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Year 4 @West Wick 2018-19

Term 4

Week 6
Where did this term go?  The Year 4 Crew have worked extremely hard this term. Lots of learning has been taking place such as understanding the life cycle of a plant, learning about  the requirements a plant needs to grow, writing a fantastic set of creative instructions, developing footwork and co-ordination skills in PE, discussing holy community and the true meaning of Easter, understanding our dreams and goals,  learning to compare, order and convert decimals and much much more! 

During our final week, the Year 4 crew have finished writing their discussion texts persuading Miss Hockey and Mrs Dadds to let us start a gardening club. We then applied the skills we had  learnt this term when writing our own discussion texts.  Some of our own ideas consisted of ‘Should we build a swimming pool in the playground?’ , ‘ Should we have a school dog?’ and ‘Should we have to do home learning?’ It was fantastic to see each child using a range of comparative connectives when writing a balanced argument. We will see what Mrs Dadds and Miss Hockey have decided about the gardening club at the beginning of next term –  keep your fingers crossed!!

We have finished our unit on decimals and the Year 4 crew can now confidently convert fractions to decimals, order and compare decimals and recognise decimals on number line. Throughout this unit, it has been great to see the children applying the knowledge they learnt during our fractions unit. We will continue to revise fractions and decimals during our morning challenges next term.

We have been super creative in PE this term. We have learnt many different footwork patterns and created our own mini circuits and games to show off our skills. Can you hopscotch backwards alternating the leg you hop on? It has been fantastic to see so many children using real PE to challenge themselves and work collaboratively with others.

  

A BIG well done to Joshua and Aidan who attended the sport games event at UWE on Thursday. ‘I can now do  kurling,” said Aidan on his arrival back at  school. It is always fantastic to hear what a great time children have trying out non-traditional sports.

Our learning theme next term is “What lies beneath?” – we will be exploring rivers, lakes and oceans and thinking about how we can look after our planet.

Please remember to continue playing TTRS and Spelling Shed over the Easter Holidays and try not to eat too much chocolate!

Happy Easter and enjoy the break!

Week 5

Throughout the week, Year 4 Crew have been battling the Year 6  crew at Hewish in this weeks battle of the bands on TTRS! Please keep encouraging your child/children to play TTRS at home as by the end of Year 4 each child is expected to be able to recall their times tables up to x12.

This week we had a very special visit from Miss Criddle – the director of Science at TLPT. She was very impressed by the Year 4 crew who shared the scientific knowledge they had learnt so far this year. She was particularly impressed with the wide range of scientific vocabulary the children were using during their discussion.  During our lesson this week, we were learning about the life cycle of a flowering plant.  We are now able to tell you what happens during the germination and pollination stages too!

In English this week, we have been looking at discussion texts. We’ve learnt our new text map and have started to innovate it. We have been discussing the advantages and disadvantages of setting up a gardening club at West Wick.  It has been interesting to hear the children come up with a wide range of arguments for and against to ensure their discussion text is balanced. We have looked at different sentence signposts to ensure we know  how to use comparative language and how to generalise opinions. Next week, we will be writing our discussion text on – ‘Should we start a gardening club at West Wick?’ and then later in the week we will be applying the skills we’ve learnt in an independent write. Watch this space!

In Art, the Year 4  crew have started to create their final pieces using the skills they have learnt throughout their Botanical Artist project. We will be sharing our final pieces throughout the week – keep checking twitter for live updates.

In Re this term, we have been focusing on the events Holy Week, in particular focusing on the last supper. This week, the year 4 crew created leaflets as a guide for children aged 6-8 explaining what Holy Communion is and how it links with Easter. They have showcased a range of knowledge. Well Done Year 4.

Week 4

The year 4 crew @West Wick have all been learning champions this week. It has been assessment week ( or learning check ups as we call them with the children ) and each and every member of the crew has tried so hard and shown brilliant perseverance . It is lovely for the teaching staff to see just how much progress our wonderful learners are making .  Next week is Super Teach week which gives the children a chance to consolidate and revisit any concepts and previous learning they are not yet secure with depending on any gaps identified this week.

In English this week, the Year 4 crew completed their fictional instructions and we are truly blown away by them  – it has been wonderful to see so many children being so creative.  We’ve been focusing on using fronted adverbials of time and a range of different adverbs to make our writing more exciting.  Yesterday, the children were given the opportunity to apply the skills they’ve learnt over the past week in a hot writing task. It was fantastic to see so many different yet very imaginative variations of how to become a superhero. Well Done Year 4 – you have really shown us how fantastic you are this week.  Next week, we will be learning how to write a discussion text – check twitter as we will be posting our newest text map!

In Maths, we have learnt to recognise tenths and hundredths as decimals as well as dividing whole numbers be 10 and 100.  We will be continuing with decimals after super teach week.  This week we’ve challenged the Year 4 crew at Hewish to a Battle of the Bands on Times Table Rock Stars – please make sure you take part in this over the weekend!

In Art, the children have continued being botanical artists and learnt how to enlarge and image using the grid sketching method before adding colour using the colour mixing skills they learnt last week. It is so lovely to see the Year 4 crew taking such pride in their art work. Keep checking twitter for live updates from the classroom.

A polite reminder – we are trying to keep the Year 3 and 4 cloakroom as clear and as clutter-free as possible.  Please ensure your child/children comes to school with a book bag/ small bag only as this really does up us to keep it tidy. Many thanks

Happy Friday!

Week 3

It’s Friday already! Thank you to everyone who wore red today to support comic relief and the Weston hospice.

This week in English, the  children have each produced a fantastic set of creative instructions on how to grow their own mythical creature. It was lovely to see some many children bursting with ideas and being fully engaged in their writing. The Year 4 crew can confidently use a range of adverbs and fronted adverbials of time in their writing too!  Next week, we will be continuing with the boy who grew dragons taking more of a reading comprehension focus.

In Maths this week, we have learnt how to recognise one tenth as a decimal using a range of pictorial methods such as the bar model and a number line. The Year 4 crew can now confidently covert tenths as a fraction to a decimal and also divide any two digit number by 10. Next week, we will be learning to recognise hundredths before going on to compare and order decimals. Please remember to continue using TTRS – we have set each child specific timetables for them to focus on as by the end of Year 4 each child is expected to know all of their times tables up to x 12.

We’ve continued with our botanical artists project and created our own paint palettes through experimenting with colour by mixing. It was fascinating to watch the children make colour matches when comparing their paint palettes to the colours used in the work of Georgia O’Keeffe.

A polite reminder that we would like to receive the home learning books on a Monday so they can be marked and returned with the next weeks learning on a Tuesday. Continue to use spelling shed as much as possible – the scores we are seeing are great!

I hope you have a fantastic weekend.

Week 2 

This week the Year 4 crew have been indulged in reading.  On Monday, it was great to see so many parents join us for our shared reading session and throughout the rest of the week the Year 4 crew enjoyed drop and read, sharing books and reading to one another. A big thank you to all those children who brought in books to swap and share this week too. Reading for pleasure is so important and not just for one week. Please continue to read with your child at home. We are currently mid-way through T he Boy who Grew Dragons by Andy Sheppard and we’re absolutely loving it.

In Maths this week, we have finished our unit on fractions. The Year 4 crew can now confidently add and subtract fractions, find equivalent fractions, find fractions of amounts and apply this knowledge when solving complex word problems. It was great to see so many children in the learning pit this week whilst being so motivated to come out. Perseverance  is key! Next week, we will be going on to decimals and applying our knowledge of tenths and hundredths. Please continue to use times table rock stars with your children at home.

In Science, we’ve set up an investigation whilst exploring what plants need to grow. Watch this space – we will be collecting our results next week.

During PSHE, we have been thinking about our dreams and goals. It was great to hear that so many children have such high aspirations. Next week, we will be learning to understand how we might feel when our dreams do not come true as building resilience within our children is so important.

So far this term in Art, the Year 4 crew have been exploring Georgie O’Keeffe and Martin Keble. This week we experimented using different tones to great light and shade. The results were fantastic. Next week, we will be exploring colour. Keep checking our twitter feed for live updates.

Wishing you a very happy weekend and we will look forward to seeing you on Monday.

Week 1

What a fantastic first week back! The sun has been shining and the learning has been brilliant. The Year 4 Crew have thoroughly enjoyed their new text ‘The Boy Who Grew Dragons’. This term we are thinking and learning about – how do plants grow? The children have been asking lots of questions which we will answer throughout the rest of this term. 

“How do plants produce oxygen?” asked Alife.

“What do plants need to grow?” asked Kyra.

“How long do plants live for?” asked Chloe B.

“What do plants eat?” asked Korben.

In Maths this week we’ve been continuing with fractions. We are now able to add and subtract three fractions, subtract from whole amounts and find fractions of amounts of quantities.  Are you able to find an eighth of  56?  Ask the your children at how to show you how? Next week we will be consolidating our understanding of fractions by solving problems and investigations before moving on to decimals.

This term our school value is ‘Compassion’. This week we’ve discussed what it means to be compassionate. It is great to see children adopting this value into their everyday school life.

Our topic in PSHE this term is ‘Dreams and Goals’ – the children will taught to understand how sometimes dreams and goals do not come true, how to reflect and act upon disappointment, how to create new goals and plans to achieve them and how to celebrate success.

Please remember  to continue using Times Table Rock Stars and Spelling shed to support your child’s learning at home.

Have a fabulous weekend.

Term 3 

Week 5

What a week the Year 4 Crew have had! In DT, this week we used our consumer preference questionnaires to help us to write instructions explaining how to create a delicious and nutritious pizza. Then on Thursday, we created our products using these instructions and a range of different ingredients and cooking techniques.  Please let us know how they tasted as next week we will be reflecting and evaluating them.

A BIG thank you to TARMAC for visiting us today. We really enjoyed learning how to stay safe around lorries. It is scary to think how many blind spots a lorry has when stopping at a zebra crossing. Please ask your children about this experience.

In Maths, this week we started our fractions unit. To begin with, we looked at how different fractions can be represented through objects, quantities, pictures and words. Then, we moved on to finding equivalent fractions – at first we found this challenging but it was great to see so many children preserving when climbing out of the learning pit.

In PSHE, this week we started to create our page for the ‘Healthy Me Recipe book’.  As a crew, we are creating a book explaining why healthy friendships are important. We will be finishing these off next week. Watch this space.

In English and Science, we are learning about the digestive system.  At the beginning of the week, we learnt our talk for writing text to help us use and understand a range of scientific vocabulary. We are now part way through writing our explanation texts and are looking forward to finishing these next week!

Don’t forget to purchase your tickets for the Valentines Disco  – Thursday 14th February @ West Wick KS2 5.45 – 6.45pm

Have a fabulous weekend.

Week 4

Despite the cold weather, the Year 4 crew have had another great week; jam packed with fantastic learning.

This week the Year 4 crew have finished writing their innovated stories of the Ice Palace and they are fantastic! Some children have chosen to publish their stories and will be bringing them home shortly.  During the last two weeks of term, we will be learning about the digestive system and writing explanation texts to explain the process.  Please encourage your children to discuss their learning at home.

In Maths, we have been learning how to calculate the area of a shape by counting shares and measuring in square centimetres. The Year 4 crew can now confidently find the area and perimeter of rectilinear shapes. Next week, we will be moving on to fractions. We will be looking at different ways of representing fractions and finding equivalent fractions.  We are also focusing on learning our 8 times table – please don’t forget to practise your times tables using Times Table Rockstars . We will be announcing our Rock Star of the Week on Monday!

In DT this wee, the Year 4 crew were has a special visit from Mr Wood – the chef. He taught us how to cut fruit and vegetables using the bridge and claw grip. We also learnt how to use a peeler safely. A BIG thank you to Mr Wood for sharing your expertise with us.

In PSHE, we thought about how alcohol effects the body and the reason’s why some people may drink alcohol.  It was great to hear a wide range of different perspectives and opinions from the Year 4 crew.

We hope you enjoy the snow – stay safe and have a lovely weekend.

Week 3

How is it Friday already! The Year 4 crew have been working extremely hard this week and have nearly finished writing their innovated stories of the Ice Palace. We’ve also  been focusing on using a range of subordinating conjunctions and fronted adverbials to extend our sentences. To help children with their sentence structure , we are encouraging them to read at least three times a week at home. Please encourage your child  to read as much as possible – it really does make a difference.

In Maths, we have been learning how to measure and calculate the perimeter of squares, rectangles and also rectilinear shapes. It is a challenging concept but the children have shown great determination and have persevered  in order to solve challenging questions. We have also introduced a daily times table challenge as we are practising not only being able to recall our times tables but being able to recall them quickly. We are aiming to be able answer each question within   6 seconds.  Please encourage your child to continue practising their times tables using times table rock stars as by the end of Year 4, each child is expected to be able to recall all of their multiplication facts up to 12 x 12.

This week in RE, we thought about the importance of forgiveness. We based our learning on the ‘The parable of the Lost Son’ and we explored each of the character’s feelings. We then wrote a letter in role as the father in the story, explaining why we were so forgiving of the youngest son.

In DT,  whilst continuing to study health and nutrition we created a questionnaire to find out our class mates preferences when eating a healthy pizza. This data will help us to create a delicious and nutritional pizza later this term.

In PSHE, we thought about how smoking effects the body and the reason’s why some people may start to smoke. It was great to hear a wide range of different perspectives and opinions from the Year 4 crew.

Have a lovely weekend.

 

Week 2

The Year 4 Crew have had another great week this week. In English, We could not stop reading and we’ve finally  finished the Ice Palace.  Ask the children to retell the story to you – it is fantastic! As a crew, we then began boxing up the story in preparation for the innovation stage next week. We are thoroughly looking forward to writing our own versions of the Ice Palace – watch this space.

In PE and Science, we have been learning about how muscles move. We know understand that muscles work in pairs and when one muscle contracts (shortens) the other muscles extends (lengthens). We have also been looking very carefully at the human skeleton and are now able to identify 11 bones in the human body. Quiz us if you like! Did you know that there are 206 bones in the human body?

Our spellings this week are homophones which can be tricky as they sound the same but have different meanings. Please support your child in understanding the meaning of each word. We have done this in class but extra help at home would be great.

Week 1

What a fantastic first week back ! This week the children were introduced to their new learning theme ‘ What goes in must come out! and have become nutrition and health experts. Our theme this term covers health, fitness, the human skeleton, muscles and the digestive system. To start the week off we looked at a wide range of vocabulary relating to this topic. Our focus words this term are: nutrition, energy ,  health,   diet ,  balanced, omnivore,  herbivore,  carnivore skeleton , produce,   digestion,   muscles,  hygiene,   exercise,   movement,  hydration,   growth,   organs and seasonality. 

The children have all been provided with home learning and a learning theme overview. The learning theme overview contains vocabulary above which will be used and developed during the theme. You can help us by working with your child to develop their understanding of each word as well as finding synonyms for them. This will enhance their oracy, reading, spelling, and written work.

In science, we  analysed our hockey player’s diet and calculated the number of portions of fruit and veg eaten and the number of teaspoons of sugar consumed in a week. We were amazed! Did you know the recommended number of portions of fruit of veg is 5  and 7 teaspoons of sugar a day?  We presenting our findings in  a graph and based on this information we were then able to make nutritional recommendations for our clients.

In Maths, the Year 4 crew have been learning how to divide up to three digit numbers by a one digit number using the standard written method for division  (the bus stop). The crew have grown in confidence this week when using this method. Please help us to continue practising at home as next weeks home learning will be focusing on this.

In PE and PSHE, our new topic is ‘Healthy Me’. We’ve been discussing new years resolutions and how we can live a healthy lifestyle. The crew learnt how to take their heart rate and we discussed the benefits of doing exercise.

In English, we have focused on describing settings and characters based on the class text ‘Ice Palace’ by Robert Swindells.  Our spellings this week are homophones which can be tricky as they sound the same but have different meanings. Please support your child in understanding the meaning of each word. We have done this in class but extra help at home would be great.

Thank you all for your continued support.

Have a lovely weekend.

Term 2   

Week 7

It’s Christmas!
The Year 4 crew have been extremely excited with the run up to our Christmas break but this hasn’t stopped us from doing some fantastic learning.

We’ve been learning about what Christmas is like in Poland and discussed the similarities and differences between Christmas in Poland and Christmas in Britain. A big thank you to Kamila and Gabriel for sharing their knowledge and experiences with us. It was so interesting and we learnt so much from you.

This week we have also had a debate and discussed whether we should give presents this Christmas. The children came up with some great responses. “We should give gifts but it doesn’t have to be a present because you could give the gift of love or happiness by spending time with your family,” said Chloe B.
“If we are given gifts then we should give the gift of thankfulness to show we appreciated it,” said Ellis.

The children have publish their setting descriptions and have taken them home today along with their calendars. We hope you enjoy them.

The Year 4 Crew would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We’ll look forward to seeing you on January 7th.

Week 6 

WOW, what a very busy week the Year 4 Crew have had. After working extremely hard on practising their readings, carols and prayers for the carol service, they put on heart warming and fantastic service for all of their friends and family. Thank you so much to everyone who attended and supported the Year 3 and 4 Crew on Thursday evening.

This week in English, we’ve been learning how to use fronted adverbials and prepositions to make our writing about the King of Winter more interesting. The children have now started writing their setting description which will be published and sent home next week.

In Maths, we have been learning how to multiply two and three digit numbers by a one digit number using the standard written method for multiplication. Can you help us by practising at home?

In Art, we’ve started making our King of Winter calendars using water colours and chalk pastels. We’ve been learning how to create different textures, colours and how to draw objects in proportion. We are looking forward to finishing these next week.

Don’t forget it is Christmas Day @ St.Anne’s on Wednesday 19th December – Christmas jumpers and Christmas dinner too!

Week 5

Another busy week for the Year 4 Crew.  This week we’ve finished our recounts and started to type them up ready to publish on TripAdvisor. We will be finishing these on Monday so watch this space – links to follow. Today we’ve started our Christmas unit in English using the picture of The King of Winter. We’ve been learning how to use similes to describe the  winter setting and next week we will be learning how to use these skills when writing a magical setting description.

In computing this week, we’ve finished our comics based on the Colosseum using comic life. They look fantastic. The children are now able to confidently manipulate images, organise text and use onomatopoeia.

In PSHE,  we’ve been discussing kindness and learning the difference between bullying and cyberbullying. We are really reencouraging the children to be relentlessly kind and respectful.

Don’t forget it is the Year 3/4 Christmas carol concert  next Thursday. Those children who have been given bible readings to rehearse – keep practising.

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend and we will look forward to seeing you on Monday.

Week 4 

We’ve had a fantastic week in Year 4. On Tuesday, we went to Caerleon and despite the torrential rain we had a fantastic day. We visited the Roman barracks, the Roman baths and the remains of an amphitheatre. We also tried on Roman body armour and experienced what it would have been like to attend a Roman school where we learnt Latin and Roman numerals.

In English, we published our letters to Claudius Maximus and began planning a recount in preparation for writing our TripAdvisor review for Caerleon next week. Watch this space! We’ve also learnt how to use fronted adverbials of time, place and manner. Quiz us if you like!

In Maths, we’ve been learning how to multiply and divide by 6,7 and 9. Don’t forget to continue practising your times tables at home using times table rock stars as by the end of Year 4 every member of the Year 4 crew needs to be able to recall all of their times table up to 12 x 12.  https://ttrockstars.com/   The Year 4 crew also love to play hit the button where you can find the question or the answer – give this a try too! https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button 

Thank you to everyone who brought in a tombola prize for the Christmas fayre on Wednesday and it was great to see so many of you this evening at the fayre.

Rehearsals for our Christmas coral concert are well underway and we are looking forward to performing to all of our friends and family on Thursday 13th December.

Have a fantastic weekend.

Week 3 

What an exciting week the Year 4 Crew have had!  On Monday, we visited St. Mark’s primary school to attend the Raise the Roof signing festival and the children really did sing their hearts out which was fantastic to see. Well Done Year 4.

      

In English this week, we’ve finished writing our persuasive letters to Claudius Maximus. The persuasive language and vocabulary the children have been using  has really impressed us. We can’t wait to see the finished pieces on Monday after we’ve finished publishing them. Towards the end of next  week, we will be writing a recount based on our visit to Caerleon on Tuesday – don’t forget to wrap up warm! Please also remember to keep practising your spellings.

On Thursday, we Tamsin  came to visit us from the NSPCC.  She taught us  how to ‘Speak Out and Stay Safe’ – a very important message. We were even luckily enough to meet buddy. Thank you Tamsin.

In Science this week, we’ve been learning about the fossilisation process. We made fossils out of salt dough and explained our understand during a presentation. It was great to see the children using their oracy skills to share their knowledge.

Thank you to all those children who entered the road safety superheroes competition – all the designs were GREAT!  The top three will be announced Monday and will then be sent on to be entered in the North Somerset road safety competition.

We would like to take this chance to remind you that next Friday is the Christmas fayre. The children have bought home white bags to decorate as well as raffle tickets to sell. We ask that these are both returned on Wednesday which is also dress down day in return for a tombola prize. We are aware that it is a very busy time of year for everyone but if you can spare any time to help our amazing PTA with this they would be extremely appreciative.

     

Week 2

This week we’ve supported the Anti-Bullying week campaign and discussed the theme ‘choose respect’. We thought about our school rules and discussed bullying from three different perspectives. We also discussed how we could choose respect when making choices in school and how we could be a school superhero. It was great to see so many random acts of kindness this week too!

The Year 4 Crew also transported back in time to the Roman Empire. We  identified the key features of a persuasive text and recited a persuasive letter from Claudius Maximus. Next week, we will be writing our own persuasive letters to Claudius Maximus persuading him to let us  join the Roman Army. If you were a Roman citizen, what qualities would you have that would be useful on the battlefield?

In Maths this week we continued with multiplication and division. We are now able to explain division using pictorial representations and divide by 1 and 10. Next week, we will be learning how to divide by 100 and multiply and divide by 6, 7,  and 9.

We are looking forward to seeing lots of home learning books on Monday to see how you’ve been getting on at home.

We’ve also continued with Hockey and Dance during our PE sessions.  We’ve learnt 3 warrior poses in dance and used this poses to help us created different formations. In Hockey, we’ve been learning how to control the ball, pass the ball and also receive the ball from another player.

We hope you have a fabulous weekend and we will look forward to seeing you on Monday.

Week 1

What a brilliant week! The Year 4 Crew have had a fantastic start to Term 2.  They came back from our two week break full of energy and ready to learn.

This week in English we have been learning how to write a play script based on the story UG the Stone Age genius. The Year 4 crew have really impressed us with their imaginative ideas and their ability to read aloud with expression using an appropriate tone. The children acted out their scenes and it has been great to see each child grow with confidence throughout the week.  These skills will definitely come in handy later on this term when we attend the Raise the Roof music festival. Well done Year 4.

In Maths this week we’ve started our multiplication and division unit and we’ve been learning how to multiply numbers by 0, 1, 10 and 100.  The Year 4 crew are super mathematicians and are now able to use pictorial representations to show their understanding whilst also being able to solve calculations mentally.  Don’t forget to use times table rock stars at home too!

In Science, we started our Rocks unit and created sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks out of chocolate! It was so much fun. Next week we will be learning about their different properties and carrying out an experiment.

We also had a special visit from Rob French to share his experience, understanding and the importance of Remembrance day. It was lovely to see the Year 4 Crew deepen their understanding by asking Rob inquisitive questions. Thank you to those children who also wore their uniform on Friday – you all looked great.

We hope you have a fabulous weekend and we will look forward to seeing you next week to begin our topic on the Romans.

Term 1

The Year 4 Crew are looking for voluntary parent helpers to support us with our reading. If you are interested please inform Miss Bradley or Mrs Sheppard  ASAP and we will send out all the information required.

Week 7 
What a wonderful first term the Year 4 Crew have had.

In English this week we’ve finished our non-chronological reports and published them in the form of an information leaflet. We can’t wait to display these in the learning street after half term.

   

In Maths this week we’ve been applying our addition and subtraction skills when using the inverse to check our answers and when solving multi-step problems.

Today I asked the Year 4 Crew – “what have you enjoyed this term?” It was great to hear their responses.

“I’ve enjoyed learning about the Iron Age and the Stone Age because it’s so interesting. They lived differently to us,” said Korben.

“I’ve enjoyed being in a new classroom with a new teacher and making new friends,” said Ava.

“I’ve enjoyed Science because it’s interesting to find out how things change from a solid to  a liquid,” said Kamila.

“I’ve enjoyed writing my non-chronological report on pugs because I love pugs and really liked writing about something I love,” said Mya C.

“I’ve enjoyed challenging myself in Maths because I feel that I am much better at problem solving now,” said Josh.

We hope you all have a fantastic half term and we will look forward to seeing you on Monday 5th November.

Week 6 

Wow I can’t believe we only have one week left of this term!

This week the Year 4 crew have been presenters and presented their non-chronological reports on the Vikings – it was as if they were on Newsround. Links/QR Codes to come soon.  Following on from this, we have been planning our own non-chronological reports either on the Iron Age or a topic of our choice. We will be writing and publishing these next week to display in the learning street for visitors to read.

In maths this week, we have been learning how to use the standard written method for subtraction when subtracting 4 digit numbers. The Year 4 crew have really been challenging themselves by solving missing number problems. Next week we will be learning how to use the inverse operation to check our addition and subtraction calculations.

On Thursday we shared and presented our E-Safety PowerPoints with Busy Bees, Year 1 and Year 3. We are now experts and understand how to be safe online.

We were super impressed to see so many children playing Times Table Rockstars at home – keep it up as by the end of Year 4 we need to know all of our times tables from 1 x 1 to 12 x 12.

Don’t forget to practise the homophone spellings for Monday next week.

Have a fabulous weekend.

Week 5

Another busy week for the Year 4 Crew.
In English the Year 4 crew have been journalists  learning how to write a non-chronological report on the Vikings in preparation for presenting and videoing our reports next week – watch this space!

What fun we have had in maths this week! We’ve been learning how to add three and four digit numbers using the standard written method. We are now able to answer questions which involve carrying as well as solve missing number problems. We practised these skills today on the playground to consolidate our understanding.  Ask us to show you at home! Next week, we will be learning how to use the standard written method for subtraction.

The Year 4 crew have also been given a username and password (written in their partnership books) for Times Table Rockstars – please follow the link  below and start practising at home! https://play.ttrockstars.com/

Lastly, in science this week we have been learning about solids, liquids and gases. We now know the difference between them.

Have a fabulous weekend.

Check out these fabulous sketches of Iron Age Weapons!

 

Week 4 

It’s the end of September already – time really does fly by when you are having fun. It’s been great getting to know the Year 4 crew over the past four weeks and I am thoroughly looking forward to what the rest of the term has to bring!

This week we have been editors and publishers during our English lessons and have finished our quest stories. I have been so impressed with the dedication and perseverance the Year 4 crew has shown to ensure their writing is of such high quality.  We have been learning how to include direct speech in our writing ensuring we include all the correct punctuation when expressing how a character feels.  It has been lovely to see so many children taking pride in their work and producing something they are proud of. Keep it up Year 4!

In Maths we have been learning how to count back through zero to include negative numbers.  Quiz the crew as ask them to count back from 10 past 0 .  We have also been practising our times tables too – Can you practise our 3’s, 4’s and 5’s with us?

In computing this week, we started our E-Safety PowerPoints and learnt how to change the colour and size of font, insert pictures, change the background and also started including animation. We will be finishing these next week – watch this space!

This weeks spellings are words starting with the prefix Im-. Don’t forget to practise these for Tuesday.

We’ll  look forward to seeing you Monday – have a great weekend!

Week 3

What an exciting week we’ve had in Year 4. On Tuesday, we had a very special visit from Tony, Alison, Andy and Lorraine from the Weston Museum who taught us more about the Vikings. We looked at how the Vikings used to live and what made them so successful. It was very interesting. Thank you for inspiring us with your enthusiasm and love of learning.

In Maths we have been consolidating our understanding of rounding and we are now able to round to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.  We are also continuously practising our times tables in class as we tackle the KIRF challenge. Can you help us with this at home?  Next week, we will be learning how to order and compare numbers beyond 1000 and how to count backwards through zero to include negative numbers.

In English this week we’ve innovated the story of Erik and the Sea Dragon and have started to write our own quest. Next week we will be finishing our stories and publishing them – watch this space!

Lastly, the Year 4 crew were artists today. Inspired by the artist Chuck Close, we created a huge portrait of Erik the Viking. We used the grid technique and carefully chose light and dark oil pastels to give the full effect.

It’s been great to see so many children completing their home learning again this week. Don’t forget to practise the spellings for Tuesday 25th – we’ve been learning how to use the prefix in- e.g. incomplete inability etc.  

Have a wonderful weekend.

Week 2

In Maths this week we have been learning how to round numbers to the nearest 10 and 100 using our understanding of place value. At first we found it challenging but persevered and are now able to explain our thinking.

In English we started reading The Saga of Erik the Viking – ask us what’s happened so far! We have also been discussing the key features of a quest story in preparation for writing our own next week.

Following on from this,  we now know where the Vikings came from, where they settled and why they came to Britain.

It’s been great to see so many children complete home learning this week. Don’t forget to practise the spellings for Tuesday 18th – we’ve been learning the different ways of spelling the sound /or/ spelt  augh and au.

Hope you have a great weekend and we will look forward to seeing you on Monday morning.

 

 

Week 1

Welcome to the Year 4 Class Page

The children have come back to school with huge smiles on their faces ready begin their next learning journey.  It has been lovely getting to know the children this week whilst we’ve been learning how to become learning champions. On Monday, we became scientists and unpicked the ingredients of a good Year 4 learner. The children came up with ideas such as happiness, perseverance, confidence and determination.

This week we have unpicked our three new school rules.

Respect yourself.

Respect others.

Respect your environment. 

We will be using these to set out the clear high expectations in our school.

Yesterday, we were historians and became archaeologists for the day looking at artefacts from different periods of history.  We are looking forward to starting our new learning theme this term – They came, they saw, they conquered. Who were they?

Please see our Year 4 Crew parent information –  Welcome Sheet and Learning Theme info 2[453]