Year 4 Blog 2020-2021
Week beginning 12.07.2021
In our maths lessons this week we have been recapping word problems and using our knowledge of the CUBES method to solves these. We also began to recap our learning on fractions. We started by recapping how to add two or more fractions together. We had to remember to keep the denominator the same and only add the numerators.
This week in year 4 we have been doing lots of double page spreads to showcase all of our learning over the term.
We started the week by doing our DT double page spread all about our Indian cooking. We filled the pages with the design process we used during our food technology lessons. We included lots of pictures of our cooking, and we top copied some of our writing to persuade food adverts.
We did another double page spread to show all of our history learning. This term we have been learning all about the Indus Valleys and we collated all of our knowledge into a beautifully presented double page spread, filled with key information that we had learnt.
In our music lessons we recorded our final Bollywood performances. We played the keyboards and sang the lyrics we have been writing over the last few weeks. We then presented our learning in a double page spread - we even put in a QR code for people to view our musical performances!
This week we did our final PSHE reflections. We thought about everything we have learnt during the 'Changing Me' topic including genetics and menstruation.
This week we got to watch the Kents Hills Got Talent final! It was fantastic to see how many incredible talents the children in our school have! Well done to Emily Thorne and Summer Terry who made it into the final for Year 4, you were both amazing! Congratulations to Summer who finished the competition in 2nd place!
Week beginning 05.07.2021
We've had a fantastic activity week in Year 4 this week. Miss Roberts, Mr Falvey and Miss Jackson have been so impressed by the teamwork, perseverance and determination that has been displayed by all of Year 4 in all of the activities we have taken part in!
To start the week, we did a science experiment in our classes. We got to make our own ice cream, turning a liquid of milk to the solid of ice cream! We put all of the ingredients into a plastic bag and surrounded it in with salt and ice. After shaking for several minutes, the milk changed state and became solid! We even got to try some of the ice cream!
We took part in our Year 4 House Olympics this week. We represented our houses and competed in a range of races. We showed excellent sportsmanship and resilience in all races, and all tried our best. Congratulations to the Danes who won the Year 4 House Olympics!
We completed a Lego Spike workshop this week. We were given the challenge of creating a fan in our groups. We could be as creative and as imaginative as possible. The only requirements were that it had to include the Lego Spike hub and a motor. Some of us even challenged ourselves to try and get the fan to be freestanding or move!
In teams we completed a range of tasks to see which team could win the most points and come out triumphant. We completed tasks such as explaining movements in only five words whilst blindfolded and creating a cartoon character out of objects form the table.
This week we also completed a 'Get Set Olympics' challenge. We had to complete different themed activities based on different countries in order to make our way around the world to reach Tokyo.
We were lucky enough to have a visitor come into school this week to conduct a science workshop with us. Dynamite Dave showed us how to make our very own slime!
On Thursday we were lucky enough to get to spend time on an inflatable assault course, there were a range of amazing bouncy castles to go on. We had so much fun!
We also got a chance to climb up a climbing wall this week! Lots of us concurred our fear of heights and showed fantastic resilience.
One morning we got to watch the film 'Flubber' as our science themed film as it linked to our science topic of states of matter. As a treat we got to have a cone of popcorn while we watched.
We had a planetarium set up in school this week with a visitor who explained the planets and constellations to us. It was very interesting to think about what is out there in space!
Week beginning 28.06.2021
In maths this week we have continued our learning on multiplication and division. We continued to recap factors of numbers. We looked at finding factor pairs of a product and some of us looked at common factors of two numbers.
This week we continued writing our food adverts. This week we focused on directed speech from famous chefs or food critics and flattery as persuasive techniques to encourage readers to try our curries. We worked hard to ensure we included the correct punctuation in our directed speech sections.
In PSHE this week we looked at circles of change and accepting change. We thought about what changes we had gone through in our lives and shared our ideas in a class discussion. We created a circle of change regarding something we wanted to change ahead of next year.
In history this week we learnt about trade during the Indus Valley civilisation. We learnt that they mostly traded items to do with fashion! We then participated in a class debate about whether we would rather trade in modern times or back when the Indus Valley civilisation was around.
We also learnt about the decline of the Indus Valley civilisation, there is lots of mystery around the ending of the civilisation and no one knows exactly how it ended. We looked at 4 key theories surrounding the decline and performed a news report about the theory we believed most.
In our DT lessons this week we have been doing food technology. We started by researching how rice and spices are grown in India. Then we taste tested 3 different curries and discussed the flavours and textures of each one.
Then, in groups, we created our own curry from scratch. Some groups made Butter Chicken Curry, another made Chicken Korma and some made Chicken Tikka Masala. We even included some of the spinach that we have been growing in our gardening sessions!
Week beginning 21.06.2021
This week in Year 4, we have been using our multiplication and division skills to divide 2- and 3-digit numbers by 1 digit to solve calculations and problems. We have also been using our knowledge of times tables to identify the factor pairs for a variety of different.
Next week, we will be creating an Indian Curry dish for our design and technology project. To convince others to try our dish, we have been writing a persuasive advert. Throughout our writing we have been ensuring to write in the first person, including expanded noun phrases, rhetorical questions and directed speech.
To continue our art project, we used our sewing skills to begin creating our Rangoli designs on fabric. We made sure to take our time to use the cross stitch and back stitch techniques. We gently sketched our designs onto our pieces of fabric so that we were able to sew our designs accurately.
Whilst learning about electricity, we have been constructing working circuits using wires, lightbulbs, and batteries. This week, we have furthered our understanding of switches and their importance within a circuit. We then corrected mistakes that were made in a range of circuits and made sure to construct them successfully.
In our history lesson, we became archaeologists! We worked as a team to discover artefacts from the Indus Valley and infer information from them. Then we asked questions about the artefacts and used our research skills to find the answers to them.
To continue creating our own piece of Bollywood music we have been practising using the keyboards to create the music for our piece. We then used these skills to improvise and finalise our piece of Bollywood music.
As we have been learning about the changes that our bodies go through as we grow up, this week we discussed puberty and the female menstrual cycle. We now know that menstruation is a special part of puberty that affects girls/people who are born female!
We were lucky enough to have a visitor this week! A firefighter came in and did an assembly on summer, fire, road and water safety. We discussed the dangers and the ways that we can be safe and sensible.
Week beginning 14.06.2021
This week in Year 4, we have been recapping our knowledge of multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100 by answering a variety of calculations and worded problems. When multiplying we move our numbers to the left in our place value columns and when dividing we move our numbers to the right in our place value columns.
We have been learning how to use embedded relative clauses within our writing, to add extra information to our sentences. We have made sure to use the correct pronouns, commas to separate the embedded relative clauses from the rest of the sentence and ensuring that we used appropriate and relevant information in our sentences.
We have continued our learning of Rangoli designs by researching a variety of patterns and taking inspiration for our own designs. After completing the research of different patterns, we made several attempts of sketching our own design by thinking carefully about the stitches, colours and shapes that we would use. We will then use these designs to carefully sew our designs.
Whilst learning about the traditions of India, we have been exploring Bollywood music and their themes. This half term, we will be creating our own piece of Bollywood music, so we have begun by listening to a traditional piece of Bollywood music and discussing the themes. We then spoke to our partners about the themes that we could include in our pieces of music.
In our science lessons, we have been learning about electricity. This week, we have been learning about the different symbols that are used to represent a simple circuit and how we could draw a circuit successfully. We then used the correct equipment to construct a simple and successful circuit.
We continued our learning about the Indus Valley civilisation by finding out about the major cities in the Indus Valley and some key aspects of city life at this time. We discussed the benefits and improvements that could have been made to their houses, water systems and architecture.
To start off our new topic in RE we discussed some of the Christian parables and their meanings. To further our understanding, we worked in groups to re-enact one of the parables for our peers to guess which one we were performing.
To continue our learning of how we change as we grow up, we discussed having a baby. We spoke about why people may want to have a baby when they grow up and what difficulties they may be faced with when looking after a baby. We learned about the importance of sperm and an egg and that they form to create a growing baby.
Week beginning 07.06.2021
Welcome back Year 4! It has been amazing having you all back at school this week and to hear all about the wonderful things that you got up to during the half term. We cannot believe that we are in our last half term of Year 4, time flies when you're having fun!
This week, we have been recapping our learning of addition and subtraction in maths. We have been subtracting 4-digit numbers from each other by using the written method to solve a variety of calculations and using the inverse operations to check whether a calculation is correct or not.
In our reading lessons, we have continued reading our class text 'When the Mountains Roared' and we have discovered more information about the new hotel that the family is going to own and run.
We have also been learning about the history of electricity. Did you know that Thomas Edison was not the first person to invent a lightbulb? He worked with Lewis Latimer to improve the invention and to make it more durable.
As keen gardeners, we have been checking up on the plants that we have been growing this term and we have been so impressed! A lot of our plants are growing healthily due to the care that we have been giving them, we have made sure to water them often - especially in this heat! We can't wait to see the progress next week!
To start our new PSHE topic this half term, we have created a mind map of ideas about 'Changing Me'. We discussed the changes that may occur to our bodies and in our lives as we get older, why people may want to have a baby when they are older and the unique characteristics that we have. We learnt that we get half of our genes from our birth mother and the other half from our birth father, but we may still have unique characteristics that we did not inherit from our mother or father.
Along with reading about electricity, we have begun learning about electricity in our science lessons. We discussed which electrical items we may come across in our daily routines and that electricity can also occur naturally through lightning or in our bodies! We learnt about two different types of electricity: Mains electricity and batteries. Using this knowledge, we sorted a variety of appliances into groups of electrical and non-electrical appliances.
We have begun our new French topic for the half term: As-tu Un Animal? This topic will be about the different pets that people may have! We have widened our French vocabulary this week, as we now know: un chien - a dog, un chat - a cat, un lapin - a rabbit, un oiseau - a bird, un hamster - a hamster, un poisson rouge - a goldfish, une tortue - a tortoise and une souris - a mouse.
Whilst learning about the traditional Rangoli designs in India, we have been designing our own during our art lessons. We are going to use our sewing skills to create a beautiful Rangoli design. To start off our designs, we have been practising our sewing skills by reminding ourselves how to thread a needle, how to use the back stitch and cross-stitch techniques and how to end the stitch. It was hard work, but we persevered and worked together to improve our skills!
We have started learning about the Indus Valley which is one of the most ancient civilisations in the world! We discussed where the Indus Valley was located and why it would be beneficial for it to be located near a river and why it may be risky too. It is difficult to know when the Indus Valley civilisation existed, but archaeologists believe that it existed around 3200 BC to 1900 BC. Using our computing skills, we researched significant historical events around the world during the time of the Indus Valley Civilisation and recorded them on a timeline. Here are some examples of our work:
Week beginning 24.05.2021
This week in our maths lessons we have started to recap some of our previous learning. We started the week by recapping perimeter. We used numicon pieces to make simple and compound shapes. We added each length up to work out the perimeter of the shape we had made. In the latter part of the week, we recapped 4-digit addition using column method. To reinforce this learning, we played Mathopoly game around addition. We had lots of fun consolidating our learning this way!
In our reading lessons this week we have continued reading more of our class book, 'When the Mountains Roared'. The story is really starting to progress now, and our main characters have finally arrived in India. We discussed how the author has built up suspense and how we felt about some of the characters decisions.
We have also read three texts all around the topic of Rivers. We read a poem called 'A Rivers Journey' by Angela Yardy, a story called 'A River' by Marc Martin and the song 'Just Around the Riverbend' from Disneys Pocahontas. During these lessons we discussed the language choices and how the language helps to create imagery.
This week in our RE lesson we created a double page spread on Hinduism to showcase our learning from this half-term. We started by completed a Kahoot quiz to see how much we could remember - we were super impressed by how much we had remembered! Then, we paired our writing with some detailed drawings to make our pages look eye-catching.
In our Geography lessons, we have created another double page spread to showcase our learning from this half-term. We created an India travel guide filled with the key information we've learnt this term. We incorporated some Indian maps and pictures of famous landmarks alongside our writing.
This week we completed our PSHE reflection on our topic of 'Relationships'. We discussed all of our learning from this half-term, including, 'Getting on and Falling out', 'Love and Loss', 'Boyfriends and Girlfriends', 'Jealousy' and 'Memories'.
Week beginning 17.05.2021
In our maths lessons this week we have finished our unit on position and direction. We learnt how to translate coordinates and shapes on a quadrant. We could identify the staring coordinates of the shapes vertices; we could follow instructions to translate the shape and we could write the new coordinates for the shape.
In our reading lessons this week we continued reading more of our class book 'When the Mountains Roared'. We discussed the characters choices and how we would act and behave if we were in the characters shoes.
In writing lessons this week, we have started to write an adventure story set in the Indian jungle. At the beginning of the week, we immersed ourselves into adventure stories by acting out a story about a family lost in the Indian jungle. We really enjoyed listening to the story and acting alongside it. This gave us lots of inspiration for our own stories! We spent lots of time developing our sensory language to use in our setting descriptions. We watched a David Attenborough video of the Indian jungle, we used this to discuss what we would be able to see, hear, smell, touch and taste if we were in the jungle.
In our geography lesson this week we learnt about exports and imports of India and the UK. We research where we get most of our food in the UK - we were surprised at how much food is imported! Then we learnt Indias top 10 imported items and their top 10 exported items.
In our art lessons this week we sculpted our Diya lamp designs out of clay. We used the pinch-pot technique to mould the clay into the correct shape, then we used sculpting tools to add patterns and designs to the outside of the lamps. Then we painted our Diya lamps to make them colourful and eye-catching.
In PSHE we discussed boyfriends and girlfriends. We voted on whether we agreed or disagreed with relationship statements. We discussed the importance of feeling ready for a relationship and not doing things to impress other people.
Week beginning 10.05.2021
This week in maths we continued our work on shape. We learnt about finding a shapes lines of symmetry. In the latter half of the week, we moved on to learn about coordinates. We learnt how to identify and describe the location of coordinates. It was important for us to remember that the first number in the coordinate tells us the x-axis number and the second number in the coordinate tells us the y-axis number. By the end of the lesson, we had all remembered this important rule!
In our reading lessons this week we continued to read more of our class text, 'When the Mountains Roared'. We are really enjoying the book so far. We love the intensity of it and the suspense we feel when a chapter is left on a cliff-hanger! This week we have been discussion how the author is building up tension in the story through his writing styles.
This week have also read three texts around the theme of sports people. We read a text about Muhammad Ali, Simone Biles and Serena and Venus Williams. We picked out evidence from the texts that demonstrated their struggles and successes during their sporting careers.
In geography this week we have continued our learning on India. In one of our lessons, we learnt all about Fairtrade in India. We followed the journey of a banana and all the people who have to work on it before it reaches us in the UK. In groups we each took on a role of someone who was part of the bananas journey to the UK and debated how much money we should be paid per banana purchase based off of the amount of work we do. We had lots of fun learning about the importance of Fairtrade!
In another geography lesson this week focused on the infrastructure of India. We learnt about different modes of transport commonly used in India and ranked each one effectiveness. As a class, we discussed advantages and commonly of each one.
This week in science we finished our learning of the topic, Animals Including Humans. We learnt about the functions of each part of the digestive system. In groups we took part in two investigations. The first looked at the importance of our salivary glands. We each were given three crackers and 90 seconds to try to eat them in. The only rule was that we couldn't have a drink. We quickly realised how difficult this was and how quick our mouths became dry. After the 90 seconds was over, we all took a few slips of water - this represented saliva. Instantly, it became so much easier to chew and swallow the crackers!
In our second investigation we recreated a mini version of a digestive system using everyday objects. We mushed up food into a sandwich bad (representing the stomach) and then we squeezed the bags contents page tense into tights (representing the small intestines). It was so interesting to see how it all works!
In RE this week, we learnt about the key features of Hindu temples. We learnt that during Hindu worship, a 'Puja Tray' is often used which holds 6 important items. We drew our own Puja Trays and wrote down what each item symbolises.
This week in design and technology lessons, we were able to build a dancing robot using the Lego Spike kits. We had to carefully follow the step-by-step instructions with our partner to ensure we didn't make a mistake. Lots of us showed fantastic perseverance and resilience during this task.
In art this week, we practiced a variety of sketching techniques such as, hatching, stripling and cross-hatching. We then began to sketch a design of a Diva Lamp (these are lamps used when celebrating the Hindu festival of Divali). We took time to make sure our sketches were precise and detailed as we will be using these sketches next week to help us make the design out of clay!
We also planted more vegetables this week! This time each class planted garlic, spring onions and lettuce. Since it rained so much this week, we didn't need to go out to water the planters. However, we remembered to water the dwarf French beans which are currently growing in pots inside!
Week beginning 03.05.2021
This week in maths we have been learning all about horizontal and vertical lines of symmetry and the properties of 2D shapes. We also recapped vocabulary such as vertices and the different types of angles that we learnt last week.
In our reading lessons this week we have started our new class text 'Where the Mountains Roared'. We made predications about the book based on what we could infer from the front cover and the blurb. We then read the first two chapters - the book is very dramatic, and we are all hooked already!
In RE this week, we have been learning all about different Hindu gods and goddesses and different Hindu festivals. We created invitations inviting our classmates of one of the Hindu festivals, ensuring we explained why it was being celebrated.
In our geography lesson this week we created our own choropleth maps. These are maps that are colour coded based on data. We spent some time interpreting these maps - we looked at the literacy rates in Indian states and the life expectancy in these states. We then created our own choropleth maps based on different data sets. Some of us created a map based on the average rainfall in India. Some created a map based on the birth rate and some challenged themselves further to create a map based on the number of factories.
This week we continued to water our plants. Our Dwarf French Beans have already grown so much!
Week beginning 26.04.2021
This week in maths we have been starting our new topic of shape. We learnt about different types of angles, including, acute, obtuse, reflex and right angle. We identified and compared the angles and their degrees.
This week in reading we have looked at three different texts on the topic of Rabbits. We read chapter one of 'The Legend of Podkin One Ear', 'The Velveteen Rabbit' and 'The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane'. We practiced finding specific evidence from the texts and discussed the author choice of language.
This week we also finished our class book, Cloud Tea Monkeys. We have loved learning about all the characters and were relived to find out the story had a happy ending. We took part in discussions about how we would feel if we became the main character in the story.
In PSHE we continued our learning on 'Love and Loss'. This week we focused on the importance of memories. We had lots of whole class discussions on why memories are important and how they can make us feel. We learnt about memory boxes and how they can help people manage their emotions when they lose someone/something. We were given a scenario of a girl whose dog had passed away and created pieces of artwork or poems to go into a memory box.
In Science this week we learnt all about food chains and food webs. We challenged ourselves at the start of the lesson to see how many of the scientific terms (surrounding food chains) we could define. When we revisited this at the end of the lesson, we managed to define most of the terms! We then created our own food web based off of the information we learnt during the lesson. We had to make sure the arrows of the food web were the correct way round to ensure the web was showing the correct information.
In our geography lesson this week we learnt about the physical features of India. We used an atlas and google earth to support our learning during the lesson. We shaded a map to show the altitude of the land and added on some of the key cities and rivers.
This week we were lucky enough to have the company 'Roots to Food' spend time doing a workshop with each class. We learnt how to make teriyaki chicken with noodles. We learnt a range of cooking techniques including two chopping techniques called the bridge and claw. We had so much fun learning lots of new skills!
We also had to remember to water our plants this week to ensure they grow!
Week beginning 19.04.2021
This week in maths we started our new topic, statistics. We gathered our own class data and presented our results into appropriate charts and graphs.
In our reading lessons this week we continued our reading of our class text, Cloud Tea Monkeys. We have started to learn more about the characters, and we have been making predictions about what we think will happen next in the story.
We have also read extracts from three novels, 'Kid Normal and the Rouge Heros', 'The Girl Who Stole an Elephant' and 'Running on the Roof of the World'. We had lots of class discussions about the themes of each of the novels and discussed our impressions of the characters.
In RE we started our new topic, Hinduism. We learnt lots of information about Brahman and the Trimurti. We used this knowledge to create some informative posters.
In our geography lessons this week, we compared the standard of living in London and New Delhi. We sorted a range of statistics into the correct city and presented our learning in a table. We used the information we had learnt to make an informed decision about which city we would rather live in.
In our PSHE this week we learnt about love and loss. First, we listened to the story, 'Bagers Parting Gift' and as a class we discussed what feelings we may experience when we lose someone, and how we can manage these feelings. Then in groups we each got given a different scenario about a time when you would experience loss and we discussed how we would feel in that situation.
In science, to develop our understanding of teeth, we learnt about the different types of teeth and their functions. We took part in an experiment that demonstrated the importance of brushing our teeth to remove stains. In groups we each used a toothbrush and toothpaste to brush a coke-stained duck egg to mimic brushing someone's teeth.
This term we are doing lots of gardening in Year 4, for some of us this is the first time we have been able to plant vegetables ourselves! This week, we did our first lot of planting, we have planted a range of vegetables including, spinach, beetroot, swiss chard, turnips, dwarf French beans and mint! We made sure to protect our planters with nets, so they are kept safe!
Week beginning 12.04.2021
This week in Year 4 we began our new topic 'The Forgotten Jewel in the Crown' - a title we are using to describe the Asian country, India. During our hook day, we completed lots of different activities to immerse ourselves in Indian culture.
We learnt all about Henna and had a go at creating our own! We practiced traditional henna designs on paper before using water colours to paint our own henna designs onto our hands.
We also looked at Rangoli patterns, these are traditional pieces of art drawn on the floor to welcome visitors. We used chalks to design and draw our own Rangoli patterns on the playground for everyone to see!
We had the opportunity to try different Indian food. We tried poppadum’s, plain naan bread, garlic naan bread, lime pickle, mango pickle, mango chutney and mint and cucumber ratia. For some of us it was our first time eating Indian food! We rated each food out of 10 - lots of us loved the naan breads!
Our last hook day activity was Bollywood dancing. We watched some traditional Bollywood dancing and danced along to the video copying the moves!
We created a mindmap to introduce our new topic of India. We jotted down what we already know, key vocabulary, our thoughts and feelings and things we want to find out about!
In our reading lessons this week we looked at 3 texts around the topic of migration. We read extracts from, 'My Beautiful Birds' by Suzanne Del Rizzo, 'The Boy at the Back of the Classroom' by Onjali Rauf, and the poem 'Refugees' by Brain Bliston. This week we also began looking at our new class book, 'Cloud Tea Monkeys'. We looked at the front cover and the blurb and used our inference skills to make some predications about what the book was going to be about - we can't wait to start reading this book!
In our PSHE lesson this week we started our new topic, relationships. We completed our introductory mindmaps to the topic, discussed scenarios when we might feel jealous and thought about strategies, we can use to manage our emotions when we feel jealous.
In our science lesson this week we started out new topic, Animals including Humans. We learnt all about how the digestive system works. By the end of the lesson, we could describe the sequence of events of the digestive system and label all of the different parts.
Week beginning 22.03.2021
This week in Year 4, we have begun a new topic in maths - Time! We have been learning about and solving problems based on years, months, weeks and days; seconds, minutes and hours and looking at analogue and digital clocks.
During our reading lessons, we have been reading extracts from children's classics including Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren, The Demon Headmaster by Gillian Cross and The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann. We enjoyed reading extracts from books that were written over 30 years ago!
To finish off our PSHE topic of Dreams and Goals, we discussed how we could create a three-step approach to overcome our disappointment of broken dreams or goals and to motivate us to either create new dreams or to find another approach to achieving our dreams.
In our science lessons, we have been learning how to classify living things including plants. This week, we learnt that plants can be classified into two groups: flowering and non-flowering plants. We used our knowledge to sort a variety of plants into these categories and researching their properties if we were unsure!
To end our topic 'Make a Difference' we have written a persuasive speech to create a podcast! Firstly, we focussed on writing a persuasive speech to convince others to make small changes to their day to day lives to make a big difference to the environment and planet! We then used our computing skills to record ourselves on our chromebooks to create a podcast discussing how to 'Make a Difference'. Welcome to the 'Make a Difference' podcast...
Week beginning 15.03.2021
This week in Year 4, we have continued learning how to use money. We have looked at ordering money, estimating amounts of money by rounding them to the nearest whole pound and adding and subtracting amounts of money. Whilst working on each of these skills we have been successfully converting pounds to pence and vice versa.
We have been reading about a variety of habitats this week! We learned some interesting facts about different animals, including that Alaskan Wood Frogs' bodies freeze solid to survive the winter, they also stop breathing and their heart stops beating! This lets them survive extremely low temperatures so that in Spring, they can thaw out and 'come back to life' - amazing!
We developed our understanding of how Jesus founded the church. We are now able to identify how Christianity evolved from Judaism through Jesus, how the baptism of Jesus allowed new Christians to begin being baptised, how Jesus called his disciples to follow him and can explain how Jesus' disciples played an important role in spreading Christianity across the world.
We finished writing our underwater adventure based on the story of 'Flotsam' and top copied it beautifully! Here are some excellent examples:
We continued to discuss our dreams and goals and how we would feel if they were broken, or we faced difficulties. We shared our ideas and different pieces of advice that we would give to someone if their dreams or goals were broken and noted them down on a leaf with beautiful presentation. Here are some examples:
We have been practising how to play the glockenspiels along to a piece of music, using the notes D, E and F. We carefully listened to the beat and tempo of the music before playing the notes accurately.
Week beginning 08.03.2021
It was fantastic to all be back together learning at school this week! We have enjoyed reuniting with our classmates and getting to learn face to face again. Mr Falvey, Miss Roberts and Miss Jackson have been so impressed with how quickly and sensibly the children have settled back into school.
This week in maths we have continued learning about money. We worked in groups to complete some money investigations. The investigations involved planning a pizza party and a holiday. We had to add and subtract money by converting into pence and using column methods, we had to remember to convert back into pounds at the end. We had to ensure we didn't go over the allocated budget. We also learnt how to compare and order money, we had to make sure we were looking at the correct place value columns when deciding which amount of money was greater than the other.
On Monday it was International Womens Day, we have celebrated this throughout our reading lessons. We have read texts on three important, influential women, Rosa Parkes, Emmeline Pankhurst and Marie Curie. We discussed their achievements and why it was important to recognise the breakthroughs they made for women. We have also been continuing to look at the story 'Flotsam'. We recapped the story and made some predications about what could happen next. We thought about how the story would be different if we changed some of the characters.
In our PSHE lesson, we read the story 'The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse'. We picked out our favourite quotes from the story and discussed what we thought they meant. We then picked an inspirational quote and created a piece of artwork including some of the illustrations from the story. These are going on display across the school!
This week it is British Science Week, to celebrate, we have done a variety of science activities. We were introduced to this year's theme 'innovating for the future'. We discussed different inventions that changed the world and thought about how they could develop even more in the future. In groups we made our own water purifiers and thought about why they are such an essential invention. We conducted an experiment that investigated which household material would be most successful to include in the purifiers. We used, pasta shapes, rice, shingle and pebbles. We compared each groups finding and found that generally, the shingle was the most effective material at purifying the water.
This week we have also conducted research on a female scientist, Rosalind Franklin. We learnt that she made a major contribution to the discovery of the structure of DNA. We created a mindmap of the information we gathered during our research. Then, we were able to present our research as powerpoints or posters.
Week beginning 01.03.2021
This week in Year 4, we have continued our learning of decimals by practising how to round them to the nearest whole number and learning how to write halves and quarters as decimals. We also started looking at money and successfully naming each of the coins and notes that we use in the United Kingdom! We then used this knowledge to answer a variety of problem-solving questions.
In our reading lessons, we have been continuing to look at the story 'Flotsam'. We looked at the rest of the story to learn about the underwater journey that the camera went on before being washed ashore another beach. I wonder what will happen now that a little girl has discovered the camera?
We also completed some masterclasses throughout the week to give us some ideas of how to create and illustrate interesting stories, we really enjoyed listening to the authors and illustrators giving us advice and ideas!
In our PSHE lesson, we learnt about Michael Jordan and how he nearly gave up on his dream of playing basketball! We discussed the importance of persevering and being resilient with our dreams and goals. We then created a leaf that included pictures of our hopes and dreams and how they make us feel!
In our science lesson, we continued our learning of living things and habitats. We learnt about a tool that scientists use to group animals - classification keys! To be able to use these successfully, we learnt about vertebrates and invertebrates and looked at the different animal groups for vertebrates. Using this knowledge, we used classification keys to identify which group a vertebrate belonged to and generated our own classification keys to sort animals.
We had another offline afternoon to complete some of our Personal Passport activities. This gave us an opportunity to have some time away from our screens and to complete different activities!
We celebrated a very exciting day this week - World Book Day! We had a lot of fun dressing up as our favourite book characters and sharing our favourite stories with each other throughout the day. Everyone looked incredible in their book character outfits - excellent effort Year 4! We completed a variety of activities on the day, including designing our own front cover of our favourite book, acting out a part of a book, read a part of a book aloud, creating a TV advert based on a book, adding a brand-new character into our favourite story, and adapting the story and finally taking our favourite book and twisting it! Here are some examples of the fun that we had:
Week beginning 22.02.2021
This week in maths, we continued learning about decimals! At the beginning of the week, we recapped the skills that we had practised before half term such as recognising tenths and hundredths and dividing 1 and digit numbers by 10/100. We then moved on to learn how to successfully write decimals by looking at their place values, how to compare and order decimals and how to round decimals.
In our reading lessons this week, we started our new class text: Flotsam. We have started to look at the story (as it's a picture book) and discuss the different illustrations on each page and what is happening in them. So far, we have seen that a boy has been exploring on a beach and finding flotsam (objects that have been floating in the water and washed ashore). He then discovers an underwater camera and gets the film developed, what could the photographs be showing?
We have also been looking at notable people in our reading comprehension lessons. This week we have learned about the life and career of Howard Gayle - the first black football player for Liverpool FC, Dr Barnardo - founder of the Barnardo Charity and Frida Kahlo - a Mexican artist. As a class we discussed each of these notable and inspirational people and the incredible things that they were able to achieve and fight for.
In our science lesson, we learnt how to group living things. We know that living things include humans, animals, and plants and that they can be grouped based on their characteristics. We looked at the life processes that organisms do to stay alive, and we think about Mrs Gren to help us (movement, respiration, sensitivity, growth, reproduction, excretion, nutrition). Venn diagrams and Carroll diagrams can be used to group organisms based on certain characteristics; we had a go at sorting different organisms into the correct criteria of the diagrams.
We started our new topic in PSHE: Dreams and Goals! To start the topic, we discussed our dreams and goals that we have and the different things that we would have to do to achieve them. We also talked about how we would feel if we did not achieve our dreams and goals and what we would do if this happened. Using the ideas that we came up with together, we created mindmaps of our thoughts so far.
We also completed some computing work this week, reminding ourselves how to read codes and use controlled loops. We looked at what a loop is and where we can find them in our everyday lives - songs, dances, and instructions. Once we were able to recognise loops, we read some different codes and used our predicting skills to predict what would happen to the different objects when the code was played. We highlighted our predictions green if we predicted correctly and orange if we predicted incorrectly.
We had another offline afternoon to complete some of our Personal Passport activities. This gave us an opportunity to have some time away from our screens and to complete different activities!
Week beginning 08.02.2021
This week in maths, we have started learning all about decimals. We have been learning how to recognise tenths and hundredths as decimals, place decimals on a number line and how to divide numbers (including decimals) by 10 and 100.
In our reading lessons this week, we have been looking at 3 different text about Chinese New Year! We read, a Chinese New Year information text, Chapter 1 of 'The Firework-Makers Daughter' by Phillip Pullman and 'The Story of the Chinese Zodiac'. As a class, we discussed Chinese New Year Celebrations in depth and thought about why it was important to learn about other countries traditions and celebrations. We learnt all about Chinese Zodiacs and found out that 2021 is the year of the Ox. We were very interested to find out what the Chinese Zodiac was on the years we were born!
This week we also finished our class text, 'Hope Jones Saves the World'! We've really enjoyed this book and learnt lots about saving the planet and giving up plastic! As a class, we competed against each other in a Kahoot quiz to see who could recall the most information from the story!
In Art we have been studying Andy Goldsworthy. We learnt that Goldsworthy uses natural materials to create pieces of art and sculptures. This week, we developed our sketching skills. We practiced a few different shading techniques (hatching, smudging, stippling etc). Then we used these skills to sketch a natural object.
Later in the week, we continued our learning on Andy Goldsworthy. We made our own natural sculptures! Andy Goldsworthy used natural materials such as, sticks, pebbles, leaves, ice and snow when making his sculptures. We were very fortunate this week to have lots of snow, so we made sure to make use of this natural material in our sculptures!
This week in Music, we continued to look at our key song for this term, 'Blackbird' by The Beatles. We recapped the different style indicators of their music and we had an opportunity to listen to another one of their famous songs, 'Yellow Submarine '! We also learnt to play the first part of 'Blackbird' on an online, virtual keyboard. We used the notes C and D.
It was Safer Internet Day this week. In our PSHE lesson, we reminded ourselves of how to stay safe online and discussed how to tell if information online was reliable. As a class, we discussed what we should do if we weren't sure whether information was trustworthy or not.
We also competed in a Year group Spelling Bee. The finalists for each house were:
Danes: Evelyn M, Alex M, Jack P
Normans: Riley G, Katie J, Lily C
Saxons: Prachaith D, Cherry G, Olly M
Vikings: Huston A, Fleur M, Tom H
The wining house was: The Vikings!
Well done to Fleur who was our Year 4 winner! Well done to everyone who took part, we have so many talented spellers in Year 4!
We had another offline afternoon to complete some of our Personal Passport activities. This gave us an opportunity to have some time away from our screens! Lots of us made the most of the snow and completed some of the outdoor activities!
We’ve all been enjoying the snow this week, on site we have been enjoying playing outside and have had a snowball fight and a snowman building competition!
Week beginning 01.02.2021
This week in maths, we have continued learning about fractions. We have been learning how to find fractions of an amount. We have had to use our multiplication and division skills to help us solve these problems.
In our reading lessons this week, we have been looking at 3 different poems! We read 'Life Doesn't Frighten Me' by Maya Angelo, 'The Adventures of Isabel' by Ogden Nash and 'Oh, The Places You'll Go' by Dr Seuss. We recapped what a stanza was, and as a class, we discussed what we thought the meaning of each poem was. This week we have also continued to read more of our class text, 'Hope Jones Saves the World'.
This week in our writing lessons, we have been writing to inform. We have used our knowledge of plastic pollution to create an informative leaflet. We've explained the problems of plastic and how we can solve the growing issue. We have focused on including subordinate clauses and fronted adverbials in this piece of writing. We then published our writing into an eye-catching leaflet!
In Music, we listened to our key song for this term, 'Blackbird' by The Beatles. We learnt that the song was about Civil Rights for African Americans. We discussed the tempo and dynamics of the song and identified what the style indicators of The Beatles music are. We then tested our knowledge and competed against one another in a Kahoot quiz!
This week is Children's Mental Health Week. At the beginning of the week, we had a class assembly that introduced the idea of 'expressing ourselves'. This week we have done a few activities to allow self-expression. We did a class circle time where we shared fun facts about each other and told others what makes us unique. Then we used art as a form of self-expression, we drew around our hands and filled it with information about us and what makes us happy. Some of us, completed a 'draw my feelings' activity too.
This week we had another offline afternoon to complete some of our Personal Passport activities. This gave us an opportunity to have some time away from our screens. We loved hearing about all of the exciting activities people had completed!
Week beginning 25.01.2021
This week in maths, we have continued learning about fractions. We have been learning how to count in fractions, how to add fractions and how to subtract fractions. We have been using our knowledge of equivalent fractions to help us when having to change the denominators of our fractions when adding or subtracting. We have also learnt how to convert Mixed Number Fractions into Improper Fractions and visa versa.
In our reading lessons this week, we have been looking at the lyrics of 3 famous musical songs! We listened to the songs and read the lyrics of, 'Where the Lost Things Go', 'A Castle on a Cloud' and 'A Spoonful of Sugar'. We discussed the meaning of the songs and the messages the singers were trying to convey. This week we have also continued to read more of our class text, 'Hope Jones Saves the World'.
In RE, we have continued to learn about Humanism, this week we were learning about Famous Humanists. We learnt that famous scientists such as, Albert Einstein and Marie Curie were Humanists! We then created posters that informed others of all the Humanistic beliefs we have been learning about over the last few weeks.
In our science lesson this week we were using our 'working scientifically' skills. We watched a video of some scientists investigating which substance made ice melt the quickest. We used our observation skills and found out that salt was the substance that caused the ice to change its state of matter quickest. As a class, we discussed what made an investigation fair. We learnt that for an investigation to be a fair test, only one variable should change. This is called an Independent Variable. Everything else must be kept the same!
In our GPS lesson this week we have been focusing on subordinate clauses. We learnt that a subordinate clause is a phrase that adds information to a sentence but wouldn't make sense on its own. A comma separates the clause from the rest of the sentence, and they start with a subordinate conjunction, such as, if, since, as, when, although, which, after, before, until and because. We spent time identifying where a subordinate clause was in different sentences and then had a go at writing our own . Next week, in our writing lessons, we will be trying to include subordinate clauses in our work!
In French, we have been continuing our learning of the topic 'En Famille'. First, we spent time recapping how to say different family members in French. Then we learnt how to say, 'her name is' (Elle s'appelle) and 'his name is' (Il s'appelle). We used this knowledge to introduce different members of our family to the rest of the class.
On Wednesday we had our first offline afternoon to complete some of our Personal Passport activities. On Thursday we spent some time hearing what one another had done during that afternoon. We loved hearing about all of the exciting activities people had completed! Lots of us climbed trees, made a den, listened to an audio book, planted something and made our beds!
This week, as part of PSHE, some of us created a #partofthepuzzle puzzle piece. We filled our puzzle pieces with words, drawings and colours that represented us! The puzzle pieces showed us how different we all are! This puzzle represents how we all have a part to play during this difficult time and that we are all part of a bigger picture.
Week beginning 18.01.2021
This week in maths, we have begun learning about fractions. We have been learning how to find fractions of a shape, how to count in tenths and how to find equivalent fractions. We used fraction walls to help us spot when fractions are representing the same value, but written in different ways.
In our reading lessons this week, we have been looking at 2 different texts all about recycling and helping the planet. We read extracts from, a recycling week information sheet and chapter 1 from 'Greta's Story'. These texts gave us a starting point to have some deep discussions about why it's so important to look after our planet, and what could happen if we don't recycle! We used our inference skills to pick out important parts of the texts.
This week we have also explored books on the Myon website for the first time. We wrote a book review about our chosen book and explained to others why they should read it too! We have really enjoyed being able to read lots of different texts online and we're looking forward to using the website more!
In RE, we have continued to learn about Humanism, this week we were learning about Humanists goals for society. We looked at human rights and thought about the importance of freedom. We learnt that Humanists don't believe in a God; therefore, they believe it us up to humans to maintain and improve our world. As a class, we discussed ways we could make our society better.
In our science lesson this week, we continued to learn more of our new topic, States of Matter. We were learning about the water cycle and how water changes into different states of matter throughout this process. We are now able to recall and explain the four key stages of the water cycle, evaporation, condensation, precipitation and collection. We used our creativity skills to create a water wheel that explained the different processes of the water cycle and the order they occur in.
In our writing lesson this week, we used what we had learnt in our science lesson to write a 50 word summary about the water cycle. We made sure our summary's only included necessary information. In our pieces of writing, we focused on including time connectives, key scientific vocabulary and our non-negotiables (full stops and capital letters).
In our geography lesson this week, we were learning about landfill sites. We learnt about the range of negative affects landfill sites have on the environment such as, releasing greenhouse gases. As a class, we discussed different solutions to solve these problems. We discussed why it would be impossible for us to stop using landfill sites altogether. Some of us also wrote letters to our friends explaining the importance of recycling, rather than just sending everything to landfill.
Week beginning 11.01.2021
Wow, Year 4 have had another fantastic week of home learning! Miss Roberts, Miss Jackson and Mr Falvey have been blown away by the engagement and effort of all the children!
This week in maths, we have been learning how to divide 2 and 3 digit numbers by a 1 digit number. We have been using the bus stop method to help us work out these calculations. We have had to practice how to regroup and deal with remainders if the number cannot be fully divided.
In our reading lessons this week, we have been looking at 3 different books by the author Jennifer Killick. We read extracts from, 'Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink', 'Mo, Lottie and The Junkers', and 'Crater Lake'. We used our inference skills to pick apart the texts and try to understand the author.
We also began reading our class text for the term, 'Hope Jones Saves the World'. We have discovered many new things about the story and started to learn more about the characters! We can't wait to continue reading on!
In RE, we have started to learn about Humanism. We can now define what Humanism is and we can recall some of the key beliefs, for example, they don't believe in a God or follow a Holy Book.
In our science lesson this week we continued to learn more of our new topic, States of Matter. We were learning about how materials can change from one State of Matter to another. We spent some time discussing the different processes of change and we were able to explain what happens to the object's particles during these changes. We then spent some time watching an investigation that looked at which solid, chocolate, butter or ice, would change into another State of Matter quickest. We had to make predications and use our 'working scientifically' skills to identify how the children were ensuring the test was fair.
In our geography lesson this week, we were learning about different energy sources. We learnt about both, renewable and non-renewable energy and we can now define what they are. We discussed the positive and negative effects of both types of energy and thought about which energy sources were better for our planet and it's future.
In PSHE, we started our new topic 'Celebrating Differences'. We discussed what it meant to make an assumption about people based on their appearances and the different things that influence our judgements. We also discussed why all of our assumptions varied and no two people had made the exact same judgement! As a group, we spent time sharing some of the physical features that we liked about ourselves because we recognised it's important to celebrate what makes us all unique!
Week beginning 04.01.2021
This week in Year 4 we began our new topic 'Make a Difference'. We took part in some hook activities that let us explore our wonderful world during our live lesson this week. The children have been working fantastically during this first week of online learning and Miss Roberts, Miss Jackson and Mr Falvey are super proud of all of Year 4!!
We took virtual tours of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World: Mount Everest, The Great Barrier Reef, The Grand Canyon, Victoria Falls, Paricutin Volcano, The Northen Lights and the Harbor of Rio De Janeiro. We got to explore what you could see and do at each location. Then we got to make travel brochures informing people about what they could do at each place and what made it so wonderful!
We also spent time researching different facts about our world - we found out that there are only 3 White Rhinos left in the world!! Using this research, we competed against each other in a Kahoot quiz!
Some of the children also had a chance to tap into their creative side and create a 3D fish out of paper!
Finally, this week we also began to look at our new class book, 'Hope Jones Saves The World'. We looked at the front and back cover and used our inference skills to make some predications about what the book was going to be about - we can't wait to start reading this book!
Week beginning 14.12.2020
This week in Year 4, we have been very busy!
In maths, we looked at converting between measurements and answering questions based on metres and kilometres. We also worked together to complete efficient multiplication calculations, working with our partner to challenge other groups in the class!
To complete our learning of 'Lean on Me' by Bill Withers, we created a double page spread to present our learning! Here are some examples:
To continue our learning and understanding of Judaism, we learned about synagogues and Hanukkah. We can now recognise the features of a synagogue and their importance to the religion.
We reflected on our learning throughout our PSHE topic this term, writing a descriptive paragraph about the things that we have learned from each other.
As we are nearing Christmas, we have been completing a variety of Christmas activities and crafts. We used our perseverance and creativity to create a 'melting snowman' decoration for our Christmas trees at home!
As we have reached the end of our topic, we have been sharing our topic homework that we have been working so hard on since September. We were all extremely impressed with each other's projects and can't wait to see what we come up with for our next topic!
Miss Roberts, Miss Jackson, and Mr Falvey would like to wish Year 4 and their loved ones, a very merry Christmas, and a happy new year. We can't wait to see you again in January and to start our new topic!
Week beginning 07.12.2020
This week in Year 4, we have been practising our 7's, 11's and 12's in maths. We have been learning how to use different methods to solve calculations and problems using our times tables knowledge.
We completed our written adverts to persuade others to purchase the 'Super Clean Up' invention, making sure that we redrafted each paragraph to improve it further. We ensured that we included all the required features to make our writing the best that it could be, such as expanded noun phrases, repetition, imperative verbs, and rhetorical questions.
We have been exploring a variety of picture books, including Cloth Lullaby, Varmints and Voice in the Park. We have been discussing the importance of the pictures and the messages that they send. We spoke about the way that the pictures make us feel and that we are able to sympathise with the characters based on the illustrations within the books.
In our music lessons, we have been learning how to use the keyboards and recognising the different notes of each key. We worked with our partners to use a variety of notes to compose our own music along to the 'Lean on me' song and placed them carefully onto a stave.
We continued to develop our understanding of how sound travels and changes. We now recognise that sound becomes fainter the further away that you are from the source as the soundwaves run out of energy.
We were lucky enough to have a virtual visitor in our classes this week! We met a minister called Becky and she spoke to us all about light and its resemblance at Christmas. We discussed the importance of symbols and how light is used as a symbol of hope, importance and to guide us.
Our week has been full of Christmas festivities and we have really enjoyed completing the Santa Fun Run each day!
Week beginning 30.11.2020
This week in Year 4, we have been practising our times tables skills and learning a variety of tricks to help us to solve calculations and challenging problems. We have been practising our 6's, 11's and 12's and completing the ultimate times tables challenge to improve our recall skills.
We have all worked extremely hard and persevered when completing our assessments this week, Miss Jackson, Miss Roberts, and Mr Falvey have been very proud!
In PSHE, we worked together to create a poster about the importance of excellent teamwork skills. We looked at a problem of poor teamwork skills and discussed how the team should have worked together to complete the task successfully. Once we had decided on the perfect teamwork skills, we created a poster to promote our ideas.
We have continued our work of playing instruments along to the song 'Lean on me' by Bill Withers. This week, we practised using keyboards to improvise along to the song, we used a variety of notes to create our own tunes and play on the spot.
We have started writing a persuasive text to convince people to purchase the Super Clean Up invention that we created in our DT lessons. We focussed on using imperative verbs, repetition, expanded noun phrases and rhetorical questions to engage and persuade our audience to purchase the invention.
We have started our Christmas crafts and activities this week - yipee!
We started off by creating Christmas postcards for our friends, family, teachers, and the NHS workers that have worked so hard this year. We are going to display them in the hall for all to see and appreciate! We are also creating snowman Christmas decorations to hang on our school Christmas tree, we have been very creative!
Week beginning 23.11.2020
This week in Year 4, we have been learning how to convert lengths from mm to cm and cm to m, by testing out a variety of theories . We have also been practising how to solve problems using our 9 times tables and 6 times tables. Whilst practising our 9 times tables we were learning how to use a variety of 'tricks' to help us to accurately use the times tables.
To further our understanding of Judaism, we learned about Shabbat. We learned about its importance and the events of the evening. Once we had learned about the events of the evening, we created a storyboard to show the sequence of events and explain what happens during each point of the evening.
To continue our DT project, we used Lego Spike to invent a contraption that allows us to pick up litter without using our hands. We used the Lego Spike app to support us with building the invention successfully and to operate the 'grabbers'. Here are some pictures of us building them:
We have also been continuing with our art project, we have been practising our sketching skills to sketch several attempts of our invention. Once we had perfected our sketches, we were able to incorporate our sketches of the invention into a still sketch of an advertisement for our invention. We will later use these still sketches to design and create an advertisement to promote our inventions.
In our music lesson, we have practised using the glockenspiels to play along to the song 'Lean on me' by Bill Withers. We worked with our partners to use the notes C, F and G to play along to the rhythm and pulse of the song. We also used the boomwhackers to play along to the song, using our bodies and the tables.
Week beginning 16.11.2020
This week in Year 4, we have been learning how to multiply and divide by 10 and 100 accurately and finding the perimeter of simple shapes and compound shapes.
We have been learning about sound in our science lessons, we now know that sound is created by vibrations travelling through gases, solids, and liquids. We completed an investigation to observe how the vibrations travelled through the air molecules and moved the sprinkles.
Our reading focus this week has been poetry! We have read 'If' by Rudyard Kipling, 'Mr Mistoffelees' by T.S Elliot and 'Chocolate Cake' by Michael Rosen. We have noticed when reading these poems, that not all poems have to rhyme, and the meanings of poems can vary.
In PSHE, we discussed the reasons that we would receive a reward or a consequence. We worked in groups to create freezeframes of different scenarios and the rest of the class had to decide whether the children should have been rewarded or given a consequence.
We have been learning about Judaism in RE and this week we looked at the importance of the Torah. Once we learned about the contents of the Torah and why it is special to Jewish people, we created our own rules to live a happy life. We then wrote these rules onto our own version of a Torah.
We began our DT project this week, we started off by learning about the five main mechanisms, these are levers, pulleys, wheel and axels, a wedge, and inclined planes. We looked at how they are used in different inventions and practised constructing them with a partner.
Week beginning 09.11.2020
This week in Year 4, we have been working on using the inverse to check calculations and two step addition and subtraction problems.
In our reading lessons this week, we have been learning about Armistice day and why we celebrate 11th November. We have learned about the Royal British Legion and why poppies are a symbol of remembrance. We also looked at the poem 'In Flanders Fields' by John McCrae and were inspired to write our own versions of the poems, here are some examples:
We started our art project this week, learning about what makes an effective advertisement. We researched a variety of advertisements to recognise the features that make them so engaging and memorable. We will later use these features to create our own advertisements using digital media art.
We learned about Passover and the Seder Plate and their importance. We can now explain why Jewish people celebrate Passover and can identify what food is found on a Sedar Plate and what it symbolises.
We have been learning about the history of technology in music and have recognised that inventions of music have progressed over time. We are now able to recognise and identify reasons for changes in inventions and how these inventions have impacted humans. We looked at a variety of different ways to listen to music and observed and discusses how they have changed throughout history.
Week beginning 02.11.2020
This week in Year 4, we have been learning how to add and subtract 1, 10, 100 and 1,000, and how to add and subtract 4-digit numbers using the formal written method. We made sure to use the formal written method accurately and to carefully add or subtract each column by starting with the ones.
We have been celebrating relationships week by discussing the different relationships that we have with people, understanding the qualities that relationships special to us, understanding what having a boyfriend or girlfriend might mean and understanding how relationships can help us to grow.
In our reading lessons we have recapped 'part one' of our class book 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' and predicted what will happen in 'part 2' when we read it this half term.
We have also been listening to a variety of songs and discussing the meaning behind the songs and how they can encourage and influence the listeners.
We have started a new unit in music this half term based on the song 'Lean on me' by Bill Withers. We were able to successfully find the beat, pulse, and rhythm within the music.
In RE, we have been learning about the story of The Exodus and the 10 plagues of Egypt. Once we had read the story and learned about the 10 plagues, we worked in groups to act out one of the 10 plagues for the rest of the class to guess.
Week beginning 19.10.2020
This week in Year 4, we practised counting and sequencing in 25's accurately. We had to ensure that we were finding patterns in the last digit of the numbers and that the numbers followed the same pattern as it increased or decreased.
Last week, we wrote an informative piece of writing about a mouse trap inspired by Rube Goldberg. We adapted the mouse trap to make our own version and described the process in detail. This week, we published the writing beautifully to present our mouse trap in an interesting way whilst concentrating on our handwriting.
In PSHE, we have been looking at the school community and the school citizens. We discussed the importance of different roles within the school and how they all have their own responsibilities in our community. We decided that every role in the school community is important and vital in our journey!
We have been reading about the Vikings this week, learning about their lifestyle and beliefs. We now know what language the Vikings spoke, where they came from, what they would trade, the reasons for invading and have learned about the Viking Gods.
We have finished learning about the pop group ABBA and learning how to play along to the song 'Mamma Mia' on the note G on the Glockenspiel. We have showcased what we have learned on a double page spread to explain the different learned skills, key terms, background information of the group and an album picture.
In our computing lessons, we have been practising how to convert sequence patterns into repeated loops to simplify algorithms. We were able to recognise repeated patterns in everyday activities and within codes and incorporate a loop to simplify them further. We then used these codes to create a repeated star pattern on Scratch.
Week beginning 12.10.2020
This week in Year 4, we have been looking at how to find 1, 10, 100 and 1,000 more or less than a given number and how to compare and order numbers up to 4 digits. We have practised how to use the greater than, less than and equals to symbols successfully to compare numbers and how to order them from smallest to largest and vice versa.
We learned about Rube Goldberg's whacky mouse trap invention and slightly adapted it to make our own version. Once we had changed aspects of the mouse trap, we wrote an informative explanation of how the mouse trap works. To make our writing even better, we made sure to include expanded noun phrases, time connectives, compound sentences using FANBOYS and the present tense.
In our reading lessons this week, we have been listening to Disney songs and interpreting them to understand the meaning behind the song. We listened to songs from Mulan, The Little Mermaid and Frozen!
We have also finished the final chapter of 'Section 1' from our topic book The Inventions of Hugo Cabret, we have discovered so many new things about the story and we cannot wait to read the next section of the book!
In RE, we looked at Jesus' miracles. We can now recall a variety of the miracles that Jesus performed, for example, the bleeding woman, the mute, the blind man and walking on water! In groups, we put the story of the bleeding woman in the correct sequence and then acted out the story to the rest of the class.
In our science lesson, we investigated how far a Curly Wurly could be stretch. First of all, we had to discuss with our partners which method we would use to successfully stretch the Curly Wurly and made a prediction about the length that we could stretch it to. We then worked together to stretch and measure it carefully to see who stretched theirs the furthest. We then collected the results, recorded them in a table and reflected on our learning.
In PSHE, we discussed what it means to be a class team. We spoke about how it would make people feel to be included and excluded and whether this should be happening. Once we had spoken about including all people and how that would make them feel, we discussed what it means to be a class team and how we could ensure that we would always work together to make sure that everyone always feels included.
We have also learned about chocolatey contraptions! We now know that the Mayan civilisation invented chocolate many years ago. They were in possession of cacao beans and would dry, grind, and mix the beans with water to create a chocolatey drink but this was not as delicious as it sounds - it was a very bitter drink! They gave it to victorious warriors after battle, would use it during religious rituals, and even used cacao beans as currency. The Mayans were also responsible for inventing the calendar, rubber, beautiful buildings, and objects made from Jade.
Week beginning 05.10.2020
This week in Year 4, we have continued learning about Roman numerals! We completed an investigation using 15 lolly sticks, to find the highest and lowest Roman numerals.
We have been learning how to read the time using the clocks that we created. We have been looking at analogue and digital clocks and how to read the time accurately. This has also helped us to learn how to read the time in 12 hours and 24 hours.
In science, we have been looking at how important it is to keep our hands clean. We are in the process of investigating how the cleanliness of our hands affects the amount of germs and bacteria on them. It’s difficult to see how many germs are on our hands by simply looking, so, we are going to see how the germs appear on pieces of bread. The more germs/bacteria on the bread, the mouldier the piece of bread will eventually turn! We are looking forward to seeing the results of our fair test.
We have begun our new topic in PSHE this week, 'Being me in my world'. To start it off, we created a mind map as a class to express our feelings and opinions.
In our reading lessons, we have been reading different texts about a variety of mental health topics. We discussed life with ADHD and grief. We were able to talk about how people would feel in these situations and how they can be supported.
As part of our computing lessons, we learned about computer networks. We now understand what networks, network switches and servers are. To help us develop our understanding, we used a piece of string to create a human network. We each represented a different component of the network and were able to explain the importance of each role.
Week beginning 28.09.2020
This week in Year 4, we have been consolidating our knowledge of partitioning numbers. We can recognise and identify the thousands, hundreds, tens and ones within a variety of numbers. We have also been learning about Roman numerals, we are now able to recognise the numerals from 1 (I) to 1,000 (M).
We were also able to incorporate our knowledge of Roman numerals into making a clock! We created our very own clocks whilst learning how to read the time, we were able to turn the hands on our clocks to read different times in the day.
Whilst learning about clocks, we learned about the time zones across the world. We looked at how the times differ in a variety of countries and were able to calculate what time it would be in countries across the world compared to the time in London.
In our reading lessons, we have been learning about notable individuals. We have been learning about Mary Queen of Scots, Boudicca, and Pocahontas, we are now able to recognise the milestones in their lives and understand the changes that they made in history.
We have reflected on our learning of the Colours of Regulation this week. We can now recognise and explain the emotions that we are feeling, how others are feeling in different situations and use strategies to help ourselves and others to feel green again.
We have been looking at the music 'Mamma Mia' by ABBA and identifying the instruments that are played to create the music, how to identify the pulse within the music and how to keep a steady beat throughout.
In science, we have looked at the forces used by magnets. We now know that magnets have north, and south poles and they will either attract or repel other materials. We now know that two north poles and two south poles of magnets repel one another but a north and south pole will attract each other! We completed an investigation to test whether a variety of materials would be magnetic or not. We did this by testing whether a magnet would attract or repel a rubber, pencil, ruler, sharpener, pair of scissors, paperclips, and a book.
Week beginning 21.09.2020
This week in Year 4, we have continued learning about astonishing contraptions in history!
In maths, we have been rounding to the nearest 100 and counting in 1,000's. We had to make sure that we recognised whether the number had to be rounded up or down to the nearest 100, by looking at whether the number was higher or lower than 50.
In science, we learned about friction. We know that friction is a force and that it can have an impact on the movement of objects on different surfaces. We completed an investigation to observe how much friction was created on a variety of surfaces.
In history, we have looked at the marvels of Roman technology! The Romans created roads and aqueducts; we still use these today! We have also been learning about the history of clocks. We now know that clocks have evolved from sundials and water clocks to the modern-day clocks that we use today. We created our own sundial to track the time throughout the day, each hour of the day we would mark the shadow to observe the movements of the sun.
In PSHE, we have discussed our own experiences of the colours of regulation. We discussed the situations that cause us to feel different emotions in our day-to-day lives and recorded them in a table. We also reflected on experiences we had where we transitioned from one colour to another and thought of strategies to help ourselves to feel green again.
Week beginning 14.09.2020
This week in Year 4, we have been learning how to read a number line and how to plot a number accurately, rounding up or down to the nearest 10 and completed a maths investigation that involved us accurately identifying the place value of numbers.
In history, we have been learning about the Stone Age and how times changed leading to the Iron Age. We looked at the changes in their homes, their weapons and tools and the food that they ate. We then used this information to plot the changes in time onto a chronological timeline!
In PE, we have been practising our rounders skills. We have been practising how to throw and bowl a ball, how to strike a ball and how to field during a game.
Using our knowledge of the Stone Age, we have written the beginning of a story. Our story is based on our character waking up one morning in the Stone Age, they meet a strange person and explore this person's cave. Suddenly, a terrifying animal attacks!
We had to make sure that we used expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials, and our non-negotiables. We used the chromebooks to plan, write and redraft our work!
In science, we have been learning about light. This week, we looked at shadows and how they change size and position when the light source moves. We completed an investigation using torches to observe the change in size and position as we moved the torch around a glue stick.
In PSHE, we have been discussing how to regulate our feelings. This week, we watched videos and identified which colours the characters were feeling and were able to explain the actions that identified as the different colours of regulation. We then worked in groups to create a freeze frame that clearly showed the colours of regulation.
Week beginning 07.09.2020
This week in Year 4 we have been exploring our first topic 'Astonishing Contraptions'. Throughout this topic we will be using the book 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret'.
In maths, we have been looking at numbers to 1,000, hundreds, tens and ones and number lines to 1,000.
We have also completed a maths activity based on Stone Age animals. We used top trumps cards to look at and compare the statistics of the different animals. We were then able to input the data into a table and bar graph, ensuring that we were using the appropriate labels and measurements.
In PSHE, we have been learning about the colours of regulation and their importance. We know that the colours of regulation will help us to regulate our emotions and to use strategies to help us to feel better.
In science, we have been learning about light and its importance. We can now identify which objects are light sources and which objects reflect the light or allow light to pass through them.
In history, we have been learning about the Stone Age. We have specifically been looking at the hunter gatherers and Neolithic farmers and how they differ from each other.
Welcome to the Year 4 team 2020-2021.
We look forward to welcoming you all back on to school site and in to Year 4!
If you have any questions at all, please email or call the school office.
'The Year 4 team would like to extend a warm welcome to the new Year 4 pupils and their adults! This week we have been thrilled to welcome the children back into school! They have adapted brilliantly to the new routines and shown incredible maturity with their attitude towards coming back in.
This week, we have been taking the opportunity to get to know each other better. The children have shared their memory books and some of their proudest stories and achievements from the lock down period and the summer holidays. The children have also completed a number of tasks and games to share their hobbies and personalities with us.
The children have also been engaging with our topic 'Astonishing Contraptions' through a range of hook activities. We have been focusing on the idea of inventors solving problems as the children have been involved in team-building activities and challenging problems in different contexts. This included creating and testing a floating, weight-bearing structure using limited materials.
Finally, the children have been considering the ingenuity and problem-solving skills of people in the Stone Age as they reflected on cave paintings. The children used natural materials such as chalk, charcoal and assorted berries to create their own cave paintings using the same techniques as people in the Stone Age would have used.'
Year 3 Blog 2020-2021
Week beginning 13.07.2020
We can't believe that it is our last week in Year 3. It's true what they say, time flies when you're having fun and we most certainly have had a LOT of fun together!
We have had a very interesting year, we never would have expected to be teaching you from a screen but we have still really enjoyed having you in our classes. Miss Jackson, Mrs Rice, Mrs Izatt and Mrs Cawcutt would like to thank you all for being an amazing year group this year, we have been blown away by your kindness, how thoughtful you are and your enthusiasm towards learning. You are all going to be fantastic Year 4's and we cannot wait to see you again in September. We hope you have the best summer break!
We have been super busy in our English lessons this week.
At the beginning of the week we finished off our setting description writing, ensuring that we used all of the necessary features and our imaginations! Once we had finished this, we started looking at how to write a successful letter. We looked at summarising information, the features of a letter, subordinate clauses and subordinating conjunctions and wrote a letter using all of these features.
In maths, we have continued learning about mass. We have been solving problems, reading scales and reading, comparing and ordering capacity and volume.
In RE, we have been learning about special foods in different religions. We have looked at how food can be used in different religious festivals such as Good Friday, Ramadan, Eid, Rosh Hashanah, Diwali, Christian Harvest Festival and Hanukkah.
Throughout the year, we have been using Scratch to complete a variety of different projects by creating our own codes. This week we have been working on the final boat race! We used operators to compare numbers, add codes to detect when a sprite is touching a colour and using a variable to record the time.
Week beginning 06.07.2020
In maths we have been learning about measurements. We have specifically been learning how to read scales when measuring/weighing different objects and comparing and ordering the mass of a variety of objects.
We have been studying the brilliant Basquiat this week!
He was a South American artist that liked to paint and make music, his art work was heavily influenced by graffiti. We had a look at his different pieces of art and answered some questions using our own opinions. We then created our own drawings influenced by his work, here are our masterpieces:
We have been very busy with our English work this week!
We started off the week by finishing off our adventure stories that we were working on last week. We then started learning about how to write a setting description including all of the key features.
In French, we have been learning how to say Je peux (I can) and use it to say what we can do. We can now say Je peux sauter, Je peux ecrire, Je peux ecouter, Je peux boire and Je peux parler. We enjoyed our live French lesson this week as we got to repeat each of the phrases and improve our pronunciation even more!
Week beginning 22.06.2020
This week in year 3, we have been learning about shapes in maths. We have looked at their properties, quadrilaterals, 2D and 3D shapes and symmetry.
In English, we have been looking at the features of instructions so that we can write our very own instructions for a robot! We have been designing our own Cobots that can help families throughout the pandemic and we have written instructions to show them how to operate our Cobots successfully. We have made sure to include adjectives, adverbs, imperative verbs and the necessary features of a set of instructions. Here are some examples:
In DT, we have been planning and designing carnival floats suitable for the iconic American carnivals! This week we have been creating our prototypes, ensuring that we included each of the requirements of the design criteria. Here are our creations:
In RE, we have been learning about some of the rules surrounding food in different religions. Food is a very important part of lots of different religions. Some food is used for special purposes, some foods are used to celebrate special events, and some foods are forbidden or avoided according to special religion rules. We discussed our favourite meals and explained which religions could or could not eat it.
Week beginning 15.06.2020
This week in Year 3 we have been learning about lots of different things, we have been super busy!
We're poets and didn't even know it! In English, we have been looking at poetry and how to write one based on the sounds that we have collected from our homes. We have been inspired by 'The Sound Collector' poem to write our own versions. Throughout the week, we have looked at the features of poetry to ensure that our poems are amazing. Here are some examples:
In maths, we have been learning all about parallel and perpendicular lines. We went on a hunt around our homes or school to identify any parallel or perpendicular lines and have been able to accurately draw them into our books, with rulers of course!
In geography, we have been learning about similarities and difference between England and Brazil. Whilst doing this, we had a look at the human and physical features within each country and compared them.
We have been completing two DT projects throughout our 'Amazing Americas' topic. We have learned about the different carnivals that occur in America and have been designing and creating our own carnival floats:
We have also been preparing and making different American foods:
In science, we have been learning about magnets and investigating which materials are magnetic. Using a variety of materials, we have tested which of them are magnetic by hovering a magnet above them and seeing whether they attract.
In computing, we have been using Scratch to create our own pictures with a pen. This week we have focused on adding a pen extension, using broadcasting to control a sprite and responding to mouse events. It has been a little tricky but we have persevered and managed to create some great projects!
We had our first live lessons this week and they were a huge success. We were able to look through the information that we need to know and practise some examples together too! All of the children that joined were so super polite, respectful and wonderful! All of the Year 3 teachers were very impressed and cannot wait to have more live lessons with you!
Week beginning 07.06.2020
Well, another super week of learning has taken place for us in Year 3 this week. The weather couldn’t dampen our spirits! Let’s have a little look at what we have been getting up to!
Here are some of our DT projects so far:
In music, we carried on our learning about understanding and identifying the pulse in pieces of music. We clapped the pulse to lots of different pieces of music from a variety of genres and also learned some cool songs! We really enjoyed watching the videos of you stomping, clapping, dancing and tapping to different musical pulses.
Our science lesson this week called on us to be scientists and complete our own investigation, if we were up to the challenge! We learned about a force called friction and investigated how different surfaces can affect the friction acting upon a moving object. To do this, we used toy cars, a ramp and tested how fast the car travelled on different surfaces like carpet, gravel, grass and wood. We then wrote down our findings in our books.
In maths this week, we started the week looking at multiplication, then moved on to a little bit of division and ended the week with some tricky problem solving using our skills that we had practised and perfected throughout the week.
In English this week, we have been looking at how to use fronted adverbials, similes, adjectives, adverbs, FANBOYS and apostrophes for possession. We have included all of these things in a character description that we have written about a superhero that we have created! Here are some examples:
We held our first live PSHE lesson in Year 3 on Friday morning! We spoke about pride and what this means and if it is important to feel pride and be proud of ourselves. We have decided that we should all be proud of our achievements and celebrate them with each other too because it might inspire someone else to be brave and try something new.
Our PE lesson on Thursday afternoon was SO much fun! We became gym instructors and put our families and toys to the test. We chose ten activities to complete in a circuit and then we modelled each exercise. We had to spend the same amount of time on each activity and then swapped over to the next one. It was EXHAUSTING!
Week beginning 01.06.2020
What an excellent first week back we have had in Year 3! Every single one of you has worked extremely hard and put the maximum amount of effort and care into your work, we are so proud of you! It has been amazing to hear from so many of you again and to hear about the fun that you had during half term, it makes us miss you even more than we already do!
In maths we have been learning about money! We have been counting coins and notes, converting pennies into pounds and pounds into pennies and how to add and subtract pounds and pence. We have also been looking at how to use metric units of length. We have been super busy mathematicians this week!
We have been working on our reading comprehension skills a lot this week too. We have been learning how to retrieve facts from a text, looking at the language that is used within a text and practised using adjectives, adverbs and conjunctions.
In computing, we have been using Scratch to create a space mission to Earth! We have been working on animating a space rocket to fly to Earth through space, using coding and costume changes.
We learned about volcanoes in geography this week. We have looked at why volcanoes occur and where they can be found in America. Did you know that there are around 1,510 volcanoes in the world?! The largest active volcano can be found in Hawaii, it's called Mauna Loa.
Throughout this half term, we are focusing on our design and technology skills and using them to prep and make different meals/snacks. We have been learning about different foods from North and South America and designing meals based on the foods that we have learned about. We have been super helpful in the kitchen and cooked up a storm! Here are some pictures of the things that we have been working on:
We have also been working on a DT project that involves designing, making and evaluating carnival floats! We have been using the resources that we have available to us at home or school to create our very own carnival float that could be used in an American carnival!
In science, we learned about forces. We now know that a force is a push or pull acting on an object as a result of the object's interaction with another object. We thought carefully about when we would use a push or pull force at home, putting socks on uses a pull force!
Please continue to send us pictures and videos of your amazing pieces of work, we absolutely love seeing all of the wonderful things that you get up to at home!
Week beginning 18.05.2020
We have had yet another successful and exciting week in Year 3, time flies when you are having fun!
In maths this week we have been recognising, finding and writing fractions for shapes and quantities. We now know how to find equivalent fractions and compare fractions with different denominators. We have been enjoying using the Oak National Academy online learning platform to complete our maths!
In geography, we have been learning about earthquakes and the tectonic plates! We now know why earthquakes happen and how to keep ourselves safe during an earthquake.
In computing, we have been using Scratch to create our very own rock bands! We have learned how to use codes to change our sprite's costumes, reactions and to add sound. We have seen some rockin' examples in our class studio:
In art, we have completed our final attempts of our South American inspired murals. We worked extremely hard to ensure that we had perfected our drawings before creating our final pieces of art.
In PE, we created our very own homemade athletics tournaments. We could create any athletics activities to complete and record our timings, we even challenged someone else in our house to complete the same activities!
In science, we have been looking at how to be safe in the sun! We know that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways that we can protect our eyes. This has been quite helpful recently, especially with the beautiful weather we have been having!
In music, we have been looking at a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians. We listened to some music by Elvis Presley - the king of rock and roll himself! We learned about the history of rock and roll and how the music came to be popular.
Please continue to send us pictures of your work and the exciting things that you have been doing at home, they put gigantic smiles on our faces!
Week beginning 11.05.2020
This week in Year 3, we have continued to work extra hard on all of our assignments and have been completing our work at a very high standard!
In maths, we have started learning about fractions. We have been using the Oak National Academy resources to help us develop our understanding. We've had so much fun! We have been looking at relating halves and quarters to division, describing the part whole relationship in fractions, identifying the parts of a fraction, recognising which parts are equal and unequal, identifying half, quarter and a third of a shape, identifying and describing unit and non-unit fractions. We have been going fractions crazy!
In geography, we have been learning about the layers of the Earth. We know that the Earth has 4 different layers: Crust, Mantle, Inner core and Outer core. To show what we had learned, we created our own diagrams and models of the layers of the Earth:
In our GPS lessons, we have been learning how to use inverted commas and synonyms for the word 'said'. We completed a variety of activities to show where to use inverted commas and which pieces of punctuation should be used in a sentence. As the word 'said' can be a little boring and over-used, we have been thinking of different words (synonyms) that can be used instead!
Once we had completed our GPS work, we were able to use what we had learned in our writing this week. We have been telling tales!
As we are now learning about the amazing America's, we have been looking at South American Folktales. There are so many different folktales around the world that tell a story and we have chosen to take a look at 'The Rabbit and The Coyote'. Our task this week was to re tell the tale in our own way but had to make sure that we used inverted commas, synonyms for 'said', prepositions and adverbs. To start us off, we learned about the folktale and then acted it out or put the tale into a storyboard. We then planned out our writing and retold the story with our own twist. Here are some examples:
We have been learning about some of the different American celebrations and holidays. We chose a celebration to study and learn about before creating our own presentations or posters about it! We had the options of Independence Day, Presidents Day or Veterans Day:
We continued practising our artistic skills this week to create our own American murals. We have chosen an important American person to base our murals on and have been making several attempts to sketch them accurately.
In science we have been learning about shadows and investigating how they change size. Last week, we learned about how shadows are formed but now we are investigating how they change size. We have discovered that shadows change size when the distance between the light and the object changes! We investigated by using a light source and an object and changed the distance between them to see whether the size of the shadow changed. We found that the smaller the distance between the light and object, the bigger the shadow!