15/3/19

Year 4 have this week been working with tens, hundredths and thousandths in their maths work and have been dividing different numbers by 10, 100 or 1,000.

We have been continuing our topic on Rome and Roman Britain and we have been writing about the legend of Romulus and Remus. We have also looked at reasons why the Romans invaded Britain and why the Roman army was so good. We are, as ever, working on our times table fluency and our spellings. This week we have looked at the words, “flail, contemplate and dwindle”. We will try and include these words in our writing about the Romans. There were some great examples of Roman soldier drawings this week and pupils are continuing to bring in their superb learning log tasks. Thank you to all the parents who have provided support to their child in completing the tasks.

Pease look at the email about next week’s meeting regarding the school residential trip. A reminder that it will be in Mr Pierce’s classroom at 6pm on Thursday 21st March.

8/2/19

This week in maths, we have been learning all about decimals and looking at tenths and hundredths. We will continue to look at decimals next week. In English, we have written our own Escape from Pompeii books and we have shared these amongst the class. Next week we will be learning the story of Romulus and Remus and the founding of Rome.

We have started looking at the Romans and the pupils are enjoying finding out what the Romans did for us.

Well done to the pupils who took part in the Rotary Swimarathon last Sunday. They did very well and we are very proud of them. 

Keep up with the Times Table Rockstars as well as other timestable programs online.

Don’t forget that the Scholastic Book Fair is on next week. It’s a great opportunity to pick up a new book as well as raise money for school.

Thanks for your continued support.

15/2/19

We have made it to the end of half term! The children have worked so hard over the last six weeks and we are so proud of them. They will hopefully be able to tell you lots of things about mountains, volcanoes, Venice, Pompeii, fractions, parallel and perpendicular lines, squares and rectangles and electricity! 

In English this week we have been working on great description and finding out the facts about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79. After half term the children will be writing their own adventure story – The Escape from Pompeii. We hope to make these into books that other children can read and enjoy.

In maths we have been drawing squares and rectangles and making sure that the correct technical vocabulary is used to describe the shapes. After half term we will be moving on to look at perimeter and finding the missing lengths of squares and rectangles.

During half term, please encourage your child to log into TTRockstars as we have set up a Battle of the Bands competetion where we will see which class, Sycamore or Chestnut, is the best!  Please can you also remind your child to keep reading – the more they read the more enjoyable children find reading to be. It might be a good opportunity to visit the library or bookstore and have a  look at a new author or genre. 

The children should also be half way through their leaning log tasks – we did ask for ten activities to be completed by Easter. We have some good examples of learning logs from last year if you want to pop in to have  a look or if your child wants some inspiration then just ask.

8/2/19

Pupils have enjoyed studying our new book, “Escape from Pompeii” and we will be continuing to work on it next week. Our class reading book, “The firework maker’s daughter” will be completed next week. We are all excited to find out what happens at the end. 

In maths, we have been learning about perpendicular, parallel, horizontal and vertical lines and practicing how to use a set square and ruler to draw 2D shapes accurately.

In our science lessons we have been looking at electricity and making electrical circuits. We will continue this next week. The pupils were challenged with the Bleep Test in PE this week. You can download this from Spotify and have a go yourselves!

Thank you for attending our Parents’ Evenings this week. It was a valuable opportunity to show the progress the pupils have made, as well as detailing their next steps.

1/2/19

The children have been working hard this week on writing a travel guide to Venice. We just need to go for real now! We have been continuing our work on fractions and have used our skills to answer real life word problems using bar models to assist our work. The children worked well with pastels and crayons to draft, revise and draw their version of the Rialto Bridge and these will be on display in the classrooms for you to see next week.

Please remember to sign your child’s Reading Records whenever they have been reading, and encourage them to  practise regularly on Times Table Rockstars. We now have children who can answer over 60 in one minute. The World Record is 179! Keep trying!

Reports will be coming home with your child on Friday. Please take time to read and discuss it with your child in preparation for next week’s parents’ evenings where we will be setting targets and next steps for the remainder of the year.

25/1/19

It has been another busy week in Year 4.

The children have been writing a letter in English describing a symphony concert in Venice. This is based on the book Gabriella’s Song and has given the children lots of opportunities to write fronted adverbials and subordinating conjunctions. Next week we will be looking more closely at the city of Venice and writing a tourist guide. If you get the chance to conduct some extra research about Venice with your child over the weekend that would be amazing. 

In  maths we have been adding and subtracting fractions. The children are gaining in confidence and we will continue this looking also at finding fractions of amounts and solving word problems. 

The children are enjoying learning about mountains and volcanoes and we are starting to see some amazing home learning tasks on the same theme. 

11/1/19

Happy New Year!

It has been a lovely start to the term.

In English the children have watched a short Pixar film called For the Birds and written dialogue and persuasive letters. Next week we will be looking at the picture book Gabriella’s Song and learning about Venice and symphony orchestras. 

In maths we are learning about fractions and have so far looked at fractions on a number line and ways to simplify fractions. We will be continuing to work on our fraction knowledge in the next few weeks. 

Our main topic this half term is mountains and volcanoes. The children have enjoyed looking at atlases and maps and we will be learning lots of facts about volcanoes and mountains.

PE this term will be on Wednesdays but the children need to have their PE kits in school every day please as sometimes (like next Monday and Tuesday) we will have additional ad hoc sessions.

In our upcoming PSHE lessons we will be starting a topic about human bodies where we will be covering:

  • Differences between males and females using correct terminology
  • Valuing the body’s uniqueness and capabilities
  • Responsibilities for personal hygiene 

If you have any questions about this then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Please ensure the children have warm coats in school every day now that the weather is colder and that all clothes are named so that we can get any lost items back to their owners.

14/12/18

With only week of term left the children have still been working really hard. 

In English the children have been wriitng narratives based on a video literacy prompt. The children have written setting descriptions, action sequences and developing their sentence starts and styles. Next week we will be looking at Christmas themes poetry tasks.

In maths the children have been drawing and measuring angles. We will continue to develop these skills next week and also fit in some Christmas themed maths.

The children need to bring in their four completed Stone Age homework tasks please and we would like to invite parents in from 3pm to come and look at the amazing work.

The Christmas Carol concert is on Monday so please make sure the children are wrapped up warm for the walk there.

7/12/18

We had a wonderful Stone Age Day this week – the children really enjoyed handling the very many artefacts that the company brought in.

In English we have been setting sleuths and the children have been using prepositional phrases to add details to their opening setting paragraphs. We will continue to write these narratives next week focusing on action sequences and a variety of sentence starters.

In maths we have started to learn about angles and this work will continue next week. The children will be learning to name angles, to use a protractor, to estimate and to measure the size of angles.

The children should all have come home knowing their part in the Christmas Carol Service – the children will either be forming a tableaux and/or reading a few words. Every child will be joining in the singing and we hope that the Carol Service will be a great success. 

Can we just ask you to remind the children to keep learning their spellings and to ensure that they are on track to complete the four homework tasks by the last week of term.

9/11/18

Thank you to those who came along to our workshops on Tuesday regarding maths and English. We hope they provided you with some ideas and thoughts about your child’s work and what you can do to help at home.

This week we have been using speech punctuation in our English work and using our class book, Stig of the Dump as our inspiration.

In maths we have been using our calculation skills to work out word problems.

In the run up to the centenary of the end of the First World War, we have been looking at poetry associated with the war and making poppies for our fantastic and moving display outside the front of the school.

Don’t forget to keep learning your spellings and log on to your Times Table RockStars.