Classes 2018-2019 -
Year 4 @West Wick 2018-19
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 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