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Year 4 - Beech Class

Welcome to Year 4 - Beech Class!


Who are the staff in Beech Tree Class?


Miss Patterson – Teacher

Mrs Eley – Teaching Assistant


What does our day look like?

PE days - Mondays and Thursdays. Please ensure pupils bring in their kit.


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What are we learning about in Term 3?

Term 3 Predator


Learn about creepy crocs and amazing alligators, the deadly assassin bug and the voracious Venus flytrap.Be inspired to create a wanted poster for your predator and compose a poem about a predator or its prey.


Pupils will be learning about food chains along with scientific vocabulary such as producer, consumer, (primary, secondary, tertiary) and apex predator.  


In English pupils will be reading the graphic novel Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf and will be focusing on improving the composition of their writing along with their vocabulary, punctuation and spelling.


It is vital that pupils in Year 4 know all of their times tables from 0 x to 12 x including the inverse.  This will enable them to progress further within each Maths unit and will also prepare them for the Year 4 times table test in the summer.  


What are we learning about in Term 2?

Mighty Metals

You're an engineer, a scientist, a maker of men (iron men, of course).

Explore the scientific world of forces and magnetism, metals and materials...Expand your mind as you test, trial, build and move.


Which force is at play as you slide down a slide or swing on a swing?  Can you suggest why magnets repel and attract?  Can you make a penny look shiny and new?


Then, meet Hogarth, the Iron Man's companion.  The Iron Man wants a friend...Can you build him one?  You must make him strong, sturdy and ready to rumble!


If you were a metal which would you be?  Gold, a shimmering precious and costly mineral?  Or steel, that strong and useful alloy?  Maybe you're just iron, malleable and easy to shape, but ready to rust!


Maybe you're not a metal at all- but a force to be reckoned with!


In Year 4 pupils are expected to read their accelerated reader book for 30 mins a night.  I understand that pupils are involved in clubs and life can get very busy so there may be times when this is not possible.  However, reading is very  important so please aim to encourage your child to read as much as possible.  


MyMaths will be set every Thursday and this will coincide with what pupils are learning in class. 

Homework projects are to be completed for each new topic.  A variety of different approaches should be covered throughout the year.  For example, if your child has made something creative for their first project then the next one should have either an English or I.C.T. focus.  This means that pupils can practice different skills throughout the year.  Written feedback on the homework projects will be given on a form which will be passed from teacher to parents/carers each half term.


Pupils have their times tables rock star login details so they should be playing these times table games regularly.  This will help them prepare for the times table assessment in the summer term.

What spellings will my child be learning in Year 4?

How do we reward children in Beech Class?

In Beech Tree class we follow the 5 B’s.


Be Respectful

Be Kind and gentle

Be careful

Be responsible

Be the best you can


In PSHE we have been thinking about feelings and emotions and how these impact on our behaviour. We have been using The Zones of Regulation to describe and discuss our emotions. Please follow the links for more information.

Suggested webpages– a fantastic collection of games to help improve estimation skills– some of these games promote reasoning and strategy. Make sure you practice ‘4 in a row’ lots, Mr Spiers has never been beaten at this game!– further logic games. ‘Trap the mouse’ is particularly recommended.