This week in Y4 w/e 24/11/17

This week in Year 4 we have been developing our skills in persuasive writing.  We began by writing to a chef to persuade him to store his ingredients carefully, according to the length of time it took for each item to melt.  We followed this by using our persuasive toolkit to create an advert for a favourite book.  We looked at how adverts can manipulate the target audience in a variety of ways by using such devices as rhetorical questions and amazing adjectives.  This activity was carried out extremely thoughtfully and the results are fantastic.  

In Science we looked at the properties of air.  Have you seen the homework task this week?  It really makes you think!  In Maths we have used our work on multiplication to help us with our new topic, area and perimeter.  If you are measuring anything in metres, centimetres and millimetres in the lead up to Christmas, the children would love to help with some practical tasks to improve their accuracy and give real purpose to learning.

Our next reward for reading is rapidly approaching.  There is still time for everybody to make it eight times over a fortnight.  Thank you for your help with this.

Have a lovely weekend

Year 4 Teaching Team

This week in Year 4 17/11/17

This week seems to have flown by but we have fitted in many different activities.  On Monday both classes spent time at the QMC Primary Science Centre and carried out four experiments connected to our project, Fire and Ice.  The children really enjoyed this and learned a great deal about how change of state differs according to the material.  Huge thank you to the parents who accompanied us.

On Tuesday we looked at wax resist by using a candle to draw a design and then adding a cold water wash.  Wednesday saw us melting five different materials, (jelly, stewed apple, chocolate, marshmallow and butter).  We timed how long it took to melt and at what temperature.  Some of the children were very surprised at how they compared to each other!

On Thursday we had a great response to our Children in Need activities.  Thank you for supporting this worthy cause.

Finally could we please ask for your help.  The expectation of our school is that all children should read at home at least four times a week.  The majority of our children do but there are a few children who do not meet this every week. Reading is so important to every part of the curriculum and it is now that the foundations are laid which will be built on for the rest of the children’s educational journey.  Thank you and if we can help further, please let us know.

Have a lovely weekend

The Year 4 Teaching Team

This week in Year 4 10/11/17

As the sun shines into the classrooms, it is time to reflect on the week just gone.  We have been looking at the historical reason for Firework Night and why we celebrate on November 5th.  We have also used sights and sounds we experienced last weekend, to write creatively about Fireworks.  

Our Maths this week has been all about the different ways we record data from pictograms to bar charts.  Learning to interpret data can be challenging but the children have enjoyed improving their skills.

Yesterday we were lucky enough to take part in British Film week and the whole year group went to the Odeon to watch the film “Moana”.  It was enjoyed by all.   Thank you to the parents who accompanied us.

On Monday, we are going to the Primary Science Centre at QMC to carry out experiments linked to our new project, Fire and Ice. Hepworth will go in the morning and Moore in the afternoon.  Because of the timing of the sessions, children in both classes will need a packed lunch and of course, a coat. 

We are still working on improving our reading and encourage children to read at least four times a week at home.  It is a vital skill which encompasses everything we do in school.  We are really grateful for your continued support with this.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 4 Teaching Team

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