Y4 Bright sparks!

We are learning all about electricity in science. Today, we tested circuits to make a bulb light. We learnt that you need to have a complete circuit if it is to work. 

Electricity can be dangerous and we were told never to play with electricity. 

Y4 Elections

I was really pleased that so many children put themselves forward to represent our class on the school council and I was very impressed with the quality, thoughtfulness and humour with which each child shared their ideas for this role this year. 

The votes have been counted and verified and I am delighted to announce that our class representatives on the school council for Year 4 are Sophie A and Noah.

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who took part. 

Y4 Parents’ meeting

It was good to meet so many of you on Thursday. I hope that you found the meeting useful. 

For reference, a copy of my presentation can be viewed below. I have also repeated some of the key points that were shared at the meeting. 

Reading books

Children are able to change their reading book during the ‘soft start’ each morning. Before selecting a new book from the school reading scheme, I ask children to complete a short book review and add this to their reading folder. Children are encouraged to supplement their reading from the reading scheme with books from home and books borrowed from libraries.

Pen licences

In year four, children progress from writing in pencil to writing in pen. I will let each child know when I think that they are ready. I will also provide the pen when the great moment comes. There are two things that I look for to tell me a child is ready for a pen:

  • Their writing is consistent in size and fluently joined.
  • Their handwriting style is serviceable and does not hinder the speed of writing.

Multiplication tables

At the start of year four, children nationally are expected to know many of their multiplication tables by heart. These are the 2, 5 and 10, the 3, and the 4 and 8 times tables. We will check the children’s recall of random facts drawn from these multiplication tables each week. 

During the autumn term of year four, we will also introduce and secure the rapid recall of 6, 7, 9, 11 and 12 times tables. We will add these to our weekly multiplication check as these are introduced.

Children are also expected to be able to count on and back in multiples of 10, 25, 50, 100 and 1000. 

Y4 School Council elections

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It is time to choose our school council members for year 4. 

If you would like to represent your class-mates on the school council, I would like you to think about why you would be good at the job and be ready to share your ideas with the class on Wednesday next, 26th September.

We will then have a ballot to vote for your choice. Everyone will have to votes and we will elect a girl and a boy to represent our class. 

Everyone is welcome to stand!

Y4 Skip to be fit

Remember, you will need your PE kit today because we have a skipping workshop this afternoon. 

Y4 Instrumental lessons

Our guitar and recorder lessons with Mrs Goldsmith start this week. You can check to see what day your lesson is going to be. 

Don’t forget to take your guitar or recorder home again so that you can practise each week. 

Welcome to Year 4!

It is great to see all of the children back at school after the long summer holidays and full of enthusiasm for the term ahead. 

Everyone has worked really hard this week as we have been settling in to the new school year and preparing ourselves for the start of our split English and maths groups on Monday. Our groups provide a fantastic opportunity for the children to benefit from learning as part of a small class, taught by either Mrs Butterworth or myself.  

I have been really pleased to see how well the children have come into school each day prepared for the lessons ahead. Next week, the children will need to remember their PE kits for Monday and swimming kits for Tuesday. If anyone has their reading record or school reading book at home, I would be very grateful if you could bring it in. 

On Thursday, 20th September, from 9:00 until 9:30am, we have our ‘meet the teacher’ meeting . This is a chance for parents to hear about learning in Year 4 and I look forward to meeting you all then. 

Y4 Learning@Home

Week ending: 8th September 2017

It’s great to see all of year 4 back at school and full of enthusiasm.

Our learning this year is built on the solid foundation of what has gone before. For maths, it is particularly important that children can count in multiples and recall and use multiplication and division facts.

Children at the start of year 4 should be able to count in steps of 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 50 and 100. They should also be able to  recall and use multiplication and division facts for the following multiplication tables : 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10.

Please support your child to check that they have secured these.

Through year 3 and 4, children work to secure the spellings of the statutory word list. There is a copy of this list in the back of their spelling journal. I have asked the children to choose 5 or 6 spellings  to learn during the week ahead. We have also revised different spelling strategies. This week we have concentrated on Trace – Copy – Write strategy.

It is important that the spelling journal comes back to school each day as this is a tool that supports all of our learning.

The final piece of homework focused on punctuating direct speech. Please complete this homework in your English homework book. Take care to get the punctuation right.

Our PE day is Monday. Please make sure that you have a labelled PE kit in school for our lesson.

Our swimming lessons start on Tuesday.

Mrs Goldsmith will be starting guitar and recorder lessons next week. The children will need to bring their instruments to school  on the following days:

Guitars A
Guitars B




Guitars C









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I hope you all have a lovely weekend!