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 June 2019
In English this week we have been looking at non-chronological reports with the intention of writing a comparative report on two animals from different places around the world. To start this we have looked at writing in third person using present tense. We have carried out some research on penguins and camels in order to write comparative sentences using comparative conjunctions.
In Maths this week, we have been learning about coordinates. This is something we have worked on before but are developing this week. We have been reading and plotting coordinates and moving on to draw shapes on an axis.
We have also been looking at coordinates in Geography and placing them on a map. We have researched a chosen country around the world, located this using a map, atlas or globe and identified its coordinates.
Week beginning 20th May 2019
This week in English we have written a great narrative based on our story ‘The Thief, the Fool and the Big Fat King’. The children have worked hard to include ‘show not tell’ techniques in their writing as well as detailed setting descriptions.
In Maths this week, we have had a big focus on learning our 7 times tables. We have been outside and played lots of different games such as hop scotch and around the world. We have all worked very hard to learn the more tricky facts to prepare for our times table test.
In History this week we have used a variety of sources to answer questions about Henry VIII. We used a variety of books as well as researching on IPad’s. We have also completed some great portraits of Henry VIII, his wives and children in Art.
English award this week goes to Hayden for a great narrative.
Maths award this week goes to Grace for brilliant times table work.
Headteacher’s award this week goes to Amira for great determination during our skipping festival.
Week beginning 13th May 2019
This week in English we have focused on the setting and characters in our new story ‘The Thief, the Fool and the Big Fat King’. We have created great descriptions of our graveyard setting and begun looking at describing the setting and characters using ‘show not tell’ techniques.
In Maths this week we have been focusing on converting measures of length, mass, capacity and time. We have worked really hard and are going to continue to develop our skills of problem solving and reasoning.
In History this week, we have been looking at the reasons for and consequences of Henry VIII’s marriages to Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour and Anne of Cleves. We have done lots of research and enjoyed creating arguments for and against these marriages.
English award this week goes to Molly for a brilliant diary entry as Anne Boleyn.
Maths award this week goes to Sophie for great work when converting units of measure.
Headteacher’s award this week goes to Piper for a consistent effort whilst practising for our skip dance.
Week beginning 6th May 2019
In English we have been looking at improving our writing and adding more detail to our arguments and explanations. We began with the question ‘Was Henry VIII a good husband?’ and we wrote our answers. We then thought about how we could answer this question in different ways using our thinking hats to look at the facts, positives, negatives, things that could have been done differently and our feelings. The children produced some brilliant, much improved answers to the questions. We then looked at how to use past tense accurately in our writing.
This week in Maths we have been looking at how to find tenths and hundredths of numbers. We have found that to do this we must divide the number by ten or one hundred. We have used this new knowledge to help us answer problem solving and reasoning questions.
In History this week, we have written a diary entry for Henry VIII. We included the usual things that a Tudor Monarch would be responsible for on a daily basis. This included having breakfast with his friends, playing tennis, having meeting about the affairs of the state and finishing with a feast and dancing every evening.
English award this week goes to James for great enthusiasm and improvements to his writing.
Maths award this week goes to Mason for a consistent effort during times tables sessions.
Headteacher’s award this week goes to Lucas N for showing great enthusiasm for our History topic about the Tudors.
Golden Table: Chloe and Amira
Week beginning 29th April 2019
This week in English we have written some great newspaper reports about the death of Anne Boleyn. We thought about how to use inverted commas, cohesive devices and relative clauses in our writing. It was great fun interviewing Anne Boleyn in the Tower of London.
In Maths this week we have been looking at dividing a two-digit number by 10 and 100. We can now do this confidently and understand that when we divide a number it gets smaller and it can move beyond the ones column and into the decimals of tenths and hundredths.
In Topic this week we have looked at what Henry VIII was like through portraits and written sources. We thought about the language used in sources that described him and what this could mean about him as a Tudor monarch.
We had our final trip of the year to Beamish museum this week which was fantastic! We worked in a factory sorting rope into bundles of ten so that we could earn money to create a meal for our family. It was a brilliant day that we all really enjoyed!
English award this week goes to Millie for a great newspaper report and editing her own writing.
Maths award this week goes to Lilly for great division of two digit numbers.
Headteacher’s award this week goes to Neave for working very hard at Beamish and having a fantastic attitude towards the tasks.
Golden Table: Lucas N and Lucas C
Week beginning 22nd April 2019
We have been looking at newspaper reports this week in English. We have developed a success criteria of features we think are important to include when writing a newspaper report and have been looking in more detail at these features such as: conjunctions and relative clauses to add more detail.
This week in maths we have been recapping our knowledge on place value. Within this we have looked at the value of each digit and ordering numbers with up to four digits. As well as this, we have been recapping out knowledge of dividing numbers while showing the answers in tenths and hundredths.
Our new topic this half term is ‘Off With Your Head’ in which we will be studying Henry VIII and his six wives. This week we have introduced the new topic by placing the Tudors on a time line in history and finding out about the six wives of Henry VIII. We are really enjoying our new topic and finding out about the kind of king Henry was.
Week beginning 1st April 2019
Week beginning 4th March 2019
In English this week we have started looking at non-chronological reports. We have identified their features, improved a paragraph from a non-chronological report, planned and written our own about the digestive system.
In Maths this week we have been recapping our knowledge of addition and subtraction. We have been adding and subtracting four digit numbers with and without exchanging.
In Topic this week we have started learning all about the digestive system. We have had fun learning all about the different parts of the digestive system and their functions. We have also started to create a life sized model of the digestive system!
English award this week goes to Millie for a great plan and consistently lovely presentation.
Maths award this week goes to Chloe for working hard with addition and subtraction.
Headteacher’s award this week goes to Maggie for working hard all week.
Golden Table: Alfie and Ethan
Week beginning 25th February 2019
In English this week we have started looking at our new novel George’s Marvellous Medicine. We have looked at using possessive apostrophes, descriptive language and relative clauses. We have used all of these things to create a character description of George’s Grandma.
In Maths this week we have been looking at addition and subtraction of 100 and 1000 from three and four digit numbers . This has been a really useful refresher of our place value knowledge.
In Topic this week, we created a 3D Viking Village from plastercine which looks fantastic! We also evaluated our Longboats thinking about what we liked, didn’t like and how we would change them next time.
English award: Piper – for great work leading towards a character description.
Maths award: Sophie – for adding 100 and 1000 to 3 and 4 digit numbers.
Headteacher’s award: Katie – for always being a brilliant role model.
Golden Table: Neave and Amira
Week beginning 11th February 2019
In English this week we have written our transformed piece of writing. We have written our own narrative with a focus on including language to evoke mood and atmosphere. The children have created some lovely work.
In Maths this week we have looked at finding the area of a shape and drawing shapes with certain areas. The children have worked hard and understand the formula lxb=a.
In Topic this week the children have created their own Viking Longboats. They have used a variety of materials and worked in groups to select the best methods to create them. The children have worked very well in their teams and have created some great work.
English award this week has gone to Sophie and Maggie for writing a brilliant Narrative about Sif and Her Golden Hair.
Maths award this week has gone to Alfie and Molly for great area work
Headteacher’s award this week has gone to Ethan and Lacie for fantastic work in DT
Golden Table: Lucas N
Week beginning 4th February 2019
This week in English the children have been working towards writing their own version of Sif and Her Golden Hair. They have looked at using a range of criteria such as inverted commas and fronted adverbials of time.
In Maths this week we have learnt all about plotting points on axes. The children have learnt that to plot points then must first go along the x axis and then up the y axis. They are now able to plot points and read coordinates.
This week in Topic we had a focus on PSHCE. We wrote poems about having a positive mental attitude and created our own super hero that we could go to for positive thinking inspiration.
Week beginning 28th January 2019
This week in English we have started looking at our new story ‘Sif and her Golden Hair’ we have done a lot of inference work and have begun looking at fronted adverbials that describe time in order to help us write our own narrative.
In Maths this week we have continued looking at fractions. We have been working hard to add and subtract fractions with the same denominators.
In topic this week we rounded off our Viking research and wrote an explanation about which of three different people we thought deserved to be King of England.
Week beginning 21st January 2019
In English this week we have looked at how to change our explanations from formal to informal and have looked at how to create a happy dragon. We thought about all of the different things a dragon would need and are working to put these into our new explanation text.
In Maths this week we have been looking at fractions. We have been able to find equivalent fractions for 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 1/3 and 2/3. The children have worked very hard to find fractions of bags of smarties as well as drawing pictures to help us and answering lots of prove it questions.
In Topic this week we found out all about Alexander the Great and what made him so great. We found out all about his life, when he became king and all about his family. We found out all about how he changed England.
English award this week goes to Maggie for some great editing.
Maths award this week goes to James for some brilliant factions work.
Headteacher’s award this week goes to Neave for some amazing reading!
Golden Table: Neave and Lucas
Week beginning 14th January 2019
In English this week the children have worked hard towards writing their explanation texts. They have identified the features they needed to include and have generated success criteria to help them write a good explanation. They have worked hard to include conjunctions, organisational devices, and technical vocabulary relating to their dragons.
In Maths this week, we have been looking at data including bar charts and time graphs. The children found time graphs tricky but on Friday we used the computers to help us understand them by creating out own time graph of a man walking his dog. We also created bar charts about our dragons on Purple Mash too!
In Topic this week we have really focused on the timeline of events for the Vicious Vikings. We found out when the first raid on England was and when Alfred the Great became King. We have worked hard to understand and explain these different dates and why they were important events in history.
English award this week goes to Hayden for working hard on his handwriting.
Maths award this week goes to Maggie for some super multiplication.
Headteacher’s award this week goes to James for working hard and getting involved in our History lessons.
Golden Table: Katie and Isabelle
Week beginning 7th January 2019
In English this week we have started reading our new novel ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ by Cressida Cowell. We have started to build our vocabulary bank and found definitions of some of the lovely words that are used within the book. We have also been looking at using different word families in our writing such as nouns, pronouns and prepositional phrases.
Maths this week has been brilliant! We have been learning about Roman numerals and the children can confidently identify numerals up to 100! We have worked super hard to learn the trickier numerals like iv, vi and ix.
In topic this week we have started discovering the ‘Vicious Vikings’. We have been learning about how they took power from the Anglo-Saxons and where they settled. We’ve also started to research things like transport, housing and what they would wear so that we can create our own Viking Village out of plastercie.
English award this week goes to Lucas N for some great vocabulary work.
Maths award this week goes to Sasha for some great Roman numeral work
Headteacher’s award this week goes to Hollie for working very hard since coming back to school.
Golden Table: Molly and Katie
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!
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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