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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:

Miss Ashley – Teacher

Autumn 2 – Blue Abyss

Week beginning 23rd November 2020

English

This week in English, been developing our skills of persuasion. We have been learning how to effectively use varying literacy features that will help us to create a persuasive tone and engage the reader; such as rhetorical questions, alliteration, identifying different viewpoints through performing a conscience alley and the use of persuasive sentence starters. We have explored the purpose of using these features in our writing and how we can improve our writing by including them.

Maths

In Maths, we have completed our module all about length and perimeter and consolidated our learning before moving onto our new focus. We have begun to explore the calculation operations of multiplication and division. We recapped and developed concrete methods of representing multiplication calculations through the use of arrays and using place value grids. These methods came in helpful whilst developing our understanding our multiplying by 10 and 100.

Topic

This week in our topic lessons, we have been bringing our seascapes to life! We have been using our skills of sketching and water painting, using them to create tints and tones to make our artwork look more realistic. We have designed and created our ocean zone inspired seascapes and paired them with a matching aquatic animal.  

Reminders:

Homework was set using our new Showbie program this week.

Please ensure your children have download the app on their devices/found the Showbie website and completed the homework as normal! We have sent out the logins and passwords on a letter on Tuesday.

Homework – Handed out on Wednesday to be completed and returned by Monday.

Reading books – Handed out on Monday to be returned by Friday. Please make sure you are encouraging the children to read every day and that you are commenting in their reading records at least 3 times a week to track home learning as well as in school learning.

Awards

English – Elliot for a fantastic effort towards his English work! Super ideas for persuasion!

Maths – Darren for always trying his best in his maths work and for amazing times table knowledge.

Head teacher award – Charlie for a beautiful water painting of a sunlight zone seascape.

Week beginning 16th November 2020

English

This week in English, we have reviewed and edited our 5 part narratives that were inspired by our abyssal text, ‘Twinkle, twinkle Squiglet Pig’. As a class, we discussed what would make our writing successful and interesting for the reader and reflected on our writing to see how we can independently identify areas where we can improve to show our best writing skills. We also applied our comprehension skills through the assessment questions this week; we focused on applying our skills of skimming and scanning a text, retrieving, summarising, inferring, predicting and comparing using information from a text.

Maths

In Maths this week, we have applied our knowledge of addition and subtraction and measure to some problems in our assessments.

We have also continued to focus on our times table facts. Please encourage the children to play on Timetables Rockstars whenever they have time at home as this will ensure that their fact recall becomes quicker and more accurate!

Topic

This week, we have focused on our developing our artistic skills. We have explored using tints and tones for creating a more realistic effect whilst using water colour paints as well as designing our seascapes that will be based upon our learning of the different ocean zones and the creatures which live in each of these zones.

Furthermore, we also discussed our perspectives on bullying and how we can prevent it happening or help to stop through ‘Uniting against Bulling’ as part of our recognition of national Anti-Bullying day. We wore odd socks to emphasise that we are all unique, and by uniting, it doesn’t take that away from us, it simply makes us stronger. We have more power to overcome injustice and adversity when we join together.

Reminders:

Homework will all be set on the new Showbie app as of next week. Please ensure your children download the app on their devices and complete the homework as normal! Logins and passwords will be sent out in a letter on Wednesday.

Homework – Handed out on Wednesday to be completed and returned by Monday.

Reading books – Handed out on Monday to be returned by Friday. Please make sure you are encouraging the children to read every day and that you are commenting in their reading records at least 3 times a week to track home learning as well as in school learning.

Awards

English –

Maths –

Head teacher award –

Week beginning 9th November 2020

English

This week in English, we have written 5 part narratives inspired by our abyssal text, ‘Twinkle, twinkle Squiglet Pig’. As a class, we discussed what would make our writing successful and interesting for the reader and planned an engaging narrative using the new vocabulary we have been developing linked to the characteristics of the fish and abyss setting.

Maths

This week in maths, we have been developing our knowledge of perimeter by applying our understanding of measure, we have recap prior knowledge of perimeter then progressed it to finding perimeter using a grid.

Topic

This week, we have focused on our developing our scientific knowledge, we have investigated the different ocean layers, identified what sort of animals live in each zone and grouped them based on their adaptation features. Furthermore, we created classification keys linked to abyssal and sunlight zone living things.

Awards

English – Maddison for great participating and involvement during her phonics sessions.

Maths – Freddie for challenging himself with his mathematical learning.

Head teacher award – Ava for trying her best and really focusing on all aspects of her learning.

Week beginning 2nd November 2020

English

This week in English, we began reading our new topic text, ‘Twinkle, twinkle Squiglet Pig’ – a story about a courageous, little piglet squid who lives in the abyss and decides to go on a brave adventure for his friends. We have developed our skills of description by focusing on varying features we can use to describe the setting and characters in our story.

Maths

This week in maths, we have been progressing our knowledge of measure, we have recap prior knowledge linked to units of measure and the equivalent lengths as well as introducing the measure of kilometres into our learning.  

Topic

We have explored our new topic, the Blue Abyss, which is inspired by the ocean layers and thinking about how creatures have adapted and to their habitats. We have discovered some of the animals who live in the abyss and have discussed what we would like to learn within this topic.  

Awards

English – Lucy Smart for developing her independence whilst writing.  

Maths – Poppy for super work linked to measure.

Head teacher award – Ava for always being so polite and supportive to everyone in school.

Autumn 1 – SPLASH!

Halloween

Week beginning 12th October 2020

English

This week in English, we have continued reading our intriguing topic text of ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo.

We have explored some features of a diary when it is written in the form of a log book. We developed our understanding of the four main domains of writing (purpose, form, audience and style) and focused our learning around how we can best portray these domains effectively in our writing this week.

Maths

This week in maths, we have been developing our understanding of adding 4 digit numbers using column addition. We have been building our skills this week through using a range of helpful resources and pictorials to aid and to support our consolidation of this calculation process. We progressed our learning to problem solve and reason using this core calculation process. Later in the week, we explored the process of estimating.

Topic

We have continued to develop our knowledge around the topic of ‘SPLASH!’. We have continued our art learning that is inspired by Hokusai’s Great Wave. We have been developing skills of collage, overlapping, coiling and tessellation and then used these skills when designing our artwork. We decided to use collage and overlapping and the cooler colours from the colour wheel.

Awards

English – Charlie for a brilliant log book entry.

Maths – Elexis for super effort learning her 7 times tables.

Headteacher award – Emily for an improved effort with her handwriting.

Reminders:

This week is the final week of our first half term back, if you have any homework projects please remember to bring them in so we can showcase your fantastic work!

Plus, this week in Year 4 on Thursday we are having a PJ day due to demonstrating good behaviour as a class throughout this half term; in addition, this is followed by a Halloween day on Friday. The children are welcome to come dressed in their PJs and Halloween costumes for these fun days to finish the half term.

Week beginning 5th October 2020

English

This week in English, we have continued reading our exciting topic text of ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo.

We have explored some new literacy features that we can include in our writing through using prepositions as fronted adverbials to extend our fronted adverbials and connect our knowledge of literacy features. We also developed our skills of using relative clauses to add more detail to our sentences or to describe the noun.

Maths

This week in maths, we have been starting to develop our understanding of adding 4 digit numbers using column addition. We have been building our skills this week through using a range of helpful resources and pictorials to aid and to support our consolidation of this calculation process.   

Topic

We have continued to develop our knowledge around the topic of ‘SPLASH!’ through concluding our geography learning through exploring how water is used in the world through researching hydropower and investigating the advantages and disadvantages of this renewable energy source. We created our own water wheels to gain a better understanding of how water supply can form energy.

Furthermore, we developed our understanding of water pollution by looking into the causes, consequences and ways in which we can help to reduce this issue that is harming the environment and many habitats. Finally, we began our art learning that is inspired by Hokusai’s Great Wave. We have been developing skills of collage, overlapping, coiling and tessellation as well as investigating cool and warm colours, how to make them and which we will need to include in our art work.

Awards

English – Scarlett for super effort including relative clauses in her writing.

Maths – Daniel for super effort developing his number knowledge.

Headteacher award – Darren for being a good friend and settling into our class so well.

Week beginning28th September 2020

English

This week in English, we have continued to read our exciting topic text of ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo.

We have explored literacy feature that we can include in our writing to provoke suspense and sympathy for the reader, such as varying sentence structures, using emotive language and relating to the reader’s senses.

In addition, we continued to write our own version of this exciting tale; we thought about how Michael is going to survive now he has been stranded and foreshadowed our own endings ready to find out the fate of Michael next week.

Maths

This week in maths, we have been consolidating our knowledge of place value to 10,000.  We explored comparing and ordering 4-digit numbers and developed our confidence using mathematical vocabulary when answering arithmetic, problem solving and reasoning questions. Plus, we learnt a new concept of negative numbers, we discussed where we would find such numbers and why they are used then applied our new knowledge to some calculations and word problems including this concept.

Topic

We have continued to develop our knowledge around the topic of ‘SPLASH!’.

This week, we have focused on developing our geographical knowledge based on water supply, locally and globally. We discovered how water is supplied, where it comes from and how it is cleaned in the UK; then contrasted our knowledge against less economically developed countries as well as countries that are land locked in hot, dry climates. We found that countries in the Middle East and North Africa can often lack fresh water and we began to understand the consequences this has, so we thought about what we could design to better support water supply in such countries.

Awards

English – Frankie for a fantastic narrative piece of writing.

Maths – Freddie for great participation and effort in his place value learning.

Head teacher award – Braxton for always trying his best in all aspects of his work.

Week beginning 21st September 2020

English

This week in English, we have continued to read our exciting topic text of ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo. We have explored including speech within our writing to express how the characters are feeling and to provide more information through a 3rd person narrative. In addition, reviewed what we have already learnt about this story, whereby we sequenced the main events and discussed using fronted adverbials to link these events. We began to write our own version of this mysterious tale; we thought about how we will introduce the characters, set the scene and build up an insight into this adventurous family’s journey before disaster occurs.

Maths

This week in maths, we have been developing our knowledge of place value to 10,000.  We explored how place value changes when varying values from 1s to 1000s are added or subtracted from a given number as well exploring how to partition a number into varying place values but how they still form the same amount.

Topic

We have continued to develop our knowledge around the topic of ‘SPLASH!’. This week, we have focused on concluding our scientific knowledge of states of matter and developing our geography knowledge. We investigated the effects on various heats on states of matter and how it can lead to the processes of condensation and evaporation. We then investigated the 4 processes in action when changing the state of water from a solid, to a liquids and then to a gas. Later in the week, we developed our understanding of where water comes from and how it is part of a closed cycle, called the Water Cycle. We learnt the different part of the water cycle and linked our science knowledge to this process. We really enjoyed listening to the fun and catchy water cycle song!

Awards

English – Elliot for an amazing effort and attitude towards his writing.

Maths – Poppy for a super attitude to her learning of place value.

Head teacher award – Ava W for always being a good friend and supporting everyone in our class.

Reminders

Please ensure that your child’s reading book in returned to school on a Friday so it can be changed and ready to go back out on a Monday

Week beginning 14th September 2020

English

This week in English, we have begun to read our new topic text of ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo. We have explored getting know the main character of Michael through describing his personality and appearance. Furthermore, we have been developing our knowledge of upskilling our writing. We have been learning about relative clause and how they add more detail to our sentences as well as understanding the difference between subordinating and coordinating conjunctions.

Maths

This week in maths, we have been developing our confidence rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. We learnt the helpful rhyme of, ‘Zero to four slide to the floor, five to nine climb the vine’. In addition, we have been practicing our skill of counting in multiples of 10 and 100 as well as learning how to count and use numbers over 1000.

Topic

We have started our new topic of ‘SPLASH!’, this is a topic all about water. This week, we have focused on developing our scientific knowledge of states of matter. We explored properties of solids, liquids and gases, investigated how temperature can effect and change a state of matter and recognised what objects and materials can be categorised into these three states of matter.

Awards

English – Oliver for fantastic work using a range of literacy features and a much improved attitude towards his learning.

Maths – Scarlett for working incredibly hard on her knowledge of rounding and for having a great attitude towards her learning.

Head teacher award – Luke for a much improved attitude towards his learning and for a greater engagement in the lessons.

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