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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4


Dear Parents,


I am wishing you all a warm welcome back after the 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 'Hunted'.



The first unit for this half term will be Folk Tales, we will read a combination of 'The Classic Tales of Beer Rabbit' by Joel Chandler Harris and 'The Brer Rabbit Collection' by Enid Blyton.  There will be a variety of opportunities to read, understand and dramatise the folk tales before writing.  By the end of the unit, children will create a narrative based on a folk tale.  The following unit of work is Debate, children will read and discuss a range of discussion texts then generate point and evidence statements for a formal debate.  At the end of the unit, children will write a discussion text around hunting.  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, please use the question stems to ask your children questions to check for understanding.  Also, ensure your child is learning their spellings for ten minutes daily. 



In Maths, our aim is to improve Maths Fluency, Reasoning and Problem Solving.  We do this through concrete, pictorial and abstract models.  Our units of work are Mass, Volume and Length, Area of Figures, Geometry, Position and Movement and Roman Numerals.  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 official Multiplication Tables Check on Wednesday 15th June, 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 Living Things and their Habitats (Biology).  By the end of the unit, children will be able to name living things in a range of habitats, give examples of how an environment may change both naturally and due to human impact and use classification keys when sorting living things.  To apply learning from this unit, children will work in pairs to gather research on an endangered animal, create a presentation and share with their peers.

Children will be expected to Work Scientifically by asking relevant questions, making observations, identifying similarities and differences, recording findings using scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, bar charts and tables. They must 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.



During this half term, children will learn about Ancient Egypt focusing on the key events that happened for example, the pyramids and great sphinx being built, hieroglyphics, King Narmer uniting Egypt and introducing the gods.  They will be able to timeline events and understand the importance of the River Nile and what it was used for.  By the end of the unit, children will enquire about the ways of life in Ancient Egypt.


Design Technology

In DT, children will make a vegetable raita to support a healthy diet.  They will create a vegetable raita by exploring existing products on the market and evaluating their aesthetic qualities.  The next step will consist of the children designing their vegetable raita and eventually the will make and evaluate their own product. 


Physical Education

P.E sessions will take place on a Thursday afternoon, our unit is a striking and fielding sport - Cricket.  The sessions will focus on developing and applying their fundamental movement skills of catching, overarm and underarm throw. They will also practice how to strike a ball.  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.  Now the weather is improving, children will complete more sessions outside therefore we advise trainers.  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 on Thursday afternoon, our unit for this half term is Keeping Safe.  Children will learn about negative pressure and how to manage it, keeping safe in our local environment and keeping safe online.  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.


Year 4 will be participating in an outdoor adventurous activity day at Hothersall Lodge on 16th June and visiting Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery on 20th June. 


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).