Year 4

Welcome back! We hope had a fantastic Christmas and New year. Parent reading will be continuing every Thursday 8.55-9.25.

Topic

Our topic this half term is Natural Disasters.

Throughout this topic we will explore the different types of disasters and where they often occur. The children will explore different art techniques with an artist each Tuesday afternoon. We will then exhibit our final pieces of art next half term. If possible please send your child with an old shirt/t-shirt (preferably adult sized) to go over their uniform, as although most art products will wash out, we do not want to risk ruining their uniform.

Literacy

In literacy the children will explore a variety of different diaries before they write their own entry in the life of a person who has survived a natural disaster. You can support your child by reading books relating to diaries and researching diary entries.

Maths

Year 4 will be covering:

  • Multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12
  • Multiplication of 3 numbers
  • Multiplication and division by 0 and 1
  • Recognising and using factor pairs and commutativity
  • Multiplication of two and three digit numbers by a one digit number
  • Distributive law to multiply two digit numbers by one digit
  • Integer scaling problems and harder correspondence problems

Year 4 will have regular opportunities to apply these skills through reasoning and real-life problem solving activities.

Science

Year 4 will be ‘Switched on’ this half term! In this unit, we will;

  • Identify common appliances that run on electricity;
  • Construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers;
  • Recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit;
  • Recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors.

Art and Design/ Technology

This half term we will recap sketching skills. This will include using different pencil scales, charcoal, pastels and chalks. We will learn about adding detail, shading, textures and form.

Kind Regards, Miss Campy

General Reminders

Please remember to send your child with a healthy snack for break time.

Please remember our doors open at 8:55am so we can start our school day punctually at 9:00am.

As always, if you have any problems, concerns or questions please do not hesitate to see one of us before school at 8:55am or after school at 3.30pm.

Class Teachers

Year 4 Teacher
Miss Campy

Support Teachers
Miss Wilson
Mrs Richardson

Important Dates

Class Newsletter

How will we reward good learners/well behaved pupils?

Notes home
Phone calls home
Mentions in assembly
Team points
Whole class reward times
Positive praise
Stickers/stampers

Class Information

P.E. Information

P.E. Days: Thursday.

Weather permitting; P.E lessons may take place outside. Please ensure your child has both their indoor and outdoor P.E kit in school including suitable footwear.

Year 4 swimming day is Friday.
Please ensure your child brings with them a swimming costume, goggles (if required but not necessary), a towel and healthy fruit snack. Long hair should be tied up and all ear piercing removed.

Swimming is part of the national curriculum and the aim this year will be for all children to swim 25m.
A high standard of conduct is expected and school rules apply.

Library Books Information

Library day: Tuesday

Reading Books Information

Reading Books changes:

Please read with your child daily and ensure they have their book-bags in school every day. Reading Book changes will be on Monday.

Homework Information

Homework Day:
Homework will be given out at the start of each half term. Children will need to return these every Wednesday to be marked. Books will be returned on Friday.

Spellings
Children will be given spellings to learn each week. There will be a spelling test each Monday and then new spellings will be given out. Please encourage your child to read the word, cover it up, write the word and then check it.

Headlice

To keep headlice under control, remember… once a week, take a peek!

It is really important to check for lice weekly, even if you do not think your child has them. If you do find headlice, please treat immediately and notify a member of staff so that other parents can be made aware. If your child has long hair, tying it up might reduce their chances of catching them.

For more information, visit this great website: www.onceaweektakeapeek.ie

If you are having trouble downloading the documents, you can download pdf reader here.

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