Monday 30th March 2020
I hope week 1 of your home learning went well and you managed to get some exercise between your activities. I spent some time on Monday making a rainbow to put in my window so that when the children go out on their daily walk they can go around and count them! If you haven’t already made one, why don’t you start the week by doing so?!
As part of our DT work, we need to create a smoothie! I would like you to think carefully about what you would like to put in your smoothie as it needs to be healthy! Can you research what different properties certain fruit and vegetables have to help you decide what to put into your smoothie?
Don’t worry if you can’t make your smoothie- you can still plan and write instructions for what to do. I would also like you to come up with an advertisement for your smoothie. Remember, you need to persuade people to try your smoothie so you will need to tell them why it’s the best smoothie, how much it will cost them and it needs to be bright, bold and stand out to make people choose it!
For maths, I have set some activities on MyMaths as well as asked you to continue work on your times tables. In year 4, we have realised how vital our times tables are in everything we do so make sure you are continuing to work hard to retain the speed you have already to remember your times tables.
Don’t forget what a fact family is! You need 2 multiplication and 2 division questions… for example:
5 X 4 = 20 4 X 5 = 20
20 ÷ 5 = 4 20 ÷ 4 = 5
As part of your exercise this week, can you create a circuit you could do – you could even get your adults or siblings involved! Think of different activities they could do at each station! My circuit would include activities such as hop scotch, skipping, star jumps, high knees and suicides!
Write out your stations in your home learning book so I can see them – you never know, we might get an opportunity when we get back to school to have a go at them!
Monday 23rd March 2020
Hello Year 4- I hope you are all keeping healthy and happy.
This week, I would like you to work on a variety of activities linked to the learning we have been doing in class.
I would like you to continue to work on your fractions as well as your times tables.
In writing, I would like you to continue to write about Harry Potter. You could also write a letter to somebody you know to say thank you such as someone who works in hospitals, fire service, police or even a teacher.
Don’t forget that it is important to do exercise and keep yourselves healthy. Can you show adults or your siblings some of our balances and travelling sequences that we have been working on in gymnastics?
In Maths this week, we have been continuing our work on fractions. We have been adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominators. We also looked at subtracting fractions from whole numbers.
We learnt how to change a whole number to an improper fraction.
In English, we started our work for our 500 word stories. As a class we have written stories which are set at Barwick in Elmet School! We have also begun to learn the model text using a text map.
This week we have also been doing work on first aid. We watched a series of videos from the Red Cross which taught us what to do in different emergencies such as if someone was bleeding or burnt themselves.
This week we have completed our character descriptions! Mrs Fox was so impressed with the grammar we all managed to include. We confidently included fronted adverbials, conjunctions and expanded noun phrases.
We are moving on to writing our 500 word stories next week!
In maths, we have continued our work on fractions. We have all been able to add 2 or more fractions together and we can change our answer from an improper fraction to a mixed number fraction.
On Friday, we did some work on personal hygiene. We discussed how important it is to wash our hands to stop germs spreading and making ourselves or others poorly. We also discussed respiratory hygiene and what we should do if we don’t have a tissue to cover our mouth or nose when we sneeze or cough. We made some informative posters to help teach others about this.
This week we have written a character description of Hagrid from Harry Potter. We have enjoyed using a thesaurus’ to find interesting words to include in our work. We have then moved on to create our own characters that could be professors at Hogwarts and we will be writing character descriptions independently for our characters.
In Maths, we have moved onto looking at fractions which are greater than one. We have done lots of work on improper fractions and mixed number fractions to increase our confidence when working with both types of fractions.
In Science, we have continued our work on states of matter. We have completed an experiment about gas in fizzy drinks!
This week we have had a great start to our half term. We have launched in school our 500 word challenge which we will be working on over the half term as well as our curriculum creatures!
Our curriculum creature is going to be Design Technology (DT). We have discussed as a class what DT is and how we could represent DT within our creature. We decided that DT has lots of different areas. We could have materials, needles, thread. We could also include a toolbox full of tools such as a hammer, saw, drill, nails but then we also considered the fact DT includes healthy eating!
In Maths, we have started to look at fractions. We have found our work on equivalent fractions a challenge but we have worked hard to preserver with this work.
In Writing, we have started to write character descriptions about characters from Harry Potter which is our focus text this half term.
We have had an extremely busy week this week!
We started our week by finishing our class text. We have really enjoyed reading Kensuke’s Kingdom as a class and we were all very pleased that there was a happy ending for Michael.
In Maths, we have continued and now finished our unit on area. We have built on our knowledge and we are all able to compare areas.
On Thursday, we presented what we have learnt this half term about the desert and climate change. We all worked really hard to practise our parts in class ready to show the rest of the school and parents.
On Friday, we had a visit from Icarus to collect our story which he will take and publish in the Museum for Untold Stories. As a class, we worked hard to write independent stories and then we put our ideas together to produce our own class story. We took it in turns to read out our story to Icarus. When we got to different parts of our story, we used hot seating to question the King and we used a freeze frame to dive deeper into the thoughts and feelings of characters in our story.
On Monday, we started off storytelling week by going outside to the scrap shed. Mrs Fox had written an opening to a story and in small groups, we created pieces of drama using the scrap shed to help us finish our stories.
Mrs Fox was impressed with how different everyone’s stories were and how well we all worked as a team. We shared ideas with each other and worked together to overcome challenges.
Everyday a different teacher has come into class to tell us different stories and to work with different traditional tales. On Monday, Mrs Fox worked with us on Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Mrs Fox asked us to change the setting of the story as well as the characters! We had to keep the story structure by having 3 different issues.
Miss Wood and Mr Lynn also visited this week. We loved the movement work we did with Mr Lynn and his traditional tale.
In Maths, we have moved onto area. We have done lots of work to find the area of shapes and we have begun to build our confidence when comparing areas. We have done a lot of work recently on showing evidence when answering reasoning and problem solving question so that Mrs Fox can see that we understand what we have been learning.
This week has been another busy week in year 4!
In Maths, we have been working on division and have been using different methods to show our working out. On Friday, we looked at division questions which left us with remainders!
In Writing, we have finished our guided write and we have planned our independent write which we will complete next week.
We have also been enjoying reading Kensuke’s Kingdom - We only have 2 chapters left!
On Friday, we watched year 2’s class assembly and then visited their Wonderland Café in their classroom. Lots of us got to enjoy a hot chocolate and a cake!
What a week! Mrs Sanderson helped Mrs Fox to transform our classroom. At the start of the week, we had new places in the classroom as well as new displays on the walls!
We have been working hard on our multiplication in maths. We have all become much more confident when using the box method and some of us are now using the column method for multiplication to speed ourselves up.
In our English, we have started to write non-chronological reports. As part of our writing, we have been learning Mrs Fox’s model text and we have attempted to write it from memory! Learning the structure and expectation will help us to write our independent one on the desert!
A huge thank you to Year 4 for making me so welcome this week. We have had a fantastic week of learning and all children have shown a positive attitude towards their learning.
In Maths, we have been looking at multiplication and we have been learning how to times 3 numbers together!
In English, we have started to work with the book Kensuke's Kingdom. The children have shown a great interest in this book and we have done lots of work around the different characters in this story.
Well done for such a positive start Year 4!
What a fantastic last week we have had with you Year 4. We have done some brilliant plans of how to help Terrance the Turkey escape from the farm before Christmas, and have also done some fabulous Christmas Maths activities.
Thank you for all of your hard work and effort this term. We have both loved teaching you.
Have a lovely Christmas and New Year and thank you for all of our lovely gifts.
Mrs Kimberley and Mr Roycroft
This week, we have been showing off our outstanding maths skills in our progress assessments, as well as taking part in some exciting lessons alongside Mrs Morris, who joined us for the week as part of ensuring a smooth transition in Spring. Our yellow writing files have two shiny new pieces of writing in them- a non-fiction balanced argument on the advantages and disadvantages of quarrying, as well as a creative fiction piece.
Congratulations to our amazing pen license winners this week- watch this space for more! Santa has made a list and he's checking it twice!
Have a wonderful Christmas after next week everybody. Rest up and keep practising your times tables!
This week, we have been exploring the weather and climate in the Tropics. We have learned about tropical rainforests, coniferous rainforests, tropical grasslands and savannahs. We were each assigned a location within the Tropics and in pairs we researched the weather and climate within that location. Some of the questions we found the answers to included:
What was the weather like today?
What was the highest and lowest temperature?
How did today's weather compare to yesterday?
What was the wind speed/ direction?
What was the percentage likelihood of precipitation.
The children took great pleasure in presenting their findings to the class in the format of a planned, rehearsed weather programme! Thank you to all children involved for providing us with such accurate and technical information...and a good few giggles along the way.
We have been thinking about Anti-Bullying all week and the children have come up with some fantastic charters to help prevent bullying in our school.
In maths this week, we have been multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100. The children have blown us away with their understanding of this!
In English, we have been using the video clip 'Girl and Robot' to look at the techniques an author used to express a character's feelings in a text. We have done some wonderful drama, group work and amazing writing about this!
In Science, we have been thinking about how to use electricity safely in our homes. Next week we are excited to be making electrical circuits.
Thank you for another super week of hard work year 4!
This half term's theme is 'Look around; be curious!'. It launched with a bang, fizz and a pop as the teachers took to the stage in pairs to demonstrate an exciting scientific experiment. Our minds were boggled with elephant toothpaste, magic cabbage and colour-changing skittles!
This week, we kicked off our fun geography topic by exploring the globe using Google Maps. We learned about the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, as well as exploring various countries along the Equator. We looked into the angles that the sun's rays hit the surface of the Earth, and how this can cause certain countries to have hotter climates than others. We each picked a country to delve into and used iPads to research and record information such as population and average rainfall. Be sure to ask us which country we chose!
This week, we have been exploring efficient methods for addition and subtraction. We have also learned to use our skills in rounding to the nearest 10 and 100 to estimate answers to a calculation.
Did you know, to solve the calculation '6000 - 2576', you can simply subtract one from each side in order to complete it using the column method without any time-consuming exchanging! Try it yourself and see. We tried it both ways and it took us so much longer to solve it with all the exchanging. We are learning these handy tricks to help us become the best mathemagicians we possibly can!
We have also very excitedly been completing our Harry Potter themed artwork for the grand gallery on 23rd October! Be sure to come along and see our incredible street art which we have toiled over this week! It will truly be a spectacle to behold and will make for the perfect Christmas/ birthday gifts- don't miss out! Check out the sneak preview below.
In English over the past 2 weeks we have been studying the poem 'The Highwayman'. The children have loved this tragic tale and have done some fantastic drama and brilliant diary entries relating to the story.
In Maths we have continued work on place value and have a secure understanding of numbers with 4 digits.
In Science we have been classifying animals and leaves using a classification key. Today we completed an investigation to find out the most common invertebrates in our school ground. The children presented their information using tally charts and graphs.
Keep up the hard work next week Year 4!
This week, we have jumped feet first into our topic 'Crime and Punishment Through the Ages'. Our journey began in the Roman era, where we discovered that the justice system is similar to ours today- in fact, we learned about many Roman influences on modern day Britain- more on this later in the year! We learned that punishments were very severe- particularly if you were a slave, where the punishment was likely to be death no matter the seriousness of the crime. If you were lucky, you may have been forced to become a gladiator and fight to the death! We jumped forward to the Anglo-Saxons, who took over from the Romans when they were forced to return to defend Rome. Their justice system was also similar to ours, though the punishments were far worse. We were particularly entertained by the 'Trials by Ordeal'- ask us about them if you'd like to know more!
Check out some photographs below of our group activity 'Wergild for body parts', where we calculated how many shillings we would have to repay if we had committed various crimes on another person!
Thank you to all of the children who made the effort to dress up for Roald Dahl day. We were blown away by your efforts!
We have had an amazing day creating happy thoughts poems in English as well as completing Roald Dahl challenges in maths. What a wonderful end to a week of hard work completing assessments.
We have received the following info from Garforth Academy, which may be of interest! They sound like great opportunities, should you be able to attend.
Arts Live is a programme of community music activities which take place weekly during term-time on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and evenings at Garforth Academy, Lidgett Lane, Garforth, LS25 1LJ.
There are no auditions - just contact us to arrange to come for a free taster session!