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Friday 13th May 2022

 

Year 4 have had a very busy week! In history, we had our second visit from Luke from Alive and Kicking! The children delved deeper into Roman life, understanding the creation of Hadrian’s Wall and life at this time. It has been exciting to see children begin to make links of how the Romans have actually impacted their own lives in the modern day. Next week, we will push this learning further exploring the cultures within Roman society.

In Art this week, we carried on with our wool basket weaving. Every member of our class has tried exceptionally hard. They did so well focusing on the pattern of their weave as well as keeping the tension at the correct level.

 

In English this week, we have finalised our ‘Guided write’ and begun our creative independent myth, the children’s ideas have been excellent and I can’t wait to see their application of year 4 writing skills.

In maths this week, we have started a new topic of time. It is a skill the class find difficult but they have embraced the challenge well, specifically converting different units of time.

 

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Friday 6th May 2022

 

Year 4 started the week off with a surprise Roman visitor! The children were transported back in time to 122AD. Through drama they delved deep into their historical learning as Roman soldiers traveling to Britain to defeat the mighty Celts! It was a fantastic morning with lots of excitement had by all. Our Centurion, Lucius Dentartus, left with a task to add all our new found knowledge into letters back home to our loved ones describing life in the army before our coming battle next week!

 

In English this week, we have completed 2 paragraphs of our guided write. I have been so impressed with the implementation of our grammar skills so far, I can’t wait to see the independent tasks.

 

In Art, the children have started weaving their own baskets with wool! There was lots of concentration going on, making sure they didn’t miss a weave!

 

Another week of learning to come, remember to complete your reading tasks on Reading Plus over the coming week. Have a great weekend Year 4!

Roman Soldier Workshop

Friday 29th April 2022

 

Year 4’s brains have been challenged this week in many ways… they will definitely sleep well tonight after their orienteering lesson! Well done for all the hard work and improvement this week!

 

In English, the children have been focusing on their writing skills needed for our Talk for Writing model text. They mastered subordinating conjunctions, commas for clauses and punctuating inverted commas correctly! The children created some superb conversations and even introduced Mrs Walton to some new ‘cool’ language!

 

In Maths, we have continued our work on decimal numbers; ordering, comparing and problem solving!

 

In Science, the children were introduced to their new focus of the digestive system by locating and labelling the different organs involved with digestion.

 

Enjoy your 3 day weekend and get some rest after your marathon running session today in PE! See you on Tuesday!

Friday 22nd April 2022

What a FABULOUS first week!

 

Year 4 have jumped into our new learning with superb enthusiasm. We transformed into Roman soldiers and built catapults, then we had a firing competition to see which pair would be crowned the best Roman army members!

 

In English, we have immersed ourselves in the Myth of Romulus and Remus. The children worked in groups to act out different parts of the story. Using this knowledge and photos they built their own large text map for our work this half term. Mrs Walton was really impressed!

 

In Maths, the children astounded Mrs Durbin with their knowledge and capability when working with decimal numbers. This week we have focused on tenths and hundredths and Mrs Walton is looking forward to challenging the children further.

 

In Science, the children transformed into water droplets and completed the water cycle learning each step of the process as they travelled! Great fun had by all!

 

Finally, a huge congratulations to team LORDS who won our class Quidditch Cup!

 

Remember, PE on Wednesday is swimming starting next week (27.4.22) and children also need their PE kits on Friday for our regular PE slot. Please continue to encourage your children to use Reading Plus at home as much as possible and complete their Classroom Secrets Kids homework each Friday.

Team LORDS! Quidditch Cup Winners!

Friday 1st April 2022

 

The class has worked very hard this week even though it is the last week of term! We have had lots of exciting learning and events planned this week including egg rolling, egg tombola, egg hunts, book swap and many, many more! It’s Egg-cellent!

 

In English, the children have completed their Guided and Independent write. They transformed themselves into Harry Potter and completed a diary entry using all the skills we have explored this half term! Mrs Walton has been really impressed with the standard of writing she has read!

 

In Maths, we've continued to explore fractions, learning all about fractions of quantities. The children had to really concentrate and be precise.

 

In Science, we investigated changes of state. We experimented with ice, looking in detail at how the particles behave as a material changes state. We learnt about melting, evaporation, water vapour, condensing and freezing! Now we are ready to explore the water cycle next half term!

 

One of the most exciting tasks this week has been completing our design technology projects – Our team Quidditch bibs! Our teams are going to look amazing for our Quidditch competition- I wonder who will win the House Cup? Will it be Frogwarts, Slyafor, Hisspell or Lords?

 

Have an egg-citing break! The Year 4 team are looking forward to the Summer Term!

Design Technology - Quidditch Vests

Friday 18th March 2022

 

Have you ever accidently set a snake loose in a zoo? Have you magically made something disappear? These are all things happening in the mixed up world of Year 4 and Harry Potter!

 

In Maths, the children have been exploring fractions. They have been learning to calculate mixed, improper fractions and equivalent fractions. Mrs Walton and Mr Roycroft have been really impressed with the level of explanation that the children have been using to show their understanding.

 

In English, we have been exploring expanded noun phrases in character descriptions as well as diving into some fantastic drama- hot seating to discover characters thoughts and feelings across different events.

 

The children also had the opportunity to join in with a live lesson to partake in Science week! Dung beetles turned out to be one of the children’s favourite critters – I’m extremely thankful smell cannot travel through webcams!

 

Please continue to encourage the children to log into their Reading Plus accounts and complete their weekly activities as well as complete their weekly classroom secrets homework!

Have a great weekend!

Friday 4th March 2022

Welcome to Sprogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! 

This term started in a very unusual way...

On Monday morning the children were greeted by a special letter on their desks. It was an acceptance letter to Sprogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry! The children were really excited! They can't wait to dive into their learning over the next few weeks. They have been sorted into their houses, created names and designed their logos! Well done - Hisspell, Slyafor, Frogwarts and Lords! I wonder which team will win the house cup and which team will triumph at our Quidditch tournament? 

 

On top of starting a new school, the children have been teaching other classes in Key Stage 2 all about their Reading PLus lessons. I have been really impressed at how well they have shared their knowledge and demonstrated how to use the program and its different activities. 

 

With a keen focus on reading, World Book Day came at the perfect time! The children loved the day and with such a variety of book focused actvities to explore, everyone found something they enjoyed from building their own reading den to uncovering what a 'Book Tasting' involved! A brilliant day had by all!

 

Please continue to access your Reading Plus at home and complete all home learning set, it is an important part of education and independent learning to challenge themselves academically both inside and outside school.

 

An amazing first week Year 4! 

 

 

Friday 11th February 2022

  

This week we've been hard at work completing all sorts of learning. I've been very proud at how hard Year 4 have worked and how settled they have been within their independent work.

 

In Maths, we’ve explored area of shape. Some of our reasoning and problem solving activities were quite challenging and we reviewed it again to make sure all the children were confident to apply the skill in different contexts.

 

I want to say a big ‘Well done’ to all the children who have been working hard at home on their times table challenge, Reading Plus, spellings and home learning – the scores this week were SUPERB! Keep up the hard work, it really does benefit your learning in class.

 

In English, the children completed their Guided Write. Their instructions were superb, with lots of year 4 writing skills confidently used. Next week we will be starting our independent write. I can’t wait to see the outcome!

 

In science, we learnt all about particles in a solid, liquid and gas. The children worked in table groups to become the particles themselves. They thought it was brilliant. It was lovely to see the children really challenge themselves by choosing items out of the challenge box to show the particles in each. They even got a mention on Twitter!

  

I hope you all have a smashing weekend, don’t forget to explore your home learning!

Our cheeky crispy buns - Instructions lesson!

Friday 4th February 2022

 

It's been another busy week in Year 4! In English we have started to learn our new text ‘How to trap a wolf’. The class have built up their texts maps and created actions to help them remember new vocabulary and punctuation! Next week we will be moving on to our guided write section. I wonder what we will be trapping for our text.

 

In Maths, we've been exploring division using bus stop method as well as consolidating skills taught this year. The children have really engaged with their times table challenge and this has shown a great improvement in their rapid recall and commutativity understanding! Well done Year 4!

 

In Geography, the children have worked co-operatively to research and build an information poster about the key features of the Chihuahuan desert. They explored animals, plants, water, landscape, weather and where people have settled within the desert environment. The children worked really hard to present their work in a creative and engaging way.

 

I’m looking forward to next week, have a lovely weekend!

Friday 28th January 2022

 

I wanted to start by congratulating Year 4 on superb use of their Reading Plus accounts at home! Keep up the hard work!

 

In Maths, we are currently working on division. We have been exploring ‘bus stop’ method to divide 2, 3, and 4 digit numbers. It’s been a challenging operation for the children to grasp but they have worked really hard to master it!

 

In English, we have moved onto our independent writes. We carefully planned our stories out using our boxing up before moving onto our writing. The children are beginning to show great confidence with our Year 4 writing skills.

 

In Geography this week we conducted internet research into a specific feature from the Chihuahuan desert. Next week, the children will be creating a group poster to show what they discovered.

 

Reminder: School book bags are to be brought into everyday with school planners and reading books. Home work is handed in each Friday morning to be marked.

Friday 21st January 2022

 

Well done to everyone for a brilliant week. We have been working really hard and some excellent results have been achieved, especially on Reading Plus! A huge well done to all the children who have logged on at home and challenged their reading! Keep up your hard work!

 

Firstly, in English we have completed our guided write in which we are creating a defeating a monster tale using inference techniques to use descriptive phrases to give the reader clues to our character, setting and monster. We have explore similes, fronted adverbials using prepositions and coordinating conjunctions. Alongside this, we have enjoyed our Class Novel, The Guggenheim Mystery. It is a story written by a young boy called Ted, who views the world differently to others. We can’t wait to uncover the mystery within the museum.

 

In maths, we have been consolidating our understanding of multiplication. The children have modelled the skills brilliantly and are now focusing their skills on reasoning and problem solving, understanding the questions and knowing which multiplication skill is needed to find the answer.

 

Finally, at our swimming lesson this week the children were assessed for their badges by out coaching staff. The children and staff are very excited to see the results. The progress the children have made since September has been superb!

 

We are all looking forward to another fun week next week. Have a good weekend.

Our weeks so far!

Friday 14th January 2022

 

Following our introductory week, the children are now becoming more confident using our new program Reading Plus! It’s so lovely to hear the children cheer when they hear we have Reading Plus time each day! Well done to everyone who has logged on at home, it’s great to see your progression through the texts you are reading!

 

In Maths this week we've continued exploring multiplication. We've been introduced to clever tips to learn our 11 and 12 X tables, built our confidence with column multiplication, completed calculations with 3 single digits and explored factors and products. Continue to practise your tables at home for our weekly Times Table Challenge. I wonder who will be the first to achieve their 12 X tables! Could it be completed this week?

 

In English we've explored our text as readers and as writers. We showed our understanding by finding our year 4 writing skills within the text and developing our skills further by exploring apostrophes for contraction and possession, plurals and similes.

  

Next week, at swimming, the children will be assessed for their swimming awards. This we challenged the children’s stamina to complete an entire length from the deep end! Mrs Walton’s feet got rather wet from all the splashing when children jumped in!

 

Another fabulous week, with a drive to progress our skills. Well Done!

Friday 7th January 2022

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic break! From speaking with the children, they all seem to have had a great Christmas with lots of awesome presents like 3D pens, phones and even a kitten!

 

As many of you know, I got married over the holidays. My new married name is Mrs Walton. (It’s very strange typing that! J) Thank you to everyone who came to join our big day, it really did mean a lot to me and my guests. They thought you were all FABULOUS! Thank you again for my lovely gifts and well wishes, I am a very lucky teacher to have such support from families around school.

Our first week back has been really exciting! A new text full of mystery and monsters, investigations into new places and lots of times table practise ready for our assessment.

The children have settled in really well and I look forward to pushing learning further this half term and creating new engaging experiences for everyone to enjoy.

Friday 10th December 2021 angel

 

It’s starting to get very festive in Year 4 with Cupcake- Sparkle (our class elf) moving around the room each morning to surprise the children. We must have tired her out as one morning she hadn’t moved! It’s all the concentration she’s had to do keeping up with Year 4.

This week the children have really enjoyed creating their ICT animation films. Their knowledge of Thomas Edison has improved so much this half term. Miss Taylor is just in the process of editing the footage then she will share it with you online.

In English, the children have completed their independent persuasion texts to ensure their naughty character is punished for their behaviour.

In Science, we are exploring conductors and insulators. I wonder which materials the children will find conduct electricity next week.

At church, Year 4 were superb, they all demonstrated their understanding of Christingle brilliantly. I know they couldn’t wait to eat their sweets too.

Another very positive week! 1 more week to go!

Friday 3rd December 2021

 

Well, I can’t believe it’s here already – DECEMBER! The children are on count down for the most exciting day of the year! We even had a new member of the class join us or the festive season – our class elf, who the children have name Cupcake Sparkles!

Very festive!

 

In Maths this week our focus has been on our 6 times table. We have looked at missing numbers within a sequence, arrays and even column multiplication!

 

In English, we completed learnt our new model text, completed our boxing up process and are now ready to start our independent writes.  Wow, busy or what in Year 4!

Our previous work was about a character finding something that wasn’t theirs and taking it! Our new piece of writing is a persuasion text to ensure their character gets a punishment for their silly behaviour and actions! I can’t wait to read them!

 

In ICT/history this week the children have worked together in teams to produce a story board of a film they are going to make over the coming weeks about how Thomas Edison helped the world out by upgrading the design of the lightbulb! It turns out he wasn’t the first person to invent the lightbulb as the children thought!

 

Have a great weekend…. It’s beginning to look a lot like…..

Friday 26th November

 

Well done to everyone in Year 4 this week on their fabulous determination and enthusiasm towards their learning. It’s been a really positive week.

 

In maths this week, we have carried on with multiplication and division. In particular, we have focused on multiplying and dividing by 10 or 100. Everyone tried really hard and demonstrated their learning on their place value grids. On Thursday, we played Towers of Terror. The children had to answer a range of questions on their table. If they were correct they were rewarded with cubes to build a tower. The tallest tower won! Well done Silver team – 43 cubes high!

 

In english this week, we completed our fiction text Reilly. The children’s stories are very creative and Miss Taylor has been impressed with the improvement in correct cursive handwriting. We are now moving onto our new text. Miss Taylor and Miss Armitage had a slight disagreement in class as they could not agree whether Reilly deserved a punishment or not for his actions. The children sided with Miss Taylor and wrote a letter to Miss Armitage to persuade her to agree with them. Next week, we will officially start our new text!

 

In topic this week the class have been fabulous scientists! We have been focusing on electricity. They experimented with circuits, trying to get motors to work. They learnt about complete and incomplete circuits and how the electric current travels.

 

Reminder - Please remember children need to be bringing in their reading book and reading record into school each day.

On a Friday, children need to bring in their completed home learning book for it to be looked at. Each week the children are given a specific times table and spelling rule to learn. Please to practice these as often as possible during the week ready for Friday assessments.

 

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

 

Miss Taylor, Mrs Hand and Miss Armitage.

Check out our music skills!

Friday 19th November 2021

 

Another really positive week in Year 4 with lots of enthusiasm and drive in our learning.

 

In English, we have made a fantastic start to the first few paragraphs of our guided write. The children have been developing their skills and understanding of techniques to help them write their own versions of our story. They are starting to see the benefits of sticking closely to our original texts but by making their own tweaks can see their own story develop.  – As well as ensuring their texts make sense they have been making sure they include many of the grammatical features we have been learning such as expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials.

 

Measures, measures, measures... this week we finished our length and perimeter unit. There has been a very solid understanding throughout the class, however, like all our previous learning this year, we have set time aside to continue to revisit the concepts and understanding.

 

In Science, the children explored how electricity is made and how it gets to our houses. They loved acting out the different parts of the process and even spotted a transformer on our way to swimming this week.

 

Finally, in swimming we learnt about water safety and will continue this again next week.

 

Well done on a great week!

Friday 12th November 2021

 

Wow! Thank you so much to everybody at home working really hard with the Year 4 children. The children have been doing brilliantly since returning from the holidays. All the fantastic reading that has been going on at home is also really impressing the Year 4 staff. It was great to see so many of the class in non-uniform last week and today! Well done for a great effort everybody!

 

In English, we have now fully completed our magic Talk For Writing text: Reilly. The children were really enthusiastic about building our text map from picture suggestions to extravagant actions!

 

In Maths we've been exploring perimeter of rectilinear shapes. The children started by using a grid to help them count the perimeter before challenging themselves to using numbers to calculate missing digits, convert digits and solve reasoning and problem solving questions.

 

At swimming the children were re-assessed with the coaches expressing how happy they were with the progress seen.

 

Miss Taylor, Mrs Hand and Miss Armitage are looking forward to another great week next week! Keep up your focus and hard work Year 4!

Friday 5th November 2021 - Welcome Back!

Remember Remember the 5th of November!!!

If you are heading to any bonfire or firework displays have a brilliant time and stay safe!

 

What a brilliant first week back! The children have settled in and got their brains working! ALL the Year 4 staff are really impressed!

 

In English the children loved a secret mission that arrived on Thursday afternoon! They had to solve musical clues and use their senses to find out their theme for our new Talk for Writing topic.

Following the exploration of a mystery item in a box, the children, led by Miss Taylor broke the rules and opened the box! In it we found a letter from Reilly. He was a friend of Harry Potter’s who attended Hogwarts! Our new story is from him. It’s a finding tale where he gets a little silly with his magic!

The children created their own wands to join in with some magic of their own! We can’t wait to read our new text! Brilliant fun had by all!

 

In Maths we have been exploring length. The children have built up a secure understanding of different measurements and their conversions all the way up to kilometres. Soon we will challenge this understanding further to dive into perimeter and area.

 

During the week we also uncovered what the children already know about Thomas Edison and Electricity. We can’t wait to build on their knowledge and skills across our curriculum! There is lots of fun challenges ahead!

 

A great start Year 4! You are brilliant!

Week Beginning: 18th October 2021 - Happy half term everyone!

In maths this week, we have been consolidating our learning from this half term and challenged our brains with some column method subtraction. Year 4 worked brilliantly, explaining each step they took to solve their calculations! Well done Year 4! 

 

In english this week, we have completed our final text of Scarlett and the Spy. The children created their own versions with some AMAZING ideas! I have loved reading each and every piece of work!

 

For next half term here are a few reminders - please remember children need to be bringing in their reading book and planner into school each day.

On a Friday, children need to bring in their completed homework book for it to be marked. As the weather is getting colder, please remember to send your child in with a coat and appropriate footwear.

PE kits are to be worn on a Wednesday for swimming.

 

Over the holidays, please check the home learning page as we have an exciting activity for you to do! I can't wait to see what you send in!

 

I hope everyone has a great half term and enjoys doing lots of fun filled activities! Enjoy the fair if you get the chance to go! You deserve an amazing half term as you have all worked so hard!

 

Miss Taylor, Mrs Hand and Miss Armitage

 Friday 15th October

 

As you can see, the class have really enjoyed Spanish Day! Their costumes were AWESOME as were their dance moves!!!! The children learnt how to play What Time is it Mr Wolf? and Higher or Lower in Spanish. They were super excited when Mr Wolf shouted “Dinnertime” or when they completed the whole line of cards in Higher and Lower.

In the afternoon, the children researched different flight times from Leeds to a variety of airports in Spain. We followed Spanish instructions to make our own paper planes, wrote on the different journey’s to Spain then, topped it all off by having a flying competition!

Another highlight was exploring the Spanish island of La Palma and the volcanic eruption that is happening there. We conducted a summary of breaking news but carved the words into our very own clay volcanoes before we created our own eruption all over it!

 

In English, we completed our guided write and have now moved onto our independent write. I am so impressed at their secure understanding of structuring and adapting ideas to create a text that makes sense, even with a complex storyline.

 

Other exciting learning this week included our invertebrate hunt! There is one thing for sure, Year 4 are not afraid of getting dirty or handling bugs!

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Week Commencing 4th October 2021

Another busy week working brain and building knowledge in Year 4. We have explored classification, looking at vertebrate and invertebrates and how scientist group animals according to specific details. The children learnt key classification vocabulary such as mammals, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and insects.

 

In English, the level of work has been fantastic and each and every person has produced a brilliant piece of writing linked to our Talk for Writing story, Scarlett and the Spy! We have developed our skills using powerful verbs, adverbs, fronted adverbials and inverted commas.

 

Maths has been really exciting this week, culminating in Maths Express which the children thoroughly enjoy! It was brilliant to see so much enthusiasm, determination and enjoyment when tackling the variety of tasks. Great Work!

 

Have a lovely weekend and see you all on Monday! 

Memories made so far this year!

Week commencing 27th September 2021

 

In English, the children really dug deep in their imaginations to create new adaptations that would make sense with our text of Scarlett and the Spy. We thought carefully about characters, their importance and the links we had to make prior to making final decisions on objects and missions they were working on. By the end of the week we had nearly 8 large full stories that the children could draw on for support as they structure their own text next week.

In Maths, the children have explored negative numbers and what happens when we count past zero.

Our times table challenge continues so keep working hard Year 4! It is the 3 times table next week!

Remember PE kits on Wednesday's now, not Tuesdays.

Keep striving to challenge your brains Year 4, you are Super!

Week commencing 20th September 2021

The children in Year 4 have worked really hard this week, showing great determination and pride in their work.

In English, the children completed our class text map and actions to memorise the story, Scarlett and the Spy. They completed the week by writing the text from memory using the text map as a guide to practice some Year 4 writing skills.

In Maths, the children have mastered partitioning numbers. They have supported their learning with place value grids, a range of resources and pictorial representations. Miss Taylor has been really impressed with the children’s explanations and clear understanding.

In history we started to explore the skill of chronology, placing important events in history onto timelines that passed through BC and AD periods.

Another brilliant week! Well done Year 4!

Week commencing: 13th September 2021

 

 

This week has flown so quickly!

In Maths, we have started work on number and place value. We have worked with numbers to 1000 as well as having a go at using Roman Numerals and rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and we even challenged ourselves to 1000's too!

 

In English, we have introduced our first Talk for Writing unit but shhhhh Year four's story is linked to a secret challenge and task! We completed a mystery test that was left for us by a new secret friend and then started to learn our first model text. It is all about meeting someone unexpected.

 

We have also started our Science unit which is all about Living things.

 

In PE this half term on Tuesday's we will be having a go at hockey. On a Wednesday we will be going swimming. The children loved it this week and are already excited for next week.

 

Have a great weekend Year 4 - see you next week.

 

 

 

Week commencing: 6.9.2021

Our First Week Back!

 

Wow! What a fabulous first week back we have had in Year 4! 

Miss Taylor, Mrs Armitage and Mrs Hand are so proud of everyone. The children have settled in brilliantly, adapting to new rules and routines with a positive mental attitude!

We can't wait for next week... there are lots of new things to look forward to next week with swimming starting and jumping into our new curriculum!

 

A huge WELL DONE Year 4 - Let's keep it up!

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