# Class 4K

## Miss Kirk :)

#### ekirk@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk

Hathersage Information is in Y4 Autumn 2017 Resources folder on the right hand side of this page.

### Assembly - Friday 19th January - 9:15am

The children are very excited about our year group assembly next week and I'm sure you've listened to them practising their lines. As it is so soon after the holidays, and the children have already dressed up as Victorians, then it will be perfectly fine for them to wear the same outfits for the assembly. If they have a specific role and they have something more appropriate, then that would be great but there is no expectation for anything to be specially purchased or made. Also, if children have said they have any specific props, then they can bring them in, but we can also make any we need in school.

If you have any further questions about your child, please get in touch.

Thank you!

### Literacy

Last week we read Christophe's Story. The young Rwandan refugee is having trouble getting used to his new school, new language, and new life. Worst of all, he misses his grandfather who had to be left behind. His teacher persuades Christophe to share his story with his classmates — so he tells them of the terrifying day the soldiers came to his house and killed his baby brother. The spoken story fills the air and his classmates are spellbound. But when his teacher asks him to write it down and read it out at an assembly, Christophe is horrified. In his culture, it is believed that once a story is written down, it loses its potency. Will Christophe find a way to break through the barriers and share his story?

This week we'll be focussing on language and how to use key words and phrases to capture the readers' interest.

### Numeracy

This week we'll be moving on to multiplication. First we'll loook at the patterns when numbers are multiplied by 10 and 100, then how to use partitioning to multiply a one digit number by a single digit number, and finally finishing with how to muliply three numbers together.

Don't forget to keep up with mathletics homework and practise getting speedier with those times tables!

### Science

We began our new unit...electricity!

Children answered questions and developed their thinking by exploring different electrical appliances. I was amazed by the insighful questions they were asking. I think this is going to be an excellent unit! This week we'll look at the dangers of electricity and how to keep safe.

Don't forget to come to our year group assembly on Friday... It starts at 9:15am :)

Miss Kirk

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I hope you’ve had a great Christmas Break, 4K. I hope you’re refreshed and ready for a spectacular Spring Term. It’s going to be GREAT!

Miss Kirk

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### 22nd December

We've reached the end of our first term together, and what a fantastic term it has been! I have loved every second of it. I would like to say a HUGE thank you to all of you and your lovely parents for the presents you have so kindly given me this Christmas :). I really appreciate it! Also, a big thank you from Mrs Farrow and Mr Newman for their Christmas gifts too. We are all very spoilt!

Have a super Christmas and New Year; Stay safe, but make sure you eat LOTS of food and chocolate! :D

I look forward to seeing you in 2018!

Miss Kirk

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### 17th December

I can't believe we're starting our final week of the term tomorrow! Where has the time gone? In our literacy lessons last week, we looked at Haiku poems. Here, we focussed on the 5, 7, 5 rhythm and created our own versions all about Christmas and winter! In Maths, we have continued to use bar models to help us answer 2-step word problems.

We have finally made our Victorian purses too! I am SO impressed with your patience and willingness to carry on trying even when you were finding sewing a little tricky. Here's a picture of the finished products!

Next week is going to be a busy one! We have our RE day on Monday where we are going to be learning about the Christmas story. Wednesday is our party day! Come in your own clothes, and remember to bring in your contribution of food from your letter! Friday is going to be our Christmas jumper day, so make sure you come in your best Christmas gear! Don't worry if you don't have a Christmas jumper; just come in non-uniform! :)

See you tomorrow!

Miss Kirk

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### Literacy

Last week, we imagined being important journalists woking busily from Fleet Street.

The children have almost completed their newspraper reports about their Victorian inventions. They have worked hard to report on the facts about the invention, using sensational language and including direct and indirect quotes to create a balanced report without bias. Not an easy task!

This week, the children will have the opportunity to wow me with with their wonderful independent writing. Getting into the festive spirit will help as the inspiration may be familiar...

### Numeracy

I was so impressed by the children's motivation to challenge themselves in maths last week. We tackled some very tricky missing number subtractions which really secured their understanding of exchanging! This week we'll be applying both written methods for adding and subtracting to real ife problems, using bar models to help understand which operation to use.

We also looked at another website to practise times tables. This one has no timer so children can build their confidence without the pressure from a clock!

https://completemaths.com/teaching-tools/digital-manipulatives/timestables

### History

We'll be finishing our work on Victorians with the children writing a report on what life was like for children during that time. The children will refer to all the evidence we have looked at focussing on four main areas; school, home, work and play. Was it the same for every child? Or were there differences between the rich and poor?

### Science

The children will continue to put all their investigative skills to the test this week as they carry out their own investigation exploring evaporation. They will decide on which variable to change and which to measure, record and present their findings and use their knowledge of changing states to explain what they found out.

See you tomorrow!

Miss Kirk

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### English

In our lessons this week, we have began to look at newspapers and how they are written. We have thought about catchy headlines to draw the reader in, and how the use of vocabulary can have an impact on interest. We have also began to learn about verb inflections and subject-verb agreements! But can you remember what this means?? I will be asking you again next week to see if you can remember!

### Maths

We have moved on to learn about and use written methods for addition in our maths lessons this week. We started off the week by 'acting out' column addition sums on place value grids to help us understand WHY we carry digits over to another column, not just HOW to do this. I think this activity has really helped you to understand the outcome, and not to just simply learn the process :).

Next week, we are moving on to learn all about column subtraction, where we will follow the same pattern of lessons as we did for addition calculations. After this, we will begin to look at how to tackle word problems! In English, we are going to be planning our own newspaper report and then begin to write our paragraphs together using slow, and shared writing.

Have a great weekend!

Miss Kirk

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### English

This week, we have worked hard to complete the finishing touches to our explanation texts on Victorian inventions. We have also completed our next independent write where we watched 'Cracking Contraptions' videos made by Wallace and Grommit to inspire us for our next explanatory piece of writing. They are fab! You should all be SO proud of yourselves! :)

### Maths

In Maths, we have been working on mentally adding and subtracting two numbers. We began by using partitioning to add or subtract the tens first and then the ones and finally finding the answer. Later on in the week, we used these strategies again but in our heads. You have done so well to work out some difficult calculations mentally!

### Science

Following on from our investigation last week, we have now looked at the rate at which ice melts when the temperature is raised. You did a fab job of this, even though we noticed that the radiators had been turned off half way through the investigation! Here are some pictures of you totally involved in your work! :).

Year 4 are having a big push on reading for pleasure. To promote this, we all went down to the library and paired up with someone to talk about, and enjoy books! We expored a range of authors, and got excited about the 'Rights of a Reader'. I have also introduced a 'Book of the Month' into Class 4K where I will buy a book each month, and read it myself before anyone is allowed to borrow it. The only rules to this are that you look after my book, make sure it comes back to me, and that you write your name inside the front cover, underneath mine :). Here are some pictures of you in the library, totally engaged in your reading and having the best time! :D

Next week, we are moving on to study the structure and features in newspaper reports in English and in Maths, we are going to begin working out calculations using formal addition and subtraction methods. Lets hope you can remember some of what you learnt on these topics from last year! :)

Have a super weekend!

Miss Kirk

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### English

This week, we have carried on to look at and write up our explanation texts on a Victorian invention. You were able to choose from: the Penny Farthing, the Kodak Camera Box, the Phonograph, the Type Writer and Morse Code. You have all worked so hard to understand the process of how and why they work. So, a big well done to you all!

### Maths

We have begun to look at lines of symmetry in 2D shapes, and have made some great symmetrical patterns based on what we have learnt. You have also looked at how to complete a shape using a line of symmetry (or mirror line). Here are some pictures of the brilliant patterns you made, using a line of symmetry.

### Science

In the lesson this week, we considered what a gas was. We looked at the different particles in solids, liquids and gases and compared them to one another. We then discussed how to change the state of a material, and decided that it was temperature that altered the state. If the temperature rises, a solid can become a liquid (melting), and if the temperature falls, a liquid can become a solid (freezing). We also discussed how a gas can change to a liquid, and vice verse. After this, we observed the changing in state of a solid to a liquid - an ice cube melting - and used a thermometer to take accurate measurements.

Next week, we will continue to write our explanation texts, and use the knowledge we have gained in the last few weeks to write another explanation text as an independent piece of writing. In maths, we are moving on to addition and subtraction where we will consider how to add and take away mentally using place value, and subtract mentally using near multiples of 10, 100 and 1000.

A reminder that next Friday (17th) is Children in Need day. You can wear your jeans and anything spotty! :)

Have a great weekend,

Miss Kirk

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### 2nd November

What a super first week back 4K! You all look refreshed from the half term holidays and ready to learn, especially about the Victorians! We started the week with a normal school day, but on Tuesday we had a special afternoon where we experienced life as a Victorian School child. You spent time with the teachers of Year 3 and Year 4, taking part in a variety of lessons children from the era would have done. Here is a picture of you all reciting the poem, 'The Crocodile' by Lewis Carroll.

### Literacy

We have moved on to study explanation texts in Literacy and have so far, looked at the features and identified these in a range of texts. We have also used Talk for Writing to help us find and use these features when reading aloud. Eventually, we will be writing our own explanation texts on inventions from the Victorion era and have begun to collect information on these to get us started.

### Maths

This week we have looked at 2D shapes, in particular quadrilaterials, polygons and triangles. There has been A LOT of new vocabulary thrown your way in the past few days, and you have done brilliantly to try and remember them all! Here, we have looked at the properties a shape has and how to use these properties to help categorise them under headings.

### Science

Having moved into our new topic for Science (States of Matter), we looked at and discussed the difference between solids and liquids. We discussed what makes a solid, a solid, and what makes a liquid, a liquid. Here, we experimented with salt, sugar and sand and decided that even though it could be poured, it was still a solid because it didnt naturally fall 'flat' what poured, like a liquid would.

Next week, we will be continuing to look at explanation texts in Literacy, where we will be planning our own explanation texts based on the research we carried out on Friday. In Maths, we will be moving on to look at lines of symmetry, linking this back to what we have learnt about the different 2D shapes. In Science, we will carry on with discussing solids and liquids, but this time introducing some objects that scientists can't decide if they are solids or liquids! For topic, our focus will be on schooling and how it has changed since the Victorian era.

Have a great weekend; enjoy all the fireworks but please make sure you stay safe! :)

Miss Kirk

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### 19th October

Well, I can't believe we've made it to half term already! It's been a very busy few weeks where we have read the story of 'Street Child', have learnt all about place value, started to study the Victorians and so much more! I'm already looking forward to next half term, when we can look forward to CHRISTMAS! :)

### Literacy

Continuing on from last week's learning, we have written our own version of Lizzie's story, based on what we learnt about Jim and his time in the workhouse. Your stories were fabulous! I loved reading them all, and I hope you enjoyed writing them. All your hard work throughout the half term has paid off!

### Maths

We have moved on this week with our topic on place value to look at numbers with up to 2 decimal places. Here, we talked about the name of the columns and how to decide which numbers had a higher or lower value, based on their position in the number (tenths or hundredths).

Have a super half term holiday, all of you. Stay safe, and I look forward to seeing you all back at school on the 30th.

Miss Kirk

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### 12th October

This week, the children have been using the ideas from the story to imagine what happened to Jim's sister, Lizzie. They have used 'Talk for Writing' and slow writing strategies to plan for their independent writing, which they'll complete next week.

Last week we tackled the tricky grammar objective of showing plural possession. For any children wanting to practise more with this at home, here is a great online game

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/en29punc-game-who-owns-what

### Maths

In maths, we have continued to look at patterns in numbers, particularly in the 7 and 9 times tables. We have also been exploring negative numbers, and where these might be used. Their maths skills have also be put to the test when faced with this week's big solve - did the children manage to find all possibilities?

### Science

Last week, we set up an investigation to find out what happens to the enamel on our teeth when it is exposed to drinks containing high quantities of sugar and acid. We used egg shells to act as the enamel, and submerged them in water, milk, coca cola, energy drink, vinegar and orange juice. We found that water left the egg shells undamaged, and that vinegar had caused the egg shell to dissolve completly!

### PSHE

In PSHE last week, we discussed germs and how easily they spread. We conduted a small experiment where we had two pieces of bread. We passed one of the cobs around the room to everyone before putting it in a zip lock back, and placed the second in a similar bag with only me touching it. Here are the results -

It's been a brilliant week packed full of learning. Have a super weekend!

Miss Kirk

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### 1st October

Being half way through the half term (already!) we have settled nicely into our timetable, and we have had a brilliant week! From recreating the digestive system to creating our own versions of Victorian properties on the iPads. Not to mention all of the fantastic maths and literacy work you have been doing. It's great to see that you haven't forgotten all of the work you did in Year 3, and the high expectations we have!

### Literacy

I have been spending my weekend reading the children's super independent writing! It's great to read such wonderful descriptions...I feel like I've been walking round Victorian London all weekend! Now to decide who will be the first person selected to go on the Wonderful Writers wall!

We are now over half way through the story of 'Street Child' and we've encountered lots of new characters and settings since Jim escaped the dreaded workhouse. This week we'll see where Grimy Nick is going to take him! We'll also recap lots of grammar which we'll be applying to our writing: including expanded noun phrases, articles, homophones and plural apostrophes!

### Maths

Last week the children worked incredibly hard developing their maths skills of making conjectures and then specialsing a rule for what they could see happening. It can be quite daunting being in the 'pit', but it's all worth it to climb out and see what you've achieved!

This week we'll be exploring rounding; beginning with nearest 10, then building up to 100 and 1000. There'll be a range of activities to build confidence before moving on to reasoning with rounding. We'll finish the week by looking at counting in 6s.

### History

After exploring lots of Victorian homes and their features in West Bridgford, we're now going to look at Nottingham City centre. Whenever I stroll around the city, I can't help but look up above the shops and notice some of the amazing buildings we are lucky to have. Many of them were designed by a local Victorian architect...

#### Can you find out who it is?

A reminder that the next piece of homework is due in this Friday 6th October

Planners are checked for reading 3 times a week at home on Mondays.

Spellings and times tables are tested on Thursdays.

Miss Kirk

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### 24th September

We had great fun this week recreating our own digestive system through the use of tights and paper towels! We first of all played the part of the teeth, where we crushed up a banana with a weetabix. Then we added some water to act as saliva and orange juice as the enzymes produced in the mouth which started to break down the food into smaller pieces. Next the broken-down food was swallowed and emptied into our stomach (a zip-lock food bag) where more enzymes were added and the food broken down even further. The contents of the stomach then passed through the small and large intestine (tights) where all the nutrients and water were absorbed back into the blood. Finally, after all the goodness had been removed the food was passed through the rectum as waste.

### Maths

In maths, we will be continuing our work on place value. We have looked at comparing numbers, placing 3-digit and 4-digit numbers on a number line and reading Roman Numerals. We will now be putting all of our knowledge together and moving on to reasoning and problem solving tasks.

### English

Carrying on with our story of 'Street Child', Jim has just escaped the workhouse and is free! We have witnessed Jim's life in the workhouse, and the friend he made in Tip. How will he get on now he has successfully ran away? The children will be completing their first independent write of the year this week, thinking about how they can use the different sentence types they have been practising so far.

Have a great rest of the weekend, see you tomorrow!

Miss K

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### 17th September

It was great to get back into the swing of things last week with our usual timetable and lessons. It was a busy week, with lots of new times and dates to remember. We had a lovely time on our local walk around West Bridgford where we looked at some of the architecture the town has to offer. Thanks again to all those who came along to help! :).

### Literacy

In literacy this week, we're continuing to read the story of 'Street Child'. We have just discovered that the evil Mr Spink has forced Jim's family out of their home. What are they going to do? The children will write sentences about the story so far, looking at the different sentence types, including simple, compound and complex. They'll also begin thinking about effective language used to describe settings and using drama techniques to develop their understanding of the story.

### Maths

After spending a week on place value of four digit numbers, we're now going to focus on comparing numbers. We'll continue to develop reasoning skills and explain our thinking using correct mathematical vocabulary.

### History

After taking in some of the sights of West Bridgford, we're now going to learn the features of Victorian houses and draw them accurately on our own designs. It is interesting to hear the different opinions of modern and old design features.

A reminder that homework has now been handed out, with the first one due in on Friday. Mathletics has also been set and is to be completed for Wednesday.

Planners will be checked tomorrow to ensure children are continuing to read at home at least 3 times a week.

See you tomorrow!

Miss K

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### 8th September

Welcome back, Class 4K! :)

What a fantastic first week back it has been - I have LOVED every minute of it. We've been very busy designing and making our enchanted hats which have the ability to transport us to another place or world! Here, we thought about where the hat would take us if we could choose, and thought about how our hats were going to look. We then spent Friday morning getting extremely sticky when making our hats!

Key dates for next week:

Monday 11th September - Meet the teacher - 2:45pm.

Wednesday 13th September - Mathletics homework set.

Thursday 14th September - Times tables test.

Next week the real fun begins! Have a lovely weekend, all of you. See you on Monday! :)

Miss Kirk

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