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This half term, we are learning to write a diary entry in our literacy lessons. We are using a model text to help us learn the skills and structure needed for this genre. The children learn the model text to perform aloud using actions. They will then write the model text to put the skills into practice and then innovate it to come up with their own ideas. Children should use the symbols to remind them what comes next. Can they tell you the extract?

September 2021


Welcome to Year 4. This year you will be taught by Mrs Smith and Ms Patel (HLTA). We can't wait to get stuck into all our exciting topics with you. They will include the Romans and the Vikings, the magical world of Harry Potter and the far away islands of Japan. We will also get to start swimming lessons at Kirkstall Leisure Centre. We know you're going to love it all!

Important information:
Physical Education
We will go swimming on Tuesdays. Children should come to school with their swimming kit on under their uniform. Children will need to bring a bag with clean underwear and a towel in.
PE days are Thursdays, children will need to come in their PE kit on these days.
PE kit should consist of a navy or white t-shirt and navy shorts or navy/black tracksuit bottoms or leggings. Children will need pumps or trainers because we will be outside as much as possible.

Reading Books
Children will bring home two reading books each Friday and these will need to be returned to school on the following Friday.  
Please try to listen to your child reading for at least 5-10 minutes each day.
Sharing a book at bedtime or reading a story to your child will help them develop a love for reading!

Spellings
Spelling Tests take place on Fridays and new spellings will be given out on the same day. Words will be given to your child which they can stick in to their spelling book at home. Please make sure that your child looks after their book and that you check it regularly. Thank you.

Homework
Please practise times tables with your children so that they can learn them by reciting them and know them by heart. Children need to know all times tables up to 12 x 12 by the end of Year 4.

and finally....
If you have any questions about Year 4 and the things we do, please come and talk to either Mrs Smith or Ms Patel.

 
Advice for reading at home

Your child will have been sent their home reading book home. This book is colour coded according to their reading level. If you would like to access more books you can do so online at  https://www.oxfordreadingbuddy.com/uk

When you log in, the books you can access are colour coded according to children's reading levels. Please check the colour of your child's home reading book, this will correspond with a number on the Oxford Reading Buddy website. If you are unsure of your child's reading level, please email me – Year4@quarrymountprimary.org.uk

Art Summer 2 2021 - The Great Wave

We created wave paintings inspired by 'The Great Wave' by Japanese artist, Hokusai. We developed our designs by drawing them in our sketchbooks. We then etched our designs into lino printing tiles, covered them in paint with the rollers and made our block prints. A messy and fun art activity!

KS2 Sports Day - July 2021

This year, we had our sports day in school instead of Leeds City Academy sports field. Each KS2 class was able to spectate socially distanced - we loved cheering each other on and it was a great atmosphere. Well done to everyone who took part and congratulations to the Yellow Team who were the overall winners for Year 4! :)

KS2 Sports Day Videos - July 2021Skipping Race
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Egg and Spoon Race
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Football Dribbling
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Running Race
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Relay Race
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Running Race 2
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Bean Bag Balance
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Whole School Hook - June 2021

Each half term, we have a hook to get our topic started. This half term, we flew aboard flight QMLM4 to Tokyo, Japan! As we arrived at the check in desks we needed to hand over our boarding cards and passports. After this, we made our way through security, before putting our luggage onto the conveyor belt and through a scanner. After being shown to our seats on the plane, we watched a short safety video and were served refreshments during the flight! When we arrived in 'Tokyo' we tried sushi and practiced Origami. We had a fantastic time!

World of Volcanoes - Virtual Reality Experience - June 2021

Year 4 were lucky enough to have virtual reality experience this half term. Our theme was, 'World of Volcanoes'. We were able to experience and learn about different volcanoes from different countries around the world, including; Japan, Indonesia and the USA. This linked well with our topic, Japan. Japan has around 200 volcanoes, around 60 of which are active!

Summer 2 2021 - Literacy - Model Text
 
This half term, we are learning to write a non-chronological report in our Literacy lessons. We are using a model text about Japan to help us learn the skills and structure needed for this genre. The children learn the model text to perform aloud using actions. They will then write the model text to put the skills into practice and then innovate it to come up with their own ideas. 

Children should use the symbols to remind them what comes next. 

   
Art - Summer 1 - 2021 - Illuminated Letters

This half term, our artwork was illuminated letters which were used in Viking times. An illuminated letter was usually the first letter of a page. These were large and colourful, with areas in gold, while the rest of the text was black. The images used to illustrate the letters included animals, plants and mythical creatures.

Viking Day - May 2021

We turned our desks into Viking longships and gave our longships names: the Blue Dragon, the Death Dragon, the Destructive Dragon and the Atomic Dragon. We worked in our longship teams to earn points in each of the activities throughout the day. We did some rowing practice (using hockey sticks as oars), completed a Viking quiz, practiced Viking runes, listened to Viking sagas and learned Viking songs. We had a fabulous day!

Spring 2 - 2021 - Art - David Hockey

This half term, our artwork has been inspired by the artist David Hockney. We looked at his swimming pool pictures and focused on mixing tints and shades of blue to create the effect of the water moving.

Spring 1 - Year 4 Spelling Words

Please find attached an overview of all the spelling words that will be shared and taught this half term.

Autumn 2 2020 - Art and Design

As part of our Roman topic, Year 4 made their own mosaics. We learned that rich Romans would choose mosaics to decorate their homes and represent stories. 

           
Autumn 2 2020 - DT - Making catapults

This half term, Year 4's topic was Romans. The children learned about how the Roman army worked tactically using weapons and man power to take over territories for the Roman Empire. In Science, the children learned about simple mechanisms. They investigated some simple mechanisms. They then made their own catapults. The children displayed fantastic team work in this task. Well done!

16.12.20 - An extract from 'The Grinch Who Stole Christmas' by Dr Suess

In our Reading lessons, we have been looking at poetry. The children loved the story of the Grinch and wanted to share it. We hope you enjoy it and have a lovely Christmas break!

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December 2020 - Ukulele - Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

In Year 4, children learn the Ukulele in their music lessons with Mrs Truscott. This term, children have learned a few chords and are now able to play some simple songs! They have learned songs such as, Mamma Mia and Last Christmas. Here is one of our favourites, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer!

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Autumn 2 - Year 4 Spelling Words

Please find attached an overview of all the spelling words shared and taught this half term. Children should use this document to recap their knowledge. The spelling test on the last Friday of half term will be 10 words chosen at random from this list.

Autumn 2 2020 - Literacy - Model Text
 
This half term, we are learning to write a biography in our Literacy lessons. We are using a model text about Boudicca to help us learn the skills and structure needed for this genre. The children learn the model text to perform aloud using actions. They will then write the model text to put the skills into practice and then innovate it to come up with their own ideas. 

Children should use the symbols to remind them what comes next. 

        




 
Autumn 1 2020 - Art - Charcoal Drawings
This half term, we created a piece of artwork that we called - 'The Angry Mob'. Our artwork was inspired by the illustrations from the book, 'The Island' by Armin Greder. It shows the angry islanders advancing towards the stranger with their pitch forks. We used charcoal, focusing on proportion and shading. 

                                                            

Autumn 1 2020 - Science - Living things and their habitats

Year 4 were super scientists this half term. They enjoyed learning all about living things and their habitats. They were able to group and classify animals by their characteristics. They also investigated and studied invertebrates outside using a classification key. We even wrote our own reports about endangered species and what we could do to help them. Well done, Year 4!

Autumn 1 2020 - Literacy - The Hook 
 
Our book this half term, was 'The Island' by Armin Greder. The story is about a man who finds himself on an unfamiliar island after he is washed ashore on his raft. We worked in teams to build our own rafts and tested if they would stay afloat.


The story then inspired our writing for the half term - a diary entry about a character finding themself in an unfamiliar place.