Will you join us and help keep all children safe online?
O2 and the NSPCC have joined forces on a mission to help all children and their families in the UK stay safe online. Together, they’re offering useful tools, support and guidance to help parents and carers have conversations with their children about their online lives.
Online safety workshops for parents
As part of this, they’re running free online safety workshops for parents and carers and will be hosting one at St. Helen’s College at 8.45 a.m. - 9.45 a.m. on Monday 11th September. We would like to invite all parents and carers to join us for this.
The hour-long workshop will help parents and carers understand their child’s online world and build confidence to have those important conversations that can help keep children safe online. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity! RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.
Until then, if you need any support or guidance, please check out the website pages and step-by step guides online, call the O2 and NSPCC Online Safety Helpline on0808 800 5002, or pop into your local O2 store for help from a Guru.
O2 will be bringing a publicity photographer and are using St. Helen's College at a launchpad for this new initiative.
Coffee will be served at 8.15 a.m. in the Evans Hall before the workshop.
In our history lessons in the Autumn Term and first half of the Spring Term we will be studying the Ancient Greeks. We are very fortunate that on Monday 11th September we are being visited by ‘Travellers Through Time’ and the children in Year 4 will be experiencing an Ancient Greek Day here in school.
The day will be split up into workshops focusing on different aspects of Ancient Greek life. The workshops will include: The Greeks at home, Spartans and Athenians, Gods and Monsters and The Olympic Games.
I believe the day will be a fantastic introduction to our Ancient Greece topic and, because it will be at school, we will have maximum time to immerse ourselves in the activities.
The cost of the day will be £9.60. This will be added on to your fees for next term.
Dear Year 4 Parents,
A very warm welcome to both pupils and parents. We hope you all had a relaxing summer break and we look forward to getting to know your children as we embark on the new and exciting challenges of Year 4, which include an Ancient Greek Experience Workshop on Monday 11th September, the Christmas Play and the children’s second residential trip to Flatford Mill.
Homework will be set daily and your child will record the due date in their homework diary. Reading and homework diaries will be collected in every Monday morning and every child needs to ensure that both have been signed by a parent by that time. It would be most appreciated if you would look at your child’s diary each night so that you are aware of the homework set and kindly initial. If your child is unable to do the set homework, please email or write a short note in their diary with an explanation.
Please remember that children should come to school in full PE kit on PE days, Mondays and Tuesdays. On other days when they have sports clubs, they should come in school uniform but bring kit to change into.
We very much look forward to meeting parents on Thursday 7th September @ 7.00 p.m., when we will run through the Year 4 routines and procedures, but in the meantime, should you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to email us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Very best wishes,
Mrs. Allery & Mr. Tovell
In comprehension this half term we will be reading and analysing texts related to the overarching theme of myths and legends.
For children to be good writers they need to read a variety of books regularly, which will not only stimulate their imaginary skills, but develop and broaden their grammar and vocabulary. RA/DT
Creative writing this half term will be based on Myths and Legends, linked with our history topic. We will be creating character profiles and exploring new ways to develop and structure our story writing. Finally, we will write our own myth or legend.
Spellings will be set weekly. Children will be expected to use the Spellodrome programme in addition to writing out each word to assist with their learning. RA/DT
This half term’s focus will be on number and the four operations, place value - identifying, ordering and rounding, including negative numbers, mental and written addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, including partitioning, inverses, times tables and problem solving. RA/DT
The first half term will cover 'Eating and Digestion' which is our first topic. The children will study animal diets, including that of humans, and types of teeth and parts of the digestive system. The topic will also include the relationship of plants and animals in food chains where terms such as carnivore, omnivore and herbivore will be learned. EG
Our focus in History this term is the civilisation of Ancient Greece. We are lucky to begin our unit of work with an Ancient Greek Day here in school. This will cover various aspects of Ancient Greek life which we will expand on over the next few months. This half term in particular we focus on where and when events took place. DH
We will start the year by exploring maps and developing mapping skills, using the online Ordnance Survey Mapzone and the digital maps service Digimaps which can be accessed via the Learning Portal. The children will learn how to read information on maps including understanding compass directions, different scale maps and measuring distance on maps, coordinates and grid references and map symbols. SAW
We will be looking at different initiation ceremonies where members of a community are welcomed into adulthood, including Judaism, Christianity, Sikhism and Humanism and what impact making a commitment to a religion may have on a believer’s life. DT
We will start the term by looking at the culture of France and where French is spoken in the world. The children will learn how to greet people and introduce basic facts about themselves. They will learn the days of the week, months of the year and the numbers to 31, in order to be able to talk about their birthdays. They will learn the vocabulary for the people in their family and understand the difference between masculine and feminine nouns in French. Finally the children will learn the alphabet in French and use this to spell their names. TMS
We will begin the year by recapping key questions and answers. We will count up to 100 and do some maths activities with adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. We will recap months and days and will learn how to say the date and give dates in the past and future. We will then learn about how ‘el día de los muertos’ is celebrated in Spain. TW
The children will start the year by developing their programming skills. They will review educational software and will then create their own interactive maths quiz. We will use Scratch, which can be used online or downloaded from http://scratch.mit.edu/scratch2download/. MHL
This half term we will be learning about the different types of scale and how they are formed, revising the musical elements and listening and appreciating music from different eras. Pupils will continue to learn notation and they should be encouraged to practise their recorder regularly at home in readiness for their assessment at the end of half term. Please ensure your child comes fully equipped to every lesson with their music folder containing their recorder, recorder book, pencil and a rubber. RA
We will be making tonal drawings using a variety of media and consolidating colour theory and colour mixing work. We will be looking at a range of artists, making notes and interesting points as we go through the half term. Please ensure that your child has an art apron that is big enough to cover sleeves and lap. AD
This half term the children will learn about various Greek myths and legends through process drama where they will ‘step into the shoes’ of different characters. This will inspire and be the catalyst for creative story writing in English and bring the History topic to life. RA/AD
We will discuss the benefits of having a Growth Mindset, before thinking about New Beginnings, with particular focus on the values of acceptance, initiative and adaptability. RA/DT
PE & GAMES
Games will take place on Tuesdays and PE will take place on Mondays for Y4 pupils. In games lessons this half term boys will do tag rugby with Mr. Tovell and girls will do netball with Miss Walker. In both sessions the children will develop their sending and receiving skills, attacking and defending tactics and gameplay awareness. For tag rugby boys will need trainers and football boots, a small boot bag, school green sport socks, school PE shorts, school long sleeved top and a school tracksuit. For netball girls will need trainers, school green sport socks, school PE skort, school long sleeved top and a school tracksuit.
In PE lessons the children will be learning some tri golf skills including driving, chipping and putting and target games with Mr. Dyson. For PE lessons the children will need trainers, school green sport socks, school skorts/shorts, school polo shirt and school tracksuit.
Dear Year 4 Parents
For our stall at the fete - the teddy bear tombola - we kindly ask for donations of new or nearly new Teddies. Please can we ask that any nearly new teddies are washed if you feel it necessary. As always your support is greatly appreciated.
We will start collecting next week and can we ask that all donations are made by Thursday.
Mrs Allery and Mr Tovell
As we near the end of the school year, we ask all pupils to check their library book issues, particularly those which are overdue for return. Pupils can check their loans with the librarians and each week class teachers receive and read out a list of borrowed books. Library books are usually issued for a period of 14 days. However, books borrowed during the week beginning 3rd July will have a return date of Wednesday 12th July. All borrowed library books must also be returned by that date.
We hope all of the children will continue to enjoy their reading over the summer break and make good use of their local libraries.
Amended dates for your diary:
Apologies for the errors in the last post.
We hope the children thoroughly enjoyed their time at Flatford Mill. We are confident that the children, although tired, found the experience fulfilling.
Dates for your diary:
Mrs. Allery & Mr Tovell
Comprehension activities will be based on persuasive and texts. DT/RA
This half term the children will be analysing, planning and writing persuasive and texts including an advert and a letter. DT/RA
This half term the areas we will be focusing on are: using and presenting information on line and bar graphs; reading scales on speedometers, thermometers, measuring jugs and kitchen scales; long multiplication; comparing and classifying shapes; and describing and making nets of simple 3D shapes as well as drawing polygons. Throughout the half term the children will revisit other areas of maths during our mental maths sessions. RA/DT
This half term we will complete ‘circuits and conductors’ within the first two weeks, and start ‘habitats’. The children will share their experiences from their Flatford Mill trip about habitats and different types of organisms. They will feed back and discuss their findings and deepen their learning and understanding of how organisms adapt and survive in their environment. They will also learn about how we classify and sort plants and animals using biological keys. Our investigations will focus on measuring conditions in habitats which involves using data loggers. EG
This half term we will complete our investigations of the Indus Valley civilisation. We will continue to examine artefacts like archaeologists, thinking about the questions that they would ask about an object and coming to sensible conclusions using our existing knowledge. We will examine cities such as Mohenjo-daro and try to understand what their key features were. We will then look at housing, thinking about how Indus Valley houses are similar/different to our own. The children will then examine the reasons why the Indus Valley might have disappeared and argue the case for the reason they believe. DH/EG
Following our successful trip to Flatford Mill and our investigations and field work into rural village life the children will be completing similar investigations into life in urban areas around Hillingdon to then make comparisons between the two contrasting locations. SAW
Following completion of Judaism, we will begin our study of Sikhism including its traditions and customs. DT
We will begin this term by learning the vocabulary to enable children to tell the time. We will then look at the topic of weather where the children will learn how to describe the weather and the temperature. This topic will include learning the vocabulary for the clothing to be worn in different weather conditions. LEB
We will begin the term by looking at clothing and accessories and describing them with correct adjective endings for feminine and masculine articles. We will then conduct a unit on the weather where the children will plan and present their own weather report. TW
This half term the children will extend their spreadsheet skills.They will create and interpret graphs. They will then take pictures of habitats and the organisms found in them and present their findings using Google Slides. MHL
This half term we will be learning about the musical elements following the BBC Music Workshop programme, Infinite Diner. In recorder sessions the children will aim to complete book 1 and move onto Recorder from the Beginning Book 2. RA
This half term in art your children will be continuing to use different self-portrait ideas such as foreshortening then move onto using 1-point perspective and 3 dimensional 1 point perspective in landscapes. AD
The children will conclude their theatre skills unit and compete in a Year 4 theatresports competition. AM
The children will continue through the Pawsb Mindfulness course learning more practices and how mindfulness may help them.SD
PE & GAMES
The children will participate in final sports day preparations and then focus and fielding and striking games such as rounders and cricket. They will have some tennis sessions and those who have entered the school tennis tournament will play their matches. SAW
Here is the Flatford Mill Powerpoint presentation which we used for our assembly.
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