Year 4 Newsletter- Autumn 2017

Here is a quick guide to all the wonderful things we will be learning this term! (just click on the link to download)

“THE ADVENTURE OF LIFE IS TO LEARN!”

Welcome to Class 3, Year 4.

Here you will find and follow the learning adventures of Mr. Fisher and his Year 4 students.

This page will be updated regularly, so don’t be a stranger!

 

Week beginning 8.1.18

Happy New Year!

As we begin Spring term, we are looking forward to the many challenges and successes ahead.

We have begun to talk about swimming this week and consent forms have been sent out – please return these as quickly as possible so that I can start to devise a parent helper timetable (thank you in advance!).

In Maths, we have worked on algebra for the first time in year 4 and also consolidated and built upon our place value knowledge. In Literacy, we have looked at a range of poems and started to create our own similes (which we found rather tough!) and have been ‘shocked’ (get it??) in Topic as we learnt about the many electrical dangers we may find inside our homes.

 

 

Week beginning 11.12.17

One week until Christmas!

This week we have been doing lots of rehearsing for our trip to St. Clements church where Year 4 talked about resilience; not only the resilience of the donkey that carried Mary, but also the resilience we show in our lives every day. You did an incredible job Year 4…and we even managed to get a rapping part in ‘Little Donkey’ which is no small feat!

We also made moving Christmas cards as part of our D.T. topic, using levers and pivots to make Santa’s arm wave!

Well done!

 

 

 

 

Week Beginning 27.11.17

 

The week in which Christmas time becomes official! Despite the festive season creeping up on us, Class 3 remained super busy!

In Maths we have been fraction busting; finding equivalents, simplifying and finding fractions of whole numbers!

We also concluded our topic on water, gathering all of our knowledge in an end of unit book / poster.

In Literacy, we completed our final information texts – I have included some pictures of a particularly impressive one!

 

 

 

Week Beginning 20.11.17

We have been working hard this week on a variety of topics!

In Maths, we have looked at how we work out the area and perimeter of shapes and why this is such an important skill for life.

In Literacy, we have been writing a short information text about children in World War One, preparing for our own information text on a topic of our choice next week (sorry for the early homework, but it will pay off when you have lots to write about from Monday!)

In Topic, we have looked at various countries around the world (with an impromptu Geography test!) and how much water they have, comparing it to our own lives. We created some posters too, about how we could save water in our daily lives – can you put these ideas into practice??

 

Week Beginning 13.11.17

This week we have been thinking about our own actions and about how we can help others. On World Kindness Day, we celebrated acts of kindness by filling our school post it board with amazing gestures that we had noticed or been a part of ourselves. For Anti-Bullying week, our amazing school councillors took their very own lesson and asked the class to produce a school logo to display our anti-bullying stance here at Urmston Primary School.

Finally, Maisie had her own bake sale in class 3 to raise money for Children In Need – what an amazing thing to do! Thank you!!

 

 

 

Week Beginning 6.11.17

We have been working really hard using RUCSAC (Read, Understand, Choose, Solve, Answer, Check) to help us work out word problems in maths, multiplying single and double digit numbers and finding lots of factor pairs too (this is also part of your homework this week!). Talking about homework… your literacy homework is all about alternative endings, as this week you have written an alternative ending about ‘The Dragon Slayer’. Some of you did an amazing job writing your story with a Dilemma last week and we all enjoyed reading them as we did a spot of peer assessing.

Class 3 (just like the rest of the school) put on their best smiles and straightened their ties for our individual photos this week – we can’t wait to see the results! I promise that I will try really hard not to draw moustaches and glasses on them all before they go home!

 

 

Class 3 working on their multiplications!

 

Week Beginning 30.10.17

Welcome back Class 3…the countdown to Christmas has begun! Too early??

I hope you all (parents included!) had a fab half term – we have lots to cover over the next 8 weeks and we started off with a busy week.

In Maths, we have learnt how to order decimals (we line up the decimal points first!) by using our place value knowledge and have discussed a range of dilemmas (and consequences) in Literacy…as well as how to use commas to separate items in a list, subordinate clauses from main clauses and making sure we use them after fronted adverbial phrases.

We said ‘Hello’ and (in most cases) ‘Goodbye’ to our ice cube buddies as we started our ‘Water’ topic looking at solids, liquids and gases and successfully dodged any major Hockey related injuries in PE.

Onward we go!

 

Our conscience alley in Literacy!

 

 

Week beginning 16.10.17

What a week! I’m going to focus on our artiness (Is this even a word??) this week. Class 3 have been honing their shading skills by looking at the houses of parliament as part of our ‘Laws’ topic. We have also learnt all about how people vote in the UK, democracy since the Magna Carta and the role of the Monarch.

When celebrating Diwali, reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 4 collaborated on group Rangoli patterns which were amazingly bright and colourful – thank you for behaving beautifully and working so hard!

 

Year 4 working hard drawing the Houses of Parliament.

 

 

 

Rangoli pattern designs!

 

 

Week beginning 9.10.17

Class 3 have had another very busy week!

In Literacy we have continued writing our recounts and worked together to produce some punchy headlines, introductions that include ‘the 5 Ws’ and a retelling of the key events of Julianne’s story. We also looked at main and subordinate clauses, embedded clauses and the correct punctuation that links these. Class 3 and Mr. Fisher would also like to thank all the adults who attended the reading workshop on Wednesday afternoon and helped us to use Olly Murs to inspire our inference and deduction skills!

In Maths we have been throwing some shapes…not literally! We have looked at the properties of 2D and 3D shapes, had a go at making our own using nets and straws and sorted them using Venn diagrams.

Christmas spirit has also crept into the classroom early this year (I know, it’s only October!) as we designed our own cards that will be printed, ready to buy and hand out before Christmas. Our sketching and shading skills were also put to the test as we used pencils to create a 3D apple!

It was lovely to meet so many parents / carers this week at parent’s evening too – the last few weeks have been full of changes for us all, but I think you’ll agree, the children have shown great resilience in coping with them!

On to the next week!

Shape making!

 

Preparing for the Flu with vaccinations!

 

Week beginning 2.10.17

 

Class 3 have had a very busy week indeed! From ordering historical events, using evidence to support our ideas in class debates about what the world would be like without rules and whether Bradley Chalkers is really a horrible child (ask your child who this is!). To looking at recounts and comparing our lives to Julianne’s story (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLsotCNZCVs), eating Owen’s cakes (thank you!), learning how to pass and move in skittleball, knocking next door when subtracting (I’m sure your child taught you all about this for their homework!), playing Roman numerals bingo and talking pasta and pizza in our Italian class…Phew! I think we’re all ready for the weekend now!

I’d also like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our new class 3 school council representatives:

Hugh and Maisie!

I have no doubt that they will do a brilliant job!