Welcome to the Year 4 Class Page
Mr Lucas is the Class Teacher.
Mrs Bowes is the Learning Support Assistant for the class.
This page will keep you well informed of what Year 4 are learning each term as well as important pieces of information.
What have we been learning?
In English we used ‘Talk for writing’ techniques when learning a new text type. It helped us remember the key features we need for a particular topic. We recently applied these actions when studying genres such as instructions and biographies.
The spring term has seen Year 4 cover measures, fractions and decimals. One aspect covered was time. We applied a variety of skills to this unit of study, from reading clocks, to duration of time and timetables. The class compared analogue and digital, as well as 12 and 24-hour times.
In Science, Year 4 have been looking at the dynamics of sound. To test the theory that sound travels in waves from a source, we conducted two investigations. The first was where we made ear trumpets that would amplify the sound. (One long and one short). Through careful testing, we observed which one was the most effective.
Next, we designed ear defenders, (using different materials), observing which ones were the most successful at absorbing sound.
Our topic’s theme was ‘Romans.’ The focus was the Roman invasion of Britain and the class researched the reasons for this. In art we created Roman shields which we used when practising battle formations such as the testudo.
In PE, we rehearsed Roman marching and adopted the drill the legions would have used when marching.
What have we been learning?
Year 4 have been learning new strategies and methods to work out aspects of maths such as: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. (For example: number lines, grid and column methods for multiplication)
We also been assessing the children's progress through hot and cold tasks, along with constant revision of previous learning.
We have linked much of our English work to our topic. ‘Should we stop eating chocolate?’
At the beginning of the term we covered a non-fiction unit on reports where we researched and wrote about where chocolate originated from and how it evolved into the product we know today. We also researched who grows and works on the plantation where the crop of cocao seeds is harvested.
Next, we explored the book. ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl and began writing our own versions of selected chapters. These dealt with the chocolate garden and the inventing room. We produced story maps describing alternative events from the text and the children acted them out using expression, gestures and actions.
We began the term learning about healthy eating, linked closely to our chocolate topic. There was some time studying the digestive system and how it works. Investigations included making our own digestive system out of plastic bags, tights, biscuits, crackers, bananas, cups and bowls.
For the second half of the half term we are now looking at solids, liquids and gases and how we can determine differences between them. Recently, we have tested changes, such as reversible and irreversible, as well as the properties of each state of matter.
20 minutes per day
Minimum 15 minutes Daily Reading at home
Weekly Maths Homework
Spelling Practice – spellings are given out every 4 weeks. A weekly spelling test will take place every Friday. At the end of each month a Mega Spell test of all spellings takes place