Dear Year 4 Parents,
Firstly, we would like to thank you for the beautiful flowers and vases you so kindly sent in for what was a very successful Open Day; your children have worked extremely well.
This is going to be an exciting half term as we begin to prepare for their residential trip to Flatford Mill, Suffolk at the end of May. There will be an information meeting, to which all parents and children are invited, where we will give you details of the trip and be able to answer any questions or concerns.
Dates for your diary:
May we wish you all a very happy and relaxing holiday.
Very best wishes,
Mrs. Allery and Mr. Tovell
This half term, both classes will continue with their class readers, whilst in comprehension lessons, we will continue to develop the key skills of comprehension with our focus primarily on multi mark questions which require a real understanding of the text. DT/RA
This half term, we will continue and complete our writing of stories set in an imaginary setting. Then, we will begin instructional writing by looking at the key features of the genre, before creating instructions for board games we will be designing. DT/RA
This half term, the children will focus on how to convert between different units of measurement; they will identify and draw angles using protractors; they will consider money problems involving fractions and decimals; and they will compare and classify 2D shapes. We will continue to develop times tables and mental maths skills each week. RA/DT
This half term we will continue with pitch and volume by looking at various instruments. We will then consolidate learning on sounds and complete our assessment. The topic to follow is circuits and conductors where children will identify items that use electricity at home and at school. We will look at mains and battery operated appliances. The children will be learning about series circuits and components. The topic also includes the difference between conductors and insulators and how switches work. They will explore various materials to test for conductivity, make switches and investigate what affects the brightness of bulbs. EG
This half term we will focus on the following aspects of the Indus Valley: fashion and jewellery, examining artefacts, particularly the Indus Seals and everyday life in the main Indus cities such as Mohenjo-daro and Harappa. DH/EG
We will be comparing urban and rural settlements in the UK before visiting the village of East Bergholt to conduct a village study whilst on the residential visit to Flatford Mill. SAW
Year 4 will continue our study of Judaism and learn more about Jewish beliefs and customs including the Jewish New Year and Jewish prayer. DT
The children will begin the half term by learning the vocabulary for prepositions. This will then link to classroom instructions, looking at imperative verbs and the vocabulary for classroom equipment. The children will also learn to tell the time (o’clock and half past). RP
This half term we will be looking at things to do in our free time. We will then look at various sports and will practice expressing likes and dislikes. TW
The children will extend their software development skills by designing an interactive toy and programming a simulation of their toy. They will learn about the development process from concept to production and will present their final product to the class. MHL
This half term, we will be creating our own compositions, based on our continued theme of Sound Colour. We will continue working through Recorder Book 1. RA
This half term children will be investigating ‘Self-portrait’ using a range of different materials. They will also explore landscape under the title: ‘A Sense Of Place’. They will be looking closely at the work of John Constable, making comparisons with his great friend and rival Joseph Turner, all in preparation for their visit to Flatford Mill. AD
This half term the children will begin a theatre skills topic covering the basics of stage terminology and methods. AM
This half term our areas of focus will be courtesy, forgiveness and never giving up! RA/DT
PE & GAMES
We launch our summer sport programme after Easter and the focus in games lessons will be athletics. All the children will try each of the eleven events on offer at Junior Sports Day and will record their personal best time or distance for each. These results will contribute to their English School Athletics Award and the opportunity to gain a bronze, silver or gold award at the end of term. In PE lessons next half term the children will be developing their skills in cricket. Please note summer sports kit should be worn by everyone after Easter: a white polo shirt, black shorts with house ribbons sewn on the sides, white ankle socks, predominately white trainers, PE sweatshirt, PE jogging bottoms, a school sunhat and a water bottle. Please ensure your child has all these items with them for PE and games lessons. SAW
Parents of boys in Year 4 who are beginning to think about senior school choices might be interested in visiting The John Lyon School in Harrow on one of their upcoming Open Days.
St. Helen's College has a long-standing relationship with The John Lyon School, which is part of the Harrow Foundation. Mr. and Mrs. Crehan's sons attended there, and Mr. Crehan was a governor of the school for many years. The school is one of the top 20 independent boys' day schools in the country and has an excellent reputation for providing pastoral care and for achievements in music, art, the performing arts and sport. Old Helenians attending the school, now and in the past, have had wonderful experiences there and gone on to achieve great success.
The Open Days will take place on:
Tuesday 9th May, 5.00 - 7.00 p.m.
Saturday 23rd September, 9.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.
If you would like to reserve a place at either of these events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Year 4 Parents,
Whilst this is a short half term, we have much planned to keep the children happily busy learning.
Have a restful and enjoyable week.
Mrs. Allery and Mr. Tovell
This half term, we will continue to revisit and develop the key skills in comprehension and use these to demonstrate understanding of a variety of text types. DT/RA
This half term, following the completion of our newspaper reports, Year 4 will be writing their own fantastic fantasy stories - which will involve creating their own imaginary setting. Throughout this process, there will be a weekly grammar focus and opportunities to reflect, edit and improve their work. DT/RA
This half term, the areas we will cover are identifying lines of symmetry in 2D shapes, completing symmetrical shapes given a line of symmetry; understanding how to calculate perimeter and area and problem solving. Please encourage the children to practise their times tables at speed, as these are fundamental to their maths learning. RA/DT
This half term, the children will learn about ‘changing sounds’. They will understand how sound is produced and start by exploring ways of making sounds in an investigation, followed by understanding how sound travels through different materials. This includes an investigation on sound insulation using dataloggers and various materials. This will help the children understand the use of sound insulators. They will also study the difference between pitch and volume and relate this to musical instruments. EG
In History the children will begin the topic of the Indus Valley. They will identify where the Indus Valley was, when in time it was, look at what the region was like physically and find out about some of the explorers who discovered the remains of it. DH/EG
The children will continue their journey of discovery about India by comparing the population of India with the UK to make predictions about the population of these places in the future. They will also have an opportunity to compare life in an Indian village to life in the UK and to discover some of the challenges people face in parts of rural India. SAW
This half term, we begin our study of Judaism, which ties in with our trip to Middlesex Synagogue. From our lessons, we will discover more about Jewish beliefs, customs and traditions. DT
We will begin the half term by learning about the countries of Europe, the geography of France and the location of key French towns. The children will then revise the language for saying where they live before learning how to say where they are going and how they get to school. We will finish the term by discussing travelling abroad. RP
This half term we will be studying the family. We will look at the names of various family members and analyse Spanish family trees. We will finish the term by looking at pets and how to describe them.
Computing will be closely linked to the music topic. The children will create their own composition by recording, sampling and editing sound files. They will be introduced to a range of software including Audacity, an audio recording and editing program. MHL
Having spent most lessons learning how to sign for our Sign2sing charity, the children will now begin exploring sound colour. They will also continue learning new notes and pieces from Recorder from the Beginning book 1. RA
This half term your children will be completing pieces of work using a wide range of techniques to display in their classrooms ready for Open Day. AD
This half term the children will continue their unit on improvisation. The children will learn how to perform in groups, constructing plotlines and scenarios in a fast paced, theatrical style. AM
This half term our areas of focus will be fundraising, developing patience and being respectful. DT/RA
PE & GAMES
In games the Year 4 boys will be taking part in hockey activities and so will need a mouthguard after half term. The Year 4 girls will be taking part in tag rugby activities on the sports field and so will need old trainers or football boots in addition to the smart, clean trainers they will wear to school in the mornings. In PE on Mondays the children will be taking part in badminton activities. Winter layers for PE should still be worn when needed e.g. full tracksuit, school fleece, woollen hat and gloves. SAW
Dear Year 4 Parents,
We hope you all have a relaxing break and enjoy the seasonal festivities. Your children have worked extremely hard, especially on their production of “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme!”, which was a huge success, and we hope that they have taken away many happy memories. Thank you so much for your time and patience supporting them with learning their words.
Outlined below are the topics that we will be covering and, as always, expectations will be high. Please continue to encourage your child to be very well organised by remembering all of their homework and necessary equipment.
As always, please do not hesitate in contacting us, either via your child’s diary or by email should you have any queries at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Allery and Mr. Tovell
This half term we will be continuing to develop the key skills of comprehension and justifying your own opinion, before using all the skill we have learned across the year to answer questions from a range of text types. DT/RA
'Newspaper articles' is our new topic this half term and we will be writing our own based on famous nursery rhymes. Prior to this, we will spend time examining the key features of the genre, generating eye-catching headlines and creating succinct orientations. DT/RA
This half term, the children will continue to develop their times tables and we will work on recalling them at speed. Other areas we will cover include identifying lines of symmetry in 2D shapes and completing symmetrical shapes given a line of symmetry, fractions - equivalence, finding fractions of a whole number and adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator and rounding decimals with one decimal place. RA/DT
We will continue with ‘states of matter’. The children will explore grouping materials according to their properties and know the differences between solids, liquids and gases including a simple model of the particle theory. They will deepen their understanding on how some materials exist in the three states and learn about melting/freezing points, evaporation and condensation. The children will also study the water cycle and the processes involved. The investigation focus is on grouping materials, making observations and conclusions. EG
This half term we will finish off our Ancient Greeks unit. We will look at everyday life in Ancient Greece, the Gods of Olympia and what the legacy of the Ancient Greek civilisation and culture has been. DH/EG
We will finish off our topic of sustainable living before starting our new topic this term focusing on the contrasting locality of India. We locate UK and India on a world map and identify other geographic markers of the region and appreciate the distance of India from the UK. We will locate the key physical and human features of India and investigate the climate of India and compare it to the UK’s climate. SAW
This half term, we will continue our study of inspirational people, before starting our study of Judaism. DT
The children will begin the term by learning the vocabulary associated with the rooms in a house, learning how to describe their own house. They will then work on the topic of La Santé (Health and well being) during which the children will learn the vocabulary associated with sporting activities. They will learn how to use vocabulary to compare activities and will work in pairs on a ‘Healthy Living’ poster campaign which they will then present to the class. RP
This half term we will be studying a unit on parts of the body. We will sing various songs and learn how to describe physical appearance. We will also look at describing personality traits. TW
The children will learn about the history of the internet and the web before going on to study HTML (hypertext markup language), the language in which web pages are written. They will learn how to edit and write HTML, and then use this knowledge to create a web page. MHL
This term we will be studying two closely linked musical elements, Timbre and Texture, through our topic Sound Colour; we will investigate how music, like pictures, can describe images and moods. Pupils will have the opportunity to explore the use of a variety of instruments to create their own compositions. We will of course continue with recorder lessons which means back to some serious regular practice! RA
This term our artist focus will be Auguste Herbin, moving onto British contemporary painter Vanessa Jackson. We will also develop skills and techniques in dimension and perspective and use a range of materials for pattern and texture through self-portrait work. AD
This half term we will begin our unit on improvisation. The children will learn how to perform in groups, constructing plotlines and scenarios in a fast paced theatrical style. AM
The Y4 pupils will receive their annual Heartstart first aid training this term focusing on what to do if someone is choking. We will also be discussing the values of cleanliness, fairness and friendliness. RA/DT
PE & GAMES
This half term on Tuesday games afternoons Y4 boys will be taking part in football activities and Y4 girls will be taking part in netball activities. In Monday PE lessons all pupils will be taking part in handball and basketball activities.
The children should wear their full tracksuit, polo shirt, shorts and trainers for Monday PE lessons. For Tuesday games lessons girls wear the same but boys should wear their house football shirt, house football socks, full tracksuit, shorts and trainers and bring football boots in too. In addition during wet and cold weather in PE and games they should wear their fleece and raincoat as additional layers and a school woollen hat. SAW
Please click here for a copy of the letter which has been sent home with your children today.
The children have been busy rehearsing and are looking forward to performing ‘Gimme, Gimme, Gimme’ to all of you next Thursday with Year 3.
The arrangements for next week are detailed below.
Monday 28th November
Children come to school in their PE kits, bringing a snack in a small disposable bag and a water bottle. We will be rehearsing at All Saints Church Hall during the day, but back at school for lunch and lunchtime clubs as normal.
NB Please make sure that the children have ALL of their costume in school by this date.
Tuesday 29th November
All children to come to school in their PE kits as usual. Boys do not need to wear football jerseys or bring football boots as rehearsals will take place in the afternoon.
Wednesday 30th November
The children should come to school at the normal time, bringing their snack and a reading book with them in their school bag. They will go to the Winston Churchill Hall in Ruislip by coach to rehearse all day. They will need to come to school in their PE kits and they will take their costumes from school to change into whilst there. They will then bring their costumes home at the end of the day. A packed lunch, including a bottle of water, will be provided for all the children.
Thursday 1st December (morning)
The children should be dropped at the Winston Churchill Hall in Ruislip between 8.00 and 8.30 a.m. They will need to wear their costume and bring their PE kit in their PE bag, to change into later. They should bring a small snack in a disposable bag and a water bottle. The children will return to school by coach in time for lunch.
Thursday 1st December (evening)
The children should be dropped at the Winston Churchill Hall by 6.45pm. Please do not arrive earlier than 6.30pm as there will be no supervision available before that time.
We would like to thank you all again for all your support with the costumes and helping the children to learn the songs. We look forward to seeing you all on Thursday evening for what we hope will be a very enjoyable production.
Mrs. Allery & Mr Tovell
Dear Year 4 Parents
Please save lids from bottles (particularly milk bottles) and jars, CDs, plastic or paper discs, foam balls or any materials that can be used as wheels for our balloon car activity for STEAM day.
We are also collecting newspapers for an engineering activity.
Could the children please bring any materials collected into school on Monday 31 October? We appreciate your help and support.
Mrs Gilham and Mr Lewis
Dear Year 4 Parents,
Wow! Where did that first half term go? I hope you will agree that the children have had an exciting programme of activities and lessons and I am sure they are ready for a well-earned rest over half term.
The next half term will be a busy one with our Christmas production ‘Gimme, Gimme, Gimme!’ taking place on 1st December. Thank you in advance for supporting the children with learning their lines and providing costumes.
Below is an outline of the topics to be covered in subject areas. With seasonal activities occurring there may be some last minute changes made to these activities. We would like to thank parents for your support in signing homework diaries and reading records, as well as supporting your children with their homework. Your input is very important and we appreciate your co-operation.
Dates to note:
Thursday 17th November - Parents’ Evening
Friday 18th November - Children in Need Tog Day
Wednesday 23rd November - Parents’ Evening
Wednesday 30th November - Y3/4 Christmas Play rehearsal at Winston Churchill Hall
Thursday 1st December - Y3/4 Christmas Play dress rehearsal a.m. and performance 7pm, at Winston Churchill Hall
Saturday 3rd December - PA Christmas Parties
Wednesday 7th December - Pantomime trip
Friday 9th December - Christmas Carol Service to which you are all welcome.
Very best wishes,
Mrs. Allery & Mr. Tovell
Comprehension lessons will continue to focus on the key skills needed to comprehend texts. Play scripts will be used to reinforce pupils’ English writing work. They will be encouraged to discuss their ideas and write full answers giving reasons and explanations. RA/DT
The children will focus on writing play scripts. Using the VCOP technique, they will be encouraged to use sophisticated vocabulary plus a variety of punctuation, connectives and openers in their writing. Please remember to use the same prompts when working at home on writing pieces with your child. RA/DT
This half term’s focus will be on simple division using times tables, division with remainders, division by 10, 100 and 1000. We will also learn the formal method of short division and use it to solve problems. We will develop our understanding of time, reading analogue and digital clocks, using the 24 hour clock, converting between units of time and solving word problems involving time. We will study symmetry, identifying lines of symmetry in 2D shapes and completing symmetrical shapes given a line of symmetry. RA/DT
We will complete our topic Eating and Digestion and focus on digestion. The children will learn about the digestive system and how food is processed through the various body parts. We will then begin our topic Electricity. The children will identify items that use electricity at home and at school. We will consider mains and battery operated appliances. The children will be learning about ‘circuits and conductors’. The topic also includes the difference between conductors and insulators and how switches work. KT/EG
This half term we will begin by looking at the two city states of Athens and Sparta which will lead us into an investigation of war and warfare during Ancient Greek times. In particular we will use primary evidence to examine weaponry and we will examine the Battle of Marathon, the Trojan war and hopefully begin to look at the reign of Alexander the Great. DH/EG
Next half term the children will investigate what sustainable living means and how they can modify their behaviour both at school and at home to have a positive effect on the environment for future generations. We will think about what reduce, reuse and recycle means and examine food packaging and food waste in modelled lunchboxes and in the school refectory. They will also discover ways in which food is wasted in the production and distribution of food and the inequalities of food supplies in different parts of the world. SAW
We will be discussing people who have led inspiring lives and the class will reflect on their own lives, thinking about how they can make a difference. Inspirational people discussed will include Anne Frank, Mahatma Gandhi, Oscar Romero and Mother Teresa. DT
The children will begin the half term by learning new vocabulary for animals and colours, focusing on how adjectives are used in French. We will also look at how to use the verb ‘avoir’ (to have) in order to talk about pets. Towards the end of the half term we will spend some time learning about Christmas in France and we will enjoy learning some French Christmas songs. RP
This half term we will be looking at days and dates and will introduce the past and future tenses. We will end the term with a study into how Christmas is celebrated in Spain. TW
The children will complete their quiz programs and then move on to developing their publishing skills. They will learn how to collaborate to create an online Wiki. MHL
We will be learning and rehearsing the songs for the school play. There will be very little time for recorder playing in this busy half term; however, children should be encouraged to bring their instruments just in case. In the last week we will sing Christmas songs. RA
Year 4 will be researching and learning about a range of artists such as Auguste Herbin and his use of shape and colour. They will also investigate using a range of different materials to create various effects. As we move into winter and towards Christmas we will be adding a few activities to do with these topics. AD
Alongside continuing the study of Greek theatre, drama lessons this half term will be dedicated to enhancing the Year 3/4 Christmas performance. AM
We will examining how we can become more resilient learners, before considering how to be kind to one another.
PE & GAMES
Y4 boys will be participating in football activities and Y4 girls will participating in hockey activities this half term. Boys should wear their house football kits and girls their regular PE kits. Those taking part in hockey MUST have a mouthguard. In PE lessons on Mondays the children will all be embarking on mini handball activities, developing accurate throwing and shooting techniques and teamwork. Everyone should arrive and leave school with tracksuits worn smartly. As the weather gets colder and wetter, the children may wish to wear their school fleece and/or rain mac over their tracksuit and wear a woollen hat for games and PE. SAW
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