Autumn News 2017
Brrr! What a festive morning to wake up to today! I do love the splendid sights of sparkly snow!
Since we completed so many assessments last week, we decided to not have a spelling test so this will be done next week.
Planners will be checked tomorrow, so please ensure you are recording any reading being done at home! Thanks for those who have sent in your reading pics. I hope to complete the display for when we come back in the new year, so get those pics sent in!
The children will be finishing off their newspaper reports and presenting them for our wonderful writing wall.
We will then have a look at poetry! The children will be reading and creating their own Haiku poems!
This week is all about reasoning with addition and subtraction. Can you spot mistakes in calculations and convince me they are wrong? Can you spot bar models which match a 2-step word problem? Will you be able to convince me they match?
D & T
With our patterns made and the fabric cut, we are almost ready to sew our money containers together! If there are any parents who would like to help on Friday afternoon with sewing, please let me know either by email or catching me on the playground. A little extra help threading needles makes a huge difference. Thanks!
A reminder that it is the Christmas celebration at St Paul's on Thursday at 6:15pm
Enjoy the snow
Last week, we imagined being important journalists working 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...
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 life 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!
We'll be finishing our work on Victorians with the children writing a report on what life was like for children during that time. They 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?
The children will 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.
Enjoy your weekend
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! :)
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!
This week, we discovered the range of toys children had in Victorian times. To our surprise, quite a few we still use today, including: skipping ropes, dolls, diablos, yo-yos and kaleidoscopes (although quite few children said they had never looked through one before!) What was new to the children was the idead of having fun simply by rolling a hoop! So, off we went to try it for ourselves...and there were many giggles and surprises as to how fun it was!
Following on from our investigation last week, we have now looked at the rate at which ice melts when we change the temperature. You did a fab job of this and we were all surprised how long it took a single cube of ice took to melt...even on a radiator!
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 next week we'll talk about the 'Rights of a Reader'.
Next week, we are moving on to study the structure and features in newspaper reports in English. 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! :)
See you tomorrow!
It was great to see so many parents this week and to discuss all the wonderful work the children have done so far this year. It's wonderful to have so many positive things to say. Keep up the good work 4B!
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!
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).
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 (solidifying). 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! :)
What a super first week back 4B! 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 looking like Victorian school children ready with your chalkboards!
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.
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.
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!
In History, our focus will be on schooling and how it has changed since the Victorian era.
Hope you all had a lovely weekend and enjoyed the fireworks!
I hope you're all having a spooky half term! I am finishing off the week with some pumpkin carving whilst watching my favourite Halloween movie - Hocus Pocus! I remember watching it in the cinema when I was in Year 4 and love it just as much now I'm teaching Year 4!
In literacy this week we'll be moving away from narrative and looking at some non-fiction with explanation texts. What better way to learn about them than by looking at some amazing Victorian inventions - they certainly needed some explaining! How do you ride a penny farthing? How did the first telephones work? How were the first moving pictures developed?
This week we'll be looking at shape! We'll revisit the names and properties of different polygons, describing and sorting them and also look at the different types of triangles.
I'm really looking forward to our Victorian history lesson this week. What better way to understand what school was like for Victorian children than to dress up and re-enact a Victorian classroom! The children will move between the year 3 and 4 classrooms to experience a taste of the typical activities conducted in Victorian classrooms! I'm sure behaviour will be impeccable or I'll remember to bring my cane ;)
Our new topic is States of Matter!
We'll begin this week by exploring the differences between solids and liquids. The children will get to group different materials together and discuss their similarities and differences. They will identify properties of a solid or liquid and explain their understanding by using a simple practical enquiry and straightforward scientific evidence.
As no spellings were given out over half term, we will do a simple revision test on Thursday of the spellings already covered so far. Here's a website with some games to help you practise :)
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I'll see you tomorrow!
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! :)
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!
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).
Reminder that it is school photos tomorrow!
A big congratulations to Harry for being the first person on the Wonderful Writers wall!
We have now finished reading Street Child and discovering who the mysterious Barnie was. He was, of course, Barnardo's founder Thomas Barnardo. The pioneer who believed in helping the most vulnerable children and that no child should be turned away.
We also learned that Jim Jarvis was in fact a real boy who showed Dr Barnardo the grim reality of the lives of many children at that time.
For any children who have been away and want a recap of any chapters, this website provides a nice overview of each one.
This week, the children will be using the ideas from the story to imagine what happened to Jim's sister, Lizzie. They will use '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
In numeracy, we will continue to look at patterns in number, particularly in the 7 and 9 times tables. We will also be exploring negative numbers and where these might be used. Their maths skills will also be put to the test when faced with this week's big solve - can the children remember how to find all possibilities?
In history we will be exploring inside the homes of rich and poor Victorians.
Take a look and see what you notice.
We had a super busy week last week squeezing in all our learning. We have now settled in to a good routine and 4B are working hard to maintain those high expectations in their work. We managed to finish the week with an extra special treat of having some real historians bringing in some prehistoric replica artefacts for us to explore. It was great to see what the children had remembered from their work in year 3!
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!
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.
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
Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend
We had our first spelling test last week with a very tricky spelling rule to learn! To my surprise, many children said they hadn't learnt their spellings and this showed in their results. A reminder that the spelling rules are a statutory requirement and to achieve at expected level at the end of year 4, spellings must be learnt!
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and good luck to those runnning the Robin Hood marathon!
It was great to get back in the swing of things with our first full week of lessons! Plus we kicked off our topic with our walk in the local area, looking at the Victorian architecture in West Bridgford. Thankfully the rain stayed away for us! Thanks again to all the parents that helped.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I'll see you all tomorrow
Goodbye Summer and hello to back to school!
I hope you all had a fab summer! The children have enoyed telling me all about the amazing things they've been up to.
We had a fab first week back with the children settling brilliantly and kicking the year off with a super attitiude. We had lots of fun on Friday decorating our enchanted hats which we imagined could take us anywhere we wanted.
Our new topic for Autumn is...
Next week, we will begin our year four work. In English, we will reading 'Street Child' to link with our Victorians topic. In Maths, we will be revisiting place value...exciting stuff!
From next week: