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It’s all about Pirates and treasure in our topic this term and we have been busy planning and writing our stories – will our pirate characters find where X marks the spot and sail away with the treasure?
Linked to this we have designed and made Treasure Island maps, with keys and lots of features that will shiver your timbers!
For DT, we have investigated which materials and items float or sink, and using our results we have designed, made, evaluated and produced our fabulous rafts – fit for any pirate bringing the treasure back to the ship.
As always we have been using our reasoning skills, this term to recognise the place value of numbers to 2 decimal places, and comparing and rounding these numbers. We have also solved problems using all 4 operations using what we have learnt. At the moment we are busy developing our skills based around money.
In science we are learning about the Digestive System, including a couple of fun investigations. Have you taken the dry cracker challenge?
For RE we are studying the beliefs and principles of Hinduism and linking these to the important steps in our own lives, our aims for the future and duties.
And of course, just as importantly we have been gardening, bird watching, baking, dancing, reading, singing, completing art projects and generally enjoying a wide range of activities with our families at home.
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We are reading and studying Roald Dahl’s story, James and the Giant Peach, this term. We are having fun creating character profiles in Week 1 (Literacy) and completing art projects to bring our reading areas to life! In Numeracy we are developing our multiplication and division skills, investigating statements and problem solving.
In Science we have a fun activity for the pupils to explore materials – we are sure that you will hear all about it this week!
Weekly spellings, multiplication practice and daily reading is still on going for homework, and class teachers will be sending homework home with children for the weekend (based on the week’s learning that has taken place). We thank you in advance for your continued support.
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The end of term is getting closer and we are finishing this term’s learning this week (as well as getting enjoying the Christmas themed activities!)
In Literacy we are completing our non-chronological reports (linked to our topic) and exploring similes.
In Numeracy we are assessing our understanding of the term’s objectives and completing investigations to further develop our learning.
We are investigating our scientific skills in Science, answering the question of ‘Which materials are best for absorbing sound?’
As you are aware we have a very busy day on Thursday 12th December with our Carol Service, Christmas Dinner and visit from Santa!
Next Monday we are having our class parties (more info to follow).
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On Thursday 2nd March, Google visited our school to let us use Google Expedition, their new Virtual Reality service. Most classes got to spend 1/2 hour with Google, visiting various places around the world and in space! It was AMAZING! The children loved it.
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In week 3, we will begin to look at playscripts. We will begin the week by looking at the features of a playscript, looking at the story of Theseus and the Minotaur, act it out and then then begin to look at writing our on scripts on the story.
In Numeracy we will be looking at time. We will recap and consolidate our understanding of time before moving on to problem based tasks, such as word problems.
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During the final week of Term 3, the children will continue to work on their persuasive texts by producing their own leaflets enticing people to visit a country of their choice. Having researched their country, they will think about how to promote it in the most positive way possible.
In Numeracy we will look at fractions. We will begin the week by looking at equivalent fractions and once a good understanding of this has been achieved we will then look at more complex fractions and how to work out fractions of quantities.
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In Literacy this week the children will continue their work on poetry. Having studied the book and written their own verses based on Aliens Love Underpants, the children will have look at writing their own verses on ‘Aliens Love Jelly!’ They will look at various devices to ensure that a set structure is followed, such as rhyming couplets and number of syllables etc.
In Numeracy, we will look at money. The children will begin the week by converting money from pence into pounds and vice versa. We will then tackle word problems associated with money and finish off the week with a problem solving / reasoning activity.
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In Literacy this week the children will continue to look at newspaper reports and write their own reports about a sighting of Santa. We will cover all of the features throughout the week and will produce a final report on Friday.
In Numeracy we will continue with place value and mental strategies to solve a range of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems.
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During the final days of term before a well earned holiday, the children will continue to look at poetry. They will continue to write their own acrostic poems about a subject of their choice.
In Numeracy, they will finish off work on angles, by using protractors to measure the size of individual angles and those within shapes.
On Tuesday we will also be visiting the theatre to watch a pantomime!
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In Literacy this week the children will once again look at poetry. We will begin the week by looking at identifying rhyming couplets. These will then be used to write their own verses based on rhyming words identified. They will then generate words associated with Christmas and write their own festive poems, including acrostic poems.
In Numeracy the children will be looking at shape. They will identify and consolidate their understanding of regular shapes, then explore irregular shapes and name them according to the properties.
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Things are getting exciting on the build up to Christmas!
During the week the children will be making their Christmas decorations for the Christmas Fair.
In Literacy the children will continue to look at the story of Sleeping Beauty and will finish the unit this week by retelling the story. This will help when we all visit the Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone as they will be familiar with the story, but it will also allow us to contrast and compare different versions of the story.
In Numeracy the children will spend a few days looking at multiples and multiplication. They will also have an assessment during the week to show just how much wonderful maths they have learned this term.
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In Literacy the children will begin to look at the story of Sleeping Beauty, as the school pantomime visit will be based on this. We will begin the week with writing character descriptions and how their environment affects their mood and then move onto describing a setting.
In Numeracy we will be looking at time. The children will consolidate their understanding of units of time, as well as converting time between analogue and digital and vice versa. We will then finish the week by solving time related word problems.
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In Literacy the children will be completing a discussion unit. We will think about the new school building and discuss the benefits and disadvantages for various groups of people, such as pupils, local residents, teachers etc. The children will the represent these groups of people and present their opinions of whether it is a good idea or not based on their research / debates.
In Numeracy, the children will look at statistics. They will study a range of data presented in different ways, such as tally charts, pictograms and bar charts. They will answer questions based on the data and create some data of their own.
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Welcome to the Year 4 blog!
In Week 1 (Term 2), the children will continue to look at poetry. We will be linking the first weeks Literacy with Science, writing different poems about states of matter – solids, liquids and gases. This will give the children a chance to show their understanding of the Science topic, as well as looking at poems, rhyming couplets and technical vocabulary.
We will begin Term 2 looking at division. We will recap our understanding of division and build on this using formal written methods. We will them move onto division word problems, and finally the children will be given the opportunity to apply their understanding of the four main operations in mixed one and two-step problems.
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In Literacy this week the children will look at poetry. We will begin the week by looking at Haiku poems, based on numbers of syllables in each verse. We will also look at acrostic poems and Kenning poems, which are riddles. We will also have a visit from SNAP Theatre, and will continue working on our performance of Romulus and Remus and the Roman Empire.
In Numeracy the children will look at multiplication. We will begin the week looking at ways of calculating the answers to multiplication problems using formal written methods and will move onto word problems and applying multiplication in a range of real life situations.