This week in Maths we have been solving word problems involving adding and subtracting. These problems have been two-step problems, involving the children solving an initial sum before solving another one to find the final answer.

In English, we’ve been continuing to look at Jemmy Button, thinking about the informal letter that he would write home to his family.

In RE, we’ve spent time considering, discussing and analysing the morality of making difficult decisions,

For spellings this week the children have:

Group 1

Pace

Packing

Stick

Smoking

Darkened

Group 2

Smoking

Unpacking

Darkened

Pacific

Specific

Electrifying

This fortnight‘s rule is c/k/ck spellings. The test will be on the 30th March, and ten words that follow the rule will be tested, so children must practice not only the words they are given.

Today we went to Marwell Zoo. The children had a great day, learnt a lot and had heaps of fun! Thankfully the weather was dry too. Thanks to all of our parent helpers, we couldn’t have done it without you – if any of you took photos of the animals or your own child that you are happy to share, please do send them in to adminoffice@stpeterswaterlooville.hants.sch.uk. “Best school day ever!” exclaimed Harry. “I loved the meerkats because they are so cute!” thought Eniola. Hayden added, “Thank you to all the teachers and helpers for taking us to the beautiful zoo, some of us have never been before.”

We wish you a lovely weekend.

Team 4!

# Friday 9th March 2018

In Maths this week we’ve been adding and subtracting using the formal column method. We’ve progressed from using the expanded method which partitions the numbers, to the quicker, more efficient compact method. Please can the children continue to practice these methods at home, alongside word problems. If the children find this easy, they can move on to two-step problems (this requires the children to do more than one calculation to find the answer). See examples below.

EXAMPLE WORD PROBLEM – (Adapted from Tilly Grove’s own problem) Tilly has collected 487 bottle caps for charity. Her friend gives her 1026 more. She decides to split the bottle caps so that two charities will benefit. She gives 876 to CAFOD and the rest go to the Rowans Hospice. How many will the Hospice receive?

In English, we’ve been continuing to look at our new text, Jemmy Button, thinking about the emotional journey that he took and how we can convey this through our writing with show-not-tell sentences. Show-not-tell sentences aim to describe the physical responses the body has to emotions, rather than to just state them. For example, instead of ‘I feel scared’, children could write, ‘a cold shiver runs down my spine as the once soft hairs on my arm stand to attention’. Question your children about how they’re feeling in different situations this weekend and ask them how they know, what is their body doing? These could be written down to be shared with the class next week.

In RE, we’ve spent time considering and discussing the philosophical question, ‘Can you forgive everybody?’ The children have engaged well and contributed thoughtful and mature answers.

For spellings this week the children have:

Super 6 spellers

come
back
magic
king
dark
like

(c/k/ck) Other spellings that follow this rule should also be practiced as they may appear on the test.

Whole Class

occasion
occasionally
opposite
possess
possession
possible
suppose

Double Consonant Words (Set 2)

Today was the final of the Poetry Recital. Congratulations to James Riggs, the winner of the Year 3/4 Poetry Recital – your accent won the crowd over!

A huge well done to Islwyn Mainwaring – we all loved your different voices and the use of your puppet.

Also, a huge well done to Jacob Kurowski – your props were phenomenal and your beautifully projected voice held the audience’s attention.

We wish you a lovely weekend.

Team 4!

# Week 1 – 23rd February 2018

In Maths this week we’ve finished our Geometry unit by looking different quadrilaterals and lines of symmetry of a given shape. Next week we’ll be returning to Number and Place Value with emphasis on deeper learning. The children have been encouraged for homework to consolidate their understanding of quadrilaterals, drawing lines of symmetry on shapes/drawing missing sections of shapes and practice rounding to the nearest 10, 100, 1000 (challenge – nearest whole).

In English, we’ve been looking at our new text, Jemmy Button, and thinking of inventive ways to describe the settings. The children have been encouraged to practice their understanding of: using prepositional phrases within powerful and engaging sentences and use of (complex and non cliché) similes to create an image in the reader’s mind e.g. The pedestrians scuttle around the city like ants rushing to their nests.

In RE, we’ve been looking at our Lenten promises and how they would help the world rather than just being a benefit for ourselves. Also, we’ve looked closely at Jesus’s time travelling through the desert and how he overcome temptation from the Devil.

For spellings this week the children have:

Super 6 spellers

look

looks

looked

could

would

should

(Short oo sound)

Calendar

consider

early

earth

heard

learn

particular

peculiar

(ur grapheme)

We wish you a lovely weekend

Team 4!

# Friday 9th February 2018

In Maths this week, we have begun our Geometry unit and looked at different triangles and their corresponding properties. The first week back will involve learning about different quadrilaterals and how to classify them correctly. Some pre learning over half term would be fantastic!

Please note that in the video above, ‘Trapezoid’ is the American term for a trapezium.

In English, we’ve been writing, editing and publishing our Peter Pan play scripts to send to the Hayling Theatre Group.

In RE, we have concluded our unit on Revelations and look forward to starting Lent after the break.

For homework over half term the children have been given an extensive list of spellings to practise. The rules are: ‘W or wh’ words e.g with, what etc. and ‘gh’ word e.g. caught, enough etc.

For Maths, the children have been told to practise anything they have found challenging over this half term. This could involve consolidating their understanding of:

• Solving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division calculations
• Word problems involving any of the four operations (with two steps or more)
• Inverse
• Time (converting between 12hr and 24hr and drawing hands on a clock face)
• Area and perimeter
• Converting between different units of measurement

Congratulations to James Riggs, Islwyn Mainwaring and Jacob Kurowski! These children have been chosen as Year 4’s finalists for the Poetry Recital which will take place on March 9th. Please remember to bring props!

Have a wonderful half term, we look forward to seeing you all on the 19th! We wish Miss Hill a particularly wonderful half term as she spends it on honeymoon with her HUSBAND, returning to us as Mrs Pike.

Team 4.

# Friday 2nd February 2018

What an exciting end to the week!

The children have thoroughly enjoyed today’s STEM day. We welcomed guests from Scottish Southern Energy who gave a workshop on electricity and staying safe. In the afternoon, we experimented with using different fruit and vegetables as power sources for series circuits.

In Maths this week we have been looking at calculating the area of rectilinear shapes, as well as converting between different units of measure.

English learning this week involved planning our play scripts in preparation for writing our final play script about Peter Pan next week.

In RE we looked at Nunc Dimittis, Simeon’s response to seeing Jesus in the Temple.

Homework this week includes using the place value grid to practise converting between different units of measure (by multiplying/dividing by 10, 100 and 1000). Remember to use the key vocabulary: ten times greater/smaller, one hundred times greater/smaller and one thousand times greater/smaller – NOT ‘just adding/taking away the zeros’!

The children have written this week’s spellings in their Home Learning Diary.

We wish you all a lovely weekend.

Team 4

# Friday 26th January 2018

What an interesting end to the week in Year 4! Ask your child about the science experiment we did this afternoon…

In Maths, this week we having been learning to tell the time. From our individual starting points, we have progressed to reading the analogue and digital time (12 and 24 hour). We have also solved word problems involving time intervals and reading timetables.

Our English work this week has involved writing an exciting commentary of Peter Pan and Hook’s battle using a variety of impressive vocabulary. We have now moved on to understanding the features of a play script, taking speech from a graphic novel and changing its format.

RE this week has progressed onto looking closely at Jesus’s Presentation at the Temple. We have written the headline and opening paragraph of a newspaper, reporting the story.

For home learning over next week the children will benefit from continuing to practise telling the time in both analogue and digital (12hr and 24hr). It has been suggested that a ‘time diary’ would be a good idea to complete. For example, at what time did you eat dinner and how long did this last for? In preparation for our next unit of work on Measurement (converting mm-cm, g-kg, for example), children should refresh themselves on place value (multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000).

3/4 spellings to practise:

build

favourite

February

guard

guide

therefore

(silent letters)

Super 6 spellers have:

go

oh

clothes

snow

only

boat

(oa sound – various graphemes)

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 4 Team!

# 19th January 2018

Another week finished in Year 4!

In Maths this week we having been look at finding fractions of amounts and solving simple word problems involving fractions.

Our English work this week has involved orally rehearsing vocabulary in preparation to write a commentary for a scene in the Peter Pan film.

RE this week has progressed onto looking closely at Jesus’s Transfiguration and its link to light.

For home learning over next week the children have to practise telling the time in both analogue and digital (12hr and 24hr). This could include counting the number of minutes until a given point and converting minutes to hours (and vice versa). If this is something you find easy, then why not try solving word problems that involve time conversions!

Why not try learning this off-by-heart…

30 days have September, April, June and November.

All the rest have 31.

Except for February alone, which has 28 each year and 29 each leap year!

3/4 spellings to practise:

appear

arrive

different

difficult

disappear

grammar

(Double consonant words)

Super 6 spellers have:

mind

night

why

eyes

inside

like

(the long ‘igh’ phoneme)

Finally, some children will have the next set of five YR5/6 words.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 4 Team!

# Friday 12th January 2018

Hello!

In Maths we have been continuing with our work on fractions. In particular, the children have been finding equivalent fractions and adding fractions with the same denominator, sometimes with the total being greater than one whole.

In English we have been continuing our Captain Hook character description, using a variety of sentence openers, noun phrases and figurative language. Here is a phrase from 4HA’s Showstopper Writer this week: ‘The devilish captain, menacingly gazed at the retreating crew, intimidating them as they sailed the rippled, moonlit sea.’

In RE we have begun our unit on Revelations by looking at the multi-faith element of Diwali. We have been studying Rangoli – an artform handed down through the generations, typically painted outside people’s doors to welcome the Goddess Lakshmi and her good luck in. The children designed and created their own patterns along the walkways in school.

Please check your child’s school bag for the maths homework sheet and their diary, where they should have written their spellings to be completed over the next week.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

Team 4  🙂

# Welcome back!

Hello!

We hope that 2018 has started well for you. We are off to a good start in Year 4:

In Maths we have been continuing with fractions. The children have retained their knowledge from before Christmas very well, completing a loop card challenge with their peers. They solved problems and defined key terminology such as ‘mixed number’, ‘improper’ and ‘equivalent’ fractions.

In English we have started looking at Captain Hook as a character from our new book, Peter Pan. The children have learnt and used some new vocabulary to generate phrases and sentences to describe him and his crew. For example:

• nonchalant
• villainous
• menacing
• regal

In RE we have finished our short unit of ‘Christmas’ and we look forward to starting ‘Revelations’ next week.

We hope that you have received the letter regarding the changes to our homework policy and that you and your child will find it beneficial. Spellings have been set this week and are in your child’s diary. We would like to remind you that diaries should be in school every day. Maths homework will be sent home next week.

Wishing you a restful weekend, ready for a full week at school starting Monday!

Team 4  🙂

# Happy Christmas!

And so the Christmas break is upon us and the Autumn term is over. How fast the time is flying!

We wish you all a very merry Christmas, may your break be an enjoyable and restful one (with just a little reading, spelling and times table practice thrown in :P).

Mrs Atkins, Miss Hill, Miss Fleming, Mrs Cairns, Miss Graham and Mrs Chapman.

🙂