Year 4 2021 - 2022

Mrs Dutton  4LD

Mrs Dutton 4LD

I have been teaching at Woodlands Primary School since September 2013, and lead our Year 3/4 team. I am passionate about teaching all subjects, but I really enjoy teaching Literacy, exploring different narratives and writing imaginatively and creatively. I lead Literacy across our whole school, and love to plan exciting activities to promote reading and inspire and motivate children to share in stories. When children reach the top of the reading chart or strive for 5, it makes my heart sing!
When not in school, I can usually be found running round after my two children or my dog, Bertie. I love reading my children stories or baking yummy treats in the kitchen with them.
My motto is 'Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you'll land among the stars!'

Miss Gittins 4MG

Miss Gittins 4MG

Hi! I am Miss Gittins and this year I am teaching 4MG. I am so looking forward to tackling all of the challenges of Year 4 with such a wonderful class!
This is my second year of teaching at Woodlands and I am enjoying every second of it. I am now Modern Foreign Languages lead for the school and I'm looking forward to raising the profile of the French language across KS2.

Since last year I have taken up running and I am really enjoying it! I hope to complete a 10k run before the end of the year to raise money for an MND charity.
I still enjoy taking long walks with my dog Monty and reading whenever I get the chance.

I hope to see you around school!

Miss Gittins

Welcome to Y4!

Summer 1

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During Summer 1, we will be exploring both the non-fiction text, 'Rainforests in 30 seconds' by Dr Jen Green and the fiction text, 'Where the forest meets the sea' by Jeannie Baker. 

Where the Forest Meets the Sea: 1 : Baker, Jeannie, Baker, Jeannie: Books  Rainforests in 30 Seconds Rainforests in 30 Seconds: 30 fascinating topics for rainforest fanatics  explained in half a minute (Kids 30 Second) : Green, Jen, Murphy,  Stephanie: Books

'Where the forest meets the sea' blurb 

My father says there has been a forest here for over a hundred million years," Jeannie Baker's young protagonist tells us, and we follow him on a visit to this tropical rain forest in North Queensland, Australia.

We walk with him among the ancient trees as he pretends it is a time long ago, when extinct and rare animals lived in the forest and aboriginal children played there. But for how much longer will the forest still be there, he wonders?

Jeannie Baker's lifelike collage illustrations take the reader on an extraordinary visual journey to an exotic, primeval wilderness, which like so many others is now being threatened by civilization.


Mastery Targets for Summer 1

  • Build a varied and rich vocabulary
  • Propose changes to grammar and vocabulary to improve consistency, including the accurate use of pronouns in sentences
  • Use paragraphs to organise information and ideas around a theme
  • Indicate possession by using the possessive apostrophe with plural nouns and revise Y2 singular
  • Recognise the grammatical difference between plural and possessive ‘s’ 


Shared Reading...

During our shared reading sessions this term, we will be exploring the text, 'Fantastically great women who have saved the planet' by Kate Pankhurst. 

Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet : Pankhurst, Kate,  Pankhurst, Kate: Books

In this story, we will explore the untold stories of women who have helped protect our natural world, all the way through history including;
· Tackle the plastic problem by recycling waste into beautiful objects with Isatou Ceesay
· Marvel at the intelligence of chimpanzees with Jane Goodall
· Learn why it's important to shop fair trade and cruelty-free with Anita Roddick
· Resist devastating deforestation and plant seeds of change with Wangari Maathai


In Maths this term, we will;

  • investigating equivalent lengths m/cm/mm
  • adding and subtracting given lengths 
  • measuring perimeter on a grid
  • measuring perimeter of rectangles and rectilinear shapes

In Year 4, we aim to support our children in knowing their times tables up to 12 x 12 off by heart. Please support your children using TTrockstars and URBrainy to achieve this with us.

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Topic.... - Natural World: Rainforests

In this unit of work, we will be answering key enquiry questions; What are the names of different types of rainforests, What are the different layers in a rainforest called? Do people live in rainforests? Why are rainforests important to us? Why are rainforests called rainforests? Are rainforests in danger? 

Our children will:

  • understand biomes and vegetation belts
  • locate rainforests on a world map
  • identify the different layers of the rainforest
  • identify and understand the significance of the equator, hemispheres and tropics
  • investigate the climate zone of a rainforest 
  • locate and explore the amazon rainforest, identify animals which live in this rainforest and be able to discuss how the land is used in the amazon rainforest
  • understand how rainforests are under threat

PE Days

This term, our PE day be a Tuesday. You will need to come to school in your P.E. kit. Please remember to wear appropriate clothing depending on the weather.

Our PE topics for this half term are Electricity (Dance) and Athletics. 


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