Year 4

Week Commencing - 15th July

This week:

  • In Maths, we have started a new topic on statistics. The children have been learning about collecting, extracting and interpreting data that can be displayed via bar charts, pictograms and line graphs. They have discovered that data can be discrete or continuous and conducted their own class survey to discover the most popular crisp flavour (Prawn Cocktail). The children have also looked at comparing various results and calculating differences between them.
  • In English we are finishing off our formal letters of complaint. The children have worked hard to include many of the problems faced by black children in South Africa back in 1976.
  • In Science, the children enjoyed investigating the effect of different temperatures on water. They monitored how different materials can also affect the melting point of water such as salt and immersing ice in water. The class concluded that immersing an ice cube in water made it melt the fastest.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can find and discuss how graphs are used in real life, and why we sometime need to use a line graph and at other times a bar chart is more appropriate. Parents/carers can relate it to continuous and discrete data.

Week Commencing - 8th July

This week:

  • In Maths, we have started a new topic on properties of shape. The children have enjoyed learning about acute, obtuse and right angles and how these can appear in certain shapes. We had fun learning a song about angles to help consolidate our learning. The children also looked at different triangles such as scalene, isosceles and right angled as well as the different types of quadrilaterals.
  • In English we looked at the history of the Soweto Uprising in 1976 and started to think about how we could write a formal letter of complaint to the South African Government from the viewpoint of Naledi; the main character in our Journey to Jo’burg text. In reading we have started to read The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John, which is set in an African game reserve.
  • In Science, the children had fun making rice crispy cakes and watching how chocolate can change states depending on temperature.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can find and discuss how acute, obtuse and right angles can be seen in everyday objects. Think about why the object needs these types of angles. As always please continue to consolidate their learning on times tables.

Week Commencing - 1st July

This week:

  • In Maths, we have been continuing to learn about time and have explored how to convert from analogue to 12 hour digital and then moved on to converting from 12 hour to 24 hour time. We have also been discussing how to convert days into weeks and weeks into months and years. The children have also been thinking about ways to remember how many days are in each month.
  • In English we looked at the differences between formal and informal letters. The children learnt what to include in a formal letter and have started to write their own based on one of the chapters from our English text about the Soweto Uprising. In grammar we have discussed how the present perfect compares with the simple past tense and will continue to work on this over the coming week.
  • In Science, we have started our new topic, Changes of State. The children enjoyed looking at different solids and liquids and grouping them according to their properties. They also looked at how gases can disperse and how bubbles in a soft drink behave.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can look at different ways to remember how many days in each month by using aids such as reciting the poem ’30 Days has September’. As always please continue to consolidate their learning on times tables.

Week commencing - 17th June

This week:

  • In Maths, following on from decimals, we have been looking at money and learning how to write pounds and pence using decimal notation. The children have looked at how pence can be converted into pounds and vice versa. We have also been learning how to order, round and estimate money.
  • In Science, we had fun carrying out an investigation to look at the effectiveness of different toothpastes on teeth, using a substitute for plaque and tooth enamel. The children learnt that some pastes can be more abrasive than others and therefore more effective at removing harmful substances.
  • In English, we have been finishing off our diary entries based on our African text Journey to Jo’burg. The children had to consider the features of a diary and include them in their writing. Following on from this, we then looked at how another character might see the story differently and we considered their feelings and how they might see a different viewpoint of the same story. The children had fun using hot seating to think about this.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can look at how we write formal letters and how this is different from texts and emails in preparation for our next English topic. As always please continue to consolidate their learning on times tables.

Week Commencing - 10th June

This week:

  • In Maths, the children have been learning about comparing decimals, putting them in ascending or descending order and rounding decimals to the nearest whole number. They also enjoyed playing a game to help them consolidate their learning.
  • In English, we have been learning about diary writing. The children have been exploring how Naledi the main character from our Journey to Jo’burg text, might have written a diary after finding out about the 1976 Soweto student protests in South Africa. We have considered how she might have felt, visiting Johannesburg as a child in apartheid times.
  • In RE, the children had fun considering what witnesses might have felt after seeing one of Jesus’ miracles. We talked about miracles and magic and created a poster from a witness’s point of view, adding quotes from the Bible.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can quick fire times table questions at the children to try and prepare them for the upcoming times table test next week.

Week commencing - 3rd June

This week:

  • In Maths, we have started to learn about decimals. The children have been learning how to write numbers to 2 decimal places and have worked really well to understand the value of each number in the place value chart. They have also considered how tenths and hundredths make up a whole.
  • In Science, we looked at teeth and how to look after them. The children carried out an investigation to discover which liquids could have a detrimental effect on the tooth enamel and wrote a lab report to record their findings.
  • In Art, the children had fun creating an effective black and white map of Africa, detailed with African patterns and pictures.

To support your child at home, parents/carers when shopping or in discussion, can talk to their children about how decimals are also used in money and that the pounds are whole numbers and the pence are actually tenths and hundredths.

Week Commencing - 20th May

This week:

During S.T.E.A.M week, we have been having fun with the following activities:

  • In Maths, we have been learning to find fractions of amounts using division and multiplication. We enjoyed going outside and finding items to photograph that showed fractions of amounts. We arranged the items to show the answer to the questions.
  • In Topic, we made volcanoes out of paper mache and covered them in brown paper to help make them look more authentic. We had a great time mixing up some bicarbonate of soda with some vinegar and placing the mixture into the crater of the volcano. The mixture created a small reaction that looked like lava flowing down the volcano.
  • In Science, we recreated a rain cloud in a jar. The children filled a jar with water and topped it with shaving foam. Slowly some blue food dye was dropped onto the foam and when the drops became too heavy for the foam to hold, they would pass through the foam and fall into the water underneath. This experiment recreated the idea that water vapour within clouds will eventually join other droplets and become too heavy to remain airborne. They will then fall to the ground as rain.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can talk to their children about how to calculate discount (displayed as a fraction) when a shop has a sale e.g. One third off.

Week Commencing - 13th May

This week:

  • In Maths, we have been learning about adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator, as well as subtracting fractions from whole numbers. The children have also been practising simplifying fractions and they had fun answering questions to reveal a secret message in our fraction code-breaking exercise.
  • In English, we have been familiarising ourselves with our Journey to Jo’burg text and using it to examine the feelings of the characters in the book. We had great fun acting out part of the story and then freeze framing so that we could reflect on the feelings of the characters.
  • In Grammar we have been recapping punctuation and homophones.
  • In Art, the children have made some amazing African collars using straws to create a pattern, and have also started to create some African masks using oil pastels.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can talk to the children about the country of South Africa where our text is based.

Week Commencing - 7th May

This week:

  • In Maths, we have been learning about fractions greater than 1 where children have been learning that it is possible to have wholes together with fractions and we have had some beautiful colouring to accompany the visual pictures. They have also been learning about improper and mixed number fractions and are able to convert an improper fraction to a mixed number.
  • In English, we have been looking at writing a summary and drawing out key points from more than one paragraph. The children have written a summary based on chapter 2 from our text which they are all enjoying. In grammar the children have been exploring determiners, including how nouns that start with a vowel need the determiner ‘an’ instead of ‘a’.
  • In Topic the children had a great time tasting some African fruits.

We will be cooking 2 different African soups and making chapattis the morning of Tuesday 21st May. We would need 4-6 parent helpers. If you are able to help please let Mrs Monk or the office know.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can play some times table games so that the children practise not only multiplication but also division facts. This should help them to improve their understanding and speed in maths.

Week Commencing - 29th April

This week:

  • In Maths, the children have been learning about equivalent fractions and how to find them. The children enjoyed a game of ‘Pairs’ where they had to find an equivalent pair of fractions. We have also looked at simplifying fractions by finding common factors for the numerator and denominator to reduce the fraction to its simplest form.
  • In Art, we have been finishing off our African animal sketches using shading techniques such as hatching and cross-hatching to help us. We are also making some black and white African animal masks linked to our Africa topic.
  • In Science, we had great fun recreating the human digestive process. The children made a banana and chocolate spread sandwich and followed its journey through the various stages of the human digestive system; from its breakdown in the mouth and stomach, its absorption in the intestine, to the creation of waste later on.

During the next few weeks, we will be tasting some fruits grown in Africa; coconut, passion fruit, papaya, dates and pomegranate juice. Please let us know if your child is allergic to any of these fruits.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can talk to the children about the history and importance of African animal masks and how in Africa many animals are now endangered.

Week Commencing - 23rd April

This week:

  • In Maths, the children have been exploring what a fraction is and looking at how they are represented. They have been learning how to write one and what the numerator and denominator mean.
  • In English, we have been finishing off our film reviews and writing them up neatly. The children have learnt about why it is important to hook the reader and how to express good and bad opinions about the film in question. In grammar we have been investigating determiners and how they are used in writing, as well as how by changing the determiner, the whole meaning of the sentence can change.
  • In Science, we have been thinking about what happens to the food we eat and how the human digestive system uses the food for energy. The children had great fun making their own life size drawings of the digestive system and next week we will be putting a glossary of words together to label the diagrams.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can look how fractions are important in everyday life? For example; is one half the same as two quarters when you cut a pizza? How many parts is a football pitch divided into? What fraction are shops offering off their goods?

As always, please try to help the children learn their times tables and, which always need practise.

 


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