Year 4 Mrs Cumming

Friday 15th March 2019

ATOMIC TOM

Just before half term in February, Atomic Tom visited our school and enthused the children talking about the wonders of science. Matilda from our class gladly volunteered to be his assistant and he demonstrated how gases travel through air, knocking the cup off her head.

A few reminders.

Just a reminder that homework is now set on Wednesdays and is due in the following Monday in accordance with the new homework policy. Spelling tests are every Monday and times tables will now be Wednesdays. Please also ensure your child has a P.E. kit in school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Thank you

Mrs Cumming

PROJECT DUE FRIDAY 25TH JANUARY

This term year 4 are studying the Amazon Rainforest. As their creative project we would like them to recreate a rainforest environment/habitat in a box of some form. The children are encouraged to consider what sort of things we find in a rainforest climate such as rocks, vegetation etc. In previous years some children have decided to place small plastic insects or other various creature creations.

Below are some examples.

We look forward to seeing your creations.

Please feel free to contact any member of the year 4 team if you have any questions.

Thanks,

Miss Betournay & Mrs Cumming

 

REMINDERS:

  • PE days for Year 4 are Tuesdays (indoor) and Wednesdays (outdoor – please make sure they have warm kit)
  • New spellings are handed out at the beginning of week and tested the following Monday.

Times table tests take place on Fridays and the pupils receive new times tables on the same day.

 

SPRING TERM 1

Welcome back to a new term! We hope you all had a lovely break and found some time to relax.

This term we are beginning our new topic: The Amazon Rainforest. We will be spending the next two terms learning about the rainforest environment and the creatures that live there.

In our English lessons we will be using the knowledge we have learnt during our topic lessons to create our own non-chronological report based on a rainforest animal of our choosing. The book we will also be focusing on over the next few weeks is 'The Explorer' by Katherine Rundell.

Maths lessons will be focusing on fractions and shapes over the next term. Pupils will be learning to recognise equivalent fractions and how to find fractions of amounts. This will then develop into the pupils applying their knowledge to problem solving and mathematical reasoning problems.

In our science lessons we will be finishing our work on states of matter and then beginning to look at food chains and habitats. This links nicely with our rainforest topic.

The Amazon rainforest allows us several opportunities for creative projects and this is the focus of our art lessons this term. We are fortunate to welcome Piper into our class this term to help us to create some fantastic rainforest inspire art.

 

This term promises to be fun and creative and we look forward to seeing what the pupils produce.

Thanks,

Miss Betournay & Mrs Cumming

 

SPELLINGS

After assessing during the first term, we are now starting our spelling sessions. The pupils are divided into 4 groups and have a weekly spelling test every Friday based on the spellings they are given on a Monday. 

Here are the spellings for Mrs. Cumming's, Miss Betournay's and Ms Grey's groups. 

Week 2

Mrs C & Miss B

inactive

incorrect

inaccurate

insecure

indefinite

incomplete

infinite

inedible

inability

indecisive

 

Ms G

hey

they

obey

grey

prey

whey

survey

convey

disobey

purvey

 

On Thursday 11th October, Year 4 visited Holdenby House to experience a WW2 day - life as an evacuee. We had an educational day learning about how to make do and mend, cooking with rationing and how to survive in an air raid. They also looked absolutely fantastic dressed up in their WW2 costumes. Enjoy looking through the photo gallery.

 

YEAR 4 - 2018/19 - Autumn Term 1

Welcome back to another school year and the beginning of Year 4. 

Our topic this term will be based around the Second World War. In particular we will be looking at how home life and children were affected. To enhance our learning we will be taking part in a WW2 day based at Holdenby House in October. 

Our English lessons will be heavily influenced by our topic work. We will be look at literature such as 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' and 'The Diary of Anne Frank.' In particular, we hope these texts will allow the pupils to learn how to empathise with characters and their situations. 

During our maths lessons we will be focusing on number and place value. The pupils will be using previously taught methods and applying them to 3 and 4 digit numbers, as well as representing numbers using different resources. 

In science our topic is the Human Body with a large emphasis on the digestive system. 

Over the next couple of weeks we hope to establish a homework system where the children will be given times tables and spellings to learn. They will be given these on a Friday and will be tested on the following Friday. 

We hope the children have enjoyed the beginning of the term and please speak to any Year 4 staff member if you have any concerns. 

Miss Betournay and Mrs Cummings

 

 

Show list Show Grid

 

We had an exciting end to our afternoon as we released the butterflies into the wild. The butterflies took awhile to fly off but soon were at home in their new environment. The class ran after one of them and watched it fly into a garden.

 

 

We visited The Stables this week to record our songs. The children loved the experience and are looking forward to receiving their CD so you can hear their composition.

 

 

SUMMER TERM 1 & 2 

For the final two terms of the academic year, the students in year 4 will be studying World War 2. Specifically we will be learning about being a child during the war. Around mid June we will be taking the children on a trip to Duxford Air Museum.

In maths we have been studying shapes and angles. During the final summer term we will be moving on to statistics. The pupils are also having a fantastic time practising their times tables on the new programme 'Times Table Rockstars' which each pupil is able to access from home too. 

During our English lessons we will be looking at war related literature such as 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe', as well as some extracts from the 'Diary of Anne Frank'. We feel these texts will enable the children to access the curriculum but will also help to enrich their topic work. 

In terms of science, the pupils will be exploring sound and electricity. The pupils will be taking an investigative approach to both topics, allowing them to explore scientific processes in depth whilst being guided by the teacher. 

The children have been working especially hard during the first summer term during their Notivate sessions. These sessions are based around the children writing their own songs in groups and learning about the music industry. Pupils will then be taken to a recording studio where they will get an in depth look at the process and record their own songs. After the process has finished, each child will be gifted a CD of their efforts. 

We hope this term continues to be a warm and exciting one.

Mrs Cumming and Miss Betournay

 

WW2 PROJECT - DUE 8TH MAY

Your homework is to find out about a plane that was used during the second world war. We would then like you to draw a detailed picture of the plane or to build a model.

 

 

 

Maths

Over the last few weeks we have been looking at money and time. It would be really helpful if students could practice telling the time and working out the correct change when at the shops etc.

Students should also be learning their times tables. This can be done through the TTRockstars website.

Reading

Students should continue to read as much as they can at home.

 

Please let us know if any support is required.

Thanks,

Mrs Cumming and Miss Betournay