Welcome to Year 4!
Respect Relationships Resilient Reflective Responsible
A very warm welcome to Year 4 from Miss Locke, Mrs Plaskitt, Miss Wint and Mrs Veasey.
We have put together some links to online resources that can support children learning at home.
We would ask that Parents consider how to keep children safe when they are online. NSPCC has some fantastic guidance available here: . We would recommend setting parental controls on any devices and keep an eye on your child's history.
Reading for pleasure
We believe, all children should have a love for reading and we actively promote this in school. If you aren't enjoying a book- it's the wrong book for you! Find one you fall in love with and can't put down!
We have produced some suggested reading lists for each year group which might be helpful to provide high quality texts at home for your child.
www.getepic.com (hundreds of free books to read on line)
- Numberblocks episodes
- https://nrich.maths.org/ - Welcome to the home of rich Mathematics
- www.onceuponapicture.co.uk (images and questions to inspire writing)
Topic games/ useful websites
- https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach - Free curriculum-mapped videos for your classroom, arranged by subject and age-group; Live Lessons presented by top BBC talent; educational campaigns including Super Movers and Bring the Noise.
- www.natgeokids.com/uk/ (geography activities)
- https://www.robinhoodmat.co.uk/learning-projects/ (lots of projects for all key stages)
- http://www.lcfclubs.com/ (French games, English games and grammar activities. Use the password LCF2020sch to create a single user account)
Staying active is really important, but harder if you’re having to try and stay away from others here are some websites that might help.
Year 4 topics
Year 4 is an amazing time for everyone as the journey through KS2 begins and the children really develop their skills for independent learning. Throughout this year the children will be exploring a variety of exciting and engaging cross-curricular topics including: I am Warrior, Blue Abyss, Burps, Bottoms and Bile, Traders and Raiders and finally Misty Mountains.
All of our topic work is centred around a book. Our Autumn book is 'Thieves of Ostia' by Caroline Lawrence.
All of the topics have a Creative Homework Project linked to them, which will give the children the opportunity to showcase their talents, strengths and interests. This will be given to children at the start of each half term.
I am Warrior! I am strong, brave and powerful. Meet me in battle. Draw your sword, wield your axe and challenge me if you dare. Invade and attack. Romans versus Celts, the fight is on. Discover warring Britain: meet Claudius, Boudicca and Julius Caesar and find out what the Romans did for us. Get ready for Gladiator School and learn alongside Spartacus and Spiculus, brave fighters of the Roman Colosseum. When all that battling makes you hungry, relax, lie back and feast yourself on dormice and grapes, or perhaps a roasted swan sprinkled with nuts?
Grab your wetsuit. We’re going deep into an underwater world of incredible coral and mysterious sea creatures. Head to your local aquarium and learn about life in the ocean. Can you pick a favourite fish, plant or animal? What do real divers get up to below the surface? Create a fishy story about exploring an amazing underwater world. Time to go a little deeper into our seas. Make a model deep sea submarine that can withstand great pressure and travel to the deepest, darkest places on Earth. Make sure you test it first. What are those bright lights in the distance? It’s a group of bioluminescent sea creatures. Look closely and create a colourful, 3-D art exhibition when you rise to the surface. Flippers on? Snorkel ready? Let’s head into the Blue Abyss.
Open wide – let’s take a look inside. We’re on a voyage of discovery to investigate the busy world inside your body. Do you have a toothy grin or a winning smile? Take dental impressions and test the effects of sugary substances on your pearly whites. Follow a tasty morsel as it makes its way through your digestive system, helped by some mouthwatering saliva. And don’t forget the importance of good hygiene at both ends. And whilst we’re talking business, could you recognise an animal just by its poo? Are you brave enough to take the challenge? Make a working model of the digestive system and use it to persuade others to eat healthily. Learn how to look after this marvellous belching, squelching, mixture making machine we call our body.
Big and strong, powerful and brave, the Saxons wave their battle axes and brandish their swords as they begin to invade Britain’s shores. Sail back to the Dark Ages, where battles were rife and fear reigned. Find out about the lives of the Saxons, including how they lived and where they came from. Meet the bloodthirsty Vikings from Scandinavia – never before had such terror swept the land. Make a Saxon sword or a Viking brooch and decorate it with intricate patterns. Choose to be a Saxon or Viking and trade your crafty goods, but let’s keep it cool. We don’t want a fight breaking out. Are you ready to shine a light on the dangerous and deadly Dark Ages?
In the Misty Mountain, Winding River project, your child will learn about the characteristics and physical processes of rivers, including how they shape the landscape over time, their significance around the world and the impact of flooding. They will learn how to use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and a key to locate and plot geographical places and features on a map, as well as how contour lines are used to show the topography of an area. They will have the opportunity to learn about the stages of the water cycle and about mountains and their different formations, studying mountain ranges in the United Kingdom and around the world. They will also learn about habitats and how human and natural influences can have an impact on the environment.
A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
Every child at Broomhill Junior School participates in at least 2 hours of physical education (P.E) a week. Furthermore, we also encourage the children to participate in completing 'The Daily Mile'. Because of this, we please ask that you ensure P.E kits are kept in school all week (including a change of outdoor trainers).
Our P.E days are:
Class 3: Wednesday and Friday.
Class 4: Wednesday and Friday.
- We expect children to read as much as possible. Children in year 4 should be reading daily.
- Children are given a spelling test weekly (every Monday), so we expect children to practise their spellings at home. We have one practice session in school to help children with this. Spelling lists will be put on Class Dojo weekly.
- By the end of year 4, children already should know all of their times tables. We recommend that children practise these as much as possible. We are now signed on to 'Rockstars Times tables which is proving very popular and practise makes perfect when it comes to times tables!
The more children are in school, the more they are learning. Our aim is to have children in school as much as possible. Ideally, we are aiming for at least 97% attendance.
5R'S and SEAL
At Broomhill we have weekly SEAL lessons. SEAL promotes social and emotional literacy and equips children with the skills they need to lead a healthy, happy life.
Our SEAL topic for Autumn 1 is 'New Beginnings'.
Our first 5R topic is Respect.
Our SEAL topic for Autumn 2 is 'Going for Goals'.
Our second 5R topic is Resilience.
Our SEAL topic for Spring 1 is 'Getting on and falling out'.
Our third 5R topic is Relationships.
Our SEAL topic for Spring 2 is 'Good to be me'.
Our fourth 5R topic is Responsible.
Our SEAL topic for Summer 1 is 'Relationships'.
Our fifth 5R topic is Reflective.
Our SEAL topic for Summer 2 is 'Changes'.
Anti-bullying at Broomhill; All classrooms have this Anti-bullying poster displayed, which has been designed by some of our chidlren. Every year, Anti-bullying is marked by having themed lessons as part of our SEAL work and where appropriate English work.
Year 4 Spellings
Spelling tests happen weekly on a Thursday. Your child will perform their spelling test with their English teacher. Their weekly score is placed in their school diary, along with their new spellings.
Within the week, the children will practise their spelling pattern at least twice a week.
Their spelling list will also be posted onto ClassDojo.
Support your child with their behaviour at Broomhill Junior School by signing up to Class Dojo.
The staff at Broomhill will use ClassDojo to communicate with you. By using the app, teachers can provide your child with positive points for a variety of reasons. It also allows teachers to instantly share messages, updates and photos from the class.
You will need to receive a code from your class teacher to see all the benefits.
English and Maths Targets for Year 4
At Broomhill we are proud of the hard work our children put into their work. Have a look at some of our classroom displays. I am sure you will agree that they look fantastic!