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Home Learning (12.10.18)

IMPORTANT HOME LEARNING – For next week, I would like the children to research a county in the UK (not Hampshire!). What natural and man-made features of interest are there in their county? How many people live there? Where is it in relation to other counties? Is there anything famous that comes from that county? (Food? People?) Can they please bring this information back to school by Wednesday the 24th October as they will need this for our Geography lesson.

  • Practise adding two 4-digit numbers together using the column method.
  • Try writing some expanded noun phrases with a prepositional phrase. (e.g. the tall, ancient house beside the road) Look at our learning below for some examples.
  • Can you explain the different meanings of this week’s homophones? Can you write them in to sentences? (mane and main, piece and peace, fair and fare)
  • Can you practise this week’s additional spelling words? (caught, centre, certain, complete, circle, century)
  • Can you explain some of the rituals during the Jewish festival of Sukkot?
  • Can you explain the difference between a ritual and a routine?

Half-Termly Project:

Due to the late setting of the half-termly project, I am asking that children bring their projects in to school on the first day back after half term (Monday 29th October). We will listen to, look at and celebrate them then!


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’!


Using resources to help solve our reasoning problem.


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!

Home Learning (5.10.18)

  • Use the website below to practise reading thermometers and recognising negative numbers.

Negative Numbers Activity

  • Can you explain why 3 and 7 don’t have the same difference as -3 and 7?
  • Practise our spelling focus for the week – apostrophes! You could practise apostrophes for omission (missing letters) such as you’re or I’m, or to show possession such as Miss Coston’s pen.
  • Can you tell an adult about some of scientific vocabulary we looked at this week regarding food chains? (E.g. producer, consumer, predator or prey.)
  • Tell an adult some of the features of persuasive writing. Can you explain what you included in your persuasive letter?
  • Practise your times tables using Hit the Button.
  • Complete an Autumn Reading Challenge.

Friday 5th October –Theme of the Week: Appearance

E-Safety Agreement:

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 practise 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 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!







Home Learning (28.09.18)

  • Practise this week’s spellings words: (believe, bicycle, breath, breathe, build, business)
  • Practise your times tables. You could try using Hit the Button!
  • Complete one of the Autumn Reading Challenges.
  • Ask an adult to give you some 4, 5 or 6 digit numbers and round them to the nearest thousand. Remember, a multiple of 1,000 has three zeros on the end!
  • Think of a number and write the next 4 numbers in the sequence if you were counting up in 25’s.
  • Practise ordering numbers by playing the game below. Make sure you set the smallest number as 1,000 and the highest number as high as it will let you!

       Counting Caterpillar Ordering Game

  • Use Google Maps or Google Earth to look at where you live!

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.

Debating in the sunshine!










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!

No peeking!

Home Learning (21.09.18)

  • Practise this week’s spellings words (treasure, measure, pleasure, enclosure, closure) or can you think of any other words with the ‘sure’ ending?
  • Choose any number (not zero!) and write the next 4 numbers in the sequence if you were counting up in thousands. (E.g. 1,200 - 1,300, 1,400, 1,500, 1,600)
  • How many ways can you fill in this part whole model? Is there more than one way or partitioning this number? Remember all the parts (the empty circles) need to add up to the whole! (the number at the top)

  • Can you tell an adult some of the important organs in our digestive system and what they do? Or can you explain our practical activity involving a pair of tights! (See below for a reminder)
  • If you are lucky enough to already have a target sticker in your Reading Record, can you practise your English or Maths target?

Friday 21st September – Theme of the Week: Resilience

Harvest Donations

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:

PACT Petersfield Food Bank

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!

Estimating on a 0 - 10,000 number line
Using place value grids to create 4 digit numbers and add on thousands











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!

Pouring a mixture of crackers, water and orange juice... in to some tights?!
Smile, you're on camera!
















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 painting 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. 

Home learning (14.09.18):

  • Practise either your roman numerals or rounding to the nearest 10 or 100. You may want to try one of the games below.

Dartboard Rounding

Roman Columns Game

  • Practise creating some expanded noun phrases. (Remember; adjective, comma, adjective, noun!)
  • Explain to an adult what you have learnt about the different types of teeth and what they are for.
  • Practise this week’s spelling words (actually, answer, appear, address, accident, arrive) using any of the spelling strategies we have discussed in class.

Remember you do not have to complete all of the above challenges, just pick a few. Home learning journals are due in on Thursdays every week. House points are awarded for handing your journal in on time, and then extra for the work you've done in it!

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.

Home Learning (07.09.18):

  • Pick a tricky times table and practise it any way you would like at home! New times tables to be learnt this year include the 7’s, 9’,s 11’s and 12’s.
  • Complete a section of your Reading Record about a book you finished over Summer. Remember to answer a Blooms Question! These are stuck in the back of your Reading Record. Read the section below if you are still unsure of the new format of the Year 4 Reading Records.
  • Make your own maths loop cards (and play them!)

You do not have to complete all of the above tasks. Please just choose one or two of the ones that will be most beneficial towards your child’s learning.

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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