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Welcome to Year 4

2017/18

Spring Term 4 - Monday 26th February to Thursday 29th March. 

We hope you have had a lovely half term. We have a busy 5 weeks ahead of us before we break up for Easter. 


Miss Danks' Maths group started learning division facts before the end of half term. They will be continuing working on division this half term. In order to be able to recall division facts, children must know their times tables, it will aid your child's progression in Maths if you practise times tables with them at home. 


In our Science lessons, we will learn about the human digestive system and will be teaching the main body parts associated with it, the mouth, tongue, teeth, oesophagus, stomach, intestines, rectum and anus. We will learn that the role of the digestive system is to break down the food we eat so that the nutrients, energy and other requirements we derive from it can be used in the rest of the body.  Additionally, we will look at the functions of the different types of teeth and we will learned that incisors are used for cutting, canines for tearing and molars for grinding. We are also looking forward to doing a variety of scientific activities during Science week.

Geographical Journeys is our new Theme for next half term. We will investigate the journey of a river; looking at where and how a river starts and the journey a river takes across the land to a larger body of water. We will also learn that a river can be divided into three sections:

The upper course - this is where the river begins. 

The middle cause - where the river gets wider and slows down. 

The lower cause - leading to the river mouth; the mouth of the river is where the river meets the sea. 



We are very privileged to have a member of the coaching team from Stocksbridge Rugby Club join us for our PE lessons this half term. Working alongside Mrs Haywood, together they will be teaching the children tag rugby. Mr Priest will be teaching gymnastics. Please ensure that your children return to school after the holidays with both an indoor and outdoor PE kit. 


In ICT, we will be using Stop Motion to create animation films based on the story of Noah's Ark. Last half term, we were busy designing and making backdrops/sets. We now need to create characters out of playdough prior to filming commencing later this term. Stop Motion; this is an animation technique that physically manipulates an object so that it appears to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating and illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a fast sequence. 


We will be learning numbers, dates and how to shop for food in our French lessons this half term. 



With lots of children using the internet nowadays, it is very important to help them keep safe from any online vulnerability. Across the school, Mrs Needham will be talking to the children about the dangers of  sharing personal information online, befriending or agreeing to meet people that they do not know and posting pictures and videos on Social Media.   


The NSPCC have launched a new video called 'Share Aware,' which helps children understand the importance of not sharing personal information whilst online. The video can be found by clicking on the following; 
https://youtu.be/lGIEKGJRWEo  Additionally, there is another website which is a really useful guide to the social networks your children may be using  https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

We have our Easter Disco on the 15th March to look forward to, plus lots of 'eggciting' Easter activities. More details to follow nearer the time. 

M and M Productions return to St John's on Thursday 27th March, this time with their amazing production of The Hobbit.  We cannot wait for them to transform our hall into a magical theatrical experience, using state of the art sets, sound, lighting and special effects. 



Children are expected to complete their homework, learn their spellings and practise their times tables. Spellings and homework are both set weekly. Ensuring our children are good readers is crucial, and a BIG focus in our school. We ask that you support your child by listening to them read every night for 10 minutes. We appreciate your ongoing support. 

Full details of our Curriculum can be found under 'Our Learning' page.  The age related expectations for Maths, Writing (with examples) and Spelling for year 3 can be found in the documents below. Additionally, there is information on Alan Peat sentence types and definitions of Grammatical terms, which we hope you will find useful. 

We have an excellent Facebook page, posting information most days. It is a great way for you to find out what has been happening in school. We share photographs of what the children have been learning or pictures of the work that they have produced. We also use the site to keep you up to date with important information and give reminders. If you haven't already, please like our Facebook page. 

We will update this page with more information on what is happening in year 3/4 during the course of the term. 

Kind regards, 

Miss Danks, Miss Steward, Mrs Riley and Mrs Thompson. 


Spring Term - Monday 8th January to Friday 16th February. 

Happy New Year! We hope you've all had a wonderful Christmas.  It's good to be back at school and see the children again. It sounds like they've all had a fabulous time over the Christmas holidays. 

In Miss Danks' Maths class, we have started the term by revising times tables and number families and learning the Column Method for multiplication. We are now starting to learn division facts.   Being able to quickly recall times tables facts is essential, please help us by encouraging your child to practise them at home. There are plenty of resources available online; TT Rockstars, Hit the Button or Mathletics or alternatively pop into school as we have plenty of resources that you can take home.  The children in Miss Steward's maths lessons are starting to learn Fractions, which will be their focus for the next few weeks. 

We have at least two PE lessons a week, one of which is outside, please ensure that your child has both an indoor and outdoor PE kit in school. Learning Dance is a requirement of the new PE curriculum. In previous years Street Dance has been a firm favourite amongst the children, Mrs Haywood has chosen to teach them a new Street Dance routine this year. 

     



Pain au chocolat? It is all about food in our French lessons, with Miss Danks. After matching various French words for food to their English translation, they applied their learning by a completing a French food crossword.



We are linking our RE and Computing lessons this half term. In RE we are learning the story of Noah's Ark, where God wants to cleanse the earth of all-evil, with a world-engulfing flood. He wants to spare Noah and his family, and a remnant of all the world's animals and God gave Noah instructions to build an Ark.Seven days before the flood God told him to enter the Ark with his household and animals. 150 days later, the waters receded and the Ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.  In ICT, we will be learning Stop motion; this is an animation technique that physically manipulates an object so that it appears to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a fast sequence. We will be using Stop motion to create our own animation films based on the story of Noah's Ark. Initially, they will be busy designing  sets and creating characters out of playdough, ready for filming to commence later this half term. We hope to share some of their finished work with you.  


In PSHE, across the school, Mrs Needham is working with the children teaching them all about perseverance - The importance of continuing to try to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition. Initially, they have started by learning about the difficulties that some famous people encountered on their journey to stardom and how they persevered to achieve their dream. 

It's great to see the progress the children have made in their music lessons, with playing their Violins and Violas. Over the last few weeks, they have been learning how to hold down one of the strings as they play, this affects the pitch of the note played. This is not easy, yet they seem to have mastered it.


We are looking at invertebrates, as part of our 'Who am I' Science lessons for the next few weeks before starting our new topic of ' Where does all the food go'.  In this module, we will be introducing the children to the main body parts associated with the digestive system and will also learn that the main role of the digestive system is to break down food. 

Our theme of Anglo Saxons and Vikings is continuing this half term as we continue to learn about life in Anglo Saxon times. 

Please note, Friday 16th February is an inset day, school will be closed to all children.  

If you have any queries, questions or concerns, please come and see us. 

Kind regards 
Miss Danks, Miss Steward, Mrs Thompson and Mrs Riley.

Autumn term 2 - Monday 6th November to Friday 22nd December. 

A crafty morning, baking, making cards and gift boxes.



A delightful carol service in front of a packed congregation at St John's church brought the whole school together ahead of the Christmas break. It was lovely to be joined by so many family members, carers and friends of the school, who enjoyed carols, prayers, poems, and bible readings along with performances by our choir, who led the school with a beautiful candlelit 'Hope of Heaven' towards the end. Thank you to everyone who joined us.


What a great way to get into the Christmas spirit with a fabulous panto. This year, we heard all about poor Aladdin, who worked all day and night with Wishee Washee in Widow Twanky’s laundry. Unknown to them all, the evil Abanazar has a plan to send Aladdin into the cave to find the magic lamp that contains the Genie. With a little bit of help from the Fairy of the Ring, Aladdin sets out on his journey to find the lamp and earn the riches that will enable him to marry the Emperor’s Daughter, Princess Jasmine. With Wishee Washee always in a mess, we couldn't help but laugh, sing and clap along with them. 


        

Great fun was had by all at our school disco, which was kindly organised by our 'School Funders', thank you. A big thank you has to our staff who all helped out either on the night or with the sales of tickets beforehand.  
       

Today, as we do every year, our year 3/4 teachers have taken the children to the Christmas House in Deepcar. The owner fills her front room with amazing decorations, including a fantastic village scene with its own moving train, and then opens her house up to visitors, to help raise money for charity. This year, any money that she raises will be going to Weston Park Hospital. The children thoroughly enjoyed their visit. Thank you to all year 3/4 parents who sent their child with a donation.


We have had a great hands on learning day on Friday 8th December, in which we learned all about how the Anglo Saxons, weaved wool into fabric and then got to have a go at making our own designs.


In Miss Steward's maths group, we are learning how to multiply using the Formal written method. Initially starting with times a two digit number by a one digit, increasing to a 3 digit number. Times tables knowledge makes this method easier, and it would really make a difference if they practised them at home. 

     
The NSPCC's Speak out. Stay safe. programme visited St John's on Monday 5th December to make sure that our children have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse. With the help of their mascot Buddy, Speak out. Stay safe taught our children about safeguarding, in a lively, interactive and memorable way. Their specially trained staff sensitively discussed issues like bullying and sexual abuse, without using scary language or adult words, they presented an assembly to all children as well as a workshop for children in year 6.  If you would like more information on the NSPCC's Speak out. Stay safe campaign please visit the following website nspcc.org.uk/schools 

    


As a school we are privileged to have taken part in the world’s largest youth drama festival, held on 21st November. Every year, the Shakespeare School Foundation work with thousands of pupils from every community, background and age group across the UK. Months of preparation, by Miss Danks and her class culminated in an exhilarating performance at Barnsley Civic Theatre last night of a Mid Summer Night's Dream. The unique power of performance develops self esteem, articulacy, literacy and teamwork and the confidence to aspire and achieve in any walks of life. Performing at a real theatre was such a magical experience for our children; the lights, the music, the real audience. Well done Y3/4 AD, we are extremely proud of you. They were all truly amazing. A special thanks to Miss Danks, who has worked so hard over the last few months preparing our children, for what has been an evening that they will remember for a very long time. 

Mid Summer Night's Dream


It was great to see so many children wearing spots, helping us to raise funds for Children in Need, our cake sale was a huge success too. Thank you for all your donations. 

    

In English, we have started reading the hilarious exploits of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third - the smallish Viking with a longish name, in the bestselling series that inspired the hit DreamWorks film How to Train Your Dragon. The book, written by British author Cressida Cowell, is set in a fictional Viking world and focuses on the experiences of Hiccup as he overcomes great obstacles on his journey of becoming a hero the hard way. The children will be then writing a non chronological report about dragons and an instruction text on how to catch a dragon. 


Our new science topic this half term is 'Who am I'. In this module we will develop the understanding of keys,  using them to identify animals from a range of habitats. They will also construct keys, learning to ask yes/no questions about characteristic differences between the animals. We will learn about pond and seashore animals and common land invertebrates.

Our Changing World module of Science, is a unit of work that we look at each year, where children study plants in their natural habitat in and around our school grounds. We will monitor the changes in the environment, identifying their parts and observing the stages of their life cycle and the effect of seasonal change.  This module also looks at the classification of plants/animals/habitats. Regular visits to this unit will be made throughout the year. 

In PE, Mr Priest and Mrs Haywood will be teaching the children handball and athletics. 

Last half term, in our ICT lessons, we started to create our own wrapping paper, using the programme Paint. In the next few weeks we will be adding the finishing touches to our designs, before printing them. Once finished, we will be moving on to 'Animation'. 


In PSHE, we have been talking about the meaning behind Remembrance Sunday and Children in Need. Week commencing 13th November is Anti-Bullying week, as part of this, on the 15th,  Fire House Productions came to St John's. Fire House Productions produces educational drama for children, drama being a powerful and flexible tool to develop and enhance children's understanding of social issues.  Within their production of 'Just Joshing', we got to meet Josh, a friendly, upbeat school boy. We also got to meet his nemesis Jack, the school bully, who seems intent on making Josh's life a misery, and finally Dotty, Jacks not so innocent sidekick and bystander. Just Joshing delivered the anti-bullying message, in a fun way, balancing humour with reflection.


        

Over a number of weeks, Mrs Needham, will also be talking to the children about bullying. In their PSHE lessons they will be discussing what is bullying, different types of bullying and what to do if they find themselves or their friends being bullied. 

            


The Poppy Appeal is the Royal British Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign held every year in November, the period of Remembrance. Each year, an army of volunteers distribute the iconic paper poppies throughout the nation, collecting donations in return to help support the vital work, the Royal British Legion do for the Armed Forces and their families. Thank you to everyone, who made a donation and purchased a poppy. 



Excitement is building in Miss Dank's class, as their evening production of a Midsummer Night's Dream gets nearer, taking place on 22nd November, at Barnsley Civic theatre. On the day of the performance, they will get to spend the afternoon at the theatre, where staff from Shakespeare School Festival will lead the children in a technical and dress rehearsal, ensuring that everyone feels ready and supported for the evenings performance. Then, at 7pm, in a celebratory finale, the children will join other local schools and take to the stage to share all their hard work. 


With Christmas fast approaching, we have many events planned, a theatre production of Aladdin on the 15th December and Christmas Lunch and Junior Carol Service taking place on the 19th. Starting at 2pm, parents, family members, carers and friends are all welcome to join us at Deepcar St John's Church for what is a beautiful carol service. In the event of bad weather, the service will be held in the school hall. We will notify you via text and Facebook should the venue change. 

        




We have an excellent Facebook page, posting information most days, it is a great way for you to find out what has been happening in our school on a daily basis. We share photographs of what the children have been learning or pictures of the work that they have produced. We are very proud of the achievements of our pupils and will also post this on our page, a regular one being our 'Sparkle and Shine' winners each week.  As well as posting information about learning we also use the site to keep you upto date with important information and reminders. If you haven't already, like our Facebook page. 

Children are expected to complete their homework, learn their spellings and practise their times tables. Spellings and homework are both set weekly. Ensuring our children are good readers is crucial, and a BIG focus in our school. We ask that you support your child by listening to them read every night for 10 minutes. We appreciate your ongoing support. 

Full details of our Curriculum can be found under 'Our Learning' page.  The age related expectations for Maths, Writing (with examples) and Spelling for year 3 can be found in the documents below. Additionally, there is information on Alan Peat sentence types and definitions of Grammatical terms, which we hope you will find useful. 

We will update this page with more information on what is happening in year 3/4 during the course of the term. 

Kind regards, 

Miss Danks, Miss Steward, Mrs Riley and Mrs Thompson. 




Autumn term 1 - Monday 4th September to Friday 27th October.

We hope that you have all had a great summer holiday, it has been great to be back at school and see all the children again and catch up on what they have been doing during the holidays. During the first week back,we learned all about our brain in 'Brain Awareness' week.

In maths, after practising adding and subtracting to a given number mentally, we have now moved on to learning the column method.  

Our new theme for this half term is Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. Anglo-Saxon history tells of many Viking raids, which marked the start of a long struggle between the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings for control of Britain. We are looking forward to finding out more about this period of history. We have started our learning, by creating timeline of events during this period. 

We look forward to our music lessons each week, with Mr Smith from the Music Service, who is teaching the children how to play the Viola and Violin. Additionally, we also have French lesson with Miss Danks, in which we have revisited our learning from last year to see what animal names we can remember how to say in French.

'Creation' is the subject of our RE lessons this term, we are looking at how the world was created and how we should take care of the world. 

Children will also be having PE lessons at least once a week, therefore it is essential that they have a kit in school at all times. Mr Priest, our Sports coach, will be teaching Gymnastics this half term, which will involve balance, stretching, curling and arching.  It is important that children are prepared with trainers, joggers or track suit bottoms and a fleece in their PE kit, as we still go outside during the winter months. This half term Mrs Haywood will be taking them outside for 'Outdoor Adventurous Activities'.  Please ensure that your child's name is clearly written, not only on their PE kit but on coats, jumpers and cardigans, this makes it so much easier to reunite children with any lost garments. 


In ICT, we are creating our own wrapping paper using the programme Paint. Initially, we created our own designs on paper and repeated them several times. We have started to recreated our designs on the computer, using Paint. Our designs are nearly finished and we are now learning how to change the print settings so that we are able to reproduce our design several times. 

   
      
Mrs Needham teaches PSHE across the school once a week. This half term, the topic is 'New Beginnings', which is all about helping our children explore new things with confidence.

Miss Danks' class have been given an amazing opportunity to be part of this years Shakespeare Schools Festival. They will be performing a 30 minute production of A Midsummer Nights Dream at the Civic Theatre, Barnsley. The children are so excited about this amazing opportunity and are busy learning lines and rehearsing for their big night!


Our new Science topic for this half term is 'Good Vibrations' In this module we will build on our understanding of hearing and develop our vocabulary for describing sounds and identify different sound sources. Additionally, we will also learn that sounds are made by something vibrating and that these vibrations travel through a medium to the ear so that we hear them and establish that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases. Finally, we will explore ways to change the pitch and volume of sounds.

  
We have been making string telephones, we have explored how string telephones are made and work and experimented to see which is the most effective. We have established that if we made the string shorter, the sound would become louder as the sound vibrations had less distance to travel.


Additionally, our Changing World module of Science, is a unit of work that we look at each year, where children study plants in their natural habitat in and around our school grounds. They will monitor the changes in the environment, identifying their parts and observing the stages of their life cycle and the effect of seasonal change.  This module also looks at the classification of plants/animals/habitats. Regular visits to this unit will be made throughout the year. 

We really enjoyed our visit from M & M Theatrical group, who visited us on 18th September.  They are regular visitors to St John's, all of their shows are packed with fun, laughter and excitement, their performance of The Wizard of Oz was one of the best with great music and larger than life characters, amazing costumes, scenery and special effects all helping to bring the stage to life from beginning to end.




Our Macmillan Coffee afternoon took place on Friday 29th September, thank you to all those who attended and helped us raise valuable funds for such a worthwhile cause. 



Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Harvest Festival, which took place on Friday 6th October, for what was a lovely service. Also, thank you for all your kind donations of food, for The Stocksbridge Food Bank. 

It was good to meet many parents at both our parents evening and curriculum evening. Our doors are always open should you have any queries or questions in the future, please contact our school off and arrange a convenient time to come into school to discuss this with us.  

Kind Regards,

Mrs Riley, Mrs Thompson, Miss Danks and Miss Steward. 



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