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13th January 2017


This week in English, we began our unit on Narrative Poetry. We focused on the poems ‘The Listeners’ and ‘The Highwayman’ to see how narrative poems tell a story. We searched for the key features of this text type in these poems. The children revised the poetic techniques of similes, alliteration, rhyme, personification and metaphors, and were introduced to a new technique: onomatopoeia. They applied these techniques to describe a rainforest animal. Finally the children thought of a rainforest animal that they would like to write a narrative poem about. They planned their narrative, thinking about what their animal is like, where it could be going and what it likes to do. As a challenge, some of the children included a twist in their plan.


This week in maths, the children have revised place value and have developed their knowledge of rounding numbers. They have rounded 2, 3 and 4 digit numbers to the nearest ten, hundred and thousand, as well as estimating calculations using these skills.  The children have also learnt about negative numbers – counting backwards through zero, finding differences and investigating temperatures.

Project Work

This week in Project Work, the children have started a new topic; Rainforests – Saving the World. They have had their introductory Entry Point where they experienced the rainforest through role play and imagination. After this, the children then researched what information they already know about the rainforest and they thought about how they could extend their learning further in future lessons.


This week, the students reviewed and consolidated their prior knowledge of school subjects and facilities. They engaged in carousel rotation activities to further enhance all 4-skill areas in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Additionally, Kagan Cooperative Structure such as Quiz Quiz Trade, Rally Robin, Coach Rally and All Record Round Robin was embedded into their learning.


In computing this week, the students have been learning about setting up file and folder structures within their work areas. They have been discussing the various file types and have been learning how to save their work in an organised way.

Physical Education

Year 4 have begun their Athletics activity block. During this block, they will look at the three main fundamentals of Athletics; running, jumping and throwing. The elements will be broken down into the skill and technique of each event that the pupils will have a chance to practice competitively on sports day.


This week, Year 4 students looked back on last term's music learning using a cooperative learning strategy called Inside-Outside Circle. Students finished the class with a short video and discussion about the origins of jazz and blues.


All homework is to be completed in the Homework Journal.


Reading Comprehension: answer the questions. Remember to answer using full sentences. Only spend 30 minutes on this.

Spelling: NONE 

Reading: please record daily reading in Student Planners. Children should be reading for 15 minutes each day.


MyiMaths: Log on and complete the Estimating activity set by your teacher. Maths sheet – if there is a maths sheet stuck in your homework book, you do this instead of MyiMaths.

Tables: Choose one of the times tables songs to learn or revise from our list of resources. Then choose one of the times tables practical activities to complete in your homework journal. If you are confident with your times tables, investigate what happens when you multiply two even numbers with an odd number (eg: 2 x 6 x 7). Is the answer always odd or is it always even?

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