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Welcome to Year 4

2017/18
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.

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.


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. 

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 also communicate what our subjects are covering. 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 post important information and reminders for parents. 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 4 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. 

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. 


2016/2017

Summer term 2 - Monday 5th June to Friday 21st of July 2017.

As the school year comes to a end, we would like to thank all our parents, family members and carers of our children for all their support throughout the year and wish them all a very happy holiday, have fun and spend time together. We look forward to seeing you all in September, when we begin the next step of our learning journey together. 
 

We had a great time at The Great Yorkshire show! 



It is hard to believe that we now only have a few weeks left of the school year, and then the children will be moving on to year 5. We have had such an amazing year so far, but have lots of learning still to do before the end of the school year. 

We are continuing with our topic of 'The Lake District' for this half term.  The children have really enjoyed finding out about Beatrix Potter, reading some of her books, and writing her Biography.  In preparation for our trip to the Lake District we became 'Geographers' and studied maps of the area, highlighting the many lakes and mountains and the small villages.   

 
          


On Friday 23rd June, we set of early for the Lake District, for what was a great learning day. We spent the morning looking around Ambleside, and took the time to stop and sketch the 'Bridge House'. We were very privileged to be given a talk by the National Trust on its history.  Thankfully, the rain stopped as we headed down to the local park for lunch. After which, the children enjoyed playing in the adventure playground, before we headed back to the coach for a 10 minute drive to the Beatrix Potter Museum.  The children found the museum amazing, and after watching a short video about her life, we walked around the museum, the children identifying all the characters from Beatrix's books as we went along. It was a short walk down to waters edge for our Lake Steamer trip around Lake Windermere, the largest natural lake in England. Although a little chilly, the children loved the spectacular views on our 45 minute cruise.  We had a fabulous day. The children were amazing; a delight and a pleasure to take out of school, showing great behaviour and wonderful manners. Parents, you should be very proud them. 


                                     

    

We have our whole school trip to 'The Great Yorkshire Show' to look forward to, as well as Outdoor Education week, and Sports Day. We will soon start practising for sports day in our PE lessons.  Additionally, in PE, we are really looking forward to playing the games that we created last half term.  In a recent PE lesson, we have been learning how to throw a javelin. 

   


In our English lessons we have written a non chronological report about "How to care to for a dog', to help them with their writing, we have been incredibly lucky to have a special visitor, Emma-Joe Hill from the 'Dogs Trust'. Emma talked to the children about Responsible Dog Ownership, which included how to identify what a dog needs to be happy and why. Additionally, she also told the children about how to stay safe around dogs.


                                 
    


We have just finished our Science topic of 'Who am I'  This will involve identifying animals from a range of habitats and learning the characteristic differences between them. They have learned about pond and seashore animals and common land invertebrates. In addition to identifying animals children will also classify them, learning to identify characteristics of the main vertebrate groups and some of the common invertebrate groups. To aid their learning,  we have recently been outside, looking at bugs and being identifying them. 

                                     

We are now moving on to a new topic of 'Where does all the Food go?' In this module we will learn about the human digestive system, and they will be introduced to the main body parts associated with it; the mouth, tongue, teeth, oesophagus, stomach, intestines, rectum and anus. They 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 have started to look at the functions of the different types of teeth, and we have learned that incisors are used for cutting, canines for tearing and molars for grinding. In a recent lesson, we explained that, just like kitchen utensils, different types of teeth are good at breaking down food in different ways. We then challenged the children to find out what each type of tooth is used for using a banana, slice of apple and some dried mango and various kitchen utensils to represent the teeth; a pair of scissors for the incisors, a fork for the canines and a potato masher for the molars.

       

In our PSHE lessons, across the school, Mrs Needham will be talking to the children about sex and healthy relationships, at an age appropriate level. Sex education is an essential area of learning for your child. 

We will be studying Hinduism in RE lessons until the end of term. We have started by learning that Hinduism is a religion, or a way of life, found most notably in India and Nepal.  

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 also communicate what our subjects are covering. 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 post important information and reminders for parents. 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. Reading records are expected to be signed by parents and brought in for Mrs Stewart and Mr Horner to check. Children who read regularly are rewarded-so get your child reading! We appreciate your ongoing support.

For more information on our Curriculum, Please go to '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.




Summer term 1 - Monday 24th of April to Friday 26th May 2017


In Miss Galbraith's maths lesson we have been learning all about Roman Numerals. During the lovely weather we have had recently, we decided to take our learning outside; working in small groups, and using Roman Numerals, the children have written their own secret codes, for the other children in the class to solve. 

       


The weather stayed fine and the sun shone down on us for what has been a great residential. We hope that you have all enjoyed looking at the hundreds of photos that we have shared on our Facebook page which clearly show all the children having a marvellous time.  Residentials are more than just a fun trip away from school, the diverse and high quality residential trips that are now on offer means that children get to experience opportunities that they may not otherwise have. 


              

Year 4 Residential


        
  

We will be continuing with our Science topic of 'Switched On'. During this module we have already identified electrical appliances, distinguishing between those which are powered by mains and battery and recognising that electricity can be used to produce light, sound, heat and movement. This half term we have already explored the production of light, sound and movement by making simple series circuits with cells, wires, bulbs and buzzers, learning the names of the components. We are now moving on to testing various material; tin foil, pipe cleaner, rubber band, pencil and paper clips, to establish whether they are either electrical conductors or insulators. We are hoping that we will be able to identify that metals are good electrical conductors and plastics are good electrical insulators. Throughout this module we will learn the safe use of electrical components and the dangers of mains electricity. 

      

We have now finished our work on the Stone age, Bronze age and Iron age. We have now moved on to our new theme of the Lake District.  We are really looking forward to finding out about the area and its history. We have arrange a visit to Ambleside, situated at the head of Lake Windermere, on Friday 23rd June.. As the Lake district was the home of the famous children's author Beatrix Potter we have started  looking at her life, where she got her inspiration for her books and her struggle to get her books published.  The theme of Beatrix Potter will be linked to our English lessons, where we will be writing a biography on the famous author.

In computing, children are learning all about programming.To help them with this, over this half term, the children will be using a system called Turtle Academy. In their first lesson, they have learned how to get a turtle to perform a specific task by 'programming' a series of instructions for it to follow.

        

God, David and the Psalms will he our learning in RE, we will be looking at what values the children think are important, who inspires them, what qualities they think a good King needs to have and finally, what they think God is like. 

We will be learning how to write a few short sentences using familiar expressions in our French lessons this half term, reviewing our prior learning of phases, I would like, I like and I dislike

Mrs Needham will be teaching the children the importance of relationships and the ups and downs that they can go through in their PSHE lessons once a week. 

In our music lessons we will be continuing to improve on our viola/violin skills with Elsa. After learning some new notes, we have moved on to writing our own short piece of music, which the children have thoroughly enjoyed. In the coming weeks lessons, we will be fine tuning our master pieces before performing it to the rest of the class. We will be giving our last performance, in our summer concert taking place before the summer holidays. We will confirm the date nearer the time. 

                                                                                                          

We are really looking forward to seeing the ideas that the children come up with in their 'Creative Games' themed PE lessons with Mrs Haywood. During the course of the half term, the children, who will be working in groups, will come up with a new outdoor game. Once they have finalised their idea, they will share their plan with the rest of the class, presenting how the game works, the rules and the equipment that they will need. They will then give their idea a test run, making any necessary changes. Finally, the whole class will then play each of the games that have been created. Additionally, Miss Steward will be taking us for lessons in Tennis once a week.  


Spring term 2 - 27th February to 7th April 2017. 


The last week of school, before the Easter holidays, has been very busy. As well as our usual lessons, we have been busy making Palm Crosses in RE, making Easter cards and buns. Additionally, we had our String concert. We were amazed by how many parents came to watch. Thank you for your support. I am sure that you will agree that the progress that they have made playing their Violas and Violins since the beginning of the year is outstanding. We are very proud of them all. 

         

Our residential to the Oakes, is fast approaching and we are all getting very excited and looking forward to the many activities that we will be able to take part in. 

We will be continuing with our work on the Stone, Bronze and Iron age as part of our history/geography lessons over the coming weeks, researching how they lived, what they ate and the tools they used. 

Our new Science topic is 'Switched On'. During this module we will identify electrical appliances, distinguishing between those which are powered by mains and battery and recognising that electricity can be used to produce light, sound, heat and movement. We will explore the production of light, sound and movement by making simple series circuits with cells, wires, bulbs, buzzers and motors, learning the names of the components. We will be testing materials, classify them as electrical conductors or insulators and recognise that metals are good electrical conductors and plastics are good electrical insulators. Throughout this module we will learn the safe use of electrical components and the dangers of mains electricity. 

We have just finished our Science topic of ' In a state'.  This module introduces the concept of states of matter, in which we will learn the characteristic properties of solids, liquids and gases, first through physically exploring typical materials and then by classifying examples, such as powders and very viscous liquids, which are harder to classify. Using first-hand experience and secondary sources we will learn about changes of state and begin to understand freezing and boiling points as identifying characteristics of a material. Additionally, we will also learn the names of some common gases and  have the opportunity to explore the expansion of liquids and gases when they are heated.

Over the last few weeks we have been carrying out a number of experiments to help the children consolidate their learning.  We have looked at what would happen when we applied heat to five substances: cheese, butter, chocolate, metal  and wax. The children watched and recorded how the properties of each substance changed when heated over a bowl of water, initially starting of at 30 degrees celsius, increasing, in intervals to 75 degrees celsius. The children have also been given balloons filled with air, water and ice. By looking, feeling and weighing each of the balloons the children have learned how to recognise the characteristics of each state of matter.


             


         

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 (approximately once a term). 

British Science Week was a ten-day programme of science, technology, engineering and maths events and activities across the UK for people of all ages.To celebrate this, here at St John's we had a full day dedicated to Science, Monday 13th March. The day started with a morning assembly, in which the children learned all about the famous biologist, Louis Pasteur. The children had great fun investigating  a liquid that is also a solid! By mixing cornflour and water. As part of ‘Our Changing World’ module, we have been outside looking at the effect of seasonal change on our environment. 

      



Before Christmas, year 4 learned all about a man called Zacchaeus. The story starts as Jesus travels to Jericho, telling parables and performing many miracles on his way. In Jericho, lived a man named Zacchaeus, who was the chief tax collector and had lots of money and therefore disliked by many. The people of Jericho were shocked when Jesus went to talk to Zacchaeus as he was considered a ‘Sinner’ but after meeting Jesus, Zacchaeus had a change of heart and agreed to pay money back to the people of Jericho. We have used this story in our computing lesson, in which we are making our own animation films based on story.Over the past half term, we have been busy designing and making our own scenery and then moved on to making the characters; Jesus, Zacchaeus and people of Jericho out of playdough. After putting the finishing touches to their set designs and characters, they have over the last 2 days completed the filming. Our last job will be to add music, then our animations will be finished and we hope to share some of the finished films with you.

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In PSHE, this half term the theme is 'It's good to be me'. With Mrs Needham the children will be exploring how every individual is unique and special. She will also be helping the children to focus on the positive aspects of themselves to develop a sense of self worth and self esteem.
 
With Easter approaching, this Christian festival will be our made study in our RE lessons across school. In our recent lesson, after learning all about the story of Easter, they have worked together in groups, each learning a section of the story.  They have then taken it in turns to act out their scene from the story to the rest of the class.
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Across the school, in PE once a week, children are practising their skipping skills. Skipping gives the body a full work out, using abdominal muscles to stabilise the body, legs for jumping and shoulders and arms for turning the rope. Learning to skip teaches the children a lifelong fitness activity. Once the children have accomplished the basic skipping skills, they will move on to learning more complex ways of skipping. We have moved on from football, with Miss Steward on a Friday, to learning the necessary skills to be able to play tennis. 

          
     


Spring term 1 - 3rd January to 16th February 2017. 

For the first few weeks of this term we have continued our work on Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, We have finished this theme with us making our own Anglo-Saxon brooches out of clay. The children have now completed their brooches by adding paint. The finished results look amazing. More pictures are available on our Facebook page. 

            
                                                    
      

We have now moved on to our new theme, The Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron age. We will be researching how they lived, what they ate and the tools they used. Recently, they have looked at Stone Age cave paintings. Initially, they looked at how prehistoric paint was created and established they mixed dirt, ground up rocks and animal fat.  they went outside and collected twigs and sticks to paint with and create their own Cave painting on paper, which we had tea stained the previous day. As well as creating individual pieces of art, each class came together to recreate the 'Cueva de las Manos', The Cave of Hands in Argentina. It takes its name from the stencilled outlines of human hands in a cave which are thought to be over 9000 years old.

          

             


Recently, children have been gripped by the story of ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes. 

"Mankind must put a stop to the dreadful destruction by the Iron Man and set a trap for him, but he cannot be kept down. Then, when a terrible monster from outer space threatens to lay waste to the planet, it is the Iron Man who finds a way to save the world!"

In English,  they have used the story to help them create their variation of the ‘Iron Man’ and will be using this to help them plan, write and then edit their own story.

As part of their recent DT day, Sculpture,  their learning intention was; to create and combine shapes to create recognisable forms, to include texture that conveys feelings, expression or movement and to add materials to provide interesting detail.  

Firstly, during the course of the day small groups of children have joined Mr Powell in the hall and together they have made their own Iron Man out of the many boxes that have kindly been brought into school. In addition to this, our caretaker Mr Murfin has created a huge scale drawing of the Iron Man and children have been joining him, in the hall with Mr Powell to help him finish it.

Watch out for the ‘Iron Man’ when he goes on display in each classroom. They look fantastic .Thank you Mr Murfin for all your help.  

        

      


'In a state' is our new Science topic, in which we will be looking at the properties of solids, liquids and gases. We have recently undertaken an ice experiment with the children, which they have really enjoyed . The day started with the children on each table, being given a tray, with an ice structure, a frozen hand inside.These structures were then placed in and outside the classroom. At regular intervals during the course of the day, the children monitored how fast 'The Hands' were melting by carefully recording the amount of water in each tray. They will be presenting and interpreting the data in future science lessons. In the afternoon they started to explore the properties of air. They did this by working in small groups and undertaking a number of investigations. One of the investigations that they found most intriguing was the placing of small raisins into a glass of lemonade. The children watched in amazement as the raisins kept on sinking and then floating to the surface again. They went on to discover that the bubbles in the lemonade cling to the raisins and lift them to the top and then the raisins sink again when the bubbles burst at the surface.
  
        



Mrs Haywood is teaching the year 4s Gymnastics during their indoor PE lessons on a Monday. They initially started off by been learning how to roll safely before moving on to more completed rolls. In their outdoor PE lessons on a Friday, they are practising their football skills. Initially they have been working on passing the ball accurately to each other.





In our PSHE lessons, with Mrs Needham, we have now finished looking at bullying and have now moved on to teaching the children how to keep safe whilst online. The internet offers an amazing environment for children to be creative, explore their interests, play with friends, learn or socialise, but there are risks. Alarmingly, we have been notified of a number of cases recently of children putting themselves at risk whilst on line. No one thinks it will happen to their child, but sadly adults who want to harm or exploit children can be extremely devious in the way they manipulate those they target. Therefore, please check what sites, apps, chat rooms and games your child is using and who they are talking to. Information for parents on how to keep your child safe whilst on line can be found on the 'thinkuknow' website.

Before Christmas, learned all about a man called Zacchaeus. The story starts as Jesus travels to a place called Jericho, telling parables and performing many miracles on his way. In Jericho, lived a man named Zacchaeus,  who was the chief tax collector and had lots of money and therefore disliked by many.  The people of Jericho were shocked when Jesus went to talk to Zacchaeus as he was considered a ‘Sinner’ but after meeting Jesus, Zacchaeus had a change of heart and agreed to pay money back to the people of Jericho.   

We carried this theme in our computing lesson, in which we are making our own animation films based on story.

Over the past half term, we have been busy designing and making our own scenery and then moved on to making the characters; Jesus, Zacchaeus and people of Jericho out of playdough.  Over the last 2 days, they have put the finishing touches to their set designs and characters, ready to start filming after the holidays.  

 
                


All year groups across the school have taken place in the Big Schools' Birdwatch. Prior to going outside each class discussed the different types of birds and how they can be identified. They then completed a survey on what birds they saw within a given time scale, all the results across the school have been totalled and forwarded to the RSPB. 




Kind regards

Miss Steward and Miss Galbraith




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