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Smarty Pants Award
Every two weeks Year Four do a mental maths challenge. The child/ children with the best score or most improved score win a prize and claim the title of Smarty Pants! The winner this fortnight is Daisy! Remember you can help your child work on their mental maths by checking out their mental maths folder, it contains copies of recent questions covered. Look at the questions they struggled on and generate some similar ones, a few questions at a time is all that's needed.
Congratulations, Team Seaburn Dene at becoming the Sunderland Hockey Champions.
What an absolutely stupendous tournament the team has had, going undefeated in all their pool matches and topping their group.
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Times tables help
I've found an app that looks lots of fun and a great way to learn times tables. It can be found in the app store. It's called mathsrockx.
Welcome to Year 4!
This term we will be moving our learning on to look at the Ancient Romans and how they influenced our country. We will be looking at geographical features, the buildings they created, looking for evidence of Roman towns and cities that still exist today and the buildings they created. We will even have a go at creating our own Roman style buildings!
In science we will be looking at states of matter, learning the difference between solids, liquids and gases and how substances change state. In PE we will be doing Football and Netball with Mr Traves. Unless it is raining heavily al P.E lessons will take place outside so children will need tracksuits and trainers please.
In Inspire Maths will be starting with place value and number work as well as continuing to improve our rapid recall of multiplication facts.
English and maths homework is issued on a Friday to be returned for the following Wednesday (or earlier.) Spellings are given out on Wednesdays - with children tested on some of the list and words they are expected to know in Year 4 - the following Wednesday. As we will be using our spelling folders during lesson times could they please come to school every day.
Spring Term Spelings
Along with our spelling lists and weekly tests we will also make sure that basic spellings, that do not follow set rules or can not be spelt phonetically, are secure. Please find a full list below.
This term the majority of our P.E lessons will take place inside on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Help your child enjoy P.E as much as possible by sending in tracksuits and trainers as they will spend the majority of their lessons outside this term. Please ensure your child has a full kit in school every Monday morning and only take it home for washing on Fridays. Could I also ask parents to keep an eye on plimsol/ trainer sizes, quite a few children's feet can grow quite quickly over the term. Girls, please pop a spare pair of socks into your P.E bag for the days where you have worn tights to school.
We expect all our children to read every evening and at least once over the weekend. In Year 4, 15 minutes should be a minimum but, if your child can't put their book down because they are so engrossed, that's the magic of reading. Please ensure you sign the reading logs to confirm this reading is taking place. We visit the school library once a week and regularly update the children's Oxford Reading Tree books every week on Mondays.
Every week if your child has at least six signed and filled boxes in their reading journal they will receive a raffle ticket. At the end of therm term all the raffle tickets will be put in a pot and a lucky child will win a special prize. Please help your child by completing their reading record so they can earn as many raffle tickets as possible.
Here is my top 10 list of must-read books for any Y4 child:
1. War Game - Michael Foreman - amazing illustrated account of WW1 and that famous Christmas truce with football.
2. The Worst Witch - Jill Murphy - climb aboard for broomstick mayhem.
3. Fairy Tales - Terry Jones - updated, with a twist, traditional tales, told in a modern style.
4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl - forget the film, the book is infinitely more brilliant.
5. Diary of a Wimpey Kid - Jeff Kinney - yes it's full of Americanisms, but a truly funny book.
6. Up for the Cup - Simon Bartram - Seaburn City's star player Julio Poom faces a crisis of confidence as the team count down to cup glory.
7. It Was A Dark and Stormy Night - Allan Ahlberg - beautifully told story of brigands and a boy.
8. The Iron Man - Ted Hughes - one of the greatest opening chapters in children's literature.
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C S Lewis - heart-rending tale of hope - in the darkest of times.
10. Charlotte's Web - E B White - another modern classic of a pig, a spider and a girl.