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Year 4

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

Class Notices

 

PE Day changes around a bit this term! You are advised to send children to school in PE kit on Mondays and Wednesdays. The actual PE/Swimming days are listed in the table below:

 

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/

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 PAIR OF WELLIES IN SCHOOL EVERY DAY WHICH THEY CAN WEAR ON THE FIELD - WE WILL BE USING IT IN ALL WEATHER. These should be named and placed on the Y4 welly rack outside.

Friday 3rd May 2024

We have been really busy over the last few weeks learning all about the fearsome Vikings! We have discovered why they started to settle in England and how Alfred the Great managed to make peace. We had an exciting afternoon on Wednesday when we found an axe head and shield boss buried in the school vegetable patch! We have done some research and believe it may be remains from the Battle of Minchinhampton in 894 AD.

 

We had a fantastic time during Dress Up Day today - thank you everyone for their super efforts with costumes, the children looked FANTASTIC!

Friday 19th April 2024

What a super couple of weeks back we have had! Year 4 have thrown themselves into the Odd and the Frost Giants topic this term! We have done lots of learning about the Viking invasions in the 8th Century - including exploring the fearsome Longships! In Science lessons, we have been learning about different states of matter and have debated what category different household objects fall into. In Maths, we have been working on decimals.

 

We have also enjoyed our first brass lesson this week! Mr McLaughlin from Gloucestershire Music will be in school teaching the class every Tuesday morning this term!

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

Image editing

 

Science

States of matter

 

Geography

Place comparison

Trade links

 

PSHE

Growing and changing, including puberty

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Friday 1st March 2024

We have had a great start to our topic - The Abominables! It started with a yeti breaking into our classroom! We had to solve clues to work out who had come in. In Geography, we have been exploring different mountain ranges in the world and learning how they were formed millions of years ago. Our Science this term is all about animals - their diets, habitats and how scientists group them in different ways. Thank you to everyone who came to our assembly last week - it was great to perform to such a good audience!

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

 

Narrative - New story chapter

Travel Brochure

 

Maths

 

Fractions

Decimals

Times Tables

 

Computing

Collecting Data

Internet Safety

 

Science

Animals including humans - Food chains

Living Things and their Habitats

 

Art

Pattern and Texture

 

Geography

Mountains

 

PSHE

Rights and Responsibilities

Friday 2nd February 2024

We've had a brilliant couple of weeks! We had a fantastic time at Techniquest last week and really enjoyed all the different hands-on Science which was on offer. Have a look at some of the pictures of what we got up to! This week, we have been learning about perimeter in Maths and have made our own Operation sets in DT lessons.

Friday 12th January 2024

Happy New Year! We've had a great start to 2024 and have been busy at school already. We have done lots of super science work learning all about the digestive system. We can name lots of different organs and explain what they do. In Maths lessons, we have been working hard on multiplication and short division. In English, we have started to write present tense reports all about our science learning!

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

Programming - Repetition in Shapes

 

Science

 Animals including humans - Digestive System and Teeth

 

DT

'Operation' games

 

PSHE

Mental Health

Being my Best

Friday 24th November 2023

We've had a great couple of weeks in class. In History, we have been exploring some ancient history as we head back in time to the Shang Dynasty of ancient China. Children have done really well to recall information and ask lots of questions to further their understanding. In Science, we have carried on our work about electricity and are now really good at building different circuits. We have learned about switches and applied our knowledge of conductors and insulators to build switches to go into our own circuits.

Friday 10th November 2023

We've had a super week back to school. We have been really enjoying this term's focus book and have written some super instructions based on it. We have been learning all about electricity in Science lessons and had a go at making circuits using different components. In Maths, we have learned about area and have still been working really hard on our times tables - everyone in the class now has a Rock Status from playing the Studio Mode of TTRS. Well done!

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

Area

Multiplication & Division

Times Tables

 

Computing

 Self image and identity

Research

 

Science

 Electricity

 

DT

 Firework projectors 

 

History

The Shang Dynasty

 

Geography

Rivers

 

PSHE

Me and My Relationships

Friday 27th October 2023

We have been busy finishing off our King Arthur topic! We have painted fantastic Arthurian shields for our topic book covers and had a great time practising and performing our King Arthur play in assembly! Thank you for being such a great audience! This week, we have written instructions about how to make traditional Anglo-Saxon pottage - a stew made with vegetables and oats. We tasted it and lots of us enjoyed it! We have been working really hard on our times tables too, with lots of children getting earning a Rock Status by playing and improving using the Studio mode of TT Rockstars. Keep it up!

Friday 13th October 2023

Year 4 have had a great couple of weeks since the last update. We have been learning lots about Sound in Science lessons. We have tested decibel level of sounds over distance and explored how string telephones work! Have a look at our gallery of our string telephone investigation! We have also had a go at using different materials to insulate sound coming from a speaker. We also explored what happened to the strength of different vibrations when the volume of sound increased. We used drums and Rice Krispies to test this out!

Friday 29th September 2023

We have had a super few weeks in Year 4! We have been really busy learning all about the Anglo-Saxons in our History lessons. We thoroughly enjoyed our Anglo-Saxon workshop with Edmund the Saxon on Wednesday. We practised battle tactics, played Saxon games, practised some archaeology and made decisions like King Alfred in the Witan game! Check out the photos below!

Friday 15th September 2023

Welcome to Year 4 with class teacher, Mr Atkinson! Other staff in the class are Mrs Rice-Taylor (TA), Mr Spring (TA), Miss Smith (TA) and Mrs Bennett (teaching on alternate Tuesdays). We are all really for a brilliant year ahead!

 

What a fantastic start to the year we have had! The class has done a fantastic job at settling into Year 4 and has produced some super work already! In Science, we have been exploring sound and made slo-mo videos to show the vibrations caused by hitting a drum or strumming an elastic band. In History lessons, we have been exploring the aftermath of the Roman Empire and the emergence of the Anglo-Saxons in Britain. We have invited an Anglo-Saxon into school to deliver a workshop in a few weeks' time (Wednesday 27th September)!

Term 1

This term, our book will be 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

 

Science

Sound

 

Computing

Computer systems and networks

 

Art

Colour

 

History

The Anglo-Saxons

 

Geography

Focus on the UK

 

PE

Football

 

PSHE

Valuing Difference