I am wishing you all a warm welcome back after the summer holidays. I hope I find you all well and rested after a challenging academic year. 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 MyMaths, PurpleMash, SPAG.com, Reading Plus and TTRS.
Our topic for this half term is 'Sparks Might Fly!'
The first unit for this half term will be Explanation texts, we will be reading numerous explanation texts including our class novel 'Until I Met Dudley' by Roger McGough then explaining how different appliances work. By the end of the unit, children will complete an explanation for how their invention works. The following unit of work is based on Film and Playscripts, where as a class we will read 'James and The Giant Peach' by the famous author Roald Dahl. Over the course of the unit, children will build up the skills to create a Playscript. All units will utilise the 'Talk for Writing' strategy of Imitate, Innovate and Invent.
Reading is a priority of ours at Brookhouse therefore we will have Whole Class Reading session everyday, where children are expected to read a range of texts and answer questions from all reading domains with a main focus on vocabulary. We will be continuing with the online reading resource called 'Reading Plus', children will use the resource in school and be encouraged to complete at home. It is imperative to support your child with reading and spellings at home 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 will be based on number, starting with place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, graphs, fractions, and time. 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 'Timetable Rockstars' and 'MyMaths', both website links can be located on the Website Star above.
In Science children will learn more about Physics - Electricity. By the end of the unit, they will be able to identify common appliances that run on electricity, construct simple series circuits, identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit and recognise some common conductors and insulators. Children will be expected to work scientifically by asking relevant questions, making observations, recording findings using scientific language, drawings and labelled diagrams, conducting research and reporting findings. Please encourage your child to learn their knowledge organiser which should assist them with their weekly quizzes.
In Design Technology, Children will create an electrical game to entertain KS2 pupils. They will design, make and evaluate their product. During the design phase children are to explore existing electrical games, experiment with a range of circuits and design an electrical board game. Once they have made their game, children will evaluate their product against their design brief.
P.E sessions will take place on Tuesday afternoon, our first unit is dance. 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. Some sessions will be conducted outside therefore trainers are advised. All jewellery must be removed, ensure earrings are taken out before the session or covered with plasters. Additionally, Year 4 pupils will take part in swimming lessons on Friday morning - the dry session will take place on the 10.9.21 and after that children will be back at the pool. Please make sure children have an appropriate swimming suit and a swimming cap.
Music lessons will be conducted weekly, our first unit of work is 'Happy', we will be utilising a music resource called Charanga in order to develop our musical abilities. Further on in the year, music lessons will be delivered by Bolton Music.
Sessions will take place in the morning, our first units are mental health and be kind. Well-being will continue to be a main focus. Children will have the opportunity to share and discuss any concerns or worries openly.
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.
Miss Martin (Class Teacher), Mrs Sheikh (Teaching Assistant) and Mrs Hussain (Special Support Assistant).