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Term 6 Week 3
In R.E this week, we have been learning about the Jewish ceremonies of Bar/Bat Mitzvah and their significance to the Jewish community. We discovered that the ritual is a celebration of children becoming adults in Judaism and their new responsibility to follow the commandments from the Torah. We also found out , in preparation for the celebration, some children learn several passages and prayers from the Torah in Hebrew which they recite to their family and friends in the Synagogue.
In maths, we have been learning about shapes and lines of symmetry. A line of symmetry is a line that cuts a shape exactly in half. This means that if you were to fold the shape along the line, both halves would match exactly. We placed a mirror along the line to find out if the shape would remain unchanged or not.
Term 6 Week 2
This week we have been continuing to read our class book, The Wild Robot by Peter Brown. We have discovered our robot is called Roz and she is a clever robot who learns constantly from the animals around her, for example how to successfully climb a cliff! We have made predictions about the role the otters will play in her story and also if she will come across any other robots or animals on her adventures.
This week the children have been developing their understanding of obtuse and acute angles by comparing with right angles. The children have also been learning that an acute angle is more than 0 degrees and less than 90 degrees, a right angle is exactly 90 degrees and an obtuse angle is more than 90 degrees but less than 180 degrees, then the children compare and order angles in ascending and descending order.
This term the children have been extending their experience of developing algorithms and programs by using the Lightbot app. Using the context of puzzles the children explore computational problem solving by designing algorithms and programs that use sequence, repetition and functions to program a virtual robot around a world of tiles.
Term 6 Week 1
Since coming back to school after the half term break, Year 4 have been learning to recognise angles as a measure of a turn. We have practiced making 1/2 , 1/4 , 3/4 and whole turns from different starting points in both clockwise and anti-clockwise directions. We have made sure we have accurately followed instructions from a partner and also given instructions using the correct mathematical language. The children now understand that an angle is created when 2 straight lines meet at a point. We have been discussing questions such as, if we face north and make a quarter turn clockwise, which direction will we be facing? What if we turn anti-clockwise? What would the time be if the minute hand started at 1, then made a quarter of a turn?
The Children have also recognised that a right angle is a quarter turn, 2 right angles make a half-turn, 3 right angles make three-quarters of a turn and 4 right angles make a complete turn. We have been answering questions such as how many right angles make a half turn/three-quarter turn/ full turn? Where can you see a right angle in the classroom/ around school/ outside? Which shapes contain right angles? Can you think of a shape which doesn’t have any right angles?
This week we have delved into our new book with great excitement, The Wild Robot by Peter Brown. We have been introduced to Roz, the robot and all we know so far is that she has ended up on a remote island after the cargo ship carrying her sank and she is the only survivor. We are so excited to find out what adventures she will go on, we have predicted, amongst other things, that she will find other robots and make a new family, that she will be found by humans and made to work in a job she doesn’t want to do or that she turns feral - stay tuned to see if any of these predictions are accurate!
This week we have been revisiting how to use bar charts, pictograms and tables to interpret and present data. The children decide which scale will be the most appropriate when drawing their own bar charts and gathering their own data using tally charts and then presenting the information in a bar chart. We have been asking questions such as, what are the different ways to present data? What do you notice about the different axes? What do you notice about the scale?
Year 4 have also been introduced to line graphs in the context of time. They used their knowledge of scales to read a time graph accurately and create their own graphs to represent continuous data. Building on this, the children continued to solve comparison, sum and difference problems using continuous data with a range of scales. They used addition and subtraction to answer questions accurately and ask their own questions about the data in line graphs.
This week we read Chapter 10 of our class book and summarised the chapter by picking out the most important facts. This chapter detailed Ahmet’s journey from Syria to Greece to the UK, and losing his family.
As class we discussed how we felt about Ahmet’s journey. Was it easy, hard, ok? What does taking this journey say about Ahmet? Is he strong? Resilient? We also talked about the fact that many refugees around the world make similar journeys in order to find a better life for themselves and their families.
This week we have been celebrating the Queens Jubilee by researching how Science and Technology have evolved throughout her 70 year reign. Year 4 were specifically looking at the 1970’s and we found a plethora of fascinating facts about that particular era! We are all very much looking forward to the culmination of the Jubilee celebrations with our whole school picnic on Friday.
This week, Year 4 children were introduced to telling the time on a 24-hour digital clock for the first time. The children spent time looking at analogue and digital clocks at various times throughout the day, in order to compare what is the same and what is different. We were investing questions such as when using the 12-hour clock, is the time an a.m. or a p.m. time? What will the number representing the hour be in 24-hour clock time? How do you know if it will be less than 12 or more than 12? What will the minutes be in 24-hour time? Where can you count from? When does the number of minutes become 0 again on a 24-hour clock display?
We then moved on to recapping the concept of a year, month, week and day from Year 3. How many days are there in a week? How many days are there in each month? How many weeks in a year? What calculation do we need to do to convert days to weeks/weeks to days?
We have continued reading our class book, The Boy at the Back of the Class and have been writing 1st person narratives, both informal and formal letters and even acting out some scenes from the book, this really helped to bring the storyline to life for the children! We have also been encouraging the children to used adverbial phrases, including fronted adverbials in their work to great success!
We had a wonderful Monday afternoon devoted entirely to our current Science topic of electricity. The children were investigating the conductivity of different types of playdough. In pairs, the children made their circuits using wires, a battery, a bulb and a ball of either conductive or insulating playdough. The children soon learnt that playdough with salt and lemon juice worked as a fantastic conductor for electricity. Year 4 really enjoyed this experiment and the results will be displayed in each classroom next term.
Term 5 Week 4
This term we have been delving into the fascinating world of rivers and mountains, learning about what a river is and its features, such a deltas, floodplains and meanders. We have also been exploring how rivers change landscapes and how they have historically and continue to be of use to humans.
We have also been learning about mountains and their characteristics such as tree and snow line, peak/summit and altitudinal zones. We now know that for a mountain to be considered a mountain it has to be a minimum of 610m high!
This week we have been continuing with our learning of telling the time, asking questions such as what activity might last one hour/minute/second? How many minutes are there in an hour? How can we use a clock face to check? How could we count the minutes? How many seconds are there in one minute? What could we use to check?
The children have been converting between analogue and digital times using a format up to 12 hours. They have been using a.m. and p.m. to distinguish between times in the morning and afternoon. They have begun to understand that how many minutes past the hour determines the digital time. We have paid particular attention to making sure the children know it is important to recognise that digital time need to be written in 4-digit format. For example, 09:30 a.m. not 9:30.
We have been continuing with our class reading text, The Boy at the Back of the Class and exploring the dynamics between not just the children in the story but the grown ups too. We have been making predictions about conversations between two teachers and making sure we used plenty of expressive language to sufficiently portray the emotions felt by Mr Irons and Mrs Khan.
Term 5 Week 3
This week we have been adding to our existing knowledge of telling the time. We have consolidated our Year 3 learning of telling the time to 5 minutes, to the minute, using a.m. and p.m. and using a 24-hour clock. We have been focusing on the language of “past” and “to”, and recognising and using Roman numerals on a clock face. We paid special attention to the differences between the minute hand and the hour hand. This is especially important for times that are close to the next hour, for example, 5 minutes to 12. We have been asking questions, such as: What activity might last one hour/minute/second? How many minutes are there in an hour? How many seconds are there in one minute?
This week we have continued reading our class book, The Boy at the Back of the Class and enjoying discovering more about the narrator, Ahmet and the rest of the characters from the story. We have been focusing on writing an informal letter to Ahmet as we have so many questions to ask him! Questions such as, where do you come from? What language do you speak? Who is the lady in the red scarf? Do you have any family in England? We cannot wait to find out the answers to our many questions as the book progresses!
We are continuing our science topic of electricity! We have had great fun investigating how circuits work and what sorts of materials are insulators and conductors! What materials can you find at home which conduct electricity? Which materials have a high resistance and act as an insulator?
Term 5 Week 2
Since coming back to school after the Easter holidays, Year 4 have been raring to go and working hard! In maths we have been developing our understanding of pounds and pence. We recapped what each coin represents and which coins have a higher value when comparing two coins. This is the first time, we have introduced the idea of decimal notation for money and have progressed to converting between different units of money. For example, putting monetary amounts into ascending or descending order: £2.01, 350p, £3.49 and 200p. The children has also been rounding amounts of money written in decimal notation to the nearest pound, estimating the total of two or three amounts.
We have introduced our fantastic new book to the children since returning after Easter, The Boy at the Back of the Class, by Onjali Q Rauf. We have been discussing what it must feel like to be the new boy in the class and the sorts of things that can be done to make a new member of a class feel included and welcome. We have been exploring the same situation from two different perspectives to give us a better understanding of what each character is experiencing.
Term 5 Week 1
Welcome back and we all hope you had a lovely Easter! We have introduced our new topics this term.
Our new text is called 'The Boy At the Back of the Class' by Onjali Rauf. This is the story about how one ordinary nine-year-old child and three classmates are full of empathy for Ahmet, a boy that comes to their school as a refugee from Syria (he is the boy at the back of the class).
Through their sensitivity, curiosity, ingenuity, bravery and innocent niceness, they make a massive impact on Ahmet’s life, friends, class, school, community and wider world. There’s a lovely lack of stereotyping on gender and backstory for the narrator, which adds to the message of not judging people before you know them.
An inspiring and sweet tale that will help children think about what it is to be a good person whatever your circumstances (the narrator is from a poor background with a single parent mum who struggles to make ends meet), and challenge prejudice and push for fairness, whenever possible
In Science, we are going to be focusing on 'Electricity' and expand our knowledge about how electricity works. We will learn about electrical circuits, their components and how they function, how the voltage of cells affects the output of a circuit and we will record circuits using standard symbols. Towards the end of the unit, we will learn about programmable devices, sensors and monitoring.
In Geography our topic is 'Misty Mountains, Winding Rivers'. In this project we will learn about the characteristics and features of rivers and mountain ranges around the world, including a detailed exploration of the ecosystems and processes that shape them and the land around them. We are going to have a geography focused term where we can really develop our knowledge and skills.
In maths, we have been applying understanding of place value to order numbers with decimals with up to two decimal places.
Term 4 Week 6
Children apply their understanding of place value to compare numbers with decimals with up to two decimal places. They then consolidated and deepened their understanding of 0 as a place holder when making a comparison.
The children were learning that when we speak/write we don’t tend to say “These are the parents that belong to Maddison” but rather “Maddison’s parents”. We discussed how the apostrophe is added to the word before the s is added. We asked the children to try to write sentences with an apostrophe.
The children then spent the rest of the week planning and writing a letter to the hero in our class book, Arthur, convincing him to go on a long and treacherous journey to save his village. Year 4 did a fantastic job and we now know they can be extremely persuasive, so watch out!
Term 4 Week 5
Term 4 Week 4
This week in year 4 we have been working really hard on reading and representing tenths on a place value grid. We have been recognising that the tenths column is to the right of the decimal point. We have been making tenths on a place value grid and writing the number we have made as a decimal.
This week in English, year 4 have become journalists! We have been planning and writing a newspaper article about ‘The Howl’ from our book, Arthur and the Golden Rope. We have been making use plenty of journalistic words and phrases to enhance our article. We particularly enjoyed ‘interviewing’ Arthur and other eyewitnesses of the event to add as many facts as possible to our piece.
This term we have been learning about the Amazon Rainforest, and this week we have been looking at the Caboclo people in particular. We were fascinated to hear the way their lives differ so much to ours, we especially loved learning about their houses on stilts and that they sleep in hammocks! Whilst we were looking at and discussing pictures of the Caboclo people, we listened to some tradition music of theirs, we loved the beat and the rhythm!
Term 4 Week 3
What did Year 4 do in Book week?
Last week, five lucky children from each Year 4 class got the chance to read a story to the Reception children as part of our World Book Day Celebration. We are incredibly proud of the children from Year 4 as it takes a lot of courage to read aloud to a group of children. Violet Skilton from L4 read ‘Kippers Birthday’ and said “I loved reading to Reception because I love reading. I also feel very proud of myself!”. Ava Hume from L4 read The Littlest Bear and said “ I liked reading to the children, I especially like when they asked me questions about the story.”
In Somerset, we really enjoyed World Book Day and the whole week. The children who had the opportunity to go, read to our friends in Sussex 1 practicing their skill of reading to an audience, and they were able to make some new friends further down the school. Sookie from C4 said ‘I felt nervous before I read to Reception, but when I was reading I felt happy. The book I read was about a boy who wanted to go to space. Reception enjoyed the book I read a lot. I would love to it again!’ Sam from C4 also really enjoyed going to Reception and said ‘When I walked into the classroom, Reception were really lovely and kind. I introduced myself to them, we chose a book and it was about toys playing outside and I loved doing it. ‘It was so lovely for the older children to share their love of reading and I think the younger children thoroughly enjoyed having a story read to them by a Year 4 child!
Term 4 Week 2
In Maths this week, we have continued to work on subtracting fractions. We have looked at different pictorial and abstract strategies to help us subtract fractions from whole numbers, and investigating how we can find equivalent fractions from our answers to make them their simplest form.
In Science, we have been investigating frictional forces and their effects on objects. We have learnt that friction is a force between two surfaces as they move across each other and that there is more friction between rough surfaces and less friction between smooth surface. We then measured friction on different objects and surfaces using Force Meters (or Newton Meters) in an experiment.
Term 4 Week 1
In Maths, we have been focusing on our topic of 'Fraction'. We have learnt the similarities and differences between unit and non-unit fractions. We have been exploring fractions in different representations, for example, fractions of shapes, quantities and fractions on a number line.
In English, we have started our new book ‘Arthur and The Golden Rope’. We are going to follow the epic journey of Brownstone’s earliest ancestor, Arthur, and travel back to the age of the Vikings where this bookish young adventurer must find the courage to save his village and defeat the mighty beast Fenrir…
This week in science we have been learning about forces which is our new topic! A force is simply a push or a pull that makes something move. Forces act in pairs that oppose each other. Forces cause objects to move, change their speed or change their shape. Contact forces happen when two objects or bodies physically touch each other. Frictional forces are a type of contact force.
4th February 2022
Term 3 Week 5
This week in Maths, we have started our new topic of Fractions. We have begun by recapping some previous knowledge about what fractions are and unit and non-unit fractions, and will start looking at tenths and how to count in these fractions.
In English, we have been continuing with our topic text ‘The King Who Banned the Dark’ and writing a third person narrative based on what we have read so far. In our narrative, we have focussed on the changes of mood from the beginning of the story to now and, as a grammar focus, we have considered the different punctuation needed for different sentence types (Statements, Questions and Commands).
In Geography, we are moving on from looking at Brazil to looking at one of the major ecological aspects of the country: The Amazon Rainforest. We have talked about and researched the different wildlife that live in the rainforest, thinking about the different layers of the rainforest they live in, whilst also discussing what key features make the Amazon a rainforest.
21st January 2022
Term 3 Week 3
This week, we have looked at the features of a newspaper report and written our own version based on the King's proclamation to the public! We have interviewed, written eyewitness accounts and thought carefully about applying the features of a report. We have focused on past tense and using direct and indirect speech correctly.
In maths, we have continued working on division. We have thought about different methods to support our division skills before we moved onto calculating 3 digits by 1 digit.
Very excitingly, in Art we have created our own Logos which are going to be sent off to a competition. Our logo may end up on a satellite orbiting earth!
Term 3 Week 1-2
15th January 2022
This term, we are starting our fantastic new book called 'The King Who Banned the Dark'! We are going to be doing debates, newspaper writing, narratives and many more types of writing. Year 4 are going to be focusing on sentence structure and conjunctions to make sure we are really confident with writing for effect.
In Science, we have started our new topic 'Living Things'. So far, we have learnt how Chimpanzees are really similar to humans! Did you know Chimps can experience similar feelings to humans? like empathy and happiness! We have found out that their DNA is a 99% match to humans.
We are really excited to be starting our new Geography topic where we are going to be learning all about Brazil as a country and what it is like to live there. We have looked at where Brazil is on a world map and which countries surround it.
In maths, we are moving onto column multiplication and division and thinking about how these link together. We have thought carefully about different methods of multiplication and how they can link together to help us work out the answer for example Part Part Whole model and the column method. If we are confident with our timestables, how will this help us with multiplying and dividing?
Term 2 Week 7
16th December 2021
This week has been our final week at school before the Christmas break. We have been busy finishing off our book this term Beetle Boy - the ending did not turn out how we expected!
We have been busy creating Christmas cards and decorations for our families and not forgetting taking part in our Christmas Service, albeit online. We also really enjoyed taking part in our Christmas party in our classrooms.
Unfortunately, as you know, we were not able to perform our Christmas production live on stage, however you can follow the links and see our rehearsals online. Please see above for the pictures of us in our Christmas outfits.
We hope you all have a brilliant and restful Christmas break. Your children have worked tremendously hard this term and we couldn't be prouder of them. Thank you for all your ongoing support.
With love The Year 4 Teaching Team,
Miss Silcott, Mr Davies and Miss Parsons.
Term 2 Week 6
9th December 2021
In English this week, we have been looking at subordinating conjunctions in our writing. Subordinating conjunctions help to connect additional information to the main sentence or clause. These can be in the form of singular words, such as ‘because’ and ‘when’, or they can consist of more than word, such as ‘even though’ and ‘as long as’. Additionally, we have been continuing to look at our term text of ‘Beetle Boy’ and write narratives about what would happen to our characters after they find a mysterious door when escaping from Humphrey and Pickering’s flat!
In Maths, we have continued to focus on our times tables and begin to look at some strategies to help us work them out from other more secure times tables. It is really important to know the tables, but also strategies to help us if we aren’t able to remember them all!
Finally, we have been working really hard on the final touches of our Christmas Nativity production- ‘Children of the world’. Everyone has been tirelessly practicing their lines, learning all the songs and perfecting the choreography. We cannot wait for family and friends to see the finished performance!
Term 2 Week 5
2nd December 2021
In English, we have been learning about how to use apostrophes for possession and we have been using these in our narratives about Beetle Boy. Possession means that you have, own or control something. However, showing possession can be done in different ways depending on who or what is doing the having, owning or controlling.
What are the rules?
Singular possession means that only one person, animal or thing has, owns or controls something. The apostrophe goes after the word and before an s. Sometimes, the singular nouns that have, own or control something are already words that end with the letter s, so the apostrophe would go after the s.
Plural possession means that more than one person, animal or thing has, owns or controls something. A plural noun is irregular when it changes its spelling to show that there is more than one, so you change the word and add an s with the apostrophe at the end. E.g. child – children- childrens’.
In maths, we have been recapping our timestables! It is really important to know these and be ready for the Year Four Timestables Test later on in the school year.
Term 2 Week 4
25th November 2021
In computing, we are continuing with drafting and sending emails but focusing on including attachments. We have discussed that we can attach any digital information to emails (such as Photos/Videos or Files) and practiced attaching them to emails which we have sent each other.
In Geography we have been looking at 3 different global coastal habitats. These are Mangroves, Coral Reefs and Estuaries. We have looked at the different aspects, what ecosystems they support, their advantages for our coastlines and the threats they face.
We are thoroughly enjoying Beetle Boy and we spent some time in the forest this week to really help our imaginations run wild! We have written a description of a forest through the eyes of a beetle and through the eyes of Darkus. It has been really interesting comparing the different perspectives and using figurative language to make the descriptions come alive!
Term 2 Week 3
19th November 2021
In English, we have been writing a narrative about Darkus and Uncle Max. They have entered an entomology room which looks similar to this. We thought about how they would feel knowing that this is the room where Darkus' father disappeared!
Our composition of the week is 'Staying Alive by the BeeGees'. It can be watched following this link-
Composition of the Week - Staying Alive by the BeeGees (office.com). We have really enjoyed looking at the 70s fashion and listening to the uplifting music!
In History, we have written a diary entry from the perspective of a monk or nun living in a monastery. We thought about these questions-
What would it be like?
What would it look like?
What differences would there be between their lives ?and ours?
What is the purpose of living in a monastery?
In Computing, we have carried on looking at E-Mails as a form of long distance communication. We have spoken about their advantages and disadvantages as well as having a try at writing our own.
Term 2 Week 1
5th November 2021
In English, we have started our new text Beetle Boy. We have met our new main character Darkus and have investigated why his father may have disappeared! We wrote a police report gathering evidence about what may have happened.
This week in Computing, we have been looking at different ways of sending messages over long distances and their advantages and disadvantages. In particular we have looked at the use of letters, telephones, radio (walkie talkies) and semaphore.
In Science, we have been continuing with our topic of States of Matter. We have investigated why and how water boils in a kettle and why the water comes out hot. We learnt that the particles in the water move more quickly when the temperature increases and when it reaches a certain temperature the liquid turns into a gas called steam.
Term 1 Week 7
15th October 2021
In English, we have been continuing with sentence types. Simple, compound and complex. We have thought about different conjunctions we can use to extend our sentences and add more detail in our writing. We have looked at direct and indirect speech as well. Do you know the difference?
In maths, we have been continuing with column methods both for subtraction and addition. We have been using concrete methods such as dienes, number counters and place value charts to support us with exchanging. Most of us have been using 4 digit numbers to calculate as well as thinking about how we can apply our calculation skills to reasoning problems.
In Science, we have been investigating our question 'How to soften a solid?'. We have used tealights as our heat source to melt chocolate, butter and ice. We predicted which one would melt the quickest and slowest. We were surprised by the results as we found how quickly the ice melted compared to the chocolate! The ice melted around 9 degrees Celsius and the chocolate around 40 degrees Celsius !
Term 1 Week 6
8th October 2021
In maths, we have continued building on adding and subtracting hundreds, tens and ones as well as thousands. We have been using concrete representations (Base 10, place value counters etc) before moving to abstract and mental methods. We have focused on lining up the digits and clearly setting the additions out in columns to help us get the correct answer. We have been applying our skills to reasoning problems.
In English, we have continued to read our text ‘How the Stars Came to Be’ by Poonam Mistry. We have written a diary entry about how the girl feels accepting such a large and important task which the sun has given her. We have used time connectives and fronted adverbials to extend our sentences and make them really exciting!
In history, we have been exploring why the different Anglo-Saxon Tribes invaded and why using different sources of information is important when we are researching. Can you think of any examples?
Please use the below link to find out more about the amazing art Y4 have been creating this term:
24th September 2021
In maths, we have been comparing 2 digit, 3 digit and 4 digit numbers. We have been using our reasoning and place value skills to justify why we are correct. We have recapped the words ‘ascending’ and ‘descending’ when ordering digits to help us make sure we are ordering the digits correctly. Being secure in our place value knowledge is really important when we are looking at numbers as we need to know why a number is greater than > or less than < or equal to = another number! At the moment we have been focusing on our thousands, hundreds, tens and ones- some of us know our place value up to ten thousand which is fantastic!
In Science, we have done our first investigation of the week! Our question- Why do we have bubbles in our water bottle? has been answered by looking closely at bubbles created in a container with pebbles In and pouring water on top. We used magnifying glasses to spot the really small ones! We found out that the bubbles are trapped air which is why we can see them. We also learnt that if we leave our water in a glass or bottle for a while, small bubbles appear and this is because the gases in the water have dissolved.
In English, we have carried on reading our text ‘How the Stars came to be’ by Poonam Mistry. We have focused on describing the Fisherman and his daughter using the text and illustrations to guide us, as well as research carried out in the Discovery Centre about Fisherman and the fishing industry. From this, we have been able to write a character description of the Fisherman’s daughter and a first person narrative from the fisherman’s perspective.
In Geography, we have continued to study coasts around the UK and explore the various reasons why people settle on the coast. We have identified the aspects of leisure, tourism and industry as key reasons for settling there. We have also begun to think about some examples of these aspects, including Fishing, Sightseeing and transportation.