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Thursday 11th October 2018

Hello Year 4,

This week we’ve enjoyed our new English unit, Free verse poetry. Children have read, analysed and performed The magic box and next week we will write our very own poems inspired by the creativity displayed in The magic box. We’ve also worked with factors and factor pairs and next week we will put to the test our times tables and factor knowledge while learning to solve word problems and 2-digit multiplications.

Here is your homework due 18th October

Spellings: medal, meddle, missed, mist, scene, seen, board, bored, which, witch.

Literacy: reading comprehension

Garden birds

Why do birds matter?

Birds are just there to look pretty and sound nice, right? Wrong! Birds are vital for the environment.

Birds encourage varied plant life through seed dispersal. They disperse seeds within their droppings, by catching them on their feathers and by dropping them from their beaks while flying. This means seeds get to travel to different places and grow elsewhere.

Birds control insects growth. many birds, such as dunnocks, blue tits and blackbirds, eat insects. Without these insect-eating birds, there could be a dangerous number of insects on the planet.

Many birds, like crows and magpies, help rid the world of disease through eating dead animals. Without theses birds eating the carcasses of other animals, diseases could more easily be spread.

Decreasing numbers of common garden birds

The starling, once common, has seen a steady decline in numbers. The loss of starlings has been linked to farming; it is thought that heavily farmed land makes it more difficult for birds to find their favourite food, the cranefly larvae.

House sparrow numbers have also decreased in the last few years, particularly in urban environments. The reason is not fully known, but could be due to cats or air pollution from more vehicles being used.Fortunately, last year, there was an increase in house sparrows reported through an RSPB (the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is a charity that protects British birds) nationwide survey.

The rise of less common garden birds

There has been an increase in some birds that are not often seen in gardens, such as fieldfares. Fieldfares are large, colourful thrushes that stand very upright and move forward with little hops. One reason for this increase seems to be freezing winters forcing fieldfares to leave the countryside and look for food in gardens. At the beginning of 2016, there was an increase in the sightings of long-tailed tits and goldcrests. A warmer winter meant that more of these tiny birds survived.

Migration

Some birds migrate from the UK during winter months and return when the weather becomes warmer. Swifts and swallows migrate to Africa. They can fly up to 200 miles every day. Many die from starvation, exhaustion and storms.

Resident British birds

Robins have bright red breast and are very aggressive. They will defend their territory and sing all year round. They can be seen in British gardens all year round. Magpies have a loud, chattering cackle and can be easily seen with their black and white feathers. They are important insect controllers and hunt for leftover food and dead animals.

After reading the text at least two times, answer the following questions:

  1. How do birds help with seed dispersal?
  2. Why are insect-eating birds important?
  3. Explain what problems have occurred due to heavily farmed land. Show evidence from the text.
  4. Name one bird whose numbers have increased. Explain why this has happened.

Maths: learn/review x11, x12

Science: draw a food chain that includes a bird mentioned in the text ‘garden birds’. Pay attention to what they eat and where they live to help you complete the food chain.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss R. Abeledo

 

Thursday 4th October 2018

Hello Year 4,

This week we finished writing our Greek Myths which only need to be edited and published. Lots of interesting stories inspired by the Myths we’ve read and listened to over the last four weeks. We’ve also started a new Maths unit, times tables and multiplication, and it is really important that we keep learning and practising our times tables. Our goal is to become agile with the times tables so using them will be a bliss.

Here is your homework due 11th October 2018:

Spellings: irrelevant, illegal, illegible, illogical, illiterate, illicit, irregular, irresistible, irresponsible and irrational.

Literacy: recap your favourite myth (summarise) Write five complete sentences.

Maths: study or review x7, x8, x9. If you want to work a little extra finish any Mathletics tasks pending.

Science: draw an animal of your choice in its habitat and answer the following questions

Is it a vertebrate or invertebrate? Explain why.

What category does it belong to? Explain.

What is its habitat?

Have a great weekend!

Miss R Abeledo

 

Thursday 27th September 2018

Hello Year 4,

We’ve had a good week learning to describe characters and settings for our Greek Myths. We’ve also learnt more about addition and subtraction. Next week we will finish both units and reveal what goes on our unit’s first page!

Here is your homework due on 4th October 2018:

Spellings: immature, immeasurable, impossible, immortal, imperfect, impatient, immovable, impolite, important, improper.

Literacy: what’s a rhyme? Explain with your own words and write and example.

Maths: study or review x3, x4, x6.

Science: what’s a mini beast hunt? Can you list an animal that you could find on a mini beast hunt and write what type of animal it is?

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss R. Abeledo

 

Thursday 20th September 2018

Hello Year 4,

This week we’ve work hard to achieve our ‘gem of the week’ Topaz goals:

  • brave enough to have go
  • willing to take a chance on being wrong
  • kind and supportive if others are wrong

Well done Year 4!

During Literacy lessons, we’ve enjoyed listening to Greek myths, identifying their structure and describing the main characters in detail. Next week, we will be learning to use expanded noun phrases when describing characters.

During maths lessons, we’ve continued practising place value skills as well as addition and subtraction written methods. Next week, we will work on word problems and how to identify key pieces of information in a word problem.

Here is your homework due on 27th September:

Spellings: inactive, incorrect, inaccurate, insecure, indefinite, incomplete, infinite, inedible, inability, indecisive.

Literacy: write a list of ten adjectives to describe a myth characters.

Maths: make up your own calculations and solve them. You need one addition (at least 3-digit numbers or more) and one subtraction (at least 3 digits or more). If you up for a challenge try a 6-digit addition or subtraction!

Science: think of a vertebrate animal. Write down its name and which category it belongs to (mammal, reptile, amphibian, bird or fish). Explain why they belong to that category.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss R. Abeledo

 

13th September 2018

Hello Year 4 families,

Welcome to the Year 4 class blog, where you can read about our week, find out what’s coming next, check homework assigned and much more.

This week, we’ve been learning all about myths and legends, including differences and what makes a myth a myth. Next week, we will be learning how to write a good myth and even more about types of words.

We’ve also learnt about place value in four digit numbers and next week, we will learn to solve some word problems using different strategies.

It has been a busy week but we are glad to be back and working hard.

Here is your homework due on 21st September 2018:

Spellings: this week we all have just one set of spellings

caught     taught       autumn     cause     applaud     naughty      daughter     clause     astronaut      author

Literacy: research a Roman or Greek myth you’ve heard of and write three character names. You can use books or even the internet but remember to think and use online safety rules.

Maths: start learning or reviewing time tables (2, 5, 10) and remember speed and accuracy are important.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Miss R. Abeledo