Welcome to the Year 4 page! Our team is made up of Ms Moran and Mr Williams, with support from Mrs Anderson, Mrs Walker and Mrs Triggs. With our new curriculum in place, your children will have fun learning about a range of different topics this year. We will regularly update our page to share with you what the children have been learning.
Times tables in Year 4
Year 4 need to know all of their multiplication and division facts to 12, e.g. 9x8=72, 8x9=72, 72÷8=9, 72÷9=8. Counting ‘in groups of’ is a useful way of starting to learn, e.g. chanting 6, 12, 18, 24, 30… for the six times table.
The DFE have confirmed that all Year 4 children will be expected to take a multiplication test from summer term 2020. This multiplication tables check has been designed to help ensure that children in primary school know their times tables up to 12 off by heart. You can find more information on the DFE website here.
As well as being critical for everyday life, knowledge of multiplication tables helps children to solve problems quickly and flexibly, and allows them to tackle more complex mathematics later on in school. We are continuing to do lots of practise in school and we appreciate your support at home as well.
As a school we have subscribed to TT Rockstars, a fun online game to help the children learn. This is their weekly maths homework and they are expected to use it at least three times a week. Each child has their own login, if you need a reminder please ask Ms Moran or Mr Williams.
There are lots of websites and apps that can help your child practise. Hit the button and Coconut multiples are two popular games. We also listen to songs to help us learn like this Taylor Swift cover and this cover of Happy. Here are some worksheets you can print if you'd like.
Spring term 2020
Welcome back Year 4!
This term we have lots of exciting new curriculum topics for the children to learn about.
In literacy we will explore stories from other cultures and explanation texts. In maths we will continue multiplication and division practise, and delve deeper into fractions.
Our focus in art is Kandinsky and we will develop our collage skills. For science we will learn all about the digestive system and in history we will study the Romans. Watch this space for updates!
06/12/19 This week we have been getting into the festive spirit and we have started practising in earnest for our Christmas carol concert next week. We look forward to performing our songs for you on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning!
Timelines and more!
This term in History we are learning about Ancient Greece. “I think it’s great!” said Ella, 8. We know what a primary source and a secondary source is. A vase from that time is a primary source. We are learning about the timeline and when it happened and this is linked to literacy where we are learning about Alexander the Great. Also we are collecting interesting vocabulary about what they did and putting them on a little map on the working wall. We know what BC and AD mean. BC means Before Christ and AD means Anno Domini (or After Death).
Well now you know what we have been doing, remember more updates next week!
11/10/19 This week we have started learning about newspaper articles, so we asked the children to report on one of the highlights of their week:
Read below to find out about our science in Year 4!
This week, we have been learning about states of matter. On Tuesday we investigated sticky, gloopy liquids in small ice cube trays to see how they changed state. Before we saw the results, we predicted what would happen to the liquids. The liquids were olive oil, washing up liquid, honey and salt water. On Tuesday morning Ms Moran put the liquids in the trays and put them in the freezer for six hours. We have had a “cool” time (but this is not the end just yet we still have more to say here). Most of us thought that all the liquids would freeze but no. The honey was very cold when we touched it but not frozen. The washing up liquid didn’t freeze completely but mostly froze. The salt water was the weirdest. The water froze but separated from the salt. The olive oil was frozen normally just like the normal water.
Here I am going to interview one of Ms Moran’s class.
“Well… we had to clean our hands after touching the honey but it was really cool,” exclaimed Emily.
If you want to see more subjects stay tuned for next week!
Thank you for reading this text.
This week, 4W have looked at states of matter. We looked at water, salty water, olive oil, honey and washing up liquid. They all froze except the honey because honey is viscous. The water went from a liquid to a solid because in the freezer the particles froze. The liquids were in the freezer for 5 hours at -11º. 4W watched as the liquids melted.
"The ice was so cold and hard," explained Ethan,
04/10/19 Over the last few weeks, we have been writing fantasy stories using the book 'Leon and the Place Between' as a springboard. We have written our own stories and produced mini books which will be on display soon. We are also currently reading 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' as our class book.
Our home learning is currently based on Basic Skills- daily reading for at least ten minutes, weekly spellings to learn (with a recording sheet to write the words in sentences) and times table practise using TT Rockstars. The spelling sheet should be returned to school each Thursday and the children have a spelling test each Friday. TT Rockstars is an online service and the children should practise at least 3 times a week. It is available at https://play.ttrockstars.com/ and every child has their own login. If you have any questions, or need a reminder of your child's login, please speak to your class teacher.