St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School - Wetherby

St Sebastian

Our class saint is St Sebastian. He is the patron saint of soldiers and athletes and represents great strength. He serves as an excellent role model for the children in year 4.

Summer 2

Wow! I can’t believe how quickly this year has flown! 7 more weeks before our children move into Upper KS2! It’s going to be a fantastic last half term together.

RE

This half term year 4 will be learning about the ‘Belonging to the Church’.

This covers a variety of aspects, including what belonging to a community means and the different types of communities around the world. We will also be learning about Baptism in more detail than before and how we can live out the Creed in everyday life.

English

Our main focus for this half term is to encourage as much planning, drafting and writing as possible, to help give the children opportunity to practise all the skills they have learned this year. We will be doing persuasive writing, persuading others to visit places around the world, as well as writing recounts of some exciting scenes from last year’s Tour de France. It should be a fantastic way to end the children’s last half term as year 4’s!

Maths

This half term, Year 4 will be moving onto shapes, symmetry, charts and graphs. This is always a refreshing topic as it is a lot more visual (and hands on) than topics such as multiplication and division. We will be learning about different types of charts and graphs for continuous and discrete data, which will involve using our previous measuring skills to input our own data. We will also be learning about classifying different shapes and using Venn and Carroll diagrams to do so. This will be especially important for our shape treasure hunts which will take the children around the school grounds trying to solve the different questions using their Maths skills!

Science

In Science we will be revisiting all previous Topics, creating some exciting experiments for each topic, and collecting data to draw results and conclusions from. The children are going to use their imagination as well as scientific skills to try and find answers to very important questions, such as, What is the best way to insulate a sound to stop it being heard? The children are going to love it!

Topic

This half term, the children will be learning all about Le Tour de France. They will be learning all about the race and writing about some of the drama that unfolds. They will also be learning about the Ardèche region and our Twinning town Privas. They will be given the opportunity to showcase some of their artistic talents using block letter printing techniques to create adverts for Le Tour to send to our twin school in Privas.

 

Summer 1

RE

This half term year 4 will be learning about the ‘Mission of the Church’.

This covers a variety of Bible stories including when the Holy Spirit came to the disciples at Pentecost. We will also be learning from Peter and how he spread the story of Jesus and the word of the Lord to others. We will be trying to replicate Peter’s attitude to spreading faith in our school.

English

This half term our English work topic will be based on Oliver Twist. We will be focussing on a variety of things, including more complex grammar aspects such as co-ordinating and subordinating conjunctions. I know the children really enjoyed last half term’s performance of Oliver Twist, so we will be basing some of our work around it and unpicking some of the features from the text. We will also be looking at the correct use of inverted commas during direct speech, as we need to revisit this.

Maths

This half term, the children will be learning and experimenting with different measures. We will be learning about different types of measures for: length, area, perimeter and capacity. We will also be learning how to convert these measures into different units. This will be especially important for our measure treasure hunts which will take the children around the school grounds trying to solve the different conversions using their Maths skills!

Science

In science we will be focussing on the topic of Electricity- shocking! We will be learning about how electricity passes through some objects. The children will learn about which materials are conductors and which are insulators and how we can tell the difference before moving on to building electrical circuits.

Topic

Year 4’s topic will be all about Wetherby. The children will be learning all about the geography and history of Wetherby and will be learning about what makes Wetherby special. If you have any historical photos or anything you may find interesting regarding the history or geography of Wetherby then please don’t hesitate to bring your artefacts in to class for the children to see! The children will be researching Wetherby and will be pitching their group-designed presentations to the class to convince us why Wetherby is such a great place to live. We will also be taking a trip to Wetherby town centre, to take photos to inspire some artwork based on Monet.

Spring 2

RE

This half term the children have been learning about Jesus the saviour.

We are looking at how Jesus was human as well as God by discussing the aspects of both. For example, Jesus was like a human as he was raised as a normal child and loved playing with his friends. He was also God as he could perform miracles such as; healing the sick and turning water into wine.

English

This half term our English work topic will be based around famous people, including one of Britain’s craziest speed freaks – Guy Martin! We will be focussing mostly on diary writing and trying to understand some of their features. The children wrote some outstanding myths last half term and I am sure they will not disappoint when it comes to writing diary entries this half term! Furthermore, we will be continuing to look at some more complex grammar elements such as using apostrophes correctly. The children’s hard work in grammar has really been paying dividends! We have already written a fact file on Guy Martin and we will be watching a fierce battle between him and his fellow rival at a recent Moto GP.

Maths

This half term, the children will be working primarily on basic fractions and fractions of quantity. We will look at mental methods for calculating fractions as well as practising some trickier questions involving addition and subtraction.

We will also be continuing to focus on worded problems; to become fluent in their language and to become experts at how to solve them.

I will now be uploading Maths papers we have completed in school for your child to practise at home with you. This will be very beneficial if your child would like more practise on a particular aspect of Maths, or they would just like some more test experience!

Science

In Science this half term we are looking at sound. This is such a great topic for the children as they can experiment with different musical instruments and see how they create sounds. We have also been learning about pitch and volume and how we can change these on the guitar. We will be creating our own string telephones over the coming weeks to show how sound travels through solids as well as liquids and gases.

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We are carrying on with our rockets topic this half term which will see us developing and launching our own prototype rockets into the stratosphere. We will be refining our prototypes until they are optimised for height and distance. We will also be inviting year 4 to watch the iMax 3d version of a documentary film set on the iSS for inspiration!

We all had a brilliant time at the National Media Museum. The iMax film  – Space Station was incredible! Every child thoroughly enjoyed seeing the astronauts and their belongings floating through the air in zero gravity. They all really felt that they were in the space station with them thanks to their 3D glasses.

Spring 1

RE

This half term the children have been learning about Jesus the saviour.

We are looking at how Jesus was human as well as God by discussing the aspects of both. For example, Jesus was like a human as he was raised as a normal child and loved playing with his friends. He was also God as he could perform miracles such as; healing the sick and turning water into wine.

English

We have been playing a plural and possessive game in English to test each other’s understanding. Each player used a counter and moved up the board if they explained whether the sentence was plural or possessive correctly.

This half term, we have been learning about formal and informal letters and their features. We have been looking at different styles of letters and trying to incorporate these styles into our own writing. Complaint letters have been a big focus for us. We have been learning all about the style of writing required to receive adequate compensation for our misfortune!

Christmas has arrived extremely quickly again! Year 4 have been learning all about poetry alongside the festivities. Limericks and their features has been a focus for us. We have created our own limericks based on some of the famous poets like Edward Lear.

One of my favourites has been created by Johnnie. I love the Yorkshire slang twist on the poem –

There was once a man from Yorkshire,

Who really loved to talk t’ya

He loved to ride his bike,

He had a friend called Mike

Watch out if he comes towards ‘ya.

Maths

Autumn 2 is an exciting one as far as Maths is concerned. The children in year 4 will be solidifying their understanding of addition and subtraction methods, including some new mental methods to increase their calculation speed.

Written methods are always important in Maths when we need to solve complex questions without a calculator. Column addition and subtraction have been a huge focus for us this half term, so the children feel more comfortable when tackling difficult addition and subtraction questions during tests.

Year 4 are always practising worded questions using the RUCSAC method, as these are prominent in the new curriculum. A link to the RUCSAC method will be in the link section on this page.

Science

Science is always a fun and exciting subject in year 4, but this half term’s topic is especially so!

Year 4 have been learning about ‘Animals including Humans’ which covers a broad range of subjects including; food chains, digestion and teeth.

We have been recording data surrounding other children’s baby teeth and adult teeth. The children used mirrors to count their teeth and record the number in a chart. They then compared their amount with others in the class.

The children have also been learning about the in’s and out’s of the digestive system – literally! We have been looking at what happens to our food from start to finish in detail.

We even made our own interpretations of the digestive system using junk.

 A woman carrying her shopping whilst digesting. Nice!

If you have any objects/pictures relating to the topic, please don’t hesitate to bring them in to school. The children always love to have real-world artefacts to look at and personal objects/pictures are always exciting for the children!

BBC bitesize has some excellent activities and games that you can access with your children if you wish to help them further with the topic.

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Carrying on from our brilliant road building and role plays; Year 4 have been continuing with our exciting Romans topic.

This half term, the children will be learning all about Roman Gods and Roman Mosaics. Year 4 now know what sort of person used to have fancy Mosaics in their properties.

Using the same sort of natural, earthy colours that the Romans used, the children created their own mosaics in a similar style.

Lulu's great Mosaic!

Lulu’s great Mosaic!

Spellings

The 21st century is truly upon us at St Joseph’s now our spellings have moved into the digital world. All year 4 and personalised spellings are available on Spellodrome for the children to practise in a variety of fun and unique ways. The children access Spellodrome via their Mathletics usernames and passwords. Spellodrome has become compulsory homework, so it is vital that Parents encourage their children to complete the homework.

Autumn

 RE

This half term in RE, Year 4 will be learning all about the concept of ‘trust’. We will be learning about what it means to trust someone and how we should put our trust in God. We will also be learning about the Advent story and how Mary and Joseph had their trust in God during that special time.

We have been designing our own personalised Advent wreaths this half term, using colours, shapes and symbols to explain what Advent means to us.

What a superb example!

What a superb example!

Useful Links

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/living_things/

http://www.showme.com/sh/?h=ofovgNE – RUCSAC Method demonstrated on video.

Past Test papers for practising at home

Year 4 number and place value test.