St Thomas' Church Of England Primary School

St Thomas' Church Of England Primary School

Kindness - Friendship - Thankfulness - Honesty - Peace - Respect - Self-control - Love

St Thomas' Road, Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire, FY8 1JN

01253 722022

office@st-thomas.lancs.sch.uk

Year 4

Teacher: Mrs Mabe
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Sayer and Mrs Arciniega

Our Gospel Value is: Peace

 

Our School Councillors: Cassius and Sienna W

Our Eco Warriors: Sienna F and Robin

Our SHINE Councillors: Matilda and Emily

Our link Governor is: Mrs Palmer

  

Helpful Information:

  • Reading records are needed in school every day.

  • When your child has finished reading their book they may change it for another one. 

  • Library book changing day is Wednesday.

  • PE days are Tuesday and Thursday - please come in PE kits and remember your swimming kit if you are swimming on Thursday.

  • Homework is given out every Friday to be completed and returned by the following Thursday.

  • Spelling tests are weekly on Friday.

  • Log-ins for Timestables Rockstars and Nessy are in the front of your child's reading record.

  • Musical instruments for lessons will be safely stored in Year 4's cupboard - don't forget to take them home at the end of the day!

  • Healthy snacks - if your child does not have morning toast, they may bring in a healthy snack for morning playtime.

  • Water bottles - children will need a water bottle in school each day (water only). Please make sure water bottles are clearly named and are returned daily after washing.

     

Looking ahead:

  • Our class trip to Bolton Museum is on Friday 19th April.
  • This term, I will be providing a times tables 'booster' club for all Year 4 children to support their Multiplication Check next term.

Summer Term message from Mrs Mabe: 

The clocks have sprung forward and we are officially in British Summer Time! I hope you all had a lovely Easter and you are ready for our summer term. This term, we will be walking like an Egyptian and exploring Ancient Civilisations through our History topic. We will have lots of exciting opportunities to discover what life was like as an Egyptian, including visiting Bolton Museum and Mr Worrell's workshop.

Times tables! Times tables! Times  tables! In the summer, all children in Year 4 will have to complete the Multiplication Check. Everyday, we will be learning our times tables in class.  Any opportunity to practise at home will support our learning, whether it's reciting them in the car or practising them on TTRS. For more information please see the PowerPoint below.

Please have a look at our 'fridge words' linked below. These words are based on the vocabulary we are exploring within our History and Science lessons this term. How many of these can you learn? Put them on your fridge as a reminder!

Please have a look at the documents below so you know exactly what we will be learning this half term. 

If you have any questions - please do not hesitate to ask - I am happy to help!

Mrs Mabe 

Year 4 Blog

Safety Swimming and RNLI

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On Friday, Year 4 went swimming in their pjs for their safety swimming lesson. They learnt how to save someone from water by shouting for help, lying on their tummy to pull them in and keeping them warm, keeping them away from water, chatting to them and not giving them food. They also learnt what to do if they found themselves in an emergency situation in water. Remember to remove heavy clothing, lie on your back and remain calm, conserve energy by doing the dog paddle rather than front crawl and keep your hat on! We then walked to the RNLI to better understand what they do and how we can keep ourselves safe at the beach. Did you know that the RNLI stands for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute? St Annes have the most recent lifeboat in circulation, it has 2 jet engines that expel 1.5 tonnes of water per second each! It is a self righting boat, so it can't be upside down and all the seats are hydraulic to keep them level in rough water. The only person on site who is not a volunteer is the mechanic. We had a great morning!

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World Book Day

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Reading is our superpower! Year 4 had a great day dressed as their favourite book characters for World Book Day. In the morning, we learnt all about the life of Michael Rosen by completing a quiz in teams. We then focussed on one of his poems, 'Words Are Ours' and thought about how words are all around us. We then wrote our own versions using all our favourite words. In the afternoon, we got the opportunity to meet Michael Rosen online and then our parents came into school to join in with our Big Read. Thank you to everyone who made our day so special!

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Mountain or hill?

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During our topic 'Misty Mountain, Winding River' Year 4 have been learning about the physical features of mountains. We have discovered there are 5 types of mountains and a mountain has to be higher than 610m to be classed as a mountain. Today, we looked at ordnance survey maps of the UK. We learnt that the closer the contour line the steeper the slope on a map. Using the contour lines, the children identified mountain peaks, they then wrote down their name, height and their four figure grid refence.

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Money Sense

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Today the year 4 children were joined by Mike and James from the NatWest Money Sense programme! The children took part in the "Party Time" workshop practising some valuable life skills, balancing budgets and planning finances for a birthday extravaganza! Such responsible spending Year 4, well done!

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Hot Coconut Buns!

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We had an exciting English lesson today. The children came into class to find the classroom had been turned into a bakery. First of all, we discovered that imperative verbs are 'bossy verbs' and they create a command sentence. We thought about where we find imperatives verbs and then identified them in a recipe. We then thought of more imperative verbs we could use and put them into sentences. The children then got to make Hot Coconut Buns following the recipe!! Mmmmmm.

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Grouping and Classifying in Science

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Year 4 have started their new Science topic all about Grouping and Classifying. On Wednesday, the children learnt that classification is the arrangement of living and non-living things into groups or categories. We then had a go using some pictures. The children started by thinking of a single-stage questions such as 'Is it green?' and then continued to form sub-groups until all the pictures in each group were the same. This is called multi-stage classification.

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Atmospheric Moon Art in the Gallery

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Our amazing artwork has been chosen to be on display in the Lytham Heritage Art display during February. This work was inspired by our Moon Week and involved us looking closely at the moon and using our painting skills to create an atmospheric image.  Effie was chosen as a prize winner - for the second year in a row - well done!!

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Forest School Fun

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This term we are enjoying our time in Forest School and the Come Outside Curriculum. Even when it's a rainy day, it doesn't stop us getting outside and enjoying our outdoor learning! Today we used the rain to listen for the different sounds it made on different surfaces and why! We used our knowledge of irreversible processes when cooking popcorn over the fire. We created a waterproof shelter using a tarp and we embraced all the fun to be had with mud! Great outdoor learning Y4!

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Water, water everywhere...

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Year 4 have been learning about condensation and evaporation in Science. Through our experiments and observations we have discovered that water doesn't need to boil to evaporate. We have also discovered the ideal day to dry your washing is a sunny and windy day. We have explored this further in Geography when learning about the water cycle. The children used diagrams and words to explain the process of the water cycle. We did this on sandwich bags, we then filled them with water and taped them to the windows (shhhh don't tell Mrs Walton!) creating our very own water cycles!

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Safer Internet Day!

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Our whole school participated in 'Safer Internet Day' on Tuesday 6th February 2024. Year 4 had the opportunity to participate in a live lesson learning all about the role Gen AI technology plays in our daily lives. We discussed how it can be used for good and how it needs to be developed further in the future. We also thought about future careers using or designing Gen AI. We were given a list of instructions to draw a rabbit, we compared our drawings to those created by Gen AI. We discovered that Gen AI needs a specific list of commands.

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