Welcome to Year 4!
Year 4 swimming lessons are on a Wednesday afternoons from Wednesday 24th April until Wednesday 3rd July.
We are having a history WOW day on Thursday 23rd May. Children are invited to come dressed as Romans.
What's happening this week? (week commencing 20th May)
Note regarding reading: On Tuesday 29th January 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.
We will continue our unit on time. We will be working with analogue clocks as well as 12 and 24 hour digital clocks.
Later in the week we will move onto Geometry.
The children have heard the story Escape from Pompeii and will be writing contrasting setting descriptions of Pompeii before and after Mount Vesuvius erupted.
The spelling rule for the spelling test on Friday 24th May is:
Words with the following rule:
Words with the prefix 'ex-'
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.
Tuesday - computing - We are HTML editors
Wednesday - swimming
Thursday - Topic - The Romans
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:
Thursday 23rd May - History WOW day - dress up as Romans and participate in Roman related activities (parents welcome)
Monday 24th June - Murton Park trip
Roman WOW Day
On Thursday 23rd May, year 4 had a Roman day. We dressed up as Romans and did lots of fun activities. We made Roman shields, baked Roman bread, designed our own mosaics, composed and performed our own Roman battle music and had a delicious (?) Roman feast. Unsurprisingly, the bread, honey, apples and grapes went down a lot better than the figs, olives and goats cheese! We even had some 'wine'. Shhh don't tell Mrs Jones! All in all, it was a fun filled day.
Thank you to all of the parents who came to join in the fun for all or part of the day. It was a big help having lots of extra pairs of hands. Also, a huge thank you to Mrs Edwards and Mrs McLeavy (my servants) for all of their hard work in helping me organise the day and for tidying up after us all. They deserved the big cream buns I brought them on Friday!!
We took hundreds of pictures. You can see a selection of these below.
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