Classes 2019-2020 -
Year 4 @West Wick 2019-20
Keeping up with your learning – Keeping up with learning Year 4 to Year 5
Google Classroom information – Google Classroom Guide for Pupils and Parents PDF
Calling all budding singers – Looking to the rainbow challenge!
Don’t forget to read the help me guide and see the resources attached to get involved in this challenge!
As a Church school we spend time every day in the act of Worship where the whole school comes together as a community in a time to reflect, pray and sing. As a school, we LOVE singing and the children are always enthusiastic about new songs.
I am sure you will have seen many videos being made of choirs singing in isolation in various forms on the news or social media. Each one is wonderful and so we have decided to create a St. Anne’s whole school singing video with a beautiful song which links nicely to the Christian value of HOPE.
The song we have for you to perform is called Looking to the Rainbow. It has been written especially for schools to perform during the Covid-19 lock down by Nick & Becky Drake (Worship for Schools Organisation).
As we start Term 5 very differently to how we would have liked, remember to keep smiling, stay safe and continue to share your wonderful learning with us via our communication platforms. We really hope you have enjoyed the beautiful weather over the Easter break and spent some time making wonderful memories with your loved ones. We are missing you very much and hope we can return to some form of normality very soon.
Today, we have sent out a link via email and text asking you for your permission to create a google classroom account for your child/children. To enable us to provide our children with an online learning platform, we need gather this information as quickly as possible before sending out instructions, guidance and logins to support you with using this if you are a family who is self-isolating or in the event of the possibility of a school closure. If you have any questions, please speak to your class teacher or Mrs Hardy-Smith.
Term 4 Week 3
Learning Theme : This week we have been scientists and learned about the different states of matter. The children learned about solids, liquids and gases and had fun doing an investigation called ‘The Snowman’s Coat’ which allowed the class to explore what was an effective way to slow down the melting of ice. They measured the time it took for ice to melt when wrapped in different materials and made sure the test was fair and worked together really well in teams.
Maths: We have seen some fabulous maths this week with the crew learning how to find fractions of amounts as well as continuing to practise our times tables. Please encourage your child to use TTRockstars at home as much as possible to help them become super speedy.
English: I think we have a bunch of potential authors in Year 4 now ! The crew focused well while writing their own disaster stories over several days and some showed real stamina for writing.. Our story writing followed the structure of our class text – Floodland. Ask your children about their own stories. I am sure they will be keen to retell you all about their hard work.
Religious Education: We have started our learning about why Easter is important to Christians through the Salvation unit. We learned about Holy Week and in particular Palm Sunday. The children shared thoughts and ideas on what it must have been like to be in the crowds who watched Jesus arrive in Jerusalem. They chose to write an eye witness account as either someone in the crowd or from the point of view of the donkey who carried Jesus through the streets.
Term 4 Week 1
Learning theme : It has been a really lovely week back and the children have worked so hard. We have been artists for much of the week and learned to use water colours to create our own versions of artwork by the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. There were some challenges to be tackled but overall the children felt really proud of the progress they made and the final pieces are great. See the Twitter feed on the side of this page for some of the children’s work.
In Maths, we have been finding out how to make equivalent fractions. The children are becoming very confident in their mathematical explanations and enjoy teaching each other which has helped embed the learning further. See Twitter feed of the children working together on this Maths.
In English, the children have continued to LOVE reading our class text, Floodland by Marcus Sedgewick. The children have also learned to use fronted adverbials in their writing and understood how these add more detail to their writing about the HOW, WHEN or WHERE something has happened.
Our Religious Education has been very enjoyable during Term 3 and into Term 4 with our learning focus of What is it like to follow God? This week we learned about the Salvation Army and were amazed at the variety of ways they support people . It was so good to see children reflecting on the needs of the elderly, lonely, homeless and prisoners. The children thought it was what God would want people to be like. Beau said, ” God just wants us to love one another and care for everybody.”
We had a really good week focusing on our enquiry question ‘Is the Natural World Dangerous?’. We learnt about the three different types of rock – Igneous, Metamorphic and Sedimentary. We also learnt the process of how fossils are formed and how they help us to learn about history.
In English, we retold the first chapter of our class text ‘Floodland’. Everyone in the class wrote the most wonderful versions of the story and it really helped us to understand the plot of the book.
This week was Internet Safety Week and we really thought about how we can stay safe online. We talked about hacking and how it is important we take care of our personal information.
In maths we begun learning all about fractions. We challenged ourselves to think about what fractions actually mean and how useful they can be. We also discussed equivalent fractions.
Maths: Super work this week with learning about area and perimeter. Some great problem solving too when we took part in the NSPCC Number Day. Lots of fun was had thinking out of the box to tackle problems from the excellent NRich website.
English: Our class text Floodland is getting very exciting now and the children are enjoying learning new vocabulary. We have been focusing on the use of conjunctions to extend our sentences too by using because, when, although, as. In addition, the crew have been aiming to improve their handwriting by forming all their letters correctly and joining them in the cursive style. Practise, practise, practise!
Religious Education: Our RE has been to deepen our understanding of how we can follow God’s promise by reflecting on our own promises to each other about how we will live in school, what we will be like as a class member / group member. The children took it really seriously and have now produced group promises which are laminated and on display to remind us all of what they said they would do.
Maths: Another brilliant week of learning in Year 4 where the children learned about perimeter and have also been improving their 4 and 6 times tables. They are super confident now in both of these so we will be pushing onto our 7x and 8x tables. The children had fun using Hit the Button on our IPads to learn their tables to be more accurate and to pick up speed. They should also use TTRockstars as much as possible to support this.
English: We have continued to read Floodland and have explored poetry this week. The children enjoyed learning about personification and were able to explain what the effect of each phrase was on the reader and how they build pictures in your mind. We have been focussing on making sure we refer to the text whenever we explain our answers which is a key skill.
Learning Theme: We have been having fun with our volcanoes we made last week and made them explode using bicarbonate of soda, vinegar and food colouring. Some good science learning behind the fun and definitely something they can all do at home again with their super models. We have been keen geographers as we learned about mountain ranges in the UK and the highest peaks of Ben Nevis, Scafell Peak and Mount Snowden. In addition, we have looked at how mountain ranges were formed and the difference between a mountain and a volcano.
Term 3 Week 3
Maths: This week we learned about scaling up or down using our multiplication and dividing skills. Great knowledge for recipes. They have also consolidated their 6x table and should be more fluent in this. Next week we will move onto our 7x table.
English: The Year 4 crew have enjoyed reading our new class text called Floodland by Marcus Sedgewick. Please ask the children about this. We have learned how to describe the main character Zoe with some interesting vocabulary being used. They all think she is a brave young girl who shows resilience and perseverance.
Religious Education: Our learning this week was about how we live our lives in the wider world and within school. We reflected on the story of Noah and the promise that God made to never flood the world again. We then made individual promises to each other on how we could make our groups in class a great place to work and learn in. The children were thoughtful and they all made group contracts and signed them. We discussed how their classmates would feel if the promises they made were broken too and connected this back to God’s promise to humans.
Learning Theme: The children had fabulous fun learning how to make a model of a volcano which they will paint next week. They are very excited about the eruption part which involves understanding the science behind the vinegar, bicarbonate of soda and a dash of food colouring.
In maths we have been learning how to divide two and three digit numbers using the standard written method. It was quite tricky for the children at first but they all got there and showed good resistance.
In English, we have been learning about newspaper report writing and have analysed them using our retrieval skills to locate the answers to comprehension style questions. We have identified what makes a good one and are going to be writing our own newspaper reports too based on the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and destruction of Pompeii. The children learned to use past tense in their SPAG lessons too which is a feature of writing news reports.
The year 4 crew have been working hard this week on many skills one of which was the ability to work in teams to produce a presentation of some of their learning so far about the destruction of Pompeii.
Also linked to our learning theme is our PE which is Dance. The crew enjoyed creating their own dance based on the eruption of a volcano. They showed so much creativity and so good teamwork skills.
Enjoy the weekend!
Week 1 –
This week we have begun our new enquiry question ‘Is the Natural World Dangerous?”
English – We have begun reading ‘Escape from Pompeii’ which is all about the events that occured in Pompeii on the day that Mount Vesuvius erupted. We discussed the book and thought about what we predicted would happen. We then wrote setting descriptions about life in Pompeii before the eruption occured and a setting description after the eruption happened. All of the setting descriptions were brilliant and the use of expanded noun phrases and adjectives to improve our writing.
Maths – This week we recapped the grid method for solving multiplication questions. We then moved on to the standard written method for solving multiplication problems. Everyone did amazing learning and were able to multiply one digit numbers to three digit numbers.
Is the Natural World Dangerous? – We begun by learning about tectonic plates and how the earth is formed. We then moved on to discussing volcanic eruptions. We looked at models of volcanoes and how they erupt. We also focused on different volcanic eruptions that have happened in the past. Later in the week, we focused on the eruption that took place in 79AD in Pompeii and the events that unfolded. We discussed the archaeological findings and how these can help historians piece together what life was like in Romans times.
PE – In PE, we are beginning to think about cognition. We are also thinking about how we can create dances using ribbons.
Week 5 –
English – Our focus was on persuasive writing about why the Romans should leave Britain. We discussed the features of persuasive leaflets and considered how we are persuaded by different leaflets, We then produced a leaflet persuading the Celtic people to join the revolution to overthrow the Romans.
Maths – This week we focused on multiplication and how we can use known multiplication facts to help us answer more complicated questions.
What would Britain be like if the Romans hadn’t invaded? – This week the children spent time looking at how to answer the question ‘Should the Romans have invaded?’ The children looked at Boudicca and her effects on the eventual fall of the Roman empire.
Week 4 –
English – This week we did a beautiful piece of descriptive writing in Year 4. We used a picture to spark our imaginations before writing what we were imagining. It was incredible to see how creative the members of Year 4 are.
What would Britain be like if the Romans hadn’t invaded? – This week we continued to think about life in the Roman army and we thought about different uniforms and symbols for soldiers. We then designed our own Roman shields and then made the shields. The final pieces were brilliant and really helped us to answer our enquiry question.
Maths – This week we focused on our times tables and practised each of them in different ways. We had great fun creatively learning each of our times tables and thinking about what multiplication is.
Week 3 –
English- In English this week, the children imagined a day in the life of a Roman soldier. Using this planning they then wrote emotive letters home to a family member telling them all about their days and nights in the army.
What would Britain be like if the Romans hadn’t invaded? – We answered the question ‘why did the Romans build a wall?’ and researched the location of Hadrian’s wall in comparison to other cities in Great Britain.
Maths – This week we focused on part-part-whole and thought about how we can use our knowledge of times tables to help answer other questions.
Raise the Roof– The children thoroughly enjoyed the singing festival at Castle Batch, it was lovely to be able to perform the songs we had been practising.
Week 2 –
English – This week we completed instructional writing about how to put Roman armour on. We learnt about the armour the Romans wore in order for us to gain the knowledge to do this. We then thought about the use of imperative verbs before complete our instructions. The instructions were very clear and brilliantly written.
Maths – This week we thought about different equations and how we can use the inverse to help us answer questions most effectively. We also discussed 0 being a factor and investigated what 0 actually means.
Music – We are continuing to practise the ‘Raise the Roof’ songs based on plastic pollution ready for the upcoming performance. Everyone in Year 4 is getting really confident with the songs and are really enjoying performing them.
PE – In PE, we are learning about balance and jumping. We are really improving our ability to balancing and we are now able to balance for longer periods of time.
Week 1 –
English – We spent this week thinking all about the Roman army. We looked at examples of poems written about the Roman army and discussed the features of poetry. We then spent the remainder of the week writing our own ‘I am a Roman Solider’ poem. The poems produced were very well written and it was lovely to have the opportunity to share these with Year 1.
Maths – This week we have started to look at multiplication and division. We have recapped some vocabulary and learnt some new words including product, quotient, dividend, divisor and factor.
What would Britain be like if the Romans hadn’t invaded? – Can a picture tell a story? This week we have been focusing on the Roman Army. We produced our own recruitment posters trying to persuade people to join the Roman Army. We also designed our own Roman mosaic which shows a story of the Roman army.
Week 7 –
What would Britain be like if the Romans hadn’t invaded? – Weston Museum left behind a Roman handling box full of Roman artefacts, objects and information. This week we spent some time observing, researching and learning about these objects. It really helped us to understand what life was like in Roman Britain and was an amazing opportunity to have hands-on experience with Roman artefacts.
English – This week in English we continued reading and unpicking Varjak Paw. We focused on the interaction between the different characters in the book and how they interacted with each other.
Music – We are continuing to practise the ‘Raise the Roof’ songs based on plastic pollution ready for the upcoming performance. Everyone in Year 4 is getting really confident with the songs and are really enjoying performing them.
Maths- This week in maths we were using our understanding of addition and subtraction to solve problems.
Week 6 –
What would Britain be like if the Romans hadn’t invaded? – We were very lucky this week to have some guests visit us in Year 4 who were able to help us answer our enquiry question. Weston Museum spent a morning with us leading various workshops helping us to discover what life was like in Roman Britain. The day began with an interactive introduction on how the Romans invaded Britain before we each had the opportunity to learn about different aspects of Roman Britain in a creative way. We made our own Roman mosaics, created our own Roman coins and played some Roman games. We also all dressed up in Roman clothing and had a go at putting a toga on! The fun learning didn’t stop there, as later on, we learnt how to march like a Roman soldier and this also gave us the chance to practise our Latin commands. At the end of the session, we were able to ask questions to our experts and they were able to fully help us to consider our enquiry question. Overall, it was a fantastic, informative and engaging opportunity that really helped Year 4 immerse itself in our enquiry.
English – This week we drafted, wrote and edited our own versions of a chapter in Varjak Paw. We created our own ‘dream scene’ where Varjak Paw meets Jalal and focused on the lesson of ‘hunting’. The creativity shown by the children in the class was excellent and the finished stories were a pleasure to read.
Maths- We recapped how to carry out the column method for both subtraction and addition to make sure we were all confident with the method. We then added and subtracted four-digit numbers as well as completed word problems and missing number problems.
PE – In PE, we continued to practise our footwork skills and it was incredible to see the progress that each individual has made over the past 6 weeks. It was also wonderful to see these improved footwork skills being used in basketball.
Week 5 –
English – This week we continued to immerse ourselves in the book ‘Varjak Paw’. We looked at the features of a setting description and had the opportunity to draw either Mesopotamia or the City. We used our knowledge of the book to help us draw fantastic settings. We then looked at the features of a good quality setting description in preparation for writing our own. Later in the week, we talked about the ‘monsters’ that Varjak Paw met in the book and thought about how Varjak would be feeling.
Maths – During maths this week, we have been adding four-digit numbers together. We used the column method to help us to do this. It was very impressive to see the class supporting one another and helping each other out. We used our knowledge of adding four-digit numbers to help us to solve problems and to find missing numbers. We also focused on the 5 times table in our Times Table Challenge and impressively everyone in the knew each of the answers!
What would Britain be like if the Romans hadn’t invaded? – This week we had the opportunity to evaluate our clay Roman pots that we had researched, made and painted. We evaluated the pots against the strict criteria and therefore we used water to see whether or not the pot actually works. We awarded prizes to the two pots which met the most criteria. We were really proud of how hard everyone had tried and the results were impressive.
Later in the week, we looked at Roman society and how the social class system worked in Roman Britain. We talked about all of the different classes and which social class we would most like to be in. This helped us to answer our enquiry question as without the invasion of the Romans to Britain we would not have had the social class system.
In PE, we have continued to focus on Footwork in Real PE. The class were able to use their skills to create their own defending game. It was amazing to see everyone being part of the team and challenging themselves. They used these skills during their hockey lessons.
In RE, we continued to focus on how people express their beliefs and identities. We looked specifically at Hope and Reconciliation and how these result in community cohesion. We reminded ourselves of the different communities we each belong to and how we each have the responsibility to be peacemakers. We created our own acrostic poems to allow us to express our understanding of community cohesion.
In PSHE, we discussed the choices and decisions that need to be made through Jigsaw. We looked at the justice system, government and school-based decisions and who has the power to make these choices. We reminded ourselves that we all have the right to make decisions and how we should use this ‘right’ responsibly.
During music, we continued to practise the songs for ‘Raise the Roof’ which are themed around plastic pollution. Everyone is beginning to know each of the songs and have grown in confidence. Furthermore, we continue to use ‘Scratch’ in our computing programming lessons and have enjoyed the opportunity to continue to develop these skills.
Week 4 –
English – this week in Year 4 we performed our Romulus and Remus plays. The children had previously written their very own play scripts based on the Roman myth. The children got into teams to practise and learn their performances. The thought about the different props that they would need and the characteristics of a ‘good’ performer’. Every single one of the performances were spectacular – they showed their understanding of the myth, their ability to write a high-quality play script and the high standard of performers in Year 4. We each evaluated our own and each others performances.
Maths – We begun the week by ordering and comparing numbers to 1000. We reminded ourselves of the inequality symbols and how to use our knowledge of place value to do this, Later in the week, we discussed negative numbers and how there are numbers less than 0. We thought about the different uses of negative numbers in everyday life. We had an action-packed week as we also thought about estimation and how we can use our knowledge to estimate numbers on a number line.
What would Britain be like if the Romans hadn’t invaded? – This week we considered the lifestyle of Roman Brits and how the invasion of Britain brought about changes to standards of living, houses and property. As part of this we researched Roman pottery to enable us to consider the characteristics of their design. We then designed our own version of a Roman clay pot using a strict scenario and brief. We thought about how we can tell a story through the decoration of the pot. We spent the afternoon outside making our clay pots. Everyone put in a lot of effort into their pot and persevered throughout. The following day we painted the pots to allow us to decorate them. The finished pots were excellent and showed the children had a great understanding of design, clay skills and painting techniques.
In PE, we practised our footwork skills in Real PE and focused on skipping, hopping, jumping and how these skills can be used in all aspects of sport. The children designed their own footwork circuits in teams which incorporated all of these skills. They then showed these circuits to the rest of the class who evaluated these and had a go at some of them.
Our PSHE Jigsaw theme this term is ‘Being me in the World’. This week we looked at ‘Rights, Responsibilities and Democracy’ and looked in depth at the United Nations Rights of the Child. We discussed the importance of this and the impact that this has on the world. The children were surprised by some of the rights that children have and were also surprised that some countries have not agreed to these ‘rights’ and therefore there are some children who are treated unfairly.
Week 3 –
English – This week we concentrated on the Roman myth ‘Romulus and Remus’. We begun by learning the myth before drawing our own comic strip of the story. We then reminded ourselves of the features and characteristics of a play script by writing the story of the ‘Three Little Pigs’ into a play script. We then spent the remainder of the week writing our very own play script based on the Romulus and Remus myth.
Maths – In maths, we continued to focus on place value. We were all able to add 1000 or 1000 less to a four-digit number. We also practised rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.
In computing, the children spent the afternoon coding and using algorithms to create their own ‘etch a sketch’ drawing tool. Year 4 did an absolutely brilliant job of this and used their problem solving skills to carry on
In RE, we looked at ‘Hope Crosses’ which are popular in El Salvador and thought about what these represent. We discussed what we had hope in and what things we would include on our own crosses. We discussed the things that we each believe in, enjoy doing and things that are important to us. We then designed and made our very own crosses to represent the things that are important to us and the beliefs that we each have,
Week 2 –
English – In English, we have been reading Varjak Paw. Year 4 wrote such amazing character descriptions that the author of Varjak Paw (S. F Said) tweeted to say how fantastic they are.
What would Britain be like if the Romans hadn’t invaded? – This week we looked at how the invasion of the Romans to Britain impacted geography. We begun by using tracing paper maps to track the expansion of the Roman Empire from Rome and across Europe. We coloured in the invaded countries in different colours to enable us to consider how the Empire grew.
We then moved on to look at the different places in Britain before the Romans invaded, whilst the Romans ruled Britain and compared this to modern day Britain. We were able to track the different place names and compare the Roman names to the modern names.
In RE, we discussed the suffering that occurred in El Salvador and how the MaryKnoll Sisters ended up suffering due to the conflict. We talked about different types of communities. We made a paper-chain to show how we are a united Year 4 community and we each wrote how we are going to contribute to making the community successful.
Week 1 –
We have had a fantastic and action-packed start to Year 4.
English – We begun reading our class text ‘Varkak Paw’. We made our predictions of what we think is going to happen in the book and considered the different characters in the book.
Maths – We begun the year by reminding ourselves of four-digit place value. We used a number of different ways to do this. We loved using food to help us represent the value of each number in our columns.
What would Britain be like if the Romans hadn’t invaded? – We begun our enquiry by considering what Britain was like when Jesus was born and what life in Britain was like pior to the invasion of the Romans. We went outside to create a timeline of British history t allow us to have an understanding of the chronology. We kicked off the enquiry by having a Roman Escape Room where we had to solve different missions to allow us to escape and claim our prize.
Welcome to Year 4 @ West Wick.
Class Teacher: Miss Wareham
HLTA/ LSA: Miss Hunt