This week in Maths we have been looking at number patterns. To help us spot the pattern we have been thinking about what digit is changing and whether the digit is getting smaller or greater.
In English we have written two diary entries from the viewpoint of the boy in the video. In the first diary entry the children were able to write about what activities they had done with Monty (the Penguin) and the second diary entry was written as if it were the end of Christmas day. The children have impressed us with their use of emotive language!
This week the children have worked hard to practice for the Christingle service. We made our own Christingles which the children took to the Church for the service. The children did a great job this evening at the service and should all be very proud of themselves!
This week in Maths we have continued to work on our place value knowledge. We have used the place value charts to help us understand the value of each digit in the different columns.
In English we have started our new topic on Penguins! We have watched a video of the John Lewis Christmas advert featuring Monty (the penguin) which we will be using as a stimulus for our writing. The children have enjoyed sharing the facts they know about Penguins.
The children had the opportunity to watch a performance by Tring Park School which was about the different states of matter and water cycle – This will come in use when we cover these topics in Year 4!
This week we have started to practice for our Christingle service on Friday 6th December. The children have been given a copy of the song lyrics which they can use to learn at home.
This week in Maths we have moved onto looking at place value. The children have been able to show numbers on a place value chart using counters; the children have also been writing numbers up to 10,000 in digits and in words.
In English the children have written a new chapter for the story of Lost or Stolen. The children have been working hard on including inverted commas and creating suspense in their chapters!
In Science this week the children have started our experiment to investigate which drink causes the most damage to our teeth. We have used shells in orange juice, coca cola, blackcurrant squash and water which will show us over the course of a couple of weeks which drink changes the colour of the shell the most!
This week in Maths the children have learnt how to find the area and perimeter of shapes. The children now know the two methods they can use to find the area of shapes; by counting the number of squares in each shape or by using the formula length x width. The children have also learnt to find the perimeter of shapes by adding up all its sides to calculate the distance around a shape.
In English we have now been thinking how we can develop a new storyline using the existing characters – Ravi, Chandra and Taj. In our new chapter, our characters face a new dilemma of whether they should stay at the fair and have a few more rides (with the tickets they have found) or go home on time and hand the tickets in. The children have been developing ideas for the speech they will use in their new chapters.
In RE this week the children had a go at looking at many different symbols and discussed what symbols are and why they are used. The children have learnt that some symbols are universal and others are cultural so may not be recognised worldwide; they had a go at drawing some symbols of Christianity.
In Art the children have used their sketches of leaves and copied these onto their printing tile. The children have glued string around the shape of their leaf ready for us to start printing next week!
In Year 4 we have been busy during our first week back after half-term!
This week in Maths we have started a new unit and have been looking at area. We measured area using non-standard units such as unifix cubes and dienes and we have more onto looking at how we find the area of shapes using standards units such as 1cm and 1m.
In English we have also started a unit based on a story called Lost or Found? This story is set in India and has introduced to us the festival of Raksha Bandhan where sisters give their brothers a Rakhi bracelet which represents love and care for their siblings. We had a go at making our own Rakhi bracelets!
Our topic for Science this half-term is teeth and digestion. The children have learnt about the different types of teeth (incisors, canines, molars and premolars) and the jobs they have to do. We then had a go at moulding the shape of the different types of teeth using playdoh!
This week in Maths the children have been learning about perpendicular and parallel lines. The children have learnt that lines are perpendicular when two straight lines meet to make a right angle. The children enjoyed exploring our school playground to identify objects with perpendicular lines!
In English, we have also continued with our unit based on Escape from Pompeii. The children have planned and written a letter from the viewpoint of one of the children in the story to let their family or friends know what has happened in Pompeii. The children have done well to include what they could see, hear and smell before and after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
In our Music lesson this week the children had a go at making pan pipes and they were able to use these to play a tune!
This week in Maths we started a new unit looking at angles. We have been looking for angles within shapes and have used geoboards to make shapes, we have drawn shapes and then counted how many angles are in the shape. We have found that the number of sides of a shape and the number of angles is the same!
We have also started a new unit in English based on a book called Escape from Pompeii. From reading the opening paragraph of the book the children raised some queries they had about the book and were then able to come up with the theories of what they think will happen in the book. We have now read the book and the children have shown great interest in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius; they have shared what they already know about volcanoes and what they would like to find out!
In our History lessons this week we have continued to look at Boudicca. We have looked at Boudicca’s appearance and had a go at drawing Boudicca based on what we know!
This week in Maths the children have continued with our unit on time. We have been finding the duration between two times using hours and minutes. We also have looked at how we can use the duration of an activity to find the start or end time. The children have been applying these concepts when working through word problems.
In English, we have continued our unit on roman newspapers. The children have used their knowledge of the features of newspaper articles to plan and write their own articles. The children based their newspaper articles on a chariot crash which happened in the Roman times. We listened to a news broadcast and the children had the opportunity to listen to an eye witness account at the accident site! (On our school playground performed by Mrs Spragg)!
In History this week we have looked at Boudicca and her rebellion. We found out about different people in Roman Britain at the time and thought about how they were affected by Boudicca’s actions.
This week the children have been working really hard to practice for our Harvest Festival. All the children did a great job and we hope you all enjoyed the service!
This week in Maths the children have been learning how to subtract hours and minutes with regrouping. We have been impressed with how well children have done with subtracting time! We have now started to look at how we can find the duration between two times using hours and minutes.
In English, we have started our new unit on roman newspapers. We have been identifying the main features of a newspaper article and have looked at the information an opening paragraph gives us (5 w’s – who, when, where, what, why).
In our History lessons this week we have looked at Roman soldiers. We discussed the clothing they wore, the armour they had and the equipment they used.
This week the children had the opportunity to vote for who they would like to become the Junior Leadership Team member(s). The children received a polling card and attended our polling station (our school hall) to cast their votes!
It has been a busy week for us in Year 4!
This week we have completed our first piece of writing in English. We have written our own story, (about performing in a Music band) from the viewpoint of one of the children from the narrative poem we have been looking at ‘The Bogeymen and the Trolls Next Door.’ We have been impressed with the children’s engagement with this writing!
We have continued with our topic on time in Maths. This week we have moved onto adding hours and minutes. We have been adding the hours together first, then adding the minutes and lastly putting them together to find the total.
In History, we learnt about how the Celts would prepare for battle and wrote a set of instructions for a Celtic Warrior. We have now completed our lessons on Celtic life and next week we will begin to look at the Romans.
The highlight of our week was visiting the Verulamium Museum. We enjoyed looking around the museum which showcased everyday life in Roman Britain. All classes showed great interest in the artefacts we saw and got to handle; some of which were original pieces!