Friday, 13 October 2017

Life's a beach!

In our Creative Curriculum lessons associated with our topic on 'Changing Coasts', the children have been enjoying learning all about some quite difficult concepts associated with the geographical features of the coastline and we have been impressed by the children's ability to get to grips with some of the higher level vocabulary; depositional landform, erosion landform, stacks, arches, stumps, groynes and gabions to name but a few.
This week we have been looking at human geography and our relationship with a sandy and a shingle beach and how these have developed as a result of human intervention. For homework the children have been asked to write a postcard highlighting the differences between what can take place on sandy beaches verses human activities on pebble or shingle beaches. We look forward to reading their responses. 
Next week on Tuesday, we will be creating some collage paintings based on this design. 

If you have any wallpapers or fabric that could be used to add bunting, we would be very grateful if you could send that in with your child. 

In maths this week, the children have been practising their skills with addition and subtraction and testing out efficient methods for solving subtractions with multiple zeros. Can your child explain to you a more efficient method to solve this calculation; 7000 -3456 = or even 700 -345 =?

In English, we have completed our unit on explanation texts. The children have now edited and uplevelled their final draft. The children have become very knowledgeable in their understanding of the coastal erosion process of how caves, arches and stacks are created and this certainly shows in their writing. 

In science, the children have been investiagting which material is most effective at muffling sound. Next week they will be thinking about how to change the pitch of a sound. We have linked this to work in our music lessons where we have been exploring different instruments and how sound is produced. We have even had chance to have a go at some beat boxing!

We hope the children are now feeling fully settled into life in Year 4 and we look forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday 17th for our initial feedback at parent consultations. 

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Meredith & Miss Coyne

Friday, 29 September 2017

It has been another busy two weeks in Year 4 and the children have been working very hard! It was fantastic to celebrate International day of Languages and listen to the very talented children share their knowledge from countries across the world. In Birch we travelled to Italy and Holland in Ash. The children fully immersed themselves in the activities and even learnt some key phrases.

This week we had our Big Bang for our topic on Coasts, the children produced some beautiful beach huts. Cutting, painting, sticking and designing their creations themselves which took lots of concentration and persevering!

In English,  the children finished their unit on  'The Jolly Witch' and even wrote their own twist to the story writing about a 'Jolly teacher' with a magic pen. It was so enjoyable to read the children's stories and a great indication of the work that is to come in English from Year 4. We have now moved onto a new unit based on explanation texts, we have been identifying the key features that need to be included in our 'Coastal formation' example. This links nicely with our creative curriculum topic Coasts and gives the children the chance to apply all their knowledge on depositional and erosion land form.

In Maths, we have moved onto addition and subtraction. We will be focusing on strategies to improve addition and subtraction of 4 digit numbers and incorporate some problem solving too.

In Science, the children have been using excellent investigative skills to explore pitch and volume in our 'sound' unit. Last lesson we used data loggers to measure the sound produced by dropping marbles into different sized containers to investigate if it had an impact on volume. The children made very interesting predictions and interpreted their results well.

If you would like to support your child at home, it would be really helpful to continue with Times table rock stars and practise addition and subtraction of 4 digit numbers.
I am sure they could also tell you all about coastal formation including stacks, arches and caves!
Thank you for your cooperation with the reading records, it is lovely to see so many of the children reading on a daily basis.

Enjoy the weekend

Miss Coyne and Mrs Meredith

Friday, 21 July 2017

Happy Holidays!

It’s the end of yet another fantastic year at Crabtree!

We hope that you will all agree that we have had a wonderful time developing all the skills necessary to meet the challenges that year 5 will throw at us.

Yesterday, we had our last trip of the year, to Cuffley camp. We enjoying trying several different activities; fire building, a habitat walk and the teachers’ favourite, shelter building. This was our ‘favourite’ because testing the water-proofing of each shelter meant that most of the children got a little damp!!!

We have included a selection of photographs below.

We would also like to say a big THANK YOU to all the children in year 4 for all their hard work this year. Then an equally big THANK YOU to all the parents for their support throughout the year too.

Finally, the whole year 4 team has been completely overwhelmed by the generosity of the classes year, every single card, gift (homemade or not) and token have been really appreciated.

Have a great summer and enjoy researching and creating your Mayan homework for September.

The Year 4 team