Welcome to the Year 4 class page!
Miss Booth will be the class teacher in Iris class along with Miss S and Miss Garb, who will be supporting. Miss Sparrow will be the class teacher in Crocus class along with Mrs Barker and Miss Veli who will be supporting.
In Iris class there are 14 boys and 13 girls. In Crocus class there are 15 boys and 9 girls.
Please familiarise yourselves with our classroom codes that we have agreed on and signed.
This is the Summer term timetable for Year 4. Please note that PE is on a Tuesday.
During the summer term, we will be learning all about Crime and Punishment. We will be delving into how the police force was started and how crime and punishment has changed in Britain over time. We will even be learning how to be a courtroom artist!
Keep looking back to see our work that we produce.
What a fantastic day we had in celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee! After learning all about her Majesty the Queen, we did craft activities where we made our own Jubilee crowns and flags, as well as word searches and colouring. We had a go at learning the National Anthem of the United Kingdom, and we watched a very exciting puppet show. That was just half of our day! We had an amazing time outside with all the fun of the fair! There was a bouncy castle, an inflatable slide, a Ferris wheel, a train, penalty shoot-out, bowling and a carousel! To top it off we all had some ice cream, yum!
May Day Celebrations
Year 4 had a fantastic day celebrating May Day! They have been working very hard to practise their poem, song and May Pole dance and all of their efforts could be seen by everybody who watched! A special well done to our lovely May Queen, the crowner, her two attendees and everybody who spoke, sang and danced so well during our ceremony. All of your teachers and parents were very proud!
At Riverview, we are celebrating Science Week! British Science Week is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths that will take place between 11-20 March 2022!
Dogs Trust Visit
Today, we were very lucky to have had a visit from The Dogs Trust, who came to tell us all about how to stay safe around dogs.
During the lesson, we played detectives! In the case study, a boy named Tom had been bit by a dog and we needed to try to work out who was responsible. We were shown photos of 6 dogs who were suspects in the case and at first, we talked about who we thought it was just by the photos. We discovered that this was very difficult, because looks and breed do not mean that a dog is less likely to bite and even very cute looking dogs can become aggressive.
Next, we looked at the stories of what Tom had been doing with the dogs. We found that with one, Tom had been having a noisy party and gave the dog a big hug on the way out. For another, Tom was stroking the dog whilst it was eating. For the next, Tom went to the dog when it wasn’t feeling well and was resting. The next dog scared Tom because it was excited, so Tom screamed, waved his arms and ran away from the dog. The fifth dog was holding a sock and Tom tried to get it out of its mouth and with the final dog, Tom put a party hat on its head, held its paws and tried to dance with it.
We concluded that Tom was responsible in all of these situations. Although he had not tried to be mean, he could have easily upset or scared the dogs. We realised that we should think very carefully about how we behave around dogs and even if we think we are doing something nice like giving them a hug, we need to remember how that might feel for the dog.
For World Book Day this year, year 4 dressed as characters from the book Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. All the children looked great in their costumes, so did the staff!
We spent the day visiting all the different classrooms and completed different activities from the different books. We had an amazing day.
Spring Term Topic
During Spring term, we are going to be exploring the exciting foods from all over the world in our new topic 'World's Kitchen!'
We will be looking at the book 'What's on your plate?' by Whitney Stuart, which takes us to many countries across the globe, showing us what different kinds of foods are grown and eaten in different countries!
We are even going to have a go at writing a persuasive letter to the kitchen staff at Riverview, to try to persuade them to cook our favourite lunch!
In our English lessons, we have been learning all about Haiku poems. We have learned that they follow a strict syllable format of 5-7-5 in which the first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables and the last line has 5 syllables. We had a go at writing our own and realised that, even though they are very short poems, they can be very tricky! We have, however written some amazing poems and we even had a go at performing our poems to the rest of the class.
We had a wonderful visit from the Winter Talk Programme. They came in to talk to us about healthy eating. We discussed what healthy eating is and what it does to our bodies to eat healthily.
We learnt all the different names of food groups as well as having a tasting session of lots of different fruits and vegetables. Some were lovely, some not so!
This term Year 4 will be completing PE with Burton Albion which will be on a Tuesday afternoon. Burton Albion will be completing a range of different activities that will be fun as well as enabling a lot of different skills to be learnt.
Here is an overview of what the children in year 4 will be working on this summer term.
This term the children will…
The children in year 4 will start the term developing their vocabulary of hobbies and other activities. They will work on constructing sentences to be able to express choices and to justify them. This will be achieved through various activities that aim to develop all areas of the language. such activities will include songs (from’salut’), games/activities that will require oral peer interaction, videos od French children demonstrating, written tasks and short reading/comprehension tasks.
Following on from that and still building on the main topic of ‘all about me’, the children will build up vocabulary on the topic of ‘where I/we live’ and expand their knowledge of the Francophone world by doing research on the geography and ‘French’ cultural world as well as map work.
We have recently introduced a Star writer award in school. This is a way to award a star in our class who has blown us away with some exceptional writing!
Animals including Humans
We have had lots of fun in our latest science topic 'Animals including humans'. We have taken a journey through the human digestive system, discovering what happens to food after we swallow it. We found out that digestion starts with the saliva in our mouths! It travels down the oesophagus, into the stomach and then on to the intestines!
We have looked at the different types of human teeth and why we have them. We found that the incisors are at the front of the mouth, which are good for biting and cutting food. We have canines which are used for ripping and tearing food and then our pre-molars and molars are used for crushing and grinding food. Finally, we looked at wisdom teeth. We aren't sure why some people have them, but it's okay, because the scientists don't know for sure either!
Then, we explored some of the many different food chains which exist in the animal kingdom. We talked about there being a ‘producer’ which is usually a plant such as grass. Next, there is a ‘primary consumer’ which is usually a herbivore that eats the plant such as a cow, and then there is a ‘secondary consumer’ which is an omnivore or a carnivore that eats the primary consumer, such as humans.
Our Topic for the Autumn term was all about the Romans. We loved all of our exciting lessons we had with this topic.
We have been learning lots of different things about the Romans. We have learnt about where they came from and where they invaded by learning about the different continents and countries. We have also learnt about the different artefacts and resources they bought with them that we still use now.
One thing that we have learnt is that the Romans did not have cameras like we do now and their way of recording battles and significant events was to make mosaics. The Romans made all sorts of different mosaics including patterns, battles and people.
We then had the opportunity to design and make our own mosaic! At times it became very messy but we were resilient and are very proud of the end results.
At River View we take bullying very seriously and with Anti-bullying week being this week we took the opportunity to base our learning around this as much as possible.
We started the week off by wearing odd socks and our English learning was based on the book Monty the Manatee where we wrote a diary entry based on the character. Our afternoon lessons saw us become creative and we created a picture from the book while placing anti bullying words around it.
On the Thursday we had an anti-bullying workshop where we performed a lot of role play situations on the topic. We learnt how to be an anti-bullying hero if we were to ever find ourselves in this situation. We had a great week!
Last half term, Year 4 took part in Forest School activities every Friday. Year 4 were very excited about this, click on each subsection to find out what we have been learning.
Children in Year 4 now have to take an online Multiplication Tables Check (MTC), which is designed to determine whether Year 4 pupils can fluently recall their multiplication tables (times tables). Pupils will have less than 5 minutes to complete 25 questions and each question has to be answered in 6 seconds. I know it doesn't sound very long but there are lots of websites that imitate how the test will be to allow children to familiarise themselves before summer term.
TT Rockstars: https://ttrockstars.com/
This website is great in general for practising times tables but the SOUNDCHECK tournament imitates the Multiplication Tables Check, which is perfect for practising answering questions in 6 seconds.
Please note that the keypad in the check will not be inverted so please go to settings and change it so the keypad is not inverted (the 3 button is in the top right corner).
This is another great website to help you practise for the Multiplication Tables check.
Whenever we use computers, iPads, tablets or mobile phones, we will be following our 5 SMART rules…
Safe: We are careful and do not give out personal information about yourself or anyone else when chatting or posting online.
Meeting: We know that meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous, so it’s not a good idea. We only meet someone with your parents’ or carer’s permission and even then, only when they are with us. We always remember that online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
Accepting: We understand that accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems—they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
Reliable: When we chat online, we know it is best to only chat to real world friends and family members. Sometimes, people online might lie about who they are. We always check information found on the internet because it might not be true. We use other websites and books to do this.
Tell: We always tell a parent, carer, trusted adult or phone Childline if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online. We know that we can always report to CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command) if we are worried about online abuse or the way that someone is chatting online. https://www.ceop.police.uk/ceop-reporting/
Good to be Green
Our 'Richer' values are of great importance and everyone in the school - children and staff- are encouraged to follow them at all times.
C - Caring
H - Helpful
E - Equality
R - Resilience
The children who choose to use their 'Richer' values and receive less than three red cards in one half term are invited to attend a Good to be Green Party. Check back at the end of each half term to view our pictures!
Merry Christmas Year 4!