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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4

 

The Year Four teachers are Miss Barnett (4B), Miss Nixon (4N) and Miss East (4E).

You can contact us on our school email addresses:

miss.barnett@stthomasofcanterbury.thurrock.sch.uk

miss.nixon@stthomasofcanterbury.thurrock.sch.uk

miss.east@stthomasofcanterbury.thurrock.sch.uk

 

The teaching assistant for Year 4 is Mrs Heudebourck. 

 

Summer 2: Week beginning 4/7/22

 

RE:  Topic:   God's People

We will be looking at some of Paul's letters to the Corinthians. 

 

English: Book:  Secrets of a Sun King: Emma Carrol

We will be looking at this book, set in 1922 when Howard Carter was looking for Tutankamun's tomb in Egypt. We will be writing instructions for the embalming process described in the book. 

 

Reading: We will be working on our inference skills. 

 

Maths:  Coordinates

This week we will be looking at interpreting and drawing coordinates.  

 

Science:  Animals including humans

This week, we will be setting up an experiment to look at tooth decay. 

 

 

Homework

This week, we will be asking the children to research a particular African Country and present this in a creative way to hold as an exhibition.

Homework will normally be set every Monday on Google Classroom to be handed in on Friday. We will be focusing on Reading, Spelling and  Times Tables practice.

In Year 4, we know how important Reading is to develop the children in all subjects. Therefore we expect the children to read for at least 10 minutes each day, 5 times per week as part of your their homework. The children can read a book from the Class Library, from Bug Club online or a book from home. In Year 4, it is important to do a mixture of independent reading and reading with an adult and for your child to independently record their opinions about the book in their Reading Record. 

Some resources to help you at home

How to multiply using the grid method

A video to explain how we use the grid method to solve multiplication. We teach this before moving onto the column method which you may be more confident with. If your child is finding it tricky, they should use the grid method

Division Methods for Y3 & Y4- Array, Number Line and Part-Whole Model

This video is helpful to understand the children's journey in Division, as it is a tricky concept to understand. For the method we have been using in Year 4, part-whole model, please skip to 4.56.

Here are a range of questions that you can ask your child while they are reading to you

Please find below our curriculum for Year 4

Please enjoy a selection of photos of the work we carry out in class over the course of this year:

Week beginning 13/6/22- This week in Science we have been looking at the functions of the parts of the digestive system. Some of us were very brave and got involved, yet it made some of us feel a bit queasy!

23/5/22- This week in RE, we have been exploring ways that we can Build Bridges with others in our lives.

WC 16/5/22- In English this week, we created a freeze frame to show the moment of danger spoken about when hunting in The Great Hunter, a story from Swaziland in the Barefoot Collection of African Tales.

WC 2/5/22- In Science this week, we have been creating food chains, showing which animal/plant is the producer and which are the consumers.

WC 25/4/22- This week we had a very exciting Assembly from Rocksteady Music. It really inspired a lot of the children and some will be taking part in these music lessons, forming a Rock Band. Even the teachers got to have a little go!

WC 28/3/22- This week we held our Easter production. The children all did a fantastic job, singing in 2 part harmony in a lot of the songs with Year 3 to tell this incredibly important story.

WC 21/3/22- In Science this week, we used recycled materials to make our own instruments. We were focusing on them being able to change pitch as well as volume.

W/C 14.3.22 This week we celebrated National Science Week by learning how exercise helps us grow strong and healthy. We also learned about Charles Darwin's Galapagos finches and why he believed they have different shaped beaks.

WC 7/3/22- In English this week, we portrayed the moment in the book, Jemmy Button, where the strangers had arrived on the island. We tried to show each of their intentions for being there through facial expressions and our actions in freeze frame.

W/C 28.2.22 This week we enjoyed celebrating World Book Day. We dressed up as our favourite book characters and participated in a range of fun activities!

W/C 21.2.22 This week, we have investigated equivalent fractions. We also created some freeze frames to show the feelings of Varjak and members of his family at the scene where Holly is captured by the Gentleman. In Science, we investigated whether a sound gets louder or quieter the further that the soundwave travels.

W/C 9/2/22 We planned our own investigation into how different sounds are made by different instruments.

W/C 2/2/22 In English, we performed a drama to practise the 7 skills of Jalal.

W/C 25/1/22 In PE, we have been doing gymnastics. We have learnt how to roll and jump over and across equipment safely.

WC 17/1/22 In Maths, we have been looking at division this week and using place value, number lines and whole part models to solve division,including answers with remainders.

Week beginning 10/1/22 In Science, we have been looking at how sound travels and we looked at different examples of musical instruments. We discussed how string, woodwind and percussion instruments make sounds and we looked at some of the different instruments we have in school and how the vibrations are made by the instruments to help us hear.    We also looked at how we hear and the different parts of the ear, and we were able to identify and label the different ear parts and to understand how they help us hear.   

Week beginning 4/1/22- This week in English, we started looking at our new class text, Varjak Paw by S F Said. We created freeze frames to show how alone Varjak feels within his family. We also wrote some speech to show what each character was thinking and saying about Varjak. In Science, we investigated how vibrations can make objects move using musical instruments.

Week beginning 13/12/21- For our topic, we have looked at British Entertainment. We have made Victorian puppet theatres to perform scenes from A Christmas Carol

Week beginning 6/12/21- In Science, we added switches to our circuits so that we could turn them on and off.

Week beginning 29/11/21- In Science, we made circuits with bulbs. When they were working, the bulb lit up.

Week beginning 15/11/21- This week in English we explored Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet through drama. We enjoyed tackling some Shakespearian language!

Week beginning 8/11/21- In English this week, we have been looking at the legend of Beowulf. Here are our dramatic depictions of the battle between Beowulf and the monster, Grendal.

Week beginning 1/11/21- For Geography this week, we carried out some field work to our local park, Grays Town Park, to see what improvements could be made to make it a better environment for all.

Week beginning 18/10/21- This week in PE, we finished our dances linking to our Science work on the Water Cycle. We took inspiration from the song "Little April Showers" from the Disney film, Bambi

Week beginning 11/10/21- In our English lessons this week, we turned our classrooms into Newspaper producers and came up with questions to interview some of the characters. Here we are interviewing Bob and Joan

Week beginning 4/10/21- This week, as part of our RE and PSHE focus on Laudato Si, we wore green for our 'Go Green Day' and carried out activities that included absolutely zero waste!

Week beginning: 27/9/21: This week we carried out a debate in our English lessons, deciding whether Roger should stay with Mr Tapscrew or go.

Week beginning 20/9/21: In Art this week, we experimented with using watercolours to paint a London skyline. It took us a while to learn to use enough water!

Week beginning 13/9/21: In Science this week, we have been exploring the properties of liquids. This is us carrying out a fair experiment to discover which liquid pours the slowest.

Week beginning 6/9/21: In RE this week, we have been looking at the stories of some of Jesus's ancestors. These are our depictions of Abraham and his family on their journey to Canaan

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