Welcome to the Year 4 class page
Please read our half termly newsletter below to find out what will be happening in Year 4.
In English, we wrote our verses for Gran, Can You Rap? And preformed them to create a brand new poem. Look out for the video! We then started our new English writing topic which we are very excited about because it is FANTASY STORIES!! We had a hook lesson on Friday where we looked at the BFG and created our own dream jars.
In Maths, we are continuing to learn about decimals but now we are going to learn to order them, compare them and even round them!
In Whole Class Reading, we began our new book called The Velveteen Rabbit. We are seeing how similar or different it is to the story of Edward Tulane. Did you know that our new book was written 100 years ago in 1922!
On Wednesday, we did a special test on our Times Tables. Most of us actually quite enjoyed it.
Finally, in PSHE, we have been learning how to be internet sharp and alert. We learned that what we put online is viewed in different ways by different people.
This week in English, we have been looking at performance poetry. We started off by deciding what made a good performance and having a go ourselves. We then looked at the poem ‘Gran, Can You Rap?’ And began to write our own new verses to go with the poem. Look out for the results next week.
In Maths, we have been focusing on hundredths. We now know these are smaller then tenths and can write them and identify them.
We finished reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane this week and we have loved it. We couldn’t believe how much Edward had changed over the course of the story. Next week will be a brand new text to read!
In RE, we have begun our new learning about Sikhism. This week, we learned about what makes a good teacher.
It's been a busy final week in Year 4.
In Maths, we have continued to learn about decimals. We worked on dividing by 10 and 100 and used place value grids to help us see what happened to the numbers.
In English, we learned about Kennings and had a go at writing our own.
Most of our week has focused on the Jubilee. We have been researching about the queen in the 1980s. We discovered that she travelled to over 59 countries during the decade and visited Australia six times! We also researched royal events and world events from the 80s. We presented our work on Thinglink, animate anything and maps.
On Friday, it was the jubilee picnic. We had a great time at Westroyd park with our family and friends. Have a look at the pictures below.
In English, we have started our new poetry unit. We looked at prepositions and how we can use these to make effective poems. The results were amazing! Look out on SeeSaw next week where we be showcasing our poetic ability.
In Maths, we have continued learning about decimals. The focus this week has been tenths as a decimal. We have been working on writing decimal numbers on place value grids as well as number lines.
In Geography, we have learned about map symbols. We matched symbols to their meanings and began to look at OS maps to find areas and towns in Yorkshire and what symbols there were.
We have continued to read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. He has been on quite a journey so far and we are really beginning to understand how he is evolving as a character due to this.
Reminder: No swimming next week (Friday 27th May) due to the Jubilee Picnic
This week, we have started our new topic of Yorkshire. We have been looking at where Yorkshire is in the UK, Europe and the world. We also enjoyed looking at maps and atlases to learn more about places within Yorkshire.
In English, we have completed our hot write on diary entries. We each chose a day from our residential to Herd Farm to write about. We worked hard on including our skills of adverbs and feelings and emotions. We are now working on publishing these to send home.
In Maths, we have begun to learn about decimals. We have been learning about tenths and hundredths and how they are linked to fractions.
Year 4 have been working hard on improving the planting area at the front of school. This week, we have been planting a few flowers and vegetables as well as weeding.
On Thursday after school, a few boys went to play in a football tournament at Priesthorpe High School. They all played brilliantly and showed real enthusiasm, teamwork and resilience.
Finally, our book corner is finished (apart from adding more books!). See the pictures below.
In English, we have continued to learn about adverbs and writing about emotions and feelings. We have now begun to plan out a diary entry for one of the days at Herd Farm. Next week, we will be doing our hot write.
In whole class reading we have been shocked by what has happened to poor Edward Tulane. We hope that things work out for him as we continue to read.
We have continued to learn about fractions in Maths. This week we focused on fractions of amounts.
On Thursday after school, a group of Year 3 and 4 children went to Springbank to play a friendly football match. We had a lot of fun and were very pleased to win overall.
Finally, we had our first proper swimming lesson and we loved it!
This week, we had our first school swimming lesson! We were very excited! Unfortunately, we only had a short time in the pool but we still enjoyed it.
In Maths, we worked on adding and subtracting fractions. Miss Wager told us it would be really hard but she lied! We just need to remember not to add or subtract the denominators.
In English, we have been working on writing about emotions and feelings for our diaries. We used thesauruses to find synonyms to describe our feelings in better ways.
Finally, in Science we were testing different materials to see which would allow electricity to pass through and make the bulb light up. We discovered that the only one to work was metal.
In Whole Class reading, we have begun a new book called The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. We have enjoyed the opening chapter and have learned that Edward Tulane is made out of china and is owned by a girl called Abilene.
Leeds Rhinos have come in to teach us how to play tag rugby. One of the games we played was put the rugby ball in the square to replicate making a try. We really enjoyed our first lesson.
We have been learning all about diaries in our English lessons. We read examples of diaries and answered questions about them. We also learned about the key features.
In Science, we have been learning about electricity. We were given the challenge of making a bulb light but without any instructions. Luckily, we all worked out how to do this. We then tested different types of circuits to see if the bulb would light up or not.
We have continued to learn about fractions in our Maths lessons. This week we learned about equivalent fractions and fractions greater than 1.
Finally, in RE, we learned all about the first pillar in Islam - shahadah.
What an amazing final week of the Spring Term Year 4 have had!!
Our residential to Herd Farm was absolutely amazing. Every child challenged themselves to take part in all the activities and showed great resilience when they found things tough. The behaviour was outstanding with the Herd Farm staff commenting on how well behaved and supportive the children were of each other.
We took part in individual and team challenges, we washed and cleaned up, we walked in the dark, we had a camp fire, we learned new songs, we told jokes, we supported each other and most importantly - we had a fantastic time!
In English, we finished our Egyptian Jack and the Beanstalk stories. They turned out to be wonderful - full of speech and expanded noun phrases. We will be putting them on Seesaw soon for you all to read.
The highlight of this week has been using the green screen! We used this to make an Egyptian movie to show what we know about the ancient Egyptians and which we felt was the most significant achievement. Check out Seesaw and Google Classroom to see our magnificent movie!
On Thursday, it was our Westroyd Museum. We showed off all our work as well as our movie. Head over to the gallery section to see how it went.
In Science, we finally had a look at our mummified tomatoes. The were disgusting BUT the experiment worked! They smelled rotten, they had wrinkles and had shrunk. We now know what would have happened to a human body!!!
In PE, we have started to learn tennis skills. We can't wait to learn more after the holiday.
In Maths, we did some more learning about fractions. We used faction walls to help us find equivalent fractions. We also discovered that equivalent fractions make patterns.
In English, we have planned out and begun our Egyptian version of Jack and the Beanstalk. We are working really hard to make sure we have expanded noun phrases, speech and fronted adverbials included in our work.
In whole class reading we read some more of the Egyptian Cinderella and looked at the message it was giving the reader.
On Friday, it was Comic Relief. We all had the chance to have a go in the photo booth and have funny photos taken. We also had a joke competition - well done to Toby for the funniest joke in Year 4.
On Wednesday, 10 lucky children go to John Charles Centre to take part in a cheerleading event. They learnt some of the arm movements and jumps. They also learnt how to do ripples and got to use pom poms!
For the children who stayed at school, they also had a special treat - they were the first children to play our brand new set of glockenspiels! They loved making lots of noise!
In English, we have been learning some skills we will be using in our story writing. We began by learning about expanded noun and prepositional phrases so that we could do some fantastic description. We then learned about speech and how to use punctuation correctly.
In hockey, we learned about passing, shooting and saving. We also looked at how to tackle safely so we didn't hurt ourselves and other people.
In whole class reading, we have started to read The Egyptian Cinderella. The main character is called Rhodopis which means Rosy Cheeks in Greek. We learned that Rhodopis is kind and caring.
In Maths, we have moved onto fractions. When we first found out we were feeling quite nervous. After some lessons, we are beginning to realise they are not so scary.
In History we learned about the pyramids. Did you know there are over 20,000,000 blocks in the Great Pyramid of Giza? We also know it took around 20 years to build!
Finally, we have had a bit of a change around in the classroom. We have made a bigger book area and taken furniture out to make the classroom feel more spacious.
It's been a fantastic week in Year 4!
In Science, we used our History knowledge to mummify a tomato!! We carefully cut into it, removed its insides, washed it, filled it with our version of natron and have now left it to see what happens. This is an investigation over time and we have all made our predictions. Come back in a couple of weeks to see what we discovered.
In Maths, we have been working on short division - the bus stop method. We found this a little bit tricky but are beginning to get the hang of it.
In English we have started a new unit on story writing. We have been reading the traditional tale of Jack and the Beanstalk which we will be using to create a new Egyptian version in a few weeks.
On Thursday, it was World Book Day. Everyone dressed up in amazing costumes and we had a lot of fun completing quizzes, reading and designing our own front covers.
Finally, on Friday, Tony from Herd Farm came to talk to us about what we can expect when we visit in a few weeks. We are now VERY excited and even had the chance to do a few team games in the classroom.
It was a short but exciting week for us in Year 4!
On Tuesday, we headed off on our trip to Bagshaw Museum to learn all about the ancient Egyptians.
In the morning, we split into groups and had the chance to explore the Kingdom of Osiris upstairs as well as making a cartouche of our names in hieroglyphs. We also took part in an archaeological dig where we dug up lots of artefacts and then decided what the profession of the person they belonged to was. Then, we did an object handling session where we were allowed to touch objects that were over three thousand years old!!
In the afternoon, we learned all about the mummification process. We discovered some pretty disgusting facts. We then got to mummify a child! The unlucky victim was Edith. Take a look at the photos below.
In English, we have been writing the final draft of our non-chronological reports. We had to make sure that we had adverbs in, accurate punctuation including commas after our fronted adverbials and also capital letters for proper nouns. We are looking forward to reading our book when we have finished.
In Science, we have been learning about the different types of teeth we have. We know that we have molars, premolars, incisors and canines and that they each have a different job.
In Maths, we have learned how to do short multiplication. We found it a little bit tricky at first but we all managed to complete our green tasks! We also learned about time and how to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes.
In History, we learned all about the important Egyptian gods. Did you know Ra was thought to be the most important god? We also learned how important the River Nile was to the ancient Egyptians. They needed it for food, water and transport.
Finally, in reading, we have really been enjoying Secrets of a Sun King. We have discovered some interesting secrets and are curious to find out what happens next!
In English this week we have been working on our non chronological reports, turning our bullet points into detailed paragraphs. We practised spelling words with 'ture' endings and put them in to sentence. As a class, we came up with 22 'ture' words and really impressed Mrs Goodall with our range of vocabulary!
In Maths we have learnt factor pairs, used written methods to solve multiplications and we have moved on to a new unit focusing on 'time'.
We carried out an experiment in Science, learning about the digestive system. It was disgusting!! Ask us all about it and we can explain our method and our outcome to you!
In PSHE we learnt about alcohol, the effects it has on the body, the different types of alcohol and a range of reasons why people may choose to have alcoholic drinks.
This week in English, we turned our bullet point notes of Egyptian facts into paragraphs by grouping them together. We also worked on adverbs to make our sentences really precise.
In Maths, we finished area and completed our post-assessment. Some children also had extra help on how to use a ruler correctly to draw the required shapes. We also made factor bugs that help us understand pairs of numbers that multiply to make a total.
One of the highlights of our week was invading the Year 3 classroom. To help them get a feel for what it would have been like in England when the Romans invaded, we stormed their classroom! We took slaves, stole their equipment and messed up the room a bit. Finally, we threw them out and fully took over. We loved taking part in this and enjoyed helping out Year 3 out too.
In History, we focused in on the ancient Egyptians. We learnt about their timeline and that there were several dynasties. Finally, we learned that the Pharaoh was the monarch in charge.
In Music, we were comparing different genres of music and how they make us think and feel. We got a little side-tracked and were thinking about film scores that stood out as memorable.
In English, we have been researching information to write a non-chronological report. Each of us are finding out about a different aspect of this civilisation. The Nile was important to Egypt for lots of aspects of life, they wrote in hieroglyphics and left incredible monuments behind like the pyramids and sphinx... just some of the things we have found out so far!
We have been using and applying our knowledge of multiplication facts across this week. We multiplied three single digit numbers and spent time on TTR soundcheck to make sure we know all the facts. Then, it even came in useful for our area lessons where we continued to work on finding the area of various shapes. Finally, we learned the importance of working systematically to ensure we can identify patterns of how shapes were changing.
In History, we learned about another ancient civilisation – The Shang Dynasty. We discovered some of their achievements were weapons, armour and arrows and that they used the Yellow River for Drinking and farming along.
Finally, in Music we sung the hoedown which is a song that made you want to dance. We compared it to a song about Martin Luther King that we had listened to previously. We are getting much better at understanding how music is structured. We could recognise what 4:4 timing meant and bpm told us the tempo of the pieces.
At the start of the week, we finished off our learning about Faith Week. We recorded videos and finished posters. We then published them onto SeeSaw for people to see.
This week in English, we have been researching Ancient Egypt and their way of life. We each chose a specific topic to research for our non-chronological reports.
In Maths we have learnt more about the area of shapes including how to find area by either counting squares or using multiplication facts.
Our new PE unit is on hockey. We began by focusing on how to hold the stick correctly and move with it. Then, we started learning about the core skills of hockey: dribbling and shielding the ball if someone was trying to take it from us. This was made more of a challenge when we played a game trying look after the ball when Mr Tiffany was trying to take it from us!
This week has been Faith Week in School.
We have learned about several religions and the stories they tell which have a message behind them. From Christianity, we learned the story of the poor widow and Jesus and Zacchaeus which involved a greedy man. Greed isn't good and it is better to share things. The other stories were from Sikhism and Buddhism and they had a similar theme. Finally, we have begun to share our learning from Faith Week in various ways using writing, iMovie and ChatterPix. We will be sharing these on SeeSaw when they are complete.
We started something new in PE as well! Focusing on having a strong core which will help with everything. Mr Tiffany introduced us to planking, bear crawls and then we played games where we tried to keep a ball on our back while planking or a cone while bear crawling.
We have had a fantastic final week before the Christmas break.
On Monday, we took part in the Key Stage 2 Carol Singing in the playground. We loved singing as a group again and in front of an audience. It certainly made us feel ready for Christmas.
We worked on creating our Christmas cards and calendars this week and loved doing different Christmas crafts.
On Thursday, we learned all about Christingles and made some. We lit them in the classroom and turned off all the lights - it was magical.
On Friday, it was party day. We had lots of fun in the hall playing party games and had a visit from a very special visitor - SANTA!! In the afternoon, we watched The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe as we had been reading it during our reading lessons.
This week, we have been putting the final touches on our sculptures for the art gallery. We are really proud of them - aren't they amazing?!
In English, we have been writing our biographies on our chosen artists. We have been working hard on making sure we have well organised paragraphs that are ordered well and linked.
In PE, we have been improving our netball skills and have learned how to turn clockwise and anti-clockwise.
Finally, we have really enjoyed practising our Christmas carols ready for the carol singing on Monday afternoon.
This week we have been very arty in Year 4! We have worked on creating our sculptures for next week's art gallery. On Wednesday we began by making a skeleton of our sculpture using pipe cleaners and tin foil. Then, on Thursday, we put mod roc around the tin foil to create our sculpture. Finally, on Friday, we sealed the mod roc with watered down glue before we painted them using bronze, copper or silver paint to make them look like they were sculpted out of metal.
In Maths, we have been working on learning our times tables. To help us with this, we played two new games - the grid game and beat Siri. We will continue learning our times tables over the next few weeks.
On Thursday afternoon, it was our famous Westroyd Bauble assembly. Each of us got to hang a bauble on the Christmas tree whilst we also sang and listened to carols.
In English, we organised our notes into paragraphs ready for us to write up our biographies so you can read them at next week's art gallery.
This week in Art, we have been learning about the works of Alberto Giacometti, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. They all made very different types of sculptures. We used the work of Giacometti to inspire us to design our own sculpture designs on paper. Next week, we will begin to create our sculptures out of pipe cleaners, tin foil and Mod roc.
In English, we have started our next text type which is biographies. A biography is the true story of someone's life. We learned about the features of this type of text before moving on to research about the lives of Giacometti, Moore and Hepworth so we can write a biography for you all to see in the upcoming art gallery.
On Monday in Maths, we continued to learn about perimeter of shapes. To find the perimeter you need to measure each side of a shape and add them together. We have also been learning about how to multiply and divide by 1 and 0.
In whole class reading, we read another chapter of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Edmund has finally been through the wardrobe and has just met The Snow Queen!
This week in Maths, we have moved on to a new unit on multiplication and division. We have been learning how to multiply numbers by 10 and 100 as well as to divide numbers by 10. Although we know there is a trick with the 0's, we have made sure we understand that the numbers are actually moving left or right on a place value grid.
In English, we have been working on standard English. We know we need to select was or were correctly to make sure our writing is accurately written.
In Science, we began a new unit on sound. We used tuning forks, drums with rice and our own throats to discover that sound is made by vibrations. We also looked at a range of different instruments to investigate how the pitch of each can be changed.
Finally, in whole class reading we have begun a new book - The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. We have enjoyed it so far.
In Whole Class Reading this week, we read a story called Daisy and the Unknown Warrior. We had this book because it was Remembrance Day on Thursday and it helped us to learn some facts about why and who we remember on this day.
In Maths, we finished learning about subtraction and we are actually feeling pretty confidence about it. We can now subtract 4 digit numbers with more than one exchange.
In Music, we started to playing the recorders to Mamma Mia. We really enjoyed it but we did find it difficult. Not everyone got to play the recorder, some children played the 'G' instruments instead.
On Wednesday morning, we walked down to Sunny Bank Mills Gallery for a drawing workshop. We had a mission to draw something in the art gallery based on clues. We also looked at different pieces of art work and answered questions. We loved our visit and would like to go back.
In English, we have finished writing our explanation texts on our crazy contraptions and published these.
In Spanish, we learned the numbers to 10. It was quite easy for most of us but it's a lot of new words to remember.
In Maths, we have been learning how to do column subtraction with one exchange. This was a little challenging at first but we were soon becoming more confident.
During our English lessons we have been learning how to use causal conjunctions so we can include them in our explanation texts. We found this quite straightforward and have begun to use them in our writing.
For our Black History Work, we have been learning all about the Bristol Bus Boycott. This was about the Bristol Bus Company not allowing Black people to work on their buses because of the colour of their skin. Lots of people stopped using the buses so they decided to change their minds and anyone could then work on the buses.
Finally, in our spelling work we have been learning about four prefixes - in, im, il and ir.
What a fantastic week to finish our first half term in Year 4!
On Tuesday, we had chocolate day. We loved melting the chocolate and creating our own chocolates, with a variety of ingredients being used. We evaluated our chocolates by tasting them and we are pleased to report that they were delicious! We also created our wrappers from our designs and they look amazing.
On Wednesday, we completed our Science unit on Solids, Liquids and Gases. We looked at how water can change between the three states through melting, freezing, evaporation and condensation. We also learned about the water cycle and created our own water cycles in bag which you can see on our windows.
It was our Harvest Assembly on Thursday. We had all learned our lines and performed well to Years 4 & 5. It was also great to sing in the hall again.
In Geography, we have learned about cacao trees and where they come from in the world. We know they grow really well in wet but sunny places such as Africa, South America and North America.
In English, we have started learning about explanation texts. We received a letter from Wallace and Gromit asking us to design some inventions for Wallace to make. We need to make sure we have clear explanations so he knows how they work!
In Maths, we have been learning about column addition. We are all very confident with this and can add 2 4-digit numbers without any exchanges. Next week, it will get harder as we will have to do lots of exchanging!
In DT, things are getting exciting! We had to create our chocolate design by choosing the chocolate and ingredients we want to use. Then we had to think of a name and design a logo before we created our final design for a wrapper. Next week, we get to make our chocolate!
On Monday in Spanish, we were revising the greetings by playing a game.
In Science, we did an investigation with fizzy drinks. We needed to investigate which drink was the fizziest because that meant it had the most carbon dioxide. We discovered that Ginger beer was the fizziest and we learned that gases weigh.
In English, we finished our hot write and then did some proof reading before we published our work. We will be sharing these with Year 5 next week for them to give us feedback.
In Music, we were listening to Mamma Mia and learning about the different beats and instruments used. We also learned how Abba came up with their name.
In Maths, we finished our place value unit and learned about how to round numbers to 1000. Next week, we will be moving on to addition and subtraction.
In DT, we investigated different chocolate wrappers and analysed them to discover what made them interesting for people who wanted to buy them. We know that the colours, font and ingredients are important on a package.
On Tuesday afternoon, we had a very special lesson! It was CHOCOLATE TASTING! We had to fill in a grid to describe the appearance, smell, texture and taste of milk, white, dark and very dark chocolate. We really enjoyed doing this!
In NNS, we have been learning how to spell some homophones. We have been working on peace, piece, main, mane, fair and fare.
In RE, we learning about the story of Rama and Sita and why Diwali is celebrated. We used puppets to retell the story.
In English, we began our hot write about the meeting between Garibaldi and Jelly. We have been working on adding in our skills of subordinating conjunctions and other conjunctions. We will finish these next week and share them on SeeSaw.
We have continued to read The Great Chocoplot and have reached the end of Chapter 5. We have been deciding if the chocopocalypse is real or not. Most of us think it is real based on what we have read so far.
In Maths, we have continued to learn about place value. This week we learned about negative numbers and four digit numbers.
On Monday we did our first Spanish lesson which we really enjoyed. We learned to say hello, good morning, goodbye and how are you as well as the names of some buildings.
In whole class reading, we read another poem called My Nan's Chocolate Cake. It was similar to Michael Rosen's Chocolate Cake but this poem rhymed. We loved reading more about chocolate!
In English this week, we learned about subordinating conjunctions and we watched some videos to help us remember them. We can use 'I saw a Wabub' to help us remember the conjunctions.
In RE, we learned about Guru Hargobind and how he was sent to jail by the Emperor. When they said he could go, he wouldn't until the other people could go too. The Emperor said yes but only the people that can hold on to your robe.
In gymnastics we were learning our rolls. We worked on our egg and log rolls before moving on to a shoulder roll. Take a look at the videos below!
In Maths this week, we have been learning about rounding to 10 and 100. We learned that if the number is 5 or higher you round up and if it is less than 5 you round down. We also learned about Roman numerals. We used lollipop sticks to make different numerals.
In whole class reading we have been looking at the poem Chocolate Cake by Michael Rosen. It was funny and we worked on asking different questions about the text.
In English, we carried on reading The Great Chocoplot. We focused on Jelly and Garibaldi Chocolati. We even got to act out a part of the book which we really enjoyed.
In Computing, we learned about Google Classroom. We loved chatting to each other and we also have our first homework to complete and hand in on Google Classroom this week.
Finally, we learned all about how we are all different and special in our own ways. We learned about a condition called autism and how it can make people act differently. We learned that we should still be helpful and kind to everyone.
Our first week in Year 4 was amazing!!
On the first day, we did a Hot Seat Sheet. We had to write our most embarrassing moment, our favourite ice cream and lots of other random facts.
In English, we did a cold write which was a recount about our summer holiday. We all tried really hard.
In Maths, we did a special figure me out sheet and a pre assessment.
In Art, we worked on a special portrait which we will finish next week.
We were also very excited to have an assembly back in the hall with Year 3!
Please remember that PE is on a Wednesday and Friday - come to school in your PE kit!