Welcome to Year 4
On Wednesday, Year 4 went on a school trip to Hainault Forest. The trip was to help us discover more about our IPC learning for this half term about habitats. Each class had 3 different activities to do whilst at the forest. We used a tally chart at the pond to research the different types of plants and creatures that lived there. It was very interesting to record the information and compare it with other groups. This information was used the next day in our maths learning as we recorded it using a bar chart. Whilst at the forest, we also had the chance to discover the different types of wildlife that live in the woodland area. This helped us to make links with habitats and the wildlife which animals live in. Our other activity was the chance to look at the farm area at the forest. We saw lots of different animals in this area including goats, chickens and horses!
Have a look some photos of our fantastic outdoor learning below.
Year 4 had a great time competing in sports afternoon. Each class were assigned a country to represent! The countries were Italy, Croatia, South Africa, Portugal and Gambia! Check out the fun below!!
In year 4, our English learning is based on a book called Wanted: The Perfect Pet. In the story, the main character, Henry, is desperate for a pet dog but his mum will not let him have one. On Monday, we wrote our own letters as Henry asking his mum for a pet dog. Unfortunately, she replied the next day saying that we are not responsible enough for a pet dog. So to persuade mum we are writing non-chronological reports about how to look after a dog.
Today, we had a representative from the Dog’s Trust visit us with her pet dog Fudge to tell us all about how to look after a dog. Luckily, we had already started some research in class on Tuesday so we had lots of questions to ask. We learnt all about the diet requirements of a dog, including the foods that dogs must never eat. After this, we had the chance to learn more about exercise for dogs and how they should be groomed. We even found out that dogs should have their teeth brushed twice a day!
As you can see from the photos it was a brilliant learning experience and we now have more information to help us write our reports and hopefully persuade mum that we are responsible enough for a dog!
In English this half term, our first four weeks of learning is based on a book called ‘Wanted: The Perfect Pet.’ The story is about a boy named Henry who desperately wants a pet dog but his mum will not let him have one. At the beginning of our topic, we will be writing a letter to mum asking her to change her mind. Unfortunately, she will reply and tell us that we are too irresponsible for a dog as we do not know enough about them. We will then write our own non-chronological reports about how to look after a dog to try to change mum’s mind! A representative from the Dog’s Trust will be bringing her pet dog Fudge in to teach us all about how to look after a dog! A learning focus for our writing will be developing our sentence types by using fronted adverbials and a range of sentence starters. Also we will be writing our own adverts and news stories. This will help us to consolidate our persuasive skills both verbally and written.
This half term, we will continue to apply our maths skills, to solve real life problems which may occur in everyday life. Now that our year 4’s are getting ready for year five, we will be focusing on independent problem solving and using and applying our mathematical knowledge. Our exciting maths topics will include 2D shapes. We will be learning how to identify quadrilaterals and different triangles. We will then delve into aspects of measure. This includes converting different types of measure (e.g. grams, kilograms, seconds, minute etc.). Children will also be consolidating and developing their skills in methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
The IPC topic for this half term is called Land, Sea and Sky. The children will be learning about:
· how water plants are different from other plants
· how fish have adapted to living in water
· how birds are adapted to flying
· how to create a classification key to group animals
· about food chains in different world habitats
· about the life cycles of plants and animals
The children will visit Hainault Forest to do some practical learning based around habitats.
Home Learning Project
Check out the habitats in your local area. E.G– The Chase, Dagenham. Talk with your child about the huge variety of plants and animals in the world and how they are specially adapted to their environment.
Home Research Project
Find out about water habitats, e.g. ponds, rivers and oceans. Then contrast this with the dry conditions found in the desert and how wildlife has adapted to life with little water.
Welcome to Summer Term 1!
Star Snappers Workshop!
4 Shobuj love gardening!
Trip to Valence House Museum
During Year 4’s trip to Valence House, the children explored the history of our school and local area by looking at original documents of the past including newspaper reports about the school, photographs, diary entries and school log books. As part of their tour around Valence House, Year 4 identified artefacts and information about Dagenham’s past and famous people who had originated from this area. We also found out how and why common local sites of Dagenham had been named after certain people.
Year 4 Swimming
Children need to be at school at 8.20am.
Monday- Shobuj and Zalia
Tuesday- Vert and Verde
Please ensure your child has a swimming hat.
In English this half term, our topics are poetry, adventure stories and recounts. In poetry, we will be writing our own versions of an excellent poem called ‘Mini Secrets’. The children will be recapping how to use language features such as similes, metaphors and alliteration to engage the reader. The children will also be performing their poems and developing their skills in using actions, expression and intonation.
Throughout the adventure stories unit, the children will be reading and retelling a short story which uses suspense to captivate. They will be planning, drafting, writing and editing their own short stories and developing their skills in selecting exciting vocabulary and a range of sentence styles.
In maths, we will continue to use and apply our maths skills, particularly to solve real life problems which may occur in everyday life. Our maths topics include finding inverse calculations, estimating and rounding, shapes and fractions. In addition, we will be working on our mental maths skills and developing effective strategies for mental maths. A key focus will be on counting in multiples, place value, ordering and comparing.
How many bronze and silver awards have you had on Mathletics?
Has anyone in Year 4 had a gold Mathlectics award?
How to get the most out of Mathletics!
• Take an active role in your child's Mathematics progress.
• Encourage your child to use Mathletics 3 to 5 times a week.
• Encourage a balance between the Full Curriculum section and Live Mathletics.
• Take time to work together with your child. The Support Centre in each activity will help show how to solve a particular problem.
• Encourage your child to do activities that challenge, rather than those he/she finds easy.
• If the Course is too difficult or too easy, then change to a more appropriate Course.
• Celebrate your child's successes. Print the Certificates out and put them on the fridge!
Our IPC topic for this half term is an English Heritage Project called ‘William Bellamy Through the Years’. This local history topic enables children to explore how Barking and Dagenham has changed since World War 2 using historical maps and diary extracts from previous residents of our community. We will also be using an old log book written by teachers from William Bellamy Primary over 40 years ago to find out how our school has changed. The children will also be learning about who William Bellamy was and why our school was named after him! An educational visit to Valence House Museum will support this topic.
Welcome to Spring 2!
On Thursday 17th March 2016, 4 Shobuj and 4 Vert went on a trip to Barking and Dagenham College for a sport day. The children were able to participate in lots of new and different sport. This day helped to promote an active lifestyle and encouraged the children to try a different sport and to find an after school sports club in their area to participate in. It was a very fun day! 4 Shobuj came back with a very BIG trophy as they were crowned the kings and queens of team spirit. Everyone also received a medal for participation.
Last week, each Year 4 class had the opportunity to participate in an Ancient Egyptian workshop. We were all able to dress as ancient Egyptians and learn lots of information as a part of our IPC topic for the half term.
Our exciting day started with an introduction from an Egyptologist who talked to us about the history of ancient Egypt: this included showing us a map of the country, talking to us about Pharaohs and reminding us of the importance of the River Nile for the Egyptians.
Next, we split into groups so we could attend the three different activities that were taking place throughout the morning. The first workshop was exploring the culture of Ancient Egypt and we had a chance to see some artefacts and photographs from Egypt.
After our first workshop, we were able to spend time learning some more information about life in Ancient Egypt and completing a fun quiz in pairs. The quiz included facts about the food and drink in Ancient Egypt, the houses and buildings in the country and different transport they used. Finally, before our lunch break, we used Ancient Egyptian units of measurement to measure the length of people and objects in the classroom. This was a fun activity which gave us a chance to experience what it was like for the Ancient Egyptians!
After lunch, we met back in the hall for our final part of our exciting day. We had the opportunity to witness a murder, mummification and burial of a Pharaoh: this included details on mummification and a burial procession. In this exciting part of the day, we were able to play a part in the workshop and experience this first hand.
Have a look below at some photographs of our fantastic costumes and the activities from the day!
Year 4 were really happy when a local band from Barking and Dagenham came in to entertain us! We felt really inspired.
This half term in English, we will be learning about persuasive texts, poetry and information texts.
We will be looking at persuasive texts both in the spoken and written format. We will be using our speaking and listening skills to persuade a person to buy an item and our writing skills to write a letter of persuasion. We will be focussing on features such as using a catchy slogan, rhetorical questions and using persuasive sentence starters in our writing. The speaking and listening lessons will also help the children to enhance their debating skills by using reasoning and justifying.
The children will also be given opportunities to recap and develop skills such as using interesting and exciting vocabulary, experimenting with a range of sentence structures for effect and how the structure of a text can create an impact for the reader!
In our maths learning this half term, we will be continuing to use and apply our maths skills in everyday life and problem solving. The topics that we are covering are multiplication, interpreting graphs such as bar and time graphs, converting measure, converting time and solving multi-step problems.
We will be multiplying using different strategies including the partitioning method (known as the grid method) and short multiplication. We will also be reading and interpreting various graphs. The children will also be converting different forms of measure such as converting hours to minutes, minutes to seconds and years to months.
Our new IPC topic for this half term is called ‘Temples, Tombs and Treasures.’ We will be learning about the daily life of the Ancient Egyptians including how important the River Nile was. We will also be learning about the significance of the pyramids in Egypt and how they were built during the ancient times. This will include children creating their own pyramids.
The children will also experience a full day workshop about the Ancient Egyptians. The workshop not only introduces children to the fascinating, enigmatic world of the ancient Egyptians through the eyes of an Egyptologist, but also takes them on a journey through the mysteries of mummification and the Book of the Dead.
Welcome to Spring 1!
Year 4 have loved maths week!
We participated in a brilliant workshop where we had to use team work to recreate a lego structure…..but things were not so straight forward! See the pictures below!
Year 4 also enjoyed participating in a business project for maths week. Each class had the task of opening a deli! The children were in charge of a budget, recipes, advertising and market research. The results were fantastic!
Happy new year! We hope you had a relaxing break and are ready for an exciting 2016!
In our English learning this half term we will be exploring newspaper reports, stories which raise issues and dilemmas and information texts.
During our topic on newspaper reports, we will be recapping the features of a newspaper report including using a catchy headline, using the past tense, writing in chronological order and interviewing people to source quotes for a reports. We will be using the features we already know and developing new ideas to write our own newspaper reports based on suspicious activities which have taken place in the school! The newspaper reports will also help the children to develop their summarising skills.
The children will also be recapping writing skills by using inverted commas, interesting writing features, such as alliteration and puns, and a range of sentence types within their English learning.
In our maths learning this half term, we will be continuing to use and apply our maths skills in everyday life and problem solving. The topics that we are covering are multiplication, rounding, coordinates, fractions and decimals.
We will be multiplying one digit numbers by two and three digit numbers using partitioning a method known as the grid method. We will be rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 as well as finding 1000 more or less than any given number. Our classes will also be plotting coordinates on a 2-D grid.
During our fractions topic, children will be developing skills to count up and down in hundredths as well as subtracting fractions with the same denominator. We will also be discovering how to round decimals to the nearest whole number. If you are interested in any of the methods please refer to the calculation policy.
How Humans Work
Our new IPC topic for this half term is called ‘How Human Work’. During the topic the children will learn that their body is like an engine that never stops working. They will discover how the body works and learn ways to look after it better and stay healthy. Features of this topic include how human teeth compare to animal teeth, how our heart works to keep us alive and why exercise is good for us. This topic will be supported by a fantastic visit to the Science Museum where we will participate in a workshop about the digestive system.
To support our topic please encourage your child to research ways to look after their body. Perhaps pop into your local dentist or optician and collect some information leaflets about how to look after our teeth and eye sight. You could also research healthy meals that your child could help you prepare and cook at home and research fun exercises that you can complete as a family.
Year 4 Christmas performance!
Here are the curriculum details for this half term.
Year 4 International Morning
Year 4 celebrated some of the different cultures we have in our fantastic community.
We enjoyed a range of activities, from Spanish salsa dancing to traditional South African mining songs. Check out the exciting action below.
We loved the BFG!
Year 4 watched an excellent performance of the Roald Dahl classic novel ‘The BFG’. We thought it was amazing and we left the workshop feeling very inspired! Check out our pictures below!
Throughout the school we have been taking part in anti-bullying week. This is a very important week and we have been keen to promote anti-bullying in year 4. In 4 Verde we have been designing ‘say no to bullying posters’ – there will be one poster in our year group which will be displayed around the school and on the website! Have a look at us using our creative skills to make our posters!
In Year 4, we have been thinking about our environment. We have been particularly interested in what we might find under our feet. So we went outside and got how hands dirty! Using a hula-hoop and a shovel, we discovered some of the plants and creatures that share our outdoor space with us. We identified a position on the field, placed our hula-hoop down and counted all the different types of plants we could see. These included: grass, dandelions, buttercups and many more. We then dug up the soil and identified any animals we could find…worms mostly. We recorded our findings and we will be going out again in spring to compare our findings. Have a look at our pictures below!
The genres that we are covering this half term are exploring poetry, play scripts and recounts (in the style of magazines and newspapers).
During our play scripts topic, children will be recapping the features required for this genre including stage directions, dialogue, setting scenes and creating suspense and drama through the actions of the characters. We will be looking at the popular Roald Dahl book ‘The Twits’ and recreating a chapter of this novel into our own play script. We will also be participating in a fantastic theatre workshop where ‘The BFG’ will be performed by professional actors. This will be extremely beneficial for writing our own plays.
The children will continue to learn/recap important features of writing such as using inverted commas for speech and using fronted adverbials and subordinate clauses in sentences.
In our maths learning this half term, we will be continuing to use and apply our maths skills in everyday life and problem solving. The topics that we are covering include multiplication, division, time, data and fractions.
The children will be dividing numbers with remainders, using a written method called chunking. They will also be developing skills to check their division using the inverse calculation (multiplication).
During our fractions topic, children will be making links between finding fractions of amounts and division. The children will also be learning about fractions which have the same value, even though they may look different. These are called equivalent factions. E.G.- 1/2 and 2/4.
Let's get everyone in the 50s club!
International Primary Curriculum
Our new amazing IPC topic is called ‘Living Together’. We will be looking at how we all belong to different communities, for instance family, friends and sports teams. The children will be exploring how communities of people are based on respect and support and how these two aspects are important if people are to become valuable contributors to the communities that they are a part of.
To support this topic, the children will be involved in a international afternoon. We have invited people from our community to teach children about their culture. The children will participate in activities such as food tasting, dancing and learning new languages.
To support our IPC topic encourage your child to complete an information text celebrating our local community. This could be a poster, leaflet or booklet. Explore our local area with your child. What makes our area special? What exciting activities can you do in our area? Do we have any landmarks in our area and how long have they been there?
This terms PSHE topic is called ‘Getting On and Falling Out’. Children will discuss and learn new ways and making and looking after their friends in and out of school.
Modern Foreign Language
Pupils will be continuing to have basic conversations in French, saying hello and asking simple questions. They will begin to learn masculine and feminine nouns.
We are looking at ’Journeys’ for our RE topic this half term. We will be starting with our own experiences of trips and holidays and then considering why people make a journey, such as a pilgrimage and a Hajj. We will end the term with the Christmas journey made my Mary and Joseph.
Here are the curriculum details for this half term.
Watch out Willy Wonka……. Year 4 are in the kitchen!
Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed making our own chocolate! We read our instructions carefully to ensure that we used the correct amount of ingredients and followed each step in chronological order. Our results were fantastic (if we do say so ourselves)!!!
Year 4 Science Investigation
Year 4 wanted to determine which material was the most suitable as a chocolate wrapper. We wrapped milk chocolate, white chocolate and dark chocolate in three different materials. We then stored them for one week with an onion! We predicted that a suitable wrapper would not have been effected by the strong onion scent. We thought carefully about how to ensure that it was a fair test and took into account factors such as amount of material used, the size of each piece of chocolate and how it was stored. Have a look at our results below!
Year 4 love a challenge!
Check out the pictures from our 3D shape investigation last week.
Year 4 have worked hard to produce fantastic non-chronological reports about netball. To learn more details about the sport we researched netball using the internet, had an interactive session with Miss Shermin (a keen netball player) and we even had a netball game!
Click here to learn more about the energetic game.
Look out for our sub- headings, paragraphs, technical vocabulary and variety of sentence types.
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.
Year 4 Autumn 1 Newsletter