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Welcome to Year 4


Autumn term 2 - Monday 5th November to Friday 21st December 

We hope you have all enjoyed the half term break. It is hard to believe that in 7 weeks we will be breaking up for Christmas.  Please ensure that children come dressed prepared for the colder weather that we are now experiencing.  PE kits need to be returned to school and should now include either a tracksuit or a warm fleece and joggers for when we do PE outside. 

What we are Learning this Half Term

Maths


We started the new school year looking at place value, it is important that children understand the value of a digit within a number. We then looked at mental strategies which can help with addition and subtraction, partitioning, number bonds etc.  This half term, we will be focussing on addition and subtraction. One method that we will be learning is the 'Standard Written' method or Column method. 


English

There are hundreds of versions of Cinderella all over the world.  As we have been studying Ancient Egypt in our theme lessons, we have linked this to our English work and have looked at the Egyptian version of this well loved fairy tale.  

Long ago in the Ancient land of Egypt were the green water of the Nile River flows into the blue water of the Mediterranean Sea lived a young maiden named Rhodopis, she was born in Greece but was kidnapped by pirates and carried down into Egypt where she was sold into slavery. Her owner turned out to be a kind old man who spent most of his time under a tree sleeping. Because of this he never saw how the other girls in the house, all servant girls, taunted and teased her because she looked differently from them. Their hair was straight and black while hers was golden and curly. They had brown eyes and she had green. Their skin had the glow of Copper, but she had pale skin that burned easily in the sun causing them to call her Rosy Rhodopis. They made her work hard shouting at her all day.  Now she had no friends only the animals. 

After reading, what is considered the oldest version of the story dating back to the first century, we will be writing our own fairy tale set in Egypt. 

History and Geography (Theme)

In our theme lessons we will be discussing with the children that when you have a civilisation as old as the Ancient Egyptians there often aren’t that many written records about what life was like. Therefore, what we know is from what is left behind in the ground. When it comes to the Egyptians they were buried with what they held most dear: the things they wanted to take with them to the afterlife, which has helped historians build a picture of what life was like in Ancient Egypt. This half term,  we will be using artefacts as clues to the life of people in the past, establishing what the artefact might have been used for and seeing if we can match the object to the person it belonged to.

The ancient Egyptians believed that the body of a dead person needed to be preserved in order that the spirit of the deceased could live on in the afterlife. As part of their theme on Ancient Egypt, Miss Steward's class have 'mummified' some tomatoes (a dead body was hard to get hold of at such short notice!). It got a little messy but a great way to learn about the mummification process.

    

We have been really impressed with the effort that children have put into their homework, which was set prior to the holidays on Egypt. We have created a display in the hall. It looks amazing. 



Science

Our Changing World' is a unit of Science that is looked at each year and monitors the changes in the environment around school over the course of a year. In a recent lesson, we went outside and have chosen a tree to monitor, we will be recording how it changes throughout the coming seasons. 

Once we have completed our unit of science work on Light and Shadows, we will be moving on to 'Amazing Bodies'. In this module we will build on our knowledge of the human body.  We will learn the importance of eating the right amounts of different types of food and that the food we eat provides us with the nutrition that our bodies require to remain healthy. We will also cover the range of nutrients that humans need to consume in the correct amounts and the role that these nutrients play in keeping our bodies healthy.  We will also learn that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.  

Music

We are really enjoying learning to play the Recorder in our music lesson. This week, we have learned to play our first little tune - Little Fly. 


French

We are revisiting colours in French and linking it to parts of the body. To help them with this children will be creating and then describing their own monstera. 

How to Support your Child's Learning at Home/Homework

Reading

This year, we are working hard to promote children's love for reading. Learning to read and reading for pleasure go hand in hand. You can help your child by encouraging them to read or by reading with them at home ever night, for at least 10 minutes.  Reading aloud to your child can be one of the most enjoyable parenting experiences. We hope that you and your child create many loving memories as you explore books together. Sharing a book together with your child is time for bonding, relaxing and gives you the opportunity to escape into another world with your child. Reading for pleasure will help develop your child's vocabulary, communication, concentration, empathy and imagination. It is a well-known fact, that good readers make good writers. A list of the top 100 books to read in year 3 and 4 can be found at the bottom of this page. 

How can you help your child enjoy reading?

  • Take time to look together at the words and pictures in a story. 
  • Take turns to read. 
  • Stories can be shared with the whole family so why not invite siblings or other family members to join in.
  • Sit close together when sharing a book. 
  • Don't be afraid to use funny voices - It's a great way to make your child giggle.
  • When you talk to your child about what is happening in a book, give them plenty of time to respond. Try to ask questions that do not require  just a yes or no answer. For example, ask them what they think will happen next or how a character may be feeling. 

Reading Diaries 

A Reading Diary has been given to each child to record what they have been reading. There are points awarded for each read (a read is 1 session on 1 day). We will be celebrating their reading when they attain 100 points, with an invitation to join the 100 club. The recommended reading list for Key Stage 1 and years 3 and 4 can be found at the bottom of this page. We ask that you support your child by listening to them read every night for at least 10 minutes and then complete their reading records and return to school for signing the next day. 

Maths

Practising times tables at home is really important. Knowing times tables facts really helps children to feel confident in Maths, and enables them to make progress in areas such as calculating, fractions… even shape work can involve times tables – when we think about angles, for example. The National Curriculum sets out expectations for times tables knowledge and states that by Year 4 children should be able to recall multiplication and division facts up to 12x12. Knowing the tables facts (including division) means having rapid recall – being able to say the answer within about five seconds, not counting through the times tables to work it out. Please make sure your child practises as home: in the car, in the bath, on the way to school, straight after school as a matter of routine.

TT Rocks Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times table practice. Mathletics is an award winning interactive site that aims to improve pupils maths skills through fun activities linked to the UK National Curriculum.  Further information on Mathletics and TT Rockstars can be found in our Parent Information section on our website. Please encourage them to use both of these fantastic resources at home. 

If you do not have access to a computer, we have many resources in school to help, should you need them, including flip/flap cards and times table grids. 

Other online resources include; 
  • Mathletics 
  • Samlearning 
  • Hit the button                  
        

Our Year 4 age related maths expectations and maths mastery, term to term can be found at the bottom of this page.



Homework

The Government expectations for attainment have risen over the last few years and in order to help your child reach Age Related Expectations based on the New Curriculum, we are setting two lots of homework each week, one in Maths and the other in Reading Comprehension. This worked well over the last two years and increased the percentage of children achieving the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Maths. The Reading Comprehension will be followed up in class so it is essential that your child completes this at home in order to keep up with what they are learning in school. 
 
Homework will be sent home on Friday and is expected to be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday. Homework will be followed up in class so it is essential that your child completes and returns it on time in order to keep up with what they are learning in school. If it is not returned, it may result in them missing a playtime in order to complete it. 

Spellings will still be set on a weekly basis, please practise them at home prior to the test in school.

Children’s learning is improved when we work in partnership and 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 Spellings 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.

Children's University

We are really pleased to announce that we have signed up to Sheffield Children’s University. This scheme encourages and rewards children and young people for taking part in learning activities of their choice in their own time. Research shows that children and young people who are

rewarded for choosing to learn out of school feel proud and confident about their achievements and do better at school. 

The Children’s University celebrates children and young people’s achievements with award certificates and badges. To do this we count the learning credits that they earn out of school time – one for each hour. The national awards are:

Bronze (30 hours) 

Silver (65 hours) 

Gold (100 hours) …and these continue right the way up to 1000 hours! 

Gold awards are presented at special ceremonies at the Town Hall or universities to which a parent/carer is also invited. With each award children and young people receive, they receive a report which outlines their activities and accounts for each hour they have spent learning out of school. This report can become part of their record of achievement and evidences the learning they have taken part in out of school hours, which can be important when they begin to apply to further education or seek employment.  Please see the link below for more information. 

http://www.childrensuniversity.co.uk/home/work-with-us/local-cus/sheffield-childrens-university/home/

News and Events this Half Term.

Attending school regularly has a huge impact on a child's education and also their social development. Miss Danks' class achieved 100% week and were awarded a special certificate in assembly. This is brilliant, well done Miss Danks' class.


With his trusty cat in tow, Dick Whittington’s heading to town to seek his fortune – he’s heard the streets are paved with gold. But when he gets there, it’s hard to see the gold beneath the grime and King Rat is out to get him! We invited Pendle Productions back again this year as they performed a fabulous pantomime last year. Their performance this afternoon had the children enthralled from start to finish.The talent of the actors was astounding and lots of audience participation ensured the actors held the children’s attention throughout. The perfect Christmas treat!

    


Deepcar St John's children gathered along with staff, parents, grandparents, carers and friends at our Junior Carol Service this afternoon. After a heartfelt welcome from our wonderful host Revd. Hilda Issacson, the congregation enjoyed readings, prayers, poems, carols and a re-enactment of the Nativity story by brave year 3 children. The beautiful song Hope in Heaven explains the significance of each element of the Christingle. Candles flickered as our choir, joined by the rest of the school, sang exquisitely.The service concluded with Come All Ye Faithful, during which all the congregation were invited to sing along.A wonderful afternoon. Thank you for joining us.


      


Yummy Christmas Lunch -  Turkey and all the Trimmings. 

       
   




The Waldershelf Singers are an independent mixed voice choir with around 68 members, who sing all kinds of music. They are from all ages and walks of life, with experienced singers and musicians, and some new learners. Together they love to sing and have fun. The Waldershelf Singers performed at 6.30pm on the 11th December at Deepcar St John's church along with Deepcar St John's Choir.  After the performance, Waldershelf Choir praised the children, especially loving the handbells. Well done Deepcar St John's, sounds like you were fabulous as always. Big thanks to Mr Horner and Miss Danks for giving up their time to run the school choir. Without their hard work and dedication our school choir would not exist. 





Our School Council organised a toys sale on Thursday 6th December 2018 and raised £63. The toy sale was to raise funds for iPads which will be accessed by all children in school. Thank you for donating all your unwanted toys to the sale and helping us to raise vital funds for the school. 


Our tree, kindly donated by Jacob DW's parents, is now up in the school hall. We are now proudly displaying all the amazing baubles that were entered into the 'Parents of Deepcar Students' best decorated bauble competition. All of the baubles look amazing and it was really hard for us to choose a winner from each year group. Each entrant received a certificate in assembly today. A big well done to our year 4 winner. 

     

On the 4th December, we welcomed back Reverend Hilda Issacson and her friends from church for a special Christmas Open the Book Collective Worship.  


These children have all earned their bronze certificate on Mathletics. These means that that have earned over a 1000 points or more in one week. Children have to complete many activities to achieve a bronze certificate.

1 point per correct answer in Live Mathletics
2 points per correct answer within the student’s bonus level of Live Mathletics
10 points per correct answer within individual Mathletics curriculum activities.

Well done to our 'Mathletic Bronze Award Winners' this week.



Mathletics is an award winning interactive site that aims to improve children's maths skills through fun activities linked to the UK National Curriculum. Children receive points for each activity they complete.  The more correct answers – the more points. Certificates are granted when a student earns 1000 points or more within one week. Children initially earn a Bronze Certificate, then a Silver Certificate once five Bronzes have been earned. With four Silver Certificates, a children then receives the much-coveted Gold Certificate, demonstrating their long-term commitment to improving their maths knowledge at home. 


A big well done on earning your Silver Certificate. 




Singing is good for you emotionally, physically and socially. It can help to develop a child’s imagination and creativity and allows them to try new skills in a safe environment. Being part of a school choir creates a sense of togetherness, gives children a sense of belonging and helps them to make new friends. A place for sharing, laughter and fun. We are very grateful to Mr Horner and Miss Danks, who both give up their time each week to run choir practise and to accompany them to many musical events. On 17th November, after weeks of practise, they performed at Bolsterstone Christmas Fayre. They were brilliant. Thank you to all the parents who came to watch. 

     

Shakespeare Schools Foundation is a cultural education charity, who hold the world’s largest youth drama Festival every Autumn. Months of preparation culminate in an exhilarating performance; young people playing Shakespeare in professional theatres, raising aspirations and unlocking the potential of students from all backgrounds. Miss Danks' class have had the amazing opportunity to be a part of this year’s Shakespeare Schools Festival. Performing a 20 – 30 minute production of Twelfth Night, on 21th November 2018 at The Civic Theatre, Barnsley. 

As part of the Festival journey, they have been rehearsing in school and attended a half day Company Workshop, led by theatre professionals. Shakespeare Schools Foundation worked with them to develop their performance and gave them tips and tricks to take back to school. This was a fantastic session, boosting their confidence as our excitement builds towards the performance day.

On the day of the performance, they spent half a day at the theatre where SSF staff led them through a technical and dress rehearsal, ensuring everyone felt ready and supported for the evening to come. Then, in a celebratory finale to our Festival journey, they joined other local schools and took to the stage. Performing in a real theatre in front of an audience was a magical experience and one that they will remember for a long time; a night that will boost confidence and self esteem for a lifetime. 

We need to thank BlueSpark Foundation, who provided us with a grant which enabled us to take part in the Shakespeare Festival. As well as the cost of entering the festival, their grant covered the payment of the coach, art workshop and evening meal for the children.  Well done Miss Danks and class Y4AD. 

In our Sparkle and Shine Assembly, the week after the performance, Miss Danks spoke about how proud she was of her class for Wednesdays performance of a Twelfth Night and could not single out one child, and therefore chose all of them for Sparkle and Shine this week.



   
   

We have really enjoyed receiving all your photographs for The Great Deepcar Bake Off, we hope your creations tasted as good as they looked. 

                                       

Suzy Senior, lives locally and in her spare time likes to write books for children. To celebrate the launch of her latest book, A Pirate Christmas, she joined Hilda Issacson for a special Open the Book assembly on the 13th November. Hilda, her pirate friends, Susie and children from St John's acted out the Nativity Story as you've never seen it before - through the eyes of Pirate Dad, Joe, and Cannon, the ship's guinea pig.


We have been talking about the meaning of Remembrance Day and the Centenary celebrations to the children in Collective Worship and in our PSHE lessons. Our poppies are now on display in the Clock Tower Gardens. I am sure that you will agree, all the poppies look amazing. 

              

The Poppy Appeal is the Royal British Legion’s biggest fundraising campaign held every year in November, the period of Remembrance. The money raised through the sale of poppies provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community - serving men and women, veterans, and their families. Thank you to everyone who purchased a poppy from school and helped to raise vital funds for this amazing charity. 




BBC children in Need is the BBC’s UK corporate charity. Thanks to the support of the general public, they are able to make a real difference to the lives of children all across the UK.  Their vision is that every child in the UK has a childhood which is:

Safe  

Happy and Secure

Allows them to reach their full potential

They do this by providing grants to projects in the UK which focus on helping children and young people who face a range of disadvantages, for example poverty and deprivation; children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect or disabled young people. Children in Need is currently supporting 2400 projects across the UK.  The BBC Children in Need Appeal Night took place on Friday 16th November. The Appeal show is a whole evening of entertainment on BBC One with celebrities singing, dancing and doing all sorts of crazy things to raise money.  We supported this amazing charity on the 16th, by inviting children to come to school wearing something spotty and making a minimum donation of £1. Thank you to everyone who made a donation and helped us raise money for this fantastic charity. 



                                                    

Future Events

We are really looking forward to our week dedicated to Art, which takes place week commencing 17th December. We will let you have more details nearer the time. 


To celebrate the last day of term, before the Christmas holidays, children are allowed to come to school wearing a Christmas Jumper. We are not asking for a donation of £1. This is because as a school we appreciate that Christmas is a very expensive time of year. Additionally, we are very aware and appreciative of all the support that you have given us already during the months running up to Christmas, for example, Remembrance Day, Children in Need, purchase of Christmas cards, the Samaritans Purse Shoebox Appeal. Plus the additional costs of school trips and residentials. The 'Save the Children' Christmas Jumper Day is on the 14th December and due to above reasons we will not be collecting £1 to donate to this charity. You are more than welcome to make a personal donation. Children need to come to school in school uniform as normal on 14th. Thank you.


We are really excited about returning to the Oakes in May next year for our 3 day and 2 night residential. The Oakes Holiday Centre is an action packed, fun filled centre at Norton, Sheffield. A Georgian house set in acres of woodland, lawns and a lake surrounded by parkland. All activities are on site and led by fully insured members of staff from The Oakes. The activities include; archery, climbing wall, raft building and rope courses, as well as football, remote control cars and table tennis. There will be campfires in the evening too. If you are paying by installments , your next payment of £50 needs to be paid online by 30th November. Thank you.



Facebook

Our Facebook page has been in place for over a year now, it is a great way for you to find out what is 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. 

 
 

Regards, 


Miss Steward and Miss Danks 

Autumn term - Wednesday 5th September to Friday 26th October. 

We have had an excellent and very busy start to the new academic year. It has been a joy to welcome your children into year 4 and they have quickly settled into their new class. Thank you as always for your continued support and we would like to wish you all a safe and enjoyable half term. See you on Monday 5th October.


In order for children for to gain the full benefits of their education, it is essential that they attend school everyday. They are more likely to succeed when they attend school consistently. It’s difficult for teachers and the class to build their skills and progress if a large number of children are frequently absent. Children will low attendance rates are at risk of falling behind academically.  These children, from year 4, have all had either 100% attendance or achieved the school target of 96.5% this half term and were all awarded a certificate in assembly this morning.  Miss Steward's class have achieved 100% weekly attendance for the second time this half term and a representative from class collected a certificate from Miss Jones. 

   
  
                                                          

The Good Citizenship award, is a new award that we will be presenting at the end of each half term. A certificate will be given to one child from each class who is kind, supportive, helpful and is a positive role model. When children receive citizenship awards, their positive behavior is in reinforced and teachers are given the opportunity to reward good behavior. Self esteem and confidence is improved for the award recipients and it activity promotes good behavior in the classroom. Here is our year 4 'Good Citizenship' winner.


Our House Point system is designed to embody the values and ethos of the school and aims to be an integral part of our school community.  By awarding children House Points we aim to: reinforce positive behavior, create a sense of belonging within the school community, develop social interaction across the school, give children a sense of achievement, support an awareness of individual and collective responsibility and promote fun and excitement through friendly competition. A big well done to 'Tigers' our winning team, collecting the most house points over the half term. As a treat, all members of team 'Tigers' will get to come in non uniform on Friday 9th November. Well done Tigers


This year, is the centenary of the end of World War 1. On Remembrance Sunday, 11 November 2018, people around the Commonwealth will be reflecting on the lives that were changed irrevocably, and those that were lost. Some 65 million men were mobilised across Europe during World War 1. Nearly a third of them – some 21 million – were wounded. Another 8.5 million were killed and some 7.7 million were taken prisoners of war. All of them had family and friends whose lives were changed forever by the events of 1914-1918. Deepcar St John's will be remembering and paying their respects by making poppies that will be going on display in the Clock Tower Gardens. We have been hard at work creating our poppies. The finished poppies look amazing and will look fantastic when they go on display next month.

   

Thank you to everyone who joined us this afternoon at Deepcar St John's Church for our Harvest Service. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. We are really proud of all our children. They all sang beautifully. Those children who stood and read poems, bible readings and prayers in front of a packed church showed such confidence. Thank you for all your kind donations of food, we have all been overwhelmed this year by your generosity and kindness.

 
  
  

      

In our Music lessons, we will be learning how to play the recorder. In a recent lesson, we gave each child their own recorder.  They learned how to hold it correctly and played them for the first time. 

      
Our first parents' evening of this school year will took place on the 15th and 17th October. It was great to see so many of you and for us to have the opportunity to discuss how your child is progressing in school since they returned in September and for you to find out how best to support your  child's learning at home. 
 



During our English lessons we have been taking the children on a journey of discovery with archaeologist Howard Carter. Learning that in 1905, Howard joins forces with Lord Carnarvon, a wealthy aristocrat and that with Carter's instinct for discovery and Carnarvon's money, the duo set about exploring the Valley of the Kings for the tomb of Tutankhamun. Over the next few weeks we will be completing a piece of descriptive writing based on their journey of discovery. 

We started the new school year looking at place value, it is important that children understand the value of a digit within a number. We are now looking at mental strategies which can be used to help with addition and subtraction. Later this half term, we will be learning the 'Standard Written' method for addition and subtraction. 

  



In our Science topic of  'Can you see me?' we will start to explore light. Over the coming weeks we will learn that there needs to be light for us to see, that some things give out light and others reflect it, and that there are factors which affect the size and shape of shadows. In a recent lesson, we investigated which materials are good at reflecting light. Following this, we looked at ways that cycling at night could be made safer. 


    

'Our Changing World' is a unit of Science that is looked at each year and monitors the changes in the environment around school over the course of a year. Miss Danks' class went outside yesterday afternoon, identifying the different types of trees in the school grounds. They have chosen a tree and will be recording how it changes throughout the coming seasons.

     

We believe that a child's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and, within this, the promotion of fundamental British values, should be at the heart of our school.  We use Picture News, which help to keep children up to date with the fast changing world around them. Our discussions and debates in our PSHE lessons with Mrs Needham,  help to challenge children's ideas and pre-conceptions; ultimately helping them to broaden their horizons and enable them to deal with the modern world. 



In ICT, this half term we are learning how to use word processing software.  In our first lesson, we learned how to open a word document, to adjust the type, size and colour of the font, to copy and paste and how to save our work. Once we had mastered these skills, we showed them how to import a picture from clipart, use word art and copy and paste a picture from the internet.  Last week, we used the internet to research 'Healthy Lifestyle' and used google to find out; how much sleep a child needs, the amount of exercise, how much water we need a day and how much time is healthy for us to spend on technology per day. We will be using the information that we have found out to create our own 'Healthy Lifestyle' poster on word. 


      


The teaching of French is led by Miss Danks, who is a fluent French speaker. We follow the I Languages scheme of work which is in line with the new National Curriculum. In a recent lesson, we have revised how to say the colours and are learning how to say parts of our body in French. The children have really enjoyed learning to sing Head, shoulders, knees and toes in French. 




We would like to say a huge thank you to all the carers, friends and family members that joined us for our Macmillan Coffee morning on Friday 28th September. We are really grateful to all those people who kindly made and donated delicious cakes and buns for us to sell, helping us to raise as much money as possible for such a worthy charity. We hope you enjoyed your time in class, watching a spelling lesson. Thank again for supporting us.



We are really excited about returning to the Oakes, in May next year for our 3 day and 2 night residential. The Oakes Holiday Centre is an action packed, fun filled centre at Norton, Sheffield. A Georgian house set in acres of woodland, lawns and a lake surrounded by parkland. All activities are on site and led by fully insured members of staff from The Oakes. The activities include; archery, climbing wall, raft building and rope courses, as well as football, remote control cars and table tennis. There will be campfires in the evening too. The cost of the residential is £115, which will include transport, food and all the activities. Letters, with reply slips were sent out on Friday 14th September, if your child is wanting to go and you have not returned your form, please do so as soon as possible. A £20 deposit requires to be paid online by Friday 5th October. Thank you.



On Monday 17th September, we welcomed back M and M Productions. M & M Theatrical Productions are UK's largest and most respected provider of theatre-in education. Their productions educate children, through the powers of entertainment and imagination, whist at the same time encouraging children to read for pleasure and explore their creative abilities. Their performance of a 'Little Princess, was packed with fun, laughter, excitement, great music and larger than life characters and also delivered an important message about bullying. Written specifically for children by their experienced team of professionals, their scripts, costumes, scenery and special effects all combine to ensure that from the very beginning, the children enjoyed a magical and enriching theatrical experience.






On Thursday 4th October, we held a Parents workshop about the curriculum. This was an opportunity for parents to discover what children can expect to learn this year and how best to support your child to meet the new raised standards. We would like to thank all those parents who turned up. A pack, with information from the evening will be sent out to all parents. 



Don't forget to send your child with their PE kit when we return to school. All children should have the following, which should be kept in a named bag in School:-
  • White T Shirt, plain or with the School name and logo
  • Plain navy shorts/PE skirt
  • Navy Blue tracksuit top/bottoms for PE outside in cold weather. School tracksuits are available. 
  • Black plimsolls for indoor use. - Trainers are not allowed for indoor PE.
  • Trainers for outdoor PE lessons. 


      

In our science topic of  'Can you see me?' we will start to explore light. Over the coming weeks we will learn that there needs to be light for us to see, that some things give out light and others reflect it, and that there are factors which affect the size and shape of shadows. 


We are going to become historians this half term and travel back in time to Ancient Egypt, one of the earliest civilisations, and finding out about their way of life. In a recent lesson, using an atlas, we located Egypt and found out its capital and other major cities. We have also located the river Nile and talked about its importance to the river to the survival of the people of Egypt. 


   

Parents are able to book appointments online and will be notified when the booking system goes live.  We look forward to meeting you. 

Our school will be taking part in South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership’s 10 day Active Travel Challenge starting on Monday 15th October and finishing on Thursday 25th October 2018. (Friday 26th, is an Inset day) The challenge is for pupils & their families to choose an active way of getting to school over the 10 day period. We are competing against other schools from across South Yorkshire so we really do need your help. The challenge is also open to school staff and we will be making every effort to take part.  

Walking, cycling, skating, scooting and park & stride are all active ways of travelling and we hope by taking part in the challenge it will: 

1.  Improve health & wellbeing of our pupils & their families. 

2.  Encourage pupils and families to be more active 

3.  Reduce congestion and parking problems around our school. 

4.  Promote active travel for the journey to school and for families to continue after the challenge! 

During the challenge each classroom will have a wall chart on which pupils who have travelled actively will record their journey by adding a special sticker to the chart. Those pupils with 10 stickers on the chart at the end of the 10 day challenge will be awarded a special '10 Day Active Travel' badge.  Please do your best to be active on your journey to school and help us complete the challenge. 

Thank you. 


Please also note that Friday 26th of October is an Inset Day and school is closed to children.


The Government expectations for attainment have risen over the last few years and in order to help your child reach Age Related Expectations based on the New Curriculum, we are setting two lots of homework each week, one in Maths and the other in Reading Comprehension. This worked well over the last two years and increased the percentage of children achieving the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Maths. The Reading Comprehension will be followed up in class so it is essential that your child completes this at home in order to keep up with what they are learning in school. 


Homework will be sent home on Friday and is expected to be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday. Homework will be followed up in class so it is essential that your child completes and returns it on time in order to keep up with what they are learning in school. If it is not returned, it may result in them missing a playtime in order to complete it. 

Practising times tables at home is really important. Knowing times tables facts really helps children to feel confident in Maths, and enables them to make progress in areas such as calculating, fractions… even shape work can involve times tables – when we think about angles, for example. The National Curriculum sets out expectations for times tables knowledge and states that by Year 4 children should be able to recall multiplication and division facts up to 12x12. Knowing the tables facts (including division) means having rapid recall – being able to say the answer within about five seconds, not counting through the times tables to work it out. Please make sure your child practises as home: in the car, in the bath, on the way to school, straight after school as a matter of routine. 

TT Rocks Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times table practice, which children have used in school and is a great way to for children to learn their tables. Please encourage them to use this at home. If you do not have access to a computer, we have many resources in school to help, should you need them, including flip/flap cards and times table grids. Other online resources include; 
  • Mathletics 
  • Samlearning 
  • Hit the button                   
  • TT Rockstars
        


Spellings will still be set on a weekly basis, please practise them at home prior to the test in school. 

Please continue to encourage your child to read at home, it is a well-known fact, that good readers make good writers. We ask that you support your child by listening to them read every night for 10 minutes and then complete their reading records and return to school for signing the next day. 


Children’s learning is improved when we work in partnership and 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 Spellings 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. 


Our Facebook page has been in place for over a year now, it is a great way for you to find out what is 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. 


 

regards, 

Miss Steward and Miss Danks 

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