Term 5 – Year 4 have been extremely lucky to have North Somerset Music Service come into school to teach them African drumming every Friday morning. The children are proving to have great rhythm and are beginning to combine beats to create a song. Their music teacher is very impressed with them and everyone has really enjoyed making lots of (good) noise.
In science, year 4 have been investigating light with Mrs Cruse. At hourly intervals, the shadow of one child was drawn around to explore what happens to our shadows as the Earth moves around the sun.
A wonderful Pentecost worship was performed by our very talented actors to an audience of parents and the rest of the school. The story of the Pentecost was shared and we all learnt that the Pentecost was the beginning of the Christian church when Jesus’ disciples went out to spread God’s message.
We have been writing poetry, role playing, writing through drama as well as descriptive writing to help us on our journey to writing our own “Overcoming the Monster” story.
We are now coming to the end of our Romans topic. One question the children wanted an answer for was, “How are Roman roads made?” We had a fun afternoon emulating the construction of a Roman road using crushed biscuits (sand), chocolate chips and custard (stones and mortar), Greek yogurt (concrete) and Oreo biscuits (paving slab) to make our own edible roads. We learnt the Roman names for all these layers too!
Your child has now been issued with a username and password for TT Rockstars; this site can be found online or through an app. Please encourage your child to use this as much as possible. It is a really fun, competitive way for your child to improve their times tables knowledge. They love it!
Term 4 – A short but very busy term. We have crammed in lots of wonderful learning and trips. We kicked off the term by a visit to Churchill Academy to watch The Gesualdo 6 – an interesting interactive concert by a six-man vocal choral group.
A fantastic day was had by all at Mendip Outdoor Pursuits. The children learnt how to do archery and there were some sharp shooters amongst us. They braved the climbing wall with confidence and used their map reading skills to orienteer themselves around a course very successfully.
We had a wonderful day on World Book Day. We all swapped classes and each class read a book and completed a comprehension activity. It was agreed, that even though it was cut short because of the heavy snow, a great time was had by all.
Science week saw the whole school researching hedgehogs and finding out how we can all help them as their numbers are rapidly dwindling. Class 4 made some wonderful posters full of research and practical tips on how to support them in the wild. We conducted investigations into forces and this work culminated in the creation of vehicles, strong enough to hold a hand-made hedgehog. These were put to the test in a class and then a key stage competition. We were so excited when a vehicle from our class won for accuracy and distance. The winning team competed against other schools in the Kaleidoscope Academy competition – we were very proud of them for representing Hutton so well.
We have been working so hard and learning so many new things in maths this term. We have consolidated our knowledge on multiplication and have moved onto division. We have spent many enjoyable lessons working with resources to understand the groupings for division and how these are related to multiplication. We are now learning all about fractions and how equivalent fractions can be found through drawing and “rainbow equivalent fractions.”
How can you support your child with their maths?
Further down this page, you will see a multiplication grid called “multiplication madness”. Please do download this for your child to complete on a regular basis. Repeated times table practise will support them in all areas of their maths.
As fluency in times tables is so important in all areas of maths, I would like to support your child in developing their knowledge further. This multiplication grid can be used as a fun task to compete against themselves, a parent or sibling etc. Repeated practise will reinforce their times tables in an enjoyable way in the home and will help them in maths lessons enormously.
I look forward to hearing how they get on.
Multiplication madness – just print and off you go!
Hooke Court –
Year 4 visit to Hooke Court
Wednesday – After a long hour and a half of travelling, we finally got to Hooke Court. We were very excited to see who we would be sharing our rooms with. After lunch, we played some team building games. One game involved trying to use drainpipes to get a ball to travel to the other side of the playground. After a yummy evening meal of pasta, we set off for a night walk. We walked for about 2 hours listening for animals and the sounds of the night. It was very dark in the forest. We had some excitement when the fire alarm sounded an hour after we went to bed, but it was ok, it was just a false alarm.
Thursday – In the morning, we learnt how to march like Roman soldiers. Marching with the left foot was “sin” and the right foot was “dex” – we had to say this as we marched. We also did some Roman cooking (potage, bread and sweets) and made jewellery and weaving. In the evening, we learnt all about the life of a Roman soldier. Mrs Scherer had to dress up as a soldier – it was interesting to see how they dressed.
Friday – We made onegars, which are like catapults on wheels, and used them to fire ping-pong balls at Mrs Scherer. After that, we made aqueducts out of drain pipes – only one team managed to successfully transport water into the bucket. We had a very long journey home as the motorway was shut, but it was good to be back.
Term 3 – This has been a very exciting term so far as we have been studying volcanoes which has really inspired the children – many have found out even more information at home. In class, we have located the Ring of Fire and decided whether we would like to live near a volcano or not – the advantages actually outweighed the disadvantages! We have made models of volcanoes detailing how an eruption occurs. The eruption of the volcano in the Philippines has made this topic really come alive as we have followed its story closely on the news.
Our work on volcanoes is tied in with our English unit of work. We are writing our own explanation texts entitled “What is a volcano?” which will describe the structure and chronological order of events of an erupting volcano. We have worked in groups to explore the features of an explanation text and spent a lesson producing oral explanations to share with the class before moving onto our written work.
In maths, we are working fantastically well on understanding multiplication. We are moving on from long multiplication to formal, short multiplication and have been using a variety of resources to help us to understand how we partition to aid us.
We have been really lucky this term to have the Football Association working with us in PE. We are discovering all the skills needed to be a successful footballer and have been considering the principles of attacking and defending as well as ball control.
We are really excited about going to Hooke Court at the end of this term and will post some pictures on the website.
Term 2 – Year 4 have been continuing their topic of the rainforest. In English, we are learning how to write a discussion text with the question “Should deforestation be allowed?” We have been researching the different people that invest themselves in either using or protecting the rainforest, such as loggers, farmers, environmental scientists, fast food owners and forest inhabitants. We held a debate to thrash out our ideas and to challenge the opposing team.
In maths, we have been working really hard on learning how to do column subtraction and addition with 4-digit numbers. We have used various resources to help us to visualise exchanging. We played a game with our learning partners to consolidate our learning when estimating numbers.
In science, we have been considering the needs of plants and have conducted investigations into the requirements of seeds in order to germinate and how water is transported through plants. We went outside and Mrs Scherer demonstrated how plants use their roots to anchor themselves into the soil so they don’t get blown away in the wind and how they spread out to reach the nutrients and water.
Learning the skills of successful running in cross-country has been our theme in PE this term and we have been very lucky to have Mr Millard to show us all the techniques such as using our arms to power our bodies and legs and raising our knees high.
We have also been finding out the various ways that different religions express their beliefs through art and other visual media. We have created our own Rangoli patterns which Hindus use during Diwali to welcome Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity, into their homes. We have also made our own version of the Salvadoran cross to represent what gives us hope and enjoyment in our own lives. This is a Christian expression and originates from El Salvador in Central America. We found out a little of the difficulties that some communities suffer in this area due to oppression and how Christian missionaries such as the Maryknoll Sisters endeavour to make their lives more bearable.
We loved showing our learning to our parents and carers during our Year 4 worship where we shared poems, songs, stories and information all about the rainforest.
Term 1 – Year 4 have had such a great start to their new year: a new classroom, a year older in school and lots of new learning. With these ‘new’ things comes lots of new responsibilities which the children are taking to marvellously.
Our topic for the next 2 terms is the rainforest and we have been learning where in the world these are located and why they are getting smaller. We have found out many interesting facts regarding the types of animals that inhabit each layer in the rainforest and why they choose to do so. This has led us to consider rainforest food chains and we have created some artwork that displays our research and knowledge in this area of science.
We had a wonderful day at Bristol Zoo exploring the Zona Brazil which showcased the climate and animals of the rainforest. An educational session with an expert allowed us the opportunity to hold real creatures from our topic area including a giant cockroach and snake. Some were more pleased about this than others!
Our number skills have been put to the test in our maths lessons. We have spent many lessons investigating the place value of digits and have used many different resources to help us. This will give us a brilliant future with numbers.
In English, we are learning all the skills needed to write an interesting rebirth story based in the rainforest. So far, we have learnt how to use basic direct speech, a variety of persuasive techniques and have used a lot of oracy to help us develop our own ideas.
We have considered our growth mindset and how we use words. We played a team game whereby we had to build the highest tower using only our shoes. At the beginning, Mrs Scherer heard us use phrases such as, “We can’t do this” and “This is impossible.” However, we kept on trying and every group succeeded in building a tower of shoes. We developed an, “I can do this,” attitude which we will continue to build upon.