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Year 4

If you would like to email Miss Davies (Year 4 Team Leader) then please use the contact form below.

Welcome to Year 4!

Miss Davies and Miss Tejouso in Green Class

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Miss Shermin and Mr Hughes in Zalia

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Miss Wright and Ms North in Vert

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Miss Lewsey and Miss Boyce in Verde

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Miss Olatunji and Miss Dance in Shobuj

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Autumn 1

Here are the curriculum details for this half term.

English

The genres that we are covering this half term are information texts, stories from other cultures and descriptive writing.

Already the children have been writing a non- chronological report about netball. They have been researching the game, learning the skills and have even had a go at playing a netball match. We have been recapping the key features of writing non– chronological reports such as headings/ sub-headings, paragraphs, technical vocabulary and  how to write in the present tense.

During our stories from other cultures topic, the children will be exploring characters and settings in order to write their own short story.

 

 

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Maths

In our maths learning this half term we will be using and applying our maths skills in everyday life and problem solving. We will be covering the topics number, place value and money, shape, mental multiplication and division and mental/ written addition and subtraction.

When learning about addition and subtraction, the children will be covering a range of mental methods such as using an empty number line and partitioning into thousands, hundreds, tens and ones. Written methods for addition include the column method and we use the decomposition method for subtraction. For more details of these methods please look at our calculation policy.

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Practise your 7 times table by joining in with this song!

Let's get you in the 50s club!

International Primary Curriculum

 

Our first amazing IPC topic is called Chocolate! Throughout this project the children will cover a range of subjects including history, geography, science and art. In geography, the children will learn where chocolate comes from and the climate needed to grow cocoa beans. In history, children will learn about the first person to bring chocolate to England and how it was transported. In science, the children will be tasting different varieties of chocolate and discovering how to change the taste of chocolate. In art, children will be comparing their learning to the fictional film ’Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and designing their own fantasy chocolate machine and  packaging.                                 

 

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Year 4 Home Learning

Each week pupils will bring home 1 piece of English home learning which focuses on grammar or reading comprehension.  Please support your child in completing this to a high standard, however the learning should be as independent as possible.

 

Pupils will also need to complete 1 page of their Spelling Journal each week.  Please support your child to learn these words, practice the tricky part of the word and use them within sentences. 

 

Pupils should read daily and a record of this should be noted in your child’s home reading log.

 

Each week pupils will bring home 1 piece of Maths home learning which focuses on  key skills. Please support your child in completing this to a high standard, however the learning should be as independent as possible.

 

Please continue to support your child learning their number bonds and/or times tables and  using maths in real life contexts.  For example ask your child to tell you the time and work out change in shops.

 

Year 4 Autumn 1 Newsletter

Spring Newsletter

Summer 1 Newsletter

Welcome to year 4 and the

Summer Term.

Look who is in the team...

 

 

 

 

Mrs Small and Mrs Rai Class 4 Green

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Miss Wright and Mrs Formosa Class 4 Verde

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Miss KC and Mr Hughes Class 4 Shoduj

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Miss Osie and Miss Boyce Class 4 Verde

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Year 4 Green would like to say a great big HELLO to their pen pals in Ozanam Elementary School, Martinique.

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Summer Term 2015

Music Making

Another Friday and another opportunity to share our learning. We had music making lessons in the KS1 hall. Can you see what we used as instruments?

The Big Debate

Year 4 are learning how to be persuasive. We came together as a  whole year group to share our learning.

The subjects were all drawn from Tusk Tusk, a story book about elephants...or was it?

 Why don't you ask your child about it?

Each class read the same story but came up with a different topic to debate.

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Our debate began with a proposal. Children had to decide if they agreed or disagreed with the proposal and showed their opinion by sitting on one side of the bench or the other. The panel shared their learning and tried to persuade the year group that they were right. The audience had the chance to ask questions to the panel before they had time to change places, and their opinion! It was very interesting to see the children in action and to hear their opinions.

Persuasive learning

We began the summer term with out new topic

Our Local area, then and now.

We are going to be investigating the changes in the Becontree Heath area from 1900 to today.

We might have some questions to ask you so lets start with this map...

Do you recognise it?

Beacontree Heath 1897

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We are going to be interviewing a lady who has been living in the Borough for over 50 years, What do you think we could ask her?

Have you lived in the Borough for longer?

What could you tell your child about the changes you have seen?

We would love some old photographs if you have any!

The interview went very well. We had lots of interesting questions about how the Becontree area has changes. Our visitor could tell us about the changes she had seen.

Interviews in Year 4

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We went walkabout!

After looking at our map we looked at the contrast between new and old Becontree.

Do you recognise where we walked?

Our

WOW

experience to start our topic learning was an archaeological dig in the school grounds,

can you guess what we found?.

Can you dig it!

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Look What we found!

Spring 2

How The Human Body works

Our topic for this half term is looking at how the human body works.

We have tested our muscles and checked our heart rate.

We are trying to be healthy in year 4. We had the chance to prepare and eat some healthy food.

We each got a fabulous certificate and one for the year group which is on display outside the year 4 class rooms on our BRAND NEW notice board...

 

Why don't you take a look?

This is what Vicki Williams from Kinder Kitchen said about year 4:
Thank you very much for the opportunity to conduct our Healthy Eating workshops in your School yesterday. It was a great day, the children were extremely receptive to it, and it was such a joy to see so many tucking into fresh salads.

If you want to see a picture...have a look at the Healthy Schools page...

 

Spring 1

Our new topic for this term is

Land, Sea and Air.

We will be looking at the natural habitat of animals we

know and investigating those we do not know about.  

We began our topic with a trip to the outdoor classroom.

"We saw a robin sitting in the sunshine" said Ryan

"We saw a robin sitting in the sunshine" said Ryan 1
"We saw a robin sitting in the sunshine" said Ryan 2
"We saw a robin sitting in the sunshine" said Ryan 3
"We saw a robin sitting in the sunshine" said Ryan 4
"We saw a robin sitting in the sunshine" said Ryan 5

We looked in the pond and around the garden.

The water was clear but we only saw one fish.

Some of the plants were beginning to grow so we are going to come back before half term to see what changes we notice.

We took the class camera and took turns to take pictures.

We had a fabulous trip to Hainault Forest

Ducks and fun on the bear hunt

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Autumn Term II

Welcome to the new IPC, our way of inspiring our young learners.

International Primary Curriculum

These lessons include learning within Geography, History, Science, Art, DT and Music.

We all belong to different communities - family, friends, sports teams, activity groups etc. However there is one thing that every community has in common...Can you guess what it is? Tell Mrs Small when you see her.

 

Where were these pictures taken? Is it part of our community?

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What about these pictures?

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It takes all sorts of groups to make a community.

What do you think makes a community,

apart from people?

For our first IPC challenge, we found that we had to help each other, work as a team, listen to our friends and follow instructions.

We had to untangle the rope without letting go of the section we were holding. Some groups found it very easy.

During this half term, Year 4 have been visited by a number of people who work in our community. We prepared questions to find out about the role they play in the Dagenham community.

Our Local Allotment Organiser

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Community Liason Worker from Asda

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Community Sports Award Students from Barking Abbey Secondary School came to give us the runaround!

We looked around our school to see how we could improve our environment. Next time you come into school, why don't you ask to see our IPC books to see the areas we liked?

 

When you are in the playground, can you find the painting in the playground? We worked with a local artist to make the area look more interesting. 

Planning our art work

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We transferred our pictures to the playground

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To end the term and our project, we decided to do something to help people in our community. We organised a bazaar with competitions and goods for sale.

We made persuasive posters to entice our parents to come along:

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We set out our stalls with goods for sale, Guess the weight of the cake, Guess how many pens in the jug, cakes for sale, decorate your own ginger biscuits, buy a home made Christmas card, and some excellent carol singing. We also sold raffle tickets.

We carefully counted the money we raised

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We all had a vote and chose to send the money to Save the Children.

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Thank you!

To all the parents, carers, friends and staff who helped Year 4 with this community project.

English

Have you ever been to the theatre? Have you ever seen a show?

For our next writing challenge, we are going to be writing an play. This is going to be such a fun activity for the run up to Christmas. If you have the time perhaps you would come to listen to our singing and see our little production (Letter to follow)?

We saw a great production on Friday 21st November and we can use this to help us when we have to write our own play.

Theatre Production

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Do you know who this is?

He is a famous playwright.

His first play was Henry VI.

His last play was Henry VIII.

(If you are not sure of the title names, ask a child in year 4!)

Thames View Library

Thames View Library
Sue Bramley Community Centre
Bastable Avenue
Barking
IG11 0LG

I hope some of you managed to join the library for our last writing challenge. Don't forget, visiting the library and sharing extra books can count as extra home learning!

English writing

At William Bellamy Primary School we are always looking for ways to encourage pupils to develop their learning and make as much progress as possibly. 


The school has developed an effective marking policy which focuses on what a pupil has done well and what they need to do to make their learning even better. In every lesson the Learning Goal (what the focus of the lesson is) and Steps to Success (what pupils need to do to achieve the Learning Goal) are shared with pupils. When teachers 'mark' learning this is the focus and next steps are given to pupils. These next steps may be reflecting on how to improve the piece of learning or a challenge. Pupils respond to marking and are very much involved in the process. Even when misconceptions, errors or improvements are identified pupils see this as positive and know that we are all working together to get even better. 


To further develop effective 'marking' an integral part of this process is 'peer' marking. This is when pupils use the Learning Goal and Steps to Success to assess each other's learning. Pupils enjoy being the 'teacher' and have developed effective ways of recognising what is good and what could be even better. Peer marking is effective throughout the school. In Key Stage 1 pupils are able to write small comments about learning and by Year 6 pupils are able to give full, thoughtful and effective next steps comments or challenges.

 
When you look at your child's book you will notice comments made in
green by the teacher and comments made in red. These comments are either pupils responding to marking or brilliant examples of peer marking. 

 

 

Year 4 can peer mark

Autumn Term 1

IPC in year 4.

First topic:Choclolate

Our first amazing project is going to be all about Chocolate. We will learn where it comes from and how it is grown; who brought Chocolate to England and how it was transported; what it tastes like and  what happens if we change the taste, smell or texture.

Chocolate

The first part of our Chocolate investigation was linked to our science.

We asked a number of questions:

If you can not see chocolate, does it still taste good?

We had no idea what was going to happen....

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We decided we could hear more when we could not see!

The smell was amazing, the taste even better!

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If we can not smell chocolate, does it taste as good?

We put the chocolate in a bag with an onion

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We tasted it after 2 days

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Not everyone liked the new chocolate taste.

 

We agreed, if chocolate does not smell good, it does not taste so good!

What will happen next in a voyage if discovery into the world of chocolate?

Watch this space...

Statement of 'British Values' 

 

The Department for Education recently reinforced the need ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of:

• democracy

• the rule of law

• individual liberty

• mutual respect

• tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs’

 

Each school has been asked to publish a statement about how they ensure that pupils are developing a full and balanced understanding.  At William Bellamy Primary School we are proud to represent a number of cultures and faiths and always strive to promote these key aspects of being a well-rounded citizen.

 

Please find attached the School’s statement.

 

If you require any additional information please contact the Headteacher through the school website. 

 
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