Brunel - Year 4


Brunel bulletin

Here are Brunel Class expectations:

  • School starts at 8.55am with a maths or spelling task so please can you ensure that your child is in school at this time
  • Children must have the correct PE kit in school every day. If this comes into school on the first day of term in a labelled bag then it can be left on their peg until home for washing at half term. We may do PE at any time so it is useful if their kit is in school at all times.
  • Please can your child read to a grown up at least 4 times a week? Reading is an important part of the curriculum / homework and we have found that children that read regularly at home progress further. Please can reading books and reading record books be kept in a school book bag. Book bags are expected to be in school every day. Reading record books will be checked on a Monday morning.
  • Spellings will be sent home to learn weekly and there will be topic homework set. More information about this will follow in the new term.
  • Children will be given TT Rockstar and Spelling Shed challenges weekly to do online.
  • The school day ends at 3.20pm so please can children be picked up promptly on the junior playground.

Thank you for your support with the above. Please feel free to come and see me if you have any questions at all. Mr Tones


Autumn First Half Term

During this half term Brunel class have been busy!

In the first few weeks we focussed on our health and wellbeing and looked at different food types, keeping a balanced diet, the different types of teeth, mental health and appearance as well as the importance of exercise for our bodies. 

This term’s topic is peace, so we have looked at different ways in which we can find peace and focused on this in our English as well. In English, we have studied the text ‘Silver Buttons’ by Bob Graham; the story is all about being mindful of everyone and showing that everyone is living their own lives at the same time. We have learnt all about adverbial phrases, fronted adverbials and prepositions (as well as how to correctly punctuate these of course). At the start of next term we will each make a book with watercolour artwork (as we have been practising this already) with our own stories inspired by ‘Silver Buttons’.

In maths this half term some things that we have done include consolidating our understanding of place value (containing rounding up to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000), learning the formal written methods for addition and subtraction as well as problem solving.


Autumn Second Half Term

After looking at the Hindu faith, we experienced aspects of the Hindu festival Divali. We made Diva lamps out of clay to remind us of the lights used to guide Rama and Sita home in the Divali story. We also made some traditional Divali sweets and rangoli patterns (some pictures of these are below). This half term we have also learned about some Christian beliefs about how God might send messages. We are also learning all about St. Nicholas Day on a trip out to Buckfast Abbey. 

                                                                 Divali Lamps                         Divali sweets


In English we finished our books based on the text ‘Silver Buttons’ by Bob Graham and they have turned out beautifully! We have also been looking at how to write biographies and have been looking at the features of a biography and researching people such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Usain Bolt in order to write a biography about them. 

In maths we have been focussing on multiplication and have been solving problems, learning about the bar model as well as starting to look at formal methods of multiplication. We will also be looking at shape this half term. 

We have been enjoying developing our netball skills in PE and have really improved in accuracy and game play (such as moving to find space). 

It is fair to say that we are all looking forward to the joys of this festive season.