Year 4 would like to thank the PTFA for helping to enrich the children's learning this Spring Term. For the current FLCC unit on 'Why Norman castles were certainly not bouncy' this half term, the children had a wonderful time exploring a real bouncy castle to truly have a sense of what does not make a good defensive structure.
Also, this week the children will be combining their Science unit on changing states of matter by making ice cream on challenge day this Friday. Once again, thank you PTFA for supporting the purchase of these supplies and ingredients.
On Challenge Day, next Friday (15th Feb) we are going to give the children the opportunity to start their stories. However, some children may need time to finish these at home and if they would like to submit them they also will need to using this link:
As part of our French curriculum, Year 4 pupils will visit Crêperie Cila in Northfields during their French lesson time on the follow dates:
Thursday 7th March: 4S & 4P
Thursday 14th March: 4H & 4F
Children will come to school as normal on these days in their P.E kits and will be back in time for lunch.
During this visit they will get the opportunity to put their French language skills into practice by ordering a crêpe and a drink. The cost of the trip is £4 and payment information will be sent to parents via Laser.
This half term's PSHE unit is on keeping safe, both online and offline. To go with last week's national safer internet day, there is a letter posted about online gaming below. Also, in line with Ealing council's initiative to promote FGM awareness, Year 4 will be revisiting the pants rule and will be gently talking about FGM (without explicit mention) through discussing that both touching and invasion of any kind is wrong, as well as the concept of visitors or special holidays celebrate becoming a woman. Please see below for further guidance provided by the council.
Year 4 children have hopefully started completing their Bronze level (but if anyone has lost their task cards they can ask their teacher for another one). Once they have completed their Bronze level they will be rewarded with a Bronze patch and will then be able to focus on achieving Silver level and then Gold.
The tasks have been designed and adapted so they build in size and difficulty. The intended idea is that children can complete these over Years 4, 5 and 6 but the children are free to work at their own pace.
This is a very exciting project for us as our Values-based Education and ethos is at the very core of what we do at Fielding so we are giving the children the opportunity to build on their knowledge and passion for Values and demonstrate them more widely.
Top education researchers tell us that homework has minimal impact for primary age pupils, unless it requires children to rehearse and practise. We have therefore adapted our routines to reflect this. The routines for children in this year group are as follows:
You will be able to see achievement and progress through the dictation and times tables challenge sheets going home weekly. You will also be able to witness progress through class exercise books for English and maths being sent home at least once during every term as well as at parent consultation meetings.
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.
In order to deepen learning and improve our spellings we will now be spending 2 weeks on each unit of spelling.
WB: 4/2 and 11/2
Bold are spellings are from the 100 spellings that we are gradually working through.
The other 5 are the spelling pattern of the week.
They also need to practice spellings they got incorrect in Speed Spell.
Please can you ensure children come up with interesting/fun ways to remember their spellings, which they will then share with the rest of the class in Team Teach.
e.g. occasionally - remember 1s and 2 c's (you could have on a special occasion you're allowed 2 cans of coke).
TT Rockstars has been hugely popular over the summer with well over half of year 4 students taking to their tablets, phones and computers to challenge themselves and the rest of the world!
Times Tables Rockstars is a online programme we have introduced to encourage children to have fun with multiplication facts while improving fluency, recall and speed. Children can access it in their own time on any IOS, Android or Windows device.
Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of times tables practice. This programme has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 7 years in over 4500 schools - both primary and secondary - worldwide.
Incorrect answers are always immediately corrected in front of your child so that they start to associate the correct answer to every question. The clever code behind the scenes works out which times tables facts each child is consistently taking longer to answer and then it gradually starts to present these facts more frequently until they have mastered them. It will also ask related division questions 20% of the time in order to reinforce division facts.
No, this is to supplement the times tables challenge, giving children a fun way to practise and challenge themselves.
From June 2020, all pupils at the end of year 4 in England will take an online multiplication tables check .The national curriculum specifies that pupils at this stage should be able to recall the multiplication tables up to and including 12x12.
The check aims to support pupils to master multiplication skills, which are essential for future success in mathematics. It will help to identify pupils who have not yet mastered this mathematical concept, so additional support can be provided.
Log in here: https://ttrockstars.com/login, use your child'd details that came home at the end of the Summer Term, lost them? Speak to your child's class teacher.
Remember to be practising your times tables for your weekly Times Table Challenge. Times Table Challenge practise sheets can be found on the Mathematics page of the website. Tests will be held once a week.
The children will be starting their new learning journey on Fractions.
After half term in English, we will be revising the grammar skills we were working on before the children write their First Drafts using the plans they made before half term.
Here is a copy of our Rubric for this unit of work: