Year 4

Welcome to Year 4

 Steph Pounder Matt Standen Robert Barber

Ms Roberts - Heather Class
Mrs Pounder - Heather Class
Mr Standen - Clover Class
Mr Barber - Year 4 Teaching Assistant

 
 

A Very Warm Welcome to Year 4

Welcome back to the final half term of the year. We hope that you are all well rested and are ready for an action-packed 7 weeks! Along with our Hathersage residential, and our multiplication tables check we are really excited to jump into teaching and learning with our amazing geography led topic:

“Why did Beeston flood in 1947? How can we stop it happening again?”

 

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This half term the children will be exploring the geography and science that helps us to understand rivers. They will studying the water cycle, the joruney of a river from source to sea, as well as how humans have learned to live with and utilise rivers for. We will be using the 1947 flooding of the River Trent as a stimulus for our learning. In DT they will link their learning to this by constructing mini flood defences. We will be using our class novel and local visit to the Beeston canal and river trest to help us to write our flood reports and poems about rivers and water. 

Our class novel this half term is 'Song of the River' by Gill Lewis, a fantastic, heart-felt story which reflects the power of Cari’s emotions as she comes to terms with the loss of her dad and her new life in the countryside through the power of the river near her.

 

Song of the River by [Gill Lewis, Zanna Goldhawk]

 Times are tough for Cari and her mum. A violent storm has flooded the valley where they live, destroying their home and café business.

Things seem bleak – but hope appears in the form of a plan to reintroduce beavers into the area, as the changes that these amazing animals make to the waterways might prevent another flood.

Cari knows that she has to get involved. But with the project facing resistance from locals, can she convince them to give the beavers a chance – and will it be enough to save her home from being destroyed for a second time?

 

Over the half term, we will also be learning:  

o   MATHS - Times tables, money and time

o   SCIENCE - The water cycle

o   COMPUTING - Programming and coding algorithms to create games on Scratch

o   GEOGRAPHY - Rivers

o   DT - Desiging flood defences

o   SPANISH - Days of the week, months of the year and how to say when our birthdays are  

o   PSHE - Relationships

o   PE - Athletics and swimming

We will continue to ask the children to read three times a week at home and to practise their spelling weekly. These will be given each Wednesday and tested the following Wednesday. 

 

Key Dates for Spring 2

Tuesday 7th June 2022

Trip to Beeston Canal and River Trent

Wednesday 8th June 2022

Class Photographs

13th-17th June 2022

Hathersage Week

 Heather Mon - Wed. Clover Wed - Fri

Friday 24th June 2022

Sports Day

 

Friday 1st July 2022

Trust INSET day

 

13th - 15th July 2022

Transition days

 
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PE and Swimming

In the Summer term, PE takes place on Wednesday whilst we are going swimming each Thursday afternoon. Please could all children wear their PE kits to school on Wednesday but bring swimming kit on Thursdays. PE kits consist of PLAIN black shorts or jogging bottoms, PLAIN white t-shirt, and trainers. Children should wear their school jumper too. Please see the timetable for this half term below:

 

Week Commencing 

6th June

13th June

20th June

27th June

4th July

11th July

18th July

Clover

PE Wednesday

Swim Thursday 

 PE Wednesday

Swim Thursday

PE Wednesday

Swim Thursday

Sports day Friday

PE Wednesday

Swim Thursday

PE Wednesday

Swim Thursday

PE Wednesday

Swim Thursday

PE Wednesday

Swim Thursday

Heather

PE Wednesday

Swim Thursday 

PE Wednesday

Swim Thursday 

PE Wednesday

Swim Thursday 

Sports days Friday

PE Wednesday

Swim Thursday 

PE Wednesday

Swim Thursday 

PE Wednesday

Swim Thursday 

PE Wednesday

Swim Thursday

Homework in Year 4

Each week, we ask that all children read with somebody at home at least three times a week. This could be any adult or an older sibling or friend. Please sign their diary and add a comment. Every little bit of reading really does help children on the learning journey. We also ask that the children practise their weekly spellings which can be found below. We conduct a spelling quiz each week, and these words form part of our English teaching for the week. A vital aspect of Maths is that the children have a secure recall of times tables so we ask that they spend some time each week on TT Rockstars practising these. We also have half-termly homework challenges to complete with children being rewarded for their efforts of going above and beyond by up-levelling to a bronze, silver or gold card!

 

Check out our class blogs to see what we've been doing in school!

Clover

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Heather

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  • Week beginning 13th June

    This week has been dominated by our Hathersage trip! If you'd like to read and see more about it, go to: https://johnclifford.school/parents/notices/hathersage-2022-updates

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  • Trip to Beeston Canal and Lock

    On Tuesday (7th June) Year 4 had the most incredible day exploring Beeston Canal and the area around Beeston Lock. We walked along the canal to the turnover bridge by Nottingham Casual rugby club, stopping to see where the horses' ropes had worn grooves into the iron bollards. Along with this, we took a walk around part of the Big Track, examining the River Trent and comparing it to the man-made waterway of the canal. Lots was learned about both the river and canal, as well as how to do some canal and river inspired yoga! We spent lunch on Beeston Weir Recreation Ground, making the most of...

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  • Week Beginning 9th May

    Another packed week in Clover Class!   In Maths we've continued our geometry work, focusing on types of triangle and quadrilateralm. Our English focus has been on explanation texts. We learned "How to take care of a teacher", looked at how to use causal conjunctions, ending the week writing in pairs how to look after a JC pupil! In Art this week we completed our construction projects building Greek temples out of paper... Photos hopefully coming soon! The end of the week was very active with our usual swimming on a Thursday afternoon and then an amazing visit from Dan the skipping man on...

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  • Week Beginning 2nd May

    Despite a shortened week due to the bank holiday we had an incredibly productive and successful week in Clover Class!   In Maths we have moved on to a new topic of shape which has seen as exploring angles particularly looking at how how we can compare angles to right angles. We have been using the terminology acute for those larger than right angles and obtuse for those between a right angle and straight line.   Our writing this week has focused on writing Greek myths around mythical creatures that we created last week.  This ties in with our continued topic work on the ancient Greeks and our...

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  • Week Beginning 28th February

    Week Beginning 28th February: Here's what the children in Clover Class have been up to this week, in their own words:   In Clover class we have been learning about volcanoes and earthquakes. On Wednesday we had outdoor learning and it was really, really, really (and more really) muddy!!!  - H.A   This week in English, we're been using a shared plan to write a setting description on the results of an earthquake. On Thursday, it was world book day and almost everyone wore amazing costumes to represent a book character. In Science we've been looking at the states of matter  - L.P   This Week in clover...

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  • Week Beginning 7th March

    Week Beginning 7th March: Another wonderful week in Clover class. Here's what the children have been up to, in their own words:   In Clover class this week we got to have two PE lessons! For me, on Monday I had netball but you could`ve had tag rugby, hockey, netball or badminton. On Wednesday, we all did basketball. In art, we did before and after sketches of a volcano, before it erupted and aster it erupted. The week after next we will use watercolours to paint them. We learnt the notes of a ukulele. In science, we melted chocolate to see if hot, room temperature or cold water would melt it...

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  • Welcome to Clover Class Blog

    Welcome to Clover's brand new class blog!   We will be updated this with all the amazing things we get up to in Clover class at JC ⭐

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