24 Oct 2014

Year 4 Week 43 2014

Gamelan Workshop 
Well, we’re at the end of our first half-term!  The children have all worked extremely hard since the beginning of September and we’re all proud of their achievements!  Well done children!

The children across the school have all had the opportunity to take part in a Gamelan workshop this week.  Gamelan is traditional music originating from Indonesia, made up of percussion instruments.  Year 4 took part in their workshop on Thursday and we’re sure they’ll tell you more about it!

This week, we have started a non-fiction unit in Literacy, with the focus being on instructions.  We completed a ‘cold writing’ assessment writing instructions about how to make a Roman chariot board game.  Then we have spent the rest of the week evaluating different types of instructions as a reader and have begun to identify the important key features necessary when writing a set of instructions.

Indoor Hockey - At Speed! 
In Maths this week, the children in Mrs Pond-Barrett’s group have been telling the time on both analogue and digital clocks and have also been calculating time intervals.  The children have also been measuring in centimetres and millimetres and converting between these two units of measurement and using decimal notation to record measurements, (e.g. 7cm 4mm = 7.4cm = 74mm)  

In Mrs Scannell’s Maths group, the children have been revised the names and properties of 2D shapes.  They have then applied this knowledge when working with 3D shapes.  The children worked hard to recognise, name and describe properties of a variety of 3D shapes, using mathematical vocabulary including; face, edge and vertices.

In DT with Mr Fidler, the children have completed their work on developing levers and pivots.  This week, they created a 3D automaton with a lever and pivot that rotated.  The children designed their models with a character that turned round.  Some great imagination was seen in their designs!

Homework – Please see homework folders.

Creative Homework – The children should be working on their Roman shields.  We have already had a few completed and brought into school.  They look brilliant!  Well done!
Design And Technology - Levers 

Mrs Pond-Barrett’s group – The children have some time intervals to calculate from reading a train timetable.  They also have a measuring activity to complete, giving the lengths in 2 ways, (e.g 4cm 6mm and 4.6cm)

Mrs Scannell’s group – The children have some timetables cards to use to help them learn their 2, 5 and 10 times tables with corresponding division facts off by heart.

During the half-term break, we would like the children to spend some time reading for pleasure and reading a variety of books, comics and poems.  The children need to then complete a book review, recommending (or not!) one of the books that they have read to their friends.

Thank you for your continued support throughout this half-term. Have a fantastic half-term break!

Mrs Pond-Barrett and Mrs Scannell