Year 4

Week Commencing - 20th January

This week:

  • In Maths, the children have been looking at more complex perimeter calculations, including how to find the length of sides where the measurements are not given. We have now moved on to multiplying 3 numbers together and have been looking at what we mean by the commutative law.
  • In PE, the children have been enjoying some visiting guests from Chance to Shine. Chance to Shine is a charitable organisation in the UK and a charitable Cricket Foundation to encourage competitive cricket in state schools in the UK. The children have taken part in some exciting team games to improve their cricket ball skills.
  • In RE we have been exploring the difference between a holiday and a pilgrimage. The children have not only suggested potential sites for a pilgrimage, but also considered how a pilgrimage can be a spiritual journey, whereas a holiday is more for pleasure and relaxing.

To support your child at home and help with science, parents/carers can discuss how food chains are important in maintaining an ecosystem and how destruction of one part of it through natural disasters, can have an impact on everything further up the chain. If your child is not secure with their times tables up to x12, any help to learn them would be greatly appreciated. We cannot move forward in maths without them knowing them. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Week Commencing - 13th January

This week:

  • In Art, the children have been creating art inspired by Greek armour and weapons. They have been looking at what the Greeks wore and recreating some of these items using gold paper.
  • In Maths, we have been exploring the perimeter of rectilinear shapes and how it can be calculated by counting squares, as well as by adding the lengths of the sides together. The children enjoyed creating a plan for their own zoo, designing enclosures for animals and working out the perimeters of these enclosures. We have also been recapping some times-tables, especially the 11 and 12s.
  • In Science, the children have started their new topic on ‘Danger to Living Things’. In this topic, we have been exploring food chains as well as animal predators and prey. The children did some of their own research and created their own food chain.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can discuss how perimeter is particularly useful in everyday life, e.g marking football pitches and calculating fencing. Children can also try to measure the perimeter of various objects around the house. As always, any help with learning their times tables, will be greatly appreciated. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Week Commencing - 9th December

This week:

  • In English we have been looking at sentences and creating posters about co-ordinate and subordinate conjunctions. The children have completed a comprehension using full sentences to explain their answers.
  • In Maths, we have been continuing to learn our 6, 7 and 9 times table and have also been applying these tables to some reasoning and problem solving activities as well as exploring factors of these tables.
  • In Music, we have been focussing on learning the songs for the nativity and incorporating them into the acting for The Magical Christmas Jigsaw. The children have had a great time practising and have enjoyed acting it out in full costume.

To support your child at home and to coincide with our RE big question about ‘Does the Christmas narrative need Mary?’ parents/carers can discuss the true meaning of Christmas and how important Mary is in the story. It would be great if you could encourage your child to learn the songs for the upcoming nativity.

Week commencing - 2nd December

This week:

  • In English we have been recapping sentences and learning more on co-ordinate and subordinate conjunctions. We have also been exploring sentences and their punctuation.
  • In Maths, we have been looking at multiplying by 0 and 1 as well as dividing by 1. We have also explored multiplying and dividing by 6 and applying the 6 times table to word problems and have touched on factors and multiples.
  • In Art, the children have been creating a picture of Stonehenge, paying particular attention to the sky and how different light can affect the atmosphere of this stone age monument.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can help their children learn lines for the upcoming nativity play which will be performed in front of the school this week. Also children could practise standing at the top of the stairs and reading their lines to see if anybody downstairs can hear them.  All costumes should be in by Monday 9th December so that we can start dress rehearsals.

Week Commencing - 25th November

This week:

  • In RE we have been looking at the different symbols of Mary. The children have considered why Mary is almost always dressed in blue, and how certain flowers are associated with her as well as other objects such as the fleur-de-lys. The children then went on to design their own symbol of Mary.
  • In Maths, we have been exploring how to multiply and divide whole numbers and decimals by 10, 100 and 1000. The children enjoyed consolidating their knowledge by playing a short game of four in a row. We have also been practising our 8 times table using fortune tellers and interactive games.
  • In Science, the children have been looking at pitch and frequency. They examined a number of instruments and looked at how the length of the instrument can affect its pitch and also investigated how an elastic band when shortened or lengthened can also produce a different sound.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can discuss how lengthening the string on a stringed instrument, or lengthening the body of a wind instrument, can alter the pitch and is a method used in orchestras to tune up all the instruments before playing. Have some fun by filling glasses with water to different levels, and see if you can play a tune! As always, times table practise will help greatly in maths.

Week Commencing - 18th November

This week:

  • In English, the children have been working really hard to finish their dilemma and resolution in their suspense story. They have all written some great descriptive fiction and have enjoyed including some fierce Stone Age animals.
  • In Maths, we have just finished our topic on addition and subtraction and have now started to explore multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100. The children have also touched on decimals as well as multiples and factors.
  • In music, we have been learning the Christmas songs for our nativity production. All the children have been enjoying the singing and the songs which are very catchy!

To support your child at home, parents/carers can discuss what a balanced argument is. This will be our next topic in English and the children would benefit from understanding how both sides of an argument can be presented. As always, times table practise will help greatly in maths.

 


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