Year 4

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Summer 2

SCRUMDIDDLYUMPTIOUS

 

We have been saving our best for last and I know the children are already excited about our final topic - SCRUMDIDDLYUMPTIOUS! And what better way to start than with chocolate tasting. We will be using chocolate to look at lots of different areas of the curriculum including History - how and when was chocolate invented?; Geography - where did chocolate come from?; Design and Technology and Enterprise - designing our own chocolate products; Science - how chocolate relates to states of matter; Maths - looking at presenting data as a bar chart or line graph.

 

Our English work will be focused on adventure writing. We will be using all the skills we have learnt over years 3 and 4 to write our own chapters for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Michael Rosen’s fantastic Chocolate poem will inspire us to write our own free poems. In Science our States of Matter work will also include learning about evaporation and condensation linked to the water cycle, comparing and grouping materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases and what happens to materials when they are heated or cooled. In Geography we will be finding out all about the ocean biome and how plastic waste is having such a big impact on our planet.

 

In Maths we will be preparing the children for their Multiplication Times Table Check which they will do in mid-June. We will also be working on perimeter and area; mass, volume and length; money; and position and movement.

 

In PE we are continuing gymnastics and nets and walls games. Our Personal, Social and Health Education work focuses on Relationship and Sex Education.

 

Please continue to support your children at home by helping your children become fluent with their times table knowledge, and supporting their home learning and topic project work. Please talk to them about what they are learning at school and encourage independent reading as much as possible.

 

If you have any queries or concerns, please catch us on the door at the end of the day, or make an appointment to see us via the office. Thank you for your continued support.

 

Summer 1

Welcome back, we hope you had a fantastic Easter break. We started our new topic Listen Up! with a Sound Walk - a stroll around the school grounds listening to all the sounds of our environment and using these sounds to inspire questions about our learning. In English, we will be performing the poem The Sound Collector by Roger McGough and using this as inspiration to write our own poetry. In grammar, we will be revising standard English, subordinating and coordinating conjunctions and past and present perfect tense. 

 

Our Science work on Sound will include discovering how sound waves work , testing insulators and discovering the meanings of volume and pitch. Our electricity work will cover mains and battery operated appliances, and which materials are conductors or insulators. 

 

In Music we will be thinking about how we can make music without using instruments, including a rhythmic piece inspired by the New Zealand Haka and a rain storm orchestra -  we look forward to showing you!

 

In Maths, we will study decimals - how to write tenths and hundredth, comparing and ordering decimals, rounding to the nearest whole  number and dividing by 10 and 100.

 

PE will see the children learning about and playing different forms of rounders and other striking games.

We will continue our Personal, Social and Health Education thinking about how we can cope and overcome with anxiety and fear.

Spring 2

We can’t believe how fast the year is flying by and that we are half way through Year 4 already! We started our new History topic, Rotten Romans, on the first day back with an immersion day where we learned about Ancient Roman food, prepared and cooked traditional food and then had a banquet, with a special visit from Emperor Maximus Liveselius! We researched Roman Army shields, then designed and made our own. We looked at the countries that made up the Roman Empire and found out that it included England.

 

In English we will be writing narratives using powerful verbs and sensory descriptions, using the book Escape from Pompeii as our stimulus. We will also be writing instruction texts and including some Design and Technology in our writing lessons when we construct a Roman road

 

In Maths we are learning about how Roman numerals are used in modern day life and how to count to one hundred. We will also be looking at time and fractions. Our foundation subject for this term is Design and Technology - will will be cooking, and designing and evaluating Roman shields and mosaics. We will be continuing our Computing work through Discover Coding learning how to construct simple programmes.

 

In PE we are continuing gymnastics and nets and walls games. Our Personal, Social and Health Education work focuses on Dreams and Aspirations.

 

Please continue to support your children at home by listening to them read as often as possible, helping your children become fluent with their times table knowledge, and supporting their home learning and topic project work.

 

If you have any queries or concerns, please catch us on the door at the end of the day, or make an appointment to see us via the office. Thank you for your continued support.

 

Spring 1

Happy New Year! We hope you had a fantastic Christmas break and great start to 2019. We are really impressed with how the children have come back to school safely, respectfully and ready to learn! We dived straight into our new Science topic of ‘From Gums to Bums’ where we will be learning about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores in the context of teeth, digestion and complex food chains and webs. In English we are reading Demon Dentist by David Williams and using this as a stimulus to write our own suspense story. We wil be focusing on the grammar features of pronouns, expanded noun phrases, adverbs, clauses and conjunctions.In Maths we are continuing our work on multiplication and division, consolidating our times table knowledge and learning the formal methods of division. Our foundation subject for this term is Computing where we will be covering aspects of e-safety and learning more about coding by writing simple programmes. In PE we will be covering gymnastics and nets and walls games. We will continue our Personal, Social and Health Education by thinking about new aspirations for this term, and healthy eating and behaviours to fit with our Science topic.

 

Please continue to support your children at home by listening to them read as often as possible, helping your children become fluent with their times table knowledge, and supporting their home learning and topic project work.

 

If you have any queries or concerns, please catch us on the door at the end of the day, or make an appointment to see us via the office. Thank you for your continued support.

 

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Autumn 2

Writing Witches

Rubies had some very exciting visitors from Bournemouth University today - the Writing Witches! Together we uncovered the recipe for making a story and the magic spell needed to make them happen. The Writing Witches helped the children plan a magical story which they will finish writing in class. We will be entering these into a competition so watch this space...! Please click here to see our photos.

Ancient Greek Day

Year 4 travelled back in time to Ancient Greece when they created a "play in  a day". Pupils impressed with their ancient costumes before taking part in a dramatic depiction of Ancient Greece, full of fascinating facts about that period in history. Working in groups, children rehearsed different parts of the drama with the visiting professional actor, before taking part in the full performance with the rest of the year group and teachers watching. All the pupils enjoyed taking part and dressing up for the occasion. Please click here to see our photos.

Church Visit

Year 4 visited St Mark's Church ahead of this half-term's RE topic about the story of Christmas. Children learned about the Christmas story in the beautiful surroundings of the church, including searching for the all of the important landmarks of the Christmas story. A drink and a biscuit at the end of a morning of learning was also welcomed by the pupils. Please click here to see our photos.

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We are so proud of how hard the Y4 children worked during our first Autumn term. We had a fantastic seven weeks and are now looking forward to our exciting Christmas half term. During our first week back, we will be time travelling, going back to Ancient Greece to find out who the Ancient Greek people were, when they lived and where, and how they were able to establish their empire. Our Ancient Greece History topic will look at how the political system worked in Ancient Greece, investigate the legacy of Athenian Democracy and compare it with the political systems we have today. We will also compare and contrast the modern day Olympics with the Ancient Greek events, learn about Ancient Greek religion and research information about a variety of Greek gods. We will be including Art, Design and Technology within our Ancient Greece topic work.

 

We are continuing our number work in Maths, covering subtraction, multiplication and division, and consolidating our times table knowledge up to 12 x 12. In English we will be reading Who Let The Gods Out by Maz Evans alongside the ancient story of the Trojan War using these to understand the difference between myths, stories and reality. We will be writing our own Greek myths and writing a balanced argument.

 

In PE we will be focusing on invasion games looking at core skills of dodging, kicking, dribbling, catching, attack and defence, and dance skills. In RE children will be learning about Diwali and why Christians celebrate Christmas. PSHE will focus on 'Celebrating Differences and in Music we are focusing on music theory through vocabulary and learning to play the glockenspiel. We will also be learning about how to stay safe when using the internet and some core computer programming skills.


Wow – what a busy term! We look forward to sharing the outcomes with out at our fab finish at 2.30pm on Monday 10th December.

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Maths

Rubies were marvellous mathematicians today, investigating different ways of using maths manipulatives to add 2 numbers. Please click here to see our photos.

 

Art Week

Rubies were really excited to take part in an art workshop today with visiting artist Emma Denning. They each made a unique collage jewel to add to our new school installation. Please click here to see our photos

 

Welcome to Year 4

 

Welcome to Year 4! We've had a great start to life in Emeralds and Rubies class and have already demonstrated our creative skills with self-portraits in the style of Pablo Picasso.

 

This half-term our topic is Europe where we will be studying geographical similarities and differences in the human and physical geography of European countries. We will research capital cities, borders, famous rivers and mountains. In Science, we will study Habitats and Living Things, including gathering, recording and classifying data. This will include classifying animals into groups and considering local and non-local wildlife habitats. We have already been discovering local wildlife in our own Forest School area!

 

In PE will be focusing on football and ball skills, while in RE children will be learning about Judaism and the special relationship Jews have with God, and Buddhism examining how possible it is for everyone to be happy. PSHE will focus on 'Being Me in My World' and in Music we are focusing on the music of ABBA including the song Mamma Mia.

 

In English we will be reading Tom's Sausage Lion and using this to write diary entries and persuasive texts. In Maths we are concentrating on place value and addition and subtraction.