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Welcome back  Year 4 !

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 We hope you had a very restful Easter break and enjoyed the fantastic weather. We can’t quite believe this is our final term together, this year has flown by! We have so much to pack into our final term and below we hope you will find some useful information. As the weather improves please can you ensure that children are adequately protected from the sun and heat. It is imperative that the children have water bottles, sun hats and sun screen.

 

Teaching Staff

During the course of the week, your children will continue to be taught by both of us.  We are working very hard to ensure that the transition between us is seamless. Our continued shared high expectations of your children in terms of behaviour and readiness for learning will now be moving forward to ready the children for upper key stage 2. We will be discussing greater independence in both attitude and organisation.

 

Our teaching schedule will remain as follows:

Mrs Bates - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

Mrs Jones - Thursday and Friday

Mrs Jackson our Music expert will also be delivering Music lessons on a Wednesday morning.

Miss Oakley will be supporting us during the course of the week also.

 

 Homework

Homework will be given out on a Friday and will alternate between English and Maths.  The children will be provided with homework books and we will indicate which page/s need to be completed each week.  Homework should be returned and completed by Wednesday.  It is important that children are responsible for completing their homework and, as a school, it has been agreed that if it has not been completed that children will be allocated time to complete this during Golden Reward Time on a Friday afternoon.  In addition to this, we will be setting a project-based homework during the course of the term; more information will follow.

 

All children should read at least three times per week at home to an adult; please could this be recorded in their reading record.   It is very important that the children bring in their reading books in on a daily basis to support reading throughout the week. The children have been made aware that reading books that need to be changed must be given in on a Wednesday, please note that we don’t check every child’s reading diary daily. If you have a message then please ensure your child hands this to us or alternatively leaves a message via the school office either via the office, by telephone or email -  office@lonsdale.staffs.sch.uk

 

Finally, the children have already shown great passion this year to become confident mathematicians with their multiplication facts.  At the end of this academic year the children will be assessed on their knowledge of all multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12.  Last year the children were introduced to ‘TT Rockstars’ and next week we will recap with the children how to login to play the multiplication-based games at home. We will also upload  games onto our class page so that the children can also practise areas of the curriculum we are studying.

 

PE

PE lessons will take place on a Monday, please ensure appropriate clothing is sent in so the children are comfortable.

 

 As always if you have any queries or need to speak to us then please don't hesitate to do so. We look forward to a very exciting year ahead and thank you in advance for all your continued support. 

 

Kind regards,

 

Mrs C Jones and Mrs E Bates and the Year 4 team.

Today we carried out a series of scientific observations to investigate how sounds are produced.  By exploring different activities we were able to identify vibrations, change in pitch and loudness.
As part of our Viking Topic, we have designed and created our own Viking Longboats.  First we drew out templates by marking out specific measurements.  Next we carefully cut and folded the pieces before assembling our boat.  Afterwards we painted our boats, adding decorations such as shields, oars, sails and seats.  In our English lessons, we wrote a set of instructions detailing how to make a Viking Longboat.

Today we used classification keys to identify invertebrates during out field study.  Many of use were able to understand how to locate invertebrate in suitable habitats such as under rocks, plant pots, in the long grass and compost areas.  Back in the classroom we drew detailed sketches from enlarged images of invertebrates such as centipedes, woodlouse, earwigs.  Some children were particularly frightened when making observational drawings of spiders!!! 

 

Next time we will use our learning to create our own classification keys of animals from different habitats such as arctic, urban, woodland, rainforest.  

We used Turtle logo to write different algorithms to create letter shapes.   Some of us were challenged to use different angles to navigate a course.

English

Maths 

Viking facts

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