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Year 4 - What's happening this half term (autumn second half term)?

4th November 2021 Posted by Year 4

Year 4 are thoroughly settled in now and are impressing us all with their hard work. We have lots of lovely lessons and topics coming up and can’t wait to get stuck in!


English:

We will continue our focus on basic skills, including punctuation, tense, word classes and description, while starting to add in more detail. Children will increase the amount they are able to write during a lesson and continue to perfect their use of paragraphs. They will also continue editing and redrafting their own work.

In Reading, we will continue to focus on summarising, vocabulary and retrieval questions, though we will begin answering inference questions too. We’ll have a new book to study: Aliens Invaded My Talent Show, which should be a really fun and engaging read.


Maths:

Place Value – Partitioning, rounding, representing numbers with 4 digits and Roman Numerals.

Formal methods for the four operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with numbers up to 4 digits.

We’ll also be practising times tables regularly. Please do the same at home.

Science:

Electricity – we will be focusing on how circuits are made and good insulators of electricity. Also, we will be looking at being safe around electricity.

YPC:

Stone Age to the Iron Age- We will be continuing with the Stone Age and looking at cave paintings.

Early Islamic Civilisation – we will be looking at Baghdad in 900AD and identifying features of the golden age.

Computing:

Staying safe online and reporting concerns, computer programming.

PE/Sports:

On the days of P.E. lessons or Sports Clubs, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit or clothing appropriate for P.E instead of their school uniform. Where possible, we will be conducting P.E. lessons outside so a hoodie/jacket and joggers are recommended. Please ensure that they still have a warm, waterproof coat for lunch and play times on these days too.

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.

Each class has Forest School on alternate weeks. Children should wear warm, old clothes that you don’t mind getting a little muddy as we go out whatever the weather.

4D: 1st November, 15th November, 29th November, 13th December

4F: 8th November, 22nd November, 6th December

4M: 9th November, 23rd November, 7th December,

4O: 2nd November, 16th November, 30th November, 14th December


RE/PHSE: Expressing Joy, Being Thankful, Rememberence.

Important information:

- Year 4 children enter school and leave for dismissal at the link bridge door (near the theatre hall/ lunch hall.)

- Year 4 enter the school between 8:40 and 8:55 and can be collected at 3:20

- Children should bring a water bottle to school each day and take it home to be washed.

- Unfortunately there will be no assemblies until further notice. However we will be celebrating achievements in class and on Twitter so do follow your child’s teacher.

- Children should be undertaking regular reading practice at home; even as little as a regular five minutes a day can make a huge impact on their learning. Also, multiplication grids and spellings can be found in the planners for children to practise.

Work at home:

The ‘Autumn 2 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon. Please let us know if a paper copy is required.

We also encourage the use of our Learning Hub as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars.


Thank you for your continued support.

Class 4D - Autumn 1

20th October 2021 Posted by Miss Delaney

What a wonderful half term we’ve had! It has been so lovely to get to know all the children in 4D so far and we've had so much fun the past few weeks.

In English we've been recapping basic sentence structure as well as including some character description in our writing. I have seen some amazing work so far and I'm so excited to see what the children get up to in English next half term.

In Maths we've been recapping place value and the children have amazed me with how much they have understood the topic so far.

We've been looking at the Stone Age in YPC, and the children have a great understanding of what life was like back then. We’ve also studied some artwork by René Magritte, and created our own version of his famous painting.

Our topic for Science this half term has been sound, and the children have completed some very fun experiments which have allowed us to explore how sound is made and how it travels to our ears.

In PE, we have learnt how to dance the Haka, which the children really enjoyed. We also learnt some Tri-Golf, and the children impressed me with their putting skills during the lessons.

I am so proud of everything the children have achieved so far. They have shown great resilience and maturity whilst they’ve settled in, and I am very excited for another great half term!

Class 4F - Autumn 1

18th October 2021 Posted by Miss Fielding

It's been a busy half term, but 4F have worked hard and settled in well.

English- In English, we have been reading The Demon Headmaster. Children have focused on clarifying vocabulary, summarising chapters and making predicting. This will continue next half term. We have also used The Demon Headmaster as inspiration for our writing. We've focused on using capital letters and full stops; as well as using expanded noun phrases to describe characters.

Maths- In Maths, the focus has been on all things place value. Children are now confident with partitioning, ordering and comparing numbers and are starting to round numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. We have also practised times tables regularly, which will continue be a focus throughout the year.

Science- In Science, we have completed lots of investigations around Sound. These were really fun and helped us understand the difference between pitch and volume.

YPC- We have had two topics- an Art and a History topic. In the Art topic, we looked at Surrealism artists such as Magritte and created our own Surreal artworks. In History, we have studied changes from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. We have learnt a lot!

Class 4M - Autumn 1

16th October 2021 Posted by Miss McDougall

It's been a great start to the year in 4M, everyone has made an effort to get back into school.

In Maths, we have been focusing on place value. The children have made a fantastic start with this topic and have demonstrated a great understanding of what has been covered.

In English, we have been reading 'The Demon Headmaster'. The children have worked hard on their sentence structures and have created some fantastic character descriptions.

In Science, we have been learning about sound and how we hear. They have shown great interest in finding out more about how sound waves are made.

In YPC, we started with an art topic, based on Rene Margritte. The children worked hard on their sketching skills and developed some beautiful pieces of art. We have now started on the Stone age and have looked at comparing different time periods.

The children have worked hard in P.E., first they learnt the Hakka, then they have learnt how to play 'tri-golf'.

I can't wait to see what they get up to after the holidays.

All the best!

Class 4O - Autumn 1

14th October 2021 Posted by Miss Orford

What a fantastic first half term we have had in Year 4. It has been so lovely to begin to get to know every single one of you!

We have been very busy this half term with consolidating our basic skills throughout all subjects.

Our main focus in English has been learning how to build accurate and effective sentences to ensure our writing improves continuously. We thought about different determiners, adjectives, nouns and verbs and used these to create sentences with accurate punctuation. There has been a huge improvement across the whole class and I am looking forward to seeing the amazing pieces of work that we will be completing over the next half term.

We have also been reading The Demon Headmaster during this half term. I have enjoyed reading a book from my childhood with the class and I know that every pupil has also found the text mysterious and exciting. We have focused on our retrieval skills by practising analysing football leagues, TV guides and short pieces of texts.

During Maths lessons, we have looked at place value and number. We have looked at Roman numerals, values of digits, comparing and ordering numbers and estimating on a number line. We have spent time outside of the classroom using concrete apparatus to ensure we have a full understanding of place value before we move on to our next Maths skills in Autumn 2.

We completed an art topic focused on Rene Magritte and other similar artists. We spent time building our skills in our sketch books and have created a number of pieces that use the same media and art skills that the artists we have studied used. After completing this topic, we began looking into the Stone Age. We have started our topic with the question 'Which time would you have preferred to live in, Stone Age, Bronze Age or the Iron Age? We will continue to study this topic during Autumn 2.

We have really enjoyed learning Spanish with Mrs Hodgkiss. Our dialogue is improving each week and we are learning more and more every session! Gracias Mrs Hodgkiss :)

During Science lessons, we have looked at 'Sound'. We have learnt the different parts of the ear and how sounds work. We have also planned, investigated and evaluated a range of experiments to improve our knowledge of sound.

We have had a brilliant first half term in Year 4 and I am looking forward to continuing the amazing work during Autumn 2.

Please make sure to check out our twitter @MsOrfordsClass to find out everything we have been getting up to!

Enjoy your break 4O!

Miss Orford x

Year 4 - What's happening this half term (autumn first half term)?

8th September 2021 Posted by Year 4

We hope you’ve had a wonderful summer. Due to last year’s lockdown, we are still focusing on consolidating key skills. Here’s what we’ll be up to this term.


English

A focus on handwriting and presentation, sentence structure, word classes (verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs) and tense. We will be gradually building up the amount children write. Our book this half term is The Demon Headmaster, a fantastic book we’re sure the children will love. We’re also answering questions about a variety of texts such as non-fiction, poems and short stories. Please do read regularly with your children.

Maths

Place Value – Partitioning, rounding, representing numbers with 4 digits and Roman Numerals.

Formal methods for the four operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with numbers up to 4 digits.

We’ll also be practising times tables regularly. Please do the same at home.

Science

Sound – Exploring how sounds are made, how the ear picks up sound and how to change volume and pitch.

YPC

How do artists challenge our view of the world? An art topic focusing on the surrealist artist Rene Magritte. Children will use their sketch books to practise different art skills, finally creating their own surrealist painting.

Stone Age to the Iron Age- Next, we’ll move on to looking at the distant past, understanding how historical sources are used and how the lives of people changed over time.

Computing

Staying safe online and reporting concerns, Word Processing.

P.E./Sports

On the days of P.E. lessons or Sports Clubs, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit or clothing appropriate for P.E. instead of their school uniform. Where possible, we will be conducting P.E. lessons outside so a hoodie/jacket and joggers are recommended. Please ensure that they still have a warm, waterproof coat for lunch and play times on these days too.

If your child wears earrings, there are three options:

  1. Send plasters in so that their ears are covered.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that they are prepared for their P.E lesson.

  3. Children do not wear their earrings on the day they have PE.

Further information will follow, regarding Swimming and Forest School.


RE/PHSE: Expressing Joy, Being Thankful, Harvest.

Important information

  • Children should bring a water bottle to school each day and take it home to be washed.

  • Unfortunately there will be no assemblies until further notice. However we will be celebrating achievements in class and on twitter so do follow your child’s teacher.

  • Children should be undertaking regular reading practice at home; even as little as a regular five minutes a day can make a huge impact on their learning. Also, multiplication grids and spellings can be found in the planners for children to practise.

Work at Home

The ‘Autumn 1 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download from the school website soon. Please let us know if a paper copy is required. We also encourage the use of the learning hubs as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars.


Thank you for your continued support.

Class 4D - The End of Year 4

19th July 2021 Posted by Miss Delaney

In English this half term, we have been looking at Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, which has been so fun! The children have been able to write a match report and lots of fun descriptions based on characters!

In Maths, we have been recapping all of the skills learnt this past year, which has been great, as we've remembered lots of things, but also played games and worked as a team.

We briefly recapped States of Matter in science, and we did an experiment where we created our own mini lava lamp! In YPC, we looked at different artists and musicians, created our own artwork and practised a song!

P.E. has allowed us to learn and play games of cricket, which was really fun in the sun.

Thank you for such an amazing year 4D! You are all so amazing and so clever, and I am so proud of everything that everyone has achieved! I will miss you dearly, but will always be here if you want to say hi or show me your work!

Have a great summer and good luck in Year 5!

Class 4C - Summer 2

14th July 2021 Posted by Mrs Chaudary

This term in English, the children's lesson have been around the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone. We have read certain parts to each chapter and written different pieces of writing around those extracts such as, a story, playscript and news report.

In Maths, we recapped skill that were taught back in Autumn term for example, time, units of measurement and shape. The children really enjoyed using the clocks to help understand time and using the measuring scales to understand measurement.

States of Matter is the topic the children have covered this term in Science. We revisited this topic as we had originally started this topic during lockdown.

In P.E. the children worked on their Athletic skills and cricket skills. We covered javelin, shotput, discus and running in Athletics.

It has been a great pleasure teaching 4C this year and you will truly be missed. I wish you all the best for the future. Have a well deserved break and I will see you around school back in September.

Take care, 4C.

Class 4F - The last half term in Year 4

13th July 2021 Posted by Miss Fielding

In English this half term, we have based our lessons around Harry Potter. We have read extracts from the first book and watched clips from the film. Children wrote descriptions, play scripts, news reports and stories based on the world of Harry Potter and will finish by watching the whole film and comparing it to the book.

In Reading, we focused on reading Harry Potter, understanding the vocabulary and inferences within the text.

In Maths, we recapped topics from throughout the year, focusing on reasoning and problem solving. We particularly recapped time, money and measures.

In YPC, we designed and created pop up books using split pins. Children attempted to create moving parts. This was very tricky but the children tried hard. Next, we moved onto Great Artists and Musicians. We practised and performed a song, which you should be able to watch on Friday.

In Science, we recapped States of Matter, with a focus on scientific skills. Children planned and carried out an investigation around evaporation.

4F have shown great resilience throughout this strange year. I do hope next year is a more settled year for them. Have a lovely summer and enjoy Year 5!

Class 4M - Goodbye and good luck!

13th July 2021 Posted by Miss McDougall

4M have had an incredible end to the year and have persevered through many challenges.

In English, we have looked finished reading Gangsta Granny and also completed Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. The children have worked really hard to remember the rules for each skill taught and have been able to apply it to their English work. There has been a big focus on presentation within the class and the children have risen to the challenge.

In Maths, we have worked on completing the year 4 curriculum by completing statistics and recapping all the skills we have learnt this year. The children have been pushed with their mathematical knowledge and continue to ask for challenges.

In Science, we focussed on recapping states of matter as well as delving into the depths scientific enquiry.

In YPC. we have completed a design and technology topic based on levers and linkages. The children have also worked hard on their Artists and Muscians topic.

The children have been working hard in P.E., with both athletics and cricket.

It has been a pleasure to teach this class and I wish them all the best next year.

Have a lovely summer!