Welcome To Year 4!
Meet the team:
Class Teacher: Miss Hannon
Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Sanders
Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Hutchings
Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Mansfield
Year 4 Curriculum Documents Term 5 2021
Year 4 Parent Information Term 1 2020-2021
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Year 4 have been working hard on fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases and punctuating dialogue this week. They used all their skills to write an action-packed scene from Varjak Paw. Their writing was brilliant and really demonstrated how far they have progressed this academic year.
In Maths we have wrapped up our learning on money but continue our 'measurement' focus by moving on to time. Please support your children as much as you can by talking about and telling the time at any opportunity!
This week the children took part in Young Voices' 'Biggest Sing' with an attempt to break the world record for the biggest ever sing along and sign along! The children sang Lovely Day with the accompanying sign language. Look out for the video on social media which is coming soon!
Year 4 have been applying their decimal knowledge to money in maths this week. They are really enjoying it and making super progress!
In English we have been Varjak's new experiences of the outside world, in his quest to find dogs he has found cars, which he wrongly believes to be dogs. The children imagined what Varjak might say to a real dog when he finally finds one and scripted their dialogue, carefully ensuring the direct speech was punctuated correctly.
In RE Year 4 discovered for themselves how one body must work together to be successful through a 'human photocopier' task! Inspired by Paul's hope for 'one body, one church' the children worked together using their bodies to create their own representation.
This week Year 4 wrote lovely Kennings about the ocean and presented them beautifully in their books. They applied their knowledge of poetry in RE too, and wrote more amazing Kennings poems about the Holy Spirit and what it means to Christians. In the last few days we've been getting stuck in to our new book - Varjak Paw. We've been exploring the story and the relationships Varjak has with his family members. The children are really enjoying the book!
In maths the children have been exploring the place value of decimals and applying their understanding of bonds to 10 and 100 to 'make 1' with decimal numbers. Next week we will deepen our understanding as we move on to comparing and rounding decimals.
In science the children have been investigating their ears! They looked carefully at their ears using mirrors before making impressively detailed diagrams. This afternoon the children were making tessellating patterns using shapes. Many children took home the shapes they had cut out so that they could continue making patterns at home. Well done for another super week Year 4!
In maths we have been focusing on division including using written methods to divide 3 digits by 1 digit numbers. Division was covered during lockdown and the children have found it difficult but are feeling more confident after this week. We will continue to revisit multiplication and division in our lessons starters to consolidate their learning.
In English we have been exploring poetry! We investigated the different types of poetry and wrote our own Kennings poems. Kennings are poems which have a noun-verb on each line and give clues as to what the poems are about. The children loved reading their poems to each other and having the others guess what their poems were about! We also read our book Flotsam, the children absolutely loved it. Next week we will write Kennings poems about the sea, inspired by the book.
In Science the children have been learning about sound. This week Year 4 made their own 'telephones' investigating how sound travels. They had great fun!
Here are some of our telephones investigating how sound travels in year 4:
Last week Year 4 created their own 'deep-sea creatures' and drew 'scientific drawings' of them. This week it was time to publish this latest discovery in a news report for New Scientist magazine! All of the children were rewarded for their writing this week as I was so proud of their focus and effort in writing their own brilliant reports.
In maths we have been recapping multiplication and division mental and written methods. The children have been working really hard on learning their multiplication and division facts which is crucial to making good progress in multiplication in division. We did our times-table check this afternoon and they are doing so well! Keep up the good work Year 4.
We are entering the 'everyday heroes' competition from Royal Mail, where the children designed their own stamps featuring key workers who have helped us get through the pandemic. There have been lots of amazing designs of doctors, nurses, bus drivers, scientists and many more.
What a busy week! After soldiering through our Spring assessments, the children have really enjoyed a range of activities for Science Week. This included a visit from the owner of Ramsbury Farm who explained the scientific processes they use within agriculture. They also designed their own apps, inventions and tested out their engineering and design capabilities by created a bridge which could support a car using only lego and spaghetti! They worked brilliantly in their teams.
In English we have been working towards writing persuasive speeches to encourage our audience to reduce their plastic consumption due to ocean plastic pollution. Wow, Year 4 are passionate about this! We wrote our speeches today and you could have heard a pin drop! Their speeches are brilliant, emotive and packed with facts and statistics. Well done Year 4!
In Maths we are revisiting formal written methods in multiplication and division, which we will continue next week.
The children came in raring to learn this week! We have explored some of the seascapes of our new book Flotsam which inspired us to investigate the problem of ocean plastic pollution for Earth Day. Today we listened to speeches as well as finding their features, and practicing using tone and volume engage our audience.
In maths, we finished our current unit of Decimals this week. The children demonstrated excellent retention of skills and knowledge in decimal numbers from before Easter, well done Year 4! This week we have learned about hundredths as decimals in the context of place value, and applied our knowledge of dividing by 10 and 100 to decimals.
Year 4 have made some really beautiful artwork this week. For Earth Day they made watercolour paintings of whales and collaged their own plastic food wrappers on to it as we considered our own plastic consumption and the problem of ocean plastic pollution. Our Year 4s are really passionate about reducing, recycling and reusing plastic as much as possible. Today we learned about the Mariana Trench and the incredible deep-sea creatures who live there. The children imagined they had discovered a strange deep-sea creature and created it using household objects today. Next week they will write news articles for the 'New Scientist' to describe the characteristics of their latest discovery!
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I'm Good - End of term music video!
This term we have spent time at home completing home learning and we have been settling back to school. Our focus has been on the wellbeing and mental health of our school community. To celebrate being back together we learnt a new song "I'm Good" by The Mowgli's and created a music video!
Our music video has been viewed over 1,000 times and has been liked by THE MOWGLI'S all the way from California! The children should feel very proud of their global success!! :)
Easter Celebrations 2021!
To celebrate holy week we created a pop up art gallery of crosses that we displayed around the school grounds:
Our celebrations continued with a "Stations Of The Cross" activity. Each teacher created a multi-sensory experience for a section of the story. The children visited each station and acted out the story, discussed thought-provoking questions, read extracts from the bible and shared prayers.
Here you can see the children acting out the events of Palm Sunday.
The last supper.
The garden of Gethsemane.
We hope that all of the children and families have a fantastic break over the Easter holidays!
Week beginning 22.03.2021:
This week the whole school wrote the most beautiful ‘reflection poems’ on Marie Curie day. Year 4 were so thoughtful about the content and decoration. They will be displayed in the church. The children also had a brilliant Cricket session with Tom from Chance to shine! They had a brilliant time and Tom commented on their fabulous listening and behaviour – well done Year 4! In Art, the children made cross collages, which will be displayed in the hall next week as we celebrate Easter. Pictures of them on display to follow!
Week beginning 15.03.2021:
This week Year 4 have been working really hard in maths; recognising tenths and their decimal equivalents. They have also been adding decimals.
In English Year 4 have developed their own ‘Dream Giver’ characters who will be the focus of their narrative writing next week.
In PSHE we explored how much sugar is present in every day foods, the children were shocked to learn that the recommended daily allowance of sugar is just 6 teaspoons!
Year 4 have really loved learning about our local history here in Kintbury. They used the Domesday book to learn more about what life might have looked like here in 1086. They also created amazing drawings based on this knowledge!
YEAR 4 BACK TO SCHOOL:
This week Year 4 enjoyed a spectacular Topic Launch activity:
Year 4 Battle Of Hastings!
WORLD BOOK DAY 2O21:
The Kintbury Community really came together to make this unusual World Book Day celebration exciting! Take a look at the Newbury Weekly News link to see how we celebrated our love of reading and books:
YEAR 4 LOCKDOWN EXPERIENCES 2021:
Here are some photographs of our wonderful children during home learning 2021:
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Y4 Home Learning Experiences 2021
Lockdown 2021 -
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Remote Learning Provision:
The children are now accessing all learning through Google Classroom both at home and at school for the children of critical workers and children classed as vulnerable.
We are providing online lessons throughout the day. The children are having regular face to face contact with their class teacher and are hearing from their teachers via marking and feedback tools.
If you have any questions at all, please contact the school office.
Term 2 - Week 5:
Year 4 have had a fabulous week! They have multiplied and divided by 1, 0, 10 and 100 and are also working very hard on learning their times-tables. We have also been developing our mathematical language including; factors, products, inverse and commutative calculations.
They have had a very crafty week including making lanterns for the Newbury Lantern Trail and Christmas decorations.
All term Year 4 have been working hard on earning a ‘treat day’ through trying their best, listening, being respectful and kind. Today it was finally earned and the children behaved superbly throughout a lovely day of games, craft and a brilliant zoom session with Hannah from the National Archives! The children were ‘expert detectives’, looking at copies of real historical documents and searching for evidence. They absolutely loved it, behaved brilliantly and asked Hannah some fantastic questions. Have a restful weekend Year 4!
Term 2 - Week 4:
Year 4 have worked so hard on their stories this week. They have developed their suspense writing and planned their story carefully, writing a chapter at a time. Everyone put a huge effort in to making this the best story they have ever written so well done Year 4.
In maths we are moving on to multiplication and division, the children have made a brilliant start and have already multiplied by 10 and 100, next week we will begin dividing.
In Science the children really enjoyed a 'chocolate experiment' and in Art we are beginning to craft some beautiful Christmas decorations for the hall which involved leaf printing and marbling.
Term 2 - Week 3:
Year 4 have had another busy week! They have been converting between measurements including mm, cm, M and KM in Maths and today solved problems involving perimeter.
In English they wrote fantastic character descriptions using a range of descriptive techniques. Today they learned what it means to be a writer by getting really stuck in to editing! Well done Year 4! They have been designing their own unusual hotels and can’t wait to write their stories next week using their hotel settings.
In History the children investigated military strategy for the Battle of Marathon! Putting themselves in the role of the Athenian army generals, the children evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of the psiloi, cavalry, peltasts and hoplites and used to inform their strategies. We then brought history to life by re-enacting it and discussed how the very first marathon runner Pheidippides has influenced our modern day life!
Term 2 - Week 2:
This week Year 4 have really consolidated their knowledge of addition and subtraction written methods as well as explored effective checking strategies such as using the inverse operation. Further to this they have considered how to choose which method is most effective for a mathematical problem, whether that is choosing a particular mental strategy or using a written method.
In English we are building up to writing a character description and are continuing to develop our descriptive techniques as well as using a range of sentence types to vary the pace and keep our reader hooked. We have been reading the Nothing to See Here Hotel every day which the children are really enjoying!
They have also made fantastic coil pots in Art and next week will add their own designs inspired by Ancient Greece.
As a whole school this week we held a Remembrance Day service on the playground (socially distanced). Mrs Ulry painted a special poppy onto the playground and Mr Ulry built a special remembrance garden. Kendra played the last post beautifully, Mrs Veasey and Mrs Cantwell led prayers, and the whole school respectfully took part in 2 minutes of silence at 11am on 11.11.2020.
Term 2 - Week 1:
This week the children have been using written methods to subtract 4 digit numbers. We are now exchanging more than once which has really challenged some children's understanding of place value but every child has persevered and made brilliant progress!
We are now preparing to write stories at the end of the term and are upskilling our narrative writing skills beginning this week with setting descriptions. The children thought really carefully about what exactly is needed to hook in our reader and create the mood of the setting. They wrote fantastic setting descriptions of abandoned places including using a range of ambitious adjectives, effective verbs, expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials. Well done Year 4!
Our new PSHE unit is 'Celebrating Differences' and this week we spent a little extra time thinking about how and why we might make assumptions about people and what the effect of that is.
Term 1 - Week 6:
Year 4 have been journalists this week and have been completely immersed in writing eye-catching headlines and really fantastic news reports. They have worked really hard on this and should be really proud!
In maths we have been comparing and ordering numbers, looking as the language of 'ascending' and 'descending'.
In PE they have continued to work on their athletic skills, this week exploring endurance in running.
Term 1 - Week 5:
This week the children have been investigating the story of Perseus and the Gorgon Medusa to prepare their newspaper report on the gory events. In Science they have been learning about teeth and made incredible models, thinking about the different shapes of their teeth. In Maths, they have continued develop their understanding of partitioning and counting in 1000s. In Art they made really impressive busts of Zeus from clay, well done Year 4! A big thank you also goes out to all the children and parents who have been working hard at home to make lots of delicious apple pies and crumbles and creating fact files all about Greece.
Miss Hannon :)
Term 1 - Week 3:
Another busy week has flown by for Year 4!
The children have been identifying numbers on a number line and applying this knowledge of place value to round numbers to 10 and 100. They have also been absolutely hooked on getting into their Ancient Greek 'slave' characters and preparing to write their letters on Monday. They have been exploring ways to draw our readers in describing the 5 senses in their writing. They have also practised athletic skills in PE and considered why God wants us to explore the world through science in RE.
Miss Hannon :)
Term 1 - Week 2:
This week the children have got stuck into their Gods and Mortals topic by exploring the story of Persephone and the Pomegranate and then having a go at writing their own Greek myths. We've also taken our lessons outdoors when we can including acting out scenarios in PSHCE and locating cities within the UK in geography. The children have worked really hard in maths as they revise place value and then apply this understanding to solve problems. It's been a great week, well done Year 4!
Miss Hannon :)
Term 1 - Week 1:
Year 4 have been full of smiles and energy this week and it was so wonderful to welcome them all back to school!
This week they made a brilliant start on number and place value in Maths and in English they were inspired by the Word Collector, which the children loved. We have started our own word collection and are determined to use these and many more wonderful words to inspire our writing throughout the year! The children used dictionaries to find their meanings and determine whether they were nouns, verbs or adjectives.
Year 4 have also filled an art gallery with absolutely beautiful portraits of each other and have also been thinking about what they would like to achieve by the end of the year. Year 4 were also introduced to their history and geography theme 'Gods and Mortals' and are really excited to learn more about the Ancient Greeks! This theme will also inspire our English lessons, this week we will learn about what it was like to be a slave in Ancient Greece and write a letter, explaining we have been captured!
Miss Hannon :)
You can watch "The Word Collector" by Peter H Reynolds here:
Ufton Court Trip - Tudor Day!
Here are some photos of our favourite moments from our fantastic trip:
We were trained as "expert Weavers"
Some of us got to model new woven beards!
We took part in a crime and punishment session! Here we are in the docks:
Term 3 - Religious Education - Sedar Meal!
During this session we discussed the following questions; "What does each food represent" and "Why do you think this?"