RIDGEWAY Primary School

Year 4 - The Baby Blues 


Mr Townsend - btownsend@ridgeway.derbyshire.sch.uk &
Mrs Naylor - cnaylor3@ridgeway.derbyshire.sch.uk

We are the Baby Blues:

We work together and succeed forever!

Welcome to Year 4     

Class information:

Mr Townsend & Mrs Naylor are our teachers. 

Mr Townsend teaches us Monday - Wednesday and alternate Thursdays.

Mrs Naylor teaches us Fridays and alternate Thursdays


Our class teaching assistant is: Miss Cupit


 P.E: Timetable Change Folks!

Monday & Friday mornings over at the Community Centre this half term only.  Please ensure your child has a PE kit in school which which fits the school policy and is suitable for cold/damp weather.


Homework: is set each Friday and due in by the following Friday.  

Homework tasks will be set online and log-ins for the different websites will be sent out in advance so children can access them.

Each week homework will include the following:

Reading: 1 x read and record on Seesaw / reading task/activity (15mins x 3 times per week). 

Spellings: Task set on Seesaw plus EdShed activity

Maths:  Task set on Seesaw including Weekly Skills maths questions and/or TT RockStars  

The Year 4 multiplication tables check


One of the priorities in Year 4 is gaining a firm grasp of all the multiplication times tables.  In June your child will need to take a short online test to make sure their times tables knowledge is at the expected level..

We’ve gathered together everything you might want to know about the times tables check, including what it involves, when it will take place, and how you can help your child prepare.  You will also find top tips, books, videos, activities, and games to help make your child’s times tables practice fun by clicking on the web links below.

https://thirdspacelearning.com/blog/times-tables-test-parents-guide/  Information about the Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check


3 website links to help practice for the test.

https://talkingtimestables.uk/y4_ks2_mtc_practice_tests_multiplication_tables_check.php  Practice Test


https://www.timestables.co.uk/multiplication-tables-check/  Practice Test


https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check  Practice Test


 Times Tables Songs, Games & Resources 

Times Tables Raps  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UVcNBjoxs4   


Reggae Times Tables  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uK5HaHqXFc


Multiplication Games  https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

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Our current topic is...

Our topic title for Autumn 2 is SHOCKING SOUNDS and focuses on the science of 'Electricity' and 'Sound'. 
We will be finding out how electricity is generated and identify electrical appliances and the types of electricity they use.  We'll also explore different types of electrical circuits and identify what makes good conductors and insulators before investigating different kinds of switches.  When we are studying sound we will discover how sounds are made; how sound travels and how we hear things.  We'll also explore ways to change the pitch of a sound and investigate different ways sounds can be absorbed.
During Design Technology lessons we'll have the chance to experiment with circuits and switches before taking on the challenge of designing, making and evaluating our own alarm systems for a particular purpose:- will we be guarding diamonds, apprehending burglars or improving fire security?! What will we all choose? 
Music sessions will involve exploring and developing our playing skills through the glockenspiel - Sounds like fun - Get it?!?!? 
During English lessons we will be writing our own instructions on how to build a burglar alarm and we'll be writing and performing our own performance poetry.  Our class reader this half term is 'The Firework-Makers Daughter' by Philip Pullman.  We'll use the book to create character descriptions and alternative openings.  We'll also write letters in role and create our own missing chapter from the book. 
Maths will be focusing on Measurement and in particular Length & Perimeter.  After that, we'll switch to developing our Multiplication and Division skills.
P.E. sessions will focus on dance and gymnastics at the Community Centre. Dance will take place on Monday mornings and gymnastics on Friday mornings
There's also French, RE and PSHE to squeeze in so it'll be Christmas before we know it!


Useful websites to help learning at home

Maths - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

English - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zv48q6f

Science - Electricityhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zj44jxs

Science - Sound -       https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zgffr82

Science - What do fossil fuels and renewable energy mean? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zshp34j/articles/zff4kty  


Our first topic of the year is entitled 'The Groovy Greeks' and is all about discovering what life was like in Ancient Greece.  In English we will be reading and writing Greek myths, comparing life for a child in Ancient Greece to life today and we'll be exploring and reporting on the Ancient Greek Olympics.  Maths will involve improving our place value and number skills e.g rounding to 10 and 100, ordering numbers and methods of adding & subtracting.  During History lessons we'll look at significant people, places and events from Ancient Greece, contrast daily life in Ancient Greece with modern day lifestyles and become familiar with historical sources, debates and accurate vocabulary relating to Ancient Greece.  Art sessions will see us drawing and painting our own Greek vases followed by a cyclopes eye - blimey!!!!  Computing will involve using the internet safely and securely.  We'll learn about who owns content on the web and what we can access, add, and create.  Finally, we'll evaluate online content to decide how honest, accurate, or reliable it is, and understand the consequences of false information.  P.E will be focused on invasion games including High 5 Netball.  


Useful websites to help learning at home

Please click on the links below to access useful websites for home learning:

Maths – https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

English – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zv48q6f

Topic – Ancient Greece https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z87tn39  Ancient Greeks: The Argo Odyssey https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z7nrydm/articles/z2ngf82

Clothing and Fashion in Ancient Greece https://www.jomashop.com/blog/guides/clothing-and-fashion-in-ancient-greece/ 

  Ancient Greek Patterns and Pottery  

We have been learning all about Ancient Greek pottery and how the pots had different uses depending on their size and shape. 

We noticed that the Ancient Greeks decorated their pots with lots of geometric repeating patterns. 

After that, we looked at lots of different Ancient Greek patterns and tried to recreate them ourselves. 

Then we made sure our patterns were repeating and were as symmetrical as possible. 

We then created our own shades of orange by mixing red, yellow, white and black powder paints together.

After that, we applied our favourite shades of orange to our pots.  

Finally, we decorated our Ancient Greek pots with all our amazing repeating patterns.

 Meet Thaddeus - Our visitor from Ancient Greece   


We’ve had a visitor come to see us in Y4 this week - his name was Thaddeus and he came all the way from Ancient Greece – WOW!

Thaddeus gave us all a taste of Ancient Greece as he brought to life the great myths and legends of one of the world’s oldest civilisations.  He taught us all about Ancient Greek life and we discovered that there are many things in our lives today that are similar to life in Ancient Greece including clothing and some subjects taught at school.

We enjoyed creating our own statues of the Greek Gods and Goddesses.

Discovered what life was like in Athens and Sparta.

We even held our own debating forum and voted on who we thought had made the best case in the debate. Then the votes were counted to reveal who had won!

Thaddeus ended his visit by retelling us the Ancient Greek myth of Daedalus and Icarus.  We all had a great afternoon and learnt so much.

Thank you Thaddeus for visiting us and good luck with your journey back to Ancient Greece!