Welcome to the Bushbucks’ Class Page!

Welcome to Bushbucks. We are a Year 4 class. Our teacher is Miss Church and our teaching assistant is Mrs Thomas.

This week’s news:

In Maths this week, we continue to learn about different methods for written subtraction of 4-digit numbers. We will decide which method is the best to use considering the context of the problem and the numbers that we are subtracting and justify why we have chosen a particular strategy.  In English, we will finish writing our own stories based on the story structure of The King of the Fish. This will allow us to practise the layout and punctuation of direct speech and we will also explore ways in which the original story can be improved by adding or changing adjectives, verbs and adverbs.

Our Gallery:

Learner of the Week:

Tilly – for using a running stitch to make a fantastic money container: “I was pleased with my purse because I think I managed to do the things that I said I would when I evaluated my practice running stitch.”


This Term’s Certificates:

Sophie – Bronze

Alex – Super Gold

Elodie – Platinum

Tilly & Filip – Diamond

New Maths Passports:

Elliot, Fianna & Katie-May – Asia

New Pen Licences:


This Term in Bushbucks:

English: We will learn the story of The King of the Fish and then use this story structure to write our own versions of traditional tales. We conclude the term by learning about narrative poetry which will culminate in a performance of the poem we write.

Maths: We will learn that numbers exist below zero; we will develop rules for multiplying and dividing any number by 10 and 100; we will develop our skills of written addition and subtraction and apply this when problem solving. We complete the term by learning about measuring lengths and perimeter.

Science: Our topic for this term is Living Things. We will learn how to classify different living things. We will explore the life-cycles of a range of animals and plants. We will also learn about the heart and how diet and exercise can affect the body. (New Vocabulary: life-cycle, classification key, mammal, bird, reptile, fish, amphibian, germination, growth, pollination, fertilisation, seed dispersal, petal, stem, sepal, stigma, style, ovary, ovule, filament, anther, stamen, pollen)

RE: We are learning about Guru Nanak and Sikh beliefs.

PSHE: Our Jigsaw topic this term is ‘Celebrating Difference’.

History: We will learn about the settlement of Britain by the Anglo-Saxons after the departure of the Romans.

DT: We will be learning about and then making money containers using our sewing skills and resilience!

Music: We will be using our Music Scheme of Work, Charanga to develop our rapping skills using a piece named ‘Stop!’ which has an anti-bullying theme.

PE: Our PE topics this term are Netball and Gymnastics. Our PE lessons are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, please ensure you have your kit on these days.

Computing: Our learning is based around coding this term and we will use the programme Scratch to develop our skills.

Home Learning:

In Year 4, Home Learning is set every Monday and then must be handed in the following Monday for sharing and celebrating! Please see the link below for this term’s Home Learning choices:

Home Learning Spring

Reading Related Activities:

The next date to hand in any Reading Related Activities that your child may have completed is: Monday 5th February 2018.

Maths Passports:

We now have Maths Passport boxes in both Year 4 class rooms. It is our aim to check the box every day and look at one skill per pupil. Remember to put your passport in the box if there is something you feel you have achieved. Next to each skill, there are three columns to date (MM/YY). The first box is for the pupil to date when they think they have achieved the skill. The second box is for an adult at home to date when they have seen the child achieve this skill. The third box is for the teacher to use when they have verified that the skill has been achieved.

Below are some links that you might find useful to support your child at home:

Year 3 and 4 Spellings split into categories

Spelling section from the 2014 English National Curriculum

Grammar section from the 2014 English National Curriculum

Year 4 Maths 2014 National Curriculum

Link to Mathletics