Year 4

Friday 8th January 
Happy New Year!
 
During this lockdown, blogs will not be updated weekly while we continue to teach in school and deliver home learning. I hope you understand.
 
We look forward to welcoming all the children back soon.
Friday 18th December 
I can't believe it is Week 7 already and we only have two days left before we break up for Christmas! Well done for all of your hard work this term.
 
We have had a very festive week at St Charles' beginning with a visit from Santa who was spreading lots of laughter and Christmas cheer. On Tuesday, we wore our Christmas jumpers and enjoyed eating our Christmas dinners with our class in the hall. We then programmed a microbit in our computing session to light up our Christmas decorations. 
 
On Wednesday, we enjoyed our rainy visit to the forest school area. We sculptured creatures and insects using clay and natural resources from outside. We created owls, squirrels and hedgehogs too! Today was our Christmas party and Year 4 looked fantastic in their Christmas jumpers and party clothes. In the morning, we made Christmas cards and wintery landscapes using paints and this afternoon, we have enjoyed watching the Christmas pantomime, 'Sleeping Beauty' and eating our Christmas treats. We then played lots of socially-distanced party games.
 
Well done for a fantastic first term in Year 4 everyone. Have a lovely Christmas and I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year! 
 
Friday 11th December

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!

Friday 27th November
 
On Wednesday, Year 4 visited the forest school area. We had so much fun roasting marshmallows on the fire and building obstacle courses. We love our sessions in the forest school area and can't wait for our next visit! 
 
On Friday, we enjoyed speaking and writing sentences about the pets that we have in French. We also recapped saying our numbers to 40 in French. In Music, we have started to practise singing our Christmas carols. We sang 'The 12 Days of Christmas' and 'Ding Dong Merrily' outside and it made us all feel very festive!
Friday 20th November

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.

Friday 13th November

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.

Friday 6th November

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,

 

Miss Thomas

Friday 16th October

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

Friday 9th October
I can't believe we have been back at school for 5 weeks! It's flown by as we've had so much fun!
 
In English, we have written some fantastic adventure stories based upon the fictional classic, Alice in Wonderland. The children created their very own imaginative ending to the classic tale. In Maths, we have developed our arithmetic skills when adding and subtracting 4-digits numbers. We have then applied our knowledge when solving some tricky problem-solving and reasoning questions. In History, the children put themselves in the shoes of the Roman Soldiers and wrote a letter from their perspective to their families discussing how they were feeling, what they had to wear, training, tactics and the structure of the Roman army. They did a fantastic job! 
 
In R.E, we have started our Judaism topic and learnt all about the Torah. The children explored some readings and were able to explain how to assemble the Torah and how respect is shown towards the Torah. In Science, the children used scientific equipment to explore bugs and mini-beasts in their natural habitat highlighting where the creatures were found and why they were found here. Miss Hammer and the children found lots of woodlice, worms and slugs. In Art, the children learnt all about Pablo Picasso and recreated some of his beautiful artwork - they are lovely pieces of work Y4! 
 
In RHE, we have discussed the meaning of 'Self-esteem' and identified our favourite qualities about ourselves. A big congratulations to our elected school counsellors and Mini Vinnies' President, we can't wait to see what you do!
 
Have a fab weekend and I will see you on Monday,
 
Miss Thomas x
Friday 2nd October

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,

Miss Thomas

Friday 25th September

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!

Welcome to Year 4!
 
It has been lovely to get to know all of the children and welcome them back to school. We have had a great first week and the children have impressed me with their great efforts and enthusiasm towards their learning.
 

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!

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