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 begin a new unit of learning based on newspaper reports. We start by exploring their features and then learn how to write and punctuate witness quotes. We will also continue to use ICT to write a biography about Dick King-Smith. Our Spelling focus this week is words containing ei, eigh, ey, ch, ou, oo and oe. In Maths this week, we will continue to explore multiplication and division facts. We plan to focus on facts for the 6 and 9 times tables. We will explore the facts that we know and then use these to derive those that we don’t.

This week we have Mosaic Workshops run by Joanna Dewfall on Tuesday 4th December and a Class Treat which has been chosen by the children on Wednesday 5th December. Please check school bags for letters with more information about both.


Our Gallery:

Learners of the Week:

Emelia – for writing an amazing poem

Chloe – for leading the class in a P.E warm-up

Daniel – for his fantastic knowledge of European countries

Alicja – for having a lovely attitude to learning and for a super pizza plan

Tyrone – for super progress in column addition

Gracie – for extra Maths practice at home and for having a super learning attitude

Carys, James and Jheanelle – for making an amazing Bushbuck animation

Vani – for lots of examples of amazing writing

Isabel – for fantastic reasoning in a Maths assessment

Ellie – for using manipulatives well in Maths

This Term’s Certificates:

Poppy – Gold

Adam – Gold

Amelia – Gold

Erin – Silver

Jheanelle – Bronze

Joe – Silver

Alicja – Bronze

Toby – Silver

Ciaran – Gold

Ellie – Silver

New Maths Passports:

Amelia – Europe

New Pen Licences:


This Term in Bushbucks:

English: We will research the life and works of Dick King-Smith, writing non-fiction biographical texts about the author himself and exploring one of his most well-loved stories, The Sheep Pig. We conclude the term by exploring the features of newspaper articles and writing our own reports about our Christmas Production!

Maths: We are developing our measuring skills, focussing on length and using metres, centimetres and millimetres. We will explore how to calculate the perimeter of quadrilaterals and rectilinear shapes. Our second unit this term aims to develop skills of multiplication and division. We will explore the rules for multiplying and dividing by 10, 100, 1 and 0. We conclude the term with a focus on multiplication and division facts from the 9, 6 and 7 times tables, establishing the facts that we know and learning how we can derive others.

Science: Our topic for this term is Living Things. We will learn how to decide whether something is living or non-living using the mnemonic MRS GREN. We will explore the Eatwell Plate to learn about Nutrition and learn how animals get their fuel by making and interpreting food chains. (New Vocabulary: Producer, Consumer, Predator, Prey, Herbivore, Carnivore, Omnivore, Carbohydrates, Protein and Dairy)

RE: We are learning about different religious festivals and their importance for different faiths.

PSHE: Our Jigsaw topic this term is ‘Dreams and Goals’.

Geography: We will compare our country (the UK) with a contrasting country in Europe (Italy), exploring their physical and human geographical features.

Art: We will be making mosaics inspired by our previous History topic on the Romans.

Music: We will be using Charanga (our Music Scheme of Work) to develop our Glockenspiel playing skills. We will also dedicate lots of this term to practising songs from our forthcoming production of ‘Primary School Christmas Musical’. Your child will soon be given the song lyrics to learn at home.

PE: Our PE topics this term are Football and working as a team. Our PE lessons are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, please ensure you have your kit on these days.

Computing: Our learning is based around using iMovie trailer to communicate with others. Your child may have suggested that they have props or simple costumes at home which can be brought into school. Please can all items be clearly named.

French: Each term we will learn some songs and rhymes and listen to some stories. We will continue to learn French sounds to help with our listening, speaking and writing. This term we will learn about the school and classroom objects, then school subject names, and how to express our preferences. We will also learn some more about Christmas celebrations.

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 Autumn 2

Reading Related Activities:

The final date to hand in any Reading Related Activities that your child may have completed is: Monday 17th December 2018.

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