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Thursday 13th December 2018

Hello year 4,

We are having a good time preparing our Christmas show and we can’t wait to share it with you all. It is important to bring our show clothes in a labeled bag so we can have it ready for dressed rehearsal this Friday and both shows next week. Just a reminder, that means we will wear blue jeans (leggings, trousers, skirts, etc) and a bright top (red, green or white). Christmas jumpers are ok too, but remember it can get hot during the show.

By the way … no homework due next week as we will be giving a bit more time for half term projects this week. Make sure you let us know when you will bring it in so we can schedule your presentation in our timetable please.

Hope you have a fantastic weekend,

Miss R Abeledo

 

Monday 10th December 2018

Hello Year 4,

This week we’ve had a fantastic time learning. We’ve read, analysed and planned riddles based on Christmas, Hanukkah and Winter. We’ve also started our new unit about graphs and data but our favourite learning time was our school trip! We had a great time and learnt a lot about WWI, mills and bread.

Here is your homework due 14th December:

Spellings: we are practising spellings at school every day but if you want to have them at home you can ask for a copy.

Maths: give 3 examples of continuous data and 3 examples of discrete data. Explain the difference between continuous and  discrete data.

Hope you have a fantastic week 🙂

Miss R Abeledo

Thursday 29th November 2018

Hello Year 4,

This week we’ve started writing our newspaper reports and going through an exciting new editing process. We’ve also continued learning about measurements and unit conversion by estimating and measuring different magnitudes to then choose the best unit to express said measurements. Next week, we will start new units. We will have an earlier due date for homework and a spelling test on Wednesday.

Here is your homework due 5th of December:

Spellings: though, although, dough, through, breakthrough, thought, bought, fought, ought.

Maths: what do you use to present information gathered from a tally or a survey?

Have a great weekend

Miss R Abeledo

 

Thursday 22nd November 2018

Hello Year 4,

This week we’ve learnt a lot about unit conversion and the International System of Units. We’ve also learnt lots about adverbials of place, time, frequency, degree and manner. Next week, we will learn more about measurements and we will write our own reports.

Here is your homework due 29th November 2018

Spellings: musician, politician, electrician, magician, mathematician, dietitian, statistician, technician, clinician, beautician.

Literacy: fins a piece of news and label its features. Heading, verbs in 3rd person, introductory paragraph, ending paragraph.

Maths: find 4 objects in your house and estimate their mass in kg.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Miss R Abeledo

 

Thursday 15th November 2018

Hello Year 4,

This week we’ve put our maths skills to the test by working with word problems and even mystery games! We’ve also learnt a lot more about newspaper reports and we even had a go at writing a paragraph for a piece of news about Remembrance day. During Science lessons, we’ve continued to learn more about sound and we went around our school to conduct a sound survey.

Here is your homework due 22nd November 2018

Spellings: invention, injection, action, question, mention, attraction, translation, devotion, position and solution.

Literacy: write five sentences using five different types of adverbials (place, time, manner, degree and frequency)

Maths: practise times tables (speed)

Science: what sounds can you hear from your house? conduct your own sound survey and write down 4 sounds you can hear, where you can hear them and what was vibrating (sound).

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss R Abeledo

 

Thursday 8th November 2018

Hello Year 4,

Welcome back, I hope you have all had a wonderful half term and you are now ready to learn about some new topics. During this week we’ve learnt a bit more about newspaper reports and word problems using different calculations. Next week, we will continue learning how to identify important features of a newspaper report and how to choose the most efficient method to solve a problem.

Here is your homework due 15th November 2018:

Spellings: expression, discussion, confession, permission, admission, transmission, possession, profession, depression and impression.

Literacy: choose a newspaper report or article and sum it up in one paragraph (no more than five sentences).

Maths: write your own word problem (or problems if you are motivated to do so). You may choose a result unknown problem, a change unknown problem or a start unknown problem. Look a the examples before you think about your own word problem.

Result unknown example: Mabel drank 452 ml of water before break time. In the afternoon, she drank 648 ml of water. How much water had Mabel drank by the end of the afternoon?

Change unknown: Mabel drank 452 ml of water before break time. She then drank more water during the afternoon. By the end of the afternoon, she had drank a total of 1,100 ml of water How many ml of water did Mabel drink during the afternoon?

Start unknown: Mabel drank some water before break time. In the afternoon she drank 648 ml of water. By the end of the afternoon she had drank a total of 1,100 ml of water. How much water did Mabel drank before break time?

Science: what is a sound wave? Explain with your own words. Describe how sound travels through gases (example: air). You can use a drawing to show this.

Have an amazing weekend.

Miss R Abeledo

 

 

Thursday 19th October 2018

Hello Year 4,

This week we’ve planned, drafted and written our very own free verse poems. We’ve written funny poems, silly poems, scary poems and very serious poems. We’ve also deepen our understanding of factors and we’ve practised different methods to multiply and check our answers. Next week we will be presenting our half term projects to the class.

Here is our homework due 25th October 2018:

Spellings: division, invasion, confusion, decision, collision, television, revision, erosion, inclusion, explosion.

Literacy: what is your favourite poetry feature? Describe it with your own words and write an example.

Maths: choose one of the following challenges

Challenge 1     28 x 6 =                  74 x 9 =

Challenge 2     842 x 4 =                671 x 8 =

Challenge 3     86_ x 7 = 6048       5_3 x 3 = 1719

 

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