Welcome to Year 4!
What's happening this week? (week commencing 4th February)
Note regarding reading: On Tuesday morning (29.1) the children read independently for 20 minutes. This was to determine how many pages each child can realistically read in a 20 minute period. The number of pages was then multiplied by 4 (the number of times a week they should read for 20 minutes) and each child was given a personal reading target. This is the number of pages each child should aim to read each week. Although we recommend that the children read 4 times, I am happy for them to read fewer times, provided they achieve the target number of pages. Children will be rewarded for exceeding their target number of pages. Also, children who achieve their weekly reading target will be exempt from literacy homework the following week.
These week we will focus on finding the effect of dividing one and two digit numbers by 10 and 100. The children will come to understand that when a whole number is divided by 10 it gets 10 times smaller and when it is divided by 100 it gets 100 times smaller. The children will learn about the decimal point and will learn to refer to the numbers following the decimal point as tenths and hundredths.
This term our topic is The Ancient Greeks. Therefore, in literacy we will focus on Greek myths. The children will have lots of opportunity to read different myths and compare different versions of the same myths. The children will be re-writing some Greek myths in literacy. The week commencing 28th January is our National Rotary Young Writers Competition week. The theme for this year is "My Inspiration". In year 4, we will link this theme to Greek myths and will focus on the story of King Midas and his Golden Touch. Hopefully, the inspiration that the children will take from the story is: not to be greedy; be thankful for what they have; family is more important than gold/money/material items; money/objects do not equal happiness; and be careful what you wish for. We are looking for a best writer and a most improved writer from each class to be entered into the competition.
The spelling rule for the spelling test on Friday 15th February is:
Words with the following rule:
Words beginning with sub- or super-
The following words:
We have changed the way we do spellings slightly. The children will still be given 8 spellings. These spellings will all follow a spelling rule. The children will be given these words in a sentence to help them to understand them. On Fridays the children will be given the sentences with the spelling word missing and they will be asked to fill in the missing word. The children will be given an additional two spellings which come from last term's spellings which we hope they will have remembered. They will then be given a score out of 10. Children achieving scores of 6 or below will be asked to attend Catch Up Club to practise the ones they got wrong. Your child now has a red spelling book. Weekly spellings to practise can be found in the front and completed spelling tests with scores can be found in the back.
The Ancient Greeks.
Most of our afternoons over the next few weeks will be taken up with learning about the Ancient Greeks. We will consider: who they were, when they existed and their legacy.
Friday morning playtimes:
As an incentive, I have decided to hold a 'party' on a Friday morning playtime. Children will receive raffle tickets throughout the week for:
Each raffle ticket will equate to 1 minute of extra playtime and 10 raffle tickets will result in an invitation to the party.
I am aware that some children are unable to access DoodleMaths at home. If this is the case for your child, please could you send me a signed note to notify me of this. There is also a DoodleMaths club on a Monday lunchtime for any children who struggle to access DoodleMaths regularly at home. As I discussed with many of you at Parents' Evening, DoodleMaths is an extremely valuable resource which will, if used frequently, improve your child's numeracy skills.
As a bit more of an incentive - those children who access DoodleMaths three times per week and earn at least 30 Doodle Stars will be exempt from maths homework the following week.
Some dates for the diary:
Monday 28th January - Science Day - Electricity with a special visit from Mrs Wallace (STEM specialist)
Tuesday 5th February - Safer Internet Day
Friday 8th February - Playtime reward party for children who have earned 10 raffle tickets or more.
Friday 8th March - Playtime reward party for children who have earned 10 raffle tickets or more
Tuesday 5th February 2019 was Internet Safety Day.
Teaching children about using the internet safely is extremely important due to the ever increasing availability and popularity of social media and internet gaming. In a time where we document so much of our lives through social media, it is important that children understand how to use it sensibly and respectfully.
This year, Year 4 focused on consent and learned that they must seek consent before posting images, videos or information about another person online.
The children took part in a drama activity in which they had to act out a scenario where a picture was posted without the consent of someone in it. We then discussed how the actions of the characters should have been different. We talked about not posting images if someone has asked you not to and also not posting until you have asked for consent.
There are some photos below.
Science Day - 28.1.19
On Monday 28th January the year 4s had a science day in which their next topic, Electricity, was introduced.
In the morning, we talked about battery and mains powered items and learned that some items such as iPads are battery powered even though sometimes they need plugging into the mains electricity to charge.
We learned a little bit about different sources of electricity and that some sources are renewable and some are not.
We talked about electrical safety and took a tour around the school looking for electrical warning signs and examples of electrical safety within school. The children then made their own electrical safety posters.
Apologies if any children came home that night and tried to rearrange your kitchens so that toasters and kettles etc. were away from sinks.
In the afternoon, we were lucky enough to have a visit from Mrs Wallace, who is an engineer at BAE and also works for STEM. The children had great fun building different electric circuits and they even got to make their own LED torches. At the end of the day we played a fun, circuit building game which turned out to be quite a challenge.
We all had fantastic fun and the children learnt a lot.
You can find some of the millions of pictures below.
Year 4 had a visit from Mrs Jones this morning who told them they had to do homework EVERY DAY over the Christmas holidays; including Christmas Day!!! The children were not happy about this and set about writing letters to persuade Mrs Jones to change her mind.
Fortunately, the year 4 children were able to write some very persuasive letters and when Mrs Jones visited the class this afternoon, she changed her mind and admitted it had been a horrible joke all along. Haha. We tricked you kids (It made you do some good writing though, didn't it?)
Science Day - The Digestive System
The children really enjoyed their science day on Tuesday 27th November.
In the morning, we learned that the first stage of the digestive process occurs in the mouth and that the teeth play a vital role in this process. We learned the names of the different teeth and their functions. We tested out knowledge using a Kahoot! quiz. Parents, why don't you have a go against your child (I bet you can't beat them). Here is the link (you will need an iPad/smartphone/tablet/laptop for each person who participates): https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/0207d4cf-8d8b-4d1a-aced-684b87da2698
Later in the day, we learned about the rest of the digestive process. We learned the names of the other important parts of the digestive system and their functions. There is another Kahoot! quiz you could try which is all about the digestive system. Come and have a go if you think you can beat your child. https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/3779878a-4dda-445c-afff-c966315ae625