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Year 4

A Little Message from Mrs Searle...

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Welcome to Year 4

Welcome to our class webpage.  Here, you will find a variety of information including; our amazing learning journey, activities, examples of our work, important information and photographs. Please visit often to see our learning journey develop and keep up to date with any important information.

Important Information

*IMPORTANT*

In Term 4, there will be a change to PE days.

Monday remains a PE day, so children can continue to come in to school in their PE kits.

On Thursday afternoons, the class will be going swimming (see attached letter). If you are able to help on any/some/all of the dates, then please let the office know. 

PE Days -  Monday - Indoor

                   Thursday - Swimming

 

 

 

                      

Library Visits

This terms library visits take place on the following dates: 09.03.2020, 23.03.2020.

If you are free to help us walk to the library then please see myself or let the office know. 

We could not do these trips without your support. 

 

IMPORTANT: There has been a change to one of our library dates. Instead of going on Monday 9th March. We will be travelling to the library on the Wednesday 11th March.

 

 

World Book Day

What an amazingly exciting day! The children looked fantastic and were keen to share their love of reading with their peers. 

We began our day by answering to our book character name! There were some exciting characters from a wide range of books. We had the chance to share lots of stories, listen to Miss Gill's amazing reading voice and even have a go at a World Book Day Quiz! What an exciting day!

Term 4

Maths

This term, our focus for Maths is fractions. Over the coming weeks we will be looking at identifying fractions, comparing fractions, finding fractions of an amount, adding and subtracting fractions and then putting all of our skills to use withing problem solving and reasoning tasks.

English

How to Train Your Dragon

By Cressida Cowell

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Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third is a smallish Viking with a longish name. Hiccup's father is chief of the Hairy Hooligan tribe which means Hiccup is the Hope and the Heir to the Hairy Hooligan throne - but most of the time Hiccup feels like a very ordinary boy, finding it hard to be a Hero.

 

In the first How to Train Your Dragon book Hiccup must lead ten novices in their initiation into the Hairy Hooligan Tribe. They have to train their dragons or be BANISHED from the tribe FOR EVER!

 

But what if Hiccup's dragon resembles an ickle brown bunny with wings? And has NO TEETH? The Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus is stirring and wants to devour every Viking on the Isle of Berk . . .
Can Hiccup save the tribe - and become a Hero?

For the remainder of this term, Year 4 will be using this exciting novel as a stimulus for a range on non-fiction writing. Look out for more exciting information on this! 

 

If your child has a copy of the book, please encourage them to bring it with them as we will be reading this as part of our daily reading.

Jack and the Baked Beanstalk by Colin Stimpson

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Jack and his mum run a little café, but business has dried up and they're nearly broke. So when Jack comes home with only an old can of baked beans in return for their last few pennies, his mother throws it out the window. Overnight it grows into a gigantic baked beanstalk, which takes Jack to the castle of a giant who spends all his time counting his huge fortune. Jack helps the giant to find something more fun to do, and saves the café in the process!
We are kicking off this term by learning about traditional fairy tales before comparing them with more modern versions. Our aim is to write our own versions of a classic fairy tale yet bringing it into the 21st century. Keep an eye out for some examples of our fantastic work! 

Term 3

English

Where the Forest Meets the Sea By Jeannie Baker

 

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When a young boy visits a tropical rain forest, he pretends it is a long time ago and that extinct and rare animals live in the forest, and aboriginal children play there. But how much longer will the rainforest remain, he wonders?

 

This term we have been using this wonderful picture book as inspiration for our very own descriptive setting writing; the focus being on the use of figurative language (similes, alliteration and personification). We have been using talk to encourage us to verbalise our ideas before writing them. In addition, we have been using the senses to imagine what the forest is like to walk through, imagining the sounds, sights, scents and what it feels like. 

 

If that wasn't enough, Year 4 have also used this as inspiration for understanding how important the rain forest is to us humans (even is they are far away). We looked at the impact the forest fires have had in Australia, the impact of deforestation to climate change and the way that we use the forest to help us get better.

Finally, we used the text as a prompt for our very speeches around deforestation during our environment fortnight (see below).

Forest Skills

This term, year 4 have had a brilliant time exploring the grounds of the school in a way like never before. Learning what it takes to survive in the wild, making dens for a variety of animals and creating art using nature! We have been challenging ourselves to work with different people, work as a team and trust one another. We have had many laughs and maybe got a little bit muddy. What a great learning experience!

Environment Fortnight

Year 4 have been very busy learning about and from our environment over the final fortnight of term 3. We have used the environment to inspire many aspects of our curriculum. In DT we have been looking at hydraulics and pneumatics to create a rain forest animal which can open its mouth. RE has provided us with the opportunity to explore Creation, Laudauto Si and our role of being a steward of Creation. We have been analysing important environment activists speeches and voting on who was our favourite. Using the data collected, we then created a variety of graphs, tables and pictograms to use in maths. 

After celebrating in our Feast day mass, we created our beautiful flower bed to make our own environment more inviting. Luckily, we were joined by some wonderful helpers who joined us in making a rock to decorate the flower bed. 

Term 2

English

The Ice Palace By Robert Swindells

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Ivan lives in a land where the winter is dark and fearful. Starjik, King of Winter, steals Ivan's little brother and Ivan braves the bitter cold to find him. 

 

A narrative filled with with cliff hangers, magic and love!

 

This term, year 4 looked at the structure of an adventure story. We had the chance to use our skills as a writer to create missing posters and write our own police reports before innovating a story of our own. 

 

As a class we really got involved in the text and imagined ourselves as the main character, Ivan.

RE

This term we have been very fortunate learn about Sacraments in RE. We were able to witness the baptism of our very own class twins, Frank and Ruby, with the help of Father Jim. Father Jim went through the way that a child is baptised, in order to allow us to become more familiar with Rite of Baptism and to learn and reflect upon the importance of this for the new Christian, as well as gaining a better understanding of the role of parents and Godparents. This encouraged us to think about our own baptism, baptisms we have attended and enabled us to understand the different elements involved.

 

Enrichment

This term was filled with lots of new and exciting activities. We were able to enjoy Indo boarding, this is balance board which is used by surfers, skaters and snow boarders. It helps your cores strength, leg strength and balance coordination. Most of all... it is fun! We really enjoyed working together, helping one another in order for us to feel confident.

 

We also had the chance to take part in an agility skills competition. Here we used our skills and strength to perform different activities; for example, throwing, jumping, balancing and speed. Once again, we worked well to encourage each other and celebrate our success.

 

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