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Welcome to the Year 4 Class Page. We hope that you are regular visitors so we can keep you up to date with what we have been learning, any class news and other key activities or events that may be taking place. We will regularly update the page with photos of children's work and their learning. All letters relevant to Year 4 will also be added.

 

If you have any questions or queries that you'd like to discuss, please don't hesitate to contact us via the School Office, either in person, phone or via email. 

Who's Who

Who's Who 1 Mrs Gough
Who's Who 2 Mrs Freed Class teacher
Who's Who 3 Miss Saunders
Who's Who 4 Mrs Burrows (Teaching Assistant)

Rainforest assembly play script (14.06.19)

 

 Even more science (13.06.19)

 Focusing on our theme of sound, the children learnt about the history and development of the telephone.  We then went right back to basics and made a "cup phone." We investigated if the length or   tightness the string made any difference to the quality of the sound.

 Our pictures record the investigations at their practical best. See if you can spot the conference calls being made or maybe it was just a crossed line smiley

Even more science (13.06.19) The evidence

Year 4 Hall of Fame (14.06.19)

Star Writer of the Week:  Leah

Maths Magician: Aiden and Christopher

Mathletics: Bronze certificates awarded to Bella, Isabel and Aaron

Growth Mindset: Horace

Values: Bella

Behaviour: Polly

Well done one and all!

Pop Up Literacy Festival (12.6.19)

On Tuesday, Year 4 travelled by coach to the Archives Building at Waddesdon. They met with artist Kertu Sillaste who showed them her book and did some art activities with them. 

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Science (10.6.19)

As we draw to the end of our rainforest topic, we move onto focusing on Science for this half term. We are starting by investigating sound and then electricity. 

Today children started by looking at a range of musical instruments and discussing how 'sound' is made. 

They then had a series of investigations to develop their understanding of vibrations. 

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Pyjamarama Day (7.6.19)

Firstly thank you all for your generous donations towards this very worthwhile cause. 

The children, as always, thoroughly enjoyed the change of uniform and of timetable.

We used the book "One is a snail ten is a crab" for our Maths lessons and investigated how we could make different amounts using the legs in the books, the children will explain the rules!

We then made a picture book based an audio story called "Ali's Adventures" the results were spectacular.

Midnight snack and book swapping completed the day. The photographs show the results of our work.

Well done one and all!

 Year 4 Hall of Fame (21.05.19)

Star Writer of the Week:  Isabel

Maths Magician: Aaron

Mathletics: Bronze certificates awarded to Bella, Isabel and Aaron

Growth Mindset: Dewi

Values: Noah

Behaviour: Euan

Special congratulations to Herbie who was awarded Key Stage 2 Effort Shield.

The Bacteria Factor (with a bit of glitter thrown in for fun!)

The Bacteria Factor (17.5.19)

As part of our PSHE topic this half term we have been focusing on Keeping Healthy including understanding what bacteria is and how it can be spread.

The glitter and hand cream acted as the bacteria and we realised how easily we pass bacteria around and how only soap and water would wash them away. 

Food for thought indeed. 

Class Assembly (21.5.19)

We are looking forward to our class assembly on Friday 24th June at 2.45pm.

Our theme will be "The Rainforest."

As part of the assembly the class will be learning The Rainforest Song, the lyrics of which are on the Class page for them to practise whenever they feel the need.

Enjoy!

The Rainforest Song

Maths Learning (21.5.19)

So far in Maths this week we have been looking at the units of measurement for time. Children are now going to be learning how to tell the time using digital and analogue clocks. 

If your child has a watch (preferrably analogue), please can they wear it to school. We are doing lots of practising this week, not just in the Maths lessons.

We will be going on to 12 hr and 24 hr clocks later in the week. 

Year 4 Hall of Fame (21.05.19)

Star Writer of the Week:  Darcy, Indiana and Delilah

Maths Magician: Logan and Herbie

Mathletics: Bronze certificates awarded to Bella, Isabel and Aaron

Growth Mindset: Delilah

Values: Christopher

Behaviour: Douglas

Well done Boys! (20.5.19)

The boys have written a recount of their Rugby Tour Weekend. Have a read!

 

Our Rugby Tour

On Friday 3rd May George, Harry and Euan went on a rugby tour in camber sands. This area is famous for its natural sand dunes. When we arrived we went to a nice pub called’ Dunes Bar’. After that, we went to the beach and started jumping of sand dunes. Then we went back to our apartments to get some sleep but we were kept awake due to teams having a party. Luckily we got to sleep (10:30).

On Saturday morning we went to the turf farm to see where we were playing later. We went to are pitches and set up are gazebo. Then we warmed up using the tackle bag (Shelly a mum). To start the day, we played Old Rigatonis but we sadly we lost because we don’t get a good start. Then the day slowly past and we won the rest of our matches. Then we went back to our apartment: packed our swimming shorts and went to the pool. After, we went to crazy golf with one of our teammates Thomas, George got a hole in one. Then we went back to the apartment to get are superhero costumes. Then we went to dunes bar for dinner with the whole team. Then we went to the disco for fancy dress. We went to the arcade and won 193 tickets. We decided to go back and got some sleep.

The next day, we were playing the leading team. At half time the score was 2-0 to them. Then we chased them down try by try. The whistle went and we got an amazing result… we drew to the winning team. The day went on and we won all off our matches and went to the beach. Soon after it was the presentation and came 2nd.Thats our Leighton buzzard rugby tour.

Thank you for reading this feature. 

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  Year 4 Hall of Fame (10.05.19)

   Star Writer of the Week: Douglas

   Maths Magician: Aiden

   Mathletics: 

   Growth Mindset: Max

   Values: George

   Behaviour: Darcy

   Half term Citizenship award - Dewi

   Congratulations one and all. 

Literacy (8.5.19)

In our Literacy this week, children are looking at different styles of poetry. Today they have been looking at riddles and trying to solve them. During the week they are going to be learning about similes and metaphors and then writing their own riddles using them.

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DEAR - Drop everything and Read in Year 4 (03.05.19)

 

We have thoroughly  enjoyed embracing the DEAR time in Year 4.

Our beautiful Reading Area is finished thanks to Mr Bush and the homemade designer cushions provided by Liz and Michelle, it is great to see the children enjoying it.

As you can see from the photographs we are looking to offer a range of reading experiences in the classroom including the upside down relaxing chair. If you have any more cushions, we need about ten, please send them in they will get a lot of use. 

Happy Reading one and all. 

 

 

DEAR - Drop everything and Read in Year 4 (03.05.19)

Year 4 Hall of Fame (3.05.19)

Star Writer of the Week: Sophie

Maths Magician: Herbie

Mathletics: 

Growth Mindset: Leah

Values: Adam

Behaviour: Edith

Half term Citizenship award - Dewi

Congratulations one and all. 

Summer Term (24.4.19)

Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful Easter break and enjoyed the lovely weather.

 

We have added lots of information about the Summer term below. Please take some time to read the information. 

 

Thank you for all your support. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or concerns.

 

Year 4 Spelling assessment Summer Term

We have 3 spelling groups this term and the children have a note in their reading records to show which group they are in.

Group A have an additional challenge this term. Instead of just learning how to spell some of the words they will need to look up the definition and that will be read out during the assessment not the actual word. (Headed definition words)

Groups A and B also have words linked to our Spelling and Grammar skills. These skills will have been taught the week before the assessment in class  and the skill is shown on page 2 of the spelling list to support their learning at home. 

Spelling assessments will be on a Friday.

Enjoy!

 

Year 4 Spelling Lists Summer Term 1

Y4 Summer Term Curriculum Overview

Y4 Summer Term Homework Grid: Rainforests

Y4 Summer Timetable

Learning to Tell the Time (24.4.19)

This term we are learning more about time in Maths. 

The expectation for children at the end of year 4 is to be able to:

- read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12 and 24-hour clocks

- solve problems involving converting from hours to minutes, minutes to seconds, years to months, weeks to days

 

Over the coming weeks, we are going to be asking children time related questions and testing their knowledge of being able to read analogue clocks. We are asking that all children wear a watch with an analogue display to help them practise in class. 

 

Thank you for your support with your child's learning.

Summer Term Multiplication Tests (24.4.19)

This term, we are focusing on improving test scores from the Spring term. The aim is to be able to mentally recall all the multiplication tables up to 12 x 12 by the end of the term. Children will have a timed test each Wednesday. They will have opportunities to practise at school, but we are asking parents/carers to support at home. 

 

Test date: Wednesday 1st May

Test date:

Wednesday 8th May

Test date:

Wednesday 15th May

Test date:

Wednesday 22nd May

Test date:

Wednesday 6th June

5x, 10x and 2x

4x

8x

7x

9x

 

Test date:

Wednesday 12th June

Test date:

Wednesday 19th June

Test date:

Wednesday 26th June

Test date:

Wednesday 3rd July

Test date:

Wednesday 10th July

11x and 3x

6x

12x

4x and 8x

6x and 7x

 

Year 4 Trip to Pizza Express & Tesco (24.4.19)

Year 4 had a fabulous morning at Pizza Express and were impeccably behaved whilst doing their shopping at Tesco. 

Here are some photos from the trip:

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Year 4 Hall of Fame (5.04.19)

Star Writer of the Week: Isabel

Maths Magician: Amelia

Mathletics: Isabel - a bronze AND a silver certificate this week!

Growth Mindset: Josh G

Values: Imogen

Behaviour: Max

Half term Citizenship award - Dewi

Congratulations one and all. 

Year 4 Hall of Fame (29.3.19)

Star Writer of the Week: Joshua B

Maths Magician: Ethan

Mathletics: Isabel - a bronze AND a silver certificate this week!

Growth Mindset: Ella

Values: Archie

Behaviour: Delilah

 

Marvellous Me Homework (29.3.19)

Wow, what an amazing effort by the children this half term. Take a look at some of the work below:

Wormery by Amber....video to follow

Marvellous Me! (26.3.19)

As part of our Marvellous Me Science topic, children are learning about the digestive process. This afternoon, they used different equipment to represent the different parts of the body and explain how a banana and digestive biscuit is digested in the human body. 

Year 4 Reading Challenge (26.3.19)

A huge thank you to all the parents and carers who have supported their child with the Bookmark Awards. It has shown a massive impact on the number of pupils reading regularly at home.

Some children have completed the Gold Bookmark and the new Reading Scheme will be introduced soon. 

 

To continue to promote reading for pleasure, we are introducing an additional challenge for those who wish to take part. This challenge is optional.

There are twelve texts which children are asked to read. (If a child has already read one of the texts, another text by the same author is fine.) 

On completion of a Book Review, children will receive 5 housepoints. There will be a mystery prize awarded on full completion of the challenge!

 

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Learning this week...(21.3.19)

What a busy week!

In Literacy, children have begun to look a recounts in the form of personal diaries. They are going to be writing a diary in the role of Barney on the day he first met Stig. We have some budding actors in the class as children acted out some scene from Chapter 1 to develop their understanding of the events and then had some very funny telephone conversations, taking on the role of Barney and his Mum or Dad and recounting the events in chronological order.

 

In Maths, children are now using their understanding of tenths and hundredths to record fractions as decimals. We talking about whether we would prefer to eat 1/10 of a cake or 1/100 and which fraction is larger. They also looked at place value and what a decimal point is. 

 

You may have noticed that the classroom has become rather smelly - children have set up their own experiment looked at the effect of sugary drinks on teeth (we have used eggs and apples rather than real teeth!).

They looked at which variables to change, how to conduct a fair test and then discussed what their predictions were. Children are observing each day to see what happens to their eggs and apples. 

 

Apologies if your child came home resembling a Smurf on Tuesday! Children were learning how to use the polyblock to print images. They have turned out fantastic and the children are proud of their work. We then finished the day with a bit of finger printing to create shapes and patterns - the children thoroughly embraced this!

 

A reminder that homework is due in on Friday 29th March. 

Red Nose Day in Year 4 (15.3.19)

World Book Day 2019 - What great fun!

Bedtime Stories (4.3.19)

The children had a fantastic afternoon sipping hot chocolate and sharing their favourite story. They then snuggled up with a biscuit and listened to bedtime story read by David Walliams. Here are some photos of their afternoon. 

PE Gymnastics videos (2.3.19)

Please take a look at the gymnastics routines the children have been working on this half term in PE. The children filmed themselves using digital cameras.

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Our learning this week...   (2.3.19)

In Literacy, children read a story about a dog who ran away and had an adventure. They identified the structure of the story and used that to plan a class story about Billy and a bicycle race. 

Together, children decided on Billy's appearance and personality and mapped out the plot of the story, adding details to each event. Over the next few weeks, children will be writing the story. 

 

Children are continuing to learn about fractions, and have been adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator. 

 

We have started our Science topic by looking at where animals live (habitat). Children had to explain how animals have adapted to suit their environment and went for a walk around the school grounds to study the local habitats such as the oak trees. 

 

Please remember we have our Bedtime Stories session on Monday afternoon. Children will need their pj's, teddy, favourite book and a cover to snuggle up with. 

As usual, Reading Records will be checked on Monday, so please ensure that your child has theirs at school every day. 

 

Thank you for your continued support, please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries.

Year 4 Hall of Fame (15.3.19)

Star Writer of the Week: Logan and Leon

Maths Magician:Ethan

Mathletics: Isabel - a bronze AND a silver certificate this week!

Growth Mindset: Herbie

Value: Amber

Behaviour: Dewi

 

A huge well done to Maisie for receiving the Effort Shield for this half term. Maisie always tries her best.

 

Spring Term 2 Information (13.2.19)

After the half term, children will be learning Quicksticks Hockey in their PE lessons. They will need shin pads to be able to take part. Please ensure your child has these in school. 

 

Just a reminder that children will need a copy of Stig of the Dump as we are using this as our class text. 

 

We have a class trip planned later in the term, further information on this will be sent out in an email soon. 

Mountains Homework (13.2.19)

WOW! Some fabulous homework has been handed in. Mrs Freed and I have enjoyed looking at the children's efforts.

Here are some of them:

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Maths (12.2.19)

This week in Maths, we have been investigating the relationship between fractions. Children made their own fraction walls. 

They also played a game - have a look at the image below and ask your child what it is showing:

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Year 4 Hall of Fame (11.2.19)

Star Writer: Dewi

Maths Magician: Ethan - fantastic equivalent fractions!

Mathletics Champion: Amber and Isabelle achieved Bronze this week

No Praise Bench this week due to Cyber Cafe

Safer Internet Day 2019 (5.2.19)

Ask your child what they have been learning at school today. Can they tell you what the SMART acronym is for? 

They are looking forward to showing you some of the things they have learnt in their videos at the Cyber Cafe on Friday. 

Take a look at some of the videos they have produced:

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Literacy (4.2.19)

For the past week in Literacy we have been analysing the poem 'The Magic Box' by the poet Kit Wright. Children have been using their senses to describe concrete and abstract ideas. They have explored language features such as onomatopeia and alliteration and how the poet has used these to create imagery within the poem.

This week, children are beginning to use the structure of the poem to write their own version.

 

The Magic Box

I will put in the box

the swish of a silk sari on a summer night,
fire from the nostrils of a Chinese dragon,
the tip of a tongue touching a tooth.

 

I will put in the box

a snowman with a rumbling belly
a sip of the bluest water from Lake Lucerene,
a leaping spark from an electric fish.

 

I will put into the box

three violet wishes spoken in Gujarati,
the last joke of an ancient uncle,
and the first smile of a baby.

 

I will put into the box

a fifth season and a black sun,
a cowboy on a broomstick
and a witch on a white horse.

 

My box is fashioned from ice and gold and steel,
with stars on the lid and secrets in the corners.
Its hinges are the toe joints of dinosaurs.

 

I shall surf in my box
on the great high-rolling breakers of the wild Atlantic,
then wash ashore on a yellow beach
the colour of the sun.                            
by Kit Wright

 

Year 4 Hall of Fame (4.2.19)

Star Writer: George

Maths Magician: Bella

Mathletics Champion: Bronze = Aiden, Imogen, Isabel and Polly. No Silver or Gold this week.

No Praise Bench Assembly due to Snow Day

Mountain Snacks (4.2.19)

A huge thank you to all the parents/carers who provided all the ingredients. It was a very messy but fun afternoon, and some of the snacks didn't taste too bad! Sugary products seemed to feature in a lot of their products despite the design brief specifying the word 'healthy'!

 

The children had to work together in their groups to prepare their snacks, including thinking of how to work safely and consider personal hygiene. Some of their washing up was not quite up to hotel standards and they were sent back to wash again! After making the snacks, they had to tidy and clean their area and work surfaces. 

 

See the photos below of the work in progress:

Year 4 Hall of Fame 28.1.19

Star Writer: Eadie

Maths Magician: Dewi

Mathletics Champion: George

Values: Indiana

Growth Mindset: Horace

Behaviour: Edith

Area 28.1.19

This week in Maths, we are counting squares to find the area of rectilinear shapes. 

Division 22.1.19

This week in Maths we are exploring at division. Children have been using counters to represent the calculations pictorially. 

Ask your child to explain it to you and show you using the part whole model.

 

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Reading Rewards 21.1.19

This week we are launching our new Reading Rewards scheme. All children are given a Bronze bookmark. There are 20 spaces for parents/carers to sign your initials each time you hear your child read aloud to you (no more than once per day).

On completion, children will receive a certificate and 5 housepoints.

Children will move on to the Silver and Gold bookmarks.

 

Reading is such a vital skill, it is important that children read as much as possible in order to make good progress, both in their decoding and in their understanding of the text. Please ensure that you hear your child read at least 5 times per week. This should be recorded in their Reading Record.Adults do hear your child read at school, however this will no longer be recorded in Reading Records, as we will keep at record of their progress at school.

 

Year 4 Hall of Fame 21.1.19

Star Writer: Maisie

Maths Magician: Adam

Mathletics Champion: Isabel

Values: Charlottw

Growth Mindset: Logan

Behaviour: Sophie

 

Design Technology 19.1.19

In the upcoming weeks, children will be designing and making their own healthy snack. Their brief is to design and make a snack suitable for a hiker who is on an expedition to scale a mountain. 

 

Please can you save any snack wrappers and send into school with your child so that children can start to research what is currently available on the market and possible ingredient ideas.

 

Many Thanks

 

Mrs Gough

Literacy 14.1.19

Over the next few weeks, children are going to retelling the story 'Lighthouse'. They are thinking carefully about their word choices in order to build tension and create the mood through their writing. 

 

Watch the video below to see the story. 

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Mountain Survival Day (7.1.19)

Year 4 went on an expedition to the mountains! Firstly, they had a go at building a dome tent and a shelter using just a tarpaulin, bean canes and string. They then did some orienteering, first learning how to use a compass and then using the compasses to help solve the clues on a scavenger hunt. 

 

Finally, they  had the following scenarios, where they had to work as a team to discuss the following:

Scenario Part 1: Mountain Survival

You and a group of 12 tourists have been involved in a plane crash on Mount Everest. The pilot has been killed. You have no idea of your location and the conditions are extremely cold. You have limited food and water and some basic items that have survived the crash.

You are surrounded by steep rocks. You must decide what the best course of action is.

 

Look at the list of options and decide which plan is in the best interests of the group.

  • Establish the crash site as the permanent base camp & use the plane for shelter
  • Begin walking for help as a group on the third day
  • Begin walking for help as a group immediately
  • Burn the plane as a signal
  • Have the strongest member of the group go for help while the others stay at the crash site
  • Have signals ready for search and rescue
  • Keep the group together at all times
  • Build a compound to protect the group from animals, snakes and wolves

 

Based on your discussions now decide if you walk for help or wait for help to arrive.

 

 

Scenario Part 2: PLANE CRASH SURVIVAL

You and your 12 companions have just survived the crash of a small plane.  The pilot was killed in the crash. It is mid-January, and you are in a mountainous area. The daily temperature is 25 below zero, and the night time temperature is 40 below zero. There is snow on the ground, and the countryside is wooded with several creeks criss-crossing the area. The nearest town is 20 miles away. You are all dressed in school clothes.

 

Your group of survivors managed to salvage the following items:

  • A ball of steel wool
  • A small axe
  • A loaded pistol
  • Newspapers (one per person)
  • Cigarette lighter (without fluid)
  • Can of shaving foam
  • Extra shirt and pants for each survivor
  • 20 x 20 ft. piece of heavy-duty canvas
  • A sectional air map made of plastic
  • A compass
  • Family-size chocolate bars (one per person)

 

Your task as a group is to list the above items in order of importance for your survival. List the uses for each. You MUST come to agreement as a group.

 

The discussions were very interesting and I am afraid to say, not many children would have survived very long! It was very cold, but lots of fun. Photographs to follow. They children are looking forward to learning more about how mountains were formed and what life is like in the mountains. 

 

Citizenship Award December 2018

Congratulations to Noah who was nominated by the class to receive the Citizenship Award. He is always kind to everyone and is a great friend to have.

Well done Noah!

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