What are we Learning?
This week in English we have based our learning around a short film called 'Pigeon Impossible'. We have designed comic strips from this, written newspaper reports and even used it to create our own spy stories.
In Maths we have recapped fractions and found some practical ways to find and represent equivalent fractions using wraps. We also made our own fraction walls so we could easily compare different fractions.
Children in school took part in a fantastic sports day and all showed great sportsmanship throughout the event! Well done Year 4!
I would like to start off with a huge well done to all the incredible children in Year 4. You have adapted so well to home learning and shown such enthusiasm all week!
We have based most of our learning around Brazil this week. In English children have researched and created information texts, learnt about the carnival and written diary entries as if they were there and designed their own Olympic game. In topic children researched the rainforest and created their own out of many wonderful things. We have designed our own carnival floats and some children chose to bring those to life and create them. For science children researched deforestation in the Amazon and created some powerful posters and presentations to persuade people to stop.
In Maths we have recapped some of the tricky topics from this year, and focused on multiplication and division and applied this to worded problems.
This week we have looked at the short film 'So Good To Me'. We have worked on showing not telling, using conjunctions and using time adverbials to show the passing of time. Children have worked hard to practice and understand these and use them within a range of different writing tasks.
In Maths we have looked at position and direction. We have learnt how to read co-ordinates, and plot on grids using these. We have also looked at horizontal and vertical lines and investigating shape using this.
In Topic we learnt who Emperor Hadrian was and why he built a wall. Children produced some great writing based on the wall and how and when it was built.
For Science at home we planned and carried out some of our own investigations linked to the Euros football competition currently taking place. There were some brilliant ideas and fantastic photos to show what children got up to.
This week we have had an assessment week. Children have worked incredibly hard and shown a real maturity when completing these. Well done!
In English and Reading we focused on ‘Romans On The Rampage’. We researched roman chariot racing and wrote information texts to show what we found out. We also wrote a diary entry as if we were either watching the race or taking part of the race. To finish our work on the book we created newspaper reports about the big race day that we read about. I have been so impressed with the level of creativity shown by all children in the class.
In Maths, we finished off our work on statistics, looking at line graphs, bar graphs and tables to collect data. We started our new topic of Geometry, we identified what a right angle is and which shapes have them.
In science we worked to connect simple circuits and identify when a circuit will and wont work.
This week in English we have been doing a Red and Green week. We have been able to choose different writing and creative tasks inspired by the short film 'The Tiny Crusader'. Children have written diary entries, speeches and designed armour and weapons. It has been fantastic to see children able to share their ideas and get creative.
In Maths we finished our time topic. We worked hard to understand the 24 hour clock and write digital time both as 12 hour and 24 hour.
In Science we looked at electrical safety and discussed the different risks in our homes. We also came up with tips to keep safe when using electrical devices.
This week we have focused on planning and writing a Roman Myth. In order to do this we designed our own Roman Gods, planned our story, studied other myths before starting to write our own. The quality of ideas and writing that has been written and shared has been amazing.
In Maths we have been continuing to look at time. We have worked hard to solve reasoning problems about time and order time.
In science, we started our new topic of Electricity. We discussed what we already knew and understood. We identified all the different things around our school that need electricity and the type of electricity needed.
In Skills for Life we covered our Relationships and Sex Education unit. Children have shown a good understanding of how male and female bodies can change over puberty. I have been impressed by the maturity shown by the children when discussing these topics.
This week in English we have been focusing on Roman Myths. We have been feature spotting to identify what we need to include when we write our own. We have started to research Roman Gods and explore the role they play in myths.
In Maths we have started the tricky topic of time. We have been learning to tell the time to 5 minutes and 1 minute. It's been great to see children helping and supporting each other within this topic.
In Science we were given a research topic of 'What are hurricanes and how do they happen?'. Children worked hard to research and create either posters or powerpoints to present the information they found.
In DT we explored different ways to prepare and mix drinks. Children were given a variety of ingredients and tools to create some new drinks with combinations they had not tried before.
In Year 4 this week we have continued to look at Zoos and animals both in captivity and the wild. We have worked hard to understand what adverbials are and include these in our writing. We have also looked at how to get the reader to feel emotion when writing.
In Maths we have started looking at money. We have looked at using different combinations of coins to make amounts. We have worked on changing pounds to pence and pence to pounds to understand the place value of money.
In Science we collected information about living things in our local area and thought about different ways we could group them. We discussed many ways we can classify living things and shared the ways we chose to do our own.
In Design and Technology we are completing a drinks tasting to find out which drinks are most popular to help us when we design our own. We looked at different cold drinks available and what ingredients they contain and costings.
In Year 4 this week we have been looking at persuasive writing. We have been focusing on arguments both for and against the zoo. We have been able to have some class debates which has helped us to develop the strength of our arguments.
In Maths we have continued to work on decimals. We have specifically focused on the place value of decimal numbers to help us order, compare and round them.
We are continuing with our Mountains topic in Geography and this week we chose either the Andes or the Alps to research. We had a list of research question and worked on using suitable websites to gather the information we needed.
In Science we looked at classification webs and then using a set of animals made our own. To do this we needed to identify the key characteristics of different animals and think about different ways to group them.
A really positive start to the Summer Term.
In year 4 this week we have started to look at the book ‘The Boy Who Biked the World’. We have thought about the challenges he would face and how people would react to his idea. Children have produced some great writing including postcards, diary entries and descriptions. It is great to see children wanting to challenge themselves with their writing.
In maths we have further explored decimals and hundredths. Children have shown a great independence in maths this week and got stuck into some tricky challenges.
In topic we learnt how climates change as you get higher up a mountain. We also looked at the different parts of a mountain such as treeline, snowline and summit.
In Science we continued to look at insects and habitats. We went on a hunt for some invertebrates and used classification keys to identify them.
This week in we have been doing some assessments so I want to say a big well done to the children for showing resilience to get these done.
It has been Census week at school. We have learnt about why we have census’ and how the data can be used. We thought of questions we could ask the class and collected data from the class. We then made bar graphs using the data we collected. We also used some data from a census to design a new town and thought about what would be needed based on the population. We thought about how things might change by the next census and wrote letters to children in the future.
In science we went on a hunt to find living things in our local habitat. We found different plants and thoroughly enjoyed finding lots of bugs and animals.
In topic we researched how different types of mountains are formed. We used the iPads to visit different websites and used the information to write our own descriptions.
This week in English we have been looking at The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo. We have discussed the themes in the book and focused on recalling events and inference when reading. We have been thinking about what it means to be a narrator and how the narrator in the story changes. We looked at persuasion and wrote a dialogue between two characters trying to persuade each other to consider each other’s point of view.
In Maths we finished our fractions topic. This has been a tricky topic at times but children have shown great resilience and worked together to achieve!
In Science we started our new topic of Living Things and Habitats. We looked at the 7 live processes that all living things do and searched the school grounds to identify different living things.
We also started a new Geography topic of Mountains. Children worked together using atlases to locate different mountains and mountain ranges.
In English we have continued our work on How to Train Your Dragon. We have looked at chapters from the different viewpoints of characters and written diary entries from their perspective. We also worked on writing a dialogue between two characters involving actions too.
In Maths we have continued to work on fractions. We have focused on subtracting fractions from other fractions and subtracting from a whole. This has been tricky at times but children have worked hard and found different methods that helped them.
We started our Art topic based around drawing insects. I was so impressed with the attention to detail that so many showed.
For World Book Day we focused on a poem called Store Full of Magical Things. This was a lovely poem and made us think about the things that are important to us. Children recreated their own versions and did some beautiful writing. We completed some book themed quizzes and children had a choice of other creative activities to complete.
Weekly update 26.3.21
This week in English we have been looking at ‘How to Train Your Dragon’. We have explored using prepositions and writing descriptions of the dragon cave. Children wrote some really detailed and exciting descriptions. We also thought about the emotions of different characters throughout the story.
In maths we have been working on fractions. We have looked at addition fractions with the same denominators and finding fractions bigger than one whole.
In science we looked at food chains and created some of our own. Children worked hard to complete different challenge cards to create various food chains.
In geography we studied tsunamis and what causes them. We created posters to give information on how to keep safe if there is a tsunami.
12th February 2021
In year 4 this week we have focused on poetry in English. We have looked at two different narrative poems and used them to write stories and dialogue.
In maths we have moved onto fractions. We have been looking at how different fractions can be represented in various ways and tried to tackle the tricky topic of equivalent fractions.
In PE we taught each other the games we created during mental health week and had a lot of fun playing those whilst talking about our emotions.
In science we continued to look at teeth and what we need to do to keep these healthy. The class designed some brilliant posters and leaflets to show others what they need to do.
Pupils of the week are AZ for amazing effort in all home learning and TT for showing a positive attitude towards his learning.
5th February 2021
This week in Year 4 we have been focusing on recount texts in English. Children worked hard to identify features of recount texts and what we need to include when writing one. We spent time planning a recount before writing about when a tornado swept through Stoke Mandeville!
In Maths we finished our Area topic and have moved onto fractions. Children have been working hard to identify and find different ways to represent different fractions.
In Skills for Life we have been following the Theme of Express Yourself! It has been wonderful to see the insight children have into how they can express themselves and why it is important to do so. We have explored ways to express ourselves using our body through dance, yoga and games and using our creativity by writing poems and drawing self-portraits. The maturity and kindness shown by all this week has been lovely to see.
Pupils of the Week are SM for a fantastic self expression poem and EB for showing enthusiasm for English work.
29th January 2021
What a week in Year 4!
In English we have been focusing on a clip of an earthquake. I have been blown away by the quality of work children have produced! We have had some brilliant first person accounts of the disaster and some very entertaining newspaper and TV news reports of this. In Maths we finished off our tricky multiplication and division unit. Children have worked so hard and shown a huge amount of resilience with this unit. The resourcefulness of children finding resources to help them at home when unable to access the physical resources at school has been great to see.In science we learnt about teeth and why we have different types of teeth. Children made their own set of teeth and labelled them using play dough, clay and even icing! In RE we looked at the special Sedar meal that Jews have before Passover and have been discussing different food laws within religions.
Pupils of the Week are MH-R for enthusiasm in her learning and OC for showing responsibility for his learning.
22nd January 2021
This week in Year 4, we have continued to look at The Firework Makers Daughter. Children have really impressed me both in school and at home with the quality of work they have produced. We have focused on varying sentence starters and using fronted adverbials. Children have shown a real understanding and enjoyment of the book which has been great to see.
In Maths we have continued to focus on multiplication and division with children showing a huge amount of resilience when finding work tricky. It has been great to see how children have found resources to help them at home and shown some creativity.
In Science we continued tO look at the digestive system. We named and learnt the functions of all the different parts. Children then made some bright and fantastic posters to show this.
In school we continued with our DT project and started to sew our sandals together. This has proved a challenge for some but has also been a lot of fun.
Pupils of the Week are GO for showing independence during maths and EJ for working hard in maths even when they found it tricky!