Year 4 Teaching Team
Mrs Doherty (Teacher) Mrs Cooney (TA)
I would like to welcome you and your children to Year 4. The children have settled into Year 4 really well already and I am excited to see how they grow and develop over the coming year. There are a lot of exciting challenges and experiences ahead of us, including an exciting visit to Coombe Abbey where the children will do a river study, taking our learning beyond the classroom. We are looking forward to a busy and enjoyable year.
Children will take part in daily maths and spelling lessons. They will also have grammar, reading, computing, RE, PE, science and French lessons throughout the week. All other subjects will be taught through our Knowledge Rich Projects: Misty Mountain, Winding River, Invasions and finally Ancient Civilisations. These projects allow children to develop their knowledge and skills in a creative and engaging way.
Your child will be given the opportunity to choose a reading book to take home each Tuesday and Friday. Please try to listen to your child read for 10 minutes every night and write a comment in your child’s reading record. This will really help your child to become a confident, fluent reader. Mrs Petrucci and I will write comments in the reading record to help you and your child know what they need to do to develop their reading skills. Another important skill is to be able to recall all the facts in the multiplication tables up to 12 x 12. Practise reciting your tables as often as you can!
PE days will be Wednesdays and Fridays, children should come to school wearing the St Anne's school PE Kits. This must be plain navy tracksuit bottoms or shorts (depending on the weather, we do try and take the children outside as much as possible). These should be paired with a branded St Anne's PE top & hoodie.
We have many opportunities planned to engage and excite the children to help them enjoy all of their learning. I look forward to you sharing in those times and I am really looking forward to getting to know you and your children this year.
If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to talk to me.
You will be able to see overviews of what the children will be learning below. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
What an amazing day! Year 4 enjoyed a day at Conkers. They did a bush craft activity, where they built dens. They then learned how to build a fire and toasted marshmallows. After this, they experienced the 4D animated movie. This was followed by a well deserved lunch. Finally, they experienced a Barefoot Walk. All children were fantastic and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. I couldn't be more proud!
Today, the children explored how sound travels, using string telephones. They used different materials and different sized cups and compared the clarity of the sounds. Why not make some at home? The children had great fun - a fantastic idea for something to do on 'Ditch the Device Day'.
This week, our task was to read and follow instructions: How to Mummify Fruit. This links beautifully to our topic work exploring ancient Egypt. Next, we will write our own set of instructions. We were excited to see the results, which you can see below.
Today we had a visit from the West Midlands Fire Service. The children learned about how quickly a fire can spread and what to do in the event of a fire. The children were prompted to check they have working smoke alarms fitted at home.
To book a free safety check in your home by your local firefighters, freephone 0800 389 5525 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit: https://www.wmfs.net/event-type/open-days/ for details of open days at the Binley Fire Station.
Today we enjoyed a day of prayer and thanksgiving for God's creation with the help and guidance of Dan and Emily. Our focus was Brother Air and Brother Wind. We wrote prayers to thank God for his gift of creation.
Today, Year 4 learnt how to construct electrical circuits. They used wires, lamps, cells. switches, buzzers and motors. They investigated what happened when they introduced a second lamp to their circuit.
During our class prayer time today, we focused on the first two station's of the cross.
We asked the Lord to fill us with His love.
We hope you can join us next time.
Today, Year 4 were lucky to meet Joe, who is a history enthusiast.
He shared his expert knowledge of Anglo-Saxons. He explained the tools and weapons used in battle as well as clothes and objects used in everyday life during that time.
Joe was an excellent presenter and we enjoyed listening to him and exploring the artefacts.
Today, our class liturgy team planned and led our prayer time. The theme was 'Truth'. We responded by thinking of how we can please God today.
We are investigating how different liquids effect our teeth. We have placed eggs in different liquids and will observe any changes. One set of eggs are covered in toothpaste. We want to see what effect toothpaste has on our teeth. Check back next week for an update on our findings.
As promised...here are our results.
We found that the egg shells were affected by different liquids in different ways. Vinegar damaged the egg shell the most, making the shell soft. Acidic liquids did the most damage. Water did not change the egg shell in any way. Toothpaste, helped to prevent the shell from staining.
We started our topic, 'Misty Mountain, Winding River', with an exciting visit to Coombe Abbey. This was so we could develop our field study skills by measuring the flow of the River Smite. We also explored the physical features of a river. In the afternoon, we developed our science skills through a pond dipping activity, where we used a key to help us identify creatures found in the water.
We just LOVE TO READ! We were so excited to be given the chance to read these lovely new books as part of the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards. Once we have read them we have been asked to vote for our favourite book. The web address is: www.coventry.gov.uk/bookawards.
Today, Archbishop Bernard led us in praying The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary. We will continue to pray the rosary throughout the month of October.
As part of our topic, 'Misty Mountain, Winding River', we used information texts to research the name and location of significant mountains of the world. We then used an atlas to help locate them on a map and the continent on which they are found.