Year 4 2017 - 2018
The summer term is always exciting and busy, especially this year with the 50th Anniversary celebrations in school. There will be lots of different events to look out for!
We have a variety of inspiring opportunities planned for Year 4, one being to visit Bridgewater Hall to play our instruments with the Halle Orchestra. The chance to see and play along with a full orchestra is a really special and memorable occasion. Alongside this, we will begin to prepare and rehearse for the Key Stage Two production of Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits.
Our recent residential was a fantastic way to start the term; the children were a credit to themselves and school. Learning outside the classroom within a residential is so valuable in developing independence, co-operative and communication skills and team building. We also really developed our knowledge of mini-beasts and pond creatures which consolidated and extended our scientific learning. Much fun was had around the campfire, eating marshmallows and maximising the class’s choral skills - we are sure they will teach you a new song or two if they haven’t already!
The children have continued to make good progress with their learning in Year Four. We are constantly being impressed with their general knowledge related particularly to history and they are continuing to demonstrate their eagerness to learn more in our follow-on topic of the Viking invasion of Britain.
Use of a pen and handwriting practice has contributed to the development of the children’s presentation which has improved significantly. We will continue to place emphasis on the importance of presentation and pride in their work throughout the rest of the term.
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Well done everyone for a great week and managing to settle back into the routine of school life so well after the holidays and our fantastic residential!
We've got another busy week with the Let's Walk program on Tuesday and Wednesday where you will be learning how to cross roads safely and what dangers to look out for.
In maths, we will be continuing to review place value and sequences and our English will focus on writing a report on the attacks on monastries by the vicious Vikings!
In science, we will be practising our classification skills by creating our own dichotomous keys - branching databases. You can remind yourselves of the five groups that animals are split into by watching the following clip again: Animal classifications
Well done everyone for another fun-packed, successful week! We all thoroughly enjoyed performing alongside the band, choir and recorders at the special music concert on Thursday afternoon followed by throwing a few shapes on the dance floor at the disco in the evening! We also successfully completed budgeting exercises either in Liverpool or the classroom, demonstrating our problem solving skills.
Our maths focus this week will be reviewing our knowledge of 2D and 3D shapes in addition to identifying and drawing angles.
In English, we will be writing our own versions of The Lost Thing based on the creatures we have created, how they ended up in the terrible city we've named Boresville and what happens when they find refuge in the utopian land of Freedom Valleys.
We will also be learning about the Water Cycle and the four main processes of evaporation, condensation, precipitation and run off.
We have another busy week ahead. We will be exploring further the creativity of Shaun Tan and the Lost Thing by comparing the world the Lost Thing has found itself in and the one it ends up in. In the process, we will be considering its feelings and what is meant by having a sense of belonging.
You can watch the film version of the book here:
In maths, we will be focussing on our problem solving skills and how to interpret our results.
We will be starting our new topic in science on Living things and their habitats and will be finding out all about Mrs Gren!
We're all very much looking forward to playing our instruments in the special music concert on Thursday afternoon and showing how much we have improved. And then, of course, showing off our dance moves in the evening at the disco!
STOP PRESS!! New photos added to the gallery of the Enterprise presentations, including the winning team The Crunchers, and the fun you had doing the Kings Camp activities!
Last week ended up being a challenging week as entrepreneurs in the chocolate industry... as part of the second stage of the Enterprise Project initiated before half term, we tested our skills at new product development, understanding market research, calculating costs for ingredients and designing packaging... and not forgetting a delicious interlude of blind tasting! (See photos!) With an emphasis on the maths involved, the children have had to show how they can work as a team, lead decision making, listen carefully and aim high, to name just a few of the skills worked on. Each team will be pitching in 'Dragon's Den' style to a panel of Year 6 'business experts' on Monday... watch this space for the result!
As a consequence, our maths this week will be completing the work on division planned for last week!
In English, we will be entering the incredible world of The Lost Thing created by Shaun Tan, looking at how the images add depth to the story and exploring the ideas behind them.
Have a look at our photo gallery to see us enjoying a wonderful and enlightening Hindu dance workshop and our successful performance at the 'All Voice Concert' at QPH! Well done everyone for a busy and diverse week!
We will be reviewing and improving our division skills this week in maths, making the link to times tables and applying them to problem solving.
In English, we will be writing newspaper reports on the amazing discovery at Sutton Hoo. look at this link for details: http://primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/saxons/suttonhoo.htm
Don't forget to look at our gallery to see all our wonderful costumes worn for World Book Day! Well done everybody - you all looked fabulous!
We're also very excited to be taking part in the 'All Voices Concert' next Thursday at Queen's Park High where we will be singing alongside other Chester primary schools!
February Half term
Have a great half term holiday, we hope you re-charge your batteries, get some fresh air and adventure and have fun.
The game below will give you a chance to work on some of the science that we have covered this half term. Click here http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/physical_processes/circuits_conductors/play/
Keep practising your times tables to be able to have quick recall up to 12 x 12.
Topic Homework: What can you find out about Vikings? See your homework books for more details about how to present your research. Please can you bring it back to school for the week starting Monday 5th March. We look forward to learing more from each other!
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