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                    2019-20
Welcome to Year 4. I hope you have all had a restful break and are looking forward to this school year. We have many exciting activities and experiences planned and I hope that we enjoy them together as a class.  

We started our new Science topic - States of Matter - What is solid, liquid or gas?

Pictures from the Boccia and Kurling Festival

Listening to James Sunderland talking about the Judaism faith. Lots of interesting facts were learnt.

Making Roman Soldiers - Collaboration and resilience.

Homework 18.11.19

 

Spellings:

Between, Change, Does, Father, Goes, Heard, Knew, Money, Number, Own, Show, Started, Swimming, Together, Upon, Entertainment, Pavement, Statement, Payment, 

 

Maths: Rounding Rocket

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/ordering-and-sequencing-numbers

 

English: Spellings

http://www.ictgames.com/littleBirdSpelling/

 

Continue with the Roman Menu activities

 

 

Home Learning Work

Home Learning 11.11.19

Sorry for the delay in the home learning this week.

Spellings are as follows

Jumped, Might, Never, Outside,  Second, Sound, Sure, Today, While, Until, Woke, Woken, Young, Balloon, Submarine, Substrate, Subway, Antibiotic, Antibody, Antifreeze

 

Continue with the Roman Menu work

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z22yqhv 

Homophones

 

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/znwj6sg/articles/zxthnbk

negative numbers

 

 

More Home Learning

More Home Learning 1

Homework

25.11.19

Familiarise yourself with the Roman myth Romulus and Remus

https://www.ducksters.com/history/ancient_rome/romulus_and_remus.php

 

Continue with Roman Menu homework

 

Spellings: Round, Sometimes, Suddenly, Through, Under, Where, Without, Year, Also Baby, Better, Can't, Different, Eyes, Garden, Interact, Interactive, International

 

Maths

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/543/Maths-Penalty-Shoot-out

 

English:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zqqsw6f/articles/z9hjwxs

prefixes and suffixes

Some Home Learning Activities

Some Home Learning Activities 1

Homework 18/10/19

Spellings

watch, window, write, along, asked, below, brought, didn't, every, friends, happy, inside, light, near, automatic, automobile, autograph, 

 

Tasks from Roman menu sheet

 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/subtraction-grids

 

https://spellingframe.co.uk/spelling-rule/43/5-More-prefixes-2-of-3

Homework 11.10.19

Spelings

Brother, Coming, Earth, Found, Half, Important, Leave, Much, Opened, Right, Something, Such, Thought, Turn, Turned

 

Maths: 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Number bonds 10, 20 and 100

 

English:

https://spellingframe.co.uk/

Year 3/4 

Spelling Rule 4 - More prefixes (1 of 3)

Practice and test

 

Activities from the Roman menu

 

Homework week2

Spellings: Think, Told, Used, Whole, Work, Across, Any, Began, Both, Clothes, During, Following, Great, I'm, Lady

 

Activities from the Roman menu to be getting along with.

 

Maths games: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/place-value-basketball

 

English games: http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/spookySpellings/index.html

 

 

 

Spellings week 1

Think, Told, Used, Whole, Work, Across, Any, Began, Both, Clothes, During, Following, Great, I'm, Lady

Notices

Indoor PE will be on Tuesday.

Outdoor PE will be on a Friday.

Spellings will be given on Friday to be tested the following Friday.

Library will be on Tuesday.

Homework tasks to be completed and returned to school when completed.

Timetable

2019-20

Year 4  Autumn

 

Session 1

9.05-10.30

Break

10:30-10:45

Session 2

10.45- 12.00

12.00

12.15

Lunch

12:15-1:05

Session 3

1.05-2.30

Break

2:30 2:40

Session 4

2.40-3.15

Monday

Reciprocal Reading

9- 9.30

English

 

Maths

 Pre-teach

 

Topic

 

Assembly

2.45-3.00

Story time

Tuesday

Reciprocal Reading

9- 9.30

Maths

 

English

Pre-teach

 

1.05- 1.15

Story time

1.15-2.30

 ICT /Library KW

 

PE creative

Wednesday

Reciprocal

Reading

9- 9.30

English

 

Maths

Pre-teach

 

RE/Science

 

 

 

 

 

Science

Story time

Thursday

KS2 Assembly /Hymns

9.05

Maths

 

English

Pre Teach

 

Science/Art/RE

 

 

 

 RE

Story time

Friday

Reciprocal Reading

9- 9.30

English

 

Maths

Pre-teach

 

PE

 

 

 

Talk activities

Assembly

2.45-3.15

                       

 

Home Learning Autumn Term.

The following is a list of suggested activities for the pupils to complete during the Autumn Term which will help them to develop their understanding of our Topic, Why was the Roman Empire so Powerful? I expect the children to hand in each activity once it has been completed so that work can be displayed. There is no rush to complete all at once or to complete in any order!

1) Draw or paint a picture of Julius Caesar and or Emperor Claudius.

2) Make or draw a Roman ship.

3) Find up to 10 interesting facts about the Roman army.

4) Find out about Boudicca and write a fact file about her.

5) Create a Roman food menu.

6) Find out what types of musical instruments the Romans played. Draw and label them.

7) Create your own mosaic.

8) Find out about Roman Gods and Goddesses. You could draw/paint pictures, include fact files or present it as a booklet.

9) You choose an aspect of the Romans to find out about. It could be the army, weapons, home life, school, gladiators, religion or architecture.

 

I am looking forward to seeing your work and creations!

Please find below the long term plan for this school year of the  curriculum areas that we will cover.

Term

Guerilla Topic / Question

Literacy Text ideas (TBC)

Literacy Genre (TBC)

Maths Mastery (TBC)

Reading teaching (TBC)

Reading area

Science

RE

Autumn 1

 

 

Romans

 

Possible visit

Doncaster Museum

Escape from Pompeii-Christina Bullit

 

My Story – Jim Eldridge

To inform

 

Recount events in Pompeii / Britain being invaded as a diary

 

Newspaper report of a volcanic eruption

 

 

 

Number-Place Value

 

Number-Addition and subtraction

 

Measurement-length and perimeter

 

How to train your dragon-Cressida Cowell

 

 

 

Gangasta Granny-David Walliams

 

 

Krindlekrax-Philip Ridley

 

The Firework-maker’s daughter - Philip Pullman

 

 

Reciprocal Reading skills.

Predicting, clarifying, inferring, retrieval and summarising activities.

 

There will also be reading out loud to an audience and modelling by teacher.

Roman temple

 

 

 

 

 

Sound

 

Domestic Church-Family

 

Judaism?

 

 

Autumn 2

Romans – Marcia Williams

 

 

To entertain

 

Description of mythical creatures and God’s

 

Narrative writing a myth

 

 

Number-Multiplication and division

 

States of matter.

Baptism/Confirmation-Belonging

 

Advent/ Christmas-Loving

Spring 1

 

 

Rivers

 

Possible visit Potteric Carr

Invite a fisherman in to talk to pupils.

River story-Meredith Hooper

 

To persuade

 

Advert – persuade people to look after Rivers

 

Letter to famous fisherman from TV

 

Poster – water cycle

Number-Multiplication and division

 

Measurement-Area

 

 

Mountain and River

 

 

 

 

 

Electricity

Local Church-Community

 

Eucharist-Relating

 

Spring 2

The River: An epic journey to the sea-Patricia Hegarty

 

To entertain

 

Poem-journey of a water droplet

 

Narrative writing – journey of a salmon

 

Description of the different aspects of a river

 

Fractions

 

Decimals

Water cycle

Lent/Easter-Giving

 

Summer 1

 

Healthy Eating

 

Possible visit

Local eatery to see how healthy meals are prepared

Shakespeare play- Midsummer Night’s Dream

 

To inform

Biography about Shakespeare

Decimals

 

Measurement-Money

 

Time

Shakespeare Theatre

 

 

 

Animals including humans

Pentecost-Serving

 

Summer 2

Shakespeare play-

Romeo and Juliet

 

 

To entertain

Play script of a section from one of the plays studied.

Description of the costumes used in the plays.

Statistics

 

Geometry-Properties of shape

 

Geometry-Position and direction

Living things and their environment

Reconciliation-Inter relating

2018-19

Transition of this year's Y3 into next year's Y4

As part of the transition day the current Y3 class visited Y4. During the day they completed their Sports Day events, made wanted posters, used Top Marks Maths on the Ipad, shared what they know about the Romans and what they would like to find out and created their own mosaic. Look below at some of their work.

Day 5 Volleyball

What you might see as quite an easy game proved anything but. The skill required to get your hands correctly placed to direct the ball over the net was very challenging. Pupils were persistent though, and eventually were able to perform the skill well enough to play some good rallies.

Volleyball pictures

Day 4

Darts and Maths

Today Y4 participated in a session of darts. This included top score, count down, round the board and bulls eye mania. The pupils were very enthusiastic throughout not only showing off their improving skills but also improving their maths skills.

Indoor bowls

Today we were introduced to the sport of indoor bowls. Having split the class into teams we competed in a league. Having played 11 games  each the top two teams were split by one win. The success going to William and Josh. They then had a Grand Final Play off which was won on the last bowl by runners up Patrick and Joel. There was some excellent play and team work. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the activities. Well done everyone.

Indoor bowls

Year 4 started sports week with a bit of golf. We had a go at putting from different distances and then chipping. The pupils enjoyed the session which will be followed up with a putting competition later this week.

Day 2 of Sports Week. A bit of rounders and Fusion series.

Who's up for a bit of golf?

Homework 17.5.19

 

BBC Bitesize English KS2 - Fronted adverbials and expanded noun phrases

BBc Bitesize Maths KS2 - Rounding and estimating

 

 

Homework 10.5.19

BBC bitesize KS2 English grammar - adverbs and prepositions

BBC Bitesize KS2 Maths - 2D and 3D shapes

BBC Bitesize Science - sound and vibrations

Visit from the Franciscan Sisters - Lots of interesting questions were asked by the pupils.

Visit from the  Franciscan Sisters - Lots of interesting questions were asked by the pupils. 1
Visit from the  Franciscan Sisters - Lots of interesting questions were asked by the pupils. 2

Homework 3.5.19

Use BBC Bitesize science to revise the digestive system, teeth and food chains for a science quiz next week.

Use BBC Bitesize KS2 English Grammar to practise what a verb is, what adjectives are and what are nouns.

Use BBC Bitesize KS2 Maths to practise place value and decimals.

Home Learning Summer Term

Is it better to fit in or stand out?

 

Complete each task and bring it into school when completed.

 

1) Draw a portrait or make a sculpture of William Shakespeare.

 

2) Write a fact file about William Shakespeare.

 

3) Find out what materials are used to make clothes.

 

4) Find out why certain materials are used to make clothes.

 

5) Think about your favourite film or theatre character.

Draw them, label what they are wearing, what materials they are made from and reasons for this.

 

6) If you were to create a costume for a party draw what you would want it to look like. Try and explain your choices.

 

7) Create a costume for a villain or hero of your choice.

More examples of home learning

Showcase Spring 2019

How can small actions eventually change the world?

A huge well done and thank you to all of the pupils in Year 4 who designed and presented a number of activity stations that explained their learning from the Spring Term. Following a hectic week of preparations the final outcome showed off the knowledge that they have gained and the enthusiasm they had for the topic content. Included activities were locating major rivers of the world, features that make a river, what makes the world, a focus on the River Nile and Amazon River, conservation, deforestation, identification of animals, finding out the location of endangered species from around the world, information about the Matses Tribe from Peru, picture domino and a slide show of their visit to Potteric Carr Nature Reserve.

May I also thank parents, family and friends who attended, the pupils didn't quite expect the vast numbers that came.

Showcase Spring 2019 How can small actions eventually change the world?

Red Nose Day-Dressed in red

Red Nose Day-Dressed in red 1

An exciting performance from our Y4 guitar group. Tunes from George Ezra and Elvis. BRILLIANT!

An exciting performance from our Y4 guitar group. Tunes from George Ezra and Elvis. BRILLIANT! 1
An exciting performance from our Y4 guitar group. Tunes from George Ezra and Elvis. BRILLIANT! 2
An exciting performance from our Y4 guitar group. Tunes from George Ezra and Elvis. BRILLIANT! 3
An exciting performance from our Y4 guitar group. Tunes from George Ezra and Elvis. BRILLIANT! 4

A visit to school for World Book Day from Donny Dog to drop off some books.

A visit to school for World Book Day from Donny Dog to drop off some books. 1
A visit to school for World Book Day from Donny Dog to drop off some books. 2

Potteric Carr Visit 28.2.19

As you can see from the photographs below the weather was kind to us on our visit to Potteric Carr today.

On arrival we were split into two groups.

Group 1 went pond dipping to explore the creatures that live in a pond habitat and the a bug hunt in the woods. Lots of amazing creatures were found from water spiders, dragonfly nymphs, snails and giant water boatman in the pond to scarlet elf ear mushrooms, a newt, a toad, a variety of birds and even deer hoof footprints in the woodland habitat.

Group 2 had the challenge of debating wildlife issues that are currently in the news.

Should we use less plastic and how should we dispose of it?

Are intrusive species helpful? If not, what actions should we been doing to rectify the problem?

Should we feed wildlife?

All of these questions raised points that were debated really well and made even the grown ups think about their own actions and what might be a result of them!

I must add that the pupils behaviour was excellent.

Many thanks to the staff and parents for helping and to the staff at Potteric Carr for the excellent programme that they delivered on the day.

 

A visit from The Northern Ballet 27.2.19

Bollywood dance delivered with Creative Dance.

Home Learning for our Topic this Term. How can small actions eventually change the world?

Poetry Work based on The Journey of a River

Our mosaic is on display in Doncaster Museum. Please go and see it.
Picture 1

Reading poetry The River-An Epic Journey to the Sea by Hanako Clulows 7.1.19

Reading poetry The River-An Epic Journey to the Sea by Hanako Clulows 7.1.19 1
Reading poetry The River-An Epic Journey to the Sea by Hanako Clulows 7.1.19 2
Reading poetry The River-An Epic Journey to the Sea by Hanako Clulows 7.1.19 3
Reading poetry The River-An Epic Journey to the Sea by Hanako Clulows 7.1.19 4

Home Learning Menu

Spring Term

How can small changes affect the world?

You are expected to choose an activity from the list to complete and hand in. It is hoped that over the Spring term that you will have completed all of the activities suggested.

Make a model showing the journey of a river.

Make a poster highlighting the importance of conservation.

Produce an information leaflet or booklet about a river of your choice.

Draw, label and write facts about a selection of animals found in a river.

Draw, label and write facts about a selection of plants found in a river.

Draw, label and write facts about a selection of animals that live on a river bank.

Draw, label and write facts about a selection of plants that grow on the river bank.

Make a collage, draw or paint a river bank setting.

Make a poster about Global Warming.

Find the meanings of these words: Global Warming, Conservation, Deforestation, Pollution, Ecology, Habitat, Vertebrate, Invertebrate and Nature Reserve.

Dylan made Roman bread and brought it in to try as part of a Roman meal.

Christmas Party and visit by Father Christmas

Our completed mosaic in Y4

Comments about our Liturgy. 30.11.18

 

I liked it that we were all together and that we each had a part. AK

 

My favourite part was listening to the Bible. AM

 

I liked the topic because it shows that we belong to God. JO

 

I thought it was amazing. ZC

 

The liturgy was good because it was well presented and it was shown in God's way. JB

Photos from our Liturgy today on Belonging. 30.11.18

More examples of Home Learning Tasks on Romans 29.11.18

Boccia Tournament 21.11.18

To say that it was our first experience at Boccia the Y4 pupils performed excellently in today's tournament consisting of 22 teams and over 100 pupils.

Our best team today was made up of Ola, Joel, Scarlett and Dylan who won their group and made it to the semi finals. Unfortunately they were beaten 2-0.

Of the other teams, 3 finished runners up in their groups losing out  on a head to head basis. The remaining teams finished 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively.

Players that stood out were Scarlett, Patrick, Kaelan and Ava.

I would like to thank parents and staff for their support at the event .

 

Boccia Tournament 21.11.18

Author visit- Stephen Pass

Today, Stephen Pass, author of Madge the Mermaid visited our school to inspire our young writers. He told us about his job previous to becoming an author as a journalist and then described how his change to children's story writing began. Stephen explained how he wrote the book and the time it took to develop his ideas through drafting and editing at various stages. We listened to him read parts of the book and took turns to read some ourselves. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the visit. Thank you Stephen.

Madge the Mermaid author Stephen Pass visited our school today. 19.11.18

Anti Bullying Week

More home learning tasks.

Street Dance Performance to Year2

A few examples of home learning. Gladiators, rich and poor, a menu for a feast, mosaics, Roman ships and unusual facts.

The beginnings of our mosaics.

Y4 Liturgy-Friends

Year 4 delivered a small liturgy on Friday afternoon to the class to round off their work about friends. It consisted of work covered about our family and God's family. Pupils gave information about Solomon, Ruth and told the story of Joseph and his coat. Pupils read out prayers and listened to the song of Abraham.  

Y4 Liturgy-Family

Basketball Competition

Having practiced skills and game play over the past 5 weeks we ended with an inter house competition. Throughout the event there was some excellent dribbling by William, fantastic shooting by Leo and Josh, brilliant catching by Zuzanna and good all round play by Elena and Nicoll. After winning all three of their games the yellow team, Kirkstall came out on top. Well done to you.

 

Diversity Week

As part of our diversity week Y4 experienced Chinese Calligraphy. After looking at the history, tools and techniques used in Chinese Calligraphy the pupils set about writing the numbers 1-10 and 2,345.

Museum visit to explore the Romans.

Y4 had a fantastic day at Doncaster Museum today and discovered lots of new things about history and the Romans. The morning was spent exploring archaeology and its importance in learning about the past. Pupils looked at artefacts and discussed what they were and what uses they might have had. The afternoon was spent looking at the Roman invasion of Britain and the settlement that the Romans built in Doncaster. Pupils dressed as different Roman people from soldiers to rich and poor people and children. There was even a male and female Celt costume to see.  Activities included designing a mosaic, identifying the uses of artefacts, planning for a meal and playing a Roman board game. I must say that the behaviour and participation by all pupils was excellent. Thank you

Identifying features of diaries, representing numbers in different ways and being scientists by making observations.

Year 4 Representatives.

School council: Evie and Ola

Sports Council: Nicoll and Josh

Chaplaincy team: William and Tristan

Librarians: Annabelle and Zuzanna

 

We have been working hard in RE tracing back our family to make a family tree. In Maths we have worked together to solve problems and in PE we have begun our Street Dance.

Welcome to Year 4

Out discover topic this term is 'What Makes a Good Story' with a focus on the Romans.

 

PE days are:

Tuesday indoor

Friday outdoor

 

Homework will be given as a menu and will focus around our topic.

 

Pupils will be given the Spellings expected for Year 4 and will be tested regularly throughout the year.

 

There will also be regular times tables tests on all times tables to 12x12.

 

It is expected that pupils will read a range of books at home, not just the ones provided by school. Reading books will be changed on Mondays and Thursdays. 

Long Term Plan of Learning for this year.

Term

Guerilla Topic / Question

Literacy Text ideas (TBC)

Literacy Genre (TBC)

Maths Mastery (TBC)

Reading teaching (TBC)

Reading area

Science

RE

Autumn 1

 

What makes a Great Story?

 

Romans

 

Visit Museum

Roman Myths

Escape from Pompeii-Christina Bullit

The Roman Record-Paul Dowsell

Roman Diary-Richard Platt

To inform

 

Recount events in Pompeii as a diary

 

Newspaper report

 

 

 

Number-Place Value

 

Number-Addition and subtraction

 

Measurement-length and perimeter

 

How to train your dragon-Cressida Cowell

 

Krindlekrax-Philip Ridley

 

The Firework-maker’s daughter-Philip Pullman

 

Gangasta Granny-David Walliams

 

Reciprocal Reading skills.

Predicting, clarifying, inferring, retrieval and summarising activities.

 

There will also be reading out loud to an audience and modelling by teacher.

Roman temple

 

 

 

 

 

Rocks

 

 

Domestic Church-Family

 

Judaism

 

 

Autumn 2

 

A drop around the world-Barbara Shaw

 

To entertain

 

Description of mythical creatures and God’s

 

Narrative writing a myth

 

 

Number-Multiplication and division

 

States of matter.

Baptism/Confirmation-Belonging

 

Advent/ Christmas-Loving

Spring 1

 

How can small actions eventually change the world?

 

Rivers

 

Possible visit Potteric Carr

DMBC litter pick around Lakeside.

River story-Meredith Hooper

The River: An epic journey to the sea-Patricia Hegarty

 

To persuade

 

Advert

 

Letter

 

Poster

Number-Multiplication and division

 

Measurement-Area

 

 

Mountain and River

 

 

 

 

 

Animals including humans

Local Church-Community

 

Eucharist-Relating

 

Spring 2

River song with the banana slug string band-Steve Van Zanot

To entertain

 

Poem-journey of a water droplet

 

Narrative writing

 

Fractions

 

Decimals

Living things and their habitat

Lent/Easter-Giving

 

Summer 1

 

Is it better to stand out or fit in?

 

Costume

 

Visit Cast to look at costumes and theatre.

Shakespeare play- Midsummer Night’s Dream

 

To inform

Biography about Shakespeare

Decimals

 

Measurement-Money

 

Time

Shakespeare Theatre

 

 

 

Sound

Pentecost-Serving

 

Summer 2

Shakespeare play-

Romeo and Juliet

 

 

To entertain

Play script

Description

Statistics

 

Geometry-Properties of shape

 

Geometry-Position and direction

 

Reconciliation-Inter relating

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