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Week beginning 17th June

The children have been working on their descriptive writing - a piece of prose about the world beneath the waves.They have been inspired by pictures, poems and even a song by the Beatles! 

In maths we have been learning about the measurement of time. Including, learning days, months,hours and minutes. We have been telling the time, using half hour, quarter hours and minutes past the hour!

In art we have been creating an underwater seascape using arange of materials to create a 3D piece.

Week beginning 10th June

This week we started our final topic of the year- 'Blue Abyss'. We are studying all things underwater!  This week we have been researching underwater creatures and choosing our favourite. With his they designed fantastic front covers for our topic books and began to create clay models of the creatures.

In maths we have been learning all about money, recognising all the coins, adding and subtracting amounts and solving real life word problems.

In PE we have been practicing for sports day, at the astro turf we have been honing our javelin and archery skills, as well as our hurdling,ball dribbling and throwing and catching!

Week beginning 3rd June 2019

It was lovely to welcome the children back. We have been spending the final week finishing off out topic on 'Bottom. Bile and Burps' The children have been working hard to complete their leaflet on 'Healthy Teeth'.These are looking fantastic and encompass all the learning we did last term..

In numeracy we are completing our work on 'money', the children have been adding and subtracting money, ordering money and buying an imaginary shopping list!

In science we have been investigating skeletons, labelling the bones in the body and researching lots of interesting facts.

In PE we have been practicing for sports day, remember it is next Wednesday and parents are welcome to join us. Look out for a letter coming home soon!  

Week beginning 13th May

We have had a super busy week and it has been a lot of fun!

On Wednesday afternoon we had trainee teachers from Germany visiting our class. We enjoyed sharing our art work and listening to their presentation about life in Germany and asking them lots of questions.

On Thursday, as a reward for the class with the best attendance, we had a fantastic trip to Abington Park. The sun shone, the children had a fabulous time playing on the apparatus and enjoyed an ice-cream to keep them cool.

On Friday, it was our big trip to Birmingham! Meeting at the train station, we caught a very busy train and headed up north.

The Think tank museum was a lot of fun, the interactive workshop helped to consolidate our learning and introduced us to lots of new facts. Exploring the rest of the museum was amazing, there were so many inter-active the children didn't  want to come home!

Amongst all this, we have been designing adverts for toothpaste, investigating the effects of different liquids on teeth,and in art, completing detailed drawings of the eye.

On Thusday 23rd could all children bring in their tooth brushes as we are going to be looking at effectively cleaning our teeth.

30th April to 10th May

We have had a great time getting involved with our topic. We have been doing a lot of research into teeth. We have been reading the novel  'The Demon Dentist' and the children have written their own story about a trip to the dentist - that went wrong!

In science we have put egg shells into all different liquids, to see the effects. This is to replicate what happens to our teeth when we don't brush them!

In art, the children have made some fantastic pictures of the digestive system, including some brilliant 3 D effects. In PE we continue with lessons on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays - thank-you to all those who remember their kits every day.

We have two exciting trips next week.

On Thursday, we are off to Abington Park as our reward for the class with the best attendance, we will have a lovely afternoon and the children will be treated to an ice cream for being so brilliant.

On Friday, we are off to Birmingham for a trip to the Think Tank museum. Remember not to come to school, but meet Mrs Marlow, Mrs Helliwell and Miss Brash at Northampton train station.

Week beginning 24th April

It was lovely to welcome the children back after such a long break. We have cracked on with our new topic 'burps, bottoms and bile' - all about the human body,especially focusing on the digestive system! The children have designed their front covers and have started to write a story all about 'teeth'!

In numeracy we have done some revision on addition and subtraction - it was pleasing to see the children had all remembered the key steps of these important mathematical expressions.

PE has changed again, we will continue with cricket on Mondays for the next 3 weeks,and going to the astro turf on Tuesday morning  to do gymnastics and rounders. Children also need to bring  their PE kit on a Thursday when they will do team games.

We have also booked a trip to the Think tank museum in Birmingham on May 17th - look out for a letter coming home soon 

Week beginning 25th March

The children have had a brilliant week in literacy, inventing and designing their own posters for a music festival They had great fun choosing the bands and singers they would like to appear. Choosing the venue and ticket prices were difficult decisions to make!

The finished posters were bright and attractive and included all the key features and were eye-catching and inviting for the reader! Well done!

In numeracy we continue our work on decimals.The children are becoming very adept at dividing one or two digit numbers by 10 and a 100.We carry on with this topic after Easter before moving onto 'money'

Our  musical instruments are looking fantastic with all of them nearly complete. We have a wide range of guitars, drums,  shakers and scrapers!

The children have started their sessions with the cricket coach which was highly enjoyable and remember that this Wednesday (April 3rd) is the final swimming session.

Week beginning 19 th March

In literacy we have been adding the final touches to our scripts. The children have really used their imagination to devise a wide range of scenarios. They enjoyed acting them out, using the stage directions and a range of musical accompaniments to bring a real sense of drama to their work! Some of the music they played live, while others recorded them through the ‘garage band’ app. There was a real range of talents showcased.

In maths we have really hit the ground running with their work on decimals. Already they can recognise the parts of decimal numbers up to a hundredth and can divide single and double digit numbers by 10 – very impressive!

We have painted our boxes and bottles and they are ready to be transformed into a musical instruments- I am looking forward to seeing them completed this week. The children have also been learning how to tango- even choreographing their own section which fitted beautifully with the music.

Week beginning 11th March

The children have had an exciting week, they have begun to write play scripts. Using story maps and drama, they have devised three scenes to an exciting play including stage directions, setting and costumes. They have also been looking at how the score to a piece of drama can have a real impact, and have been listening to popular movie themes and discussing the difference they make to the overall effect of a piece of drama.

I maths we have completed our work on fractions. The children can now work out fractions of quantities and linking them to word problems.

In art and design we have designed our musical instruments and are ready to make them this week.- please keep on sending in any recycling from home that we can put towards this project.

Thank you to all the parents who attended our parental involvement afternoon on Thursday. It was great to have you there as part of science week, and the penguins you help make looked fabulous!

On Wednesday 27th there will be parent consultation meetings throughout the day - look out for a letter coming home this week.

Week beginning 4th March 2019

     Another busy week for the children.

   We completed a written description of our story setting- ‘The Snow Walkers Son’. They have produced really a high           standard of writing, including: similes, metaphors, alliteration and onomatopoeias!

In numeracy, we have been finding quantities of fractions and solving maths mysteries involving pancake day!

In art and design we have been studying musical instruments and started to think about designing our own. For homework we have asked the children to bring in any recycling which they can use in the making of their instruments.

In PE we continue to build our skills and tactics in hockey and football.

In science we have liked at the workings of the war as we link our science to our main theme this topic ‘playlist’

Also this week Wb 11th March, is science week, and you are invited in to join us for a parental involvement session on Thursday afternoon at 2.15. You can take part in an activity linked to science week and it’s theme of the ‘Polar Exploration’

Week beginning 25th February

It was lovely to welcome the children back and introduce them to our new topic 'Playlist'. For this next term we will try and link our work to all things music!

During the first week back we have been on a sound hunt around the school, listening very carefully to note down all the sounds we could hear as we moved around the school. We used these sounds to produce our own poem based on Roger McGoughs 'Sound Collector' and they were absolutely brilliant. They really captured the essence of a day at school and the sounds we can hear!

In maths we were adding and taking away fractions, which the children soon got the hang of and then got onto changing mixes fractions into improper fractions and vice versa.

We also used our art skills to design a title page for our title page in our topic book, and started to read our new class reading book 'The Snow -walkers son' 

Week beginning 11th February

This was our final week on our ‘Roadtrip USA’ topic. The time has gone really quickly and we had lots of bits to finish off.

We wrote our own versions of the ‘The Spider Woman’ story, the children changed and adapted the story to make it their own. Really using their imagination, the stories were set in numerous places including outer space, magical castles and even a farm-yard! The stories were beautifully written and the children really enjoyed choosing their own writing paper.

In maths, we have been learning to recognise equivalent fractions, Using games and fraction walls children have been drawing and labeling equivalent fractions and doing calculations with them. The children found some of this work tricky but they showed great resilience and never gave up.

In art we have been designing and making totem poles, we haven’t quite finished them, so that will be our priority when we get back after our half term break!

Week beginning 4 th February

We have been learning the Native American Indian story ‘The Spider Woman’. We story-mapped the tale and had great fun adding actions to help us remember it

In maths we have begun looking at fractions, spending time learning the names of the different fractions and being able to label them and draw specific ones.

In art, we have finished making our dream-catchers. They look amazing hanging around the classroom, so colourful and full of sparkle, with eye-catching glitter, beads and feathers.

We also had a special visitor on Thursday 7 th , a polar explorer came to speak to the whole school about his planned polar adventure. The children had lots of questions to ask and were fascinated by the arctic wildlife and the strategies needed to cope with those very cold weather conditions! The children also got to take part in an exciting experiment, working with ice and butter- we learned about insulation!

Week beginning 28th January

We had an amazing week. It was our annual Literary Festival, with our theme of winter and the 'Snowman' story as told by Raymond Briggs and Michael Morpurgo. We began the week with a special visit from the author Julia Jarman. She met with the class and the children had the opportunity to listen to Julia read her stories, and ask her questions about the writing process.

We took part in activities around the Snowman - making puppets, using charcoal and chalk to  produce artwork in the classroom and around the school. They also produced some high quality poetry based on winter. We even had snow  -real and fake!

Some of the children represented the school in a gymnastics competition. They did brilliantly, and the results will be announced in achievement assembly very soon!

14th to 25th January

The children have completed their information text on New York. They have made brilliant  leaflets which are eye-catching and include all the key features needed for any holiday maker visiting New York for the first time! In maths we are in the middle of a 'mini' topic on 'area'. The children have been out and around the school learning all about area through lots of practical activities.

In art we have been designing and making our own  dream-catchers. They are looking amazing and I am looking forward to seeing the finished pieces in the next couple of weeks.

As part of our topic we had lunch at a local American diner 'Buddies'. We all enjoyed a fantastic lunch, surrounded by New York memorabilia, taking in the atmosphere and having a lovely time talking to their friends.

Week beginning 7th January

Happy New Year to you all.

The children have come back excited and keen to learn. We have started our new topic called 'Roadtrip- USA'. They have been busily researching New York City, as they begin to design an information about this tourist attraction and persuade holiday makers they should visit! In numeracy we have been multiplying numbers by 10,100 and 1000 - we are now moving onto dividing numbers which we should complete early next week.

In PE we have been improving our badminton skills - some of us having a go for the first time! |We have also been practicing for a gymnastics competition that some of the children will be entered into.

In Art the children have done some fantastic pieces of work on famous American landmarks and these are to be displayed in our class reading area.

As you know swimming has started again and will continue to the Easter holidays.

Also it is parents evening on Thursday 17th January, and look out for a letter for our class trip to 'Buddies' for an 'all american dining experience!'

Week beginning 10 th December

As the term is drawing to an end there is no let up in the amount of work the children have been doing. In maths they have begun their journey in getting secure in their timetables ready for our multiplication and division focus next term.

In literacy we have begun to write a recount of our fantastic visit to the Roald Dahl Museum. They have written their ‘cold’ copy and are ready to edit, improve and write up before the end of term. A big ask- but I am confident they can do it!

As well as all that they did a dress rehearsal and two performances of the production ‘Mr Humbug sees the light’. The children did a fabulous job. If you came to one of the performances- thank-you. I know you will appreciate what hard work they put into it, and how much they enjoyed themselves.

The final 3 days gave the children the opportunity to complete their museum write -up, attendance assembly, a visit to church and of course, time to celebrate! The children had a lovely party on the final afternoon, playing games, taking part in competition and plenty of dancing too!

Have a lovely holiday

See you on Monday 7th January 2019!

Week beginning 3rd December

    What a super busy week.

On Tuesday we had our parental involvement afternoon. Thank you so much to the 13 families who came to share in Year 4’s learning. The children were so proud to show their work and share their learning journey so far this year. The children also enjoyed showing the grown-ups all the ways we can learn at home. A list of websites were given and the childrens logins and passwords for their ‘sumdog’ and ‘TT Rockstars’ enabling them to do extra valuable work at home.

On Thursday, we went on our long awaited trip to the ‘Roald Dahl Museum’ in Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire. The children had a brilliant time, were impeccably behaved and threw themselves into all the activities! They got to: create a character, dress up, find out about the life of Roald Dahl and even make their own animation.

It was a very busy day and everyone was exhausted by the time we all got back to school.

Week beginning 26th November

First off, some important reminders. Tuesday 4th December is our Parental involvement afternoon. Parents are welcome to join Year 4 in their class to share their children's work and find out about some of the ways you can help at home with your children's learning.

Also, remember there is the rescheduled trip to The Roald Dahl museum on Thursday 6th December. We will be leaving school at 9am and planning to return by 3.45pm.

This week we have been finding out about the invention of the anaesthetic. Using the internet to research facts about James Simpson and we drew story maps and added actions to help us learn the important events. With this information we will write a fact file about this important event,

In numeracy, we continue our work on perimeter, we are now gaining confidence in not only measuring perimeters but also drawing perimeters to a specified length. We can even work out the perimeter of a shape when we don't have the measurements for each of the sides!

Week beginning 19th November

Another busy week. We have started preparing for our Christmas play. The children have been given their lines and are learning all the songs. The children are very excited to share what they are doing and would really appreciate your help learning their lines and song words.

We completed our spell work, basing the structure on the 'Witches Spell' from ''Macbeth'. They tried really hard on sorting out their rhyming couplets and choosing really effective vocabulary. They were of a really high standard and included lots of alliteration and even some similes!

In numeracy, we are doing a mini topic on 'perimeter'. We have started by using non-statutory measuring units and measuring objects around the school using all sorts of weird and wonderful things including: fairy steps, finger spaces, hand spans and even by rolling!

In PE we continued with our gymnastics and also started to improve our basketball skills!

Week beginning 12th November

In topic we have finished up our neat copies of the witches description. The children have produced brilliant pieces of work, including some very vivid descriptions and great vocabulary choices. Our next piece of writing will be inspired by the famous witches spell from 'Macbeth'. They have made a great start on choosing the items for their poem and have started work on finding rhymes.

In maths we have completed our work on addition and subtraction and will be moving onto multiplication and division. This week we have been concentrating on solving word problems involving real life situations. We have also been outside practicing our addition skills as part of a PE game.

We have also designed our own potion bottles and invented recipes to put in them. We have also made decorative mobiles to celebrate the Muslim festival of Eid il fitr. In science the children have been getting their hands dirty, filtering solids and liquids and making predictions about what they might find!  

Week beginning 5th November

Disappointingly, we didnt make it to the Roald Dahl museum. Unfortunately, they had problems with staffing and were unable to accommodate us that day. They have though promised to reschedule us for  the first week in December, and I will send a letter home to give you the information you need.

In maths we have got really confident at using a formal method for our subtraction and addition and becoming increasingly accurate with ever increasing numbers!

We finished our warning posters for spotting a witch, and are now beginning to  write a description about a witch. We have made a super start, really trying hard to use powerful vocabulary and express our ideas effectively.The children have been continuing with their swimming lessons and at the astroturf they are honing their dodgeball and gymnastics.

Week beginning 29th October

It was lovely to welcome the children back after the half term holidays to begin our new topic called 'Potions' The children have brought home a leaflet that will explain to you all about the topic and what we have been up to. Including our trip to the Roald Dahl museum this Monday. We have started reading the book 'The Witches' and the children have been been finding out how to spot a witch and designing warning posters. We will also be mixing our own potions!

We started our swimming lessons and the children behaved brilliantly, trying really hard and listening well to the instructions.

In maths we are working on addition and subtraction, using problem solving games to consolidate what we know and push on with more formal methods to solve mathematical problems.

***Remember we are going to the Roald Dahl Museum on Monday 5th November. We are hoping to be back for 3.15pm but if traffic is busy we could be a few minutes late!***

13-19th October

A busy final week on our topic trying to complete all our work on the Romans. We finished our instruction writing on 'lighting a campfire' which were of a really high standard. In art we have completed our fabulous mosaic Roman vases and our Roman coins are ready to spray paint gold, silver or bronze.

Please remember the children start swimming on the first Wednesday back - October 31st. Remember the children need a swimming hat as well as a swimming costume. A letter will go out first day back explaining all.

Have a lovely holiday and get ready for your new topic!

4th -12th October

It has been assessment week this week and all the children tried really hard to complete their best work in reading, writing and numeracy. Well done!

The class have been finding out about a 'roman campfire' as we will be writing instructions on how to light a campfire. The class had the opportunity to light their own campfire. Mr Robinson-Smith showed us how to light a fire and the children helped out. We then cooked marshmallows and toast on the fire, not quite what the Romans ate, but we all enjoyed the treat.  The children also had the information they needed to write their instructions for writing their own set off instructions.

In maths we continue our work on counting, counting in 10's, 100's and 1000's not always staring from zero and counting forwards and backwards.

In art we continue to make our Roman coins and roman mosaics.  

28th September- 4th October

This week we have been concentrating on our big write up about life as a Roman soldier. The children have either written a diary entry or a letter to a loved one about their first day as a Roman soldier. They are looking fantastic and will make a super display for the classroom. In numeracy we have been counting in 10's, 100's and 1000's. We have been making numbers and partitioning them.

We have also been rehearsing and performing our Harvest festival poem. The children did a brilliant job, learning their lines, making up their own actions and producing some great art work to accompany the poem. A great performance!

20th- 27th September

We have been getting into the Roman way of life this week by baking our own Roman bread.The children had great fun with the sticky dough and making the loaves. As you can see from the picture they did a brilliant job. They even brought some home for you to taste!

In numeracy we have been all 'Roman' too! We have been learning Roman Numerals and doing calculations with them. It was great fun making the numbers out of lolly sticks!

In  music we have been learning  Roman marching songs, the children are getting brilliant at keeping up the rhythm of singing and marching at the same time . And tomorrow (Thursday) we have a visit from Northampton Museum who will be sharing some of their Roman artifacts with us.

13th - 19th September

We have been working hard again this week. In numeracy, we have been rounding numbers to the nearest 10 and 100. we have been using dice games and pictures to generate conversations about numbers, the children are really growing in confidence. Even when they have found some of the questions tricky, they have persevered- well done!

In topic, we have been finding out more about Roman Soldiers, going out into the garden to find facts hidden amongst the trees. They have also been using the ipads to research the topic further. In art we have started to design our own Roman coins. our sketches will be transformed into 3D coins, ready to spray paint and hopefully look really authentic!

In PE we have had fun at the astoturf improving our hockey techniques and improving our team building skills with rounders and dodgeball. 

Just to remind that Year 4 need PE kits on Tuesday and Wednesday (Gardeners just on Wednesday)

Also three pounds is also needed for our visit from Northampton museum, who are bringing in some artefacts for the children to learn about.

6th to 12th September

It has been a brilliant week with Year 4. They have worked so hard, thrown themselves into their new topic on the Romans. They have completed fantastic title pages and started to research the daily life of a Roman soldier. On the 27 th September we will be visited by Northampton Museum who will be bringing in Roman artefacts and doing a workshop with the class. (there is a small change of three pounds for this) In maths we have been learning about place value, we have played lots of numeracy games as well as showing great reasoning through the work in their books. In PE we have been practicing our tennis skills and on a Wednesday afternoon the children get to work with a sports coach. From next week (WB 17 th September) year 4 will have PE on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In Geography the children have been learning about Italy, and in French they have been designing a passport for themselves. In Art, we will start designing our own Roman coins and then make them out of clay – and hopefully turn them gold!

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