Year 4 Class News

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Let there be light!

Posted on Monday 08 November 2021 by Miss Birch

Hello!

Year 4 had a great first week of the second autumn term after having (what sounds like!) a lovely half term break.

We began our new topic unit that will lead us up until Christmas and it is art! The children have been really looking forward to this as they love being creative. The two artists that we’re going to be focusing on are Martha McDonald Napaltjarri and Wassily Kandinsky. They both have their differences in terms of their heritage and style but we’ll be exploring all areas through reading and writing but most importantly art.

I was blown away during our first hands on art lesson! We had a go at observational drawing, which on first glance, did look quite tricky. However, the children focused on drawing exactly what they could see in front of them (an orange or pear) including how the light hit the object and how they could add texture.

Here are just a couple of the fantastic outcomes

Help at home by practising this skill. You can draw absolutely anything -even a potato!

Odd socks day

Posted on Monday 08 November 2021 by Mrs Taylor

Next week is Anti-Bullying Week.

This year’s theme is ‘One Kind Word’ and we will be taking part in Odd Socks Day on Monday 15 November.

Odd socks day is to raise awareness of our differences, individuality and personal choice. Come to school wearing your odd socks to celebrate what makes us all unique.

This year, the Junior Leadership Team have requested a voluntary donation of £1 on the day to raise money for our school charity, Dog’s Trust.

Thank you for your support.

Cross country

Posted on Sunday 07 November 2021 by Mrs Taylor

We are pleased to invite KS2 children to compete in an upcoming cross country race as part of the Leeds Schools Athletics Association cross country programme of Saturday morning races. Children will compete against pupils from other Leeds schools.

The race will take place at 10am on Saturday 20 November at Prince Henry’s Grammar School, Otley.

There are opportunities for Year 3 and 4 girls and boys (under 9) to race 900m and Year 5 and 6 girls and boys (under 11) to race 1500m. Once your child has completed their race, you are free to leave the event.

Please note, parents/carers are responsible for taking and supervising their child/children.

If your child is interested in taking part, please respond to the the message recently sent out.

We look forward to pupils representing our school at this event.

There will be one more Saturday morning race this year – Saturday 6 March 2022 at Middleton Park.

If you are unable to take part, you may want to join the free Sunday morning junior parkruns held locally at Roundhay Park, Temple Newsam and Boddington.

Rugby roadshow

Posted on Wednesday 20 October 2021 by Mrs Taylor

As part of our partnership with White Rose Rugby and Moortown Rugby Club, here is an invite to a free rugby event, just for our pupils, taking place after half term on Wednesday 3rd November. White Rose Rugby have been working with classes for curriculum PE and also delivering the Thursday after-school club.

We hope you can take up this opportunity for a fun evening at Moortown Rugby Club.

Adel Tennis Club coaching

Posted on Wednesday 13 October 2021 by Mrs Taylor

This half term, Year 1, 2 and 6 are developing and improving their tennis skills in sessions led by John Moore from Adel Tennis Academy.

Adel Tennis Academy are running half term tennis camps. Click here for more information.

 

 

Mental Health

Posted on Monday 11 October 2021 by Miss Birch

Today, Year 4 began their second week learning about the importance of mental health in Living and Learning. I’ve been so impressed with how mature and understanding the whole class have been when listening and sharing personal experiences with their friends!

Last week, the children learnt about sensible ways to express their feelings and emotions and why this is so important. They explored a range of different emotions such as feeling happy, sad, scared, angry, worried or pleased. Discussing how these might feel inside and what colour or shape these emotions would look like. This helped the children understand their own emotions and they then drew these themselves!

This week, we’re looking at how we can manage our feelings and emotions in different situations. We spent time talking about how emotions can influence our behaviours. For example, excitement can lead to jumping and smiling or sadness can lead to crying or hiding. To help the children work through the same emotions, they spent the afternoon being empathetic to others and considering how others can help themselves.

We are constantly referring back to the importance of talking to someone you trust and how this can really help children manage their emotions. Whether they talk to a grown up at school, at home or online – a problem shared is a problem halved!

The Childline website has lots of interactive games to help children explore their emotions even further – https://www.childline.org.uk/ – have a look at home!

 

Cross country opportunities

Posted on Friday 08 October 2021 by Mrs Taylor

We are pleased to invite KS2 children to compete in an upcoming cross country race as part of the Leeds Schools Athletics Association cross country programme of Saturday morning races. Children will compete against pupils from other Leeds schools.

The race will take place at 10am on Saturday 16th October at Cardinal Heenan (Tongue Lane LS6 4QE).

There are opportunities for Year 3 and 4 girls and boys (under 9) to race 900m and Year 5 and 6 girls and boys (under 11) to race 1500m. Once your child has completed their race, you are free to leave the event.

Please note, parents/carers are responsible for taking and supervising their child/children.

If your child is interested in taking part, please respond to the the message recently sent out.

We look forward to pupils representing our school at this event.

If you are unable to take part in this event, you may want to join the free Sunday morning junior parkruns held locally at Roundhay Park, Temple Newsam and Boddington.

 

After-school clubs return

Posted on Thursday 07 October 2021 by Mrs Taylor

Our autumn term after-school clubs return next week.

Here is the schedule that has recently been sent out to all children.

We invest part of our government PE and Sport Premium in subsidising these clubs and we hope to get as many children as possible active after-school.

If your child is interested in joining a club, please sign up via School Gateway or contact the school office.

We are chemists!

Posted on Tuesday 28 September 2021 by Miss Birch

This half term, Year 4 have been learning about chemistry in science.

We have been learning as chemists.

Year 4 conducted an experiment investigating the different states of matter, in this case, ice and water and their melting and freezing points. Ask your child what ice’s melting point is!

The melting point is the temperature at which a solid turns to a liquid. The melting point at which ice — a solid — turns to water — a liquid — is 0°C.

We began with some ice hands and made observations using scientific language such as transparent, translucent, smooth and slippery.

We then worked in teams to explore and accurately measure the temperatures of the ice hands and the ice that had melted with thermometers!

Does your child remember what temperature their water was?

Reading Records

Posted on Tuesday 28 September 2021 by Miss Birch

Hi everyone, 

w/c 27th – reading records!

During our Book Club lesson on Friday, we had a look at everyone’s reading record. It was lovely to see that all of the children had spent time reading at home and engaging with the ‘draw it’ activity! Everyone’s outcomes sparked lots of different conversations and have persuaded some of the children to check out someone else’s book next time.

Just a reminder that:

  • The children need to bring in these reading records every Friday for our Book Club lesson where we’ll discuss their books and develop their love of reading.
  • The children’s grown-ups can help at home by writing a short comment sharing with us the reading their child has been doing at home.

I’m looking forward to seeing the children’s reading progress and responses for ‘Question Master’ this Friday!