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Year 4

Welcome to Mrs Neiland’s Year 4 Class

Mrs Neiland’s class e-mail address is y4@stoswaldscatholicprimary.co.uk should you have any queries regarding your child’s work (8.45am to 4.00pm).

Updates and Messages 2021/22

Year 4 Class News (Week 11.10.21 – 15.10.21)

We have been busy this week working through the planned curriculum. In science we are learning about solids, liquids and gases changing state and there was huge excitement investigating where our ice cubes would melt the fastest in school. We weighed the cubes before and after to see how much liquid had melted. The photocopier room was the warmest and the Year 4 windowsill was the coolest. We also planted our daffodil bulbs in the pots in the garden and look forward to watching them germinating in spring.

The children have been learning the value of numbers by adding and subtracting thousands, hundreds, tens and units to a given number. Having completed the Big Maths half term test I am really pleased to see that most of the children are now confident with this concept. We have also been adding larger numbers using formal addition and, again, I have been so impressed with their confidence in carrying numbers into the next column.  Look out for their weekly skills check and half term assessment in your child’s big maths folders. Don’t forget a X is good, they have got the question right!

Although this is a long way into the future, we have received a confirmation e-mail that swimming will commence Thursday 21st April at Orford swimming pool. This is something we will all look forward to.

Now we have established our homework routines, can I remind you that maths homework is given out on Tuesday to be returned on Friday, English is given out on Wednesday with a nonfiction activity using Britannica School and an English activity which is to be returned on Monday. Can I also thank those parents who listen to their children read regularly and allow their children to achieve a smiley each Friday for reading to you throughout the week. As I am noting their fluency improving, I will be assessing individuals to see if they are ready to move onto the next book band. Please encourage your child to read as much as possible as reading is the key to their academic success.

Another fun, fast and furious week!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Neiland

Year 4 Class News (Week 4.10.21 – 8.10.21)

This week the children as part of our RE work we have had the opportunity to learn more about Judaism. On Monday, we were lucky enough to have our first visitor to school in a long while! Ann Angel from the Jewish community in Manchester shared her Jewish beliefs and way of life during a whole school assembly, and later in the day, Year 4 were able find out more about celebrations and traditions with Ann. We even tried challah, a sweet tasting plaited bread. The children were fantastic and Ann commented how interested and well behaved our class were.

Also this week Year 4 were so excited to start reading our ‘Nursery-land Revolution’ play script, our exciting project with the Ambassador and Empire Theatre Group. We tried out parts and sang so enthusiastically. Hopefully, by the end of the week the children will have a better understanding of the play and we can start choosing parts.

Next week we will taking our half term maths test. Please use the Big Maths folders to go over some of the questions we have been learning. The first ten questions are most important and you can use the pupil prompts at the start of the folder to help reinforce the concepts. Good luck!

After the wild and wet weather this week enjoy the calm, warm weather that is forecast for this weekend!

 I look forward to more exciting learning next week with the children.

With my best wishes,

Mrs Neiland

Year 4 Class News (Week 27.9.21 – 1.10.21)

The children are now into a great routine of doing their maths and English homework and independently bringing books into class for marking. Everyone handed their English homework books on Monday which is fantastic.

On Wednesday we were pleased to welcome a new boy into year 4. Everyone was very excited to meet Dax and made him feel very welcome.

As we come to the end of our RE topic on family, the children have learned how Jesus had a natural family with real people with names and a history. We have learned how family are very important to us. The children will come home at the end of the week with a card showing gratitude for their family sharing a thoughtful word about how they can show respect. These cards will be read out in class as part of our collective worship.

This week, year 4 came home with a library book for you to share and talk about. I hope you enjoy talking about the pictures and content and have fun learning new facts and stories.

Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to lots more exciting teaching next week,

Mrs Neiland

Year 4 Class News (Week 20-24.9.21)

I have been really pleased with year 4’s punctuality this week with everyone eager to start each day with a smile and lots of enthusiasm. Amongst many activities inside and out, the children have enjoyed learning how to read thermometers placed in various outdoor positions, practised their hop scotching skills for PE and clearing away the last of our flowers and vegetables in the garden.

Homework has also got off to a great start. Completed work has been returned on time and lots of children are using their reading targets at home when reading aloud to parents. Thank you so much for supporting your child with their homework.

As part of the schools commitment to the performing Arts, the school has previously been involved in performances working closely with the Ambassador Theatre group, Liverpool Empire Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. In the past (pre-Covid in 2018 and 2019) Year 5 performed Matilda and Emile and the Detectives.  This year I am delighted that we get the chance to be involved in this project.   Yr4 have been invited to take part in this exciting Arts project and will work with and be supported by the National Theatre Company to perform a play called ‘Nursery land Revolution’.  The children have been keen to show me their acting abilities whilst reading Greek plays about Theseus and Perseus and we have just started learning some of the songs for our play.  The National Theatre Company and the Liverpool Empire Theatre will be supporting us at school this term. I will keep you updated as our work progresses.

Have a lovely weekend and here’s to another great week next week in school.

Mrs Neiland