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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4

 

There are two classes in Year 4, 4HP (Mrs Paynter's class) and 4RH (Mr Hulls's class) On this page, you will find some information but also please do check out our Twitter feeds @G_M_P_SClass4HP and @G_M_P_SClass4RH for the most update news and to see highlights from our days with your children.

                                                 

           Great Malvern Primary School          

 

Dear Parents, 

 

Welcome back; we want to extend a very warm welcome back to you all. It has been great to see all the children back in school and ready to learn, we hope you have had a great summer and that returning to school has been a positive experience for all. 

 

We thought it would be helpful to give you an idea of what your child will be learning in school, plus a few reminders of what you can do at home to help your child succeed. Please find below a summary of the learning Year 4 will be covering this term. 

 

We will be challenging ourselves this term with learning around the Rainforests. We will be looking at the physical characteristics of rainforests, who lives there and why they are important to the world. This topic will span the curriculum and will include elements of geography, history, PSHE and science. If your child does anything at home that supports their learning around this topic, please do make sure they bring it in as it’s always lovely to celebrate children’s enthusiasm for learning! 

 

For regular updates about what happens in our classes, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter which is where we post the most regular updates. Please follow @G_M_P_SClass4RH and @G_M_P_SClass4HP 

 

Areas of learning 

 

Maths  

Place value (focus on numbers up to 10,000), addition and subtraction (mental and written methods) multiplication and division, including a big emphasis on times tables. 

English  

We will be completing both fiction and non-fiction based learning using a variety of different texts including The Great Kapok Tree and remembrance poetry. The children will be creating their own Rainforest books, writing very important letters, studying poetry and being creative in their writing. 

Science 

Living things and their habitats – we will be looking at classification of animals alongside where they live and why. 
Electricity – creating simple circuits, understanding the terms associated with them and learning about conductors and insulators. 

Topic  

Rainforests – climate, characteristics, indigenous people, animals and the protections of these essential natural resources. 

Computing 

Our online presence and how to be safe online and coding. 

PE  

Fundamentals (basic balance, co-ordination skills and changing direction at speed), football, gymnastics and tag rugby. 

 

 

 Year 4 Additional Information 

PE kit 

PE will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays apart from the weeks beginning the 13th, 20th, 27th September where PE will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays but not Thursdays. Children need to come to school in PE kit on these days. 

Homework 

Reading 

Great Malvern Primary is a reading school and every child should be reading every day ideally. We hope you will enjoy reading with your child, listening to your child read and talking about books as much as possible at home. Please make sure reading books and reading records are in school every day and that your child reads at home too, it is important that you and your child write in the reading record whenever they read. 

Spelling 

Words will be sent home on a Monday to learn and talk about and tested the following Monday. Please support your child in learning the spellings they bring home. 

Maths & 

English  

Maths and English homework will be sent on alternate weeks, Maths one week and then English the next and so on. We will set homework on a Friday to be returned by the following Thursday. 

 

We would encourage children to be logging on to Times Tables Rockstars as often as possible to practise their tables skills, focussing on the Garage game mainly. 

 

We are looking forward to an exciting term, we have lots planned to engage your child in their learning. You can help your child reach their potential by making sure they are on time and in school every day and that they organise themselves and come to school feeling positive and ready to learn. 

 

We thank you for your support with your child’s learning. 

 

Yours sincerely, 

 

Mrs Paynter and Mr Hulls. 

Times Table Rock Stars

All children have log in details for Times Tables Rock Stars. We would like them to play on the site as often as possible. They don't have to play for long, little and often sometimes works best. We will be choosing a Rock Star of the week in each class for children who have made the most effort/progress across the week, and will sometimes have "battles" where classes play each other.

 

Times Tables Rock Stars (ttrockstars.com)

 

 

 

                   

- All of the children have received a username and password for this website and a brief letter of how to access the online games and activities that are on there. 

- Teachers have not yet set which activities they want your child to access, so for now we would like them just to explore the games that they wish to try. To do this click on the 'subjects' heading on the side menu. 

- Then choose English, maths or science and try games either at the age they are working at or below to build some confidence to begin with.

- Once your child's teacher has set any classwork for them to do on here they will let you know via Twitter and their year group page. This will be by the Easter holidays to enable your child to have time to work through their home learning packs first.

 

- If you have problems connecting please contact via email to the office which will be forwarded to me so I can sort any issues. 

 

Thanks, Mrs Perry.