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

[email protected]

 Welcome to Year 4!

4S Mrs Smart and Mrs Holmes

4L Miss Lewis and Mrs Vickridge

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4S start swimming on Monday 13th June until Monday 11th July (5 weeks). Please send 4S children in their PE Kits on Mondays and Tuesdays. 4L have now stopped swimming and will have their PE days on Tuesday and Friday. 

boatsOur boating this season has been brilliant!  Photos from the first two sessions are below and the photos from the "lock days" will follow shortly. 

We now turn our minds to the Regatta - Practice on Monday 4th July and the main Regatta on Thursday 7th.  Packed lunches needed for both days.  In the sun, please remember to send sun hats and apply sun cream before school – including the neck, knees, ears and under the chin.  The sun’s effects are magnified as the rays bounce off the water!  Children may not need the usual multiple layers but there may be a bit of breeze on the water.  Please also ensure they have a waterproof coat and a drinks bottle.

Letters about the Regatta have been sent to those children involved.  A copy is below. Check back here for updates. 


Year 4 will be going to Kenilworth Caste on Friday 1st July. Children need to come in school uniform but we would suggest trainers. Please don't forget packed lunches and water bottles. Dress appropriately for the weather, sun cream and hats.  


Information for W/C 4th July 2022 

Topic Homework - As part of our science topic we would like the children to label a cuddly toy (preferably a teddy bear) showing the digestive system. Using the following words: stomach, liver, mouth, small intestine, rectum, tongue, large intestine, pharynx, oesophagus.   

Maths Homework - We have been learning about different ways to represent data. This week we would like the children create a bar chart to show how many plug sockets are in each room of your house. Label the axes 'rooms in a house' and 'number of plug sockets'. We will provide gridded paper on Thursday.  

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 34. 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.


Information for W/C 27th June 2022 

Topic Homework - Science - We are learning about teeth and the importance of oral hygiene. We would like the children to create a poster giving examples as to how and why we need to look after them. This can be done on a A4 piece of paper. 

Maths Homework - We are currently learning about statistics and have set a '2 Do' on purple mash for the children to complete. 

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 33. 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.


Information for W/C 20th June 2022 

Topic Homework - The children have been tasked a 2 week project to write an autobiography about their life so far. This is due in on Monday 20th June. Remember that autobiographies are self - written and need to be in chronological order. You will need to focus on the important and interesting events of your life. Here are some ideas... 

When and where you were born

  • Family
  • Starting school
  • Making new friends
  • Moving house
  • Achievements
  • You may want to include new experiences and feelings related to these events. 
  • People who have influenced you.

This is a 2 week project (hand 20th June) and can be presented in orange homework books or an alterative booklet if you wish. We cant wait to read your autobiography and find out more about you. We would love you to include pictures. 

Maths Homework - This week the children will be taking their Times table check. Please don't panic but we would like the children to focus on practicing them as much as possible. Our advice would be to sign into TT Rockstars and do the 'sound check'. It will be very similar set up to how it will be on the day. 

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 32. 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.


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

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Extra information:

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.

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