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Sedgefield Primary School

Learning Together for Life

Year 4

Welcome to Class 4!

 During the Autumn Term, our topic is Ancient Egypt. We are exploring the rich history of this Ancient civilisation and answering important questions such as ‘Why the River Nile was important to the Ancient Egyptians?’ and ‘Why did the Ancient Egyptians build pyramids?’ If you wish to see our Autumn Newsletter you can download it below. Enter text...

 

AUTUMN NEWSLETTER

If you wish to see our Autumn Newsletter, you can download it below.

  

Swimathon 2019

Sedgefield Primary 'Swimathon' Team 2019 was delighted to be awarded 3 trophies for their fantastic fundraising for Marie Curie, Cancer Research and the Alzheimer's Society. In total, our swimmers raised nearly £1800 for the above charities. Four children from Year 4 were able to attend the presentation evening to receive our awards. Next question...who's up for 'Swimathon' 2020?

 

PE - Cricket Coaching

This half-term, Year 4 are really lucky to be receiving weekly coaching thanks to a cricket initiative called @Chance2Shine. Over the next 5 weeks, the sessions aim to give our pupils the chance to grow and develop their social, physical and personal skills through the sport of cricket. 

Year 4's Fabulous Class Assembly

 Year 4 performed a fantastic Ancient Egyptian themed assembly in front of parents, carers and family members. They entertained the audience with a range of fantastic facts, a fabulous play, a rap to the theme tune of 'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air' and two funny songs that I'm sure they'll hum the tune to for ages! 

Well done Year 4! This was an interesting, entertaining and fact-filled assembly. You've obviously learned lots during our recent topic.

 

Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check

In June 2019, a new Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) will be trialled across the UK, becoming statutory in 2020.

The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether year 4 pupils can fluently recall their multiplication tables.

The MTC is focused on the fluent recall of multiplication facts. This is included in the National Curriculum (2014) Statutory Programme of Study for Mathematics at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The National Curriculum states, ‘By the end of year 4, pupils should have memorised their multiplication tables up to and including the 12 multiplication table and show precision and fluency in their work’.

The MTC will be delivered as an online, on-screen digital assessment and will take each pupil less than 5 minutes to complete.

Please see the parent's guide below for more information and the links to games and other activities to support your child's preparation for the test.

https://blog.oxfordowl.co.uk/what-is-the-year-4-multiplication-tables-check/

We have also put together an additional document giving advice and guidance on how to help your child. In it, we have suggested various games, apps, websites and online times tables test generators that will be particularly useful in helping your child to learn their times tables facts. You can download the document below.

 Brass Assembly

All of our Year 4 pupils will have the opportunity to learn to play a brass instrument this year. The first group performed to a large audience in assembly this week and they were absolutely fabulous.  We were wowed with tunes to 'Jingle Bells', 'What's Up?' and 'Fix it' among others. Well done Year 4! The next group will now start their 10 week block of music tuition. Last year, nearly all of the children from Year 4 continued with lessons after the trial period. What a fantastic take-up!

 

Musical instruments

To conclude our Science unit, Year were asked to design and construct a  musical instrument. We were blown away by the variety and imaginative choice of designs. Well done everyone! This made choosing the winner incredibly difficult.

Class Visit to The Oriental Museum

On Friday 8th November, Year 4 visited The Oriental Museum in Durham to support and extend our topic work on Ancient Egypt. We all had a fantastic day and learned so about the ancient civilisation. 

Science in Year 4

In Science we are learning about 'Sound'. We have been experimenting with different instruments to see how sounds are made. The children also worked in groups to create and perform an educational programme to explain how different sounds travel. In it, they had to explain the link between loudness of a sound and the size of the vibrations, and explain how these sounds reach our ears.

After finding out about 'Sound' we will be going on a discovery to investigate the busy world inside your body. Do you have a toothy grin or a winning smile? Are you really what you eat? We'll find out later...