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Year 4

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Welcome to Year 4

Here in Year 4,  we welcome you to start of an exciting term ahead after what we hope has been, a safe and most enjoyable summer break with wonderful weather to match!

Please peruse through our webpage regularly to be kept up to date with learning, events and projects.

 

Meet out team...

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION 

 

From left to right:

 

 

English

 English this term in Year 4 will be enriching our composition skills through journalistic writing and "Newspapers".

To achieve this, we shall be identifying key features and reporting on a recent event which has taken place here at William Bellamy.

 

 

Parts of a NEWSPAPER - / Perfect for Kids! /

English lesson

 

 

During the latter half of the this term,

Year 4 will be employing the text to develop our "Diary writing" skills using...

 

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Mathematics

Our focus in Mathematics this term lies within the concepts of number, with an emphasis on multiplication- time tables, division- inverse methods for timetables, place value and decimals.

Year 4 will continue to participate in daily mental arithmetic tasks to extend their learning. All learning will include problem solving, reasoning and fluency.

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To support our learning at school, all pupils must partake in the Mathematics home-learning program:

"TTROCKSTARS"

Please seek advice from your child's class teacher should there be any concerns.

Multiplication Mash Up - A Fun Way to Learn Your Multiplication Facts!

Want to focus on one factor at a time? Jump ahead by clicking the factor you want to practice: Multiply by 0 - 0:16 (Music: "No" by Meghan Trainor) Multiply by 1 - 0:50 (Music: "I Knew You Were Trouble" by Taylor Swift) Multiply by 2 - 1:18 (Music: "Rude" by Magic!)

  

 

Science - Electricity

Our year 4 scientists will be investigating the topic of Electricity!

We will be developing a deeper understanding of circuits, current and different components with our range of electricity resources. They will explore and learn  how to make circuits how electricity works and use key vocabulary when in discussions expressing their own ideas.

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The Power of Circuits #sciencegoals

Have you ever wondered how you can turn the light on in your house? Or maybe why you can push a doorbell and it makes a sound? This happens because of circuits! Join Jessi and Squeaks as they learn how circuits work, and make their very own! ---------- Like SciShow?

 

Creative Curriculum

Many people from the West Indies commerated 70 years this year of their experiences on board Empire Windrush, miles away from their homeland.

The ship which docked at Tilbury encouraged people from the Caribbean to help rebuild Britain's’ infrastructure, with promises of employment and homes.

Year 4 are going to step into this journey and hear stories of their plight.

Year 4 will  share in their experiences of racism, employment, culture and family lives.

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Floella Benjamin - Black History Month - Waterstone's

To buy the book click here: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/floella-benjamin/coming-to-england/6659569 Floella Benjamin talks about her autobiography, Coming to England, in conjunction with Waterstone's coverage of Black History Month. "When I first came to Britain I felt like a tortured soul, because people abused my colour daily. I was made to feel unworthy.

 

Rights Respecting

We understand and appreciate the power of positive learning.

We all need encouragement to bolster and foster greater confidence when life throws different curve balls at us.

In year 4 we aim to build our learners into becoming independent thinkers, to draw on their resilience, determination, efforts and commitment.

Skills which can not be taught, but guided.

Each half term we have themes to which the children experience when best to apply it to situations to help overcome them.

This half term we are focussing on:

CONFIDENCE

DETERMINATION

COMMITMENT

English

In English this term we will be working with two texts, from which we hope to develop the children's writing, narrative skills and abilities to produce recorded  learning with their own unique flair and clear genre feature attributes. 

    

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  We aim to engage our pupils with experiences which enable them to express their ideas without fear of making mistakes. We also encourage, where possible, opportunities of real life connections to foster greater writers!

 

Mathematics

For this first half term, the focus in year 4 will be on place value, ordering numbers, addition and subtraction.

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Science

 

 

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In this unit the children will become investigators and continue to explore a range of scientific inquiries based on “Living things and their habitats”.

Our investigations will include identifying and classifying living things using decision trees and balancing keys.

In discussions, pupils will be encouraged to apply the correct vocabulary to express their ideas.

 

 

English

For this term, leading up to Easter we shall be focussing our interests on developing our writing through the use of various drama techniques. This will include learning to write empathetically, from different perspectives.

 

Using the text:

 

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In English, our exciting learning will develop our reading, writing, drama and discursive skills within a variety of writing styles.

Throughout this unit, we will be reading and retelling a short story which uses suspense to captivate the audience. We will be planning, drafting, writing and editing our own short stories and developing their skills in selecting exciting vocabulary and a range of sentence styles.

 

Other genres completed through this text will include: play-scripts, narrative, descriptive and social writing.

 

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Mathematics

During maths this half term we will be continuing our work with the four operations.

This will include opportunities for using and applying the children’s knowledge to real life word problems.

With the children we shall be addressing the following  concepts:

  • Bar modelling
  • Data handling
  • Co-ordinates
  • Investigations/reasoning/Fluency/Investigations
  • Problem solving

 

All learning will include problem solving, reasoning and fluency.

To support our learning at school, all pupils must partake in the maths home-learning program:

"TTROCKSTARS"

Please seek advice from your child's class teacher should there be any concerns.

 

 

Science

 

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 In this unit the children will become investigators and continue to explore a range of scientific enquiries based on “Living thing”. They will find out where they can find living things and how to sort Living Things and Non Living Things.  

 

 

Creative Curriculum

"Countries around the world".

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Our topic this term is called: “Countries of the World”

Where  pupils will identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones (including day and night).

 

 

 

 

Mathematics

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Our focus in Mathematics this term lies within the concepts of number, with an emphasis on fractions: equivalents, ordering, using place value and identifying the relationships with decimals and percentages.

Year 4 will continue to participate in daily mental arithmetic tasks to extend their learning.

All learning will include problem solving, reasoning and fluency.

To support our learning at school, all pupils must partake in the maths home-learning program: "TTROCKSTARS"

Please seek advice from your child's class teacher should there be any concerns.

 

Science 

 States of matter

Our year 4 scientists will be investigating this topic with a carousel of activities to awaken inner science spirits!

 

In this unit the children will become investigators and continue to explore a range of scientific enquiries based on solids, liquids and gases. These will include: dissolving, heating, melting and freezing different materials.

We will and use key Scientific vocabulary when in discussions or expressing our own ideas.

 

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Creative Curriculum

Children of WW2

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Our Creative curriculum topic for this half term is history based -

“Children in WWII”

This topic enables children to explore, experience and investigate what it was like to be a child growing up in this time. This will include school and home life,entertainment and the impact of the war.

We shall be discovering 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 visiting the “Ragged School” as part of discovering the educational experience of this time.

 

      

      Creative Curriculum topic

Educational visit

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English

Our learning in year 4 this term will include be based around the text:

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As mentioned in our newsletter for this  half term, we shall be investigating and developing our understanding and approach to creating balanced arguments, journalistic writing and poetry.

 

 

 

 

Mathematics

Image result for fractions decimals and percents chart

Our focus in Mathematics this term lies within the concepts of number, with an emphasis on fractions: equivalents, ordering, using place value and identifying the relationships with decimals and percentages.

Year 4 will continue to participate in daily mental arithmetic tasks to extend their learning.

All learning will include problem solving, reasoning and fluency.

To support our learning at school, all pupils must partake in the maths home-learning program: "TTROCKSTARS"

Please seek advice from your child's class teacher should there be any concerns.

                              

Science - Sound

Our year 4 scientists will be investigating the topic of Sound!

We will be developing a deeper understanding of vibrations, amplitude, pitch, sound dynamics and investigating the sounds around us by gathering data from conducted "Sound walks".

With a range of resources, pupils will explore and learn how sounds are made using key vocabulary when in discussions expressing their own ideas.

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The Science of the String Phone! - #sciencegoals

Join Jessi and friends as they learn about sound waves by making a string phone! Plus, learn how to make your own! #sciencegoals ---------- Like SciShow? Want to help support us, and also get things to put on your walls, cover your torso and hold your liquids?

 

Creative Curriculum

 

Our new learning 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.

    

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Creative Curriculum volcano project with artists of 4 Green.

Here's how we did it....

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The palaeontologists of William Bellamy were exploring and discovering fossils and a dinosaur.

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Learning without Limits

We understand and appreciate the power of positive learning.

We all need encouragement to bolster and foster greater confidence when life throws different curve balls at us.

In year 4 we aim to build our learners into becoming independent thinkers, to draw on their resilience, determination, efforts and commitment.

Skills which can not be taught, but guided.

Each half term we have themes to which the children experience when best to apply it to situations to help overcome them.

This half term we are focussing on:

EFFORT

PASSION

PERSERVERANCE

 

English

Our English learning takes us on a journey with the texts entitled :

"The Firework maker's daughter" by Philip Pullman

 

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As stated in the newsletter, the children will be exploring the language and themes to support them in their rich and detailed descriptive writing, poetry and narratives. 

 

 

 

Mathematics

As we are concentrating on Place value this term

here are some ways that you can support your children with this.  

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As part of their homework, please can you support your children with their times tables.

We are concentrating on the 6, 7 and 9 timetables.

You may find the link below helpful.

 

 

 

 

Science

Our focus in Science this term is entitled:

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We shall also be combining our knowledge of habitats in this unit to further develop and to build a holistic understanding.

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Creative Curriculum

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    This half term we have linked our Geography and English lessons together.
        Using the "Firework maker's daughter" and studying "Volcanoes".

We want to immerse the children into an experience to which they may grasp   confidently with the recent global events such as Kilauea in Hawaii.

We will be building volcanoes as part of a school project.

So listen out for requests of the children for recyclable items they may need to bring in!

Check out the links below to begin to support your child's learning gateway into "Volcanoes".

Volcano - video for kids || Volcano eruptions

A volcano is a mountain that is disclosed downward to a pool of molten rock beneath the surface of the earth and whenever pressure builds up, the eruptions occur.

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