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29th September 2017

  • Year 4 Weekly Roundup
English

This week in English, the children have learned at how to write successful headlines and captions. They have also looked at how to use the correct determiner a or an and sometimes the before a noun. Further to this, the children used their knowledge of the structure of a newspaper article by working in teams to produce a newspaper report together.

Maths

In Maths this week, the children have been learning about position and direction.  They began the week by translating shapes in all four directions on square dotty paper.  Later in the week, they transferred the skills learnt to help them translate shapes on a coordinate grid. They have also been learning how to plot and find coordinates in the first quadrant.  The children had great fun applying their knowledge of coordinates, which enabled them to both create a mask and go on a school treasure hunt, having used their thinking skills to solve some different clues.

Project Work

It was a rather exciting start to our new Project Work topic ‘Shake It’ this week. Our entry point at the start of the week involved a mystery object. The children has to use their senses of sight, smell and touch to predict what the object could be. There were squeals of excitement when the mystery object was revealed. The children further explored it, touching their frozen ball of ice and putting salt on it to see it change from a solid to a liquid. Following this, the children participated in a matter dance to show the different states of matter. Finally they sorted pictures into the three states of matter; solids, liquids and gases.  

Mandarin

This week, we started the topic on fruit. Vocabulary about fruit was introduced and consolidated in the lesson. Pronunciation and character recognition remains as the key skills focus in class. The descriptive sentence patterns, as well as interrogative sentence patterns learnt from last topic colours, were practiced again in the lesson to strengthen the structure of the sentence.

Computing

This week, students learnt how Binary is extremely important to the computer world.  This code.org lesson helps to demonstrate how it is possible to take something that we know and translate it into a series of ons and offs.

Physical Education

This week, Year 4 have completed their final week of cross country. We have been looking at using skills learnt over the last few weeks, and how they can be used in fun and simple tag pursuits. All the children have improved on at least one aspect of Cross Country and many are joining Mr Holmes on Tuesday morning ECA. Well done Year 4!

In swimming, the pupils have been looking at continuous swims. Increasing stamina and technique in the water. 

Music

This week Year 4 students learned about accents in music and how they can create unpredictability. A ballet interpretation of Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring' was used to demonstrate this, as the dance movements highlighted accents in the music. Students were then able to construct their own series of accents and used body percussion to perform them for their peers.

Homework

All homework is to be completed in the Homework Journal.

English:

  • Reading Comprehension:
  • Spelling: Choose one of the activities in your spelling journal. Complete this activity in your Homework Journal.
  • Reading: please record daily reading in Student Planners. Children should be reading for 15 minutes each day.

Maths:

  • MyiMaths
  • Tables: Learn / revise your 8 times tables.

 

Half Term Project:

Due in on Wednesday 11th October

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