01/12/2017 at 14:09
Well it may only be two more weeks till the Christmas holidays but the pace in Year 4 isn’t showing any signs of slowing down!
This week in Literacy, we have been working hard, learning about newspapers and tabloids. We have been looking at the layout and more importantly the content, particularly how paragraphs are written and the information found at different stages of a newspaper report. We also went through the Year 3 and 4 tricky word list. Keep an eye out for an updated list of words for your child to practise over Christmas and in the New Year!
In Numeracy, we have been persevering with our work on division. Most of the class are now able to use the ‘bus stop’ method in order to solve simple HTU÷U calculations.
In Science, we had a fantastic day learning about sound with Sam The Soundman. The children were fantastic and showed some amazing knowledge.
Congratulations to Saad and Darcie for their Special Mention awards and a big ‘Well Done’ for achieving 89% in Extreme Learning this week.
Thanks to all those children that have kindly brought in ‘junk’ for us to use next week to make our own musical instruments. We are aiming to make them on Wednesday.
Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing you all again next week.
01/12/2017 at 13:00
This week we had the very exciting sound workshop on Wednesday. Here are some pictures:
The children learnt a lot about sound waves and how sound travels. They learnt about how to change pitch and how a short piece of material will always make a higher pitch than a longer piece of the same material. We got some excellent ideas on how to make a musical instrument and are now looking forward to making them next Wednesday so please bring in any more materials you find lying around by then.
In Literacy we have been learning how to write a newspaper report. The children will begin writing this next week. Please let them watch the news or read some newsreports over the weekend. Our report will be about a volcano that erupted in America called Mount St Helens. This happened in 1980, but we have also been following reports of the volcano in Indonesia that is close to erupting.
In maths we have continued to work on division and solving problems. Nearly all children can now complete the formal (bus stop) method of division. Please could you check your child remembers how to do this and help them if they are still unsure. For example can they solve 96 divided by 4?
Anyway, the count down to Christmas has now begun and we are looking forward to a few very busy weeks,
24/11/2017 at 16:11
Another week done and dusted!
This week in Literacy, we have been finishing off our topic on North American stories, writing our own First Nation fable! We then moved on to Newspaper writing. We have focused on the difference between facts and opinions and have spent a few days learning how to write both direct and indirect speech.
In Numeracy, we have been working hard on our multiplication skills, both written and mental and have been solving problems. This will lead on to next week’s work on division.
In Topic, we have been looking more closely at man-made features in North America, using New York as our focus. We looked at the layout of Manhattan and compared it to London and then discussed why we thought it was like that.
In Science, we carried on exploring sound in preparation of our visit from Sam the Sound Man, looking at how sounds can be made and how we hear them.
Congratulations to Lucas, Srihan and Sarah for their Special Mention awards and well done 4C for achieving 82% in Extreme Learning. It would have been a lot bigger too, if so many children hadn’t forgotten their books today!
Have a cracking weekend and I look forward to working with you again next week.
23/11/2017 at 21:05
We have had a great week in 4K this week.
In maths we battled hard and persevered to understand division methods. For homework please complete the multiplication and division problem. Children can also go on multiplication and division games on mathletics. They can also practise times tables on mathletics which will be really helpful to their learning.
In Literacy we have looked at newspaper reports. We looked at fact, opinion and biased views. We tried to work out which newspaper report to believe when two reports had conflicting ideas about whether Humpty Dumpty was pushed or had an accident.
In Geography we looked at the difference between British and American cities. We compared London and New York. The children noticed that New York is set out in grids with numbered streets, whereas London is set out much more randomly. The buildings in London looked older and we did a video tour of New York and London. Here are some maps of New York that we made. We located the key features and labelled these.
17/11/2017 at 16:29
Well it’s been a busy week in 4C and we’ve finally made it to Friday! I am really enjoyed my time back in Year 4 and I am really proud of how well the class have responded to the way I teach and the expectations I have for them.
In Literacy, we have been planning and rehearsing our stories, imagining that we were one of the elders of a native American tribe to help. As well as this, we have practising our conjunctions and direct speech skills. Next week we will be writing our legends out in full.
In Numeracy, we have been working on our multiplication skills. We have been solving problems, using the column multiplication method. I set some Mathletics activities earlier in the week. Please try and make sure that these have been done by Monday, when I will set some more.
In Topic, our work on North America has been really interesting. We have been looking at how the terrain of North America is so different depending on which part you are in. To help our understanding we created collages to represent each terrain.
We also watched the video below to remind us about the how the USA is divided in to the 50 different States. It brought lots of giggles and there were some interesting dance moves! I don’t think we should add line-dancing to the P.E curriculum anytime soon Mr Harris!
Congratulations to Alfie, Harry and Laura for the Special Mention Awards. They have truly been fantastic role models to the rest of the class. A massive well done to the class for getting 92% in Extreme Learning. Remember, that it should be a mixture of reading and maths each week to get the 5 ticks.
Have a great weekend and I look forward to working with you again next week.
16/11/2017 at 23:02
Year 4 have been working super hard again this week.
In maths we have been learning about different methods of multiplication. The children learned a variety of formal and mental methods.
In Literacy we have been busy writing our legends, most of which are an excellent standard. We wrote about how an animal got a particular feature and the children had really great ideas.
In Geography we had lots of fun making a collage to represent the physical features of the USA.
We placed mountain ranges, rivers, lakes, deserts and grassy plains onto the maps. The children created keys and labels for the different parts. They had a great time with the glitter although I’m not sure the cleaning lady was so impressed!
The children have continued to enjoy Coding, Music, Art and Cooking lesson in their PPA and have been excellent ambassadors to the school when out swimming each week.
Well done Year 4 keep it up!