20.01.21 - Good afternoon Year 4,
I hope you are all well and enjoying all the work I am setting you. I have been so impressed with how hard you have been working and I really look forward to our daily live sessions!
Keep sending me your work, I love seeing it and it is a great opportunity for me to give you feedback.
As you can see from the picture below, although you may not be in school, your work is still being displayed and celebrated.
In English, we will continue to build and plan our story by thinking about the setting and characters. Next week, we will move onto formally planning and writing the story.
In Maths, we are moving away from multiplication and division. We will focus on finding the area of different shapes for the next week.
We will also have lots of fun and learn lots in Geography, French, PE, Music, Art and Science!
Keep up the hard work!
Salut tout le monde! Let's learn the words for the other family members this week. Use the powerpoint to practise the vocabulary and work out how you can give some information about them.
Bonjour! Did you work out that our next topic is going to be about your family? Let's start off with brothers and sisters first. Use the powerpoint to help you learn the vocabulary and phrases. For the listening activity, please find a sheet attached which you can print off and use to note your answers on.
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are ready to learn lots of French this half term. Before we start our next topic, it's always best to do a recap. Go through the powerpoint to help you revise not only what we've covered so far but to see how well you can spell the words and phrases.
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year.
From all of the year the Year 4 team, we would like to thank you for your Christmas cards, presents and kind messages! We greatly appreciate your kindness and generosity in these strange times.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend, I look forward to seeing you all on Monday.
Timetable update: Because of Forest Schools, PE will now be on a Monday (not Wednesday) and Thursday.
Children will need to come to school in their kits on these two days, thank you.
I have uploaded Year 4's Christmas story onto our Year 4 teams page as the video is too long to be uploaded onto this class page - I hope you enjoy it!
I am very sad that I will not be spending the last few days of this term at school, with the children. They have all worked so hard and I was looking forward to a few days of Christmas fun! However, the safety of the class is always my top priority and I am sure they have enjoyed the fun lessons I planned for them.
I will be speaking to the class via video chat tomorrow morning which I am really looking forward to!
I hope everyone has a lovely Christmas,
On Monday, we will start recording our Christmas reading. Children can bring in a Christmas hat/head band to make them look a little bit more 'Christmassy'!
05.12.20 - weekly update
In English, we have started studying poetry. We read lots of different poems about light and gave our opinions on them, we then learnt about rhyming couplets and had a go at writing our own. We soon moved onto planning our poem, creating a theme and a bank of words we could use. Each child has decided on a slightly different theme so we should end up with 33 completely unique poems all with the overarching theme of light.
We have continued to work on multiplying and dividing this week, we focussed on the 7 and 9 times table and used practical and visual aids to help us better understand what multiply and divide really means.
In Religious education we learnt about 6 different religions, their main places of worship and some of the traditions associated with those religions. Next week we will start to look at how different religions spend Christmas.
We finished the week by spending the whole of Friday afternoon making our classroom a little more festive, the children assembled and decorated our little Christmas trees and made their own decorations to be hung around the classroom. It was lots of fun and a lovely, chilled way to end the week.
Have a great weekend,
Today in science I gave the children this problem to solve:
Elena is fed up with her brother coming into her bedroom and messing it all up. She wants an alert on her door so she knows when he tries to go in.
Can you design a battery powered circuit for Elena to help her solve the problem?
Everyone worked really hard and came up with a way of making a buzzer sound if the door was opened!
20.11.2020 - Weekly update
We carried on working with electricity this week and tested different materials to see which ones would allow electrical current to flow through to complete the circuit. From this we were able to see which materials were conductors or insulators. We found all of the non-metals we tested were insulators and all the metals were conductors.
In English, we started writing our Biographies on a famous scientist of our choice. We will write the final draft for these on Monday.
In maths, we finished our work on perimeter with some tricky problems to solve. Next week we will be moving onto multiplication and division.
14.11.20 - weekly update
This week has flown by!
In English we have been looking at different examples of biographies to prepare us for writing our own next week.
We have also been practising using the possessive apostrophe with plural nouns correctly.
We have done a lot of whole class reading about Armistice day this week. We read a report about poppies, an extract from 'Tail-End Charlie' and listened to a song about WW1, studying the lyrics. The children were really respectful throughout this series of lessons and had some really interesting and thoughtful questions about the topic.
In maths, we have been measuring the perimeter of different shapes, this has involved being really accurate, using numbers with decimal points and then adding these together.
In science, we have had a great time making simple circuits and I look forward to building on this next week when we will be looking at different conductors/insulators.
Have a great weekend!
We have had a great first week back and started our new topic 'Let there be light'.
We started by learning about electrical safety and how to stay safe when learning/working with electricity. We then looked at different appliances that need electricity and why they need it.
Moving forward, we will be learning about how it was discovered, the inventions that brought electricity into people's homes and how electricity is made.
In maths we are learning about equivalent measurements and have been working with mm, cm, m and km this week.
In art, we had a go at representing different emotions we all sometimes feel with paint, colour and different brush strokes.
We then spent Friday afternoon looking at pictures of fireworks and tried to create our own spectacular firework display with oil pastels, with great success!
Have a lovely weekend,
Good morning Year 4,
I hope you have had a lovely week off and are ready for another brilliant half term of learning!
We will have a new member of staff joining us in Year 4, Mrs Utley will be with us all morning on a Monday and Tuesday. I know that you will all make her feel very welcome to our class.
Mrs Cowan will continue to work with us on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday but has extended her hours so that she will also be with us in the afternoons.
This is exciting news as it means we have even more adult support in the class to help you with your learning.
Our topic for this half term is 'Let there be light' and it is going to be an electrical based topic.
I hope you are all... buzzing... about it!
Plans and more information will follow.
See you Monday,
Year 4 Weekly Update
Last week the children finished their Myths. They were all fantastic and we were really proud of how much effort they put into their writing. This week we evaluated those Myths by writing about what we liked and what we would change about them.
We have also been learning about the different Greek Gods and why they were worshipped. Next week, we will be using clay to create our own statues of these famous gods.
In Maths, we have been using column method to add and subtract. We have been using 2,3 and 4 digit numbers and have been practising exchanging. The children have really been challenging themselves!
We have also spent some time talking about climate change this week, we watched a video that explained the impact that humans are having on certain habitats and species and what we can do to help.
We haven't got long until half term so we will be spending the last few days finishing off our topic and reflecting on everything that we have learnt.
There will be no homework for next week and I will not be setting anything over half term so enjoy the break!
TTRS and Purple Mash will of course be available if you wish to use it.
02/10/2020 - Weekly update
We started writing our Myths this week and they are going very well! The children have done some excellent writing so far and I am really looking forward to reading their work when they have all finished. We have tried to make our writing really interesting for the reader. We have done this by using powerful adjectives and a range of different verbs and adverbs. We have also been practising organising our writing using paragraphs and writing direct speech, the children have done a great job at punctuating it correctly so far.
In Maths, we have been learning about negative numbers, Roman numerals and continued to practise our 3,4 and 8 times tables.
In topic we have continued to learn about Ancient Greece and spent some time looking at the different Greek Gods. We then had a go at sketching some of these. It was brilliant fun!
25.09.20 - Weekly update:
We have had another productive week! In English, we planned our own version of The Minotaur and will start writing it next week. We also learnt about fronted adverbials and how to use them correctly.
In maths we have continued to recap 'place value' and have been representing numbers up to 10,000. We have continued to practise our times tables and will start on the 8 times table next week.
In topic, we learnt about The Battle of Marathon. This was a really interesting lesson and the children had some really interesting questions and thoughts on the battle. The homework this week will focus questions on this event.
We finished the week with some brilliant art, we looked at ancient Greek temples and had a go at sketching them. We looked at the shapes and angles and tried to get our drawings looking as life like as possible.
Have a lovely weekend, I will see you all on Monday!
17.09.2020 - Weekly update:
We have had another great week, it feels brilliant to be back with a full class of children and we have had lots of fun with our learning.
As part of our Ancient Greece topic, we have started reading 'The Minotaur' which we will eventually write our own version of.
Today we created our own mythical creature and the children came up with some brilliant ideas! Ask your child about their creature and see if they can remember it.
We also did some learning about Athens and Sparta and what they used to be like, there were big differences between the cities and the class had a debate about where they would have preferred to live.
In Maths we have been rounding numbers 0-10,000 to the nearest 10 and 100. We have also been practising our 3 times table.
In Geography we have been looking at European countries and the areas that were invaded by Alexander the Great during the height of the Greek Empire.
The children have worked really hard this week and I am really happy with the work they have all completed, it has been lovely to see how much they have all progressed since I last taught them.
Have a great weekend!
We will soon be starting an online system for homework. Until then, children will be bringing home their homework book with a homework sheet stuck in for them to complete. They can answer in their books and it will be due in the following Thursday ready to be marked on the Friday. We will mark it together in class.
Children have now completed their star reader quiz and have been given a number range that they can choose from. Books will be in class and they can pick a new one once they have read and completed a quiz on the book they are currently reading.
They will be given a reading record - we are just waiting for more to arrive. If you have any questions about accelerated reader then please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello Year 4!
I hope you have all had a lovely summer, I am really looking forward to seeing you all again and can't wait to get started.
Although school will feel slightly different this year we are still going to learn lots and have lots of fun along the way. I will talk you through all the changes to our daily routine tomorrow morning so please do not worry.
We are going to learn about Ancient Greece this half term which will be a really interesting topic with lots to learn about.
Parents - I will be uploading the medium term plan for this half term early this week so keep an eye out for that. I will also be sending out a letter at some point during the week reminding you of our weekly routine and any other useful bits of information.
See you tomorrow.