Year 4 2017 - 2018

Miss Davenport

Miss Davenport is delighted to have joined Millfields as a Year 4 teacher from September 2017.


Dear Parents/Carers,


I hope you have enjoyed your holidays and are ready for the summer term.  We have plenty of exciting events that will be happening over this term including our residential to Delamere and our class assembly.




For this term we will be using the story ‘Alien invasion’ to inspire us to write our own alien stories.  We have been shocked this week to discover items in our school field from another world and footage of an alien spaceship over our school field.  Our focus this term will be to build up our confidence using the Year 4 grammar objectives including using fronted adverbials, apostrophes for possession, expanded noun phrases and inverted commas.  We will also be experimenting with sentence structures to create exciting and descriptive writing.  The children will have a chance to develop their skills in non-fiction as they will be writing a non-chronological report based on our topic of Anglo Saxons.  In all lessons children will be expected to present their work to a high level using clear and legible handwriting.



A spelling test will continue to take place on Friday.  As discussed with you at parents evening I will be randomly choosing ten spellings from the Year 3 and 4 list which I have provided.  I hope that this will ensure spellings are embedded.




In our reading lessons we will be looking at a wide range of texts including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  Children will be encouraged to underline key words in the reading questions so that they understand what they need to answer.  Following this they will need to find evidence in the text to support their reasoning.


We would like children to read at least three times a week at home with a parent/ guardian. Please could you try to discuss new and unfamiliar vocabulary with children as well as asking them about how a character feels and how they know this using the text.  Their reading diaries need to be dated and signed and any comments about their reading would be appreciated.  Any work you can do with your children at home to reinforce what they are doing at school really will make a huge difference. Reading diaries will be checked regularly.


The reading challenge this half term for years 3 and 4 will require one potato and lots of imagination!  Children will be asked to choose their favourite character from any children’s book and create a potato character based on this.  Feel free to be as creative as you wish.  These need to be handed in by Friday 18th May.




This term our main focus for mathematics will be shape and statistics.  Children will understand how to find both the perimeter and area of rectilinear shapes, compare and classify different geometric shapes, identify obtuse and acute angles and plot coordinates.   We will also be using Big Maths to make sure children’s number and calculation knowledge is practised weekly.  Children will be practising the different strategies which they have used for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division so that both mental and written methods are embedded.  Children need to know their times tables up to 12 x 12 by the end of year so these will be practised daily.  However, any additional support with this which you can provide to your child at home will be hugely beneficial to them.



 In Science this half term, we will be looking at ‘Living things and their habitats’.  During this topic we will be classifying different species for example mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, birds.  We will also be looking at the threats posed to the habitats of different animals.  To supplement this we will going to Coed Wen in Nantwich with Doug Butterill on Wednesday 25th April 1.30-3.00 to have a look at habitats in our local environment.  For the second half term we will be looking at electricity.  Children will be constructing simple series circuits and examining different materials to decide if they are insulators or conductors.  This will also help us in our DT project to design an electrical game.



Our topic for this term is ‘Saxon Settlement’.  Children will be looking at the Romans leaving England and how the Anglo-Saxons invaded.  We will also look at everyday life for the Anglo-Saxons and battles they fought throughout the reign.  Children will look at artefacts and evidence in order to gain an accurate view of history.



PE will be taking place on Monday and Wednesday afternoon.  However, this may be liable to change so please ensure that your child’s PE kit is in school at all times.   Indoor kit should consist of shorts and t-shirt, while at this time of year long trousers, sweat shirts and trainers are required for outdoor games. 



Homework will be the same as last term so a Maths or English piece of homework will be sent out each week on a Tuesday and is expected to be returned by Monday unless otherwise stated.  Homework will be based on work we have done in class so children should be able to complete homework independently.  However, if they are struggling to complete homework please let me know so that I can give extra support if needed. 


Lastly, as it gets warmer it is advised that all children should bring a water bottle to school. It can be filled up in school and replenished throughout the day. We are unable to provide cups during the day.


Thank you for your continued support and co-operation.  If you have any concerns or queries please come and see me after school, or contact the school office to arrange an appointment.


Kind regards,


Miss R Davenport

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Millfields Primary School

Marsh Lane

Main Contact: Mrs Claire McAtominey / Mrs Ann Mansell

Tel: 01270 685 750