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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. 

       




 
Text Map Autumn 1 
 
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. 

      
Welcome to Year 4
Important information:
Physical Education
PE days are Mondays and Thursdays and 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
Books will be changed on Mondays and will need to be returend to school on Fridays.  
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 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 Miss Meiklejohn or Mrs Clayton


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Year 4 PE

Our classes PE days are on Mondays and Thursdays this year. Children should be wearing school PE kit on these days. 
School PE kit shuld be: 
  • Navy or White T-shirt
  • Navy or black shorts or tracksuit bottoms/leggings
  • School jumper
  • Trainer or pumps



 

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

I hope this helps you to continue enjoying reading whilst children are not able to access the resources in school. Thank you for your support.