Welcome To

Worsthorne Primary School Year 4 Page

Mrs Kayley

Teacher

m.kayley@worsthorne.lancs.sch.uk

Mrs Holden

Celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee

Click on the Year 4 overview to see what the children will be learning throughout the year.

Swimming

This half term, year 4 will be going swimming. Please see the dates below:

Wednesday 27th April

Wednesday 11th May

Wednesday 25th May

Wednesday 15th June

Wednesday 29th June

Our theme this half term is, ‘The Art of Food’

 

In art children will,

  •  explore still life artists from the Dutch Masters through to Renoir’s study of onions or Cezanne’s apples.
  • Children will make observational studies of food and fruit displayed in a still life and could also arrange the objects.
  • They will have drawing opportunities in sketchbooks can be developed into paintings which, in turn, can be developed further into 3-D sculptures. Numerous drawing and painting opportunities better inform children when creating 3-D sculptures.

We have started our art unit by creating our front covers. Have a look at some of the children’s work below.

Science

We will be learning all about teeth and the digestive system. Our key questions for this unit will be;

Our key questions will be;

    Why do we have teeth?

   What do the teeth do?

   How many teeth do we have? Is it the same for everyone?

   Why do we lose teeth?

  How can we care for our teeth and gums?

  What are the teeth like of other animals?

 How does this give us information about what they eat?

 How are the teeth of carnivores and herbivores similar or different? Why?

  What happens to our food once it enters our mouths?

         What happens in our bodies between eating our food and going to the toilet?

The children have learnt about the digestive system this week. They have created their own digestive systems in class. The children loved replicating the digestive system and what happens inside our body. The children put bananas and crackers inside a food bag, which represented the stomach before adding orange juice and water (acid and enzymes). They then transferred this into tights with represented the intestines. They squeezed and pushed the water out into a bowl. Then then used a cup to apply pressure to the paste inside the intestine before it came out of the hole in the cup. Have a look at the photos below!

Area

In this unit, children will learn;
What is area?
Count squares
Make shapes
Compare area

Fractions

In this unit, we will

Understand the different between unit and non-unit fractions
What is a fraction?
Tenths
Count in tenths
Equivalent fractions
Fractions greater than 1
Count in fractions
Add fractions
Add 2 or more fractions

Subtract fractions
Subtract 2 fractions
Subtract from whole amounts
Fractions of a set of objects (1)
Fractions of a set of objects (2)
Calculate fractions of a quantity
Problem solving – calculate quantities

Decimals

In this unit, we will use our understanding of fractions to help us learn more about decimals. Over this unit we will;

Recognise tenths and hundredths
Tenths as decimals
Tenths on a place value grid
Tenths on a number line
Divide 1-digit by 10
Divide 2-digits by 10
Hundredths
Hundredths as decimals
Hundredths on a place value grid
Divide 1 or 2-digits by 100

 

Easter Egg Hunt

On Friday, Year 4 enjoyed an Easter egg hunt around our outdoor area. The children had a blast and worked well as a team to find all 30 eggs hidden.

Ju Jitsu

This term, all the children in school took part in a Ju Jitsu taster session. We absolutely loved this session! The children learnt some basic moves as well as joining in with some activities. We hope to see lots of our children at the after school club in the summer term.

Year 4’s school trip

During the spring term, year 4 have been raising their own trout. Our trout journey didn’t start off great but with some help from Neil we managed to have around 70 trout in out tank. The children were in charge of feeding them, monitoring the temperature and cleaning the tank.  On Tuesday 22nd March, the class headed down to Towneley park to release the trout into the river. We then spent the day exploring the river, learning more about rivers, learning how we can help the environment before walking back to school.

World Book Day

Passport to Europe

Geography

Our key questions for this unit are;

  • What do the children know already about our selected region? What would they like to know or find out?
  • Where is the our selected region located? How far away is this region? How might people travel there?
  • What is the physical geography like e.g. climate, landscape, rivers, mountains etc? What distinctive features does the region have?
  • What is the human geography like e.g. settlement size, transport, tourist attractions, economic activity and trade links?
  • Why have towns and cities developed where they are?
  • How does location, climate etc. have a bearing on economic activity in the region?
  • What are the similarities and differences between this region and the region of the UK that has been explored previously in Year Three?
  • What are the lives of children in this region like? How are their lives similar to ours? What would it be like to live in this place?

Design and Technology

In our Design and Technology unit, children will be making passport protectors. Children will learn different sewing techniques and how to strengthen fabrics.

English

Our English unit is a narrative based on ‘ Gulliver’s Travels’. The children will create their own stories based on the theme in this story.

Science

Children in Year 4 are continuing their learning about ‘States of Matter’. We are going to be carrying out lots of experiments over this term.

The children were given the question ‘ Do gases have a mass?’. The children had to think of a way we could investigate this. The children came up with some suggestions that I (Mrs Kayley) carried out for them Whilst trying not to get covered in coke!

The children then came up with a way in which they could test this without anyone getting covered in coke.

 

Keep your eyes peeled for the results of our investigation.

This week in science, year 4 have been learning about water evaporation. To learn more, the children carried out an experiment to see how quickly they could dry Mrs Kayley’s washing . The children came up with some ideas!

 

Mathematics

PSHE

In this unit, children have been learning all about goals and dreams.

The children have been able to give advice to others when they are met with a set back or disappoint, how they could stay positive and the importance of helping help from others.

 

To end our unit, children had to work together to enter the ‘funniest pear’ competition.

Happy New Year and welcome back.

PE days are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Just before we broke up for Christmas, a fish tank arrived in Year 4. The children were very excited to find out what would be going into the fish tank. The children were thrilled to discover that when we arrive back to school, we will have around 100 trout eggs in our tank. Over this term, the children will be caring for the trout before we release them into the River Burn. Keep an eye on our class page to see how they are doing.

Geography 

In this unit, children will learn about rivers and the water cycle. This might be in the context of a local river study (fieldwork) and/or key aspects of the main rivers in the UK and in the wider world. Children will learn that rivers have sources, channels, tributaries and mouths, that they receive water from a wide area and that most flow eventually into a lake or the sea. They will learn that human activity affects and is influenced by rivers. They will link their learning about rivers to other bodies of water such as reservoirs, lakes, seas and oceans.

Children have been looking at maps to locate different rivers around our local area.

This week, the children in Year 4 have been learning about the water cycle. The children made their own water cycles in a bag. We are going to stick them on the window and see what happens. Keep an eye out for a later update.

History

We are going to continue our learning about the Egyptians civilisation. Last year, we dipped into the history of Ancient Egyptians. This term, We will continue to look at the ancient civilisations and their way of life. We will identify the similarities and differences between the four civilisations, focusing specifically on the significance of water to each, particularly for irrigating crops and for supporting trade links through travel.

Science

States of Matter

In this unit, children will;

Compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases.
Solids, liquids and gases can be identified by their observable properties.
Solids have a fixed size and shape (the size and shape can be changed but it remains the same after the action).
Liquids can pour and take the shape of the container in which they are put.
Liquids form a pool not a pile.
Solids in the form of powders can pour as if they were liquids but make a pile not a pool.
Gases fill the container in which they are put.
Gases escape from an unsealed container.
Gases can be made smaller by squeezing/pressure.
Liquids and gases can flow.

The children thought about different items that they wanted to test.

In groups, children showed how the particles in a liquid and a solid move.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

New books! 

This week, the staff in Year 4 revamped our bookcase with some brand new books! The look on the their  faces  when they saw the books was priceless. The children were eager to get stuck into their new books and we spent some time in the afternoon getting comfy on cushions, beanbags and sat down to read ,along with a cup of juice.

Welcome Back for Autumn 2.

We’ve had a fantastic start to our Year 4 journey. We have another jam packed term ahead of us filled with lots of learning and fun!

English

This term in English, we used the story and poem of the Pied Piper. The children enjoyed this unit and created their own stories based on the plot of the Piped Piper.

Children acted out the story and created freeze frames of the story. We then discussed if the Pied Piper was right or wrong to punish the town by taking the children.

Mathematics 

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History

This half term, Year 4 have been learning about the Great Plague. To start our topic, the children discussed their knowledge about events and periods in History. Children then placed their events on a timeline on our working wall. Children then were presented with a suitcase (They were very excited!) an item at a time was revealed and the children discussed the items and asked questions about the items. The items in the suitcase were linked to our current pandemic. We looked at how it started, how it spread, how people were protected and how the spread can be stopped. Children were then presented with images related to the Great Plague.  The children really enjoyed this topic and created interactive quizzes using what they have learnt. Scan the QR code below to play.

Geography 

Caring for our environment

In our Geography unit, we have been learning about the importance of caring for our environment.  To start at our unit, we discussed what the word ‘environment’ means.  Children were able to give great examples and were able to compare them and say what they liked and disliked about each one. We then collected junk mail and were amazed at how much junk mail we have collected. The children then looked at the purpose of junk mail and we created an argument for and against companies sending junk mail.  Children showed a great understanding of how we can care for our environment and were very annoyed and upset when we looked at fly tipping. They were really passionate about people do doing this and created some great information poster to educate people not to fly tip. We will be continuing our learning about caring for the environment in the Spring term with our exciting trout project with the Ribble Valley Trust and the Friends of Towneley Park

Art

Children have been using the image of skulls as their art focus this term. Children were shown images of skulls and they discussed what they represented and how they made them feel. We then learnt about the artwork of Damien Hirst. Children then searched for images of skulls that they later draw using different drawing materials such as chalk, pencils, pastels and charcoal. We then looked at different painting techniques. Children are in the planning stage of creating their own print using skulls.

Welcome back and welcome to Year 4. 

I am really excited to be moving up to Year 4 with you, this year. We have some fantastic new topics to learn all about this year and I cannot wait to get stuck into them with you.

Sparks Might Fly

This is our first topic in Year 4.

English

To start our term in Year 4, we will be using the text ‘Until I Met Dudley’ by Roger McGough.

This week, children in Year 4 have been using actions to retell an explanation from the text ‘Until I Met Dudley’. Children were able to orally retell how a toaster works. Have a look at our action shots below. Can you work out what each action means?

Our next text we will be using in English is the fantasy story, The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ by Phillip Pullman.

Key Learning Writing:
• Create sentences with fronted adverbials for when e.g. As the clock struck twelve, the soldiers sprang into action.
• Use inverted commas and other punctuation to indicate direct speech.
• Explore, identify, collect and use noun phrases e.g. The crumbly cookie with tasty marshmallow pieces melted in my mouth.
• Read and analyse narrative.
• Discuss and record ideas for planning e.g. story board, boxing-up text types to create a plan.
• Organise paragraphs in narrative.
• Link ideas within paragraphs e.g. fronted adverbials for when e.g. In the distance, a lone wolf howled.
• Generate and select from vocabulary banks e.g. powerful adverbs, adverbial phrases, appropriate to text type.

Key Learning Reading

• Regularly listen to whole novels read aloud by the teacher.
• Identify, discuss and collect effective words and phrases which capture the reader’s interest and imagination e.g. metaphors, similes.
• Make predictions based on information stated and implied.
• Demonstrate active reading strategies e.g. generate questions, find answers, refine thinking, modify questions, construct images.
• Draw inferences around characters’ thoughts, feelings, actions and motives, and justify with evidence from the text using point and evidence.
• Make and respond to contributions in a variety of group situations e.g. whole class, independent reading groups, book circles.

This week, children used conscious ally in our English lesson. This allowed the children to explore their reasons for and against our main character Lila wanting to leave. Each children had to give their reason to either leave or stay to Lila. When our character Lila got to the end of the ally, she had to decide if she had been convinced to stay or still leave.

Science

This term, we will be exploring electricity. In this unit children will be able to;

  • Identify common appliances that run on electricity.
  • Construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers.
  • Identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery.
  • Recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors.

Last week, year 4 were given a challenge in science. They had to make a burglar alarm. The children used their learning from our unit to help them to complete this task. It wasn’t easy and the children showed great perseverance and resilience throughout this challenge.

D.T

In this unit, children will be using their learning of circuits to create their own light up box. Within this unit children will understand and use electrical systems in products.

This week, children created a simple circuit to make a picture light up.

Last week, children began the design process of their light up boxes. On Friday, children created their boxes and we had lots of fun decorating them! We cannot wait to add our circuits to them this week. Keep your eyes peeled!

Year 4 have tested their light up boxes today. They each created a circuit containing light blubs (some used more than one). Have a look at their light up boxes.

PE

Our PE days this term will be on;

  • Tuesday
  • Thursday ( Mr Archer)

Please remember to come to school in your PE kit on these days.

This term on Tuesdays, year 4 have been using their learning of electricity and circuits to create movements, group dances and duet dances. Here are a few snaps from our lesson last week.

Hunted

Our topic title this term is, ‘Hunted’. In this unit, children will focus on science and D&T.

Science

In this science unit children will;

  • recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways
  • explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment
  • recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things

Design & Technology

In this D&T unit children will;

  • Learn that food is grown in different climates.
  • explore  food items (e.g. a variety of root vegetables, boiled/roasted/mashed) and dishes (e.g. simple stew, hash, scouse etc.)
  • plan and design their own eat well plate

Maths

Decimals

In this unit, we will use our understanding of fractions to help us learn more about decimals. Over this unit we will;

Recognise tenths and hundredths
Tenths as decimals
Tenths on a place value grid
Tenths on a number line
Divide 1-digit by 10
Divide 2-digits by 10
Hundredths
Hundredths as decimals
Hundredths on a place value grid
Divide 1 or 2-digits by 100

Money

In this unit, children will;

• Pounds and pence
• Ordering money
• Estimating money
• Convert pounds and pence
• Add money
• Subtract money
• Find change
• Four operations

Time

In this unit , children will;

• Telling the time to 5 minutes
• Telling the time to the minute
• Using a.m. and p.m.
• 24-hour clock
• Hours, minutes and seconds
• Years, months, weeks and days
• Analogue to digital – 12 hour
• Analogue to digital – 24 hour

English

Folk tales

We will start our half term with the folk tale ‘The Brer Rabbit’ by Enid Blyton. We will be exploring the characters in the story before children write their own folk tale.

Formal Debate

I know that the children will be very good at our debate unit in English. We will be learning what skills we need to create a powerful agreement.

Poem on a theme

In this unit, children will use drama techniques to retell a poem. They will also write letters in role of the bear and the eye witnesses in the poem.

Home Learning

Spellings

Every Monday new spelling rules will be learnt. These spellings will then be upload to Seesaw for children to learn at home. Children will have the opportunity in school to learn these but they are also expected to learn them at home, too. On Friday mornings, children will be tested on their spellings. If the children get any wrong, they will bring the incorrect spelling/s home to relearn over the weekend and retested on the Monday morning.

Reading

Children will have a designated day to change their book in school. This gives them the opportunity to have quality time with an adult to change their book if needed, read to adult and have a good discussion about their book. Please read with your child at home.

Times Table Rockstar

Children in Year 4 are expected to know all of their times tables up to x12. Part of childrens’ homework is to go on TT Rockstar at least 3 times a week at home. There will be opportunity for them to go on this at school also.

2020 – 2021

P.E.
P.E. and sport is an integral part of the curriculum. We have two timetabled sessions of P.E./games, one on a Thursday and one on a Friday. However, we sometimes have impromptu sessions on other days. Your child needs to bring their kit to school on Mondays and take it home for a wash on Fridays.

Kit should comprise of a white T-shirt, black shorts or leggings and pumps. Trainers will be needed for games sessions when we work on the playground or the school field.

Times Tables Rock Stars is Back!
Please be on the lookout for new password and username stickers that will appear in your child’s homework folder for Times Table Rockstars. There is another Maths website that your child can use called Numbots. This will require the same password and username.

Times tables are an important part of Class 4. There is a test at the end of the year to check if your child knows up to 12 x 12.

Reading
Immersing yourself in a good book is one of the best things in the world! We aim to instil a passion for reading in our literacy and guided reading sessions. However, we also believe it is vital that children read often at home especially to an audience. Ten minutes every other day would be perfect. You could also take turns to read with your child to make it more fun. Asking questions during and after reading will ensure that your child has understood what they have read.

Homework
Homework will be given out on a Friday. It is not designed to be difficult and should be following on from something we have studied in class. Spellings will be given on a Monday for your child to practise. We will also learn them in school on a daily basis. There will be more emphasis on English this term including handwriting. However, children will be expected to use Times Tables Rock Stars, Numbots and IDL frequently.
Homework – to be handed in Mon-Thurs.
Spellings to be tested on Fridays.

Numbots

Numbots is another Maths based App that focusses on key skills and concepts from ages five to eleven.  Activities grow in difficulty as children work through the different levels.

Home Learning 2021 – This week’s links are blue

See some of your Lockdown 2021 work here.

Maths 

 We have focussed on written methods for multiplication and division. We are
now ensuring that written methods for addition and subtraction are mastered.

English

Cornwall was the setting for the story that we have been studying in
The children really enjoyed reading and listening to ‘The Mousehole Cat’. Within the unit of work, we looked at different sentence starters, apostrophes and expanded noun phrases. The children re-wrote the story using their own characters.
We have now started a new unit of work titled ‘Explanations’. We are using the book ‘Until I Met Dudley’ by Roger McGough

Science
The children have looked at living things and their habitats in Science. This has
involved working outside to find organisms living on the school grounds and using
classification keys to identify animals. The children researched how environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.

Topic 

We have been studying the North American continent. The children used an atlas to find the names of the countries and have found human and physical features of it. We also looked at how Pocahontas was pivotal in keeping the peace between Native Americans and the British who colonised America in 1607. We are in the middle of a virtual run from Washington DC to Ottawa; the capital cities of the US and Canada.

Helpful weblinks…

Word Hippo

FREE SCHOOL MEALS VOUCHERS

During the school closure, the Government is providing vouchers for families of children who are eligible for Free School Meals.  To check if you are eligible, please visit Lancashire’s Free School Meals web page by clicking on the link button below.

If you think you meet the criteria, fill in the online form and let Mrs Fox know by emailing her, info@worsthorne.lancs.sch.uk