Welcome to the Year 4 class page
Please read our half termly newsletter below to find out what will be happening in Year 4.
There's only one day we have to write about this week and it's our day trip to Herd Farm Activity Centre!
WE LOVED IT!!!!
Throughout the day, we had six different activities to complete - the zip line, night line, climbing tower, team games, orienteering and assault course.
Every person in the class showed great determination and resilience and completed every activity!
Take a look below at a selection of photographs of our fantastic day.
What a great first week back we have had!
The highlight has to be swimming. Everyone tried their best and showed great resilience. After we were all assessed, we managed to have a short lesson and loved it! We can't wait to go again next week.
In English, we have started a story writing unit. We are using a short video clip called Marshmallow. This quirky little cartoon will help us to build up tension, create descriptive settings and action sequences over the next few weeks.
In Maths, we have been learning about fractions of amounts as well as learning to tell the time. We found both a little tricky but we will persevere to succeed.
Finally, In Computing, we worked on our typing skills using Typing Club. This is a free to use website that helps increase typing speed. We loved the challenges provided and will use this work a few week to improve our skills.
This week we celebrated Maths Day. We had great fun trying out lots of different investigations and using our Maths skills in different ways. The highlight for us was the TTR competition! We worked so hard in class to get as many correct answers as possible and..... WE WON!! We were extremely proud of ourselves.
In English, we have completed our explanation texts about our crazy contraptions and they are fantastic! Each text has paragraphs explaining how the contraptions work and a labelled diagram.
We had our final session with Leeds Rhinos on Thursday. We continued to work on our core strength and stamina as well as having a lot of fun playing games to improve our fitness.
In RE, we have been working together as small groups to research and present information on the Five Pillars of Islam.
In Science, we have continued to learn about electricity and in particular, switches. This week, we had the challenge of creating our own switches to go in a circuit. We knew the switch would have to have metal as that is what conducts electricity and that we would need to be able to move the metal towards and away from the flow of electricity. Look at the photographs below to see how we did.
In English, we have been learning about causal conjunctions to help us explain how our contraptions work. We have started to build up our paragraphs for our writing and have had to think very hard about each step and accurately describing what happens.
We have continued our fractions work in Maths and have been working on counting in fractions and adding fractions.
Finally, in Geography, we have been learning what a county is and investigating the counties in the UK as well as locating Yorkshire and the counties that surround us. We will continue to work on finding out about Yorkshire in the coming weeks.
This week in English we received a letter from Wallace and Gromit. They need our help to create some cracking contraptions after theirs were stolen. Obviously, we were very happy to help. We have been working on creating our own contraptions and producing flow charts that describe how they work. We will be moving on to creating explanation texts about our cracking contractions.
In Science, we looked at why switches are important in electrical circuits. We decided it would be dangerous if the cooker or an electric drill was always on and also annoying if the doorbell was always ringing! We created circuits that included switches and also introduced buzzers and motors into our circuits.
Fractions has continued to be our focus in Maths. We have consolidated our learning on equivalent fractions and moved on to fractions greater than 1.
We have also continued to read our class text - The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. We have noticed that as Edward is moving from place to place, he is changing in the way he thinks. Harry H thinks all this is being done to him by Pellegrina (who could be a witch!) We will continue reading to find out whether or not this is true.
This week in English, we completed and performed our own version of Gran, Can You Rap? Unfortunately, the video is too large to share but we were all very happy with the outcome. We then moved onto our new unit - explanation texts.
In Science we continued to learn about circuits and electricity. We learned about conductors and insulators and tested different materials to see which allowed electricity through and which didn't. We discovered metal was a conductor and all other materials were insulators.
In Geography, we learned about the four seas surrounding the UK and worked on our map skills by finding and naming some of the major rivers.
We have continued to learn about fractions in Maths and worked on equivalent fractions. We know these are fractions that are equal in size but have been split in different ways. We also know that looking for patterns helps us to find more equivalent fractions than is shown on a fraction wall.
In English this week, we have been learning about performance poetry. We began by looking at poems performed by Michael Rosen so we could understand what made a good performance. We then worked on performing a poem called 'Pharaoh Nuff' using everything we learned. The videos are below - apologies about the sound quality. We went on to learn a poem called 'Gran, can you rap?' We learned about the features and structure before beginning to write a new verse to add to the poem.
In Maths, we began our new topic on fractions. We looked at how to write and say different fractions and will be continuing this unit for the next couple of weeks.
In Science, we looked at circuits. We used the electrical equipment to create circuits from drawings of them. We also had to say whether a circuit was an open or closed circuit.
In Geography, we looked at the countries and cities of the UK. We used atlases to locate some of the major cities and label them on our own maps. Next week, we will look at the seas and rivers of the UK.
What a great first week back we've had!
In English, we started our new unit on poetry. We used our SPaG skills to help us create a preposition poem and then learned all about Kennings. We were really good at producing these simple yet effective poems and they will be proudly displayed in the classroom.
In Maths, we learned how to do division using the formal method. We did find it a little tricky at first but our resilience and positive attitude meant we all succeeded.
We have continued to complete the art work that we started before Easter - our pharaoh pictures. We have now completed our outlines and added a base coat of white paint. Some of us even mixed our own paint colours and began to paint on our crowns. Keep an eye on the blog in the coming weeks to see the finished products.
On Thursday morning, we had a special live assembly - Google Internet Legends. We recapped all the ways we needed to stay safe online and loved it when our school name and some members of the class were mentioned live online!
Finally, on Thursday afternoon, we got to see what had happened to our mummified tomatoes! We were very excited to see what changes had occurred. Surprisingly, they didn't smell too bad (although some people found it disgusting!) We discovered the tomatoes had changed shape, become dry, changed colour, changed their smell and now weighed less. This gave us a good idea as to what would have happened during the real mummifying process!
It's been a short but busy week in Year 4!
We have been working really hard on finishing our non-chronological reports and they look amazing! They will now be put together to make a Year 4 Ancient Egyptian information book. Take a look at a few examples in the pictures below.
We have also been working on our art skills of mixing colours ready for painting our pharaoh crown pictures after the holiday.
We have just about finished our topic of ancient Egypt and will be starting our new topic of Yorkshire after the Easter break.
This week in English, we have been working hard on the skill of using adverbs and adverbial phrases to modify our sentences. We have taken our research for our non-chronological reports and written paragraphs which include these skills. Next week, we will be creating our final reports which will then be displayed in a class book.
In Maths, we have continued to learn about multiplication. This week, we learned how to multiply two and three digit numbers by a one digit number using column multiplication. Most of us managed to succeed in the skill after some practice and we were very proud of ourselves.
In Art, we have been researching the different crowns worn by pharaohs in ancient Egypt. There were many different styles and colours used over the time of the pharaohs. We then chose a crown we liked and worked on adding this to a photograph of ourselves so we looked like pharaohs. We also worked on the key skills of colour mixing, shades and tints using powder paint.
In computing, we have continued to learn about Scratch and coding. This week we each created a short quiz. We will be adding effects and scoring systems to these next week.
Reminder: If you want to submit an entry for the Easter egg competition, photographs should be put on SeeSaw by Tuesday morning.
It's been another super week in Year 4!
In English, we began to research information for our non-chronological reports. We all chose an ancient Egyptian focus and then used books and the internet to research. We used bullet points and made sure our notes were short, accurate and that we understood them.
In Maths, we continued to learn about factors as well as ways to multiply larger numbers that can't be easily done mentally. We learned about how to use place value grids and number lines to help us. Next week, we will move on to look at short multiplication with 2 and 3 digit numbers.
In Science, we began our new topic of electricity. we learned about AC and DC electricity and sorted objects into those that require electricity to work and those that don't.
One of the highlights of the week was History. This week, we learned all about the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb. We were captivated at the story of Howard Carter searching for and discovering the long sought after tomb. We were less impressed with Miss Wager as she ended the lesson on a cliff hanger - Howard Carter peering into the tomb and saying he could see wonderful things. Luckily, we only had to wait until the next morning to discover what the wonderful things were. The treasures, examples of everyday life and the burial chamber amazed us all and we couldn't believe these things were all made over 3,000 years ago!
Finally, on Friday it was Comic Relief. We all wore clothes that made us smile and took part in a joke competition - well done to Billy, the Year 4 winner. We also took part in a red nose and spoon challenge and were very proud of our 222 laps!
We're back!!! What a fabulous first week back we have had. All the children have settled really well and have been very enthusiastic and positive about their learning.
On Tuesday, we spent lots of time time socialising, playing and working in teams. We all worked on a class art project and then made our own squishy toys. The squishy toys were really hard to make and it was impossible to do it on your own so everyone helped each other out and now we all have a squishy in our packs.
On Wednesday, we worked on our individual qualities and completed a positivity jar. We all talked about each other's positive qualities and helped to boost people's confidence. In the afternoon, we learned about mummification. Lots of us found it disgusting! We then became embalmers ourselves and mummified a tomato. We are observing the changed carefully as part of a Science experiment to see what happens.
On Thursday, we did a cold write in English and a pre-assessment in Maths so we were ready to start our new topics. We also completed some amazing art where we were given part of a picture of an animal and we had to draw in the rest of it and the background.
Finally, on Friday we began to look at non-chronological reports and the different features they had. In Maths, we learned about factors and created factor bugs. We had another afternoon of art where we drew what we hoped life would look like in summer time in a 'through the keyhole' activity.
What an amazing final week we have had!
On Monday, we watched a pantomime and had sweets and popcorn.
On Tuesday, we made bath bombs for our Christmas Fair Enterprise and finished off our calendars too. We also did some more work on designing our websites in computing and completed our sculpture evaluations in Art.
In Maths, we worked on multiplying and dividing by 1 and 0 and in Science we added to our mind map to show what we had learned about sound.
On Thursday, we all enjoyed our Christmas dinner in the hall.
On Friday, we all wore our Christmas jumpers and played party games outside. We had a delivery of presents from Santa which was very exciting. In the afternoon, we watched The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe which we absolutely loved!
It's been a busy week in Year 4 this week. We have been doing some tests and really shown how good we are in Maths and reading. We have also been working hard on finishing our sculptures for the Art gallery.
In English, we wrote up our persuasive letter in best ready to deliver to Mrs. Ponton. We have shown just how good we are at writing by using persuasive language, formal language and persuasive devices such as rhetorical questions and emotive language. Fingers crossed we persuade Mrs. Ponton to buy us some more playground equipment!
On Wednesday, we made some more sculptures but this time we used recycled materials. It was tricky to make them look human like instead of robots but we persevered and are proud of the end products.
On Friday morning, we visited the art gallery in the hall. We loved seeing all our sculptures set out and also seeing all the amazing art work done by other classes.
Finally, On Friday afternoon in RE, we learned about Christingles and what they represent. In groups, we made some Christingles and lit them at the end of the day.
We have had a great week preparing the classroom for Christmas this week. We made paper lights, hand print wreaths and paper chains. Take a look at the pictures below of how we decorated the classroom.
On Wednesday, we had an art day. We made our Christmas cards and decorations and also prepared our sculptures for painting. We were really excited to see them mounted on a stand which Mr. Coates had kindly done for us. They will be unveiled to you all next week and we are sure you'll be impressed.
On Thursday morning, we had our annual Christmas tree assembly (socially distanced of course!) We all had the opportunity to place a bauble on the tree before we had a class photo beside it.
In Maths, we have been learning about multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100. We know it is more than just a trick of adding on or taking off a zero!
In English, we have now planned out our letters and will be writing these up next week ready to deliver to Mrs. Ponton.
Finally, in Science we did an investigation about how sound changes at different distances. We learned that sounds get quieter as the distance increases due to the vibrations becoming smaller as they move away from the sound source.
This week in Maths, we finished our unit on perimeter. We learned how to draw shapes of a given perimeter and how to find the perimeter of rectilinear shapes. Next week, we will start our unit on multiplication and division.
In English, we continued working on persuasion. We learned about formal and informal language and when we should it.
In Science, we learned about pitch. We used a variety of instruments to discover how and why the pitch of each of them changed. It was a very noisy lesson but we all learned a lot about pitch and volume.
The highlight of the week was on Wednesday when we created our Giacometti style statues. It was a difficult process but we are really proud of how well they have worked. We will continue to work on them over the next few weeks ready for the art exhibition.
This week in Maths, we have been learning about perimeter. We learned that perimeter is the length around the outside of a shape. First, we used a grid to calculate perimeter before moving on to using our knowledge of shapes and equal sides to find the perimeter.
In English, we have been looking at persuasive language and using it to persuade people to come around to our way of thinking. We even managed to persuade Miss Wager to give us 5 minutes extra playtime on Friday!
In PE, we have continued learning hockey. We played some small team games and tried out different positions (centre, attacker, defender and goal keeper) to see which we were best at. We had some great games and loved playing against each other.
In art, we designed some ideas for our sculptures. These are inspired by Giacometti and we can't wait to create them next week.
In Science, we learned that sound is made by vibrations. We investigated this by using our throats, tuning forks and drums with rice on them. Take a look at the photos below to see us hard at work.
In English, we have started our new unit on persuasive letters. We will be working on writing a persuasive letter to Mrs Ponton about new playground equipment to improve playtimes. We have already had a look in catalogues to see what we would like but were quite shocked at how much things can cost.
In Maths, we have begun our new unit on length and perimeter. We have been working on converting between metres and centimetres so far.
We have continued to learn hockey skills in our PE lessons. This week, we even got to play a short game using positions such as attackers, defenders and goal keepers.
In Art, we researched some of the work by Giacometti and Moore. We chose sculptures we liked and recorded these. These will help us with our designs next week.
On Friday, it was Children in Need. Each class chose a challenge which we had to do to match our age. We chose to do hockey for 9 minutes or drawing for 9 minutes. We had great fun!
This week, we have been learning about Black History. We learned about Ruby Bridges, who was the first black child to attend an all white school in New Orleans, USA. We discovered that on her first day, people protested and nearly all the white children were removed that day. We also learned about the civil rights movement. We were shocked at how people could treat others differently just because of the colour of their skin.
In English, we wrote our newspaper report about the chocopocalypse. We planned out our introduction and main paragraphs before producing our final piece which included all the skills we have been learning. We will be publishing them next week and sharing them on Google for you all to see.
In Maths, we have been working on column subtraction. We definitely found this trickier than column addition. We perserved though and can now subtract when there is more than one exchange.
In PE, we began to learn hockey skills. This week we worked on how to hold a hockey stick correctly and how to perform a push pass.
What a busy half term we have had!
This week, we have carried on learning about addition in Maths. We are now really confident using column addition with multiple exchanges. We are also pretty good at solving missing number calculations and are enjoying the challenge they provide.
In English, we have continued to learn about newspaper reports. We now know that they contain both direct speech and reported speech. We have been using both these skills in our writing this week and have also been working on fronted adverbials.
On Wednesday morning, we had our annual Welly Walk. It was lovely to get out of school for a bit and we enjoyed walking around the park. We were very well behaved and Miss Wager was very proud of us! We managed to do 184 laps of the track as a class.
In PSHE, we continued learning about autism. We did an activity where we had to talk to our partner about our journey to school. To find out how this activity might be done by someone with autism, we each had a card telling us what we should do. Some of us had to cover our ears, walk away in the middle of the conversation or not look at the person talking. It made the conversations difficult but we are now more aware of how people with autism might behave.
In computing, we were uploading our favourite pieces of work and photographs of our learning onto SeeSaw for our parents to see. We hope you like them!
It's been another busy but fun week in Year 4!
On Monday, we had Mr Tiffany teaching us. We had a great day and loved seeing him again. During the afternoon, we designed posters to advertise the chocolate we have been designing.
On Tuesday, it was chocolate making! We loved melting the chocolate, adding ingredients and choosing different moulds to create the perfect chocolate. We tasted the chocolates later in the day and evaluated them. On the whole, they were very successful. During the day, we also made the wrappers we would use to wrap our chocolate in. Keep an eye out on SeeSaw next week as we upload our learning for you to see.
In Maths, we have begun our new unit on Addition and Subtraction. This week we have been working on column addition with and without exchanging.
In English, we have been learning about newspaper reports. We now know the key features this genre should have and have been working on quotes and using speech punctuation correctly.
In Science, we carried out an experiment to see if gases had weight. We had a cup of fizzy drink, which we weighed at the start and then stirred it until the bubbles had gone. We then weighed the cup again and discovered that the weight had gone down. This meant gas must have weight.
On Tuesday, we finished our hot write. We were very proud of our hard work and we even impressed lots of teachers around school. When we finished the hot write, we proof read it and improved it.
In Maths, we learned to round to 1000 as well as 10 and 100. We then went on to learn about negative numbers. Negative numbers are below zero and the closer they get to zero, the greater the number is.
On Friday, we learnt about invisible disabilities. We then focused on Autism. We learned that people with autism can have sensory overload and that they don't always understand why people are doing certain things. We then had an activity that gave us the chance to experience what it might be like to have autism. We had to complete a really hard Maths task whilst there was very loud music on and the teachers were knocking our chairs, banging and fiddling with objects. We found it very difficult to complete the task!
In DT, we finished designing our wrappers for our chocolate creations. We are very excited because next week will be CHOCOLATE DAY!!
In PE this week, we learned how to do a three man weave in handball. It was tricky to remember who to pass to and where to go after, but we showed great resilience. We also upped our running time to 4 minutes. A lot of us struggled but we know its important to increase our stamina.
In English, we planned out our writing and did the first part of our hot write. We were quite excited to write about the meeting between Garibaldi and Jelly. We all wanted to show off our use of subordinating conjunctions and adverbs of time. Some of us even got our pen license just before the hot write which made us even more excited!
In Maths, we continued place value and worked on number lines. We learned that number lines had increments that may or may not be shown and that we needed to work out what the increments were before we could place numbers correctly.
Finally, in French, we were learning the names of pets. Some of them are a bit tricky but we enjoyed putting on a French accent to say them.
In PE, we continued to learn Handball and we even had time to play a short match. The key skill we were learning this week was to jump and shoot.
In DT, we were designing packaging for the chocolates we are going to make. We thought of different names we could have and then designed fonts. We also had to choose which chocolate we wanted to use and ingredients for what would go inside.
In English, we have been learning about different conjunctions. These are useful because they link ideas together. We learned about using subordination conjunctions to make complex sentences too. We now know a way to remember the subordinating conjunctions - I SAW A WABUB! We used our knowledge of conjunctions to create complex sentences about the meeting between Garibaldi and Jelly in The Great Chocoplot.
In Computing, we learned about how to save our work using Google Drive. We also learned how to create Google Docs. We have all managed to log in to SeeSaw using our Google emails ready for our homework next week.
This week, we had a Growth Mindset week. We each now have a card which helps us to have a growth mindset when we are feeling like we are in the pit. We learned that when we make mistakes this actually makes our brains grow! During the week, we also had brain break cards which we enjoyed using. We now know it is important to have a go, try our hardest and remember we might not be able to do it yet.
In English, we have continued to read The Great Chocoplot. We did some drama where we took on the role of two of the main characters - Gariboldi Chocolati and Jelly. This meant we knew what they were feeling like and it will help us with our writing.
In Maths, we learned about Roman Numerals. We now know how to make lots of different numbers using the Roman numerals. Why don't you test us at home?
In PE, we learned about a new sport - Handball. We know that you can't travel more than three steps before you must dribble or pass the ball. You also cannot use your feet. We are looking forward to learning more about this sport in the coming weeks.
What a fantastic first week we have had in Year Four! We have been amazed at how well the children have settled in to the new routines and very impressed with the quality of work produced so far.
Over the week, we have done a number of different team building games. We had to save Fred the worm, answer some tricky ‘would you rather‘ questions and played the ‘best game’ where we had to decide who would be the best at a certain talent. We had lots of fun and worked really well with each other to achieve the end goal.
We worked on a mini art project where we had to copy a photograph of our face. We then cut up the photograph and the drawing of our faces and stuck them back down on paper in a special way to create a 3-D effect. We loved the outcome and they are now on display in the classroom.
On Friday, it was chocolate day! We played a game of guess the chocolate bar, started our new English text The Great Chocoplot and finally we got to taste some chocolate! It was a great way to end our first week and start a brilliant topic.
Note: PE will be on a Tuesday afternoon. It will be outdoors so please ensure children are wearing suitable PE clothing that day.
Could parents also ensure that all jumpers and coats have the children’s names labelled.