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Barnburgh Primary School

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Year 4 2018 to 2019

Welcome to Year 4! Teacher: Miss Appleyard TA: Mrs Wilkinson

Spring 1 Newsletter:

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

I hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas and enjoyed welcoming in the new year! We had a brilliant first term in Year 4 and the children thoroughly enjoyed our first topic, Burps, Bottoms & Bile. This term our topic will be Traders and Raiders, focusing on the Vikings and Anglo Saxons! The children were so engaged in their topic learning last term and I am sure this will only continue, if not increase, as we learn about the     Vikings and Saxons.

 

This half term we will continue to develop skills in handwriting, reading, spelling and mathematics. In      English this half term, the children will be writing their own recounts of a Viking invasion, as well as their own legend. In maths, the focus will be on multiplication and division and fractions. Reading will see        children continue to build on their current skills, as well as developing their understanding by working on the ability to predict, infer, retrieve and discuss in guided reading. Our class texts will be The Sleeping Sword by Michael Morpurgo and The Saga of Erik the Viking. I’m sure these books will only help to build the      children’s love of reading!

 

Friday afternoons will continue to be the children’s weekly double PE session, so please ensure PE kits are in school each week for this. They will also continue to complete the daily mile each afternoon. PE kits could be sent into school on a Monday for the full week where possible, just in case.

 

Homework will go home every Friday and should be returned by the following Thursday. The children will have a spelling test every Friday, after they have had the time to practise them as homework and in        lessons. The spellings will continue to be on Spelling Shed, which I am so pleased to see that the children are continuing to enjoy.

 

Please can I ask for your continued support with ensuring that homework and reading is

completed as asked each week, as this is compulsory. The reading record sheet will go home each week, on Friday, for you to note down when your child is reading to an adult at home. There are also now sections for Spelling Shed and TT Rockstars. This is checked each week. We will be having a big focus on learning their times tables up to 12x12 this term. Any extra practise that can be done at home will benefit the       children. There is also a whole school weekly reading challenge for the class who has read the most.    Everybody reading at least 3 times a week would give us our first 100%, which would be amazing!

 

We recognise children love to read a wide variety of texts and in order to really promote a love of reading, the children can still choose their own main reading book. Reading just 10 minutes a day has a real impact on children’s learning. Our class text for this half term is The Sleeping Sword. Children should be reading at home at least 3 times a week and we will be introducing new rewards for those who achieve this each week for the full term. Please try to do this as a minimum where possible. Once again, this should be recorded each week and returned to school on Thursday’s. The children will also still complete ‘Right to Read’ time every morning in class.

 

I look forward to working with you and your child more in 2019 and thank you in advance for your support.

 

Miss Appleyard and Mrs Wilkinson.

 

Autumn 2 Newsletter:

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

I hope everyone has had a lovely half term and have enjoyed celebrating Halloween and Bonfire Night with your children! We had a brilliant first half term in Year 4 and it was great to properly meet all of you at parent’s evening and discuss some of the great moments we have had already this year. This half term we will be continuing with the topic ‘Burps, Bottoms & Bile’; including our trip to Eureka! The children were so engaged in their topic learning the first half term and I am sure this will only continue as we learn more about digestion. 

 

This half term we will continue to develop skills in handwriting, reading, spelling and mathematics. In      English this half term, the children will be writing their own explanation of how the digestive system works, as well as a set of instructions on how to make a digestive system t-shirt; which they will all be doing this half term! In the next few weeks the children will all be asked to bring in a plain white t-shirt which they are happy to design on. A letter and notification on the app will be sent out when the time comes, but I thank you in advance for your support with this. In maths, the focus will be on measurement & perimeter and     multiplication and division. Reading will see children continue to build on their current skills, as well as developing their understanding by working on the ability to predict, infer, retrieve and discuss in guided reading. I’m sure this will only help to build the children’s love of reading!

 

Friday afternoons will be the children’s weekly double PE session, so please ensure PE kits are in school each week for this. They will also continue to complete the daily mile each afternoon. PE kits could  be sent into school on a Monday for the full week where possible, just in case.

 

Homework will go home every Friday and should be returned on the following Thursday. The children will have a spelling test every Thursday, after they have had the time to practise them as homework and in    lessons. The spellings will continue to be on Spelling Shed, which I am so pleased to see that the children have absolutely loved so far!

 

Please can I ask for your continued support with ensuring that homework and reading is

completed as asked each week, as this is compulsory. The reading record sheet will go home each week, on Friday, for you to note down when your child is reading to an adult at home. This is checked each week, as well as TT rockstars and Spelling Shed. There is also a whole school weekly reading challenge for the class who has read the most. Everybody reading at least 3 times a week would be 100%, which would be amazing

 

We recognise children love to read a wide variety of texts and in order to really promote a love of reading, the children can still choose their own main reading book. Reading just 10 minutes a day has a real impact on children’s learning. Our class text for this half term is still Demon Dentist, as we have not quite finished and are all desperate to see what happens with Miss Root! Children should be reading at home at least 3 times a week and we will be introducing new rewards for those who achieve this each week for the full half term. Please try to do this as a minimum where possible. Once again, this should be recorded each week and returned to school on Thursday’s. The children will also still complete ‘Right to Read’ time every      morning in class.

 

I look forward to working with you and your child more and thank you in advance for your support. I’m sure this half term will be a very busy but exciting lead up to Christmas! Thank you.

 

Miss Appleyard and Mrs Wilkinson.

 

Our first express event of the year for our Burps, Bottoms & Bile Autumn term topic, was a huge success! Thank you to all of you who attended!

During Autumn 2, the children have linked their dance learning in PE to our Burps, Bottoms & Bile topic. Here is the end result! A big thank you to Mrs Kay for all her hard work!

14.11.18 - After children and parents in the school took part in the Active Travel Breakfast, we learnt about the history of the bike with Tom.

Year 4 had an amazing, science packed trip to Eureka for their Burps, Bottoms & Bile topic. They even loved the really disgusting 'Gross Lab' workshop!

Outdoor Learning - As part of our measurement learning in maths, we measured the perimeter of the different rectangles in our playground.

Autumn 1 Newsletter:

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Welcome back to Barnburgh and welcome to Year 4. I hope you have all had a lovely summer! Year 4 is a fantastic year with some great topics that the children will really become engaged in. Our first topic for the whole of the autumn term will be ‘Burps, Bottoms & Bile’; looking at teeth and the digestive system. There are some fantastic lessons within this topic, jam packed with great science aspects! Our class novel, which links brilliantly with this topic, will be Demon Dentist by David Walliams.

 

Within year 4, we will be continuing to encourage the children to develop on their skills from year 3, such as handwriting, reading, spelling and mathematics. In English this half term, the children will be writing their own biography about David Walliams, to link with our class text and a persuasive leaflet on how best to look after your teeth and the reasons why this important. In maths, the focus will be on place value, addition and subtraction. Reading will see children continue to build on their current skills, as well as developing their understanding by working on the ability to predict, infer, retrieve and discuss in guided reading. I’m sure this will only help to build the children’s love of reading! .

 

Friday afternoons will be the children’s weekly double PE session, so please ensure PE kits are in school each week for this. They will also continue to  complete the daily mile each afternoon. PE kits could  be sent into school on a Monday for the full week where possible, just in case.

 

Homework will go home every Friday and should be returned on the following Wednesday. The children will have a spelling test every Thursday, after they have had the time to practise them as homework.

 

Please can I ask for your continued support with ensuring that homework and reading is

completed as asked each week, as this is compulsory. The reading record sheet will go home each week for you to note down when your child is reading to an adult at home.

 

We recognise children love to read a wide variety of texts and in order to really promote a love of reading, the children can still choose their own main reading book. Reading just 10 minutes a day has a real impact on children’s learning. As previously mentioned, our class text for this half term is Demon Dentist. Children should aim to read at home at least 3 times a week and we will be introducing new rewards for those who achieve this each week. Please try to do this as a minimum where possible. This should be recorded on their reading home learning sheet and returned to school by the Wednesday homework deadline.

The children will also still complete ‘Right to Read’ time every morning in class.

 

I look forward to working with you and your child this year and thank you in advance for your support.

 

Miss Appleyard and Mrs Wilkinson.

 

Congratulations Year 4 on achieving 100% attendance in the final week of the Autumn 1 half term! As a reward they enjoyed: crafting, iPad time and playing bowling and ball games outside!

Year 4 recreated the digestion process, using crackers as our food that needed digesting.

How do our teeth compare? Year 4 spent some time inspecting the teeth they have and comparing them with each other's.

On Monday 1st October 2018, Year 4 had a visit from two community dental nurses who came to talk to them about their job and how the children can look after their teeth in the best possible way. The dental nurses were blown away by how much the children already knew! During the talk, the children discussed: how many times a day they should brush their teeth and for how long, what time a day they should brush their teeth, what foods and drinks are bad for your teeth, how long they should wait after eating before brushing their teeth and how much fluoride, in parts per million (ppm), their toothpaste should have. The children had many questions which were answered during the session, as well as lots of their own facts and stories which they shared with the nurses. It was definitely an informative session and the children even went away with a brand new toothbrush!

We are super proud that we have won the attendance award for the first week and a half back at school. Not only did we win, but we got 100%!

11.9.18 We all brought our toothbrushes and toothpaste from home and brushed our teeth at school! It was part of our topic lesson, on writing top tips for brushing

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