Welcome to the Year 4 class page
Please read our half termly newsletter below to find out what will be happening in Year 4.
Well, it's certainly been a strange week but we've still been learning and having fun.
In Science, we were working on electricity. We used equipment to make circuits before exploring closed and unclosed circuits. See the pictures below.
In Maths, we finished our unit on fractions. We learned about how to find fractions of amounts. It was tricky but after some practice, we were feeling pretty confident.
In Computing, we carried on learning about animation. We used a great programme called Moviesoup. We worked on recording animations and working on timings.
Sadly, we won't be seeing each other for a little while. Keep safe and remember to keep checking the blog and SeeSaw for activites and resources to do whilst you are at home.
On Monday in PSHE, we learned about computer safety. We learned which games were appropriate for each age group and discovered that some of us played games we weren't supposed to!
This week in English, we finished our Egyptian Jack and the Beanstalk story. We spent 3 days writing it, 1 day proofreading and 1 day improving. Lots of our parents got to read them as we had Parents' Evening.
In Science, we began to learn about electricity. We learned about how to be safe around electricity because it is very dangerous!
In Computing, we learned about the history of animation and made flip books using 12 rectangles of paper. Then, we moved on to using pivot animator which is a stick man animation program.
On Friday, it was Sports Relief. We had lots of challenges to do in school and Year 4 challenged themselves to swim a total of 100 lengths. We didn't do 100 lengths - we did... 370!!!! We were really proud of ourselves. After our challenge at swimming, we all gathered in the hall for a teacher challenge (or teacher torture!) Miss Wager had to bounce a ball 100 times and Miss McGinnity had to hula hoop 100 times. We found them amazing!
In Maths this week, we have continued to learn about fraction. We learned about equivalent fractions and made rainbow fractions to show how to find equivalent fractions. We know we have to multiply the numerator and denominator by the same amounts to find equivalents.
On Thursday, it was World Book Day. We all came dressed up - take a look at the photos below. We played lots of games such as book taboo and answered an emoji quiz and a World Book Day quiz.
In English, we have now planned out our Egyptian version of Jack and the Beanstalk. We have created a story map and included lots of great words which we can include in our story. We are really looking forward to writing them next week.
In reading, we have continued Secrets of the Sun King. Our main character, Lil, has opened the mysterious package and discovered a canopic jar! We are loving this book!
In History, we looked at the main events and achievements of the ancient Egyptians and sequenced them. Did you know that the Egyptians created glass? We are now going to decide which we think is the most significant event or achievement and justify our answers.
This week we have started to read a new book called Secrets of a Sun King. The main character is called Lil and the story is set in London in 1922. We loved reading the first chapter because it it told us about a strange incident where human feet were found on a rug in a house! We can't wait to read more.
On Thursday, we went on a trip to Bagshaw Museum. We had four different activities: making a cartouche, visiting the Kingdom of Osiris, an archaeological dig and how to mummify a human. We even got to mummify Ruby - see the pictures below. We loved our trip and learned a lot abut ancient Egypt.
In Maths, we have started to learn about fractions. We are feeling a little worried about fractions but we are determined to learn all about them.
In Science, we learned about food chains. An example of a food chain is:
grass - slug - frog - owl
We also learned the words for each part of the chain such as carnivore, prey, producer and consumer.
In English this week, we looked at the traditional tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. We acted it out, completed an emotions graph and really got to know the story and characters. We will be using the structure of the story as a base for own own story writing after the holiday.
In Science, we learned all about the structure of a tooth. We all thought it was made of bone or calcium but we were wrong. We learned about the different layers and how it is important to keep our teeth clean.
In PE, we completed our Mission Impossible dance routines. We have loved doing dance this half term and have learned how to work together as a team, about formations and cannons and how to present a completed piece.
In History, we created timeline to show the different eras within the ancient Egyptian civilization. We learned about sequencing, duration, scaling and intervals. Take a look at the pictures below.
On Monday in PSHE, we were learning about food and physical health. We acted out not liking certain foods or being allergic to some foods. We learned that some people can't eat some foods because of religion or allergies.
On Tuesday, we finished our non-chronological reports about ancient Egypt. We have worked incredibly hard to make this a really good piece of writing by including fronted adverbials, adverbial phrases and adverbs. We also tried hard with our handwriting.
In History, we learned all about the ancient Egyptian creation story. We then learned about lots of different gods such as Anubis, Ra, Seth, Horus, Sekhmet and Bes. We loved learning about how they looked and what they represented. We have also learned about symbols and amulets.
On Wednesday, we began to learn about area in Maths. We learned that we use squares to measure area. We also discovered that knowing our times tables helped us to work out area as we could use arrays.
Finally, we have done a cold task in English for our new unit of learning about stories. We are very excited to be writing fiction as we have been doing a lot of non-fiction writing so far.
This week, we finished recording our videos for the digestive system. We really enjoyed showing our learning in a different and entertaining way, we hope you agree! We also began to learn about the teeth. Did you know that when you are older you get 4 more teeth called wisdom teeth?
In Maths this week we have been learning about division. We used the bus stop method to help us. We found it tricky at first but soon became more confident and even started to work with remainders.
In English, we have finished our first draft of our non-chronological report. We will be presenting them as a page from a book and putting them together to make a class book on the ancient Egyptians.
Finally, in PE, We finished our James Bond dances and performed them for the rest of the class. They were also filmed and you can see some of them below. We listened to the next piece of music we will be performing to - it's MISSION IMPOSSIBLE!!!!
On Monday, we learned about printing. Printing is where you make an image on a piece of paper and then trace it on tracing paper. Next, you transfer the image to a polystyrene tile and then make an indent on the tile. Finally, the ink is applied and then it's time to print. We used printing to make the Egyptian alphabet and they look really old; just like an Egyptian artefact.
In English, we have been learning about adverbials. Adverbials give us more information about how, why and where something is happening. We have started to write our first paragraph for our non-chronological report and are making sure we have adverbials included.
In Maths, we have been learning about factor bugs. We know that factors are numbers which when multiplied together give a specific answer. We have also been learning about short multiplication.
In Science we continued learning about the digestive system. We used an app called chatterpix to make the digestive system come alive. Hopefully, we will be able to put this on the blog next week when we have finished.
In History, we learned about the different ancient civilizations and how long they were around for. We discovered that ancient Egypt had been around the longest.
Finally, we finished our James Bond Dances. Take a look at the video below for a sneak peek!
In Maths, we have learned lots of patterns and facts about the 11 and 12 times tables. We feel more confident with our times tables but we still need to work on them!
In English we have begun to learn about and prepare non-chronological reports. Our reports are going to be on the ancient Egyptians. We now know that we will need a title, sub headings, introduction and conclusion as well as other features.
In PE we continued with our James Bond Dance. We worked in groups of 4 or 5 and had to think of movements and freeze frames that fit in to the James Bond theme.
In Science we began to look at the digestive system. We watched a fun video called The Magic School Bus which took us on an amazing trip through the digestive system! Why don't you ask us what we found out.
In whole class reading we have started a new book called the Egyptian Cinderella. We think it might be similar to the traditional Cinderella but instead of a fairy godmother, it might be an Egyptian God.
This week we had an amazing assembly - Mad Science! They showed us lots of fantastic things like how to make fire and also how water can be made to glow! We were warned to not try this at home!!
This week was Faith Week and we have been learning all about Buddhism.
We began by learning the story of Buddha. He led a very luxurious life in a palace until one one day he went out and discovered suffering. We then learned about the 4 Noble Truths and how these are important to Buddhists. Something we have been doing this week is meditation. It made us feel very calm and some of us even fell asleep!
In Maths, we have been learning our multiplication and division facts for the 6 and 9 times tables. We looked at facts that we know that can then help us with trickier multiplication facts. We have also been pattern spotting and discovered that the 9 times tables has a lot of patterns.
In English, we did our cold task for our new genre of writing - non-chronological reports. We used our knowledge of Buddhism to have a go at writing our report and will be learning more about this in the next couple of weeks.
It's been a great last week of term!
We finished all our art work and displayed it in the exhibition. We were really proud of how it turned out and were amazed at the progress we made in the half term.
Wednesday was Christmas Party day and we had a lot of fun dancing, playing games and eating treats.
We are definitely ready for a break! Enjoy the holiday.
In English we have finally written our explanation texts. We learned how to write an introduction and added this to our final write. We are very proud of our final piece of work.
In art, we created a new picture in the style of cubism. We did this by playing a game which helped us to select different features. The end product is very weird but looks good - come along to the art exhibition next week to see them.
In Science, we used our string phones to explore sound and how it travels. We drew a diagram and labelled it.
On Thursday morning we went to St. John's church to do a dress rehearsal for our carol concert. We can't wait for you to come and watch it next week.
On Friday in swimming, it was fun week! We had lots of fun using the floats and playing with our friends. Some of us even conquered our fear and put our heads under the water for the first time!!
This week in English we have been planning our paragraphs for our explanation texts on sound. We have been working on linking ideas together and using causal conjunctions to explain.
In Maths, we have begun our new unit on multiplication and division. We have been using place value counters and grids to look at what happens to a number when it is multiplied by 10 and 100.
In Science we have continued learning about sound. We have investigated what happens to sound over a distance. We went outside with a partner and musical instrument and walked away from each other. We discovered that sounds get quieter the further away they are.
Our art work is really coming on. We have been working on our self portraits and adding colour using chalk pastels. We can't wait for you to see it at the exhibition!
Finally, we worked on making baths bombs as our contribution to the Christmas fair. We really enjoyed it and couldn't believe how easy they were to make.
In Maths, we have continued to learn about perimeter. We learned how to find the perimeter of compound shapes which is harder than a normal shape. We also drew shapes of a given perimeter using logical steps.
In Art, we have been learning how to add expression to faces. We discovered that the eyebrows show a lot of different emotions and are the key change we need to make to show our feelings. Now we have learned about emotions, we are going to create a piece of art in the style of cubism like the artist Pablo Picasso.
In Science, we learned about high pitch and low pitch sounds. We used different instruments to explore how to make a high and low pitch sound. We know that pitch is not the same as volume!
In English we have learned about causal conjunctions - do you know what they are? We do and we can use them in sentences! We also learned that causal conjunctions can sometimes go at the start of a sentence.
We were very excited on Tuesday because we got a letter back from Moving Words. They loved reading all our letters and said some funny things about us.
In Maths, we have been learning about perimeter. Perimeter is where you find the length of the outside of a shape. We have been solving problems involving perimeter such as finding the missing lengths and working on not falling into the trap of counting squares instead of edges.
In reading, we have been reading The Pied Piper of Hamelin. It is set out as a poem and some of the language is quite tricky. For example, do you know what consternation, ermine or noddy mean? We do!
In English, we have been learning about explanation texts. We were learning about the different features and discovered that some of them are found in other types of text like newspapers and letters.
In French, we have begun to write! We wrote the question How old are you? and how to answer back. Why not ask us about it at home!
In computing we have continued learning about online safety and we now know what plagiarism means. We also know it is a bad thing to do!
In Art, we learned how to draw faces. We watched a video to help us and then we had a go. We learned about proportion and placing features on a face in the right places.
In Maths, we started to learn about estimating answers. We were learning to estimate so we can check if our work is correct or not. We also looked at how we could be efficient with our subtracting. We learned how you could add or subtract one from a number to make column subtraction easier.
In English we wrote our final letter to Moving Words. We had to work hard on editing and improving our first draft and to check we had used formal language. They will posted this weekend and we can't wait to see if we get a reply!
This week, we all the got the chance to visit the library to learn about a new robot called Sphero. We could program the robot to speak and change colours. We then had to figure out how to make it move and follow directions. We loved it and now all want one for Christmas!
In Science, we have started to learn about sound. We learned that sound is made by vibrations. We used a tuning fork, drum with rice and our throats to feel vibrations and hear sound.
Our new topic on Picasso began this week. We worked in our sketch books to show facts about Picasso and discover the different styles of art he created.
On Friday, it was Children in Need. We gave a donation to come to school in something spotty.
In English, we have started to learn about letters. We wrote a letter to Mr. Coates to say thank you for all his hard work in the playgrounds. We have also learned about the two types of letters - formal and informal. We know that formal is serious and informal is chatty.
This week, has been Black History Week. In Year 4 we have been learning about Ruby Bridges. We discovered that Ruby was the first African American child to join a white school. We were shocked to discover that when she arrived at school, all the white children left. She also had to be guarded by 4 guards when she traveled to and from school because people were protesting against her.
On Wednesday, we had a visit from Moving Words. We did a workshop with them and learned a dance about Ruby Bridges and a poem about Rosa Parks. We are now practicing our letter writing skills by writing them a thank you letter.
In Maths, we continued to learn about column addition and then we started to learn about column subtraction. We found exchanging a little tricky at the beginning but we now feel quite confident.
This week we finally made our chocolate! We took it in turns to make our chocolate by melting white, milk or dark chocolate. We added different ingredients and then waited for them to harden. We also made our wrappers using different materials.
In English, we did our hot task. We spent some of the week planning what we were going to write and then we wrote the real newspaper report. We were in competition with ourselves to try and beat our last piece of work and replace it on the writing wall.
In Science, we have been focusing on water changing states. We made our own water cycles in a bag which you can see hanging on our class window. We learned how ice can melt into a liquid and then evaporate into a gas. We also know it can change back into a liquid through condensation and freeze back into a solid.
In Maths we moved on to adding and subtraction. We learned how to do column addition with 4 digit numbers and how to exchange.
In Maths, we have been adding and subtracting 1000s, 100s, 10s and 1s. We used place value grids and counters to help us. We played a game called bullseye where we had to get to a 1000 by adding and subtracting from our starting number.
In English, we have finished our newspaper report on Mr Wolf suing the Three Little Pigs. When we had finished, we got into small groups to read out our work. We each took turns to read out our reports and then helped each other edit and improve them.
On Wednesday, we went to St. John's church for Harvest Festival. Year 4 shared the story of the Sower and the Seeds and how we need a healthy diet to grow big and strong.
In Geography, we learned about Fairtrade and how it aims to help the cocoa farmers in their work. They help provide schools, wells, mosquito nets and pesticides.
In Science, we continued learning about solids, liquids and gases. We learned that gases do have a mass even though they can be invisible. We found this out by weighing fizzy drinks and then stirring them until they were flat. We then weighed them again and found they were lighter.
On Thursday morning we did our class assembly. We showed our Roman numerals learning for Maths, the journey of chocolate, Scratch, newspaper reports for English and our Science work.
This week in English we have been learning about newspaper reports. We became news reporters to practise using the language needed for our own reports. We then began writing our own report about the wolf suing the Three Little Pigs over injuries to his bottom!!
In RE this week we learned about Ra, the Egyptian Sun God, as part of our work on light. We learnt that his qualities were life, creation and the power of the sun. People worshiped him as a very important God and they built temples with no roofs so that the light could shine down on them and represent Ra.
In Maths, we have been rounding to the nearest 1000 and ordering numbers. We were working in a logical way to help us order numbers. We also now know what ascending and descending means.
In PE, we had a game of rounders. We were working on our fielding and batting skills. We were a lot better this week and the Romans and Tudors won the match!
In computing, we began to create our quizzes. We are adding sound, colours, effects and scores. We can't wait for you to play them.
The start of our week was very exciting as we had a visit from Chris Mould - illustrator of the Iron Man book. He showed us his drawing techniques and some of us came up to the front to draw with him. He also signed our books and inspired us to draw.
In Maths this week, we have been comparing numbers and played a game called Nice or Nasty. We had to roll a dice and the person who made the highest number won. We also learned about 1000 less and 1000 more and found we had to be really good at place value.
In English, we have been learning about newspaper reports. We read a report about Goldilocks being on trial for breaking and entering. We have been looking at the different features and now know that some features of a newspaper report are: title, third person, quotes, 5 w's and a headline. We also learned about speech punctuation and we interviewed Baby bear. We continued to read our book and discovered that one character loves to gossip!
In DT we were designing our chocolate which we will be making shortly. We had to decided on the type of chocolate, the ingredients and the shape. We can't wait to make them! We also thought about names and went round to get the views of others before we made our final decision.
This morning we did our annual Welly Walk. This year it was in the school playgrounds as the park was too muddy. We loved doing our laps and really hope we raise lots of money for our school pantomime.
In English this week, we wrote our piece of writing about The Great Chocoplot. We all became Gariboldi Chocolati to describe meeting Jelly for the first time. We had to include the feelings of both characters and remember to write in the first person. We also had to write in the past tense.
In Maths this week we were working on partitioning 4 digit numbers. We had to split numbers up in different ways and put them back together. We also played a game called Talk it Solve it where we had to work out the correct number following the clues. We then worked with our partner to choose new numbers and guess each others.
In Science, we were learning about solids, liquids and gases. We learnt that some solids can act like liquids including sugar, bicarbonate of soda and flour.
In computing we carried on learning about Scratch. We were learning to debug quizzes. Debugging is when you check your work for problems and correct them.
On Thursday, after school, some of us went to a cross country running competition. We had to run one kilometre in the rain! It was really muddy but we persevered and we loved it!
On Monday, it was Dot Day. We were each given a dot to see what we could make it into. We had a huge range of ideas such as elf on the shelf, a face, musical notes, Godzilla and bubbles in the water. We also learned that if we make mistakes, our brain grows and we can become more intelligent.
On Tuesday, we had our wow day! We did chocolate tasting and tried 4 different types of chocolate. The very dark chocolate came out as the least liked chocolate. Take a look at the pictures below. We also read a poem about chocolate and each had a chocolate button that we had to hold in our hand. At the end of the poem, we opened our hands and found a very sticky mess! It was still tasty though!
In English, we began our new class book - The Great Chocoplot. We think it is brilliant and can't wait to read more! On Friday, we acted out a part of the book and took on the roles of the two main characters ready for our writing next week.
In Computing, we began to learn about Scratch! We were learning how to code so that we could move a character and make him meow. We absolutely love Scratch and think it's the best thing ever! We will continue next week.
This week, we were learning about Farsley in a special Geography week. We have been looking at land use and on Tuesday morning, we went for a walk to see how land was used in Farsley. We had to follow a route on a map to get to different places. It was hard to use the map but we persevered. We found schools, retail, leisure, housing and parks.
In Maths, we started doing the number bond challenges again. We are really excited about the higher levels we can get to in Year 4. We also learned about rounding to 10 and 100.
We had a challenge in English called the 5 sentence challenge. We had to write 5 sentences about a picture called Grandad's Workshop. This might sound easy but it was not as each sentence had rules we had to follow! At the end of the work, we peer marked each other's work which we found tricky but we enjoyed doing it.
One of the most exciting things that happened this week was Brass! We met our new teacher, Mr Roberts, and had a go at all the different instruments before we chose the one we wanted to learn. We had the choice of French horn, tuba, baritone or cornet. We are really excited about next week's lesson.
What a great first week - we've done so much already!
In Maths we have been learning about Roman numerals. We know all the letters which represent numbers and can combine them to make many new numbers.
In English, we wrote a short piece of writing and then worked on the skills of editing and improving our work.
We held our Year 4 class council this week. First, we learned about democracy and the parliament in the UK. Each candidate then wrote a manifesto and presented it to the class before we each voted for the people we thought would do the best job. Well done to Maisie and Giacomo who will represent our class this year.