Welcome to the Summer Term in Year 4
This term is going to be full of excitement, amazing learning opportunities and hopefully lots of sunshine! We are going to be going in to battle as Romans and learning all about The Roman Empire. We will be looking at the geography of the Empire, the lifestyle of Romans and the amazing characters who dominated this period of history.
Some of us will be visiting Roman sites on the residential trip to Bath and those who are staying in school will enjoy a Roman visitor who will inspire the children to create their own shields, design and make mosaics and also create their own coins complete with Roman numerals.
We will be fine tuning our violin playing skills ready for a violin concert for parents later in the summer term and now that swimming has finished for Year 4 we will be learning about how to use our bodies in gymnastics and beginning to learn the rules of rounders. In science, we will be learning about sound and changing materials and we will be continuing to learn French.
As ever, Mrs Spence and Mr Medcalf are more than happy to chat should you have any queries - we are always keen to get the day started in the morning so do try to catch us after school if possible.
We had a fantastic day building shelters for different habitats and then making a ferris wheel. There were some brilliant skills on show with every child smiling their way through the day and keeping a positive mindset even when things got tricky! See the photos below which show how focused and resilient the children were. A superb day.
We had a brilliant time dancing away at The Chase Dance Festival. We danced in lots of different styles - Street, Bollywood and Cheer. We were super-proud of the enthusiasm and behaviour of the Great Malvern children.
We hope you all had a fantastic break and are coming back to school ready for learning. We have an exciting term ahead learning about
'Designing and Building'
We have lots planned but to give you an idea, will be looking at the design of homes, historical buildings vs modern buildings and we hope to be visited by an architect who is going to challenge us to design and build our own model homes.
We will be continuing with violin lessons every Wednesday and we are very excited that it is our turn to take part in swimming lessons. Our lessons start on Thursday 11th January.
You will need your swimming kit EVERY THURSDAY this term, please do not forget it, unfortunately we don't have spares and we don't want anyone to miss out.
Thank you for your support so far this year. Please do not hesitate to come and find us if you have any questions about the term ahead.
Poetry in our local community
We had an amazing time walking through Malvern to inspire our poetry. We are entering the Malvern Town Council competition to write a poem about the new Skylark sculpture in Rose Bank Gardens. We were fortunate enough to see the new sculpture being unveiled and to meet world renowned sculptor Walenty Pytel.
Violins are a go go!
We have been working hard to master the violin. The children will be learning the violin for the whole year and there will be a concert for parents in the Summer Term.
Vive La France!
We had a fantastic French Friday. The children loved the French food and everyone enjoyed dipping croissants in to hot chocolate, sampling French cheeses and meats and, of course, sampling chocolate crepes.
A big hello from all the staff in Year 4!
We want to make sure we have told you everything you need to know about Year 4 so that some of your questions and concerns are answered as soon as possible. Of course, if we haven’t answered your question here then please do catch us at school.
Year 4 is a busy year with a very full time table and there are a few things that you can help your child with to make sure they are making the most of every opportunity.
· All children should return to school in full school uniform. We take pride on being a smart and tidy school please help us to achieve this.
· Indoor P.E is on Thursday for 4S and Friday for 4M and on Tuesday both classes will do outside games. Please make sure you have a full P.E kit in school which should include: White T- shirt, bottle green shorts, long black football socks, suitable trainers/pumps, warm black or green jogging bottoms and an extra green sweatshirt.
· Homework will be set throughout the week and should be returned by the following Monday. The children will also have a spelling test every Monday.
· Please make sure all children have a named water bottle in school, children are able to bring a healthy snack for break time (no crisps or chocolate please)
· Year 4 will be having violin lessons on a Wednesday and you can look forward to a concert later in the year.
· It is still essential that your child reads regularly with an adult. Please keep this up at home. We will do our best to also read with children in school but you can give your child a real boost by reading with them. Our reading records encourage you to hear your child read every day. A small amount of time set aside on a daily basis has a huge impact on your child’s learning. You will see that the book has lots of useful tips and rewards. If you want to talk further about what your child should or could be reading at this age then please do ask their teacher.
We are always here to talk to if you have any questions. Time can be a little pressured in the morning on the playground so please do catch us after school if you would like a little more of our time.
We have an exciting year ahead. Keep an eye on the website for regular updates and to see photos of what we have been up to.
Mrs Spence and Mr Medcalf
Welcome to the Summer term in Year 4
We have an exciting term lined up. The children will be transported back over 500 years to the Tudor period. We will be learning all about daily life in Tudor times and, of course, we will hearing all about Henry VIII and his six wives! The children will be creating their own Tudor self-portraits and we will be giving you all a shoe box challenge to create your own Tudor houses at home over half term.
Lovely Curry for all
Everyone enjoyed our curry afternoon. We have been learning about India and the children were over the moon to cook and try some traditional dishes. The aroma of delicious vegetable curry travelled around the school and suddenly Year 4 was a very popular place to be with Mr Jackson-Read, Mrs Selby and even the photocopier repair man coming to join in the fun!
Don't forget to join us for the family skipping event after school this Wednesday in the hall.
Don't forget your big bike challenge this half term.
Please make sure all model bikes are complete and in school by
Monday 6th March.
We ran or walked a mile every day this week
West Malvern February 2017
Visit The Gallery to see pictures of our fantastic Year 3 and 4 trip to West Malvern.
Dance, Dance, Dance
The children (and adults!) had a brilliant time at the dance festival at The Chase. We never knew the children were such funky movers and shakers! We were very impressed by how even our most reluctant dancers really entered in to the spirit and danced their socks off!
The children are making huge progress on the violins. They have lessons every week and are now able to play simple tunes and are really enjoying the learning process. Remember there will be a violin concert for parents in the Summer term.
A HUGE NEW YEAR READING CHALLENGE FOR YOU!
We have challenged ourselves to read every book on our 100 Books to read in Year 4 list before the Summer holidays. We are VERY excited about this challenge.
Some books will be read individually and some as a class. We will make sure the children have access to the books, you don’t need to buy any, but you can find a list of the books below should you wish to visit the library.
We need support with this challenge, so please do make sure you help your children to talk about the books they are reading and encourage them to read with you at home.
This is an exciting time for the children so we look forward to hearing all about the reading that has been going on at home.
Thank you for your support.
Happy New Year and Welcome Back!
We hope you have had a restful break and that you are returning to school ready for another fantastic term ahead. We have lots of exciting learning planned and a few surprises too.
In our learning this term we will be travelling Around the World. We will start here in the UK and then learn about many other cultures and countries from our fascinating planet.
Our value this term is: Friendship
Ever wondered what we have been doing in school all day? Well...
Today we took your children to Egypt! With the help of a visit from Google we were able to climb to the top of a pyramid to see the view, walk through an ancient tomb and experience Egypt as if we were there!
Year 4 Performance Poetry
We have been looking at performance poetry. Here is a selection of performances from both classes - we hope you like them.
A brilliant day at the Beeline Festival!
What a fantastic day we had at the Beeline Festival, we all enjoyed ourselves.
Anne Fine was really interesting and inspired us all to carry on reading and enjoying books.
Welcome to Year 4
Year 4 are going to the Beeline Festival!
We have been very fortunate in securing tickets to see the author Anne Fine speak at the Beeline Storytelling Festival in Worcester. We will be visiting the festival on 19th October.
This is a very exciting opportunity as we have been studying Anne Fine’s books, Bill’s New Frock and Diary of a Killer Cat in class. The visit will be an excellent way to enhance your child’s learning by meeting an internationally renowned author with over 40 books to her name. Anne Fine has won multiple awards for her books and was also the UK’s second ever Children’s Laureate in 2001. Find out more at http://www.annefine.co.uk/
Please return your child's reply slip and payment asap.
We are swimming soon!
Please help your child to remember their swimming kit every day in the correct week
4S (Mrs Spence's Class) are swimming all week starting Monday 3rd October.
4A (Mrs Smout's Class) are swimming all week starting Monday 10th October.
Autumn Term 2016
A big hello from all the staff in Year 4! We hope you all had a lovely summer break
Year 4 is a busy year with a very full timetable and there are a few things that you can help your child with to make sure they are making the most of every opportunity.
All homework must be returned by the following Monday. Spellings tests are on a Monday too.
We are always here to talk to if you have any questions. Time can be a little pressured in the morning on the playground so please do catch us after school if you would like a little more of our time.
Thank you for your support; we have an exciting year ahead. Keep an eye on this web page for regular updates and to see photos of what we have been up to.
Mrs Smout, Mrs Spence, Mrs Black and Mrs Brewer and Mrs Glover
A superb concert
The Year 4 violin concert showed the amazing progress our children have made in learning a musical instrument. We are very proud of them! Thank you to the parents who came to support their children. Remember it is not too late to register an interest in violin lessons for next year.
We had a brilliant day at The Hive. The train journey was fun, the Hive was inspiring and the children were amazing as always. We hope you enjoy a visit to The Hive with your families soon. Remember to sign up to The Big Friendly Read too!
We held a lively and interesting debate and vote on the EU Referendum. The children were amazing and very passionate about their ideas.
African Art Week
What a fantastic week we have had creating amazing art works inspired by Africa.
Year 4 will need wellies or walking boots
and a coat to go to forest school on Wednesday 4th May.
An exciting time was had by all on our residential trip to York last week.
We learnt so much about The Vikings and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the different sights. It is a long way to go but a beautiful and fascinating city to visit.
We hope you enjoy the photos
The Summer Term is well under way with new topics and the children are already thoroughly enjoying learning about
Watch out for news about our
SHOEBOX LONGBOAT CHALLENGE
You are all invited to Easter assembly
on Wednesday 23rd March at 9.30.
Year 3 & 4 will be leading the assembly with a
"sweet" celebration - The Chocolate Shop.
Year 4 Dance Festival
Wow what fantastic dancers we have in Year 4 (teachers included!) Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the dance festival at The Chase. We learned how to Street Dance, be Cheerleaders and we even danced along to a Bollywood love story! What a brilliant afternoon, well done everyone. Keep up those dancing skills at home.
Welcome to year 4
Reading Challenge 2016
We are very excited about our reading challenge! We have decided that in Year 4 we are going to read every single one of the 100 Best Children's Books. If you haven't heard about it yet, here is the letter explaining more. Happy Reading!
Happy New Year!
Welcome to 2016, we are looking forward to a great term ahead to seeing your children back in school. Our value this term is Friendship and this will be a theme running through all that we do.
This term we will be travelling Around the World with your children, learning about other countries, cultures and the lives of children in countries different from ours.
In Science, we will learn about healthy eating, animal and human diets and we will be looking at teeth, what they are for and how to look after them.
We will also continue to learn to play the violin and will be looking at music from other countries. Many children will also be attending the Young Voices concert in Birmingham which promises to be a very exciting evening.
In P.E we will be improving our netball and football skills and becoming gymnasts. There will also be a fantastic range of after school clubs for your child to choose from.
Finally, in week one we will be launching a very exciting challenge for the children. Keep visiting this webpage for more details.
We look forward to seeing you back in school on 5th January.
Mrs Smout, Mrs Spence, Mrs Brewster, Mrs Brewer and Mrs Dean
What a fantastic half term!
We have had a great time getting to know your children and we are all well on the way to becoming Tudor experts, we even turned your children in to Tudors for the day - make sure you take a minute to look at the photos below.
Thank you to all the parents who supported our aim to get all children swimming by the time they leave our school. Year 4 have had a brilliant time and we can guarantee that all of your children have made some progress during a week of intensive lessons.
Next half term we will be continuing with our Tudor theme and look forward to seeing the results of the Tudor House project. We hope you enjoy spending time with your children completing this. We will be taking your children back in time for the day with a trip to the Commandery in Worcester as well as planning our own Tudor Feast.
We hope to see as many of you as possible at the Parents Evenings on 3rd and 4th November. If you haven't made an appointment yet then please do. We are also looking forward to seeing you at the Christmas Family Art evening.
Mrs Smout and Mrs Spence
Thank you to all of you who joined us in the hall this afternoon for our violin concert. It was incredibly warm but it did not deter the children's enthusiasm or their enjoyment. It was a pleasure to listen to them and to see how far they have come in a very short space of time - well done.
It was lovely to hear some children play a solo too.
Remember to return the slip if you would like your child to continue with small group lessons next year.
Friday 26th June 2015
For the Love of Music
Wednesday 1st July 2015
In the Hall
The children will perform 'Bertie's Boogie' and other enjoyable and entertaining pieces.
It's not to be missed!
We hope that you will be able to join us.
Dear Parents and Carers,
We trust that you all had a good half term break and that you were able to get out and about and do some lovely things with the children.
A Whale Of Adventures!
The children are thoroughly enjoying this term’s theme: The World Around Us, for which many exciting activities have been planned!
During this half term, our ‘academic’ journey around the world will take us to Tanzania, India and Mexico (which was the country our intrepid travellers opted to explore). We will research the physical and human resources of these countries, immerse ourselves in their cultures and sample their cuisine while comparing the lives of people in these regions of the world with our own, amongst other things.
‘Try Me!’ Sushi
“Good sushi falls apart in your mouth!” the children were told and with mouths now watering sufficiently, The Great Japanese Bake Off began!
Meet The Chefs: Jack and Ellie.
Jack and Ellie know the importance of following proper Food Safe handling procedures. They washed their hands before preparing any food, wore clean aprons and Ellie made sure that her hair was tied back.
The chefs cooked the rice and washed and chopped vegetables safely, handling knives and other utensils with care.
Sushi Roll Variations
The range of possible fillings for sushi is enormous! We opted for the following fresh, healthy ingredients:
By mixing and matching various fillings, we created delicious varieties!
Learning how to roll sushi is an art and as with any art form, it demanded our time and patience as well as the need for care when following instructions.
The Finished Article
After the sushi was rolled, it was cut into rounds and served. The adventurous among us added finishing touches of soy sauce and wasabi paste - just a little mind!
The day after making sushi, we were reliably informed that sushi is also good when accompanied with a little tomato ketchup!
Eating Sushi The Correct Way!
Because you have seen clearly that we were not amateurs when it came to rolling sushi, the only way to eat it was ‘the Japanese way!’
We did the following:
Subsequent evaluation comments described sushi as, ‘delicious...delectable...scrumptious...a taste-sensation’ and ‘lip-smacking good’!
A suggestion was even put forward that it be made available on the school lunch menu!
Sushi is low fat, healthy and presents an exquisitely delicate balance of subtle flavours – the Year 4 teachers wholeheartedly endorse that idea!
Exploring Japanese culture through Art and Verse
As part of our ‘academic’ journey around the world, our first visit has been to Japan!
There are many intriguing aspects of Japanese culture; one of them being the Japanese fan, which has permeated culture throughout its history.
And so, in order to get a sense for the local culture we decided to make some Uchiwa fans. The fans themselves are something of an icon which often comes to mind when thinking of Japanese culture. However, perhaps the most important and striking aspect of their design is the traditional art work which usually adorns them. For that reason, we chose to create some scenes in a Japanese style which took their inspiration from nature.
The classes of Year 4 invite you to transport yourselves to scenes of Eastern nature where blossoming trees grace the landscape and tranquil rivers dance through the rocky hillsides.
Allow the traditional Japanese Haiku poems which we have written to be your vehicle into this country of beauty.
Soon we will be leaving Japan, bound for Eastern Europe. In the true spirit of the ‘7th May’, the children will be having their own election and voting for where they would most like to disembark next.
Welcome To Year 4!
Dear Parents and Carers,
We trust that you and your families had a delightful and delicious Easter break.
The children have made an incredible start to the Summer Term and their new topic: The World Around Us.
This term, Year 4 will be travelling ‘Around the world in April, June, July and May!’
The children will develop an extensive range of skills across the curriculum as they study their local and regional environment as well as the national and international environment, and learn about the impact that people can make on our world. This thematic approach to the curriculum nurtures creativity and curiosity.
We have been so proud of the children’s wonderful achievements last term and look forward to building on their successes.
Reading and Homework
Once again (as teachers always do) we hope that you can offer encouragement and support with your child’s reading. There really is a good reason why we are so keen about this and also why we often particularly single reading out amongst all the aspects of school learning: reading from an early age opens the door not only to a lifetime’s individual pleasure but also brings real confidence in dealing with all aspects of life. Confidence with the written word gives confidence with every aspect of what we do and allows us to make properly informed choices about how we approach things in life.
It will be really helpful if you can keep a record of what you read with your child in the Reading Record provided.
Please remember, too, that Maths homework is set every Thursday and is to be completed and submitted on Tuesday of the following week and that Spellings go out every Wednesday to give everyone every chance to get them spot on for the spelling test on the following Monday.
Your continued support for your children’s learning is most beneficial and is much appreciated.
The Spring Term is a busy and exciting time! The children are really enjoying the topic,
'The Terrible Tudors'!
Much of their work in Literacy, Guided Reading, History and Art is linked to this topic. This thematic approach to the curriculum enables the children to apply their skills in a pragmatic way.
We would like to say a huge 'Well Done!' to all the children, particularly in Years 3 and 4, who made our Easter Celebration Assembly a fitting observance.
The EYFS Easter bonnet parade brought the 'ahh factor'.
We also wish to thank all parents and family members who attended and celebrated with us.
May we take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Easter!
A Great Learning Experience at The Commandery
On Thursday 19th March, Year 4 visited The Commandery in Worcester. We peeled back the layers of history as we explored Tudor life.
Activities included making candles using beeswax, writing our names and initials in Tudor style handwriting, using quill pens dipped in reservoirs of ink and playing musical instruments in a band we formed! We also dressed in period costume and explored the building's architecture which spans medieval to Victorian styles.
In Art, the children have been investigating Tudor portraits. They have widened their understanding of the role of artists like Hans Holbein and about the fact that portraits of this era demonstrated wealth, status and power.
They are now creating their own rather good Tudor portraits from first hand observation.
In preparation of this, the children dressed up in Tudor clothing. The rich, dark colours and ruffs around the neck are symbols of wealth.
The Tudor House Project
The children have been congratulated on the delightful Tudor houses they have made - congratulations are also extended to supportive parents and family members too!
The attention to their characteristics is impressive; with their wooden framework of beams, timber, wattle and daub and even woven sticks, they look so authentic and best of all, every Tudor house is somewhat different, as was the case in the Tudor times themselves.
We can see that imagination has been used!
Thank you to all parents and carers who attended parent consultations last week. They were very positive consultations with lots of constructive feedback on what is working well in school at the moment.
If for any reason you were unable to attend, and would like to meet with Mrs Smout or myself, please contact the school office and an appointment will be arranged.
Mrs C. Thetford & Mrs C. Smout
Creative book week was an enjoyable week for all the children. Some of the potatoes that they turned in to different book characters were wonderful. The Hodgeheg was the Y4 winner.
Both classes created huge Iron Men models while they read the book and enjoyed being reporters.
PE for 4S is on a Monday & 4C Thursday.
Both classes have an outside games lesson on a Friday afternoon and we ask that the children have :
Music lessons are on a Wednesday afternoon. They have now started the violin and finding it an interesting instrument to play
Your support with homework is still very much appreciated. All children have 1 piece of numeracy a week, times tables to learn, spellings to learn and a piece of literacy homework. Please check that your child completes these on time and that they are returned to school by Monday morning.
Any problems, please come and talk to us.
In Year 4 it is still essential to read on a regular basis to an adult.
While they read mostly in groups during lesson time the 1:1 time they have with you is key to their learning and understanding of different texts. Please continue to support us with this.
Should you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to come and ask.
C.Smout, S.Childe, A.Bolton, S.Sheringham & Mrs Thetford.
A Brewer & E.Dean
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