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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4


Dear Parents,


I am wishing you all a warm welcome back after the Christmas holidays.  I hope I find you all well and rested.  In year 4, we will revise our school values of Respect, Good Manners, Patience, Perseverance and Honesty.  We will continue with our 'Brookhouse Monsters University' rewards scheme to acknowledge positive attitudes and behaviours that are consistent with our values.  If your child is in the winning team, they will celebrate with a party at the end of term.  Homework will be collected in on a Wednesday to be marked and returned by Friday.  There will also be online tasks to complete on PurpleMash,, Reading Plus and Times Tables Rockstars.


Our topic for this half term is 'The Art of Food'.



The first unit for this half term will be Persuasion, we will view persuasive adverts and read numerous persuasive texts.  There will be a variety of writing opportunities based on persuasion.  By the end of the unit, children will create a persuasive advert or leaflet which includes pronouns, persuasive devices and the use of appropriate persuasive language.  The following unit of work is based on stories with Issues and Dilemmas, as a class we will read and discuss a range of issues and dilemmas, our class novel is 'Woof!' by Allan Ahlberg.  At the end of the unit, children will write a story with an issue and dilemma based on Wallace and Gromit 'A Matter of Loaf and Death'.  All units will utilise the 'Talk for Writing' strategy of Imitate, Innovate and Invent.  

Reading is a priority of ours at Brookhouse therefore Whole Class Reading sessions take place everyday, where children are expected to read a range of texts and answer questions by summarising, retrieving, making inference and explaining.  We also have a specific focus on vocabulary.  In school, we will continue to use the online reading resource called 'Reading Plus' and encourage children to complete lessons at home.  It is imperative for you to support your child with reading and spellings for ten minutes daily. 



Our Maths No Problem scheme allows children to learn practically with resources alongside concrete, pictorial and abstract models.  Our aim is to improve Maths Fluency, Reasoning and Problem Solving.  Our units of work are Multiplication and
Division, Graphs, Fractions, and Time.  They will then learn to apply this knowledge to Reasoning and Problem Solving by using the QUACK method.  Please encourage your child to practice their timetables up to 12x tables as they are required to complete the Multiplication Tables Check towards the end of the year, to see if their knowledge is at expected level.  During the Multiplication check, children will have 25 questions to answer with only 6 seconds per question.  In order to aid them with this, your child can use Times Tables Rockstars and the maths area on Purple Mash, both website links can be located on the Website Star above.



In Science children will learn about Teeth and Digestion.  By the end of the unit, they will be able to identify teeth and their function, sequence the main parts of the digestive system and know what happens in each part of the digestive system.   Children will then learn more about animals and be able to name producers, predators and prey within a habitat and construct food chains.

Children will be expected to Work Scientifically by asking relevant questions, making observations, identifying similarities and differences, recording findings using scientific language, drawings and labelled diagrams, use scientific evidence to answer questions or support their findings and provide oral and written explanations for findings.  Please encourage your child to learn their knowledge organiser which should assist them with their weekly quizzes.


Art and Design

In art we will be looking at the famous French artists Paul Cezanne and Pierre Renoir.  We will explore their work, conduct research on their lives and create still life paintings in their style.  By the end of the unit, children will produce creative work, improve their mastery of Art and Design techniques whilst creating fruit or vegetable sculptures using clay.


Physical Education

P.E sessions will take place on a Thursday morning, our unit is Gymnastics.  The sessions will be delivered by a trained gymnastics coach.  Please ensure your child comes into school wearing their full P.E kit.  The kit should include a yellow P.E top with the school's logo matched with black shorts, joggers or leggings and black pumps with the school jumper or cardigan over the top.  All jewellery must be removed, ensure earrings are taken out before the session or covered with plasters.



Music lessons will be delivered weekly by Bolton Music, children will learn to play musical instruments, starting with the recorder. 



Sessions will take place in the morning, our unit for this half term is Families and Friends.  Children will learn about what makes positive and healthy relationships.  Well-being will continue to be a main focus, children will have the opportunity to share and discuss any concerns or worries openly. 


Oracy - Voice 21

As a school we are developing our Oracy, learning through talk and learning to talk.  Across the curriculum we are providing opportunities for discussion, children take on a range of roles and follow our Y4 discussion guidelines.


If you have any queries, do not hesitate to discuss these with us at the end of the school day or arrange an appointment through the school office.


Thank you for your support.


Yours Sincerely,


Miss Martin (Class Teacher), Mrs Sheikh (Teaching Assistant) and Mrs Hussain (Special Support Assistant).