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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4

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Spring 2 

 

We hope you have had a lovely half term and were able to make the most of the beautiful weather we had.

 

Literacy

The second half of spring term promises to be an exciting one, with a fortnight dedicated to the work of

JK Rowling. The children will be reading and exploring the story, 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.' 

We will be looking closely at how the author creates atmosphere, tension and suspense in her writing. The children's writing activities will be in response to events in the chapters of the book, such as writing a description of a wizard, writing a newspaper report and writing a formal letter of complaint. 

We will also be watching the film of the story at the end of the fortnight. As it is categorised as PG, if you do not wish your child to watch 'Harry Potter and the  Philosopher's Stone,' please let your class teacher know.

After this, we continue with work linked to our Ancient Egyptian topic and begin work on our end of term performance. The children will be able to develop their singing and acting skills as well as design and make jewellery, to wear on stage. More details will follow nearer the time.

 

Numeracy

This half term, there will be a real focus on developing our reasoning skills. 

Week 1- money

Week 2 - length, mass, capacity and time 

Week 3 - written multiplication and division

Week 4 - written multiplication and division 

Week 5 - shape

week 6 - statistics, rounding and estimation

 

Egyptian Day

On Tuesday 12th March, we are having an Egyptian Day to celebrate our topic work. Children will have the opportunity  to come in dressed up and spend the whole day exploring different activities. This has always been an exciting event and we look forward to sharing some of the pictures from the day.

 

Learning Log Dates

 

Send home date

Return date

25/2/19

6/3/19

11/3/19

20/3/19

25/3/19

3/4/19

 

Dell Farm

Thank you to all our parents and carers who have already paid for our visit to Dell Farm. Your support has really been appreciated by the children as they are all excited about having a 'sleepover' at the farm. Please remember we are here, if you need to come and discuss anything regarding the visit. 

 

Dates for diary

Brilliant Book Week- week beginning 4/3/19

Egyptian Day - Tuesday 12th March

Reading Workshop - Tuesday 19th March

Parents' Consultation Evening 25th and 27th March 

 

 

 

 

Spring 1 

 

Literacy

We will be exploring the story, ‘Why the Whales Came,’ by Michael Morpurgo. The text will allow pupils to have the opportunity to read out aloud using intonation, write non-chronological reports and look at direct speech and narrative. The story will also give children the opportunity to think about environmental issues and hold debates.

 

Spellings

Children will continue to bring home weekly spellings. We have provided the children with a look, cover, write, check sheet to use but are aware that this approach is not always suitable for all children. We have seen some very creative methods of learning spellings such as, creating word searches, posters using the words, creating mini dictionaries, writing the words using different colours and paints and using www.purplemash.com Please encourage your child to use their preferred method as this will help improve their spelling skills. Children will continue to have a weekly spelling test or a dictation piece using spellings from that week.

 

Maths

Children will continue to work on their times tables and develop their division skills during our ‘Friday Fluency’ lessons.  We are very proud of the progress children have made with learning their times tables and would ask you to continue to use the different games that are available on www.purplemash.com to enhance your child’s learning.

Week 1 –Roman numerals moving onto negative numbers

Week 2 – Fractions

Week 3 – Decimal numbers followed by money problems

Week 4- Finding the area of a rectangular shape

Week 5 - Position and direction

Week 6 - Complete a given polygon moving onto symmetry

 

Reading

We would like to thank you for your continued support with helping your child read at home. The aim is that all children read at least 3 times a week and have an adult sign their reading record to acknowledge this. We do strive to hear individual children read at school but due to time constraints, of the curriculum, this is not always possible therefore, value your support.

Learning Logs

We have been thrilled by the amount of work and creativity that the children have shared in their learning logs. Their delightful work is shared as a class and a year group and we have even started to add some examples onto our website! Please take a look and thank you for all the support.

 

Learning Log Dates

- Monday 14th January; returned by Wednesday 23rd January

- Monday 28th January; returned by Wednesday 6th February

CHILDREN WILL HAVE AN ELEMENT OF CHOICE IN THE ACTIVITIES THEY CHOOSE TO COMPLETE. PLEASE SEE FURTHER DETAILS IN LEARNING LOG BOOKS.

 

Here's where to find out what to expect whilst your child is in Year 4.

A huge thank you, to all our parents and carers for your continued help and support.

In order to build on this success we have put together a list of general reminders to support you.

 

Reminders

  • Children should have their winter PE kits as some PE sessions will continue to be outside. For further details please refer to uniform policy/PE policy
  • Children have weekly spelling sessions so need to have their blue spelling books, at school, on a Monday
  • Children need a Berol handwriting pen at school- blue ink only
  • Please ensure learning logs are at school on the date in their logs
  • Please encourage your child to use their www.purplemash.com passwords to support learning- you can find these in their reading logs and learning logs
  • We will be making Viking shields and would greatly appreciate any empty cereal boxes
  • Please support us by contributing to our Dell Farm visit as the children would really benefit, from this exciting and valuable experience
  • Thank you, for your continued support

What a performance!

Book week and Egyptian Day

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Celts - Computing & English

 

This week we have been using Purple Mash in our English lessons to explore writing newspapers! The link below will take you to a display board showing all the newspapers we created.

Ask your children to find and share their work with you!

Happy Reading 

Google Visit 

 

Key Stage 2 are now Internet Legends! We had a visit from Google and they talked us through how to be safe online. It was great fun and very interactive. Have a look at the Google Internet Legends website (https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk) to find out more and also to play the online Internet Legends game. 

More Learning Logs!
Check out some of our latest learning logs! Can you have a go at making your own Egyptian pyramid? Remember to look at the list of activities at the front of your learning log book to see the other exciting things you can have a go at.
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Egyptian Tomb Puzzle Rooms

 

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Year 4 had an incredible time solving clues, riddles and completing challenges. And luckily, all children successfully escaped the tomb!
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Electricity Day

We had a fantastic electricity day exploring circuits, lighting bulbs to the same brightness and lighting up our Christmas jumpers! 
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Thank you Year 4 for your contributions to Luton Foodbank!

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Dragon Stories

CELTS

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Dell Farm Trip

Year 4 had a fantastic trip to Dell Farm where they experienced an incredible Viking day. We translated Viking runes and solved the riddle; we tasted Viking bread around a fire just as the Vikings would have done; we even got to handle some of the Viking weapons and recreated a battle which would have happened in the Viking times. It really was such an amazing day!

Literacy - How to Train your Dragon

In literacy, we have been exploring diary entries from different characters' points of view. 

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Diary Reading

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Romans reading their diary entries.

STEM Week 2018

Kicking off STEM week 2018 with a BANG! Can you think of any other crazy science experiments you could have a go at?
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Thank you to our inspirational speakers, Mrs Whitaker and Mr Bond for taking time out of their busy schedules to help ignite our passion and interest in following a career in technology. 

We would also like to thank Ms Walter for sharing her special skill of sign language!

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Dan the Music Man

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Thank you to Dan for visiting us at school to share with us his journey of becoming a musician. Who in year 4 might follow in his footsteps?

Big Me Dress-up Day

In year 4 we saw many incredible costumes and it was lovely to hear the children's dreams and aspirations. We wrote letters to our future selves to read when we are older.

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Learning Logs Examples

Children have been given their new learning logs and spelling books. Please take some time to have a look at them with your child.

Children will need to have their spelling books in school every Monday and Tuesday so new spellings can be given and we can assess progress.

Check out some of our amazing learning logs - maybe you could create something similar!

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Science

In science, we have learnt about sound sources and how sound travels as vibrations.

In science, we have learnt about sound sources and how sound travels as vibrations.  1 Learning about sound

Roald Dahl Day

On Roald Dahl Day, Year 4 had fun learning all about the incredible author, becoming illustrators like Quentin Blake, creating DIRTY BEARDS, and even being pranked by Miss Ahmed!

On Roald Dahl Day, Year 4 had fun learning all about the incredible author, becoming illustrators like Quentin Blake, creating DIRTY BEARDS, and even being pranked by Miss Ahmed! 1 Roald Dahl Day

Dragon Poetry by CELTS

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On Friday, Celts spent some time looking at poetry.
The sessions ended with a variety of children performing some of the poems.

Dragon Poetry by Year 4

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Last week, year 4 spent some time looking at poetry. The session ended with a variety of children performing some of the poems.

Newsletters and Topic Sheets

     
Dynamo - Lots of fun activities to do at home.
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