We love sharing our books!

Class 16 and Class 19 have been enjoying sharing their books every Friday. They take it in turns to read to each other and to talk about everything they love about reading. The children encourage each other to read and they have been helping each other when they have found a tricky word.

Homework Task

We will be writing Free Verse Poems on Monday. See if you can remember what features these poems have and write them down for your teacher.

What a busy week!

What a week in Year 4! We have had children competing in cross country, participating in tennis coaching, performing their Strictly dances and rehearsing dance for a Hamlet performance to be shown at the Derngate. All in addition to learning about decimals, dividing by 10, working on our sewing projects, dramatising  the water cycle to help us understand the processes, practicing our spellings and times tables and writing stories.

We’re looking forward to a calmer week next week!

World Book Day

Tomorrow is world book day as many of you are aware. We will be doing lots of fun filled activities that link to key authors and favourite books. So that you are prepared, please research your favourite author and bring in some key facts about them. Some authors may include: Jaqueline Wilson, Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton just to name a few.

It would also be lovely if you could bring along your favourite book to share with the rest of your class.

Hamlet

Today was the end of our topic on Hamlet. The children have all worked really hard to understand the plot, the characters and they have loved predicting what would happen next. However, I’m not sure they expected quite as much tragedy as what happened at the end.

To celebrate the end of this fantastic Shakespearean play the children composed their own drama performances today. These consisted of a freeze frame to begin with, followed by acting and ending with another freeze frame.

Both Miss Ford and I were amazed by all of the performances!

 

 

Holiday Homework

Over the holiday we would really like all of year 4 to read everyday for at least 15 minutes. It would be great if you could find a book you haven’t read before that you really enjoy and bring it in to discuss with your class. Perhaps you could inspire someone else to try a book by a new author or about an unusual setting or theme. Your book can be fiction or non- fiction.

Try to write a diary entry for each day of the holiday. Think about the most interesting or important things you do. Who is with you? Where are you? Add some details to make it more interesting to read. Check you spelling, punctuation and Kinetic letters carefully. Read every sentence to ensure they all make sense!

Please try to tackle the tasks set for you on Mathletics and don’t forget to practice your Times Tables. Remember to think about your fact families e.g. 3 x 4 = 12 so 4 x 3 =12 so 12 / 3 = 4 and 12/ 4 = 3.

Have a fantastic week and we look forward to hearing all your news when we see you in Term 4!

Homework 22.1.18

This week we will be starting our new Science topic- Food Chains. We would like you to come to our lesson on Thursday (25.1.18) already knowing what a food chain is. Once you have found an explanation, write a simple sentence or paragraph to explain to your class what you have learnt. You can add your findings to the blog or bring it into class for your teacher.

We look forward to comparing ideas and knowledge.

It was a cold and frosty night…

This morning, Year 4 all imagined they were a guard up on the battlements.

While they were completing their duty, something peculiar was happening. They could hear a strange noise coming from somewhere within the castle. After a while, they discovered King Hamlet’s ghost and he had a message to share with the prince.

Once the children had completed their drama, they all wrote a play script so they could share the ghost’s message. They are looking forward to finding out what will happen next now Hamlet has been given his instructions.

Extra breakfast!

This year, all of the year group have been working hard to improve their Kinetic Letters. This means that Year 4 will soon be giving their flicks some extra breakfast and joining them. It is really important that the children are confident with using all of the letter families:

  • Jumper (h, ?, r, m, n, p)
  • Abracadabra (c, a, o, ?, g, q, ?)
  • Window Cleaners (l, ?, t, u)
  • Special Squirter (?)
  • Sliders (v, ?, k, z, x)
  • Fishers (j, g, ?, y)

HOMEWORK:

We need your help! As you can see, there are some letters missing. We would like you to write out the completed families in your best Kinetic Letters. Remember to draw yourself a tree.

Bonus points – Can you make a list of the 5 Brave Monkey letters.

Please complete this by Friday 19th January 2018.

What is area?

It has been a fun week learning all about factors in Maths. Together the children now understand what a factor is and the product number. They know just how important times tables are and how they truly unlock the key to Maths.

 

HOMEWORK: In Maths next week we will be learning about area. Can you find out what area means in Maths and how to calculate it? For extra BONUS house points how is area different to perimeter?