Hello again, Year 4! Welcome to June.
We hope you had a lovely half term and enjoyed the sunny weather.
This weeks whole school focus is 'PSHE' which has been planned by Mrs Folkes-Jones. We are looking forward to seeing your great work!
Please remember to keep your hands in with Maths Whizz and Nessy if you are using it. A special well done to 4 Victoria for your collective progress on Maths Whizz.
Below are Maths, English and Topic work for you to have a go at this week (beginning June 1st.)
Week Beginning 18th May
Hello everyboby, we hope you are all keeping well. Thank you to all of you who are sending in your questions, work and photos. We are still seeing some really high quality work and good learning going on. Thanks, too, to Mums, Dads and carers for helping the children with their learning. We welcome your comments, too!
Below are activities for this week's learning, but remember that there are also challenges on the Home Learning page - this week is all about Art - and plenty of learning and activities on BBC Bitesize and other sites.
In English this week, we'd like you to look at the features of explanation texts and highlight examples that you find in the texts.
Then, draw and label a whacky invention of your own that you are going to write an explanation of how to use. Next, have a go at using a flow chart to think through the steps needed to do something (make a sandwich). After that, plan your introduction before writing a detailed explanation about how your whacky invention works. The Teacher Pleaser is another example text to help you. Good luck!
Apologies, but the link for worksheets on the White Rose presentation for this week doesn't seem to be working very well. Here are some related problem-solving slides and you can also find work on the BBC Bitesize link for this week.
Again, you can copy the problems rather than printing off worksheets if you wish.
Have a good week, everybody!
Week Beginning 11th May
Please find Maths, English and topic learning (Ancient Egyptians) for the week.
Work through the powerpoint on the Pyramids and answer the questions it asks.
For more information, visit the link to the British Museum site below:
Week Beginning 4th May 2020
Hello again, and a big Thank You to all of you who have sent in your work. We have seen some really excellent quality of learning in all areas: maths, English, science, art and topic work, as well as the challenges that you have completed. It's been good to see photos of other activities that you have been up to as well, from baking and cooking to sports and examples of good neighbourliness.
Please do continue to make the best of your time while staying safe and looking after your families. We all miss you all and look forward to the time when we see you all in school again.
Below are maths and English activities as well as topic work for the week, but remember that you can also find lots of good learning opportunities online, for example at BBC Bitesize, and remember to keep up the good work on Maths Whizz.
*The sheets do not need to be printed off, you are welcome to write the answers on paper to then email to us*
Year 4 Division using the Short Method
Week Beginning Monday April 27th
Dear Year 4,
As we are still not back in school, in order to know how you are doing, we are going to ask you to email us on the class e-mail by Thursday each week to let us know what you have been up to during the week. If we haven’t heard from you then we are planning to give your family a quick ring on the Friday to say hi and see if there is anything you need us to help you with.
So if, by next Thursday, you can send us an email with a quick update on how you are and what you have been doing that would be great. Also tell us if you’d still like a call anyway, and we can ring on the Friday to say hi and catch up.
All the best from Miss Parker and Mr. McKeever
Watch this space for more weekly and daily activities.
Watch a second time, then map out the different settings in the story.
When do you start to notice something unexpected?
Write the story as a diary entry, with you as the protagonist (main character).
Study the pictures carefully and draw them. They show the front and back of the same object.
What questions do you have about object and the images on it? Write down your questions, then answer these questions:
a) What do you think this object tells us about Ancient Egypt?
b) Why do you think it is important for historians to study all sorts of sources of information?
Week Beginning 20th April 2020
Hello again, everybody. We hope you are all keeping well. As Miss Kneller says in her newsletter, please do send in any pictures, photos or other examples of activities you have been doing of any kind. We will be happy to look at them all and offer our feedback. Please also feel free to use either of the year 4 class emails in case there is any problem getting through to one of us. The school admin address is also an option.
We are also more than happy to take your feedback about the kind of learning we are setting. There are different kinds of maths challenge each week, but 'Fluency in Five' is a five-day series of challenges that build up in complexity as you go on. The English challenges will always include spelling to practise, as well as grammar work, reading comprehensions or writing. Again though, please feel free to send in any work that you would like us to look at.
This week we also focus on British Values: Democracy, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs, Individual Liberty and Respect for the rule of Law. Below is a grid of activities that we would like children to choose from.
Stay safe and well; more next week.
Tuesday 14th April
Hello, and a belated Happy Easter to you all.
Obviously, we are still in the Easter holidays. We hope you are all keeping well and enjoying the break as best you can. However, with the current uncertainty about when schools will be opening again, here are some activities for you children to keep your hand in with your learning.
It is good to see that many of you are making good progress on Maths Whizz, although other year groups have caught up and overtaken us, so keep on Maths whizzing!
Maths and English work for the coming week are included here.
The topic for this Summer term is 'Walk Like an Egyptian', looking at Ancient Egypt and the Egyptians, so here are some introductory activities.
Home Learning for the Week Beginning 6th April 2020
Hello again, we hope you are all still well and finding ways to keep busy but also happy and safe. It is good to see that some of you have been working hard on the challenges set so far. Thank you to everybody who has sent in work. What we have seen has often been of a very high standard. There has been a lot of movement on Maths Whizz, too. Well done all.
Below is maths, English and science work for this coming week. Please note, too, the link to BBC Bitesize, which is always another good place to visit in order to reinforce learning.
A message from Mr. McKeever and Miss Parker:
We hope you are all keeping happy and safe. As you can see, there are plenty of activities postred here and a link to free resources to help with your learning. Please do continue to practise your maths and English skills a little every day, as well as looking out for interesting Science and topic learning. Also, keep practising on Maths Whizz. We do check and some of you are making really great progress. Again, little and often is the best way.
Obviously this is a strange new situation and it can get stressful being cooped up at home for a long time. We do miss you all and look forward to welcoming you back to school as soon as possible.
In the meantime, please remember to look after yourselves and your families, be kind, be safe and be involved!
Read the story of Little Pele (files above) carefully. Use the KTW grids to write what you know, what you think and what questions you have (wonder) about Little Pele and Drenga.
Write your own short version of the story from the point of view of either Drenga or Gabriella. Remember to write in paragraphs, in the first person - you are the central character of the story.
Learning Week Beginning March 16th 2020
As you will all be only too aware, this week has been marked by the developments nationally of the Coronavirus outbreak, Covid 19. We began the week with near full classes and ended it on Thursday with just 22 children in the two Year 4 classes.
This of course has had a significant impact on the learning deliverable, with only two days of formal maths and English lessons. Please find above a range of activities for children to pursue either independently or with adult help. We hope to add to this content over the coming weeks.
Please note that our planned residential trip to PGL Marchant's Hill has been postponed indefinitely. We will update our information as and when we have it. Please accept our apologies for the current situation.
Learning Week Beginning March 9th 2020
In English this week we have been researching, planning and writing a non-chronological report on our topic area: Brazil. We will be writing up the final version of these reports on Monday.
Our dedicated topic lesson this week looked at migration patterns in Brazil and the factors that induce people to move from more rural parts of the country to the big urban centres such as Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo or Porto Alegre.
Maths this week has linked our previous work on decimals to calculating with money, adding and subtracting amounts of money and problem solving around the cost of meals.
In Science, the children have been learning about the different kinds of teeth and their functions.
Learning Week Beginning 2nd March 2020
This week of course co-incided with World Book Day, which we celebrated with a detailed look at the book "Dreams of Freedom" by Amnesty International. The children looked at pages dedicated to a range of campaigners for different aspects of freedom and human rights, including quotes from people such as Anne Frank, Harriet Tubman, Chief Standing Bear, Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama. In particular, we looked at the story of Malala Yousafzai and her fight for education, particularly education for girls.
The children were given the choice of writing a letter or poem in response to Malala's story and some of the things she has had to say on the themes of education and freedom. These, they then edited and wrote up in best for display.
Also, as a celebration of books and reading, Year 4 paired up with Year 1 and Nursery to do 'buddy reading' together. Photos will appear here shortly!
In maths this week, we have continued work on decimals, looking at ordering, rounding and calculating with numbers of up to 2 decimal places.
Our topic work on Brazil has focused on the physical and human features of the country as well as looking at climate data for cities in different parts of the country. The children practised drawing climate graphs for the different locations using the data and revising their data handling skills at the same time.
We also had an introduction to Samba rhythms and the kind of instruments used to create the Samba sound.
Learning Week Beginning 24th February 2020
Although the new half-term got off to a soggy start, the children were still animated enough to take part in our Carnival Parade, complete with face-masks, whistles and percussion instruments. Many thanks to those of you who made a special effort to dress the children up for the occasion.
Our topic learning began with an introduction to Brazil, with the children mind-mapping what they already know and what they would like to find out.
In English this week, we have looked at the features of non-fiction, non-chronological reports, including looking at several examples of the genre with reading comprehensions and note-taking activities. We will apply this learning to researching and writing reports about Brazil.
Our Maths learning has focused on working with decimals, decimal place-value and linking decimal numbers to tenths and hundredths.
Learning Week Beginning 10th February 2020
The final week of the first Spring half term saw a lot of finishing off work on our topic and science units about plant and animal habitats, classification keys and different biomes.
In maths, we completed the unit on shapes, looking at reflective symmetry in a range of 2D shapes, while also focusing on the properties of quadrilaterals and what makes a shape regular or irregular.
Our work in English looked at the use of persuasive language.
Learning Week Beginning 3rd February 2020
In Maths this week, we have been investigating the properties of 2D shapes, paricularly relating to quadrilaterals and parallel and perpendicular lines. The children have done a lot of work sorting, recognising, making and drawing shapes.
The focus in English has been for the children to plan, write, edit and improve their own version of "The Wolves in the Walls".
Our topic work has involved looking at how much we are still dependent on plants for so many of the things we use in everyday life, and where all these plant-based products come from.
Learning Week Beginning 27th January 2020
In English this week we have been reading and analysing the well-known fantasy graphic novel The Wolves in the Walls. The children have enjoyed reading and acting out parts of the story and have written some good responses to it.
Maths has focused on investigating perimeters of rectilinear shapes and how to work out the perimeter of a rectangle, even if we only know the length of one or two sides. As this was the last unit corresponding to the Autumn scheme of work, we have also been testing the children on their learning in maths this academic year - very generally very encouraging results!
Our topic learning has focused on where our food comes from and considering which foodstuffs we are self-sufficient in as a country and which we need to import and from where. It may be interesting for families to have this kind of conversation at home and raise children's awareness of where their food comes from by looking at food labeling at home and in the supermarket.
Learning Week Beginning 20th January 2020
This week in Maths we have been looking at data handling, interpreting data in pictograms, bar charts and line graphs, as well as collecting data and presenting it in the most appropriate ways. We have also revisited what perimeter is and how to calculate the perimeter of rectangles.
In English, the children have planned, drafted, re-drafted, edited and then written up their own versions of a survival story for publication in a class book. They have worked hard on this, taking the re-drafting and publication stages very seriously.
Science has again focused on classification keys for animals and plants, but this time linking to different habitats and looking in more detail at the characteristics of different creatures. Alongside this, the children have researched in books and on the internet and written about extreme desesrt environments, hot and cold, and the life forms that exist there.
Learning Week Beginning January 13th 2020
Everybody has worked very hard this week to live up to expectations and move forward with our learning.
In topic and science work, we have looked at the different biomes that make up our world, including researching examples of the plants and animals that may be found in a particular biome in our computing time. We have also learned how all living things may be classified according to their characteristics and how to use questions to classify animals in clasification keys.
In Maths, we have concentrated on time and ways of adding and subtracting hours and minutes, as well as problem-solving duration using different methods of calculation.
English has focused again on real-life survival stories, this week looking at one man's experience on the slopes of Mount Everest. After picking out the vocabulary and language features of the story, the children have planned, then written their own version of the story of Lincoln Hall using a recounting format.
Learning Week Beginning 6th January 2020
Firstly, may we wish a belated Happy New Year to all? This week we have got quickly into our stride, although a little creakily at times after the Christmas break!
In maths, we have been comparing, measuring and estimating using different units of measurement, including time. The children have responded well and part of their homework is to look at measures around the home.
Our topic this half term is habitats, looking at the conditions in which plants and animals grow and thrive. This week in science, we have looked at the processes that all living things share and the children have enjoyed sorting animals according to different criteria.
The children have also been finding out about plant life around the world, including some weird and wonderful species and where they grow, as part of our geography focus.
In English, too, we have been following our topical theme as we have been reading and producing writing about real-life survival stories set in different challenging environments - the Amazon rainforest, and the Sahara desert.
Learning Week Beginning 9th December 2019
Firstly, please accept our apologies for failing to update this page last week! What follows is a resume of the last two weeks in Year 4.
In maths this week, we have been looking at the effect on numbers of multiplying and dividing by 10 or 100. As well as appreciating the size of the change when numbers are multiplied or divided by powers of ten, the children have been learning how the numbers are written down - how the digits of a number move a place or two places to the left when multiplying, and to the right when dividing. This means that the children have also learned about decimals and tenths and hundredths as well as how these are written.
These are important steps and the children have applied themselves well to the learning.
The previous week, we looked at solving word problems of increasing complexity using bar modelling and solving problems using all four operations.
Our focus in English over the past two weeks has been on free-verse poetry and what makes this different from rhyming and more rigourously structured poetry. We have looked at "Words are Ours", by Michael Rosen, and contrasted this with the free-verse of "The Magic Box", by Kit Wright.
The children have enjoyed this work, particularly the opportunity to write their own free-verse poems.
At this time of year, as Christmas approaches, some lessons necessarily have to give way for other activities, and on Monday the children were treated to a pantomime performance of Cinderella.
However, we have continued with science and the children have been experimenting with electrical circuits to find out which materials are conductors of electricity and which act as insulators.
Learning Week Beginning 25th November 2019
Another busy week has drawn to a close, so busy that some of the children did not receive their weekly spellings this week! Please accept our apologies; the spelling lists are included below.
In Maths this week, we have been working on solving word problems involving all four operations using bar modelling to help understand the problems. The children have worked well, demonstrating good learning skills, but again we should stress the importance of them learning and memorising times tables facts.
English has involved pulling together the learning about Greek and Roman myths as the children have planned and written myths of their own.
We have continued to compare our local area with that of Sheffield in topic learning. This week we have looked at land use in the two areas with the help of Google maps and satellite imagery. The children have been learning about how land is used for agriculture, industry, retail, housing, sport and services.
Our topic in science is electricity and this week we have begun looking at electrical circuits and how these work.
Learning Week Beginning 18th November 2019
The children have worked hard again this week, including follow-up work on our St. Albans trip looking at how the physical features of our local area compare with another UK locality, Sheffield.
This week was also Road Safety Week and Year 4 were visited by the HGV Road Safety Programme sponsored by Gist. Both classes were given a very informative presentation focusing on safety around HGVs, but also on staying safe on and near the road in general. This included the chance to sit in the driver's seat of the cab of an articulated lorry and appreciate both the size of the vehicle and how high up the driver sits and the limits to his or her range of vision.
English this week has focused on grammatical features of texts such as the use of expanded noun phrases and how to punctuate direct speech, all in the context of the topic focus of understanding Greek and Roman myths.
In Maths, we have continued to work on multiplication and division facts, including finding the factors of numbers and how to work out scaling and correspondence problems.
Miss Summers also held a meeting this week to inform parents about the times tables testing that all Year 4 children will be expected to take next June. Unfortunately, the meeting was not well attended, but we should emphasise the importance of children practising and learning their times tables facts in preparation for the test.
Learning Week Beginning 11th November 2019
This week was Anti-Bullying Week and the children were introduced to a company called Shogun Karate, who came in to help the children understand what bullying is, the different types of bullying and how to cope with and confront bullying through the concept of " change starts with us".
In Maths, we have continued to work on gaining confidence with multiplication facts and the patterns they produce, again through working with arrays, but also understanding how division is the inverse of multiplication.
We have also looked at the rules of divisibility and how to work out what numbers a number is divisible by.
Our learning in English has again focused on Roman mythology, continuing the story of Venus and how she became enamoured of a mortal, Anchises of Troy and how their son, Aeneas went on to found Rome.
In our topic work, the children have located Sheffield, St. Alban's and Borehamwood on the map of Britain before looking in more detail at some of the features of Sheffield and St. Alban's on local maps. This of course, we followed up with our visit to St. Alban's Cathedral on Friday, which was a great success, with the children learning the story of Alban, Britain's first Christian martyr and taking part in a mosaics workshop.
Learning Week Beginning 4th November 2019
A short week due to Friday's INSET day, but it has been a busy start to the new half-term nontheless.
In English, we have begun a new unit looking at myths, linking back to our Romans topic. In particular, the children were introduced to the story of Venus - how she was formed out of sea-spray, appearing fully formed as an adult and the effect she caused on the other gods of the pantheon. The children wrote notes on their initial impressions before completing diary entries from the point of view of the goddess herself.
The focus in Maths has been on understanding multiplication and learning times tables facts through constructing arrays. This is a particularly important aspect of the children's learning this year, especially since they are expected to have a good command of all times tables facts up to and including the 12 times table by the end of the year. We encourage regular practice of times tables at home and welcome parents' help in encouraging and supporting the children.
Our new topic centres on Saint Alban's in the context of comparing and contrasting localities in the UK. We will also be looking at Sheffield as part of this topic.
Science learning is focusing on electricity and this week we have explored children's initial ideas about what electricity is, the devices that use it and how it is generated.
Learning Week Beginning 21st October 2019
This week we have been rounding off our topic work on the Romans, researching Roman Gods and Goddesses, making mosaics and parading the magnificent shields that children made for homework. A big thank you goes out to mums and dads for their help in configuring and getting homework sent in.
English this week has focused mainly on grammar, spelling and punctuation, as well as focusing on effective strategies for finding information in reading.
Our maths focus has begun to look at multiplication, understanding that this is repeated addition, counting in 6s, 7s, 9s and 25s and looking at the patterns these sequences produce. We have also looked at arrays and how more difficult multiplications can be re-grouped using the distributive law.
Overall, this has been a long half term in which the children have worked hard to become acclimatised to the expectations and challenges in year 4. There have been a lot of successes and we hope that the children have also enjoyed their learning.
A reminder that parents' consultations are on the Wednesday and Thursday (November 6th and 7th) of our first week back after the half-term holiday.
Learning Week Beginning 14th October 2019
Maths this week has focused on formal column subtraction of up to 4-digit numbers, a tricky concept which the children have nevertheless handled well and gained confidence in. They have also continued to practise and improve their skills of estimating and then checking their results.
In English, we have continued our learning on newspaper recounts, looking at newspaper articles in guided reading, going over the features of journalistic recounts and planning newspaper stories related to the children's experiences.
Our topic work has looked at Roman roads, mapping out the important roads in Roman Britain, the routes of which continue to be important highways to this day. We have also begun to design the patterns for our own Roman mosaics.
In science this week, we have looked at the processes of evaporation and condensation.
Finally, please note that there will be a meeting in 4 Dahl classroom at 3:30 on Tuesday 22nd October to introduce and explain our Year 4 residential trip to the PGL centre at Marchants Hill, Surrey, which will take place over 3 days in the last week of the Spring Term (30th March to Ist April).
Learning Week Beginning 7th October 2019
The centrepiece of a busy week was when children carrying shields and dressed as Romans became acquainted with the fearsome Celtic Queen Boudica. She proceeded to drill the children into an effective fighting machine, before teaching them about the pantheon of Roman Gods as well as the kind of things they would find on a Celtic and a Roman menu. We had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and the children learned a lot about their topic.
In English we have begun a unit on newspaper reporting and the children's experiences in the workshop on Wednesday provided the stimulus for some very good pieces of report writing.
Maths this week has focused on formal written column addition with 3- and 4-digit numbers. Many of the children have shown that they are comfortable using this method, although we still have work to do on estimating answers before beginning the calculations.
This week, too, following their planning for a fair test last week in Science, the children got to test which of a number of materials including bubble-wrap and foil would be the best at keeping an ice cube intact. The results were interesting, although not necessarily conclusive!
As part of World Mental Health Day, we also read and talked about the book A Huge Bag of Worries, by Virginia Ironside. The children were invited to write down their worries on a post-it and place these on our own Bag of Worries. We then looked at these and sorted them into categories so that children could see how there are strategies for managing our worries, and we spoke about what we have in place as a school to help address individual children's worries.
Learning Week Beginning 30th September 2019
This week in English the children finished writing their stories set in Roman times and again practised proof-reading, editing and peer-marking their work.
In maths, we have continued to focus on mental strategies of addition and subtraction in preparation for more formal, written methods.
The focus in science has been to design a fair test to find out which method is the best to keep an ice cube from melting as long as possible -"Save the Ice Cube!" More on this next week.
Finally, a reminder that next Wednesday afternoon the children have their Roman workshop and are encouraged to bring in something withwhich to dress up as a Roman.
Learning Week Beginning 23rd September 2019
Our focus in PSHE (Physical, Social and Health Education) this week has been on friendships and the games we play on the playground. We have also spoken about the class Worry Monsters and how it is OK to feel upset or frustrated but it is important to talk about our feelings and there are always people in school who we can talk to. Also, in assembly, we spoke about random acts of kindness, linking with our school rules - Be Kind, Be safe, Be involved.
We have continued our work on historical fiction in English, with the children acting out, planning and beginning to write their own stories set in Roman times.
Our learning in maths has focused on mental calculation strategies and skills, including rounding and estimating and the strategies of "think 100" and "think 1000", which involve re-grouping two, three and four digit numbers to make calculations easier to deal with.
In Science, we have been investigating the presence of gases around us, while our topic work has involved designing Roman shields in readiness for our forthcoming Roman workshop.
Learning Week Beginning 16th September 2019
It has been another busy week in Year 4!
In maths we have been estimating the position of numbers on different number lines. Later in the week we learned about rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 where we have used our previous learning of ordering numbers and place value to support us.
In English we have continued looking at the book ‘Gladiator Boy’ and have focused on using our senses to describe a setting. We watched a video to help us get into the role of the character and imagined how we would feel.
In 4V we started to create our door display for our classroom. As our class is named after Queen Victoria we have sketched pictures of her. However, we were only given half of the picture each and so had to work carefully to make sure ours would match our partners half.
This week in assembly, Anthony Ogogo came to visit us and spoke about why it is important to work hard and stay motivated.
Summerswood is also participating in the Aldi scheme: if a family spends £30 or more in Aldi they will get a sticker to put on our school poster. If we fill the poster we could win £20,000 worth of PE kit.
Learning Week Beginning 9th September 2019
Hello, and welcome to this year's Year 4 page.
After a week of "Getting to know you" activities, including our Art Project looking at Leonardo Da Vinci, the children have begun the year's learning in earnest. All have settled in well and we have begun by introducing this half-term's topic of The Romans. Linked to this, in English we have begun reading and doing work on the historical fiction story "Gladiator Boy", looking initially at how characters in fiction are presented.
Maths has focused on place value in 4-digit numbers, how to compare and re-order 4-digit numbers, and what happens when adding or subtracting with numbers including crossing the barrier between hundreds and thousands.
We have also begun work on the changing states of materials in Science as well as other areas of the curriculum such as computing, French, PE and RE.
Please be aware that PE lessons are now on Tuesdays and Thursdays. PE kits should be kept in school throughout the half-term so that children always have their PE kit ready.
Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school every Monday, so it is ready for whenever it is needed as our timetable changes weekly.
Please also ensure that your child brings their yellow spelling book into school each Friday, ready for the new spellings to be given.
Reminder about PE kit:
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Please make sure you have everything in your child's PE kit.
Click here for more information.