Year 4

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.

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.

 


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