Since returning to school after the half term break, Year 4 have made a brilliant start with their learning.
In English, we have started our focus on Flotsam a beautiful picture with no words - the children were amazed! We're using this book as inspiration for an exploration story. The children will be writing about a character finding a mysterious and intriguing object.
In Maths, the children have started their focus on money and have been using coins to make amounts in different ways, they have rounded money to the nearest pound and the nearest £10 and they have added various amounts of money. If you are out shopping, do ask your child to help total up part of the bill or a small number of items as extra practice.
The Vikings have been introduced in our History lessons and the children are already captivated!
As the weather becomes warmer, please do remember to send your child in with a water bottle, sun hat and a labelled bottle of sun cream which they can re-apply themselves just before lunch.
Thank you for your continued support,
The Year 4 team.
Friday 6th May
Year 4 have had a brilliant start to the term and we have been impressed by all children's attitude to learning.
The children have been learning about Benjamin Zephaniah and his poetry which they have all really enjoyed. We have been practising reading some of his poems aloud with expression.
The children have been busy in their writing lessons designing their own dragon based on our key text of Tell Me A Dragon. The children have used their designs to write their own poems using alliteration, similes, adverbial phrases, prepositions and effective adjective and verbs choices.
Year 4 have been working hard this week:
The children have started writing their rags to riches stories based on our key text of The Paperbag Prince. The children's stories are set in abandoned and forgotten settings and all children have created fantastic imagery - they have worked hard on their use of effective adjectives and prepositional phrases. Some children have also remembered last term's learning of similes and have used some great examples to add extra depth to their descriptions. The Year 4 team have been really impressed!
In Design and technology, the children have been very excited about our new unit of biscuits. Over the next couple of weeks, the children will be designing and then baking their own biscuits in teams. We've already heard of some delicious sounding recipes.
We have reminded all Year 4 children about the importance of practising their times tables ready for the Year 4 multiplication check. The best way for the children to prepare for this is to take part in the Soundcheck activity on Times Tables Rockstars.
Thank you for your continued support,
The Year 4 team
What an amazing week Year 4 have had at St Leonard's!
Our Dartmoor Zoo trip on Thursday was a great success - luckily the rain stopped and all of the animals were out to see us. We saw wolves, lions, cheetahs, otters, parrots, a jaguar (which was fascinated by the children in Rabbits class), monkeys and a tiger sleeping on its back with its legs in the air! I think it was enjoying a break from the rain too.
The children also took part in a Science workshop linked to our learning of classification. The children learned more about vertebrates and invertebrates and had the opportunity to hold (with gloves on) a giant tiger land snail. They also met Mango the blue-tongued skink lizard, named after his second favourite food. His favourite food is boiled eggs but the keepers said that didn't make a very good name for a lizard. In the workshop, the children were able to look at a snow leopard pelt, a python skin (it was huge!) and the molt of a pink bird-eating tarantula. All children had an amazing day and it was lovely to see them enjoying themselves so much.
On Friday, we all enjoyed World Book Day and all Year 4 staff were very impressed by the children's costumes. Well done to our costume winners of Frodo Baggins, Mr Gum and Cruella. Congratulations also to our runner up winners of Luna Lovegood, the Golden Snitch and Mal from the Descendants. A brilliant day was had by all.
A brilliant start to term 3...
The children have settled really well back into school life and have been wowing us with their readiness to learn and enthusiasm.
We have introduced our new History focus of the Anglo Saxons. This week we learnt why the Romans left Britain so please do ask your child one of the factors for the Romans leaving. All children loved the Romans focus in term 2 so they were excited to learn more about them before we move on to the Anglo Saxons.
In writing, we have been unpicking, analysing and discussing our new book of Ask Dr K Fisher about animals. The children have enjoyed hot seating as Dr K Fisher and providing animals with feedback on their worries! We have all learnt some interesting new facts about animals from reading the book.
We will be continuing to set weekly home learning for any families wanting to complete additional tasks. This is saved on the home learning section of our year 4 class page.
Christmas cards for the Salvation Army
Year 4 have been busy this week creating these beautiful Christmas cards for the Salvation Army. The cards were collected on Wednesday and will be given to lonely people this Christmas. We think they look absolutely brilliant and we all hope they bring a smile to many faces.
Mr Jones' incredible talents!
Not only does Mr Jones help us in class and in our smaller, focused groups - he's also an incredible artist and he has spent some time making our Year 4 shared space look amazing with these class displays. The displays have helped our extra learning space to feel even more of an enjoyable to place to be.
26th November 2021
The children have been busy this week in Year 4! Badgers, Foxes and Rabbits have learnt all about electrical circuits and they have applied their learning to a problem-solving task where they had to build a complete, simple circuit which illuminated a lightbulb. The children were then challenged to use a paper clip as a switch before using a more technical switch in their circuit.
The children will be building on this learning over the coming weeks as they will be designing and building a torch for an explorer trying to find Roman remains. Please see the images below for Year 4's circuits.
In History, the children have been building on their enquiry question of 'How did the arrival of the Romans change Britain?' by learning about Hadrian's Wall in the North of England. The children learnt about how the Roman army battled with the Celts as they tried to gain control. Rabbits put this learning into action by re-creating the Roman army being ambushed by the Picts on their journey through Caledonia (now Scotland).
Friday 12th November 2021
Year 4 have had a great two weeks back after the half term break.
Myself, Mr Hudson, Mrs Wilkinson and Mrs Nicholls have been really impressed with how well all children have settled back into their learning – all children have been working hard and trying to ‘be the best they can be’. Keep it up, Year 4!
In English, the children have been using the story Escape from Pompeii as inspiration for their own narrative describing escaping a natural disaster. The children have worked hard this week learning about adverbial phrases, inverted commas for direct speech and effective verbs for action and speech.
In History, we have started learning about how the arrival of the Romans changed Britain. Using the children’s prior knowledge of Ancient Rome, we have linked their learning to PE (dance) to create a sequence of movements showing life in the Roman empire. This week, we focused on gladiators and all children had a brilliant time moving in gladiator-style ways. As the weeks progress, we will be incorporating movements from the children’s new learning in History.
Friday 22nd October 2021
Year 4 have had another brilliant fortnight and all children have worked incredibly hard.
We had an exciting visit from Ms Suciu who is a dentist. Ms Suciu kindly came into Year 4 and showed the children how to brush teeth correctly using both a manual and an electric toothbrush and the children also learned how much sugar is in certain snacks.
Did you know that there are 21 teaspoons of sugar in a regular sized packet of Skittles? The children were AMAZED by how much sugar these sweets contain. We all thought the average bottle of Coca-Cola would contain the most sugar but this contained 12.5 teaspoons of sugar.
We were so grateful for Ms Suciu’s visit – the children were really engaged and enthusiastic!
In Science, the children have been learning all about our digestive system and the different body parts which make up our digestive system. The children wrote a first-person recount detailing the journey through the digestive system as if they were a piece of food.
We hope that all children and families have a lovely half term break and we look forward to welcoming the children back on Tuesday 2nd November.
Thank you, as always, for your continued support,
The Year 4 Team
Friday 8th October 2021
Year 4 have had another brilliant week here at St Leonard’s.
This week the children have been analysing and unpicking a persuasive text titled ‘Do you want to be a pirate?’ The children will be learning about persuasive writing over the coming weeks and they will be writing a persuasive text of their own.
In maths, the children have been rounding to the nearest 1000 and rounding one number to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 – the children have been linking their rounding learning to real life money scenarios so if you are shopping with your child, try to ask them what the total amount would be rounded to the nearest 10 or 100.
In art, the children have been learning about collage and adding depth to a collage through the use of different colour shades. The children even collected leaves from the playground to use in their collage for added effect – the collages are not finished yet but they already look absolutely brilliant and we cannot wait to see what they are like when they are completed.
Please check the ‘home learning’ button for this week’s home learning for Year 4.
Thank you for your continued support,
The Year 4 team