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Year 4

Friday 27th January 2023

What a fantastic week! Year 4 had such an action-packed week; including learning about decimals in Maths, writing newspaper reports in English and melting solids into liquids in our Science experiment today.

We were able to link our Science learning to our English work today. We created our very own ‘Wonka Bars’ using exciting toppings and flavours. I must say how hugely impressed I am with everyone’s AMAZING English homework; they were so creative! Hope you enjoy their ‘Wonka Bars’; they contain milk chocolate, white chocolate and sprinkles. All children have been told to save it until they are home to show it to you and to make sure that you are happy that they eat it.

Below are some pictures from the experiment.

Home learning:

Table of the week: 3 x

Reading: 5 x reads signed into reading record

Maths: pages 38 and 39

Spelling: fracture, exposure, leisure, puncture, creature (sure/ ture endings)

Grammar, punctuation and spelling: Pages 46-47

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Jessett

 

 

 

 

Friday 20th January 2023

This week in Maths we finished off work on properties of shape and have explored lines of symmetry. If you would like any further practice, I suggest exploring lines of symmetry found in regular and irregular polygons.

We are looking at States of Matter in Science, and next week will be doing another experiment to investigate how properties can change from a solid into a liquid.

Home learning:

English: design your own chocolate bar! I want you to design your own chocolate bar based on our book ‘Charlie and the Chocolate factory’. You may want to watch the film for inspiration or to look at images online.
Once you have drawn your chocolate bar, I would like you to write me a descriptive paragraph (think how you could use onomatopoeia, powerful adjectives and the senses). (Show off the techniques we have been learning in school!)

Think about:

  • Who is it for? A goodie, a baddie, your friend, your teacher?
  • What happens when it is eaten?
  • What ingredients does it contain?
  • What is the name? (the name should reflect the above information and should therefore be created at the end).

Use this as inspiration from chapter 2:

‘Mr Willy Wonka can make marshmallows that taste of violets, and rich caramels that change colour every ten seconds as you suck them, and little feathery sweets that melt away deliciously the moment you put them between your lips. He can make chewing-gum that never loses its taste, and sugar balloons that you can blow up to enormous sizes before you pop them with a pin and gobble them up. And, by a most secret method, he can make lovely blue birds’ eggs with black spots on them, and when you put one of these in your mouth, it gradually gets smaller and smaller until suddenly there is nothing left except a tiny little pink sugary baby bird sitting on the tip of your tongue.’

 

CGP Maths: 60 and 64

Table of the week: 10 x

Reading: 5 x signed reads into record

Spellings: extreme, decide, exercise, breathe, favourite (words with split vowel diagraph endings)

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Jessett

 

 

Friday 13th January 2023

Well done for completing your first full week back after the holiday. This week we have finished work on perimeter in Maths and started to look at properties of shapes (including parallel and perpendicular lines). If you would like further practice at home, I suggest finding out the perimeter of rectilinear shapes (challenge: find the perimeter when you have a missing side).
In English this week, we have continued to read ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. We have been using expanded noun phrases and sensory imagery to create vivid accounts from Charlie’s perspective. We have also planned and drafted balanced arguments discussing whether the factory should close.

Home learning:

Table of the week: 5x

Spellings: reign, obey, neighbour, eighteen, straight (words with ey/ eigh sound)

Maths CGP: pages 52-53

Comprehension CGP: pages 12-13

Reading: 5x signed reads into reading records

I have attached official information about the Year 4 Multiplication Check, which takes place in Summer term. Please take your time to read the information. Link below and PDF attached.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/multiplication-tables-check-information-for-parents/multiplication-tables-check-information-for-parents-text-version--2

If you have any cardboard (thick or thin), please bring it into school on Monday for our art project: Mayan Masks!

Have a lovely, restful weekend.

Miss Jessett

Friday 6th January 2023

Welcome back! I hope you all had a fantastic break and are feeling well rested. We have started the term off by creating a character description for Charlie Bucket from ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.
In Maths we started looking at perimeter.

Home learning:

Maths CGP: pages 73-74

Grammar, punctuation and spelling CGP: pages 82-83

Spellings: quality, quantity, squabble, watch, wander (sound after w and qu)

Times tables: 2 x (this term we are going to revise to ensure fluency)

Reading: 5 x (signed into reading record)

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Jessett

Wednesday 21st December 2022

Well done for getting to the end of your first term in Year 4! I am very proud of the progress that you are all making.  

No home learning over the holidays: you all deserve a well-earned break. Please continue to read and record this into your reading records.

If you would like to practice anything, we have been creating and analysing bar graphs and line graphs in Maths the past week and a half. Furthermore, if you would like to practice any units you found tricky in Maths, I have posted weekly suggestions/ example questions, which you can scroll back to.

If you would like to practice your writing, I suggest writing a creative story over the holidays using expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials, similes/ metaphors, and any other technique we have learnt so far this year. Please ensure that you punctuate your writing, especially if you are using speech (new speaker, new line etc.)

It is always great to practice year 3/4 statutory spellings and multiplications.

 

Topics next half term:

Maths: shape, symmetry, decimals, money, adding and subtracting fractions, fractions of quantities, equivalent fractions
English: character description, setting description, dialogue, figurative language  
Science: States of matter, including the water cycle
RE: Hinduism
Art: Mayan masks
PSHE: Keeping myself safe
Computing: Image editing
Music: changes in pitch and tempo

Please can pencil cases be restocked with: blue handwriting pens, pencils, glue sticks!

A huge thank-you for your generous presents and gorgeous cards. It is incredibly thoughtful, and both myself and Mrs Duxberry really appreciate it.

I hope you have a fantastic Christmas and New Year! I hope Father Christmas brings you everything you have wished for and that 2023 is filled with happiness.

Miss Jessett

Friday 16th December

We have had a lovely, fun-filled week of school, including the pantomime, watching the reception nativity and our end of year carol service.

 

In English this week, we have finished reading Ice Palace. We published our poems (using similes and alliteration). We used adverbs and time adverbials today when we created our story maps.

In science, we completed an investigation on tooth decay. We used eggs to represent our teeth and tested the effect that different liquids have on our teeth (depending on sugar, acid etc.) (See photo below).

 

All children have been sent home with their Maths problem solving test. It would be fantastic if you could go through this with them.

 

No home learning this week, you all deserve a well-earned break!

Only 2.5 more days until the holidays!

Miss Jessett

 

Friday 9th December 2022

We have had a lovely week this week. In Maths, we have continued understanding and breaking down time problems. I have attached some questions we did in class this week if you would like to do any extra practice. 

In English, we have been creating story maps and re-writing sections of 'Ice Palace', using adverbs, time adverbials and subordinating conjunctions.

 

Home learning:

Reading: 5 x reads, signed into reading record

Times table: please practice your next target table (see reading record times tables log).

Maths: CGP page 59 (revise/ optional-  worksheet attached)

Grammar, punctuation and spelling CGP: pages 42-43

Spellings: weight, sleigh, neighbours, survey, afraid (ay/ eigh sounds)

 

One more full week to go! Have a fantastic weekend and stay warm!

Miss Jessett

Friday 2nd December 2022

Happy Friday everyone!
This week in Maths we have been looking at measuring mass and capacity. We have explored how to estimate and how to accurately measure using scales and a measuring jug or cylinder. We then discussed how to convert these units (for example g to kg and ml to L).
In English this week, we have been writing an informative leaflet about how to survive in cold climates. We have looked at how to take notes from research, how to use titles and subtitles, using technical vocabulary and using subordinating conjunctions to develop cohesive writing.

Children have been sent home with their recent Maths paper today. The test covers what we have been doing this half term in Maths. If your child struggled with the test today, please practice similar style questions at home. As discussed, some children made silly mistakes by not reading the question properly (i.e. by not checking the units). We went through how to get to the correct answer in class today.

This week children have also been sent home with their 10 target spellings. Please continue to practise these, in addition to the weekly spellings.  

Home learning:

Reading: 5 x (signed into reading record)
Spellings: author, therefore, quarter, thought, reward (or sounds)
CGP Maths: 51 and 18
CGP comprehension: 10-11

Table of the week : practice any times tables you have not got 12/12 on yet (check in your reading record). If all are correct, move onto your next target table.

OPTIONAL: if you would like your design to be the front page of the order of service for the carol service, please design a front cover. It needs to involve the Christmas Nativity Scene. The date for the carol service is on Thursday 15th December.

 

See you at the Christmas fayre tomorrow!

Miss Jessett

Friday 25th November 2022

We have had an exciting week in school this week. This includes our science investigation exploring how the digestive system works! See the photos below…!

We had a fun-filled end to the week creating our catapults in DT.

 

During Maths this week, we continued looking at multiplying and dividing numbers by 10 and 100. We have been using place value grids to show how to get to our answer. We have explored converting measures of length, capacity and mass using what we know about multiplying and dividing by 10/100/1000.

Examples include 5kg= ? g; 60mm = ? cm; 7km = m?

We have been reading the ‘Ice Palace’ this week in English. We have been exploring what a ‘determiner’ is and have been using a thesaurus to level up our adjectives.  

 

Home learning:

Maths CGP pages: 41 and 50

Spelling, punctuation and grammar CGP: 12-13

Spellings: business, accidentally, exercise, medicine, bicycle (year 3/4 statutory spellings)

Table of the week: 7 x (please continue to work on any times tables that we have done so far, especially if you did not get 100%).

Reading: 5x signed into reading record

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend,

Miss Jessett

 

 

Wednesday 23rd November 2022

Hi all,  

Lovely to meet you all at parents evening this week. Based on a few conversations, I just wanted to remind you of some resources. At the bottom of the class blog page, there is a blank end of Year 4 report. This may help you to focus on some targets. 

There is also a glossary for terms for used in Writing.

We also have a subscription to Spellingframe.co.uk.

Year 4's log in details are below: 

It is a shared account, so scores aren't saved. On here you can access all the spelling rules and compulsory curriculum words from Year 1-6.

Lastly, the website to practice the times tables on is posted below. On this you can select all, or just a target table, and edit the time allocated. In summer term, all Year 4's will complete a 6 second multiplication test on a Chromebook (laptop). It will be really beneficial to practice as much as possible and get used to reading the multiplication and typing the answer all within 6 seconds.

 

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check

 

Thank you all for your time. 

Miss Jessett

Friday 18th November 2022

We had a lovely end to the week: we went to read our ‘Biscuit Bear’ adventure stories to Year 1. It was fantastic to see us read our stories with such enthusiasm; Year 1 loved the stories.

During Maths this week, we have started to explore multiplying and dividing numbers by 10 and 100. We have been using place value grids to show how to get to our answer. Many are finding dividing by 10/100 very tricky, so it would be great if you could practice at home.  We looked at dividing by 10/100 with one, two and three digit numbers and discussed the purpose of a decimal point. Examples include 64 ÷ 10, 64 ÷ 100, 5 ÷ 10/ 100.

 

During English this week, we finished our written versions of ‘Biscuit Bear’. We have been focusing on using fronted adverbials, subordinating conjunctions, expanded noun phrases and commas in a list. We challenged ourselves to use a range of sentence structures.

 

Home learning:

Maths CGP pages: 40 and 30

Comprehension CGP: 8-9

Spellings: immature, irresponsible, disappear, mistake, mistreat  (prefixes)

Table of the week: 6 x

Reading: 5 x signed reads in reading record

 

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend,

Miss Jessett

Friday 11th November 2022

(Sorry – this didn’t upload!)

We remembered all of the fallen soldiers today, and all who had given their lives to us during our Remembrance Day silence.

During Maths this week, we have continued to look at correspondence problems using bar models. We have been using our multiplication knowledge to help us understand what the question is asking. If you would like to practice at home, please have a go at questions like this:

Rachel has 5 pieces of ribbon, each piece of ribbon is 12cm long. What is the total length of the ribbon?
8 boxes weigh 72g. They all weigh the same amount. I only have 2 boxes. What is the weight of my 2 boxes?

 

During English this week, we started reading a new book called ‘Biscuit Bear’. We have been writing diary entries, focusing on using subordinating conjunctions

 

We had such a fantastic time at the Dance Festival on Wednesday and you all did so well! I am very proud of all of you and am so glad you had such a fun time.

Home learning:

Maths CGP pages: 27 and 6

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling CGP: 24 and 28

Spellings: permission, discussion, expansion, completion, attention  (sion/ tion endings)

Table of the week: 8 x

Friday 4th November 2022

We had a lovely first week back after half term (including a very fun Friday- practicing our dance at Rickmansworth school).

In English this half-term we have started reading a book called ‘The King Who Banned the Dark’. We have been writing persuasive speeches on whether or not we should ban the dark! We have been thinking about how to use paragraphs and persuasive writing skills.

In Maths this week we have been looking at factors and word problems. We have been using our multiplication knowledge to help us with this.
If you would like to practice at home, please have a go at questions like this:
A dog weighs 12kg. This four times as much as a cat. How much does the cat weigh?

Chris has nine times as many stickers as James. Chris has 81 stickers, how many stickers does James have?

 

 

Home learning:

Comprehension: CGP pages 6-7

Maths: CGP pages26 and 28

Spellings: gently, finally, basically, truly, simply ( ‘ly’ suffix)
Table of the week: 4 x

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Jessett

Friday 21st October 2022

We had a lovely end to our first half term in Year 4 today by visiting the Roman Verulamium Museum in St Albans. 

We explored a Roman hypocaust (Roman heated mosaic floor), Roman wall remains, the Roman Museum (which had lots of fascinating artefacts for us to explore and play with) and we attended a Roman artefact session in which we all became archaeologists. 

A huge thank you to the parent helpers- I really appreciate it, and I hope you enjoyed it too!

 

Home learning:

You all deserve a well-earned break! Please do make sure you continue to read regularly (at least 5x). 

 

Reading after half term: As stated in 'Meet the Teacher' we will be transitioning from levelled books to our passport books. This means that unless told otherwise, your child will not be taking a levelled book, but rather a passport book. This is to help develop a love for reading/ reading for pleasure. All of the passport books are Year 4 age appropriate and contain the language we hope to see your child's writing. It is a great way of exposing them to more exciting texts.

There are a range of passport books (copy in Reading Record) including fiction and non-fiction. 

Please do read books from home, library etc. - any book that engages your child. 

We will still be attending the library weekly. 

 

Hope you all have a lovely, well-deserved half-term. 

Miss Jessett

 

Friday 14th October 2022

We have had a lovely week in school.

We had a Writing Day on Wednesday where we all wrote our very own Roman Myths. We spent the morning writing our first draft and spent the afternoon editing and publishing them. Our Myths contain expanded noun phrases, a range of conjunctions and figurative language. I am really proud of everyone’s work.

In Maths this week, we have been looking at formal addition and subtraction with regrouping and missing numbers. I would suggest some practice at home, especially in formal subtraction with regroupings. For example 5046- 2590.

Home learning:

5 x reads signed into reading record

Table of the week: 4 x

Spellings: merriment, encouragement, grateful, wishful, respectful  (applying suffixes)

Maths CGP: pages 23 and 10

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling CGP: pages 4-5

 

One more week before half term! Have a fantastic weekend.

Miss Jessett

We had a lovely first week back after half term (including a very fun Friday- practicing our dance at Rickmansworth school).

In English this half-term we have started reading a book called ‘The King Who Banned the Dark’. We have been writing persuasive speeches on whether or not we should ban the dark! We have been thinking about how to use paragraphs and persuasive writing skills.

In Maths this week we have been looking at factors and word problems. We have been using our multiplication knowledge to help us with this.
If you would like to practice at home, please have a go at questions like this:
A dog weighs 12kg. This four times as much as a cat. How much does the cat weigh?

Chris has nine times as many stickers as James. Chris has 81 stickers, how many stickers does James have?

 

 

Home learning:

Comprehension: CGP pages 6-7

Maths: CGP pages26 and 28

Spellings: gently, finally, basically, truly, simply ( ‘ly’ suffix)
Table of the week: 4 x

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Jessett

Friday 7th October 2022

Another busy week of learning!
This week in Maths, we have started looking at formal/ column addition with up to 4-digit numbers. We have been looking at how to regroup, and where those regroupings go (i.e they impact the larger unit). If you would like to practice further at home, I suggest sums like 4581 + 2689.

In English this week, we have been continuing to explore Roman Myths. This week we have been exploring coordinating and subordinating conjunctions to make multi-clause sentences. We have also been using expanded noun phrases and similes to create vivid setting descriptions.

Please make sure if you do not have an apron/ old shirt in school, that you bring one in next week! We will be grouting our Roman mosaics as part of our Art project.

Home learning:

Reads: 5 x signed reads

Spellings: walking, copied, happiest, dropping, replied (applying suffixes)

Maths CGP: 22 and 24

Grammar, punctuation and spelling CGP: 22-23

Table of the week: 3 x

 

 

Friday 30th September 2022

Another lovely week in school!
This week in Maths, we have been thinking about mental strategies for addition. We used our number bond knowledge to think about how we can break down tricky 3 and 4 digit sums into more manageable steps.
In English, we have started reading a book containing lots of Roman Myths. We have been exploring what similes and metaphors are, and we have been using them in our writing. I have been very impressed with all of the wonderful writing that has been produced.

 

Home learning:

Spellings: various, ordinary, millionaire, anywhere, therefore  (‘air’ sounds)

Table of the week: 10 x

Maths CGP book: 8-9
Comprehension CGP book: 4-5

Reading: 5 x reads aloud, signed in reading record

 

Have a super weekend,

Miss Jessett

Friday 23rd September 2022

Although it has been a short week, we have packed a lot of learning in!

This week we have continued rounding to the nearest ten, hundred and thousand. If you are finding this tricky, I suggest having a go at some further questions at home.
In English, we published our newspaper reports. Our newspapers include facts and figures, powerful adjectives and verbs, and we challenged ourselves to include fronted adverbials. Please have a look at them on Google Classroom! I have been so impressed with everyone’s attitude to learning.

Home learning:

Maths CGP book pages: 12-13

Grammar, punctuation and spelling CGP book pages: 36-37

Spellings: church, earth, girl, first, working (‘er’ sounds)

Table of the week: 5 x

Reading: 5 x reads to an adult signed in reading record.

 

Trip info: Mrs Palmer is still waiting to hear back from the coach company. As soon as we have confirmed the coach, a letter will be sent out.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Jessett

Friday 16th September 2022

It was lovely to meet some of you this week at ‘Meet the Teacher’. For those unable to make it, I have uploaded the recording onto Google Classroom, and I have uploaded the presentation under Curriculum Information below. Thanks to those parents who have signed up to come on our class trip- I will send out information shortly. 

 

English: In English this week, we have been exploring newspaper reports. We are currently drafting our own newspaper reports on the eruption of Mt Vesuvius, looking at using fronted adverbials to help organise chronologically. 

Maths: In Maths this week, we have been looking at rounding to the nearest 10 and 100. We will continue this next week, but if you are finding this tricky, I suggest some extra practice at home.

Home learning:

Table of the week: 2

Spellings: eight, describe, business, caught, favourite

Reading: 5 x reads signed into reading record by an adult

Maths: sheet on rounding to 10 and 100 (1000 is challenge- we have not done this yet). Please complete the first two sections. Uploaded in case lost.

English: page 2-3 of CGP comprehension book ‘the invention of the camera’. Photocopied.

 

CGP books have been ordered and we will hand them out as soon as we get them!

 

 

Times Tables

All pupils should now have a times tables check in their reading record. One tick means your child has got 12/12 on this table. Two ticks means your child has got this table correct twice and it is now time to focus on a different table.

A useful website is called Maths Frame Multiplication Tables Check (link below). Children can select their target table and the time to complete each question. In June, the children will have 6 seconds per question, so it might be worth getting to know that speed. Don’t worry, we will build up to that time!
As much support at home with times tables would be hugely appreciated.

 

(https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check)

 

Friday 9th September 2022

Welcome to Year 4!  hope you have all had a lovely summer. 

We have had a lovely first week of Year 4 and have already been very busy! I am looking forward to meeting you all at the ‘Meet the Teacher’ on Tuesday 13th- Mrs Palmer has sent out details.

 

Topics this half-term:

Science: Living things and their environment
History: Romans
RE: What kind of world did Jesus want?
PSHCE: Me and my relationships
Art: Roman mosaics
Music: Adapting and transposing motifs
PE: Invasion games and swimming

In Maths this week we were looking at Place Value, including regrouping, ordering 4 digit numbers and adding/ subtracting by thousands, hundreds, tens and ones. If you would like to practice at home you could order 4- digit numbers from largest to smallest (and vice versa) and be able to explain which value is greater and why (e.g. 7891 is greater than 7234 as it has a greater number of hundreds).

In English this week we started a book called ‘Escape From Pompeii’. This is a story about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. We looked at planning and writing setting descriptions using powerful adjectives and verbs. We used a thesaurus to level up our work. Thesaurus skills would be great to practice at home!

 

Home learning

History- Research and sketch a Roman soldier. Make sure you draw and label what they wore and any weapons/ shields they might carry. Please make sure you include the material used.
Additionally- if you would like to create a fun fact file on the Romans, I am in the process of making a school display board and would love to put your work up!

Councils- if you would like to apply for one of the councils (Eco, Ethos, Learning/ School or Sports) please create a letter/ poster (or an alternative application) which includes why you would like to be part of that council and any ideas you have to help develop that council.

Reading- 5 x signed reads into reading record

Spellings- accident, actual, address, although, answer

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