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06.07.18

 

Maths

We have been revising fractions this week and using them to solve problems involving measures.

English

The children have been finding figurative language to describe characters and settings in preparation for writing their own dragon adventure stories next week.

PSHE

This week we looked at changes that happen to our bodies as part of our Sex Education curriculum. The children asked some very sensible questions.

Topic

We have been using our research earlier in the term to write factsheets about coastal wildlife.

 

Big Write Topic: What have been the best and worst bits of Year 4?

 

 

Mrs Giobatta, Mrs Silbereis and Miss Bryant

08.06.18

 

Maths

We have been revisiting our learning from last term on different ways to present and interpret data. The children have been drawing their own bar charts and line graphs.

English

The children have really been enjoying our new class text, “How To Train Your Dragon”. We have done setting and character descriptions this week to introduce the new story.

Science

We have started our new topic of “Electricity”.

Topic

We have been using laptops and printed factsheets to research coastal wildlife.

 

Big Write Topic: How would you feel on a rollercoaster?

 

Orangutan update: We’ve been in touch with the Orangutan Foundation and they currently have two orang-utans available for adoption: Okto and Mona. If you’d like to show the children their photos and a little information about them, you can find it here: http://www.orangutan.org.uk/how-to-help/adopt-an-orangutan. We will discuss this with the children, however the remainder of the cake sale proceeds will likely be donated to the same charity as this is what the children had expressed they wanted to do with it.

 

Miss B, Mrs G-B and Mrs S

22.05.18

Maths:  We have been looking at the 'partitioning method' for multiplication. Children have been applying this method with their arithmetic paper. Well Done :)

English: Children have been planning and writing their own version of 'Kensuke's Kingdom'. Children have shown that they can use a variety of sentence types. Keep it up!

Creative:  Great effort with your purple learning projects! Some fantastic beach scenes!

 

Well Done to all of the children who participated in our Chameleon Class Assembly. You all aced it!

 

Reminder: Spelling Test every Friday. MAKE SURE YOU ARE REVISING THEM!

Miss Bryant

 

11.05.18

 

Maths

We have been revisiting different methods of calculating and choosing the most suitable method to solve problems. We have also been practising Times Table Rockstars in class- your child can access their account at home to keep practising and build rapid recall of their times tables. Please speak to your child’s class teacher if you’d like any further information about how to support your child with this.

English

We have been learning about orang-utans in the context of our story, “Kensuke’s Kingdom”. The children have become very interested in this topic and have done some excellent persuasive writing hoping to campaign to save orang-utans from extinction.

Science

We have been continuing our topic of 'Sound'.

 

Big Write Topic: What would be your dream school trip?

 

Any questions, feel free to pop in!

 

Miss B, Mrs G-B and Mrs S

27.04.18

 

Maths

We have been looking at strategies to solve problems linked to time, involving using numberlines to work out the duration of an event.

English

We have been continuing our book 'Kensuke's Kingdom' and reinforcing last week’s learning about subordinate clauses. The children have been using them to write character descriptions.

Science

We have been continuing our topic of 'Sound'.

Topic

We have looked this week at how the movement of the sea changes the shape of our coastline, forming headlands and bays.

 

Big Write Topic: What qualities do you need to be a good zookeeper?

 

Any questions, feel free to pop in!

 

Miss B, Mrs G-B and Mrs S

20.04.18

Children have concentrated really well during the first two swimming lessons of this term

Maths

We have been currently looking at properties of triangles and quadrilaterals. Children are

beginning to reason and explain why certain shapes are similar and different.

English

We have been looking at the book 'Kensuke's Kingdom' with a strong focus on subordinate 

clauses. Children are able to identify subordinate clauses in given sentences.

Science

Our topic is 'Sound'. Children have explored different types of sound and are able to explain how sound travels.

Topic

For Term 5 and 6, the children's topic will be 'Coasts' Children have a 'Purple Project' this term. Please see the attachment.

 

Big Write Topic:  Can you think of the different shoes you have and any interesting vocabulary to describe them?

 

Any questions, feel free to pop in

 

Miss B, Mrs G-B and Mrs S

 

 

 

16.03.18

We have been amazing scientists this week!

We have been investigating about what the perfect distance is from the fire for melting chocolate. Children were able to explain about making their test fair and how we could have

improved the investigation

Maths:  Children have been learning about the 24-hour clocks and time conversions

English: We have been writing using sub-headings about our science investigation

 

Big Write Topic: Who is your favourite Roald Dahl character and why?

 

Year 4 team

 

9.3.2018

Maths: Children have been learning about time- converting between analogue and digital clocks.

English: We have continued to read “Varjak Paw” and have been writing dialogue using a range of punctuation. When we edit our work, we are now focussing on our grammar.

PE: MONDAY- FOREST SCHOOL- please make sure your child brings outdoor clothing suitable for getting muddy and wet! We are also lucky enough to have a coach coming in for our Thursday sessions. The children have been designing their own mini golf courses!

Science: We made predictions about the best distance between heat and chocolate in order to melt the chocolate without burning it! We will be doing the practical experiment for this next week!

Topic: Romans- We have learned how to read and write Roman numerals to 100.

Big Write title: Use your senses to describe a fire.

 

Any questions- feel free to pop in!

Year 4 team

 

23.02.18

We have had a wonderful start to Term 4. 

 

Maths: We have been learning about two-step money word problems. If you have the opportunity , the children are keen to show you their understanding of subtracting money with double 0's

English: Children have been introduced to their new book Varjak Paw by SF Said. They have begun to look at newspaper reports. It would be great for children to explore newspaper reports at home!

Science: We have been learning about solids, liquids and gases. Children were already beginning to use technical  scientific vocabulary!

 

Children are very excited about our school trip on Tuesday.

REMEMBER TO TAKE APPROPRIATE CLOTHING

- Wellies        -Drinks bottle

- Hats            -Lunch in a bag

-  Waterproofs    -Warm clothing

Big Write Talk Topic: Favourite Roald Dahl character

 

Year 4 team 

 

9.2.2018

Maths: Children have been finding the perimeter and area of shapes. We met up with another class for Fun Maths Friday and the children completed shape challenges in teams!

English: The children have really enjoyed finishing The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. We have been learning about embedded clauses and fronted adverbials. The children have written their own narratives using the story outline from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

PE: MONDAY- FOREST SCHOOL- please make sure your child brings outdoor clothing suitable for getting muddy and wet! Forest Schools will continue next term and unfortunately we are unable to continue making phonecalls when children have forgotten their kit. We have a coach coming in to deliver some of our PE next term, so our other PE lesson each week will be on a Thursday.

Science: We had an exciting visit from a Dental Nurse to talk to us about how to keep our teeth clean and healthy. The children did an experiment to see the plaque on their teeth and they found it fascinating!

Big Write title: What could we find on a walk in the forest? If any of you go on a walk in a forest to see what you can find, we’d love to see some photos!

Have a wonderful half term!

Year 4 team

Purple project- homework

19.1.2018

Maths: Children have been revising division and using their division skills to solve word problems and convert measurements.

English: The children have really enjoyed continuing The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. We have read as far as the end of chapter 5. We have been learning about apostrophes, writing dialogue and completing a diary entry describing the White Witch!

PE: MONDAY- FOREST SCHOOL- please make sure your child brings outdoor clothing suitable for getting muddy and wet!

Science: We have been learning about the digestive system and how our bodies process food to give us energy.

Topic: Romans- We have learned how to read and write Roman numerals! The children really enjoyed being able to use a different number system- much like writing secret codes!

Big Write title: What are the benefits of forest schools?

 

Any questions- feel free to pop in!

Year 4 team

 

 

FLYING START to Term 3!

 

Children have settled into Term 3 with a positive and enthusiastic attitude.

Maths: Children have been learning about the ‘compact method’ in multiplication. They have made fantastic progress with remembering all the stages. Good Job!

English: Our new book this term is Narnia The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe! Children have created some fantastic diary entries and descriptions using a range of figurative language devices!

PE: MONDAY- FOREST SCHOOL- make sure your child brings outdoor clothing. Children participated in a variety of adventurous activities. We have had GREAT FUN!

Weekly reminders:

Mon- Outdoor clothing for forest school

Tues- Reading Record check for STAR Readers!

Wed-

Thurs- Times table ROCKSTARS test!

Fri- Spelling test/ PE Kit for Gym

Big Write title: To persuade Barley Close children to bring their outdoor clothing for Forest School!

 

Any questions- feel free to pop in!

Year 4 team

08.12.17

 

Well Done Chameleon Class for earning your class treat!

On Friday 15th December, Chameleon Class will be having a party during the afternoon. Children can come dressed in their Christmas party clothes. They are allowed to take one food item in to share with the class if they wish!

 

Maths: We have been learning about decimals. Children have been doing a fantastic job counting in tenths and hundredths. Well Done!

 

English: Children have become more confident with using inverted commas. It was nice to see that the children had used them in their Big Write!

 

Science: We have been looking at the classification of animals. Children had some really interesting questions. 

 

Talk topic: Christmas traditions, to prepare for writing Christmas poems in our Big Write next week.

 

 

Many Thanks

Miss Bryant

 

 

 

20.11.17

 

A successful week where all of the children are aiming high!

 

English: Well Done with your Big Write recounts! Children have been writing diary entrys

where we have been focusing on subordinating clauses. We have been very impressed with the range of positions children have put them in a sentence.

Maths: We have been focusing on multiplication. Children are doing really well with the expanded method! Keep practising your multiplication facts for Thursday.

Computing: Children have been using Turtle Logo and creating a range of algorithms when 

creating shapes

Religious Education: We have been looking at a range of festivals!

 

Big Write Topic: To write a story about a storm

 

A great talent show on Friday for Children In Need. Fantastic job Year 4!

Year 4 team

 

Term 2

 

A great start to the term!

 

Maths: We have been focusing on place value. Children have made fantastic progress. Make sure you keep practising your multiplication facts for Thursday!

 

English: Our new book for this term is called 'Kasper' by Michael Morpurgo .Children have started writing character and setting descriptions about 'Mrs Blaise' and the 'hotel room'.

 

Science: Children have been introduced to the new topic 'Living things' We have started identifying parts and functions of plants.

 

Big Write topic: How to make a kite and fly it

 

Reading Records will be checked on Monday! Well done to all of the children who were a star reader over half-term!

 

Year 4 team  :) 

 

 

13.10. 2017

English

We have been looking at setting descriptions of Tutankhamun's tomb. Children have used a range of interesting adjectives and similes. Well Done!

Please make sure your child is practising their spellings for Friday.

Reading

Children's reading records are monitored on Mondays. Please continue to read with your children at home. 

 

Maths

During maths, the children have been learning division using the "bus stop method". They have been exchanging and using remainders. 

Please make sure your child is practising their multiplication facts for Thursday. Times tables are a focus for the whole class in order to speed up their calculation skills. 

 

Big Write is on a Friday

Talk Topic: "If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?" Children will be describing their chosen location in Big Write next week. 

Many Thanks,

The Year 4 team

06.10. 2017

English

We have been looking at character descriptions of Tutankhamun. Children have used a range of interesting noun phrases and similes. Well Done!

Please make sure your child is practising their spellings for Friday. 'Spellasaurus' is an app which children can download where they can practise their spellings on a game. Feel free to speak to me if you want to find out more information.

Reading

Children's reading records are monitored on Mondays. 

Needs to improve reader- Less than 3

Good Reader- 3 to 4 times

Star Reader and put into the reading raffle 5+

Please sign if you have read with your child. If children are reading independently, they need to

write a summary or a review in the comments box. Well done to all of the children who have already been a star reader!

Maths

During maths, the children have been introduced to a new multiplication method- 'The expanded method' when multiplying a 1 digit number by a 2/3 digit number.

Please make sure your child is practising their multiplication facts for Thursday. The focus next week is the 3x tables at speed. Children should all have a login for Times Table Rockstars which they can access at home.  If they click on the 'dashboard' and 'questions set by band manager' they will be able to practise. Feel free to speak to me to find out more information.

Topic highlight

Children have designed and made a parachute in their teams in order to test on Friday. We have been learning about air resistance and how this may potentially affect the speed of the parachute!

 

Big Write is on a Friday

Talk Topic: To write a character description about a celebrity or a family member

 

 

Many Thanks

Miss Bryant

 

29.9.2017.

In English, we have been continuing our persuasive writing. Next week, we will be researching Tutankhamen and writing about him to link with our Ancient Egypt topic. 

In Maths, we have been subtracting up to 4-digit numbers.

In Science, we talked about fair testing and variables and planned how to make our parachutes.

 

The children have been very excited about Bristol rocks so our Talk Topic this week is "Bristol rocks: graffiti or a demonstration of community spirit?" The children had some fantastic ideas about this in our discussion! We will use what we have learned about persuasive texts to write about this in our Big Write next week.

 

22.09.17

English: We have started looking at 'persuasive writing' linked to our Egyptian topic. Children

have been learning different features of persuasive writing such as rhetorical questions and alliteration.

Maths: We have been looking at 'addition' where children have been adding both 3 and 4 digit numbers. 

Topic: Science we have started planning our experiment on parachutes

 

Big Write topic for next week: Instructions on how to make a lollipop

 

Times tables -3x table focus at speed- Thursday

Spelling test : Friday

 

Have a lovely weekend

The Year 4 team

 

 

 

 

Roald Dahl Day 15.9.17

 

This week we continued our Ancient Egyptians topic and published our instructions for 'How to Build a Pyramid.'  The children remembered to use time openers, bullet points, adjectives and all the spelling and grammar we have been looking at this week.  We also dressed up for Roald Dahl Day on Wednesday and wrote a setting description for the chocolate room in charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Today we are writing a story based on a Roald Dahl character during our Big Write.

In maths we have been rounding up or down to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000.  We have found this a little tricky so any practise at home would help.

 

We are sending home spellings today for next week and our talk topic is 'Barley Close - what we love about our school'.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 4 Team.

Ancient Egyptians 8.9.17

 

We have really enjoyed our first week back to school, especially learning all about the Ancient Egyptians.

We have learned how to build a pyramid and have started to write instructions to tell others how they were made.

We also had our first PE and swimming sessions - don't forget your kit on a Thursday for swimming!

 

Next week we will continue to learn about the Egyptians but we will also be celebrating Roald Dahl Day on Wednesday so please remember to dress up as a character from one of his books or you can just wear yellow!

 

Have a lovely weekend.

 

Miss Bryant

 

First Day Back!

 

Hope you have had a fantastic holiday and are ready to have a great year at school!

 

Physical Education will be on Monday- so please remember your Physical Education kit for tomorrow. Additionally, swimming will be on Thursday.

 

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!

 

Miss Bryant 


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  • Barley Close, Mangotsfield, Bristol
  • United Kingdom, BS16 9DL
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