Times Tables Rockstar (TTRS) - There will a tournament between classes in each year group once a month. There will also be a tournament between learners and teachers EVERY last Sunday of the month. There will be prizes to won!
Children should have their reading records and a water bottle at school, every day!
Spring 2 - English
It is Shakespeare week from 15th March -21st March. Year 4 will be doing a lot of work on Shakespeare. Every year 4 child and the school stand a change to earn a Discovery Arts Award. So, all support will be appreciated.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616) was an English playwright, actor and poet, and is widely regarded as the greatest English writer of all time. His plays have been translated into more than 100 languages and continue to be performed around the world to this day.
Live Online Poetry
We were lucky enough today to have a live online poetry workshop, today. During this workshop:
The children really enjoyed all the activities, he had a marvellous English lesson.
We all wrote cinquains. A cinquains is a poem with five lines.
First line - 1 word
Second line - 2 words
Third line - 3 words
Fourth line - 4 words
Fifth line - 5 words
To Thine Own Self (Caliban) Cinquain by Lizzy
Proud of bravery
Wishes of nice friend
You are amazing and caring
To Thine Own Self (Caliban) Cinquain by Kelsie
Proud of friends
Dreams to be king
You are amazing and loved
To Thine Own Self (Caliban) Cinquain by Kieran
Man and monster
Dreams of being King
Be calm and carry on
To Thine Own Self (Caliban) Cinquain by Georgia
Has caring friends
Wish he has treasure
You should always trust yourself
To Thine Own Self (Zebras)
Eager to learn
Curious, Kind, Respectful, Proud
We will never give up
This week we are learning about the area of a shape.
Area is the term used to define the amount of space taken up by a 2D shape or surface. We measure area in square units : cm² or m². Area is calculated by multiplying the length of a shape by its width.
We have created 'The Winter's Child' during the first week. We used metaphors, similes and alliteration. This week we created 'The Summer's Child'.
On Monday we interviewed 'The Winter's Child' - Zebras was very lucky as they had an exclusive visit from The Summer's Child herself (see image below).
On Tuesday we had 'Summer on a Plate' to inspires us with our senses when writing. We tasted and smelled watermelon and strawberries prior our writing. We then went on and collected vocabulary for our character description. In the afternoon we drew and coloured our 'Summer's child'.
On Thursday we wrote out character description using everything we've learned so far to get the best possible outcome. We then edited and improved it.
On Friday we re-wrote out description (Published it) using our best handwriting. Our teachers will choose some of the pieces to be entered into the various categories for the writing competition.
Maths Learning - Autumn 2
This half term will start with investigating different methods to subtract numbers.
Maths Learning - Autumn 1
This half term we learn different methods to add numbers together. We used the line method, part part whole and column addition.
English Learning - Autumn 1
This half term we looked at 'The Journey' by Aaron Becker (a wordless book)
Mutating Mansion by Luke Temple
Part of this half term Year 4 had a masterclass with Luke Temple.
We learned how to write EXCITING descriptions using...
A simile describes something by comparing it to something else, using the words ‘like’ or ‘as’.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (the name of a thing or a place).
A metaphor is a word or a phrase used to describe something as if it were something else.
Alliteration is when two or more words close together start with the same letter or sound.
We also used our SENSES to help with our stories:
What can the characters SEE , HEAR , SMELL , TASTE or TOUCH?
If you include sentences that describe these senses, it will help the reader to feel like they are involved in the story with your characters.
Another way to 'paint a picture in the readers' minds is...
SHOW don’t TELL
Another way to get readers interested in your story is to show how the characters are feeling rather than tell what they are feeling.
When you are writing something that includes lots of action and drama, you can use shorter sentences to make your writing more exciting and to add tension.
One of the most important parts of writing a story, is editing it. Authors never just use one version of their story. After they have written it all down the first time, they read the story again and think about how they can improve it.
When Luke is editing a story, he asks himself the following questions:
• Does everything make sense? Are there any mistakes?
• Are there any boring bits?
• How can I make the story more exciting / dramatic / scary?
He also asks himself whether he has used all the tools from this masterclass:
• Have I used enough adjectives, similes, metaphors and alliteration to make my descriptions interesting?
• Senses: have I helped the reader to be involved by describing more than one of the character’s senses?
• Show don’t tell: have I shown, instead of telling, how the character is feeling?
• Short sentences: have I used short sentences to help make my writing exciting and add tension?
Finally - we created a cover for the book.
Book covers are really important. They help readers to know what sort of story is inside and get them excited about reading the book.
We received a parcel from the 'British Museum' asking for help. The parcel contained items from Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Mayans, the Romans, Vikings and the Iron Age.
We learned about the way these civilisations communicated, where and when these people lived.
Column Addition and Subtraction