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 below:
Our Year 4 Staff:
Mrs R Stewart – Teacher
Thursday 2nd April 2020
Well another week has passed and that means we are another week closer to normality returning!
This week, I have been thinking of some ideas that will help keep you occupied whilst spending time at home and in the garden. I am linking some of these activities to our 5 ways to well-being.
Keep Learning: White Rose Maths has prepared a series of Maths lessons online for each year group with free videos and worksheets. To access lessons for Year 4, please follow this link: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/
Be Active: Move your mood – I’ve found the best celeb-led free online classes to add some razzle-dazzle to your lockdown learning.
Take Notice: Take notice and be grateful for the simple things around you. As the weather improves, get yourself in the garden – appreciate the air you breathe – you could make some unbreakable bubbles or a bird-feeder.
It’s lovely to see that some of you are still accessing Education City (I have added a science lesson and activity on food chains for you to complete) and Times Tables Rockstars. I am checking and updating the leaders regularly! Those of you who have not accessed this yet, give it a go – it’s great fun!
Remember, if you are in need of support, feel free to contact me at: email@example.com
Stay safe and take care.
Mrs Stewart x
Thursday 26th March 2020
Message for children in Year 4
Hello everybody! I hope you are all safe and well and enjoying this extra time spent at home with your family. It feels very strange not seeing your smiling faces each day. I am missing you all and I hope that this situation is resolved as quickly as possible so we get back together in our classroom.
Over the past week, I have been looking at Education City and I am pleased to see that some of you have been accessing the online resources that I have put on there for you to work on (I told you I would be checking!) Please practise your times tables – you’ve all made great progress this year so keep this up. You can practise by using Times tables Rockstars or by timing how fast you can write them out and trying to beat your own time in the next attempt! Here is the link to our favourite 7 x table song for you all to sing and dance along to – https://youtu.be/5XT3vxohtBg
If all that dancing isn’t enough exercise, then perhaps you might like to join the many children and adults around the country who take part in ‘PE with Joe’. His daily PE sessions are streamed online and are great fun! https://youtu.be/-8o8wMgAT-Y
Of course, not all learning needs to be school work. Take advantage of this time at home, learn how to bake a cake, write a letter and post it to a friend or keep a daily diary that you can look back on in a few years time. Some children are drawing/ painting rainbows and placing them in their windows to show appreciation to our fabulous doctors and nurses, who are working so tirelessly to make sick people better, this is a lovely idea!
Whatever you decide to do with your time, take care and stay safe. x
If anyone needs any support with school work, I am more than happy to help. Please email me on : firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Stewart x
Friday 13th March 2020
Another super week in Year 4 has flown by!
In Literacy this week the children have been writing their own versions of ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’. They have included lots of figurative language to evoke mood and atmosphere. They are amazing!
In Maths, the children have been learning how to add and subtract 4-digit numbers using formal written methods.
This week has been full of super science! Our topic of ‘Bottoms, Burps and Bile’ is in full swing as the children learned all about where the digestive system starts – with the teeth! We have been identifying the different types of teeth in our mouths and their functions and today, we looked at how we look after our teeth. The children conducted an experiment to show which liquids damage teeth.
In this experiment, teeth are replicated by a boiled egg. The outer casing of an egg protects the inside like enamel does on a tooth. We have placed five eggs in different liquids. Vinegar, Lucozade, Milk, Water and orange juice, we will observe the changes of the eggs over a period of seven days. The children can’t wait to see the results!
Congratulations to Kyra, who received our ‘Plainsy Platinum Pass’ today for making a huge effort in her writing.
Letters have been given to children regarding appointments for parents evening. I look forward to meeting with you to discuss your child’s progress.
Friday 6th March 2020
What a brilliantly busy week we have had in Year 4!
In Literacy, this week we have been looking at dialogue, learning not only how to punctuate it correctly but also learning how changing dialogue within a story can affect the mood and atmosphere.
In Maths, the children have been using their knowledge of place value to learn how to find 1000 more or less of a given number.
On Thursday, it was World Book Day at Plains Farm Academy. We were very lucky to have the company of a famous children’s author, Anthony Wootten. Anthony came and held a question and answer session in Year 4, he was extremely impressed with the quality of the questions that the children were asking him, such as: When did you start writing books? Where do you get your ideas for your books from? Who inspired you to start writing? How long does it take you to write a book?
The children were shocked that Anthony’s first book, took him five years to write! He spoke to the children about the importance of editing and re-drafting stories.
We then created some character descriptions of Grandma (from George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl).
Today, Professor OneSmith from Cool Science came into school and worked with the children to create some crazy experiments! Everyone loved making slime and bath bombs! The children explored the effect that carbon dioxide has on dye and were amazed that it actually makes it disappear!
Our book fair is now open and will run from 6th March – 13th March. Opening times are: 8:30, 10:30 and 3pm. Come along buy some brilliant books!
Minutes Late: 115
Friday 28th February 2020
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a restful week off!
Our new narrative genre has started in Literacy. This half term, to link in with our science topic on digestion, we are using a timeless favourite written by Roald Dahl – ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’. The children are amazed at all of the figurative language that Roald Dahl uses in only a few chapters! They are loving the story; giggling out loud as it is being read.
In Maths, this week the children have been applying their times table knowledge to multiplication calculations including multiplying three numbers together!
On Shrove Tuesday, as part of our well-being activities, we made pancakes! The children enjoyed making them but especially enjoyed eating them!
Well done to Oliver, who received our ‘Plainsy Platinum Pass’, for his innovative viking ship design.
Please ensure that your child has a full PE kit (including trainers) in school each Monday. This is very important as we are now in full practice mode for the Sunderland Skipping Festival and it is vital everybody takes part!
Over the next week, could all Year 4 children each bring a plain white t-shirt into school. This half term, as part of our art lessons, we will be learning how to create different colourful patterns using tie-dye.
Minutes Late: 16
Friday 14th February 2020
Happy Valentine’s day everybody!
Well the last week of Spring half term has gone by in a flash! The children have worked so hard and are very deserving of a week off.
In Literacy, the children have been planning and writing their sequel to ‘How to Train your Dragon’. I am so pleased with the stories and how the children are trying hard to apply everything they are taught in lessons to their written work.
In Maths, we have started to learn how to divide 2-digit and 3-digit numbers using the formal written method. We have learned how to be methodical in our approach to division. The children now understand how much our multiplication tables can help us when solving division calculations!
Gail, from Sunderland Skipping School, popped in on Thursday to see how our skip dance is coming along. I am pleased to announced it is put together and now it is all about the practice! Gail was so impressed with all of our talented Year 4 skippers who showed off their fantastic variations of the different skipping techniques!
Our Valentines disco was a huge hit! Everyone was having a boogie and a great time!
Today, we say goodbye to one of our lovely classmates. We all wish Maisie the best of luck in her new school! We will miss you!
Minutes Late: 55 minutes
Happy half term everyone! Stay safe and I will see you on Tuesday 25th February!
Friday 7th February 2020
What a fabulous start to February we have had!
This week, in Literacy, we have started our new narrative genre. In preparation for next week, when we will be writing the sequel to ‘How to Train your Dragon’, we have been learning how to correctly punctuate direct speech, use apostrophes to indicate possession and use prepositions to express place.
In Maths, we have been learning to find the area of shapes using the formula L X W.
During topic lessons, we have continued to learn more about the Vikings. We learned how the Vikings had their own Runic alphabet. We went into the forest area and created our own viking runes out of materials we could find.
Eyes down! Thursday was so much fun! As part of the NSPCC number day, the whole school took part in ‘Bonkers Bingo’ and it certainly was bonkers! Crazy music and dancing, glow sticks and inflatable prizes galore! Everyone had such a great time!
Minutes Late: 15
Could parents/ carers please ensure their child has a full PE kit in school every week. At the moment, we have quite a few children that don’t bring in adequate attire and as a result, cannot take part in aspects of their PE lessons.
Friday 31st January 2020
This week, in Literacy, we are continuing ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ but have started our new narrative genre. At the beginning of the week, we used improvisation to explore alternative outcomes. The children created questions and interviewed characters in the story. I think we have some budding journalists in our midst.
In Maths, the children have been learning to describe positions on a 2D grid as co-ordinates in the first quadrant. The children have thoroughly enjoyed their work: reading and plotting co-ordinates.
In PE, the children have continued with their gymnastic sessions. This week they focused on balancing. They worked in pairs and then in groups of four, creating some fantastic balances!
The children have brought in their reading books a lot more regularly this week -thank you! Just a little reminder that homework needs to be returned each Wednesday please!
Friday 24th January 2020
The children have thoroughly enjoyed these thought-provoking lessons and it has made them think about what they are aspiring to achieve when they are older.
On Thursday, we were joined by Gail from Sunderland Skipping School. The children learned lots of different skipping techniques that we can use to maximize the points we can collect at the Sunderland Skipping Competition. We had lots of fun learning them!
Friday 17th January 2020
Another week has whizzed by in a flash!
In Literacy this week, the children have been thoroughly enjoying the our class quality text ‘ How to Train your Dragon’, they have hardly been able to put it down! We have been using this novel to practice the skills that we will need to write our explanation text next week. Our explanations will explain to the hairy hooligan tribe how to defeat a sea dragon!
In Maths, Year 4 have been learning how to find equivalent fractions of a 1/2, 1/4 and 3/4. We have found this skill quite challenging but we are definitely getting there! Well done everybody for persevering!
This week, we have also carried on exploring the work of Kandinsky. We have learned how to use watercolours to create a background wash and then we added simple geometrical lines and shapes to create abstract art work. After we created our first drafts, we self assessed our art work and decided what areas we could improve upon before creating our finished pieces.
Well done to Brodie, who was awarded our .Plainsy Platinum Pass’ today, for an incredible effort in our art lessons.
This half term Year 4 will be having PE lessons each Tuesday and Wednesday. Please could the children bring a full PE kit into school each Monday morning please and leave it in school until the following Friday.
Reading books and home diary must be brought into school each day. Homework is given to the children each Friday must be returned the following Wednesday.
Minutes Late: 281 minutes
Friday 10th January 2020
Happy New Year! What a great start to the new year it has been!
In Literacy, we have started our new genre for this half term – explanation texts! The children have been analysing different explanation texts and identifying the features within them. We have also started our new quality text ‘How to Train your Dragon’ by Cressida Cowell. This story links brilliantly to our new topic which is all about the Vikings.
For the first two weeks of this term, each year group have a different artist to study. Year 4 have been learning about Wassily Kandinsky. We have learned a lot about him including: where he was born; the era that he lived through and also the different artists that he was influenced by. Next week, we are going to be building upon our art skills and learn to paint some abstract artwork in the style of Kandinsky.
In PE this week, the children have started learning gymnastics. They had a great time learning different types of roll.
Well done to Amelia, who received our ‘Plainsy Platinum Pass’ this week, for trying her best in every lesson and for being a kind and helpful member of Year 4.
Attendance: 93.1% Minutes late: 84 minutes
This half term Year 4 will be having PE lessons each Tuesday and Wednesday. Please could the children bring a full PE kit into school each Monday morning please and leave it in school until the following Friday.
Reading books and home diary must be brought into school each day.
Friday 20th December 2019
It has finally arrived, the last day of term!
The children have had another lovely week and are definitely ready for the Christmas holidays. They have been counting down how many sleeps till Santa for weeks!
The LKS2 Christmas party was a huge success with plenty of music, dancing, singing, food and party games. We had a great time!
Let me take this opportunity to thank you all for your support this term and wish you all a very merry Christmas!
See you all in 2020!
Friday 13th December 2019
What a lovely Christmassy week it has been in Year 4!
In Literacy, the children have started writing their own versions of Kensuke’s Kingdom and they are coming along nicely. Next, they will be transforming part of their story by adding detail to the character so to provoke sympathy in the reader.
The children have thoroughly enjoyed making their Christmas cards and 2020 calendars. They look fantastic!
By far the highlight of the week was our Christmas production ‘The Inn-spectors’ I am sure you will agree, the children were amazing! Miss Davison and I are extremely proud of you all! Well done!
Minutes Late: 47 minutes
Friday 6th December 2019
What a lovely week we have had in Year 4!
In Literacy, the children have been learning how to expand noun phrases and use relative clauses to add detail to their writing. Today, we looked at how to punctuate direct speech in preparation for writing our stories next week, which will be based on ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’.
In Maths, we have begun to look at finding the perimeter of rectilinear shapes. This is quite tricky stuff but we are getting there!
Rehearsals are well underway for our Christmas performance. The children are working so hard to learn their lines, with some even singing solos! Keep up the hard work! It is going to be amazing!
Once again our Christmas Fayre was a huge success. The children loved making our ‘ Melted Snowmen’ biscuits. They sold out fast!
Well done to Millie, who received our ‘Plainsy Platinum Pass’ for trying her best in every lesson.
Tickets are on sale for our Christmas production. We are selling them on the Year 3 & 4 door each morning.
Please can you ensure that your children are bringing their reading book and diary to school each day please.
Friday 29th November 2019
Christmas has officially arrived at Plains Farm Academy!
Our Christmas trees are up and ready to be decorated, so Year 4 have made some beautiful decorations to make it sparkle and shine!
On Thursday, we learned about Christingle. We learned that our Christingle symbolises how Jesus is the light of the world. The orange is the world; the sticks represent the four compass points; the sweets and fruit represent the fruits of the world; the candle represents Jesus and the red ribbon represents Jesus’ blood. We then made our own Christingles and joined the special service led by Reverend Graham. It was lovely and everyone really enjoyed it.
Well done to McKenzie, who received our ‘Plainsy Platinum Pass’, for fantastic art skills.
Minutes late: 62
Friday 22nd November 2019
Another fantastic week comes to a close. The children have worked hard but have had a lot of fun as well!
In Literacy, we have been writing persuasive letters to the factory owners on the Nashua River to convince them to find alternative ways for disposing of factory waste, instead of polluting the river. I have to say, a lot of the pupils have very strong views on the subject!
In Maths, we started the week by multiplying numbers by 10 and 100. Next, we started learning the formal written methods of multiplication. We are getting so good at it!
In Art, we are studying the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. We have learned about his life and we are building up the skills we need to recreate one of his most famous paintings ‘ The Great Wave’.
Well done to Maisie, who received our Plainsy Platinum Pass this week, for making huge improvements in her writing.
Minutes Late: 25
Friday 15th November 2019
What a busy week we have had!
In Literacy, we have been applying linguistic devices to our persuasive writing to try and tempt readers to visit the Nashua Valley. The children have worked very hard on this and it shows in their books!
In Maths we having been finding factors and factor pairs of given numbers. The children have enjoyed creating factor rainbows to demonstrate their understanding.
On Thursday, as part of Maths Week, parents and carers came into school to take part in ‘Maths Family Learning’. Everyone had a great time taking part in a range of problem solving activities and the children loved demonstrating their multiplication skills to their families on Times Tables Rock stars.
Well done to Harry, who received our ‘Plainsy Platinum Pass’ for making a huge improvement to his handwriting.
Minutes Late: 30 minutes
Friday 8th November 2019
Welcome back to the new half term! The children in Year 4 have made a fabulous start – working hard already!
In Literacy, we have started our persuasion genre. The children have been examining adverts and letters and spotting the persuasive devices used in them.
In Maths, the children have been learning multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12. Solving problems using inverse calculations.
In Music, this week the children have been learning to play the glockenspiel. This was lots of fun and the children thoroughly enjoyed it!
Well done to Harvey, who received our ‘Plainsy Platinum Pass’ today, for a fantastic behaviour and attitude all week.
Friday 25th October 2019
It has arrived! The last day of the first half term is finally upon us! This week has been very busy and such good fun but I am sure the children are looking forward to their week-long break.
In Literacy, the children have transformed their diary into a newspaper report transferring their writing from 1st to 3rd person. They look amazing! We have been learning how to convert 12hr and 24hr times in our maths lessons. This is such a tricky concept to learn but the children have taken it all in their stride! Well done Year 4!
On Thursday, it was time for our Halloween Family Learning. The children looked fabulous all dressed up. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed making lava lamps, spooky Halloween biscuits and decorating turnips. Thank you so much to everyone who came along and joined in the fun!
Well done to Jessie, who received our Platinum pass today for persevering in her maths work.
Enjoy the holiday everybody!
Minutes Late: 50
Friday 18th October 2019
Another great week in Year 4 is over! The weeks are flying by!
In Literacy, the children have been planning and writing diary entries in the 1st person. They have done a wonderful job of writing the last diary entries of Anne Boleyn as she was awaiting her execution.
This week, in our maths lessons, we have been learning the properties of 2d shapes including the different types of triangles and angles.
On Tuesday, the children took part in ICECATS training; learning how to keep safe. The children thoroughly enjoyed every minute.
Reading books and diaries must be brought to school each day.
A full PE kit (including trainers) needs to be in school each Monday so the children are prepared for all activities.
Friday 11th October 2019
Everybody has been working so hard in Year 4 this week. I am such a proud teacher!
On Monday, as part of our topic work on the Tudors, we wrote a recount of our trip to Newcastle Castle. Visiting the castle was fantastic. The children learned so much about Tudor crime and punishment. Inside the dungeon, we examined instruments of torture that were used on the accused. We visited the courtroom where the sentences were deliberated and verdicts were given. The children put me on trial for giving out too much homework and of course they took great delight in finding me guilty!
After lunch, we visited Bessie Surtees’ house (an original Tudor dwelling). The children were able to look around the house and examine real Tudor artifacts.
On Thursday, the whole school took part in World Smile Week with a focus on mental well-being. Year 4 made kindness cards which are going to be passed on to a local independent living center and hopefully make the residents smile!
Well done Kayleigh, who received the ‘Plainsy Platinum Pass’ today, for trying her best in every lesson.
Minutes Late: 0
Friday 4th October 2019
Well, it has been another busy week in Year 4!
We have begun our new literacy genre this week – Recounts. For the next three weeks, we are going to be exploring diary writing. We started this week by identifying the features of a diary and then we started to look at how paragraphs are structured and when to change paragraphs.
In Maths, we have focused on subtraction using the standard written method. We found exchanging a bit tricky but got there in the end!
On Thursday, our class attended the well-being Festival hosted by Everyone Active at Sunderland Tennis Center. The children took part in a multitude of sporting activities and had lots of fun! The children learned how to street dance; play tennis, hockey and Brazilian football and do gymnastics. They even had the chance to learn archery and had a turn on the ‘Smoothie Bike’.
Well done to Jaxon who has received our ‘Plainsy Platinum Pass’ this week for his huge effort in Maths.
Minutes Late: 50 minutes
Friday 27th September 2019
Another fabulous week in Year 4 comes to a close.
The children have produced some amazing stories in literacy this week. I have been very impressed at how well they have listened and applied what they have learned in lessons to their writing. Well done everybody!
In Maths, we have been focusing on addition; adding 4-digit numbers using the standard written method. The children now understand the method of regrouping and how important it is to keep our columns organised!
In History, we have been looking at each of King Henry VIII’s wives in depth and exploring the reasons why King Henry did not remain married to them!
On Wednesday, the children enjoyed making cakes for our McMillan Coffee afternoon. They tasted delicious and lots of money was raised for a very good cause.
Well done to Lexie Brown, who has received our ‘Plainsy Platinum Pass’ this week for her impressive writing.
Lateness: 25 minutes
Our class trip to Newcastle Castle is Friday 4th October. Could all consent forms and money be brought into school by next Tuesday at the latest please.
Reading books and diaries are to be brought to school each day.
A full PE kit needs to be in school each Monday so the children are prepared for all activities.
Friday 20th September 2019
It has been an exciting week in Year 4. We have been ever so busy!
In Literacy, the children have been learning how to use fronted adverbials to describe where, when or how something happens within a story. We also have been applying expanded noun phrases and figurative language to our writing to up-level our work and make our writing more exciting for the reader. All of this hard work is in preparation for writing our own version of ‘The Thief, the Fool and the Big Fat King’ next week!
In Maths, we have been developing our place value skills when working with 4-digit numbers; learning how to count on in thousands and hundreds.
Science lessons this half term have been focused on ‘Sound’. So far, we have investigated how vibrations make sounds and we investigated whether sound travels through different materials. Next week, we will be exploring the relationship between distance and volume.
On Tuesday, the whole school took part in a ‘Maths Escape Room’. Based around WW2, the children had to solve a number of mathematical problems using their knowledge of place value, co-ordinates, measurement and recognising patterns and shapes. This led to them breaking the code and stopping a potential German invasion! Well done everybody!
On Wednesday, it was time for the ‘Reading Escape Room’. The children had to find the answers to clues hidden inside different storybooks to escape the wicked queen’s castle.
The children thoroughly enjoyed taking part in both escape rooms and loved working and supporting each other with the problem solving.
Well done to Jayden, who has been awarded our ‘Plainsy Platinum Pass’ this week, for working hard in every lesson.
Minutes Late: 25 minutes
PE kit should be brought into school on Monday and left at school for the remainder of the week and taken home each Friday evening.
Reading books and diaries should be brought to school each day. Homework is given out on each Friday and should be returned each Wednesday.
Friday 13th September 2019
Welcome back to the new academic year! All of the new Year 4 children have settled in nicely, getting used to the new routines and learning the new expectations of the Year 4 classroom. Miss Cowley and I have really enjoyed getting to know each one of our new class members this week and I have to say, it is mightily impressive how well they have adapted to life in Year 4 already!
In Literacy this week, we have started our first quality text of the term – The Thief, the Fool and the Big Fat King; this book links nicely with our new Tudor topic ‘Off with Your Head’. The children have been expressing their responses to particular characters in the story and learning to add detail to their sentences by adding relative clauses.
In Maths, the children have been learning to count back through zero; working with negative numbers. As this is a completely new concept to the children, it was tricky to begin with but now we have mastered it! Well done to everyone!
The children have particularly enjoyed learning about Henry VIII and his six wives this week, especially how some of them met a rather grizzly end. There is a lot more to learn on this topic so plenty to come!
Our 3d Tudor Roses that we have been making in Art this week are coming along nicely, I’m sure you will agree!
Well done to Cory, who received our Plainsy Platinum Pass this week, for making a fabulous effort in his writing.
Lateness: 25 minutes
Year 4 PE days are every Wednesday and Friday. Children need to have a full PE kit including trainers brought in each Monday and left at school until the Friday.
Homework will be brought home each Friday and should be returned to school the following Wednesday. Reading books and diaries are to be brought to school each day.
Friday 19th July 2019
The last day of the school year has finally arrived! What a fantastic year it has been in Year 4! The children have worked so hard this year and we’ve had a lot of fun along the way, I am so proud of them all! Although I am going to miss them very much, I know that they are more than ready for Year 5!
Have a great summer holiday everyone! Stay safe and I will see you all in September! xx
Thursday 4th July 2019
This week has gone by in a flash! Only 2 weeks to go folks!
This week we have gone around the world in 80 days Bollywood style! In Literacy, we have been reading the story of Phileas Fogg’s journey and writing character descriptions and setting descriptions using figurative language.
In Maths, we have been exploring co-ordinates and translations linking them to our topic by plotting co-ordinates on a world map; identifying countries along the way.
In Geography, we have been identifying countries within Europe and comparing cities in England and France.
Our Bollywood dancing was a huge success! The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves as you can see!
Friday 28th June 2019
This week has been Well-being Week at Plains Farm Academy. Year 4 have taken part in a number of activities that have been linked to the ‘Five Ways to Well-being’.
Year 4 and Year 2 ‘connected’ by taking part in ‘5 minute friendship’. The children paired up with a pupil from the other year group and they shared information about each other. Then they moved on to the next person and did the same. By the end of the session, the children in both classes had found common interests and made new friends which was lovely to see.
‘Take Notice’ involves noticing the simple things in life that we can take pleasure from. Some children in Year 4 brought in waterproofs and we went into the yard to splash in puddles. It was great fun! On Thursday, we ‘kept learning’ by visiting the Centre for Life museum in Newcastle. The children enjoyed looking at retro computer games (some from Mrs Stewart’s childhood!!!!) and also visiting the planetarium. In the afternoon, the children took part in a ‘Circuits and Conductors’ workshop; learning how to build circuits, recognising faults with circuits and creating their own human circuit using energy from their own bodies!
Minutes Late: 36 minutes
Friday 21st June 2019
What a super week we have had in Year 4!
In Literacy, we transformed our ‘Money saving’ non-chronological reports into a web page for children and they look fantastic! In Maths, we have been honing our addition and subtraction skills by solving 2-step problems, deciding which operation to use when and why.
This week marked the beginning of our Geography topic ‘Around the World’. We have been learning all about our European neighbours and locating different countries within Europe,
Our Bollywood dance is coming along nicely and we are looking forward to performing this next Friday.
By far, the highlight of this week has been our class assembly. The children practiced hard and performed it brilliantly today. Well done Year 4! Miss Hodgson and I are so proud of you all!
Our ‘Plainsy Platinum Pass’ this week has been awarded to Tomasz for trying his best at everything and being a good friend to everyone. Great job Tomasz!
Minutes Late: 14
Friday 14th June 2019
This week has been ‘My Money Week’ at Plains Farm Academy. All lessons this week have been around the theme of money. In Literacy this week, the children have been learning the skills that they need to write a comparative non-chronological report on ‘Ways in which schools can save money’. Our maths work has centred around: using the four operations to solve money problems, rounding money to the nearest pound and budgeting.
On Tuesday, Year 4 enjoyed their visit from ‘Hoopstars’. The children enjoyed learning how to hula hoop as well as applying their team working skills to solve a tricky problem!
This half term, each Thursday afternoon, Year 4 have been working with a dance coach to choreograph a Bollywood dance that they will be performing on the 28th June. It is coming along a treat!
This week, our ‘Plainsy Platinum Pass’ has been awarded to Leila for her excellent effort in improving her spelling. Well done Leila!
Friday 7th June 2019
Last Tuesday, Year 4 took part in the Maths Escape Room! The children had a great time applying their maths skills to reveal codes and solve mysteries.
Years 3 and 4 worked well together in their teams to defeat the Robotrons and save our school from a potential alien invasion! Phew!
Year 4 have also been practicing for our assembly which is coming along nicely! We hope to see you all on the 21st!
Lewis received our ‘Plainsy Platinum Pass’ this week for trying very hard in our yoga and dance sessions. Well done Lewis!
Thursday 23rd May 2019
On Tuesday the whole of Plains Farm Academy took part in ‘Maths Day’. Each class focused their attention on a particular number, in Year 4 our number was ’90’. The children investigated how many different ways we could make ninety using the maths resources. Then, the class decided that they wanted to find out what 90m looked like so we took the trundle wheels and measured ninety meters to certain points on the yard. Next, we discussed the relevance of 90 when measuring angles.
Our ‘Plainsy Platinum Pass’ has been awarded to Lexi for consistently improving her handwriting throughout this year. Well done Lexi!
Just a short note to remind parents/carers of Year 4 children, that after the half term break, the children will be sitting their Times Table Test. Please encourage your children to practice over the holiday.
Friday 17th May 2019
Year 4 have worked so hard this week, I am a very happy teacher!
In Literacy, we have been looking at how to create a character description using ‘Show not Tell’ techniques – using dialogue and action to describe characters rather than focusing on descriptive appearance. We turned our attention to setting description towards the end of the week and took a virtual tour of Tudor London.
In Maths this week, we have been converting measurements of length- first of all converting Mm, Cm and M, then M to Km.
In History, we have been using secondary sources to research the answers to a number of questions about the Tudor era. In addition, we finally finished off our Tudor role-play area, it is finally adorned with the Tudor Roses that the children have made.
Our ‘Plainsy Platinum Pass’ has been awarded to Kai B this week. He has been making a super effort to improve the content and the presentation of his writing. Well done Kai!
Friday 10th May 2019
Another fantastic week in Year 4 comes to an end!
In Literacy this week, we transformed our newspaper recount into a diary entry from Anne Boleyn. We talked about the emotions that Anne would have felt after such a betrayal by her husband King Henry VIII. The children managed to include emotive language in their writing to have an impact on the reader.
In Maths, the children have been working with fractions; identifying hundredths and counting and sequencing with them.
This week, our Plainsy Platinum Pass was awarded to Harry B for making huge improvements in reading and writing. Well done Harry!
Friday 3rd May 2019
It has been such a busy week in Year 4 this week, I am sure the children are deserving of an extended weekend!
In Literacy, the children have been exploring the differences between the formal and informal language used in newspapers, alongside looking at how speech is reported in written articles.
In Maths, the children have been dividing one and two-digit numbers by 10 and 100.
In History, we have been learning about Henry VIII and his six wives. The children are enjoying learning about his life and his unfortunate spouses.
Today, the children have taken part in their first yoga session. Yoga, not only exercises the body but contributes to mental well-being too. The children returned to class feeling calm and relaxed.
Our Year 4 ‘Plainsy Platinum Pass’ is awarded to Gracie, for a huge improvement in her writing and overall presentation of work. Well done Gracie.
Enjoy the bank holiday everybody!
Friday 26th April 2019
Welcome back to the new term!
This week has been ‘Big Me Week’ at Plains Farm Academy.
On Tuesday, staff talked to the children about their aspirations when they were younger. We discussed our own career paths and how we became teachers. In addition, on Wednesday, we had engineers visit our class to talk about their professions and what inspired them to choose their job. It was very interesting!
On Friday, the children came to school dressed as what they aspire to be when they are older. It was great to see all of the different careers that they had chosen. We had: Archaeologists, Pharmacists, Architects, Nurses, Hairdressers, Artists, Singers, Firemen, Footballers, You-tubers and the Army. They all looked fantastic!
This week we have also started out topic ‘Off with Your Head!’ which is all about the Tudors.
In Literacy, we have started to look at the features of newspapers, with the intention of the children creating their own newspaper article next week, on the beheading of Anne Boleyn.
This week in Maths, we have been ordering and comparing numbers beyond 1000.
Our Year 4 ‘Plainsy Platinum Pass’ has been awarded to Chloe for being kind and helpful to others. Well done Chloe!
Lates: 10 minutes
Thursday 4th April 2019
The final week of term has arrived! It has been so busy but so amazing and enjoyable!
The children were so excited to unwrap their t-shirts the next day to see what the results were. It was like Christmas!
They were amazing!
On Wednesday, Year 4 shone at the Skipping Festival. Every single member of the team performed in their individual and team skipping brilliantly.
10 bronze awards, 12 Silver awards and 1 Gold award.
Thursday arrived and the children each wrote an incredible sequel to George’s Marvellous Medicine, creating mood and atmosphere by adding figurative language and changing dialogue.
In Maths, the children have learned to divide decimal numbers by 10 and 100.
I hope everyone has a well deserved rest over the holiday and I look forward to seeing you all happy and refreshed when we return to school.
Friday 23rd March 2019
In English this week, we have been reading George’s Marvellous Medicine. The children have been exploring how Roald Dahl created excitement through his writing. Year 4 have found out that onomatopoeia and other figurative language like similes, can make writing more interesting and more exciting to read.
We finished the week off with a science investigation . The children have looked at how our stomach works. We replicated the digestion process by using zip lock freezer bags, fresh orange juice, crackers and a little water.
Our ‘Plainsy Platinum Pass’ this week has been awarded to Charlie for using fantastic mathematical vocabulary and improving his attitude to learning. Well done Charlie!
Attendance: Our attendance this week was 93.8%
Friday 15th March 2019
Well this week got off to an explosive start!
On Monday, Year 4 were visited by Professor Onesmith from ‘Cool Science’. The children were literally blown away by the amazing experiments that they took part in. We used dry ice to investigate solids, liquids and gases, we created a vortex, the children explored chemical reactions and made slime and exploding bath bombs. They even got to set their teacher on fire!
In English this week, the children have been learning about style and audience. They have transformed their non-chronological reports from information about teeth for children, to a scientific report for adults.
In Maths, we have been adding and subtracting 4-digit numbers using the formal written method. The children have grasped the concept of exchanging and have been applying it to word problems.
The week has ended with our ‘Red Nose day’ non-uniform day which was enjoyed by all of the children.
Our ‘Plainsy Platinum Pass’ this week has been awarded to Grace for making a huge improvement in her handwriting and overall presentation. Well done!
Can I just remind all parents and carers that the children must bring in their reading book and diary each day and homework should be completed and brought back into school each Wednesday.
This week’s attendance is: 98.1% ! Well done Year 4!
Friday 8th March 2019
Another fabulously busy week in Year Four has come to a close.
This week began with lots of Science! As part of our new topic ‘ Burps, Bottoms and Bile’ the children have been studying teeth. We have been looking at different types of teeth and where they are located in the mouth. In addition to this, we have been looking the effects of not looking after your teeth. In order to do this scientifically, Year 4 have conducted an experiment. We have placed boiled eggs in different liquids: Coke, Orange juice, Apple juice, Vinegar and Water and children are observing the effects that each liquid has on the egg shell (representing tooth enamel).
We will let you know the results next week!
In Literacy, we have been examining the features of Comparative and Non-Comparative reports in preparation for writing our own comparative non-chronological report next week.
In Maths, we have working on Place Value; learning how to find 1000 more or less than a given 2, 3 or 4-digit number.
This week’s attendance is: 91.4%.
Friday 1st March 2019
Welcome back to the new half term!
This week has been an extremely busy one!
On Tuesday morning the children were told that in order to raise school funding, our beloved MUGA was being put up for sale. This news shocked and horrified the children. So we had a debate; listing the pros and cons of selling. Then, the children put pen to paper and wrote strongly worded, persuasive letters to the governors convincing them that the decision to sell the MUGA was not the right one!
Guess what? It worked! The decision was overturned and Plains Farm MUGA has been saved! Hooray!
In Maths, the children have been learning to use Inverse to solve multiplication and division calculations and then we moved to multiplying three numbers together.
This week’s attendance: 97.6%
Friday 15th February 2019
Well it has been an emotional ending to a fabulous half term. Today we said goodbye to one of our class members. We wish you all the best in your new school Che. Keep up your hard work!
This week in Literacy, the children have been working hard on their Inspired Write. They have created their very own sequel to ‘How to Train your Dragon’. I have really enjoyed reading them and have been extremely impressed by the content. Well done Year 4!
In Maths, the children have found division challenging this week, but perseverance has prevailed and the children have progressed well.
This week’s attendance: 90.5%
Friday 8th February 2019
This week in Year 4 has been busy, busy busy!
In Literacy this week the children have been learning: how to use apostrophes to show possession; how to express time, place and cause by using prepositions in our writing and learning how to organise paragraphs around a theme – all of this work in preparation for our narrative story writing next week!
In Maths, the children have been finding the area of rectilinear shapes using the formula (l x b) and solving problems to do with finding the area.
Our Viking topic continues and this week we have been finding out what made Alfred the Great so great!
This week’s attendance: 92.7%
Friday 1st February 2019
What a thoroughly enjoyable week it has been in Year 4!
At the beginning of the week we started our new narrative genre through some fantastic book exploration. We created questions for characters and interviewed them in the hot seat. We definitely have some budding journalists among our class!
In Maths, we have been reading and plotting co-ordinates in the first quadrant and problem solving and reasoning with them too!
We have ended the week by creating models of Vikings out of plasticine. The children worked extremely hard on them and the results are amazing!
This week’s attendance: 97%
Friday 25th January 2019
Another fabulous week in Year 4 has ended and the children have worked incredibly hard. Keep this up Year 4!
In Literacy, the children been planning and writing their own explanations on ‘How to defeat a sea dragon’ and they look superb!
In Maths, we have been adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator, as well as working on our problem solving and reasoning skills.
The children have thoroughly enjoyed our topic work this week as we have been learning all about the Vicious Vikings and their raids on Lindisfarne. They have written eye witness accounts from the perspectives of both the monks and the vikings.
We are amazed at the improvement of the amount of children bringing their reading books and diaries in each day. This means that we are able to monitor their reading skills and the amount they are reading at home. Thank you for your support.
Attendance: 97.3 %
Friday 11th January 2019
Welcome back to the new Spring Term!
We have started our new topic for this half term which is all about the Vikings. To co-inside with this, we have started our new quality text in Literacy ‘ How to Train a Dragon’. The children are thoroughly enjoying the story so far and are keen to create their own explanation texts in a few weeks time.
In our History lessons this week, the children have been leading their own learning – creating their own questions about what they wish to learn about the Vikings. These fantastic questions will inform our lessons over the coming weeks.
As well as having a sports coach from the Stadium of Light, on Thursday, the children experienced a new kind of dancing called Zoomba. The children loved every minute!
Can I just remind parents/carers that reading books and diaries must come into school everyday and children must have a full PE kit in school each Monday please.
Friday 14th December 2018
It has been another fabulous week in Year 4.
It started with our trip to Blue Reef Aquarium which all the children and staff thoroughly enjoyed. The children came face to face with a wide variety of marine life and even some cheeky monkeys, stinky otters and ancient tortoises too!
Some of the class showed their bravery by touching the crabs, sea stars and sea urchins! We found out lots of amazing facts and startled the marine biologists with how much we already knew!
In school, we have been writing a recount all about our visit. It has been a lovely way to finish our water themed topic ‘ Blue Abyss’.
Attendance: 96.4 %
Friday 30th November 2018
This week in Year 4, the children have well and truly got into the flow of our new quality text ‘This Morning I Met a Whale’ by Michael Morpurgo. In preparation for our big narrative write next week, we have been looking at a character’s appearance and personality, how to add description to our writing and how to punctuate direct speech.
In Maths, the children have had fun learning all about Roman numerals and applied their skills to problem solving throughout the week.
In Topic, we have learned how plastic – despite being useful, is harmful to our environment and we learned different ways that we can avoid using plastics such as: using bags for life and using cups instead of water bottles.
Minutes Late: 44 minutes
Friday 16th November 2018
Wow! This week has gone over in a flash! This week has been Anti-Bullying week. In Year 4, we looked at how bullying affects the victims and explored the reasons why people may bully by acting out different scenarios. Together we created a class charter to help tackle bullying.
In Literacy this week, Year 4 completed our quality text ‘ A River Ran Wild’ and have wrote persuasive letters to factory owners to stop the pollution of the Nashua river.
In Maths, the children have been learning to multiply whole numbers by 10 and 100. Then, towards the latter end of the week, they tried their hands at multiplying 2-digit and 3-digit numbers by 1-digit and did extremely well.
I am so pleased with the amount of effort that the children are applying in lessons. Keep it up Year 4!
Lateness: 72 minutes
Friday 9th November 2018
What a busy week it has been! Year 4 had a fantastic time on Wednesday at the Beacon of Light. The children thoroughly enjoyed taking part in multi-skills activities which included: Athletics, Basket Ball, Badminton, Dodge-ball and Tennis. Their behaviour was exemplary and I was extremely proud of them all.
In Literacy this week, we have been looking at linguistic styles of writing that are used in persuasion. The children were able to show off their new found skills in their writing today, when they created their very own advert.
In Maths this week, we have been continuing with Multiplication. In particular we have looked at Factors, Factor pairs and Square Numbers.
Attendance and Punctuality
Minutes Late: 171 minutes
Friday 2nd November 2018
Welcome back to the new half term! This week has seen the start of our brilliant new topic ‘Blue Abyss’. The children have been super curious about what we will be learning and have created some fantastic questions for us to explore.
In Literacy, we have started our new quality text called ‘ A River Ran Wild’. Through this story we will be looking at Persuasion. The children will be learning to create persuasive adverts and letters to campaign against the pollution of the Nashua River in Massachusetts.
In Maths, we have been focusing on our times tables this week. The children have been singing, solving calculations, problem solving and finding the inverse.
Our Topic lessons this half term are focused around living things and their habitats. In Science, we have looked at marine animals and how they have adapted to live under water.
This week, one child has been late into school. This resulted in 5 minutes of lost learning. Please make sure that your children arrive at school on time.
On Wednesday 7th November, Year 4 will be taking part in a multi-sports event at the Beacon of Light. Please ensure that children bring a full PE kit (that includes trainers) to school on Monday. This can stay in school until Friday.
Friday 19th October 2018
This half-term has flown over! After working so hard, the children in Year 4 are due a well deserved rest.
This week in Literacy, the children have been planning and writing their own versions of Kensuke’s Kingdom. I am looking forward to reading the finished products over the holiday.
In Maths, the children have been learning how to convert analogue and digital times.
On Wednesday, 10 boys from Years 3 & 4 took part in a football tournament at the new Beacon of Light in Sunderland. The boys played very well and displayed excellent sportsmanship throughout all of the games -shaking hands and congratulating the other teams on their victories. I was extremely proud of you all. Well done!
Over the holiday, our Year 4 classroom is getting decorated and our children cannot wait to see what it is going to look like (neither can the teachers).
When we return to school after the holiday, could you please remind your children that their reading books and reading diaries need to come into school every day, also PE kit must be brought into school every Monday.
In Year 4 this week we have had 5 children who attended school late. This resulted in 223 minutes of lost learning. Doors close at 8:50 prompt.
Let me take this opportunity to thank you for all of your support this half term. Stay safe everyone and enjoy your holiday!
Friday 12th October 2018
Well, with all the exercise that has been happening around school this week, the children should be exhausted – the staff certainly are!
The Daily Mile is now up and running (excuse the pun)! Year 4 have thoroughly enjoyed getting out for their 15 minutes of fresh air and exercise each day and if that didn’t wear them out enough, then Thursday certainly should have! Go Run for Fun was a huge success and the children did so well running the distance. Well done everybody!
On the day, some of our children even managed to rub shoulders with a celebrity – Aly Dixon, who represented Team GB at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
In Year 4, our attendance this week has been 85.7%. 2 children were late into school, resulting in 40 minutes of lost learning. Please ensure that children arrive before 8:50 in the morning.
Friday 05th October 2018
Another fantastic week in Year 4 comes to an end and what a busy week it has been!
This week has seen the start of a new genre in English. The children have exploring different features of narratives and today we produced our first draft of an opening paragraph.
In Maths, we have been learning to round numbers to the nearest 10 and 100 and today we looked at inverse calculating.
The week has ended on a high. Today we have investigated the melting point of CHOCOLATE!!! This experiment was a big hit with the children – especially when there was quite a bit left over that had to be eaten!
In Year 4, our attendance this week has been 98.3%. 2 children were late into school, resulting in 25 minutes of lost learning. Please ensure that children arrive before 8:50 in the morning.
Friday 28th September 2018
This week in Year 4, we have been comparing water usage in the UK and Kenya. The children were amazed and shocked at how fortunate we are in this country compared to those in water-scarce countries.
In Literacy, Year 4 have been learning to transform a piece of writing wrote in the first person to a third person perspective. I am thrilled with the outcomes in their books and this is down to the children’s hard work.
In Maths, we have been adding and subtracting 4 digit numbers with exchanges. This took a lot of concentration and effort!
Also this week we have been quite a creative bunch! Not only have we been weaving Kandinsky circles for our whole school display in the hall but also cooking cakes for our Macmillan coffee afternoon.
In Year 4, our attendance this week has been 95.7%. 3 children were late into school, resulting in 104 minutes of lost learning. Please ensure that children arrive before 8:50 in the morning.
Friday 21st September 2018
This week has flew over! It has been jammed packed and incredibly busy!
In Literacy this week, we have been getting into our class novel Kensuke’s Kingdom written by Michael Morpurgo and we have been continuing to up-level our diary entries by adding subordinating conjunctions.
In Maths, we have been learning to count up in 6s,7s, 9s, 25s and 1000s and have solved Maths problems related to this.
Today’s Science lesson was cool! As part of our Science topic on States of Matter, we have conducted an investigation to discover whether gases weigh anything. The children made predictions about which flavour of fizzy drink weighs the most and enjoyed weighing both the fizzy and flat drinks. We discovered that Bubble gum flavoured fizzy drinks weigh the most, as they contain the most carbon-dioxide which makes them fizz!
The attendance in Year 4 this week was 95.7. Four children arrived at school late, resulting in 21 minutes of lost learning. Please try to arrive on time. Doors close at 8.50.
Friday 14th September 2018
What a great first week we have had in Year 4! The children have settled to their new classroom well. I am thrilled with their behaviour and the effort that they are showing in their work. Keep it up Year 4!
In Literacy this week, we have been exploring the features of a diary, focusing on chronological order and organising our writing into paragraphs. I am looking forward to reading the beginning of your diary entries tonight!
In Maths, we have been working with negative numbers. We have been learning to count forwards and backwards through zero, ordering positive and negative numbers from smallest to greatest and developing our reasoning and problem solving skills in this area.
‘Splash!’ is our Topic this half term. Through this topic the children will be exploring water on our planet, the water cycle and how water is distributed around the world.
Kai T became Star of the Week today for exceeding expectations in his Maths work. Well done Kai. In the Golden book this week were Che and Gracie. Che has impressed me greatly with his knowledge in Literacy and Topic lessons and Gracie gives 100% effort in all of her lessons!
Well done Year 4, we have had 97.4% attendance this week. This is fantastic! Keep it up!
This week there were 10 minutes of lost learning due to lateness. Please do not be late to school. Doors shut at 8.50 am prompt.
Can I remind all parents and carers that PE is on a Monday and a Thursday. Can children bring in their kit including appropriate footwear in on Monday morning and leave it at school till the Friday.
The children do get particularly thirsty in the afternoon at school. Could parents /carers please supply a water bottle for their child so they can access water throughout the day.
Friday 20th July 2018
Somehow, it is already that time of year again! We’ve all said our thank yous and goodbyes and thought about the very exciting year we’ve had! Miss Oxberry and I would like to say an enormous good luck to the year 4s for their transition into year 5 – we know they will be tremendous!
Take a look at our reflection video which shows some of our best bits from this year:
Enjoy your summer break, keep stretching your brains and have a well deserved rest!
Friday 13th July 2018
As always, we have been full of busy this week!
I would like to say a huge well done to our year 4 rounders team – Scott, Harry, Lacey, Georgia, Holly, George, Liam, Alix and Jay R – who managed to place second in a tournament at Farringdon Community Academy on Monday! The children played extremely well and really impressed the people who organised the event. Well done!
We have been making Narnian Lampposts during DT lessons and have started producing our very own class patchwork. Each child has designed a 10cmx10cm tile using felt and other fabrics that will be completed during their last week at school. Hopefully, this will be a lovely reminder for them about the brilliant year we have had in year 4!
During maths lessons we have been stretching our brains even further! It seems we have some true mathematicians in our class, as they have been tackling problems linked with the year 5 curriculum! I am sure their new teacher will be extremely impressed with them!
In Literacy we have drafted, edited, finished, rehearsed and performed our dialogue between Edmund Pevensie and Aslan the Great Lion, son of the Emperor across the sea! The children have been truly outstanding and I could not be more proud of their efforts!
As we move into the last week of the year, I would like to remind everyone that they should still be coming to school wearing their full Plains Farm Academy uniform.
Friday 22nd June 2018
We have had another extremely busy week this week, and I cannot believe it is Friday already! We have had lots of fun and undertaken lots of new learning this week – the children have truly been stretching their brains.
We have started investigating different types of triangles and their properties, whilst also finding missing angles by using our knowledge of two-step addition and subtraction problems. Next week, we will branch out to the wonderful world of quadrilaterals, including rectangles, parallelograms and rhombuses!
During Literacy we have had our novel-writing heads on. Watch out J.K Rowling – Year 4 from Plains Farm Academy are hot on your tail! Children have all written and edited their very own brand new chapters from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. We will be illustrating and writing them up ready for display on Monday. Watch this space!
During Topic lessons we have learned about the River Wear and reservoirs, and how water is made safe for us to drink. We learned about people who live in places such as Africa, Asia and South America who have to try and filter their water by using whatever they have close at hand. Of course, this lead to a very interesting experiment!
Children were thrilled to learn that they will be playing rounders with the year 3 class for the next few weeks during PE lessons. This is due to an upcoming rounders tournament on July 9th. We will be practising every Monday and Friday morning to make sure we are ready for the competition, so could all children please bring a full PE kit to school on these days!
This week’s superstars are:
Star Reader: Jay S – for making very informed observations during Reading Workshop.
Star Writer: Liam – For writing prize-winning descriptions in his own version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I couldn’t believe my eyes!
Mathematician: Tilly – for really impressing me, Miss Oxberry and Miss Wilkinson with her skills this week. You even surprised yourself – well done!
Community Hero: Harvey – for helping Miss Oxberry with her mountain of jobs!
Minutes Late: 0!
Friday 15th June 2018
This week in year 4, we have been learning about statistics in mathematics; character viewpoints in Literacy; the Lambton Worm in Topic; we have enjoyed our first swimming lesson; participated in a tennis tournament; delivered our class assembly aaaaand, last but not least, had a fabulous afternoon at Sandhill View Academy at the Year 3/4 Sports Afternoon.
Our maths lessons have been centred around tables, tally charts, pictograms, bar charts, pie charts and line graphs. We have investigated our favourite characters from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, weather patterns in Sunderland and solved comparison, sum and difference problems linked with data that we collected ourselves in the classroom. All of the children have been outstanding this week in collecting, presenting and interpreting data.
We have been budding authors during Literacy lessons this week. Each child has taken part in role-play, hot-seating and investigations into language for effect to help them plan, draft and edit their very own missing chapter from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. We have been focusing on the character of Edmund Pevensie, and how we can develop his character further in our own writing. We have used our inference and prediction skills to plan out what we want to happen in our own versions. These will be drafted and edited during the next week – watch this space!
Year 4 children will attend swimming lessons every Wednesday morning 9-10am. Children are asked to bring swim shorts or swimsuit, a towel, a swim cap (which can be purchased from The Puma Centre for £1.30) and goggles to school. Children should arrive no later than 8:30am to ensure prompt arrival at the venue. Year 4 P.E lessons will continue to be on a Friday morning, so children are asked to bring a full P.E kit to school with them.
Homework is handed out to all children every Friday afternoon. Homework should be returned to school no later than Wednesday. If your child finds their homework too challenging, they are welcome to seek assistance during school on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday break and lunchtimes. Alternatively, parents and carers can speak with me for assistance if they are not sure how to best help their child. If homework is not returned to school, they will be required to complete it during their own free time in school.
All children bring reading books home with them weekly, it is helpful if parents and carers can read with their children three times weekly. This will help your child to build up fluency in reading and broaden their vocabulary. If children need to change their reading book, they can do so in school during Reading Workshop sessions, they are reminded of this on a daily basis.
Tuesday 19th June 1pm-3pm – Year 3/4 Sports Day. Parents and carers are welcome to come and watch their children take part in our sports afternoon. Children from other year groups who have siblings in these classes are also invited to come and cheer their siblings on!
This week’s superstars are:
Star Reader: Jay R – for making brilliant observations during Reading Workshop, using prediction and inference to inform his responses to questions.
Star Writer: Holly – for a truly original idea for her own chapter in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I can’t wait to read the final version!
Mathematician: Tilly – for brilliant work with statistics and pie charts this week.
Community Hero: Keaton – for being extremely brave during swimming lessons and showing real perseverance!
Minutes Late: 0!
Friday 8th June 2018
Welcome back everyone! As always we have had an extremely busy week in year 4. This week we have been stretching our brains and testing out our knowledge in Literacy and mathematics. All of the children have been absolutely brilliant and we are truly astounded by the results – especially after a lovely half term week off! This half term we are going to focus on consolidating our knowledge across the curriculum to prepare the children for year 5.
This week, the children have experimented with different methods of printing during art and design lessons with Mr Thompson. The children have used potatoes, homemade stamps and different tools to see the effects that they could make. It was very messy, but everyone had lots of fun.
During topic lessons this week, children have learned all about John Lambton and the legend of the Lambton Worm. If you are lucky enough to be coming to our Class Assembly next week on Tuesday 12th June at 9:15, you will get to see the children’s own interpretation first hand! Children were brilliant when re-telling the story to partners before creating their very own storyboards of the gruesome tale!
We have all been practicing very hard to prepare for our class assembly next week, and the children are excited to share this year’s learning with everyone. Of course, we only have time to share a small fraction of our learning with you, but we think our assembly truly reflects the year we have had. Be prepared to learn all about Vikings, Sunderland and get ready to experience some super science!
From next Wednesday, year 4 will be going to the Puma Centre to take swimming lessons. Our slot is 9:00-10:00, therefore, children must be at school in time to leave at 08:30. A letter will be sent home including more details.
Tuesday 12th June 9:15am – Year 4 Class Assembly.
Parents are asked to wait at the hall doors to be admitted for the performance. There will be refreshments available. We hope to see you all there!
Wednesday 13th June 9:00-2:30 – Year 4 Tennis Team are competing in the local final at the Puma Centre. Children should come to school dressed in a full Plains Farm P.E kit – white tshirt and dark shorts bearing the school logo. Children should all have a water bottle and a packed lunch, unless they receive free school meals and need one from the kitchen.
Thursday 14th June 1:00-3:00 – Year 3/4 Sports Day at Sandhill View Academy. Children should bring a full P.E kit to school with them – white tshirt and dark shorts bearing the school logo. Children should all have a water bottle with them for this event.
This week’s superstars are:
Star Readers: Amelia, for great effort to learn her lines for our class performance.
Mathematician: Keaton – for amazing effort, attitude and a huge improvement in his confidence.
Community Hero: Charlie – for giving up his free time to organise our classroom and resources.
Minutes Late: 2
Friday 25th May 2018
What a whirlwind this week has been!
As always, we have had a jam-packed half term in year 4. This week, children have completed their work on time during mathematics lessons, become savvy business entrepreneurs in Literacy, run their socks off in the Sandhill Cancer Research Race for Life, become budding painters in art lessons and they have become water cycle experts in science and PE.
During maths lessons this week, children have really challenged themselves by putting all of their previous knowledge about time to the test! We have been conversion kings and queens – converting minutes to seconds, hours to minutes, days to hours and minutes, weeks to days and years to months – phew! We have also helped the Professor from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe reorganise his appointment book, as he had made some silly errors when scheduling appointments for his clients. When we return to school after the half term holiday, we will be looking at statistics – graphs, tables, pictograms – and learning how to present and interpret data.
Our Literacy lessons this week have been all about the power of persuasion. Children have each designed their very own Narnian gadget to advertise to the characters of Narnia. Each child came up with a product, its features and an advertising campaign. Some brilliant children even included small print in their adverts! Watch this space, Alan Sugar!
The wonderful artwork of L.S Lowry has been our focus during art and topic lessons this week. L. S. Lowry was an ‘industrial’ painter who captured scenes of shipyards, docks, mines and factories. Given Sunderland’s prestigious history of shipbuilding, the children have really enjoyed learning about his life and his paintings. We have looked at three paintings in particular:
(Left to Right)The Dockside, Sunderland, River Wear at Sunderland, and The Sea:
I would like to give an absolutely enormous well done to the whole class for their huge effort in yesterday’s Cancer Research Race for Life at Sandhill. All of the children did themselves proud and the resilience each child was able to show was astounding – even though they were very tired, they all made it to the very end.
A special congratulations must go to Jay S and Autumn, who placed 1st in each of their races – Year 3, 4 and 5 boys and Year 3,4 and 5 girls, respectively. We couldn’t be prouder!
School closes today, Friday 25th May for the half term holiday and will re-open on Monday 4th June at 8:50.
Children have all received a ‘photograph consent’ form this week. It is vital that this form is signed and returned to school, otherwise your child will not be able to be in our class photo at the end of the year.
A letter has been sent out regarding school communication consent this week. These forms need to be filled in and returned to school so that we can keep you up to date with any upcoming events at our school.
Important dates for your diary:
June 12th – 9:15am – Year 4’s class assembly.
June 13th – Tennis Team at Puma Centre for the Tennis Tournament Final
Our Superheroes this week are:
Star Writer: Holly, for a brilliant Narnian gadget, fabulous advertising and including the small print!
Star Reader: All of Francesca Simon’s Reading Workshop Group, for reading Sunderland Calamity, a poem about the Victoria Hall Disaster, and asking and answering extremely insightful questions.
Mathlete: Jay R, for trying his hardest in all maths lessons this week and making lots of progress!
Community Hero: Tilly, for looking after our classroom and our resources.
Lateness: 217 minutes
Friday 18th May 2018
This week during mathematics lessons we have been discussing our previous knowledge of reading and telling the time using an analogue clock. In order to ensure that children were confident in their own abilities, we went outside on Monday and worked in teams to create analogue clocks on the playground, using hula hoops, chalk and rulers. The children worked in teams to challenge each other to create any given time on their clock faces. To challenge the children even further, they were asked to represent the digits on the clock using Roman numerals. Everyone was fabulous. Take a look at some of the brilliant photographs from our lesson here:
Following on from this lesson, we started looking at digital time using the 12- and 24-hour formats. In order to help us with our problem solving, we all made analogue clocks that show the 24-hour time too. So far, they have proven extremely useful!
During Literacy this week, we have finally finished our balanced arguments about Mr Tumnus, the faun. Children have collected evidence, debated in teams and produced individual balanced arguments using impartial voice. The majority of children agreed that while Mr Tumnus had made some mistakes, he should be given another chance to prove himself. On the other hand, some children decided that the crime Mr Tumnus committed, even though he was full of remorse and made it up to Lucy Pevensie, proved enough to deem him a foul faun forever!
Additionally, children have been dictionary detectives to find the meanings of nonsense Narnian words. Children have practiced using the first two or three letters of a word to find its correct spelling and meaning in the dictionary. We are all becoming very good at this!
Our terrific tennis team have been to their tournament this week, and we are extremely proud to announce that they placed second! They have been invited to compete in the final after May half term, so watch this space!
Afternoon sessions this week have been very creative. Children have had the opportunity to research the historic shipyards of Sunderland and present their findings as either a poster, a story, a mind map or a report. Additionally, children have created fabulous charcoal drawings of Jack Crawford, the hero of Camperdown. Children used their existing knowledge of Jack Crawford and his story to help them create drawings of him, his boat and his treacherous journey across the sea.
Our Superheroes this week are:
Star Writer: George, for a brilliant balanced argument, you truly convinced us all!
Star Reader: Scott, for always offering to read our class novel, and doing so with great expression.
Mathlete: Lacey, for being a whizz with time this week.
Community Hero: Alix and Amelia, for looking after our classroom and our resources.
Lateness: 19 minutes
Friday 11th May 2018
This has been by far the fastest week we have had in year 4 to date! We have done so much brain stretching that we are all worn out. Children have been truly tremendous in their efforts and attitudes this week, and we year 4 staff could not be more proud.
During mathematics lessons this week, children have been learning about seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years. Phew! We now have a classful of master mathematicians who can convert any amount of minutes into seconds – go on, test your children at home! We will continue our work on time next week, but will be concentrating primarily on converting between analogue and 12- and 24-hour digital clocks. As always, if you have the opportunity to support your child at home with this over the weekend, it will give them a brilliant head start for their learning next week.
In Literacy lessons this week, we have planned, and started writing, our very own balanced arguments about Mr Tumnus and whether he happens to be a ‘foul faun’ or a ‘helpful hero.’ The jury is still out on this one, but we will reveal the results next week.
Children have produced some wonderful work during the afternoons this week and we have finally picked our team for the Year 3/4 Tennis Tournament at the Puma Centre on Tuesday 15th May. Our team consists of: George, Autumn, Neve, Dylan, Jay S, Lewis, Amelia and Piper. Good luck team!
Take a look at some of our favourite pieces of work from this week:
Our Superheroes this week are:
Star Writers: Gracie, for a well-structured report about the James White Investigation.
Star Readers: J.K. Rowling Reading Workshop Group, for asking and answering insightful questions about texts.
Mathlete: Dylan, for being a true ‘Time Lord’ and being able to convert any number of minutes and hours into seconds!
Community Hero: Alix and Tilly, for always keeping our classroom tidy.
Lateness: 7 minutes
Friday 4h May 2018
What a fun-filled week we have had in year 4! Children have been absolutely fabulous this week in every respect. We have seen some brilliant attitudes towards learning, exceptional behaviour on our school trip and, as always, some phenomenal pieces of work have been produced.
During mathematics lessons this week, we have been consolidating our knowledge and understanding of money by solving practical problems. We have also tested our skills in place value, addition and subtraction and multiplication and division to stretch our brains even further. Next week, we will be moving on to studying ‘time’ during our maths lessons. If there are any opportunities at home this weekend to test your child’s knowledge of the time, this will help to cement their understanding and give them a head start for next week!
Our Literacy lessons have focused on developing our knowledge and skills around balanced and biased arguments. We have learned lots of new technical vocabulary this week, and children are sure to put it into practice next week when they plan and write their very own balanced argument about one of the characters from C.S Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Watch this space!
During the afternoons this week, children have been practicing their tennis skills, testing each other on their musical terminology, writing a recount of our brilliant trip and even conducting experiments using some of our favourite tasty beverages!
On Monday, children were asked the question, ‘Does Gas Weigh Anything?’ This sparked a very heated discussion, as some children pointed out that the air around us is made of different gases, and we cannot physically touch it or pick it up to weigh it. In order to test our theory that gas doesn’t have a weight, we split up into 5 different groups. Each group was given a different fizzy drink and asked which states of matter they could locate:
Children came to the conclusion, after watching some scientific videos on the creation of fizzy drinks, that the gas, carbon dioxide, was present in each of their drinks. See some pictures of our experiment and our findings in relation to weighing gases:
Everyone had a fabulous time on our trip to Beamish this week. All of the children were extremely engaged with the James White investigation that we took part in, and they were keen to speak to as many people in the pit village and the 1913 town as possible. They certainly all had their investigator hats on on Wednesday!
See some of our favourite photos here:
Our Superheroes this week are:
Star Writers: Lacey, for beautiful handwriting and an excellent recount of our trip.
Star Readers: Tilly, for volunteering to read some of our novel to the rest of the class and reading with great expression throughout.
Mathlete: Indy, for showing brilliant understanding of place value, using concrete and pictorial methods.
Community Hero: The whole class, for impeccable behaviour and representing the school perfectly on our school trip.
Lateness: 0 minutes late! Fantastic effort Year 4, well done.
Friday 27th April 2018
It’s that time again! This week has been extremely busy in year 4, as always. We have begun our new Maths topic on money and started looking at C.S Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe during Literacy lessons. We will be continuing our work on money next week and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe until May half term.
In Science and PE lessons, we have started looking at states of matter – solids, liquids and gases. We have looked at how to categorise items and at the molecular structure and how the molecules behave in different conditions.
We have had a lovely guest in during PE lessons to teach us to play tennis, in preparation for our tournament in May. We will be taking four lucky girls and four boys with us to a year 3/4 tournament later on in the term. The tennis coach will be back in school next Monday and on Thursday 10th of May to help children hone their skills.
In Topic lessons, we worked collaboratively to create a historically accurate timeline of Sunderland from 634AD until now. We have looked at the dates when Sunderland changed from a tiny fishing village, to a town, then finally, in 1992, a city. Over the course of the next few weeks we will be looking at how our local area has changed. We are all very excited about our trip to Beamish next week!
During Music, children have contin ued to hone their skills on the recorder, and during Art we have been using watercolour paints and collage to create a scene depicting the Penshaw Monument, and RE has been all about Sikhism and Aikh beliefs.
Here are some photos of our fabulous certificate winners from the Skipping Festival last week:
Our Superheroes this week are:
Star Writers: Autumn – for a fabulous description of Lucy’s journey from ‘Spare Oom’ to Narnia
Star Readers: Asheton, for gaining so much confidence in his reading.
Mathlete: Tilly, for perseverance!
Community Hero: Charlie & Holly, for looking after our classroom and resources.
Star of the Week: Taiven, for having a great attitude all week. We will all miss you lots!
Lateness: 11 minutes
Friday 20th April 2018
Welcome back! We’ve had a brilliant week in year 4 for our first week back in school. We have been full of busy practicing our ‘Skip Dance’ and our individual and team skipping skills for our Skipping Tournament, and it really paid off!
Well done to absolutely everyone who came to our Skipping Tournament. You were fabulous! Each child is bringing home a well-deserved certificate of participation today. On to our special prize winners…
3rd prize: The whole class – Skip Dance
3rd prize: George – cross-over
3rd prize: Lewis – double bounce
2nd prize: Autumn – double bounce
2nd prize: Jay S – speed bounce
1st prize: Lewis, Harvey, Dylan, Liam, Charlie, Alix, Neve, George, Jay S and Autumn – Keep the pot Boiling
During maths lessons this week we have revised decimals ready for our new unit on money next week. We have looked at addition, subtraction and partitioning of decimals to deepen our knowledge and understanding of decimals numbers. Some children have even been looking at numbers with up to three decimal places! We have some true mathematicians in our classroom!
Here are some examples of the way we have been learning to solve decimal addition and subtraction:
During Literacy and Topic lessons we have been writing narrative stories all about our everyday heroes. Some lovely visitors from the RNLI, a guide dog with his owner and a Marie Curie cancer nurse have been in to speak to our children this week about how they are everyday heroes. Some of the children have chosen to write about family members, friends, teachers and even guide dogs in their stories.
Reminders: During Summer term, Year 4 PE days will be every Monday and Friday. Children are asked not to wear earrings for PE or to cover them using plasters, if they continue to wear earrings, they will not be allowed to participate in PE lessons.
Our Superheroes this week are:
Star Writers: Liam and Holly, for producing brilliant everyday hero narratives
Star Readers: Asheton, for being able to discuss his favourite books confidently
Mathlete: Harvey, for tackling every task and challenge set for him this week.
Community Hero: Alix and Jay S for keeping our resources neat and tidy.
Star of the Week: Piper, for having a fabulous attitude towards learning all week.
Lateness: 20 minutes
Thursday 29th March 2018
We have had a fabulous final week of the Spring term and we all hope that the children have a well-deserved rest over the Easter holidays. Don’t eat too much chocolate!
This week in year 4 we have been consolidating our learning in mathematics and applying our knowledge to reasoning and problem solving questions across the year 4 curriculum. Children have been absolutely outstanding and have been challenging themselves all week. Hats off to Harry who could convert miles into kilometers, using his knowledge of numbers with up to 3 decimal places.
In Literacy we have been putting our powers of persuasion to the test! We have finally finished our unit of work on Living things and Habitats, and we are working towards producing a wonderful leaflet jam-packed full of facts. The children have concentrated on writing persuasive texts this week to ask people to donate money to help to save endangered species. We have learned all about the snow leopards, white tigers and Phillipine tarsias. Children have used relative clauses, emotive and persuasive language to produce brilliant pieces of work.
During the afternoons this week we have been extremely lucky to be involved in the ‘Be a Better Recycler’ project with Sunderland County Council. A lovely lady named Michelle came to visit us and helped us to create our very own Elmer-style recycled elephants. Take a look:
We have also been lucky enough to receive another visit from Nick, our skipping coach. He has helped us with our ‘Skip Dance’ in preparation for our upcoming festival on 19th April. He was extremely impressed with the amount of effort children have been putting in to make progress in their skipping skills. Great job everyone!
Thank you to all of the parents and carers who were able to come to our Easter Crafts Family Learning session today, it is always lovely to welcome you all into our school.
Children have received a homework project today to complete over the Easter holidays. Homework is due on the first week back at school. They have also received personal log-ins for our new subscription to Times Table Rockstars, a platform that will help them become fluent in their times tables to 12×12.
Have a lovely Easter, from everyone in year 4!
Friday 23rd March 2018
This week we have been very busy in Year 4, just as always!
We have been continuing our work on fractions and decimals in Maths, writing explanation texts in Literacy and learning all about endangered animals in Science. PE lessons have been spent practicing our skipping skills in preparation for our Skipping Festival on April 19th.
During maths lessons children have become very confident in their abilities to match fractions to equivalent decimal representations. Some of our children have even begun to look at numbers including up to three decimal places! We have also had some absolute brain-boxes who have begun looking at fractions greater than 1 and converting these into improper fractions and mixed numbers. MENSA – watch out!
During Literacy lessons, children have been using their work from science lessons about different living things and their habitats to plan and write explanation texts. Some of our tantalizing topics have been: bush dogs, eagles, turtles, killer whales and even bearded dragons. The children have researched fabulous facts about their animals and some have written texts about how to look after animals as pets. Other children have written texts about why animals do some of the strange things that they do! All of the work that children have completed this week will go towards an information booklet that they will plan and complete before the end of Spring Term. So watch this space!
Science lessons have centred around endangered animals and the different levels of conservation seen across different species. Children have learned all about the definitions of: extinct; extinct in the wild; critically endangered and vulnerable. They are going to use this information to write persuasive texts about why people should be doing more to help save our endangered species. Some of the animals children have chosen to write about are: white lions, snow leopards, Philippine tarsias, the fennec fox and the arctic fox.
Our PE lessons are becoming ever more exhilarating as we draw closer to our big competition day! Children have been trying their best and showing off their new skills. We have chosen some of the teams that will compete on our big day.
Speed Bounce: Piper and Liam
Double Bounce: Autumn and Lewis
Side Swing: Charlie and Gracie
Pretzel: Neve and Jay S
Butterfly Pair: Jay R and Keaton
Face-to-Face Pair: Abigail and Georgia
This week we will choose children to compete in the Run, Jump, Out team event and the Keep the Pot Boiling team event.
Our Superheroes this week are:
Star Writers: Taiven and Keaton, for producing a brilliant explanation text all about bearded dragons.
Star Readers: Autumn, for growing in confidence within Reading Workshop and Comprehension tasks.
Mathlete: Charlie, for really pushing himself in his work with fractions and decimals.
Community Hero: Alix for helping Mrs Douglas with our Easter projects.
Star of the Week: Indy, for having a brilliant attitude towards learning all week.
Well after all of the snow last week, it certainly is wonderful to see the sun shining again!
This week we have continued stretching our brains.
In maths lessons this week, we have continued our work on fractions, and we even solved some money problems linked to our French café role-play area. Children worked out some special offers on the menu, and decided which, if any, offers needed to change. They were able to list prices for individual items, buy one get one 1/2 price, buy two get each for 1/4 of the original price! We even went so far as to feed a very picky family of four! I think we have some budding business people in year 4 already!
We are moving on to decimals over the next few weeks in mathematics, and children have already shown that they have a secure grasp of what happens to a one- or two-digit number when it is divided by 10 or 100. We have used our knowledge of place value and the number system to extend our understanding to decimal numbers. We even demonstrated this by having volunteers at the front of the classroom acting out as numbers and a very stubborn decimal point that just wouldn’t budge!
Literacy has seen the conclusion of our unit of work on Folktales and Play scripts. Sadly, we are saying goodbye to everyone’s favourite Disney story Beauty and the Beast. The children have been so engaged with this topic and the work they have produced has been absolutely fabulous. This week, we were finally able to finish our display reflecting all of our hard work, and if I do say so myself, it is wonderful!
Our Superheroes this week are:
Star Writers: George and Liam – for a brilliant play script version of Beauty and the Beast.
Star Readers: Neve and Holly – for fantastic reading and acting skills
Mathlete: Lewis – for gaining so much confidence on our topic of fractions and decimals this week. You smashed it!
Community Hero: Tilly – for always looking out for others.
Star of the Week: Harry – for really challenging himself all week, well done!
Friday 23rd February 2018
Literacy lessons this week have seen the beginning of our brand new unit of work on Folktales and Play scripts. Children were tasked with producing a story map of the original version of Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête) by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, written in 1740, over 250 years ago!
The children produced some wonderful work which they used to enhance their role-playing of the characters. Children will use these experiences to add more detail to their dialogue between the characters next week, which will lead us nicely on to producing ideas ready to write our play scripts. Here are some photos of our story maps and role-play sessions.
Maths lessons have been filled with something that the children really weren’t looking forward to… fractions. However, they have all been so engaged with lessons this week that they are now all fractions experts! There will be fractions homework coming home with them tonight, so keep your eyes peeled! We have talked about what a fraction is, how to split a shape into equal parts, how to add and subtract fractions, and we have even begun to look at fractions greater than one whole. We are surrounded by geniuses here in LKS2.
During the afternoons, we have been learning about different classifications of animals, what specific animals need in order to live, and which habitats are best for certain animals. We have also been practicing our skipping, our team games skills and our reading comprehension skills. During the week, the children all put on their estate agent’s caps and learned all about different types of settlement and land use in Geography. They then used their brand new knowledge to find homes for some French families who had very specific criteria about the type of place that they wanted to live in.
Dates for your diary:
Thursday 1st March – World Book Day. Family Learning 9:10-10am whole school.
Star Writer: Georgia – a brilliant write up of her role-play experience in Literacy.
Star Reader: Lewis – for great enthusiasm while role-playing the character of the Beast!
Mathlete: Charlie – for trying his best all week and blowing our socks off with his knowledge of fractions!
Star of the Week: Liam – a brilliant attitude to learning all week, and making a huge effort with his handwriting. I can see a pen licence coming!
Friday 9th February 2018
This week in year 4 has been filled with fabulous French food and tackling tests across the mathematics and Literacy curriculum. The children have really done themselves proud and all deserve their well-earned February half term break!
On Monday and Tuesday, we consolidated our learning in maths lessons to ensure that the children were reminded of all of the brain-stretching work we have been doing over the last 5 months. We looked at Roman Numerals, estimating answers and using the inverse to check answers and how best to tackle those troublesome word problems that crop up every now and again!
On Monday afternoon, the children decided that they would like to help Year 2 with their new topic all about animals and habitats in Science lessons. We won’t reveal anything yet, but there surely will be a project in the making after the half term break. Children began by revising MRS GREN – the mnemonic that helps to remember all seven life processes – and creating a poster that would help a Year 2 child learn. Watch this space for something even bigger and better on the way!
Of course, Tuesday saw our fabulous French morning, where we were joined by an astounding amount of parents and carers – our classroom was absolutely buzzing with topical conversation! Thank you to everyone who was able to attend, it truly made the whole experience so much more enjoyable for us and the children. By the end of today, each child will have produced a piece of writing all about their experiences on the French morning, whether that is about the food, the activities or a general overview, is entirely up to them!
On Tuesday afternoon, children enjoyed writing anti-bullying raps, which will hopefully be ready to perform very soon! During a PSHE lesson on Tuesday afternoon, we began discussing what the term ‘disability’ means. Children worked in pairs and threes to group celebrities into ‘Disabled’ and ‘Not Disabled’ groups. When we reviewed the answers, children were very surprised to learn that some of their favourite, very high profile, celebrities had a disability of some kind. We went on to discuss how having a disability does not change a person at all, and that we should treat everyone with the same respect at all times.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings have been taken up by assessments in arithmetic, reasoning, SPaG, reading and spelling. The afternoons have been kept free to complete tasks relating to France, PE and our new topic in Science and listening to individual readers.
Star Writers: Holly– for a tremendous achievement in his spelling assessment. Well done!
Star Reader: Georgia – for an outstanding score in her reading assessment. Good job!
Mathlete: Harvey – for a great score across arithmetic and reasoning during his maths assessments. Awesome work!
Star of the Week: Harry – for answering questions during PSHE lessons and listening to his classmates extremely well this week. Keep it up!
Lateness: 40 minutes
Friday 2nd February 2018
This week in year 4 has been full of wonderful outdoor activities and adventures! Alongside our fabulous educational visit to Kirkley Hall, children have been on fire this week across the curriculum!
During mathematics lessons this week, we have moved on from our multiplication and division topic and become experts in the field of calculating area. On Monday, children conducted an investigation into finding the area of rectilinear shapes. The classroom was buzzing with mathematical conversations and the children made predictions about which shape would have the largest area (not one person was right!) However, this is the beauty of conducting mathematical investigations. The children asked a question, made a prediction and sought to find out the right answer. By Tuesday, children were ready to start measuring the area of shapes using the formal notation of cm². Later on in the week, children were even comparing the area of complex rectilinear shapes and drawing their own shapes to fit a set of criteria, eg: your shape must have 6 sides and have an area of greater than 20cm².
In Literacy and Topic lessons, we have continued studying the language of persuasion. Each child has planned, drafted, edited and re-written a masterpiece! Each parent/carer will receive a letter this afternoon written by their child inviting you to come to our Family Learning French Morning next Tuesday 9:10-10am. I will say no more on the subject, as the letters truly say it all! Watch out for exaggeration, the power of three, rhetorical questions and complex sentences in those letters when they make it home to you!
Now for our fantastic educational visit… Staff at Kirkley Hall were very welcoming and helped us to access many parts of the year 4 curriculum! We were able to tick off things from our Geography curriculum – interpreting maps; our PE curriculum – adventurous outdoor activities; and our Science curriculum – Living Things and Their Habitats. All of the children were very brave and many tried things that they previously said they were frightened of, such as the climbing wall, and the zip wire! Even though it was a blisteringly cold day, wind howling around us, we all managed to have a brilliant time, and the children have not stopped talking about it!
Now, for some photographs of the day:
Star Writers: The Whole Class! For outstanding persuasive letters – I will let you see the evidence for yourself!
Star Reader: Asheton, for gaining so much confidence in his reading and having a great discussion about his book.
Mathlete: Neve, for being a whizz with all aspects of area and really challenging herself.
Community Hero: Charlie, for always keeping our classroom neat and tidy.
Star of the Week: Taiven, for a brilliant attitude during our educational visit this week and for encouraging his friends to always try their best.
Tuesday 6th February 9:10-10am: Family Learning
Friday 9th February: Break up for February half term holidays.
Friday 26th January 2018
There are only two more weeks of
this half term left to stretch our brains!
This week we have been learning all about the powers of persuasive writing. Children have studied a persuasive letter, annotated it for language features such as rhetorical questions, powerful verbs and subordinate clauses, and identified the correct structure and layout. This is all in preparation from a particular persuasive letter that will be sent home to parents and carers in the next week. Watch this space!
Children have learned all about creating complex sentences this week. Originally, we located complex sentences in a persuasive letter we read as a class. Next, we wrote our own complex sentences using examples from the persuasive letter. Finally, we wrote our own sentences about France, using two different techniques.First, by using subordinating conjunctions: I SAW A WABUB,(If, Since, As, When, Although, While, After, Before, Until, Because).
Then, by adding extra information contained within commas. Here are some fabulous examples from today’s lesson:
Here, Piper has used I SAW A WABUB to join two simple sentences together for the first three examples. Next, she has added a dependent, or subordinate, clause to her sentences to give extra information. What a star!
During mathematics lessons, we have finally come to the end of our Multiplication and Division topic. This week, we have been working with more complicated concepts, such as: using the distributive law, n objects are connected to m objects, multiplying three numbers together, multiplying and dividing by 1 and multiplying by 0. Children have had their maths hats on this week as they have been absolutely tremendous!
Science saw an eggcelent experiment! Last week, we decided to conduct an experiment into which beverages are worst for our teeth. To emulate the texture of a tooth, we used eggshells in our experiment. First, we filled cups with water, orange juice, blackcurrant squash and milk. Next, of course, we added our eggs! After 7 days, we looked at our eggs, and this is what we found:
During the afternoons this week, we have had a lot of fun! We have had a wonderful Skipping Coach in this week to help us prepare for our Skipping Festival that is coming up in April. All of the children are very excited and are practicing every spare moment that they can! Skipping ropes are on sale in school for £5 at the moment, they come directly from Skipping School, the company who are helping us prepare for the festival.
Music lessons have seen the children writing their very own anti-bullying raps! The children have been extremely enthusiastic and have produced some wonderful ideas.
We have been map making during Topic lessons. The children used technology and secondary sources to locate relevant information before creating their very own maps of France. They were able to plot the major cities, landmarks and physical features such as The Alps, Pyrenees Mountains and the French Riviera.
This coming Wednesday, 31st January, is our Year 4 trip to Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens. There are still a number of children who have not yet brought their permission slips and additional forms into school. These forms must be returned as soon as possible! Children must wear their school jumper on the trip and are advised to wear either leggings or tracksuit bottoms paired with some trainers or wellies (not brand new trainers, it will be muddy). Children will need to bring a packed lunch, unless they are entitled to free school meals, then one will be provided by the school.
2-3pm – Thursday 8th of February. Children will be bringing a letter home concerning a drop in session for parents next week!
Now, time for the stars of the week:
Star Writer: Piper, for a brilliant understanding of the ways in which to write complex sentences.
Star Reader: Scott, for showing great insight into the book we are reading in Reading Workshop. For asking very thoughtful questions to further his own understanding.
Mathlete: Taiven, for mastering his 3, 4 and 8 times table this week.
Community Heroes: ‘Tidy up Team’ – for respecting everything in our classroom and ensuring everything goes back where it belongs at the end of the day.
Star of the Week: Autumn, for having a fab attitude towards everything we have done this week and really trying her best.
Lateness: 55 minutes
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.
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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.