Moles - Year 4


Welcome to Moles class! Our teacher is Mr Humber, who has been teaching for fifteen years, the last six of which have been at Bedwell. He is really good at art, history and maths, and he says his favourite things are rugby and pizza!

Home learning ideas:

  • As always, tables facts will be really important to us this term, so it would be brilliant if you could work on learning these at home. Focus on one table at a time and try:
    • Making-up rhymes to help remember number facts (“4 x 6 is 24, bears growl and lions roar!”) 
    • Looking for numbers in that table in the world around you - on doors, car number plates, in phone numbers or when you’re out shopping. 
    • Writing-out tables with finger paints, chalk or water-on-tarmac, or make them from playdoh. 
    • Chanting, singing, whispering... Say tables out loud together whenever you have the chance. 
  • Each week we are set spellings to learn. Click here for guidance on strategies you can use to support your child in learning these at home.  
  • Investigate what magnets stick to - fridge magnets work fine, and you can investigate lots of different materials around the house. Try different metals and help your child discover that magnets only stick to some of them (mostly iron and steel). There are lessons to support our science topic available on the Oak Academy site.
  • In geography we're learning about water. We’re disappointingly short on big rivers in our part of Hertfordshire, so if the opportunity arrives for a visit to an interesting lake or riverside (on the way back from a day out or just for a Sunday afternoon walk), that’d be great - we’d love to hear about it (and share some photos) in class.    
  • In art, we're exploring the work of Giuseppe Arcimboldo. This only starts to make sense once you’ve seen it, so start at www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org. We’re then going to use his work to inspire our own collages, using a variety of textiles. To have a go at something similar at home, try starting at the Tate Kids or artfulparent.com sites
  • Keeping fit, happy and healthy is always important. There are links to lots of great resources and workouts to help everyone in the family get active at www.sportengland.org/jointhemovement

Our latest news:

  • We finished off the term with a fantastic trip to Celtic Harmony Camp this week, where we learnt about life in Ancient Britain. Check out some of our photos to see what we got up to, building dens, making tools and learning what life was like for people living in Stone Age Britain...
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  • Our main focus in English this term has been on Science Fiction writing. We explored lots of stories featuring aliens and spaceships, and then used this to help develop our own writing, including incredible setting descriptions, characterisation and suspense.
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  • Congratulations to all of our Year 4 Badgers for smashing the Multiplication Tables Check in June! A whopping 34% of our class scored full marks, and 63% of us achieved at least 20 out of 25. The determination that each and every one of us showed was really impressive and we’re very proud of our results.
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"The friendly and supportive atmosphere at Bedwell Primary School means that pupils feel safe and secure and enjoy their learning."

Ofsted report, 2022

We have been learning about... 

English - Giants have been a big theme in our English lessons this term! In the first half-term, we read and wrote BFG-inspired stories about strange creatures appearing outside our bedroom windows - we started with giants, but then innovated and invented our own versions, which featured robots, zombies, monsters and unicorns. In the second half-term, we then moved on to focus on instructions, creating giant traps and writing the instruction manuals to go with them! 

PSHE - Chloe Co-operation has been our learning super hero this half term. Our assemblies and PSHE lessons have promoted the values of diversity, equality, trust and tolerance. Across the term we have embraced the ideals of inclusion and thought carefully about how to celebrate our differences. We have also identified our strengths and helped our friends to be proud of theirs.

This term's topics

English - Our next fiction topic focuses on Science Fiction stories, so expect our writing to be full of aliens, robots, space ships and time travellers! We will be exploring different ways that feelings are shown in writing, including through description, speech and the use of emotive language. Our stories will have time ‘jumps’ in them, so we will also be working on the use of different tense forms to show if things are happening in the present, the past or will happen in the future. Finally, we will be fine-tuning our use of punctuation, especially speech marks and commas. In our reading lessons, meanwhile, we will be developing our predicting, summarising and detective skills, looking for those key clues that show us how characters feel and what they are likely to do next. 

Maths - Our main focus at the start of term will be on multiplication and division strategies. We will learn to use formal written strategies to multiply and divide 3-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers (solving calculations like 216 x 3 or 342 ÷ 6). We will then use these strategies to solve a variety of problems. Later in the term we will be returning to the topic of time, learning to read, write and calculate times using both analogue and digital clocks. We will also learn to convert between 12-hour and 24-hour clocks. Throughout the term, we will also continue to practice and learn our tables facts, aiming to recall all our facts up to 12 x 12 in preparation for our tables check in June.

Science - We will be exploring different types of forces, including pushes, pulls, gravity and friction, and thinking about the way that these affect the way that objects move in different situations. We will design and carry out fair tests to see which materials create the most friction, and to discover which materials stick to magnets. We will also investigate different ways in which we can measure forces.

Humanities - Water is all around us and vital to every type of life, and in this topic we will be learning about the way that the Water Cycle means that it is constantly being reused and recycled. We will locate the world’s major oceans, seas and rivers on a variety of maps, and discuss the difference between fresh water and sea water (and why it matters). We will also investigate the impact of water on environments, both shaping landscapes and effecting the growth of many towns and cities.

Take a look at our curriculum map for more information on our topics.