Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely Easter holiday and are feeling refreshed and ready for the last term of year 4.
Our final topic for year 4 is World War II, where we will be looking at the out break of war in England in 1935 and the impact it had. To consolidate this unit we will be visiting Duxford imperial war museum on 2nd July.
In science our new unit is states of matter where we will be planning, investigating and evaluating lots of practical activities.
In DT we will be making a delicious war time stew using vegetables that would have been available through the period of the war. As part of this unit we will also look at rationing during the war and the impact it had.
In literacy we will start this term by looking at the topic of instructions followed by newspaper articles, letters and narrative poetry.
In maths we will continue to look at place value, shape, addition and subtraction of fractions, decimals and statistics.
In art we will be producing our own portraits and self portraits of key British figures during the war.
In computing we will be looking at coding as well as learning how to display data in excel.
This term year 4 will be swimming.
4AW will be swimming 18th April, 25th April and 2nd May
4C will be swimming 9th May, 16th May and 23rd May
If you have any queries please feel free to come and see us.
Miss Austin and Miss Cohen
Just a reminder that we will be leaving school at 9.00am tomorrow and you will need to being a packed lunch with you. You need to wear school uniform and comfortable footwear, school shoes or trainers are both acceptable.
Miss Austin and Miss Cohen
Public speaking competition
We just wanted to say a huge well done and congratulations to all of the children who took part in the Public Speaking competition at Anglia Ruskin University. In front of an audience of over 120 people, both teams spoke clearly and fluently whilst engaging with the audience. We are extremely proud of them and they should be proud of all their hard work and effort.
Well done Year 4.
Miss Austin and Miss Cohen
Half term homework (9th February – 23rd February)
As a year group, we are entering the British Science Association poster competition. You need to create a poster on A4 or A3 paper about anything involving exploration and discovery within any field of science.
E.g. space exploration, discovery of woodland habitats, evolution, electricity...the list is endless.
Please also practice your times tables and spellings. Your focus spellings are in your spelling journals. A copy of the year 3 and 4 spelling list is also in your reading record.
Happy New Year!
This term, our topic is The Romans. We will be studying how the Romans built their empire, how they lived day to day, Boudicca and many more areas. We will also be having a workshop on the 26th of April where we will be part of an interactive show (children will NOT need to dress up). We will also be visiting Colchester Castle on the 26th of March.
In English, we are looking at performance poetry and information texts. We are also taking part in public speaking workshops with a view to taking part in a competition against other schools in Essex. Please continue to work on the spelling rules that we are working on in class each week.
In Maths, we are covering a wide range of areas such as place value, mental and written addition and subtraction, fractions and properties of shape. Please continue to practice times tables at home.
In Science, our first topic is electricity where we will be exploring all things electrical and taking part in experiments and investigations.
We have added on some helpful websites where you can explore the different topic areas for this term.
Miss Cohen, Miss Austin and Mrs Wakeling.
Useful websites for topic of Romans
Useful websites for science topic of electricity
To all the parents, carers and children
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all very much for your gifts for both Mrs Wakeling, TA's and myself, it was very thoughtful and generous of you all. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy new year.
Miss Austin, Mrs Wakeling, and the year 4 team
We hope that you all had a good half term break and we really enjoyed meeting your parents at the consultation evening. So far, our class have already had many successes this term with an excellent educational visit to a woodland habitat and a brilliant performance of a harvest rap during recent celebrations. We are already proud of how hard you are all working.
Well done to all children who have been awarded a Shining Star certificate!
In Literacy our first writing focus will be poetry and we are looking forward to helping you to write and create performance poems.
Our spelling focuses are varied because we are continuing to practise words from the Year 3 and 4 list while also learning a variety of spelling rules and how words are made up.
Last half term we spent a few weeks revisiting homophones (same sound, different spelling and meaning) and now we are looking at prefixes.
Our first focus this half term has been using 'in and im' to make words have their opposite meaning.
As an example using the prefix 'im' to the root word 'possible' makes 'impossible' and so on.
Our maths work this week will start with calculating using money and move on to weight and measure.
Please don't forget to keep practising your times tables, you will need to use these a lot this year so being fluent will really help you. Keep revisiting each one from time to time. Remember last year you should have been learning your 3 and 4 times tables and in this term you should be trying to use the 6 and 9s. If you are secure on these then why not make a good start on learning the rest.
BBC Children in Need November 17th 2017
This year the school will be helping this worthy cause by having a fund raising day where we all wear something spotty and enjoy a special school lunch menu.