Year 4

Week Commencing - 15th October

This week:

  • In Maths, we have been consolidating our knowledge on column addition by attempting some problem solving activities. We have now moved on to column subtraction with no exchange and will soon be looking at how we can exchange either 1’s 10’s 100’s and 1000’s to help us subtract one number from another.
  •  In English, the children have been using the knowledge they have gained so far this term to help them write a descriptive Egyptian story with suspense. We have been discussing how authors use short sentences, figurative language and rhetorical questions to create tension within a story. The children have been working hard to create a story of their own that includes all of the above features.
  • In RE, the children have designed some great posters on their favourite Hindu deity. Each deity has a story behind how they came to be that particular god and the children have enjoyed listening to and writing about them. They have also been looking at some of the Avatars of Vishnu such as Krishna and Rama.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can discuss why it is important to know how to use column addition and subtraction and also why we sometimes choose to use mental addition and subtraction with easier numbers. As always please help with practising times tables.

We would like thank all parents for their continued support and wish you all a very relaxing half term break.

Week Commencing - 8th October

This week:

  • In Maths, the children have been learning about adding 1, 10, 100 and 1000 onto any number. This led nicely onto investigating column addition with pictorial diagrams and resources. The children have worked incredibly hard and are now applying their pictorial knowledge to 4 digit column addition with exchanging.
  • In English, we have been using our understanding gained so far on adjectives, adverbs, similes, metaphors and personification to write a description about a historical setting. We will then go on to use this to help us write our mystical Egyptian story next week.

  • In Science, following on from our learning about electrical conductors and insulators, the children enjoyed investigating how switches work in an electrical circuit. To consolidate learning, they all enjoyed creating their own wire buzzer game which was great fun!

To support your child at home, parents/carers can discuss how authors use figurative language in fiction books, to make a description more interesting and appealing to the reader. As always please help with practising times tables.

Week Commencing - 1st October

This week:

  • In Maths, the children have been learning how to count backwards through zero to negative numbers. They have been looking at how temperature is read using a thermometer and have been calculating temperature differences. We have also been looking at some problem solving exercises that include negative numbers.
  • In RE, the children have been continuing to learn about the Hindu religion and they have looked at how worship can be held at Mandirs and at home. The children have been designing a Puja tray, that would be used to worship at home.
  • In Science, the children enjoyed testing a number of materials to see if they were electrical conductors or insulators. The children were particularly interested in whether certain liquids were able to conduct electricity and were able to test this by looking for the presence of tiny bubbles in the liquid.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can discuss uses of negative numbers in relation to the real world and in particular, their application in banks. As always please help with practising times tables.

Week Commencing - 24th September

This week:

  • In Maths, we have started to look at rounding numbers to the nearest 10. The children have worked really hard to understand that this concept can be applied to any digit number and not just a 2 digit one. We have also touched on rounding to the nearest 100 and 1000 and will be investigating this further next week.
  • In English, we are continuing to enjoy our Egyptian text and have been working on expanding our vocabulary and looking at the use of figurative language to make our writing more interesting. The children have written some amazing mystery descriptions in class using similes, metaphors and adjectives.
  • In Music we have been learning about pulse and rhythm as well as some musical notation. The children had fun playing along on glockenspiels and xylophones to some Latin American music.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can discuss uses of rounding numbers and how sometimes it might be unnecessary to use exact numbers when we only want a rough idea. As always please help with practising times tables.

Week Commencing - 17th September

This week:

  • In Maths, we have been looking at adding and subtracting 1000 to four digit numbers and understanding the column value of each digit. The children have also been learning about partitioning numbers and counting in multiples of 6, 7, 9 and 25.
  • In English, the children are enjoying our Egyptian text and have been looking at the structure of paragraphs in writing. We are continuing to add to our grammar knowledge by learning about noun phrases.
  •  In RE, the children are learning about the different deities of the Hindu religion and addressing our big question ‘Do Murtis help Hindus understand God?’ The children have been investigating the characteristics of three important deities; Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can discuss how and why paragraphs are used in books whilst reading together. As always please help with practising times tables.

Week Commencing - 10th September

This week:

  • In Maths, we have been consolidating our learning of Roman numerals up to 100 and have now moved on to our next topic, where we have started to look at the place value of numbers to 1000. The children have also had fun trying to learn the 6 times table.
  • In English, the children have been looking at prediction and inference. They have enjoyed predicting our text this term, which is ‘The Time Travelling Cat and the Egyptian Goddess’. This fiction text by Julia Jarmen links directly with our current topic of Ancient Egypt.
  • In science, we have started our topic on Electricity. We have investigated how metal can be used to conduct electricity and the children had lots of fun creating their own circuit with light bulbs and buzzers.

To support your child at home, you can discuss the use of different types of batteries and why they might be preferable to a mains supply. As always, please help with practising times tables.

 


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