Welcome to Year 4!
Welcome to our year group page. This is where we share the children's fantastic learning and achievements, as well as class information, trip details and other reminders. We hope you visit regularly as the children love to show off what they can do!
Manga High is an interactive maths website full of games to help children practice and consolidate their maths learning. We have set some times tables games challenges as optional home learning for the half term holidays. Children can earn virtual medals which can be converted to certificates and we can track their progress to provide targeted help after the holidays. Your child should be able to log in from home to access their account (they have been given their details) and the website can be accessed via the link at the top of this page.
Children across the school have been learning and updating their skills for keeping themselves and others safe on the internet, on mobile phones, gaming and on social media. In year 4 we have read fact sheets and held a quiz, watched cartoon clips and discussed what we would do in tricky or upsetting situations, and explore the CEOP ThinkUKnow website (link at the top of this page), which is full of top tips and advice on all things in our digital age. We now know how to report online abuse or inappropriate content, and create a safe digital profile. Have a look at our pictures below and ask us what we can remember about staying safe online.
The discussions we have held in our classrooms have raised some interesting points about the age-appropriateness of some of the games the children have played and some of the social media platforms which they have accessed. Most social media platforms have 13+ restrictions and PEGI ratings are a useful system to assess the suitability of console and online games. There is useful information and advice for discussing internet safety issues with your child available from http://discover.ee.co.uk/internetmatters/K897a2 (link will be pinned to the top of this page for future reference) and if you would like further information, please feel free to contact any of the year 4 team.
In our Natural Wonders topic, we have been learning about the nocturnal Kiwi birds, which are only found in New Zealand. We have begun making our own 'funky felt' birds which will be 'flying' high in our classrooms (despite the actual Kiwi being a flightless creature!).
We are using our Growth Mindsets, as threading needles, sewing buttons and keeping small, neat stitches can be tricky! We are also using our bee learning behaviours to help each other out! Have a look at how they are coming along - and please pop in and see these amazing 'flying' wonders when they are finished!
Year 4 have had an amazing day of virtual reality workshops. We have danced with Aborigines, hunted for witchety grubs and mushrooms, flown with sky dragons and planet-hopped in 10 million pound space-suits! It was incredible to see their enthusiasm and curiosity challenged through modern technology. In their own words, the experience was
'wobbly...amazing...astonishing...surprising...squirmy...extraordinary' and made them feel 'freaked-out...shocked...stolen...anxious...brave...curious and excited'. The children will be using the experience to inspire some poetry writing after half term but in the meantime, have a look at the photos and video below!
Can we use Bicarbonate of Soda and Citric Acid to inflate a balloon?
This was the question we investigated during Science this week.
We used our learning from making fizzy sherbet and fizzy orangeade to help us with our experimenting.
We found that the Carbon Dioxide which is made when Bicarbonate of Soda and Citric Acid have a chemical reaction, will inflate a balloon providing the quantities are large enough !
We are going to be writing our own non-chronological reports (that's non-fiction, information pages), over the next few weeks. In order to see what makes a really engaging and informative non-fiction book, we explored the wide range in our own school library. We discussed lots of features that we found - bullet points, text boxes, sizes, colour and font styles, pictures and captions, maps and quizzes...Phew! We found more than 30 different things we can include in our own writing!
Year Four have had a very thought-provoking week, watching Rabbit Proof Fence and discussing discrimination and racism in society. This afternoon in Four Foxes, we watched 'Show Racism the Red Card' and did a few activities about segregation and diversity. The children were amazing - respectful, thoughtful, honest and considerate. They listened to each other and responded with curious and mature attitudes. I am very proud of all of them. The video we watched can be found by cutting and pasting the link below. Have a lovely weekend!
Inspired by Roald Dahl's love of sweets, Year 4 will have two science lessons devoted to fizz ! This week, we mixed 3 powders which created sherbet and asked what these powders could be and what made the sherbet taste sweet, tangy and fizzy? Ask your child what they found out.
As part of our specialist topic rotation, the children in year 4 have all begun learning the ukulele. They have been absolutely brilliant learning their musical manners, learning a little about the instrument and how to tune it, as well as beginning to learn a traditional aboriginal lullaby. We have already learned 2 chords and will be building our repertoire over the next half term, as we travel around the world looking at music from other cultures. We hope to put together a little concert near Easter but in the meantime, have a look at us in action below!
Welcome back! We hope you all had a peaceful and very happy Christmas and New Year.
Today in year 4, we have started delving into our topic all about natural wonders. Four Foxes had an interesting discussion about what classifies somewhere as a 'natural wonder' and have begun to explore the question, 'What is the World's greatest natural wonder?'. We expect lots of different (but well-reasoned and justified!) answers by the end of the topic and the children will have the opportunity to research and explore wonders, cultures and arts from around the globe.
We also discovered that we have a lot of 'the World' in our own classrooms and have begun to connect ourselves with different locations across our world map. We would welcome any information, stories, photographs or artefacts from relatives living in other countries if there is something they could share from home. Have a look at how our spidery maps are developing below!
This afternoon, 4 Foxes spent a lovely hour with year 1 helping to make their Christingles ready for our services on Wednesday. They learnt about what each part of the Christingle represents and how to put them all together. We also had time for a bit of enthusiastic carol and Christmas song singing! It was lovely to see the older children helping the younger ones and setting such a good example. Well done Foxes!
In our maths, year 4 are beginning to work with fractions. We have reminded ourselves what 'fraction' means, made fractions number lines, learned about numerators and denominators AND started to find equivalent fractions! We have been looking at patterns between equivalent fractions and know that a fraction with an even denominator can be written as an equivalent to 1/2! Once again, we are finding that our times tables are really helping us - so we encourage each other to practise our target times table every day. Ask your child what their target times table is and challenge them to learn them in a random order!
Over the last few weeks, Year 4 have been learning about Edvard Münch and his work 'The Scream'. We have discussed how expressions, colour and patterns can contribute to the effect of a painting and the affect it can have on an audience. We have experimented with our own expressions and had a go at drawing them in an impressionistic way. We then turned one of our favourite 'expressions' into a Münch inspired pastel piece. There are some pictures below but they are all currently going up in our gallery - please do pop in and have a look at them at the end of a school day!
Tuesday 28th is the last of our activity sessions with the staff at St Luke's. Please remember swimming kit (children may come to school with them under their uniforms), or appropriate clothing for dance and gymnastics. Thank you!
The children in year 4 have been working really hard to learn their songs, lines, actions and dances for our upcoming nativity extravaganza, 'Stable Manners'. They should have come home today with a letter about their part and any costumes required. Please do not feel obliged to buy costumes - there will be lots of spare bits and bobs if anyone is missing something. Please just ask!
Many parents have asked for a suggested reading list, so we have compiled a list of classics, new 'hot reads' and our own personal favourites. This is alongside our regular favourite authors such as Roald Dahl, JK Rowling and Michael Morpurgo. All of these titles should be available to borrow from your local library and many will be in our school library too. Perhaps share your own favourite childhood books with your children? And if you have any suggestions to add to our list, please let us know!
4 Rabbits Spelling 23.11.17
The Rabbits are continuing to learn these homophones / near homophones, and to spell them correctly in their writing. Any help you can give your child at home to help them remember is much appreciated !
We have had fun connecting circuits to light bulbs, run motors and sound buzzzers. We've investigated whether things are insulators or conductors and will soon be making our own switches.
This week, Foxes and Rabbits have had lots of hands-on fun following a challenge trail around some of the exhibit halls at the RAMM. Badgers will be visiting this Friday! The children have been great ambassadors for the school, showing respect, curiosity and imagination, not just at the museum, but on the walk there and back too (with some very tired, but resilient legs!) . While at the museum, the children followed a trail and used their literacy learning to describe their favourite butterflies, their maths learning to estimate the size of some truly terrifying bugs, and their topic learning to ask and answer questions about fossils and dinosaurs. We are really proud of them all, and thank you to the parent volunteers that were able to come and join us. We have put some of our favourite photographs below.
It has been a very busy start to the half term in year 4. Children in Foxes and Badgers have had their first swimming, gymnastic and dance taster sessions with the students and staff at St Luke's. They really enjoyed the activities provided - there was certainly a lot of splashing and smiling faces in the swimming pool! We are really looking forward to 2 more of these sessions, scheduled for the end of November - reminders will be sent nearer the time. Have a look at some of the children working with their groups!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION! Please Remember:
The children return to school on Tue 31st October.
On Tuesday morning:
Rabbits are going to the museum (normal uniform and lunch arrangements), please ensure they have a water bottle and snack and a small rucksack / bag to carry it in.
Badgers and Foxes are going to St Luke’s for gymnastics / dance / swimming. We have sent a letter home about this and your child knows which activity they are doing. Please ensure they have PE kit in school, and swimming kit if they are in the swimming group. Also, please make sure your child comes to school with a water bottle and snack.
Wanted urgently! Parents to help with our trip to the Museum please.
4 Rabbits Tuesday morning 31st October
4 Foxes Wednesday morning 1st November
4 Badgers Friday morning 3rd November
(We will be leaving school at 9.30am and returning for 12.15pm. You are welcome to stay for a coffee between drop off and leaving to walk to the museum.)
We have had a fantastic creative day today in year 4 and there has been lots going on. The children have created some beautiful art, some delicious bread and are writing some fantastic autumn inspired poetry. They have worked well in partners, made sensible choices about behaviour and had some very imaginative ideas. Their growth mindsets have been well tested as things haven't always turned out as they'd hoped first time! Hopefully it will all be ready in time for our Harvest Festival service in church on Wednesday morning at 10:30am. If any parents are available to help walk the children across the road (we are no longer able to use the footbridge) - it would be much appreciated.
This week we are looking at spelling the 'augh' and 'au' sound in a word. We are investigating which one is the most common and if there is a rule for when to use each one. Words to practise include...
Can you use these in silly sentences? Try practising them in different colours and shapes. Or how about making them into a tricky wordsearch that might challenge your friends in morning task time? We will be using some of them in our dictation next week.
A very big THANK YOU to all who made, bought and ate cakes for our Macmillan coffee afternoon. It was lovely to see so many of you were able to come and join us and support this brilliant cause. There are still a few donations left to come in, but on the day you raised an incredible £220, so thank you once again.
This week we are learning to sort words that end in -ture and -sure. We have been listening really carefully and can hear a slight difference in the sounds. A -ture ending has almost a 'tch' sound, and a -sure ending sounds like a buzzing bee! We have sorted the words...
The children were able to add lots more too, using a dictionary to check them.
We will be using some of these in our dictated sentences next week. How many different ways can you practise them? Maybe write them in pyramids adding a letter each time. Write them in different colours? Or how about making them into a wordsearch for your friends to complete as a morning task?
What a busy first few weeks the children in year 4 have had! We have been very impressed by how well they have settled in to their new classrooms, new routines and new learning expectations! We hope they have been telling you all about the fantastic learning they have been doing, but just in case, here is a quick summary (and check out the photographs below to see them in action!)
In maths, we have been really embedding our understanding of place value and are getting to grips with multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. We are practising our times tables, rounding numbers and will be looking at roman numerals this week.
In literacy, the children have been using adjectives and adverbs to produce some wonderful descriptions of the Dragons of the British Isles, and learning how to paragraph their work to keep it organised and easy to read. We have already given out some 'pen licences' and are working hard on making our handwriting the best it can be.
Our topic this term is 'Fearsome Beasts' and we have shared what we already know about dragons, dinosaurs, volcanoes and fossils, thought hard about curious questions we would like to answer, built dragon nests, painted dragon eggs and drawn charcoal dragons!
All of this alongside French, ICT (on our shiny new laptops!) PE, mindfulness and meditation! PHEW!!
We are looking forward to meeting you on Monday 25th at 5pm for an informal welcome and 'meet the team'.
Spelling and Times Table Workshop
Rock Detectives !
We have been looking at different types of rock: sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic. We've been using the magnifying glasses to observe like scientists and we will be using paperclips to scratch the rocks to see how hard / soft they are. We have used some super, adventurous adjectives to try and describe the different rocks and had a go at drawing them, and drawing with them! Some of our super-scientists had a go at sorting the rocks by different characteristics - brilliant independent learning skills! Have a look at us in action!
We would like to invite our parents and friends to a Macmillan coffee afternoon (tea will also be available!) in the year 4 block on Friday 29th September at 2:30pm. Cake donations would be very gratefully received and if you are able, please send these in to school with your child on the Friday morning. We will have several collection boxes around the year 4 block and we hope you will be able to help us support this valuable and worthwhile charity. See you there!
4 Foxes are trying out the Class Dojo as a method of rewarding the children for super behaviour, making good choices, displaying excellent attitudes to learning and much more. The Class Dojo App allows us to communicate this with parents and keep you informed about activities we are doing, as well as providing a messaging service. If you have not received a log in code and would like to get involved, please see Mrs Taylor. The children are enjoying it so far and if it continues to prove successful, we will roll the Dojo out across the year group. The Class Dojo will not replace any of the other routes of communication and text messaging, email and newsletters will continue to be used as well.