Welcome to Year 4’s Class Page.
Kieran Bourke is the Class Teacher in Year 4.
Dates for the diary
Friday 27th April – Trip to Enginuity
Wednesday 23rd May – Bikeability Level 1
Friday 25th May – Start of half-term break
Monday 4th June – Back to school
Monday 2nd July – Homework deadline
Tuesday 10th July – Parent consultation for Year 4
Thursday 12th July – Summer Fair (PM)
Friday 20th July – End of year (12:00 finish)
Our new challenge pack this term is
We will be focusing on inventing a product to solve a problem. This will end with us presenting our ideas in a Dragon’s Den style to a panel that includes Mrs Tewley.
We have a busy time ahead of us with lots of fun filled learning activities on the way for this challenge pack.
English – We will be looking to link our English work into our Crazy Contraption challenge this term. We will start by working on an explanation text inspired by Wallace and Gromit’s Cracking Contraption series. Over the term, we will also be writing a review of our trip to Enginuity and non-chronological reports based on famous inventors.
Maths – In Maths, we have almost completed our work on Fractions and will soon be moving onto looking at decimals. To finish our work on fractions, we will be looking at addition and subtraction of fractions and finding fractions of different quantities. When moving onto decimals, we will be looking at tenths and hundredths, ordering, comparing and rounding decimals.
Time Traveler’s museum!
A huge thank you to everyone that came to see our pop up museum at the end of last term. It was great to see the children all so excited to show you their work from the term. Thank you again for making the day special for them.
I will continue to be available on Thursday mornings and most days when the children are picked up if you would like to talk to me about anything. Thank you for your continued support.
PE will continue to be Tuesdays and Wednesdays again. Please ensure that PE kit is brought into school on a Monday and kept at school all week.
Year 4 Attendance – Spring Term
Encouraging regular attendance is one of the most powerful ways
to support children; both for their happiness and wellbeing, as well as improving their learning in school. In the spring term our classes attendance was 92.4 % with our school target being 96.1%. With your continued support, we hope to achieve our school target attendance in the summer term.
Weeks Beginning Monday 4th September 2017
What an amazing first half term in Year 4! We have been really busy and settled in really well to Year 4. The year started with a bang after a science adventure day led by sublime science!
During this half term we were given the task of finding out more about the scientist Alfred Nobel for our challenge outcome. This has led to a discovery of Europe and in particularly Sweden as this was where Alfred was born. We have been writing letters to Holly (Mr. Bourke’s Niece) in Sweden to request more information about the country and what it is like to live there. This really helped us to understand more about where Alfred Nobel grew up. Alfred travelled around Europe and lived in lots of different countries so we have also worked on our map reading skills based around Europe and where Alfred Nobel lived. With all of this information we went on to write a biography about Alfred Nobel for our challenge outcome.
In science we have been looking at states of matter. We have explored all three states of matter, solids, liquids and gases, taking part in lots of different practical experiments along the way. We have looked at how liquid changes shape, ice cubes melting and gas bubbles caught inside a beaker full of raisins. This was linked into our challenge pack as our back included different states of matter and how they change including jelly, melting chocolate and making ice cream. Yum! We took this task into our English work and also created a set of instructions.
As our scientist created dynamite we have looking to make links with in all areas our work. In PE we have been composing dances based around the song ‘Dynamite’ by Taio Cruz. The whole class have really enjoyed this work and I was pleased to see everyone have a real go at it! We have also made explosive art looking at the whole process of creating art including research, evaluation, practice and a final creation. We used lots of different techniques including blowing through straws, using sponges and using polystyrene pieces.
In Maths we have looked at place value up to 4 digits and rounding work. We then went on to look at addition and subtraction up to 4 digits which included exchange and carrying. We learnt lots of rhymes to help us including ‘more on the floor go next door!’ for exchanging.
The class have also started to bring in their homework challenges with lots of baking and research taking place which has been exciting to see and taste!
After the break we are moving onto our next challenge pack – bolts & bones!