The children in these classes are in the second year of the National Curriculum Key Stage Two Programme of Study which covers a four year period.
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Woodpeckers and Kingfishers will be adding regular updates about their learning to this page. Enjoy!
Monday 22nd October 2018
Year 4 have started a new theme called Food, Glorious Food! Today they got to test autumnal fruit and vegetables. It may surprise you to know that everyone tasted apples, blackberries, swede, sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower! I think some children even surprised themselves, as sprouts turned out to be quite popular. The children had to think of different words to describe them.
Friday 19th October
"In Swimming we practised dolphin kicks. We also practised swimming on our back." Evie
"In Maths this week we completed checkpoints - it was pretty fun." Julian.
Thursday 18th October 2018
In Woodpeckers, we have continued learning how to code the Ohbots! Today we looked at how to make our Ohbot blink, nod and shake its head like a human would! We also logged into Duolingo and practised our Spanish!
In Kingfishers, we have started a new topic in Science - Our Changing World. The class looked at leaves and their different characteristics; stalk or no stalk, simple or compound, leaf edges and leaf arrangement. After they had investigated outside, the children had to draw and label these characteristics.
Wednesday 17th October 2018
Thank you to all who attended our Harvest Festival assembly yesterday! The children have worked incredibly hard this term to learn poems and songs to share with you. We hope you enjoyed the performance. :)
The children have made real progress creating leaflets explaining the life cycle of a plant! So far they have explained the process of germination, growth (light and water) and pollination. We will continue to explain fertilisation and seed dispersal.
Monday 15th October 2018
In Spanish today the children are taking control of their own learning. They have been learning new words - bebo, aqui, nesecito, agua, niño, tengo, por favor. Ask us what they mean!
Wow! What a Principal's Award Assembly we had this week. Lots of Year 4 children were awarded Pen Licences or received times table awards.
As we are ever improving our teaching and learning, we have adapted our times table scheme to recgonise the importance of learning all multiplication tables up to 12, before then using this knowledge to secure understanding of division and missing number. This has meant a lot of children have now gone home with a Bronze Warrior, Gladiator or even a Titan award this week.
In Literacy we have looked at the theme of change present in our class text, Varmints. We have then explored the growth of plants. The children have learnt the life cycle of plants, including, germination, growth, pollination, fertilisation and seed dispersal. We shall be returning to this next week as we create leaflets explaining the care of plants.
In Computing in Woodpeckers, we have begun to code our new Ohbots! They run on a program very similar to Scratch and the children have been very excited to program the various parts of our robot to move.
In maths this week, we have been learning coordinates. We had to figure out where all of the agents had gone by using a coordinate grid. To remember which axis was first we had to say, "Along the corridor and up the stairs." So it is the x axis first and then the y axis.
The Viking Day photos are available to view now!
"I loved the Viking day because my favourite activity was making candles from bees wax!" Sophie
"My favourite activity was we made ugly faces out of clay to scare the elves away!" Victor
"I liked it when we made medicine. We had to get ingredients and mash them up and put them in a small tissue to smell." Robert
"I liked making Viking pots out of clay" Isabel
Maths: "In Maths this week, we have learning about fractions. We learnt about halves and quarters. We learnt about unit and non-unit fractions. Unit fractions always have a 1 as the numerator. Non-unit fractions always have a number bigger than one as their numerator." Luyanda
Literacy: "In Literacy this week, we started reading a new book - Varmints. The word 'varmints' means pest. We watched a short film based on the book." Kayleigh.
Harvest Festival: "This week we have been learning our songs in music. We have also practiced reading a poem." Amalia
Today is National Poetry Day. We are sharing our favourite poems in assembly this afternoon.
Click here to hear Mrs Waggeh's favourite:
"This week in Kingfishers we have been learning about how sound travels through molecules. The further you go away from the source of the sound, the quieter it gets until it eventually disappears.
We have been writing a story similar to The Iron Man just with different characters and slightly different events. We had to try and build suspense by using short sentences, lots of commas and questions."
In Woodpeckers, we have had success creating our educational maths games on Scratch! The children have worked hard to create and use variables to keep track of their scores and ask randomly generated multiplication questions. They then spent the afternoon testing each other's games and suggesting improvements.
Swimming: What a success! All of the children gave their swimming lesson their very best this week and it was wonderful to see their confidence growing in the water.
Literacy: We have created an alternative character for the Iron Man! We then developed this further using a 'story mountain', considering the problem our character would cause, the semi-solution and its failure, and final resolution.
Maths: The children have really enjoyed learning about symmetry this week. We finished the week, looking at how to use reflection to create simple repeating patterns.
Woodpeckers have been learning how to create and code their own educational interactive game on Scratch using Computing. We learnt how to create variables and use the 'repeat' block to simplify our coding.
Kingfishers have continued exploring sound during Science. They have created 'ear bangers' using wire clothes hangers and explored how the sound can travel through string.
Spanish: This week we recapped greetings and responses.
We have been learning all about symmetry this week! The children have explored identfying lines of symmetry, reflecting shapes and creating simple patterns using reflections.
The children are very excited as we draw closer to the end of The Iron Man! Today we read all about the Iron Man's challenge of strength against the Bat-Lizard-Space-Dragon. The children thought carefully about how both characters felt and created a storyboard to demonstrate this.
Year 4 have had an incredibly fun afternoon using the Now Press Play headsets. The children pretended that they were Anglo-Saxons and were taken back in time to when the Vikings invaded. They used their listening skills plus their imagination to really get the most out of this experience. Photographs will be added to our pages later this week.
As we enter our third week of term, it is wonderful to reflect on how much learning has already occurred. The children have approached Year 4 with great enthusiasm and are settling well to the routines and expectations.
In Literacy, we have begun reading Ted Hughes ‘The Iron Man.’ The children have studied the text in detail to explore how the author creates suspense (a feeling of anxiety or uncertainty about something unknown about to happen or become known). They have summarised the plot so far, and predicted what will happen next. This week, we will continue to explore the use of imagery within The Iron Man and use this within our own poetry.
In Maths, we have strengthened our understanding of place value in up to 4 digit numbers. We have developed our mental arithmetic using the bridging method to add or subtract without using more formal written methods. (See picture for an example piece of work)
In Theme, we have explored ‘Belonging’. We have worked in our new classes to create a class charter, explored what it means to belong and the groups we belong to. This week, we begin our new Theme, Vikings and Anglo-Saxons. We will learn when and where the Vikings came from, and their impact on the UK.
The children have also had a very successful first Swimming lesson at Hemel Hempstead Leisure Centre! We are very much looking forward to returning next Thursday.
Welcome to the Year 4 blog! Kingfishers and Woodpeckers will be adding regular updates about their learning to this page. Enjoy!