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Year 4

What we are learning this week:

 

Autumn 1, week 1

In Year 4 this week we have been spending time getting to know each other and settling back into school life.

In maths we have been focusing on place value. We have been exploring using the different maths equipment in the class to support our understanding and practicing our maths fluency through lots of games.

In English, we have begun to read a new book – The miraculous journey of Edward Tulane. We have planned and written our own version of chapter 3 focusing on descriptive language.

  • At home you can: Continue reading with your children and practice times tables.

Previous Weeks' Learning

Summer 2, week 6

English:

This week, year 4 have continued their learning on newspapers.  We revisited previous learning on speech punctuation so we can include quotes from significant people who were present during the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb discovery in 1922.  We have been using time conjunctions to sequence events from the Howard Carter’s discovery and carrying out further research on Tutankhamun and his tomb so we have all the facts for our news reports.  We have used the facts and opinions that we have gathered to plan our own reports, ensuring we are doing so in paragraphs. 

Maths:

In maths we have been comparing and classify geometric shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles, based on their properties and sizes.  This has allowed us to revisit our previous knowledge on acute, obtuse and right angles.  We have identified lines of symmetry in 2-D shapes and presented in different orientations and completed a simple symmetric figure with respect to a specific line of symmetry. 


Summer 2, week 5

English: Newspapers

This week looked at the features of a newspaper; we thought about the difference between fact and opinion and related this to our Ancient Egypt topic.

  • At home you can: Write some facts and opinions about a topic of your choice.

Maths: Time

This week we have been learning to tell the time. We told the time to the minute and converted a 12-hour clock to a 24 hour clock.

  • At home you can: Practise your times tables on TTRockStars
 

Summer 2, week 4

English: Editing and publishing

We spent this week editing our work and making improvements before publishing our stories. We are very proud of our writing and worked hard to present it in our best handwriting with beautiful illustrations.

  • At home practice your best handwriting by publishing a piece of writing

Maths: Bar Charts

We looked at reading and interpreting bar charts, discussing when and why we use bar charts to record data.

  • At home collect data and display it in a bar chart

Summer 2, week 3

English: ‘Tadeo Jones’

This week we have used the film Tadeo Jones as a stimulus for writing. We have written our own version of Tadeo Jones, changing the characters and the trap

  • At home you can: Write your own version of your favourite book/film.

Maths: addition and subtraction

We have recapping our knowledge of addition and subtraction using the column method. We then used this knowledge and applied it to answering multi-step worded questions.

  • At home you can: Practise your times tables on TTRockStars

Summer 2, week 2

English: ‘Tadeo Jones’

This week we have continued to use the film Tadeo Jones as a stimulus for writing. We have written an adventure paragraph using short sentences to build suspense. We have designed our own trap with inspiration from Tadeo Jones.

  • At home you can: Design an Egyptian tomb

Maths: division

We have recapping our knowledge of division. We have been dividing 3-digit numbers by 1 digit using a variety of methods

  • At home you can: Practise your times tables on TTRockStars

Summer 2, week 1

English: ‘Tadeo Jones’

This week we have used the film Tadeo Jones as a stimulus for writing. We have written a setting description using figurative devices such as similes and metaphors.

  • At home you can: Write a setting description from your favourite film.

Maths: division

We have recapping our knowledge of division. We have been dividing 3-digit numbers by 1 digit using a variety of methods

  • At home you can: Practise your times tables on TTRockStar

Summer 1, week 6

English: Non-chronological reports

This week, we edited and published our non-chronological reports. We thought about the features of a non-chronological report and how to make it eye-catching.

  • At home can you write a non-chronological report about another creature?

Maths: Money

We have continued to look at money. We have been adding and subtracting amounts of money as well as finding change.

  • At home can you practice counting money and finding change?

Summer 1, week 5

English: Non-chronological reports

This week, we wrote a non-chronological report about our dragon. We included paragraphs about their habitats, diets and special powers. We worked hard to vary our pronouns and include conjunctions.

  • At home can you write a non-chronological report about another creature?

Maths: measurement

We have been looking at measurement, including money and relating it to our prior knowledge of decimals.

  • At home can you practice counting money and measuring in cm and m?

 


Summer 1, week 4

English - 

This week in English we have begun to look at non-chronological reports.  We are going to be writing our reports on dragons, so we have been conducting research on dragons to find out where they live, the different species and what they eat.  We have been using different pronouns to avoid repetition and using subordinating conjunctions to extend sentences.

     

 

To further enrich our writing and knowledge of dragons we have been making dragon eggs, modelling dragons out of clay and we even went dragon tracking.  We used the Dragonologist book to find out more fascinating facts about dragons.  We were shocked to find out there we so many different breeds of dragons and are now able to explain if it is a dragon, drake, wrym, lindwrym, ampithere or a wyvern.

     

Maths - 

In maths we have been extending our knowledge and understanding on decimals.  We have been using numbers to identify the integers either side of a decimal so we can round the decimal up or down.  We have extended this knowledge in money, so we are able to identify the value of each digit in decimal money amounts. We are now able to recognise that 1p = 0.01 of a pound and the 10p = 0.1 of a pound.   We have been rounding money amounts to estimate the total cost of items as a way of checking our calculations.

 


Summer 1, week 3

English - 

This week in English we have been writing our persuasive letters to Mr Davies so we can persuade him to allow children at Balfour to wear their own clothes.  We have edited our writing and made improvements to ensure we have included all the features that we know help to persuade.  We have published our letters and have given them to Mr Davies to read.  We are looking forward to his response!  We have used our knowledge of persuasion to write letters to people of our choice and to persuade them on topics that are important to use.  Some of our topics were: I think I should be allowed to sit next to my friend in class and I think we should be allowed pets in school.

Maths - 

This week in maths we have been continuing to develop our understanding of fractions as decimals.  We have divided 1- and 2-digit numbers by 100 and have been recognising the value of each digit within a decimal integer so we can compare and order.  We have begun to recognise the decimals of the fractions 1/4 , ½ and ¾; including equivalent fractions to these decimals.  For example: I know ¼ is equivalent to 2/8 so 2/8 as a decimal is 0.25. 


Summer 1, week 2

English – Persuasive letters 

This week in English, we have presented arguments as to why we think children shouldn’t have to wear school uniforms.  We then planned our letters by stating our three arguments and providing three points to support each argument.  On Friday we began to write the introduction and first argument to Mr Davies. 

 

Maths – hundredths as fractions and decimals 

This week in maths we have used our knowledge of tenths as fractions and decimals to begin to learn about hundredths as fractions and decimals.  We worked practically with the place value counters to understand the value of each digit within a decimal.   

           

At home: 

  • Log onto TTRockstars and Spelling Shed at least twice a week 

 


Summer 1, week 1

English - Persuasive letters

This week in English, we have begun to look at letters to persuade.  We identified features of a persuasive letter including persuasive sentence starters, rhetorical questions, evidence and facts to support, antidotes, exaggeration, emotive language, the use of personal pronouns and undermining opposing arguments.  We have read a range of articles on school uniform to start to build an argument on whether children should or shouldn't wear school uniform.

Maths - Tenths as fractions and decimals

This week in maths, we have begun to recognise tenths as decimals.  We have divided 1-digit numbers by ten to recognise what happens to the number on a place value chart.  We have counted beyond 1 in tenths as both fractions and decimals.  We have used our knowledge of improper and mixed number fractions to support our writing and understanding of decimals over 1.

At home: 

  • This terms homework grid has been uploaded on Google Classroom.  Log on to check out all the exciting homework.
  • Log onto TTRockstars and Spelling Shed at least twice a week.

Spring 2, week 6

English: ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’

This week we have written our own version of Arthur and the Golden Rope – we have made it our own by changing elements of the story. We have been focussing on writing in the style of the author and then editing our work to improve it

At home you can: Can you write your own version of your favourite story?

Maths: Fractions

We have been looking at equivalent fractions and adding and subtracting fractions

At home you can: Practise your times tables on TTRockStars


Spring 2, week 5

English: ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’

This week we have planned our own version of Arthur and the Golden Rope – we have made it our own by change elements of the story. We began writing our stories, focussing on writing in the style of the author.

At home you can: Can you write your own version of your favourite story?

Maths: Fractions

We have focussed on our multiplication knowledge. We have explored patterns in different times tables and improved our fluency through practising in various ways.

At home you can: Practise your times tables


Spring 2, week 4

English: ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’

We have continued reading the story Arthur and the Golden Rope. We have thought about the authors writing style and begun to write similarly.

At home you can: Can you identify some key features of an authors writing style? (e.g fronted adverbials, subordinating clauses)

Maths: Fractions

We have continued recapping our knowledge of fractions – we have looked at fractions on a number line and mixed and improper fractions.

At home you can: Practice conversing mixed and improper fractions.

Oxide carried out a fair test to investigate 'does the temperature effect the rate of evaporation?'

                

 


Spring 2, week 3

English: ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’

We have begun reading the story ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’; we have made inferences and predictions as well as exploring new vocabulary.

At home you can: Can you think of a story similar to Arthur and the Golden Rope?

Maths: Recap

We have been recapping our knowledge of multiplication, division and fractions. We have discussed all we know about fractions and put our knowledge into context.

At home you can: Practice your times tables.


Autumn 2, week 7

English: Beowulf

This week, after finishing writing our own versions of Beowulf. We read the next tale of Beowulf – ‘Beowulf and the Sea Serpent’; we thought about the similarities and differences in the stories and made predictions and inferences.

Maths: Multiplying and dividing by 7

We have been focussing on our 7 times tables. We have been looking at different methods of working and thinking about which may be most efficient when dividing and multiplying. We have been using our knowledge to build fact families and answer worded questions.

  • At home practice your 11 and 12 times tables – how many ways can you show a calculation?

This week we also held a Spelling Bee. For the final round we used Spelling Shed to see who could accumulate the most points in 15 mins. Congrats to Orion class who came 1st overall. Congrats to Ellis who came first by scoring a tremendous 1,388,192 points, and to Casey (2nd) and Eddie (3rd)!

            

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Autumn 2, week 6

English: Beowulf

This week, we finished reading Beowulf by Michael Mopurgo and began to plan and write our own version; changing one or two aspects to make it our own. Some of year 4 designed their own monster to replace Grendel; some changed the ending.

  • At home think about one of your favourite books – how could you change the ending?

Maths: Multiplying and dividing by 6

We have been focussing on our 6 times tables. We have been looking at different methods of working and thinking about which may be most efficient when dividing and multiplying. We have been using our knowledge to build fact families and answer worded questions.

  • At home practice your 7 times tables – how many ways can you show a calculation?

Autumn 2, week 5

English: Newspapers

This week, we have written a newspaper report telling of the triumphant battle Beowulf fought with Grendel. We have thought about including quotes to show different peoples points of view and focussed on using paragraphs.

  • At home read a news report and spot the paragraphs – why do you think they have started a new paragraph?

Maths: Multiplying and dividing by 6

We have been focussing on our 6 times tables – we have thought about similarities and differences between the 6s and the 3s. We have been looking at different methods of working and thinking about which may be most efficient.

  • At home practice your 6 times tables – how many ways can you show a calculation?

    


Autumn 2, week 4

English: Scripts

This week, we have been predicting the resolution and ending of the story Beowulf. In groups, we have written scripts, designed and made puppets and theatres and performed plays to tell our version of the story of Beowulf.

  • At home plan and write a script – can you turn your favourite book into a play?

Maths: Multiplying and dividing by 3

We have been focussing on our 3 times tables, we have explored different ways to show division and multiplication calculations. We have be looking at grouping and sharing in groups of 3.

  • At home practice your 3 times tables – how many ways can you show a calculation?

   


Autumn 2, week 3

English: Narrative

This week, we have been thinking about Beowulf’s journey to defeat Grendel. We used our prediction skills and creativity to plan and write the next part of Beowulf. In our stories, Beowulf and his warriors came across a number of obstacles on their journey. We have been thinking about using paragraphs in our fiction writing.

  • At home read some fiction books and look for paragraph – why did the author start a new paragraph?

Maths: multiplying by 10 and 100

We have been recapping our knowledge of place value and making whole numbers 10 and 100 times bigger. We recognise what happens to a number when it is multiplied by 10 and 100. We have begun to use this understanding to move onto dividing by 10 and 100.

  • At home can you write and solve some worded problems that involve multiplying and dividing by 10?

Autumn 2, week 2

English: Narrative

We have continued reading ‘Beowulf’. In the story, we met Beowulf, the warrior who is going to try and defeat the monster Grendel. We thought about the characteristics of a warrior and helped Beowulf recruit a team of fearless fighters. As well as this, we thought about the eventful journey the warriors would have to take to get to Denmark and defeat Grendel. We made maps to show the obstacles they might come across.  

  • At home you could think of some other stories that include a journey. 

Maths:  Perimeter

We have been measuring the perimeter of rectilinear shapes. We have challenged ourselves to think of efficient ways to calculate the perimeter

  • At home you could measure the perimeter of 2D shapes around your home.

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Keep working on being a times table rockstar – practise your times tables.
  • Use your knowledge of measurement to measure perimeter.
  • Retell a famous legend.

      


Autumn 2, week 1

English: Narrative

We have started reading ‘Beowulf’. We have used powerful language to describe the gruesome beast Grendel as well as thinking about where he might live and what it would look like. We have explored the character of King Hrothgar and inferred his emotions, we have written questions and hot seated King Hrothgar.

  • At home you could investigate other stories which portray characters of good and evil.

Maths: Measurement

We have been recapping our knowledge of measuring length. We have been using a ruler to measure length and explored equivalent lengths. We have been working in centimetres, millimetres, metres and kilometres.

  • At home, you could measure the length things around your home.

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Keep working on being a times table rockstar – practise your times tables.
  • Use your knowledge of measurement to measure perimeter.
  • Retell a famous legend.

Autumn 1, week 7

English: Narrative

We have been writing stories using the first half of our book (Edward Tulane) for inspiration.  We’ve thought about the characters, what might happen to them and how their personalities change as the story progresses.

  • At home, you could make some artwork or illustrations to go with your story.

Maths:  Addition

We have been learning how to add three and four digit numbers, including exchanging where the column adds up to more than ten.  We’ve also begun to learn about subtraction where no exchange is needed, as well playing games to practise swapping hundreds, tens and ones.

  • At home, you can practise more addition and subtraction, with or without exchanging.

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Find a reading book to read together at home
  • Further practise at adding numbers up to four digits
  • Practise times tables

Autumn 1, week 6

English: Narrative

We have been writing stories using the first half of our book (Edward Tulane) for inspiration.  We’ve thought about the characters, what might happen to them and how their personalities change as the story progresses.

  • At home, you could make some artwork or illustrations to go with your story.

Maths:  Addition

We have been learning how to add three and four digit numbers, including exchanging where the column adds up to more than ten.  We’ve also begun to learn about subtraction where no exchange is needed, as well playing games to practise swapping hundreds, tens and ones.

  • At home, you can practise more addition and subtraction, with or without exchanging.

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Find a reading book to read together at home
  • Further practise at adding numbers up to four digits
  • Practise times tables

Autumn 1, Week 5

English: Narrative

We have been improving our sentences with adjectives and prepositions and writing expanded noun phrases. We’ve also been looking at settings, and describing them using the five senses. Finally, we’ve begun to look at the rules of speech and the use of commas in particular.

  • At home, you could practise writing a conversation between two or more people, or write your own setting description.

Maths: Addition

We have been learning how to add three and four digit numbers, including exchanging where the column adds up to more than ten. We’ve also used this knowledge to complete missing number calculations and solve reasoning problems about money etc.

  • At home, you can practise more addition, with or without exchanging.

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Find a reading book to read together at home
  • Further practise at adding numbers up to four digits
  • Practise times tables

 


Autumn 1, Week 4

English: Non FIction

We have been researching oceans of the world, finding out about different aspects of them and writing paragraphs. This week we’ve planned, designed and written a complete information text about oceans to be put up on display soon.

  • At home, you could prepare for next week by thinking about how to describe a setting using your senses.

 

Maths: Place Value

We have been learning about negative numbers by looking at thermometers and diagrams of the sea, before moving on to look at Roman numerals (numbers to 100).

  • At home, you can do more practise at making and reading Roman numerals.
     

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Find a reading book to read together at home
  • Further practise at Roman numerals and negative numbers
  • Practise timetables

Autumn 1, Week 3

English: Narrative

We have been researching oceans of the world, finding out about different aspects of them and preparing to write an information text next week using the features we have learnt.

  • At home, you could do some further research that could be included in your report..

 

Maths: Place Value

We have been working with numbers to 10,000. This has involved ordering numbers based on the value of the digits and comparing by saying which is greater.

  • At home, you can practise ordering and comparing numbers to 10,000.

 

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Find a reading book to read together at home.
  • Explore the different types of lights (and switches) in your home.
  • Practise timetables

                  


Autumn 1, Week 2

English: Narrative

We have been thinking about the experiences of a character and how they have felt at different parts of the story. We focussed on using adverbs and different types of sentences to write a diary entry about a significant event.

  • At home, you can practise writing a range of simple, compound and complex sentences.

 

Maths: Place Value

We have been working with numbers to 10,000. This has involved making four digit numbers using place value counters, base ten, partitioning them, ordering them and placing them on a number line.

  • At home, you can practise making, drawing and ordering numbers to 10,000.

 

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Find a reading book to read together at home.
  • Explore the different types of lights in your home.
  • Practise timetables

Autumn 1, Week 1

English: Narrative

We have been exploring the characters in a story and asking questions about them, before using role play to answer. We have also been describing characters and writing poetry about their appearance, thoughts and feelings. Our focus has been correctly punctuating sentences with capital letters and full stops, exclamation marks or question marks.

  • At home, you can practise writing a simple sentence and checking it has the correct punctuation depending on what type of sentence it is.

 

Maths: Place Value

We have been reminding ourselves about the value of each digit in a number. We have been using diennes to represent numbers, then practising writing the number in both numerals and words and partitioning them. We’ve also revised how to round numbers to the nearest ten.

  • At home, you can practise rounding and drawing numbers.

 

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Find a reading book to read together at home.
  • Practise timetables