Friday, 2nd of December 2022

 

The children in Year 4 had a very busy week. They have written, edited and published the first parts of their non-chronological reports, whilst in Maths they continued their scaling and correspondence problem solving. In Science, they  looked at the parts of the human ear and identified their function. They also learnt about how sound travels through different mediums. In RE, they summarised their understanding of the Jesse Tree before moving on to listening to the Nativity story according to Matthew. We prayed the Jesse Tree in class every day and also walked to church to rehearse for the Advent Service.

Well done to the choir for their lovely singing and to the children representing our school during the outdoor athletics competition on Wednesday. They came second!

We also welcomed the Bishop on Thursday and I was very impressed with the children’s mature and well-thought questions to him in class. They could also articulate clearly how we are building a better world in school, a question the Bishop was interested to hear about.

Thank you for those of you who have already sent in items for the class hamper; the collection is still carrying on so if you can, please send in a white item to contribute to the raffle.

Have a lovely weekend,

Ms Varga

Please see your Home Learning below:

Spelling- please use  your Edshed account to practice this week’s spelling words.  https://www.edshed.com/

Multiplication- please log onto TTRockstars and spend 20 minutes practicing your facts. https://ttrockstars.com/

Please practice your Advent Service song lyrics and make sure you learn the highlighted parts by heart. https://popepaul.herts.sch.uk/advent-service-songs/

 

Friday, 25th November 2022

The children in Year 4 this week, spent some time researching in preparation for their third extended writing piece, a non-chronological report. In Maths, they focused on counting in multiples before moving on to scaling and correspondence problems. In Science, the class carried out practical investigations regarding sound, linking it with vibration whilst in RE the children explained the meaning of the ‘O’ Antiphon prayers. We also walked down to the church to rehearse for the KS2 Advent Service. They attended karate on Monday and started their prototypes in D&T, creating their first two mechanisms.

Thank you for those of you who sent in thin cardboard pieces like empty cereal boxes or packaging materials.We would still be grateful to receive more, so keep sending them in if you can. Thank you for your support with this.

Have a lovely weekend,

Ms Varga

Please see your home learning below:

Home Learning Due in on Tuesday, 29th November 2022
Spelling Please log onto EdShed (SpellingShed) and complete some activities in the assigned set.

https://www.edshed.com/en-gb

spell words ending in -‘ation’

Multiplication Please log onto TTRockstars and spend 20 minutes practicing your mixed facts.

https://ttrockstars.com/

KS2 Advent Service Please learn the lyrics for all songs/hymns for the Service.

https://popepaul.herts.sch.uk/advent-service-songs/

 

Friday, 18th November 2022

The children in Year 4 published their Roman myths in the neatest before moving on to their next English genre, non-chronological reports. In Maths, they moved onto formal written methods for subtraction and played Bankruptcy, a competitive strategic game to put their operations into practice.

In Science, they used the school’s official site map to plan and later test fire alarms, thinking about volume, distance and accessibility. In RE, after looking at and understanding the symbols of the Jesse Tree, the class read the 7 ‘O’ Antiphons and researched their origins and importance. In History, they used artefacts to infer details about everyday life in Roman Britain whilst in PE, they further developed their  understanding of ways of travelling and simple balances and created routines in small groups using apparatus.

This week, the children also had a special focus on anti-bullying, celebrating differences, learning about the power of a smile and about how to give and receive kindness. The class also looked at scenario cards and came up with strategies to deal with them safely and effectively. They completed a ‘kindness bingo’ activity and made ‘kindness fortune tellers’ to write kind comments to a classmate.

For our next D&T project, please may I ask that if you have any empty cereal boxes, you send them in please. We are making mechanisms, with levers and we need thinner types of cardboard pieces for our prototypes. Sadly, thicker cardboard does not work, so please do not send in packaging materials (boxes, etc) unless they are the thinner paper pouches (Amazon uses them often). Thank you very much, in advance.

I hope you’ll have a lovely weekend,

Ms Varga

Please see your Home Learning below:

Home Learning Due in Tuesday, 22nd November 2022
Spelling Please log onto EdShed and complete the activities to practice this week’s spelling words:

where a suffix is added to words ending in ‘y’

https://www.edshed.com/en-gb

Multiplication Please log onto TTRockstars and spend 20 minutes practicing your facts.

https://ttrockstars.com/

Advent Service Please access the Advent Service songs and lyrics by clicking on the relevant blog on our page and start learning the songs by heart. We have already started practicing in class but it is essential that all children know the songs by the time we go to Church.

https://popepaul.herts.sch.uk/advent-service-songs/

Friday, 11 th November 2022

This week, the children in Year 4 first planned, then wrote their big Roman themed narrative across 7 paragraphs using writing tools such as similes, metaphors, expanded noun phrases and subordinating conjunctions.

In Maths, the children applied their understanding of column addition with regrouping when playing a competitive game using playing cards.

In Science, they looked at a problem solving enquiry using their understanding of distance and volume to plan fire alarms across the school whilst in RE, they looked at Matthew’s Gospel and the Jesse Tree to explain the significance of Jesus’ genealogy.

On Wednesday, they created their final art piece of their unit of pattern making, using all skills taught this term.

On Thursday, the class also performed in their first Assembly on Remembrance. Well done for the lovely reading and singing.

Friday completed the week with a 2 minutes silence at 11 o’clock followed by a procession across the school to celebrate Remembrance Day.

I hope you have a lovely weekend,

Ms Varga

Please see your Home Learning below:

Home Learning Due by Tuesday, 15th November 2022
Spelling https://www.edshed.com/en-gb

Please log onto your Edshed account and complete the assignment.

Words with the -ous ending (set 2)

Reading https://readtheory.org/

Please log onto ReadTheory and complete 2 activities or alternatively complete the attached assignment.

Bumblebees-questions

Bumblebees-text

Multiplication https://ttrockstars.com/

Please log onto your TTRockstars account and spend 20 minutes practicing your facts.

Congratulations to Aanay and Finn McBrearty who are still at the top of our Leaderboard.

Study Ladder https://www.studyladder.co.uk/?lc_set=

Please log onto your account and complete the activities in the assigned pod. 2 activities are centred around conjunctions, our whole class English target, and 2  consolidating addition.

 

 

Friday, 4th November 2022

Year 4 has had yet another busy week, following the holidays.

On Tuesday, the class walked down to the Church to participate in the All Saints Mass. They sang beautifully and answered Father Shaun’s questions with enthusiasm. The children also started their new Science unit, Sound, making links with onomatopoeia.

On Wednesday,  they created poppies to accompany our Remembrance Assembly next week. They used different mediums, such as pencil, poster paint, crayon and felt tip.

In the afternoon, they revised key concepts in gymnastics, learnt last year, such as travelling, level, points and balance.

On Thursday, they used an interactive Liturgical Calendar in RE to place the period of Advent in time, making links with personal events such as birthdays or family anniversaries.

Whilst in Art, they carried on their unit of pattern making and thought about repeating patterns and creating effect by applying shapes and colours.

We also spent time practicing for our Class Assembly, which is open for parents to watch, next week Thursday, 10th November, at 9.15am.

Have a lovely weekend,

Ms Varga

See your Home Learning below:

Home Learning Due by Tuesday, 8th November 2022
Spelling Please log onto EdShed and complete the assigned activities on:

The suffix -ous

http://www.edshed.com

 

Reading Please log onto Read Theory or alternatively complete the attached comprehension tasks.

http://readtheory.org/auth/login

The Lost Queen-text

The Lost Queen-questions

Multiplication Please log onto TTRockstars and spend 15-20 minutes practicing.

https://ttrockstars.com/

Very well done to Aanay and Finn McBrearty who are still at the top of our Leaderboard!

Study Ladder Please log onto Study Ladder and complete the assigned activities based on addition.

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

 

 

Friday, 21st October 2022

It has been another busy week in Year 4. On Monday, the children carried on learning new stances and kicks in Karate, whilst also launching One World Week, where our focus country was the Philippines. The children looked at atlases, satellite images, globes and maps to locate the island country before learning about its major cities, languages, its population and religion.

On Tuesday, we answered our key question, ‘Why do people go to pilgrimage to the Philippines’? We watched video clips about a beautiful church near Manila, The National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help also known as the Baclaran Church. We researched the special icon of Mary with baby Jesus on her arm that is displayed in the temple and listened to devotees explaining its healing powers. We have later written our own prayers to the Divine Mother.

On Wednesday, we baked Philippine butter biscuits in the morning whilst also looking at local, handcrafted Filipino household objects, ornaments and jewellery, inferring what they tell us about the people and culture of the Philippines.  The children later tried their hands in paper weaving, recreating the national flag.

On Thursday, we went to our first class trip to the Epping Forest District Museum, where we participated in a Roman workshop, using artefacts found in a Roman villa and bathhouse in nearby Abridge. We acted as slaves to ‘Lady Julia’ preparing for a grand party, identifying Roman objects used in everyday life at around 80AD. The children dressed up and offered their objects to her explaining their use and relevance. We also toured the galleries of the museum, tracing Roman coins, playing Roman board games made out of sheep knuckles, digging for treasures on a tiny excavation site and moulding clay to create our own tiles.

Thank you for those of you who came to see me this week; it has been great to celebrate your children’s achievements. I hope you enjoyed visiting our classroom, as well.

I wish you a lovely and restful half term,

Ms Varga

Please keep up your reading during the holiday and update your reading record when possible. Also practice your multiplication tables using your TT Rockstars accounts.

Friday, 14th October 2022

The children in Year 4, this week, thought about mental strategies for addition and applied them when solving a tricky strategical problem involving dominoes. In English, they have written diary entries from a particular character’s point of view to show emotions. In Science, they set up their own investigation to answer the question: How do certain liquids affect the tooth enamel? In Art, the class created further tessellating stencils and used other media such as water colour to practice their pattern making.

In PE, the children participated in activities to practice their shielding skills through 3 different sports: tennis, basketball and unihoc.

On Thursday, we celebrated Mass in our classroom on the theme of ‘ Love one another’. Well done for all the readers and the whole class for their lovely singing and the prayerful atmosphere they created. Thank you for the parents who came; it has been great to have you there to share this special occasion with us.

A quick reminder to say, we are holding Parent Consultation meetings next week Tuesday and Thursday and we also have our first class trip to the Epping Forest District Museum (again on the Thursday) focusing on the Roman invasion of Britain (our next History topic). If there is anyone who could offer their time on the day to help us during the trip, please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you for your support in advance.

Have a lovely weekend,

Ms Varga

Please see your Home Learning below:

Spelling Please log into your EdShed account and complete the assigned tasks.

https://www.edshed.com/

This week’s words are: words with an irregular spelling pattern.

Reading Please log onto ReadTheory and complete 2 tasks or alternatively open the attached comprehension activities.

https://readtheory.org/

Swimming the English Channel-questions

Swimming the English Channel-text

Please update your reading logs and be prepared to present them on Wednesday morning.

Multiplication Please log onto TTRockstars and spend 15 minutes practicing your multiplication facts.

https://ttrockstars.com/

Well done for Aanay and Finn MCBrearty; our class leaders this week!

One World Week Next week, we are focusing on the Philippines as our chosen One World Week country. To decorate our classroom, please spend some time to research the country’s flag and either create your own (you could use paint, felt tip, crayon, different papers or even stitch it) or use the attached printable colouring sheet.

Philippines flag

 

 

 

Friday, 7th October 2022

This week, in Year 4, the children consolidated their rounding skills before moving on to mental addition strategies. In English, the children heard their second Roman myth and using that as an inspiration, wrote short poems using noun phrases and similes to describe characters, whilst also learning about metaphors. In Science, the class looked at food chains, whilst in RE they gathered and explained all their beliefs drawn from the Genesis Creation story. The children also rehearsed their Class Mass following the theme of ‘Love one another’.

In Art, the class made tessellating stencils to create a colourful display, whilst in Computing they looked at ‘time lapse’ and edited short video clips they recorded on iPads.

Our Class Mass is on Thursday, 13th October and you are all welcome to celebrate it with us in our classroom.

Have a lovely weekend,

Ms Varga

Please see your Home Learning below:

Due by Tuesday, 11th October 2022
Spelling Please log on to your EdShed account and practice this week’s words, the prefix inter-.

https://www.edshed.com/

 

Reading Please log onto Read Theory and complete 2 activities or alternatively open the attached text and accompanying questions and complete them.

https://readtheory.org/

Gaby to the rescue-questions

Gaby to the rescue-text

 

Please update your reading logs and be prepared to present them on Wednesday.

Multiplication Please log onto your TTRockstars account and spend 15 minutes practicing the assigned tables.

https://ttrockstars.com/

Very well done to Aanay, Chloe A and Raylan who are on top of the leader-board! Excellent effort!

Study Ladder Please log onto your Study Ladder account and complete your assignments, all based on mental addition. Please note that although some activities are labelled as Year 3, the content covered is relevant to Year 4.

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

 

 

Friday, 30th September 2022

In English, this week, the children started their second unit, a Roman myth. They used a picture book to get into character and introduce themselves in the role of their chosen Roman God or Goddess, thinking about voice, intonation, actions and gestures. They used their understanding later, when writing school reports about their characters.

In Maths, the class spent time consolidating rounding whole numbers to the nearest ten, hundred and thousand using rounding mountains and numberlines, identifying key benchmark numbers.

In PE, we further developed our passing and catching skills as well as understanding key roles such as defender and attacker in small games.

In Science, ther children used zip lock bags to model the stomach and observed its function first hand. They later also spent time reconstructing the human digestive system with focus on specific organs and their function.

In Art, we carried on in our unit of pattern making and developed rules to create pencil drawings, focusing on lines and the effect they make on the viewer.

In RE, we recapped our earlier learning of the life of St Vincent de Paul before linking his values with things we can do in our own lives to follow his teachings.

Our focus country during One World Week, will be the Philippines in Year 4.  Please, if you have photos, relevant books, recipes, clothing, music or artefacts that could support our learning, could you let me know and I will arrange a date when the children could bring these in. Thank you for your support with this.

Have a lovely weekend,

Ms Varga

Please see your Home Learning below:

Due by Tuesday, 4th October 2022
Spelling Please log on to your EdShed account and practice this week’s words, the prefix sub-.

https://www.edshed.com/

 

Reading Please log onto Read Theory and complete 2 activities or alternatively open the attached text and accompanying questions and complete them.

https://readtheory.org/auth/login

The Giant Panda Bear- questions

The Giant Panda Bear-text

 

Please update your reading logs and be prepared to present them on Wednesday.

Multiplication Please log onto your TTRockstars account  and spend 15 minutes practicing the assigned tables.

https://ttrockstars.com/

Study Ladder Please log onto your Study Ladder account and complete your assignments, all based on rounding. Please note that although some activities are labelled as Year 5, the content covered is relevant to Year 4.

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

Friday, 23rd September 2022

Year 4 had yet another busy week. In Maths, the children finished their first unit of place value and moved on to number magnitude as a preparation towards rounding whole numbers. They used strips of blank paper to identify crucial benchmark numbers, before placing mystery numbers on their number lines, thinking about the relative size of numbers in context.

In English, the class completed their first extended writing when composing effective poems describing a mythical creature. Very well done, the poems read beautifully! In Art, we looked at rulemaking and using colourful lines to create pattern. In Computing, the children explained the difference between data and information, whilst in RE, they wrote paragraphs reflecting on God as a creator, with reference to the Book of Genesis from the Old Testament. In PE, we practiced dodging and passing to build towards invasion games.

We also practiced our multiplication tables daily, in a competitive setting and most of the children could recall some of the key facts in our current 10 sec/question time. Good job!

Thank you for those of you, who kindly supplemented the class with boxes of tissues for the colder season, any further contribution would be much appreciated.

I hope you have a lovely weekend,

Ms Varga

See your Home Learning below:

Due by Tuesday, 27th September 2022
Spelling Please log on to your EdShed account and practice this week’s words.

https://www.edshed.com/

Word with the prefix ‘in’-, meaning ‘not’

Words with the prefixes ‘il’-,  ‘im’-,  and ‘ir’-

Reading Please log onto Read Theory and complete 2 activities or alternatively open the attached text and accompanying questions and complete them.

https://readtheory.org/

The Park- comprehension

The Park- questions

Please update your reading logs and be prepared to present them on Wednesday.

Multiplication Please log onto your TTRockstars account (login details were handed out in class on Tuesday, however please note details are the same as last year) and spend 15 minutes practicing the assigned tables.

https://ttrockstars.com/

Study Ladder Please log onto your Study Ladder account and complete your assignments, all based on Place Value. Please note that although the unit is labelled as Year 3, the content covered is relevant to Year 4.

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