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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!


Miss Page welcomes you to your new class and we look forward to working with you!



This week in year 4 we have been learning about Alan Turing and the Enigma Code and having a turn at code breaking and coding characters online. We also practiced our typing skills and sent emails in literacy to ‘Newspaper HQ’. We have really enjoyed ICT week!


In Numeracy this term we have been using fraction walls and number lines to help us find equivalent fractions, simplify fractions and turn fractions in to decimals.

We have been finding out what happens to numbers when we multiply and divide them by 10 and 100. We have used place value grids to help us follow the rules.


We have covered a wide range of topics so far this year including the creation story, our virtues of compassionate and loving, understanding diversity and the work of various charities and the story of Abraham. Following the work on the story of Abraham, we discussed as a class how we may face tough decisions in the future. We had a lively debate about how these choices could affect our future and the role God played in guiding what we felt was the right path. We discussed how we could write effective prayers asking for guidance and help with future choices and write these down. We then went out into the prayer garden and had a quiet moment of reflection with our prayers and to have our own time to talk to God.


Year 4 have been working hard on problem solving questions and the meaning of different mathematical vocabulary. In celebration of the Royal Wedding, we have been finding the amount of change given when purchasing Royal Wedding memorabilia. We have used the bar method to understand the amount of money we started with, the cost of each item we purchased and the resulting amount of change. This visual aide helped us to understand what was happening in the problem and to identify when we needed to add the money and when we needed to subtract.


In Year 4 this half term, we have been learning about the Internet. This particular lesson focussed on how to edit and write HTML (hypertext mark-up language: the language in which web pages are written). Take a look at some of the silly changes children have made to our school website….don’t worry, they’re not permanent!


We have been working hard on exploring ‘The Butterfly Lion’ by Michael Morpurgo. We have written our own last chapter of the story, focusing on editing our work to improve our writing using ideas from our Literacy toolkit.

Geography and History
Our geography topic this half term was, ‘Where on earth are we? We had great fun learning a new song about lines of longitude and latitude, some of us even made up a dance to it and taught it to the class! We have been learning about which regions of the globe have deserts and rainforests and linking this to lines of latitude such as the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. During the topic we also enjoyed looking at globes, maps and atlases and working out what our universe address would look like.  This topic helped develop our understanding of continents and climates in the northern and southern hemispheres. Overall, we enjoyed learning more about our planet and just how wonderful God’s creation really is!


Over the last few weeks Year 4 have been learning all about humans, which includes finding out about the digestive system and how it works together so our bodies can gain nutrients from the food we eat. As part of our topic, we looked closely at teeth and decided that we wanted to design our own scientific enquiry to answer some questions we had thought of about tooth decay.
We love working like real life scientists so we planned our own enquiry and set up different types of test, including a simple practical test, a comparative test and a fait test, which included a control group. Each group in class looked at different types of liquid and the effects they had on teeth (we didn’t have any real teeth, so we used hard boiled eggs because the shell acts a lot like our own teeth and the enamel that covers them.) We left the ‘teeth’ in the different liquids and observed carefully what happened. Some results were shocking and we realised just how much sugar in our diet can affect our teeth. We had great fun completing our investigation and working like scientists.


In Year 4 we have been working hard on our problem solving skills. Here we are looking at some facts about the Victorians and working in teams to use different mathematical operations to find the answers to each problem. It was quite challenging as sometimes there were several steps to each problem and we had to work collaboratively to trace back to the first bit of information and then follow it through to the solution.

In year 4 this week we have been looking at the art of persuasion! We held a class debate about whether Mrs Murphy should allow sweets to be eaten in class. At first we all thought it was a fantastic idea but we soon realised that there were some negative sides to such a proposal and agreed that there were reasons both for and against. We also learned some techniques about how to persuade. We put these ideas into practise and tried them out on in each other in small drama activities. We really enjoyed learning about how to be persuasive and plan to put these new skills to use as soon as possible!

Religious Education
In Year 4 we have been learning about the importance of being eloquent and truthful. We have learned that not only is it important to speak truthfully about ourselves and others, it is also important that we speak truthfully about God. We looked at the Pentecost story in the Bible that helped us to understand these virtues. This story tells us about how the disciples received the gift of the Holy Spirit and the courage to go out into the world and tell everyone the truth about Jesus. We also looked at Peter’s message to the crowd and learned that Jesus came into the world to save everyone because he loves us s o much and we are very precious to Him.
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