Year 4

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The Class Assemblies for Year 4 will be held on the following dates:
Base 4  Wednesday 14th March 2018
Base 5  Wednesday 28th March 2018
Base 6  Wednesday 25th April 2018
SUMMER 2 2018
The children have really risen to the challenge of Year 4 and we are feeling very proud of them. Year 4 had a wonderful trip to the Watercress Line just before half term and had a great time.  We were able to travel on a real steam train and experience the sounds, sights, smells and sensation of an old-fashioned locomotive. We had a tour of the station and investigated the way bridges were designed and built, looked around the engine shed, and were able to look more closely at the tracks. 
We have started our new literacy topic this half term, we will be writing a fantasy story based on our 'outdoor day' with the infant school.  To launch us into this topic, we are reading 'Leon and the Place Between', which the children are really enjoying.   
Before half term, the teachers completed some assessment in English and Maths.  As a result, we are working on things that the children are still finding tricky.  We are starting with multiplication and will be moving on to revising the column methods for addition and subtraction.  You can help your children by practising their times tables with them regularly.  By the end of Year 4, children are expected to know all their times tables and related facts.
SUMMER 1 2018
Full Steam Ahead! Year 4 have thundered into their new topic, 'Railways and Bridges', with great enthusiasm.  The children have had to imagine a time when a horse and cart were the quickest way to travel around and have been learning about the impact of the railways on Great Britain and the Industrial Revolution.  It has been difficult trying to picture life before the Great Railways and we are looking forward to exploring the different ways our country changed.  To support the historical context, we have been reading 'The Railway Children' as a class and imagining how life might have been back then.  In literacy, we have been thinking about inventions; using Wallace and Gromit's Cracking Contraptions, we have been learning how to write an explanation of how something works.  The children have invented their own 'Cracking Contraption' and have been explaining how they work using all the skills they have now learnt.  In maths we have been busy looking at decimals and fractions.  The children have found this quite challenging. so please ask if you need anything to support your child at home.  In science, we are investigating how sounds are made and how they travel. 
SPRING 2 2018
Year 4 had an exciting first day back after half term with a trip to Elson Library to introduce our new topic 'Springwatch'.  We have been looking at a book called 'The Last Words' which is a beautifully illustrated book of poems.  We were interested to learn that lall the words inside the book were words which have been removed from the Oxford Junior Dictionary because children do not use them very often.  These were all nature words such as magpie, bluebell, heron, otter, bramble and acorn.  The children were horrified to learn that these words were no longer valued and made some excellent suggestions to help us get them back in the dictionary.  The children have written acrostic poems, in the style of our author, all about the heron who lands in our school field.  Some of these will be going on display at our local library.  Alongside this, we have been visting our extensive grounds for signs of spring.  Despite the snow, we have been surprised to see that so many signs of spring are beginning to emerge.  
In maths, we have been looking a symmetry and coordinates.  Some optional homework is available to help you child consolidate this at home.  We have now moved on to learn how to do column subtraction.  We are looking at bar charts and will be using our new skills to help answer questions about some of the statistics.
The children thoroughly enjoyed Arts Week and have produced some fabulous pieces.  Thank you all for the wonderful contributions to the 'Book in a Box' competition and 'Extreme Reading' challenge.  There were some brilliant entries and we are really impressed with the effort that has been put into these.
SPRING 1 2018
Year 4 have been working really hard this half-term to produce an exciting newspaper report.  We have been using James and the Giant PEach (alongside other Roald Dahl books) as a stimulus to support our writing.  The children were given an opportunity to be news readers at the beginning orf our topic and thy have been learning how newspapers use a 'Tell and Sell' style to entice people to buy them.  Keep your eyes peeled as they will be bringing home their very own report about some mysterious happenings at Elson Junior School involving an enormous peach!
Our literacy this term has linked in with our science topic (food) and our DT.  The peach cobblers they baked were delicious!  We had a fantastic trip to the Search museum where we took part in a variety of activities looking at diet, food chains, teeth, animal skulls, microscopes and stuffed animals.  The children were really engaged and were excellent ambassadors for Elson Junior School.  In maths we have been learning to use formal methods of addition, multiplication and division.  This week, we have been investigating capacity in a very practical way, you can help at home by looking at how many millilitres and litres are in everday household items.  We have been discusing that half a litre is 500ml, a quarter of a litre is 250ml, etc.
Over the next half term we're really going to be focussing on our times tables.  There are many useful websites and apps you can access to help your child with this at home:
AUTUMN 2 2017
Year 4 have been 'getting creative' with their writing over the last few weeks.  They have been learning how to make their writing more interesting using fronted adverbial phrases, similes, alliteration and detailed description.  using the Mousehole Cat as our stimulus, the children have been retelling the story.  We are really proud of their efforts.
In maths we have been solving problems based around measure.  We have looked at length, money and time.
Over the Christmas holidays, we'd really appreciate you looking at 'time' with your children.  This could e actually telling the time or looking at timetables, calendars, TV schedules, 12 and 24 hour digital clocks.  By the end of Year 4, children are expected to be able to tell the time to the nearest minute and work out intervals of time i.e. how long it takes to do something.  It would be enormously helpful to consolidate some of the work the class have been doing in class as well as being an essential life skill.
 Curriculum poster for parents Year 4 Autumn 2
AUTUMN 1 2017
Year 4 have had a brilliant start to the new academic year and have settled back into school well.  Our dragon topic has got off to a flying start.  Last week we had reports of dragon activity in our wooded area, so we went on a dragon hunt to see what evidence we coud uncover.  The children had a great time and really used their imaginations.  We wrote to the Natural History Museum to tell them of our findings.  Since then, we have been thinking about what our own dragons might look like and thoroughly enjoying our class book, 'How to Train Your Dragon'.  Over the next couple of weeks we will be writing our own adventure stories about our own dragons.
In History, we are learning about the Vikings and have already found out a lot about their lifestyle after dissecting some Viking poo!  At the beginning of October there was a Viking Invasion in Year 4!  Hrothgar the Viking taught us what life was really like during Viking times.  The children had a brilliant time dressed up in their costumes and really enjoyed joining in with all the activities.
The children have been working really hard in maths, focusing on problems around multiplication and division.  We are concentrating on our thinking and reasoning skills to deepen our understanding.  We have been learning how to use arrays, bar models and number lines to help us explain how we solved our problems.
In science, we have been investigating the water cycle as part of our learning on solids, liquids and gases.
In literacy, we are creating our very own information book about our own imaginary dragons.  We have been looking at other non-fiction books to help us with our writing.  We are learning to use conjunctions to make our sentences more interesting.