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Welcome to Year 4 (Autumn)

We hope you have had a lovely break.

The children are now settling into the routines of Y4 very effectively and appear eager and ready to learn!

This term our Learning Challenge topic theme, which is History based, is centred around the question, ‘What made the Romans so Powerful? ’ As part of our studies, we will be visiting, on Wednesday 10th October, the Dewa Centre in Chester to experience life as a Roman soldier. The children have been asked to dress appropriately in their school jumper, a coat and track suit bottoms. They will be engaged in activities and role play, in an attempt to recreate the era.

In science this term we are studying the topics of ‘Teeth and Eating’ and will be starting our new topic ‘Sound’ after half term.  

PE will be Tuesday for Class 9 and Thursday for Class 10. The children need appropriate clothes i.e. black/dark blue track suit bottoms or shorts, trainers and a plain white Tee shirt. It is essential they have their full kit for every lesson.

The Language of the Term is Urdu.

In RE we are questioning –‘Why do some people think life is a journey?’  We are hoping to visit St Ann’s church during Advent.

In Art lessons we will be painting in the style of Carl Hundertwasser. We will also be experimenting with Roman art and will be using digital art to design calendars.

Music will be based on the song Mama Mia.

Pizza making will be our DT focus with an emphasis on healthy ingredients.

In English lessons the children will be writing non-chronological reports, using the whole school approach of Talk for Write, whilst concentrating on all aspects of grammar and high level punctuation. Then we shall be looking at narrative writing.  After half term we will be writing play scripts. There will continue to be a focus on comprehension skills each week in Guided Reading sessions.
Home Learning- we will be concentrating on various aspects of sentence and grammar work such as; improving choice of adjectives, verbs and adverbs. We are hoping to improve and extend the children’s understanding and use of high level vocabulary. We will be focusing on punctuation, conjunctions and clauses, in order to improve overall levels of writing. The children will be given a spelling list each week and they are expected to learn their spellings at home. They will be tested every week.
We are continuing to focus on handwriting, which must be joined accurately and neatly. We are continuing to utilise the school’s Handwriting Policy which requires some new joins for the children to learn, so practise at home would be most beneficial.
There will be Maths homework weekly, which will be consolidating classwork. We are also aiming for times table rapid recall, as by Y4 the expectation is that the children know all their tables and related division facts. Therefore, please can you ensure your children practise tables at home each week. There will be regular weekly tests. The website Hit the Button is very effective in challenging children to learn their tables in a fun way.

There are also now several links to games on our website in order for the children to practise their Maths skills. Please check as these will be changing depending on the Maths focus in class. It would be hugely beneficial for the children to spend time investigating these links.  The children also have access to My Maths in order to help develop and extend their learning. Homework will be set using My Maths and there will be opportunities during the lunch break for the children to use school equipment and have teaching support in order to access this element of study.

Please continue to encourage your child to read with you and ask them questions which require the children to ‘read between the lines’, as this helps to develop crucial inference and deduction skills. The children should be in the habit of reading daily at home and bringing their school reading book and diary to school every day, so that they can read with their teacher when required. Please can you record comments about your children’s reading in their diary and sign it, so that we know where the children are up to with their home reading. Please also encourage your children to use Bug Club in order to help improve reading skills and to promote a love of books and reading for pleasure.

Whole-school ‘Talk Homework’, as explained previously in the Newsletter, continues to be issued by Mrs Bates and there will also be specific Year 4 ‘Talk Homework’ given every 3 weeks, which will be linked to our Big Write sessions in class. Please help your children with this.

The children in Class 9 will be participating in the Linked Schools Project again this year. This Linked Schools project involves linking with another school-Fairway Primary, Offerton, Stockport and focusing on our identities and on diversity, tolerance and understanding. The children will investigate our own and our partner school’s local community and will compare the differences and similarities. They will then explore how we all live together successfully, which naturally helps to promote the children’s Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education. The linking has always been highly successful and is an exciting learning experience for the children. The children from Fairway will visit Gorse Hill and we will visit Fairway during the summer term. We will be sending our new friends letters/information about us and they in turn will be doing the same. In November we are hoping to visit Z Arts in Hulme in order to meet and to begin to build relationships and to participate in music and art activities together in this neutral venue. In July our year will culminate in an exciting celebratory trip together to an outside venue, such as Lyme Park, in order, for example, to build dens together.  All Linked Schools visits are fully funded by school.

If you have any concerns please feel free to speak with us after school or make an appointment through the office.

Thank you,
Mrs Schofield, Mr Donaghy, Mr Gleaves, Miss Bailey and Miss Preston (Y4 Team)


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