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 English this week, we explore the formal language and sentence structures needed to write non-chronological reports. We will practise writing sentences with embedded clauses and remember to separate these from the main clause in the sentence using commas. Our Spelling focus this week will be using the 8 strategies that we have learnt for tricky words in our individualised word lists. In Maths this week, we continue to explore fractions. We will count in fractions and consolidate fractions which are equal to whole numbers. We will add and subtract fractions where the denominator is the same, making good use of bar models to support us.

Don’t forget that Reading Related Activities books can be handed in on Monday 11th February.

Our Gallery:

Learners of the Week:

Olivia – for mature and fair ideas in PSHE

Poppy – for making an amazing mosaic in our workshop

Freddie – for always having a positive attitude

William B – for creative writing in role

Brooke – for patience and a beautiful running stitch in DT

Troy – for wonderful singing at our Primary Live workshop

Evan – for completing a wonderful DT topic on money containers

This Term’s Certificates:

Freddie – Gold

Vani – Super Gold

Jheanelle – Silver


New Maths Passports:

Tyrone – Asia

Amelia – Europe

Jheanelle – 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 explore formal written methods for multiplication and division. We will learn that area is the amount of space that a shape takes up and begin to work with fractions.

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 ‘Dreams and Goals’.

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: Will spend this term practising the songs for our forthcoming Primary Live concert on Tuesday 2nd April. (Letter to follow).

PE: Our PE topic this term is Tag Rugby and our REAL PE focus is ‘Cognitive’. 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 final date to hand in any Reading Related Activities that your child may have completed is: Monday 11th February 2019.

Maths Passports:

We 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