Goodbye Year 4!
I can't quite believe our time together has come to an end! It has truly been a pleasure to watch you all grow this year and I have loved being your teacher. Thanks to all of you for trying so hard and making the past year incredible! I am so grateful for your generous gifts and I will miss you all as I move on in my teaching career. However, I'm sure this won't be the last you see of me! I hope you all have a fun-filled and enjoyable summer and I wish you all the best in Year 5 and beyond.
* Please bring in any remaining river projects on Monday 15th or Tuesday 16th July so we can celebrate these in class! *
Home Learning Journals do not need to be handed in next week but below are some activities to do at home if you would like to.
Home Learning (12.07.19)
- Practise plotting co-ordinates by playing the games below (on the second game please only play the first level)
- Keep using any assessments that are going home to practise things you still find tricky.
- Talk to an adult at home about some of the things you have enjoyed doing this year! What have you achieved this year that you are proud of? What are you going to try and achieve in Year 5?
Friday 12th July: Theme of the week - Confidence
We are now almost finished with our final unit of the year on Position and Direction. We have done a variety of activities to help us learn how to plot co-ordinates and translate shapes including using a big grid on the floor in the hall and standing on different points and plotting co-ordinates to make lovely pictures!
Our final piece of work on the Butterfly Lion has been to write what we think is going to happen in the next chapter titled ‘The Frenchman’. The children were challenged to show they can write speech and follow the 5 golden rules in their writing.
This week we finally finished our recyclable clothes items! We went in to the hall and had a mini fashion show to show off our creations. I'm not sure which was better: the clothing, the strutting or the fabulous model poses!
We had a great day on Monday taking part in Sports Day! Year 4 were amazing at each station and worked well as a team and individually whilst also cheering on other members of their class. Well done to Yellow House who won the Key Stage 2 competition, and Red House who won overall!
Thank you to the river projects that have already been in handed in and shown at Open Evening. What a fabulous job some of you have done creating your rivers! The edible projects however didn’t last until Open Evening as we were all far too hungry to wait!
Friday 5th July: Theme of the week – Enterprise
Don’t forget to come along to our Open Evening on Tuesday the 9th July! All classrooms will be open from 3:00pm- 6:00pm for you to come have a look at some pieces of work and come and say goodbye!
Most of our week has been taken up with work for the Enterprise Fair on Wednesday. Having decided to sell ‘mocktails’, we then had to get to work researching and deciding which ones we would like to sell. Once we had done this, of course we had to make them and try them out! We did this to work out how much of each ingredient would be needed to go in to each drink. Then, we worked out how much we were going to sell the mocktails for and made posters and drinks menus to advertise our products. The final step was of course, selling! The children did a fantastic job working at the ‘bar’ to make and sell the drinks whilst others went around the school trying to encourage people to come to our stall. Our efforts raised a whopping £217.27! Well done to all children who worked so hard to make our bar a success.
When we haven’t been practising our mixology skills, we’ve been completing our end of year assessments. These will slowly be coming back to you once we’ve been through them in class for you to identify areas of the curriculum that your child still finds tricky and to practise at home. As always, the children have conducted themselves with maturity and shown a real resilience and determination towards these tests showing us that they are nearly ready to go on up to Year 5!
** Last week I introduced the children to this half term’s project. It is entirely OPTIONAL whether you decide to complete it or not. The project is titled ‘Make me a River’ and the children can choose to show a river however they would like (model, artwork, a piece of writing, a song etc.) These will be shown towards the end of term but if you can have it finished in time for our Open Evening on the 9th July, that would be lovely! **
Friday 28th June: Theme of the week – Creativity
Our Visit to the Gilbert White Field Study Centre!
The absolute highlight of this week (and maybe even the whole of Year 4!) was our sleepover at the Gilbert White Field Study Centre. We had a fantastic time exploring the grounds, identifying British wild animals, clay modelling, going on a bat walk, toasting marshmallows and doing our river study! Please take a look on the gallery page of the website to see lots of photos from our time there. The children were excellent representatives of our school and behaved impeccably… even though some of us were a little tired on Tuesday!
Applying for a green Blue Peter badge
As a result of our work at the Gilbert White Study Centre, the children have taken part in activities that could earn them a green Blue Peter badge. We have created pieces of artwork, posters and letters this week to showcase what we did relating to nature and animals. If you would like to send this off and apply to get your green badge, find out how using the link below.
English and Maths:
In amongst all the fun of our trip, we have had some time to do other things! We have finished our balanced arguments in English and have now read the next chapter, ‘Running Free’, which saw Bertie release the lion back in to the wild so he wouldn’t have to join a circus. In maths, we have been identifying different types of quadrilaterals and triangles and looking at their properties.
Friday 21st June: Theme of the week – British Values
Well done to the 8 Year 4 gymnasts who went to Aldershot on Thursday! They competed in the Hampshire Games representing East Hampshire and came 12th.
Happy Giraffe Day!
This week we have been thinking of reasons why Bertie and his family should or shouldn’t keep the white lion cub. The children completed a conscience alley activity in lines and had to either give reasons for or against as someone walked between the opposing lines. We are preparing to present these ideas in a balanced argument next week!
Our work on statistics has continued with line graphs and we have looked at how to draw and read them. We have also looked at discrete data (must be whole numbers) and continuous data (isn’t always whole numbers) and we learnt that a table, bar graph or pictogram is used for discrete data, whereas a line graph is best for continuous data.
Our recycled fashion is beginning to come to life with the children recreating their designs using bin bags as a base! They are currently working out how to attach their chosen materials to the bin bags to ensure they stay fixed.
We started getting ready for sports day this week through a joint PE lesson with Year 3. The children rotated around different activities which either had an athletics focus or were practising a skill learnt earlier in the year. They included: hurdles, ladder sprints, tennis racquet keepie-uppies, football dribbling and rugby passing.
Friday 14th June: Theme of the week – Looking after ourselves
Thank you to all those who came to our Learning Assembly this week! It was so wonderful to see the children so enthusiastic and talking so articulately about their highlights from the year gone by. And they were right… how have we fit so much learning in to one school year?!
Click the link below for more information about two exciting events coming up at Petersfield Festival Hall: Bugfest and The Wild and Deadly Show. You'll find information about what is going on for each event and how to buy tickets if you're interested!
Having completed our river fact files, we are moving on to our next writing unit which is based on The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo. We have read the first 3 chapters already as part of our guided reading sessions and are learning all about the characters involved in the story. We can’t wait to read on and start writing about what’s happening in the story!
We are now looking at statistics and how to draw bar graphs and pictograms. All children have had a go at either drawing a bar graph or a pictogram after being given some data. We then looked at the different type of questions you may be asked about a graph: comparison, difference and sum questions.
This week we have started designing our ‘recyclable fashion’ items! Remember to collect things at home that you know you may need to create your piece of clothing.
Friday 7th June: Theme of the week – Commitment
Welcome back! I hope you are all rested and ready for our final term together at Langrish.
We are linking our English this week to our new Geography topic on rivers. The children have spent a few lessons researching their chosen river and next week will write up what they have learnt in to a fact file.
As well as going through our arithmetic tests that we did before half term, we have also continued with time and have practised converting between analogue and digital clocks using both 12-hour and 24-hour time.
World Faith and Philosophy:
Our concept this week was symbols and in particular we looked at what a tree could be a symbol of. The children thought of lots of wonderful ideas such as change, difference, new life and strength. They then decided what a tree symbolised to them and created a piece of art work to show this. We then read the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and talked about what a tree symbolises to Christians.
Rotation with Year 2!
While some of us were at the tri-golf and athletics on Wednesday, the remaining children decided to help Year 2 with their afternoon rotation! Year 4 children got in to small groups and created an activity that would help Year 2 revise an area of Maths or English. The children came up with some fantastic activities and Year 2 seemed to enjoy their time with Year 4 – thanks Year 2 and Mrs Cave for having us!
As you already know, we will be creating items of clothing out of rubbish for this term’s DT unit. This week, we have thought about what our clothing might need to be like. The main categories we decided on were flexibility, waterproofness, strength and comfort. The children then tested cardboard, plastic, fabric and metal (foil) to see which one met the four criteria best in preparation for designing their item of clothing.
I hope you all have a restful week off and come back feeling prepared for our final half term together in Year 4!
Thursday 23rd May: Theme of the week – Valuing difference
Thank you to all the children who have shared their John Lennon and Paul McCartney projects this week! As usual they were all very well presented and detailed – a joy to listen to!
Our focus this week has been on fronted adverbials and what they do. We organised different fronted adverbials in to different categories depending on what they told us about a verb, and then went on to use some in our writing!
This week we have been looking at converting between different units of measurement to do with time: seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years. We even recapped other measurements such as metres, kilometres, pounds and pence.
Our key question this week was ‘How do we know that gas has a weight?’ and to do this we used fizzy drinks and balloons! The children were investigating which fizzy drink contained the most gas by putting a balloon over the top of the bottle and shaking it to release the carbon dioxide.
We ended our unit on tag rugby with some small games! The children enjoyed their rugby topic and were all great sportsmen and women whilst playing these games.
Here are a few of our finished wire models to end our topic on bodies!
Friday 17th May: Theme of the week – Consideration
** Final reminder that Composer Projects are due on Monday 20th May! Could you also bring in a photo or drawing of someone important to you (person or animal!) for our PSHE lesson next week **
After finishing and editing our newspaper articles, we have watched a video clip that the children will be using to write about next week. The children were given a list of emotions and adjectives and had to order them throughout different points in the video clip depending on how appropriate they thought they were. They were amazing at discussing with their partners and reasoning why different words should go where.
We have finished our work on money this week by estimating amounts of money by rounding and solving different word problems that involve money. We have already completed our anchor task for time which involved the children designing a new school timetable!
In Science, we have looked at how the particles in solids, liquids and gases behave. The children then got in to groups and had to become particles to act out being a solid, liquid or gas particle … and what great particles they were!
** Please could you remind your children that they should eat their designated healthy snack at break time and not take multiple items from their lunch to have as a snack. Break time snacks are now going to be kept in the classroom to avoid children taking items from their lunch instead. Feel free to provide your child with a healthy break time snack or give them money for the snack shop if you wish. **
Friday 9th May: Theme of the week – Curiosity
** Composer Study Project – Your project on John Lennon and Paul McCartney is due in on Monday 20th May. I can’t wait to see all your fabulous work! **
Thank you to all the parents who were able to take part in our Open Maths Lesson on Wednesday! I hope you enjoyed tackling the investigation alongside your child. We have continued our work on money in the classroom by converting between pounds and pence.
We have completed our river poems inspired by Valerie Bloom and have written them up in neat! We are now linking our Norman topic to our English work and are in the process of writing a newspaper article explaining the events of the Battle of Hastings.
Within our topic of bodies, the children have started to use wire to create a model of themselves in a certain position. They first drew their position in their sketch books and went on to start making it by bending and twisting pieces of wire.
World Faith and Philosophy (WFaP):
The concept we looked at in WFaP was ‘Law’ and we first identified the difference between a law and a rule. We looked at many stories in which Jesus could be considered a lawbreaker and whether he was right to do so. We also acted our different scenarios showing what would happen if people didn’t follow rules and laws!
Friday 3rd May: Theme of the week – Teamwork
We have been looking at ‘The River’ by Valerie Bloom this week and have been identifying many poetic features such as rhyme, similes, metaphors, personification and alliteration. We have now started to think about what we could compare a river to in our own Valerie Bloom style poems!
Our unit on decimals has come to an end this week and we have ordered decimals, rounded numbers with one decimal place to the nearest whole number and identified the decimal equivalents of a half, a quarter and three quarters. We even went out on the field and timed how long it took us to travel from one side to the other, and then put these numbers in order!
Our new unit in history is The Normans and we have started by looking at the Bayeux Tapestry which shows the Battle of Hastings. The children were first given the pieces of the tapestry with no explanations or descriptions and the children had to work out what might be happening in each piece and put them together to tell a story. We then worked out the actual order of the tapestry and the children are currently designing the final missing piece that should be at the end.
We have started our unit of states of matter this week by identifying the qualities of solids, liquids and gases and then going round the school on a solids and liquids hunt! We puzzled over tricky materials such as sand and used our knowledge to work out whether this would be a solid or a liquid based on its properties.
This week we have been practising our rugby skills in PE! We familiarised ourselves with the rugby balls and started practising passing across the body in pairs and small groups.
Friday 26th April: Theme of the week – Caring
St George’s Day:
As you may know, Tuesday was St George’s day and we celebrated this through our guided reading and art. We read about why St George is the patron saint of England during our guided reading and then created tissue paper dragons in the afternoon! We then shared our learning with the rest of the school during a special assembly.
In English this week, we have watched a video called ‘Adrift’ (link above) and had lots of discussion about what is happening and who the characters are. We had to use our skills of inference and deduction to help us as there is no speech in the video. We have then drawn our own imaginary whale island and written a description of it using expanded noun phrases!
This week we have been looking at how to write fractions with tenths and hundredths and adding fractions to make a whole. The children have been using their fractions knowledge to help them understand what tenths and hundredths mean and how we can write these as decimals.
The question we investigated in our Science this week was ‘How will adding more batteries affect my circuit?’ The children designed an investigation to see what would happen to either a bulb or buzzer when multiple batteries are used in a circuit. All groups found out that the more batteries you have, the louder the buzzer gets and the brighter the bulb gets! This is because the electricity is pushed around more quickly and the device then works harder.
Friday 5th April: Theme of the week – Thinking of others
** Half Termly Project – For our next half termly project, the children need to research and present what they have found about a composer. The composers are linked with our next music topic – they are John Lennon and Paul McCartney! This will be due in just before May half term and the date will be finalised nearer the time. Make them as creative as possible! **
This week, we have read the first few chapters of George’s Marvellous Medicine and then wrote instructions on how to make the medicine! We had to ensure our instructions were clear and detailed so that other people could easily follow them.
This week we have looked at dividing 1 and 2 digit numbers by 10 and 100. We had to remember that when dividing by 10, the numbers move 1 place to the right and 2 places to the right when we divide by 100. Finally, we finished our week of maths with a fractions and decimals treasure hunt!
Thank you to everyone who was able to come and enjoy our Easter assembly this week. The children learnt so much researching what other countries do to celebrate Easter and their performance was superb!
Friday 29th March: Theme of the week – Noticing
The children have worked super hard this week completing maths, SPaG, spelling and reading assessments. We have spent most of our time in class going through these assessments together and identifying our next steps. These will gradually be coming home to you over the next week so please do take a look with your child and use these to inform your child’s home learning.
Winchester Cathedral Visit:
What a wonderful day we had on Wednesday visiting Winchester Cathedral! The children were treated to a tour inside the cathedral that taught them all about when it was made and lots of the different artefacts inside. We then took part in activities to show King Alfred we could help him make books to send out to churches across Wessex! We had to illuminate letters with liquid gold, create cloak pins to show we could work with metal and translate our names in to Anglo-Saxon runes. Finally, we were visited by a member of the City Museum who brought along a real Anglo-Saxon pot for us to hold! The children were true ambassadors for Langrish throughout the day and behaved superbly. Take a look in the Gallery section of the website for lots of pictures of our day!
We have been learning about conductors and insulators this week and to do this we tested lots of different materials to see if an electric current could pass through them in a circuit. The children tested materials including aluminium foil, cupronickel and bronze coins, paper, elastic bands and wood to see if they could get a device to work once they had been added in to a circuit. We concluded that because the foil and the coins allowed electricity to pass through them, that metal is a good material to use as a conductor!
In Music, we have been learning to sing ‘Lean on Me’ by Bill Withers and on Tuesday the children performed the song to the rest of the school in assembly! Well done to all the children for their superb performance.
Friday 22nd March: Theme of the week – Having faith in oneself
After designing the character of ‘Little Twit’ last week, the children have set about writing some incredible character descriptions in the style of Roald Dahl. We first looked at his own work and picked out some features we could include in our own writing including rhetorical questions and using ‘you and I’ to address the reader. Reading the childrens’ work felt as if I was reading one of Roald Dahl’s own books! Next, we have revised the 5 Golden Rules of Speech and are preparing to include speech as we write about the adventures of ‘Little Twit’ and his ghastly parents.
Having finished fractions, we are now looking at decimals and have focused this week on tenths and what they are. We have identified that when 1 is split in to ten, we get tenths. This could be written as the fraction 1/10 or as a decimal 0.1. We also know that 10 lots of 0.1 (or ten tenths) equals one whole.
History: We became archaeologists this week as we dug to find some Viking artefacts! We found lots of things such as a helmet, a sword, a leather water bottle and a comb made out of antler. Our over-arching question is ‘Were the Vikings raiders or traders?’ and we discussed what these artefacts tell us about the Vikings and whether it points to them being raiders or traders. Great work archaeologists!
This week, Year 4 enjoyed a visit from some BAE Engineers who talked to them about what engineering looks like in the real world. They talked about what their jobs entail and the children were also tasked with designing something that could lift a submarine out of the water! It was very interesting for the children to learn how designing works in the real world, and in particular, the process of getting your design reviewed and checked before it can be made.
We have been learning parts of the body this week and to help us, the children drew some truly scary monsters! They had to decide how many of each different body part it would have including heads, legs, arms and feet. The children then wrote some sentences in French to describe their monsters.
Friday 15th March: Theme of the week – Next steps
Our new topic is an author study and we have been studying ‘The Twits’ to introduce us to Roald Dahl and his style of writing. We have read and discussed the first part of the text and what this tells us about the two characters in the story and we have imagined what a ‘Little Twit’ might be like – Mr and Mrs Twit’s child! First, the childen worked in small groups to complete a gingerbread man actitivy - putting what they though Little Twit's personality would be like in the middle, and his/her appearance around the outside. Then, the children drew pictures showing what this character might look like and be like. Next week we will be thinking and writing about the kind of mischief he/she might get up to!
Along with Maths Day where the children had to plan and design their own theme park, we have still been looking at fractions. We have focused on adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator and also finding fractions of amounts. We learnt that to find fractions of amounts, you must first divide the number by the denominator, and then multiply it by the numerator. So, to find 2/5 of 50, you would do 50 ÷ 5 = 10, and then 10 x 2 = 20!
To celebrate British Science Week, Year 4 have done a whole host of experiments to get us excited about Science! We have put white flowers in food colouring to watch how the flowers change, made a rainbow pattern using skittles and lemonade, and even made water rise up using a glass, some water and a match! The children had to carefully observe what was happening during each experiment and try and reason why they thought that change was happening. Look on our Twitter page to see a video of one of our experiments!
Our work on insects has continued this week with children thinking about using colour in their drawings. Each child was given a part of an insect photograph and had to complete the rest of the insect using sketching pencils and watercolour pencils. The end-results were superb!
Friday 8th March: Theme of the week – Improving focus
World Book Day – The Mystery of the Golden Pen!
What a wonderful day the children had on Thursday for World Book Day! Not only did children have the chance to come dressed as their favourite fictional detectives, they also spent their day solving The Mystery of the Golden Pen! Unfortunately, a very precious golden pen was stolen from a display case and it was up to the children to look through all the clues and witness statements to determine who the culprit was. Not only this, but children had to take ‘Detective Exams’ and avoid plenty of red herrings along the way. Well done detectives!
Our week has been spent writing the main body of our articles, bringing all of the parts of our newspapers together and writing them up in the correct layout. The children had to focus on their presentation and ensuring they included things in the correct places.
We have focused on converting between improper fractions and mixed numbers and counting in fractions in maths this week. The children have been evaluating how confident they feel about these two concepts and then deciding which activities to do that will benefit them the most.
We were lucky enough this week (and every other Tuesday from now) to have a PE session with a tennis coach. The children practised skills to develop their hand-eye co-ordination and began to develop these with the tennis rackets.
This week to kick off our new unit on electricity, the children were given the electricity boxes and their task was simple – make something work! This was a good chance for the children to simply experiment with the equipment they had and start to realise how they could make something ‘work’. This included lightbulbs, buzzers, motors and fans. Luckily, everyone was successful and completed the challenge!
Our new topic in art is insects and this week we have created pencil drawings. The children were using sketching pencils to experiment with lines and shading to create an accurate drawing of their chosen insects. Who knew we had so many budding artists in Year 4 - amazing work!
Friday 1st March: Theme of the week – Exploration
Remember, next Thursday (7th March) is World Book Day! Either come dressed as your favourite fictional detective (from a book!) or in your normal school uniform.
Vikings and Anglo-Saxon Projects:
I have been blown away by the standard of the AMAZING projects brought in by Year 4 this week! They were so creative, imaginative and the children had clearly spent so much time completing these at home. So a big thank you to all the children (and parents!) who taught us so many interesting facts about their chosen famous Viking or Anglo-Saxon.
We have jumped right back in to our work on Pigeon Impossible this week by starting to think about newspaper articles. We have interviewed each other pretending that we were bystanders who saw the events happen, identified what a good newspaper article includes, created some very amusing headlines and started writing our introduction and conclusion… what a busy week! Next week we will structure our work in to columns and finish writing our articles.
This week we have focused on equivalent fractions, how we can find them using fraction walls or by multiplying the numerator and denominator of a fraction by the same number. For example, we know that 1/3 is the same as 4/12 because you can multiply both the numerator and denominator by the same number from the first fraction, to get the second! (1 x 4 = 4, 3 x 4 = 12). We have also briefly started looking at mixed numbers and improper fractions, which we will continue next week.
To end our topic on sound, we conducted a final investigation based around the question ‘Which material absorbs sound the best?’ The children were given the context of a band who needed a room to rehearse in without disturbing their neighbours. Each group was given a ‘room’ (a cardboard box!) and had to fill it with different materials such as cotton wool, newspaper, card and sponge. We then played music from inside the box and measured the noise level from outside using a sound level meter. The children worked well in groups to predict which material they thought would be best based on everything they had learnt so far during the topic.
Friday 15th February: Theme of the week – Self control
Happy Half Term! Have a wonderful week off and make sure you get some rest – you all deserve it!
This week we have focused on writing what has happened so far in our video, Pigeon Impossible! (available on The Literacy Shed and YouTube) We have continued to focus on expanded noun phrases with prepositional phrases and made sure we remembered to use them in our writing. The children have enjoyed what has happened in the video so far, with many choosing to write from the pigeon’s perspective! Don’t forget about Pigeon Impossible just yet, we will carry on writing about it after half term.
Alongside some assessments this week, we have done an introduction to fractions in preparation for next half term. The children were first asked ‘How many ways can you show ¾?’ and they showed the fraction in a variety of ways including pictures and numbers. We then talked about what a fraction actually is and what the numerator and denominator both mean. You may want to get ahead of the game and start thinking about equivalent fractions for next half term!
Take One Picture Week!
Our afternoons this week have been spent doing activities for our Take One Picture Week! We have looked at ‘The Castle of Muiden in Winter’ and have done a variety of activities around this. We have researched and created informational leaflets, posters and videos and the painting and the castle, created medieval style mazes for Year 2 to navigate Bee-Bots through, created some tissue paper landscape art AND even written some castle poems! Thank you to everyone who was able to come to our Open School on Friday and see all of the hard work the children have put in to their learning this week. See below for our green screen video and keep an eye out for the nutshell to see some pictures if you were unable to make it.
Friday 8th February: Theme of the week – Communication
Congratulations to the eight Year 4 gymnasts who competed in a gymnastics competition this week… and came 1st and 3rd! Both teams will now compete in the Hampshire School Games on Thursday 20th June 2019. What hard-working children… and a very proud teacher!
We have moved away from Beowulf for the time being and towards something that the children are thoroughly enjoying so far – Pigeon Impossible! This short video clip tells the tale of Walter Beckett, Junior CIA Agent and the problems he faces after encountering a rather peckish pigeon. The children have mapped out the video so far on a storyboard, created some expanded noun phrases to describe the characters, objects and setting, and are now writing what happened in the video in to a story.
Our new topic is area and we have had a jam packed week! We have puzzled over whether the amount and size of squares affects a shapes area, and even created our own theme park designs! The children had to create a plan for the attractions their theme park would have in it and identify the area of each one.
Safer Internet Day:
As part of Safer Internet Day, we looked at how companies and even our friends might ask us for our personal information. We discussed the different ways in which a company might ask for your information and that they should ask your permission before doing taking and sharing it. The children had a go at a true or false quiz which gave them lots of information about the rules and regulations companies must follow, and then thought about how best to respond to a friend who is asking you for information you might not want to be shared.
Our History and Computing units are linked this term with children presenting what they have learnt about Vikings and Anglo-Saxons in to a PowerPoint! The children have been learning how to include text boxes, images and use different font and background colours to make their PowerPoints interesting to an audience.
Friday 1st February: Theme of the week – Mindfulness and reflection
Starting next academic year (2019-2020), there will be a statutory Year 4 Times Table Assessment similar to the Phonics Screening that currently takes place in Year 1. We have chosen to take part in a pilot of this assessment at the end of this year! Therefore, you might want to brush up on those times table skills at home to ensure the children feel confident when sitting this assessment.
Chinese New Year – Circus Skills Workshop!
The children had a wonderful day on Thursday coming in in their red clothing and practising their circus skills to celebrate Chinese New Year! The children balanced peacock feathers on various parts of their body and had a go at plate spinning and using a diablo. Keep an eye out for a special Nutshell which will include more photos of this day.
We have continued with our work on Beowulf this week, and have been introduced to Grendel, the villain of the story! We compared and contrasted his emotions to those feasting and partying in the mead-hall close by and created ‘degrees of emotion’ scales for these two groups. The children used thesauruses to think of weaker and stronger words for different emotions and put them on a scale (e.g. content, happy, ecstatic). We then thought about how we could show our reader that Grendel is unhappy without telling them. For example, instead of saying ‘I am feeling sad’ we could say ‘My eyes were stinging with tears’. The children then used these ideas to write a short narrative piece telling us what Grendel is doing and how he is feeling.
This week, we have applied our knowledge of multiplication and division in to lots of problem solving scenarios. We have answered plenty of word problems and made sure we understood what operation the problem is asking us to use. For example, if something is being shared we know we must divide, and if there are ‘groups of’ or ‘lots of’ something, we are going to be multiplying. We also tried our hand at some tricky missing number problems!
We have been investigating pitch this week in Science and what causes a sound to be higher or lower. We learnt that faster vibrations cause a higher pitch and slower vibrations cause a lower pitch. To help us understand this, we used guitars, glockenspiels and recorders to observe what we had to do to the instrument to create high and low pitch sounds. We then conducted an experiment where we tapped a glass to see what sound it made, and then how the sound changed when we added more water to it!
In between our wonderful swimming sessions, we have still been getting outside and brushing up on our hockey skills! So far, we have recapped how to hold a hockey stick to make sure we have control of the ball, dribbling and passing. The children have not only been mastering their hockey skills, but braving some cold temperatures along the way too!
Friday 25th January: Theme of the week – Striving for excellence
This week we have finished our class poem in the style of ‘The British’, and incorporated actions and movement to make it more engaging for our audience. The children then all showed outstanding amounts of confidence when they performed it to the whole school! I am so proud of their courage and performance skills as they did a superb job! Watch our assembly performance below. We are now moving on to our next unit of work which will be around the book Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo.
It only makes sense to follow our work on multiplication, with division! We have discussed the meaning of division (sharing equally) and focused on using the ‘bus stop’ method. After spending a lot of time working on our own, we then came together in groups and faced problems together! The children completed the problems given to them after much discussion and debate. They really enjoyed working together as a team and discussing their answers.
This week we learnt about how sound travels from its source and reaches our ears. We first made sure we knew that sounds travels in all directions from its source through the air. The children became particles in the air and showed how each one passes on a vibration to the next until it reaches our ears. We then discovered that sounds that are further away, take longer to reach us because there is more air for the vibrations to pass through. We then created a presentation about what we had learnt and visited the lovely Year 1’s to teach too!
Our coin purses began to take shape this week with each child creating a ‘mood board’ style collage with lots of different ideas for their coin purses. They thought about the colours, patterns and styles they liked and they have begun to create an initial design for their coin purse.
Friday 18th January: Theme of the week – Gratitude
This week we have taken a look at the poem ‘The British’ by Benjamin Zephaniah. We first discussed its features and the fact that it is set out like a recipe. The children then proceeded to write their own recipe-style poems either about our class or our school! They had to think of the types of people and values that would need to go in to their recipe. Also, they all had to be very brave and perform their poem to the class! They all did this superbly and everyone was extremely brave and confident. Well done Year 4!
We have done lots and lots of practise this week on the written methods of multiplication. We have recapped the grid method from Year 3 and introduced the column method (short multiplication). The children have had to apply their knowledge to lots of different scenarios and problems throughout the week and they have definitely risen to every challenge!
To get us thinking about our new History topic, the children performed a group task this week. Each child in the group took turns going outside for 1 minute and looking at a picture. They then had to come back and describe to their group what they had seen, and try to draw it! The picture was of a Viking longboat, as our new topic is Vikings and Anglo-Saxons. The children then generated lots of questions that they would like to have answered during their topic.
After evaluating our bread rolls, we’ve started our new DT topic – making coin purses! To start off, we practised some basic sewing skills and Mrs Hall showed the children how to do some simple stitches. All the children were very resilient even though it was a bit tricky at points, especially threading the needle!
Friday 11th January: Theme of the week – Looking to the future
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and a restful break. Thank you to those who were able to attend Wednesday’s ‘Meet the Teacher’ presentation which reiterated the expectations for home learning and how to support your child alongside their maths gap analysis. Please remember that Home Learning Journals should be handed in every Thursday, and house points are awarded for it being handed in on time, plus the quality of the work that is in it.
Our focus this week has been performance poetry! We applied some of the skills needed for good performance poetry such as volume, pace, expression, actions and movement and performed the poem Please Mrs Butler in small groups. The children experimented with different voices and actions to make sure the audience remained interested. See how we got on below!
We have looked at multiplying 3 one digit numbers and factor pairs this week. We reminded ourselves that when multiplying numbers, it doesn’t matter which order you multiply them in and used this knowledge to multiply numbers in the most efficient way. For example when completing 7 x 3 x 4, we would do 3 x 4 first, and then 12 x 7 because both of these calculations we already know from our times tables. We even went outside and used leaves and sticks (and other objects located in our grounds!) to create arrays showing factor pairs of numbers.
How is sound made? This was our big question in Science this week! The children were given a drum with some rice on it, or a triangle to put in some water to try and work out how sound is created. When hitting the drum the rice bounced up and down, and when you hit the triangle and put it in water, it created ripples! This clearly showed the children that sound is made when an object vibrates. We then conducted a sound survey using sound level meters to see which was the noisiest or quietest class at Langrish on a Tuesday afternoon!
The children have also enjoyed two wonderful Cultural Days this week. They have taken part in a range of activities from painting native Russian animals, to tasting Greek food and learning some Greek dancing! Keep an eye out for a special Nutshell which will include pictures from our days.
Friday 21st December – Merry Christmas!
We’ve made it! Thank you to all the children’s hard work this term and you should all enjoy a well-deserved rest over the Christmas holidays. There is no formal home learning but feel free to scroll back through the class page and revise anything we have done so far this year. Thank you all for your kind gifts and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Friday 14th December: Theme of the week – Character
Thank you to all the children who wore their fabulous Christmas jumpers today for Save the Children’s Christmas jumper day!
Thank you to all those who were able to attend our Habitats Open Classroom this week! It was lovely to hear the children talk about their work and tell you what they have learnt. We hope you enjoyed coming in to see it all!
We have revised a mixture of topics this week including multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100, calculating the perimeter of different rectilinear shapes, missing number problems and word problems. Have a look back through the website to see what we have done previously this year and what you could practise.
Our explanation texts are finally finished! We have focused on showing where we have edited for CUPS (capital letters, usage, punctuation and spelling) and we did this by editing for each one in a different colour. It was very useful for the children to show that they had taken the time to check back over their work. Feel free to talk to your child about CUPS and how they use it to edit their writing.
After much anticipation… our Alps adverts are finally finished! The children had great fun using the green screen to imagine they were stood in front of the mountains whilst delivering their very persuasive adverts. Sections from all the groups adverts have been edited together to create one class advert which you can watch below!
World Faith and Philosophy… formerly known as RE!
RE has had a makeover this year at Langrish and we will now be referring to it as World Faith and Philosophy. We discussed today with the children that while the concepts we study are relevant to religions, we also want to think about how they fit in to the lives of those who are not religious. Our concept this week was holy and in particular, Holy Mary, mother of Jesus. We discussed how she is made to seem holy in paintings, stained glass windows, and in carols and prayers. The children then thought about what is holy or sacred to them in their lives.
Friday 7th December – Theme of the week: Mindfulness
This week, the children have all designed cages to keep King Kong secure when he is in New York. The cages have all been designed to feed, clean and keep Kong entertained, but also to anger him and make him roar for the crowds! Next week, we will be writing explanation texts to explain how our cages work. In preparation, this week we have looked at an example explanation text and discussed its different features such as subheadings, diagrams, fun facts, technical vocabulary and being written in the past tense.
Alongside our assessments this week, we have been starting to revise some of the concepts already covered in our maths lessons this year. So far we have gone back over rounding and converting between different measurements.
Our key idea in Science this week was that human activity can significantly affect living things and their environments. We have discussed lots of ways that human activity affects animals including deforestation, littering, pollution and global warming. The children are now preparing posters or leaflets explaining one of these subjects. Come along to our open classroom and see how we got on!
Between the many rain showers this week, we did (just about!) manage to get outside and continue our netball. This week we practised intercepting a pass and the importance of standing at least 3 feet away from our opponent when marking them. The children did very well to try and gain possession of the ball from their opposing players!
Friday 30th November: Theme of the week - Success
We have used our DADWAVERS sentence starters this week to ensure our work is interesting to read. We imagined we had been asked to write the next chapter in the story and the children came up with lots of interesting theories as to what was going to happen next! We have now read the next part of the story and we are going to focus on King Kong’s capture in our writing next week.
Our maths lessons this week have all been about using our times tables! We have looked at the 6, 7 and 9 times tables and solved lots of problems using these skills. Remember to keep practising your tables at home!
Having already learnt some Diwali style dancing, the last few weeks we have looked at some African drumming and dancing. The children have learnt and replicated some of the movements seen in the video below and then started to choreograph some of their own moves based on those in the video.
We have continued to look at how we can classify or group living things based on their characteristics by looking at classification keys. The children had to create a series of yes or no questions to sort their living things in to groups and eventually, narrow it down to one. All children started by choosing 4 animals but as you can see on this whiteboard, some managed to challenge themselves and choose 8!
Friday 23rd November 2018: Theme of the week – Bravery and courage in learning
Thanks to all the children who shared off their superb dancing skills on Tuesday for the NSPCC Danceathon! Please return your sponsorship forms and money to the post-box in the classroom by Wednesday the 28th November.
We have edited our diary entries this week and after much anticipation, read the next part of King Kong! The children also used drama to create freeze frames showing the parts of the story we had just read and we discussed how the characters might be feeling at this point in the story. We are focusing on using different sentence starters and are using DADWAVERS to help us (example below).
This week we have covered dividing by 10 and 100, multiplying by 1 and 0 AND dividing by 0! I have been amazed at just how hard the children have been working and how well they have grasped these concepts. To finish off the week, the children have updated their Maths Journals to remind them how to carry out these skills.
This week, we had an exciting lesson using micro:bits! The children created a code which caused the micro:bit to show rock, paper or scissors when it was shaken. We then had many games of rock, paper, scissors happening around the ICT suite! The children showed great perseverance when they had to debug their codes in order to get the micro:bits to work
Alongside our work on Anti-Bullying, we have looked at being kind and how we can be kind to others in our class. We acted out different scenarios first showing what wouldn’t be the kind thing to do, and then showing what would. We also discussed this poster and for our morning work the next day, the children thought of other slogans and sayings that could encourage people to be kind!
Friday 16th November: Theme of the week - Remembrance
Thanks to all the children who brought in their pennies today and wore pyjamas for Children in Need!
Next Tuesday, we will be taking part in a Danceathon to raise money for the NSPCC. Every hour on the hour we will be dancing in our classroom (or on the playground!) all through the day. Please remember to fill out the sponsor forms and return them ASAP after the event has happened.
As well as finishing off our WW1 fact files, we have also written our diary entries this week! We made sure to include features such as the characters feelings, writing in the first person and in the past tense. Next week we will be editing with a buddy to ensure all our work makes sense and is effective.
This week we have finished perimeter by finding the perimeter of rectilinear shapes and started multiplication and division by multiplying numbers by 10 and 100! Keep on practising your times tables as this will be very useful for the coming weeks.
Our ‘Great Bread Bake Off’ unit continued this week and we were thinking about the shape we would like our bread to be. We used salt dough to practise kneading and then making lots of interesting and appealing shapes! These models will be useful next week when the children start thinking of potential designs for their bread rolls.
This half term, we will be using our music lessons to refine our glockenspiel skills. We started today by learning some simple songs using a few notes, and looked great doing it in our pj’s!
Friday 8th November: Theme of the week - Keeping safe
We have been lucky enough this week to dedicate a whole day towards remembering those who lost their lives in the First World War. We have been inspired and moved learning about important figures in WW1 including Edith Cavell and Horatio Kitchener as well as taking part in both drama and art activities. We look forward to seeing you at our Open School next Wednesday to share what we have done today (singing in the hall at 2:20 and classrooms open at 2:30).
We have started our new English unit this week and we are very excited to be looking at Anthony Browne’s King Kong! We have read the first part of the story and discussed whether it is in first or third person and why. Alongside acting out the first part of the story, we even went on a first and third person hunt using the books in the library! Next week we will be writing diary entries from the perspective of one of the characters.
Our next unit in Maths is perimeter and length and so we have converted between kilometres and metres, measured the perimeter of shapes on a grid and started measuring the perimeter of rectangles! We discussed that it is important to remember that a square has 4 equal sides so you only need to know one side to work out the perimeter, and a rectangle has 2 pairs of equal sides so you only need to know two sides to work out the perimeter.
This week, it was time to taste bread! We evaluated different Warburtons products based on categories such as taste, texture, appearance and smell. The children loved trying all the different breads and the cinnamon and raisin bagel was the clear favourite!
We embraced the cold this week and started our netball unit by focusing on passing. We practised the three main passes, chest pass, bounce pass and shoulder pass, and discussed when it would be best to use the different passes. It seems we have many budding netballers in our class!
Friday 2nd November: Theme of the week – Looking to the future
Welcome back! Below are some questions you could ask your child when they return home from school to encourage them to talk about their learning at home. The children have also been shown these and will hopefully be thinking about them in school before they come home.
Today we were lucky enough to be visited by ‘Orca’ a charity that aims to raise money to safeguard the future for whales, dolphins and porpoises. The children learnt so many amazing facts about these creatures and even had to measure how many Year 4’s were the same size of some of these mammals, including a blue whale! (A blue whale is roughly 27 Year 4's long!)
This week in English, we have focused on creating suspense and what techniques we need to do to achieve this. We have looked at ellipsis, the use of short sentences and using different senses to give detail as to what is happening. The children have all created a piece of writing based on the picture shown. Very spooky – and perfect for Halloween!
Our addition and subtraction unit has finished this week by looking at using the inverse to check our answers, estimating answers by rounding and solving subtraction calculations in the most efficient way. The children have worked very hard this unit and have been practising their reasoning and problem solving skills throughout the week.
Projects – A Scientist Study!
What an amazing week we have had looking at all the children’s projects! We have all learnt so much about many amazing scientists and the work they have done. The children produced some fantastic, posters, PowerPoints and other exciting ways of displaying their work. Well done to you all!
This week we have finished writing our descriptions of our perfect owner! The children edited each other’s work and had to identify where their partner had used two adjectives, a noun and a prepositional phrase. We then attempted the Dice Roll Challenge in which we had to include some rather weird things to make an interesting story! Perhaps you could have another go at home.
I think we are now all experts at column subtraction after this week! We focused on exchanging and in particular, what exchanging means and why we do it. The children have been applying their knowledge of subtraction to lots of different problems.
Pictured below are all the words we could think of that have the prefixes im, ir, il or in at the front. Can you practise these words or think of some more of your own?
This week we have set up our longitudinal study! Our question is ‘Do trees that lose their leaves first in winter, get them back first in spring?’ We have chosen 4 different trees and we are going to monitor them over the next year and see when they lose all their leaves and when their leaves come back! Which tree do you think will lose its leaves first?
Friday 12th October - Theme of the week: Going for Goals
Our persuasive letters are finally typed up and finished! We have now started thinking about if we were an animal, what we would want out perfect owner to be like. We used an outline of a gingerbread man to write things we want our owner to be like in the middle, and things we want them to have around the outside. By using expanded noun phrases with prepositional phrases, we are going to write a description of our ‘perfect owner’!
We have focused on column addition this week both with and without exchanging. The children have been making sure they put the numbers in the correct places so that numbers with the same values are in the same columns (e.g. thousands, hundreds, tens and units). We have still been using lots of resources however to help us with our reasoning and problem solving!
Our RE day this half term was based on the concept of ritual and we focused particularly on the Jewish festival of Sukkot and what rituals Jewish people do during this time. The children made their own Sukkah (outdoor picnic booths!) using shoeboxes. We then thought about the rituals we have in our own lives and began to think about the difference between rituals and routines.
Our work on food chains has continued this week as we went out in to the copse in search of signs of any food chains, We were looking for evidence of things having been eaten and any wildlife. We found moths, ants, spiders, woodlice and some suspicious holes in leaves and apples! We then thought about what might have eaten the producers and what the consumers might eat… or get eaten by!
Friday 5th October –Theme of the Week: Appearance
All children who handed in their Home Learning Journals this week have stuck in a copy of our E-Safety Agreement in the back. We are asking that you read this with your child at home and then both sign this copy. This we hope will ensure children are aware and understand the expectations when using the Internet both at school and at home.
We have continued our work on the question ‘Is it right to risk the lives of animals to help humans?’ by writing a persuasive letter explaining why we think it is or isn’t right. We imagined we would send our letter to people who train animals to do dangerous things such as a police dog or search and rescue dog training centre. We had to make sure we had 3 clear points to our letter and that we used lots of persuasive language.
We have thought a lot about negative numbers this week and on Monday, I posed a question to the children, is zero always the start of a number line? We investigated negative numbers using a large number line in the hall and practised adding and taking away using negative numbers. Our next unit is addition and subtraction and we have started thinking today about whether it matters which way round you put the numbers when you add and subtract.
This week we have started looking at food chains and how animals within a food chain can be many different things. We learnt that a predator could also be prey and also that there are many different labels we could use to describe things in a food chain. Have a look at the picture below to see what we did!
So far this year we have looked at balancing and travelling in gymnastics and this week we decided to test our balancing skills on the apparatus. As you can see, some of us were very good at it!
Friday 28th September – Theme of the Week: Positivity
We have written and edited our Through the Door stories this week and they have been a joy to read! The children have worked really hard to try and achieve their targets. Our next topic is based on work by the RSPCA and we will be thinking about how animals help humans and how we can be compassionate to animals. Today we debated the question ‘Is it fair to risk the lives of animals to help humans?’ and our writing will be based on this next week.
This week in maths we have looked at ordering and comparing numbers (using twitter followers to help us!), rounding to the nearest 1,000 and counting in 25’s. The children are really working hard during our Place Value unit so far so well done!
Our British Artist this week was Howard Hodgkin and his abstract paintings. Each child chose different colours to represent a different feeling (e.g. warmth/happiness, sadness, jealousy) and painted a piece of card in these colours. They then cut out their piece of card and stuck it back in a different way to replicate his abstract paintings.
In music we have been singing and playing musical instruments to Mamma Mia by ABBA. We are getting so good that today some children challenged themselves to sing along without looking at the words!
Friday 21st September – Theme of the Week: Resilience
Next week we will be treated to our Year 1 Harvest Assembly and we will also be collecting any donations you would like to make! The link below takes you to Petersfield Food Bank and identifies items they would really appreciate people donating. If you would like to donate, please bring these items to school next week:
Half-Termly Project – A Scientist Study!
This half term, the children are being asked to research a famous scientist and present their findings. This project can be presented however you would like, so get creative! The challenge is, can you research a scientist who other children in the class might not have heard of before? I will officially announce this to the children on Monday so they can ask any questions they may have then.
This week we our writing has been focused around a picture of a very mysterious door… We have thought of a magical place that might be through the door and have generated a story around this picture. The children have all been given an English target for last week’s Taking Flight writing and their aim is to show they have acted on this target in this piece of work.
Our place value unit continues this week with estimating numbers on a number line to 10,000, partitioning numbers in different ways and counting in 1,000’s! We were in the hall on Monday with a huge number line for us to estimate on and we have been using plenty of practical resources in the classroom too. Great work Year 4!
This week we have been learning about the digestion and which organs are important in the digestive system. What a fantastic (and slightly messy) lesson we had! We used a cracker, a sandwich bag water, orange juice and some tights to show what happens to our food during the digestion process. We then were lucky enough to borrow Mr Hancox’s iPad and use a special t-shirt to look inside a human body at the organs involved in the digestive system. Luckily, the children are still all in one place and we put all the organs back where we found them!
Our unit this half term is British Artists and this week we looked at a man called Thomas Gainsborough. He is famous for his landscape paintings so we decided to recreate one of his works as a class. Each child had a section of his painting ‘Mr and Mrs Andrews’ and we put them altogether to create a masterpiece.
Friday 14th September - Theme of the Week: New Beginnings
** Summer Reading Challenge Celebration **
If your child has completed the Summer Library Reading Challenge, please could they bring their certificate and/or medal in to school by Thursday the 20th of September. This will be celebrated during our assembly, and will also earn you 10 House Points!
Autumn Reading Challenge:
Our new book challenge for Autumn is now out! This year, rather than publishing a physical list of books to support this, we are signposting you to a brilliant website where you will find numerous lists including the 'Must Have' books for each year group. It is from this list that we would like your child to select their recommended reads. Good luck and get reading! A copy of the Reading Challenge can be found in the front of your child’s home learning journal.
Congratulations to our newly elected School Parliament members this week!
New Beginnings… Successful Learners and Class Charters!
This week’s theme has been New Beginnings and we have certainly embraced our new beginning in Year 4 by finishing our successful learner and class charter displays, AND writing our own Year 4 Esafety Agreement! All of the ideas have come from the children and they did such a fantastic job thinking maturely about being successful with our learning, respecting our rights and being safe online. Enjoy these pictures of our displays, and have a read our ESafety Agreement at the bottom of this page!
This week we have watched a video called Taking Flight (available on The Literacy Shed website) and have thought about how main character Tony’s emotions change throughout. We have then started to create expanded noun phrases to include in a story that retells the events in the video!
Our unit on Place Value has kicked off with some learning about roman numerals and rounding. We have cracked codes in roman numerals and rounded numbers to the nearest 10 and 100. Pictured below is a rhyme that helps some of us remember how to round. Can you explain it to a grown up?
Our unit of football has begun with some practise with our dribbling! We talked about not hitting the ball to hard and keeping it close to us to prevent a defender from getting the ball. We played a few games and had dribbling races to practise this skill.
Friday 7th September - Welcome back!
I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all the new lovely Year 4 faces this week and I am excited for the year we have ahead of us. It is going to be spectacular!
A few announcements…
- PE days this year are Mondays (outdoor) and Fridays (indoor). Please ensure appropriate kit is brought in on these days.
- Next week we will be electing our School Councillor, Rights Respecting Ambassador and Arts Ambassador! The children will be asked next week to present to the class a few reasons why they would be a good fit for one of these roles. Feel free to start thinking about which role you might like to put yourself forward for, and start thinking about what you are going to say to the class.
Reading Record Changes:
This year, the children’s Reading Records look slightly different and will be used in a slightly different way. Children only need to log in their record when they have finished their book, as opposed to writing in it every time they read. There is very little space for parent comments as the assumption is that a lot of the reading this year will be done independently but you are more than welcome to leave a comment if and when it is appropriate. This year the children are expected to comment on every book that they read by answering a Blooms question to check their understanding of the text they have read. This wheel of questions has been stuck in the back of their Reading Records and a copy is also available at the bottom of this page. The questions get slightly more challenging towards the bottom of the wheel, so pick from the bottom if you like a challenge!
This week I showed the children some pictures of my very sleepy dog, Max! Max is very tired because he had such a busy summer holidays and it was the children’s job to write a story about what he did. Max visited Mars, met space dogs, battled armies and even went under the sea! The children also used watercolour paints, oil pastels and sketching pencils to create a piece of artwork to go with their story.
We have decided to spend this week getting our mathematical brains whirring by brushing up on our times tables. The children have spent some time completing challenges to help Sherlock Bones and Doctor Catson on their times table quest and even created some loop cards!
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