Beech Tree Class Blog 2020-2021
(Click above to discover what we've been up to!)
Year 4 Beech is taught by Mrs Cahill and Mrs Waddilove-Carr with support from Miss Sanderson. We are more than happy to talk with you about any queries or concerns but please be aware that we will be adhering to social distancing.
Curriculum overview: Summer 2021
- Topics: We'll be finishing off our topic on 'Volcanoes and Fossils', before moving on to 'Stone Age to Iron Age'.
- English: Persuasive texts, stories with issues and dilemmas, instructions and diaries. Our class reader will be the wonderful ‘Stig of the Dump' by Clive King.
- Maths: Calculation methods, problem solving, decimals, statistics, time, shape, mass and capacity.
- Science: Sound and plants
- Computing: Spreadsheets and graphing
- Music: Rhythm and chime bars (specialist music teacher); Songs with morals
- Art & DT: Artwork linked to Stone Age topic
- History: Developing chronology and enquiry skills through the study of early history.
- PE: Skipping, cricket and swimming (Year 4 only)
- RE: What do Christians believe about a good life?; What do creation stories tell us?
- French: Body parts; Months of the year.
It was wonderful to be able to catch up with parents and carers over the phone at the last Parents' Evening. The children have all been working hard and have settled in really well, so it was great to share the good news and to receive positive feedback from families! Many of you have asked how you can support your child's learning at home, so I'd like to reiterate some of the resources and strategies available...
MATHS: Hit the Button, TT Rockstars and Mathletics are all fabulous websites. Quickfire mental maths is one of the areas that has been hardest hit by the lockdown, so any extra addition / subtraction or multiplication / division questions will provide a big boost.
If you'd like to download Times Tables Awards practice sheets, you can click below...
Don't forget, this summer Year 4 will be taking part in the MTC - the new Multiplication Tables Check introduced by the government. They will be expected to know ALL times tables at speed!
SPELLING: Every child has a password for the Rufford Park Spelling App in the back of their reading record (they can log-in from this page). I'd recommend Word Walls 2, 3 and 4 as the most useful activities. We will send Word Wall scores home so children can personalise and optimise their practise sessions.
READING TIP: The children who make the best progress with their reading often have two things in common... they read for pleasure and also experience regular 'book chat' with an adult. Discussing vocabulary and comprehension (e.g. "How do you think the character is feeling?"... "Why do you think the character did that?"... "What do you think will happen next?") can make a huge difference!
Feel free to contact me via the school office if there's anything else I can do to support your child's learning!
Spellings - Children will be given spellings each Friday and tested the following Thursday. They can access the weekly spellings on our Spelling App by logging in on this page and clicking on 'Year 4'.
Maths/English - Children will be given a piece of homework every Friday. This must be completed and handed in by the following Thursday.
Reading books will be changed on Mondays and children with shorter books will be given two to read. Children should bring their reading book to school each day and hand it in. This year, reading records will stay in school over the weekend. Please remember to record all your child's reading and sign their red reading record each time they read to an adult or independently. Children are expected to read at least 3 times a week, however those who make outstanding progress often read 5 or more times! Regular and extra reading may just impress enough for a house point!
Children should aim to be fluent in all their times tables by the end of Year 4. Websites to help them with this are listed below:
To prepare for the statutory Y4 test at the end of the year, children may wish to practise using this website, which will be close to their experience in the Summer term:
This half term, we have P.E on Mondays and Thursdays. Please ensure your child arrives at school in their full kit on P.E days. Earrings should be removed or taped over on these days for safety reasons.