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Digestive system model

Friday 15th October 2021

 

Year 4 had a very messy time making a fully functioning digestive system this week.  Ms Skinner has not been the same since...

Have a fabulous half term holiday everyone! 

Mrs Wetz and Ms Wright

 

Homework: 

 

There is no literacy homework this week bur please do keep reading.  

Please continue with times tables over the holidays. 

Monday 11th October 2021

 

Apologies for the confusion over which spellings should have been learned this week. I inadvertently gave you a preview of the coming week's list instead of using Friday's bulletin to repeat the information given last Monday.

 

To clarify, the spellings to be learned over the half term holidays are below. We have been discussing root words in class and it would be helpful to show your child the roots of these spellings so that they can better understand the rule.

 

Words with /shun/ endings spelled with –sion if root word ends in ‘se,’ ‘de’ or ‘d’

division, invasion, confusion, decision, collision, television, revision, erosion, inclusion, explosion

 

High Frequency:

was, what, do, get, if, you, there, me, just, help

 

 

 

Coding lessons this week

Friday 8th October 2021

 

As we head towards the end of the first term already, children have got to grips with some sophisticated maths and English. Children can now confidently use column addition and are beginning to feel comfortable about using at least some fronted adverbials.

 

We all spent a couple of intense but enjoyable sessions learning how to code and create simple computer games with Mr Miles. Pupils programmed Viking longships to sail to an Anglo Saxon village which was then set alight. In their second lesson, children were shown how to make the ships chase and catch moving villagers.

 

We all enjoyed singing at the Harvest Festival and watching each other’s siblings perform. Congratulations, to Teddy and Isla on their clearly presented Bible readings. It was a pleasure to share the occasion with those of you who were able to join us. For anyone who was unable to come, there are pictures on the school’s Instagram, I believe. A big thank you to everyone for your generous donations of money and food – we were able to fill four boxes with Y4’s packets and tins!

 

Spellings:

 

Words with /shun/ endings spelled with –sion if root word ends in ‘se,’ ‘de’ or ‘d’

division, invasion, confusion, decision, collision, television, revision, erosion, inclusion, explosion

 

High Frequency:

was, what, do, get, if, you, there, me, just, help

 

 

Children have been told if they should try to learn all the spellings or focus on the words in red. If they are unsure, please use your discretion to advise them.

Please ensure that your child has the opportunity to find out the meanings of all the words in order to expand their vocabulary.

 

Maths homework - due Monday 11th October 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 4th October 2021

 

Spellings:

Homophones and near homophones

medal, meddle, missed, mist, scene, seen, board, bored, which, witch

 

High Frequency:

of, my, one, him, time, it, her, them, Mr, I’m

 

If you find it difficult to learn all the spellings, focus on the words in red.

Please talk with somebody about the meanings of all the words so that you can begin to understand how they are used.

Friday 1st October 2021

 

Dear Year 4,

 

YUK! YUK! There was definitely a distinct waft of curdled, off milk in the Year 4 classroom, on Friday afternoon.  We were learning how acidic chemicals in our stomach breakdown the food we eat.  Next week, we will be a starting a descriptive piece of writing exploring a journey through our digestive system.  This, I’m sure, will be fairly gruesome and revolting.

 

In maths, we have started a new MNP chapter on addition and subtraction and challenged ourselves to fill in missing question numbers in column addition sums.  We had to be very careful to include the carried numbers in our calculations. 

 

We are looking forward to seeing you all at the Harvest Festival next Wednesday.  Remember to consent on Arbor – see the email from the office.

Have a lovely weekend – hopefully it will stop raining!

 

Mrs Wetz and Ms Wright

 

Homework:

Literacy – please see attached.  This homework must be in school for Thursday as we will be referring to it in our literacy lessons.  Thank you

 

Times Tables – please continue to practice regularly at home for a test on Friday morning.

 

Maths Homework - please hand in on Monday 4th October

Monday 27th September 2021

 

Spellings (tested 4.10.21)

Adding the prefix il- before a root word starting with ‘l’ and the prefix ir- before a root word starting with ‘r’

illegal, illegible, illogical, illiterate, illicit, irregular, irrelevant, irresponsible, irrational, irresistible

 

High Frequency

he, up, no, from, day, I, had, mum, children, made

 

 

Friday 24th September 2021

 

Assessment week is never anyone’s favourite time of year, but children understand that it helps us to help them more effectively and they knuckled down to a raft of tests with next to no complaint.

 

Between periods of silent scribbling, we were able to enjoy a little more of our class story, Odd and the Frost Giants, which is based in Viking Norway. As some of the characters in the book are turned into animals, we considered which creature we might like to become if the same fate befell us. We also explored the many types of adverb there are and the ways in which they can be positioned in a sentence. We will combine these elements of learning in a piece of writing in the lessons that lie ahead.

 

In maths, we are heading towards the end of our unit of work on place value and have been using rounding to give sensible estimates. Going forward, we will face some adding and subtraction challenges.

 

In other news, we’ve experimented with keyboard shortcuts when word processing, discussed Adam and Eve’s fall from grace and discovered just how much British territory the Anglo-Saxons managed to secure.

 

Ms W and Mrs W

 

Homework:

 

Maths:

Rounding to the nearest 10 and 100.

This sheet includes one or two very large numbers and also a couple of decimal numbers which children may not yet have encountered. Some resources are provided to help with explanations if needed. If these numbers prove too difficult however, please allow your child to leave the questions out.

  • A place value chart is attached to help children identify which digit is in the tens or hundreds column and therefore which digit informs them about whether to round up or down.
  • A blank numberline is also provided so that children can identify the multiple of ten or hundred on either side of the given number and thereby understand how to round it appropriately.
  • There is a poster to show which digits round up and which round down.

Spellings (tested 27.9.21)

Adding the prefix im- before a root word starting with ‘m’ or ‘p’

immature, immeasurable, impossible, immortal, imperfect, impatient, immoveable, impolite, important, improper

 

High Frequency

said, can, little, into, too, in, are, as, back, by

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 20th September 2021

 

Spellings to learn this week

 

Adding the prefix im- before a root word starting with ‘m’ or ‘p’

immature, immeasurable, impossible, immortal, imperfect, impatient, immoveable, impolite, important, improper

 

High frequency:

said, can, little, into, too, in, are, as, back, by

 

 

 

 

Friday 17th September 2021

 

We have all enjoyed a Roald Dahl themed end to the week which involved a fabulous workshop based on the book ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’.  This culminated in a debate on whether Boggis, Bunce or Bean, the three farmers, or cunning Mr Fox were in the right.  It was definitely a half way split and a few children decided that they were all in the wrong.  The children also took part in a whole class comprehension activity based on the first two chapters of the book and later in the day enjoyed making 3D Mr Fox masks. 

 

In maths we are continuing with our place value topic, learning how to round numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 and we have been celebrating some good progress towards learning our times tables – well done everyone. Keep up the hard work as there is still a way to go before we are times table stars! 

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Wetz & Ms Wright

 

Homework

Spellings:

Adding the prefix in- (meaning ‘not’ or ‘into’)

inactive, incorrect, inaccurate, insecure, indefinite, incomplete, infinite, inedible, inability, indecisive

 

High Frequency

a, all, were, come, house, to, we, go, will old

 

Literacy:

See attached a word class insect colouring sheet.  Also attached is a word class quiz and a support sheet.

Times tables:

Please continue to learn your times tables.  These are tested/taught on Fridays every week in school.

Monday 13th September 2021

 

While spellings are practised as often as possible in school, we would like to encourage children to practise daily at home. To this end, the current week's list will be posted at the beginning of the week for testing seven days later.

 

Adding the prefix in- (meaning ‘not’ or ‘into’)

inactive, incorrect, inaccurate, insecure, indefinite, incomplete, infinite, inedible, inability, indecisive

 

High Frequency

a, all, were, come, house, to, we, go, will old

 

Friday 10th September 2021

 

With a full week under our belts, we are well and truly back in the saddle.

 

In literacy, we have written poems that boast about our talents and used synonyms to express precisely how proficient we are at each.

 

In maths, we have reminded ourselves of the meaning and importance of place value and practised working systematically.

 

Our topic this term is entitled ‘Invasion’ and we have considered the chronology of

Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Viking and Norman Britain and begun to read from our class text Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman.

 

Our thanks to you for helping make the beginning of the school year go so smoothly by ensuring that children have everything they need when then need it. Never EVER before have I known the WHOLE class to have a handwriting pen. (In the circumstances, it would be churlish to mention that one person needed a refill.) Most pupils always have a reading book in school. If this is not the case, could you please see that they have one in their bag each day?

 

To those of you at home, we hope you’re feeling okay and look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Ms W and Mrs W

 

 

Homework

 

Spellings

These have been practised a few times in school and should be learned regularly at home. They will be tested on Monday morning.

 

Words with /aw/ spelled with augh and au

caught, naughty, taught, daughter, autumn, clause, cause, astronaut, applaud, author

 

High Frequency words (Check that you can spell these also.)

the, that, not, look, put, and, with, then, don’t , could

 

Literacy:

Please see attached information.  This is homework is due in on Thursday 16th September

 

Weekly maths homework will be issued from next week.

 

With Harvest Festival only a few weeks away, please get your child to look at the attached link in order to familiarise themselves with the tune and lyrics of the song we will be singing.

 

Let Everything That Has Breath - song for Harvest Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 3rd September 

 

Welcome to Year 4!  It has been a fun packed start the term. 

 

We have created some very beautiful artwork using pastels inspired by Wassily Kandinsky, a Russian abstract painter.  Kandinsky thought a lot about what colours mean and how they make people feel. He believed that colours had a soul.

 

In literacy we have been reading Weslandia by Paul Fleischan, which is the story of a boy called Wesley, who had a very interesting summer project.   He creates his own staple food crop and founds his own civilization in his back garden.  The children have a new favourite ambitious word – myriad which means many, lots of…

 

In maths we have started our topic on place and numbers up to 10,000.  We have been successfully counting in 25s today!

 

Could the children please ensure they have a fully stocked pencil case for Monday, including a handwriting pen, pencils, a rubber and some colouring pencils.

 

P.E. kits should all be in school for Monday morning please, thank you.

 

Have a lovely weekend! 

Mrs Wetz and Ms Wright

Friday 16th July 2021

 

As we all struggle to contain our excitement about the approaching summer holidays, children have shown impressive maturity this week by coping admirably with several changes in routine. Well done, everyone.

 

Please remember that you must sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge at summerreadingchallenge.org.uk as soon as possible. This brilliant initiative is an excellent way to entice reluctant readers and to introduce new titles to bookworms. Reading is key to all aspects of learning and regular practice could easily slide during the long break ahead. The website offers an easy, attractive and helpful way of ensuring that children remain engaged with books. Once registered, you can access games, news, chat and reading suggestions. Dip in and enjoy!

 

In the handful of days that are left this term, we are looking forward to welcoming parents back onto the school site as the audience to our summer show. A reminder that all children need black leggings or trousers and black shoes – please make sure these are visibly named and brought into school on Monday.

 

Finally, can everybody bring a substantial carrier bag to school in which to carry home all the treasures that they are currently keeping in their trays and elsewhere in the classroom.

 

See you soon,

 

Ms W and Mrs W

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 9th July 2021

 

These final few weeks of the year are , as always, a mixture of the usual and the not so usual. While some timetabled lessons have continued to take place, they have been interspersed with painting, games, music, rehearsals and sporting competition.

 

We performed our song and dance for the Chiddingstone School Summer Show directors and received high praise. They liked it so much that a reprise was requested – so, if you haven’t learned the words to the second verse of 'Truly Scrumptious', please make sure you do. A copy can be found below.

 

And check you know the lyrics and tune to 'What a Lovely Midsummer Night' too.

Here is the YouTube link:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/music-ks2-ks3-school-plays-musicals-a-midsummer-nights-dream-what-a-lovely-midsummer-night/zmpmjsg

 

The children will only need black leggings/trousers for the school play as we will provide pink/purple t-shirts for them to wear.

 

Abandoning her usual spot at the piano, Sally Higham, dedicated her weekend to preparing resources and, on Monday, led us all in a landscape painting session in which children did their best to apply their existing watercolour knowledge and learn about perspective. Recognising how difficult the task is, they were all hugely complimentary about each others’ work and the consideration they showed was lovely to witness.

 

We managed to hear everyone’s entry for the Y4 Class Playlist and what an absolute success it was. The variety of tunes selected was incredible with contributions ranging from old classics to the new and unknown. Children listened respectfully to other people’s presentations and chosen tracks, they threw some shapes and joined in with choruses. They were also kind enough to ask teaching staff to share their choices. It was perhaps my favourite project of the year.

 

A complicated pirate-themed co-ordinates game proved a popular, if contentious and noisy, maths challenge, while in literacy we reminded ourselves of the present perfect tense and wrote our end of year reports. In RE we explored Christian marriage and our topic work found children designing their own musical instruments. Please continue collecting clean and useful packaging, containers, bottle tops and other items that can be used in this ‘junk modelling’ activity. Some children have also brought home a list of specific items they think they require. It would be really helpful if you can help them gather what they need or suggest substitutes. Bags full of anything you can find should be brought to school on Monday so that we can begin building. Thank you for your help.

 

Our much delayed sports day is due to go ahead at the end of the week. Let’s hope the weather is finally kind and very good luck to you all.
(But even better luck to the England footballers on Sunday!)

 

Ms W and Mrs W

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 4 walk to linseed flowering field

Friday 2nd July 2021

There is a definite red and pink theme in Year 4’s classroom this week with gorgeous heart inspired hats being created for the summer production, made from paper plates and copious amounts of tissue paper.  In maths, we have been recapping how to find the fraction of a whole using the bar model – a difficult concept but one which they have persevered with.

 

We enjoyed a lovely walk to see the beautiful blue flowered linseed crop growing in the fields around the school (see the photos below).  We discovered the plants are grown for their seeds which are crushed to extract their oil.  This oil is used as a preservative for wood, concrete and an ingredient in paints, varnishes and stains.

 

On Monday afternoon we are looking forward to learning more about landscape painting from the multi-talented Sally Layne. Would every child please equip themselves with an A3 (or slightly larger) piece of sturdy cardboard which will act as the support for their emerging artwork? Once again, this is needed on Monday. 

 

Can you also please begin to collect items that can be used for model-making? Suitable items include small boxes, plastic containers, plastic bottles, foil trays, cardboard, lollipop sticks, cocktail sticks, off-cuts of wood, newspaper, balloons, bottle lids, elastic bands, pipe cleaners, string and so on. We will be designing this week and building next. The more items we can gather, the more options children will have. Thank you.

 

Ms Skinner has kindly offered to host a Year 4 end of term party at the farm – fingers crossed for some lovely sunny weather.  Please see a separate parent email for details. 

 

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Wetz and Ms Wright  

 

Homework:

There is no literacy homework this week as books were being used in the presentation of the children's entertaining, surprising and moving class playlist.

 

Maths: 

Please see attached sheets - due in on Thursday 8th July. 

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Spellings:

Take a look at the Y3-4 statutory spelling list and first 100 high frequency words. There will be a spelling challenge based on some of these.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 25th June 2021

 

Music dominated our lessons this week. We explored traditional songs, instruments and dances from around the globe and learned the old-fashioned game of Oranges and Lemons. It would have been nice to perambulate outdoors, but sadly the weather had other ideas. However, the cramped space of the classroom did nothing to dampen the children’s enthusiasm for this simple, if slightly gruesome pastime.

 

In literacy, we finished our sound-based poems and everyone did an excellent job of finding ways to improve, correct and organise their initial ideas which is an important advancement in the writing process. We also listened to an excerpt from Jeff Wayne’s version of H G Wells’ The War of the Worlds and considered how music might be used to enhance the narration of our own verse.

 

There was more singing and dancing as Y4 began rehearsals for its part in the summer production. The lyrics to Truly Scrumptious and the big finale are attached. Please take some time to learn them over the coming days. Children know the tune to Truly Scrumptious and the link to What a Lovely Midsummer Night is: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/music-ks2-ks3-school-plays-musicals-a-midsummer-nights-dream-what-a-lovely-midsummer-night/zmpmjsg

 

Our maths focus – converting units of measurement and revising the 24-hour clock – had no soundtrack.

 

Commiserations to Scotland. Come on England and Wales!

Ms W and Mrs W

 

Spellings

Statutory: actually, although, eighth, enough, favourite, guide, interest, island, occasion, probably, surprise, thought

 

High Frequency:

came, your, make, looked, very, have, just, that

 

Literacy homework - due on or before Tuesday 29th June

Maths homework

The children have a maths homework sheet stuck in their maths homework books but if they wish to try something a little harder or easier then please find attached all the different worksheets.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 18th June 2021

 

Assessments are over!

 

Year 4 have enjoyed swimming this week which has also been a good distraction from all the tests in class.  The children should be congratulated for trying their best and working so hard this week. So far the results are looking very pleasing.

 

Next week, we will be continuing with our topic Playlist learning, in science, how our ears work and carrying out an investigation.  In maths we will be continuing with our recap of the most significant areas of the numeracy curriculum, particularly place value from the start of the year.

 

Have a lovely Father’s Day weekend – hopefully the sun will put in an appearance.

  

Mrs W and Ms W

 

 

Homework

Please note that maths and literacy days have changed.

Literacy is now distributed and returned on Tuesdays and the maths deadline is Thursday.

 

Numeracy homework:

The children have all been given a maths sheet which should be stuck in their homework book.  If they find this too easy then please do print off a different sheet from the options below.  Most children should be able to tackle the ‘Multiplying and Dividing by 10 and 100’.  If you want a more challenging activity try the ‘Multiplying and Dividing Decimals by 10, 100 and 1000’.

Literacy homework:

Children have the homework sheet relevant to them stuck in their homework books. Below you will find copies in case of emergency!

Spellings

 

Class spellings were not tested this week due to other assessments so the previous list of words will be carried over until next week.

 

Statutory: breathe, continue, disappear, Earth, extreme, increase, learn, minute, medicine, natural, promise, quarter

High frequency: know, well, sea, found, laughed

 

Are you someone that learns the red statutory words as well as the high frequency list? 

Friday 11th June 2021

 

The final topic of the year is Playlist – all about noise! Our introduction to the world of sound involved listening to and attempting to identify familiar creatures and events. We also learned a little about how Foley artists create effects for films. Following this, we practised adopting good body posture, tried out some breathing techniques and facial warm-ups before embarking on ensemble singing. The aim was to be audible and have good diction and the result was a very pleasant surprise with all children trying in earnest to do a good job.

 

Literacy found us analysing Roger McGough’s poem The Sound Collector while, in maths, we did our best to decipher Roman numerals and began a recap of the most significant areas of learning we have covered this year. In RE we considered idea of life as a journey.

 

Next week, children will sit assessments to ascertain their end of year levels of attainment. On a brighter note, they will also be swimming in the afternoons from Tuesday to Friday (see separate letter).

 

Ms W and Mrs W

 

Homework

Please note that maths and literacy days have changed.

Literacy is now distributed and returned on Tuesdays and the maths deadline is Thursday.

 

Spellings

Statutory: breathe, continue, disappear, Earth, extreme, increase, learn, minute, medicine, natural, promise, quarter

High frequency: know, well, sea, found, laughed

 

A reminder that some of you are to learn the red statutory words as well as the high frequency list. If parents are in any doubt, please get in touch.

Literacy homework - due 15.6.21

Numeracy homework - due in on Thursday 17th June

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 21st May 2021

 

Having learned the names of different triangles and quadrilaterals, Class 4 this week practised describing the position of vertices using co-ordinates. I would ask everyone to check last week’s homework before embarking on the latest challenge, however, as we haven't all managed to distinguish between a parallelogram, a rhombus and a trapezium. Also, do remember that a right-angled triangle is either scalene or isosceles.

 

In literacy, we continued to compose narrative poetry while, in RE, the Hindu concept of reincarnation and karma really stimulated the children’s thinking and led to some deep reflection and a torrent of queries!

 

In the final of our topic lessons, we investigated which type of landscape lessens the impact of flood water and also learned about homeless llamas, Land Rover snorkels and other surprising aspects of the 2013 flooding of the Somerset Levels from a retired Avon and Somerset police inspector who lives and worked in the locality.

 

Wishing you all a pleasant half term holiday. For those of us remaining in Blighty, let’s hope it’s not too soggy!

 

Ms W and Mrs W

 

Homework

 

Spellings

Remember, some of you are to learn both the high frequency words and those printed in red.

 

Statutory: bicycle, circle, decide, eighth, length, material, mention, natural, opposite, regular, separate, suppose

High frequency: could, some, little, about, like, now, down, back

 

Maths: Identifying position/constructing polygons using co-ordinates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

River walk

Friday 14th May 2021

Another busy week in Year 4. 

 

We were very lucky to have Flo from the Environment Agency come and give us a talk on rivers today.  We learnt all about river habitats, river features and how to protect and look after our rivers. 

 

The children also enjoyed a very relaxing and calming mindfulness moment amongst the wild garlic looking up at the tree canopy, listening to the gentle sounds of the stream and the wildlife around us – several of us felt our eyes drooping and sleep not far away.   

 

We also have to say a big thank you to Sally Higham (our piano teacher) for giving up her time to come and teach Year 4 some watercolour painting skills. Sally is not only a musician but an amazing artist too. We learnt how to be ‘ish’ (the children will explain) and not to worry about whether our artwork is any good but to just enjoy the experience, which we all did. Sally will be joining us again next week for more painting lessons.

 

In literacy we have been drafting a diary entry of a journey down a river, incorporating some fabulous noun phrases. We have enjoyed sharing some of our ideas and beautiful descriptions.

 

Don’t forget that the Royal Mail stamp design entries are due in next week.

 

Best wishes,

Mrs W and Ms W

 

Homework

Literacy – please see attached.  One star is the easiest and three stars is the most challenging.  If you are finding your sheet to difficult then do please print off an easier version.  This should be in school for Thursday.

 

Spellings

Statutory: answer, caught, continue, early, eight, fruit, height, peculiar, potatoes, purpose, minute, weight

High frequency: said, asked, called, people, children, them, they, saw

If parents of those children who are currently focusing on high frequency words would like them to extend their learning, please ask them to attempt the vocabulary printed in red. 

 

Maths

Homework sheets were distributed in class last week and stuck in the green homework books, but in case you need another copy these can be found below. Deadline is Tuesday, please.

Friday 7th May 2021

 

Our topic began with rivers but we’ve moved on to mountains. This week we learned that there are five different types of mountain and explored how each is formed using a variety of household items including bath towels, balloons, books, boxes and butter icing!

 

In literacy we corrected and published a lengthy postcard that the character of Maia in Eva Ibbotson’s Journey to the Riversea might have written to a school friend in England upon her arrival in the Amazon. As children rightly predicted, we have discovered that all is not quite as she had hoped and expected.

 

The concept of area and how to calculate the size of the surface of a rectangle has been well understood in class and should be consolidated with the latest piece of homework. Our next challenge is geometry.

 

Apologies for the postponement of parent consultations this week. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to catching up with those of you we have not yet seen next Wednesday.

 

Don’t forget that the Royal Mail stamp design entries are due in less than a fortnight.

 

Best wishes,

Ms W and Mrs W

 

 

Homework

Spellings

Statutory:  recent, quarter, often, island, increase, build, consider, ordinary, possess, address, experiment, disappear

 

High Frequency: what, when, went, was, will, here, there, their

(You have reached the end of the top 100 high frequency words, so here are some of the trickier ones for you to practise.)

 

Maths: Area challenges were distributed in haste following a hiccough with the photocopier. If you didn’t receive a copy, please download ONE of the sheets below. Select that which you think is most suitable. This is due no later than Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 30th April 

 

Dear Year 4,

It has been another busy and productive week in Year 4.

 

We have been learning how to calculate area and perimeter of shapes using square units in maths. 

 

In literacy we read a beautiful description of a river from the classic story, Wind in the Willows and unpicked the language in a whole class comprehension activity. Later in the week, we went for a walk down to Somerden and the river and sat on the riverbank listening to the sounds of nature all around us.  Using adjectives and descriptive language, the children created some fabulous sentences/phrases and lists of vocabulary which they will be using next week when we start to plan and write a diary entry of a journey down a river. 

 

In our topic work this week we looked at grid references on maps.  We are now experts in how to read or create a six-figure map grid reference on an Ordnance Survey physical map. 

 

In water colouring club the children started new paintings - either a beautiful mountain sunset landscape or a bunch of colourful carrots.  Both these paintings require the children to use different painting techniques and to have knowledge of the colour wheel.

 

The children have both literacy and numeracy homework this week so please do read on for further information about this. 

 

Homework:

Literacy: this is due in next Thursday.  Attached is a PowerPoint containing information on the different word classes if you need some help.  There are spare copies of this differentiated homework on the bench, at the front of the classroom, so if you are finding your sheet too difficult/easy then do please swap and take a different sheet. 

Spellings

 

Statutory: believe, difficult, famous, February, grammar, knowledge, learn, library, occasion, sentence, though, write

 

High frequency: but, so, very, your, an

 

 

 

 

Y4 Success in the Easter Photography Competition

Friday 23rd April 

 

It’s been all about water this week as we plunge into our new topic, Misty Mountain, Winding River. We’ve explored vocabulary that adds interest and stirs the imagination by studying poetry by Valerie Bloom, we’ve begun reading Journey to the Riversea by Eva Ibbotson, have explored the way water can create physical changes to the landscape and everyone can confidently name and define principal features of a river course.

 

The culmination of our latest work on fractions saw children turning mixed numbers into improper fractions in order to subtract. Our next mathematical focus will be on calculating with time.

 

We considered the range of roles we play in life to help us understand why Hindus honour different deities and enjoyed team races involving piggy backs, hopping, bottom shuffling and shuttle runs in addition to our usual PE lesson. As part of the Active 30 programme, children are encouraged to undertake extra outdoor/physical exercise at home as well as in school. To inspire and motivate you to do this, some home learning PE ideas will be provided on our website.

 

The Royal Mail is running a national competition for the design of a new collection of stamps celebrating heroes of the pandemic. Templates, instructions and information can be found below. Designs are to be sent into school by 18th May at the latest so that we can check that they include the right details. Entries received later than this date, will NOT be entered into the competition. Unfortunately, entries cannot be
returned, so do make a copy if you can.

 

Finally, we would like to congratulate Georgie on being announced KS2 runner up in the PTA photography competition with her picture of a rabbit hiding among the daffodils. Well done to bunny and photographer alike!

 

We look forward to meeting up with you all in parent consultations in the next two weeks.

 

Ms W and Mrs W

 

Homework

Spellings: accidentally, although, certain, century, describe, Earth, favourite, forward, naughty, possession, probably, therefore

High frequency: his, some, looked, people, make

 

Weekly maths and English homework will be issued from next week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 26th March 2021

 

It has been assessment week and, although this is never popular, children have shown great maturity in knuckling down to do what needed to be done. Between tests, they have enjoyed painting the clay models of sea creatures which were fashioned last week and outdoor time in the form of walking, PE and a raucous team-building exercise in which increasingly large groups of children had to turn over a mat while standing on it at all times!

 

On Thursday morning we enjoyed a talk from ScubaJunkiesSEAS on sharks – we all learnt so much! Did you know that the Greenland shark can live to be 500 years old?  There was a collective, “ahhh…,” for smallest species of shark called the dwarf lantern shark, which is only ten centimeters long. It can light up its belly, a process known as bioluminescence, as a form of camouflage from predators swimming beneath it in the sea. 

 

Year 4 had the exciting job of releasing a rescued hedgehog into the school vegetable garden and surrounding countryside.  We all wished the hedgehog a safe and happy life in his new home and hope one day to see him/her again.

 

We have written and rehearsed a whole class simile poem which we will perform at next week’s Easter Service on Wednesday. Everybody speaks part of the poem and you MUST learn your words off by heart by Monday. Please also take note of who speaks the line before yours so that you know when to come in. There is a copy of the poem attached below along with the lyrics to See What a Morning which you also need to learn. Those of you who are taking part in the bible reading should practise your words (see below), but do NOT need to learn them. 

 

Don’t forget that Wednesday is also the day to bring in your decorated Easter Bonnets or Boots so that you can take part in our spectacular parade.

 

Have an enjoyable weekend gluing, sticking, sewing and line-learning.

 

See you for end of term fun next week.

Ms W and Mrs W

 

 

 

Clay models of sea creatures

Team Building Larks

Friday 19th March

Dear Year 4,

Another busy and productive week in Year 4. We have been trying our best to get to grips with fractions.  So far, we have found equivalent fractions and added fractions with common denominators, putting them in their simplest form (or lowest terms). It has become very apparent to everyone how important their times tables are in the topic of fractions. 

 

Next week, we have another talk from Cat and Dave at ScubaJunkiesSEAS. This time we will be learning about sharks – very exciting! We also have assessment tests for maths, reading, spelling and grammar and punctuation. This will inform our planning and teaching for next term, enabling us to identify any gaps in skills and knowledge. 

 

The children had a fun Red Nose Day coming to school ‘back-to-front’ – we even had some fabulous hairstyles with ponytails and plaits back-to-front. The ‘egg’ and spoon races caused much laughter and cheering.  After several exciting, close run heats, held in our class playground, Penelope was third, Ryder came second and our winner was Elsie, congratulations!

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Sarah Wetz and Rebecca Wright

 

Homework

Regular maths and literacy homework will resume after the Easter holidays. For now, please make sure that you are reading for at least 15 minutes a day and, as we have assessments next week, you should practise tricky spellings and times tables as often as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 4 Walk

Friday 11th March 2021

 

Whatever each of us was feeling last weekend about returning to school this week, I think we can all now agree that we are very pleased to be back. Well done to all the children for adapting so quickly to their new routines and our expectations and to parents for ensuring that their children had the right things in the right places at the right times. A big pat on the back to us all!

 

Year 4 children have clearly benefited from excellent home-schooling which meant that, in just a few days, we have been able to cover a lot of ground. Fractions has been our maths focus and we’ve considered time conjunctions and the features of a biography in literacy. Underwater food chains and associated vocabulary filled our topic sessions and extra outdoor time in the form of a catch-up-with-friends countryside ramble and human-chain relay races proved hugely popular and motivating.

 

Homework this week is to research information about the explorer, conservationist, filmmaker and inventor, Jacques Cousteau. Children already know the main facts about the man, but they should attempt to find out a further 6–10 interesting and different details to include in a biography of his life. These can be jotted down on the activity sheet found inside the homework book (and below) or written directly onto the page. Alternatively, a bullet point list could be typed and stuck in. Some useful sources of information are attached.

 

Please note that the biography will be structured and written in school next week. It should NOT be written at home.

 

Spellings

Statutory words: appear, breathe, calendar, experience, extreme, heart, imagine, important, popular, pressure

 

High frequency words: at, like, see, their, saw

 

 

We're Not Washing Our Socks

Our Nativity Scene backdrop

Water colouring Club - A Walk in a Snowstorm paintings

Friday 11th December 2020

 

Year 4’s classroom is sparkling – we have definitely put the glitter to good use this week making gorgeous snowflakes to decorate the windows. We have also created a Bethlehem inspired backdrop, from an old sheet, for the Nativity next week.

 

Again, thank you to those who have already brought in their tea towel headgear and a stretchy band to secure it. Please make sure everyone’s is in school by Monday so we can be fully prepared for the dress rehearsal. Can we also ask you to provide your child with a sock – the larger the better? An adult’s thick woolly walking sock or welly boot liner or Christmas stocking is ideal. Do make sure everything you would like to see again is clearly named!

Rehearsals have been going well and Year 4 have enjoying practising their song and perfecting the actions/dance.

 

This week the children have finished editing and making improvements to their Merlin and Arthur, Sword in the Stone inspired adventure stories.  They are all very proud of their work and will be bringing home a copy of it, along with another example of their recent writing, for you to see next week.

 

Water colouring club have taken home their fabulous Christmas tree cards. We will definitely be continuing this lunchtime club next term as everyone, including Mrs Wetz and Ms Skinner have enjoyed it.  We will be watching a tutorial on water colour painting techniques the first week back and then we will all decide on our next exciting project. 

 

Next week is full on Christmas with the school Nativity on Wednesday and the birthday/Christmas party on Thursday morning when we will be playing some party games, indulging in some delicious cake and making party hats.

 

If anyone has any odd pieces of wool that they no longer want, we can put it to good use. Please send any spare yarn in on Monday. Thank you.

 

Best wishes,

Mrs Wetz and Ms Wright

Homework

Maths: Year 4 did very well with their challenging short multiplication homework last week - well done everyone! This week they have some fun times table Christmas colouring - enjoy. Please use a times table grid if you are unsure of your x9, x8, x7 and x6 tables.  

Maths homework 11.12.20 - Christmas Times table colouring

Literacy homework

We have been trying to master our use of the apostrophe this term.

The final challenge of the year is to show you understand that an apostrophe works in two ways:

a) to replace missing letters in contractions and

b) to indicate that someone owns something.

Although the apostrophe is sometimes used with a plural noun, it is NOT used to make a plural noun.

Friday 4th December 2020

 

The appearance of our classroom Christmas tree was this week was met with much excitement, despite its rather shabby form! Challenging though the year may have been, nothing, it seems, stops children looking forward to Christmas and they could barely wait to deck the halls.

 

Year 4 has started rehearsals for the outdoor nativity and we all feel our song is going rather well. The time that would normally be spent on literacy homework can this week be dedicated to learning the words and actions to 'We’re Not Washing Our Socks' (make sure you know the chorus as well as the verses) and 'O Holy Night' (the second verse needs some attention).

 

Thank you to those who have already brought in their tea towel headgear and a stretchy band to secure it. Please make sure everyone’s is in school by Tuesday next week. Can we also ask you to provide your child with a sock – the larger the better? An adult’s thick woolly walking sock or welly boot liner or Christmas stocking is ideal. Do make sure everything you would like to see again is clearly named!

 

On a more academic note, in maths we are learning formal written methods for multiplication and in literacy we have studied the features of play scripts and attempted to bring together our full range of grammatical techniques in a piece of writing about Viking life.

 

One more week of work before the fun and games begin…

 

Best wishes,

Ms Wright and Mrs Wetz

 

 

Homework

Literacy: Learn 'We’re Not Washing Our Socks' and 'O Holy Night'. All the way through. By Tuesday. No excuses. Copies of the words have been placed in the literacy homework books and can also be found by scrolling down below.

In addition, children need to know just the first two lines of the traditional carol 'While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks' which are as follows:

While shepherds watched their flocks by night,

All seated on the ground...

 

Spellings:

question, mention, position, action, injection

possession, discussion, expression, conclusion, tension

 

High frequency words: of, my, one, him, time

 

Maths: differentiated sheets attached.  If children find the missing number sums too difficult then do please print off the short multiplication sheet instead.  Some children have already been given this sheet which should be in their school bags.  Some of the sheets have rather a large number of questions on them so please do only spend 20 minutes doing the homework - you are not expected to complete them all.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 

 

Viking boats and nature paperweights

Friday 27th November 2020

This week Year 4 have been learning about pronouns and how, if used effectively, they help their writing flow well.  They wrote a short account, using pronouns,  of how Merlin and Arthur escaped the clutches of an angry pike in the film The Sword in the Stone. 

 

The glitter is back (it’s not even December I hear you all thinking) – the nature paperweights have been given a layer of sparkle for the festive season and will be coming home with the children this week.  

 

In the school Nativity Year 4 are shepherds so they will need a tea towel and an old pair of tights of large hairband for their costume.  Please could these be sent in to school in a named bag – thank you.  The children will be singing, ‘We’re not washing our socks’ and the lyrics are attached so they can start learning the words and practising at home. 

 

In water colouring club the children have almost completed their winter snowstorm scenes.  This week, they painted footprints in the snow and learnt about perspective and how objects become smaller the further away they are.  We have a few winter fir trees to add on the hill tops and a silhouette of a man walking his dog to complete the scene.  Our next project will be a shining angel to make a Christmas card. 

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Sarah Wetz & Rebecca Wright

Homework

Literacy:

Recognising and writing main and subordinate clauses. Children have each been given two pages of complex sentence activities to complete. If they find the task difficult, please make a note in their books to confirm that they have worked for at least 20 minutes. If there are different types of task, we ask that they attempt several of each rather than all of one and none of the other. Where an explanation is required, this should include information about types of clause and conjunction.

 

Spellings - plural endings:

woman/women, potato/potatoes, lady/ladies, story/stories, leaf/leaves, knife/knives, axe/axes

High frequency words: I, had, mum, children, made

 

Maths: 

Sheets attached.  Please can the children recap the names of 2D shapes while working out the total number of vertices in the bags.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nativity Song Lyrics - We're Not Washing Our Socks

Friday 20th November 2020

 

Following our retelling of Norse myths last week, we tried out some performance techniques this week and children threw themselves wholeheartedly into exercises where they had to speak like an angry parent or walk while pretending their leg was in a cast! They were then given the chance to practise their newfound skills by reciting couplets from a Norse saga – Sigurd the Dragon Slayer. Self-consciousness got the better of most in the end, but Rome wasn’t built in a day!

 

Maths lessons presented us with word problems involving multiplication and division. It is clear that some of you have been busily at work in the background getting times tables facts to stick and this is of huge benefit. Please keep going.

 

Mrs Wetz and some Year 4 pupils Zoomed a thought-provoking assembly about Sir David Attenborough, we displayed our kenning poetry on colourful sword templates and wrote delightful blessings in the style of the Christian Grace to hearten us and send us on our way at the end of the school day.

 

As rehearsals begin for our socially distanced Christmas nativity, we would be grateful if children could begin to familiarise themselves with the Calypso Carol and O Holy Night. Lyrics and links to the tunes are attached below.

 

Wishing you all a good weekend.

 

Ms Wright and Mrs Wetz

 

 

Homework

Literacy: Research new facts about King Alfred the Great and record them in full sentences. Please ensure that what you write is legible, that it makes sense and is properly punctuated – names and all! For Tuesday.

 

Spellings – homophones (it is important to be able to use these correctly in context).

medal/meddle, missed/mist, scene/seen, board/bored, which/witch

High frequency words: he, up, no, from, day

 

Maths -  see attached multiplication and division word problems x6 x7 and x9.  Some children have asked to do a further maths investigation which is also attached.  If they find this too challenging then they should just complete the word problems sheet.  

Class 4 Autumn Walk

Friday 13th November 2020

As part of our exciting topic this term, Traders and Raiders, we have been reading the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.  We now all understand the difference between legends, which have some basis in historical fact and tend to mention real people or events and myths, which are entirely fictional. We have also been making Viking longboats using cereal boxes and reams of selotape – so far these are looking good.  In geography, we have been looking at the journeys made by the Vikings and the parts of our country which were invaded by them.

 

On Thursday we went for a sunny, autumn walk, during our break-time, and collected interesting and beautiful seeds, autumn leaves, berries… to mount on a small wooden ash disk to make a paperweight. We will be going on another walk next Thursday too, so please do remember those wellies as it is quite muddy on some of the footpaths.

 

Watercolour painting club was well attended and the children experimented with different watercolour techniques to create a lollipop card.  Next week we will be starting our winter scene pictures learning about perspective and colour value. 

 

In maths, we have been attempting to master the inverses of multiplication and division sums and also division with remainders.  Our times tables are coming in very handy this week!

 

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Ms Wright and Mrs Wetz

 

Homework

Literacy is now due on TUESDAY and maths is due on THURSDAY.

 

Literacy:

Summarising texts is the theme of this week's literacy homework. Children should try to recognise which details are essential to the story and which are not.  A variety of challenges has been set including identifying the most accurate summarised version, creating a relevant chapter heading and/or describing what happens in their own words and within a limited word count. 

 

Spellings (soft ‘c’):

centre, century, certain, recent, experience, sentence, notice

circle, decide, special

 

Maths:

Maths homework this week is a recap of the properties of 2D shapes and the children have been asked to create their own set of shape top trump cards.  They have been sent home with the card templates on an A3 sheet. Please see attached a differentiated Powerpoint on the properties of 2D shapes.  The majority of the children in the class should refer to Powerpoint 2 or the more detailed Powerpoint 3.  However, if a simpler version is more appropriate please refer to Powerpoint 1.  Please note, if you run these Powerpoints as slide shows you will need to click on the questions down the side of each slide to see the answers.

Top trump cards - template

Friday 6th November 2020

 

Our latest topic, Traders and Raiders, has excited much interest. Our new class story is written in the style of a Viking saga and children have analysed the text in careful detail to infer characteristics of the unlikely hero, a boy named Odd. They have also produced a colourful array of Saxon shields, complete with metal boss and a handgrip.

 

Maths, as warned, is all about multiplication and we have worked on building strategies that will help us use the facts we know to find the facts we don’t. This is useful even for those who already have good times tables recall because multiplication does not stop at 12!

 

We were allowed off site for the first (and perhaps the last) time on Wednesday when it was Class 4’s turn to attend an act of worship in the church. The lesson was about peace and it made a very pleasant change to our daily school-based routine.

 

As the weather has now turned chilly, please ensure that children bring coats – and gloves and hats if they need them. They understandably enjoy escaping the classroom and being outside and most still want to eat their lunch in the garden. With this in mind, it might be useful if your child could bring a large plastic bag or similar to sit on so that they can use their coats for warmth rather than as picnic blankets.

 

On Thursdays or Fridays each week, depending on the weather, Year 4 will be going for a bracing country walk during their break time so could all children please bring in named wellies and a raincoat for the end of the week. 

 

Many thanks,

Ms Wright and Mrs Wetz

 

Homework

Please note that literacy homework will be set by Ms Wright this term and the maths homework will fall to Mrs Wetz.

This means that literacy is now due on TUESDAY and maths is due on THURSDAY.

A couple of children appear to be without one or other or both of their books (you know who you are!). Please have a good look at home for them. If your exercise book was not in school this week, your homework is therefore on loose paper.

 

Literacy:

Viking reading comprehension. Please answer as fully as you can and in complete sentences using joined-up handwriting.

Writing should be in blue pen and drawings should be in pencil.

Spellings:

with, went, when, invade/invasion, divide/division, collide/collision, comprehend/comprehension

 

Maths:

Bonfire Night Multiplication Mosaic Colouring - this is a differentiated activity and the children have chosen which sheet they wish to tackle.  Some children have asked if they can complete more than one sheet which, of course, they are very welcome to do. 

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin art

Friday 16th October 2020

 

We have all had a fabulous and very productive first term – the children have been delightful and have settled well over the last few weeks.  We have accomplished some lovely pieces of writing, completed the invaluable place value topic in maths and have just finished addition and subtraction within 10,000. Scrumdiddlyumptious has been a great creative curriculum topic and we have all enjoyed learning about healthy eating and where our food comes from. This week we did some cooking and made Hot Frogs from Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach – very yummy!  

 

Next term our class topic is ‘Traders and Raiders’, which is based on the Saxons and Vikings. In maths we will be starting the term looking at multiplication and division so please brush up on those times tables as these will make life much easier.

 

Have a great half term holiday!

 

Sarah Wetz and Rebecca Wright

 

Homework

 

Times tables: frequent practice please.

 

Reading: ten minutes a day 

Friday 9th October 2020

 

The highlight this week was our Harvest Festival, held outdoors in weather that remained thankfully dry. After a shaky start and some last minute rehearsals, Year 4 children managed to learn a tricky multi-part song and Martha and Jude presented their Bible readings clearly and confidently. We enjoyed the dances, poetry and drama performed by other classes and happily joined in with the actions that accompanied songs sung by our youngest pupils. Everyone agreed that it was especially nice for the whole school to meet together even if we had to remain in our socially distanced bubbles.

 

In class, we attempted to get to grips with complex sentences and children are beginning to be able to distinguish between main and subordinate clauses. In maths, we tried, with mixed success, to learn some mental maths techniques and we practised column subtraction. RE gave us the opportunity to consider the Ten Commandments and, in our topic lessons, we matched familiar foods to their country of origin and discussed seasonality.

 

It was good to catch up with some of you at parents’ consultations and we look forward to meeting with everyone else in the week ahead.

 

Ms Wright and Mrs Wetz

 

Homework

Spellings:  because, our, no, know, where, wear, there, their, they’re

Alternative spellings: in, are, as, back, by

 

Maths: addition – column/mental. Due Tuesday.

 

Times tables: frequent practice please.

 

Reading: ten minutes a day 

Literacy: expanded noun phrases - please see attached

 

 

 

 

 

Literacy homework 8.10.20 Expanded noun phrases

Friday 2nd October 2020

 

This week, we have started a new topic in maths on addition and subtraction.  We have been adding thousand numbers with carried numbers using the column method.  The children have been trying to use their number bonds to ten to help them with the mental addition in the column sums.  We have also enjoyed the narrative poem The Rascally Cake, writing our own recipes for the disgusting cake. We completed our science investigation to find the juiciest fruit or vegetable and were all (including Mrs Wetz) very surprised at the results – the winner was the radish. We had a good discussion about the validity of our results and whether we should repeat our experiment to check our findings.  One suggestion, from some of our budding scientists, was that radishes have very thin outside skins whereas, something like a lemon, has a think rind which does not contain so much water and therefore does not lose so much weight when dried in an oven.  Well done, everyone. 

We are looking forward to taking part in the school Harvest Festival next week.

 

Homework:

 

Literacy: please see sheet attached.  This is due in next Thursday. Pease do watch the BBC Bitesize link on the sheet as a reminder of how to punctuate a list - the children found it very amusing. 

 

Maths: negative numbers. Due on Tuesday.

 

Spellings: different, difficult, important, ordinary, enough

Alternative spellings: said, can, little, into, too

These will be tested on Tuesday (along with one or two words from previous weeks).

Literacy homework 2.10.20 The Rascally Cake

Friday 25th September 2020

 

With our assessments all completed we are now able to forge ahead with revising and teaching the areas of the curriculum we have identified as requiring most focus.

 

This week we have learned and practised using prepositions to guess where hidden objects might be found; to enable a partner to draw a picture accurately and to describe the paintings of a renowned artist. Recipe formats informed the children’s instruction writing and resulted in some tasty scones.

 

In maths we are busy learning how (and why) we round numbers. After a hesitant start, children have all made excellent progress and many are now able to round numbers to 10, 100 and 1000 and are beginning to use this skill to estimate answers to addition problems.

 

Topic work featured the works of the painter, Arcimboldo. Children were fascinated by the way this sixteenth century Italian artist was able to produce portraits from fruit, vegetables, animals and other objects. This week, they went on a mini outdoor treasure-hunt to discover some biographical details about the man and next week they will use his ideas to create their own masterpieces.

 

As the weather has lately become more unpredictable, please send children to school with a coat. Although very few choose to wear one, it does provide something dry to sit on when the ground is wet and we would like to be able to eat lunch outside as often as possible.

 

Thank you,

Ms Wright and Mrs Wetz

 

Homework

Maths: Rounding. This can be found in your child’s green homework book and should be returned by next Tuesday. Several different activities have been distributed, so copies are NOT available on the website this week to prevent confusion. 

 

Spellings: thousand, hundred, one, two, four, eight, increase, decrease

Alternative spellings: all, were, come, house, to, we, go, will

Please practise once a day at home. Tested on Tuesday

 

Times tables: Please practise daily to ensure knowledge of 2x, 3x, 4,x 5,x 8x, 10x before moving onto 6x, 7x, 9x

 

Literacy: Instruction texts.  The children have been asked to write the instructions to make a sandwich.  It might be helpful for the children to make their chosen sandwich first, before writing their instructions.  Do please take some photos to attach to the homework. 

 

 

 

 

Literacy homework 24.9.20

We have all had a lovely sunny week at school.  The children have enjoyed picnicking in their bubble garden. 

 

It was great to see so many of you on our zoom curriculum meeting earlier in the week – apologies again for the delayed start. Please find attached the curriculum overview for Year 4 and our class timetable. 

 

The class enjoyed our Roald Dahl day which focused on the fabulous story of Fantastic Mr Fox.  We read some of the book, studied the characters of the three farmers – Boggis, Bunce and Bean and wrote a description for them.  We then made WANTED posters for Mr Fox while watching part of the film, in the afternoon. 

 

Have a great weekend!

Sarah Wetz and Rebecca Wright

 

Homework:

Spellings: fruit, favourite, potatoes, tomatoes, exercise

Alternative spellings: with, then, could, would, should

We have worked on these in class, but they should be practised regularly at home. There will be a test on Tuesday.

 

Reading: daily for 15 minutes. Please read to an adult whenever possible, ask questions and discuss things you have noticed.

 

Maths

This has been sent home in a green exercise book and should be returned by Tuesday morning. In case of emergency, copies are attached below!

 

Times tables will be tested on Friday, so please spend plenty of time learning these important mathematical facts. Without them, you will find much of the work we have to do this year rather difficult.

 

Literacy: please see work in literacy homework books and attached below. Some of the class have chosen to tackle the more challenging sheet 2 but if they find it too difficult then they can print off sheet 1 and do that instead. This homework should be in by next Thursday, 24th September.

Y4 Curriculum Overview

Friday 11th September 2020

 

Hello everyone,

It's like we've never been away. The children have tackled a full week of lessons and tests without complaint and are managing our new school rules and routines superbly.

 

In literacy, we have recapped the grammatical rules of writing a list and explored ways of trying to spell words we don't yet know. In maths we have reinforced our understanding of place value and skip counting. Our RE focus was to consider what Christians may learn about God from the Creation Story and, in this term's topic (entitled Scrumdiddlyumptious), we have begun to understand the benefits of different nutrients and which foods provide what.

 

Next Thursday is Roald Dahl Day. You do not need to dress up, but there will be craft activities and other Roald Dahl-inspired lessons in the classroom. At the end of the week, you will also have to opportunity to vote for our next Head Boy and Head Girl.

 

We look forward to presenting our overview of the year ahead in our virtual curriculum meeting at midday next Wednesday. Details of how to join will be forwarded shortly.

 

See you then,

Ms Wright and Mrs Wetz

 

Homework

Spellings: pleasure, treasure, measure, leisure, picture, adventure, capture, creature, future

Alternative spellings: the, that, not, look, put, and

We have worked on these in class, but they should be practised regularly at home. There will be a test on Tuesday.

 

Reading: daily for 15 minutes. Please read to an adult whenever possible, ask questions and discuss things you have noticed.

 

Maths: place value

This has been sent home in a green exercise book and should be returned by Tuesday morning. In case of emergency, copies of the two different versions are attached below!

Times tables will be tested on Friday, so please spend plenty of time learning these important mathematical facts. Without them, you will find much of the work we have to do this year rather difficult.

 

Literacy: please see work in literacy homework books and attached below

Literacy homework - Weslandia

Reading and writing large numbers codebreaker

Hundreds tens and ones partitioning

Dear Year 4,

Welcome back to a new school year! The children have been fantastic this week and should be congratulated for settling back in to the school routines so quickly, with very little fuss.  

 

In literacy we have started a diary entry for a boy called Wesley, from the book Weslandia by Paul Fleischman.  A copy of the book can be found on the link below: 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RetwwWOpt84

 

We have also been for a short walk to listen to the sounds of the countryside, completed a comprehension, painted some very large flowers for a classroom display and even carried out a science investigation on taste - all in just three days! 

 

Literacy and numeracy homework will be set from next week however, could the children please practise their times tables for a test on Friday afternoon.  

 

Have a fabulous weekend! 

Sarah Wetz and Rebecca Wright

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