Christmas Fair:

This Friday, 6th December 3.30-5.00pm!!

Please Note:

There is a Bedford Borough camera monitoring parking on the yellow zig-zag lines. Stay safe.

Welcome to Falcons and Kestrels class

English

Year 4 gives pupils the opportunity to refine important English skills in writing for purpose, editing their own work, increasing their grammatical knowledge and developing word-power. This term, the pupils have written persuasive letters against deforestation and emotive narratives around the  theme of ecology. All writing tasks are modelled creatively and different stimuli used as a start point. A WAGGOLL (What a good one looks like) gives the children an aspirations example to work towards.

Reading takes place daily and gives a fantastic opportunity for pupils to read and analyse a text under instruction. We have been able to share some challenging texts, with historical  or scientific themes linked to our topics, in our sessions.

Regular reading out loud to an adult is still essential and is an homework expectation. It really useful to discuss the reading shared and encourage any inferential questions that the text might produce.

Reading materials are available at the school library, and in every classroom. In year 4 , the pupils have the responsibility of changing their books as they need, so that they always have something fresh and interesting to read.

We encourage children to use the spelling shed website at home. You can find a link to this at the bottom of the page.

Maths

Year 4 builds on key number skills with increasingly large numbers.

We consolidate understanding of place value in numbers up to 100 thousand and also in decimals using tenths and hundredths. We also introduce the concept of negative numbers.

This half-term we are demonstrating place value and calculations using concrete resources. This is to consolidate understanding of the exchange that happens when we record the calculation in columns so that children are increasingly able to do this independently.

Abstract ideas are always carefully supported through the use of concrete materials (Base 10, Numicon, cubes, fraction tiles), then pictorially represented (bar models, part-whole diagrams, number squares, number lines) and this dual coding ensures a strong understanding.

The pupils continue to use TT Rockstars to practise their times tables daily and we have a Friday Maths quiz where they try to increase their personal best score and win dojos. TT Rockstars should be used to practise at home. You can find a link to this at the bottom of the page. Paper copies of the recording sheets are available from the class teacher should you have any trouble accessing the online game.

 

PE

PE will be on Mondays and Fridays

Please ensure your child comes to school in P.E kit and that they have appropriate clothing for the colder weather. We ask that children wear non branded clothing in plain dark colours.

Homework

Please read with your child daily and sign their reading record. Spellings are handed out on a Wednesday and they are tested on the following Wednesday

Children are given a homework grid at the start of each half term and are expected to complete one task per week. A copy of this can be downloaded from the bottom of this page.