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Amethyst Year 4/5

Amethyst Class 2022-2023

Mrs R

Welcome back to school!

The children will have PE on Friday mornings.

Please can the children bring their kits in from Monday to be kept in school.

Remember to log on to your child's Class Dojo page for daily updates, photos, notices and information. 

Year 3/4 Home Learning for week beginning 1.3.21. Below you will find a grid with a summary with our home learning. Please do remember that the videos and resources will be posted on our Class Dojo page to explain your learning fully.

Year 3/4 Home Learning for week beginning 22.2.21. Below you will find a grid with a summary with our home learning. Please do remember that the videos and resources will be posted on our Class Dojo page to explain your learning fully.

Year 3/4 Home Learning for week beginning 8.2.21. Below you will find a grid with a summary with our home learning. Please do remember that the videos and resources will be posted on our Class Dojo page to explain your learning fully.

Year 3/4 Home Learning for week beginning 1.2.21. Below you will find a grid with a summary with our home learning. Please do remember that the videos and resources will be posted on our Class Dojo page to explain your learning fully.

Year 3 and 4 learning grid 25th January 2021

Year 3 and 4 learning grid for week beginning 25th January 2021

Year 3 and 4 learning grid for week beginning 11th January 2021

Year 3 and 4 learning grid 6th-8th January 2021



So far the children have been focusing on descriptive writing and they have been working hard to arrange their sentences to make them more exciting by adding different sentence starters and a range of new and exciting adjectives. 


In maths, the children will be moving onto multiplication and division with a big focus on times tables as this will really help them in all aspects of their maths. 


We have started our new science topic 'Animals Including Humans' and have so far looked into what humans and animals require nutritionally. In the next few weeks, they will have a look at what's inside the body and begin to compare different types of skeletons.


The children will be continuing with their Egypt topic and are going to be exploring Egyptian art, looking at different types of Egyptian music and learning key map reading skills whilst locating Egypt and the River Nile



In English, the children have been enjoying our new class book 'Into The Forest'. They have been busy changing and creating a new narrative and focusing on speech and using inverted commas correctly. Their stories have been inspiring and they have really taken all of the new aspects on board.



In maths, the children have been recapping addition and subtraction. We have been focusing on mental and formal written methods which have been introduced alongside concrete resources to cement their understand and bridge some of the gaps that had been missed the previous year.



We have been finishing off our science topic on 'rocks' and enjoyed carrying out an experiment to help us to identify and categorise them. This involved careful observational skills and predictions about the reaction different rocks would have to water and vinegar.

September 2020

The children have settled back well and our excited  to learn all about our new topic The Stone Age.


In English, our learning is based on our class book 'Stone Age Boy'. So far they have enjoyed discussing what they already know about the Stone Age and they are looking forward to producing some writing around the themes in the book in the coming weeks.



The first few weeks in maths we will be focusing on place value and making sure the children understand what value each number is representing. We will be using a lot of practical resources to aid learning and make sure they are secure before moving onto addition and subtraction.

A wonderful presentation about our topic South America from NG's home learning!

Still image for this video

Winhills now have a new online virtual school called the Diamond Online. You can find it here: 


This is where all of our lessons and tasks will now be for your child. 

Home learning grid 7 (18.05.20 - 18.06.20)

Summer Term Homework

I hope you have all had a lovely Easter break. 

Firstly, there are some changes to home learning; attached is a letter that you should have received by parent mail on Friday outlining the new expectations for home learning.


Secondly, attached is the first of the fortnightly ideas for work. There are a wide range of activities, aimed at both indoors and outdoors learning, with 20 activities allowing for 2 activities per day (plus Maths Whizz, TT rock stars and reading). If you have any questions, please message me via Class Dojo.


Some useful websites for use at home:
Maths: (Maths Whizz) (Times Tables Rock Stars) Videos, lessons and worksheets all available (highly recommended!) (same log in as TT Rock Stars) (Times Tables)

English: (accelerated reader) (free ebooks – sign up free) online newspaper (ideas for writing)

Science: (ideas for science) (all subjects)



Welcome back to the spring term! 

We have started a new book called 'Arthur and the Golden Rope'.


To introduce children to the book they have had to look at some illustrations in the book to infer and make predictions based on the images. They have also written a persuasive letter in response to an advert allowing the public to visit the magnificent vault. 


In maths, Year 3 have started learning about measuring. They have measured objects around the classroom using mm, cm and m. They will also be comparing, ordering and adding and subtracting different measurements. Next they will begin to learn about perimeter.

Year 4 have been revising the 4 operations to consolidate the new methods they learnt last term. They have been answering fluency calculations, 1 and 2 step word problems and reasoning questions. They have done a brilliant job and have retained everything from last term! Next, they have started learning about area. They began by using post it notes to measure the area of objects around the classroom.


In science, we have stated a new topic of 'Sound'. To begin our topic we discussed what we already knew. We then went outside to listen to the sounds around us and created a sound map. Then, we learnt about vibrations and how we hear sound. we even made our own telephones.


The children have been very excited to get stuck into the new Ice Zone topic 'Anglo Saxons and Vikings'. So far they have learnt about the Anglo Saxons as they historically came first. They have learnt about the invasion, written letters to the Saxons and started designing their own pendants. They have also compared themselves to an Anglo Saxon child. 



July 2019

Year 4 were super lucky and had BOSCH Rexroth in this week. The class took part in a range of engineering activities which included looking into hydraulics. They worked well in teams and even had competitions in launching rockets across the playground using force.

Please see the pictures below. 

June 2019

This afternoon, Year 4 had great fun learning all about electrical circuits. They worked in small groups to create simple circuits and investigate what happens when they add and take components away. We even made a whole class circuit!

Please see the pictures below!

June 2019

Year 4 have already been super busy this month and are now fully underway in their ICE zone topic of Home and Away. Recently, they researched some European composers and then created their own composition using notations. 


May 2019

Year 4 were lucky enough to have some artists come and visit this month. The children were asked to create a leaf-cutter ant colony using a range of media. Their art is currently being displayed at the local library. Have a look at the photos below. 

April 2019

In their RE lessons, Year 4 have been learning all about Judaism. They have already learned all about the founder Abraham and the Ten Commandments. This week, they were investigating synagogues. They discovered what they are used for and who works in one. They even got the chance to create their own one. See the photos below. 

April 2019

Year 4 have been working with our resident artist Mr Cornell. They learned all about drawing geometric shapes using hexagons and then moved onto using the computer program 'Sketch Up'. On this program, they used their knowledge of 3D shapes, axis and computers to create incredible images. Have a look at the photos below. 

March 2019

Year 4 had a wonderful day at the Fitzwilliam museum in Cambridge. The staff there were so impressed with their amazing Egyptian knowledge and the members of the public were incredibly complimentary on their behaviour. Well done Year 4!

March 2019

For World Book Day, the children dressed up as their favourite book characters. We had a great day reading our books and making our own bookmarks. 

March 2019

This week, Year 4 had their residential to Grafham Water. Over the three days, the children took part in numerous adventurous activities such as sailing and climbing. They worked incredibly hard as a team and tried their best every day. Well done Year 4. 

February 2019

This week, Year 4 have been working super hard on their sketching skills. They have been learning how to draw an eye and create a reflection within it. I am super proud of them, their drawings are wonderful.


January 2019

Yesterday in science, Year 4 had the chance to make their own telephones. They had to investigate how they worked and understand how the sound traveled to their ears. Have a look at the photos below. 

January 2019

Today, Year 4 had some furry visitors! In English, we are learning all about the book 'Pugs of the Frozen North' so we thought it would be a good idea to arrange some lovely pugs to come and see the class. The children (and teachers!) had great fun and now the children will be writing their very own pug fact-files!



December 2018

Today, Year 4 finished their science 'egg-speriment' and were amazed by the results. We found out that the coke, fanta and vinegar destroyed the eggs shells. We concluded that these liquids would affect our teeth in a similar way if we didn't look after them! Their reactions were great!

December 2018

Year 4 have been busy scientists this week. We have been learning about our teeth and how to keep them healthy. We are performing a whole class experiment on how sugar can affect our teeth. Instead of using our teeth, we are using eggs! We have placed the eggs in five different liquids and we will see which liquid has the worst affect on the egg. Watch this space for the 'reaction' photos on Monday!

December 2018

Today, Year 4 worked in small groups to create their own digestive system. They used a range of household objects to mimic the actions of food being digested. The children had great fun

November 2018

Year 4 have recently been learning all about the animal world. We worked as a class to create our own classification key using some of the children in the class. The children then worked on creating their very own keys all about vertebrates and invertebrates. 


October 2018

Year 4 have had a super busy first half term. The class have been enjoying their class text 'The Iron Man', and have produced some wonderful work based on this. The class have also been super busy in their maths lessons and have now secured their understanding of addition and subtraction. Next term, they will be moving onto multiplication and division!


Recently, Year 4 took part in their autumn DLPT sports event. The class showed wonderful sportsmanship and had a great day. 



September 2018

Welcome back to another school year! Over the first few weeks, we have all been super busy getting to know our new teacher and finding all about what fun activities are planned for Year 4. Please ensure you have a look at our Curriculum Newsletter for an overview of the upcoming term (find this in the link below).


Creative week

Year 4 had a super busy creative week. They got to know their new teacher, had fun sharing their summer stories and were very creative with their art. We created our very own 'Birch Tree' art in the style of Monet.







Year 4's Autumn Curriculum Newsletter


To say thank you to the children, I arranged a little end of the year tea party this afternoon. The children also had the chance to open their time capsule letters from the beginning of the year. It was nice for them and myself to see how much their writing had developed! Some children even read their letters out loud.

July 2018 - Sports day!

June 2018 In Year 4, we have been learning all about electrical circuits. We have learnt all about the different components of a circuit and in particular, the use of switches. This week, the children investigated different insulators and conductors. They worked in small teams to discover which materials would allow the circuit to continue working.

June 2018 - Year 3 and 4's open afternoon

Summer 2018 Curriculum newsletter

May 2018 

This half term, Year 4 have been very busy (as always). Have a read below.


Topic/ICE zone 

This term, our topic is based on the continent of South America! The children are lucky enough to have their own walk in rainforest!  



The children will be studying several topics over the next term, beginning with ‘Stories from different cultures’. The children will be exploring stories from different countries and cultures and will be creating their own descriptive work from these.

Year 4 will also be writing their very own journals based on the book, ‘The Great Kapok Tree’. They will get into the role of the character who faces difficult decisions.  



In Year 4, we will again start the term by looking into fractions. We have investigated equivalent fractions and will soon be moving on to finding fractions of given numbers. The children will also be revising their written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They will use tens frames to help with their counting. 


Grafham Water 2018