Welcome to Year 4 2019 - 2020
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Welcome to Year 4's Class Page! We are taught by Mr Davies and Mrs Breen. We have chosen our class values to be friendship, attitude, tolerance, determination, respect, enthusiasm, responsibility, honesty and teamwork and work hard to show these values wherever and whenever we can.
Although we are not all in school this week, a lot of good learning has been happening both in our homes and at school. Well done to all children who have completed tasks set online this week. We would like to keep our weekly awards up and running and so we will now have "Virtual Shooting Star" every Friday!
In Year 4, our Virtual Shooting Star of the week was a tough choice, I've had to pick Mallie for showing how hard he's worked in his literacy work on non-chronological reports on the fastest animal on the planet - just check the walls of fame below if you don't believe me! - and for showing fantastic independence and determination in his place value work. Well done Mallie!
Well that's it for another half term! This one might have ended on a bit of a strange note that none of us expected at the start, but in the immortal words of Bear Grylls - improvise, adapt, overcome! You've all done brilliantly following this mantra for these troubled times and I've got to share your amazing practical science work with pitch, building your own instruments - just don't play them too much, your parents need a break too! As I said this morning if you haven't got round to any remote learning tasks they'll still be up there and you've got your Spice Points to do too. I'm always just an email away. Without further ado, who needs a 1964 Gibson ES-335 when you've got these:
Well I can't believe it's been a full 2 weeks of remote learning! It's been a brand new experience for all of us, there's been some tears and some laughter, but know that I'm so incredibly proud of every single one of you who has sent work in and grateful to all the parents and guardians who helped and emailed in messages of support. It is Friday and the end of term, so I will let you all have a well-earned rest over the Easter break and we'll resume our remote learning after the holidays, as seems most likely. If you haven't gotten round to the remote learning tasks and don't want your brain to turn to mush please give them a go - just make sure you take them in order or you'll be as confused as an Amish electrician. For those who have done the remote learning, give your homework activities from your spice points sheet a go. I'm always only an email away, and we'll see how you do with your tasks today, I'm very interested to see how you do with your homemade instruments to look at pitch in science!
Well, in the morning I said we had a big day ahead of us and you have not let me down, Year 4! If you wanted to know anything at all about Peregrine Falcons, place value or collages you've come to the right place. If you're still working on your collage - I know it can be a bit of a big job cutting and sticking (make sure you use old materials like junk mail or old catalogues!) so please email it to me whenever you've finished and I'd love to see it. In the meantime, have a read of our finished non-chronological reports all about the fastest animal on the planet!
Peregrine Falcon Non-Chronological Reports!
Happy Thursday to all our eager learners - we've a big day ahead of us today! Firstly we're bringing all that knowledge of non-chronological reports together to create one about Peregrine Falcons - see the literacy link for a reminder about what they need. In guided reading, it's spelling time, those tricky ones with a 'sc', like science, scene and crescent. In maths we're practising some really important place value knowledge, have a look at the maths link to see how to use a place value grid to crack this one. After all that hard work, we've a bit of a treat in art - something a bit...explosive. Good luck and we'll see who makes the wall of fame!
It's the end of another day of learning and almost time for our wall of fame - it's been brilliant to hear how much it means to you if you have been on the wall of fame for the whole world to see how fantastic your work is! I'd also like to say a big well done to Kyla, Ciaran, Ben, Mallie, Myles, Jacob, Lewis, Finlay and Lorcan for having a go at the extra decimals challenge on PurpleMash; pushing yourself out of your comfort zone shows how excellent your attitude to learning is! Without further ado let's have a look at our Peregrine Falcon report plans and our geography work on physical and human features.
Buongiorno Year 4, it was great to see our fantastic English and maths work yesterday, and just like we'd do ordinarily it's time to build on that learning and push ourselves forwards. For English today we've a bit of a change in that I want you to watch some really exciting video clips about the fastest animal on the planet, the Peregrine Falcon. See if you can pick out facts about where it lives, how it behaves, what it eats and pop as many fascinating facts as you can in your non-chronological report. For maths we're revisiting an old friend - Mr. Decimal Point. He gets a bit of a bad rap but remember his one and only job - separating the units from the tenths (and anything smaller!). We're going to finish up our look at Tuscany with a guided reading fact file about Italy as a whole and seeing if we can spot physical and human features for geography.
Buona fortuna as they say over there, can't wait to see what we come up with!
Some more fantastic work to share at the end of another day of remote learning. I've been really impressed by how well we've done with our column addition and subtraction, thinking about the atmosphere the author in our guided reading books was going for, some brilliant organising of information about the fascinating Peregrine Falcon under subheadings and not forgetting our work with 2Logo using the repeat command to create some amazing patterns! Have a look at our wall of fame below.
Tuesday, Day 7.
Good morning Year 4, today in our remote learning we're getting on with those non-chronological reports to gear up and write our own, organising information under subheadings. For guided reading we're focusing on setting and atmosphere of our guided reading books. In maths we're doing a bit of revision and extending our learning adding 3 3 digit numbers. No, that wasn't a typo, I did type 3 twice. In ICT we're using 2Logo commands to do some pattern making; see if you can do better than my spiky monstrosity and we'll post them up to see! The key is to experiment with the number of commands you put in and the values you give to those commands.
Quite a few people have emailed me scratching their heads about where to start with the third maths challenge we did on Friday, and it is a toughie so I'll give you a sneaky hint to get you started, as long as you keep it between us - the E is 1.
The bell rings for the end of another school day and once again I'm amazed at all the fantastic work that's been emailed and submitted on PurpleMash. Year 4 have put in so much effort in thinking of your schedules, and though I won't embarrass anybody by uploading their full schedule I did want to share some of the activities that we thought of to keep us happy, healthy and helpful in these trying times, big thanks to Emily, Lewis, Ben, Mallie, Ciaran, Myles, Finlay and Jacob for all these thoughts;
To stay active; Doing PE with Joe Wicks on YouTube, trampolining in the garden, taking walks, doing press-ups, playing hopscotch, running on the spot, doing star jumps, doing sit-ups, skipping, doing Yoga on a mat.
To be creative; Making rainbow cards for neighbours and family, making pom-poms and butterflies, painting and drawing views, decorating pottery, baking, writing stories, doing science experiments, junk modelling making quizes. making a bird feeder, building with lego, making cookies.
To connect with others; Facetime family members, phoning friends, playing online games with friends from school, live Mathletics with friends from school, talking to neighbours with mum or dad over the fence, .
To help others; Cleaning your bedroom, washing pots and pans, helping gardening, setting the table at tea time, helping brothers and sisters with their learning, making breakfast for the family, loading the dishwasher, running a bath, hanging the washing out, helping clean pets out, being kind to younger brothers and sisters.
Well done to everyone who cracked the maths investigations today - and if you haven't, keep going! They're designed to be a challenge and you need to get it wrong before you crack it. We've also had some fantastic thoughts about non-chronological reports and their features which will definitely help us moving forward this week, take a look at some of these examples!
Day 6: Monday
I hope you've all had a fantastic weekend and are ready for some more remote learning! Today we're looking at evaluating reports, keeping our problem solving and addition skills sharp in some maths investigations, creating an advertising poster and completing a schedule to keep us healthy and happy in these unusual times. Best of luck, and remember your work could end up on our website!
Week 2: Home learning timetable and spellings for your spelling booklet activities
Friday; and so ends our first week of remote learning, some fantastic examples of work! Enjoy your weekend Year 4, have a look at some of the zoo webcams, enjoy our art gallery and if you fancy a challenge have a go at these crossword examples - the answers are all wow words that we could magpie taken from our reading books!
Happy Friday morning Year 4, we've reached the end of our first week of remote learning and although it's been a new experience for all of us, you've really impressed me with the work you've sent in and the messages you've written. An enormous thank you to all the parents and guardians for their correspondence and feedback, as well as dedicating your time to helping with this brand new process.
Today in literacy we'll be focusing on prefixes - parts of a word you can add on to a root word to change the meaning. Check the link above for more detail. In guided reading, we've got something a little different - making a crossword out of wow words from your reading book. Think carefully what your crossword clue could be! I'll put them up on the website here for the rest of Year 4 to have a crack at solving! As it's Friday, we'll be doing RE as usual and thinking about the meaning of Lent for Christians. Good luck, and once again your work could feature on our class page!
Thursday: Some super learning going today Year 4, special mentions go to Lewis, Kyla, Caylen, Lorcan, Sam, Ben and Jacob for their excellent English work spotting those fronted adverbials! Tip top work from Mallie on solving problems with graphs; a perfect score!
I hope it's a bright and sunny Thursday morning for you Year 4, and I hope we're ready to give it our best effort in learning today - you could earn a PurpleMash award (lots of people already have!) and, even better, have your work put up right here on the school website for the whole world to admire.
For today's literacy we're brushing up on adverbials, nouns and verbs - check the remote learning link above for further guidance. We're going to finish off our statistics work with a bit of problem solving on all the types of graph we've looked at in Year 4. In guided reading, it's about time we practice some spellings so we don't get too rusty when we come back to school - so grab your spelling activity booklet! I've been kind to you and only given you 8; don't say I never do anything for you.
The big one I'm hoping to see lots of inspiration with is our art - we have a beautiful Tuscan landscape (you can look for another if you like) for you to use your landscape, layer and focus understanding on - remember, lots of detail at the front. If you can, add colour and don't forget to sign it at the bottom with your first name just like a real artist!
Ask your adult to send a photo to my email and the best examples I'll hang in a digital art gallery for everyone to see - will yours be hanging there? It's up to you!
I hope you've all had a fantastic Wednesday Year 4, and if you've got a garden been able to enjoy some sunshine. I wanted to share some great quiz facts we've discovered - this time about the city of Siena, since non-chronological reports have paragraphs which focus on a particular topic. Can you answer these questions from Jacob, Sam and Myles?
I also wanted to say a big well done to Lorcan and Emily who showed that they were pictogram experts, in record time! They remembered to read the question carefully and checked what each picture on the graph showed as well as Ciaran who showed super effort looking at different types of graph.
I've also got to show Ben's amazing work comparing and contrasting Lancashire and Tuscany;
Fantastic or what? We'll see you tomorrow for some more brilliant learning!
Bon matin Year 4! Comment allez-vous? Je vais bien, merci. See if you can keep active and have a go at speaking a bit of French yourself with SuperMovers:
À tout à l’heure!
Home learning timetable and spellings for your spelling booklet activities
Spellings for test on 20.3.20
Year 4 was transformed into an Italian kitchen today, as part of our study of a region of Europe we made pizzas using all Italian ingredients like pizza bases and salami from Naples, mozerella cheese, olive oil, Italian herbs and seasoning and parma ham from Emilia-Romangna. Yum!
Year 4's spring 2 homework
Spellings for test on 6.3.20
Curriculum overview for Spring 2 half term
Spellings for test on 14.2.20
Chinese Dragon Dance Workshop
Handball Competition Champions!
A massive well done to Year 4's Handball team who won the qualifying rounds of the Handball Competition at Valley Leadership academy, playing against some very skilled teams and showing excellent sportsmanship. Thanks too to all the parents and grandparents who attended and supported with transportation.
Spellings for test on 7/2/20
Spellings for test on 31.1.20
Spellings for test on 24.1.20
Coram Life Education visit
Year 4 had a brilliant time in the Life Education tent today learning about healthy choices, we looked inside our bodies and even took a trip through space to find out the importance of diversity and what makes us unique and special.
Spellings for test on 17.1.20
Spellings for test on 10.1.20
Termly overview for Spring 1
Thanks to all the parents and grandparents who came to watch Year 4's Christmas performance. The children enjoyed showing the skills they have learned this term with their saxophones and clarinets as well as performing some Christmas classics!
Spellings for test on 13.12.19
Spellings for test on 6.12.19
Spellings for test on 29.11.19
For Anti-Bullying Week Year 4 looked at the different types of bullying and how to respond to them. We then wrote short stories with the theme of anti-bullying.
Spellings for test on 15.11.19
Spellings for test on 8.11.19
Autumn 2 curriculum overview
A massive thanks to author David Fuller, author of the Alfie Jones series of children's books, for visiting Year 4 today and telling the children all about being a writer, fielding questions and even taking the time to sign books!
Spellings for test on 1.11.19
This little light of mine
Having evaluated products and designed their own, Year 4 today got to the most fun stage of the designing process and constructed their own torches using what we've learned in our science topic about circuits, bulbs, batteries and switches.
OneGoal - building determination
Year 4's OneGoal Session today was all about building determination - we played a game called traffic jam to help us show this value. You have to get all the coloured cubes from one side of the board to the other, but there's only one space to move at a time. It's very difficult, but by showing determination we managed it!
Spellings for test on 18.10.19
Spellings for test on 11.10.19
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The children had lots of fun today dressing up for our Dahlicious Dress Up Day as their favourite Roald Dahl characters! Thanks to all who donated £1 for Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity.
Weekly Timetable Autumn 1
Year 4 Termly Overview Autumn 1
Year 4's Yearly Curriculum Overview
Looking back at Year 4 2018 - 2019
Spellings for test on 12.7.19
Year 4 had a brilliant day at Knowsley Safari Park learning about animals and their habitats to supplement our scientific understanding this term. We learned how insects and reptiles adapted to their environments, even getting to hold a thorny stick insect called Spike and Logan the bearded dragon, how different animals can be classified and grouped as well as their diets and behaviours. Our highlights definitely included the sealion show, watching a bald eagle during the birds of prey display and of course the safari drive itself, where we saw replications of natural habitats without having to fly to Africa or Asia! The rhinos and lions thrilled everyone, as did the ostrich which helpfully decided to stand in the middle of the road and stare down our coach before it was helped on its way!
Year 4 had an action packed morning learning all about why the Anglo-Saxons came to Britain, how they fought, lived and worked on their historical detective skills trying to figure out clues about the past using Anglo-Saxon artefacts!
Spellings for test on 28.6.19
Year 4 had a full morning of water related activities to finish up our half-term's learning, and found out all about the water cycle, being safe around water and exactly how much water we use each day. As part of our commitment to be an eco-school we also learned how we can save water we use each day around school and around the home!
Year 4 had an exciting introduction to our Anglo-Saxon topic as we found out how the Anglo-Saxons came to Britain and how they fought!
Spellings for test on 17.6.19
Curriculum overview for Summer 2
Spellings for test on 14.6.19
Year 4 had a very relaxed morning in their pyjamas sipping hot chocolate, munching marshmallows and listening to a good book on account of the Gruffalo's 20th anniversary.
Spellings for test on 24.5.19
She blinded me with science!
Year 4 got busy with the fizzy this afternoon using white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. We mixed the two together in a balloon and the chemical reaction produced carbon dioxide gas which inflated the balloon!
As part of Year 4's science unit of sound we made our own instruments including pan pipes and guitars with varied pitch. Expect to see us storming the charts any day now.
Spellings for test on 17.5.19
Spellings for test on 10.5.19
Spellings for test on 3.5.19
Homework grid for Summer 1
Termly curriculum overview for Summer 1
Spellings for test on 26.4.19
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Spellings for test on 15.3.19
Thanks to all the parents and children who put in so much effort with their World Book Day costumes!
Year 4 made an unconventional use of tambourines and drums this afternoon using flour to investigate the link between sound, movement and amplitude.
Spellings for test on 8.2.19
Spellings for test on 1.3.19
Spellings for test on 15.2.19
Curriculum Overview for Spring 2 Half Term
Dental disclosing experiment
Year 4 had need of their toothbrushes and toothpaste in school today as we experimented with dental disclosing tablets, which highlight old plaque on the teeth as blue and new plaque as red. By contrasting our teeth before and after we'd brushed them we appreciated just what a good job the abrasives in toothpaste do of removing plaque before it becomes a problem!
Year 4 combined art and science today and made replica models of the main organs of our digestive system!
Spellings for test on 25.1.19
Homework grid for Spring 1
Spellings for test on 18.1.19
Curriculum Overview for Spring 1 half term
Spellings for test on 11.1.19
Spellings for test on 21.12.18
Spellings for test on 14.12.18
Spellings for test on 7.12.18
Year 4 had lots of fun combining DT and science by constructing their own working torches complete with switches!
Spellings for test on Friday 30th November
Homework for Autumn 2 half term
Curriculum overview for Autumn 2
Welcome Meeting PowerPoint presentation
Year 4 enjoyed their reading workshop from Lancashire Museums education service, hearing stories, playing genre bingo and, after much debate and discussion, deciding which books they would like to add to our class library!
Zdravstvuyte from Year 4, who spent European Languages Day looking at the Russian language and peoples, composing a diamond poem on Russian topics such as the wintery steppe, symbolic brown bear, towering onion domes of St Basil's Cathedral and graceful ballet dancers as well as performing Russian folk dances and performing waltzes to Russian composer Dmitri Shoshtakovich's music.
Like all classes at Northern Year 4 has their own class novel, ours at the moment is Just Call Me Spaghetti Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson. While we were reading we thought up questions we might like to ask the author then, on a wing and a prayer, sent them to the author and were incredibly grateful to receive answers to all of our questions. It's not every day you get to interview an award winning children's author!
Thank you so much for your lovely email and I’m thrilled your class have chosen Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy as their class novel and they’re enjoying it so far. Yay! That’s great news! And thank you for the questions that they’d like to ask me. Here goes some answers:
Q: Which of your books that you've written is your favourite?
Lara: Ah, choosing my favourite book is like choosing between buns, cakes and sweets. I love them all. They’re all a bit different to each other but equally delightful. Although, between you and me, I do have a soft spot for my second book, The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair. I think it’s because I love the snail in the book.
Q: Who is your favourite character in Just Call Me Spaghetti Hoop boy and why?
Lara: Ooh, tricky question. I like different characters for different reasons. I like Tiny Eric a lot and Sausage Roll too. Who doesn’t love an invisible dog? Maybe Sausage Roll needs his own book.
Q: What made you think of calling your book Spaghetti Hoop Boy?
Lara: I’m a fan of spaghetti-hoops. And it felt like the right name for this story as Adam needed a superhero name that was also a little bit of fun.
Q: Why is there Boy in all of your book titles?
Lara: All three books feel like a set and so I’ve used the word ‘boy’ in all three to connect them. And I like to imagine that my characters might have passed each other in the street or have been friends.
Q: How did you think up Tiny Eric?
Lara: Sometimes characters just come to you and you have to write them as you imagine them. I knew Tiny Eric would be tall but called Tiny. And I knew he’d be a good friend to Adam.
Q: What made you interested in becoming an author?
Lara: I’ve always written little stories, even from a very young age. I can’t remember a time where I didn’t write so it felt natural to write a book. I didn’t know if I’d manage to get it published though and when it happened I was over-the-moon. It was a huge dream come true.
Q: What is your favourite part of Spaghetti Hoop Boy?
Lara: I don’t really have a favourite part of a book because I see the book more as a whole story. Sometimes I think being an author is like weaving little magical threads together to make something special at the end. If you do it right everything works perfectly but if you make mistakes little holes appear and you need to sort them out.
Q: What did you do before you became an author?
Lara: Before I was an author I worked for a teen magazine where I styled photo shoots with models and wrote about beauty products. It was an amazing job and I loved it.
Q: Were you good at writing stories when you were in primary school?
Lara: I think I was quite good at English in school and I was also good at Art. Unfortunately, I was not so good at Maths. I’m a creative person who loves to draw and make things and paint and design.
Q: When did you start to like writing?
Lara: I’ve always loved writing, even when I was younger. When I was about ten I’d meet up with my friends and we would split into two groups, write plays and then act them out in front of each other. Then we’d choose the winning group with the best story. Thinking back, it was good experience for writing a book.
Q: What's your next book going to be about?
Lara: Ah, much as I’d love to spill the beans I have to keep the beans firmly inside the tin. That’s what my editor says anyway. Joking aside, I wouldn’t want to spoil the story for you but keep your eyes peeled as it’ll be out in the spring. Yay!
Year 4 had a great time this week during music week, participating in our music workshop with African drums and learning all about that Motown sound performing stretches inspired by Aretha Franklin's Respect, choreographing dances and singing to Ain't No Mountain High Enough, writing biographies of Motown artists like Stevie Wonder and getting hands on with their clarinets and saxophones for the first time!
Year 4 Welcome letter for September 2018
Curriculum overview for the Autumn 1 half term
Looking back on 2017 - 2018
Mamma Mia! Here we go again
A big thanks to all the parents and guardians who came to see Year 4's summer music concert. Year 4 put on a show demonstrating their clarinet and saxophone skills they had learned throughout the year, performing their dance to 'Count on me', performing the instrumental track Razza Sazza and, in the highlight of the show, a spirited cover of ABBA's Mamma Mia!
Year 4 experimented with different combinations of mango, pineapple, strawberry, blackberries, blueberries, bananas and fruit juices to try and make a tasty and healthy smoothie.
Year 4 rekindled the spirits of the Andes mountains as we constructed our own pan pipes with varied pitches as part of our sound unit of science.
Please find attached the detailed curriculum overview for Year 4's second summer half term.
Summer 2 Take Away Homework
Zen and the art of classroom maintenance
Year 4 spent a very tranquil afternoon exploring the Buddhist faith thanks to our visitor Christine.
Year 4 were very fortunate to have Mr. Bloom as a guest in the classroom, who told us all about his religion of Judaism and the festival of Passover. We looked at objects which have meaning in Jewish tradition like the kippah, Seder Plate, Torah scroll and we even tried some Matzo!
Year 4 had lots of fun on our school trip to Touchstones Rochdale turning three unfortunate volunteers into real life Egyptian mummies!
Summer Term welcome letter
Curricular overview of Summer 1 half term
'The Chocolate Shop' goes down a treat!
Well done to all our Year 3 and Year 4 pupils for working so hard on their Easter performance, 'The Chocolate Shop', and a special thank you to all the parents and guardians who spent so much time and effort with their amazing costumes!
Year 4 have teamed up with Year 2 this half term to start reading buddies to spread the love of reading throughout the school.
Year 4 have been looking at the Winter Olympics in South Korea testing their reading comprehension skills on a story based on this years games, as well as looking at the individual events and interviews with athletes. We thought about the international spirit of the games and welcoming all backgrounds and countries. We also acted out in role as an athlete facing a challenge and a motivational coach inspiring them to overcome it, and posed in a scene from our favourite event - can you guess which ones we picked?
Safer internet day
For Safer internet day Year 4 looked at how technology should be used responsibly and in accordance with our agreed class charter on safe use of the computer. We composed acrostic poems based around key words about the importance of never sharing personal information, telling an adult straight away if someone wants to meet you and if you see something which makes you upset or uncomfortable.
Please find attached the half termly overview for spring 2
Look at those pearly whites!
As part of our science topic Year 4 has been looking at teeth and digestion. We used disclosing tablets, which highlight plaque, to conduct an experiment on how much difference brushing our teeth made to the amount of plaque on our teeth - the results were very bright and clear!
Spring 1 curriculum overview
Year 4's Christmas concert
Well done to Year 4 for performing a fabulous Christmas concert this morning, and a big thank you to all the parents and guests who attended.
Year 4 had lots of fun this afternoon getting into the Christmas spirit by decorating baubles as part of design and technology.
Year 4 have been enjoying their Up & Active visits as part of our Personal, Social and Health Education curriculum. We learned just how much sugar is in soft drinks and which healthy alternatives we could try. We also tried healthy snacks like satsumas, grapes and raisins to replace chocolate and crisps!
Curricular overview for the Autumn 2 half term
Well done to all our Year 4s who narrated a story based on real lives in the UK, South Africa, Uganda and Malawi on how much harvest donations can change lives. A big thank you to all the parents and children who brought in food, which was very gratefully received by The Santuary Trust, a Rochdale based charity working with vulnerable members of society.
Malala's Magic Pencil competition
The children have been hard at work writing their entries for Malala's Magic Pencil competition, inspired by the book by Malala Yousafzai about a girl who dreams she has a pencil which can change the world. We used our ICT skills with iPads to research different charity causes around the world to give us ideas of what we would want to change.
Year 4 used their scientific knowledge of circuits today in designing and constructing a working torch we could turn on and off using nothing more than card, masking tape and electrical components!
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