Year 4

Summer – Week 11

This week, the children will be spending three days in their new classes where they will be engaging in range of activities based around the book, ‘Where the Wild Things Are.’

Whitby

Last week, some of the children spent three days in Whitby where they visited the Captain Cook Museum, RNLI and Whitby Abbey as well as spending time on the beach. Whilst there, the children were enthusiastic and inquisitive, both of these qualities were commented on by the people that we met. We were extremely proud of the way the children conducted themselves when out about, showing courtesy and consideration to others. They are a credit to the school and their families.

 

Writing Fun!

Also last week, some of the children had the exciting opportunity to work alongside an established author, providing them with the chance to develop skills and imagination. The children worked extremely hard, whilst having fun, and we’re very proud of them for how they represented the school.

Summer – Week 10

This week, some of the children will be staying in Whitby for two nights – they are very excited! Whilst there, the children will be exploring the town, visiting Whitby Abbey, learning all about Captain Cook in the museum, visiting the RNLI and enjoy some time on the beach exploring the shoreline. The trip will provide a memorable experience for all, providing lots of stories to share upon their return. Be sure to check our Twitter page to see what we have been doing.

The children that are staying in school have lots of exciting activities to look forward to. To begin with, they will read ‘Tiddler’, before conducting their own research of marine fish that are found in the Great Barrier Reef. The children will decide which fish they would like to find out more information on before using the computers to make a very professional-looking non-chronological report. Further, the children will be using the book as a stimulus for solving some tricky maths problems around marine fish. In art, children will use watercolours, pastels and powder paints to create pictures based on the book.

We also have 6 children attending a writing day at a local primary school where they will spend the day working with an author. Whilst here, they will learn about the different techniques that he uses to engage a reader and pick up a few tips for their own writing.

On Friday, the children will be attending their last swimming lesson. Over the past 12 weeks, the children have grown in confidence and have improved their skills; they are certainly disappointed the lessons are ending as they have thoroughly enjoyed them – especially the lesson in pyjamas.

Summer – Week 9

In English, the children will continue to read ‘Why the Whales Came’ by Michael Morpurgo. The focus will be on the characters and inferring their traits and characteristics, using their thoughts, actions and speech.

In writing, the children will start their learning journey on dilemma stories where they will be predicting the ending, using what they have read, and discuss words and phrases that capture their imagination.

In maths, the children in 4NE will continue their learning on fractions through identifying equivalent fractions, with the aid of diagrams. The children in 4RE and 4GT will continue to focus on adding and subtracting fractions. All the children will be challenged with answering fluency, reasoning and problems solving questions.

In topic, the children will be classifying creatures from below the sea; drawing images of creatures and using poetry as a way of describing a creature.

May we remind you that the school website has some fantastic links for you to follow to help you support your child at home.

Summer – Week 7

In English, children will read persuasive leaflets and postcards based on Pompeii as this will allow them to explore and make comparisons with other texts. These texts will also deepen their knowledge on vocabulary choice, structure and presentation.

In writing, the children will continue to write their diary entry, ensuring that is engaging, imaginative and is completed to a high standard. Throughout the writing process, the children will be encouraged to use a wide range of vocabulary, including figurative language, varied sentence structures and varied sentence types. Once completed, the children will edit and evaluate their work through proof-reading and proposing changes to grammar and vocabulary. Afterwards, they will publish their diary.

In maths, the children in 4NE will continue to develop their understanding of factors, multiply together three numbers; recognising and use factor pairs and commutativity in mental calculations and multiplying two-digit and three-digit numbers by a one-digit number using formal written method. The children in 4RE and 4GT will be focusing on equivalent fractions and using diagrams to help.

In topic, the children will complete any work on the Romans as this fantastic topic comes to a close. Also, they will be learning about sound and electricity in Science through lots of exciting and engaging activities. The children already have an excellent understanding of sound through their drumming lessons, so these lessons will ensure that they have mastered the topic.

The children will continue their pedestrian training through a one-hour lesson outside.

Summer – Week 6

In English, children will continue read a range of texts about Pompeii, developing their inferences through using a character’s actions to describe their thoughts, feelings and characteristics. Further, the children will also be discussing words and phrases that capture their attention and consider what they tell us about the text.

In writing, the children will create their drama piece on the eruption of Vesuvius, identifying the character that they want to take on. Following this, they will be planning their diary entry before writing in an imaginative and engaging style. Throughout the writing process, the children will be encouraged to use a wide range of vocabulary, including figurative language, varied sentence structures and varied sentence types. Their writing over recent weeks has been a pleasure to read so we look forward to seeing the finished product.

In maths, the children in 4NE and 4RE will develop their understanding of factors, multiply together three numbers; recognising and use factor pairs and commutativity in mental calculations and multiplying two-digit and three-digit numbers by a one-digit number using formal written method. The children in 4GT will be focusing on equivalent fractions and using diagrams to help.

In topic, the children will be making masks that could have been used in a Roman Amphitheatre as well producing work based on the Picture This! art.

The children also begin their pedestrian training this week; this is something that will be of huge benefit to the children. If you are yet to give permission for your child to participate in this, could you please return the slip by Wednesday?

Value of the Month

The children and staff of 3NO have chosen the value Relationships for April and May for the school. They would like to:

* Support their peers when working through difficult challenges;

* Work collaboratively to solve problems;

* Ensure they offer their friendship to anybody who is playing alone on the yard.

At home, you can discuss the importance of teamwork and encourage them not to exclude others. Playing board games is an excellent way to inspire teamwork. Whether your child is teamed up with friends, siblings, parents or grandparents, it can be a fun time for young and old to play together. Make sure no one gets too competitive though! Other activities to promote teamwork at home include washing the dishes together, helping out in the garden, preparing food as a family and helping out with the housework.

Any photographs, outside of school, which show your child developing one of the Sitwell Seven Values would be greatly appreciated and may feature in the next weekly newsletter.

Summer – Week 5

In English, children will continue read a range of texts about Pompeii, developing their inferences through using a character’s actions to describe their thoughts, feelings and characteristics. Further, the children will also be discussing words and phrases that capture their attention and consider what they tell us about the text.

In writing, the children will begin their learning journey on diary recounts, where they will look at the language, structure and presentation of diary entries and discuss words and phrases that capture their imagination. Following a drama activity, they will plan their own diary entry as though they were in Pompeii during the eruption of Vesuvius.

In maths, the children in 4NE and 4RE will continue to use formal written methods for addition and subtraction. They will use the methods in fluency, reasoning and problem solving calculations, before moving onto using estimation and inverse to check accuracy of answers. In 4GT, the children will continue to multiply together three numbers; recognising and use factor pairs and commutativity in mental calculations and multiplying two-digit and three-digit numbers by a one-digit number using formal written layout.

In topic, the children will be continuing with their mosaic work as well producing a piece of work on the daily life of Romans. In addition to this, they will also be exploring Rome and the impact of tourism.

May we remind you that the school website has some fantastic links for you to follow to help you support your child at home?

Summer – Week 4

In English, children will read a range of texts about Pompeii; one text that they will explore will be a story written from the point of view of Pliny, a young boy who witnessed the eruption. The other texts that they will look at will be reports on volcanoes, postcards from Pompeii and a poster persuading tourists to go. After reading, they answer questions, using their clue finding, spotter, chatterer and selector skills.

In writing, the children will be completing their newspaper reports. They have made a fantastic start to these and have been a pleasure to read. The standard of writing has wowed us. Once completed, the children will begin their learning journey on diary recounts, where they will look at the language, structure and presentation of diary entries and discuss words and phrases that capture their imagination.

In maths, the children in 4NE  and 4RE will  use formal written methods for addition and subtraction. They will use the method in fluency, reasoning and problem solving calculations, before moving onto using estimation and inverse to check accuracy of answers. In  4GT, the children will continue to multiply together three numbers; recognising and use factor pairs and commutativity in mental calculations and multiplying two-digit and three-digit numbers by a one-digit number using formal written layout.

In topic, the children will be continuing with their mosaic work based on the eruption of Vesuvius and producing their information of Roman daily life in a format of their choice.

May we remind you that the school website has some fantastic links for you to follow to help you support your child at home?

Summer – Week 3

In English, children will continue reading ‘Escape from Pompeii’ where they will analyse the use of language and consider the effect on the reader. The book provides excellent examples of descriptive language and really widens the vocabulary.

In writing, the children will be learning to use the correct organisational features for a newspaper report; varying sentence structures, including using direct speech from people involved in the eruption Mount Vesuvius. The children have enjoyed learning about Mount Vesuvius and can now recall a number of fascinating facts.

In maths, the children in 4NE and 4RE will continue to round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000; solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above and with increasingly

large positive numbers and read Roman numerals to 100 (I to C) and know that over time, the numeral system changed to include the concept of zero and place value. The children will show fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills in these areas. In 4GT, the children will continue to recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12; using place value, known and derived facts to multiply and divide mentally, including: multiplying by 0 and 1; dividing by 1; multiplying together three numbers; recognising and use factor pairs and commutativity in mental calculations and multiplying two-digit and three-digit numbers by a one-digit number using formal written layout.

In topic, the children will be continuing with their mosaic work based on the eruption of Vesuvius and researching information about the daily life of the Romans.

May we remind you that the school website has some fantastic links for you to follow to help you support your child at home?

Summer – Week 2
This week, on Wednesday 3rd May, the children will be visiting the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield to see Fantastic Mr Fox. On this day, they need to come to school as normal wearing their school uniform, and bring a packed lunch and a drink. We will be setting off at 12.15pm and will return at approximately 4.30pm. Therefore, your child will need to be collected from school, by an adult, at this time.
In English this week, the children will be continuing writing their non-chronological reports about William Shakespeare. They will be editing, improving and writing up their final draft and will be taught to increase the legibility, consistency and quality of their handwriting [for example, by ensuring that the downstrokes of letters are parallel and equidistant; that lines of writing are spaced sufficiently so that the ascenders and descenders of letters do not touch] in this piece of work.
In Maths, the children will be continuing their learning about using the columnar methods for addition and subtraction. They will become fluent in using these methods and will work on applying them to reasoning challenges and problem solving activities.
During topic learning, the children will continue finding out about William Shakespeare. They will learn about the Globe Theatre and use their DT skills to design and build a bridge across the river to the theatre. Also, they will find out about what food people ate during Tudor times.
British Science Association’s Poster Competition

As it is science week, why not encourage your child to enter the annual science competition. All they need to do is create a poster. The theme for 2017 is “Change”. Here are some ideas for posters below:

* What different types of change can we examine in nature?

* How can energy change during reactions?

* What amazing colour changes exist?

* How has our world changed over the years?

* How can science change the world in the future?

You can make a poster about whatever type of change you like, and enter into the UK-wide competition with the chance to win an array of prizes, including a copy of the new Roald Dahl’s ‘George’s Marvellous Experiments’ book!

The closing date is Friday 31st March.

What are the rules?

Entries must be 2D and submitted on A4 or A3 paper only. We will accept photos of 3D models.

Work must be original and created by the child – please do not use any templates.

Posters must include the following information (entrant details can be recorded on the back of the poster):

* Entrant name and entrant age

* Age category (Intermediate 1: Year 3 – Year 4 or Intermediate 2: Year 5 – Year 6)

* School name and address

We cannot wait to see the finished posters and once completed, please hand in to your child’s class teacher.

 

Value of the Month

The children and staff of 6JB have chosen the value Respect for March for the school. They would like to:

* Take care of each other;

* Be polite to everyone;

* Be good listeners;

* Treat others how we would like to be treated ourselves.

At home, you can discuss ways that your child can respect their own belongings and why it is important. Encourage your child to keep their toys tidy, put away their clothes and help with tasks around the house.

Any photographs, outside of school, which show your child developing one of the Sitwell Seven Values would be greatly appreciated and may feature in the next weekly newsletter.

Spring – Week 10

In writing, the children will continue to write their explanation texts by composing and rehearsing sentences orally (including dialogue), progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures and proposing changes to grammar and vocabulary to improve consistency, including the accurate use of pronouns in sentences.

In maths, the children in 4NE will read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12- and 24-hour clocks; solve problems involving converting from hours to minutes; minutes to seconds; years to months; weeks to days; interpret and present discrete and continuous data using appropriate graphical methods, including bar charts and time graphs and solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in bar charts, pictograms, tables and other graphs. Meanwhile, the children in 4RE and 4GT will be ordering and comparing numbers beyond 1000 and identifying, representing and estimating numbers using different representations.

In topic, the children will continue to be scientists as we celebrate Science Week by exploring dangers that affect penguins as well as looking at their place within a food chain, With our topic, we will be starting our sewing of the digestive system.

May we remind you that the school website has some fantastic links for you to follow to help you support your child at home?

Engage Week

The children had a fantastic start to the new topic, ‘Burps, Bottoms and Bile’, as they became scientists through investigating the effect of different liquids on egg shells and then looking at the plaque on their teeth. Both these activities enabled children to further develop the Sitwell Seven Values as they completed tasks to the best of their ability (responsibility); asked questions to further deepen their learning and then make connections from what they have learnt (resourcefulness) and listened to the opinion of others before responding appropriately.

At the end of the week, the visit to Eureka! was a huge success, with all children exploring the galleries and learning through play. Throughout the day, it was a joy to see how enthusiastic and excited they were by everything they saw, including the pigeon that decided to join 4NE for lunch!

Value of the Month

The children and staff of 4RE have chosen the value Resourcefulness for February for the school. They would like to:

* Say “I can do it” instead of saying “I can’t do it” and they want to use resourcefulness to help them to do this;

* Be resourceful by recycling items used within school and at home;

* Work harder to look after the school resources;

* Be more creative in thinking of ways to solve problems.

As children develop Resourcefulness, they become better able to meet challenges in a variety of ways and they learn to trust their instincts and unique abilities. They acquire a positive attitude toward problem solving and mature into confident people. One of the best ways you can respond to a child’s questions is by saying, “I don’t know. How could we find the answer?” as this will encourage curiosity. Also, encourage exploration and value their varying ideas and opinions. Play games that can have different answers. Include “What if” questions in play. “What if we want to build a sand castle? How can me make the sand stick together better?” “What if we made designs on our castle, what could we use to make them?” Finally, play imaginative word games. For instance, devise ways to build a house if you landed on the moon. Or make lists of all the different and imaginative ways you could use a simple household item, like a leaf rake or a hand mixer. Enjoy wacky answers!

Any photographs, outside of school, which show your child developing one of the Sitwell Seven Values would be greatly appreciated and may feature in the next weekly newsletter.

Year 4 Weekly Newsletter Information

First of all, the Year 4 team would like to thank you for attending our museum last term. The children thoroughly enjoyed being able to take you round and share the work that they had done. I’m sure you will agree that they all did a fabulous job and produced work to a very high standard.

Spring Term – Week 8

This week, the children will begin reading their new book, ‘The Demon Dentist’. We’re certain that this will be a favourite of the year group due to the humour that is conveyed throughout. In guided reading sessions, the children will explore the characters and their characteristics. Further, in the children responses, we will be encouraging them use the ‘APE’ model, where they answer the question, prove it with a quotation and then explain what this implies or suggests. This is something that we have already started to work on.

In writing, the children will begin their work on explanation texts through identifying the structure and the language features that are used ( for example, first, next, then, finally and Specific and technical vocabulary found during research which helps describe what it looks like or how it works). In addition to this, the children will also be retrieving and recording information from non-fiction.

In maths, the children will return to place value, where they will be deepening their understanding through reasoning and problem solving.

In topic, the children will become scientists as they will be testing the effect of different liquids on egg shells before making connections on how these drinks affect our teeth. Another exciting activity will be brushing our teeth and then using a plaque disclosing tablet. Finally, the trip to Eureka will be an exciting end to the week.

Spring Term – Week 5

In English, the children will continue to read ‘The Saga of Erik the Viking’ where the children will develop their spotter (quick retrieval), clue finder (using the clues to explain and predict), chatterer (understanding vocabulary) and selector (why do you think the author has …?) skills. The children are becoming aware of these as they have accessed images to develop their understanding and the discussion that came from these was excellent and showed how the children are beginning to think when reading.

The children will continue to work on the new genre of historical narrative as they will identify the structure and the language used, before using non-fiction to retrieve and record key facts from the era. The children will then use these historical facts in their writing.

In maths, the children will develop their understanding of geometry. During the week, they will classify shapes based on their properties; work with angles, before moving onto co-ordinates.

The following page has information to help support your child. http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/shape_space/

In topic, children will develop their understanding of Vikings through looking at the beliefs and gods and will select their own way of representing this and continue with their making of their houses.

Year 4 Weekly Newsletter Information

Last week, the children showed an excellent attitude when completing their legend stories. Some of the sentences that they produced were excellent and showed ambition and creativity, drawing on the resources provided to help them with this. It was clear that they all had pushed themselves to achieve more than they previously had done.

Below are some of the weapons that were created during the previous week.

 

Viking Encounters

As part of our topic, ‘Traders and Raiders’, the library service visited us to share with us many artefacts and stories from the Viking era. The afternoon was highly informative and enjoyable as the children learnt about the role of women and how they cared for their home as well as learning about the men and how fearsome they really were. The afternoon also provided children to further develop the Sitwell Seven Values through being active listeners, asking questions to deepen their learning and using their imagination when exploring the artefacts. The children were fully engaged with the stories, and particularly enjoyed the story about Thor.

Spring – Week 1

The Year 4 team would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and trust that you have had an enjoyable holiday.

This week sees us start our new topic, ‘Traders and Raiders’, which focuses on the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. We’re certain that the children will become fully immersed in the topic and further develop their learning skills as well as historical knowledge.

In English, we will start reading ‘The Saga of Erik the Viking’ where the children will be prompted to ask questions to further their understanding, check that the book makes sense to them and develop their understanding of figurative language. As the book is a series of short stories, the children will also secure their understanding of the structure of a story.

In writing, the children will begin their learning on legends. Firstly, they will identify the features of a of a legend, develop their understanding of language before using drama as a way of developing their version, ‘The Sword in the Stone.’

In maths, children will develop their skills decimals through rounding to the nearest number and ordering. They will also divide numbers by 10 and 100, incorporating decimals, and explain the effect. Once they completed work in this area, they will move into converting between units of measurements and time.

In topic, we will begin with creating a timeline of significant events during the Anglo-Saxon period. For this activity, we will be encouraging the children to be creative in the way they present their information.

Autumn – Week 13

This week sees us making final preparations for the Christmas Concert, which the children are very excited about performing.

Away from Christmas rehearsals and performances, we will continue our work with playscripts where we will begin to write an alternative ending to Romeo and Juliet. The children will be encouraged to widen their vocabulary so that their stage directions are clear and precise as well as use varied sentence structures. We will also be reviewing the children’s spellings. The following website will help consolidate knowledge and skills from this week.

www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/spelling-and-grammar

In maths, children will consolidate their wok on decimals through rounding to the nearest number and ordering. They will also divide numbers by 10 and 100, incorporating decimals, and explain the effect.

Enterprise Week

For the Winter Fayre, children in Year 4 made bath bombs, inspired by our ‘Potions’ topic. This was an activity that they thoroughly enjoyed and allowed for all the Sitwell Seven values to be displayed. These are a few examples of how we showed these values: first of all, the children showed respect by looking after the environment and the resources and being an active listener. We showed resilience by sticking at the task despite the difficulties of us not being able to the mixture out of the mould. However, the value we showed the most was relationships as we had to work in a group, listening, communicating and trusting each other. We feel it was because of these skills that the baths bombs were a success.

Winter Displays

The children have worked extremely hard on their winter displays and because of this, the school environment looks fabulous. They have worked hard to develop all of the Sitwell Seven values whilst completing their winter work. The children have certainly taken responsibility for their own learning behaviour and have completed their writing and artwork to the best of their abilities. Also, they have used their imagination and have approached all challenges positively, despite, at times, finding things hard. Well done!

Value of the Month

The children and staff of 3SW have chosen the value Risk-taking for December for the school. They have tried to link this value to the festive celebrations that are coming up this month, and are going to use this value in the following ways:

* Readily trying new things, such as singing, and acting in the Christmas Performance;

* Taking thoughtful, smart risks;

* Meeting new work and concepts as a challenge.

To develop this value further at home, you can encourage them to try new things and as a family start a family adventure journal where your child records the adventurous things you have done together. You can also talk to your children about what it means to be afraid and how it is really great to try new things. When you notice they have taken a risk, point it out to them and see how their faces light up with just the notion that YOU noticed them being brave. Finally, try not to pass your fears onto them and encourage them to think independently.

Any photographs, outside of school, which show your child developing one of the Sitwell Seven Values would be greatly appreciated and may feature in the next weekly newsletter.

Autumn 2 – Week 12

In English, children will continue to read Romeo and Juliet where they will look at interesting words phrases that capture their imagination. They will then move onto looking at a playscript where they will look at the features and the structure in preparation for creating their own. Children will also begin to look at using apostrophes for plural possession. The following websites explains how apostrophes are used:

www.grammar-monster.com/lessons/apostrophes_show_possession.htm                 www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/en29punc-game-who-owns-what

In maths, we will continue to work on fractions through problem solving as well as moving onto developing their understanding of decimals where they will recognise decimal equivalents of ½, ¼ and ¾. The following websites contain information and games that will reinforce this understanding: www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/fractions/FractionsToDecimals.html www.amblesideprimary.com/ambleweb/mentalmaths/fracto.html

In topic, we will be preparing for the Winter Fayre through creating items to sell. The items will be closely linked to our topic this term and are something that the children will feel very proud of. Along with the children, we are very excited about this.

Autumn 2 – Week 11

Year 4 enjoyed the various activities focusing on their winter book. The children all produced a piece of writing and engaged with different art activities. The children displayed many of the Sitwell Seven, including responsibility where children took a great deal of pride in what they did; resilience as they stuck at tasks despite any difficulties that they encountered and reflection as they commented critically on what they had produced.

Autumn 2 – Week 10

In English, the children will begin to read ‘Romeo and Juliet’ where they will explore the characteristics of the characters through completing learning activities, such as a zone of relevance, creating links between the characters providing summaries. Further, they will also identify the structure through completing a summarising circle.

In maths, children will continue their work on fractions through solving problems as this will help embed the learning. In addition to this, the children will be learning the multiplication and division facts for the 7x tables. The website below provides good challenges to help with this:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

In topic, the children will begin to look at medicines and the history of anaesthetic and medicinal herbs. Further, the children will create digital images of condensation hearts. Each class will also begin their work based on a Winter picture book.

 

Value of the Month

The children and staff of 6JW have chosen the value Reflection for November for the school. They would like to:

* Comment critically on their learning and evaluate their strengths;

* Anticipate problems and ask enquiry questions;

* Organise their work and prioritise what needs to be done.

At home you can ask open-ended questions about your child’s experiences, encouraging them to think for themselves and discussing their ideas with you. Encourage your child to record their experiences as they happen, as it is sometimes difficult to remember events and activities. This is a great way to help them reflect and when the fun is over, you can sit down together and talk about the deeper meanings involved. Finally, encourage your child to make connections by making comments or asking questions that steer them in a certain direction. Encouraging them to think about thinking is called metacognition and helps your child to understand when and how to use certain thinking strategies, which will help them to handle life problems.

Any photographs, outside of school, which show your child developing one of the Sitwell Seven Values would be greatly appreciated and may feature in the next weekly newsletter.

Autumn 2 – Week 9

The children will continue to read ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ where they begin to list and discuss words and phrases that capture their imagination. It has been a pleasure to see how enthusiastic they are about reading this story.

In writing, they will write a letter that recounts the first anaesthetic. During the writing stage, we will look at building up a wider vocabulary so that the writing is more engaging.

In maths, children will begin their work on fractions where they will identify equivalent fractions, using diagrams, add and subtract fractions with the same denominator and solve problems where they have to calculate quantities.

In topic, we will read thermometers to check the temperature of water at different time intervals and design and create a molecular structure.

Roald Dahl Day

Last Wednesday, the children thoroughly enjoyed the Roald Dahl day where they learnt more about the famous author, designed a chocolate bar wrapper and created their own illustrations based on the style of Quentin Blake.

Autumn 2 – Week 8

The children will begin their new topic, Potions, this week by celebrating Roald Dahl during our engage day on Wednesday. Throughout the day, the children will take part in various activities, such as learning about Roald Dahl, designing a chocolate bar and doing watercolours in the style of Quentin Blake.

In English, we will start reading George’s Marvellous Medicine where the children will be encouraged to use dictionaries to identify the meaning of any that they are unfamiliar with. In English, we will use the ‘Drink Me’ scene from Alice in Wonderland to inspire us to write a set of instructions.  As with last term, the children will be encouraged to ensure that the spellings are accurate and that the presentation is to a high standard.

In Maths, we will begin our work on fractions through identifying and recognising equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator as well as calculating quantities of fractions.

In topic, we test the viscosity of liquid in an exciting experiment as well as improve our watercolour skills using images from ‘Potion Commotion’.

Sitwell Seven

At Sitwell Junior School, we focus on a set of shared values which help us to work with one another co-operatively and with respect. These values make our school community happy and harmonious, a fun place, where children feel secure. Our Values are important to all pupils, staff and parents.

The whole staff team and all pupils are involved in promoting values and recognising their positive effects around school. The values have been selected by pupils and staff as values which are important within the school community and which will be important throughout life.

We will ensure that our seven shared values known as ‘The Sitwell Seven’ are interwoven into the teaching and learning in order for children to make maximum progress as lifelong learners and thinkers. These are:

• Respect

• Responsibility

• Resourcefulness

• Resilience

• Reflection

• Risk Taking

• Relationships

To develop our Sitwell Seven Values further this year, each month one class of children will choose a value they would like to develop through school and at home.

Value of the Month

The children and staff of 4NE have chosen the value Responsibility for October for the school. They would like to:

* Complete work to the best of their ability, thinking carefully about presentation;

* Think more carefully about the decisions they make and how they affect other people around them.

At home you can give your child new responsibilities, for example being in charge of doing tasks around the house or looking after a pet or helping with a younger sibling. Talk to your child about how they are responsible for the choices they make with regards to how they treat others and think about the consequences of not taking their responsibilities seriously.

Any photographs, outside of school, which show your child developing one of the Sitwell Seven Values would be greatly appreciated and may feature in the next weekly newsletter.

 

School Displays

At Sitwell Junior School, we feel that displays should stimulate the children, support teaching and learning, acknowledge effort, celebrate achievement and value the work of all pupils. We like them to reflect the variety and diversity of our curriculum and we ensure a range of curriculum areas are reflected. We hope that our displays raise children’s self-esteem and communicate our ethos, including the Sitwell Seven values, to all who enter our school.

Below are the topics covered in Year 4;

I Am Warrior

Traders and Raiders – Traders and Raiders Long Term Plan

Burps, Bottoms and Bile

Potions – Potions Long Term Plan

Blue Abyss

If you would like to know more about any of the topics being covered then please request this from the class teacher.

Spellings

Do you want some engaging ways to help your child learn the tricky words for their year group?  Click on the link for lots of fun, downloadable resources.

spelling FUN

Exception Words Spelling Card

X TABLES FUN