christmas Performance.
To access the Christmas Performance songs please visit:
Please find usernames under the homwork tab as a PDF file.
To listen to the songs and find the lyrics, you will need to:
1. Enter username and password.
2. Click on 'start'.
3. Click on the Moon that appears.
The name of the play this year is 'The Match Girl's Christmas'.
These are the song's that Year 4 need to learn:
- Christmas is Coming (Rich Children).
- While Shepherds Watched.
The Match Girl's Christmas Medley
In the Bleak Midwinter.
- Silent Night.
- A Bright New Star.
- Heaven's Door is Open.
Christmas is Coming (The Finale).
I have sent the children home with a copy of their username and passwords.
Any questions please let me know.
25th November 2017
Just a quick note to say our days for PE have changed. We will now be doing PE on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
18th November 2017
This week, I have noticed that some of the displays that have been put up in class to benefit the children's learning are starting to fall down. It appears that the blue-tac is being taken by one (or some) of the children who like to play and fiddle with it.
When I have seen children with blue-tac in class, I have taken it away from them for this reason; however, many have claimed that it is theirs from home, which makes handling the situation problematic.
Please can I ask that you support by not allowing your child to bring blue-tac into school? If they need to use blue-tac for any reason then it will be provided.
11th November 2017
This week, I have started reviewing which children in the class can be moved on free-reading. If your child has recently become a free-reader, please bear in mind that they will need help with choosing texts that are appropriate for them; the consensus is that if they do not understand 4 + words on a page, then the book is not right for them.
I have uploaded a book list to the bottom of this page, which can be used to inform their choices.
3rd November 2017
Following the homework review (yesterday), I would just like to say how impressed I was by the quality of the work that is being done at home. Some pupils have really gone above and beyond what they have been asked to do, and it's lovely to see how much they've engaged with the theme for this term - 'Scavengers and Settlers'.
Please keep persevering with the programme, and logging work that has been completed using the tracker.
13th October 2017
This week, I have given the children a bookmark each. This has some examples of guided reading style questions on it; you may wish to use it when reading with your child to check they fully understand the text they're reading.
I have also given them all a copy of their Mathletics log-in.
2nd October 2017
Today in maths we were playing a game online where the children had to put four-digit numbers in size order (Counting Caterpillar).
Some of the children said they would like to be able to play the game at home, it can be found under the 7-11 Years tab when you follow the link the below:
They may wish to explore some of the other games on there, which are great for helping with maths fluency and confidence with number.
29th September 2017
Just a quick note to advise that the children's books have not been changed today; this will happen on Monday instead.
27th September 2017
Further to being asked the question a few times this week, I would like to advise everyone that the spellings for autumn term can be found under the Year 4 homework tab. I have also uploaded a look, say, cover, write, check document to the same location; the children may wish to download and use this when practising their spellings.
On Friday I will send home paper copies of the spellings list, which I have asked the children to stick into their homework books.