Friday, 4th December 2020

Year 4 has had another busy week with lots of Christmas preparations as our period of Advent continues.

The children have researched particular time periods for their Magic Coin story writing, finding out details about the Great Fire of London, Pirates or Mars.

They have created multiplication baubles to decorate our classroom with, investigating patterns and exploring number sentences.

They have also produced some beautiful water colour paintings inspired by the Annunciation according to Luke’s Gospel.

Well done for Alfie earning a Head Teacher award his Magic Coin paragraphs and Samuel, who has collected 50 house points and turned it into a Gold Star.

We have also decorated our class Christmas trees and participated in an Act of Worship.

Thank you for all the beautiful musical instruments and also for any contribution to the class hamper.

 

We wish you a lovely weekend,

Ms Varga and Mrs McNamara

 

Please see your Home Learning bellow:

Home Learning Friday, 4th December 2020
Spelling Please log onto Spelling Frame and practice this week’s spelling words. Test yourself t the end.

https://spellingframe.co.uk/spelling-rule/60/12-The-suffix-ous-2-of-2

mountainous, obvious, outrageous, poisonous, serious
spontaneous, tremendous, various, vigorous
Reading Please log onto Read Theory and complete at least 2 activities. Please update your reading logs.

https://readtheory.org/

Science Next week the children will weed our class gardens and then plant bulbs ready for next Spring. Please may I ask that you send in a pair of wellington boots, clearly labelled on Monday, 7th December as the gardens are very muddy.
Study Ladder Log onto Study Ladder and complete the tasks assigned.

https://www.studyladder.co.uk/

 

 

 

Friday 27th November

Exploring Multiplication Games on Maths Frame using Multiplication Tile Crash and Multiplication Miner….the children used their knowledge of their times tables and other tools to assist them.

   

This week, the children have focussed on starting their story plans based on ‘The Magic Coin’ story as well as developing their understanding of dialogue and ensuring they can use the correct punctuation for this in their work.

We have been reading our class book on Half Magic and the children have immersed themselves in this story which is about a girl called Jane who finds a strange coin.  It turns out that the coin grants wishes but only by half!  Ask your child to tell you about this exciting book! Alfie and Ti took the opportunity to show the class their coin collection which the children really enjoyed.

In Maths, the children have been creating and regrouping arrays for multiplication (using the distribution law) and learning multiplication facts through building arrays.  The children have been encouraged to learn the facts for the 2 – 12 times tables as this will  develop their understanding of this solving problems involving multiplying.

Over the last two weeks, the children have been finding out about how scientists have made a difference to our society.  They learnt about George Washington Carver , a world-renowned American Botanist, who devoted his life’s work to helping farmers successfully grow their crops and they have learnt about Dr Ayanna Howard who designed the Safe Navigation Rover to assess the terrain on Mars using human-based logic and choose safe paths accordingly.

In design and technology, the children continued to develop their understanding of mechanics and levers, creating a waving hand mechanism and a moving dragon.  We were delighted to see some of the children try their skills at home too.

Wishing you and your family a lovely weekend.

Mrs McNamara and Ms Varga

 

Homework for this week:

The Suffix – ous

mountainous
obvious
outrageous
poisonous
serious
spontaneous
tremendous
various
vigorous

Science Homework – Create your own musical instrument.

Home learning for this week is also whole-school focus as this Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent. Click here for details.

Additionally, we are providing you with an electronic version of the Wednesday Word, so that each week you can focus with your family on the Advent Gospel readings.

Click here for this Sunday’s copy.

Please continue your child to read daily and record in their reading diaries.

Friday, 20th November 2020

Year 4 had another busy week!

On Tuesday, Miss Pringle helped them learn about the fantastic game of hockey! The children practiced different ways of holding their sticks and they also dribbled their hockey balls, ‘hoovering’ on the playground. They then consolidated these skills on Thursday and moved onto two new games where they could become goalkeepers. They did very well!

On Wednesday, the children had karate with Michael where they learnt new movements and techniques of meditation. Another chance for the children to be active came during our English lesson, where they acted out some of the characteristics that some of the main characters displayed in the play such as confidence, shyness, anger, etc  The children finished their second narrative piece this week with such imagination and showed that within their story their writing is progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary with an increasing range of sentence structures! Well done to Ben and Nathalie for receiving Head Teacher Awards for their pieces.

The children later brought balance to our week by participating in a serene and respectful Lectio Divina prayer session on Wednesday where they meditated and prayed on a piece of scripture from Luke’s Gospel.

We hope you have a lovely weekend,

Ms Varga and Mrs McNamara

Please see your Home Learning below:

Friday, 20th November 2020 Home Learning
Spelling Please log onto Spelling Frame to practice and test yourself on this week’s spellings.

https://spellingframe.co.uk/spelling-rule/15/10-Endings-which-sound-like-sion

division, invasion, confusion, decision, collision
television, erosion, fusion, passion, pension
Reading Please log onto Read Theory and complete 2 activities.

https://readtheory.org/auth/login

Please make sure you put time aside to read and update your reading logs.

Study Ladder Please log onto Study Ladder and complete your assignments.

https://www.studyladder.co.uk/

For this week’s tasks, I encourage you to write down your number sentences on a piece of paper using the vertical method presentation and calculate them on the paper, showing your exchanges before submitting them online.

Science In the next 3 weeks, I would like you to create a musical instrument using recycled materials. We are going to use these instruments during our final assessment lesson in the topic of Sound.

Your musical instrument must produce two different tones.

Once, you have created the instrument, please write up a short summary of :

  • how you have made it
  • what materials you have used
  • what you have had to do in order to produce two different tones.

Please bring your instrument into school latest on Monday, 14th December 2020

 

Friday, 13th November 2020

Year 4 had another busy week. In Maths, the children carried on developing their column addition skills and have now moved onto formal written subtraction. In English they have practiced constructing expanded noun phrases and have planned how to turn our shared play script, ‘The Fly and the Fool’ into a narrative.

On Wednesday, Year 4, as well as all year groups, took part in a live Remembrance Assembly. They  used what they learnt and in an art session, painted water colour pictures themed around poppies.

They had karate this week learning a new sequence with Arthur and Kian showing the rest of the class a chosen sequence alongside Michael.  On Wednesday the children logged onto their Year 4 Google Classroom, took part in a Maths Quiz and then wrote a Book Review using Google Docs.  This session showed us how independent and confident they are growing in using this learning tool.

Today, we said Goodbye to Angela who is leaving our school and going to Cranbourne Primary School.  The children wished her all the best and Maria and Hebe organised a card for her from the class.  We will miss her and wish her all the best.

Wishing you a lovely weekend.

Ms Varga and Mrs McNamara

Thank you Eric for sharing this picture of you with us!

Our Karate Session with Michael

Using water colours on our poppy designs.

Please see your Home Learning below:

Friday, 13th November 2020 Home Learning
Spelling Please use Spelling Frame to practice this week’s spelling words and later test yourself!

https://spellingframe.co.uk/spelling-rule/14/9-Words-with-endings-sounding-like-ture

measure, treasure, pleasure, enclosure, creature, furniture, picture, nature, adventure
Reading Please log onto Read Theory and complete three tasks. Please also update your reading logs.

Reading awards will be given next Friday!

Study Ladder Please log onto Study Ladder and complete the assigned activities.

https://www.studyladder.co.uk/

In Maths you will be asked to recap and practice 6s and 7s multiplication facts.

In English your task is to complete and improve sentences using better quality vocabulary. This task is very similar to the ones we do in class as morning challenges but the focus is solely on the use of vocabulary.

Friday, 6th November 2020

The children in Year 4 came back with renewed energy after half term!

In Maths the children have moved on to written formal method for addition, whilst in English they have started working towards writing a new narrative piece based on a traditional Vietnamese folk tale, The Fly and the Fool.  On Friday, the children worked in small groups and after discussing the elements of a play script, they went onto acting out the playscript.

   

In RE, the children have learnt about Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah as special occasions in children’s life. They also took part in a Remembrance Act of Worship.

The children carried on with their karate lessons with Sophie being given recognition by Michael.  Well done Sophie!  In PE the class have continued to develop their skills through invasion games. They looked at the basic parts of their digestive system in Science and looked at Milton Keynes as the fastest growing city in the UK as part of their Geography.

Leon, Finn and Eric have been exploring our school garden and came across some small peppers.

Please see your Home Learning below:

Friday, 6th November 2020 Home Learning
Spelling Log onto Spelling frame to practice and test yourself on this week’s spelling words.

https://spellingframe.co.uk/spelling-rule/13/8-The-suffix-ly

sadly, usually, completely, finally, comically, happily, angrily
gently, simply, humbly, nobly, basically, dramatically
Reading Please logon to Read Theory and complete 3 tasks
Study Ladder Please logon to Study Ladder and complete your assignments.

They are based on mental and written methods for addition.

https://www.studyladder.co.uk/

Friday, 22nd October 2020

Year 4 has had another busy week.

The children participated in One World Week, where they focused on the United States of America. They have learnt about its location and searched for ‘megacities’. They took part in a treasure hunt outside where they looked for information about other important cities and located them on maps. The children also completed activities on the Mississippi River identifying its stages. As part of One World Week they tasted Giant Marshmallows, a typical American treat!

On Wednesday, the children lead Mass in their classroom on the theme of Community and Participation. They celebrated the Eucharist and revised the importance of Holy Communion as a sacrament. Fr Shaun helped them to revise all the special things that are found on the altar. Today in class, the children had the chance to set up the altar and learn again about the sacred items that are used and what they are used for. Thank you to Sophie, Eimear and Alfie who read beautifully during the mass and the class who followed Fr Shaun’s sign language for the songs.

Following all their hard work in preparation for their writing, the children completed their River Story narratives and we have enjoyed reading such descriptive narratives.  Well done!   They loved their karate session on Wednesday afternoon!

On Friday, Year 4 participated in a Harvest Act of Worship lead by several members of the class: Macy, Johanna, Gabriela, Hebe, Leon, Elle, Arthur, Charlie, Ben and Oskar.  Eric took photos which you will see below.

At the end of today before heading home, Johanna shared a quiz with the class that she had designed on British English words and American English words.  We really enjoyed the quiz – even I didn’t know all the answers!

Look below to see some of the quiz questions.

Wishing you and your family a restful half term.  See you back on Tuesday 3rd November!

 

Ms Varga and Mrs McNamara

The American Treasure Hunt!

 

Johanna’s Quiz!

What is the American English word for our  English word flat?

Answer:  apartment

What is the American English word for our English word sweets?

Answer: candy.

What is the English word for the American word cotton candy?

Answer:  candyfloss

What is the American English word for our English word postcode?

Answer:  zip code.

 

Thursday, 15th October 2020

Dear Year 4,

Thank you for sharing your learning with us in the past few days. We really appreciate all your efforts with the online learning.

The work for today has been uploaded onto our Google Classroom but in order for you to listen to the instructions for your Maths and Spelling dictation activities, please use the power points attached.

Click here for your Spelling presentation.

Click here for the Maths presentation.

Please also see the Final Piece writing paper attached, should you need further copies.

Click here for the sheet.

Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, 14th October 2020

Dear Year 4,

Thank you for all your assignments from yesterday. It was lovely to hear from you and listen to some of you read.

The work for today has been uploaded onto our Google Classroom but in order for you to listen to the instructions for your Maths and English Activity, please use the power points attached.

Click here for your Maths presentation

Click here for your English presentation

 

If you have any questions, please email us on:  year4@popepaul.herts.sch.uk

Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, 13th October 2020

Dear Year 4,

Thank you for all your assignments from yesterday. It was lovely to hear from you and listen to some of you read.

The work for today has been uploaded onto our Google Classroom but inorder for you to listen to the instructions for your Maths Activity, please use the power point attached.

Click here for the presentation.

If you have any questions. please email me on:  year4@popepaul.herts.sch.uk

Have a good day!

 

 

 

Monday, 12th October 2020

Dear Year 4,

I hope you  had a nice weekend! Thank you for sharing your learning with us and well done for using Google Classroom to complete some of your assignments. We know it’s all very new.

Please see below today’s learning:

Spelling WALT: spell words with re-, sub, -mis- prefixes

Click here for your spelling sheet.

Mental Maths Please click here for your mental maths sheet.

Try to apply the strategies we have gone over last week, but jot down calculations if you need to.

Maths Please read and listen to the PowerPoint, then complete the number sentences.

Click here for the presentation.

English Please read and listen to the PowerPoint. Your task today is to write the first paragraph of our story.

Click here for your presentation.

Wider Curriculum Why did Baghdad become the first city in the world with one million people?

Look at these images of Baghdad form AD900 below. What clues can you see to help create a picture of what this city must have been like? River, bridges, districts,  palaces, mountains, etc.

Write down all features that you think were important to make Baghdad the first city with over a million people. Explain in a short paragraph how these features supported the life of people living there.

Click here for your resources.