Spellings w/b 8/7/19
Spellings w/b 1/7/19 (dated - 17/6/19)
Year 4 will swim on Wednesday and Thursday morning please bring your swimming kit including a full swimming costume or shorts, towel, swimming hat and goggles. Many thanks.
Spellings w/b 10/6/19
Welcome back to our summer term. Our topic for this term is the 'Great Outdoors'. We will be exploring nature, wildlife, plants and using our creative abilities with this topic in mind.
We will start our swimming lessons this term Year 4 will swim on Wednesday and Thursday morning please bring your swimming kit including a full swimming costume or shorts, towel, swimming hat and goggles. Many thanks.
Spellings w/b 3/6/19
Spellings w/b 20/5/19
We have finished practising our high frequency words and are back to our general spelling this week :)
Homework due in 3rd June 2019 - A two week project.
Design, make and name a musical instrument from a recyclable item that works. We cannot wait to see what you all come up with!
Spellings w/b 13/5/19
(High frequency words Yr4)
Homework - 3rd May 2019 to be in on 16th May 2019
Year 4's have been really engaged in our new topic 'Change Our World'. As part of this topic we have talked about all the plastic pollution that is threatening our wildlife. With this in mind, a local animal charity, 'Hallswood Animal Sanctuary', get paid to collect items that normally end up in landfill.
The children have 2 weeks to collect as many of these items as possible from the list below, (cleaned please). At the end of the 2 weeks they need to have a bar chart showing how many items they have found for each one. Children should bring items to school and I will deliver them to the charity.
Welcome back to our Summer first half term. We hope that everybody enjoyed the Easter holidays and didn't eat too much chocolate!
This half term we are looking at the topic of Change the World. We have been focusing on plastic pollution and lost habitats in the U.K. We will then move onto learning about Europe and focusing on the country Italy. This will include looking at past earthquakes, what they are and what effects they have on the countries that have them.
In maths we are learning to divide by 100 to explore decimals, tenths and hundredths. Practising times tables at home would be very helpful as the children will have a weekly times table test on Friday.
Homework will continue to be set on a Friday and to handed in by Wednesday.
Please remember children should be reading 3x a week at home. P.E will continue on Wednesdays and Thursdays. It would be helpful if children's P.E kits could be in school at all times.
We will continue to test the children on high frequency words for spellings aimed at year 4 this term. Spelling tests will take place on Monday mornings.
Spellings w/b 29/4/19
(High frequency words Yr4)
For homework, write at least 1 diary entry about something fun or interesting that you do over the Easter holidays. This homework will be due in on Thursday 2nd May.
Whilst writing our fact files on our Grand Designs in English this week, we discovered that no one knew who Genghus Khan was. For homework please write a paragraph about who he was and why was he famous.
Spellings w/b 25/3/19
(High frequency words Yr4)
Week commencing 11th March - Spellings
Year 4 will be refreshing their spelling knowledge of high frequency words starting this week. The children will be bringing home a variety of words from a range of levels to be practised.
Blofield World Book Day - Friday 8th March
We had a fantastic time dressed up as our favourite book characters! I am sure you can all see how much of an effort was made by everyone on our newsletter! Thank you.
This half term the children have been learning about the Stone Age. They became Stone Age builders and built Stone Henge out of dominoes! Year 4 have explored how the Stone Age lived, made their very own cave paintings and planned and created clay pots. They even had the opportunity to bake Stone Age bread!
During our English lessons Year 4 travelled back in time, just as Dr. Who does, in a Tardis! This allowed the children to write their own newspapers about the Stone Age which was really exciting!
Year 4 were invited to Norwich School to explore 'It's not Rocket Science (but it is)'. The children learnt lots about rockets and gravity. They made their very own balloon rockets, created an explosion using air pressure and launched finger rockets. The grand finale to the visit was to go outside and launch pump rockets, bottle rockets and an amazing electric rocket which went so high that we nearly lost it!
This term we have also welcomed Miss Kemp into our classroom from our current Year 3 and Year 6 class to work with us until the end of the school year.
Year 4 Homework
Children are given new spellings each Monday for a test the following Monday. Homework is given out on a Wednesday to be completed by the following Wednesday although they may hand it in before then if they choose to. Children should have their homework book in school each Wednesday to enable the homework to be put into their book.
Y4 Multiplication Tables/ End of Year Maths Test
Within the Mathematics curriculum for Year 4, children are expected to be able to recall all multiplication up to 12 x 12 together with the related division facts e.g. 7 x 8 = 56, 8 x7 = 56, 56 ÷ 7 = 8, 56 ÷ 8 = 7. The children need to be able to recall the facts within 5 seconds. To help the children achieve this, the teaching staff ensure that children undertake various activities to enhance their learning throughout the week; children have a multiplication tables test every Friday. This information is on the Blofield Primary website under Class Pages – Year 4.
From next academic year children throughout the country will be tested on these multiplication facts at the end of Year 4, however this year it is not statutory. We may pilot the test this year to assess childrens’ progress but this will not be testing them on anything new or unexpected. It is merely a continuation of what they’ve been learning and practising each week.
Science Day: 4/1/19
Year 4 took part in a Science investigation as part of the 'Eureka' topic we are learning about this term. Mr Heasman gave us a problem to investigate and solve.
We were given the task to find out why his hair gel washed out when he swam in the sea but didn't when he got soaked by rain. We mixed hair gel with water and hair gel with salty water to see what happened. The salt water broke down the salt particles and turned the gel to liquid, making it easy to wash out. This did not happen with normal water.
Here are some pictures of our investigation:
Cathedral Trip: 16th November 2018
Year 4 were lucky enough to visit the Cathedral in Norwich along with Year 3. We learnt lots of interesting things about the theme of light, and developed our knowledge and skills in the areas of Religion, Art and Science.
In the Science activity, we learnt about shadows and reflective surfaces. We experimented with torches to investigate which surfaces reflected light. We were also fortunate enough to learn about art history in relation to Christianity when looking at the stained glass windows and we even had a go at creating our own! The church wardens also told us lots of interesting things about Christian ceremonies and the significance of light in Christianity including learning about God being the light of the world.
We have included some photos for you to learn more about our experiences. We hope you enjoy!
Topic update: November 2018
Year 4 are now learning about the topic 'let there be light'. We will be learning about light related themes across the whole curriculum. Some of our focuses will include examining light in relation to science (for example, looking at different reflective surfaces, shadow formation and how we can protect our eyes from the sunlight). We will also have a focus on light and dark in Art in relation to models of light and shadow, and in RE we will be examining various religions and the meaning of light to those religions. We look forward to sharing more of our learning with you on this topic!
Science Day- 10.10.18
We had a very exciting Science Day where we learnt about how Coke and Mentos react together and why.
We learnt about different states of matter and how the carbon dioxide in coke reacts with the indentations in the Mentos, creating gas bubbles and an eruption. The gas bubbles fizzed and caused the coke to overflow. We had lots of fun! Photograph to follow soon.
Ancient Greeks Trip
On Monday 24th September, Year 4 were lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit North Norfolk Railway in Sheringham. We were transported back in time whilst riding on a steam train to Holt, where we took part in lots of exciting workshops. We learnt all about Greek artefacts, how to be archaeologists and the origins of medicine in learning about Hippocrates and the Four Humours Theory. We even had the opportunity to be medical detectives in working out what was wrong with patients based on what we learnt about the Four Humours Theory.
Here are the photos of our exciting day!
Welcome to Year 4
There and Back Again...
This term the children will be learning about Greece for our “There and Back Again” topic. They will investigate ancient Greece, write their own myths, and find out what the Greeks have done for us.
We have an exciting trip planned to the North Norfolk Railway on Monday 24th September for an ancient Greek experience.
The children will continue to use the Accelerated Reader scheme. They choose two books from the library at a time. One book should be within their current accelerated reader band and the other can be anything they want to read. I would also encourage your children to read whatever else they want to read at home.
Maths homework and spellings will be given out on Mondays to be completed by the following Monday. There will also be tables to learn and some longer-term research projects.
Tables will be tested each Friday. Children are expected to know all multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12 by the end of Year 4. They should be able to recall any fact within 5 seconds.
PE sessions will usually be on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Please keep PE kits in all week in case of timetable changes.
Parent consultations will take place during the three days before half term.