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?
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.
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). As part of our learning the children have also been assessed through cold and hot tasks with frequent revision of previous learning to ensure the consolidation of their gained knowledge.
This half-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.
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’.
20 minutes per day
Minimum 15 minutes Daily Reading at home
Weekly Maths Homework
Spelling Practice – spellings are given out every week. A weekly spelling test will take place every Friday. At the end of each month a Mega Spell test of all spellings takes place.
Wednesday and Thursday every week.
Book Changing Days
Tuesday and Thursday