“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

 L. M. Montgomery

English

Year 4 have been working incredibly hard this term. They have been really engaged in our English lessons based on our two wonderful ‘hook’ books: The Day the Crayons Quit and The Lost Happy Endings.  

When we all returned from assembly one morning, we were stunned to find that there had been a shocking revolt from our class chairs. They had decided that enough was enough, and they had gone on strike! We wrote letters to persuade them to come back, and luckily, the children were very convincing in their endeavours, which meant we could once more write in comfort.  

Awaiting photos of independent TDTCQ writing here. 

 

In the second half term we received a puzzling riddle, which lead the children on a hunt around the school. The children found a decorated tree, which provided many clues as to who the person was that lived there: six-fingered gloves, shiny and mechanical trinkets, mysterious words written in golden ink, and an intriguing letter instructing us to read a book. When we arrived back in class, The Lost Happy Endings book was waiting for us and we excitedly began reading.  

 

Through the book, the children have been learning about figurative language and considering what impact such literary devices have upon the reader. We have looked at ‘twisted’ fairy tales, and considered what it is about The Lost Happy Endings which makes it an unconventional tale. The children were very puzzled by the way in which the story ended, there were lots of gasps and vibrant discussions about who the true villain of the story is.  

We created a backstory for the old woman, and wrote a prequel about her life before she became bitter and angry. The children then wrote their own ‘twisted’ version of the original tale. Throughout this term, we have worked hard to develop the children’s vocabulary, and it has been fantastic to see them being so ambitious with their word choices in their independent writing. 

I am absolutely amazed by the work the children have produced. What incredible authors you all are Year 4! 

Awaiting photos of independent LHE writing here. 

Maths 

Our Year 4 mathematicians have been working incredibly hard this term. We began with a unit on number and place value, then moved on to addition and subtraction, and finally multiplication and division.  

The children have learnt how to flexibly partition four-digit numbers, how to find midpoints on a number line and identify which 3 and 4-digit numbers have been presented on a number line. They used Base 10 to support them when finding 1, 10, 100 and 1000 more and less than a number too. They have been learning to use formal compact methods for addition, subtraction and multiplication, and have been working really hard on their recall of multiplication facts (up to 12×12). We have also been learning about area and perimeter.  

The children have been challenged to deepen their thinking through rich problem solving and reasoning tasks. They are encouraged to explain their thinking, consider whether there is more than one possible answer, and also think about which is the most efficient strategy or method to apply to a problem.  

Wow! What a lot of hard work Year 4! 

STEM 

Year 4 were thrilled to be able to take part in a STEM workshop ran by Mrs Lalor. The children had to design and make a bridge and a mechanism for putting the bridge in place, using K’nex. The bridge had to fit on a box lid and the class worked in pairs to find the best solution to the problem. Some children made pulley systems with pivots, to move their bridge into position, while others made vehicles to load the bridge onto for transporting it into place. They worked well in their teams, engaged in great discussions to overcome challenges and showed great perseverance.   

Thank you to Mrs Lalor for providing the children with such an engaging session.  

 

 

Maths

The term started with a unit on number and place value. The children have learnt how to flexibly partition four-digit numbers, how to find midpoints on a number line and identify which 3 and 4-digit numbers have been presented on a number line. They used Base 10 to support them when finding 1, 10, 100 and 1000 more and less than a number too. What super mathematicians Year 4 are! 

 

PSHE

The class read ‘Ruby’s Worry’ and ‘Our Class is a Family’, discussing what they can do this year to make sure their class community one that is positive and supportive. The children thought about the feeling of worry; what it feels like and how a person might look if they have those feelings. They discussed how in the story of Ruby’s Worry, she felt better for talking about her feelings with someone she trusted and our Calm Space and worry box was introduced to the children. The children have also started to use the ‘self check-in’ drawers as a means for communicating their feelings during the day. 

The children also started to think about democracy and each person’s voice being important and valued. The ‘Book Vote’ space was introduced and children have enjoyed using their token to decide on each day’s story. Favourite books so far have been: The First Hippo on the Moon and Boogie Bear – both by David Walliams. Everyone enjoyed having a good old giggle whilst reading these! 

 
 

Geography

In Geography the children began the term with their ‘Local Area’ unit, looking at what Pershore is like, the amenities it has to offer and what it is like to live here. They looked at maps, both printed and on iPads, and used a Google Maps key to help us identify landmarks. 

The children continued with their local geography topic by using and applying their research and personal, local knowledge, to plan, design and make leaflets of Pershore, detailing the key human and physical features. 

 

Design Technology

Year 4 have really enjoyed this half term’s DT topic. Last week they finished their bags and put the finishing touches to their decorations, before evaluating their bags against their design criteria. The children had been randomly allocated the type of bag they needed to design, and who their intended audience was, and the range and quality of the bags they produced was amazing. Take a look!

Art

The children’s learning in Geography provided them with inspiration for their art, where they have developing their ability to draw 3-D objects and draw using perspective. They applied this learning to investigating the art of local artist Gilly Oxlade-Arnott, and had a go at drawing some local buildings, using Gilly’s style as inspiration.

 

 

Science: Sound

As part of their science lessons, learning about sound, Year 4 were tasked with being acoustic engineers! They had already explored a range of instruments and found out that sound is created by vibrations. They were given a range of materials and asked to investigate which design made the best string telephone. 

The engineers worked together in small groups to make and test a range of telephones, modifying their designs as they learnt which type of string carried the sound best, which material and size of cup amplified it best, before finally applying what they had learnt to designing the best string telephone. 

As an extra challenge the engineers investigated whether it was possible to add an additional telephone line to the original one, and listen in. They were amazed and excited to find that it was possible!