Welcome to Year 4
An overview of Year 4’s curriculum:
To find out more about Year 4’s curriculum, please click on the current newsletter below or speak to your child’s class teacher / Year Leader (Mrs Khan).
Year 4 - Latest News
Week ending 05/05/17
This week in Numeracy, the children used a range of measuring equipment to measure length. The children measured their heights and other items around the class. They learnt how to convert between millimetres (mm), centimetres (cm), metres (m) and kilometres (km). After this, they applied their learning to a range of problem solving activities. Many of the activities required the children to draw on their reasoning methods.
The children have written excellent historical narratives about Boudicca and the invading Roman army. Having planned and gathered ambitious vocabulary, they then edited and improved this. The children have been editing for accuracy and content. They have done very well!
In Science, the children have had the opportunity to make systematic and careful observations; looking at the functions of roots in a plant. They discovered the importance of the plant root and its function in sustaining the plant’s life.
We have researched developments of roads by the Romans and their importance in England. The children discovered that there was a need for roads back then as the pathways would become extremely muddy! The children also researched the Roman army ranks and wrote an informal diary entry as a soldier.
ICT- the children have has the opportunity to develop a game using the SCRATCH computing programme. They have added instructions to their characters to build a game prototype.
Year Group Events
Times Table Buddies
A group of year 4 children have become times table ‘buddies’ with children from Year 3. The aim of these sessions is to develop quick mental recall of multiplication and division facts. Each session involves a range of activities that the children can pick and choose from. These range from playing ‘snap’ multiplication with cards; playing recall ball; times table ‘Rock Stars’ on the IPADs and colouring by numbers. The activities are varied each week and cater for visual and kinaesthetic learners. Here are some websites that your children can use to become ‘Times Table masters’! Enjoy and have fun
Year 4 have been busy practising their assembly on the Jewish celebration of Passover. Marble Arch introduce the assembly with an explanation about what Passover is and some facts about what Jewish people do and eat during this festival. This is followed by Piccadilly Circus and Marylebone performing the story of Passover in a play. During the play, the whole year group sing a rendition of ‘Let my people go’. The play is followed by Baker Street who give details on the Cedar plate and give us time for reflection. Last but not least, Oxford Circus perform a rap that they created as a class to finish the assembly.
'The Mad Hatter's tea party writing'
Example of writing click HERE
The Islamic Golden Age
This week Year 4 had a visit from a calligrapher called Azhar to learn about the history of calligraphy from the Umayyad period in the Islamic Golden Age. First, the children had the opportunity to learn about the history and saw examples of different types of calligraphy. The children saw many different types of calligraphy pens from all over the world. Next, Azhar showed the children how to draw some letters in Arabic and then gave the children a chance to practise drawing these onto squared paper. Finally, Azhar had kindly written all of the children’s names in Kufic calligraphy for them to write themselves on a decorated piece of paper. The children showed great interest throughout this session and all tried hard to imitate their name. Here are some comments from the children:
“I really enjoyed being able to write my own name and seeing the different types of pen,” Tia Sohotra, Piccadilly Circus.
“Azhar’s work was really impressive,” Humza Azeem, Piccadilly Circus.
“I found it very interesting and learnt a lot about calligraphy,” Khadija Ali, Piccadilly Circus.
Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo
Fantastic Homework - December 2016
This month, we launched a new homework ‘menu’ for children to choose from. The options included:
- Design and make a new crown for the Queen,
- write a poem about the River Thames or the Tower of London,
- bake biscuits or cake and decorate them in a London theme,
- build a landmark from London in 3D, or a London skyline diorama (create in a shoebox).
The quality of homework is incredible: we are pleased that the children have taken so much time and effort to complete these. Take a look at some of the photos below.
I would like to take this opportunity to say a big ‘’well done’ to the children and thank you to parents for their continued support.
Year 4 Book Study - 'How to train your Dragon'
Class Reader - Piccadilly Circus
This term Piccadilly Circus have been reading this magical book together. We have taken a break from school and travelled to wonderful places with the two children, Molly and Peter, and their pixie friend. The children have enjoyed reading this book each week and finding out where the chair will take them next.
Here are some comments made by the class:
- “I like the book because I learn new words. It is really funny and entertains children. My favourite adventure is when they went to Dreamland!” Tia Sohotra
- “It is the best book I’ve ever read!” Hawwa Noman
- “I enjoyed the story a lot! It had good words that I didn’t know about.” Hussain Haider
- “At the end of every page I was really excited to find out what would happen next. The book really inspired me to read more and be a book writer.” Assil Khan
Class Reader - Marble Arch
The book is about the Demon huntsman claiming his prey on the night of All Souls’ Eve. A bargain has been made between Count Karlstein and the Demon Huntsman for the life of two souls to be sacrificed! Those souls are to be of Count Karlstein’s nieces, Lucy and Charlotte!
A dramatic tale, told in words and brilliant cartoon illustrations by Phillip Pullman.
Here are some of the reviews by the children:
“The cartoon pictures really helped me to understand what was happening. My favourite character was Mrs Davenport and the mad doctor Cadavarazzi! ” Hanzala Choudhary.
“The Demon Huntsman really scared me! I enjoyed the twists and turns of the book. I liked the ending it was worth reading until the end!” Laaibah Tallat.
This book is definitely worth a read! The class really enjoyed the suspense and terror inflicted by the Demon Huntsman!
Click HERE to read a re-count of Year 4’s trip to London.
Examples of work based on our topic ‘London’
Science 'WOW' Day
Year 4 Science Wow afternoon
The children participated in a science wow day on light. They explored a range of optical technology: creating pinhole cameras and periscopes- just to name a few!
Each group had a different activity to explore and they had to work together to find out more. After they investigated, they created a poster on sugar paper ready to present what they made.
Some of the activities included:
- Creating a camera (not like the ones you see today!)
- Seeing which direction light travels in.
- Reflecting light on water
“I liked the WOW day. I liked how I had to make a box with black paper. I then used a torch to shine light through the box. I had fun!” (Laaibah Tallat Marble Arch)
“I liked using orange boxes to make a periscope. I didn’t know what a periscope was at first. I now know we can use them to look around corners.” (Anam Akram)
Science ‘wow’ afternoon
Written by Oxford Circus class.
Groups worked all afternoon on different activities and then presented what they had made. One group directed light using black card and torches. Another made periscope using a cardboard carton, a small triangular piece of card, two small mirrors, pens and scissors. The periscope let us see around corners! Five children created their own little rainbow using a tray of water, an angled mirror, blue tac and a torch. This rainbow was shone onto white cardboard. Group 4 refracted light using a cardboard shoe box and a glass of water. They cut two slits into the cardboard and shone a torch through to see what happened to the light’s direction. The final group used a shoe box, tracing paper, tin foil and scissors to make a mini model of a camera. They let the class have a go at looking into their camera.
Piccadilly Circus Ancient Greek Temples
For Art we were making a temple. First, we painted cardboard tubes white. Then we stuck the tubes on card. Next, we marked out triangles with a border all around. After that, we added the triangles on a piece of card. Finally, we folded a piece of card and stuck it onto the triangles to make a roof. I enjoyed making it because it helped me to imagine how a temple looked in Ancient Greece.
Amna Noor, Piccadilly Circus
This week in Piccadilly Circus class, we had a Spanish afternoon where we learnt about the numbers from 1-10 in Spanish and matched the number with the Spanish word at the front of the class. Then we learnt about saying our name and played a fun partner matching game where we used only Spanish to find the correct partner from the picture on our card. Finally, we learnt the colours and created colourful flowers with the Spanish word and the correct colour.
Spanish afternoon – written by Oxford Circus class.
On our Spanish afternoon Oxford Circus class completed a number of activities. We recapped Spanish numbers by mixing up these numbers and then sorting ourselves into the correct order. We then picked a partner and matched the English word with the Spanish word for the numbers together. After this, we checked our spellings of the Spanish numbers by unscrambling some anagrams.
We then did some more partner work were we were given a character which we had to keep secret. We had to walk around the classroom and greet our classmates in Spanish to try to find our partner (for example, Danyal was ‘donkey’ and he found his partner who was ‘Shrek’).
Next we did some exciting outdoor learning were we had to run across the basketball court to identify different colours in Spanish.
To finish our afternoon we created mini fact-files about ourselves which included the language which we learnt in the activities. For example, Hawwa wrote her name, her age and her favourite colour which is naranja in Spanish!
Science in Year 4
As part of our topic on Magnets, the children investigated the purpose of magnets. They learnt that some forces needed contact between two objects, but magnetic forces could act at a distance. They also investigated materials that were magnetic and non- magnetic. To consolidate their learning, the children completed a homework task. Take a read of some of the children’s homework.
Example 1 click here
Example 2 click here
Having learnt all about the great myths of Ancient Greece, the children then had a go at writing their own versions. Take a read!
Heracles Quest-by Haris Khan in Marble Arch
Long ago, on the beautiful mountain of Athens, lived a young hero name Heracles. He had red, rosy cheeks and wore a blue tunic. His brown sandals were thick and dusty from the sand around him. Happily, he lived with his mother until one fateful day- when he returned home and discovered blood stains splashed across the wall. It was horrific! There was a wax tablet with a message that said King Theseus had captured her.
Heracles travelled to the mountain. It was a long journey. Luckily, he had a strong rope to help him. He was heartbroken that King Theseus, his closest friend, had taken hostage of his mother. It was really sad.
The cruel, furious king Theseus had planned a trap. He knew about it and Heracles wasn’t ready. Horrifically, the King asked Zeus to send a ton of lightning bolts and protect him. This is what would meet Heracles, but he was still determined to get to the top of the mountain and not give up.
Heracles travelled to the Parthenon to pray for help, which was only a few yards away. He prayed to the god Poseidon. Instantly, he was given a trident and a reflective, impenetrable shield. He was now ready to fight the cruel king.
Heracles sneaked behind the guards and unlocked his mother. He used the trident to create a tidal wave and drown the King. King Theseus threw down lightning bolts but Heracles stopped them with his impenetrable shield. The battle was fierce until Poseidon sent a huge wave to crush the palace. Heracles took his mother and was happy to return home.
Greek Day Activities
Children in year 4 have thoroughly enjoyed taking part and making various different activities during Greek day. These included making mosaic tiles, lamp burners using olives, and carving Greek pictures onto soap bars. The day was concluded with a performance depicting the life of Pheidippides, who was a professional runner, and the Marathon that he ran. Below are a few pictures that were taken during the day.
Since the start of our new topic in Year 4 on Ancient Greeks, all of the children were excited for our special Ancient Greece day. The children prepared for the day by learning about Gods and Goddesses. We also studied myths in our literacy lessons. They had designed their own pots and were eager to make these out of clay on the day. Children made an incredible effort and came dressed in white togas or dresses and sandals. During the morning, the children took part in a number of practical activities. These included making wax tablets, creating clay amulet bracelets or pots and soap carving. They also had the opportunity to make mosaic tiles and to crush oil from olives to light Greek lamps. In the afternoon, the children provided everyone with entertainment such as Medusa and The Hare and The Tortoise stories, a sea dance for the god Poseidon and chanting. Oxford circus enjoyed their Greek feast and drinks served in goblets. Children and teachers all had a wonderful time and gathered lots of ideas to use in our myth writing next week.
The Greek day was a fabulous start to our new year, well done Oxford Circus class! Miss Taylor-Green
Nadiya Hussain Live Stream
On Thursday 22nd September 2016, Year 4 (Marble Arch) tuned in to watch Nadiya Hussain (GBBO) talk about her new children’s cook book and answer a few questions from pupils across the UK.
‘Great British Bake Off’ NADIYA HUSSAIN!
Today we watched a live stream about Nadiya Hussain! She first talked about her children and what recipes they enjoy!
She was with a kid’s presenter and read a chapter from ‘Bake me a story’ written by her. The story she read was the ginger bread guy. It is more of a modern type of story rather than old fashioned.
After, there was an opportunity for schools to ask questions and Downside was picked! One of the questions was mine. The question I asked was, ‘How did you cope with being famous in such a short time? She replied that it was a whirlwind. After that, one of her own children asked what’s for dinner tonight. She laughed and said he had to make dinner this time!
DOWNSIDE ask questions to Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain
Today we watched Nadiya Hussain live at exactly 10:00! It was about her new book, ‘ Bake me a story’. She was interviewed live by children’s favourite CBBC presenter Katie. She asked Nadia many questions. One question was about the Queen. Nadiya said she baked the Queen’s birthday cake in her own oven!
She is also spoke about her new role as a judge in Great Junior Bake Of presented by CBBC! How cool is that?
Surprisingly, a question was answered by Downside. My friend Deen asked a question which was: How do you cope with being famous for a short time? I was great hearing Downside on the live feed!
Mohammad Yousaf Chaudhary
Archived News from Year 4 - (1)
Week ending 10/03/17
This week in Numeracy, the children worked on a range of multiplication and division word problems. They learnt to use reasoning skills to help work out the answers. One example was that of ‘Trial and Error’. This method involves trying a range of calculations, before choosing which calculation worked best!
The children are also learning the times tables up to 12 x 12. We practice these regularly! It is very important that the children are secure in these by the end of year 4. Please encourage your child to learn these at home.
This week, the children wrote a descriptive scene from ‘Alice in Wonderland’. They described the character and setting in great detail! Take a read of their fantastic writing on the website.
In Science, the children carried out a practical activity where they investigated how temperature affected the rate of heating and cooling. Subsequently, they looked at the melting rates of chocolate and an ice cube and observed the changes over time. Keep an eye out for these photos on our website!
Week ending 13/01/17
This week in Numeracy, the children were completing simple symmetric ﬁgures with respect to a speciﬁc line of symmetry. They also identified lines of symmetry in 2-D shapes presented in different orientations. We taught the children how to use mirrors accurately to check the reflected pattern.
Beat that Maths- The children are completing this every week, aiming to beat their previous score. These sheets are sent home with the children to practice before the next challenge. These challenges aim to improve arithmetic skills. Here is an example:
This week, the children have been learning to develop ambitious vocabulary and write expanded noun phrases. They will use these to write a descriptive paragraph- keep an eye out on the website for the children’s writing!
Week ending 25/ 11/16
In literacy, the children wrote a story involving an issue and dilemma. This story was based on a film clip ‘the dragon slayer’.
In Numeracy, the children investigated the area and perimeter of shapes. They enjoyed working on a ‘picture maths’ investigation.
In topic, the children wrote poems about the negative and positive uses of ‘The Tower of London’ and sketched a famous landmark in charcoal. Take a look on the website for some of the children’s London work.
Week ending 11/ 11/16
In literacy, the children wrote their own endings to the dilemma ‘Sam’s duck’. Here are a few examples of their writing:
During numeracy, the children applied their learning of addition and subtraction to complete picture maths activities. These activities encouraged the children to apply addition and subtraction to real life situations.
In topic, the children researched the Tower of London and created a timeline of events that occurred there. The children were particularly interested in the poppies exhibition that took place from July to November 2014- which tied in nicely for Remembrance Day. The children are looking forward to the trip on Wednesday 16th November 2016.
Week ending 4/11/16
It was lovely to see the children back refreshed and eager to learn!
In literacy, we learnt about what an issue and dilemma was. The children read a variety of texts and watched a Disney Pixar clip that showed these. They also took on a role of hot seating the main character and explored the decisions he could make.
Numeracy this week was all about mental and written methods for subtraction. The children applied this learning to a variety of word problems. Children must be able to subtract 4 digits by 4 digits by the end of Year 4.
During topic, the children developed their geography skills in using compass directions to map Luton to London. They also learnt how to use symbols and a key to understand a map of North London. The children were amazed to see the range of landmarks in London and are excited to see them on our coach journey to the Tower of London’.
The week ended with a science ‘wow’ day on Light. The children had great fun in participating in a range of light activities: ranging from making a pinhole camera to refracting light! Check out our science page for more details!
This week, during literacy, the year 4 children compared similarities and differences in poems. They selected figurative language and discussed the image the language created. We will be posting our poems onto the website soon!
In Numeracy, the children applied their knowledge of rounding to help estimate the answers to 4 digit addition sums. Many children moved onto missing digit addition- which was quite tricky- although they persevered to success!
In the IMAC suite, the children learnt skills such as font and colour changing as well as inserting pictures. We have created fantastic newspaper articles from our literacy ‘Phidippides the marathon man’.
Finally to round up a fantastic term, we held a Spanish wow afternoon where the children consolidated their learning throughout the term. The children enjoyed both indoor and outdoor activities. Keep an eye out for the photos on our website page!
It’s been a busy term and the children have worked extremely hard: enjoy the break!
Week beginning 3/10/2016
This week in numeracy, the children applied their learning of place value into solving a range of challenges. These ranged from true or false statements encouraging children to ‘convince’ each other, moving onto creating ‘professor potions’ using millitres to consolidate their learning of dividing by 10 and 100. They had great fun!
In topic, we studied the lives of Ancient Greek children and then wrote diary entries about their lives. We discovered that the boys went to school while girls stayed at home to help their mothers in housework!
In science, we looked at what a magnetic pole is. In groups the children devised and tested various ways of suspending a magnet so that it would move freely: they suspended a magnet on a thread and floated t on a paper boat on water. They established that the pull was strongest at the two ends of the magnet: that the magnetic force was equally strong at both ends.
Week beginning 26/09/2016
In literacy, we have been learning how to use direct and reported speech for our newspaper recount. We will be writing about an ancient Greek tale of Pheidippides and the marathon. Yes, you’ve guessed correctly it’s the origin of how the ‘marathon’ came to be! To make our writing more accurate, we have been working on using correct punctuation in direct speech. Next week, we will use the IMAC suite to create our own newspaper articles. All very exciting!
In topic, we have compared our lives to those of the ancient Greek times. We have looked at how education and daily life was different in the ancient Greek lives. The children were surprised to discover that only the boys attended school whilst the girls studied at home.
In science, we carried out a fair test on which materials were attracted to a magnet. We kept the size of the material and distance towards the magnet the same. It was interesting to discover that not all metals were magnetic.
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