Welcome to Year 4!
Welcome to our Year 4 page. Here you will find important information about our Class routines, curriculum and general information. We will also keep you updated about the amazing activities we have been getting up to at school. Please scroll down to keep up to date with our class blog.
Year 4 staff:
Mrs Annie Sexton – Teacher
Mr Adam Smith- PE Apprentice
Week beginning 11th November, 2019
This week in English we have been focusing on writing a diary entry and learning more about the characters in our book, as well as their emotions towards events that have happened.
We have been exploring time in maths this week, converting from an analogue to digital clock.
In Geography and Science this week we have been investigating where water comes from through the water cycle. We even completed our own experiment in class which we are observing over the next few weeks.
We’ve had a very busy week in school, with our remembrance service in school, visits from Pudsey and Hoopstarz. It has been really fun and action packed week- just how we like it!
Bring your homework projects in as soon as they are finished for a dip in the dippy box.
Week beginning 4th November, 2019
This week in English we have started reading our new class novel ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ by Phillip Pullman. We have explored the characters we have met in the story so far, Lila, Lalchand, Chulak, and Hamlet.
In maths this week we have started our unit on Geometry, we have learned about quadrilaterals and the different types of triangles.
This week we visited Beamish Museum. We took part in a murder mystery activity at the Station near the Town where Detective Inspector Hannah from the Durham Constabulary told us about a murder that had happened near the railway line. We had to become mini detectives and find out about the victim and the criminal involved by interviewing the people who worked in the town around Beamish. We had a thoroughly enjoyable day despite the weather.
Reading books and diaries must be in school, we are getting very few reading diaries returned. It is important that children are reading every night.
Parents evening is Monday and Tuesday.
Week beginning 21st October, 2019
This week in English we have been writing our own creepy stories including all of the techniques we have been learning about in the past few weeks, we have used the story of Cogstone House as a stimulus.
In maths this week we have worked on problems adding and subtracting 4 digit numbers with exchanging.
In Science this week we have explored our topic of Sound further. We conducted an experiment by seeing how far sound travelled and made our own telephones using paper cups and string.
We thoroughly enjoyed our Halloween day in school. We had a fun-packed day filled with activities and are definitely ready for that half term break now!
Thursday 7th November is our trip to Beamish. Children should have returned reply slips to Mrs Sexton. Children to be in full school uniform on this day.
Week beginning 7th October, 2019
This week in English we have been continuing with our recounts of a Tudor feast but thinking about the meal from a different perspective. We have written some interesting recounts this week based on a sprout on a Sunday dinner and viewed the world through the eyes of a sprout! We have learned what a subordinating conjunction is and how to act when we see a WABUB!
In maths this week we have continued adding 4 digit numbers with exchanging and have moved on to subtracting 4 digit numbers, we have found some of it tricky, but are working hard to get our heads around the exchanging when we subtract and what it looks like using place value counters. We have also continued to practise our times tables focussing on our 6’s in our daily maths sessions on an afternoon.
In DT we have designed and made some delicious Tudor sweets, which would have been served in the middle of courses during a Tudor meal. The sweets are made from marzipan then coloured with paint to make them look realistic.
We have continued with our sketching in Art and have moved onto learning about how to draw a figure. We transferred these skills into sketching an image of Henry VIII using our sketching techniques from last week to create tone on his clothing.
In PE we used our gymnastic techniques to try vaulting on the springboard. We had to make sure we were taking off and landing in a particular position in order to make sure our hurdle step jump was safe.
English award this week went to Layla M for trying really hard with sentence structure and content. Keep it up Layla.
Maths award this week went to Sophia who has shown good reasoning when adding and subtracting 4 digit numbers.
Head teacher’s award this week went to Jayden, for always having trying hard in class and having a positive attitude. Keep it up Jayden well done.
Golden table: Brennan and Jayden.
Christmas card orders need to be in school for 14th October.
Week beginning 30th September 2019
This week in English we have been exploring recounts and thinking about how to list events in chronological order and recall events. We watched a video that showed us how a real Tudor feast would be and compared it to our own traditions when eating meals at weddings or at Christmas. We then explored embedded clauses, how to drop in the extra information in between a main clause and where to put commas, as well as how useful they are at improving our writing. We’ve continued to practise our spelling words this week in class doing various activities working on the prefix -in.
In maths this week we have been working with adding 4 digit numbers with and without exchanging. We’ve used our place value counters to help us visualise what happens when a column is full and how it can move into the next column and why we call it ‘carrying’. We have also continued to practise our times tables in our daily maths sessions on an afternoon.
In history we have continued finding out about Henry VIII’s wives by recalling all of their names and in order and created a fact file on each of them. We have also started our drawing and sketching topic in art. We have used various techniques to create tone and texture, techniques like cross hatching, contour hatching, stippling and ink wash.
English award this week went to Brennan for trying really hard with handwriting and presentation. Keep it up Brennan.
Maths award this week went to Jessica who has demonstrated good understanding and confidence in column addition.
Head teacher’s award this week went to Tiffany, for always having a positive attitude towards her friends and learning. Keep it up Tiffany well done.
Golden table: Aiden and Nathan
Christmas card orders need to be in school for 14th October.
Children should not be bringing Sharpies into school.
Week beginning 23rd September 2019
This week in English we have been working on our own narrative description of a Tudor town, we used an animation as a stimulus to help us build our writing. We have also been thinking about how the senses can help to develop our descriptions and build a picture in our reader’s mind.
In maths this week we have been working with numbers to 10, 000 and making links between numbers in our times tables thinking about multiples of 1000, 25, 6, 7 and 9’s. We’ve discussed new vocabulary such as numerals and multiples and used these during our learning conversations in maths.
In history we learned about the six wives of Henry VIII and learnt the rhyme to help us remember their order. DIVORCED, BEHEADED, DIED, DIVORCED, BEHEADED, SURVIVED. We then created a magazine advert advertising a new wife for Henry VIII, we discussed what type of husband he was and thought about his personality and how he treated his wives.
In PE we continued our sport of gymnastics and were learning how to roll, using our core and arms and leg muscles to help us perfect the range of motion required. We found some trickier than others.
We don’t went to mention the word Christmas just yet, but we’ve been working hard this week to create our class cards for Christmas. They’ve been sent off to be made into real cards for parents and carer to buy closer towards December.
English award this week went to Paige for having fantastic ideas during lessons and really trying her best with presentation! Keep it up Molly.
Maths award this week went to Kelsey who has used her reasoning skills as well as thinking logically to prove answers in class this week.
Head teacher’s award this week went to Chloe, for always being kind and considerate towards others. This is a wonderful trait to have Chloe, well done.
Golden table: Joseph and Kieran
Reading should be taking place every night and children should have their diaries signed.
Week beginning 16th September
This week in English we had a special delivery from a real Tudor messenger. The envelopes revealed a telling narrative description of a boy skulking around in the shadows, we were intrigued to find out what was going on and we made predictions about what would happen next.
We then spent the week exploring vocabulary in the narrative and worked on up-levelling and improving words using thesauruses to create synonym spiders and exciting sentences.
In maths this week we have been working with negative numbers and how a number becomes even smaller after zero. We’ve been thinking about how this can relate to temperature and how if the number is negative it means it is even colder.
We were also incredibly lucky to have a visit in school from Subject Revolution who brought an escape room to Burnside. We spent the morning solving challenges and answering questions in order to unlock and reveal codes to help us be free. It was an absolutely amazing morning and all of Year 4 loved it!
This week we continued with our topic ‘Off with your head’ we explored how the Tudor family tree was made up and how the Tudor rose came to be created. We also investigated how important coats of arms were at this period of time, we then designed and created our own coat of arms thinking carefully about what the colours and animals would represent and mean to us.
We started our science topic of sound this week. We explored sound around the school and took a sound survey, thinking about how sound is different in different areas and at different times of the day. We also looked at the different types of sounds, next week we will be thinking about how that sound travels.
English award this week went to Molly for using powerful vocabulary in her writing as well as ensuring her presentation in books is perfect! Keep it up Molly.
Maths award this week went to Liam who has used his reasoning skills to explain answers in class this week, he has demonstrated a clear understanding of negative numbers, well done Liam.
Head teacher’s award this week went to Amy S, for being focussed and motivated to do well in class all week well done for a great week Amy!
Golden table: Molly and Alexis
PE is a Thursday and children should have kit in school.
Week beginning 9th September 2019
This week in English we have started to read our class novel ‘Spy Master First Blood’ by authors Jan Burchett and Sara Vogler. It is all about the year 1532 and the sneaky spies that are trying to infiltrate King Henry VIII’s castle, it seems really exciting already and we can’t wait to read more!
We have also been working on identifying pronouns and working out if they are possessive pronouns or personal pronouns in order to help us vary our writing styles and sentence content.
In maths this week we have been working with place value and thinking about what each number represents and how changing a number’s digits can mean changing the value. We’ve been thinking about how this can relate to money in real life too. We’ve also been practising our times tables and our quick mental recall.
This week we began our new history topic ‘Off with your head’ which is based on the life of the Tudors. We used a timeline to put dates and events in order and then read about some of the facts about Tudors, we were most disgusted to learn that they didn’t have proper toilets!
In PE we started our unit of gymnastics and showed some impressive skills with cat jump, jump half turns, jump full turns, pike jumps and straddle.
English award this week went to Alfie who has tried incredibly hard in his description of a scene, he has pushed himself and used some adventurous vocabulary as well as having a positive attitude towards his work.
Maths award this week went to Amy B who has used her resilience to persevere even when she found some calculations tough, keep it up Amy.
Head teacher’s award this week went to Leah, who has demonstrated this week that she will always work hard and give 100%, well done Leah.
Golden table: Mya and Tiffany
PE will be on a Thursday