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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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)
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.
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?
We would like to welcome back all of Year 4 as we start the Spring Term. We all enjoyed our Castles day today and had fun parading our costumes under the amazing standards we had created last week. Thank you to all parents who helped to make our classes look so fantastic!
We will be continuing to develop our understanding of William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet. We have already started to look at the characters in the play, their relationships with each other and some of the key plot lines. We will also be continuing to learn about life in a castle in Medieval times.
Homework Task: Please could you find out at least one key fact about the role of someone who would have lived in a castle. Please can you write down your findings and bring into school by Thursday 12th January to help us in our History lesson this week.
On the 1st November, the whole of Year 4 had the opportunity to take part in an Anglo Saxon feast. The day started when the Bellinge Campus joined us to help us prepare the food. This consisted of half of us chopping, peeling and slicing vegetables for our vegetable stew, whilst the other half of the class scored, cored and stuffed apples before baking them in the oven.
Once the food was prepared and cooking, we worked in groups to prepare our own verses for a shared poem about a dragon which we then performed around our fireplace.
Finally we were able to taste our food and in the main everyone enjoyed the Anglo Saxon menu.