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Year 4 News

Summer Term - Week 2 - 29 April 2021

In English this week, we have been continuing with The Street Beneath Our Feet text. Have you ever thought about what is under the ground? We have explored different features of information texts and learnt about fossils from the experts. 

In reading, we are using the book The Secrets of the Sun King by Emma Carrol, who is a fantastic historical fiction writer, following our main character Lil as she unravels a mystery involving an interesting glass jar. 

In maths, we have been learning more about decimals, particularly writing and representing them accurately. We have focused on place value holding zeros and the importance in writing numbers. 

We have started a new French topic - food, it sounds delicious! We’re continuing to learn about the ancient Egyptians and how archaeologists have made discoveries and found artefacts that tell us how they lived. We have also been designing and creating our own Egyptian headdresses with Mr Clarke. 

Summer Term - Week 1 - 24 April 2021

In Year 4, we started this term with a new topic and an Egyptian Day. The children designed their own Egyptian collars out of paper plates, looking at patterns and symmetry. We explored mummification and discussed the process, even mummifying an orange ourselves. The children practised their maths skills balancing number sentences as weighing hearts like Egyptians Priests would do. They build pyramids out of marshmallows and spaghetti and worked as a team to decide the best structure, as pictured. 

This week has been Science Week and we have been exploring innovation, designing our own classroom of the future. We thought carefully about things that could be improved in the classroom and what technology there was around us before deciding how to innovate them. The children have come up with some fantastic ideas, from book-delivering butlers to super comfortable chairs! 

In maths, we have recapped number bond to 10 and 100 and working logically to move on to decimals next week. In English, we have started writing based on The Street Beneath My Feet by Charlotte Guillan and Yuval Zommer, which is a giant non-fiction text exploring the earth itself. We have practised asking questions and exploring relevant vocabulary to use in our writing.

Spring Term - Week 10 - 18 March 2021

In English, we have finished our narrative study on The BFG and written our own giant stories full of suspense and brilliantly scary descriptions. We have thought carefully about showing feelings through actions and reactions, carefully choosing verbs to aid our descriptions and editing our work in a variety of different ways. 

In maths, we have been exploring tenths and hundreds as both fractions and decimals. We have represented them using bar models, part-whole models and on number lines. 

We have been exploring plants in science, including growing our own, researching the different parts of plants and experimenting to find out how water travels through them. In geography we have been finding out about palm oil and its negative effects on the environment and animals, including what we can do to help. In art, we have been working on our observational drawing skills, taking time to notice and replicate details. 

Spring Term - Week 8 - 4 March 2021

In English, we continued with our story The Princess and the Pea by Lauren Child and worked super hard to write our own versions independently. We had stories such as The Knight and the Banana, The Prince and the Watermelon and The Princess and the Pizza! We independently used different lenses as our Success Criteria and will be editing our writing to make it even more brilliant! 

In maths, we have worked incredibly hard with fractions. Equivalent fractions is a very tricky concept and our children have shown real resilience and determination with their learning this week, even though it was quite difficult! We have tried to explore fractions in different ways in school, including using paper strips and play dough to make fractions “real”. 

In our reading lessons, we have looked at the story There’s a Rang-tan in my Bedroom by James Sellick, which was also an advertisement for Iceland a few years ago. This linked nicely with our geography topic of palm oil and orangutans, which we have been finding out more about this week. 

We also celebrated World Book Day, which will be a whole separate post! Just in time, we received some brilliant new books, look how happy the children are to have them! 

We are very excited to be back together, in school next week. We can’t wait to see you all!

Spring Term - Week 7 - 25 February 2021

In English this week, we have started reading The Princess and the Pea by Lauren Child. This is a story that some children are familiar with and we have already noticed similarities and differences between different versions. We have worked hard to come up with ideas and use thesauruses to extend our thinking as well as recapping word classes including verbs, adjectives and prepositions. We have used these ideas to write to some powerful sentences, affecting how our reader is feeling at each plot point. 

In maths, we have continued to explore fractions and used different representations, including number lines and bar models, even fraction walls. Equivalent fractions has been particularly tricky but the children have shown real perseverance and effort continuing with their tasks. 

In our afternoon lessons, we have started new topics for the new term. In Art, we are studying still life drawings and learning new skills including perspective and shading. For PSHE, we are thinking about the question what is community and this week, we explored belonging and what that means to us. In Music, we are learning about pitch, which we explored from a scientific perspective last term. In Computing, we are continuing our learning about being safe online with a series of videos and activities to encourage the children to think about their actions and the consequences of them, including learning about our digital footprint.

Spring Term - Week 6 - 11 February 2021

This week, we have been planning and writing our own stories based on The Wolf in the Walls by Neil Gaiman. We have thought about different scary creatures like tarantulas, polar bears and crocodiles to include in our spooky stories. We have worked so hard to include all of our ideas and fantastic success criteria in our writing. 

In maths, we have started a unit on fractions. We have thought about representing fractions in different ways, including parts of a whole shape, a number line and whole groups. We can define a fraction, a numerator and a denominator and talk about different fractions of shapes. 

To complete our science unit on sounds, we have done a DT project, designing and making our own string instruments. We thought about the width of the elastics we needed to use for different pitch, how we would make the sounds and what materials we would need. We also planned an experiment about how sounds travels, finding that sounds get fainter when they are further away. We used our art skills to design and decorate hearts to put in our windows for our Heart Hunting Community campaign.

Spring Term - Week 5 - 3 February 2021

We have continued to learn about how forms of transport revolutionised the way we live by looking at the motor car. We completed timelines of how cars have developed both in complexity and style. Here is Mason's timeline.

In our maths work we have been learning about area. To finish our topic, we did the area of our names!

Our PSHE topic this half term is all about recognising our strengths, skills and interests. We have made 'self-praise' jars that contain statements to remind us of what we are good at and the positives about ourselves. Here are some the children have made in school.

Spring Term – Week 4 - 25 January 2021

The children have been busy with their learning this week.

We have started a new writing topic based on the text ‘The Wolves in the Walls’ by Neil Garman. The children have produced some fantastic descriptive writing.

Here are Willow’s, Lucas’ and Katie’s from Thursday’s lesson.

The children have been learning about different countries in our international project. This week we looked at China and the children had a go at Chinese paper cutting. Here are Eddie, Finnley and Amelia’s efforts.

Autumn Term - Week 14 - 10 December 2020

In English this week, we have been writing instructions based on the book My Strong Mind by Niels Van Hove – a story about developing mental strength. We have spoken about different, negatives experiences and feelings and ways to deal with that. We have linked this with our Design Technology project on making Christmas decorations where we have been using instructions to craft ornaments and evaluating their effectiveness. We are now writing our own version of these instructions for our independent write. 

In maths, we have started a new unit, multiplication and division. We have been multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100, discussing fact families and linking with our Times Table Rockstars practice. We are very pleased to see lots of children accessing this at home, just a reminder that we are really hoping that everyone is accessing at least once a week – ideally three times! This is especially important with the Multiplication Tables Check at the end of Year 4. 

We have also linked our learning in Science and PSHE, learning about being healthy and discussing what that means. We have learnt about the function and care of our teeth, eating healthily and the impact on our bodies and our minds, and about skeletons and their functions.

Autumn Term - Week 12 - 26 November 2020

In English this week, we have been writing our own adventure stories based on Aladdin. Our characters explored a mystical cave and found a mysterious object, before getting trapped inside! The children came up with some wonderful and magical ideas to help their characters escape, please do ask them about it.

In maths, we have now finished our unit on measurement including length and perimeter. We have used our knowledge to calculate and problem solve, including converting units of measure and using bar models to help. 

In the afternoons, we have explored being healthy and how our bodies work further, learning about the different teeth and the digestive system. We learnt some very tricky words including oesophagus and enzymes! We have been getting creative with chalks and listening to orchestra music.

Autumn Term - Week 11 - 20 November 2020

Across the school we have been thinking about Anti-Bullying Week. In Linnet Class, the children watched a video called ‘The Birds’ and then discussed which birds were being mean before writing speech bubbles to go with what the birds might be saying to each other.

Year Four have been busy completing their Art topic. They have done their own ‘Starry Night’ chalk pictures in the style of Vincent Van Gogh.

Autumn Term - Week 11 - 19 November 2020

In maths this week, we have moved on to a new topic – measurement. We have looked at different units of measure, particularly for length, and converting between these. We found that it was easier to answer questions when the units of measure were the same and problem solved using our knowledge. It is Times Table Rockstars Maths Week Rock Out, the children have been earning our school points in class and we would love for them to practise at home too!

In English, we have continued with Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp. We have been writing stories with negative intent, thinking carefully about our word choices to create a picture for our reader – Aladdin has found himself in a dark, spooky cave and buried underground! 

In the afternoons, we have continued with music, French and science. We have developed our knowledge of instruments and orchestras, thinking about timbre and the different sounds instruments might make. We have been thinking about healthy eating and making healthy choices to help our bodies work well.

Autumn Term - Week 10 - 12 November 2020

In maths this week, we have moved on to a new topic – measurement. We have looked at different units of measure, particularly for length, and converting between these. We found that it was easier to answer questions when the units of measure were the same and problem solved using our knowledge. It is Times Table Rockstars Maths Week Rock Out, the children have been earning our school points in class and we would love for them to practise at home too!

In English, we have continued with Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp. We have been writing stories with negative intent, thinking carefully about our word choices to create a picture for our reader – Aladdin has found himself in a dark, spooky cave and buried underground! 

In the afternoons, we have continued with music, French and science. We have developed our knowledge of instruments and orchestras, thinking about timbre and the different sounds instruments might make. We have been thinking about healthy eating and making healthy choices to help our bodies work well.

Autumn Term - Week 9 - 5 November 2020

We hope you have all had a lovely, restful half-term. The children have arrived back at school smiling, which is always a good sign, and ready to learn. They have also been wonderfully resilient with all the changes in place from Thursday 5th November, thank you all for your cooperation. 

In maths, we have been practising and extending our additional and subtraction calculation skills, thinking about working efficiently and accurately. We have trialled a few different methods for a variety of questions, to work out which were the most effective. We have also all been part of a times-tables battle on TTRockstars between the classes, I wonder who will win? 

In English, we have started looking at a new text: Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp by Phillip Pullman. It is quite different to the Disney version! We have been writing about characters and settings, thinking about how our descriptions can create a negative impression for our reader. We have also started a new text for our reading lessons, Charlotte’s Web by E B White, which the children are enjoying. We have explored the relationship between Wilbur and Fern, including finding evidence in the text to support our ideas. 

The children have also created chalk landscapes in Art, learnt about orchestras and timbre in music and started our healthy eating topic in science. Our big question this term is “Are you what you eat?” – some of the children cooked lovely meals for their homework over the half term, lots of which can be seen and celebrated on Google Classroom. A quick reminder that all children should be accessing Google Classroom every week for their homework, which this term is an arithmetic test each week, to ensure they are prepared if they cannot come into school. The log-in details are exactly the same as last year, please email <Year4@office.woodenhill.bracknell-forest.sch.uk if you have any problems.

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.