Yr 4 - Derbyshire Towns
Welcome to Year 4
Hello, and welcome to the Year 4 page. We have had a fantastic start to the year so far. All the children have settled in brilliantly! They are all showing our PEART values which are:
A- Aiming High
As well as our PEART values. All children follow the three school rules which are:
We call these our Super Hero Powers and Code. Ask your child how they have used the Super Hero Code at school. I am sure they will be able to give you lots of reasons on how they have!
Meet the Team
Bakewell - Miss Talbot
Buxton - Miss Hussain
Dovedale - Mr Hussain
Mrs Osbaldeston (PPA)
Teaching Assistants (working across Year 4)
Miss Aisha (Wellbeing)
Mr Ozmen (PPA and Wellbeing)
Our Learning Year 4
We kick started the term off by learning about Derby and what our Year 4 classes are named after. We created some beautiful pieces of writing about our classes.
We then started out Natural Disaster topic. We have been reading Flood, Fire and Cyclone by Jackie French. The children have loved learning about Natural Disasters. The children can not believe the damage and impact they can cause. They created some fantastic repetitive poems based on them.
During our Maths lessons, we have been learning about place value. We have been working very hard on our presentation and explaining our answers mathematically. Throughout topic, we have been going into more detail about natural disasters. Over the half term, we will be covering: floods, cyclones, tsunamis, earthquakes, forest fires and volcanoes. Throughout science, we will be learning about sound and how sound travels.
WOW! We have done so much in Autumn 2. Our topic has been 'The History of Film'.
English - We have written biographies on Thomas Edison. We can recall so many facts about him and we answered the question 'Was Thomas Edison the greatest inventor?. We then read Hugo Cabret and wrote some fantastic diary entries about Hugo and his life.
Maths - We have worked incredibly hard this half term on subtraction and multiplication using formal written methods.
Science - Year 4 have loved learning about electricity. It linked perfectly to our topic and we have carried out some fantastic experiments! We also know how to stay safe with electricity.
History - We have learnt all about the history of film and how it started from early animation (flip books, thaumatropes) to the use of green screen and CGI.
Music - Year 4 have been practicing their flutes skills weekly and are now starting to play some notes independently! :)
Attendance Hero Day
We are super lucky at Pear Tree because every week we have an Attendance Hero Day. This is a special day selected to reward the children for being in school. Year 4 love figuring out which day it will be on and love their Attendance Hero break time!
Times Table Rockstars
In June 2020, the new Year 4 Multiplication Check will become statutory. Your child will need to take a short online test to make sure their times tables knowledge is at the expected level. By the end of Year 4, your child is expected to know all their times tables up to 12 x 12. Your child will be asked 25 questions. They will have 6 seconds per question to answer.
How can we help?
At school we use Times Table Rockstars. This is a great website for helping children learn their times tables. They will be provided with lots of opportunities to go on this in school to improve their fluency. Please encourage your child to go on this at home. Every child has a username and password. Please speak to your child's class teacher if you are unsure of their login.
How can you help?
Please quiz your child daily on their times tables. This will help with their fluency. The 6, 7 8 and 9 times table are the most trickiest so it would be great if you could quiz your child on these.
Topics throughout the year.
Over the year, we will be reading and studying the following texts which link into our cross curricular learning.
- Flood, Fire and Cyclone (Natural Disasters)
- The Invention of Hugo Cabaret. (Electricity and inventions)
- The Firework Maker's Daughter (China)
- Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx (Ancient Egyptians)
- The Riddle of the Runes. (Vikings)
Along side these books, we will also use a range of books to enhance and enrich the children's learning.
At Pear Tree, we use knowledge organisers to help children retain the information they are taught. Here are our knowledge organisers for Autumn 1. Our English and Maths ones go through the year.
Friday 6th September 2019 - INSET day
Monday 9th September 2019 - INSET day
Friday 4th October 2019 - INSET day
Friday 25th October 2019 - End of term
Monday 4th November 2019 - Start of Autumn Term 2
Friday 20th December 2019 - End of term
Monday 6th January 2020 - Start of Spring Term 1
Friday 24h January 2020 - INSET Day
Monday 27th January 2020 - INSET Day
Friday 14th February 2020 - End of term
Monday 24th February 2020 - Start of Spring Term 2
Friday 3rd April 2020 - End of term
Friday 8th May 2020 - Bank Holiday
Monday 25th May 2020 - Bank Holiday
Monday 20th April 2020 - Start of Summer Term 1
Friday 22nd May 2020 - End of term
Monday 1st June 2020 - Start of Summer Term 2
Friday 26th June 2020 - INSET Day
Friday 24th July 2020 - Break up for the summer break
Thursday 25th July 2019 - End of the school year