Year 4

Welcome to the Year 4 Class Page

 
Mr Morris is the Class Teacher.
Mrs Nelson 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?

English:

Autumn 1 -

This half-term our English work has been based around the story ‘The Wild Girl’. To begin out learning we worked to explore the story in different ways, learning the model text by heart, using a combination of actions and story map pictures. We then worked to read the story as a reader and as a writer, picking out key aspects of the story which we liked and working to first imitate and then innovate these features in our own writing to make our work more interesting. To end our learning on ‘The Wild girl’ we took everything we had learned so far and used it to create a sequel story to the wild girl, continuing her adventure from where the original had story left off.

Autumn 2 –

This half-term in English our learning has been focused on the stories ‘The day I met the mighty Aslan’ and ‘The Gas Mask’. We explored both texts by first internalising the language used throughout the stories and then identifying the key writterly features within them. We then worked to pick out the key ideas within the stories which we liked and used them to imitate our own versions of the stories. Our whole class versions of these were - ‘The night I met the notorious White Queen’ and ‘The Roman Helmet’. To end our learning on these texts we worked independently, using all of the skills we had developed over the previous weeks to create our own versions of the stories.

Mathematics: 

Autumn 1 –

This half-term in maths we have worked to expand upon the children’s place value knowledge, learning about roman numerals, rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000, negative numbers, partitioning and comparing and ordering numbers. Towards the end of the term we also began looking into different methods of working out addition and subtraction (For example: mental, number lines and column methods). 

Autumn 2 –

This half-term in maths we have continued to build on the children’s understanding of addition and subtraction methods. We then moved on to calculating the perimeter of a shape and to learning about multiplication and division facts. We have been particularly focused on our multiplication tables this half-term as they will be the basis of so much of our learning from this point forward.

 

As part of our learning the children have also been regularly assessed through cold and hot tasks with frequent revision of previous learning to ensure the consolidation of their gained knowledge.


Topic:
 

Autumn –

This Term our topic has been ‘Should we stop eating chocolate?’ As part of this, in our topic lessons we have been learning all about chocolate, where it comes from and how it is made.

In history we have enjoyed learned all about the ancient Aztecs from whom chocolate is thought to have originated and about the timeline of chocolate from its discovery thousands of years ago, right up to the creation of the first milk chocolate bar in the 20th century.

Meanwhile in geography we have investigated the climates of different countries and how this relates to where cocoa beans are best suited to grow. In geography we have also began looking into the dark side of chocolate in terms of fair and unfair trade and how this can impact upon the hard-working farmers who rely on growing cocoa beans as their only source of income. Looking more broadly, we also learned about the countries of the word and about the worlds time zones.

In our science lessons we have learned about the three states of matter, our teeth, the digestive system and how they work, using plastic bags, tights, crackers, bananas, cups and trays to conduct an interesting (but a little gross) practical experiment.

Through our topic we have also designed our own chocolate bars and advertisements for those chocolate bars, created Aztec border prints using authentic pattern designs and had a go at created abstract illustrations based upon the poem ‘The perfect cup of cocoa’.

 

English:

Spring 1 –

This half-term our learning has been focused on the story ‘Rotten Red Riding Hood’ an alternative version of the traditional tale ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. In this text, Mr B.B Wolf is actually quite a friendly wolf and Little Red is a mean and arrogant little girl who was practically begging to be eaten! The children have really enjoyed learning about how to view stories from two alternative perspectives and learning how to use speech to convey a dialogue between characters, such as between granny and the wolf.


Mathematics

Spring 1 –

This half-term in maths we have been working hard to build on our multiplication and division learning from last term. The key concepts we have been focusing on as part of this have been the formal methods for multiplication (column and grid) and division (bus stop method). We have also been exploring the most efficient ways to multiply together 3 numbers and learning about factor pairs and how to find them.

As part of our learning the children have also been regularly assessed through cold and hot tasks with frequent revision of previous learning to ensure the consolidation of their gained knowledge.

Topic:

Spring –

This term our topic has been ‘The Romans’ as part of this, in our topic lessons we have been learning all about the Romans, where they came from and what made them so interesting as a civilisation.

In history, we have enjoyed learning about the founding of Rome and the myths and legends that surrounded this historic event. We have also learned about the Roman Empire's expansion and explored the various factors that contributed to its incredible military successes. Building on this we then investigated what made the Roman army so successful and the key factors behind their infamous discipline and tactics.

Meanwhile, in geography we took on the role of Roman generals and used our atlases to help us find and label the countries of the world which we aimed to conquer in the name of the great emperor Caesar. We also had a go at using 8-compass points to plot a route through the modern-day English counties for the Roman army to march through and had a go at located the UK’s (most important) major cities which were ripe for conquest.

In our science lessons we have been focused on animals including humans, working to learn about classifying creatures into specific categories (plants and animals, vertebrates and invertebrates etc). Once we were secure in our understanding of this, we then explored the concept of classification keys and even had a go at creating one of our own for the children (and adults) in our classroom which was great fun. We also conducted an investigation into an endangered animal of our choice and explored ways in which we might be able to save the creatures from extinction.

Throughout our topic we have also had a go at planning and designing our own Roman mosaics using grid paper and tiles of card paper.

Homework

  • 20 minutes per day.
  • Minimum 15 minutes Daily Reading at home
  • Weekly Maths Homework (set on Mathletics)
  • Spelling Practice – spellings are given out every week. A weekly spelling test will take place every Friday. 

P.E Days

Wednesday and Thursday every week.

Book Changing Days

Tuesday and Thursday (children are allowed to take up to two books at a time meaning they are able to read up to four accelerated reader books per week.)

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