Monthly Archives: October, 2017

Happy Half Term

This week in English we have created new and exciting robots with marvellous features to benefit a given target audience. We worked in groups to create a TV advert, which we used to publish a written advert using persuasive language and rhetorical questions.

In maths, we have been continuing to look at multiplication and division, in particular, looking at factors of a given number.

In RE, we have been thinking about our priorities in life and what prevent us from spending time with God. We have engaged with silent prayer to be closer to Him.

Whilst we wish you a wonderful, restful half term, we also would encourage you all to continue working hard on SumDog (we hear you’re really enjoying it!), reading and the Year 3/4 spellings. Any extra that you choose to do to consolidate your learning this half term, particularly in Maths and English, will be beneficial.

Team 4 🙂

Week 6

Happy Friday everyone, we wish you a wonderful weekend! Just to summarise what we’ve been up to this week in Year 4…

In English we have been writing newspaper reports about the ‘Iron Man Attack’ at Northney Farm, Hayling Island. We have been using language to engage the reader, subordinate clauses to add extra information, a range of sentence openers and speech punctuation to add quotes from eye-witnesses. Some of the best published versions will be shown at the Northney Farm Tea Rooms!

In Maths we have really enjoyed manipulating numbers using our knowledge of multiplication and division. We have doubled and halved numbers and multiplied and divided them by 10 and 100. We have looked at number sentences and used the inverse to find new facts – the connections between numbers that children have found are truly amazing! On Friday we launched our new Maths homework platform, SumDog, which replaces MyMaths and Abacus. Your child should have their username and log in in their bag so that they can log on to the website from anywhere to enjoy an endless stream of maths games. All activities are automatically differentiated and are progressive.

In RE we have started our unit on Prayers, Saints and Feasts by looking at the story of Mary and Martha, thinking about the message that Jesus gave. Being October and a month of Mary, we also have studied the Magnificat and found out some very interesting things about the Mother of God.

As it gets colder, please remember to pack a pair of tracksuit bottoms and hooded top in your child’s PE kit and ensure that they always have their kit in school on a Wednesday and a Friday, if not at all times. Thank you.

Team 4 🙂

Brighten Up

This week has ended with a colourful bang, dressing up today to raise money for CAFOD.

In Maths this week we have been adding and subtracting, both mentally and using the expanded column written method. We have continued to work hard to use our reasoning to explain our thinking, including using concrete resources and drawing them pictorially into our books.

In English we have had a creative week working in groups in the role of villagers from the story, to generate ideas to destroy the Iron Man once and for all. We then came up with an argument, and debated this at a Town Meeting with the Mayor. Today wrote up our arguments, reinforcing our beliefs.

In RE, we have looked at what the Bible tells us about Harvest and created PowerPoints to explain our findings. We learned that we should share what we have with others who have less than us and that we should respect God’s creation so that we can all benefit from it.

The spellings for this week have been chosen by the children themselves. They should all have a copy of the Year 3/4 spelling list which they have highlighted with 5-6 spellings of their choice. These should be words that they don’t already know.

Have a lovely weekend,


Team 4

Week 3 – 29th September 2017

This week in Maths lessons we’ve been looking at: making confident estimates to problems through rounding, numbers below zero and consolidating our place value knowledge through open-ended activities.

In Literacy, we have been looking closely at using inverted commas to identify directed speech within a text. The children have begun writing their own direct speech for characters from The Iron Man text, ready to include in their newspaper articles.

A huge ‘thank you’ to the children for bringing in some amazing pieces of homework, ranging from created robots too powerpoints and posters!

For homework the children have these spellings to practice (remember to develop a clear understanding of what they mean – you could do this by using them correctly in a sentence):

Mane, main, peace, piece, fare, fair.

As the weather is starting to get colder, please can children remember to bring in their jumpers and coats.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 4 Team!