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Year 4

To contact Mr Atkinson, please email latkinson@cashesgreen-pri.gloucs.sch.uk 

P.E. - Our P.E. lessons are every Monday.  If they are in school, children need to come to school dressed in their P.E. kit with suitable footwear on this day.

Reading Records - signatures will be counted each Thursday.  Children can read to themselves and write it in but the record must be signed by an adult. 

Homework - will be set Friday via Seesaw and needs to be submitted by 9am the following Thursday.

Friday 8th July

Year 4 have been busy working on the end of year play! We have been doing a fantastic job singing in the choir and can't wait to show off all of our fantastic songs! We have been enjoying The Boy Who Biked the World: Part 2 in our reading sessions. Next week, we will be finishing our writing work with some newspaper articles all about Tom and his journey! In Maths, we have been learning all about shape and angles.

 

As this is the final class update of the year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the children for being the best Year 4 class this year! They've been superstars and worked so hard. Thanks also go to the parents for all your support at home. I hope you have a great summer holiday!

Friday 24th June 

We've had a busy but exciting week! Firstly, a huge well done to children AND PARENTS for all your hard work preparing for the Times Table test. I was so proud with how hard everyone tried and results will be shared as soon as possible. Following this, we practised some Geography skills by following maps to take us on a route up to and from Randwick Woods. We had a brilliant afternoon exploring our beautiful countryside.

Well done to the 11 children from Year 4 who took part in the cricket tournament yesterday. You all played very well and were a credit to our school!

Friday 10th June

We have had a busy first week back! We have been doing lots of super Geography work this week, with Africa as a focus. We Have used mapping tool Digimaps to locate different countries and plot Tom's route from the story! We have also finished our work on the water cycle from last term.

 

We have also been working very hard on our times tables this week. All children will be tested on their times tables in the 25 question format during the week beginning Monday 20th June. Please look out for a letter about this coming home with children. 

Term 6

This term, all of our learning will be based around 'The Boy Who Biked the World' by Alistair Humphreys

This term we will be learning the following:

English

Narrative - New chapter

Persuasion

 

Maths

Time

Statistics

Shape

 

History

Benin

 

Computing

Internet Safety

Programming

 

Science

Living things and their habitats

 

 

Geography

Northern and Southern hemispheres, Equator, climate zones

 

Art

Pattern and texture - plaster

 

PSHE

Keeping myself safe

Friday 13th May 2022

It's been a busy fortnight in Year 4! We have been doing lots of work on History this week, learning all about one of the most famous people in the fight against the Vikings - Alfred the Great. We have begun to write past tense reports all about him, his life and his legacy which we can still see today. We also studied the feared Viking longships and explored what made them so effective to Viking raiders. Have a look at the diagrams we made using different materials.

 Friday 29th April 2022

We've had a great week back at school. We have started learning about the Viking raids, which started in 793 in our history lessons, as well as getting to know who the Norse people were and what they believed in. In Science, we have started exploring states of matter, investigating solids, liquids and gases. We experimented by putting some ice into a pan and watching as it became liquid water and the water vapour.

We also had lots of fun learning to play brass instruments! Mr McLaughlin from Gloucestershire Music will be joining us every Tuesday to teach us the cornet or baritone.

Finally, Mr Atkinson and the Eco-Committee have been busy preparing the ground for a vegetable garden. It might not look like much, but we have worked hard to dig up the grass and expose the soil ready for planting!

Term 5

This term, all of our learning will be based around 'Odd and the Frost Giants' by Neil Gaiman.

This term we will be learning the following:

English

Narrative - Alternative ending

Past Tense report

Recount

 

Maths

Decimals

Money

Time 

 

History

Vikings

 

Computing

Internet Safety

 

Science

States of matter

 

Geography

Place comparison

Trade links

 

PSHE

Growing and changing, including puberty

Friday 1st April 2022

We have been really enjoying The Abominables. We have started to plan and write our own chapters to fit into the story, thinking about speech, setting description and using complex sentences. In Maths we have been working really hard on fractions and decimals, looking at adding, subtraction and converting. We have been learning all about habitats and how to group and classify different organisms in Science, while we have been using plaster of Paris to make casts in our Art lessons. 

Friday 18th March 2022

Year 4 have been doing lots of science and geography over the last fortnight. We have learned all about mountain ranges and how they are formed. We made videos to explain the process. Have a look at this photo to see what we did:

In science, we have been learning about different animals and their diets. We have made a variety of food chains and food webs to explain how the energy is transferred from producers to consumers. Next week, we will start to sort animals using Venn diagrams and classification grids.

 

In English, we have been persuading people to visit Hotel Himalaya with out travel brochures. In Maths, we have been carrying on with our work on fractions. Everyone has worked very hard but it's still a bit of a challenge!

 Friday 4th March 2022

We started the term with a bit of a surprise! Our classroom had been ransacked by a mysterious creature and we had to work out what it was! We used the clues in the classroom and deduced that the intruder was a yeti! Have a look at the mess that it made!

Term 4

This term, all of our learning will be based around the brilliant 'The Abominables' by Eva Ibbotson.

This term we will be learning the following:

English

 

Poetry

Narrative - New story chapter

Travel Brochure

 

Maths

 

Fractions

Times Tables

 

Computing

Internet Safety

 

Science

Animals including humans - Food chains

Living Things and their Habitats

 

Art

Pattern and Texture

 

Geography

Mountains

Europe

 

PSHE

Rights and Responsibilities

Friday 11th February 2022

 

We have packed a lot in over the last fortnight! We built our own versions of Operation, using our knowledge of electrical circuits.

We also talked about cooking healthily and made a pasta Bolognese in the classroom. Almost everyone enjoyed it!

Friday 28th January

 

We have been designers and electricians over the last few weeks! We took apart sets of Operation to find out how they worked. We recognised lots of familiar electrical components like wires, cells, buzzers and bulbs. We then explored different materials and evaluated different materials for their properties as electrical conductors. Using our knowledge, we then designed our own versions of Operation based on the digestive system. These will go into production next week!

Friday 14th January

 

We have packed a lot into the first week back! We have started with a study of the digestive system, exploring the basic functions of the organs and what they do for our bodies. We had a go at an investigation which modelled each part. Have a look at the pictures below!

We have also started work on Multiplication and Division 

Term 3

This term's book is Giant by Kate Scott

We will be using this book to guide our learning throughout the term. Subjects covered this term will be as follows:

 

English

Narrative - A new story with the same structure

Non-fiction - Present tense reports

 

Maths

 

Multiplication & Division

Measurement

Fractions

Times Tables

 

Computing

Internet Safety

PowerPoint

 

Science

 Animals including humans - Digestive System and Teeth

 

DT

'Operation' games

 

PSHE

Mental Health

Being my Best

Friday 2nd December 2021

Year 4 have got a busy couple of weeks coming up before we break up for Christmas! In Science this week we have started learning about sound and have completed an investigation about the loudness of a sound and the strength of the vibration. In history lessons, we have started to study the Shang Dynasty - a civilisation in Ancient China. In English, we have finished our instructions all about how to make a firework, making up some wacky ingredients and cooking methods to make them! We hope you enjoy looking at the children's firework projectors which they have made and should be bringing home this evening.

Friday 19th November 2021

We have been busy working on instructions in our English writing. Next week, we will be inventing our own fireworks and writing instructions about how to make them! We have been creating our own firework projectors in DT lessons - learning about the circuit to put inside and creating a tissue paper dome for the light to shine through. We have been lucky enough to have some lessons from Miss Loxley, a Spanish teacher from Stroud High School on a Tuesday afternoon. We will continue to learn Spanish until Christmas. In geography lessons, we have been studying volcanoes, exploring what they are and explaining their pros and cons on the lives of humans who live around them.

Friday 5th November 2021

We've enjoyed our first week back and have got stuck into our new story. We have started learning about Asia in geography lessons and had a go at a quiz labelling different countries on the map. In science, we started learning about circuits. We can name different components and explain their function. We know how to complete a circuit and make components work.

In English lessons we have been learning about speech and different types of exciting sentences! In maths we have been learning about subtraction.

Term 2

This term we will be studying the book The Firework Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman.

We will be using this book to guide our learning throughout the term. Subjects covered this term will be as follows:

 

English

Narrative - A sequel to the story

Non-fiction - Instructions and Recount

 

Maths

Subtraction

Length & Perimeter

Multiplication & Division

Times Tables

 

Computing

 Self image and identity

Research

 

Science

 Electricity

Sound

 

DT

 Firework projectors 

 

History

The Shang Dynasty

 

Geography

Volcanoes and Earthquakes

Larger scale maps

 

PSHE

Me and My Relationships

Friday 15th October 2021

We've had a great couple of weeks in Year 4 learning all things Saxon! We've explored different houses that the Saxons lived in and investigated what changed for them when St Augustine was sent with a message of Christianity. This week we've looked at artefacts which were uncovered at the famous Sutton Hoo. We drew pictures to show what we thought the burial site would have looked like at the time. In English, we have been writing past tense reports all about Anglo-Saxon life - their food, houses and clothing. In Maths, we have finished our unit on place value and have moved onto addition and subtraction. 

Friday 1st October 2021

Wow! We've been in Year 4 for a month already! We have been working really hard on our writing and have written our own Arthurian adventures this week. We have tales of knights fighting dragons, krakens and even each other! In Maths lessons, we've been getting to grips with place value and 4-digit numbers. Our History topic has been all about the Anglo-Saxons - where they came from and why they came to Britain. We will be carrying on exploring how the Saxon people lived. We have done lots of fantastic map work in Geography and have learned lots of symbols from Ordnance Survey maps. We found clues to show where King Arthur went and where he had left his belongings! In Art, we have painted our own Arthurian shields based on the illustrations of Marcia Williams. Have a look at what we have painted!

We have also been learning a song in Music lessons all about the Anglo Saxons. You can have a look at the words here:

Term 1

 

Welcome back! We're so excited to welcome you into Year 4!

Our class teacher is Mr Atkinson and our teaching assistant is Mrs Legg. You will also see Mrs Bennett every other Wednesday for RE, Times Tables and Art. Mrs Carter will also be working with a range of children in the class.

The children have started the term fantastically and settled into Year 4. Keep it up!

This term, our book is King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table by Marcia Williams.

We will be using this book to guide our learning throughout the term. Subjects covered this term will be as follows:

 

English

Narrative - A new Arthurian story

Non-fiction - A past tense report about Saxon life

Poetry - A narrative poem about Sir Lancelot

 

Maths

Place Value

Addition and Subtraction

Times Tables

 

History

The Anglo-Saxons

 

Geography

Reading and using different types of map

 

PSHE

Valuing Difference

Class Notices

 

PE Day is a Monday. Please come to school wearing a clean PE kit and trainers as we will be using the field.

 

Reading Record day is a Thursday. Children can write what they have read but this must still be signed by an adult please.

 

Times Table test day is a Friday. You can support your child by practising Times Tables at home. By the end of Year 4, children are required to know all their tables up to 12X12 and will have a formal test in June. Here are some websites you can use to help.

 

https://play.ttrockstars.com/h

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

https://www.timestables.co.uk/ - A wide range of games and recall opportunities

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

 

We use the mathsframe website for our test at school as this simulates the speed recall required for the end of year test.

 

PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILD HAS A SPARE PAIR OF TRAINERS OR WELLIES IN SCHOOL EVERY DAY WHICH THEY CAN WEAR ON THE FIELD - WE WILL BE USING IT IN ALL WEATHER.