Welcome to our Year 4 class page! We hope you have had a wonderful summer break and are looking forward to beginning the school year in Year 4.
This term, our PE day will be a MONDAY. Please make sure appropriate PE kit is in school every day.
We are using 'Go Read' to log the children's reading books. The children have been shown where to go to change their reading books independently and we will encourage them to change their books as soon as they have finished reading them. The children will also receive a library book to read alongside their shelf book. Library books are changed once a week.
We are so excited for all of the learning opportunities we will get to share with the children this year. Below is some information on the learning we will be carrying out this half term.
In English, we will be exploring traditional tales with Peter Pan in Scarlet (the official sequel). We will be focusing on writing character and setting descriptions before writing our own version of a traditional tale. We will then look at descriptive language and riddles with The Night of the Gargoyles.
In Maths, we will be exploring number and place value, addition and subtraction and multiplication and division in a range of fluency, problem solving and reasoning contexts.
In Science, we begin the year by looking at sound. We learn how sound works, about pitch and how distance affects sound before making our own instruments!
In History, we begin learning about Early Britain and the Stone Age by looking at a range of primary and secondary resources.
In Geography, we look at the region of Eastern England, learn about geographical features and how they may be different across counties.
Please refer back to our class pages each week to see what the children have been getting up to in school!
In Art this half term we will be painting our own landscapes. To begin this topic, we spent this week's Art lesson exploring a range of brushes. We chose appropriate brushes to create different strokes and varied textures!
This week, the Year 4 teachers welcomed all the children back to school. The children learned about their class artists (Georgia O'Keeffe and Pablo Picasso) as well as writing about their summer holidays, practising spelling and playing times tables games to engage everyone in this year's learning.
We are looking forward to sharing more Year 4 learning with you soon!
Year four PE lessons will be on Thursday afternoons.
Home learning tasks (spellings, my maths and maths fluency) will be set on a Friday. We encourage children to read daily and this can be recorded in their reading records.
In the link below, you will find the National Curriculum Year 3/4 Statutory Spelling List document. On page 16 of the document, you will find the Year 3/4 spelling list. The previous pages of the documents also explain the spellings rules that we teach in our weekly spelling practise. Each week, alongside a spelling rule, we send home two statutory spellings from the list to keep children practising them regularly.
Children are assessed on all the words from the list each term, throughout the years. The document also contains the Year 5/6 Statutory Spelling List and rules which children will move onto next year.
In our maths learning this week, we have been building our confidence with time. In Miss Blundell's class we did one of her favourite time activities, MUSICAL CLOCKS! We danced around the room to the music and then when it stopped we had to read the time off an analogue clock. Year 4 also explored 12- and 24-hour conversion later on in the week and they should be really proud of themselves, as this is challenging learning.
We hope everyone has recovered after the excitement of the school sleepover. We wanted to say a little message to thank the children for some of the lovely manners we saw when we were handing out food and drinks, and the general appreciation from some children for the experience.
It was definitely an early night for the teachers on Saturday!
In this lesson, we made pulleys. We use string, a little plastic pot, a magnet and a paperclip. We attached the pulley to the chair and attempted to pull the paperclip up with the magnet attached to the bottom of the pot. This skill will be useful to help us when we go start our DT project of making a ski lift.
Cross Curricular Days for PE!
We have had some fun days this week linking our lessons to PE. On Monday, we practised some first aid and we learnt and tried bandaging each other. We then went onto explore the history of the Ancient Olympics. In the afternoon, we did our learning outside. There was various different food and drink packaging around the playground and we went on a scavengers hunt to find food with certain contents. Some of the things we had to find included:
We started our new D&T unit this week where we are developing skills to move towards creating a ski lift. This week we looked at various pulleys and how they work. We learnt some important vocabulary including axle, wheel, force and motor. We then explained the process ourselves so that we are reading to make our own pulleys in our next D&T lesson.
This week we enjoyed a lovely art morning. Firstly, we did a contrasting sketch of the Stonehenge. On one part of the page we used charcoal and the other half we used sketching pencils and colouring pencils. Our focus was to create the appropriate textures on the stone structure and also to use tones to show where the light hits the stone from the sun.
We then evaluated our previously made Stonehenge structures. We considered the strength of our design and the areas that needed improvement. We thought about the skills we could use next time to achieve better results.
This week we started our playscripts unit. We practised reading Alice in Wonderland as if we were characters performing. We had to consider our tone and intonation when reading to ensure we were expressing the correct emotions.
For our maths learning we created human grids and plotted shapes. We discussed the various polygons that we created on the grids and their properties. We also completed shapes by identifying what the missing coordinates were.
This week we read various blurbs of different genres of texts, including playscripts. We then used our VIPERS skill of prediction to make sensible predictions of these blurbs and justified our views. We recorded our ideas on post it notes and placed them on the covers. This allowed us to share a good discussion at the end of the lesson and compare our thoughts.
This week we started our new unit in D&T all about food technology. It will lead onto the children using skills such as chopping, slicing, grating and peeling and then planning their own soup.
For this lesson we explored how food is sourced and we conducted research and presented our finding in a leaflet.
01.02.21 - Mental Health Awareness Week
We are all going through a challenging time in lockdown, so it is more important than ever to ensure we are staying happy and healthy.
Do you remember our "Take Notice" assemblies last term? Taking notice of the world around you and what you are grateful for is one way that you can improve your happiness every day.
There are so many benefits to practicing mindfulness, you can feel happier, less stressed or anxious, calmer, more focused, be kinder and even sleep better!
Explore this link - hopefully it will keep you healthy, happy and have a little fun along the way!
Please check with an adult that they are happy for you to access this.
25.01.21 - A holiday to the French Alps would be nice right now, wouldn't it?
This week the children used their English learning of persuasive writing and their Geography learning all about the French Alps to create a holiday brochure.
In our assembly this week we practised using Makaton to sing a Christmas song.
Year 4 had great fun this week in science! Miss McLintock and Miss Blundell demonstrated the human digestive system with some biscuits, a banana, orange juice, a sandwich bag and a pair of tights.
After that, the children went outside and we had a cross-curricular link to PE. Mr Beeson had set up a fantastic circuit of exercise for the children to carry out which represented different parts of the digestive system.
For learning your spellings this week you could...
- Write them in melted chocolate or shavingfoam
- Write them on a family members back using your finger
- Create a rap using as many of them as you can
- Write silly sentences with them in
For your spellings you could do the following activities...
- Write them in sentences
- Rainbow writing
- Pyramid writing
Hi Year 4,
We had a few requests for book recommendations during our phone calls so we have compiled a list of ones we love! There is a range of levels here as we know you are all on different book bands.
Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers
The Lorax by Dr Seuss
The Day the Crayons Quit By Drew Daywalt
Slime by David Walliams
The Peski Kids by R.A Spratt
Percy Jackson By Rick Riordan
The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi
Hi Year 4,
This is just an idea for your second week of Easter holidays if you are looking for something to do. In The Spiderwick Chronicles, a family encounter a world of creatures around their new home and find a field guide, detailing all the ones Arthur Spiderwick has found. This links to what we were doing in Science before Easter (Living things, classification and keys). If you want to, you could create your own field guide of imaginary creatures that may be living in your house, garden or even the darker creatures in a shed! This is not a compulsory task, just a fun activity that links a lot of learning. Remember, when creating your creatures you have to think about what kind of habitat, diet and characteristics they have. Below are some examples of a field guide and the audio book for the first novel in the series.
Have fun explorers!
Hi Year 4,
We hope you are all keeping well and have enjoyed the last two weeks of learning. We will not be setting any new learning over the Easter holidays but have found a wide range of activities you can do while you are at home over the next few weeks - 65 fun things to be precise! We wish you a happy, fun Easter break and hope to see you all soon!
The Year 4 Team
Hello Year 4 parents,
Due to the upcoming school closure on Friday 20th March, we will now be providing learning through the website. This will be learning for the children to complete over the next two weeks at home. We recommend children continue in a daily routine to ensure a sense of stability and to allow them to continue to progress in their learning.
Below we have structured a two week time table which will allow children time to practise their maths fluency, spelling, reading, creative writing and topical learning.
If you have any questions regarding this learning please email email@example.com
Keep safe and healthy & we will see you all soon.
The Year 4 team
As well as our learning below, Twinkl have offered free resources for the next two weeks.
The code is: PARENTSTWINKLHELPS
When writing your setting descriptions, you may find the following website useful for inspiration or for settings to describe.
Please see Monday's timestables activity.
We braved the cold in maths this week and went out to create human grids to plot different coordinates.
We then created a range of different polygons on these grids.
Year 4 spent their science lesson hunting the playground for invertebrates!
We carefully searched in different microhabitats to see what we could find. The children did observational sketches and described the microhabitat the living things were found in. When we got back into the classroom, we tried to classify some of the invertebrates and we identified that we had found annelids, insects and arachnids.
Computing has been really enjoyable over this term as the year 4 children have had great fun creating their comic strips!
The children have shown a great progression of skills over the year so far. They started off in Autumn developing their understanding of editing fonts and formatting images. This has now allowed them to insert images onto publisher and edit the sizes of these images to suit their comic strips. They have then used their knowledge of editing fonts sizes when writing a range of speech bubbles and thought bubbles.
Have a look at some brilliant examples:
Cross-curricular link to computing
In Geography this week, we compared the French Alps with our local area. We then went on to create documentaries based on this topic. We used the ipads to record different scenes.
This week we planned storyboards for our comic strips we are planning to create in computing.
We went on to take pictures which we will go on to insert into publisher.
In PSHE, Year 4 have been thinking about the different ways of being healthy.
We had fantastic discussion about certain things we should always be doing to keep healthy, certain things we should have here and there as a treat and the things we should avoid!
We went on the talk about the different food groups and why they are important in their own way.
08.01.19 Happy new year! Year four had a fantastic RE lesson today and learnt all about the founder of our new focus religion, Sikhism.
They retold the story through drama performances.
O'Keeffe wowed Miss Blundell with their excellent behaviour and improvement with their steel pans playing.
This week in English the children read aloud to build on their fluency and intonation.
Here are a range of games that can be played at home to help children with their times tables.
There are also good songs on Youtube where popular chart music has been adapted by an Australian teacher into times table songs. This is the link to his page:
Year 4 have been exploring shape over the past few weeks. They carried out lots of activities such as classifying 2d shapes and making their own 3d shapes with play dough!
11.10.19 - 18.10.19
Over the past couple of weeks we have been making canopic jars. We moulded the jar lids with modroc and then painted them using typical Egyptian colours.
In PSHE, we discussed different emotions we feel. The children draw the expression you might show when feeling this emotion and added a the name of that emotion.
A few children have asked for the website address of the site we are using in computing so here it is;
Happy New Year! Welcome back to a new term packed full of interesting and exciting learning opportunities. We are excited for our new topics, The Rainforest and Living things and their habitats, and hope the children ar