Church Road, Astwood Bank
Redditch, Worcestershire, B96 6EH
01527 892 681

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 Welcome to Year 4!

4S Mrs Smart and Mrs Holmes

4L Miss Lewis and Mrs Vickridge

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Half Term Homework 

  • Shoe boxes - We would like the children to bring in a shoe box ready for the w/c 1st November for an exciting DT project. Please can they bring in any spare bits of wrapping paper to be used as wallpaper and carpet. 
  • Topic Homework - We've looked at diary writing this term. In your orange homework books write a simple diary entry for yourself about one of the days during half term. There is no need to plan or do anything special. At the end of the day write down what happened. You should say how you felt throughout the day, remembering to write in the first person and past tense. It would be great if you could add some humour, we like a good laugh!
  • Spellings -  The group your child is in will be on a sticker in their homework book. They will be either, Oak, Ash or Elm. At the bottom of the page is a document for each group. This week is the spellings for Week 7. These will be tested every Tuesday in a random order. There is a document at the bottom explaining the spelling program in Year 4 in more detail. We will re-evaluate groups in a couple of weeks.
  • Reading - The children now have a book to read after taking an Star Reader Test. Please read with them for at least 10 minutes a night and record it with a quick note in their white Reading Record books.

Have a fabulous half term.

Stay Safe

Mrs Smart, Mrs Holmes, Miss Lewis and Mrs Vickridge

Information for w/c 18th October 2021 

***** This week 4L will be doing Forest School on Thursday 14th October. The children will need to come to school ready for PE and bring appropriate clothes for whatever the weather throws at us in the afternoon. It will go ahead regardless of the weather! Wellies are a must with warm clothes and a coat.*****

Shoe boxes - We would like the children to bring in a shoe box ready for the w/c 1st November for an exciting DT project. 

Maths KIRFS - We will be retesting the children on their Maths KIRFS (Autumn 1) next week. This knowledge is essential to the foundation of Maths. We would like everyone to refresh their understanding of these facts ready for a short test on Wednesday (20th) to see how they have got on.  Maths KIRFS document can be found in the box below. 

  • Topic Homework - A task has been set on Purple Mash linked to World Mental Health Day which was on 10th October. We have had discussions and been doing activities about it this week. The task asks them to identify 6 steps to good mental health.
  • Maths Homework - There is a task set on MyMaths for addition and subtraction. 
  • Maths - TT Rockstars - We would like the children to continue use TT Rockstars to practice learning timetables on a weekly basis. Please see below to read more information.  
  • **Information for logging in and required passwords are at the bottom of this page**
  • Spellings -  The group your child is in will be on a sticker in their homework book. They will be either, Oak, Ash or Elm. At the bottom of the page is a document for each group. This week is the spellings for Week 6. These will be tested every Tuesday in a random order. There is a document at the bottom explaining the spelling program in Year 4 in more detail. We will re-evaluate groups in a couple of weeks.
  • Reading - The children now have a book to read after taking an Star Reader Test. Please read with them for at least 10 minutes a night and record it with a quick note in their white Reading Record books.

Information for w/c 11th October 2021 

***** This week 4S will be doing Forest School on Thursday 14th October. The children will need to come to school ready for PE and bring appropriate clothes for whatever the weather throws at us in the afternoon. It will go ahead regardless of the weather! Wellies are a must with warm clothes and a coat.*****

  • Topic Homework - This week we would like you to continue with our Harvest theme and create a picture of a harvest basket which has been set on Purple Mash then using the second 2Do on Purple Mash create a harvest theme page border and write 3 or 4 sentences about Harvest Time.
  • Maths Homework - There is a task set on Purple Mash for column addition using 4-digit numbers. 
  • Maths - TT Rockstars - We would like the children to continue use TT Rockstars to practice learning timetables on a weekly basis. Please see below to read more information.  
  • **Information for logging in and required passwords are at the bottom of this page**
  • Spellings -  The group your child is in will be on a sticker in their homework book. They will be either, Oak, Ash or Elm. At the bottom of the page is a document for each group. This week is the spellings for Week 5. These will be tested every Tuesday in a random order. There is a document at the bottom explaining the spelling program in Year 4 in more detail. We will re-evaluate groups in a couple of weeks.
  • Reading - The children now have a book to read after taking an Star Reader Test. Please read with them for at least 10 minutes a night and record it with a quick note in their white Reading Record books.

Information for w/c 4th October 2021 

**** If your child is going to regularly picked up by someone other than you or you would like them to walk round to the front of school please can you write a letter to say you have given permission for this. The letter will last for all of Year 4 unless you tell us otherwise. By doing this it saves you ringing the office and reassures us that they are going home with an appropriate adult ****

  • Homework - Homework is set every Thursday and we expect it to be handed in every Monday morning. Each week there will be a piece of topic homework either on Purple Mash or in their orange homework books. In their homework books is a password card for Purple Mash as well as your child's group for spellings and a list of tips and expectations for their homework. 
  • Topic Homework - For your homework we would like you choose a poem and learn it off by heart – add in lots of expression and try to speak slowly and clearly.  We will have a session on Monday afternoonwhere each child will perform in front of the class.  Extra credit will be had for memorising, so your poem doesn’t need to be too long.  We will allow children to have their poem on paper as a prompt but the main objective of this is to encourage a confident “heads up” presentation! 
  • Maths Homework - There is a task set on my maths for introducing column addition. 
  • Maths - TT Rockstars - We would like the children to continue use TT Rockstars to practice learning timetables on a weekly basis. Please see below to read more information.  
  • **Information for logging in and required passwords are at the bottom of this page**
  • Spellings -  The group your child is in will be on a sticker in their homework book. They will be either, Oak, Ash or Elm. At the bottom of the page is a document for each group. This week is the spellings for Week 4. These will be tested every Tuesday in a random order. There is a document at the bottom explaining the spelling program in Year 4 in more detail. We will re-evaluate groups in a couple of weeks.
  • Reading - The children now have a book to read after taking an Star Reader Test. Please read with them for at least 10 minutes a night and record it with a quick note in their white Reading Record books.

Information for w/c 27th September 2021 

**** If your child is going to regularly picked up by someone other than you or you would like them to walk round to the front of school please can you write a letter to say you have given permission for this. The letter will last for all of Year 4 unless you tell us otherwise. By doing this it saves you ringing the office and reassures us that they are going home with an appropriate adult ****

  • Homework - Homework is set every Thursday and we expect it to be handed in every Monday morning. Each week there will be a piece of topic homework either on Purple Mash or in their orange homework books. In their homework books is a password card for Purple Mash as well as your child's group for spellings and a list of tips and expectations for their homework. 
  • Topic Homework - We are still learning about Autumn. We would like the children to make an autumn picture and use sentences to describe it set on Purple Mash.  Please can the children collect 8 leaves for an art project next week.
  • Maths Homework - There is a task set on my maths for negative numbers. If you can't remember your child's login we will be sending home orange homework books with login details stuck in at the back. 
  • Maths - TT Rockstars - We would like the children to use TT Rockstars to practice learning timetables. Please see below to read more information. 
  • **Information for logging in and required passwords are at the bottom of this page**
  • Spellings -  The group your child is in will be on a sticker in their homework book. They will be either, Oak, Ash or Elm. At the bottom of the page is a document for each group. This week is the spellings for Week 3. These will be tested every Tuesday in a random order. There is a document at the bottom explaining the spelling program in Year 4 in more detail. We will re-evaluate groups in a couple of weeks.
  • Reading - The children now have a book to read after taking an Star Reader Test. Please read with them for at least 10 minutes a night and record it with a quick note in their white Reading Record books.
  • French - There is a document below which explains what the children will be learning in Autumn 1. We now have a useful subscription to language angels which can help support your child's learning at home - read the document to find out more. 
  • Swimming - Children in 4L will need to come to school in their PE kits with their swimming costume underneath on Monday (make sure you remember to bring a clean underwear to change into afterwards). It will be a busy morning so make sure the children go to the toilet before coming to school, especially the girls. We would like the children to bring a swimming hat and goggles if you have them. Also, a polite reminder that children with long hair will need to be tied back. 
  • PE - Both classes will have PE on Thursday and 4S will also have PE on Friday. 

 

Information for w/c 20th September 2021 

**** If your child is going to regularly picked up by someone other than you or you would like them to walk round to the front of school please can you write a letter to say you have given permission for this. The letter will last for all of Year 4 unless you tell us otherwise. By doing this it saves you ringing the office and reassures us that they are going home with an appropriate adult ****

  • Homework - Homework is set every Thursday and we expect it to be handed in every Monday morning. Each week there will be a piece of topic homework either on Purple Mash or in their orange homework books. In their homework books is a password card for Purple Mash as well as your child's group for spellings and a list of tips and expectations for their homework. 
  • Maths Homework - We would you to look at the 'Maths KIRFs to practice' document in the box below. This knowledge that is essential to the foundation of maths. We would like everyone to do their best to learn the facts for Autumn 1. We will do a short test on Tuesday (21st) to see how they have got on then repeat it in the last week before half term to see if they have beaten their PB.
  • Topic Homework - This week we would you to think about Autumn.  Autumn is creeping up on us and there are plenty of seasonal changes around. There are still a few flowers, plenty of seeds trying to survive until next year and wonderful shapes and colours to be seen.  Look outside (a hedgerow or woodland is ideal) and then write in your orange homework book about some of your observations. We are looking for complete sentences with some accurate description and possibly naming of some of the species. If you want to add a few small, accurate drawings to enhance your work, then we would be pleased to see them. 
  • Spellings -  The group your child is in will be on a sticker in their homework book. They will be either, Oak, Ash or Elm. At the bottom of the page is a document for each group. This week is the spellings for Week 2. These will be tested every Tuesday in a random order. There is a document at the bottom explaining the spelling program in Year 4 in more detail. We will re-evaluate groups in a couple of weeks.
  • Reading - The children now have a book to read after taking an Star Reader Test. Please read with them for at least 10 minutes a night and record it with a quick note in their white Reading Record books.
  • French - There is a document below which explains what the children will be learning in Autumn 1. We now have a useful subscription to language angels which can help support your child's learning at home - read the document to find out more. 
  • Swimming - Children in 4L will need to come to school in their PE kits with their swimming costume underneath on Monday (make sure you remember to bring a clean underwear to change into afterwards). It will be a busy morning so make sure the children go to the toilet before coming to school, especially the girls. We would like the children to bring a swimming hat and goggles if you have them. Also, a polite reminder that children with long hair will need to be tied back. 
  • PE - Both classes will have PE on Thursday and 4S will also have PE on Friday. 

Information for w/c 13th September 2021 

  • Homework - Homework is set every Thursday and we expect it to be handed in every Monday morning. Each week there will be a piece of topic homework either on Purple Mash or in their orange homework books. In their homework books is a password card for Purple Mash as well as your child's group for spellings and a list of tips and expectations for their homework. 
  • Maths Homework - Reading and writing numbers set on Purple Mash. 
  • Topic Homework - This week we would you to research an aspect of the Anglo - Saxons. You could use books or the internet to find 5 facts that you find interesting. Tell us about them through writing and drawing a picture.  
  • Spellings -  The group your child is in will be on a sticker in their homework book. They will be either, Oak, Ash or Elm. At the bottom of the page is a document for each group. This week is the spellings for Week 1. These will be tested every Tuesday in a random order. There is a document at the bottom explaining the spelling program in Year 4 in more detail. 
  • Swimming - Children in 4L will need to come to school in their PE kits with their swimming costume underneath (make sure you remember to bring a clean underwear to change into afterwards). It will be a busy morning so make sure the children go to the toilet before coming to school, especially the girls. We would like the children to bring a swimming hat and goggles if you have them. Also, a polite reminder that children with long hair will need to be tied back. 
  • PE - Both classes will have PE on Thursday and 4S will also have PE on Friday. 

Information for w/c 6th September 2021

We have really enjoyed our first two days of school, it's good to be back and learning together again.

  • PE - Next week (for one week only!) PE will be on Thursday and Friday for both classes. 
  • Swimming will start the following week on 13th September for 4L until 11th October. 4S will be swimming after half term from 1st November until 29th November. You will receive a letter on Parent Pay very soon.
  • We are studying the Anglo Saxons for the next two weeks. 
  • Homework will be set for the first time on Thursday 9th September.

Have a good weekend!

2nd September 2021

Welcome all! We are really looking forward to getting to know you and catch up with your holiday news. The first two days will be like the transition days that we would have done last year.

  • You will not need any PE kit this week. 
  • Please can you bring in an empty pencil case. This is not essential for the first couple of days, we will give you everything you need for the classroom. Can we also ask that the children do not bring in oversized rubbers or novelty sharpeners, we will provide everything they need.
  • Inhalers and Epi Pens- They were sent home at the end of last year. If your child requires one please collect a form to give us permission to administer prescribed medicine then hand in to the office. Check it is in date and label clearly.  
  • This is a polite reminder to label everything! If it is named it is more likely to be returned to you.

Rapid Reading.  Look at this GUIDE first.  You'll be sent an individual username.  The password will be Astwood1 and the school code is astw.  We will allocate books to your account as soon as we can.  Once you've completed a book we'll get feedback and will be able to allocate another.  We will also be able to assess if you're on the right level.  If, after a couple of weeks this appears wrong, please let us know.  There has been a suggestion that Rapid works less well on ipads but this isn't entirely clear.  For those interested in the assessment process; every book a child reads, and completes the tasks, generates 'traffic light' style feedback in the different reading areas and also tells us how many prompts the child needed.  Children regularly scoring all 'greens' may be ready for a new level; those with a handful of 'ambers' and a few prompts are about right;  those with lots of 'reds' and multiple prompts may need a slightly easier book for now.  We will monitor this regularly and adjust the books to suit.  Just so you know!  

TT Rockstars.  If you're new here, look at THIS.  The first time you log on you'll need to choose a rockstar name and do a baseline test.  If you're already an expert, check out these TOP TIPS.  Do this every week - Every day if you can! Remember to practise in the 'garage' game but try to improve your RockStar Status in the 'studio' game.  The system is designed to be intuitive and will respond to your child's speed and accuracy to give a personalised experience.  Ask your teacher if you don't know your login details, but these should be in the front of your child's reading record book.  We have a Rockstar display in each class so we can celebrate progress through the levels.  Don't miss out on this!  Year 4 is the year in which we really try to get all times tables up to 12x12 rock solid. 

My Maths -The children's password details should be the same as last year.  Remember it's a good idea to do the "practice" task first before attempting the homework.  The first level login is "astwood" and password "cosine242"  Then use your own username which is 3 numbers and a password of 3 letters.  If you don't have this please ask!
 
Purple Mash.  We will use this lots over the year so it's important that your child can access their account.  It is an excellent resource and was primarily introduced to deliver our ICT curriculum.  We will mainly use it in school but will set the occasional homework task which will be found in your child's "to do" folder.  We won't overload them at this stage.  Make sure you've created your avatar - Click on the "character" in the top right and set the design you like.  Simple.  Any work to to will be in a little "alert" which you just click on.  There are lots of other games to explore so feel free to play these if you'd like.  Let us know your favourites!  The logon details are in the front of the orange homework book. 
 
 
There have been a few requests for some extra maths challenges.  We've included some problem solving & reasoning activities linked to the topics we've covered.  These are extra but you're welcome to dip in if you like.
 
For more information regarding our topics, please click on our  Year 4 Curriculum Page

Resources:

Extra information:

PE kits are still to be worn to school on the appropriate days:  4G Wednesday and Thursday, 4S Thursday and Friday.

Please can we remind you to send in a letter if your child is going to be picked up by anyone other than their mother or father. If it is a regular arrangement, a letter stating that will suffice for the year.

Homework Statement: 

Just to clarify the situation regarding homework. We've looked into this, after a parental enquiry, to make sure there is consistency across the school and that we are operating within our school policy. In year 4 we aim to set 90 minutes per week which doesn't include reading. We recognise that sometimes the English/topic task could take a lot longer, if people really want to engage with it, but the basic requirement can almost always be done in 30 minutes. The other tasks are often games or online activities which the children should ideally be able to complete independently. We recognise that they often spend a lot of time online, gaming and watching videos and we hope to steer some of this time towards educational sites.

Photo Gallery:

 

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