Week Beginning 14th December
This week we have written our own version of 'The Sea' poem by James Reeves. We wrote one stanza about the rough, wild sea and one stanza about the calm, tranquil sea.
In Maths we have focused on problem solving. We have solved a variety of mysteries, with a Christmas theme, which required us to use lots of different maths skills to find out who was responsible for turning off the ice cream freezer and eating Mrs Claus' cake!
We have enjoyed making hats, crackers (with jokes) and placemats for our Christmas lunch. We also experienced our first 'Now Press Play' session about Roman Britain. The children all wore a pair of headphones and were taken on a journey as a child of a Roman General. They loved it!
Week Beginning 7th December
In English this week we have started a new text called, 'The Sea', by James Reeves. We started by responding to the text with our initial thoughts (Likes, dislikes, puzzles and connections) and we built up a word bank based on what we know about the sea. We looked at the sea when it is calm and used ambitious vocabulary to describe what it looked and felt like, we then did the same with a ferocious sea with crashing waves. At the end of the week we examined the poetic devices used by James Reeves to create imagery. We looked at metaphors, alliteration, rhyme and rhythm, repetition and similies.
In Maths this week, we have been working on solving multi-step word problems. We have looked at the different operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) that we could use to tackle the problem, sometimes we would need to select more than one in order to find the correct answer. We have also been using the inverse to check that our answer is correct.
This week has been assessment week and the children have worked really hard in all areas. It is clear that they show a real positive attitude to their learning. We have also been getting our classrooms ready for Christmas by making different decorations. In Design and Technology we have been looking at levers and linkages and have produced some festive pop up cards with moving parts.
Week Beginning 30th November
In English this week we have recapped our learning about the story of The Great Kapok Tree. We read nearly to the end of the story and then predicted what might happen next. We then read to the end of the story and sequenced all of the key events. We are now re-writing the whole story.
In Maths this week we have continued our multiplication and division unit. We have studied dividing and multiplying by 7 and the 7 times table, and dividing and multiplying by 9 and the 9 times table. We finished the week with our end of unit assessment.
On Monday we covered the first section of the 'Changing Me' Jigsaw unit which we missed due to lockdown in Year 3. This covered puberty and the changes to our body on the outside. We have also started our DT project for this half term called levers and linkages. We are all making a Christmas card a with moving part.
Next week in English we will begin a short poetry unit which will take us up to the end of term. In Maths we will have a week focused around problem solving! We will complete our DT project.
Week Beginning 23rd November
In English this week we have been researching and planning a leaflet based on deforestation. We have looked back at all of the information we have been gathering over the last 2 weeks and have produced an information leaflet showing the causes and effects of deforestation and why rainforests are important.
In Maths this week we have continued our multiplication and division unit. We started off the week by dividing by 1 and itself. For example: 6 ÷ 1 = 6 and 6 ÷ 6 = 1. We then worked through multiplication and division with the 3 and 6 times tables. We noticed a pattern between the two - The six times tables are exactly double of the three times tables.
In Topic this week, Claudius called upon us to become one of his valiant warriors. We created our own Roman personas. We made up a name, specified our rank and designed our clothes/armour. We then came up with our own back stories. Whilst in character we went off to boot camp and took part in a series of physical challenges including; the fastest we could run over 100m, how far we could throw a discuss, how long we could jump and how far we can throw a javelin.
Next week we will be sequencing the events of our class English book, 'The Great Kapok Tree' and will end the week re-telling the story. In maths we will be multiplying and dividing by 7 and 9.
Week beginning 16th November
This week has been poetry slam week! We have been listening to and enjoying lots of different types of poems by lots of different authors. We then chose 4 poems (1 per house team) and the children have learnt and performed them (off by heart) in their teams to enter into the whole school competition. We have thought carefully about the judging criteria: voice, understanding, presentation and accuracy. Ask your child to perform their poem to you!
This week our topic has been multiplication and division.
We have used a place value grid to help us multiply by 10 and 100, divide by 10 and 100 and multiply by 1 and 0. Some cheeky children think we can add or remove zeros to work out the answer! Ask your child about why this doesn't work and how we should work it out instead.
I'm sure lots of you have heard about our Science lesson already - we were investigating 'Did Romans use toilet roll?' and we carried out an experiment to determine the best item to use as toilet roll between leaves, grass, pebbles, a sponge and your left hand.
We also finished our mosaics in Art.
Next week we will be making leaflets about deforestation in English, multiplying and dividing by 3 and 6 in Maths and completing and becoming a Roman Soldier in Topic.
Week beginning 9th November
In English this week we looked at the effects of deforestation on The Amazon rainforest. We argued both for and against and held a class debate, where we all had the chance to put forward our arguments. We then wrote a persuasive argument against logging using all of the information we had collated throughout the week.
In Maths this week we finished our Length and Measurement unit. We looked at calculating the perimeter of quadrilateral and rectilinear shapes. We learned that the perimeter is calculated by adding up the length of each side of a 2D closed shape. We finished the week with a consolidation assessment.
In Topic this week we found out about the life of a gladiator we researched the food they eat, exercise, weapons, the lifestyle of slaves, combat and, ultimately, their fates. We then looked at Mosaics and created our own using a template and different pieces of coloured card.
We then looked at street maps of Rome and located a variety of its significant human features. We looked at the Colosseum, the Vatican City, the Pantheon, the Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Square, Trevi Fountain and the Roman Forum.
We discussed the following questions:
‘Which of the attractions originate from the Roman period?'
'How has the city of Rome changed from Roman times?’
Year 4 is an incredibly important year for timestables.
During Autumn 1 the children revisited their 2s, 5s and 10 timestables.
This half term we are studying the 3s, 4s and 8 timestables.
The children have a timestable test 3 times a week where they are required to answer up to 60 questions in up to 4 minutes. They compete against themselves trying to beat their time, score, or both every time!
They are all making incredible progress and love to compare their scores to the previous week.
Please support your child by helping them revise 2s, 5s and 10s and learn 3s, 4s and 8s. This must include division facts eg 3x8= and 24= ÷3.
We hope you have had a wonderful half term and are ready to enjoy our next topic - I am Warrior!
Week beginning 2nd November
In Maths this week we have started a new topic of measurement. We have been learning about mm, cm, m and km, and how to add, subtract and convert these units! The children need to know how many mm are in a cm, how many cm are in a m, how many mm are in a m etc. This then helps them to answer questions such as 100mm- cm = 6 cm more efficiently. Please do lots of practising at home as it is a tricky concept!
In English we have begun a new book entitled 'The Great Kapok Tree'. We have only read the first two pages so far but we were shocked to discover the man's intention to chop down the tree! This has brought on lots of discussion about the amazon rainforest and the wonderful animals that live there. We have all written a rainforest poem which we have written up in neat to display in the classroom.
In Topic we have learnt about the chronology of the roman empire, hill forts, the differences between Italy and Britain and Boudicca. It has been great fun investigating all about the Romans and learning lots of interesting facts - including whether the Romans or the Celts washed more!
We also enjoyed learning how to play the ukuleles - we even learnt a whole song!
In Maths we will learn about perimeter, in English our writing will focus on deforestation and we will learn about some warriors in Topic.