Autumn Term Newsletter

Autumn 2018
Dear families, we are delighted to welcome you and your children into Year 4, it doesn’t seem possible that the summer holidays are over already! What an exciting start to the term we have had focusing on Bear Grylls, as part of the Commando Joe project, I hope you have heard lots about it?
The Year 4 teaching team consists of Mrs Meredith, Mr Coward and Mrs Ridgeway. It is a very exciting time as pupils are building upon their learning in Year 3 and developing in confidence and enthusiasm. We will be focusing upon building resilience and developing their ‘have a go’ attitudes towards all areas of their learning as part of ‘Building Learning Powers’. We are looking forward to sharing your child’s work at our regular “Look Around” sessions, which are an opportunity to come into class and share your child’s work with them. Look out on the Friday Flyer for the dates.
We hope you enjoy sharing your child’s learning at home and that the homework chart that will be passed from home to school each week is useful. English and Maths skills will be reinforced through EducationCity homework once a week. Homework tasks are designed to be completed by the children with some adult support, as we feel sharing learning tasks together is important and promotes valuable talk for learning. Please let us know if there are any problems or questions regarding this
In the first term we will be looking at the works of Roald Dahl in English, comparing his work, looking for common themes and features. If you have the opportunity to share any books by this author during the first part of the term it would help the children when they undertake different writing tasks. We will continue to focus closely on spellings and continue the good work started in Year 3. Weekly spellings will come home on Monday and pupils will be tested on these on Friday. These words are from the Statutory Spelling List for Year 3 and 4 pupils but if gaps are found in pupils spelling knowledge pupils will be given personalised spellings and given additional support in class to develop their knowledge and understanding. Children will also be bringing home reading, a reading book and a book of their own choice from their weekly visit to the school library. We will explore speech punctuation to show dialogue accurately, extending the range of adverbs used and using a variety of synonyms. The focus continues to be on developing punctuation, grammar and a descriptive vocabulary making considered word choices with a clear understanding of who the audience is.
In shared reading we will be reading a range of texts, exploring predicting and emphasising skills when we study “Why the Whales Came,” “The Conquers, “among others. Pupils will record vocabulary from these in their Magpie Books at school and use them when writing themselves. When you are sharing a book at home please discuss interesting words, talk about the language, how the characters are behaving and their motivations.

In Maths children will focus upon consolidating their skills from year three in the first half of term. Concrete and pictorial resources will be used alongside abstract number sentences throughout all units of work for all children. They will develop their fluidity of recall of the 6, 7 and 9 and counting on and back in multiples of 25 and 1000. Tables skills will be consolidated through regular practice using “Times Tables Rock Stars” in class and online. Please encourage your child to practice as often as possible. Children in year four are continuing to work with numbers up to 1000 and we will consolidate place value understanding through a range of games and activities. We will be developing written jottings to support addition and subtraction, including using partitioning, and applying these skills when problem solving. Children will develop their reasoning and problem solving skills with weekly investigations, being asked to prove what they have found out and explain what they know, showing what they know in word, diagrams and digits.
Our topic this term will have a history focus and we will be exploring the Anglo Saxon times. We will be visiting the Sustainability Centre just before half term and the children will have an opportunity to become archaeologists and explore clues that suggest how people might have lived in the past.

Our Design Technology project focuses on 3D linkages, making them and putting them into a Christmas themed gift, I can’t say any more! Art will begin with developing sketching skills, before moving on to designing and making an Anglo Saxon brooch for an outfit. Children will explore line and tone and learn why a certain colour palette was used. The school will continue to participate in the Christmas Cards for Schools project, so Christmas will come early in Liss when the children bring their card designs home in October.
Computing will begin with a detailed exploration into internet safety. We will be using our fantastic new computing suite to deliver lessons and children will be developing their desktop publishing skills. Any practice typing at home will be advantageous, as they will be publishing part of their English work throughout the year.
In science we will be exploring the topic of “Humans and Other Animals”, looking at habitats and how habitats around the school change over time, this is part of our longitudinal study – you may wish to do the same at home, look at how the animals and plants in an area change over time and investigate the reasons for these changes.
We will alternate PSHE with Circle Time as the classes develop bonds and focus upon identifying the need for rules and routines. Developing an understanding of the people help them and where they can get help in school and other sources when facing problems. Then we will cover an anti-bullying focus to tie in with national anti-bullying week in November.
In RE we will be exploring the Christian Bible and its importance to Christians, exploring the characters and the stories from the Old and New Testament. In the second half of term we will explore the concept of motherhood, looking at images of Mary and Jesus.
Children in Year four are fortunate to be part of the Hampshire Music Services Listen2Me project. Pupils have weekly lessons on tuned instruments, we are starting on Tuesday with stringed instruments which I am sure will sound fantastic at the concert at the end of term.
In PE we will begin with dance, understanding how a story can be translated into movement, working with partners, mirroring and ‘following my leader’. In Games, CM Sports will focus upon Football and Tag-Rugby, developing sending and receiving skills, as well as balance and general co-ordination. At the end of each half term pupils will take part in inter colour sports competitions organised by CM Sports.
In French we will be consolidating and developing greetings. Children will develop their intercultural understanding by being introduced to the sights and sounds of some typical cities. They will also learn to describe places in town and count to 1000 and give their address in French.
If you have and questions about the things we have planned this term, if you have any time to spare to support the school and pupils we would be delighted to hear from you. Many thanks for your continued support.
Key dates for the term ahead
3nd October – Trip to the Sustainability Centre (Anglo Saxon focus)
18th December – Listen2Me Concert in the school hall 2.30 – 3.15

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Samba concert

Beech class have had a busy day! After this morning’s athletics competition, they performed their samba music to years 2, 3 and parents. Everyone was so impressed by their rhythm and singing. Well done year 4!

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Athletics competition

This morning we took part in the CM sports athletics competition to show our skills.

The colours were yellow, blue, red  and green. We had lots of fun doing the activities: long run, sprinting, javelin and long jump. They will add up to a score of  how many points over the year. The winning colour team will get a trophy. It was run by CM SPORTS coaches Nick, Jazz, Theo and Matt. We all tried our hardest because every point earned counts. We think it will be a very close score as all the teams are are great at sports and really competitive. However, it is about taking part and enjoying it that counts. 

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A day with a Viking!


Year 4 had an amazing day today with Sig the Viking. The day started with a quiz, finding out information from boards around the classroom. Then we sat around the campfire and  Sig showed some Viking objects they used in daily life. After break, we played the board game ‘Fox and Geese’ which was really fun but hard to win as the geese. The best part of the day was the afternoon where Sig showed lots of weapons and we had spear wrestles in pairs to show off our strength!

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Viking assembly

Beech class were amazing in their class assembly today, presenting their learning about the Vikings from this term. They have been very busy in topic lessons and had lots to share! Mrs Attree and Miss Duncan are very impressed with how hard the children worked and how loudly and clearly the children spoke in front of an audience. Their confidence has really improved over the year.  Well done!

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Viking bean cakes

Beech class had a fantastic morning with Mrs Attree and Mrs Bray making the Viking bean cakes. There was lots of careful chopping using our skills practiced last week, and accurately measuring to make sure the recipe was correct, using our maths skills.

We tried them this afternoon but it was a mixed reaction, with people either loving or hating them!

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Chopping skills practice

Beech class had a busy afternoon, practicing their chopping skills ready to make Viking food next week. We practiced the bridge hold and the claw hold.

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School Grounds Day

It was third time lucky with the weather for School Grounds Day!

We had a lovely afternoon painting flower pots to grow our own vegetables in. We have either chilli or pepper seeds and look forward to seeing how they grow over the rest of the term.

We then went to clear the flower beds and plant flowers and vegetable seeds.

Thank you very much to everyone who came to help!

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Year 4 Basketball competition

Year 4 had a fantastic morning with CM sports, competing in a basketball tournament and running laps on the field to earn points for their team.

They competed in their team colours and were earning points towards a trophy. They applied their learning from PE lessons on basketball and used their new skills well.

Results will be announced in assembly next Friday and another tournament will be held at the end of this half term.

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RSPB Pulborough Brooks trip


Beech class had a fantastic time at RSPB Pulborough Brooks yesterday. We drew a field sketch, looked at soil samples and became plant detectives checking all the species were on the heathland.

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