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.
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.
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:
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:
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
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:
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
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
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:
Star Writer: Eadie
Maths Magician: Dewi
Mathletics Champion: George
Growth Mindset: Horace
This week in Maths, we are counting squares to find the area of rectilinear shapes.
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.
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.
Star Writer: Maisie
Maths Magician: Adam
Mathletics Champion: Isabel
Growth Mindset: Logan
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Congratulations to Noah Batchelor-Hannaby 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!