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Autumn Term 2020
Well what a great term it has been so far! After a very long break for many, the children in Year 4 hit the ground running! Keen and eager to get started, Year 4 have had a fun-filled return to school. Let’s take a look at some of their highlights…
Creative Day – Our topic this term is the Ancient Greeks. We clearly have some budding historians in the year group as the children have been fascinated in finding out about life in Ancient Greece and how they have impacted our lives today. The children had a great time taking part in our Ancient Greek Creative Day, where they got to dress up in Ancient Greek attire and also had the opportunity to take part in a range of Ancient Greek-themed creative tasks. These activities included translating Ancient Greek messages, creating olive leaf crowns and decorating Ancient Greek plates with images from Greek mythology! Overall, the children (and adults) had a fantastic day!
Harvest Assembly – Our Harvest Assembly this year needed to be virtual! However, this didn’t stop Year 4 creating some amazing offerings, including a collaborative vegetable themed super hero movie trailer and some lovely poetry!
(the other class Harvest Celebrations can be found under latest news)
Story Time – Like every year, reading is an integral element to the Westfields curriculum. After lockdown, it has been so important to get all of our children engaged in telling, reading and listening to stories. Some of our favourites this half term have included ‘Hercules and his 12 labours’ – a choose your own destiny book, as well as Icarus and Daedalus, a children’s version of Troy and the Odyssey!
What we are looking forward to – The fun doesn’t stop there! This second half term is just as jam-packed as the first! With Christmas around the corner, we will be making winter decorations to brighten up your tree using our sewing skills! We also have 4RM’s Radio Show and 4RP’s Class Assembly this half term to look forward to!
Spring Term 2020
We thought it could not have got better after the Autumn Term, but how wrong we were! Our theme for this term has been ‘Water Water Everywhere’, and what a theme it has been! The outstanding cross curricular learning has enriched our understanding of the importance of water in our lives this term.
For many of our lessons this term we have taken on the role of geographers, learning all about the water cycle, how rivers are formed and how we can filter dirty water to make it (reasonably) clean. Our Guided Reading this term has been incredibly exciting as we have had the opportunity to take part in the Hampshire Information Book Awards. We have reviewed five information books, exploring each one in depth through Guided Reading and then writing reviews. The texts have been excellent as many of them link with climates and weather around the world. One of our standout books though has been The Problem with Plastics. A book relevant for today and tomorrow, this really taught us how we humans are negatively affecting the environment around us and as result we are sure many of the children at home have spoken about your recycling habits!
In Science we have been exploring states of matter and how and why changes of state happen from solid to liquid and gas. There has been lots of hands on exploration and we have been developing skills to accurately use of a range of scientific equipment, including data loggers. After the half term break, we have explored sound and how sound waves travels. At the end of the term we will be learning about pitch and frequency and how these can be changed.
In English, we have written beautiful stories about a young girl in Africa, trying to save a tree with the last of her villages water. Hopefully you had a chance to read them while you were at Parents’ Evening!
Autumn Term 2019
What a fantastic Term we have had! Year 4 have been learning all about the Greeks this term. From developing our historical skills to enhancing our Ancient Greek knowledge we have had so much fun! As the term has gone on, we have learned all about the religion of Ancient Greece, structure of Ancient Greek society as well as the differences between Athens and Spartan. This amazing topic was topped off with a Creative Day where we created pitta bread, enjoyed a real Greek play and made laurel leaves.
Some of our most memorable lessons have been in Science where we have learnt about how scientists classify and group plants and animals by observing common features and characteristics and using keys. Following on from this topic, we explored humans and animals, developing an understanding of food chains in nature and how the digestive system works. We had a fantastic time creating a digestive system using tights, plastic bags, bananas and orange juice!
We finished off the year with a fun-filled project where we created a Christmas decoration. We developed our sewing skills, creating elaborate decorations from felt and fabric; we even learned how to sew on buttons and ribbons. What a fantastic way to end the term!
Summer Term 2019
In the Summer Term, Year 4 have been busy exploring Roman life and legacy and acting as history detectives. This began with us exploring an artefact collection and making explanation videos and also included a residential visit to the fabulous Ufton Court where we were able to feast at a banquet, learn military manoeuvres to apply to a battle between the Celts and Romans and develop skills such as archery, wattling and soap making. We even used our teamwork skills to make and launch giant trebuchets!
As part of our Design and Technology this term we completed a ‘Mission Impastable Project’. We evaluated and learnt about different pasta designs before making our own dough and shaping original shaped pasta designs. It was bellissimo even if we do say so ourselves!
Autumn Term 2018
In the Autumn term Year 4 have thoroughly enjoyed developing their understanding of Ancient Greece. As well as our fabulous Creative Day, we have enjoyed learning about the Gods, legacies and even had a message from Doctor Who who needed advice on whether to land his Tardis in Athens or Sparta! In Maths we have developed our written methods for addition and subtraction, moving on to more formal methods. We have been treated to some amazing writing as we explored the fantasy lands of Pandora and the children created their own non-chronological reports, including information about different animals and landscapes on this mysterious moon.
For the following trips and events, further details will be communicated to parents in due course.
07.09.20 First day of term
14.09.20 Whole School Reading Matters Week
15.09.20 Virtual PAWS Welcome Meeting
17.09.20 Cardwell & Simmons individual pupil photos
18.09.20 Year 4 Virtual ‘Meet the Teacher Meeting’ live on website
05.10.20 Walktober (Walk to School Week)
07.10.20 Year 4 PAWS Film Night
08.10.20 Year 4 Greek Creative Day
09.10.20 Cardwell & Simmons (for children absent on 17.09.20)
16.10.20 Christmas Card Order Deadline
23.10.20 PAWS Mufti Day
03.11.20 Whole School Charity Fun Run
04.11.20 Whole School Flu Immunisations
11.11.20 PAWS Virtual Committee Meeting (7.00-8.00pm)
13.11.20 Time to Shine – be bright non-uniform day and road safety
16-20.11.20 Anti-Bullying Week (Theme – United Against Bullying/16th Odd Socks Day)
16-20.11.20 Road Safety Week
25.11.20 Parents Evening (3.45-6.45pm)
26.11.20 Parents Evening (3.45-6.45pm)
03.12.20 PAWS Christmas Pop-Up Shop
10.12.20 – tbc Year 3 Christmas Production
15.12.20 Year 3 & 4 Christmas Lunch
18.12.20 Last day of term
04.01.21 Inset Day
05.01.21 First day of term
14.01.21 Virtual Year 3 & 4 Parents Maths Workshop – tbc
1/2/3.02.21 Auditions for Westfields Has Talent
03.02.21 Year 4 PAWS Film Night (3.15-5.00pm)
09.02.21 Safer Internet Day
12.02.21 PAWS Mufti Day
12.02.21 Westfields Has Talent
04.03.21 World Book Day – dress up
09.03.21 Year 3 & 4 Virtual Parent SPaG Workshop – tbc
17.03.21 Parents Evening (3.45-6.45pm)
18.03.21 Parents Evening (3.45-6.45pm)
19.03.21 Whole School Poetry Slam (World Poetry Day – 21st March)
30.03.21 Potted Sports Afternoon
30.03.21 PAWS Easter Raffle
30.03.21 School Spring Disco (Year 3 and 4 is from 5.00 – 6.15pm)
31.03.21 Last day of term
01.04.21 Inset Day
19-21.04.21 Year 4 Ufton Court Residential
05.05.21 PAWS Virtual Committee Meeting (7.00-8.00pm)
14.05.21 Inter-house Debating Challenge
20.05.21 PAWS Film Night
28.05.21 Inset day
28/29.06.21 Year 4 visit to Dapdune Wharf/River Wey
06.07.21 Sports Day
07.07.21 Celebration Evening (3.30-5.30pm )
13.07.21 Reserve Sports Day
15.07.21 School Summer Disco (Year 3 and 4 is from 5.00 – 6.15pm)
16.07.21 Year 5 Business Fair (3.15-4.15pm) All Welcome
23.07.21 Last day of term
Whole school letters and newsletters can be found under the Parents tab (link to whole school letters)
The National Curriculum set out the spelling rules and patterns as well as spelling lists children in each year group need to learn. To help you spell these words, we set weekly spellings for you to learn and we provide spelling booklets which contains all your weekly spellings for the year.
Each week, you will learn a set number of spellings that follow a spelling rule or pattern and then you will have additional words which are words children in your year group should to be able to spell. To help you with your spellings, your teacher will teach you the rules and patterns and in your booklets, there is space for you to carry out the ‘Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check’ strategy at home. This will help you learn your spellings; you can also practise rainbow writing (writing out your spellings on top of each other in different colours, spell them out to an adult, be tested by an adult, write sentences with the spelling word in and you can also make mnemonics e.g. because – big elephants can’t always use small exits.
You will be tested on a Monday and on Tuesday, after your teacher has checked your spellings, you will tick the words you have spelt correctly in this booklet so you can keep a record of your progress. At the end of each half term, you will have a spelling test of selected words from the previous half term to see what you can remember!
Remember…Practise makes perfect!
Spelling Booklets will be handed out at the beginning of the academic year and need to be in school every Monday and Tuesday. If they are lost, please see your classteacher. You will need to bring 50p in for a replacement booklet.
- Year 4 Creative Day
- Taiko Drumming
- 4RP Class Assembly
- 4RM Class Assembly
- Year 4 Greek Creative Day
- Celebration Assembly 2018-2019
- Ufton Court 2019
- 4LB Class Assembly
- 4TR Class Assembly
- Remembrance Poetry Competition
- 4EC Class Assembly 2018
- 4CW Class Assembly 2017-2018
- Celebration Assembly 2017-2018
- World Book Day 2017-2018
- 4EC Class Assembly 2017-2018
- Poetry Slam 2017-2018
- River Wey Visit 2017-2018
- 4HC Class Assembly 2017-2018
- Year 4 Ufton Court Residential Trip 2018