Welcome to Year 4 Summer Term!
Summer Term updates are below
Year 4 is bursting with exciting and inspiring learning activities in all subjects throughout the year. The class teachers, Miss Mulholland (4M) and Miss Harrison (4H), encourage children to display a growth mindset when facing challenges and to try their very best in all areas of school. The devoted, enthusiastic teaching assistants are Mrs Marshall, Mrs Lay and Mr Yost.
This term in Literacy we will explore and write stories from other cultures including Irish legends and African fables. The children will read different play scripts, exploring characteristics, characters and dilemmas. Using improvisation, they will develop dialogue between characters to create their own play scripts which they will perform. In poetry, we will analyse the features of a variety of poems. The children will also write and perform an original poem. Our class novel this term is Nicki Cornwell's 'Christophe's Story'. The children will draw inferences about characters and their motives, recall and summmarise events and develop letter-writing skills. Children will also discuss their own personal stories relating to the text.
This term in Numeracy we will be focusing on position and direction, interpreting and presenting data using appropriate graphical methods, finding fractions of amounts and solving one and two-step word problems involving numbers, money, measures and time. We will also be doing further work on dividing 3-digit numbers by a 1-digit number using the formal written layout with remainders. Additionally, the children will revise converting between mixed and improper fractions and reading, writing and converting between analogue and digital 12- and 24-hour clocks.
It's important that all children know their times tables, up to 12, by the end of year four.
Homework in Year 4:
Numeracy: MyMaths (online homework) given on Monday and needs to be completed by Wednesday.
Literacy: Given on Wednesday and needs to be handed in on Friday.
Weekend Homework (Science, RE or Topic): Given on Friday and needs to be handed in on the following Monday.
Spellings: Spellings are given to the children every Monday and tested every Friday.
Times tables: Children will be be tested on their times tables every Wednesday.
Daily Reading: The children are also asked to read daily and make an entry into their reading records.
(Further details about how to help your child can be found on the Home Learning page of the website
Year 4 after school clubs
Monday: Computing club and choir
All clubs run from 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Year 4 Computing
This term the focus of computing is on data and networks. We began our learning by learning how computers connect to a network and how that network transmits data to other computers around the world by means of a fibre optic cable. We were surprised at how small that cable was. Lots of children found it amazing to learn that the cable is as thin as a strand of hair!
This week our learning is about databases. We discussed keeping information, sorting and designing a database. We created a database by defining the fields. We then had fun added facts about virtual children! We have continued to develop our knowledge of databases. We collaborated to create a database to investigate the idea that shoe size is related to height. Initially, most children believed there was no link between the two. However, our investigation proved most children to be wrong!
At the end of our Spring term we display our learning below. We learnt to use variables to count a score and applied this to making an app to simulate a till and additionally to make a simple balloon pop game where the score can increase or decrease and the objects move randomly around the screen.
Amaroo Anna Oscar Jamie
Brigita Oliver Gabriela
At the end of our Autumn term we display our learning below. With super effort we have learned many new skills. We applied all those skills to assemble a multimedia poster. Next term we will apply those skills in a further project to support our learning.
Computing club used the hour of code website today to code dance moves. If you would like to try this at home the link is shown here.
Computer Club will be expert typists at the end of this term!
We will start by timing our typing. Use the link below:
We will use the BBC dance mat to begin learning. Remember to sit up tall. Try not to look at your fingers.
Today the computer club created art using a very exciting app called Thisissand. Look below to see the outcome. We should be proud of the beautiful work we created.
Ici on Parle Français!
Year 4 have worked extremely hard learning new French phrases which we met in our French text Je Suis Trop Gros. Developing reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in a new language is a challenge. Year 4 have demonstrated their excellent attitude to learning in French using whole class listening, partner work and challenge work to make progress. The outcome of our written work is shown below. Bon effort Year 4!
Year 4 are planning to write our own version of a story. Look at our plans below.
French Sentence Structure
Compare the sentence structure in French to other languages we speak. We are waiting for a Catalan speaker to complete the list!! In French the adjective is mostly placed after the noun. This is the opposite to in English. What happens in your language?
French Games to Practice Colours
Our Musical Learning in Year 4
Do you recognise these people? Year 4 do. Year 4 have homework this week. They should say the names John, Paul, George and Ringo to their adults and .... wait for the reaction. Who passed the test I wonder?
Our second song in this unit is so popular we might just change it to be our focus song. Year 4 listened to and described what they heard using our focus terms beat, tempo, dynamics. We heard unusual sounds in addition to what you might expect. We are gathering a list of features of this band's music.