Saturday, 17 February 2018

Welcome back

We are looking forward to welcoming the children back to school on Monday and hope that you have all had a relaxing and happy half term break. 
This half term we have plenty of exciting events happening kicking off with our class assembly on Friday 23 February. We hope that many of you will be able to attend to see a short presentation of some of the things that the children have been up to this term. 

Thank you in anticipation of your help with costumes and we hope to make it not too challenging to organise. 

If your child is playing a Roman or a narrator - then any kind of simple Roman costume will suffice. (An oversized white t-shirt and a belt can be most effective)

Roman soldiers will be provided with headpieces. 

If a slave - then as above but with no decorative details. 

Boudicca - a simple tunic. (We will dress her with cloak and jewels)

We hope the children have been learning their parts and songs ready to pull things together this week. 

The children will be able to use their costumes again for Roman day on 28th February for a fun filled day with Charlie Upton, where the children will become Roman Legionaries for the day and build two Roman ‘Onagar’ catapults that really fire missiles and a Roman battering ram.

Also in that week, we have a visit planned on the Monday from a local dentist who will help us carry out some short investigations into teeth hygiene. Please note that the dentist surgery involved wish to include photographs of the children on their website and we will be sending home a permission slips to check if you are happy for them to do so.  

Also in this week, will be World Book Day (1st March). This will be the closing date for our entry to our reading challenge set at the beginning of the month. We hope you have all being reading some new books from Crabtree's top 100 list!

The aim of the day is to celebrate and encourage a positive reading habit and we will be inviting the children to dress up or bring in a prop of a favourite book character. The day in school will also be a chance for us to get excited and inspired, whilst developing a love of reading.

Fast-forward to the end of the term, the final week before Easter holiday, the children will be immersed in all things Roman again, on our visit (sadly not to Rome!) but to Verulamium otherwise known as St Albans!
The week will round off with parent consultations 27/28 March. (Details will follow)

Plenty to look forward to...

Have a great weekend

The Year 4 team

Friday, 2 February 2018

The past two weeks have been very busy and jam-packed with exciting activities. The children have been working extremely hard and produced some fantastic work. A particular highlight being the (very messy) experiment the children conducted based on the digestive system.

It is fantastic to see the children to interested by this unit and continuing their learning outside of the classroom:

Next week we will be investigating tooth decay and it would be much appreciated if you have any empty jam or any other jars that could be sent in with the children on Monday. Thank you in advance!

Our cross curricular writing in English was a huge success.  The children wrote some very exciting, tense and dangerous challenges for Decimus Rex to face. We thoroughly enjoyed reading them and it was clear to see the children applying all the skills we have been learning in lessons into their writing. We will be starting a new unit next week on non-chronological reports.

In Maths we will be deepening our understanding of multiplication and division, written and mental calculations. However, it would be very helpful for those children struggling with time to continue practising this at home.

For homework over half term the children have been asked to make some Roman shields for our topic. Here is some inspiration from last year:

Have a lovely weekend.

The year 4 team 😊

Friday, 19 January 2018

All hail Caeser!

Year 4 are charging along with their new Creative Curriculum topic of 'The Romans'! The children seemed to be enthused by the new topic and we have managed to make plenty of cross-curricular links to our English work too. In English, we have been reading 'The Gladiator Boy' by David Grimstone. While using this book as our main text, the children have produced some wonderful character sketches of the main character and some dramatic, powerful writing about being in the fight scene of a gladiatorial battle. There are a few titles in The Gladiator Boy series if any of the children would like to read some of the others at home, we would love to hear about what they thought.

In maths, we have just begun our new short unit on all things related to 'time'. If your child is struggling with learning to tell the time on an analogue clock, it can be helpful to set something like this around a clock at home. This can give children plenty of practise to see and learn how the concept of telling the time works. We will be teaching analogue time alongside digital time.

In science, our new unit is digestion and teeth. So far we have been learning what happens to our food when it is digested and learnt some of the different body parts associated with the process. Next week we will be conducting a virtual digestive system with some tights and some food stuffs!! It can get messy. 

As mentioned, we have begun work learning all about the Roman Empire. To date, we have focussed on the reason for Emperor Claudius's invasion in AD43. Next week, we will be looking at the organisation and special qualities of the Roman army. A head's up that we will be setting a special DT homework and asking the children to make a replica Roman shield. It might be worth hanging on to any large pieces of card you may come across in the next few weeks!. 

Dates for the diary:

23 February - class assembly 9.10am
28 February - Roman day in school (Roman costume welcomed)
1 March - World Book Day (more information to follow - dress up day)
26 March - visit to Verulamium museum St Albans

Have a great weekend

Year 4 team 

Friday, 5 January 2018

Welcome back!

We hope you had a lovely Christmas break and are glad to see the children have come back and are ready and raring to go!
We would first like to start by thanking all the parents and children for the kind gifts and cards you gave us before the Christmas holiday. It was very much appreciated!

Next week we will be starting our new topic on Romans which will link in well with our next English unit based around historical contexts. We will be reading Gladiator Boy by David Grimstone with Year 4 next week.

Just a reminder about PE kits- Children will be outside every Wednesday for hockey so warm clothes and kit is essential. Thursday will be dance so a t-shirt and shorts will be fine.

Homework will be starting from next week and we appreciate all your support and encouragement in ensuring the children are completing this.

Date for the diary- Year 4 assembly 23rd February.

The year 4 team.

Friday, 8 December 2017

The end of term is fast approaching and I am sure all the children are looking forward to a relaxing break from school.

We have now finished our 'Take one Book' unit based on our text 'Stone Girl, Bone Girl'. We hope the children have enjoyed the unit. As teachers, it has given us a chance to see some of imaginative independent writing the children can produce. Also as part of the unit we have had a go at making our own fossilised objects. These are some pictures from Ash class. Birch classes' are still 'work in progress'!

 In maths, we have continued our work on fractions with the addition and subtraction of fractions with same denominator. This included a rather tricky pyramid puzzle to solve.

In science the children have been investigating evaporation and condensation. Ask your child if they can explain this scientific vocabulary.

Next week, as our penultimate week before the Christmas break, we have planned to do some Christmas crafts with the children and in our PSHE lessons we will be exploring 'being different but being the same.' If your child could bring in any small craft bits to help them decorate an individual fish shape, it would be appreciated.

Also a note from Mrs Tizard:
We are outside once a week and the weather has definitely changed and become cold. Please can you ensure your child has suitably warm clothes for P.E including socks! (Quite a few girls wear trainers and no socks) Joggers, sweatshirt, gloves and a beany hat are advisable. Thank you it makes lessons so much easier if the children are warm to start with.
Amanda Tizard

Please continue to support your child with homework (separate email sent).

Have a lovely weekend

The Year 4 team.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Year 4 are currently enjoying our Take one Book unit focussing on the story by Laurence Anholt   "Stone Girl, Bone Girl". This book tells the story of the life of Mary Anning who famously found some of the first prehistoric fossils. We hope to enjoy producing some varied writing as a result of reading this text. This will include play scripts, diary entries, explanation and persuasive writing.

In Math,s the children have just begun a unit on fractions. We have been exploring counting hundredths, mixed and improper fractions and will move on to calculating fractions of amounts. Some children will also be given opportunity to extend their reasoning skills with problems solving challenges. Please continue your regular practise of Times table Rock Stars. It is making a real difference to the children's ability to recall their multiplication facts.

In Science, the children have exploring the properties of solids, liquids and gases. Here are Birch class trying to see if air has weight.

 Birch class behaving like the molecules of solids, liquids and gases.

A separate email has been sent home with information about this week's homework.

Just a reminder that all children should have a warm coat in school as the weather has really turned very cold and the children are outside for long periods.

We hope that many of the children will be able to make the Christmas Fair this weekend. It sounds as though it will be an exciting event.

The Year 4 team

Friday, 10 November 2017

It has been a great couple of weeks back after the half term break. Year Four have been working hard and very enthusiastic towards their learning.
In English we have started a unit on persuasive writing. The children have just completed some excellent letters persuading a team of exterminators to rid the local community of a terrible troll that is causing great distress to Billy Goats Gruff and his family. They produced some incredibly creative and persuasive letters, they should be very proud of their work. Next week, the children will be writing a persuasive letter based on our Creative curriculum topic on coastal defences.

In maths this week, the children have been practising their skills with multiplication and division, exploring different methods for solving calculations efficiently. We have been focusing on multiplying or dividing a 2 digit number by a 1 digit number or possibly a 3 digit number. The method we have been using this week is partitioning which will lead into more formal written methods later on. 

It has been a very exciting start to our new science unit: states of matter. The children have been investigating different materials and deciding if they are solids or liquids, whilst coming up with some very interesting questions of their own!

Year 4 assembly rehearsals are well under way and it is great to see so many children keen to learn their lines already. For homework this week it would be very helpful to keep practising their lines and the song lyrics (see below) in preparation for the assembly  on Friday the 17th of November.

Just a reminder that Times table Rockstars needs to be regularly used at home. The children are set 4 garage sessions for the week and should be encouraged to complete them. If you have any issues with accessing the site please do let us know.

We will be starting an Art project based on the book Stickman by Julia Donaldson in the coming weeks and all children will need one toilet roll and one kitchen roll. We would be very grateful if you could send your child in with these ready to be used on the 20th of November.

Thank you for taking the time to read the blog.
Have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you for the class assembly on the 17th.  

The year 4 Team.