4F will be swimming until Friday 9th February.
4P start swimming after half term - Friday 23rd February
4H's sharing assembly is next Friday - 26th January.
This half term's Home Learning showcase will take place on the afternoon of Thursday 1st February. Parents are invited to attend this half term from 3:00-3:30pm.
Home Learning activities for this half term are attached below.
Friday 9th February is Challenge Day at Fielding and Year 4 will be celebrating Norman Day. Year 4 children are invited to attend school on this day in Norman style costume. We will have a number of activities organised for the day including a bouncy castle!
4P and 4F: Monday 12th March
4S and 4H: Wednesday 14th March (not Tuesday 13th as originally published!)
Please see letter below for full details of arrangements for the trip.
Firstly, we would like to apologise for the extra £30 payment that has been added to your child's cashbook. Please ignore this as it is an error. The only payment necessary is the £10 for the bouncy castle, the Royal Courts of Justice and the visit to the creperie. Many thanks.
As part of our current French topic ‘À la crêperie’, Year 4 will be visiting Crêperie Cila on Northfields Avenue this half term. During the visit, children will get to put their French skills to practise by ordering their own crêpe and drink in French. As we will be tasting food, could you please ensure that the children’s healthcare plans are up-to-date so that we can carefully plan for food allergies.
The visits will take place during French lesson time on the following dates:
Thursday 25th January: 4H & 4P
Thursday 1st February: 4S & 4F
This will not affect children’s P.E. lessons, so children should come to school in their P.E kit as normal.
The cost of this visit will be £4. Payment information will follow.
If you do not wish your child to attend, please inform your child’s class teacher.
The children have settled in well to the Spring term and have been singing up a storm in preparation for their performances in sharing assemblies. We have seen some fantastic performances so far and look forward to seeing what 4S and 4H will produce - we have every faith it will be spectacular!
The most exciting thing for Year 4 so far this term has been the introduction of the new maths learning journey. Pupils have spent time investigating patterns in maths and making links between factors and multiples. There has been a lot of collaborative working for pupils and they have been very excited to be using manipulatives to support their understanding and investigate new ideas.
It is an expectation that you read every night and record what you have read in your reading record.
Our recommended reading lists contain 40 age-appropriate books for children in each year group. We have taken the time to carefully choose books that will hopefully capture your children's imagination. The lists contain colour-bands and a description of the books so that the children are able to 'cherry-pick' their favourites according to their book-band level and their personal interests.
It is not compulsory to read these books however a bronze certificate will be awarded to a pupil when they read 5 books from the list, a silver award will be awarded when they read 10 and a gold award will be awarded for having read 15. After reading a book, children should complete a short reading response activity in their reading records.
Reading response activity options:
-Create an alternative blurb to persuade somebody else to read the book.
-Write a character description of your favourite character.
-Write a paragraph of the story from another character's viewpoint.
-Write an alternative ending to the story.
-Create a timeline to order all of the main events in the story.
-Design your own quiz (with answers) to test somebody else's comprehension of the story.
Below are the spellings for the week beginning 15th January. Dictation for these spellings will take place on the 19th January.
occasionally often opposite ordinary particular
Suffix –cian is used if the root word ends in c or cs
musician electrician magician politician mathematician
Below are the spellings for the week beginning 22nd January. Dictation for these spellings will take place on the 26th January.
peculiar perhaps popular position possession
Words ending with the /g/ sound spelt –gue
league tongue plague vague catalogue
Remember to be practising your times tables for your weekly Times Table Challenge.
Learning this week
This week, children will complete investigating their mathematical 'Big Idea': 'To understand that factors and multiples are connected ideas'.
Pupils will continue writing their information text and use editing and improving techniques to complete their final drafts.
Next week, pupils will start to investigate fractions and decimals.
The Big Idea: Fractions arise from where the answer lies between two whole numbers. Fractions that look very different in their symbolic notation can mean the same thing.
Pupils will work with manipulatives to investigate the links between fractions and decimals and will start to use the knowledge to identify equivalent fractions.
In our next writing unit, pupils will look at descriptive writing techniques and the related grammar skills to describe imaginative and fantasy style castles. Pupils will work to write a short and effective description using specific language choices to support a reader's understanding and image of the castle they have described.
Why were Norman Castles certainly not bouncy?
This half term, pupils will be learning all about the Norman era. They will look at the design of Norman castles in detail, learn about important dates (1066) and historical figures (William the Conqueror) from the time and make links to the ideas, inventions and beliefs we have in modern times as a result of the Battle of Hastings and Norman rule in the Britain. Pupils will also get a chance to study information about the Bayeux tapestry and create their own clay pot for a museum exhibition. Norman day, at the conclusion of the unit, will bring together all the ideas pupils have learned and culminate in a day of bouncing to enable pupils to understand the importance and design of a Norman castle!