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.
Our Year 4 staff:
Miss Nicola Whitney – Teacher
Mrs Alison Davison – Teaching Assistant
Week beginning 3rd December 2018
This week in English we have been looking at our new book ‘This Morning I Met a Whale’ By Michael Morpurgo. We have made some great predictions and have been using expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials, verbs and adverts to create descriptions of the setting and characters we have met so far.
This week in Maths we have been looking at perimeter. We started by measuring the perimeter of the football pitch on the playground and moved to measuring the perimeters of different objects within our classroom. After this we began measuring the perimeters of different shapes and working hard to find out missing values.
We have had a fantastic week this week in Topic focussing on music. We have been listening to and appraising different songs by Abba. As well as this we have been learning to perform Mamma Mia using a variety of instruments. We have loved out music sessions this week!
English award this week goes to Neave for some fantastic independent writing!
Maths award this week goes to
Headteacher’s award this week goes to
Week beginning 26th November
This week in English we have been presenting out persuasive TV adverts and evaluating them. We had lots of fun doing this and all worked very hard! After we evaluated our adverts we then wrote our own independent TV advert including the success criteria we focussed on during our performances and adding in missing features identified through our evaluations.
This week in maths we continued to work on Multiplication. We are now confidently able to multiply two and three digit numbers by a one digit number and can use this to help us solve problems and create our own.
This week in topic we have focused on learning French. We are now able to create short questions and answers in French about the different methods of transport that we use to travel to and from school.
Week beginning 12th November 2018
This week in English we have been looking at persuasive TV adverts. On Monday, we watched some adverts and picked out their features so that we could act them out. Following on from, this we looked at expanded noun phrases to add description and exaggerated claims using comparative and superlative adjectives.
This week in Maths we have been looking at time. The children have worked very hard and are able to tell the time in words, analogue and digital formats. They are not able to convert between the three and explain what they know about how the clock system works.
English award this week goes to Alfie for great work with relative pronouns.
Maths award this week goes to Chloe for some great work with time.
Headteacher’s award this week goes to Isabelle for always working hard.
Golden Table: Chloe and Maggie
Week beginning 5th November 2018
This week in English we have been writing our persuasive adverts about Beamish Museum. The children used some fantastic language and clever puns which made their writing very entertaining. We are now looking at pollution in the ocean and are working towards a persuasive piece to stop plastic pollution.
In Maths this week we began looking at 3D shapes. We have focused on using technical vocabulary to describe them such as vertices, edges and faces. We are now able to describe and sort 2D and 3D shapes confidently.
English award this week goes to Lilly and Molly. I just could not decide who to give the award to this week because their persuasive leaflets were so fantastic! Both Molly and Lilly wrote a very convincing advert using clever mine puns. Well done you two!
Maths award this week has gone to Hollie for showing great confidence when describing and recognising 3D shapes.
Headteacher’s award this week has gone to Amira for working very hard to have beautiful handwriting.
Golden table this week: Mason and James
Week beginning 29th October 2018
This week in English we have been learning all about persuasion. We began by thinking about a time we have persuaded someone to do something and thought about the language we used. We then did some role play to demonstrate our techniques. Next we thought about how adverts use persuasion and created our own advert to persuade people to visit Beamish Museum.
In Maths this week we have been looking at 2D shapes. We have been able to discuss their properties and have worked hard when learning about acute, obtuse, straight line and right angles within shapes.
English award this week has gone to Lucas N for fantastic reading
Maths award this week has gone to Neave for brilliant counting in 2s
Headteacher’s award this week has gone to the whole of Year 4 for a wonderful trip to Beamish. The children were praised by staff and visitors to the museum for their excellent behaviour and fantastic manners. You did a fantastic job of representing Burnside! Well done!
Golden Table: Amira and Neave
Week beginning 15th October 2018
In English this week we have been writing a narrative about ‘The Lighthouse’ We have worked very hard to include all of the things we have learnt about this half term to create a fantastic story.
This week in maths, we have been looking at types of triangles. We have found out that there are four different types called scalene, isosceles, equilateral and right angle. We have found this tricky but have worked hard to remember all of their different features.
English award this week has gone to Mercedes for a wonderful narrative about ‘The Lighthouse’
Maths award this week has gone to Grace for working hard in Maths and having a great understanding of different types of triangles.
Headteacher’s award this week has gone to Chloe for working super hard all half term and always having a lovely attitude to her work.
Golden Table: Ethan and Lucas C
Year 4 will be going on their class trip to Beamish Museum on Tuesday 30th October. They are able to bring no more than £5 spending money if they would like to. This must be in a labelled envelope or purse so that it can be kept safe during the day.
Week beginning 7th October 2018
We have had a fantastic week this week in English! We began looking at an animation called ‘The Lighthouse’ and have done a lot of work on understanding its main character. To do this we thought of lots of questions we would ask him and then we got into character and asked him ourselves. There were lots of brilliant questions asked and some excellent responses from our characters.
We have continued looking at subtraction this week in Maths, with a big focus on subtracting four digit numbers that do need regrouping. We have worked really hard and have made brilliant progress in our understanding.
English award this week went to Amira for a lovely report about a missing girl.
Maths award this week went to Hollie for great subtraction.
Headteacher’s award this week went to Millie for always working hard and producing excellent work.
Golden Table: Piper and Isabelle
Week beginning 1st October 2018
This week in English we have all worked extremely hard! We have been working towards writing a newspaper report for a missing girl. This has meant that we have looked at writing in third person, using inverted commas and using emotive language to provoke sympathy for our character. We are looking forward to sharing our newspaper reports next week!
In Maths we have moved on to subtracting numbers with 4 digits. So far we have looked at numbers that do not need regrouping and we are now beginning to look at numbers that when subtracted do need regrouping. This can be very tricky so we are all working super hard!
English award this week went to Sophie for creating a fantastic missing persons poster. Sophie always gives 100% in all of her work and her writing is always something I enjoy reading.
Maths award this week went to Sasha for working very hard in Maths and zooming through some subtraction work with fantastic understanding. Well done Sasha!
Headteacher’s award this week went to Hayden for always working hard. Every time I spot Hayden in the classroom his head is down and he’s concentrating on his work giving everything 100%. Keep it up!
What a week we have had this week in Year 4! On Tuesday afternoon we took part in a Hoopstars activity. On Wednesday we were skipping all afternoon with Nick to get us ready for our skipping competition and on Thursday we visited Sunderland Tennis Centre and took part in a carousel of different sporting activities including rugby, tennis and yoga. We had a fantastic time and the children did a fantastic job representing our school!
Week beginning 24th September 2018
This week in English we have been working towards writing a diary entry from a girl who has been carried away on her boat by a ferocious storm. We have been working to include fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases, first person and past tense. The children have worked very hard and created some fantastic diary entries!
This week in Maths we have been working on addition of numbers with four digits. First of all we looked at numbers that did not need any exchanging and then we moved onto trickier questions that did require exchanging. We have learnt that we need to make sure we set our work out correctly with one digit per square because this really helps us when we are adding the ones, tens, hundreds and thousands together.
English award this week went to Alfie for a beautiful diary entry using all of the success criteria. Well done Alfie!
Maths award this week went to Millie for persisting with some tricky Maths work on addition. Keep it up Millie!
Headteacher’s award this week went to Sophie for being helpful and always working hard and trying her best in all subjects.
Golden Table: Mille and Katie
Next week the children will be taking part in skipping on Wednesday afternoon. This will mean that children need to bring their P.E. kits in a day earlier this week!
Happy Birthday Hayden and Sasha!
Class Attendance – 100%! Amazing effort this week everyone! Well done!
Week beginning 17th September 2018
This week in English we have been learning about prepositions and have begun using fronted adverbials of place. We have written some fantastic setting descriptions of our river and are working towards writing a recount of our journey along the river during a storm.
In Maths this week we have been working on counting in sequences of 10, 100, 50 and 25. We can now count forwards and backwards up to 10000 in these multiples and fill in missing numbers. Some of us found this tricky to begin with but have grown in confidence throughout the week.
In Science, we have been looking at the different properties of solids, liquids and gases and understand more about the particles within the states of matter. We acted these out and have drawn diagrams of what these would look like.
English award this week went to Molly for her fantastic setting description. Molly was able to confidently go back through her work and make some brilliant improvements too. Well done!
Maths award this week has gone to Mercedes. At the beginning of the week, Mercedes did not feel very confident when counting in different multiples but has persevered all week and has had a brilliant attitude to her learning. Well done Mercedes!
Head teacher’s award this week went to Mason. Mason has had such a fantastic attitude to his learning since returning to school after the holidays and has really impressed me. He is always looking for a challenge and is beginning to have much more confidence in himself. Very well done Mason, keep up the hard work!
Golden Table: Alfie and Molly
Happy Birthday Ethan!
Week beginning 10th September 2018
This week in English we have been looking at our new text The River by Marc Martin. We have been exploring different word families such as nouns, adjectives and verbs. We have been able to write expanded noun phrases and are working towards writing a setting description.
In maths this week we have been working with negative numbers. First of all we thought about where we might find negative numbers in real life and then we began to count forwards and backwards across 0. We were then able to identify the smallest or largest out of two negative numbers and order them confidently.
This week we began our Science topic. This was lots of fun as on Monday we carried out an experiment to see whether cornflour and water would protect an egg and stop it from cracking while dropping it from 1 metre. While we were exploring the corn flour and water mixture we discovered that it is able to turn from a liquid to a solid and this kept the egg safe.
We then made some beautiful ice cream to see how a liquid can change into a solid. We really enjoyed this and it tasted wonderful!
English Award this week went to Maggie for writing some brilliant expanded noun phrases. Maggie had some excellent ideas and worked extremely well when putting these into her writing. Keep it up Maggie!
Maths Award this week went to James. James worked really hard all week and was able to count forwards and backwards below 0 using negative numbers. Well done James! Keep up your hardworking attitude!
Head teacher Award this week went to Neave.
Neave has come into Year 4 and settled in so well with such a hardworking and mature attitude. She has really shone in these first couple of weeks and has been a pleasure to have in the class!
Please remember P.E. is on Thursdays and children should be wearing the correct kit.