Year 4

Scratch!

Published on Friday 5 July 2024 by Miss Lee.

Over the last few weeks we have been learning a lot about computing and coding. The children have been learning how to create algorithms to instruct a Micro Bit or a character follow a specific set of instructions to get an outcome.

Children programmed Micro Bits to light up based on a water sensor.

Scratch!Scratch!

Our subject this week has been computing which built up to them creating their own game.

The children explored how to use loops to create shapes, explored forever codes and count codes to consider how programme bugs can be fixed, they have animated their name and different characters and have eventually designed and made their own games.

Scratch!Scratch!

Scratch!Scratch!

    Tie Dye Success!

    Published on Wednesday 5 June 2024 by Miss Lee.

    Last term our art unit required us to alter material.

    The two techniques we learnt were:

    1) How to tie dye material

    and

    2) How to embroider material

    Tie Dye Success!Tie Dye Success!

    The children absolutely loved it! When they opened up their designs we had a visitor in school who describes the lesson being full of 'wonder and awe'.

    Take a look at some of our success stories!

    Tie Dye Success!Tie Dye Success!

    Tie Dye Success!Tie Dye Success!

      Science in Year 4!

      Published on Monday 3 June 2024 by Miss Golightly.

      Today, the children have started their first science unit by learning about the digestive system.

      The children took part in an experiment to learn what the basic parts of the digestive system are and what their simple functions are.

      Take a look at what we got up to this afternoon...

      Science in Year 4!Science in Year 4!

      Science in Year 4!Science in Year 4!

      Science in Year 4!Science in Year 4!

      Can the children explain the digestive system to you at home?

        Binchester Roman Fort

        Published on Friday 26 April 2024 by Miss Golightly.

        On Monday, the children visited Binchester Roman Fort to extend their learning from our Spring term history unit and to prepare the children for their learning about the Anglo-Saxons this term; a period in history following Roman Britain.

        During our visit, the children had the opportunity to complete a range of different activities. This included creating Roman mosaics, solving problems using Roman Numerals, furthering their learning about the Roman bath houses, cleaning Roman artefacts found at Binchester and having the opportunity to dress up as a Roman.

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        The children then had a tour of the grounds where they discovered excavated areas and learnt about the history of the Romans in Binchester. They showed great curiosity, asking lots of questions about the excavated areas to further their knowledge. The staff were also extremely impressed with the knowledge the children already had about the Romans.

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        Finally, the children had the opportunity to create their own clay pots. They were very creative creating unique designs and carving interesting patterns into their pots.

        We had a brilliant day and the children made us so proud with their exemplary behaviour!

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          World Book Day

          Published on Thursday 7 March 2024 by Miss Golightly.

          Today the children have had a fantastic day celebrating World Book Day and we have seen some brilliant World Book Day costumes for the occasion!

          This morning, the children spent some time in the role of an author by writing their own stories. They then shared their stories with a friend.

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          We also took part in a World Book Day quiz, guessing different characters from stories, naming the authors of stories and even answering questions about the lives of the characters in the stories.

          The children then stepped up to the challenge of thinking about different ways in which they could read their reading books in an unusual way. These are some of the ideas they came up with...

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          Finally, the children enjoyed listening to stories from the storyteller Rogan Mills who came to visit our school for the day.

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          We have had a brilliant day! Well done for all of the effort the children have made to celebrate World Book Day!

            Children's Mental Health Week

            Published on Friday 9 February 2024 by Miss Golightly.

            Today, children expressed themselves by wearing their own clothes to celebrate Children's Mental Health Week.

            Children’s Mental Health Week

              The Year 4 Team

              Miss Lee
              Miss Lee

              Miss Golightly
              Miss Golightly

              Times Table Fluency

              What does it sound like to be fluent in times tables?

              What does it mean to be fluent in times tables?

              • Your child can answer the question back to you, with automaticity, within 3 seconds. 
              • They do not need to think about the answer or hesitate to think about the answer.
              • They may make a little mistake but very quickly correct themself. 
              • They can answer questions which are out of sequence and in no pattern of times tables. 
              • Children do not count on fingers. 

               

              Why do children need to be fluent in times tables?

              • It reduces cognitive load - children can think quicker because they don’t have to spend time counting their times tables. 
              • It saves energy in the brain allowing greater focus on the problem - reading the question, processing what it means, carrying out 2 or more calculations in a problem.
              • It saves time in calculating in multi-step problems. 
              • It unlocks a world of maths in the wider curriculum. 
              • It provides the opportunity for children to reason with numbers and problem solve.
              • It builds confidence & reduces mathematical anxiety - grows independence, reduces the feeling of being overwhelmed by the problem. 

              Reading at the Expected Standard

              What does it sound like to be reading at the expected standard in Year 4?

              What does it mean to be a fluent reader? 

              Reading fluency - a combination of the following components:

              • Accuracy - word recognition and pronunciation 
              • Automaticity - rapid word reading without conscious decoding (breaking down/sounding out words)
              • Prosody- expressive, phrased reading
              • Comprehension - processing text & understanding meaning 
              • Inference - reading between the lines 

              What to look out for:

              • Reading with varied volume and expression.  
              • Your child will sound like they are talking to a friend with their voice matching the interpretation of the passage.
              • They will read with good phrasing.
              • They will adhere to the punctuation used in the text - taking a breath at commas and pausing at full stops. 
              • They will read smoothly - they may have some breaks and will self-correct any slight mistakes. 
              • They will read at a good pace. 

              How many words per minute should your child be reading?

              The following figures are based on the child reading this amount of words in an age appropriate text. Some examples of age appropriate texts can be found below. 

               

              End of the Autumn term (by Christmas)

              End of the Spring term (by Easter)

              End of the Summer term (by Summer)

              Year 4

              110

              120

              130

               

              Year 4 texts:

              • Matilda
                Matilda
              • Silas and the Marvellous Misfits
                Silas and the Marvellous Misfits
              • The Boy Who Biked The World
                The Boy Who Biked The World
              • The Chronicles of Narnia
                The Chronicles of Narnia