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Picture 1 Mrs Peach - Kestrel Class Teacher
Picture 2 Miss Croune - Kite Class Teacher
Picture 3 Mrs Overthrow - Owl Class Teacher

Useful websites for Home Learning – please feel free to send us any great learning via ClassDojo! 

 

GENERAL 

https://www.purplemash.com/sch/nightingale-so50 - useful for all subjects, it has directed games for specific learning, as well as open resources for children to choose from, including colouring and writing frames 

www.twinkl.co.uk/offer - FREE ACCESS if you sign up – useful for all subjects. Offer Code:  CVDTWINKLHELPS 

 

MATHS 

https://numbots.com/ - children can use this themselves to develop addition and subtraction confidence 

https://ttrockstars.com/ - children can use this independently and with support to begin to learn multiplication and division facts 

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/ - home learning for parents to do with children.  Videos and worksheets available! 

https://www.mathshed.com/about - (PAID) - interactive games for maths, free 14-day subscription, paid subscription after that. 

www.topmarks.co.uk – lots of free games and learning resources 

READING 

www.phonicsplay.co.uk – phonics (most children in Y2 are working on Phase 4 and Phase 5).                                      Username: march20             Password: home 

www.phonicsplaycomics.co.uk 

www.spellingplay.co.uk – a few interactive reading and spelling games for more confident learners 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/ - free e-books 

https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/ - (FREE UNTIL SUNDAY) – website and APP – great tool to support early reading development 

 

*Oliver Jeffers is also offering free live storytelling broadcasts every weekday at 6pm!  See his Twitter or Instagram Live. 

**We are currently attempting to get access to further online reading materials so will update you in due course. 

 

 

 

SPELLING 

www.phonicsplay.co.uk – interactive reading and spelling games 

www.spellingplay.co.uk – a few interactive reading and spelling games for more confident learners 

Sir Linkalot (Paid - APP) – this app was recommended to me as a great tool to learn key words (Level 1 resources) 

https://www.spellingshed.com/en-gb - (PAID) - interactive games to learn spellings, free 14-day subscription, paid subscription after that. 

 

WRITING 

http://www.pobble365.com/ - new image each day to discuss and write about.  If you scroll down on the page, it provides lots of great prompts (including ‘Question Time!’ To discuss ideas ready for writing and ‘Sick Sentences!’ for practising editing of spelling and punctuation) 

 

FITNESS 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers 

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga 

This term we will be learning about Native Americans for our topic.  In Spring 1 our focus is about Native Americans and the pilgrim’s fathers because of their 400 year anniversary this year. While in Spring 2 our topic will be Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and performing a year 4 production- tbc…

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In Literacy, the children will be reading 'Brother Eagle, Sister Sky' by Susan Jeffers. They will use this book to infer about the main characters, as well as writing their own narrative. They will be writing a non-chronological report as well as a letter. Year 4 will also learn about the importance of the pilgrim’s fathers travelling from Southampton to America.

 

 

In Maths, the children will be learning about rounding and how to solve problems with these.  They will be recapping fractions and a big focus on multiplication and division.  We will also spend time revising key concepts such as place value - including decimals - and the four operations.

 

The Native American topic will continue in art where children will make a Gods eye and dream catcher with wooden sticks. In Science the children will be learning about the water cycle and get to learn a fun song along with an experiment to recreate the water cycle! . We will also listen to music from the Native Americans and recreate this in our own compositions. 

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IMPORTANT: 

Our PE this term is gymnastics and invasion games. During invasion games, the children will be using all of their past knowledge to create their own games, thinking about the rules and equipment they will need to use. Please ensure all children have their full P.E kit including trainers or plimpsoles. 

Class

 

PE 1:

Indoor

PE 2:

Outdoor

Owl

 

Tuesday

Monday

Kestrel

 

Thursday

Tuesday

Kite

 

Thursday  

Tuesday

Year 4 Production - The Three Little Pigs

Year 4 Production - The Three Little Pigs 1

This year, Year 4 are putting on a fantastic production of ‘The Three Little Pigs'.  The children have started to learn their lines and the songs and are incredibly excited to start the rehearsals.

 

The performances will take place on:

 

Tuesday March 31st – 9.30am

Wednesday 1st April – 5.30pm (evening - after school)

Thursday 2nd April – 2.00pm

 

(If you have a problem bringing your children back for the evening performance please see your class teacher to arrange for your child to stay after school). 

 

Costumes: 

 

Your child has been allocated a part in the production which they can tell you about.  For each part we have listed possible costumes below.  We have tried to keep them as simple as possible but if you have any problems with any of these, please let us know. 

 

Red Riding Hood  

Black leggings red cape, white shirt, small basket to carry (any problems let us know as soon as possible) 

Pig One: Dungarees, pink top, boots, pillow for under top
Pig Two: Sporty (think 118118) - Head band, sweat bands, track suit trainers 
Pig Three:   White shirt, black trouser, (think del boy) Sheep skin coat, gold chain

 

(Any problems please ask a member of year 4 as soon as possible)

Wolf: Black or grey, a tail, wolf mask or ears.
City people (Owl):   Black leggings or trousers a smart suit/jacket
Farm animals (Kite): Black Leggings or trousers: masks to made in school
Woodland Animals (Kestrel): Black leggings or trousers: masks to be made in school 

                                   

Tickets

 

Tickets can be requested online via the following link https://forms.gle/15QmHQsbDwvJwMwr6 however should you require a paper copy, please pop into the office.  Tickets will be issued on a ‘first come first serve’ basis so please complete the form promptly to ensure that you get the tickets for your preferred performance. All forms must be returned to the office no later than Wednesday 25th March 2020.

 

Due to health and safety regulations for the hall size, we cannot allow additional audience members during any performance and buggies/pushchairs will need to be kept outside.  

 

 

 

Early Bird Breakfast

 

The Early Bird Breakfast for Kite, Owl and Kestrel classes will be held on Thursday 19th March 2020.

If you are able to join us, please complete the online form (which can be found here https://forms.gle/ZuRhWzVDe8v5s24g8) by Friday 13th March so that we know how many adults are attending and what they would like for breakfast.​  Should you require a paper copy, please pop into the office.  We will not be able to provide cooked food for those who return forms after this date.  You do not need to order for your child as they will be doing this in class.  

 

The routine of the morning will be as follows:

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8.45am Children to be dropped off at classrooms as normal. The children will be registered in class.
8.45am Parents and carers who are attending the Early Bird Breakfast to enter the hall via the hall entrance doors outside reception, parents/carers to sign in. The children will come to the hall for breakfast.
9.20am (approximately), we invite the adults and children to the classrooms

 

 

We look forward to seeing you then.

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Yours sincerely

 ​

The Year 4 Team

Spring Term Newsletter

Year 4 have had a wonderful first term: the children enjoyed our victorian day, hockey with Barton Peveril students and the beautiful Christmas carol concert.  We hope you have a great Christmas and look forward to seeing you in 2020! 

  Welcome to Year 4

 

Autumn 1

 

Our learning this term is all going to be inspired by our topic of Native Americans.  

 

Maths

We will be re-launching Times Table Rock Stars this term. This is a fantastic website which encourages children to recall their times tables with speed in a fun and interactive way. Throughout the year, we will battle other classes and year groups and the results will be revealed in Celebration Assembly. Also in maths the children will be consolidating their understanding of the four operations, moving from using resources to formal methods. We will be developing the children's understanding of fractions, measure and statistics. 

 

English

The children will be focusing on the story 'Brother Eagle, Sister Sky' and writing a range of texts including a diary and a newspaper report. The children will be working on skills including fronted adverbials, direct speech and simple, compound and complex sentences. 

 

Science

In Science, the children will be carrying out a range of STEM activities which develop children's Science, Technology, Engineering and maths skills. 

 

History and Geography

The children will be investigating where the continent of North America is and what it's climate is like.  We will also be looking at where the native people lived and what happened when the first settlers came to America.

 

 

 

Art/DT

Our topic of Native Americans continues with our DT and Art. In Art the children will be researching and then making dream catchers and in DT they will develop their sewing skills to create a tipi! 

 

Important information

 

*Children in Year 4 are expected to read every night to either themselves or an adult.  Your child should write the comment but of course parents can too.  Please initial each time and your child will receive rewards for their effort.  

 

*Library days are on a Tuesday for both classes. Children will be expected to bring in their library book during these times so that they have the opportunity to change it for a new one.

 

*Children will undergo a "spellings quiz" every Friday and will be given new spellings to learn for the following week - please ensure that you are supporting your child in learning their spellings as their ability to spell words correctly will impact their writing significantly.

 

*Year 4 will have two PE sessions a week, Indoor PE and either swimming or outdoor PE.

 

Class

Swimming

 

PE

Indoor

PE

Outdoor

Owl

Wednesday

Monday

Friday

Kestrel

Wednesday

Thursday

Tuesday

Kite

Monday

Friday

Thursday

 

 

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