Welcome to Year 4.
The teachers in Year 4 are Miss Hodgen (Class 4), Miss Wyatt (Class 5) and Mr Finklaire (Class 6).
We also have 6 teaching assistants. In Class 4 we have Mrs Kersley and Mrs Hopkins. In Class 5 we have Mrs Martyn and Mr Hunt. In class 6 we have Mrs Togwell and Mrs Davison.
This term our P.E. lessons will be on a Tuesday (usually indoors) and Wednesday (usually outdoors). PE kit should come in on Monday or Tuesday and then will be sent home on Friday.
Each week we will set 2 main pieces of homework - English and Maths. The homework is designed to help the children consolidate or extend work that they have been doing in class. The English home work will include spellings to learn for the week and how to practise them Also, it will include a reading comprehension task for a book they are reading at home. Reading at home each evening is encouraged at home with an adult as this will help with their comprehension task. Maths homework will usually take the form of either times tables tasks, a My Maths task or a mental maths task to complete. Your child will be given a login for both Rockstars and My Maths.
In addition to English and Maths, we shall be setting a topic-based project once per half-term. This project will take place over several weeks. We would like to thank you for all your support in helping the children write and send in lovely postcards or letters to us as this has helped us grealy with our Meerkat Mail writing in English this week!
All our homework will be set on a Thursday this year and will be collected in on Tuesday.
All Year 4 homework will be uploaded onto Google Classroom each week, so that you can access it easily from home. We will also upload home work for children who may need to isolate. We do not set homework the week before the holidays, with the exception of the summer holiday.
Summer 2022 Year 4 Topic
What have we been up to this week? – Book week!
This week has been book week in school. We have enjoyed a variety of activities including a reading café where parents came into school to listen to their children read and enjoy a drink at our café! We also celebrated world book day with the children and staff coming dressed up as their favourite book characters. We also had visit from an inspiring children’s author who worked with us on Thursday.
Book week images
Year 4 Author Workshop
What have year 4 been up to over the past few weeks!
In Maths, the children have been challenging themselves by learning new methods for division and multiplication. Next week, we look forward to teaching the children about measurement (weight and length).
In English, the children have written very engaging diary entries inspired by the book 'No Ballet Shoes in Syria'. This wonderful book focuses on the lives of refugees, especially a young girl called Aya who wishes to attend ballet classes when she arrives in England. Fantastic masterpieces, Year 4, well done!
In the afternoon lessons, the children are studying a range of lessons; Geography, Design and Technology, French and PSHE. The children have started to design their torches in DT whilst thinking carefully about how electrical circuits work. The pupils have really enjoyed learning all about Migration in Geography, especially how far refugees have to travel from Syria to the UK. In French, we have been learning about places in town and revisiting our numbers to 100.
We look forward to updating you next week on what the children have been up to!
Meerkat Mail - Thank You!
A huge thank you again for helping your children complete the Meerkat Mail homework over the summer holidays. All the teachers enjoyed receiving and sharing the post cards with the class.
Soon, we shall have created a display including some children's work and post cards that have been sent into us for this first topic so this picture of the display will be uploaded very soon so keep an eye on the website.
Year 4 Autumn Term Information!
What have Year 4 been up to this week? (W/B 27th September)
Year 4 have been having a good week enjoying starting clubs and becoming more settled into the school day as the weeks go on.
In English this week year 4 have been enjoying starting work in English based around a new book 'No ballet Shoes in Syria' by Catherine Burton. This is linked to their topic of migration about a young girl called Aya from Syria who is a refugee from Syria. The children have been starting to look at diaries and the skills around Diary writing. Over the next few weeks the children will be writing their own diary as Aya using all of the skills they have learnt. We can't wait to put some great work up on the website.
In maths the children have been looking at multiplication and using formal methods in order to solve trickier questions. They really enjoy Times table Rockstars and I know they will have a great time having a go on it this week for home work!
In the afternoon, the children have been designing their own torches and in a few weeks time will be making some of their own in class (more information on this is to follow in a seperate letter.)
From our 'Island Born' unit the children have written some fantastic stories. We are currently publishing them today in their best handwriting and a wonderful display will be made to feature some of their work. Other pieces are going to be displayed around the classroom.
I look forward to sharing with you the display once it is created and some of your children's wonderful work.
What have year 4 been getting up to this week (W/B 4/10/21)
Year 4 have been having a great week and it is so great to see lots of children get involved in the star of 'Walktober' we are so proud to see so many children telling us they are walking into school!
Every week, the children will be able to create something around the theme of 'Walktober'. This week they have been designing certificates for the travel cup and Miss Hodgen will be selecting a winner which will be announced in due course. Some great examples will be shared soon with you.
This week in English, the children have been planning their diary to write around the character of Aya. They have enjoyed really thinking about the thoughts and feelings of Aya in this story and I am excited to share some final published versions with you next week.
In maths, the children have been working on thier division and using a range of formal methods to complete division questions. Please continue playing Times table Rockstars at home or just practising their times tables with them as this skill is so important. Thank you for your support with this.
On Monday 11th October 6pm you are invited to a parent open evening where the Year 4 team will share with you the year 4 curriculum and other events which will be happening in Year 4 this year. We hope we will see a lot of you there.
I look forward to seeing some of you on Monday and sharing with you what Year 4 get up to next week.
Year 4 Curriculum information
Below, is information which was shared about the Year 4 curriculum and also other information on Trips and events that will be happening in Year 4 this year.
Please have a look through and any questions enquire with your child's class teacher.
Year 4 Curriculum Information
What have Year 4 been up to recently?
Year 4 have been having a great few weeks and have certainly been busy!
Just before half term, the children were completing their DT and Science projects on Torches. The children worked extremely hard on creating designs and making sure their circuits were correct for their torch to work. We truly appreciate you supplying your children with some of the resources to help them complete this project and we hope you liked them when they brought them home. There will be pictures below of the incredible torches the children have made.
This half term, the children have been learning all about the Anglo-Saxons and have been incredible at writing their own informative reports about them. The children were able to research about different areas of Anglo-Saxon life. Pictures of some incredible examples will be posted later. It was tough to choose just a few.
Later on this half term, the children will have the opportunity to visit Winchester Cathedral. Here they will be able to have a tour of the Cathedral, discover about the Kings from the Anglo-Saxon period and also join in with interactive and fun workshops! This is going to be a brilliant opportunity for the children and we are looking forward to taking them out for their first trip with Hatch Warren!
Today, the children were asked to join in with Hatch Warren's 'Odd Sock Day' in order to raise awareness for Anti-Bullying. As a school, we are continuously working on making sure our school is a safe and happy place for our children as you can see from our anti-bullying policy. Today, the children have been discussing how they can resovle, deal with and remind them of what they can do if they are worried about something. The children have been creating their own odd socks in order to celebrate how everyone is unique! Pictures will be posted below.
We are looking forward to the next few weeks in Year 4!
Incredible DT torches
This week in Year 4! W/B 22/11/21
This week Year 4 have been really enjoying finishing off their Cracking Contraptions Topic by explaining how to use the Snoozatron! They have all had so much fun explaining this crazy contraption and over the next few weeks they will be publishing their writing in order for some of the children's work to end up on our new display so look out for a picture coming soon!
We are so proud of Year 4 joining in with our 'Be Bright and Be Seen' day by dressing in colourful colours and even some wearing their High-Vis clothes! They've created some fantastic helmet's which the children may have brought home or some teachers will take some pictures of for them to be on the website!
Another reminder to sign the permission forms for your child to go on the fantastic Winchester Cathedral Trip for next Wednesday! We really hope to give all the children this fantastic opportunity for seeing one of Europe's largest trips and joining in with professionally lead Workshops from Winchester Cathedral's outstanding Education centre!
Well done year 4! We are looking forward to more exciting news next week from Year 4!
Winchester Cathedral Trip 2021
Year 4 had a brilliant time on their trip to Winchester Cathedral this week!
They were able to get up close with real Anglo-Saxon Artefacts in the Kings and Scribes exhibition.
In their Anglo-Saxon workshop, they were able to design Anglo-Saxon letters using gold paint and creating a colourful design.
During their tour of the Cathedral, they were shown around by an expert and were told many of the secrets and unknown facts about Winchester Cathedral. Also, they got to visit the Crypt which was a particular highlight!
In their final workshop, the children were able to be real archaeologists by digging and brushing their way to the clues to solve a puzzle. They then had a chance to listen to one of the incredible, action-packed stories from the Volsunga Saga.
The children all had a wonderful time and are now working hard on writing a persuasive leaflet to encourage others to go on this trip!
Thank you as always for all your support in helping this trip go ahead!
Pictures below will show highlights from the day!
What a week in Year 4! W/B 06.12.21
First of all myself and the entire Year 4 team would like to say a huge thank you to the whole of Year 4 for continuing your hard work over Google Classroom this week! We are so proud of you all.
This was an unprecedented event however you have responded so well to continuing your learning from home which we know can be challenging at times!
Thank you so much for joining our morning and afternoon meetings it was great to see you all - despite it being virtual! We were so glad to end the week today on our Christmas themed morning meeting where we dressed in our best Christmas attire and fun Christmas quiz! It was a great way to end a very strange week!
We are really looking forward to seeing the children back in school on Monday ready for more Christmas fun taking place!
Also, a huge thank you to all of the Year 4 teachers and support staff in their support over google classroom every day without fail - Thank you!
Once again, thank you for being a wonderful year group and carrying on learning even in difficult and strange times!
See you next week!
Year 4 Team!
Wonderful work completed via google classroom! Well done Year 4!
Christmas Week w/b 13.12.21
Year 4 have been enjoying being back at school working hard and having fun in this wonderful Christmas themed week!
The children have been working hard on writing winter poetry themed around all aspect of the winter season including Christmas. They then used water colours to design their background for their published piece.
During the week, all the children entered the christmas plate competition and they really enjoyed designing their plate and getting really creative.
On Wednesday, the children enjoyed their Christmas dinner where they made decorations for the table and enjoyed christmas music for some singing fun!
On Thursday, they had the opportunity to visit Santa's grotto and get a gift for a family member! We hope you enjoyed them.
Finally, I would like to say thank you to Year 4 and you at home for helping the children through what has been a challenging term! We hope that you all have a restful and merry Christmas.
We are looking forward to seeing you all again in January!
The Year 4 Team
Christmas Dinner 15.12.21
Christmas plate competition
Happy New Year! W/B 03.01.22
We hope you have all had a happy and restful Christmas and New Year. It is great to see the children back and settling back into their work for the Spring term!
We have a lot of exciting things to look forward to this half term!
As you will have heard, the children are learning about electricity in their science unit and have the opportunity to go Queen's Mary College in order to work in a state-of-the-art science laboratory. Once all the classes have gone, pictures of the trip shall be available on this page by next Wednesday!
This half term the children are studying Vikings! Next Friday, they have the opportunity to be involved in practical and fun Viking Workshop which is being run by a Viking Expert who will come into school and share with the children fun and exciting information and activities throughout the day! We are also looking forward to seeing the children's costumes if the wish to dress up for the day - it is going to be a fantastic day!
Below is information and ideas about costumes for next week.
Look out for next week where there will be plenty of pictures of what Year 4 will get up to!
Year 4 Topic Web Spring 1 2022
Year 4 Trip to QMC
Year 4 really enjoyed their trip to Queen's Mary College to start off their electricity topic!
Here are a few pictures of the classes joining in the activities.
What Year 4 have been up to this week! W/B 10.01.22
Year 4 have had a very exciting week filled with trips and visitors!
Amongst this exciting week, the children have had the opportunity in writing to design their own dragon to train for instruction writing unit based on the book 'How to train your dragon'.
The children wrote fantastically and I shall be sharing some excellent masterpieces on the website below.
Today, the children have had an extremely exciting end to the week as they got to be involved in a Viking Day hosted by Portals to the past. This was a great opportunity for the children to really immerse themselves in the world of the Vikings whilst hearing from a Viking expert.
In the morning, the children were able to handle replicas of real Viking artefacts, play an actual Viking game and take part in the quiz about the Vikings!
In the afternoon, the children were shown all the weapons and armour of the Vikings and they were even able to join in with re-enacting Viking battle cries - which they did extremely well in!
Finally they were able to play some Viking games including javelin and a game of strength.
Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to find/make or buy Viking costumes; it really helped the children get into character for the day!
Photos will be posted below.
We look forward to Year 4 having another great week next week.
Weekly Update! W/B 17.01.22
Year 4 have had a far quieter week this week but nevertheless they have still worked hard to produce so high quality writing!
This week we have been learning skills in order for the children to write their own fantasy story based on 'How to Train your Dragon'.
We hope to share with you a new display with some of the children's wonderful instruction writing and stories on display!
Year 4 Weekly Update 28.01.22
Year 4 have continued to apply all their skills in their writing this week through their writing of a setting description and an action scene based on their book 'How to Train Your Dragon' .
Also, the children have started to plan their own narrative this week and have come up with some incredible ideas of their own settings and their own dragons. There have been so many fantastic examples in year 4 of their writing and ideas. A selection has been shared below with you.
Have a lovely weekend.
Year 4 Weekly update 04.02.22
Year 4 have had a great week writing their own adventure stories based on the book 'How To Train Your Dragon'.
Their story is based around the narrative that their Viking character has to find a mysterious Dragon Egg but they get stopped by an evil dragon! The children used amazing adjectives and superb verbs to describe the action of their character and Dragon in the quest for the egg!
The children then got to publish and create their own book which they have bound in a 'Viking style'!
We are so impressed at the effort in presentation and the creativity in ideas Year 4! Well done!
Enjoy looking through the wonderful work in Year 4. More will appear over the coming week and there will be a wonderful display made of all the fantastic work created by the children in this unit!
Year 4 Weekly update W/B 07/02/22
This week, the children have been having a great time finishing off their Viking Topic by planning and writing their own Kennings style poems which is a style of poetry used during the Anglo-Saxon period! The children have really done well with them! There are examples below for you to look at.
Also, the children have been very excited about creating their Viking Toy for DT with a moving feature in it! Thank you so much for providing shoe boxes for the children it really is heavily appreciated!
Weekly update W/B 14.02.22
Year 4 have certainly had a busy but fun end to the half term! Year 4 have been finishing off their Viking Unit with writing their own Viking poems and creating their own Viking toys using Cams mechanisms in DT.
We are so proud of the hard work and determination that the children have had in DT this week as these contraptions were very tricky. However, their designs, creativity and enthusiasm shone through and they have produced some incredible models!
Also, the children have had a lovely last day which has been our schools Wellbeing day. The children have discussed their emotional and social goals and have built up a ladder in order to look at the small steps they can take to reach their goals.
Have a wonderful and restful half term! We look forward to seeing year 4 fresh and ready for a new half term!
What have Year 4 been up to this week? W/B 28.02.22
This week Year 4 have been celebrating our Book Week at school with lots of fun events which you can see pictures of at the top of this page! They had a wonderful time!
The children have been starting their persuasive letter writing and we are doing it based on our theme of weather. The children have been looking at the affects of climate change and have used persuasive devices to re-write a speech from climate change activist Greta Thunberg. Their arguments were very convincing, take a look below at some of our wonderful writers.
Thank you for your continued support by attending our Reading Cafe and helping your child dress up for World Book Day, the had a great week!
What Year 4 have been up to this week! W/B 7.03.22
This week, Year 4 have been planning and writing their master pieces in English which was a letter to Mr Dawson persuading him to make the school more eco-friendly.
The children worked really hard on using their persuassive devices within their writing as well as applying any other previously learnt skills from this unit of work.
There are some examples below and more to come soon.
Year 4 now proudly have a new display of their 'How to train a Dragon' based work and we are so proud of all the children for their efforts when coming to publishing their work!
Persuassive letter writing
What have Year 4 been up to this week! W/B 14.03.22
Year 4 have had a lovely week!
In English they have really enjoyed researching endangered animals ready to write their non-chronological report next week!
The children have also been exploring colours in art and what different colours represent. Across the year group they have produced some beautiful art work on the colours of the seasons. Some examples are below here.
Colour of the seasons artwork
Find out about Year 4's curriculum for this half term
Welcome Back Year 4!
What have year 4 been up to? W/B 25.04.22
We hope you all had a lovely Easter and a good break over the holidays!
Year 4 have come back and have been very settled and have already started working hard.
They are excited to start their new Topic Unit on the country of Chile where we will be learning about natural resources and making salads in DT based on Chilean cuisine.
Multiplication table Check information
This half term, we are putting an even stronger focus on Times tables as the Year 4 Multiplication Check is coming up next half term. The check will be administered between the 6th and 24th of June so to cover any cases of absenses during this time.
Most children will be taking part in this check and those who are not required will be informed by their class teacher next week.
We have already shared information with you in one of our previous parents evenings, however if you would like more information about this then I have put some links and information below for you to have a look at.
What we do ask is that you are trying to help your child practise their times tables at home up to x12 as much as possible to ensure they can complete the check to the best of their ability. We are ensuring that maths homework each week is Timestable rockstars so that the children get used to doing quick recall of the timestable facts.
Any other questions, please ask your child's class teacher.
Information for parents - Multiplication table check 2022
What have Year 4 been up to this week? W/B 02.03.22
We hope you have had a lovely bank holiday weekend and the children were ready to learn when they came in on Tuesday.
This week, the children have been planning their own versions of the Cinderella story in English so they have had fun coming up with their onw ideas of how it could be set in their home town of Basingstoke.
The Year 4's finished their week with some food tasting! Thank you for letting the children have this brilliant experience they all found it exciting! We tried a range of vegetables which would be used in a Chilean salad. The children rated each vegetable from 1-5 (1 being won't eat again and 5 being would eat all the time). We talked about what we liked and disliked about them.
The children are going to be planning their own Chilean Salad and will be making some creations in class at the end of this half term which I know the children are really excited about.
Have a good weekend!
Salad ingredients the children tried today
What Year 4 have been up to this week! W/B 9th May
This week, Year 4 finished writing their own versions of Cinderella. They really enjoyed making their own version and there are some lovely examples of some of their work below.
Also, the children have started to practise their skills for preparing food through grating, chopping and peeling. All the classes will get the opportunity to do this next week. Class 5 really enjoyed this experience and will be able to use these skills in order to prepare their own ingredients for their Chilean salad.
We are really impressed with the great progress children have been making in their times tables, so thank you for helping them to learn at home! Please continue this over the next few weeks so the children can showcase how good they are at their times tables in the Multiplication table Check after half term.
Have a lovely weekend!