RIDGEWAY Primary School

Welcome to Year 4     

We are Team Tudor and this is our class chant and motto

We're Team Tudor & We love to learn.

We work hard together & combine our strengths forever!

 

 

We’re Team Tudor & Team Tudor Rules!

Class information:

Mr Townsend & Mr Biggs are our teachers.  Mr Townsend teaches us Monday to Wednesday and alternate Thursdays.  Mr Biggs teaches us alternate Thursday's and every Friday.  For our first week back Mr Townsend will teach us on Thursday.

Our class teaching assistants are:

Mrs Evans: Mon - Fri morning

Mrs Mitchell: Mon - Thursday morning

Mrs Gelipter: Thursday afternoons 

 

P.E:  UPDATE - P.E: is every Tuesday and Wednesday this half term.  We will be developing our striking and fielding skills whilst learning how to play cricket and rounders (Tuesdays) and we'll also begin our swimming lessons at Eckington. (Wednesdays). Please ensure you wear your normal school uniform on Wednesday but remember to bring your swimming kits in a bag on these days. 

  

Homework: is set each Friday and due in by the following Friday.  Homework will begin on Friday 17th September and will be set online.  New log-ins for the different websites are in the remote learning books (sent home last week) so all children can access them.

Each week homework will include the following:

Reading: 1 x read and record on Seesaw plus ReadTheory (15mins x 3 times per week). 

Spellings: Task set on Seesaw plus EdShed activity

Maths: TT RockStars and/or task set on Seesaw including Weekly Skills maths questions 

 

The Year 4 multiplication tables check

 

In June 2020, the new Year 4 multiplication tables check  become statutory.  In June your child will need to take a short online test to make sure their times tables knowledge is at the expected level.  Schools will have a 3-week check window in June to administer the test.  Teachers will have the flexibility to administer the check to individual pupils, small groups or a whole class at the same time.

We’ve gathered together everything you might want to know about the times tables check, including what it involves, when it will take place, and how you can help your child prepare.  You will also find top tips, books, videos, activities, and games to help make your child’s times tables practice fun by clicking on the web links below.

 

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/at-school/primary-school-assessment-tests/year-4-multiplication-tables-check/  Information about the Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check

 

3 website links to help practice for the test.

https://talkingtimestables.uk/y4_ks2_mtc_practice_tests_multiplication_tables_check.php  Practice Test

 

https://www.timestables.co.uk/multiplication-tables-check/  Practice Test

 

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check  Practice Test

 

 Times Tables Songs, Games & Resources 

Times Tables Raps  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UVcNBjoxs4   

 

Reggae Times Tables  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uK5HaHqXFc

 

Multiplication Games  https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

 

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 Big-Book-of-Times-Tables.pdfDownload
 Times-Tables-Funpack.pdfDownload
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Queen's Platinum Jubilee

To help celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee here is the weblink to practice singing the National Anthem.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHcuaV3qRlA 

Our Current topic is...

  Young Entrepreneurs - Summer 2

 

Our new half term topic is entitled ‘Young Entrepreneurs’ and focuses on being creative, developing entrepreneurship and building a business.  We will be researching, designing, planning, advertising, creating and marketing our very own products! During the topic we will work together and learn to demonstrate collaboration, innovation and communication skills in order to generate the best profits possible!

In English we will be reading about successful entrepreneurs and seeing what we can learn from them.  We will also be studying persuasive writing techniques and then writing our own persuasive sales pitches in order to convince potential buyers/ investors to purchase our products. We’ll also be writing and creating our own advertisements and jingles to seal the deal!

In maths we will be studying statistics including: interpreting charts, introducing line graphs and understanding comparison, sum and difference.  We will then move onto exploring properties of shape including: identifying, comparing and ordering angles; recognising and describing 2-D shapes and lines of symmetry.  Time permitting, we’ll finish by looking at position & direction including: coordinates and translation.

During design technology lessons we will explore different types of money containers and their features.  We’ll get the chance to learn and practise our sewing skills, before everyone takes up the challenge to make their very own purses or wallets.  We will all be designing, making and evaluating our own money containers for a particular purpose.

In PE sessions we will be continuing our swimming lessons every Wednesday and in our outdoors session we will be developing our athletics track and field skills in the run-up to Sports Day.

Science will continue our work on ‘States of Matter’ exploring the differences between solids, liquids and gases, classifying objects and identifying their properties.

In PSHE we will complete our ‘Mini Medics’ training by looking at the role of the Police & Stranger Danger.  We’ll explore what the police are for and when we encounter strangers learn when you should approach them and how to keep yourself self.  We’ll also be learning our home address and parent’s phone number.

During music lessons we will be consolidating the learning that has occurred during the year.  Our learning will be focused around revisiting the songs we have sung and include musical activities, a context for the History of Music and the beginnings of the Language of Music.

In computing sessions we will continue to develop our programming skills.  This time we will be using ‘Scratch’ to create shapes using count-controlled loops.  We’ll move onto animating and finish by designing, creating and modifying our own computer games.   

 

Perilous Peaks - Summer 1

 

Our topic for this half term is entitled 'Perilous Peaks' and is based around hills & mountains.  The topic is driven by a Geography focus where we will be using our geography skills to explore areas including:

  • Use the index in an atlas to find mountains.
  • Identify the country a mountain range is found in.
  • Describe what a hill might look like based on its contours.
  • Identify an outcrop, a ridge the tree line and the snow line.
  • Describe how fault lines in the Earth’s crust move to create mountains.
  • Describe how pressure from magma under the Earth’s surface creates dome mountains.
  • Explain the differences between a weather forecast and climate.
  • Identify similarities between mountain climates.
  • Identify the risks associated with a mountain climate.
  • Describe some of the positive effects of tourism on an area.

In Literacy we will take inspiration from a mountain bike rider riding across a perilous mountain ridge to write our own narrative recounts.  We’ll then investigate the work done by the Edale Mountain Rescue Team (they might even come in and visit us – fingers crossed) before writing our own non-chronological reports.  We’ll finish by writing our own poems based on the hills and mountains we have researched.

In Maths we will be continuing our work on decimals and focusing on comparing, ordering and rounding them.  After that, we will turn our attention to money and look at pounds & pence, ordering, estimating and working with money.  We will finish by studying Time including: telling the time to the minute, analogue & digital times and the 24hr clock.

In Art we will take inspiration from American artist, Jen Aranyi’s work on hilly and mountainous landscapes and produce our own using drawing techniques including hatching and cross hatching. We will then use watercolour painting techniques to create our own mountain inspired settings.

In PSHE we will become ‘Mini Medics’ by bringing in specialist coaches to help us develop our understanding of risk and the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. We will have sessions on emergency situations and First Aid, water safety, fire safety and Police & Stranger Danger.

Science will be exploring ‘States of Matter’ and we will learn about the differences between solids, liquids and gases, classifying objects and identifying their properties.

In Computing we will be creating programs by planning, modifying, and testing commands to create shapes and patterns. We’ll use Logo, a text-based programming language to explore using repetition and loops within programming.   

P.E. UPDATE - P.E: is every Tuesday and Wednesday this half term.  We will be developing our striking and fielding skills whilst learning how to play cricket and rounders (Tuesdays) and we'll also begin our swimming lessons at Eckington. (Wednesdays).  Please ensure you wear your normal school uniform on Wednesday but remember to bring your swimming kits in a bag on these days. 

Music is focused around the Beatles song ‘Blackbird’. We will learn to sing the song and play along with instruments.  We will also learn to improvise and compose with the song.

 

 

 

 Edale Mountain Rescue Team 

We were lucky enough to have a visit from the Edale Mountain Rescue Team this half term.  We learnt all about who they are and what they do.  During the visit we found out about hill and mountain safety, how they use dogs to search an area and all the different equipment they use during a rescue .  We even got to use some of their equipment when we all got involved practiced rescuing our classmates.  

 Mountainous Landscapes 

We were inspired by the American artist Jen Aranyi and her fabulous mountain landscape artwork.  Taking up the challenge we set out to create our own landscapes and learnt sketching and drawing skills such as hatching and cross-hatching along the way.  To finish our landscapes we used watercolours to create the sunsets or night skies in the background.  Check out our finished masterpieces below.  

   Mini Medics   

This half term has seen us turn into mini medics as we have been learning all about emergency situations and introduction into First Aid.  We have also learnt CPR and the recovery position; choking, shock & wound treatment.  Take a look below to see us in action. 

Telling the time

We are learning and practicing telling the time during our maths lessons so here are a couple of weblinks to help you have a go at home.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?q=24+hour+clock 

 Woeful World War 2 

 Spring 2 

Our topic for this half term is entitled 'Woeful World War 2'.  The topic is driven by a History focus where we will be using our history skills to explore areas such as:

  • Why World War II began, know the main counties involved and order key events on a timeline
  • How people on the home front contributed to the war effort during World War II.
  • The roles and responsibilities of the armed forces during World War II.
  • The events of the Battle of Britain and explain why it was a turning point in the war.
  • What people did for entertainment during wartime Britain.
  • How and why World War II events are commemorated and plan a commemorative event of our own. 

In Literacy lessons we will be using our class reader ' My Secret War Diary by Flossie Albright' to inspire our own WW2 diary entries.  We'll also use the bombing of Sheffield and the Blitz to create vivid setting descriptions.  Plus we'll also be writing letters as WW2 evacuees back home to our parents.

In Maths we will be focusing on calculating the area of a shape before moving onto Fractions including: equivalent fractions, adding & subtracting fractions and calculating fractions of a quantity.

In Art we will use images of the Blitz and the bombing of Sheffield to create our own inspired landscape silhouettes.  We will also use a range of printing techniques to recreate our own WW2 posters.

Science will be exploring animals including humans with a particular focus on the digestive system and teeth.

In Computing we will be looking at data logging.   We'll collect data as well as access data captured over long periods of time.  We'll look at data points, data sets, and logging intervals. Plus spend time using a computer to review and analyse data. 

P.E. UPDATE - P.E: is every Tuesday and Friday and will all be outdoors for both sessions this half term.  We will be developing our racquet skills whilst learning how to play tennis (Tuesdays) and we'll develop our positioning and awareness skills during orienteering (Fridays).

Music is focused around the Soul/Gospel song by Bill Withers: Lean On Me.   We'll use pulse, rhythm, pitch etc to develop our musicality whist singing and playing instruments to the song.

  Blitz Artwork  

We've been creating our own Blitz inspired artwork this half-term.  Check out our brilliant masterpieces below.

  WW2 at Kelham Island Museum  

Year 4 visited Kelham Island Museum as part of our World War 2 topic.  We all dressed up to help us feel like we had travelled back in time.  When we arrived we were all treated to cookies from Sophie’s dad who is a chef at the Kelham Island Café – Thanks Mr Barber! We then got stuck into all the different activities.  We worked as detectives to try and figure out which suitcase belonged to which WW2 evacuee.  We divided up our weekly rations to try and make meals to last the whole week.  Identified whether aircraft were friend or foe and even experienced what an air raid would have been like trying to escape the bombs in an Anderson shelter.  We were all on top behaviour, learnt loads and did ourselves proud – well done Year 4!

 

I really enjoyed seeing the massive bombs and bullets from the war.  We investigated evacuees suitcases to try and find out who the clothes, letters, diaries and toys belonged to.  I also enjoyed the shop and going in a real air raid shelter.    Willow

 

We saw a real working steam engine which was massive and really loud.  We also found out how they made steel during the war.  Belle

 

We all went to Kelham Island Museum and saw an unexploded bomb that had been discovered after the war.  We also saw a giant bomb that was as tall as the building.  Evie

 

I liked the investigation to figure out which suitcase belonged to the evacuees.  We needed to use all the clues to figure it out.  Not only that, but we also saw the world’s most powerful steam engine!  Madison

 World War 2 Children's Games 

We've been exploring different games children entertained themselves with during World War 2.  We all enjoyed learning how to play battleships in the classroom with pencil and paper.  A little while later, we all headed outside with pieces of chalk to draw out our hopscotch grids before finishing with lots of different skipping games.  Check us out below.

 European Explorers 

 

 Spring 1 

Our new half-term topic is entitled ‘European Explorers’ in which we will be exploring all about what makes our continent so wonderfully diverse and interesting.  We will be reading and exploring a range of European folk tales including those from Italy, Spain, Latvia & Russia. We’ll then write our own folk tales inspired by what we have learnt.  After that, we’ll journey on to research and write our own travel brochures for a European destination and also write diary entries based on our class novel from a European country. 

In Geography we’ll be using and annotating maps to locate the European continent and its countries in order to compare it with other continents in terms of size and features.  We’ll also choose a European country to research in detail, considering both its human and physical geography and presenting the information in different ways. 

During Design Technology lessons we’ll be investigating and evaluating a variety of European bread products according to their characteristics.  We’ll learn how bread is an important part of a balanced diet and can be eaten in different ways.  We’ll also find out which ingredients are needed to make bread and how ingredients can be altered and mixed to create different effects.  Then we’ll design a new bread product for a particular person or event.  Make the bread product based on a plan and evaluate the finished product.

In Computing sessions we’ll develop our understanding of how digital images can be changed and edited, and how they can then be resaved and reused. We’ll consider the impact that editing images can have, and evaluate the effectiveness of our choices. 

Maths will involve developing formal written methods of multiplication and division methods including two and three digit numbers.  We’ll also be counting, making and comparing the area of given shapes and then moving onto look at fractions in detail.

P.E. sessions will involve continuing with gymnastics on a Friday at the community centre and on Mondays (weather permitting) developing our multi-skills outside on the playground – Make sure you bring warm clothing!!!

Science will involve exploring living things and their habitats.  We’ll identify, sort, group and classify living things from the local habitat and beyond!

We’ll be developing our French language skills, PSHE and RE too, so it set to be another action packed half-term.

Useful websites to help learning at home

Please click on the links below to access useful websites for home learning:

Maths

English

 Topic - Europe - Geography

 

 

 

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 Exploring the breads of Europe 

As part of our European Explorers topic we have been looking at,  tasting and exploring the different types of bread that are produced and consumed throughout Europe.  We recognised many, discovered quite a few and scoffed the lot! We had a lot of fun learning about where the different breads originated from and what they tasted like.  We taste tested all the different types and compared them for taste, texture, weight and appearance.  

 Brilliant Bread Making & Baking! 

After exploring and tasting different breads from around Europe we decided to make and create breads of our own.  We formed our working groups, washed our hands and started following a bread recipe.  We combined flour, yeast, sugar, salt, water and oil before mixing the ingredients into a dough and kneading it until it was springy and elastic.  Then we left the dough to prove.  Once it was proved we formed our bread dough into our own chosen bread shapes.  We brushed our creations with milk and scattered seeds over the top if we wanted to.  After baking for half an hour our brilliant bakes came out all golden and crusty.  They were all delicious and we had to hold ourselves back from scoffing the lot while we were evaluating them.  Take a look at how we got on below.

          Baking Bread with Barkers the Bakers          

As part of our European Explorers topic in Year 4 this half term we’ve been learning all about the different breads of Europe.  On Tuesday, we had a visit from Mr & Mrs Barker who own and run Barkers the Bakers.  They told us all about how much work goes into running a bakery and being a professional baker.  We learnt all about the equipment they use and the wide variety of breads, cakes, buns and pies they make each day.  We we’re also amazed at the quantities of each item them make – it tested our maths skills too! Later on we had a competition to make and create our own breads in whatever designs we wanted.  The Barkers then took them away to bake in their ovens and judge them.  The next day they returned our bakes along with prizes for everyone and special prizes for the top three.  We all had a fantastic afternoon and learnt so much.  Thankyou Mr & Mrs Barker we loved it.

 

It was one of the best afternoons ever when Barkers the Bakers came to visit. I was so happy I made a plait and a knot.  I don’t know how Mr Barker made it looks so easy but he helped me along the way – Lexi.

 

I had the most fun this week with Barkers the Bakers because I learnt about all the different breads, cakes and buns they make each day. Not only that, they’ve made 12 million breadcakes in 30 years – AMAZING right!     - Madison.

 

I really enjoyed baking with the Barkers because we learnt how to make hedgehog style breads and loads of other designs.  I also loved tasting all the different breads, they tasted delicious.  – Luca.

 

Our topic title for Autumn 2 is SHOCKING SOUNDS and focuses on the science of 'Electricity' and 'Sound'.  We will be finding out how electricity is generated and identify electrical appliances and the types of electricity they use.  We'll also explore different types of electrical circuits and identify what makes good conductors and insulators before investigating different kinds of switches.  When we are studying sound we will discover how sounds are made; how sound travels and how we hear things.  We'll also explore ways to change the pitch of a sound and investigate different ways sounds can be absorbed.  During Design Technology Lessons we'll have the chance to experiment with circuits and switches before taking on the challenge of designing, making and evaluating our own alarm systems for a particular purpose. Will we be guarding diamonds, apprehending burglars or improving fire security?! What will we all choose?  Music sessions will involve exploring and developing our playing skills through the glockenspiel - Sounds like fun - Get it?!?!?  During English lessons we will be writing our own instructions on how to build a burglar alarm and we'll be writing and performing our own performance poetry.  Our class reader this half term is 'The Firework-Makers Daughter' by Philip Pullman.  We'll use the book to create character descriptions and alternative openings.  We'll also write letters in role and create our own missing chapter from the book.  Maths will be focusing on Measurement and in particular Length & Perimeter.  After that, we'll switch to developing our Multiplication and Division skills.  P.E. sessions will focus on gymnastics at the Community Centre ( on FRIDAY MORNINGS for this half term only).  Weather permitting we will also get outside to continue developing our multi-skills.  There's also French, RE and PSHE to squeeze in so it'll be Christmas before we know it!

 

 

Useful websites to help learning at home

Please click on the links below to access useful websites for home learning:

Maths

English

 Topic - Electricity

 Topic - Sound

 

3D Paper Snowflake Tutorial Video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lT2oeNkTOAk

 

 Electrical Episodes 

We've been studying how electricity is generated and the different forms it comes in.  We've discovered that the process of generating electricity can be harmful to the environment and wanted to broadcast what we've learnt.  So please tune in to one of our electrical episodes below.

 Electrical Conductor or Insulator? 

As part of our science work this half term we have been conducting investigations aimed at discovering which materials are electrical conductors or insulators.  We had to help a soldier who needed to find out which materials in his kit bag would conduct electricity and help fix his broken communication system.  So we set up electrical circuits of our own and then tested a range of materials including metals, glass, plastic, wood, paper and card.   We found that the metals products in the soldiers kit bag conducted electricity best and could help the soldier fix his system and communicate back to base - YAY! 

 Danger, Danger! There's a burglar about! 

During Design Technology this half term and as part of our topic work on Shocking Sounds we have been learning all about how burglar alarms work and how they are made.  We also got to make our own.  Check them out below! 

 Christmas Bouncy Snowmen 

We've been getting ready for Christmas by making Christmas Bouncy Snowmen decorations.  Check out our creations below.

 Christmas 3D Houses 

We've been helping decorate the church for Christmas by creating these 3D houses ready for their wintery Christmas scene.  We found started looking at net designs and how they are set out in 2D.  Then we set about decorating, cutting, folding and sticking our nets together.  Have a look below at our finished creations.  

 Our Christmas  Songs 

Here's our Christmas songs guys.  Have fun practicing them ready for our Christmas Carols performance for parents on December 22nd.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIFqnEoctI4      Deck the Halls (Y4)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJQqOzkcHjg     Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer (All)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-OF7KGyDis      We wish you a merry Christmas (ALL)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EXV-tvIBV4      Merry Christmas Everybody  (ALL)

Our first topic of the year is entitled 'The Groovy Greeks' and is all about discovering what life was like in Ancient Greece.  In English we will be reading and writing Greek myths, comparing life for a child in Ancient Greece to life today and we'll be exploring and reporting on the Ancient Greek Olympics.  Maths will involve improving our place value and number skills e.g rounding to 10 and 100, ordering numbers and methods of adding & subtracting.  During History lessons we'll look at significant people, places and events from Ancient Greece, contrast daily life in Ancient Greece with modern day lifestyles and become familiar with historical sources, debates and accurate vocabulary relating to Ancient Greece.  Art sessions will see us make and create our own Greek mosaics followed by a cyclopes eye - blimey!!!!  Computing will involve using the internet safely and securely.  We'll learn about who owns content on the web and what we can access, add, and create.  Finally, we'll evaluate online content to decide how honest, accurate, or reliable it is, and understand the consequences of false information.  P.E will be focused on multi-skills including improving our catching, throwing, running and jumping.  

  Marvelous Mosaics  

In art we have been learning all about Ancient Greek mosaics.  We were inspired by the many Ancient Greek myths we have read and the sailing ships they used to travel on their quests and adventures.  We used these influences when creating our own mosaics.  Check them out below. 

     Brilliant Benchball!    

Year 4 took part in a Benchball tournament at Graves Leisure Centre.  All our teams played brilliantly and were a real credit to our school.  Teachers from other schools noticed how honest and sporting we were and praised us for our behaviour – especially Olivia!  There were two competitions and our girls team made it to the semi-final in one and our boys team made the final – and WON in the other!!!  We all had a great time and played with real enthusiasm and effort.  Well done Team Tudor – you’re all stars!

‘In benchball we had lots of fun and me and my friends scored lots of goals. Even though we didn’t come first, we were having a great time and that’s what matters.  By Esme.

 

My team got on really good and we won or drew every game, which meant we reached the final and won! How good is that? Mr T was so proud of us and we were proud of ourselves.  By Dawson.

 

I felt a bit nervous but also excited because we were playing against other schools.  My team played really well and it was fun learning a new sport.  By Aoife. 

   Meet Thaddeus - Our visitor from Ancient Greece   

.We’ve had a visitor come to see us in Y4 - his name was Thaddeus and he came all the way from Ancient Greece – WOW!

Thaddeus gave us all a taste of Ancient Greece as he brought to life the great myths and legends of one of the world’s oldest civilisations.  He taught us all about Ancient Greek life and we discovered that there are many things in our lives today that are similar to life in Ancient Greece including food & drink and some subjects taught at school.

We enjoyed creating our own statues of the Greek Gods and Goddesses.

Discovered what it took to be a soldier in the Spartan Army.

We even held our own debating forum and voted on who we thought had made the best case in the debate. 

The votes were counted to reveal who had won!

Thaddeus ended his visit by retelling us the Ancient Greek myth of Daedalus and Icarus.  We all had a great afternoon and learnt so much – thank you Thaddeus for visiting us and good luck with your journey back to Ancient Greece.