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Wooden Hill Primary and Nursery School

Wooden Hill Primary and Nursery School

Year 4 News

Autumn Term - Week 8 - 21 October 2020

Year Four have been busy authors this week, writing their own ‘lost something precious’ stories. We have tried to include the different writing elements that we have been taught. Here is Finnley’s story after he edited it and Henry’s story which he is going to edit. It took a lot of stamina to write a story in three days!

We have been looking at the work of Vincent Van Gogh in our Art lessons to help us learn about how to add texture when drawing. Two of the paintings we focused on were Wheatfield with ‘Cypresses’ and ‘Sunflowers.’

Shaan, Riley and Jessica did very well with the Wheatfield with Cypresses painting, and Dexter, Eddie and Amelia did very well looking closely at the sunflowers.

In English, we have been doing our first piece of independent writing based on Star in the Jar. We spent a long time coming up with ideas and planning our stories. Our characters, like Tom, found something special and tried to find who it belonged to. The children had to develop their story ideas into plot points, think extremely carefully about their success criteria and the fantastics, grammaristics and boomtastics they wanted to include and finally write their stories. They even did some editing, like real authors do, to improve their work. I’m sure they know these stories so well they could tell them to you, if you asked! In Reading we finally finished Clean up by Nathan Bryon, focusing throughout on how the characters were feeling and how the illustrator developed those feelings with the pictures. We learnt lots of new facts about rubbish, particularly in the oceans, and came up with ways to help prevent animals from being harmed, including remembering to dispose of rubbish correctly. This linked brilliantly with our geography topic about recycling, where we have talked about different ways to recycle and even reuse different items and materials. In maths, we developed our calculation skills by adding numbers up to 4-digits, with exchanging, and subtracting numbers up to 4-digits too. This was particularly tricky, especially when exchanging over multiple columns! We’ll be doing some more practice after half term. 

We hope the children have a lovely half-term break and do lots of reading for our School Sponsored Read!

Autumn Term - Week 7 - 12 October 2020

In English this week, we have started planning our own independent stories based on Star in the Jar by Sam Hay and Sarah Massini. We have thought carefully about our characters and what they could have found. 

In maths, we have been learning about addition and subtraction, using the column method for up to 4-digit numbers and even exchanging! We’ve been spotting mistakes and using the correct vocabulary to explain our thinking.

In Science, we have been learning about forces with lots of practical experiments. We carried out fair tests using force meters and magnets to reach conclusions about usually unseen forces.

Autumn Term - Week 6 - 7 October 2020

In English this week, we have been continuing with our text 'Star in the Jar' by Sam Hay and Sarah Massini. We have been thinking and writing about lost items and finding them again, including how we would feel. We have been using Fantastics in our writing, which are new to us all but we are sure your children can tell you about them! 

In maths, we have finished our place value topic and moved on to addition and subtraction, including using the column method accurately. We have been thinking about very large numbers including ten thousands! It’s wonderful to see so many children using Times Table Rock stars to practice their multiplications skills, as this will be particularly helpful with the next topic. If you have any questions about TTRS or any problems, please do let your child’s class teacher know. 

We have been thinking about the environment, especially in geography and reading, with our text 'Clean Up!' By Nathan Bryon. The children were shocked to see photos of rubbish, particularly single use plastics like face masks, and came up with some fantastic ideas of things they could do to help stop littering and waste.”

Autumn Term - Week 5 - 28 September 2020

Year Four have been busy with negative numbers and Roman Numerals. We had great fun challenging each other to write a two or three-digit number in Roman Numerals. Some of us then tried writing an addition calculation in Roman Numerals! 

With our writing we have been getting to grips with a new way of learning and are now really good at ‘sentence stacking’ and using our different ‘lenses’ to help us think about what are writing needs to include. Ask us what a ‘FANTASTIC’ is or a ‘Boomtastic’ or a ‘Grammaristic’!

In Art, we are using the seasons as inspiration to practise blending and shading. We have produced some super leaf art with each leaf a different colour depending on the season.