Year 4 Blog 2020-2021

Friday 16th July 2021
 
This week, we have enjoyed Move up Morning because we got to learn new things about our new Year 5 teachers and we played some fun games outside. (Freddie) 
 
On Thursday, we took part in our Sports Day and we enjoyed the races and we showed great sportsmanship for example when someone was getting tired, their friends came to help them. (Cruz) 
 
We had an assembly where some officers talked to us about bike safety and water safety. We learnt that if you're on your bike, you should always try to remember to wear a helmet otherwise you could really hurt yourself. Always remember STOP, LOOK and LISTEN. (Callum)
 
In english, we are reading Tar Beach and we wrote letters to the manager of the club where Cassie's dad wanted to go to but the manager wasn't letting him go there because of the colour of his skin. (Rosa)
 
 
Friday 2nd July 2021
 
This week in Year 4, we have enjoyed reading Letters from the Lighthouse because it was dramatic! We found out that Ephraim is Sukie's penpal.  
 
For our last day of the art project, we have been sketching and some of us have taken part in a special film. In the nature area, we also found some newts in the pond! 
 
In english, we have been writing our comments for our end of year report and we have come so far with our handwriting! 
Friday 25th June 2021
 

This week at school it has been International Week. Our class countries have been Portugal and Finland. We have learnt some interesting facts and phrases. In Portuguese we say Obrigado as thank you and Boa Tarda which means Good Afternoon. The phrases in Finnish are Hyvaa paivaa which means Good Afternoon and Mita Kuuluu means how are you?

 

In Maths this week we have been learning about Time. There are 24 hours in a day, February is 28 days and every 4 years (leap year) it is 29 days. We have been understanding the 24 hour clock, knowing that 17:00 is 5 o’clock.

 

In the Art project we enjoyed having an art celebration to celebrate the art we have done during the art project. We have created clay models and enjoyed lots of painting.

 

In English this week we have researching about different parts of our inventions on computers. We were researching popcorn makers, phones, ovens and cameras and how they work.

Friday 11th June 2021
 
This week in computing we did times table rock stars, we got to learn lots more maths and sent each other challenges. In maths we did Time and two maths papers which we did on two very sunny days - we tried our best not to give up! In English we were learning about how electronic things work - thanks to Dudley. We learned about the vacuum cleaner and sent Dudley a letter and asked him questions about how they work. In Guided reading we got to relax and hear the teacher read some of the book and we wrote a diary entry pretending to be a person named Olive. Some people wrote a lot!
 
By Callum and Jack
Friday 28th May 2021
 
This week in Year 4, we have enjoyed Maths because we have been learning about line graphs and this is useful when we need to know how long events can take. Today, we plotted the temperature in Chesterton on Wednesday. 
 
In the Art Project this week, we went to Bramblefields and we made rafts and a bee memorial for a bee that died called Fuzzy Buzzy. We also experimented with blackberry ink and drew some pictures with the quills. 
 
In Guided Reading, we have started a new book called Letters from the Lighthouse and it is set during WW2 because there are loads of bombs being dropped onto London. 
 
In English, we have continued with Odd and the Frost Giant and the animals have now been transformed back into the Norse Gods Thor, Loki and Odin. 
 
We have also been learning about inverted commas and we had to add speech to different movie characters. 
 
"It's me Mario!" shrieked Mario. 
Toad yelled, "Can you help me?!"
Friday 7th May 2021
 
This week in Year 4 on Tuesday, we painted a map of the playground and the field using watercolours. Some of us used tea bags to make the paper look old. In Maths, we've been ordering, comparing and rounding decimals. We always have the choice of Mild, Spicy and Hot and some of us sometimes start the Hot sheet early and if we need help we can work with Miss Ullmann. In Science, we have been using wires with crocodile clips, batteries and a bulb to make electrical circuits.  
Friday 30th April 2021
 
This week in Year 4, we went to Bramblesfields and we searched for different stones and coloured tiles on the hill and when we came back to class and we drew a map of our journey. We also went to explore the ponds and spotted a duck there. We have also started revisiting TTR to practice our times tables. 
Friday 23rd April 2021
 
This week in Year 4, we have started our Art Project. On Tuesday, we drew our happy places and we then identified areas on a local map which we like, dislike and wanted to visit. We also took the artists to our favourite places which included the Key Stage 1 playground and behind the mound. On Thursday, we drew things that we could see around us we also visited the Nature Area and sketched a scene. Today, in Bikeability we learnt how to be safe on the road and how to ride our bikes without crashing. We learnt some rules such as making sure our laces are tied and to have fun! It was fun when we weaved in and out of the cones. We did some activities using our brakes where we had to have slow. 
Friday 16th April 2021
 
This week in English we started reading Odd and the Frost Giants. On Monday, we enjoyed Odd's personality and his appearance. In PSHE, we have been learning about learning about Drug Education and how to stay safe. We discussed which drugs are legal and illegal. In French, we have learning the words Monsieur, Madame and Mademoiselle and finding out about common French children's name. In PE, we have started athletics where we took part in some running and long jumping. 
Friday 26th March 2021 
 
This week in Science we looked at how and which things melt and planned an experiment to do with chocolate that we will do this afternoon! We have also enjoyed PSHE where we have been focusing on team building and in groups we have been buildings bridges using newspaper and sellotape and we tested how strong they were by placing exercise books and thesaurus on top and every bridge passed the test! In PE, we played some rounders which is like baseball. Also this week, some of us were tree planting in our new orchard. Both of our Year 4 trees will grow to be apples trees! And we also enjoyed going into nature area and we had to measure and see how much water each container had collected. 
Friday 19th March 2021
 
This week in Year 4, we have continued to enjoy our Guided Reading book especially the part where Virgo took Elliot up to Elysium. In French, we had to play a guessing game and match the words Monsieur, Madame and Mademoiselle to the photos of members of staff! In Maths, we have been adding fractions and to find fractions of amounts. 
 
For Red Nose Day, most people have been wearing red noses and some people have been dying their hair! We had fun making up some jokes and this afternoon we will be judging them. Here is Afrida's:
 
"Knock knock."
 
"Whos there?"
 
"Harry."
 
"Harry who?"
 
"Harry up and open the door!"
Friday 12th March 
 
We have all loved coming back to school after so long and seeing our friends and teachers again!
 
This week in Year 4, we have enjoyed reading a new book called 'Who Let The Gods Out" and we have been learning about the different Zodiac signs. We have also enjoyed practicing our times tables on TTRs!
 
In PE, we played lots of team building games where we had to work in a team to pass different objects from one end to the other including a hoop with our arms linked!
 
For World Book Day today we have been saying thank you to out book heroes. Some of our heroes have included Mulan, Dobby, Olia from The Castle of Tangled Magic and Sally from Malory Towers. 
Thursday 4th March 2020
 
Happy World Book Day Year 4! We hope you enjoy completing your reading challenges today and we look forward to receiving photo or videos of your reading as well as your clues for us to guess your famous book character. 
 
Well done for all your amazing work you have been sending in over the last few weeks. This is our last week of remote learning and we can't wait to see you all back at school next week. 
Tuesday 23rd February 2020
 
Welcome back Year 4. We hope you all enjoyed your half term. We are excited to start this half term with a new book in English called The Matchbox Diary about a man who has been collecting interesting objects throughout his life and keeping them in little matchboxes. In Maths, we are continuing to look at fractions and starting this week with equivalent fractions. 
 
We can't wait to welcome you all back to school very soon! But for now, here is some of your amazing home learning that you have been sending in this week :)
Year 4, I present to you our very own weather reporter who would like to tell you all about THE WATER CYCLE!
Monday 8th February 2021
 
Good Morning Year 4 and welcome to our final week of home learning before half term. On Tuesday this week, all of our home learning will be centered around Safer Internet Day including our live lessons. 
 
In English, we are continuing with our Tutankhamun book. In Maths, we are starting to look at fractions this week and in Guided Reading, we are starting a new non-fiction book all about lighthouses!
 
We absolutely love receiving photos of your work so keep them coming :) Speaking of photos, look at what has already been sent in this week...
Monday 1st February 2021
 
Hello Year 4 and happy 1st of the month! This week is Children's Mental Health Week. We want to make sure that you're all looking after yourselves and your physical and mental health. Here are some resources below for you to have a look at throughout the week:

Our PSHE section of the school website: http://www.shirley.cambs.sch.uk/website/pshe/479991

Place2B mental health week website: https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/

Children in need pandemic resources: https://www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/changing-lives/covid-19-resources/

 
We are excited to continue with our Ancient Egyptian work in English this week and on Wednesday we will be revealing our mummified fruit to see if they have been well preserved! 
 
In Maths, we are moving onto Area. Well done to Squirrels who won last week's Battle of the Bands. Remember to log into TTR to help your class win this week's battle. You have until Friday at 1pm! 
 
Let's have a look at the work you have sent in so far :)
Tuesday 26th January 2020
 
Welcome to another week of home learning in Year 4. It was so lovely to hear on our Zoom call yesterday that lots of you have been enjoying the snow! This week, we have started writing a non-chorological report in English. In Maths, we are continuing to calculate division sums using different methods. And in Reading, we are continuing with our Story of Flight book. 
 
Remember to login to TTR this week to take part in the battle of the bands Otters VS Squirrels! Miss Ullmann will be sharing who is in the lead in Tuesdays Zoom lesson so make sure you attend. The battle is open until 1pm on Friday so you have lots of time to help your class win the most points! 
 
Let's look at what you have been up to so far this week :)
 
 
Tuesday 19th January 2021
 
Hello Year 4, we hope you're all keeping well. We have more and more of you joining our live Zoom lessons over the last week which is so great to see! We have enjoyed starting our new Ancient Egyptian book in English and we are working super hard on our new division methods in Maths. Have a look at some of the amazing home learning that your friends have been sending in. You may even spot one of yours!
 
Tuesday 12th January 2021
 
Bonjour Year 4. What a great start to the week! We have loved seeing so many of you on our live Zoom lesson and we hope more of you will join us as the week goes on. We have already received some great English work all about the Jabberwocky and some Maths work on fractions and multiplying using different methods. Have a look below at the amazing home learning that you have been sending us so far. 
Friday 8th January 2020
 
Happy new year to you all. We hope that you are all keeping well. We have really enjoyed receiving your home learning tasks this week. Here are some photos you have sent us below. We hope you enjoy reading what your classmates have been up to. Don't forget to sign up to our live Zoom lesson starting on Monday 11th January. We can't wait to see you all there :) 
Friday 18th December 2020
 
We have had a fun packed week in school. We went into the Nature Area, we created some Christmas art using oil pastels and we also enjoyed presenting our half termly projects to the class all about architecture, the history of Cambridge as well as the history of our families. Have a lovely holiday everyone and see you all in 2021. Joyeux Noel tout le monde!
Friday 11th December 2020
 
This week in English, we enjoyed writing our own versions of Winter's Child and yesterday we read them to our friends while drinking a nice cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows. 
 
In French, we learnt the names of the characters in the French nativity including Marie, Ange, Jesus, Joseph, Les Bergers, Les Rois et L'aubergiste. We acted out the scenes from the Christmas story using the French greetings we had already learnt. 
 
In DT, we were looking at tents and we talked about our camping experiences and what you would need. We got to have a look at a tent and a gazebo. 
Friday 4th December 2020
 
This week in Maths we have had lots of fun measuring but we started the week finding different ways to measure objects such as our hands, our feet and post-its. We have also been converting meters into km (by dividing the measurement by 1000). In ICT, we have been working on Purple Mash and focusing on Healthy Screen Time. Everyone had to complete their assignment by recording how many minutes we spent on screens and if our screen time is being controlled and we also discussed how much sleep we were getting each night. In PE, we have been focusing on Hockey and this week we practiced how to hold a hockey stick and we practiced passing the hockey ball to each other as well as many other drills. 
Friday 27th November 2020 
 
This week in English, we have read a new book called Winter's Child and today we wrote a letter to one of the characters about how the season has changed winter to spring and also how fun it is and how much we miss them. In RE, we have been learning about what Muslims do when a baby arrives in the family and we had to write down special events that had happened to us in our lives and we also enjoyed researching the origin and meaning behind our names. We really enjoyed history because we used toilet paper to make a historical timeline. Each square was worth 10 years and were given 20 squares which went up to 200 years.
Friday 20th November 2020
 
This week, we have been focusing on Anti-Bullying week. We made some posters about what bullying is. We also discussed what signs to look out for if someone is being bullied such as looking at their body language and their behaviour. We then discussed what we could do to support someone who may be being bullied. In Maths, we have been learning to multiply using the Grid Method to solve 2 digit and 3 digit numbers. 
 
Friday 13th November 2020
 
This week in Year 4, we took part in a class debate discussing whether or not zoo's should stay open. In history, we have been looking at historical buildings in Chesterton and we have been ordering them from oldest to newest. We have been busy testing our times table skills on TTR by taking part in the Maths Week England Rock Out challenges. On Wednesday, we got to watch the Wizard of Oz show with a special visitor! Then, on Thursday we went to the Nature Area to act out our own sequels to the story which we will be writing next week. This Friday, it was Children in Need day so we got to wear non-uniform and we made a donation to support children in need. we have also been joining Joe Wicks with his daily 5 minute workouts to support our wellbeing. 
Friday 6th November 2020 
 
This week in Year 4 we have been focusing on E-safety in ICT focusing on the rules and answering e-mails online on Purple Mash. We enjoyed PE because we were learning how to dribble a football to our partners. In French, we have been continuing to learn our French greetings such as Comment ca va? Ca va bien with the help of puppet. In Maths, we have been learning how to multiply by 10 and 100. 
 
 
Friday 16th October 2020 
 
This week in Year 4, we have been continuing to look at newspapers and today we hot seated Charlie Bucket, Mr Bucket and Willy Wonka to ask them questions about the last Golden Ticket! We have really enjoyed our Times Table Rockstars challenges and a lot of us are also challenging each other at home including our teachers! This week in Bushcraft, we used our new equipment to build our very own shelters. In French, we have been learning our numbers and we have been learning how to have a conversation in French with the help of our puppet friends!
 
Friday 9th October 2020
 
This week in Year 4, we top copied our chocolate Callilgram poems and we have enjoyed going to the Nature Area and finding newspaper facts such as animal facts. We have also been busy practicing our times tables on Times Table Rockstars including our 8 times tables. In Geography, we are continuing to study natural disasters including volcanoes, earthquakes and ridges. We had to write a description about how they're formed. Our Year 4s who attended Bushcraft club this week had a whale of time building a campfire and toasting marshmallows. They even got to make smores!
Friday 2nd October 2020
 
This week, Year 4 have enjoyed performing different types of poems and identifying their features. We also collected some description all about chocolate and started to plan a Calligram, chocolate poem. We can't wait to write them up in neat next week! Here is a video of one of our performances! In Geography, we are learning about the different tectonic plates and how they can form volcanoes, earthquakes and ridges, when the plates meet in different way. Below is a photo of an Oreo demonstration which Miss Irvine showed us to help us understand what happens to the crust and the mantle when the tectonic plates collide. 
Friday 9th July 2021 
 
In Year 4 this week, we have really enjoyed computing where we created spreadsheets using 2calculate on Purple Mash. Some of us made a zoo where we inserted animals and we made different sections with colours. 
 
In French, we learnt how to say how old we are in French which is 'Quel age as tu? and we played a game where we had to find a cake, count the candles and say how old we are. 
 
In maths, we have been looking at angles and learning the different types such as reflex, right, acute and obtuse.