Year 4

Week Commencing - 3rd December

This week:

  • In Maths, the children have now moved on to division by 10, 100 and 1000. They have managed incredibly well dividing whole numbers and decimals by this amount. They have also been continuing to look at problem solving and applying their knowledge of multiplication and division by these numbers, to real life money situations.
  • In English, the children have been planning to write a newspaper report based on our Year 4 text. We have covered the reasons why Newspapers have headlines and examined the impact of an opening sentence. The children have created their own opening sentence and looked at how it is important to include the 5 W’s (What, Why, When, Where and Who) at the beginning of the report.
  • In Topic, the children are researching Egyptian gods and will eventually choose one that they find interesting to write about.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can look at the format of newspapers together and talk about how reports use direct and reported speech within them. As always please help them with weekly spellings and times table tests.

Week Commencing - 26th November

This week:

  • In Maths, the children have now moved on to multiplication. We started off by exploring how to multiply a number by 10 and 100 and how the number being multiplied will increase its value to 10 times its original value. The children then went on to learn about what a decimal number is and looked at various real life situations where decimals are used.
  • In Science, the children enjoyed investigating the correlation between the volume of sound and the intensity of its associated vibrations. We looked at how volume is measured, and explored various everyday noises and recorded the decibel reading of them. The children also conducted their own investigation to discover which musical instrument had the highest and lowest decibel reading.
  • In Art, the children are continuing to base their art pieces on our Ancient Egypt theme. We learnt about the importance of camels for transport and how they adapt well to living in hot climates. We then went on to make our own 3D camels.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can discuss how decimals are used frequently in everyday life e.g. when filling up at the petrol station, when dealing with money, on watches and timers, on calculators etc. As we have now started multiplication and division in maths, weekly homework will include learning a times table for a test the following week. Next week’s test will be on the 7 times table.

Week Commencing - 19th November

This week:

  • In Maths, the children have been looking at estimation and using the inverse to check answers to their work. They have been recapping rounding to 10, 100 and 1000 so that they can find the most appropriate estimate. We are continuing to look at two step problems that apply to real life situations in order to develop our problem solving skills.
  • In English, we have started to explore the features of a newspaper report and how there is often a mix of narrative and direct speech contained within it. The children have already created a piece of writing containing both speech and narrative. We will go on to investigate both direct and reported speech next week.
  • In RE, we are investigating the different denominations of the Christian Church and Mary’s role in them. The children have been looking at how Mary plays a big part in the Roman Catholic Church and exploring some of the features found within the church.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can discuss the uses of estimation and how we can estimate the cost of items bought in a shop to get a rough idea of how much money to take with us. As we are moving onto multiplication and division next in maths, practising times tables will be highly beneficial to all Year 4 children.

Week Commencing - 12th November

This week:

  • In Maths, the children are now confident at the column exchange subtraction method and have been learning about other mental strategies to help with quick subtraction. These methods have included subtraction on a number line/frog jump method and subtraction by partitioning. We have also been trying to apply our skills gained so far to solve some quite complex two-step problems.
  • In English, we have now completed our action hooks; with the children writing some amazing story openings! We have now started to look at the features of a newspaper, with a view to writing our own in due course.
  • In Science, we are continuing to explore sound. The children spent an enjoyable afternoon looking at pitch and what features of an instrument create high and low pitch sounds.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can discuss the uses of high and low pitch sounds and their application in everyday life. As part of their homework, the children have been asked to learn their 6 times table this week.

Week Commencing - 5th November

This week:

  • In Maths, the children have extended their knowledge of column subtraction and have been looking at multi-column exchanging. They have all risen to the challenge and are now applying that knowledge to try and solve some quite complex 2 step problem solving questions.
  • In Music, we have been exploring some of the songs by the pop group Abba and analysing the song features and style of music. The children all enjoyed having a go at playing along to the sound track to ‘Super Trooper’ using glockenspiels, xylophones and percussion. We concentrated on counting the beats in the bar and reading the correct notes on the stave. We have also started to learn some of the songs for the nativity play which they are all really enjoying!
  • In our Art lessons, we have been creating an Egyptian falcon necklace by using plates, straws and coloured paper to make the feathers. They are all looking impressive and will be on display shortly.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can discuss in what circumstances it would be good to use column subtraction and that in other situations, it might be easier and quicker to choose an alternative method of subtraction to suit the numbers in question. As always please help with practising times tables.

Week Commencing - 29th October

This week:

  • In Maths, the children have been learning about subtracting two 4 digit numbers with exchange. They have been using resources to investigate the reasons behind the exchange concept and are now looking at applying their knowledge to column subtraction.
  • In English, the children have enjoyed writing their Egyptian suspense stories and are all proud of how they have used figurative language to produce some great descriptive writing. In grammar we have been investigating what grammatical features make up a sentence including clauses, verbs, nouns and subordinate conjunctions.
  • In Science, we have started to explore sound. The children spent a fun afternoon investigating different objects that make a noise and have been thinking about how the noise is produced.

To support your child at home, parents/carers can discuss how authors use hooks to grab the reader’s attention in story openings. If reading a story together, try to work out whether the author has decided to open the book using action, setting description or dialogue. As always please help with practising times tables.

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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