Year 4

Week commencing - 18th March

This week:

  • In Maths, we have started a new topic on measurement. The children have been learning about metric measurements of length such as the mm, cm, m and km and how to convert between each one. This will stand them in good stead when we start our next subject on perimeter and area next week.
  • In English, the children have been exploring the different ways of writing a poem and have now completed their plans. They have compiled an amazing bank of ‘river words’ using the 5 senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste to help them write their own river poem.
  • In Topic, the children are enjoying learning about the upper, middle and lower river course in our Raging Rivers topic.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can explore different metric measurements of length, including km so the children get some idea how long each one is. For an extra challenge, try and convert the km into m, cm and mm.

As always, please keep testing the children on their times tables to improve their fluency and recall. Their ability to recall facts quickly helps enormously with multiplication, division and fractions, which we will be covering soon.

Week Commencing - 11th March

This week:

  • In Maths, we have been learning about different written methods of dividing 2 and 3 digit numbers by 1 digit. The children have risen to the challenge and have been exploring both the bus stop method and a partitioning method of dividing and have used this in class lessons and to play a game.
  •  In English, we have been learning about the features of a poem and about some of the different types of poetry. The children enjoyed creating their own amazing poems and performing them in front of the class.
  • In RE, as we start Lent, the children have been exploring the concept of sin and what constitutes sin for each person.
  • To support your child at home, parents/carers can explore different poetry types and features such as alliteration, rhyme, repetition and onomatopoeia. There are many entertaining videos online that parents can listen to with their children and share.

As always please keep testing the children on their times tables to improve their fluency and recall. Their ability to recall facts quickly helps enormously with multiplication and division.

Week Commencing - 4th March

This week:

  • In Maths, we have been practising how to multiply a 3 digit number by a 1 digit number using short multiplication. The children consolidated their learning by playing a short division dice game which they all enjoyed. They are now starting to learn about division and how to divide a 3 digit number by a 1 digit number.
  • In Topic, the children have been looking at the features of a river and have labelled in detail the features present from the source of a river to the river delta or its mouth.
  • In Art, the children have been making a countryside river scene out of clay, inspired by our topic on rivers. They created it last week and have been decorating it this week, to produce a colourful ceramic scene.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can discuss how the River Thames flows through Goring and investigate at what stage the river is at this point. It would be fun to look up together its source and also where it finally enters the sea; thinking about factors such as appearance of the surrounding land.

As always please keep testing the children on their times tables to improve their fluency and recall. Their ability to recall facts quickly helps enormously with multiplication and division.

Week Commencing - 25th February

This week:

  • In Maths, the children have moved on from multiplication using partitioning and are now learning to use a written method for short multiplication which they are all enjoying.
  • In English, the children have been finishing their play scripts based on a chapter from The Wind in the Willows. They have enjoyed acting out some of them and have been using intonation and expression to bring more meaning to the scene.
  • In Science, we have moved on to this term’s topic of ‘Grouping living things’. The children enjoyed researching the different environments around the world where certain animals live. They also discussed how some of these living animals and plants can be grouped according to their main characteristics.

Music - We have had a great time practising for our upcoming class assembly which we hope you will enjoy this coming Tuesday. The children will be performing an anti-bullying rap.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can discuss how there are many different methods to multiply numbers, including mental and written methods. They all rely on the same principles of partitioning the number to make it easier.

As always please keep testing the children on their times tables to improve their fluency and recall.

Week Commencing - 11th February

This week:

  • In Maths, the children have been learning about different written methods of multiplication. They have considered how multiplication can be solved using a number line, partitioning and using the grid method for 2 digit x 1 digit numbers and 2 digit x 2 digit numbers. We will shortly be moving onto short multiplication where we will start with multiplying 2 digit numbers by 1 digit.
  • In English, the children have been enjoying our ‘Wind in the Willow’ book and are now planning to write their own play script based on a scene from the book. The children have created some good dialogue between the characters and have included stage directions to help the characters know what they should be doing during the scene. We look forward to acting some of them out soon.
  • In PSHE, the children have been discussing friendship and whether friends can be replaced if either has experienced a change in circumstances. Can best friends grow apart after one of them moves away or will they stay friends forever? Do we change friends as we grow and develop different interests? The children had fun acting out different scenarios. They concluded that in general, friends were replaceable if circumstances changed enough.
  • To support your child at home or if time during half term, parents/carers can watch a play together or go and see one at the theatre. This will reinforce the learning we are doing on play scripts.

As always, please keep firing times tables questions at the children in the car, or at random times during the day to improve their fluency and recall.

Week Commencing - 4th February

This week:

  • In Maths, the children have been consolidating their factor pair knowledge and are continuing to practise their times tables. We have now moved on to examining the most efficient methods to solve a multiplication problem, including partitioning the number first. This will form a firm basis to move onto written methods of multiplication next week.
  • In English, the children have been contemplating how a story can be rewritten as a play script. We looked at one of the chapters from The Wind in the Willows and discussed how the description of the River conjured up images of spring time, trees and peaceful river banks. The children then went on to draw their own scenery and thought about how the chapter could be adapted to stage.
  • In Science, the children have enjoyed creating a PowerPoint on how changes to an environment from flooding and fire, can have devastating effects on a food chain. They have made some amazing presentations which have included food chains from all around the world.

To support your child at home and when out and about, parents/carers can discuss how they would use mental maths efficiently when buying items e.g. buying 6 drinks for 99p each might involve rounding the price up to £1, multiplying by 6 and subtracting 6p from the total to get the final price.

As always please keep testing the children on their times tables to improve their fluency and recall.

Week Commencing - 28th January

This week:

  • In Maths, the children have been practising their times tables and have started to look at multiples and factors. They have enjoyed using multi link cubes to make arrays and have been dividing them into equal groups to find the factors. They have been constructing some very colourful factor bugs and rainbows.
  • In English, the children have been considering how a setting can be brought to life by using descriptive language including similes, personification, alliteration and metaphors. They created a short description of a river, linked to our Wind in the Willows’ text by Kenneth Grahame. In grammar the children are designing a poster about clauses, subordinate clauses and subordinate conjunctions.
  • In PE, the children have practising their netball and basketball skills by passing, throwing and catching. We had an exciting game of line basketball, which the children enjoyed immensely.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can discuss a descriptive passage from a favourite book and look at how the author brings the setting or character to life by using descriptive language.

As always please keep testing the children on their times tables to improve their fluency and recall.

Week Commencing - 21st January

This week:

  • In RE, the children have been continuing to consider our big question ‘Is a Holy journey necessary for believers?’ They have enjoyed learning about the places Christians might visit as part of a pilgrimage and have been concentrating on the country of Israel and the holy towns of Bethlehem, Nazareth and Jerusalem.
  • In English, the children have been looking at prediction based on this terms text ‘The Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame. We discussed how observing a book cover can help us to predict the storyline of a book. In grammar we have been learning about apostrophes used in contraction and possession.
  • In Art, the children have been finishing off their tissue collages based on Claude Monet’s Water lilies paintings. The children have enjoyed choosing colours that complement each other and have created some beautiful impressionist pictures.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can pick a favourite childhood book of theirs and compare it to one their child likes today. Discuss how the front cover can help the reader to visualise the book and predict the story.

As always please help the children practise their times tables, maybe by putting a times table chart on their bedroom wall, or testing them regularly around the house or in the car. The children are doing fantastically well with their times tables!

Week Commencing - 14th January

This week:

  • In Maths, the children have been continuing to practise their multiplication and division by 7, 9, 11 and 12. They produced some fantastic posters to show their understanding of how multiplication contains commutative properties and division is the inverse.
  • In English, the children have been planning and are now writing their versions of ‘Monty the Penguin,’ based on a video about a boy and his penguin at Christmas time. They have recapped how it is important to include figurative language, conjunctions and good punctuation and spelling when writing a narrative.

  • In Science this week, the children have researched a top predator from the UK and one from other parts of the world to construct a food chain for both animals. They learned that all the food chains seemed to have certain things in common, such as every food chain ended in plant producers.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can discuss how important it is to include figurative language in a text and also how punctuation can alter the meaning of the sentence. As always please help them to learn their times tables thoroughly especially reinforcing the concept of division and its inverse relationship to multiplication.

Week Commencing - 7th January

This week:

  • In Maths, the children have been learning to multiply and divide by 6, 7 and 9 and have enjoyed playing some times table games, where they have needed quick recall skills. They have also been attempting some problem solving and are starting to become more familiar with this type of question.
  • In English, the children have been finishing off their writing of a non-chronological report. They have gathered information on the River Nile and sorted it into categories to be presented under clear subheadings. We have all learnt some interesting facts on the river, which is linked to our new topic of Raging Rivers.
  • In Science this week, the children have just started a new topic on ‘Danger to living things.’ We have enjoyed discussing exactly what dangers there are in the world today that could have an impact on the habitat and environment of living things. The children have also briefly looked at what a food chain is and how there is a hierarchy that includes, producers, prey and predators.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can share books or documentaries on some threats to living things including pollution, deforestation and climate change. As always please help them to learn their times tables thoroughly.

Week Commencing - 3rd December

This week:

  • In Maths, the children have now moved on to division by 10, 100 and 1000. They have managed incredibly well dividing whole numbers and decimals by this amount. They have also been continuing to look at problem solving and applying their knowledge of multiplication and division by these numbers, to real life money situations.
  • In English, the children have been planning to write a newspaper report based on our Year 4 text. We have covered the reasons why Newspapers have headlines and examined the impact of an opening sentence. The children have created their own opening sentence and looked at how it is important to include the 5 W’s (What, Why, When, Where and Who) at the beginning of the report.
  • In Topic, the children are researching Egyptian gods and will eventually choose one that they find interesting to write about.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can look at the format of newspapers together and talk about how reports use direct and reported speech within them. As always please help them with weekly spellings and times table tests.

Week Commencing - 26th November

This week:

  • In Maths, the children have now moved on to multiplication. We started off by exploring how to multiply a number by 10 and 100 and how the number being multiplied will increase its value to 10 times its original value. The children then went on to learn about what a decimal number is and looked at various real life situations where decimals are used.
  • In Science, the children enjoyed investigating the correlation between the volume of sound and the intensity of its associated vibrations. We looked at how volume is measured, and explored various everyday noises and recorded the decibel reading of them. The children also conducted their own investigation to discover which musical instrument had the highest and lowest decibel reading.
  • In Art, the children are continuing to base their art pieces on our Ancient Egypt theme. We learnt about the importance of camels for transport and how they adapt well to living in hot climates. We then went on to make our own 3D camels.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can discuss how decimals are used frequently in everyday life e.g. when filling up at the petrol station, when dealing with money, on watches and timers, on calculators etc. As we have now started multiplication and division in maths, weekly homework will include learning a times table for a test the following week. Next week’s test will be on the 7 times table.

Week Commencing - 19th November

This week:

  • In Maths, the children have been looking at estimation and using the inverse to check answers to their work. They have been recapping rounding to 10, 100 and 1000 so that they can find the most appropriate estimate. We are continuing to look at two step problems that apply to real life situations in order to develop our problem solving skills.
  • In English, we have started to explore the features of a newspaper report and how there is often a mix of narrative and direct speech contained within it. The children have already created a piece of writing containing both speech and narrative. We will go on to investigate both direct and reported speech next week.
  • In RE, we are investigating the different denominations of the Christian Church and Mary’s role in them. The children have been looking at how Mary plays a big part in the Roman Catholic Church and exploring some of the features found within the church.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can discuss the uses of estimation and how we can estimate the cost of items bought in a shop to get a rough idea of how much money to take with us. As we are moving onto multiplication and division next in maths, practising times tables will be highly beneficial to all Year 4 children.

Week Commencing - 12th November

This week:

  • In Maths, the children are now confident at the column exchange subtraction method and have been learning about other mental strategies to help with quick subtraction. These methods have included subtraction on a number line/frog jump method and subtraction by partitioning. We have also been trying to apply our skills gained so far to solve some quite complex two-step problems.
  • In English, we have now completed our action hooks; with the children writing some amazing story openings! We have now started to look at the features of a newspaper, with a view to writing our own in due course.
  • In Science, we are continuing to explore sound. The children spent an enjoyable afternoon looking at pitch and what features of an instrument create high and low pitch sounds.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can discuss the uses of high and low pitch sounds and their application in everyday life. As part of their homework, the children have been asked to learn their 6 times table this week.

Week Commencing - 5th November

This week:

  • In Maths, the children have extended their knowledge of column subtraction and have been looking at multi-column exchanging. They have all risen to the challenge and are now applying that knowledge to try and solve some quite complex 2 step problem solving questions.
  • In Music, we have been exploring some of the songs by the pop group Abba and analysing the song features and style of music. The children all enjoyed having a go at playing along to the sound track to ‘Super Trooper’ using glockenspiels, xylophones and percussion. We concentrated on counting the beats in the bar and reading the correct notes on the stave. We have also started to learn some of the songs for the nativity play which they are all really enjoying!
  • In our Art lessons, we have been creating an Egyptian falcon necklace by using plates, straws and coloured paper to make the feathers. They are all looking impressive and will be on display shortly.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can discuss in what circumstances it would be good to use column subtraction and that in other situations, it might be easier and quicker to choose an alternative method of subtraction to suit the numbers in question. As always please help with practising times tables.

 


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