Welcome to Year 4!
This year, our teacher is Miss Scott. We are also lucky enough to have Miss Booler teaching in Year 4 too! Please do keep checking this page for updates and news!
Hello and welcome to Year 4! I hope you all had a lovely and restful summer. Year 4 have had a busy first couple of weeks back, they have flown by!
The first week back was our Creative Week. During this week, we all got to know each other, had our very own Roman day and produced some great art work (make sure you check these out, they are posted on this page.)
We are now on our second week back and are back into our learning. The children have just started an English topic all about newspapers, a math's unit based on place value and a science unit all about habitats.
Keep checking the website for updates and pictures of our fun at school.
July 2017 - Sports Day!
KS2 took part in a very successful Sports Day! I was very impressed with their sportsmanship!
Here are some photos of the day!
We are now into the last month of the school year, time has flown by! This past week, the children have been working hard in our maths lessons. Year 4 have been investigating whether taller people have larger feet. Have a look at the children in action!
Welcome back to our final half term in Year 4! We have a busy few weeks planned and as always we will dive straight into learning. For our new English topic, the class will be learning all about persuasive texts and creating their own persuasive leaflet all about St Neots. In Maths, the children will be investigating different geometric shapes, grids and statistics. They will have the chance to collect their own data and produce their own charts. For this final term, our Science unit is all about Electricity. The class will be creating their own series circuits and learning all about insulators and conductors.
Both Year 3 and 4 will be continuing with their ICE zone topic 'Home and Away'. Remember, we have our ICE zone open event on the afternoon of Monday the 12th June. Please come along, work with your children and have a great afternoon!
This week in Year 4, the children have started to look at geometric shapes. The class have learned all about different types of triangles. They can now classify and identify scalene, right angled and isosceles triangles. They are also great at identifying the angles found in these shapes!
Well done Year 4.
This week, the children in Year 4 have been learning all about angles in their maths lessons. They ventured around the school looking for right, obtuse and acute angles. In class, they ordered, estimated and even started to measure angles. Have a look at our photos!
In Year 4, we have been learning all about E-safety and ensuring that we stay safe online. Last Friday, we posted the below picture online.
Year 4 couldn't quite believe how far our picture of Marvin the Martian had travelled over the weekend. So far, Marvin has been shared over 530 times all around the world. This activity has proven just how quickly things can be shared on the internet.
The children have certainly learnt a lot from it!
Grafham April 2017
This week (24th - 26th April), some of our Year 4 class ventured off to Graham Water Centre for 3 days of adventure! We arrived on the Monday morning very fresh faced and ready to go! We took part in activities such as high ropes, rock climbing, raft building, bush craft, archery and orienteering! The children had a fantastic time and showed amazing team work throughout their stay. I am incredibly proud of them all.
Welcome back to the Summer term! I hope everyone had a lovely Easter break and is ready to get back to work!
The children will be looking at both fiction and non-fiction texts across two key units this term. The two units that will be focused on are Persuasive texts and Stories from other Cultures. The latter will link in nicely with our new ICE zone topic of Home and Away.
We will also spend a couple of weeks looking at a variety of poetry and grammar focused lessons.
In year 4, we have started the term by looking into converting units of measurements. The children are using their skills on multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000.
Further on in the term, the children will be investigating different angles, coordinates and translations. We will be doing a range of practical activities to help us with our learning. Alongside all of our lessons, we will also be having regular arithmetic practice.
Our topic this term will focus on ‘Home and Away’. The children will first be focusing on the local area and then investigating further away in Europe. To start off our topic, we visited the local museum. Have a look at the photos!
We would just like to say a huge thank you to all of those who attended our ICE zone open events this week!
It was lovely to see the children becoming mini teachers for the afternoon and showing off their work.
We hope to hold another event in the summer term.
The KS2 ICE Zone team.
Year 4 have just started their new English unit all about Explanation Texts. They have found the features of this text type and have started to use causal connectives in their own mini explanation texts.
This week, we also visited the local library! The children had a great time exploring the library and finding lots of new books.
The class have been learning all about time, in particular the 12 and 24 hour clock. They are also able to answer tricky word problems dealing with time converting.
Year 4 have been learning all about Sound. They recently created their own string telephones and were investigating how sound travels through solids, liquids and gases. They have also started to investigate pitch and loudness.
8th February 2017
The children have been learning all about time in our recent maths topic. They are now becoming increasingly confident with reading the time to the nearest minute. The children have also been tackling time problems where you need to convert!
Year 4 have now completed their very own stories set in an imaginary world. They were able to use a range of description and sentence lengths to create suspense in their work. Please keep an eye out for some pictures of some of the children's work!
Don't forget, after half term we are holding two ICE zone open afternoons where we are inviting in parents, carers, grandparents, aunts and uncles to come in and see what the lovely children have been up to. Pop into see me or into the office to grab a form!
In Year 4, we are learning all about sound. This week, we investigated vibrations and how these create sound! We made our own string telephones and learnt that speaking into the cup creates sound waves which are converted into vibrations at the bottom of the cup. We even investigated what would happen if we joined our telephones together!
Have a look at our photos.
January 24th 2017
Last week, the children were lucky enough to have Anglian Water come in to visit them! They learnt all about where their water comes from and the journey it takes!
They even created 'Sewage Soup', this showed them what should and should not go down their sinks at home!
Have a look at the photos!
Welcome back to Year 4, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break. We are back into the swing of things and we are working hard (as always!).
Our new ICE zone topic is all about Ancient Egypt and already the children are fully engaged with their learning. They have already been deciphering hieroglyphics, researching the countries and continents of the world and designing their own canopic jars. The children are lucky enough to have their own life-size sarcophagus, are they brave enough to go inside?
Later this term, we would love to invite you, the parents and carers, in for an Open ICE Zone afternoon - keep an eye out for a letter coming your way!
In class, the children have been working incredibly hard already. In our English lessons, we have now moved onto learning all about Stories in an Imaginary world! We have already looked at different stories and have even started to look at descriptive language.
In maths, the children started off the term by investigating area, they are now experts in finding the area of rectilinear shapes. We are now investigating equivalent fractions and will be moving onto finding fractions of amounts.
I cannot believe we are almost at the end of term one!
The children have been very busy finishing off their ICE zone work and I would like to say how proud of them I am, their work is absolutely fantastic!
In English, the children have been focusing on poetry and the different features that can be found in poems. We looked at similes, personification, alliteration, onomatopoeia and metaphors. The children have been writing lots of their own poems but most recently they wrote poems based on 'The Magic Box', by Kit Wright. Here are some examples,
I will put into the box,
A colossal piece of the Big Bang,
The first smile of a baby,
The wibble, wobble of a baby giraffe.
I will put in my locker,
A feather from Pegasus' wing falling in total silence,
A rainbow rose in a broken jar which is treasured in my school.
I will put into my box,
The smell of soft bread,
The bounce of a baby bunny,
And the happy feeling of waking up on Christmas day!
Science - In science, the children have been learning all about our digestive system! We now understand the journey our food takes through our bodies. This week, we performed our own experiment showing how this works!
The children have really been working hard in the ICE zone, their work is looking absolutely great and they are now experts on the Tudors! The children have recently been making their own Tudor dolls and they have been researching the life of the rich and poor in Tudor times.
In English, we have moved away from newspapers and we are now focusing on writing diaries. We have decided to look from the perspective of The Iron Man himself. The children have done really well and have taken on the roll as him. We used some wonderful sentences and emotive language.
In maths, we are now focusing on multiplication and division! These are really tricky however Year 4 have been doing a superb job. For multiplication, we have been learning all about the grid and column method. The children are now multiplying some tricky numbers! For division, we have been using a number line and also the vertical chunking method!
Well that first month went very quickly! We have continued to be super busy in year 4!
In our English we have been writing our own newspaper articles based on the book The Iron Man! We have become real journalists are have written some super articles. We have used headlines, captions, quotes and fantastic description in our work!
In maths, we have been working on addition and subtraction. We have looked at a range of methods that we could use which include the column method. The children are now looking into solving tricky word problems.
What a busy first few weeks we have had! Read all about our learning below.
English - Year 4 are learning all about newspapers for the first few weeks of term. They have already investigated the different features found in articles and just recently, they created their own headlines using puns and alliteration. Soon, the children will be writing their own newspaper articles based on our class book The Iron Man!
Maths - The children have gone place value mad over the past few weeks. Year 4 have investigated ordering numbers, partitioning, negative numbers and multiples. Most recently, we have been solving lots of problems that involve a range of place value skills.
Science - Year 4 have started learning all about different habitats found around the world. They have looked into the features of a habitat that make it so welcoming to organisms! Soon, they will be learning all about classification keys!
ICE zone - WOW! That's the word I can use to describe the work and attitude out in the ICE zone. The children have been producing amazing fact sheets all about Tudor times. Most recently, the children mimicked the work of artist Guiseppe Arcimboldo and have created some portraits using fruit and vegetables! Photos to follow!
Amethyst class have been working very hard the past 2 weeks!
In English, we have finished our class book, Hana's Suitcase. We loved reading Hana's story and learning about her life. We are working on making a synopsis about Hana's Suitcase to put on the book jackets we will make. we have had to learn to summarise main events, use powerful vocabulary, create a hook and cliffhanger, and come up with rhetorical questions. Our paragraph writing has improved so much since last term!
In Maths, we created our own bar charts using information we found outside our school. Some of us tracked how many different types of bugs and flowers there were, and others looked at shapes and colours. we then learned how to interpret information from a bar chart. Now we are moving on to fractions, decimals, and measures.
In the ICE Zone, we have begun our new topic about South America. We are very enthusiastic to find out more and begin to research and explore this amazing continent!
We've had a busy couple of weeks in Amethyst and are currently in the middle of assessments!
In English, we’ve continued to read our book, Hana’s Suitcase, to learn more about the life of Hana Brady. We’ve been learning how to find evidence from the text and put it into a paragraph. We have also been doing some artwork based on drawings Hana made when she was in Theresienstadt! This week we are working on creating haikus to go with out artwork, and focusing on using powerful ...adjectives to make our poems more descriptive. We’ve really been enjoying this book!
In Maths, we’ve finished the grid method of multiplication and have begun to look at 2D shapes. Last week we looked at finding the line of symmetry in a shape, using paper folding to support our learning. This week we’re looking at the properties of shapes so that we can classify them!
In German, we’ve been practising short phrases used to introduce ourselves to others. We’ve also continued to practise our German song, Fliegerlied. We’re getting really good at learning all of the words, even though they’re in German!
In the ICE Zone, we’ve continued our work on the Vikings. We’ve been busy researching and studying the Vikings to prepare ourselves for Viking Day next Monday, March 21st. We’ll be making Viking helmets this week in preparation!
We’ve been continuing to do cricket with our coach and are really enjoying it. We’ve been learning techniques for hitting, throwing, and catching, and are really developing our skills!
Amethyst class have worked really hard this half term and are becoming very inquisitive scientists!
They have enjoyed using musical instruments to learn about pitch and volume.
We have also planned an experiment to see how the volume of sound changes over distance.
It's hard to believe half-term is around the corner!
Last week in Maths we worked on problem solving using the RUCSAC method to break down word problems. We learned to identify words that mean addition and subtraction. This week we are starting on division! We’re learning how to divide using number lines as well as learning how to do short division. We’re really enjoying it!
In English, we have been working on persuasive writing. We've learned about using AFOREST techniques in our writing to strengthen our persuasive arguments. We have been creating travel brochures to encourage people to come to the fantasy worlds we wrote about in our narrative units. This week we will be finishing up our brochures. Our writing has really been improving!
In P.E., we have really developed our kickball playing! We have strengthened our techniques and are becoming very strong players. We’ve begun to use strategies to be more successful, as well as how to work with our team to be the most effective.
In German, we have begun to learn the Fliegerlied, a famous German song. Through this song, we are learning a lot of vocabulary, as well as having lots of fun! Yesterday we began to add in actions.
Outside of the classroom, we've been very busy in the ICE Zone learning about Anglo-Saxons. We've done grid references, made pendants, and researched Anglo-Saxon life.
Have a fabulous half-term and come back ready for some more busy learning!
We've had an extremely busy 2 weeks in Amethyst!
In Maths, we've learned how to do column subtraction to go with our column addition. We're still perfecting lining up our columns and our place values, but we're continuing to practise and improve! We've also learned how to use an inverse operation so we can check our own answers. It's been a lot of hard work, but we really enjoyed it! Now we are beginning to learn measurement, so we can start our gingerbread maths unit. We will be incorporating fractions, decimals, area, and perimeter into our unit, and in the end we will be making gingerbread houses from scratch!
In English, we've continued to work on our play script unit. We developed characters and had them respond to various situations, taking into account their personalities. We had to do a lot of deep thinking to put ourselves into our characters' shoes. We also began learning to properly read a play script, including the stage directions, and rehearsed A Charlie Brown Christmas. Miss Krahn discovered some really fantastic actors in Amethyst! We put on some beautiful performances and worked really hard to follow the script.
We will be busy decorating and learning our Christmas songs for the next couple weeks, as well as lots more learning in class. Only 28 days until Christmas!
Amethyst class has jumped back into learning after half-term!
We came back with lots of exciting stories about the things we did with family and friends, but we also came back well-rested and ready to challenge ourselves.
In English, we have begun a new unit on play scripts. We are learning the different features of a play script, so we can recognise them in various texts. Today we began working on developing our own characters for the scripts we will write. We had to brainstorm our characters likes, dislikes, names, ages, and what they looked like. We want to have really strong characters to guide our writing!
In Maths, we are learning about time. We are able to convert time between AM and PM, as well as from analog to digital. We are now learning how to convert units of time. It's really challenging, but we are getting there! We are converting seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, and years! There is lots to remember, but we have been very good listeners.
Amethyst has also started German lessons. We are learning how to greet each other at various times of the day, how to say 'how are you' and respond, as well as our numbers. We are really enthusiastic about learning another language!
Finally, we have started doing Quick Sticks every Wednesday afternoon. We are learning a lot of new skills and will continue to improve every week.
02.10.15 - 15.10.15
Amethyst class have been up to lots of new things in the past 2 weeks!
In English, we finished up our non-chronological reports on the Romans. We included lots of interesting research in our reports, and they are now displayed in our classroom for others to learn from. We've now started our narrative unit on a fantastic book called 'Into the Forest'. We've all agreed it's kind of spooky! We've done persuasive role-plays, predictions, and figured out the key features of the book. Now we are planning our very own narratives that we will finish up before half-term.
In Maths, we've finished our place-value unit and have made some lovely posters to display what we've learned. We did some really tricky division with 10s and 100s, but we figured it out very quickly. We are now moving on to addition and subtraction. We're beginning to recognise how to do column addition!
We're very excited for half-term, but we have lots to do over the next 5 days!