Friday, 23 June 2017

Assessments over for another year!!!


Well it’s Year 4 here again….

It’s always an indicator of how close to the end of the year we are when we complete the end of year assessment week!

This week:

As I’m sure you are all aware we’ve been work really hard, concentrating on our assessments. Well done! to all the children, who have truly done their best to demonstrate their learning throughout the year.

Next week:

In English we will be starting a new unit – Discussions. During which we will be further developing our writing skills: including fronted adverbials and topic sentences, whilst varying sentence structures. Of course, we will continue to work on perfecting our proof-reading and editing skills.

Mrs Meredith’s maths group will be performing further investigations involving larger numbers, next week.

Miss Eastlake’s group will be revisiting fractions as this is an area in which the children require a more secure understanding.

Year 4 will be starting a new unit in Science, Habitats. This unit involves us understanding how to classify living things, examining invertebrates and vertebrates, then developing an greater appreciation of the impact that humans have on specific habitats. It will link well with our trip to Cuffley and the very end of the year.

In our Harpenden topic we are continuing with our investigation of our local area and have been recording the differing land uses that surround us, in a variety of methods.

How can you support at home?

In Miss Eastlake’s Maths class those who know that they are still working on improving their knowledge of times tables, should keep up regular practice of these. Remember they are your basic maths building blocks!
Take advantage of the sunshine, sit in the garden and enjoy reading your favourite book. That is certain what the Year 4 team will be doing with any spare time. 

Homework:

This week, as everyone has worked so hard, the only homework is for Topic. The children have been asked to research a suitable person who could be commemorated by a blue plaque in Harpenden.

Reminder:

If you are one of the few people who have not yet to signed up for the Cuffley trip on Thursday 20th July, please get your child’s acceptance slip back to the office as soon as possible. Finally, if you know that your child is unable to attend the Cuffley trip, please make the office aware, thank you in advance.

Sorry, no photos today.

Thanks as ever for your support

The Year 4 Team

 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Fabulosas!

What a fantastic show the children gave last night at the Harpenden Public Hall. The children behaved well and coped admirably with the heat while they were waiting under stage for their turn to perform. The rousing performance of 'Cumbanchero' was fabulous and we hope it has been a great experience for the children to be involved in such a production. A special mention to the Orchestra and Choir members who have attended regular practice sessions with Mr Bishop at the end or start of school. Their hard work really paid off and they were able to give such a confident performance.


Well done to all the children (and parents) who completed the Harpenden trail over half term holiday. We hope you found it informative. We have continued with our topic since half term and explored the effect of the railway coming to Harpenden and from a geography perspective have begun thinking about plotting land use in the town now using our digital mapping programme 'digimap'.


In Science, we have been experimenting with different conductors and insulators in simple electric circuits.  Part of our curriculum involves taking a part a plug and looking at how it is wired. It would be therefore helpful if the children can have some 'hands on' experience of this at home; perhaps taking a plug apart with adult supervision.


In Maths, both sets have been revising in preparation for our final assessment week next week. It would be beneficial that children make sure they get to bed early and are fully focused so they can 'show off' their best skills!


In English we have completed a short unit on a story from another culture. The children have written from the perspective of Gregory in 'Gregory Cool'. We plan to pick up this unit again towards the end of the term so if the children spot any stories from other cultures at home and would like to share them, that would be most welcome.


Next week, as we have said, is assessment week so there will be no separate spelling list but we are sending home red books to provide an opportunity to look over and recall all the spelling rules covered this year for a final spelling test next week. All assessment tests taken next week will be feedback in the end of year report.


Have a great weekend!
The Year 4 team







Thursday, 25 May 2017

Songs to learn for music concert

We are the Young

We are the young, the children of the world
We hold tomorrow in our hands
We are the young, the promise of a brighter day
The future waits at our command.

Teach us well; teach us how to care,
Give us love, love that we can share
And we’ll walk hand in hand in the light of the rising sun
We are the young.

We are the young, and so we look to you
To show us how the world should be
We are the young: we trust in your experience
To help us shape our destiny.

 Teach us well; teach us how to care,
Give us love, love that we can share
And we’ll walk hand in hand in the light of the rising sun
We are the young.

That day is dawning when we will be grown
We will inherit this world for our own

We are the young, the children of the world
We hold tomorrow in our hands
We are the young, the promise of a brighter day
The future waits at our command.

Teach us well; teach us how to care,
Give us love, love that we can share
And we’ll walk hand in hand in the light of the rising sun
We are the young.
We are the young
We are the young.


 The Gift of Today

I feel so lucky when I wake up in the morning
And the birds are singing, “welcome new day”
I’m happy when I see the sun is shining through the window
Beckoning all to come and play.

I thank all those who take such care of me,
Making sure I wrap up warm in the cold
We need to take good care of one another,
helping all of us through, as we grow old.

Celebrate! Celebrate!
Make it a day that we can say:
Celebrate! Celebrate!
Celebrate the gift of today!

I know the world is sad in many places,
People struggling hard just to survive,
Where there is war and hatred I just pray
The hope of reconciliation  stays alive

Imagine a world where every man, woman, child,
Could live their lives not being so fearful every day
Imagine a time when everybody in this world
Can wake up ev’ry morning able to say:

Celebrate! Celebrate!
Make it a day that we can say:
Celebrate! Celebrate!
Celebrate the gift of today!

                                                                                                                           
El cumbanchero

A cumba, cumba, cumba, cumbanchero,
A bongo, bongo, bongo, bongo sero.
When in Cuba you can do the cumbanchero, bongo sero
que seva
Bongo sero que seva

Hear all Havana bongos drum,
Bum bum ba.
See all Havana guitars strum,
Tum tum ta.


A cumba, cumba, cumba, cumbanchero,
A bongo, bongo, bongo, bongo sero.
When in Cuba you can do the cumbanchero, bongo sero
que seva
Bongo sero que seva
Cumba!

 Mi caballo blanco

You are my fine companion,
a stable friend indeed.
We’ll always be together,
me and you my trusty steed.


Mi caballo, mi caballo
galopando va,
Mi caballo, mi caballo
Sevay se va.
Ah-----------mm,


You are my guardian angel
And understand my pain.
You’ll always lift my spirits
As we race across the plain.


And when the gods in heaven
Announce our final ride,
They know that we’ll be ready
Both together side by side.

  
Thank you very much to the parents that came on our walk on Monday afternoon. It was a warm one but I think the children enjoyed conducting surveys with members of the public and having an opportunity to speak with Madam Mayor.






















We hope you have a lovely half term break.


The Year 4 team

Friday, 19 May 2017

It’s nearly time for our last half term break of the year…


This week:

BREAKING NEWS…..in English we have been developing our journalism skills through writing a recount in the style of a news report. This has included recognising and using the 5W’s within an orientation paragraph together with writing in a passive rather than active voice.  On top of which, we have been doing our best to use sensational language too. Of course, our old favourites have continued to be included: fronted adverbials, topic sentences, proof-reading and editing skills.

Mrs Meredith’s maths group have been working on some enrichment investigations to do with different measures.

Miss Eastlake’s maths group have been revisiting written methods of subtraction and applying their knowledge and understanding to problem solving. This is a skill which will be the focus of our work after half term, together with revisiting multiplication and division strategies. So if anyone who is not yet confident with their times tables, half term is an ideal time to do some more practice…

Science in Year 4, we have just started our new unit; Electricity. Several children have already kindly demonstrated their knowledge by sharing some electrical circuits that they have built. We will continue to investigate electrical circuits further, exploring there components and materials that successfully conduct a current. We will also be considering the possible dangers involved with dealing with electricity regularly.

Our Harpenden topic is well underway and we are all enjoying learning more about the history and development of Harpenden and the local area. On Monday afternoon we are looking forward to furthering our investigations by asking the Mayor some specific questions. Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to accompany us. If you could arrive by 1pm please.  

Next week is Multicultural and Eisteddfod week, so there will be some lesson disruption.  Year 4 will be focusing on two aspects of African art, one of which will involve creating a clay mask. It would be extremely helpful if you could make a cardboard support for this mask before Wednesday. It should be about half B5 size. We recommend corrugated cardboard, as wet clay is quite heavy, folded so that the two sides create a right angle and held in place by sticky tape, creating a shape that the clay can be draped over to dry. Here is a video clip that shows you in more detail:


How can you support at home?

Miss Eastlake’s Maths class would find additional practice of times tables and any opportunities for the children to develop their appreciation of the inverse relationship between multiplication and division helpful.

This week homework is over 2 weeks, in after half term, as we have asked the children to complete a walk through Harpenden High Street answering a set of questions as they go. We thought that they might like to get together with a friend (and an adult) to do this. However, it would also be a pleasant walk for the family.

There is also a town trail 2 that can be downloaded if you particularly enjoy completing the first!!

Thanks as ever for your support

The Year 4 Team

 

Friday, 5 May 2017



News


We have now completed our English unit on Greek Myths and the children have produced some fantastic pieces of writing. The children's understanding of this genre of writing has greatly improved and it has been a successful stimuli to draw on the children's imaginations and writing skills. Well done year 4!


In Maths, Mrs Meredith set have now completed work on fractions and decimals culminating in an end of unit investigation where the children have created their own multi-choice 'real life' scenarios to set challenging questions to test others. Miss Eastlake's set have been continuing their unit on data handling and learning about the most suitable representations for specific data e.g. bar charts, line graphs.


For Science, the children have been investigating the fun world of bubbles! One investigation has involved finding out about the fizziness of sherbet and how this is created and a further one connected with aerating chocolate. So plenty of finger licking opportunities!


In PSHE lessons we have been talking about loss, whether that be a lost pencil case, a lost friend or losing a relative. The children have responded sensitively to discussions and reflected well in their jigsaw journals.


If possible could children bring in a small plastic bottle (250ML) for next Tuesday's Science lesson.




At home
Homework was sent home on Thursday. For the reading comprehension could we emphasise the importance of finding evidence in the text to support answers.
Also, as our new English unit is Journalistic recounts, it may be helpful to have a look through a newspaper and find an example of a recount. (Please bring into school)
Miss Eastlake would also like her set to be looking out for examples of charts or tables in newspapers for Maths.


Have a great weekend


The Year 4 team

Friday, 21 April 2017


Welcome back to all!

Can you believe that this is our last term as Year 4?

This week:

In English we have started our new unit – Greek Myths. During this unit we will be coming familiar with the key features of myths. In addition, we will further develop our fiction writing skills: including fronted adverbials, topic sentences and character descriptions, whilst varying sentence structures. Of course, we will continue to work on perfecting our proof-reading and editing skills.

Mrs Meredith’s maths group will be developing their problem solving and investigation skills.

Miss Eastlake’s group are continuing to improve their understanding of different units of measurement: cm, m, km, g, kg, ml and l. This will also involve converting between different measurement and developing their understanding of the relationship between units.

Year 4 will continue to work on Brilliant Bubbles in Science.

Harpenden is our new topic and we have started by looking at clues and evidence that can help us to interpret the history of our town. We are all looking forward to investigation this topic further over the next few weeks.
In Computing, both classes have begun looking at using html tags. Have a go at home working through lessons 1-5.

How can you support at home?

Miss Eastlake’s Maths class would find any additional practise using and reading weighing scales when cooking at home, very helpful.  Several children find understanding the value of interval markers on scales a tricky concept to understand.

If you have friend or relative who has lived in the local area for their whole life, perhaps you can chat to them about their experiences and how the town has changes. Even better, if an older local contact would like to share their knowledge with the whole year group, please do get in contact with the school.

Request for help:

On Monday 22nd May Year 4 will be walking to and around Harpenden as part of our latest topic. During the afternoon we are hoping to be able to meet the Mayor too. It would be extremely helpful if some of our wonderful parents would volunteer to help us with this trip. Please contact the office if you are able to help, thank you in advance. (DBS will be required)

Sorry, no photos today.

Thanks as ever for your support

The Year 4 Team