Welcome to Year 4
Welcome to our Year 4 page. Here you will find important information about our Class routines, curriculum and general information. Please scroll down to keep up to date with our class blog.
For more information please read our curriculum newsletter bellow:
Our Year 4 Staff:
Miss K Charlton – Teacher
Miss S Grotz – Teaching Assistant
Friday 19th January 2018
It is that time of week again… Friday! This week has absolutely flown by, and the children have really outdone themselves in all aspects of their learning.
We have concentrated on developing our division skills in mathematics this week, and children have truly excelled. We have moved quickly from concrete and pictorial representations of equal groups to using the formal ‘bus stop’ method of recording answers. We have even delved into the territory of remainders. We will continue this work next week and quickly revisit all of our learning on Multiplication and Division before moving onto a brand new topic the following week.
Literacy has turned us all into budding poets! We have moved on from the haiku to tanka poems and calligrams – shape poems. Children worked in pairs this week to produce a tanka each. A traditional tanka originates from Japan and is very similar to a haiku. The first three lines are made up of a haiku written by one person and the next two lines are 7 syllables each, written in reply to the first three lines. Here is the tanka that won the ‘Star Writers’ Award this week:
Heavy snow begins to lie,
It is so much fun.
Orange flames begin to pop.
It is time for a bonfire.
by Harvey and Harry
Next, we moved onto calligrams of the Eiffel Tower. Children worked in small groups to generate describing words and facts about the Eiffel Tower before using this information to write a poem in the shape of Le Dame de Fer! Check out some great examples above.
Only 10 children managed to bring their homework back to school on time this week and completed in full. The other 15 children were required to complete homework during their own free time. It is highly beneficial for parents/carers/anyone at home to consolidate learning with their children. Alternatively, homework club is held every Friday night after school with Miss Wilkinson in year 6. Additionally, if children need more support from a teacher, they are welcome to see me at break or lunch on a Monday or Tuesday.
Star Reader: Charlie, for great discussion during Reading Workshop this week.
Star Writers: Harvey and Harry, for producing a brilliant tanka
Mathlete: Liam, for being quicker than The Flash with his division this week.
Star of the Week:
Our class trip is coming up on 31st January. Most children have returned their permission slip and the additional slip stating that they are in good health or declaring any illnesses or health problems. Children will need to wear warm clothing with their school jumper and suitable shoes for the outdoors. Unless stated, children will all require a packed lunch. The cost of the trip is £10 for parents/carers, however, arrangements can be made to pay weekly if necessary.
Attendance:94.4%, 4 unauthorised absences, 10 authorised absences.
Friday 12th January 2018
On behalf of the Year 4 team, we would like to wish you a very happy new year. Last term was a whirlwind and we are sure this one will be too!
The children came back to school this week absolutely raring to go! We have had a fantastic week filled with self-directed learning, research and each child has produced some absolutely outstanding work!
We dived straight back into multiplication and division during maths lessons and children have really flourished! We have signed up to a wonderful service that concentrates on helping children learn their times tables quickly. Watch this space – next week, children will all receive a log-in that they can use at home or during school time when they have finished tasks. We have also experimented with balancing equations and enhancing our arithmetic skills. Finally, we used practical activities to consolidate our knowledge and put our skills to the test!
During Literacy lessons, we have focused on poetry and poetic form. This week, we have looked particularly at the haiku, a traditional poem from Japan which is made up of three lines and 17 syllables. The children really enjoyed the challenge of trying to keep their poem to such a tight structure, and they have produced some lovely work. We also read a number of haikus by Malorie Blackman and Eric Finney to gain some inspiration. Eric Finney’s collection of Seasonal Haikus are all about the seasons. Each child chose their favourite haiku and created a personal response to it using the medium of art. We cannot wait to get these up on display!
Children have been fabulous in their efforts to learn all about our new topic: Fantastic France! We have some wonderful pieces of work for display already. We have learned all about Georges Seurat, an impressionist painter who invented pointillism, we have researched landmarks, population, cities, food and much, much more!
Here are some examples of our fantastic work so far:
Star Reader: Holly, for attention to detail during Literacy lessons.
Star Writers: Tilly, for writing a beautiful haiku.
Mathlete: Harvey, for producing an amazing graph comparing the population of England to France over the past 7 years!
Community Heroes: Tilly, Harry, Scott, George and Indy, for giving up free time to help keep our classroom tidy.
Star of the Week: Charlie. Piper, for being extremely helpful around the classroom and helping Miss Grotz create our wonderful Europe display.
Lateness: 69 minutes! Oh dear!
Friday 22nd December 2017
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time!
We have made it! Hurrah! Miss Grotz and I would like to say an enormous thank you to all of the children in Year 4 for making this term such a delight. We have truly loved spending time getting to know the children, stretching their brains and setting them more challenges each and every day! I hope to see this same spirit and level of enthusiasm when the children come back from their well-deserved Christmas break.
This week, we have concentrated on all things festive! The children made absolutely gorgeous Christmas cards and calendars, which you will be receiving momentarily… We have sung carol after carol, completed Christmas puzzles and even indulged in a Christmas party! It has been an absolute whirlwind and I cannot believe it is only three sleeps til Santa!
The children have worked their socks off to get the classroom ready for our brand new topic… Fantastic France! They have asked very interesting questions, which we hope to be able to answer in an exciting way!
A huge well done to all of the lucky children that received gifts and prizes this week for 100% attendance! We were so proud to hear that Year 4 won the Attendance Award for Autumn 2017… this means the children will be in for a treat on the first Friday back at school! Another amazing feat was achieved by our school choir… they managed to raise an enormous £400 over two days, whilst carol singing at Sainsbury’s. Thank you to all of our lovely staff and parents and carers who were able to make this possible. I can’t wait to see what they choose to spend their money on!
Last but not least… Stars of the Week will return in Spring 2018, as it was far too difficult to choose only five fabulous children. Everyone has been a star this week!
Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2018, from Miss Charlton and Miss Grotz.
Friday 15th December 2017
As we move swiftly towards our last week of term, glitter fills the air, Christmas songs can be heard around every corner and there have been Christmas jumpers galore! All of the children from EYFS, KS1 and KS2 managed to dazzle parents, carers and teachers during their Christmas Performances, and the choir were absolute superstars during last night’s ‘Caroles by Candlelight.’ Enjoying a delicious hot chocolate in such a lovely atmosphere really filled us all with the Christmas spirit.
Of course, today marks another festive tradition… the pantomime! (Oh no it doesn’t…)
Children have worked exceptionally well this week during lessons and they have even shared stories about their very Naughty/Nice Elves! My personal favourite so far – redecorating the Christmas trees!
Maths lessons have focused on children practising and consolidating the skills they have learned so far in year 4. We have revisited place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and perimeter and length this week, all with a festive twist! Children redesigned Santa’s Grotto, cracked codes for Cupid and helped Santa’s Elves find their way back to the North Pole… all in a week!
The festive spirit has started spreading to the staff! This week, we all enjoyed Christmas jumper day, Christmas lunch with the children and… for the first and last time this year, allowing the children to have a good laugh at us as we practised our singing and dancing during assembly on Thursday!
There were two lucky winners this week in Year 5 and 6 who will be enjoying a lovely trip to The Bridges next week to eat, shop and be merry! There have also been lots of lucky children who have received a selection box each! This is all because their names were entered into a hat each day that they were present at school and, most importantly… on time! I am extremely happy to say that one of those lucky children was in year 4! Well done Amelia!
Finally, the children have really outdone themselves this week with the completion of their beautiful Christmas cards – the wonderful creation of the fabulous Miss Grotz! What would we do without her?! Yours will be sent home next week along with a brand new calendar ready for the start of 2018. How time flies!
Last, but by no means least, I would love to give out our awards for this week!
Star Reader: Scott. For finding fabulous synonyms and shades of meaning during Reading Workshop sessions this week.
Star Writers: The Whole Class! For a superb attitude towards learning all about poetry, and having a go at writing two different types of poem this week. Well done!
Mathlete: Gracie. For a beautiful depiction of Santa’s Workshop, labelled, measured and coloured perfectly.
Community Heroes: The Clean up Crew! Always making a little extra effort to ensure our learning environment is neat, tidy and up to date!
Star of the Week: Charlie. The literal star of our Christmas Performance.
Lateness: 13 minutes.
Let’s get this back on track for the last week of term!
Friday 8th December 2017
Let the festivities… begin!
We are drawing ever closer to the most wonderful time of the year! This week, we have been in full-swing! Children have been practising avidly for their Christmas performance, the school Christmas Fayre was a roaring success and today we welcome the Book Fair into school.
Maths this week has been an adventure into more complicated multiplication. Children have mastered factor pairs and commutativity – understanding that order does not matter within multiplication. EG 6×4=24, as does 4×6=24!
These children are using concrete resources to use trial and error to find factor pairs for different numbers.
Children have used their knowledge and skills in multiplication to begin working on reasoning and problem solving tasks, including: missing number, missing symbols, balanced equations, multiplying three numbers together, integer scaling problems and becoming fluent in their 6 and 7 times tables.
Literacy has been interesting! We have finally finished our work on Erik the Viking’s diary entry… and the work is phenomenal! Some of the vocabulary choices, figurative language and descriptions used by children seem as though they have come from best-selling authors:
“The wind howled, the waves crashed and the sea was as wild as a raccoon!” – Charlie
“You will surrender, or I will choose your death!” – Holly
“The treacherous sea rolled like thunder and the lightning flashed ominously in the sky.” – Callum.
“I was blood-thirsty and ready to get those idiotic Anglo-Saxons away from my land.” – Piper.
Soon after completing our diary entries, we took a delve into a totally different realm… sandwich making!
In groups, children were tasked with writing a set of clear instructions for an alien to make a successful jam sandwich. Amazingly, only one group remembered to include, “First, wash your hands!” See below for some interesting images!
Our annual Christmas Fayre saw some drastic makeovers…
We have had a very exciting this week, welcoming Indy into our class, and sadly, we have also said goodbye to Callum today – he will be a huge miss in our class! The children all made a card and gave Callum various gifts – there were even a few tears! So to say goodbye, we left Callum with a very… memorable photograph of us all!
This week has seen more practicing for the Christmas Performance – the children are becoming more confident and are almost ready for opening day! At this point, tickets are limited to 2 per family, as so many people want to come and see our talented children! Tickets are priced at £1 each, there will be no tickets available to buy on the door. Afternoon tickets are sold out.
Of course, it is our KS2 Christmas Performance on Wednesday. Children have all been given letters detailing what they are required to wear for the part they have chosen to play. The majority of children will be wearing a festive jumper along with their school pants or skirt.
EYFS Performance: Monday 11th December 2pm
KS1 Performance: Tuesday 12th December 10am & 2pm
KS2 Performance: Wednesday 13th December 10am & 2pm
Star Reader: Lewis – true engagement with our non-fiction text, he has found out all about extinct animals.
Star Writer: Scott – a truly AWESOME diary entry!
Mathlete: Alix – for gaining SO much confidence and even asking for EXTRA maths!
Community Hero: Harry – for taking Indy under his wing and making sure he has settled into school life at Plains Farm.
Star of the Week: Jay R – for having a brilliant attitude towards everything he is asked to do, for always trying his best and being an extremely kind friend to everyone.
Friday 1st December 2017
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
The children have been absolutely mesmerized by the snow during school time this week. Hopefully it will keep going over the weekend so they can all enjoy sledging, snowman building and making snow angels!
Well, it is that time again, when the C word is allowed to be said during school hours, that’s correct… Christmas! Our wonderful team of TA’s are in the process of transforming our school into a winter wonderland, preparing for the Christmas Fayre and spreading the Christmas spirit! Each class are working like elves to get decorations and crafts finished in time!
This week, mathematics lessons have centred around moving on from the grid method of multiplication, to the formal column method. Children have taken this in their stride and are trying their very best to make sure their presentation is neat, their working out is correct and their brains keep on growing!
Literacy has been rather gruesome…
Children have taken on the persona of Erik the Viking – a man who sailed from Scandinavia in 793AD to Lindisfarne, an island just off the coast of north Northumberland. Erik left Scandinavia with a crew of 24 men to attack the monastery and take the land as his own. The children have been absolutely astounding, they have broadened their vocabulary, come up with creative ideas and solutions to Erik’s problems and even impressed Miss Orchard with their knowledge – well done everyone! We will be ready to write our very own Viking diaries next week!
This week has seen more practicing for the Christmas Performance – the children are becoming more confident and are almost ready for opening day! At this point, tickets are limited to 2 per family, as so many people want to come and see our talented children! Tickets are priced at £1 each, there will be no tickets available to buy on the door.
Next week, year 4 are very excited to be welcoming a new student into our class!
EYFS Performance: Monday 11th December 2pm
KS1 Performance: Tuesday 12th December 10am & 2pm
KS2 Performance: Wednesday 13th December 10am & 2pm
Star Reader: Keaton – for showing a great interest in our non-fiction text this week, all about Amazing Animals!
Star Writer: Callum – for brilliant vocabulary choices during discussion time, while preparing to write diary entries.
Mathlete: Jay S – taking real pride in his work this week, welcoming all challenges and completing every single one of them!
Community Hero: Lewis – for always setting a good example for the rest of the class to follow – beautiful sitting!
Star of the Week: Dylan – for having a brilliant attitude towards everything he is asked to do
Friday 24th November 2017
We’ve made it through week four… only four more to go!
This week in maths lessons, children have been mastering 2 digit and 3 digit multiplication by using the grid method. This will prepare them nicely for next week, when we will move onto long multiplication. Children have tried extremely hard and it has really paid off! There are a few budding mathletes in our year 4 classroom! Children have tested their reading and problem solving skills during maths this week too. They have solved practical problems related to our class novel How to Train Your Dragon. Some of this wonderfully presented work is sure to make it onto our quickly growing class display! Well done everyone!
Literacy lessons have been focused around non-chronological texts, these include any type of text that is not written in chronological order – a menu, a non-fiction report, postcards, letters and many more! In year 4, we have concentrated on producing non-chronological reports about Vikings. Some of the facts children have found are truly fascinating! These reports will also add to our almost-finished Vicious Vikings display! Only work of the highest standard will make it up there, as the space has almost run out!
Science lessons have been very hands-on. We have finally finished our topic on Electricity, and we have moved swiftly on to Animals Including Humans. So far, we have had a class discussion about the digestive system and the parts of the body that help us to digest food. Many children originally thought that the food went straight down our throats, into our bellies and out into the toilet! We have quickly rectified that by identifying all fourteen body parts and organs that make up the human digestive system. Next week, we will be making a lif e-size reconstruction of a digestive system, including some interesting materials such as porridge, tights and rubber gloves. Wish us luck!
Topic lessons have shown children exactly how difficult it would have been for a Viking to obtain a new stylish outfit! Each child made a loom out of cardboard and began to weave their way to a brand new look. Unfortunately, we have had no fashion designers interested in our work yet, but there is always time!
The children are extremely excited about our Ch****mas performance, which we have practiced twice this week. Our talented children are becoming much more confident in their delivery of the play and the songs, and we are sure it will be a hit on the day!
We are almost half way through our school-wide readathon, and I am delighted to announce that some of the children in year 4 have already made it through 50 books! A quick reminder, books read during Literacy lessons, Reading Workshop and during Class Novel time all count towards the amount of books that the class have read. We have also decided that reading completed at home can count towards our grand total, but only if this is entered into your child’s reading diary and is signed by an adult.
Last week, for the first time this year, we managed to have 100% attendance! As a reward for the class, we have had extended Golden Time today – well done, you all deserved it!
Important Notices: Tickets for our school Ch****mas performances go on sale on Monday morning. A TA from each class will be out on the school yard selling tickets. At this point, tickets are limited to 2 per family, as so many people want to come and see our talented children! Tickets are priced at £1 each, there will be no tickets available to buy on the door.
EYFS Performance: Monday 11th December 2pm
KS1 Performance: Tuesday 12th December 10am & 2pm
KS2 Performance: Wednesday 13th December 10am & 2pm
Star Readers: Holly & Neve – for great reading during performance rehearsals
Star Writer: Taiven – for making great vocabulary choices during Literacy lessons this week
Mathlete: Alix – for gaining so much confidence during maths lessons this week
Community Hero: Scott – for being extremely helpful around the classroom
Star of the Week: Asheton – for outstanding performance all week.
Friday 17th November 2017
Children in Need, Anti-Bullying Week, Family Learning… Wow!
Here are a few choice snaps from today, including a lovely class photo, our brand new ‘Good Friend Deed Box’, photos of our Family Learning afternoon, and our delightful ‘Dress Your Bear’ Competition!
Everyone in Year 4 has had a fabulous day, learning all about Children in Need, raising funds for children less fortunate than themselves, and coming up with new ideas to implement in our classroom, to show more kindness to one another.
During Literacy lessons this week, every child has worked collaboratively in a group this week to produce leaflets on Anti-Bullying. Children researched fabulous facts on combating bullies, choosing kindness and how to be a kind friend. We used examples of acts of kindness from our own class, our new good deeds box and suggestions for the future in year 4 to make our leaflets come to life!
Multiplication Madness has taken over mathematics lessons! Children have been securing their knowledge and understanding of times tables 0-12 this week, before putting them into practice by multiplying 1 digit by 2 digit numbers. Year 4 truly is a class full of geniuses, as some children completed all of the work, the challenge AND the super challenge of multiplying 3 digit by numbers! During Wednesday’s maths lesson, children were in sheer disbelief that they would be able to do a calculation such as 7 x 39. However, by the conclusion of the lesson… lo-and-behold…. using Dienne’s equipment and the grid method, they ALL succeeded!
Topic lessons have been unsavoury, to say the very least! This week we have learned about the kinds of foods that Vikings used to eat. To do this, we all donned archaeologist’s overalls and dug through some organic human remains. That’s right… poo! Even our most squeamish children were able to hold their breath for long enough to dissect the samples and discover the true diet of a Viking warrior. Children were able to identify leaves such as spinach and spring greens, carrots, onions, oats, bread grains and seeds. Of course, we all washed our hands before lunch!
Extreme Read: all children were asked to complete an extreme read over the half term holidays – a photograph of them reading in an unusual place. An email address has been set up to send these photographs to – email@example.com
Readathon: Our whole-school Readathon started on Monday! In year 4, we have already read lots of books! We have 25 days to read 150 books, so far, there are 13 children who have read 10 books already and 8 children who have read 20! We will be at our target in no time at all. To help us along our way, we are promoting our choice of enthralling books in our school library, LKS2 reading area and in our classroom. I myself absolutely adore reading, therefore will take any excuse to give reading a higher priority in the classroom. We will continue to read our class novel How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, and I have even brought some of my own childhood favourites into the classroom to inspire children along the way.
Star Reader: Tilly – for an outstanding understanding of play scripts, and true Thespian quality in her delivery of lines!
Star Writers: Holly and Georgia – for producing a brilliant Anti-Bullying Week leaflet.
Mathlete: Dylan and Harvey – for tremendous effort and really pushing themselves during maths lessons this week.
Community Hero: Scott – for really improving his attitude this week.
Star of the Week: Charlie – for already learning all of his lines for his solo performance in our upcoming C*****mas performance (we don’t use the C word until December)!
Lateness: 18 minutes 🙁
Attendance: 100% – We’ve finally done it!
Friday 10th November 2017
All of year 4 have shown true resilience and perseverance this week during our assessment cycle!
Maths and Literacy results have been absolutely outstanding across the board. There is still always room for improvement though, and children should strive for excellence in everything that they do both in school and at home.
This week we have put our problem solving skills to the test during mathematics lessons. Children have been solving practical problems, such as, how to build the cheapest and most effective Viking house!
Children were tasked with using methods of multiplication and repeated addition to find different variations of houses using the same amount of bricks. Each child had a different brief to fit, and some even challenged each other with outrageous prices!
Using this practical problem has allowed children to practice their times tables, logical thinking and working as part of a team – well done year 4!
Children have also practiced their skills in using concrete resources to boost their addition and subtraction knowledge.
Today, the class were delighted to learn about Armistice Day and discuss what it meant to each of them as an individual. Seemingly, we have a lot of children who could tell us a lot of stories about relatives who were alive during the war. Of course, we recognised our two minutes silence during class today, and we went on to design and make our very own poppies this afternoon to show our respect for those lost during the war.
During Reading Workshop this week, children have each completed reading comprehension questions about Remembrance Day, and their previous knowledge was absolutely astounding. We have a few children in our class who are eager to watch the parade on Sunday, and a few who mentioned they may even be involved in a local parade. Good luck everyone!
Extreme Read: all children were asked to complete an extreme read over the half term holidays – a photograph of them reading in an unusual place. An email address has been set up to send these photographs to.
Readathon: Our whole-school Readathon begins on Monday! In year 4, we have 25 days to read 150 books. We have a choice of enthralling books in our school library, LKS2 reading area and in our classroom. I myself absolutely adore reading, therefore will take any excuse to give reading a higher priority in the classroom. I cannot wait to undertake the challenge and help our children reach the goal!
Star Reader: George – for an outstanding score in the Reading Comprehension Assessment this week!
Star Writers: Dylan and Harvey – for retrieving and recording 36 fascinating Viking facts during Literacy lessons.
Mathlete: Georgia, Holly, Callum & Harry – for blowing me away with their scores across Arithmetic and Reasoning assessments over the week.
Community Hero: Jay R – for always thinking of others first and making great suggestions during community time
Star of the Week: Taiven – for filling his button chart for choosing the correct behaviour and acts of kindness
Lateness: 0 minutes!
Attendance: 95.2% – parents, please remember that if your child is absent from school, you should contact the school office to inform us.
Friday 3rd November 2017
Our first week back at school has been a whirlwind!
We have completed our work on myths during Literacy this week, and we are eager to start a brand new unit of work next week… watch this space! Children have produced some absolutely fabulous work around the Ancient Greek myth of Medusa. Small group work resulted in some amazing vocabulary – soon to go into our brand new word bank which will be up and running next week. The children really put their skills to the test and produced some ‘deleted scenes’ and alternative endings for Medusa and Perseus. Well done!
During maths we have had our measuring sticks out! Monday’s lesson saw us scouting the LKS2 area for interesting things to measure! On Tuesday, we began converting our measurements from centimetres into metres, and on Wednesday we measured how far each child could jump. It has been lots and lotsof fun! Thursday and Friday have been full of challenges, involving finding the perimeter of 2d and rectilinear shapes.
Topic this week has extended our knowledge of the Viking traditions and beliefs. Children delved into the Viking ideas of the afterlife – rather fitting given the horrid Hallowe’en activities we have seen this week! All children were able to orally explain what the Vikings believed – that Viking warriors who died in battle would be safely escorted to the wonderful hall of Valhalla, situated in the Gods’ city of Asgard across the rainbow bridge! Next came the extremely difficult decision, which five precious things would you take with you on your journey? I of course, would take my Harry Potter collection, some comfortable shoes, a nice blanket, some games to play and my lovely cat, Sausage!
Of course we had a fabulous afternoon on Monday, welcoming all of our lovely parents and carers into school to undertake family learning. Some parents were more invested than their children in the creative projects – it was wonderful to have everyone in our classroom and we hope to see you again during our next family learning session later in November. Additionally, we received 69 potential donors during our registration to help one of our young children in Year 3 who urgently needs a bone marrow transplant – fingers crossed, and thank you to all of those fabulous people that have registered.
Tuesday saw our dreadful disco! Terrifying tunes, freaky food and disgusting dancing were all had aplenty. The hotdogs were deeeeeeeeeelish!
‘This week’s superstars’ and ‘star of the week’ will be announced on Monday next week, as we have had such a busy week that the celebration assembly has been moved to Monday.
Attendance: 96% – let’s get this back on track everyone!
Lateness: 0 minutes – well done!
Friday 20th October 2017
“Looks like we’ve made it!”
Children have been absolutely outstanding this week! We have had some very important visitors in school and we have had nothing but good feedback about our wonderful year 4 class!
During maths this week we have consolidated our knowledge of place value and really put our skills to the test! On Tuesday night, an anonymous thief came into our classroom to steal all of our lovely Viking artefacts… Children had to work in small groups to solve a clue each, which took us one step closer to unmasking the mischievous thief!
Each group had their own clue to solve, and suspect by suspect, we were able to rule people out of our investigation. It wasn’t until all five teams of investigators had solved their clue that we were able to find the real perpetrator…
We found that the culprit was in year 3, wore size six shoes, was a female, their favourite drink was water, and that they were on the green team.
With all of this information, we were able to deduce that it was Miss Latimer who stole our things!
During Literacy lessons we have focused on finishing our Viking myths. Children have used different methods to make their writing very exciting! We have practiced our work with thesauruses, freeze frames and synonyms all week to ensure that our writing is the best it can possibly be! We have some budding actors and actresses in Year 4!
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This week, our lovely Year 2 teacher, Mrs Owen, has hatched a plan to raise some funds to purchase some new books for school. Over the holidays, children have been set homework projects all to do with reading and books. Upon our return to school, each class has been set the challenge of reading 150 books! This may sound like an impossible feat, but we are absolutely determined to reach our target. During school, we will include each book read in Reading Workshop, each book read at the end of the day, and each ‘Free Choice Library Book’ that each child reads. Letters have been sent home today to give parents more information, and hopefully inspiration! All children and staff have been asked to complete an ‘Extreme Read’ and take a photo of themselves reading somewhere unusual. I cannot wait to undertake an adventure this half term! To inspire children further, Years 3/4 have created a ‘Readathon Challenge Tracker’ in the shared area. The more books a child reads, the further along the space-themed tracker they will move! It is truly… out of this world!
This Week’s Superheroes are:
Star Writer: Georgia
Star Reader: Holly
Community Hero: Jay R
Lateness: 7 minutes
We wish everyone an extremely restful holidays and hope to see you wearing red, clutching a fabulous homework project bright and early on Monday 30th October.
Friday 13th October 2017
This week has been the quickest week so far!
A huge happy birthday to Miss Grotz today! All of Year 4 enjoyed a slice of cake this afternoon – yummy!
Year 4 have worked extremely hard this week and have produced some absolutely wonderful work! We have worked together this week to develop our understanding of the Viking way of life, paganism and the different realms that the Vikings believed in, Mitgard (Earth), Asgard (home of the Gods) and Jutunheim (home of the Frost Giants).
During Literacy lessons, we have discovered Viking myths and sagas – stories that were passed down orally from generation to generation. We have discussed the features of myths – heroes, villains, quests, long and arduous journeys, mythical creatures and extremely descriptive vocabulary. After watching Odin Creates the World and hearing Thor and His Stolen Hammer, children worked in groups to create mindmaps about Norse mythology.
Our Reading Workshop sessions this week have been centred around Cressida Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon. Children have discussed the characters and made inferences about their personalities using evidence from the text! They have also written a letter to Gobber the Belch – head of the Hairy Hooligan Tribe’s Initiation Programme and designed an Initiation badge each.
We think that all of the children in Year 4 would make excellent members of the Hairy Hooligan Tribe!Children could join characters such as Hiccup, Stoick the Vast, Snotlout, Fishlegs, Dogsbreath, Tuffnutt and Toothless on wild adventures on the Isle of Berk!
Topic lessons have also focused on Viking life. We have looked at some Viking artifacts from the local library service. We discussed each item and what it could have been used for before drawing each object using our sketching and shading skills. We have been extremely arty all week in Year 4 – children have even drawn some Viking gods, practicing their sketching skills even further.
The progress is amazing!
Drawings depict (L-R) Thor – God of Thunder, Hel – Goddess of the Underworld and Loki – God of Mischief.
Our fantastic ‘Vicious Vikings’ Working Wall is well underway! Of course, there is always more room for improvement, and we welcome absolutely all outstanding work! The children strive to have perfect presentation, and all work is checked by our lovely Quality Assurance Team before being displayed in the classroom.
This Week’s Superheroes are:
Star Writer: Jay S
Star Reader: Liam
Community Hero: Autumn
Lateness – 0 minutes!
Attendance – 97.8%
Friday 6th October 2017
Once again, year 4 have had another extremely busy week!
During Literacy and Topic lessons, children have been focusing on developing their narrative and description skills. We have concentrated on writing fantasy stories this week, and children could certainly put the writers of Doctor Who to shame!
As a class, we have deconstructed the narrative structure of short stories. We have started to focus on writing exciting opening paragraphs including interesting vocabulary alongside character and setting descriptions… watch this space!
Children produced some absolutely outstanding work this week. We looked back to our trip to the Danelaw Centre last week, and children were able to describe the setting perfectly. They included sights, sounds, smells and the setting really came to life! During Topic lessons, we learned all about the Vikings’ journey from Scandinavia to their new settlements in Britain. The children were able to name the three countries that made up Scandinavia and plot out their 534 mile journey!
Even our mathematics lessons have been all about Vikings – both fictional and historically accurate accounts of Viking life! Children have been learning about addition and subtraction this week. They have expanded their knowledge to include 4 digit numbers and carrying digits across columns. Next week, we will really put our knowledge to the test by moving away from the partitioning method entirely and concentrating on formal methods of addition and subtraction. The children really enjoyed our Viking themed questions today!
In other news, we are wishing farewell to our tidy role-play area next week… Our lovely book corner is soon to be replaced by an ALMOST life-sized Viking hut… Pictures to follow!
Last, but certainly not least! Our raffle ticket shop has opened this week! Children have been waiting for this day very patiently… Children work very hard all week to collect the most raffle tickets possible, then each Friday afternoon during golden time, they are allowed to exchange their raffle tickets for prizes, if they so wish. The shop has been extremely busy this week, and will need to be restocked in time for next week’s opening hours!
A huge thank you to all of the parents that were able to attend this week’s parents’ evening. It was lovely to meet you all, and I look forward to sharing more fantastic news with you all in the future.
This Week’s Superheroes are:
Star Writer: Gracie
Star Reader: Harvey
Community Hero: Tilly
Dates for your diary: Tuesday 17th October, we are hoping to invite parents into our class for a very special performance at 3pm. There will be more information available nearer the time!
Lateness: 50 minutes
Friday 29th September 2017
Year 4 have truly taken on the Viking spirit in all of their learning this week!
During Topic lessons we have explored the Viking timeline, infamous members of Viking royalty – Kings Alfred and Athelstan, and the day-to-day lives of Viking sailors, raiders, traders, foragers, hunters and craftsmen. All of our learning has been reinforced by our phenomenal educational visit to The Danelaw Centre in York.
Gunthilde led us into the Danelaw Centre where she began to teach us all about Viking families, clothing and traditions. Next, we all got dressed up as Vikings and began our authentic experience as a Viking for the day. We met the Lord of the village, and we had one day to convince him that we could work hard enough to be granted a home in his village! Children undertook workshops in farming, pottery, bread-making, guarding, and took on the roles of Viking children and adults… with the teachers as their slaves for the day! The children were very sad to leave at the end of the day.
All of the staff, parents/carers and children had a fantastic time. We could not thank the staff from The Danelaw Centre enough!
During Literacy lessons, we have completed our journey to becoming journalists – each child wrote their very own newspaper report about Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother. We have focused on using different sentence starters and descriptions to make our writing much more exciting!
During mathematics lessons, we have continued our work on place value and the number system. Children have consolidated their learning so far before beginning to look at negative numbers and Roman Numerals this week.
Our Superheroes this week are:
Star Writer: Tilly
Star Reader: Neve
Community Hero: Gracie
Attendance: 98.8% – well done!
Lateness: 60 minutes – let’s try to get this back down next week!
Friday 22nd September 2017
Year 4 have been extremely busy this week!
In maths lessons, we have learned all about the number system and place value up to ten thousands.
We have learned how to identify, represent and estimate numbers in different ways, including using Base 10, number lines and part-whole models.
Today, we honed our super spy skills in preparation for our future careers as secret agents – we concentrated on code breaking!
During Literacy, we have put our creative minds to the test! Each child has designed and described an electrical invention of their own before writing a newspaper report to persuade people to buy it in their local shops!
Children have studied and described the key features of newspapers, discussed the correct use of inverted commas and implemented different sentence starters throughout their work! We have some extremely talented children in our class.
In Topic, Art and D&T lessons we have focused on our class topic of Vicious Vikings! We have studied the Viking timeline, armour and shields and some traditions. Our class novel, How to Train Your Dragon has had children making predictions, and we even have a special visitor in the classroom – our very own Toothless!
Our Superheroes This Week Are:
Star Writer: Georgia
Star Reader: George
Community Hero: Amelia
Dates for your diary:
Thursday 28th September is our class trip to the Danelaw Centre in York. If you have not yet returned the permission slip for your child, please try to do so ASAP! We are all very excited about our upcoming adventure.
Friday 29th September is our whole-school Macmillan Coffee Afternoon. During the week the children and I will put our baking skills to the test to create something delicious for everyone!
Lateness: 23 minutes
Friday 15th September 2017
Hello everyone, welcome back to a brand new school year! We hope everyone has had a fabulous summer and is ready to come back to school to learn all sorts of fascinating facts. Miss Grotz, Miss Oxberry and I are all very excited to be working in Year 4 this year, and we are absolutely certain that we will have a blast!
The first two weeks back have been extremely busy! We have been learning all about Safety – how to keep ourselves safe, safety at school and in the community, people who help keep us safe, road safety and e-safety. The children have produced some fabulous work, as well as learning steps to ‘Safety Dance.’
We are trying our hardest in Year 4 to be Superheroes! At the end of each week, one child will be chosen for showing outstanding work, effort or progress in one of four areas – Reading, Writing, Maths and Community Hero. We have added ‘Community Hero’ to show recognition to children who always abide by our class agreement, represent our school vision and are continuously trying their best!
This week’s Superheroes are:
Star Writer: Holly
Star Reader: Harry
Community Hero: Lewis
This month we have some exciting activities planned!
Thursday 28th September is our class trip to the Danelaw Centre in York. Here we will explore what life was like as a Viking!
Friday 29th September is our Macmillan Coffee Afternoon. As a class, we will be baking some sweet treats to be sold during our coffee afternoon.
Lateness: 3 minutes
Friday 21st July 2017
This week has been very busy! On Monday the children met their new teacher and teaching assistant who are Mr Stewart and Mrs Walker. The children are very excited to see what September brings.
On Tuesday we had our fantastic carnival where we sold lots of our bracelets and cakes which the children made. The day was a great success and we raised lots of money for the school. Thank you to everyone who came and supported us. On Wednesday the children had their own awards assembly where they received their own personalised certificate of achievement. Thursday was a fun day where the children were able to choose what they wanted to do.
On a final note, I wish everyone a safe and happy summer holiday and look forward to seeing everyone back in September.
Friday 14th July 2017
This week has been full of treats and fun. On Monday we were very lucky to watch the choir perform to the whole school before they performed to parents on the Tuesday. The Year 4 children in the choir certainly did the class and the school proud and I was very impressed with the children’s confidence and singing voices. Well done! Take a look at some pictures!
This week we have also worked as a team to make our class flag ready for the carnival. The children can’t wait for you to see it.
On Wednesday we were lucky to see Chris Little and his band perform. We certainly all enjoyed dancing and singing along with them. Take a look!
Thank you to all the parents who came to join in our storytelling afternoon on Thursday afternoon. It was lovely to see you all.
Today was a very special day. To celebrate the short life of Bradley Lowery the children joined in a minute clap at 11.10am and we also released some blue balloons (Bradley’s favourite colour) with special messages that each class wrote attached. Take a look at some of the pictures of this special time.
Dip in the box this week is Daniel for always having a positive attitude to everything he does. The whole class was in the gold book for their team work in creating our class flag. Freya was our Hand writer of the week for always producing high quality work. Jayden also celebrated his birthday on Tuesday and the cake he brought in was delicious.
Weekly attendance: 94.3% (This is good but still below our target of 96%)
Lateness: 32 minutes. (Let’s try to get this down for our final week)
On Monday morning the children will have a transition morning when they will meet their new class teacher and teaching assistant. We have our carnival on Tuesday and children can be picked up from 1.30pm. On Wednesday we have our Year 4 awards and on Friday we will be having a non-uniform day and children can be picked up from 1pm from the year 3/4 doors. However, if you arrive after 1.30 you will need to pick up your child from the hall fire exit doors.
Friday 7th July 2017
This week has certainly been packed full of fun. The children have been learning about carnivals in preparation for the school having our own carnival on the last week. They have been researching on the computers and beginning to write about what we have found out. We were also lucky enough to have a taster session of swimming at the Puma Centre on Wednesday. Everyone was brilliant and everyone tried hard whether they can swim or not.
This week’s Handwriter of the Week is Ellie who always produces beautiful pieces of work in all of her books. Here is an example of her work.
Dip out of the box this week is Bailey for trying really hard with his maths work. Well done! You are a superstar Bailey!
Aimee and Jessica were also in the gold book for conquering their fears when we went swimming on Wednesday. You were both fantastic! Aimee even felt comfortable enough to put her head down when she tried swimming backwards.
Weekly attendance: 93.6% (This is good but still below our target of 96%)
Lateness: 10 minutes. Well done, this is a vast improvement on last week.
We will be going to Farringdon Academy on Monday afternoon to play some rounders. Please remember your child needs to have their PE kit and a water. Those children in the choir will be performing to the rest of the school. Parents are able to purchase tickets if they want to see the choir on Tuesday afternoon, just see Miss Grotz.
Raffle tickets are also on sale. If you wish to purchase any, bring money in a clearly labelled envelope and hand it to Mrs Douglas or Miss Grotz.
Friday 30th June 2017
This week we have been continuing to learn about France. We made some beautiful French inspired biscuits which tasted delicious!!!
Have a look at some of our baking skills!!
We were also lucky to have a movie afternoon on Wednesday which we all thoroughly enjoyed!
This week Sophie was our handwriter of the week after impressive everyone with the huge improvement she has made in her presentation. Kieran received a treat out of the treat box for writing an incredible acrostic poem about France. Jessica was in the gold book for working really hard in every lesson and Rosie was in the gold book for always giving 100% and having a fantastic attitude to learning!
Weekly attendance: 95.7 (an improvement from last week but still not our target of 96%)
Lateness: 98 minutes (this is something we MUST improve)
We will be having a taster swimming session on Wednesday afternoon at the Puma Centre. Please ensure your child has a swimming costume (no bikinis)/trunks (shorter than your knees), a swimming cap and towel.
Raffle tickets and choir performance tickets are on sale. If you wish to purchase any, bring money in a clearly labelled envelope and hand it to Mrs Douglas or Miss Grotz.
Friday 23rd June 2017
This week has been sports week across the school and the children have been practising for their sports day. They have also created some healthy meal options for our new school menu.
This week Lewis received a treat out of the box as he always gives 100% in everything he does. Delta was in the gold book for being a great friend and Aimee for being a fantastic role model to the rest of the class and school.
Weekly attendance: 88.9%
Lateness: 11 minutes
We are extremely lucky to be participating in a movie afternoon on Wednesday. Please ensure your child has returned their permission slip and contributions.