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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4

The Year 4 Team

Spring term 2022

Key dates for your diary:

Tuesday 4th January – Return to school

Tuesday 11th January – Professor McGinty and Ancient Egyptian workshops

Wednesday 12th January – 4A Listen, Inspire, Compose music w/shop

Wednesday 19th January - 4A Listen, Inspire, Compose music w/shop

Thursday 20th January – 4S and 4KS – Listen, Inspire, Compose music w/shop

Thursday 27th January – 4S and 4KS – Listen, Inspire, Compose music w/shop

7th to 11th February – Online Safety Week

Friday 11th February - 4A Listen, Inspire, Compose music w/shop

Thursday 17th February – 4S and 4KS – Listen, Inspire, Compose music w/shop

21st February to 25th February – HALF TERM

Monday 28th February - Staff Training – SCHOOL CLOSED TO PUPILS

Tuesday 1st March – pupils return to school

Wednesday 2nd March – Parents’ evening

Thursday 3rd March – Parents’ evening

Friday 18th March – Comic Relief

Friday 8th April – school closes for the Easter holiday

Dear parents and carers,

Welcome to Spring Term 2022. We are thrilled to be welcoming your children back to school and are confident that we have another exciting term ahead of us.

The year 4 team are:

Mr Adkins – class 4A

Miss Samuels – class 4S

Mrs Spinks – class 4KS

Our teaching assistants are Mrs Movahed and Mrs Pugh.

Should you need to speak with your child’s teacher please send an email to; enquiry@bournvillevillageprimary.org.uk. For appointments or absences from school please call the office or send an email to; attendance@bournvillevillageprimary.org.uk

Our PE days will continue to be Monday and Tuesday; just as last term, we will be asking the children to come into school wearing their school PE kits on the days that they have their PE lessons.

Year 4’s allocated library session will also continue on Wednesday morning.

Year 4 choir is held every Monday after school. Year 4 football club will resume later in the term once the evenings become lighter.

There will be 3 assemblies during the week, taking place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.

Homework for year 4 will be set on Tuesday and Thursday, using Seesaw. In addition to this, we hope that children will be reading for pleasure; this could be a book from home, their chosen library book or their e-Collins book which has been chosen by their teacher. 

 

VISITS AND VISITORS

We are excited to announce that on 11th January, all Year 4 pupils will have the opportunity to enjoy a day of workshops on Ancient Egypt. Professor McGinty will be visiting all classes; the cost of this is £4.20 and we are asking that you pay through ParentPay.

 

RECOMMENDED READS FOR YEAR 4 PUPILS

There’s a Werewolf in My Tent, Pamela Butchart              The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, CS Lewis

The Land of Roar, Jenny McLachlan                              The Butterfly Lion, Michael Morpurgo

The Thirteen Storey Treehouse, Andy Griffiths              Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White

Curriculum Overview

English

Our first text will be The Ice Palace, written by Robert Swindells which is a classic fantasy adventure novel. The expected writing outcomes are a letter in role (to influence), narrative (fantasy adventure), diary entry in role, debate followed by a written argument linked to this debate.

We will follow this up with Mouse Bird Snake Wolf by David Almond and Dave McKean. This is a contemporary myth and graphic novel. The planned writing outcomes from this text are a persuasive leaflet, balanced argument and letter of advice. Finally, we will conduct a study of a chosen poet.

Each class will also share a class novel and poems which will be selected by the class teacher in addition to our texts used in English lessons.

 

Maths

During the spring term, we will cover the following areas:

  • More on multiplication and division (times tables and written methods)
  • Fractions and decimals
  • Measurement: area

Things to practise at home:

  • Times tables and associated division facts using TT Rock Stars. Children are expected to be fluent in all multiplication and division facts by the end of year 4.
  • Counting forwards and backwards from -20 to 100 and 100 to -20.
  • Counting forwards and backwards in multiples of 2, 4, 8, 10, 25 and 50.

 

Autumn

 

Science

 

Chemistry:  particles and state of matter

History

 

Spring 1 – Ancient Egyptians: The achievements of Ancient Egypt

Geography

 

Spring 2 – North America: What’s so special about North America?

Art

 

Spring 1 – drawing with scissors, inspired by Henri Matisse

D.T.

 

Spring 2 – electrical systems: noise-making board game

 

Music

 

Stop!

Lean on Me

R.E.

 

Spring 1 – Sikhism: celebrations

Spring 2 - Hinduism

P.S.H.E.

 

Spring 1 – dreams and goals

Spring 2 – healthy me

P.E.

 

Spring 1 – athletics and tennis

Spring 2 – ball skills and football

Computing

 

Spreadsheets, Writing for Different Audiences, Logo

French

 

Spring 1 – family

Spring 2 – animals

 

Autumn term 2021

Class teachers can be contacted via email to enquiry@bournvillevillageprimaryschool.org.uk or via the school phone number. However, if your enquiry is regarding absence, please use attendance@bournvillevillageprimary.org.uk .

P.E

Our PE days will be Monday and Tuesday; just as last year, we will be asking the children to come into school wearing their school PE kits on the days that they have their PE lessons.

Library

Year 4’s allocated library session will be every Wednesday morning; this is an opportunity for your child to choose a book he/she would like to read at home and perhaps share with you.

Homework

Homework for year 4 will be set on Tuesday and Thursday, using Seesaw. In addition to this, we hope that children will be reading for pleasure; this could be a book from home, their chosen library book or their e-Collins book which has been chosen by their teacher.

Visits and visitors

We are excited to announce that on 26th November, all Year 4 pupils will have the opportunity to watch the performance of Alice in Wonderland at The Old Repertory Theatre in Birmingham. A letter including all details will be sent to you week commencing 13th September. Our residential trip to Knapp House in Devon is planned to take place in May 2022. A separate letter will be sent to you also in September, giving you full information about the dates, costs and payment schedule.

Curriculum overview

English

Our first text will be The Lost Happy Endings, a modern fairy tale, written by Carol Ann Duffy. The expected writing outcomes are a diary entry, an alternative ending to a fairy tale and a longer narrative (story). We will follow this up with two texts based on the topic of wolves: Wolves by Emily Gravett and Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean. The planned outcomes from these texts are non-chronological reports, a letter (to the wolves in the walls) and poetry. We will also be reading a class novel and poems which will be selected by the class teacher in addition to our texts used in English lessons.

Maths

During the Autumn term, we will cover the following areas:

• Place value (up to 4 digits)

• Formal and mental methods for addition and subtraction, multiplication and division

• Measurement – length and perimeter

Things to practise at home:

• Times tables and associated division facts using TT Rock Stars. Children are expected to be fluent in all multiplication and division facts by the end of year 4 so this will be a focus for us in school and for homework. • Counting forwards and backwards from 0 to 100 and 100 to 0.

• Counting forwards and backwards in multiples of 2, 4, 5, 8 and 10

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