I cannot believe that our time together in year 4 in nearing an end. What a great year it has been!

This has not, however, stopped us for cramming these last few weeks with great learning opportunities.

In English, the class got to act out a selection on play scripts  that some of the children has written. I was absolutely blown away by the success of this...there are definitely some budding directors in this class!

In Maths, we have been working together to solve some problems, looking at what we have learnt over the year. This has been a good opportunity for us to see how much we have learnt and those target areas for year 5.

In Science, we have been making and explaining a variety of food chains. We learnt the scientific words for plants and animals in food chains. Please ask us what producers, consumers, predators and prey are!

In Art, we have been doing some pencil sketches of Our Lady's church, as we have been looking at the church community in RE.

The children will be spending Monday morning with their Year 5 teacher, Mrs McVey, as part of their 'moving up' morning. I know the class are ready to show off just how amazing they are!

I am so pleased with how far all the class have come, during our time together in year 4, and I'm even more excited to see them grow even more as they continue on their learning journey.

Let's make our last week together, in year 4, a good one!

Miss Slater & the Year 4 team.

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In RE, this week, we have been looking at different ways in which we belong to something. We discussed many different clubs/communities/families that we belong to and this the lead us to looking at how we belong to the Church. We were writing about the very special sacrament of Baptism, and how this is when we join the community of the church,  and we do this because we share the beliefs of other people in our Church.

We all felt so loved and special, knowing that we ALL belong in God's family!

In Maths, we have been collecting and interpreting data. We collected data in a tally chart, a pictogram and a bar chart...it's amazing how many different ways you can present data.

In English, we have started to prepare for writing our own play script, inspired by the characters and story line of the traditional tale 'Rumpelstiltskin'. The class have, once again, been showing off their amazing acting skills, this week. We will be writing up our play scripts next week.

In Science, we have just started our new topic all about human teeth, the digestive system and animal food chains. We have shared what we already know, and we will start looking at the different human teeth and functions, next week.

This week, we have also had a Sport's Day practice...don't forget that this is on the morning of July 5th (Thursday) so please come along and cheer on your child.

Have a lovely weekend, and make the most of this amazing weather we have been getting!

The Yea r4 Team.

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This week has been jam-packed with fun activities, trips out and lots of learning! There are lots of pictures to have a look at too!

We had a great time on our trip to Fairhaven Lake. We did some bird watching, mud-dipping, surveying and much more! Here are some pictures of our day...

In our Fit2Go lesson, we learnt all about the eatwell chart. We now know the balance of foods we need to be eating. We got to sort foods onto a huge eatwell chart ourselves....

In English we have been looking at play scripts and next week we will be planning and writing our own. We looked at the play script of a folk tale called 'The Fly and the Fool' and on Tuesday we acted the play out...

Date for your Diary:

Sports Day is on 5th July, commencing at around 9.30am.

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As another half term has gone by, we are only one half term away from year 5!

This week has been a great week for me to see how the children are doing with their Maths, Reading and Writing. I have been so impressed with the efforts from ALL the class, who have worked so hard, and have shown just how far they have come. It is amazing to see the progress the children have made, since they joined year 4, in September. It is also a great opportunity for me to use this last half term together to focus on those things that will help each child to progress even further, before year 5.

With the weather being so pleasant these past couple of weeks, we have managed to seize a few outdoor learning opportunities....we've done some outdoor maths (measuring), some planting and some orienteering too!

I have not set any homework over half term. However, it is still important for the children to keep up with their reading...if the weather stays like this, what better way to relax in the sun, than with a good book (and sun cream!)?

I hope you all have a well deserved break!

Miss Slater

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This week, the children have blown me away with their final pieces of artwork, inspired by that of Romero Britto's!

They have mixed patterns with vibrant colours and emulated the cubism-style approach that Britto uses, to create some images that really pop with colour and they look so effective!

Here are some pictures of completed pieces, that will be displayed next week, outside the classroom:

In Geography, they have been looking at the different layers of the Amazon Rainforest. Each child created our own posters with the labelled layers on, and attached pop-out descriptions of each layer. They had rainforest music on in the background, to give them a feel of what sounds you might hear.

Here is some of our work:

In Maths, year 4 have been classifying triangles and quadrilaterals, using a classification key (we will be using classification keys in science, next week too!) This was really tricky but they did a good job! They then got each other to think of a shape and used their classification keys to see if their questions worked!

In RE they re-enacted the story of Pentecost, as we celebrate this feast of Sunday. I was, yet again, blown away by the acting skills in this class! Each group retold the story in such great details through and active approach. This will stand them in good stead for the written piece of work on it, next week.

Reading-this class are doing really well with their reading and taking quizzes. However, it has come to my attention that some children are not getting their reading records signed at home, when they read. This means they are not getting stickers, and my record looks as though they are not reading at home all. Please can all children ensure they are making a record of every time they read at home-I want to give out lots of certificates next week!

Thank you!

Miss Slater 

 

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In RE this week, we have been looking at the Ascension of Jesus. As a whole school, we celebrated this feast day on Thursday, over at Our Lady's Church.

In class, we read the story of Jesus' Ascension back to heaven, and then in small groups we acted it out. This really helped us to retell the story, in our own words. Next week, we will be delving further into the story and thinking about why Jesus returned to Heaven and what he promised his disciples before he left earth.

Here are some pictures of us re-enacting the story...

In Maths, we have been working out the area of shapes. We realised that we can do this by counting the cm squares inside the shape, or if it is a rectangle or square, we can multiple the length by the width. Next week, we will be finding the area of 'L' and 'T' shapes-this will be tricky as we may need to separate the shapes into two rectangles and find the area of those before adding these areas together. We are ready for the challenge!

In English, we have been focusing heavily on the correct and accurate use of punctuation, in our writing. We were given a whole passage of text, that had almost no punctuation in it and our challenge was to edit and improve it. We found our there were 42 edits to make in total! This activity really highlighted the importance of punctuation, particularly full stops!

In Art, we have combined the use of patterns and vibrant colours to create a piece of artwork, inspired by that of Romero Britto's. Watch this space for pictures of our completed pieces of work, next week!

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This week we have been learning a lot about Brazil. As a starting point for our geography topic, we used atlases and our globes to investigate where abouts Brazil was in the world. We looked at what continent it was in and what other countries were in that continent too. When we compared the size of Brazil to the UK, it made us realised just how big a country it was-we even made estimates of how many UKs could fit in Brazil. We also research the countries in the world that were bigger than Brazil, and found out it was the 5th Biggest country in the world!

On our own maps of South America, we labelled the countries, capital cities, surrounding oceans and the Equator and the Tropic of Capricorn.

In art, we were introduced to the art of Romero Britto, who is a Brazilian artist. We had a 'silent debate', where we offered our thoughts and opinions on 7 different pieces of his artwork-we quickly realised he has a very distinct style of art, which uses vibrant colours as well as lines and patterns. We then went on to use block, vibrant colours in a piece of our own work, inspired by that vibrancy of Britto's art.

Here are some pictures of both the 'silent debate' and our own art work...

Next week, we will be looking at the climate in Brazil compared to where we live, and the reasons for the differences. This will all be leading up to us doing lots and lots of work and research on the Amazon Rainforest.

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Can you believe we are in Summer Term already?? Time to prepare for Year 5!!

Although this has been a short week, we have managed to fill it with lots of new learning. In maths, we have been looking at 5-digit place value as well as negative numbers. On Monday, we will be solving some temperature and money problems, involving negative numbers-I was very impressed, today, with how well they did with comparing and ordering negative temperatures. In English, we have started to look at a new story, that will be the inspiration for our next 'Big Write'. This story is set in Pakistan, and we have learnt quite a bit about the culture in Pakistan to give the story context. Next week, we will begin to look at the powerful vocabulary and phrases used in the story and characterisation.

Next week we will also be starting our new Geography topic 'Brazil and the Amazon' and our Science topic 'Living things and their Habitats'....so plenty more new learning to look forward to!

I have not set any homework this week, with it being a short first week back. I will send spellings home on Monday and they will be tested on Friday.

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Slater

 

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This week has been a very special week as we prepare ourselves for the week leading up to the Death and Resurrection of Christ.

In RE we have been making links between the events that occurred on Holy Thursday and beliefs about Jesus. We looked at the story of Jesus washing the feet of his Disciples, reflecting that he is not any ordinary King, but a servant King, sent from God to serve others.

In preparation for our Easter Reflection Assembly, we have been re-enacting Jesus and his Disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane. We will also be sharing some beautiful reflections and prayers and we have learnt a lovely hymn to end our assembly. 

Parents are welcome to come and join us in this reflection, which will begin at about 9.15am on Tuesday morning. It would be lovely to see you there!

Also this week, we have been seeing how far we have come with our reading and maths. I have been so impressed with the effort EVERY child has put into their assessments, and from these the children can see their own strengths and areas for development.

As there is no homework over the weekend, let's use this as an opportunity to read, read and read a little more! I expect lots to be ready to take a quiz, on Monday!

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Slater

 

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As our journey through Lent continues, we are all continuing to grow!

In RE, we have been celebrating our differences! We don't all look the same, have the same interests or even the same beliefs, but one thing we know we all have in common is God's love for us! How special is that! We have been writing, in depth, about what everyone in the world has in common, and we have been doing really well at supporting our ideas with references from the bible.

In Maths, we have been reading and writing time on a 24-hour clock. We have been focusing particularly on the p.m times, and have been getting our head around that fact the 1 o'clock is 13:00 and the hours continue to go out until 11 o'clock, which is 23:00. Although some of us found this confusing to begin with, we have found ways to work p.m times out, using our understanding that there are 24 hours in a day.

In English, we have been drafting more amazing pieces of writing. We are writing an alternative ending to a story we have been studying, which is set in Victorian London. We will edit and improve these extended pieces of writing on Monday.

In History, we have been investigating how we know so much about Ancient Egypt today. After all, there were no videos or cameras back then as it was 1000s of years ago! We looked at some images of artefacts and paintings and did some detective work to find what clues these images gave us to what life was like in Ancient Egypt.

On top of all this amazing learning, we have been doing lots of reading! As part of the 100 million minutes challenge, we have been clocking up the minutes at school, as well as at home. Collectively, we read over 6000 minutes as a class. How amazing! Keep up this reading at home!

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We are in the very important time of Lent and this week we made our own Lenten Promises. We are going to try really hard to fulfil these promises by truly living out the Mission of Christ, as we prepare for Easter.

Also in RE, we have been looking at how believers know that Jesus was truly human and is also truly God. We made links to stories form the Bible that support this.

We have also been trying hard in our Maths and English, this week. The story we are looking at, in English, is set in Victorian London. We have learnt quite a bit about what life was like back then, particularly for poor young children. This text led us to look at Standard and Non-Standard English, as there is a bit of Non-Standard English in this story. In Maths we have been looking at decimal place value. We have even been diving by 10 and 100 to get a decimal answer-we were very good at this!

As part of our Science 'Changing States' topic, a lady from United Utilities came it to talk to us about the water cycle. As well as this, we also discussed how water is cleaned to make it safe for us to use and how we can help to save water.

Here are some pictures of our Water lesson...

 

 

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In English, we have produced even more amazing writing, linked in with Macbeth. This week, we have been looking at the relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth (a very complex one, indeed!). Through active approaches and sharing of ideas, we have produced some great letters, written from Macbeth's point of view, to Lady Macbeth. We have done very well at including our writing targets too!

In Maths, we have been looking at lines of symmetry. Although we found this tricky to begin with, we persevered and really started to get the hang of it (with the help of some handy mirrors!). We had to make sure not to fall into the trap of drawing the exact same shape on both sides of the line of symmetry, and instead draw the 'mirror image'.

In History, we started to look at the Ancient Egypt timeline. We looked at how long the Ancient Egyptian era lasted and then places some key events on our own timelines, in our books. We soon realised it was trickier placing dates on a timeline when the dates are BC...the numbers were getting smaller rather than larger!

In Science, we did an investigation to see what happened to some solids when they were heated, and subsequently, when they cooled down. We had to measure temperature, observe changes and record results! Here are some pictures of us mid-investigation...

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This week I have been so impressed with the writing all the children have produced.

After finishing the drafts of our Battle Scene descriptions, last week, many of us copied these up for our amazing Macbeth display. Using vivid imagery, and powerful vocabulary, they have produced some superb pieces of descriptive writing.

Here's a glimpse at our display, where our writing is on show for all to enjoy!

This week, we have explored Act 1 Scene 3-the first encounter with the Three Witches.

The children acted out the scene fantastically (there are some budding actors and actresses in this class!) and we used our interpretations of the witches to plan and begin to draft a third person description of the Three Witches.

Here are some action shots of us ...

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We have had a great week! We have rounded off our Geography topic, ready to start our new history topic, Egypt, next week. I know the children are really looking forward to this topic and already have some amazing facts to share!

I have been blown away by the amazing work the children have been doing with Macbeth, this week. Using active approaches to learning, the have familiarised themselves with the Battle Scene at the beginning of the play. They then planned and started to draft their Battle Scene descriptions. They have not yet finished their first drafts, but I am soooo impressed with the quality of their descriptions so far. Their choice of language and imagery has blown me away! I am one very proud teacher!

In Maths, they have been looking at different angles, distinguishing between acute, obtuse and right angles. They have done really well with this and have risen to each challenge given.

Details of the 500 word writing competition, that was sent home today, can be found on the homework page.

I hope you all  have a lovey weekend,

Miss Slater and the Year 4 Team

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Welcome back to our Spring Term!

This week we have been introduced to some new topics, as well as revisiting some learning from before Christmas.

In Maths, we have been dividing with remainders, using a written method. Although this is tricky, we have all tried our best and are really getting the hang of it!

In Science, we were introduced to our new topic 'States of Matter-Solids, Liquids and Gases.' We have shared what we already know about this ready, ready to learn much more this term.

In RE, We are looking at Jesus as 'the teacher'. Our first lessons were centred around Jesus' faith when he was growing up. We have learnt more about the Jewish faith and symbols of this faith. We are going to compare Judaism to Christianity, as we know that are some similarities and some differences.

In English, we are looking at the play Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare. All of Key Stage 2 will be studying this play, and we will be producing some amazing pieces of writing from it too! This week, we acted out the play in 20 minutes. In groups of 4, we were all given a little part of the play and had to act it out, with narration. After we had all acted out our part, we had collectively acted out the entire play. There are some fab actors and actresses in year 4!

Here are some pictures of us, acting out Macbeth...

 

 

 

 

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Well what a great first term we have had in year 4!

It has been a pleasure to watch you all grow so much this year and I am excited to see you all go from strength-to-strength, in the New Year!

Thank you so much for all your efforts and hard-work this year and thank you to all parents for your continued support!

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, and take a well deserved break for the festive period.

See you next year,

Miss Slater and the Year 4 Team.

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We were really lucky this week to enjoy the musical talents of 'The Travelling Tuba'. As well as watching their concert, as a whole school, we also has a class workshop, in the afternoon.

In this workshop, we got to play different musical instruments and 'layer' these instruments over each other to produce a wonderful musical performance. Here are some pictures...

This week, we have also made our very own musical instrument. We made guitars!

Here are some pictures of the different stages of our guitar making...

 

Also, there has been no homework set this week. However, let's get some more reading quizzes taken before we break up for Christmas! I have been so pleased with the enthusiasm and enjoyment the children have when reading and taking their quizzes! They are all doing so well! Keep it up!

Thank you,

Miss Slater

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Well, what a great week of learning!

I have been so impressed with the children's writing, this week. They were given the opportunity to plan and write their own narrative. After watching a video to inspire them, they have all gone away and used their imaginations to write their own story. We will be continuing with these on Monday and I cannot wait to read their complete, edited versions! 

In maths we have been looking at weight in kilograms and gram. We collected and order the weights of different foods and then presented this data in a bar chart. We then went on to interpret this data. We have all done a great job with this!

In Geography, we have been looking at the tropical regions-we found the Equator, the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn on a world map, in our atlases. We then used this to draw them on our own map of the world and this helped us to locate the countries that are located in these Tropical regions. Next lesson, we will research which foods come from these tropical regions.

In computing, we are really progressing with out simulation of a toy, using the Scratch programme. After designing our toys a few weeks back, with an input and output function, we are doing our best at using coding to simulate our toy designs electronically. Some of us have added sound and movement to our toys!

We are also trying our best to fulfil our Advent promises and have been looking at the symbolism of the advent wreath, in our RE. We are all trying our pest to prepare for Christ's birth by 'proclaiming God's love'.

Next week, we will be designing and creating our instruments in our D & T lesson. If you haven't already, please bring either a shoebox, tissue box, cereal box etc, into school before Wednesday. Also, if you have any cardboard tubing (not toilet roll) to bring in, that would be great! 

Thank you,

Miss Slater

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This week, in Maths, we have become great at rounding numbers! Whether it's to the nearest 10, 100 or 100, we can do it! We used number lines to help us visualise what numbers they were in between and this helped us to see what the 10, 100 or 1000 they were nearest to. We will definitely revisit this, as there is a lot to remember when rounding numbers!

In English, we have all made a great start to our 'big write'. Using our personal writing targets, along with the class writing target, we have started to produce some quality pieces of writing. Next week, we will edit and improve our writing before copying it up for our new display....watch this space for pictures of our display.

In R.E, we have been preparing for Advent by writing our own Advent promise. We have really thought about how our actions reflect the teachings of the Bible, and how God wants us to be.

In Science, we have been looking at how distance effects sound. We braved the elements and went outside to record what happened to sound the further away we were from it...we even used our measuring skills to measure the distance between ourselves and the sound each time.

Here are some pictures....

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We have been very lucky this week to have, not one, but two visitors in our classroom.

On Monday, Michael Brown came in to tell us all about the foods he grows on his allotment. This really helped us with our Geography topic 'where does our food come from?' He also talked about what season was good for growing and what the best conditions were for this. On top of this, he informed us of the seasons when he doesn't grow much because of the change of temperature. We also learned that some of the foods we asked him about, we can't grow here at all because of our climate-we are going to research where they come from next week!

On Wednesday, we also had a visit from Fr Jim who talked to us about sound (he's quite the scientist, you know!) He told us all about a meteor that hit Russia a few years back and how the sound took so long to travel to earth that the people of Russia saw the meteor, before hearing it about 2 and a half minutes later-how interesting is that?! The sound waves were so strong, they shattered windows and destroyed buildings!

This week, we also made a start a sketching a pencil drawing of some of Cezanne's artwork. We are practicing sketching and shading with pencil, in preparation for our own pieces of art work, inspired by that of Cezanne's. Here are some pictures of us starting the sketching process..

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