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Year 4 News 12.1.24

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Happy New Year Year 4. We have jumped right back into learning this week.

In our Maths lessons this week, we have completed our multiplication and division unit from last term. We have learnt about multiplying numbers by 1 and itself. We realised that this is easy to know once we learnt the rule. We have also learnt about multiplying more than one number. We then moved on to our new multiplication unit in our PowerMaths B book. The first two lessons this week, allowed us to learn about multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100. We had lots of hands on experiences of manipulating resources to understand the process of this. We used place value grids, dienes and ten frames to show how the numbers increase or decrease in size.

In English, we were introduced to our new example text, an information report about an Artic Fox. We learnt new factual language and vocabulary used to describe both the animal, what it eats, and their habitat. We also used possessive apostrophes to write example sentences. We learnt about the use of technical lanague. We looked for examples in the text and used examples to write our own sentences.We have then moved on to gather information for our own report based on polar bears. We have watched videos and used the iPads to research and gather facts and information. We have learnt so much about this interesting species.

In our sentence accuracy activities this week, we have focused on our use of possessive apostrophes for plural nouns as well as our use of fronted adverbials. We have spent time researching polar bears today using sources from the internet and books. We were amazed by so many of the facts that we learnt.

In Spellings, our focus has been to add the suffix ous. In reading, we have enjoyed sharing our big cat books.

Our PSHE lesson gave us the opportunity to think about why people choose to drink alcohol. We thought about our learning in our previous lesson, worked in groups, and discussed a story about children keeping safe around alcohol. You spoke confidently and thought about the risks of alcohol in detail. Well done.

In Geography, we showcased our skills to use an atlas to find cities in the Americas. We loved using the coordinates to locate a city. To help us, we also transferred this information onto a map on Digimaps. This interactive map will allow us to locate the cities in order from North to South.

In our RE lesson this week, we recapped our lesson on Christingles. We recorded the meanings of the Christingles in our books and thought about our visit from Mrs Hughes. We reflected on how Mrs Hughes had shared how she lives her life trying to share the light of Jesus. We considered how we could share this light this week. We also spent some time completing our questful map reflecting on our learning in this unit so far.

In our HeartSmart lesson this week, we completed our reflection of unit 2: Don't forget to let love in. We thought about how we have grown throughout this unit. 'The second command is this: Love your neighbour as you love yourself.' Mark 12:31.

We then thought about our new unit Too Much Selfie Isn't Healthy. We focused on how important it is to give to others. We thought about how this could look – helping, giving time and attention.

In wellbeing this week, we focused on 'Things that are important to us...' This opened up such a warming conversation. We then learnt about using the strategy of writing how we are feeling.

In our computing lesson, we were able to evaluate our podcasts created before Christmas. We listened to everyone's podcasts aloud and reviewed our use of clear voices, sound effects, music and cutting skills. We were so impressed with the work we had created.

Art has been a focus for us this week. To kick start our topic of the Tudors, we started with an art task. Our task was inspired by the abstract art work of Paul Klee. We started by exploring examples of his and other artists work. We thought about how these could be used to inspire a Tudor stain-glass window. We discussed how the children will learn a lot about the importance of the church throughout our Tudor topic. The children used inspiration from Paul Klee's style fo create a stain-glass window using his idea of shapes. We can't wait to display these.

In music this week, we continued to practise for YoungVoices.

In PE this week, we have enjoyed Dodgeball and Netball lessons. In Netball, we learnt how to use a chest and bounce pass.

Maths.co.uk homework has been set for this week.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Pointon and Miss Welch

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