Year 4

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Welcome to Year 4 (Summer Term)

We hope you have all had a lovely Easter holiday.

The children are already straight back into the routines of Y4 and are eager and ready to learn!
This term our Learning Challenge topic theme, which is Geography based, is centred around the question, ‘Why is Manchester such a cool place to live? ’ As part of our studies, we will be visiting some of the most important places and attractions in Manchester such as the Manchester Cathedral, Town Hall, Hilton Hotel and River Irwell. We are hoping to be able to take the Manchester Tour Bus too.

In science this term we are studying the topics of electricity - 'How could we cope without electricity for a day?' and Habitiats - 'Which wild animals and plants thrive in your locality?'. Mr. Donaghy and Mr. Gleaves will continue to teach Science to Class 9 and 10 on Mondays, as well as Computing.

PE will continue to be taught by our PE expert Mr. O Neill, to Class 10 and by Mr.Donaghy to Class 12. 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 Tamil.

In Music we will be learning how to play the flute and there will be a concert for the children to show off their new skills.

In RE we are questioning what it is like to be a Hindu in Britain today and we will be visiting the Hindu Temple in Whalley Range and also enjoying an afternoon with a very special Hindu guest.

In Art lessons we will be investigating how we can bring our drawings to life.

In English lessons the children will be writing persuasive leaflets, adverts and letters, using the whole school approach of Talk for Write, whilst concentrating on all aspects of grammar and high level punctuation. Then we shall be immersing ourselves in poetry. There will continue to be a focus on comprehension skills each week in Guided Reading sessions.
Home Learning- we will be concentrating on aspects of sentence work and grammar such as; improving choice of adjectives, verbs and adverbs. 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 also focusing on handwriting, which must be joined accurately and neatly. We have a new Handwriting Policy which requires some new joins for the children to learn, so of course 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 are regular tests.

There are 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. MyMaths is proving to be very successful. There are sessions at lunchtime for any children who have difficulty with the internet, or who simply wish to attend and improve their Maths.

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 encourage your children to use Bug Club in order to help improve reading skills and to promote a love of books.

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.

Both Class 9 and 10 are participating in the Linked Schools Project this year. This Linked Schools project involves focusing on our identities, on diversity, tolerance and understanding. The children will investigate their uniqueness, commonalities, their own and their partner school’s local communities 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 children have enjoyed sending information to their new friends and of course meeting them at Z Arts. The linking has always been highly successful and is an exciting learning experience for the children. The children from the other schools will visit Gorse Hill and we will visit the other schools this term. They will be engaged in diverse activities such as P4C, Cheerleading and Forest Schools. In July our year will culminate in an exciting celebratory trip together to an outside venue, Lyme Park in order to build dens together. All Linked Schools visits are fully funded by school. All the children in Y4 will be performing an assembly later this term to present their work in this area to the whole school community.

We will update you of any events as and when they arise.

If you have any concerns please feel free to speak with us after school.

Thank you,
Mrs. Schofield, Mrs. MacDonald Mr. Donaghy, Mr. Gleaves and Miss Bailey

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