Friday, 7 December 2018

07/12/18

Hello Year 4!

It's nearly Christmas! I'm looking forward to seeing lots of you at the Christmas fair on Sunday. Thank you very much for your kind donations for the class Christmas hamper, it is greatly appreciated.

Highlights of the week.
We have had a busy week in Year 4 and the children have really been getting into the Christmas spirit. We have begun opening our 'Christmas acts of kindness' advent calendar and even the classroom has been redecorated with Christmas decorations, thanks to the wonderful help of Mrs Farrell and Mrs Kirby. We even had an elf on the shelf visit us this afternoon, who wrote on my whiteboard in permanent marker!

The children have really enjoyed our new topic in English looking at non chronological reports. They have been looking at a variety of different reports to help with their understanding of successful non-fiction writing. The class have also been working really hard on consolidating their maths fluency with a mental maths test today. The class have also been getting really hands on in D&T, making their prototypes for mechanical moving posters promoting recycling. The children really worked on developing their resilience skills during this lesson as a lot of them felt the frustration when their levers did not work first time. However, they were able to reflect maturely on what went well and what didn't, and suggest improvements and alternations for when they make their final product next week.
















Next week:

English:

Producing non chronological reports on Volcanoes.

Spellings:
The spelling focus for this week is words with the 'ou' spelling but have the 'u' sound.
-young
-touch
-trouble
-country
-enough
-encourage
-nourish
-cousin
-southern
-rough
Remember if you think you know these spellings you can challenge yourself to find different words that follow the same spelling rule.

The children did really well in their spelling test this week so thank you for supporting them in their learning at home. It really makes a difference to their progress and self esteem when they have practised before the test.

Maths:Next week we are focusing on measuring weight accurately. Any pre-learning you can do at home would really help. This can be helping read scales when cooking or baking, or looking at the different amount of liquids.

Maths investigation of the week:
For the maths problem this week I have sent the children how with a Christmas activity to consolidate their multiplication facts to complete if they want too. They do not need to bring this back to school, they can keep this and work thorough it.

Science:
Invertebrate hunt!

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Bradford

Friday, 30 November 2018

30/11/18


Hello Year 4!
Highlights of the week:I am so unbelievably proud of each and every one of you for your performance in our assembly this morning! You were so confident and all of your hard work certainly paid off, you even managed to make me cry! You should be incredibly proud of yourselves. The class have also been working really hard this week finishing off their myth and quest unit of work in literacy. The children have produced some fantastic stories based on all of their learning. They have also been working really hard on their fractions. They have been looking at equivalent fractions and simplifying fractions. They was a lot of debate about whether they would prefer 1/8 of a pizza or 1/3 of a pizza! The children have also been working really hard on their Geography learning about tectonic plates. They acted out an earthquake and used Oreos to demonstrate the different tectonic plates. 














Next week:
English
We are starting a unit of work on non-fiction reports.

Spellings
The spelling focus for this week is words with the ‘ch’ spelling but sound like ‘sh’.
-brochure
-parachute
-machine
-chef
-chute
-chandelier
-moustache
-quiche
-fuchsia
-chauffeur

Maths
We are finishing off our work on fractions and consolidating addition sums.

Science
We are consolidating our understanding of invertebrates and vertebrates.

Maths investigation of the week:
Remember if you complete it, you can make up your own!


Image result for flower maths puzzle


Each year we make a class Christmas hamper for a raffle prize at the fayre. Could you please send in an item to go into the hamper by Wednesday the 5th December. This can be anything such as chocolates, wine and biscuits.

Please make sure that you are reading, practising your spellings, times tables and completing Mathletics at home.


Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you on Monday.

Miss Bradford

Friday, 23 November 2018

23/11/18


Hello Year 4!

Highlights of the week:
This week the children have been working really hard on all areas of the curriculum. They have produced some fantastic mythical characters based on the myths and legends texts we have been reading and writing. They have also worked really hard completing a range of maths games this week focusing on halving and doubling to help introduce fractions. The children have additionally created some fantastic designs for their mechanical posters in D&T. We are really excited to start creating our posters with levers and linkages next week. The children have also created our ‘Random act of kindness advent calendar’. The children have written and draw an act of kindness to be completed on the day the envelope is opened. We are all looking forward to opening these when December arrives!


















Next week:
I am looking forward to seeing many of you at our class assembly next Friday at 9:00am. All are welcome, including young children. We just ask if you would kindly take them outside if they are making a lot of noise to ensure the performance isn’t interrupted. The children are really excited to share their learning with you.

English
We are finishing our work on myths and legends.

Spellings
This week we are looking at words with ‘eig’ and ‘ei’. A lot of children were very disappointed with their score in our spellings test this week and said that they had not been practising at home. It is really important that children are practising at home as well as during our spelling activities in class to ensure they are progressing their learning.
-weightless
-neighbour
-heighten
-foreign
-sleigh
-abseiling
-receipt
-receive
-leisure
-reindeer

Maths
We are continuing our work on fractions.

Science
Identifying invertebrates and vertebrates.

Maths investigation of the week:














For those of you who are coming to the maths meeting on Tuesday at 7pm, I look forward to seeing you there. This is a great opportunity which will be discussing how to support your child with maths at home. 

Please make sure that you are reading, practising your spellings, times tables and completing Mathletics at home.

Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you on Monday.

Miss Bradford


Friday, 16 November 2018

16/11/18


Hello Year 4! It was so lovely to see so many of you at the fireworks display last week braving it in the weather! We have had another fantastic week of learning in Year 4.

Highlights of the week:
This week the children had the chance to try some Spanish tortilla in our Spanish lesson on food. It is fair to say there were very mixed opinions in the class! However, I was really pleased that everyone tried it. In PSHE the class produced a role play communicating the message that everyone is perfect in their own way and celebrating the differences in us all. In maths the children have been getting really hands on with lots of problem solving investigations and they have really impressed me with their reasoning skills to convince me that they have found the answer. We have also been learning how to measure accurately. The children had a maths lesson outside where they were estimating the length of different playground and outdoor materials. In literacy we have been looking at a range of mythical texts and discussing the features of these stories. Some of the class also competed in an athletics competition where they worked really hard as a team and managed to come 2nd place with only 2 points behind first! Congratulations to you all.

Next week:
English
We are continuing our work on mythical texts and creating our own mythical character.

Spellings
This week we are continuing to look at prefixes. The focus this week is the prefix ‘ir’ and ‘il’. There will be a pre-test on Monday where the children have the chance to see how many they already know. If they get them all correct on Monday, they will have the extra challenge of finding different words with the prefix ‘ir’ and ‘il’. The normal test will be on Friday. The words are as follows:
-irregular
-irrational
-irreplaceable
-irresponsible
-irresistible
-illegal
-illiterate
-illegible
-illogical
-illegitimate

Maths
Doubling, halving and fractions.


Science
Categorising, living things.


Maths investigation of the week:
















Can I please remind you that it is really important that you are reading, practising your spellings, times tables and completing Mathletics at home.

Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you on Monday.

Miss Bradford

Friday, 9 November 2018

09/11/18

Hello Year 4!
What an amazing, busy and hardworking start to the second half term! A massive well done and thank you to all of the children who completed some home learning over the holidays. We now have a fantastic display in the classroom with pictures, letters, drawings and photographs of all of the brilliant learning you have been doing over half term.

Highlights of the week.

On Tuesday we visited the Potters Bar Museum and I was beyond impressed with how well behaved the children were. They asked lots of questions, had a chance to look at some artefacts and read lots  of information about Potters Bar history. It was a delight to hear the children tell me all the facts they had learnt on our walk back to school. Here are some photos from the trip.













































On Thursday we had a visitor who came and talked to us about Sikhism. The children had the opportunity to extend their knowledge of Sikhism, which we covered last term, as well as asking some of their own questions. In Literacy we have begun our new topic on myth/quest stories and the class used props to help them write their own story. In Maths we have been learning to tell the time. We went outside and did some role play to show the different times in the day and to help represent the passing of time. This is an abstract concept and we will be returning to this but any home learning you can do on this would be really helpful to help consolidate this concept. This can be as simple as making the children aware of the time that they get up in the morning, the time they have dinner, the time they go to sleep etc. Veer-Ram and Aayan also gave the class a presentation on Diwali where they shared how they and their families celebrate this festival. Albert and Annabelle also shared their home learning research of the festival. I was so impressed by the confidence that the children showed in delivering their presentations and facts. We have also started practising for our class assembly! The children have all been given their lines and I have given these out for children to take home. Please practise these at home so you are really confident at reading them in class and on the day.


Next week

English: We are continuing exploring myth and quest stories.

Spellings: 

This weeks spellings focus is the prefixes 'in' and 'im' and looking at how this changes the root word. The spellings for the children to learn are as follows:
- inactive
- incapable
- incredible
- inaccurate
- immature
- immobile
- impossible
- impatient
- impolite
- independent
There will be a pre-test on Monday so the children can see how many they already know. If the children get most/all of the spellings correct on Monday they will be set an extension challenge of finding more difficult words in the dictionary with the same prefixes. We will have our spelling test on Friday.

Maths: 

We are moving onto measurement and fractions. Any pre-learning you can do at home will be really helpful. You can use food to show fractions visually, for example cutting an apple into equal fractions and explaining what 2/3 would look like through visual representation. 

Maths investigation of the week: 

Three monkeys ate a total of 25 nuts. Each of them ate a different odd number of nuts. How many nuts did each of the monkeys eat? Find as many different ways to do it as you can.

Science: 

We will be sorting living things into different groups.

I am looking forward to seeing lots of you at the firework display tomorrow evening. Remember to wrap up warm! I would also like to remind you that letters for the sharing assembly went out this week for the children who were meant to do this in October. I look forward to seeing you on Monday morning at 9 am to celebrate their work.  This has been updated on the 'Sharing Assembly' tab. Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you on Monday! :)


Miss Bradford