Welcome to Year 4’s Class Page
Year 4 2019 2020
1960s Theme Week!
Year 4 worked so hard all week to create some incredible pieces of art, music and dance as well as diving into the history of the 1960s! They should be so proud of the high quality work they produced!
The children looked fantastic in their fancy dress! Everyone had made so much effort!
We placed important events from the 1960s on a timeline to practise our chronology skills and learn some key facts about the decade.
We combined music and history to study some artefacts and sources from the 1960s. The children practised their enquiry skills asking questions about each item. We had a lot of fun exploring the record player and comparing it to how we listen to music today!
Music and Dance
The children took inspiration from Yellow Submarine by the Beatles and created their own lyrics. The children showed great teamwork thinking about how many syllables each line had and whether their words would fit the melody. The performances were super!
We also took part in two very exciting workshops. On Thursday we learnt a 1960s dance to Let’s Twist Again learning key moves from the 1960s era. On Friday we took part in a samba drumming workshop. We were so impressed with how quickly the children picked up the rhythms and managed to perform a piece in 3 parts!
Art and Design
After a study of 60s patterns and colours, the children used their knowledge to design either a wallpaper pattern or an outfit. Each child had to think carefully about the functionality and purpose of their design and evaluate the work they had produced.
Year 4 have been thinking about the importance of promises in RE looking at the story of Zechariah and reflecting on how he showed trust in God. The children made posters depicting key parts of the story and then practised their presentation skills retelling the story and explaining the key messages in groups.
The children have done some fantastic work during our Mavellous Maps topic in Geography. They built up their geographical skills over the half term learning about compass directions, grid references, coordinates and different types of maps. Working in pairs, they drew their own maps complete with OS symbols (plus a few of their own!) and grid references.
Building further on these skills, Year 4 really impressed their teachers with their use of string and maps of the local area to measure distances. A challenging and sometimes fiddly geographical technique, which the children showed their understanding of by writing how to guides.
Year 4 have been absolutely brilliant this week during their DT and PSHE food project! The children had to design a healthy and sustainable meal that included all the food groups as well as considering whether their products were plastic free, local, seasonal, fair trade and had high levels of animal welfare. On Monday the children began to research each of these issues and why they are important for our environment and the wellbeing of those producing our food. On Tuesday they planned which food items they would choose against our sustainability and healthy food points system and planned how they would cook them. Wednesday morning, we went to Morrison’s to buy the food, carefully filling in their project packs as we went around the supermarket. Then on Thursday, we cooked our meals. The children did a brilliant job of preparing the food and cleaning up after themselves. Many of the children tried food they were unsure of or had never tried before showing an excellent attitude! The children should be so proud of their hard work and the amount of careful research and thought that went into their projects!
Inspired by the beautiful nature themed artwork and wonderful poems in ‘The Lost Words’ the children created some beautiful watercolour paintings and acrostic poems based on their favourite plants and animals.
Year 4 came back to school with a brilliant attitude to learning this week!
We started our work looking at ‘The Lost Words’ poetry book with a nature words treasure hunt. The children did a fantastic job reading and interpreting some really high level language in the poems and writing some wonderfully descriptive nature poems of their own!
Year 4 2018 2019
All the children in Year 4 should be really proud of their fantastic writing during theme week!
Lots of the children brought in underwater creatures they had made from recyclable materials they found at home. The creativity the children showed was very impressive! We had everything from jelly fish made from shower-caps to water bottle fish, and even a mini aquarium in a jar. The sea creatures helped to make our theme week classroom even more exciting!
We explored some of the more unusual under water creatures and wrote descriptive love poems to them.
The children wrote some wonderful narratives from the perspective of a sea creature. They thought really carefully about the descriptions of the under water setting and the various dangers sea life face. All children did a fantastic job editing their work to make it even better!
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. To show their commitment to this important time in the church’s year, each child in Year 4 made a Lenten promise. They added these to a stain glass window display in our classroom, as a daily reminder of the special promise they have made.
The children created some beautiful pages for their picture book project! We have been looking at picture books with a strong moral message in English this week. The children have planned their own books with a message to create over this whole spring term. In this particular piece the children were challenged to look at man made and environmental patterns and incorporate them into their designs. The results were brilliant!
What a fantastic first week back! The children began the week with their Mindmate and PSHE work. The start of a new year brings the opportunity to set a goal for the coming year. But the children didn’t forget to reflect on all the amazing accomplishments that have made them who they are today! Year 4 looked back on all their fantastic achievements from 2018 and wrote about them around the trunk on their trees. They then wrote their goal for 2019 on the leaves. These beautiful trees will be displayed in our classroom this term!
We’ve been using Maths equipment in our Maths lessons on multiplication. This has helped us understand and explore what our multiplication statements really mean. We have been using the language of ‘groups of’ to make multiplication and division statements about our 6, 7, and 9 times tables!
The children have made some excellent Winter crafts to add to our The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe themed classroom including; snow ball garlands, woodland creatures, 3D trees and paper icicles!
We have started a new topic of SOUND in Science this half term.
We used our scientific skills to make predictions about the different types of sounds we would hear in various areas of school. Then we took a walk around school to see which areas were the loudest and explore the different sounds we could hear.
Welcome to Year 4
Staff in Year 4: Miss Gannon, Mrs Lacey and Mr Braginton
Our Curriculum in Year 4
At St. Mary’s we go above and beyond to ensure that the firm foundations of knowledge are put in place in order for our children to achieve their full potential actively, creatively and holistically.
We have built our curriculum so that it is sequential so that children’s learning can build both depth and breadth ; it is purposeful in order to make learning here meaningful for children living in Rothwell whilst being spiritual at all times in order to fit with our Catholic Ethos Statement.
Dates for your diary:
First Holy Communion sessions:
Monday 18th November 2019 5pm and Monday 9th December 2019 5pm
Theme Week 18th – 22nd November 2019
Dress up day (1960s theme) Tuesday 19th November
Year 4 Class Assembly 29th November 9am
City Varieties Panto Thursday 5th December 1:30-4:30pm
Christmas Fair Friday 6th December 5:30pm
Help and Guidance
As you are aware, Year 4 is another jump into the KS2 curriculum. Each term we will share our focuses and target areas with children and parents via texts, newsletters and the website. Any other concerns, please ring the office to arrange an appointment or phone call. Thank you.
Your child will receive spellings, reading and times tables (https://ttrockstars.com/login ) homework. Homework is set on a Friday, please ensure children hand homework in by Thursday. This ensures we have time to check their work before handing out their homework for the next week. If there are any problems logging in to any online homework sites please let Miss Gannon know.
Dividing using Bus Stop Method
Multiplying using Column Method
Multiplying using Grid Method
Adding Mixed Fractions
Want a challenge? This video also shows converting mixed fractions to improper fractions.
Adding Fractions has never been simpler!
How do I subtract using column subtraction? Watch this to find out.
How do I add using column method with carrying? Watch this to find out.
Helping at Home
Following our Maths information evening for parents, we have shared some useful documents to see how Maths is taught in school. The most effective way for you to help would be to practise the ‘progression in number facts’ and times tables.