Year 4

Week commencing - 11th November

This week:

  • In English, the children have started to write the beginning of their suspense story. They have been focusing on writing an opening that grips the reader and includes character and setting description. We used our plans from last week to help us with this and discussed how we can use figurative language to help make the setting more descriptive.
  • In Maths, we recapped rounding of numbers to the nearest 10,100 and 1000 and used this knowledge to look at how we can use estimation to check our answers to addition and subtraction sums. The children also learnt about using the inverse; another method that is helpful in checking the answers to calculations.
  • In RE, the children have been exploring the Annunciation, where the angel Gabriel tells Mary she will have a special baby. The children examined the chapter of Luke 1: 26-39 and thought about the importance of Mary in this chapter. They then went on to produce some fantastic expressionist artwork, creating a colourful representation of this event in the style of Stephen B. Whatley.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can look at expressionist artwork and particularly that of Stephen B. Whatley. The children can explore the bright colours and how even though the detail is missing, the picture becomes clearer when looking at it from a distance. As always, times table practise will help greatly in maths.

Week Commencing - 4th November

This week:

  • In English, the children have been planning to write a suspense story. They completed a box grid on the structure and content that they want to include in their story and thought about a forest setting. The children then went on to think about what sights, sounds and smells they might encounter. To help them with this task, they enjoyed collecting a number of items from outside that they might find in a forest. They then recorded some good descriptions of these items. In grammar we have been learning about co-ordinating and subordinating conjunctions and subordinate clauses.
  • In Maths, we have continued to build on our subtraction knowledge by attempting some multi-column exchange questions, as well as developing our problem solving skills. The children have been working hard to understand missing digit subtraction and other subtraction strategies including subtraction using a number line and subtraction using compensation.
  • In Science the children had a great time investigating our new topic of sound. We looked at how sounds are made by trying out a number of different instruments and looking at different mediums placed at sound stations around the classroom. The children also learnt about pitch, frequency and amplitude. All groups managed to work out that sound caused vibrations and would sound louder in a closed environment.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can look at some musical instruments and household items and investigate how they produce the sound they do. The children have been set a few spellings this week and will be tested on them next Friday. As always, times table practise will help greatly in maths. Have a lovely weekend.

Week Commencing – 21st Oct

This week:

  • In English the children have been creating some lovely pictures showing a scene from our Wolf Brother book. They have thought about and discussed the meaning of the words in the paragraph and used them to draw their imaginary image. The children have also enjoyed learning about how to write mystery and have already written some amazing pieces.
  • In Maths, following on from our addition last week, we have started to learn about subtracting two 4 digit numbers and have gone on to understand how we can exchange a value from the next column. The children have used resources to cement their understanding.
  • In RE, we have been exploring Hindu Puja and shrines. The children learnt what items need to be present when carrying out Puja every day. They are now able to answer our big question this term - ‘Does Murtis help Hindus understand God?’.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can share and encourage their children to read a chapter fiction book which will help them with their descriptive writing in English. In particular, looking at the figurative language such as similes, metaphors, powerful adjectives and verbs to portray atmosphere. As always, spelling and times table practise will help greatly in Maths. May we take this opportunity to wish you all a happy half-term.

Week Commencing - 14th Oct

This week:

  • In RE the children have been learning about the avatars of Vishnu and in particular about the story of Rama and Sita. They have linked the story to the upcoming Hindu festival of Diwali on the 27th October. We have also discussed why lights are so important for this festival.
  • In Maths, we have started a new topic on addition and subtraction and the children have been enjoying using column addition to solve addition sums and word problems. Next week we will move onto subtraction and exchange. The children have also been consolidating some of their times tables using songs and interactive whiteboard games.
  • In Science to finish our electricity topic, the children had fun making an electronic buzzer game. They did really well designing a circuit that would only buzz when the correct answer was touched. All groups managed to create a great working game.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can look at some items that use switches to work e.g. a musical birthday card, a home buzzer game such as ‘Operation’ or even something like a hand dryer. As always, spelling and times table practise will help greatly in maths.

Week Commencing - 7th Oct

This week:

  • In Science the children repeated a previous experiment to check that their results last week were reliable. We discussed why scientists might carry out a number of tests before coming to a conclusion about their investigation. Following on from this, the children continued to investigate electrical circuits. This week the children designed their own switch. Many created switches that were able to turn on the electricity almost instantly.
  • In English, we have been developing our descriptive writing and have discussed how we can make boring sentences more interesting. The children have learnt about adverbs, adverbials and fronted adverbials and have worked exceedingly hard to understand how we can use these in our writing.
  • The children had a fantastic time visiting Stonehenge this week. We enjoyed finding out many things about the site including; the types of stones that were used, the way they were transported to the site and why the site remains an important tourist attraction today. Thank you to all the parents that helped on the trip and also to all the class parents for ensuring that the children were well equipped and ready for the day.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can look at more of the history behind Stonehenge and the importance of the summer and winter solstice. As always, spelling and times table practise will help greatly in maths.

Week Commencing - 30th Sept

This week:

  • In Maths, the children have all worked really hard and have managed to grasp the tricky concept of learning to round a number to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. They enjoyed playing a swim race game that incorporated their learning. We have also been working on the 6 times table ready for a test next week.
  • In English, the children have been looking at how we can use adjectives, adverbs, personification, alliteration, metaphors and similes in our writing to make it more descriptive. They have also been working hard on comprehension and have been given some spellings to learn, that incorporate the ‘ure’ sound, ready for a test next week.
  • In Topic, the children have been learning about Skara Brae; one of Britain’s most fascinating prehistoric villages and the best preserved Neolithic settlements in Western Europe.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can go over spelling and punctuation in writing and also discuss some of the history behind Stonehenge, ready for our trip next week.

Week Commencing - 23rd Sept

This week:

  • In Maths, we have been looking at negative numbers and counting backwards through zero. The children have enjoyed learning about how this relates to temperatures and in particular the freezing and boiling points of water. We discussed how -15 is in fact a smaller number than -2. We are now just starting to investigate rounding numbers to the nearest 10. We have also been continuing to learn our 4x table.
  • In English, the children have worked really hard to finish their stories about their stone age ‘Flanimal’ and have written some very entertaining pieces using paragraphs to structure their writing. In grammar we are looking at nouns and adjectives and how we can make a boring sentence more interesting.
  • In RE we have continued to look at the Hindu religion, and the children have all shown amazing understanding when looking at Murtis; where different deities represent one part of one god. The children also looked at Hindu beliefs including; Moksha, Dharma, Reincarnation and Truth.

To support your child at home, parents/carers when reading a book, can look for any similes or metaphors that help to create an image of the scene in your head. This will help them with their descriptive writing in class. As always please keep firing the times table facts at them in the car or at any convenient time, to improve their recall. We are focusing on the 3 and 4 time tables still but will be moving on to the 5’s soon.

Week Commencing - 16th Sept

This week:

  • In Maths, we have stormed our way through adding and subtracting 1000 onto a 4 digit number, looking at multiples of 25 and investigating negative numbers, both in the class room and in everyday life. The children did really well learning these aspects of place value and also worked hard on starting the 4 times table.
  • In English, the children have enjoyed recapping nouns, adjectives and verbs and have been learning about writing in paragraphs. They had fun choosing a stone age ‘Flanimal’ to create and write about.
  • In Art, we have looked at Stone Age shelters and discussed the design of them. We then recreated our own version of the shelters using twigs, grass and cardboard.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can look for negative numbers when they’re out and about and why they are important in temperature. It is always helpful to practise times tables with them to help improve their recall. We are focusing on the x4 table this week.

Week Commencing - 9th Sept

This week:

  • In Maths, we have recapped place value and expanded on the children’s previous learning, by moving on to 4 digit numbers. The children have worked really hard to understand how to order them and can determine the value of each number in the place value chart. The children have also been practising their 3 times table over the week.
  • In RE, the children have been learning about Murtis in Hindu worship and thinking about our big question ‘Does Murtis help Hindus to understand God?’ They have explored three deities including, Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu, and how they make up the Trimurti.
  • In Music, we have had fun learning about the Swedish group ABBA and some of their music. The children also practised playing the recorder to one of the songs and learnt some musical notation.

To help your child at home, parents/carers can encourage the children to read and predict what might happen in a book or chapter. As always, please encourage them to practise their times tables. This will be invaluable in supporting their learning later on in the year.

Week Commencing – 3rd Sept

This week:

The children have had a great week and have been very excited to see all their friends again.

  • In Maths, we have started a new topic on Roman Numerals. The children have been learning about this historic numbering system and how it is still used today. They have enjoyed practising their new skills in a board game. The children have also been looking at the 3 times table and practising some quick recall.
  • In English, the children have worked really hard to plan and write a recount based on something they did in the summer holidays. In grammar we have recapped nouns and proper nouns.In Science, the children discussed and thought about how electricity is used in everyday life. They went on to design an electronic device, thinking about whether it needed a mains or battery power source.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can find and discuss how rechargeable devices work and why large items need mains power. It is always helpful to practise times tables with them to help improve their recall.

 


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