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6th October 2017

  • Year 4 Weekly Roundup
English

This week in English, Year 4 selected the layouts for their newspapers, continued to edit and adapt their articles and finally, assemble their group papers to present their finished product. Each team added interest to their newspapers by including advertisements and competitions. This activity has developed their cooperation as well as their writing skills.  As a grammar focus, the children learnt about abbreviations and acronyms, where they discovered the full words behind the shortened words or phrases.

Maths

This week, the children began by focussing on mental methods for addition using jottings as an aide-mémoire. They practised their mental addition by working on a sequence of numbers. The children moved on to estimating the answer to a calculation before adding pairs of three and four-digit numbers, using the formal written method of columnar addition. They then applied this knowledge to solving one and two-step word problems, deciding which operations and methods to use and why. The children have also started to use inverse operations to check answers to a calculation.

Project Work

In Project Work this week, the children learnt about reversible and irreversible changes. They discovered how to get cream from raw milk. It was demonstrated to the class how shaking cream in a jar could make butter. The children were fascinated as the cream turned from liquid to solid and saw how the cream separated into butter and butter milk. The Year 4s then looked at reversible changes; an investigation was set up to see if melted liquid butter could then become a solid. The children hypothesised on what might happen.  

Mandarin

This week, the children continued with the topic of Fruits. Based on the last topic colours and the previous week study about fruits, we extended more vocabulary while practising the descriptive sentence patterns xx是…色的。(The colour of xx is …). In the meantime, the interrogative sentences using 吗 and 什么(yes/no question and specific question) were consolidated during the lessons. Pupils were focusing more on character recognition this week, matching and word searching activities were applied in their Mandarin lessons.

Computing

Students have completed a series of puzzles to practice chaining programs by introducing events into their code. Events are a great way to add variety to a pre-written algorithm. Sometimes you want your program to be able to respond to the user exactly when the user wants it to. That is what events are for.

Physical Education

This week, Year 4s have started their new activities rotation. In Football, the children’s aims have been to be able to perform basic dribbling skills with some control. To use both feet when dribbling and encourage use of vision. In Netball, pupils have been looking at basic passes and landing with two feet.  

In swimming, pupils have been focusing on their diving techniques.

Music

This week Year 4 students used the keyboards to play a simple ostinato (musical phrase that persistently repeats) from Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring'. Students then experimented with different ways of transforming Stravinsky's ostinato, such as inverting or subdividing the notes, to create different effects.

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:

  • Sheet in book / MyiMaths

Tables: Revise all your times tables for a mixed test next week, with the exception of the 7 and 12 times tables which haven’t been taught yet.

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