Summer Holiday:

See our ‘Letters’ page for a list of fun activities for all the family!

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 strengthening pupils’ understanding of number and applying knowledge to practical situations in measure and statistics.

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

This half-term has seen us building lots of knowledge around partial numbers and using fractions to represent these. We can recognise and calculate equivalent fractions and relate these to their decimal equivalents.

Pupils are encouraged to use more  succinct written methods for calculation, so addition and subtraction both use a column method. Abstract ideas are always carefully supported through the use concrete materials (Dienes, Numicon, cubes, fraction tiles), then pictorial representation (bar models, number squares, number lines) and this dual coding ensures a strong understanding.

The pupils continue to use TT Rockstars to practise their times tables and have a Friday Maths quiz where they try to increase their personal best score and win dojos. TT should be used to practise at home a couple of times a week. You can find a link to this at the bottom of the page. Paper copies of the TT recording sheets are available for 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 ? and they are tested on the following ?

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.