Badgers - Year 4


Welcome to Badger class! Our teacher is Mrs Thomas, who has spent her whole teaching career working at Bedwell. She is really good at PE (especially football), and is keen to make sure that everyone in school is as active as possible.

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:

  • It’s been a super-busy term in Badger Class! We have had several new children join our class family, and they have all fitted in perfectly, making lots of new friends. We have had a great morning out at the cinema, have taken part in lots of different sports activities, and we rounded-off the term with some fantastic singing in front of the rest of the school on the last day of term.
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  • We rounded-off the term with a fantastic Christmas party, full of games, dancing and food!
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  • In our geography lessons we have been exploring a range of natural disasters. To conclude the project we worked in teams to create posters, packed full of facts, photos and explanations of one particular type of disaster.
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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 - We have been focussing on persusaive writing. We explored the use of technieques including exaggeration, rhetorical questions, emotive langauge and personal pronouns to engage the reader and get our point across. We were then asked to think about things we would like to change around school, and then produce a persuasive piece of writing to kick-start our campaign. 

Geography - In our geography lessons we have been exploring a range of natural disasters. We investigated the effect that they can have on local communities, the reasons why they occur and some of the things that people are doing to try to limit their effects.

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.