Welcome to Year 4!
Here are the curriculum details for this half term.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Welcome to year 4 and the
Look who is in the team...
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.
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.
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?
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!
We went walkabout!
After looking at our map we looked at the contrast between new and old Becontree.
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?
If you want to see a picture...have a look at the Healthy Schools page...
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 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 had a fabulous trip to Hainault Forest
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.
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.
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.
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:
To all the parents, carers, friends and staff who helped Year 4 with this community project.
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)?
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!)
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.
Autumn Term 1
IPC in year 4.
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 decided we could hear more when we could not see!
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:
• 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.