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
In numeracy this week, we have been learning how to add amounts of money using the formal written method including decimals. They used their knowledge of rounding to estimate and solved problems involving money in pounds and pence.
In literacy, the children used their plan to write their story about sea otters using the skills they have learnt so far; verb openers, speech for characterisation, subordinating conjunctions as openers and possessive apostrophes.
This half term, our new topic for science is Light. The children started off by identifying as many different types of light sources and then investigating what happens when light is reflected from different surfaces. Next week, we will be investigating and discussing how shadows are formed.
Year Group Events
Tower of London Trip
Recently, children in Year 4 had a wonderful trip to the Tower of London which fits in with our current topic learning. Aieza Ahmed in Piccadilly Circus wrote this recount of the day:
In the morning, we got wristbands and sat on a double decker coach. First, I looked at the traitors gate then we saw animals made of metal. Then I had lunch. After that, we saw ancient coins and last of all, we saw the beautiful crown jewels then went home.
Year 4 have had a busy day learning lots of new Spanish words with a focus on describing their favourite hobbies. They have taken part in activities including having a basic conversation in Spanish with a partner, colouring in flags with all of the instructions in Spanish, as well as creating a poster of their favourite hobbies using the Spanish meaning.
Qudsiya Khan, Piccadilly Circus, “Spanish Day was very exciting as we learnt new Spanish words!”
Zeeshan Malik, Piccadilly Circus, “Spanish is exciting to learn and I enjoy doing different activities in Spanish.”
Ancient Greece fabulous homework!
Year 4 Book Study - Explanation Text
Year 4 have written explanations about why they could be late for school. The children learnt to use fronted adverbials and nouns for precision. Click HERE to take a read of their writing!
Year 4 Book Study - 'How to train your Dragon'
A day in Ancient Greece
On the 12th and 13th of September, Year 4 were transported back in time to experience a day in the life of the Ancient Greeks. The children and staff all helped to add to the Ancient Greek setting by dressing up in robes and clothes similar to that of the Ancient Greeks.
The eventful day started with an honoured visit from The Wise Old Man, the high priest of Athens! He had lots and lots of interesting information ready to share with everyone. The children embarked on completing the daily tasks that enabled the Ancient Greeks to make a livelihood and decorate their temples. Some of the children visited the herbal masters and created medicinal pouches to cure colds and illnesses, whilst other children practised their clay work by making protection charms and oil lamps.
“I can now cure all my family’s illnesses” said an excited young Greek.
“My oil lamp lit with real oil that I squeezed from olives” another worker exclaimed, proud of their hard work.
The children also explored other activities where they created antique tiles (the trick was in cracking the tiles to make them look old), used their strength to carve into special soap and used their brains to create wax tablets for secret messages.
The Wise Old Man rewarded all the children’s hard work by treating them to special tales and Myths from the past. Everyone listened in nervous anticipation, awaiting the fate of King Midas’s beautiful daughter.
After the productive morning, a feast with entertainment was in order. There was a special dance, a few mythical plays and a super poetry performance all prepared and delivered by the talented young Greek civilians. A few select servants had the duty of respectfully serving the wine (Ribena), bread, cheese, fruit and cakes to the hungry and grateful civilians.
Throughout the day, all civilians were tasked with the diplomatic responsibility to decide whether or not more soldiers should be sent to fight against the enemy army and protect Greece. Luckily, a decision was not needed as the news of victory had reached the feasting children.
As the children prepared to come back to their present day lives in Luton, they sadly said their goodbyes to The Wise Old Man, thanking him for all their new knowledge and wisdom.
Archived News from Year 4 - (1)
Weekly blog W/C 30/10/2017
The start of the new half term meant the starting of new topics all around. Our area of learning in numeracy this week was subtraction and the children learnt how to subtract 4 digits by 4 digits and used their subtraction skills to help answer word problems using the bar model.
In literacy, we have started looking at animal stories and the children have planned the problem, solution and ending to a story about sea otters.
This half term, our new topic is London and the children started off by locating London and Luton on a map of the UK and also thought of some interesting questions that they would like to find out by the end of the topic. All of the children are looking forward to our visit to London next week for our trip so look out for pictures and a recount of the day next week.
Weekly blog W/C 09/10/2017
This week in literacy, the children in Year 4 have used their own ideas to plan their own myth. The children have been taught how to use inverted commas to punctuate direct speech and write complex sentences using a wide range of conjunctions.
In numeracy, they have been looking at using the different strategies for mental addition. The children have been encouraged to use their knowledge of rounding from previous learning to estimate the answers. They then learnt how to add four digit numbers using the formal written method and used this method to solve two-step word problems.
In science, this half term’s topic is magnets and the children learnt that magnets have a North and South Pole. First, they predicted whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which pole they are facing. They then carried out an investigation to find out if all parts of a magnet are equally strong and presented their findings using labelled diagrams. Next week, the children will continue to look at myths in literacy, and place value and reasoning in numeracy.
Weekly Blog W/C 02/10/017
In Literacy, the children were introduced to our new topic Myths. We began by reading and discussing the popular myth Perseus and the Gorgon and identifying the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary and how the meanings of words change when used in different contexts. In preparation for next week children have planned their own myth following a clear structure.
In Numeracy, the children started by comparing triangles based on their properties and sizes. They also learnt about lines of symmetry in 2D shapes and had a chance of reflecting 2 D shapes along a line of symmetry.
During our topic lesson this week, the children have had the chance to write a diary entry about a boy in Sparta and how he might have felt when he moved away from his family. They produced brilliant diary entries which included the use of fronted adverbials for when, conjunctions and emotion words. Next week, the children will continue to work on myths in literacy and move onto column addition in Numeracy.
Weekly blog W/C 25/09/2017
This week in literacy, the children in Year 4 have been very busy making up excuses for the reasons why they were late for school. They have had some amazing ideas and are now starting to write their letter explaining why they are late. The children have been taught how to write sentences with fronted adverbials, sentences with the subordinate clause first and using nouns for precision.
In numeracy, they have been looking closely at decimal numbers, they have rounded them to the nearest whole number, ordered them, written the equivalent fraction and even looked at negative numbers.
In science, this half term’s topic is magnets and the children have been busy investigating which materials are attracted to magnets and which magnets have a stronger force. They have used a range of different magnets and have been encouraged to ask their own questions around the topic. Next week, the children will be moving on to looking at myths in literacy and shapes in numeracy.
Weekly Blog WC 4/9/17
Welcome to Year 4! It has been lovely to see the children prepared and ready for the challenges ahead!
This week, during literacy, the children read and analysed a poem about an abandoned cottage and selected vocabulary and phrases to identify why the cottage had been left in this state. The children were taught how to make inferences from the poems. Questions such as:
‘Why did they think the cottage was left like this?’
‘What language has been used to describe the cottage?’, encouraged the children to delve deeper into the meaning of the poem.
Children were supported in selecting phrases and vocabulary that supported their ideas. They then used pictures to predict what the cottage might have looked like before it was left in such disrepair!
In Numeracy, the children applied place value knowledge into solving a range of problems. They looked at the values of each digit and used these same digits to create the highest and lowest values.
Our topic this term is Ancient Greece and the children have read some amazing myths. They explored the myth that explained how Zeus became the king of the Gods and rewrote this from Zeus’ point of View. It was interesting for the children to get an insight into the Ancient Greek religion. Next week, the children will be experiencing life as an Ancient Greek child in out Living History day. Pictures and reviews of the day will be posted on the website. Keep a look out!
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