Well Year 4, I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone! The final day of Year 4 has arrived and I’m so proud of all the children for all their hard work and patience throughout the year. Throughout lockdowns, remote-learning and self-isolation periods, you have all been fantastic!
We have had great fun this year too and throughout this week especially, we have reflected upon our favourite memories throughout the year. Here are a few of our favourite memories:
- STEAM Week (The teachers getting dunked in custard)
- The Race for Life
- Celebrating our First Confession and First Holy Communion
- Well-Being Wednesday
- Commando Joes
- Making bread in DT
It has been a pleasure teaching you all this year and I wish you all the very best for Year 5.
Thanks again to all families for your continued support, it is greatly appreciated!
Have a lovely Summer break, I hope the sunshine stays!
Another great week of learning for Year 4. Here’s what we’ve been doing:
English: This week we have continued our topic on formal writing and we have written a formal letter to the Prime Minister expressing our concerns about plastic pollution and we raised some suggestions about ways in which we can reduce pollution across the world.
Maths: In Maths this week we have been consolidating our learning with geometry and converting measurements. We then applied this knowledge when answering problem-solving and reasoning questions.
RE: This week, we have continued our topic learning about God’s people. We learnt about Christians being called to be saints and we discussed what messages we would share to children if we were the Pope. We then learnt about Oscar Romero and the sacrifices he made in order to help others.
French: In French this week we learnt all about Bastille Day. We visited the pop-up French café in school and made posters all about Bastille Day.
Well done for all of your hard work Year 4! I look forward to Sports Day on Monday.
What a fun-filled week in Year 4! Here’s what we’ve been doing:
English: This week, we have started our new topic focusing on formal letters. We have explored a range of letters and have discussed the importance of their features. We are going to be writing a letter to the Prime Minister informing him all about plastic pollution and what we can do to save our planet. To inform our letter, we conducted research using the Ipads to find out about the devastating impact plastic and littering has on wildlife and the environment.
Holy Communion Mass: To celebrate the children receiving their First Holy Communion, Father Bill came into school to celebrate Mass with the children. Year 4 loved participating in the mass and enjoyed reading, singing and praying with one another. In the afternoon, we continued these celebrations and had a party. We had so much fun and enjoyed some cake together.
This afternoon, we have been preparing for STEAM week. We have shared our team name, discussed the qualities we need to be successful and created team flags which we can’t wait to wave next week when the competition starts. We are so excited!
Well done for your hard work this week Year 4. Not long to wait until STEAM week!
We have been working so hard in Year 4 this week. Here’s what we’ve been doing:
Maths: This week we have been consolidating our previous topic of measurements. We have been converting from km to m, hours to minutes and pounds to pence. We have then applied this knowledge when answering problem-solving and reasoning questions.
English: In our English lessons this week, we have been continuing our topic on mystery stories. We have read a range of fascinating stories and have written our own mystery about, ‘Escape to Pompeii’. We really enjoyed reading our pieces of writing to the class!
RE: This week, we came to the end of our topic learning all about Confirmation. We all took part in a reflective class liturgy. We all wrote a prayer, listened to hymns and shared scripture based upon what we have learnt over the past 3 weeks. We had a lovely afternoon!
This afternoon, we have had great fun completing some challenges in athletics. We have measured how far we can throw, jump and we have timed how long we take to run 50m and 300m. We were super quick.
Well done for all of your great work this week Year 4. Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday.
Year 4 have done some great work this week. Here’s what we’ve been doing:
This week, we have started our new topic on mystery stories. We have looked at a range of mystery stories, explored their features and we have explored our new focus text, ‘Escape to Pompeii’. We are looking forward to writing our own recount of this mystery story and changing the ending.
This week in maths, we have been consolidating and building upon our knowledge of fractions and decimals. We have been converting fractions to decimals and then worked in groups to complete two-step word problems. We used our success criteria and RUCSAC method to support us with this.
Over the next 6 weeks, we will be taking part in scientific investigations. We will be making predictions, testing our hypothesis and evaluating our findings. This week, we visited the forest school area to explore a range of living things and we evaluated which habitats were adapted for which organism.
In DT this term, we will be recapping our prior knowledge of electricity. The children will be creating their own electrical systems and evaluating their products. This week, we explored the equipment needed for a successful circuit.
Well done for your hard work this week Year 4!
Welcome back to Summer 2 Year 4! What a great first week back we have had. Here’s what we’ve been doing:
In this week’s literacy topic, we have explored a range of persuasive adverts. We have unpicked its features, explored the language and we have written our own adverts encouraging others to join St Charles’ Primary. As always, we have applied our grammar objectives to our writing.
This week in maths we have been consolidating our knowledge and understanding with fractions. We have recapped equivalent fractions, tenths and hundredths and applied this fluency when answering problem solving and reasoning questions.
In R.E this week, we have started our new topic ‘Confirmation’. The children have produced some beautiful spiritual art based on belonging and unity. They have carefully chosen scripture which has reflected the meaning behind their drawings.
This half-term, we have started our new topic ‘The Americas’. We have recapped our understanding of the world and have built upon this by using an atlas to name and locate countries within North and South America.
Well done for your hard work this week. Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine!
We have had a great final week of Summer 1 in Year 4. Here’s what we’ve been doing:
This week, we have continued writing our balanced arguments. We have explored the reasons for and against why people should or shouldn’t visit popular, mountainous regions and then we expressed our own opinion and came to a conclusion. As always, we applied grammatical features to our writing and edited and improved our work.
In Maths this week, we have been consolidating and building upon our prior knowledge with geometry. We have recapped presenting and interpreting different types of data and we have been focusing on plotting coordinates, translating shapes and plotting points to create different polygons. As always, we have applied this fluency to solve problem-solving and reasoning questions.
In Science this week, we have come to the end of our topic, ‘Animals Including Humans’. Within this topic, we have learnt about the human digestive system, the function of organs, teeth and today, we have learnt all about food chains and their importance. The children learnt how to classify animals into food chains using scientific vocabulary and we then created our own food chains using the knowledge and vocabulary that we had acquired.
In History this week, we have come to the end of our topic learning all about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. Throughout the topic, we have ordered events on a timeline, learnt about significant individuals and their impact on Britain and we have compared the Vikings to the Romans and summarised both their similarities and differences. This week, we have learnt all about the impact that the Vikings have had on life today in the United Kingdom.
Well done for all of your hard work this term Year 4. I have been very impressed with all of your efforts. Have a lovely, well-deserved half-term!
Another busy week for the Year 4’s. Here’s what we’ve been doing:
This week, we have started our new topic focusing on balanced arguments. We have discussed what a balanced argument is and the reasons why they are important. We have explored their features and we have taken part in whole-class debates exploring the reasons for and against based on specific subjects. The children expressed their views clearly whilst also showing a great understanding of other people’s opinions. We are really looking forward to write our own balanced argument exploring both the positive and negative impacts that tourists can have on local regions.
In Maths this week, we have been consolidating and building upon our prior knowledge with both discrete and continuous data. We have presented and interpreted different types of data on line graphs, bar charts and pictograms and have applied our understanding of this when answering problem-solving and reasoning questions.
This week in R.E, we have recapped the events of Pentecost and the importance of new life. We have discussed the strength and power that was given to the apostles to carry on spreading the good news and we read further scripture about Philip and the Ethiopian and Paul. The children did a fantastic job writing a letter to the Ethiopian Queen explaining the importance of spreading the good news and being a follower of Jesus. As we are nearing the end of our Pentecost topic, we are very excited for our class liturgy that we will lead next week to celebrate our learning journey.
P.E, art and music:
We had a great time competing in football matches during our P.E session this week, we played mini-tournaments against one another and had lots of fun. In Art, we took our time to design and create our clay sculptures. We are excited to paint them this week! Today, during our music lesson, we all gathered around the fire pit in the forest school area. Miss Hutton played her guitar as we sang songs in rounds. We had a lovely afternoon!
Well done for all of your hard work Year 4. Have a lovely weekend!
This week, we have spent time promoting and encouraging us to talk about our well-being. We have read some lovely well-being books each day and explored the feelings that people sometimes feel and what we can do when we feel these certain emotions. On Friday, we watched videos, played games and had discussions about how our feelings have changed throughout the pandemic. We also spent time decorating our ‘Emotion Explosion’ box. This is a place where we can write about how we are feeling and share it with our class teacher. As the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week is based on Nature and exploring the outdoors, we enjoyed some time outside doing meditation and running our daily-miles.
As May is the month of Mary, we also spent some time in the forest school area reflecting on the week we have had and saying some personal prayers to Mary. We enjoyed our Collective Worship with Year 3 on Thursday, listening to readings and praying to Mary.
This week, we have celebrated number day. We had lots of competitions running across school which we had lots of fun competing in. We designed our own number t-shirt using a range of manipulatives and worked collaboratively to solve multi-step word problems involving the four-operations. This afternoon, we completed a scavenger hunt and searched for clues around the classroom. When we found all the clues, we raced to the forest school area to find Buddy. We hope we won the race against the other classes!
We’ve had a very exciting week this week as we had our Commando Joe’s day on Monday! We split up into Viking tribes and had a fantastic day completing our challenging missions. In English, we wrote a letter to our family members explaining that we had been called on multiple, challenging missions to complete. In the afternoon, we embarked upon our adventures over the wild waves and ensured that no one was left behind. Throughout the day, we developed key skills including: team work, resilience, empathy, collaboration and self-awareness.
We had great fun and look forward to our next mission!
Welcome to Summer term!
What a lovely week back to school it has been with the glorious sunshine! This week in English, we have started our new topic focusing on non-chronological reports. The children explored a range of texts and discussed their features. We then researched information about our local area to inform our own information leaflets which we will be writing next week. In Maths, we have been revisiting and consolidating our knowledge of place value objectives by applying our fluency understanding to problem-solving and reasoning questions. The children have been solving problems involving rounding, negative numbers and partitioning.
In R.E, we have been continuing our topic developing our knowledge about Lent and Easter. We learnt about the importance of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum and discussed the links between scripture and what we see during Easter Masses today. In P.E this term, we are lucky enough to have an NUFC coach teaching the Year 4’s football skills. The children had great fun on Tuesday developing both their teamwork and defending skills. In History, we have started our new topic, ‘The Vikings and Anglo-Saxons’. We recalled our previous knowledge about the Anglo-Saxons and then ordered events on a timeline to develop our understanding of chronology. In Science, we have started our new topic, ‘Animals including humans.’ The children explored the names and functions of our internal organs and explored the similarities and differences of different digestive systems. This afternoon, we really enjoyed singing in rounds outside and recapping numbers to 60 in French.
Well done for your hard work this week Year 4. See you on Monday for our Commando Joe’s Mission!
This week has been a very special week for us all as we have been recalling the important events that led up to Jesus’ death and resurrection as it is Holy Week. We have been learning about all the Sacrifices that Jesus made and linking this to our own Lenten promises that we have been working on over the past 6 weeks. We have learnt about the importance of kindness, giving and forgiveness especially during this time.
The children have done an amazing job with their Easter egg entries. A lot of thought, creativity and hard work went into creating the eggs and they were eggcellent! We also had lots of fun using the oil pastels and water colours to produce our Easter cards. They are amazing!
Well done for all of your hard work over the past term both at home and at school. Enjoy your Easter break and have a well-deserved rest!
Miss Thomas :)
Today has been such a special day for the Year 4’s as we have celebrated their First Confession. Both Father Bill and Father Jonathon came into school to celebrate this special sacrament with the children. We had such a lovely afternoon celebrating.
To celebrate joining the Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust, we enjoyed a special treat at lunchtime today as the ice cream van came to school. We thoroughly enjoyed our Ice-Cream surprise! Thank you Mrs Nealings.
Welcome back Year 4!
It is so lovely to have a full classroom and see all of your smiling faces! We have had a wonderful week catching up with one another and doing some great learning.
Maths: This week in maths, we have recapped how to tell and read the time from both a digital and analogue clock. We have then applied this knowledge to solving problems involving time. We have been converting minutes to hours, hours to minutes and minutes to seconds.
English: We have started a new topic this week focusing on explanation texts. We have explored a range of texts, analysed their features and we have completed our own research ready for next week as we will be writing our very own explanation texts all about the digestion system!
Music: We have had so much fun drumming this week. We followed patterns and then listened to and followed along to the different rhythms. We loved listening to the music!
D.T: We have continued our topic on bread this week and have been evaluating existing products of bread. We really enjoyed trying all the different types of bread to see what features we would like to include in our own final products.
Lent: We have enjoyed our virtual Collective Worship over teams this week and we have recapped upon our Lenten promises in the forest school area. We then joined all of our promises together in a chain to remind us of what we are each striving for during this time.
Well done for our fantastic first week back to school. Have a lovely weekend and I will see you all on Monday!
We have had a lovely, festive week in Year 4. Over the past half-term in D.T, the children have been planning and designing their pencil cases and on Thursday, we made our product by stitching our beautifully designed pencil cases. We can’t wait to fill them with our pencils and pens!
Earlier on this week, we were joined by Father Jonathon who answered lots of the questions we have about our current R.E topic – Advent. We learnt lots of new facts and enjoyed sharing what we had learnt so far with Father.
We have also been singing our socially-distanced, Christmas carols outside which made us feel very festive. We are looking forward to Ms Owens recording our song. To add to this festive fun, we all arrived to school in our Christmas jumpers and hats today to celebrate Christmas Jumper Day. We created Christmas cards and produced some beautiful, wintery artwork!
On Monday, to begin anti-bullying week, we all wore our odd socks to celebrate that we are all different and unique. Today, we continued to learn all about anti-bullying. We discussed the many ways in which we can prevent bullying and we worked through a range of activities to develop our understanding of how we can stand up for what’s right and what to do if we are feeling worried about a situation.
We have also had a virtual NSPCC assembly whereby we learnt about children’s rights. We discussed what our rights are, the importance of rights and what to do if we are feeling worried about something.
It’s been a bit of a strange week this week with many of you completing all of your school work at home. We are missing you all at school and I am so pleased with you all for your hard work both at home and school. Today, we have all loved coming to school in our pyjamas and onesies to celebrate Children in Need.
Homework in Year 4:
Reading: Children should be reading daily and record this in their yellow reading records. Children can record a range of books from home, the school library and the colour band books from school.
Maths: Mathletics is set every Monday and is due the following Monday. Year 4 now have access to Times Table Rockstars (using their previous login details) and Miss Thomas will set challenges each Monday – this will need to be completed by the following Friday.
English (Grammar): This is set via Teams every Friday and is expected to be completed by the following Wednesday.
English (Spelling): Spellings are stuck into the spelling homework books at the start of each term. Each week, children are to practise the spellings for the week by splitting their page into 6 and writing out their spellings 6 times then applying it to a sentence. This work is set on a Friday and due the following Friday when it will be marked in class.
We have had a busy start to Autumn 2 in Year 4. On Tuesday, we began our Holy Communion Programme. We learnt about Gathering and discussed the importance of our names. The children asked Father Jonathon some very interesting questions and we discussed what preparations are involved before Mass. The children all received Holy Communion booklets with activities to complete for the next session so if you have any questions about this, please let me know.
In English, we started the week off with fantastic debates. The children were able to reason through both reasons for and reasons against the chosen subjects and were very reasoned and knowledgeable with their discussions – I was very impressed. We have also explored a range of persuasive texts and have started our own research to help us when writing our own persuasive text next week.
In Maths, we have started our new topic focusing on multiplication and division. So far, we have recalled our times tables facts up to 12 x 12; multiplied numbers by 1 and 0 and multiplied 3 numbers together. As always, we have then applied this knowledge to solve tricky problem-solving and reasoning style questions.
In Geography, we have started our new, exciting topic, ‘Misty Mountains’ where we will be exploring a range of famous mountain landscapes across the world. On Monday, we identified the physical features of a mountain landscape and discussed the benefit and purpose of contour lines found on maps.
On Wednesday, we thoroughly enjoyed making dream-catchers and dens in the forest school area with Miss Owens. We can’t wait until our next visit!
Well done Year 4!
Have a lovely weekend and keep up the great reading,
Happy Friday Year 4, well done for all of your hard work this week.
In English, we have started to look at a range of instructional writing. We are looking forward to writing out instructions next week focusing on ‘How to make magical potions’. We have worked hard in maths calculating the inverse of operations and estimating calculations in order to check if our calculations are accurate. As always, we have then applied our understanding to help us solve tricky problem-solving and reasoning questions. In History, we have researched all about a significant individual – Boudicca. The children wrote an information text explain why Boudicca led an uprising and why she has been remembered to this day. The children found out some interesting facts and wrote lovely pieces of factual writing.
The children have been very reflective in RHE this week. We have listened to calming music and focused on our breathing. We have also discussed ways in which we can help to alleviate our worries and concerns by communicating with others.
P.S. A very special letter has arrived for Year 4… a mission awaits us!
Have a lovely weekend everyone,
Miss Thomas x
Well done for another great week of learning Y4. You have all worked very hard, producing some lovely pieces of work!
In English, we have started writing our adventure stories using ‘Alice in Wonderland’ as a stimulus. The children have done a great job with their character and setting descriptions using a range of adjectives and fronted adverbials – well done!
In Maths, we have continued with our ‘Place Value’ topic, rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.
In History, the children have explored and researched the different reasons as to why the Romans invaded Britain. We produced some fantastic information sheets!
In R.E, we have come to the end of our topic about people and families. We celebrated our unit of learning with a reflective collective worship in the forest school area.
On Wednesday, the children thoroughly enjoyed exploring the forest school area.
Well done Year 4!
Have a lovely weekend and I’ll see you all on Monday,
This week, Year 4 have worked hard and enjoyed another week of learning.
In English, we have produced some fantastic non-chronological reports about dragons. They have been dragon experts and produced some very descriptive pieces of writing. In Maths, the children have continued learning and applying their place value knowledge to problem-solving and reasoning questions.
In P.E, the children have developed both their hockey and multi-skills. We have also enjoyed our class assemblies and are already bringing in tins of food for Harvest. In Music, we have been reading music and clapping along to the beat of different songs. In RHE, we have discussed how we can show care and love towards friends, family and ourselves. As today is European Language Day, the children compared different languages that are spoken all across Europe.
Well done for a fantastic week of learning. Have a lovely weekend and I will see you all on Monday!
We have started our ‘Family’ topic in R.E and the children have enjoyed creating their ‘Family tree’ spiritual art. In RHE, we have discussed what different emotions we feel and how we respond to situations.
Year 4 have been busy learning all about the Romans and they have created their own timelines. In English, the children have written their very own Kenning poems as well as beginning to write information texts all about dragons…scary! We have also enjoyed our Hockey and multi-skills lessons in P.E.
Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday for another great week!