Year 4 2017 - 2018

Miss Davenport

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


7 March 2018




Dear Parents/Carers,


I hope you have all had a lovely time over the holidays and are looking forward to 2018.  It has been great to be back in school this week, especially since we visited Manchester Museum on Wednesday.  The children had a fantastic time handling real Egyptian artefacts and building a pyramid in record time.  Thank you for your support with this and all the trips we had last term.



This term we will focus on diary writing based on our class read ‘The Butterfly Lion’ by Michael Morpurgo.  The text has been introduced this week to the class, who were intrigued to find out what life was like at a boarding school in the past.  We will be looking at the features of diary writing as well as using ideas from the text to write our own diaries.  They 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 persuasive letter based on the story later in the term.  Embedded within these units, we will continue to develop our understanding of paragraphing, sentence structure, vocabulary, punctuation and grammar.  In all lessons children will be expected to present their work to a high level using clear and legible handwriting but this will also be supported with a handwriting lesson once a week.



Spellings will be sent home each week. A spelling test will take place on Friday based on these words so please ensure that your child is getting plenty of spelling practice at home!  In addition to this, we will be looking at different spelling rules in class to cover the Year 4 spelling curriculum.




In our reading lessons we will be looking at a wide range of texts including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  We will analyse the purpose of each text and the key attributes associated to certain types of writing.  Children will be encouraged to extend their vocabulary knowledge by discussing and explaining new and unfamiliar words.   The skill of inference will be developed further whereby children will infer the character’s feelings or motives by using evidence from the text.


For this term’s reading challenge we would like you to produce a character description from a book you have read since September 2017.  You need to use interesting vocabulary to describe the character’s appearance, personality and traits.  You could use quotes from the book to support your description.  You may include a picture with labels as well as the written description.  This needs to be handed in by Friday 23rd March.


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.





This term our main focus for mathematics will be fractions and decimals.  Children will be able to recognise common equivalent fractions using diagrams, understand the value of hundredths, add and subtract fractions with the same denominator and solve problems involving fractions e.g. 2/5 of 45.  To develop their knowledge of decimals we will be looking at fraction and decimal equivalents, comparing decimal numbers, rounding decimal numbers and dividing by 10 and 100.  At the end of the term, we will look at time; the children will be able to read, write & convert time between analogue and digital 12 and 24 hour clocksChildren will be challenged during lessons to use both reasoning and problem skills to extend their knowledge.   We will also be using Big Maths to make sure children’s number and calculation knowledge is practised weekly.  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 term, we will be looking at ‘Sound’.  Children will be able to identify how sounds are made and recognise that sound travels through a medium to the ear.  Children will use investigations to find out how different volumes and pitches are created.  We will use experiments to test our understanding of this topic.  During experiments we will make predictions based on our understanding and present our findings.



Our topic for this term is ‘Hola amigos!’.  Children will be using maps to identify the different countries in Europe and then look at key physical and human characteristics across the continent.  We will then compare Spain to the UK and discuss similarities and differences between the two countries.  As part of this topic we will also look at Spanish artists and architects (Picasso and Gaudi) and design and create a healthy Spanish meal.



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.  On Wednesday afternoon children will be learning a dance based on our Spanish topic.



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. 


So that your child can have a drink throughout the day please ensure that they have a water bottle with them. We cannot provide cups during the day. In addition, please make sure that your child has suitable outdoor clothing every day. We will be going outside for playtimes and during lessons, even if it is raining, so please ensure children have a coat with them.


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.

We have been uploading pictures of class activities on our twitter page.  Please find below some examples.

Kind regards,


Miss R Davenport

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Millfields Primary School

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Main Contact: Mrs Claire McAtominey / Mrs Ann Mansell

Tel: 01270 685 750