About this class

Welcome to the Year 4 page

You will find all of the things you should need to know for the year.

In Year 4, the teachers are Mr Easterbrook and Miss Sharpe. We are supported by Miss Friend, Mrs Harris, and Mrs Davenport, who are our teaching assistants.

We also have Mrs Blagdon, Mrs Cowin and Mrs Mitchell who cover our planning time, which is usually a Wednesday, and any additional time when we are out of class for training or leadership purposes. Having familiar adults helps to build consistency and means the children and adults are familiar with each other.

Year 4 is a key year and involves the children taking greater responsibility for their own learning. Despite this we are very keen to work together as a partnership, with the children, parents, teachers and school all working together to help us 'to be the best that we can be'.

Please feel free to contact the Year 4 team if you have something you wish to ask or would like to discuss. We have an open-door policy and will see you as soon as possible. Please ask at the office if you would like to see us in person or would like to pass on a message or catch us in the playground at the start or end of the day. 

Thank you,

The Year 4 Team

Meet the team

Mr Jeff Easterbrook

Mr Jeff Easterbrook

LKS2 Lead & Year 4 Teacher
4E
Miss Sheila Friend

Miss Sheila Friend

Year 4 Teaching Assistant
Mrs Dawn Cowin

Mrs Dawn Cowin

Whole School PPA & Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Mrs Joanne Mitchell

Mrs Joanne Mitchell

Whole School PPA & Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Mrs Laura Blagdon

Mrs Laura Blagdon

LKS2 Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Mrs Viv Harris

Mrs Viv Harris

Year 4 Teaching Assistant
Miss Chloe Sharpe

Miss Chloe Sharpe

Year 4 Teacher
4E
Mrs Leigh Davenport

Mrs Leigh Davenport

Year 4 Teaching Assistant
4S

General Information

Home learning

Each Friday, children will be given spellings based around the expectations of their year group. The test will be on the following Friday. Some children will have different spellings and may have a different number of words to learn each week.

The children are expected to read regularly throughout the week. We ask for parental involvement on the completion of the reading record on three occasions. This should indicate what, when and how much the children have read. It would also be helpful to include a very brief comment on any problems or successes from the activity. This is to be handed in EVERY Friday and counts towards our class rewards.

We have changed the homework expectations for Maths and English this year. We will not have a weekly piece of Maths and English, but we do ask that all children play on TTRockstars and Spelling Shed as much as they possibly can. If they do not have access to a device, they should still be learning their spellings and times tables for the week.

Reading

In school, almost all children in KS2 will use the Accelerated Reader scheme. This targets children, specifically guiding them towards books that are suitable for their reading level, while challenging them to make progress. They will be responsible for choosing their own books, reading them carefully, before completing an online quiz on the book. This will check for their understanding and retention of what they have read. It will also help to refine the areas we need to develop for them.

Regular reading at home is essential. The children should be heard reading aloud at least 3 times per week. Discussions between the child and the adult are key to helping to improve and develop their understanding but also allows the children to work on their expression when reading aloud.

Children should regularly read their Accelerated Reader books but can also read any additional text you have (non-fiction, magazines, other books etc).

Each child has their own reading record and these need to be completed with three adult signed entries per week, indicating when the child read, what they read and anything that arose from the discussion. If the record has been misplaced or left at school, the entries should be completed on a piece of paper, which can be stuck into the book. 

Spellings

Spellings will be set through Spelling Shed on a Friday and tested on the following Friday. These will consist of some new spellings, some repeated from the previous week, and some that they may have had at some point earlier in the term. This repetition is key to start developing 'sticky knowledge' of the spelling patterns and spellings we use in school. Previously, we would be teaching and testing some unusual words that would be used as they used a particular spelling pattern or theme. Our new system should be more relevant and useful.

Times tables facts

The national expectation for Year 4 is that ALL children will know every times table fact from 1x1 to 12x12 by heart and with instant recall. The Government have introduced a national assessment of this skill.

As a school, we were involved in the pilot, and recently have completed the full and final process with our previous Year 4 pupils, who performed incredibly well and this was in main due to regular learning at home of the tables, either through playing the TTRockstars app or by repeated questioning by others. Both can be a fun way to learn and enhance the knowledge of the tables, making all of their maths skills much quicker and accurate. The only way to embed this essential skill is to repeatedly practise them. Just a few minutes learning them each day will have a massive impact. Our best mathematicians know all of their tables by heart and it will be invaluable for moving into Year 5 and beyond.

 All children have been provided with their own TTRockstars username and password. It would be helpful if they could learn these so that they can use them at home, but also in school, where we will be using the app to keep our skills topped up.

There will also be regular competitions held between the classes and certain groups of children. We hope that you encourage the children to take part.

In Year 4, the expectations in maths have changed significantly. The new curriculum focuses heavily on calculation strategies, particularly for addition, subtraction and multiplication. We also start to develop our division skills, so it is essential that the children work at learning these at home. They are a key life skill which will be essential throughout adulthood.

We are having a huge push on our times tables at the moment as it forms a key part of what we must know to move forwards in our learning. We would really appreciate any help with the learning of this key skill please. If you need some help with suggestions, please see the resources below or come and ask one of the team for some support.

PE Kit and days
The school PE kit is as follows:

A plain white or blue t-shirt, black shorts, and trainers. For colder months, and outdoor games especially, children may wear a plain, dark tracksuit, but without logos or patterns please.

TUESDAY INDOOR PE - Children may also want to wear tracksuits to be able to wear outdoors at break time and lunchtime.

THURSDAY OUTDOOR PE - This will be on the playground during the winter and on the field during the summer.

Year 4 Term Curriculum overview

Autumn Term 1 & 2:  
  • History - The Ancient Greeks – How did they become modern day heroes?
  • Science - Sound - Learning how sounds are generated and travel through different materials.
  • Science - Electricity - How circuits work and the difference between an insulator and conductor.
Spring Terms 1 & 2:
  • History - Ancient Rome - Why were the Romans so powerful and what did we learn from them?
  • Science – Teeth and the digestive system - The digestive system of humans and other animals. Learning about the teeth of different animals and how and why they are different.
  • Geography - The geography of Europe with a focus on Italy.
Summer Terms 1 & 2:
  • Geography - Water Worlds – Rivers and coasts.
  • Science - Changes in state - Solids, liquids and gases (linked to the water cycle).
  • Science - Habitats and classification of animals - Looking at how to identify animals and plants using keys.

Termly overview

RE

At Manadon Vale, RE is taught to give every child the opportunity to explore the big questions about life, to find out what people believe and what difference this makes to their lives. Pupils gain the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to handle questions raised by religion and belief and to reflect on their own ideas and ways of living.

In Key Stage 1 and 2, we follow the Plymouth Agreed Syllabus for RE. The principal religions and non-religious worldviews represented in the UK are covered taught through 'Key Questions'. These key questions are explored through the study of sacred texts, through creative arts, with visiting speakers and visits to places of worship and with lively discussion and debate.

In Year 4 the key questions are:

  • What is the ‘Trinity’ and why is it important for Christians?
  • What kind of world did Jesus want?
  • Why do Christians call the day Jesus died ‘Good Friday’? (Salvation)
  • What do Hindus believe God is like?
  • What does it mean to be a Hindu in Britain today?
  • How do festivals and worship show what matters to a Muslim.

Year Notices:

05/02/24
Over the half term holiday, we would like to invite the children to make a weather diary - this can be completed as creatively as your child likes! These will be used to help support your child's learning in class.

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In Foundation Stage we have been finding out about Lunar New Year. One of the traditions we have been learning about is the wishing tree. Chinese wishing trees, money trees, and hong bao trees are a big part of festivities. Every year, billions of people around the world gather to toss their red ribbons up into the wishing tree with hope that it will stick and their wish will come true for good fortune in the coming year. We wrote our own wishes to add to our tree!
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4S have been working hard and sculpting their final art pieces! The children have explored, planned and created clay busts in the style of our Spring term artist Henry Moore 🏺🖌️
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Tamar 🔵 and Meavy 🟡 houses are loving their cinema afternoon for winning the House Points competition in the Autumn term! The children used democracy to vote for their choice of reward and for which film they would watch this afternoon. Have a lovely half term everyone. ☺️ Mrs Gilbride
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MVPS Whole School Writing Competition. ✍️📝🏆💙 We have 7 x £5 book vouchers up for grabs that can be used at our book fair (week beginning 11th March 2024) to purchase a book! There will be one winner from each year group. How to enter: -Write a story with a beginning, middle and end. Your story can be about whatever you want! We want to see you using your imagination and dreaming up your own world. -EYFS and children who may find writing challenging- Can you draw a story including a beginning, middle and end? Challenge: Try and use the skills that you have been taught in class throughout your writing. Staff from the school will then vote on the 7 winners! The winning stories will also be on display during the book fairs and published on our school Facebook page. Please send all entries to your class teacher by Wednesday 28th February. The winners will be announced on Friday 8th March. Terms and conditions of the voucher: 1. Valid for one transaction from your Scholastic Book Fair only. 2. Defaced or photocopied vouchers not accepted. 3. No change given for items less than full value. Wishing all of our families and friends a wonderful half term break. Thank you for your continued support, Happy writing, Miss Harris.
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2C are authors 📚📝 We have loved our creative writing unit this half term. Daisy Doodles has been our focused book. The children have produced their own version as an independent write with the challenge of including alliteration, expanded noun phrases and similes.
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Great shooting at Thornbury from team Manadon. Well done.
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World Book Day continued…. 📚 Children are able to wear their pyjamas if they want as there are lots of book characters that wear pyjamas. They could also come as a ‘child’ from a story and wear normal mufti. 🙃💙
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Please follow the link to see how to create a low-cost costume related to the 2024 £1 books. 💙
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World Book Day 2024 is taking place on Thursday 7th March 2024, and all children and staff at MVPS are invited to dress up as their favourite book characters. Today, all children will be leaving school with their £1 tokens. The £1 tokens and £1 books give all children the chance to choose and own a book – for free. The World Book Day books are a gift to children from booksellers and publishers. Use your World Book Day £1 book token to get one of these brilliant reads for free between 15th February and 31st March 2024 or you can use it to get £1 off any book £2.99+ at the school bookfair in the week beginning Monday 11th March- further details to follow. Children can use their £1 token at a range of shops including Asda, Blackwell’s, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waterstones, WHSmith, The Works and hundreds of independent booksellers. Find your nearest bookseller at worldbookday.com/participating-retailers World Book Day and Oxford Children’s have worked with the 2024 £1publishers on dressing up templates and ideas to create low-cost costumes related to the 2024 £1 books. Ideas of how to create a low-cost costume related to the 2024 £1 books will be uploaded in the next post. These ideas will also be emailed out to all parents/carers today.
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Maths games!!!! 2C have been adding and subtracting from 20, practising our times tables and showing understanding of greater than and less than
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Year 2 only!!! ⚽️⚽️⚽️ Due to the very wet field, our Friday football won’t be going ahead tomorrow. Please look in book bags for a letter explaining our plan to continue lunchtime football next term. It’s open to all boys in Year 2. There will be opportunities for girls to play after Easter. Don’t worry, they won’t miss out. Mr Cuzner
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Year 2 have loved having district sport this term⚽️🏀🥎
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✏️🐱 Animal Poetry! 🦜✏️ Year 1 have been reading poems by Joshua Seigal this week! We enjoyed the poem 'Never' so much that we decided to write our own in the same style. The children did a wonderful job at choosing which animals to write about and came up with some rather hilarious ideas on things to 'never' do to animals for their final write! We're SO proud of them! 🧡 Here's a little taster to make you smile;
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Our wonderful ‘Young Voices’ singers made it into The Plymouth Chronicle - page 10. Lovely and proud memories of a very special trip a fortnight ago! 🎵
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Year 2 had a great time running the gauntlet in PE this morning. They have worked hard on their throwing, catching and rolling skills this term.
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Free craft workshops 🎨 This sounds wonderful ✨
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**Update on the Accelerated Reader reward system** From tomorrow, all children who receive 80% or above on a quiz (in the top half of their ZPD) will receive a raffle ticket 🎟️ 🥳💙🤓 EYFS and year 2 not on Accelerated Reader will remain the same 😊 3 names will be chosen each week by their class teacher. 👩🏼‍🏫 👨‍🏫 Thank you, Miss Harris.
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Year 6 were invited by Devonport High School for Girls to go and watch their production ‘The Addams Family’. We had a truly fantastic morning watching the performance. The show was incredible and really inspiring for our year 6s thinking about their transition to secondary. 🎭 🎶
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