Our Lady of Grace Junior School
Love, Opportunity, Growth
Dear Parents & Carers,
We would like to warmly welcome you to our Year 4 team. The class teachers, Miss Mulholland (4M) and Mr Dwyer (4D), encourage children to display a growth mindset when facing new challenges and to try their very best in all areas of school. Mrs Mahon and Mrs Lay will assist in supporting the children in all areas of their learning while Mrs Kevane will continue to teach French, Music and Computing. Year 4 is an exciting and challenging year and we are very enthusiastic about the year ahead. It may be useful to have some information regarding routine, expectations and home learning.
Reading is a very important part of your child’s development and is a key indicator of success later in life. In Year 4 the expectations are very high and all children should be reading every day for at least 20 minutes at home. It is important that children develop their comprehension skills as well as their ability to decode words and read fluently. Therefore it is important to ask your child questions about their reading to confirm their understanding of a text. Your child should be completing detailed entries in their reading record nightly to reflect what they have read and understood that day.
It is very important that children develop a quick recall of their key mathematical facts in order to carry out a range of calculations quickly and accurately. All children in Year 4 should be able to fluently recall their multiplication facts (1-12) and the related division facts with speed. Please ensure these are practised regularly. This will help them prepare for the National Multiplication Tables Check in June 2020.
The children will be set homework three times a week and this is designed to support and develop their learning in school. It essential that all homework is completed to a high standard and is handed in on time.
Maths homework: this is set on Monday and is due on Wednesday. Children will complete an online MyMaths activity based on the Maths topic. They must also complete corrections from their weekly Times Tables test which will then be signed by an adult at home.
English homework: this is set on Wednesday and is due on Friday. English homework consists of a reading comprehension or grammar activity, and a spelling activity. Spellings ere given every Monday to be practised throughout the week for a test on Friday.
Weekend homework: this is set on Friday and is due in on Monday. Weekend homework usually consists of a Religion activity or a research task related to the children's Topic, Science or wider learning.
Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school every day including trainers.
We hope that your child has a successful and enjoyable year in Year 4 and we look forward to working with you more closely,
Miss Mulholland and Mr Dwyer.
Year 4 have written to Father Christmas.
Using greetings and salutations and indeed manners, year 4 have used extended French sentences to inform Father Christmas of their wishes!
Year 4 Computing
This term the focus of computing is on data and networks. We began our learning by learning how computers connect to a network and how that network transmits data to other computers around the world by means of a fibre optic cable. We were surprised at how small that cable was. Lots of children found it amazing to learn that the cable is as thin as a strand of hair!
This week our learning is about databases. We discussed keeping information, sorting and designing a database. We created a database by defining the fields. We then had fun added facts about virtual children! We have continued to develop our knowledge of databases. We collaborated to create a database to investigate the idea that shoe size is related to height. Initially, most children believed there was no link between the two. However, our investigation proved most children to be wrong!
At the end of our Spring term we display our learning below. We learnt to use variables to count a score and applied this to making an app to simulate a till and additionally to make a simple balloon pop game where the score can increase or decrease and the objects move randomly around the screen.
Amaroo Anna Oscar Jamie
Brigita Oliver Gabriela
At the end of our Autumn term we display our learning below. With super effort we have learned many new skills. We applied all those skills to assemble a multimedia poster. Next term we will apply those skills in a further project to support our learning.
Year 4 have used several types of media to make a poster about growth mindset. We have used text, but not just any text. We have enlarged, coloured, italicised text to ensure the best effect. Following that, we have added relevant images which have been resized and framed. Some images have been replicated to create a border effect. We have added photos and sound to enhance the message. Lastly, we embedded a motivational video to reinforce our message - Learning can be tough but the best learners do not give up - If it is not tough, then we probably have grasped the learning!
Computer Club will be expert typists at the end of this term!
We will start by timing our typing. Use the link below:
We will use the BBC dance mat to begin learning. Remember to sit up tall. Try not to look at your fingers.
Today the computer club created art using a very exciting app called Thisissand. Look below to see the outcome. We should be proud of the beautiful work we created.
Ici on Parle Français!
Year 4 have worked extremely hard learning new French phrases which we met in our French text Je Suis Trop Gros. Developing reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in a new language is a challenge. Year 4 have demonstrated their excellent attitude to learning in French using whole class listening, partner work and challenge work to make progress. The outcome of our written work is shown below. Bon effort Year 4!
Year 4 are planning to write our own version of a story. Look at our plans below.
French Sentence Structure
Compare the sentence structure in French to other languages we speak. We are waiting for a Catalan speaker to complete the list!! In French the adjective is mostly placed after the noun. This is the opposite to in English. What happens in your language?
French Games to Practice Colours
Our Musical Learning in Year 4
Do you recognise these people? Year 4 do. Year 4 have homework this week. They should say the names John, Paul, George and Ringo to their adults and .... wait for the reaction. Who passed the test I wonder?
Our second song in this unit is so popular we might just change it to be our focus song. Year 4 listened to and described what they heard using our focus terms beat, tempo, dynamics. We heard unusual sounds in addition to what you might expect. We are gathering a list of features of this band's music.