First Week Back

Hello,

First week of the academic year has already finished and the children have already learned so much!

In English, children have been studying the book Stitch Head by Guy Bass, exploring the different language and effects it has on the reader. We started our week by using our inference skills to understand how Stitch Head was feeling and what clues helped us. We spotted that the nouns and adjectives gave us big clues, one example the children dissected was ‘ the lonesome put-together,  who hugged his bony knees tightly,  watched his professor walk away’. As they dissected the text, they also spotted a range of skills (like adverbs, expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials) in which they used within their own apprentice writes. Next week, the year four team are excited to see the children finish their ‘monstrous stories’.

In maths, we have continued to explore place value and four digit numbers. Children were given a problem regarding place value of a four digit number  in which they had to exchange. Here the children discussed and explored using the tools and found out that ’35 hundreds’ were equivalent to 3500. They then moved onto ordering and comparing four digit numbers, looking closely at each place holder and finding its value.

The children were very excited this week when they discovered a ‘burial site’,where lots of artefacts were excavated. The children looked at the artefacts and made predictions of what they were and where they came from. Koalas and Kangaroos also made exciting predictions as what they would look like now and if we still used them. Next week the children will look more closely at he artefacts and discover more clues. Hopefully we will find out who these artefacts belonged to!

We would like to thank everyone for getting back into routine so well and we’re excited for the rest of the year ahead! As part of year 4, the children will be set homework every Friday,to be returned the following week. This includes spellings, reading and maths on Sum dog. The first week back most children have completed their work,which we were very happy about.We understand that some children’s activity on Sum dog hasn’t be logged. We want children to be assured not to worry and we will try and get it fixed as soon as possible.

A quick reminder of the following key dates:

  • Tuesday 17th September (3.30pm): Y4 Parent Welcome Meeting
  • Wednesday 18th September 2019: Y4 trip to Winchester Museum and Cathedral

We would also like to say a big thank you for all the parent volunteers who are helping on the school trip. We now have enough adult support to go and look forward to sharing the day with you.

We hope you have a great weekend and look forward to seeing you all next week!

Kind regards,

Miss Jackson-Nash, Miss Honeywell and Mrs Cairns

Welcome Back!

Hello,

We hope that you have all had a relaxing and enjoyable summer holidays and that you are all feeling refreshed and ready for the new school term.

Year Four have been very excited to begin their new topic, ‘Monstrous inventions!’ As part of our cross-curricular learning, the children have been exploring their new English text, Stitch Head, by Guy Bass. On our first day back to school, we watched a short video clip about the story and then annotated the text more closely as we searched for examples of powerful expanded noun phrases. The children then had a go at using vocabulary mats and thesauruses to create their very own descriptive sentences about the appearance of the main character. We were amazed by the level of the children’s vocabulary and their use of alliteration and simile to entertain the reader. Here is a couple of great examples from pupil’s books – ‘his piercing, pearlescent eyes shimmered like jewels in the moonlight’; ‘the child’s skeletal, gaunt hands wriggled like twisting tree branches along the banister’. Well done Year 4!

In Maths, we have been learning about place value and have been exploring thousands – within the context of four digit numbers – for the very first time. As part of an investigation, both classes were given a set of hundreds, tens and ones diennes and asked to show what they thought 1000 would look like. We had some very interesting discussions about what 1000 is ‘made up of’. Already, the children were able to use place value vocabulary such as thousands, hundreds, bigger and smaller. Each group was excited to use the Maths tools on their tables to discover how 1000 is equivalent to ten lots of 100s. The children then had a go at a dice game to generate their own 4 digit numbers, before filling a place value grid to show multiple representations of the number (place value counters, arrow cards, words) – as a challenge, some children also attempted exchange problems e.g. ‘What if… I rolled an 11 for the hundreds digit, on my 12-sided dice? What would happen to your 4 digit number?’ (solution: it would become 1100).

Just to let you know that the children have all received a times table Sumdog challenge, along with spelling home learning and a coloured band reading book, all of which are to be completed by Friday 13th September 2019. Please ensure your child records the work that they have completed in their new home learning diaries.

A quick reminder of the following key dates:

  • Friday 13th September 2019: deadline for school trip reply slips
  • Tuesday 17th September (3.30pm): Y4 Parent Welcome Meeting
  • Wednesday 18th September 2019: Y4 trip to Winchester Museum and Cathedral

We hope that you have all had a good weekend and look forward to seeing you all next week. If you would like to volunteer to help on our school trip, please contact the school office as soon as possible – your assistance would be greatly appreciated!

Kind regards,

Miss Honeywell, Miss Jackson-Nash and Mrs Cairns.

Transition Week

Dear all,

What an end to another busy week! The children have really enjoyed their transition session to Year 5. They have taken on the challenges and worked well collaborative and individually to achieve their learning goals. A really successful two sessions. We also got to see their fantastic art skills as well.

In English, we have been creating our dreamtime stories and using all the sentence and vocabulary knowledge and skills to create narrative to hook and interest our reader. We will continue our stories next week.

In Maths, we have been continuing with our Geometry unit investigating different types of triangles and using our properties knowledge to create different regular and irregular polygons. We will look at translation of shapes using co-ordinates next week.

In History, we have been continuing with our Anglo-Saxon and Viking unit and we have been considering the reputation of the Vikings and will continue to investigate whether the Vikings were more Raiders or Settlers back in the 7th Century.

Celebrations:

4S – Golden Key: Sabrina McGannan – For showing great positivity and focus in her learning as well as supporting others in their learning.

Showstopper Writer: Joshua Hill – For using his critical thinking skills to complete his guided reading tasks with good details.

June Mathemagician: Reuben Jose – For always challenging his learning and showing good reasoning in problem solving.

4B – Golden Key:– Poppy Tayler- Sayers – For her hardworking attitude and for being a lovely person in class.

Showstopper Writer: Mikayla Black – For using her critical thinking skills to complete her history work.

June Mathemagician: Harvey Cope – For always challenging his learning and showing good reasoning in problem solving.

Reminders/Dates:

Monday 15th July – year 4 music concert. The children will be performing this terms musical instrument, keyboard. Parents, if you are available are welcome to attended. Letters have gone home today.

Make sure children continue to dress appropriately for the weather with hats, suncream and water bottles.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

The Year 4 Team

Camping!

Dear all,

What an end to another busy week! It was lovely to see so many faces as year 4 camped on the school field Friday night. We began the evening with five different activities: den building, scavenger hunt, team building games, dodgeball and nature artwork.

 

We followed this with a fish and chip supper.

Before bed, Mr Cunningham read us all a story whilst we toasted marshmallows over the fire.  Everyone left Saturday morning having thoroughly enjoyed the experience, even if they were feeling a bit sleepy!

Reminders/Dates:

15th July – year 4 music concert. The children will be performing this terms musical instrument, keyboard. Parents, if you are available are welcome to attended. Letters have gone home today.

Make sure children continue to dress appropriately for the weather.

We hope you have a lovely week.

The Year 4 Team

STEM Day fun to end the week!

Dear all,

STEM DAY fun ends another busy week in which we began to write our aboriginal stories and started our geometry unit in maths.

We explore the topic of SOUND today with various investigations into how sounds are made and how sound travels. We conducted an investigation into pitch, volume by making pan pipes and harmonicas and considered how we could change variables to change the pitch our instruments.

See our results investigations below:

Creating sound waves.

Investigation how sound waves travel and how they change with distance.

Investigation sound vibrations.

Playing our made instruments varying the pitch and volume.

Celebrations:

Golden Key:

4S: Maddie Gissing: ‘For using the gifts God has given her to be a positive, happy member of the class.’

4B: Daniel Tan: ‘For using the gifts God has given her to be a thoughtful, member person.’

Showstopper Writer:

4S: Promise Mndzebele: ‘For writing an effective story opening to an excellent standard.’

4B: Caris Mpario: ‘For carefully editing and re-drafting her story introduction.’

Reminders/Dates:

Sports Day Monday 1st July – Children to come in their PE kits. Remember to bring water bottle, suncream and a hat if hot weather predicted.

Camping Night – Friday 5th July. Parents who have offered tents will be contacted next week by the office staff.

If you have not given in your food choices and contact numbers, please do so as soon as possible as we will be unable to accept your child for the night without the permission/health/contact slip.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

The Year 4 Team

 

Carnival!

Dear all,
In Maths this week, we have been applying our knowledge of fractions to decimals and have been solving problems. Once we have completed this we will be moving on to our geometry topic.
In English, we have begun our new topic linked to Australia, dreamtime stories. The children have collated appropriate vocabulary for their character and setting. They have also been recapping complex sentences with subordinate clauses and sentences with fronted adverbials, in preparation for a setting description next week.
In RE we have continued with our Pentecost unit. The children were thinking about the qualities of saints and some were evening thinking about saints in modern society.
The children thoroughly enjoyed the carnival this afternoon and what lovely weather too! We showed off the art work created with Mrs Pearson and shared two bush ballads we had learnt; Waltzing Matilda and the Kookaburra song.

Celebrations:
Golden Key:
4S: Bradley Polley: ‘For using the gifts God has given him to show focus and positivity towards learning challenges.’
4B: Savannah Gardner: ‘For using the gifts God has given her to be a thoughtful and resilient person.’
Showstopper Writer:
4S: Faith Martin: ‘For writing an effective non-chronological report for a mythical creature to an excellent standard.’
4B: Emily Long: ‘For carefully choosing and editing her vocabulary choices to make sure they were appropriate.’
Reminders/Dates:
Please continue to bring in the camping trip forms.
Friday 28th June – St Peter’s Fest from 5pm.
We hope you have a lovely weekend.
The Year 4 Team

Friday 7th June 2019

Dear all,

In Maths this week, we have completed our measures unit with time. We were applying different strategies to aid with our problem solving. We will be revisiting our fractions and decimals and recalling ‘what we know’ to apply that to new learning on tenths and hundredths.

In English, we have been publishing and evaluating our non-chronological reports about our chosen mythical creature. The children have worked so hard on producing high quality texts that will hook, engage and inform their audience. The children will choose a selection to be sent to J.K Rowling.

In RE we began our Pentecost, unit by role playing The coming of the Holy Spirit and considering our reactions and actions as modern- day apostles.

Celebrations:

Golden Key:

4S: Sabrina McGannan: ‘For using the gifts God has given her to show thoughtful and kind actions to others.’

4B: Louis Read: ‘for consistently working hard all year.’

Showstopper Writer:

4S: Faith Martin: ‘For writing an effective non-chronological report for a mythical creature to an excellent standard.’

4B: Mikayla Black: ‘For effective editing of her report.’

May 2019 – Mathemagician of the Month:

4S: Isabel Thomas: ‘For challenging herself with her problem solving and reasoning in Maths.’

4B: Ethan Tinsley-Jones: ‘For his impressive learning on time.’

Reminders/Dates:

Fathers Day Sale – Wednesday 12th June for Year 4. Bring between £1-£5 in a purse or sealed envelope.

Friday 14th June – Sports Day – children to come into school wearing their PE kit. They will remain in their kit all day. If the weather is due to be wet, further details will follow as to alternative arrangements.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

The Year 4 Team

Friday 17th May 2019

Dear all,
In maths this week, we have continued our measures unit. We have been solving problems which have included £ and p. We were applying different strategies to aid with our problem solving. We will be continuing with our measures units next week with telling the time and solving problems involving the passing of time.
In English, we have been planning our non-chronological reports about our chosen mythical creature. We have been able to draw upon our learning in geography and science and use this technical language in our plans.
In RE we discussed the question ‘How do you get to Heaven?’. there were some very thoughtful responses and the children showed respect when listening to others opinions.
Celebrations:
Golden Key:
4S: Isabel Thomas: ‘For using the gifts God has given her to show focus and motivation in her learning.’
4B: Charlie Wright: ‘for using the gifts God has given him to respond to class discussions in a thoughtful manner.’
Showstopper Writer:
4S: James Watson: ‘For writing an effective character description for a mythical creature.’
4B: Daniella Pacheco: ‘For making progress in her spellings and analysing the features in a text.’
Reminders/Dates:
As you are aware Tuesday 21st May is the Year 3/4 mass at Sacred Heart. We are still looking for parents to accompany us on our walk to church that morning, if you are available we would love for you to join us.
We hope you have a lovely weekend.
The Year 4 Team

Friday 10th May 2019

Dear all,

In maths this week, we have been continuing our measure’s unit and be apply our converting skill to solving real life problems involving money. We have solved problems whilst having to convert between £ and p and using decimal (tenth and hundredths). We will be continuing with our measures units next week with telling the time and solving problems involving the passing of time.

In English, we have been creating precise description about mythical creatures. The children have also critically evaluated a piece of descriptive writing for its effectiveness and effect of the reader. Next week we will continue to look at examples of non-chronological reports for text and language features.

In RE we looked at Jesus’ ascension to heaven. We used scripture and visualisations to imagine we were one of the disciples watching this amazing event and begin to write a diary entry from the disciples’ point of view.

Celebrations:

Golden Key:

4S: Iannis Milia: ‘For using the gifts God has given him to share his knowledge and learning enthusiastically with others.’

4B: Louis Read: ‘For using the gifts God has given him to be a thoughtful, hardworking and supportive member of the class.’

Showstopper Writer:

4S: Reuben Jose: ‘For producing a well thought out critically analysis of a piece of writing for effectiveness and effect on the reader.’

4B: Joshua Green: ‘For using effective descriptive language to describe his mythical creature.’

Reminders/Dates:

A letter has gone out about our upcoming Y3/4 Mass at Sacred Heart on Tuesday 21st May. If you are able to walk with us from school to the church or will be attending the mass, could you please return the slip at the bottom of the letter as soon as possible.  Thank you.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

The Year 4 Team

Friday 3rd May 2019

Dear all,
In maths this week, we have been learning how to convert units of measure. We have solved problems whilst having to convert between, cm and m and m and km. We will be continuing with our measures units next week.
In English, we have been creating similes about mythical creatures. The children have created some lovely sentences which have included a simile which they can use when they write a character description next week.
In RE we created art work with our representations of heaven. We used scripture and thought about how we could use this to help us with our depictions.
In assembly today Mr Cunningham presented us with a cheque to send to the Guide Dogs Association. With a little help from Miss Stapley’s last minute donation, we raised £200!
Celebrations:
Golden Key:
4S: Stanley Perriman: ‘For using the gifts God has given him to be a thoughtful, loving and kind member of the class.
4B: Henry Burridge: ‘For using the gifts God has given him to develop a positive attitude towards his learning this half term’
Showstopper Writer:
4S: Liberty Roberts: ‘For producing thoughtful and precise descriptive vocabulary.’
4B: Taylor Bryden: ‘For thoughtfully creating a vocabulary relating to his mythical creature.’
Mathemagician – April 2019:
4S: Matthew Alexander: ‘for challenging himself with his problem solving and reasoning in Maths.’
4B: Alfie Wingrove-Cross – ‘For persevering when faced with a challenge.’
Reminders/Dates:
We hope you have a lovely bank holiday weekend.
The Year 4 Team