Friday, 14th June 2024

This week in Year 4, our focus has been on ‘Healthy Eating Week: Give it a Go!’ and completed learning activities based around the themes of:

  • Get at least 5 A DAY
  • Stay hydrated
  • Move more
  • Focus on fibre
  • Reduce food waste

We tasted exotic fruits and scored the experience on a 0-5 scale. After calculating the mean averages for each fruit, we plotted our results on a graph. We also infused water with different fruits and vegetables before looking at nutrients. We gained understanding of how protein, carbohydrate, vitamins, minerals and fat contribute to a balanced diet and rated food items based on different criteria looking at the amount of nutrients they contain.

On Monday, we also went to our Tudor themed class trip to St Albans Cathedral. We first took part in a food workshop where we learnt about the diet of people living in Tudor times before looking at cooking tools and making our own cheese and salad.

Our second workshop was themed around clothing in Tudor times. Children had the opportunity to try outfits from the time period; looking at fabrics and reflecting on how different outfits represented different social classes.

We carried on with our activities by listening to Tudor music and learning a ‘Pavane’- a Tudor court dance before participating in a lively ‘Snail’ and ‘Needle’- country dances popular in Henry VIII’s time.

We finished our day by learning about Tudor musical instruments such as the clarinet, oboe, recorder and drum.

We also used this opportunity to learn a little bit more about St Alban himself and visiting his shrine, where we spent some time in prayer.

On Monday, 17th June 2024, Year 3 and 4 classes are going on a trip to the Twelve Apostle Greek Orthodox Church as part of our ‘Other Faith Week’ learning. Children will have lunch in school as normal but will need to wear school uniform instead of a PE kit. Please make sure you give consent on School Comms.

Tuesday, 18th June is Sports Day. Children will need sun hats, water bottles and PE kits for the afternoon. Please come and support if you can.

Have a lovely weekend,

Ms Varga

Home Learning Due back on Tuesday, 18th  June 2024
Spelling Words that are plurals with possessive apostrophes

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Next week’s words: expression, musician, reluctantly, group, scene, circle, solve,
supermarket, bicycle, except

Reading https://readtheory.org/auth/login
Mathletics https://login.mathletics.com/

Please complete assigned tasks based around perimeter.

Friday, 7th Friday 2024

It has been lovely to welcome the children back to class after their well deserved break.

This week, in Maths we carried on focusing on Multiplication before moving on to our final term of revisions. In English, we started our last unit of work- a narrative unit- based on Guy Bass’ wonderful book called, Stitch Head. The children thoroughly enjoyed listening to the first chapters of this humorously spooky story and wrote setting descriptions using expanded noun phrases, prepositions, similes and personification.

In Science, the class looked at Explorify puzzles about electricity and reasoned about circuits and conductivity using concept cartoons. In RE, we learnt about St Clare of Assisi- one of the Eucharistic saints- as a preparation for today’s Blessed Sacrament procession. We looked at her life and work before reflecting on how adoration as a prayer form impacted her life.

In PE, we started our unit of tennis with Mr Mills and practiced short rallies to gain confidence.

From next week, our PE days will be Mondays and Tuesdays, so children need to come in PE kits on those days.

However, Monday, 10th June 2024 is our class trip to St Albans Cathedral, therefore the children need to come in their normal summer uniforms. NO PE kits for that day, please! Check that you have given permission and clicked the school pack lunch option if needed. We won’t be able to provide that on the day! Packed lunches must not have nuts or chocolates, please due to allergies.

Tuesday, 11th June 2024 is Sports Day. Children will need their PE kits, sun hats and water bottles! Ks2 events start in the afternoon and finish shortly before the end of the day @ 3.15pm.

Next week is also Healthy Eating week, so the children will participate in food tasting and will learn about the 5 ways of keeping healthy. Contributions towards that can be made via School Comms, please.

 

Home Learning Due back on Tuesday, 11th  Tuesday 2024
Spelling Challenge words

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Next week’s words: girls’, boys’, babies’, children’s,
men’s, mice’s, ladies’, cats’,
women’s, geese’s

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Mathletics https://login.mathletics.com/

Complete assigned revision activities.

Friday, 24th May 2024

A busy last few days for the children in Year 4 for sure!

We spent this week focusing on Spirituality along with the rest of the school. We took time to share prayer cards with our prayer partners in Year 2, go out to the Peace Garden and notice diversity in God’s Creation, count our blessings at the end of the day and participate in Spirituality stations lead by Year 6 Liturgy leaders.

We also spent time to practice for our upcoming MTC test by using the now active DfE ‘try it out’ platform so the children can get a feeling for the actual tasks involved in June.

In Science, we built simple series circuits before using them to test and classify conductors and insulators.

After an extensive planning session, we also started building our torches by reinforcing the main ‘cases’ ; applying layers of paper mache.

It has also been wonderful to see so many of you on Wednesday for our International Afternoon. Thank you for the amazing contributions you have made to this celebration!

Finally, a huge thank you to all the children. They worked really hard this half term (all year really) and continuously make me proud with their dedication and maturity. Well done my super Year 4 team!

Enjoy your well deserved breaks and see you in a week!

Ms Varga

Friday, 17th May 2024

This week in Year 4, the children focused on grammar in English, revising sentence types and structures, conjunctions, adverbials and expanded noun phrases as well as a range of punctuation and key spellings. In Maths, they continued their learning of time by converting between analogue and digital time. In RE, the class has focused on Pentecost and created pop art pieces to decorate our RE corner using symbols of the Holy Spirit.

Carrying on their Pentecost learning, the class also wrote reports on the life and work of Edmund Campion, one of the Tyburn Martyrs we have learnt about briefly last week. After researching his life using a range of secondary sources, the children presented their findings and made connections between his mission and what it means to be a Pentecost Person. On Thursday, we also made campion flowers using weaving technique.

In PE, the children enjoyed a warm afternoon on the field practicing their rounders skills, whilst in music they learnt about pentatonic scales and listened to songs using them with Mrs Heymoz. We are looking forward to next week’s session, when the children will compose their own short pieces using the notes included in the scale.

Please remember that we will celebrate Mass in school on Friday, 24th May at 2pm; all are welcome!

Have a lovely weekend,

Ms Varga

Home Learning Due back on Tuesday, 21st  May 2024
Spelling Words with the prefixes ‘super-’, ‘anti-’ and ‘auto-’

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Next week’s words: bicycle, biplane, biped, bicentennial, biannual, bilingual, biscuit, biceps, binoculars, bisect

Reading https://readtheory.org/auth/login
Multiplication https://ttrockstars.com/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check

 

Psalm for Pentecost Mass

Send forth your Spirit, O Lord

And renew, renew the face of the earth.

 

O bless the Lord, my soul, bless your name.

How great are your ways in the world!

Great is God in heaven’s domain,

Gentle the breath of God’s love.

 

Send forth your Spirit, O Lord

And renew, renew the face of the earth.

 

Our days shall fall like flow’rs in the field.

Winds blow, they blossom no more.

Our God is good in justice revealed,

Gentle the way of the Lord.

 

Send forth your Spirit, O Lord

And renew, renew the face of the earth.

 

The eagle soars in strength flying high

Great is the name of the Lord.

From east to west, as day is to night,

Gentle the love of the Lord.

 

Send forth your Spirit, O Lord

And renew, renew the face of the earth.

 

 

Friday, 10th May 2024

Although shorter, due to the bank holiday Monday, it has been a busy week for the children in Year 4.

On Tuesday, the class participated in the May Procession along with the rest of the school and honoured our Lady with flowers. It has been a wonderful morning to start our week with! Thank you for all of you who donated pot plants to our school gardens.

Also on Tuesday, we participated in the HfL Year 4 Maths Championships, where our 2 teams answered some very challenging general mathematics questions before putting their problem solving skills to the test in the ‘Visual estimation’ round. Very well done to the children; they tackled the questions with great confidence and showed no hesitation even though they had to work under strict time limits. We are very proud of you!

On Thursday, the class participated in Mass celebrating the Feast of the Ascension. They sang beautifully and their reverence created a deeply prayerful atmosphere.

In Maths, we continued our learning of time, whilst in English, the children wrote their final explanation texts and published them adding a labelled diagram, a flowchart and maintenance instruction to the main body of their text. In RE, we compared the Ascension according to Luke to his other Gospel of the same title in the Act of Apostles whilst in PE the class played another competitive game of rounders.

Just a reminder:

For their next D&T unit, the children will make torches. Please could you save and send in any larger, narrow paper tubes or boxes, like the inside of a kitchen roll or the packaging (box) of baking paper or thin foil. The more, the better as we will need to make prototypes first. Thank you for your support with this.

Hopefully, you have also received the letter explaining the details of our class trip on Monday, 10th June 2024. Please make sure to give consent on Schoolcomms and mark food options for the day.

Hope you have a lovely, sunny weekend,

Ms Varga

Home Learning Due back on Tuesday, 14th  May 2024
Spelling Words containing ‘phon’ and ‘sign’

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Next week’s words: supermarket, superhero, superstar, superhuman, antiseptic, anticlockwise, antisocial, autobiography, autograph, automatic

Reading https://readtheory.org/auth/login
Multiplication https://ttrockstars.com/

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

Mathletics https://login.mathletics.com/

Complete the re-assigned activities to consolidate ‘time’.

 

 

Friday, 3rd May 2024

The children in Year 4 carried on their Explanation text learning in English by using their wonderful Home Learning plans and built a word and sentence bank, as well as a brief flow chart for their final pieces next week. In Maths, after finishing our previous unit of money, the class moved on to time and looked at converting between seconds, minutes and hours. In RE, we looked at the Tyburn Martyrs and made links with our current history unit, the Tudors. In Science, we used secondary sources to research electricity. We gained understanding of electricity as a flow of current; looked at power stations and renewable energy sources before looking at appliances again and classifying them depending on what type of electricity they require (mains, battery or both). In Music, the class carried on their learning of Tudor instruments and songs with Mrs Heymoz whilst in PE we played our first competitive Rounders game after lessons of skill building.

Thank you for supporting your children with their English plans, their ideas were absolutely brilliant and it will be a great pleasure to read their finished explanations, I am sure!

For their next D&T unit, the children will make torches. Please could you save and send in any larger, narrow paper tubes or boxes, like the inside of a kitchen roll or the packaging (box) of baking paper or thin foil. The more, the better as we will need to make prototypes first. Thank you for your support with this.

Please remember: our May procession has been moved to Tuesday, 7th May! You are all welcome! Year 4 is also walking to the Church on Thursday for Mass; please make sure the children have waterproof coats/jackets as the weather seems quite unpredictable at the moment.

Have a lovely weekend,

Ms Varga

Home Learning Due back on Tuesday, 7th May 2024  January 2024
Spelling Words containing ‘sol’ and ‘real’

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Next week’s words: signal, telephone, assign, microphone, homophone, sign, phonics, signature, megaphone, design

Reading https://readtheory.org/auth/login
Multiplication https://ttrockstars.com/

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/blog/2019/05/get-practising-times-tables/

Mathletics https://login.mathletics.com/

Please complete activities related to time.

Please also have a practice of this hymn that we are hoping to sing for next Thursday’s Ascension Mass (lyrics below):

1. One sacrifice of Christ,
one throne above the heavens.
Christ has risen as he said,
and will come to wake the dead.
Christ will return to set us free.

One sacrifice of love,
one message for the nations:
Jesus suffered, died and rose,
and ascended to the throne.
Christ will return to save the world.

2. One gaze we lift above,
where Love was drawn to heaven.
We stand watchful through the night
for our King to come in light,
heirs to the glory of the Lamb.

One mighty Word of truth:
Christ did arise in triumph.
Now he sits upon the throne;
God’s right hand is he alone.
Christ reigns in splendour over all.

3. One banquet richly set
for all God’s holy people.
We will dine in joy and peace,
and our song will never cease,
praising the Lamb upon the throne.

One shout of joy we raise,
one voice in exaltation.
For in glory Christ has gone,
and in hope we now are drawn
to one sacrifice of Christ,
one sacrifice of Christ.

Friday, 26th April 2024

Year 4 has had yet another busy week with lots of practical, hands on activities.

We started the week on an exciting note by going out into the International Garden to locate our hidden eggs and exchange them for some chocolate on Monday. The children really enjoyed the Hunt and the outdoor games that followed.

In English, the class carried on with their learning of explanation texts and looked at other examples of intriguing machines from our class book ‘Until I met Dudley’. They used cohesive devices to explain their inner workings before writing maintenance instructions for a steam powered Rhino borrowed from Charlie Small’s Gorilla City.

In Maths, we started our next unit of money and looked at writing money using decimal points; converting between pence and pound; comparing amounts using our conversion knowledge and finally calculating with money using formal written and mental methods.

In RE, we used timelines to put Pentecost into context and explored how Jerusalem looked like at the time of Shavu’ot. We also used Luke’s Gospel to retell the story of the Pentecost when the disciples of Jesus received the Holy Spirit before explaining how the Holy Spirit enables the children themselves to live their life differently.

In Art, the class completed their final pieces in their ‘Still life’ unit creating Still life collages using a mixture of media.

Please remember next week Thursday, 2nd May is an INSET day, therefore the school will be closed for the children.

Have a lovely weekend,

Ms Varga

Home Learning Due back on Tuesday, 30th  April 2024
Spelling Words with ‘c’ before ‘i’ and ‘e’

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Next week’s words: solve, insoluble, real, reality, dissolve, solution, realistic, unreal, realisation, soluble

Reading https://readtheory.org/auth/login
Multiplication https://ttrockstars.com/

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

English Planning Children will start working towards their final writing pieces in their Explanation text unit next week. As a preparation to that, I would like the children to explore and research existing ‘cracking contraptions’; interesting inventions from around the world of science and technology and then plan their own invention.

Examples:

Solar panelled hoodie

Massage me- a game console based massage vest that allows relaxation whilst playing a game.

the Fizz, a new walking bicycle

  keyboard jeans

I would like the children to draw a well sized, detailed (A4) diagram of their invention and label all parts explaining their function briefly. This diagram will serve as a planning sheet, therefore should only include bullet points and short labels/captions.

In previous years, the children came up with brilliant ideas from shoe box sized machines that clean dirty football boots through remote controlled pet feeders and groomers to a light powered umbrella that displays a google map image and gps location to help finding your way even in the heaviest of rain.

Use your imagination and add interesting functions to your invention!

 

 

Friday, 19th April 2024

It has been wonderful to welcome the children back into class and hear all about their exciting Easter breaks!

In English, we have started our new unit, an explanation text, based on a brilliant picture book by Roger McGough titled, ‘Until I met Dudley’.

The children looked at some common appliances such as a toaster and created labelled diagrams, flowcharts and wrote short explanations using causal conjunctions and fronted adverbials to explain how they work. We also looked at video clips from Wallace and Gromit, describing ‘cracking contraptions’, such as The Snoozatron, The Tellyscope or The Autochef.

In Maths, we spent the week revising, going through areas of Maths we have covered since September such as Place Value, number representation, formal addition/subtraction, formal multiplication/division, fractions, measurements and shapes/angles.

In RE, the children looked at all four Gospel writers’ interpretation of the Resurrection and made comparisons before identifying the common truths that form the basis of our beliefs.

In PE, the children started their next unit of Rounders with Mrs Heymoz on Wednesday, whilst in Science we looked at melting points and carried out a practical investigation before moving on to our next unit of Electricity. The class looked at identifying what electricity changes in common appliances (movement, sound, light, heat).

I hope you have a lovely weekend,

Ms Varga

 

Home Learning Due back on Tuesday, 23rd  April 2024
Spelling Words that are homophones

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Next week’s words: circle, century, centaur, circus, princess, voice, medicine, celebrate, celery, pencil

 

Reading https://readtheory.org/auth/login
Multiplication https://ttrockstars.com/

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check

Mathletics https://login.mathletics.com/

Complete the assigned activities based on time.

 

 

Friday, 28th March 2024

The children in Year 4 had a busy last week, filled with Lent and Easter related activities.

On Tuesday, the class went on a Lenten Charity walk with Year 3, enjoying the weather and squelching in the mud along the field.

On Tuesday evening, the children also attended their Way of the Cross Service where their singing and reverence helped creating a really prayerful atmosphere.

On Wednesday, they participated in charity sport events organised by the Year 6 Sports Leaders.

Later that day, the class also participated in a whole class debate answering the question: Who is responsible for the death of Jesus? They looked at all the main culprits, like Judas, Pilate, Caiaphas and weighed their role in the crucifixion.

The children also created Easter cards and participated in Easter craft activities.

Thank you for all your hard work this term Year 4; you did well and I am very proud of your achievements.

I wish you all a restful, blessed Easter Holiday!

Ms Varga