This week in Year 4 20/7/18

As we reflect on the final full week, we have really achieved a great deal.  The week began with our final swimming session at QMC.  The children have each been presented with a certificate showing the test they passed.  This should be read in conjunction with the accompanying booklet as this tells what each component of the test was.  It also shows what they need to aspire to in order to meet the requirements for the following test. Please look in bags for this.

Yesterday it seemed the whole school was on the move – in fact it was four classes.  We had fantastic help from our year 6 children and our own children were brilliant at ensuring the move went as smoothly as possible.  On Monday (as today) the children will go to where the teacher has moved.  It worked really well tonight.  Thank you.

You may have noticed that some of the Lost Property was put outside.  Some coats and jumpers were claimed but if you are missing anything, check the cloakroom boxes and the medical room.  We still have lots left!

In Assembly today, we thanked many parents who have helped us in so many ways this year.  We appreciate it isn’t always easy to attend so would like to extend our thanks to all who have helped and supported us this year.

Finally we would like to say thank you to the Year 4 children who have had a super year.  It has been a real privilege to work with them and watch them progress – not just in academic ways but also as people.  We look forward to watching them continue their learning journey in Year 5.  

The children deserve a holiday.  We hope you too have a good summer and look forward to seeing all the children in September.

With best wishes,

The Year 4 Teaching Team



This week in Year 4 13/07/18

This week has simply flown by.  We have had three lots of swimming and the progress the children have made throughout this block of lessons is fantastic. Some children have been introduced to swimming and have been really brave in conquering their fears.  Other children have been improving their swimming skills while others have been learning new strokes such as the corkscrew.  It has been hot walking to QMC but the children cannot wait to get into the water.  A huge thank you to everyone regarding swimming kit.  Nobody has forgotten in the last seven sessions.  The last session will be on Monday.

This week we have worked on our DT project and have designed a product to keep us safe on a bike, scooter or skateboard.  We then made a prototype and the ideas were highly imaginative!  No two were the same!  Finally we evaluated our finished item, thinking about our successes and how we overcame problems.

On Tuesday the children watched the Year 6 production of “Shakespeare Rocks”.  Some of you may have seen it if you have older children.  It was extremely enjoyable and shows the children that there are many talents in our school. Wednesday was great fun too.  Dressing in red and white or football kit to support England in the World Cup,was a really good shared experience for the children.

As we enter the last full week of the year, we hope that the children will look back on their varied experiences in Year 4 favourably.  We would also like to thank all of you for your support over the last year.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team 

This Week in Year 4 6/7/18

Today the children spent the morning in their new classes and with their new teachers.  All returned happily, having had a really positive morning.  Most of the children’s questions were answered but if you have a particular concern, please do get in touch. There will be an opportunity to meet new teachers (and present teachers) at next Wednesday’s Open Evening.  Please do come along.

The children have taken home a letter inviting you to attend a concert of brass instruments.  The children have been learning to play cornet, trombone etc this term.  This was very different to the skills needed for the violin and ukelele.  We think they have made real progress.  Please do come along on the 18th and have a listen!

Next week we are making our DT models of a safety feature for a skateboard or bicycle.  A letter for possible useful junk to come in has already gone home but we would be grateful for any items on Tuesday please.

Finally our block of swimming lessons are going really well.  The children are half way through their sessions.  Next week is going to be really busy , as swimming is on three times – Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  As it is still going to be hot, please could you send in a water bottle and a snack.

Enjoy the sunshine this weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team


This Week in Year 4 29/06/18

What a busy week this has been!  We started our block of swimming lessons at QMC this week in really hot temperatures.  The children have coped with this really well and are thoroughly enjoying improving their swimming skills.  There are three groups at the pool with the beginners and middle groups having teachers in the water with the children.  This has helped enormously with those children who were very nervous in water at the start of the initial session.  Thank you for sending in swimming kit – nobody has forgotten yet!  One request – several children have the same towels.  Please could you name them to avoid confusion.  A name on the small label is a tremendous help, especially when we are checking for lost items in the changing rooms before we leave. 

This week we have been continuing with our work on Goth Girl.  This novel has proved very popular and has given the children many opportunities to use their creative skills.  This week they have designed their own character in the style of Chris Riddell and are busy writing small booklets about them.  These will later be placed on the class bookcases for others to read.

Maths has been Fractions Madness!  We have been learning to use the Bar Model to find fractions of quantities.  Please ask your child to show you how they would find three quarters of 28 using the bar model!

It was lovely to see so many of you at the Summer Fete tonight.  The weather was perfect and a good time was had by all.  Thank you for your support.

Remember it is an INSET day on Monday but we look forward to seeing the children again on Tuesday.

Enjoy the sunshine,

The Year 4 Teaching Team


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