The children have enjoyed their pyjama party this morning as a reward for achieving 100 class house points and have proudly told us all about their teddies.
We are so proud of Year 4. They have achieved so much and moved so far with their learning. It has been a wonderful end of year and we are thrilled that we are not saying goodbye. We wish you all a happy holiday. See the post below this for the details of the holiday homework. We look forward to receiving this on the 1st day back. Have fun, read, have fun, practise your times tables, and have more fun!
See you in Year 5!
Mrs Lax and Mrs Berger
As we will be looking at the BFG in more detail in September, try and get hold of a copy to help you in class and bring into school in September. If you get a chance to read it or watch the film before September that will really benefit you.
Also we would like you to write a diary with 6 entries over the holidays. This could either be once per week or on 6 consecutive days. The choice is yours.
Don’t forget to keep practising your times tables over the Summer.
We look forward to seeing you in September.
Have a great holiday,
Mrs Berger, Mrs Lax and Mrs Woolstone
The children showed us just how ready for Year 5 they are this morning. They enjoyed going upstairs to their new classroom and they rose to the expectations of Year 5 as though they had been there all year. We introduced them to two topics we will be studying next term. In English, we will be covering the BFG as part of our Roald Dahl unit. It would be wonderful if all children could bring in a copy of the BFG at the start of next term so they can each have one to work from. If there are any issues with getting hold of a copy, please let us know. We also linked our learning to Science, by investigating which liquids will become fizzy when adding bicarbonate of soda to them. They were keen to discuss how they were going to record their results and enjoyed the reaction created when a fizzy drink was successfully made. We then made our very own bottle of Frobscottle. Their enthusiasm was tremendous and we cannot wait to continue these topics with them after the summer break.
In PSHE this week, we concluded our topic on Changes. We have talked lots about our feelings and how we might feel if faced with an unexpected change and how we might react. We shared ideas for strategies we can think about using if we feel this way and have now displayed these in the classroom to refer to.
We have investigated sound today. This is what the children have learned.
'When a string is straight on a string telephone you can hear clearer.' Zac
'Sound can be muffled better with cardboard than with other materials we tested.' Sophie
'Cardboard is the best at muffling if you put it over a phone.' Freddie
'If the string is looser it is difficult to hear.' Josh
'If you wave the string you can't hear as the vibrations do not work as well.' Amber
'If you pinch the string you do not hear as much.'Olivia.
'Vibrations travel better through solids as the particles are close together so they vibrate quicker.' Rafi
In maths this week we have been investigating the properties of 3-D shapes. We opened boxes to find out the nets of cuboids. Then we made our own cubes from nets and some of the children challenged themselves to draw their own net of a cuboid and then make a cuboid from it. They worked well on this challenge and realised the importance of adding flaps to their nets.
This week has been Sport's Week and we have had such an exciting week. We loved our visit from Darren Campbell and taking part in our sponsored activities. He was truly inspirational and has made us think about what we need to do to achieve our goals. We look forward to receiving our medals and photos when the come.
We have also competed in Sport's Day and enjoyed the various races we took part in.
In English, we have been focussing on Wimbledon and have created some leaflets to inform others about Wimbledon. We have considered the language we need to use within these to be appropriate for the prestigious tournament. Ask us what prestigious means!
In Maths, we have been applying our knowledge from previous learning of measures to word problems and problem solving. We have been looking at time, calendars, money, weight etc. We particularly enjoyed looking at a Smiggle price list and working out how long it would take us to save up for the items we would like to buy. Sorry parents!
Within our PSHE sessions we have been discussing changes and how to deal with changes we weren't expecting. We also thought about those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire and how they might cope with the change that they have encountered.
It has been another wonderful week. We are busy preparing the children for Year 5 now. Please ensure they continue to practise their times tables and are reading and discussing their books regularly with you.
Please also ensure your child has all of the equipment they need for the last few weeks of term as they will be busy working right up to the end! Many glue sticks have now been used up so please replenish these for the children.
Mrs Lax and Mrs Berger
As part of sports week we created portraits of Wimbledon Champions using the technique of pouncing. The children were very sensible and no one pricked their finger!
Pouncing is an art technique used for transferring an image from one surface to another. It is similar to tracing, and is useful for creating copies of a sketch outline to produce finished works.
Spellings this week are slightly different for most of the children. Instead of a list as usual, the children have created their own lists based on words they still need to work on as part of developing their independence with spellings. They got quite enthusiastic with this and many created a long list. They need to learn 10 of these from their list and rather than testing them next week, I will be getting them to do some writing based on these spellings and will be looking for them in their general writing. Next week, we will be back to focussing on set spellings.
It has been another fabulous week in year 4. We were really thrilled to hear some feedback from the children regarding changes they have made after our lessons last week on staying safe online. Some examples were that they had changed their Musically account settings to private, they let their parents know where they are going online, just like they would in the real world, they have changed their other account settings to private, they have blocked people who they do not know and they got their parents to check their settings were private.
We have been working through our class text, "The Butterfly Lion" by Michael Morpurgo and the children have been enjoying responding to that in a variety of ways.
In maths, we have been focussing on converting between units of measure and this is something that should definitely be practised as part of the mental maths aspect of homework. e.g. 3 litres = 3000ml, 2.97kg = 2970g and 4.04km = 4040m.
After the success of anti-bullying week last week, we have spoken about the messages learnt and that these are not just for 1 week but to be thought about all of the time.
We were also delighted with the wonderful response from the children today that we will be teaching them again next year. We are so excited to continue on the wonderful work that we have begun with them and look forward to developing them into mature Year 5 pupils.
Mrs Lax and Mrs Berger
Today we 'hot seated' the narrator from the story 'The Butterfly Lion'.
Hot Seating is a strategy in which a character or characters, played by the teacher or a student, are interviewed by the rest of the group. This activity invites students to recount a specific event, explore motivation and multiple perspectives/experiences related to a theme, topic, event, or idea.
Wow what an amazing week and a fabulous end to our half term. Please take the time to scroll down and look at the wonderful work we have been doing this half term. We are so proud of each and every child for the commitment they have shown, the progress they have made and their dedication and perseverance when work is challenging. They have surprised themselves with what they can do if they take a risk and how far they can reach. We hope you have a wonderful half term and a good rest, as next term will be even busier as we get them ready for Year 5. Please remember to do 1 piece of homework from the grid this week as per usual. Next half term will see a new grid of exciting homework opportunities for you.
Happy half term everyone!
Mrs Lax and Mrs Berger
We have had 'Arts week' in school this week and in Year 4 we have been finding out all about the artist Georgia O'Keeffe. We drew close up observational drawings of real flowers in the style of Georgia O'Keeffe and coloured them using pastels and contrasting 'warm' and 'cool' colours.
The children presented their discussion texts as speeches this morning. They really enjoyed having a real life audience, so a huge thank you to all the family members who were able to come and hear the speeches and contribute in deciding whether you were 'for' or 'against' the discussion. It really gave the children a purpose to their writing.
Watch this space for photos and videos...
Week 8th March
This week we have had another great week, focussing really hard on our work. We are now trying to increase the quantity of work we produce in the given time, whilst ensuring the quality is just as good! We have been busy planning our speeches on a variety of topics that we are passionate about and inspire us to write. We look forward to presenting these to those of you that can come next week. Don't worry we'll blog them too in case you can't make it. We hope you will let us know, once you have heard our speeches, whether you are for or against our chosen topics, based on the information we have included.
In maths, we have continued our focus on fractions and this week have been using the manipulatives to help prove our answers. When we felt ready, we progressed on to proving our answers with drawings. See the example below for how we have used bar modelling to represent our answers when subtracting fractions.
We carried out a very exciting investigation in science today. The children were trying to find the answer to the question: 'Does gas weigh anything?'
They also compared different fizzy drinks to see which one had more carbon dioxide in it. You can see them busy weighing and making fizzy drinks 'flat' in the pictures below. Ask them what they found out !
In maths this week we have been developing our knowledge of fractions and decimals. In the pictures, you can see the different ways we have been working and how we have attempted to solve an investigation, making sense of it in a variety of different ways.
We have been working very hard in English this week, first planning and then writing our own stories, based on the whole school book, "Chalk". We have been focussing on punctuating speech properly, spelling our -ly words carefully based on last week's spellings, as well as trying to vary our sentence types and vocabulary. Look out for these on display around school at the end of next week once they have been completed.
We are really proud of how the children have been working so hard. They definitely deserve a relaxing weekend!
In PSHE we explored what sort of learners we are and the conditions we find best for working in. We have also integrated Drake, our class dragon, as a fully fledged class member. You can see him even joining in with Tefillah in the pictures below. We used him as part of a learning opportunity this week when we considered how it might feel for him if he experienced unkindness. We were so proud of the many children who stood up for him and thought about what was right. We also thought about what we liked about each other and have written down some of those things for each other to keep to understand how we are valued by our peers.
Please don't forget to do your homework, which includes reading, spelling and mental maths practise and to get it signed by a parent.
Have a lovely weekend,
Mrs Lax and Mrs Berger
Make sure you spend time looking through the Homework Book this week. Year 4 are trialling a new homework system and so there is lots of information stuck in.
Please bring the books back in by Wednesday for marking.
Spellings should be done at the back of the book.
Let us know how you get on by sending an email or filling out a CCQ form (found in the Parent section on the website) - we'd be interested to hear your feedback.
We have been reading the picture book 'Chalk' this week. The children recreated a scene from the story in simple freeze-frame. Check out our pictures and video below. In this part of the story the chalk drawn dinosaur has magically come to life and the children are hiding in fear on the play equipment.
In our PSHE lesson today we begun our topic "Going for Goals". We explored how we feel when we find things easy and when we find things difficult and over the coming weeks will be looking at what sort of learners we are as well as how to cope when faced with barriers to learning. The children shared their aspirations with us. Can you guess who said what?
"I want to be a journalist."
"When I grow up, I want to be a gymnast."
"I want to either be a scientist, an architect or a game maker."
"I want to be a basketball player."
"I either want to be a lawyer or a wrestler."
"I want to be a paediatrician."
"I hope to be a make-up artist or a gymnast."
"I want to be a teacher." (Lots of children said this!)
Welcome to Year 4!
We hope you have had lovely holidays and are now settling back into working hard in Year 4. We are both very excited to be teaching you this term.
This term we will be looking at solids, liquids and gases in Science. In maths, we will be doing work on multiplication so make sure you have been practising your times tables. We are also focussing on the picture book, "Chalk" in English lessons and are excited to hear your thoughts on a book without words.
Make sure you have everything you need - you need a water bottle, a fully stocked pencil case, your PE kit and make sure everything is named.
You are a very lucky class this term as you get to trial the new homework system. We will be very interested in hearing how you find it, so please let us know. Homework books and spellings will be given out on Fridays. Please give them back to us by Wednesday so we can mark them. There will be more specific details in the letter we send with your homework book this week.
Have you seen the Kids' Zone on this website? You can play games and visit some cool websites.
From Mrs Berger and Mrs Lax