GSO Test

Year 4

Our class teacher is Miss Cook, our teaching assistant is Ms Jones and our learning support assistant is Ms Bell. 

Autumn One Timetable

Spring Two Timetable

Curriculum Map

Our final week in Year 4…23.07.21

Miss Cook’s Friday Mantras (multiple):

I am brilliant.

I am capable.

I will achieve amazing things in Year 5 and beyond.

 It has been my absolute pleasure teaching Year 4 twice. They are such an energetic, talented and kind class and I will miss teaching every single one of them – thank you for the most amazing two years, Year 4. To all the parents and carers of year 4, thank you so much for all your support and patience this year. It has been a tough year for everyone and you have been so amazing; I hope you all have an incredible summer break – you truly deserve it!

Despite it being the final week, we have been very busy and taking part in a wealth of activities. Firstly, I have to say how very proud I was of Year 4 in the production; the children sang INCREDIBLY with beautiful harmonisation, pitch and passion! You really are a remarkable class of performers. The children took part in the house-winning trip (some of the children), an athletics afternoon, a key stage 2 quiz, their class swap and the Year 6 leavers’ service.

           

Olympic athlete: Ezekiel Ewulo

On Tuesday 20th July, we were very fortunate to have a visit from Olympic athlete, Ezekiel Ewulo or otherwise known as Zeeks. Zeeks is a professional long jump athlete who has competed for both Britain and for Nigeria; his proudest achievement to date is when he gained the ‘British Indoor Long Jump Title’. Zeeks delivered a fantastic virtual assembly to the children; he discussed how he came to be so successful and what his training regime consists of. He then worked with each class to push them to their limits through a variety of physical activities. Zeeks was impressed with how brilliant all the children were in the event – looks like we have many budding athletes on our hands! Thank you so much to everyone who has brought in sponsorship money, we will be able to do something special for the school with the funds!

Year 6

Finally, I would like to say best of luck to Year 6 on behalf of Year 4 and all the Year 4 team. We know you will be fabulous and continue to achieve amazing things.

Have a wonderful summer break,

Miss Cook

This week in Year 4...16.07.21 

Miss Cook's Friday Mantra is:

My actions can help to make the world a better place.

   

Let's start off our blog by commending the England football team for their heroic performance in the Euro 2021 competition. The entire team are such incredible role models for us all; they demonstrated amazing commitment and perseverance throughout the tournament. 

  

This week we have been continuing to look at a range of SPaG features and maths revision in preparation for moving into Year 5. In science we have been writing up our states of matter experiment where we melted a range of liquids that were frozen and timed how long each would take to melt. Then, from our results we discussed why we thought we achieved these results and also raised further questions regarding melting and freezing. In art we have been looking at and exploring illustrations from E.H Shepard; the children have been sketching and replicating Pooh and piglet using careful pencil strokes. 

Following on from Health and Wellbeing Week, the children have had the opportunity this week to take part in ballet fusion workshops and workshops based on all things fitness and healthy diets. 

I have to say, I was blown away with year 4's performance in Mary Poppins; their acapella version of their song was truly phenomenal; they were professional, had wonderful musicality and used great harmonies. They should be very proud of themselves. I can't wait for you to see them shine.

Moreover, I hope you all thoroughly enjoyed reading the reports this week - I am so impressed with the progress the children have made this year and it was a pleasure to write them! 

Next Week: 

Monday is the winning house trip - well done Keys! The children will be watching a film in the afternoon as their treat and reward.

Tuesday is class swap day and is when we will be graced with the presence of an Olympic athlete. If you haven't already brought in your sponsorship money, please do so by Monday so all the prizes can be organised. 

Wednesday evening is the Year 6 production where each year group will also perform their own songs and dance moves - we know you all will be brilliant. Break a leg and toi, toi, toi! 

On Thursday, Key Stage 2 will have their end of year quiz and then Year 4 will be going to the park for games and ice-cream - yummy!

On Friday, it is the last day of this academic year and what a year it has been! We will sadly be saying goodbye to the wonderful Year 6 children who have championed for the school this year. Best of luck in all you do, Year 6. 

 

Have a wonderful sunny weekend,

And as always, thank you for your continued support and patience with your child's/children's learning,

Miss Cook 

This week in Year 4…09.07.21

Miss Cook’s Friday Mantra is:

I am a good friend and I am always kind to others.

   

Wow, what a success Sports Day was. The children truly brought their A game and competed with amazing sportspersonship and skill. I was so proud to see all the children taking part so enthusiastically and demonstrated their wonderful sporting talents – well done Year 4. The children took part in relay, fun races, javelin throwing, sprints and obstacle courses. I can imagine the children were very tired at the end of the day - I know I was!

 

This week has been a packed week of assessments and the children have done amazingly; they have been putting together all the skills and knowledge they have learnt this year to answer a range of maths, English and science assessments. Well done Year 4, you should all be very proud of yourselves.

In science, we have been continuing to look at States of Matter and the children have been planning a fair test based on melting or freezing ice. In pairs, the children generated a question, which they wanted to examine. These questions included ‘what happens to ice when it melts if it is made from different types of liquid?’, ‘How does the temperature of a room affect the rate in which ice melts?’ and ‘At what rate do different liquids freeze?’.  In Spanish, we have been learning words for clothing and have been describing what characters are wearing using correct Spanish language. The children have been focusing on applying the correct adjective to noun rule, as it is different to the English language.

           

Enjoy watching the football this week, I am sure you will have you fingers and toes crossed this Sunday evening.

     

Have a great weekend,

Miss Cook

This week in Year 4...02.07.21 

Miss Cook's Friday Mantra:

I am a creative individual with many artistic talents. 

Wow, what an end to two fantastic weeks at St Peter's. The children have had a blast during arts week and have been very spoilt with the workshops they have attended. 

Our theme of Arts Week: Surprised! by Henri Rousseau

The children took part in a spoken word workshop where they got to create and perform their own poems. They also took part in a costume designing workshop and a floristry workshop with George's mum, Lizzie; the children loved this and got to rearrange their own flower arrangement and design a costume for Matilda. In the Scott Hall, the children took part in a beautiful ballet workshops with the fabulous Isabel, explored many circus skill tricks and danced until their hearts' content in an African dance workshop. Finally, the children worked with illustrator, Emily, to create cartoon tigers. 

   

In the classroom we created our own artwork inspired by Henri Rousseau's 'Surprised!' and the children changed the tiger to a bird and focused on detail and shading skills. They created origami flowers that were decorated with marbling ink to make a hanging flower decoration. We also crated large hessian tapestries which we decorated with flowers and leaves. 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Cook

This week in Year 4...25.06.21

Miss Cook's Friday Mantra: 

My feelings are always valid. 

Health and wellbeing week has flown by; we have had an absolute blast! 

The children have taken part in a range of fun, creative and educational workshops. We started the week with street dance workshops when the children had a chance to develop technical skill and flaunt their personalities in the choreography tasks. In yoga the children learnt a range of poses through story.

In the classrooms we took part in virtual workshops with the Life Bus and Wandsworth Recycling Company. They discussed all things plastic, made paper and learnt about how to keep both their mind and body healthy and fit. In the classroom we have been discussing how our feelings might change as we go through different phases of our life, how our body changes with time and what relationships people may choose to have, including marriage and civil partnership. Moreover, we have been sketching and drawing illustrations inspired by Dapo Adeola, we have created freeze frames and have created additional dances which the children performed to Year 2. 

Next week is Arts Week and it will be another amazingly fun yet educational week that will truly spark the children's creativity. 

Have an amazing weekend,

Miss Cook 

 

This week in Year 4…18.06.21

Miss Cook's Friday Mantra: 

If I persevere, I can achieve. 

What a hot and humid week it has been! We have enjoyed the sunshine this week and the children have persevered despite the weather. So, well done Year 4.

DT Day

For DT, Year 4 had the challenge of designing and making a soft toy from scratch. They certainly stepped up to the challenge and designed wonderful bird themed designs. We then began cutting templates of our designs from felt. Next, we needed to sew additional feet and beak templates to the body of our toy. After that, we sewed around the edge of half of our toy so that we could then stuff it. The children used a combination of running and blanket stitches. After, we stuff our toys we then sewed up the other half. Finally, we added buttons and other scarps of felt to create feathers – this was assembled using glue gun.

Next week is Health and Wellbeing week and we have a fulfilled and educational week for you. The children will be taking part in a range of physical workshops, including dance, ballet and yoga as well as educational workshops, based on recycling, plastic consumption, our changing body and all things health and wellbeing. Throughout the week the children will still take part in their usual PE and music lessons but will predominantly focus on PSHE and outdoor adventures activities with their class teacher. Make sure you get some rest this weekend because it is looking to be a busy week – make sure to look out for photos!

Sports Day – sadly, due to weather, sports day was cancelled today. But have no fear, it will take place on July 5th and hopefully the weather will be dreamy!

Have a wonderful, restful weekend,

Miss Cook

 

This week in Year 4...11.06.21

Miss Cook's Friday Mantra

I am always kind and caring to others!

It has been a lovely, sunny week at St Peter's. The children have settled back into school after half term and have been working hard. 

In English we have completed our suspense stories based on Varjak Paw; the children did a wonderful job when using vague language to create suspense and tension. In maths we have started exploring statistics; we have been interpreting a range of data presented in different ways. In science we have been investigating 'states of matter' and the children having classifying solids, liquids and gases, describing the properties of each. In PSHE we have been talking about good and not so good feelings and how our feelings vary from depending on our experiences and opinions. 

We have a busy week next week; on Wednesday we have DT day which we be very fun, on Thursday we have the poetry recital which will be lovely and on Friday we have Sports Day which we will also be great for the children. 

Please make sure you learn your poem over the weekend:

Claude le Croissant

Je m'appelle Claude le Croissant
The alternative to bread

Why bore yourself with sandwiches?
Just purchase me instead

Je m'appelle Claude le Croissant
For your breakfast, lunch or tea
My body shape's a crescent moon
Or like the letter "c"

You can stuff me with a salad
You can eat me with cheese spread
You can sprinkle me with almonds
Then shake sugar on my head
I have travelled here by Eurostar
From somewhere hear the Med

Je m 'appelle Claude le Croissant
I am neither bun nor cake
Soft and flaky I'm the pastry
That's the tastiest of bakes

Je m'appelle Claude le Croissant
I'm the favoured food of France
Other doughs try to outdo me
But they never stand a chance

You can cover me with butter
You can smother me with jam
You can serve me with a salad
You can fill me up with ham
Your companion from the Continent
Remember who I am

Je m'appelle Claude le Croissant
Star of your patisserie
If you bite me and you like me
Shout out "Oui! Oui! Oui!"

By Neal Zetter

 Finally, we enjoyed a lovely webinar from Dapo Adeola which fits perfectly in our current Art unit; illustrators. 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Cook

This week in Year 4...28.05.21

Miss Cook's Friday Mantra

Being unique is my superpower; there will only be one me!

We have had a wonderful half term in Year 4 and I am incredibly proud of al the hard work and perseverance the children have demonstrated since the Easter break. 

In English this week, we have been exploring suspense stories; we have been looking at a specific suspense extract and identifying the features of it and we have been describing our own suspense settings. All of our inspiration so far for our suspense stories, has been taken from Varjak Paw. After half term, we will be planning and writing our suspense stories using vague language, delaying techniques and empty words to create a sense of mystery. In maths, we have been continuing to look at decimal notation including pound and pence. The children have been revising how to multiply and divide decimals by 10 and 100. We have been focusing on place value and recapping which way the digits move in relation to the operation we are using. After half term we will move on to look at statistics. 

In science we have been including switches in our electrical circuits, in Spanish we have been exploring the singular and plural version of 'my' and in RE we have been exploring Sangha and comparing the Buddhist 'Precepts' to the Christian 'Ten Commandments'. 

On Wednesday, it was Environmental Day and in Year 4 we focused on 'Wildflowers'. We began the day by writing descriptive poems about wildflowers using as many figurative language techniques (with a purpose) and by making our own choices about layout, language and punctuation. It was wonderful to see the children allowing their authentic 'poets' to shine through - they were  a joy to listen to! We then planted wildflowers which hopefully we can repot and plant outdoors. After this, we sketched wildflowers in the classroom and then we went to Ravenscourt Park to observe and sketch more wildflowers. It was a beautiful day spent in nature and the children loved it. 

Have a wonderful bank holiday and half term break, I look forward to seeing you in just over a weeks time.

Best wishes,

Miss Cook 

This week in Year 4...21.05.21

Miss Cook's Friday Mantra is:

I strive to make just choices.

In English this week we have been drafting, editing and publishing our newspaper reports based on a missing cat and a distraught cat owner. In maths we have been been exploring money; we have been calculating and writing pound and pounce, rounding to the nearest 10p and pound, ordering and comparing money and we finished the week by problem solving, using money and all four mathematical operations. 

In science we have been exploring how a switch works within an electrical circuit, in PSHE we have been helping Year 2 understand how to look after our environment, in art we have been sketching and adding inventions to bicycles (inspired by Leonardo Di Vinci) and in Spanish we have continued to look at families and family trees.

Next week, Wednesday, is Environmental Day and Year 4 will be planting, observing and sketching wildflowers. In the classroom, in maths, we will continue to look at measure and explore how to convert between units of measure. In English, we are going to write a fictional tale inspired by the wonderful Varjak Paw. 

WOW, look how amazing these sketches are. We have a class of awesome artists in Year 4.

YEAR 4 ARTWORK 210521 GALLERY

Have a wonderful weekend - I hope it is less soggy and windy that it has been this week.

Warmest wishes,

Miss Cook

 

This week in Year 4...14.05.21

Miss Cook's Friday Mantra is:

I am important and I should prioritise my mental health. 

We have had a very vibrant and bubbly week with lots of drama and performing. I am sure the children will be sleeping well this evening. 

In English we have been creating and performing text maps and have been acting out a journalist interview with probing questions - all based on Varjak Paw and a missing cat, Ginger Whiskers. We finished the week by planning a newsletter that includes a punchy headline, a date, name of newspaper, a strong introduction, a witness statement, clear information regarding the missing cat and a ending statement. In maths we have been exploring lines of symmetry, making nets of 3D shapes and creating 3D shapes from nets. 

In science we have been making as many working circuits as possible using a range of components. The children have been discussing how an electrical circuit works and how we can transform an incomplete circuit to a complete circuit. In Spanish we have been learning and reciting words to describe our family in Spanish, 'mi familia'. In art we created 'Mental Health Awareness' week inspired art, all about connecting to nature. In computing we gathered research on rivers from a range of Wiki pages. 

Next week we will be looking at measure; we will start the week by looking at decimal notation and money and then will move onto different units of measure which also use decimal notation. In English we will be writing our newsletters about a missing cat. 

YEAR 14 05 21 GALLERY

Have the most wonderful weekend,

Miss Cook

This week in Year 4…07.05.21

Miss Cook’s Friday Mantra is:

My choices and feelings are always important and valid.

Year 4 and I are getting stuck into and gripped by Varjak Paw. We have been reading more chapters of the story, have been creating WANTED posters with emotive language and have been answering comprehension questions where we use clues from the text to suggest answers. We are working towards writing a newspaper article based on Varjak Paw; we started to discuss and identify key features and language in a newspaper article.

Chapter 6 Varjak Paw

In maths we have been practising our times tables and have been identifying and classifying 2-D shapes. The children have been comparing and describing the properties of a range of 2-D shapes, have been investigating specific types of triangles and have been describing quadrilaterals. We have been drawing accurate shapes using accurate dimensions and other specific properties. We will continue to look at shape and symmetry next week also.

In PSHE we have been discussing the choices we make as children and how influences our choices, in science we have been discussing what electrons and cells are in relation to electrical circuits and in Art we have been creating spoof Mona Lisa artwork with fine liners.

Next Week

Next week is Mental Health Week: please see the website below with some tips and advice for looking after and caring for your mental health.

NHS Mental Health Advice

Have a lovely weekend, 

Miss Cook

This week in Year 4…30.04.21

Miss Cook’s Friday Mantra is:

I am a gifted and creative writer!

 - Malala Yousafzai

In English we have been reading and discussing Varjak Paw. The children have been finding and recording information from Chapter One, creating arguments for and against Varjak leaving the Contessa’s house and exploring the outside world and we finished the week by writing diaries as if we were Varjak, discussing how he feels and why. The children have been including puns in their work – pawtastic!

In maths we have been revising and consolidating our subtraction and addition learning. We have been using formal methods, identifying effective mental strategies, using the inverse to check our answers and have been rounding to make sensible predictions. We finished the week by focusing on our times tables and using what we know up to 12x12 times tables to answer questions above that mentally – we partitioned or rounded. We also had ago at the Year 4 online times tables test to practise our quick recall and typing.

In Spanish we have been reading Little Red Riding Hood in Spanish, in art we have drawn our own Mona Lisa, in computing we have been planning content for a Wiki page, in RE we have been exploring the eightfold path of Buddhism, in science we have been making complete electrical circuits with different components and in PSHE we have been learning basic first aid skills. Wow, that is a lot of learning!

YEAR 4 SCIENCE GALLERY

Homework:

Thank you for everyone who has taken the time and patience to adjust to the new homework style. Please make sure you are using the small homework books at home to complete homework and record the work if you are unable to complete it via Google Docs. Please take a photo of work and upload it to the assignment. You can download Google Classroom on your IPad or phone and this is an easy and accessible way to upload work. Again, thank you for your effort, it seems to be working smoothly in Year 4, for the majority.

Next Week

We will be focusing on shape and symmetry in maths and in English we will focusing on Varjak Paw and creating newspaper articles. For more information and to have a head start on the week please see the links below - happy readying and shape exploring!

Chapter Three - Varjak Paw

Chapter Two - Varjak Paw

Shapes and Symmetry

Have wonderful restful weekend with friends and family,

See you next week,

Miss Cook

This week in Year 4...23.04.21

Miss Cook's Friday Mantra is: 

I am kindness and I always strive to give kindness to others.

Here is our lovely Year 4 rivers display which is now complete:

We have had a lovely four day week back in Year 4 and have really hit the ground running with our work and learning. 

In English we have been planning, writing and editing explanation texts about a robot we have designed. Our work has been inspired by The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. The children have been explaining why the robot exists, what it eats and where it comes from in the style of an explanation text; we included headings, cause and effect conjunctions, passive voice and technical language. 

In maths we have recapped and embedded our learning of addition and subtraction using formal methods. We have been using the inverse operation to check our answers and have been rounding to make sensible metal predications of what the answer might be. 

In science we have started investigating electricity and we have been discussing what electricity is, where it comes from and what it is converted into. In art we have been exploring Leonardo Da Vinci and have been creating mini replicas of some of his most famous works in a fact file. In RE we are exploring Buddhism and have been discussing the meaning of specific Buddhist symbols and describing how they might inform a Buddhist's daily lives. 

In English next week we will begin to look at and base our work around Varjak Paw. Please see below for the first chapter of the book:

Varjak Paw - Chapter One

In maths we will continue to explore subtraction and addition using both formal and mental methods and we will use rounding and inverse operations to check and make sensible predictions of calculations.

In computing next week we will begin planning and exploring Wiki pages and in Spanish we will be naming family members in Spanish.

Homework 

As you know, homework will now be uploaded to Google Classroom on Mondays and Fridays. The children will have received workbooks, if they wish to complete activities in there, please do so. Please do photograph and upload any completed work to Google Classroom that is done in the workbooks. Moreover, due dates for homework are the same as previously. 

Reading

Miss Jones, Ms Bell and I have been reading with the children this week on rotation and it has been wonderful to listen to and witness each child grow and flourish with their words reading, intonation and confidence. Please keep up the great work with reading.

Have a wonderful, restful weekend,

I hope you have made some excellent plans now things are relaxing slightly,

Miss Cook 

 

This week in Year 4...01.04.21

Miss Cook's Friday Mantra is:

I am kind and I am caring to all living things.

What a whirlwind of a spring term. Despite its trials and tribulations, we have come out on top and the children have been phenomenal and resilient. It is time for a well-earnt rest and I am sure you are all looking forward to things slowly easing and finding some light at the end of the tunnel.

Even though it has been a short week, we have finished and completed lots of high quality work. The children have written, edited and published a fictional story inspired by Ted Hughes' The Iron Man. We have created an exciting and charismatic display. We then went on to write poems inspired  by Valerie Bloom's The River. The children included excellent metaphors and descriptive language; they blew me away with their creativity. In maths we have been recapping missing number problems and finding strategies, including inverse operations and number families, to work out the answers. 

In science we went to the park to collect leaves which we then classified and grouped using a table. In art we created little iron men characters to accompany our wonderful stories. In RE we continued to explore the Holy Communion and discussed how by attending the Holy Communion a Christian might build and deepen their faith. 

Check out some of our park photos:

 Et voila, some wonderful story writing from Year 4.

  EGGcelently zen!

Have the most wonderful half term break - lots of rest and time to rejuvenate! 

Best wishes and Happy Easter,

Miss Cook

This week in Year 4...26.03.21

Miss Cook's Friday Mantra is:

I am wise and I use what I know to make good choices and decisions. 

Little by little we are getting close to the Easter holidays. All of the children, parents and staff are looking forward to a well-earnt break. You have all worked so hard this past term and I don't know about you but I am looking forward to seeing more blue skies in the summer term. 

In English we have been planning and writing a fictional tale inspired by Ted Hughes' The Iron Man. We have been including a range of complex and short sentences, poetic devices, insightful adjectives and mechanical beings. 

In maths we have been exploring and investigating area. The children have been identifying the area of rectilinear shapes by counting squares and by multiplying the height by the width. Some children began to identify the area of triangles by multiplying the height by the width and then dividing by 2. 

In science we have been identifying, grouping and classifying leaves, in art we finished adding watercolour to our Kandinsky inspired artwork, in RE we have been describing the meaning behind each element of the liturgy of the Holy Communion service and why it is significant and in computing we have been recording original compositions using Audacity. 

The children loved getting out of school this week and going to the river to explore specific features. 

Enjoy the photos.

Other Notices

Wednesday 31st March is St Peter’s first ever ‘Egg Rolling Competition’. The children all need to bring a hardboiled egg to school that has been decorated and then we will have an egg rolling competition! There will be prizes for the best rolls and for the best-decorated eggs. I’m sure we will all have an EGGcellent time!

Please note that we finish at 2pm on Thursday 1st April for the Easter Holidays and return to school on Tuesday 20th April.

Our Easter service is on Thursday 1st April at 9am.

Have wonderful restful weekend,

Miss Cook

This week in Year 4...19.03.21

Miss Cook's Friday Mantra is: 

I am a brilliant role model and I can and will always lead by example. 

Wow ending the week with Red Nose Day certainly was a bubbly and energetic way to end the week. I loved seeing all of the children's hair styles and own clothes in honour of this event. 

This week we have been working hard to complete maths and English assessments and the children have demonstrated shear determination with them and I can see how eager they are to try their very best. 

In English we are continuing to explore The Iron Man by Ted Hughes and the children finished the week by writing diaries in the perspective of Hogarth (the boy who first sees the Iron Man and reports it to the community of farmers, plus his family). The children finished the week by creating their own monster/being inspired by the Iron man; we created many mechanical characters and beings derived from various materials...Material Women, Paper Man to name a couple. In maths we have been consolidating our times tables learning and the children have been showing off their recalling and fluency skills. We have been exploring multiplication and division number families too. As we develop in this area, some children started to use known facts to find unknown facts, e.g. 15x20, 14x12.

In science we have been classifying invertebrates based on their characteristics. In art we have started to add watercolour to our Kandinsky inspired artwork. In RE we have been learning about the Holy Communion and how it helps to build a sense of Christian community. In computing the children have using Isle of Tune to develop musical compositions; we loved this and enjoyed having a little boogie in response. 

Next week in English we will be planning and writing our own story inspired by The Iron Man where our being/monster is introduced to the wider world for the first time. In maths we will be looking and exploring area. 

Area

Parent's Evening: next Monday and Tuesday is parents' evening; if you haven't already, please make sure you sign up. I am looking forward to having the opportunity to speak to you and to discuss your child's/children's progress, commenting how they are settling back in.

School Trip: On Tuesday the children will be going to the river as part of their geography topic. Please make sure the children wear suitable warm clothing as it will be, of course, outside. We are looking forward to getting outside of school together. 

It has been and is a pleasure having the children back in the classroom, they are settling back in well.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Cook

This week in Year 4…12.03.21

Miss Cook’s Friday Mantra is:

I can overcome things which might initially seem tricky. I have a wealth of knowledge and skill.

What a lovely first week back in the classroom it has been, I am sure we will all need a well earnt rest this week; there will be some sleepy teachers and children this evening.

In English we have started exploring 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes and the children already seem very enthused by this book and the author's style of writing. We have been annotating the first chapter of the book, exploring key poetic devices used and describing the effect that these devices have. We then used poetic devices including similes and metaphors to describe the Iron Man. Finally, we finished the week by writing complex sentences including embedded clauses in the style of Ted Hughes. In maths we have been continuing our work with time; we have been representing time, completing word problems and converting time. 

In art we have been creating Kandinsky inspired pieces of art where the children tried to convey a specific emotion and feeling through abstract shapes and lines. In science we have been classifying, identifying and grouping vertebrates based on their features. In RE we have finished our unit on fame and Christianity and the children discussed various Christian quotes from different influential people. 

Next week we will be completing both maths and English assessments and then we will begin to write our own story in the style of Ted Hughes, following a similar plot line. In maths we will be exploring and investigating area of rectilinear shapes. 

Here are two maths games which might help consolidate learning or be a nice pre area learning activity.

Area and Perimeter Games

Time Game

In honour of International Women's Day (08.03.21) ...

Have a wonderful weekend, 

Miss Cook

This week in Year 4...05.03.21

Miss Cook's Friday Mantra is:

I am confident and I will flourish when I am back in the classroom. 

Our eighth and final week of home schooling complete - hooray! Well done for all your hard work, commitment and energy over the past eight weeks, I am in awe of you positivity, it has been infectious and has certainly brightened up my day on many occasions. So, thank you Year 4, you are a class of wonderful, funny and kind human beings. 

Over the past eight weeks we have...

Looked at and based work on Narnia by C.S Lewis, Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman, Seasons of Splendour by Madhur Jaffrey and How the Stars Came to Be by Poonam Mistry, in English. We have investigated and explored fractions, decimals, rounding money, coordinates and time, in maths. 

In art, we have explored and have been inspired by both Georgia O'Keeffe and Wassiliy Kandinsky (who will we continue to study). In science, we have been learning and researching about the digestive system and are now using classification keys to sort living organisms. In history we have learnt about the Tudors and then moved on to exploring rivers, in geography. In RE we have learnt about Hinduism and various Hindu transitions and are now looking at and discussing fame in relation to Christians and their lifestyles. 

And that is to name just a few things we have covered and learnt - WOW!

Here are a couple of poems from children this week:

This is how the stars came to be

Once on a dark night,

where the stars were bright,

A little girl’s grandfather every night would go on a boat trip

and the big moon would help him see in the pitch black night.

But one night the moon went to the other side of the earth.

The poor grandpa couldn’t see a thing!

Happily, the sun took pity on her and gave a bag full of stars.

The girl climbed up to the highest point of the mountain and started putting up the stars.

Then a monkey showed up to see the stars up close.

He wanted to touch one but grabbed the bag and ran up the nearby tree.

The girl climbed up the tree and reached for the strap.

All of a sudden the monkey let go and all of the stars scattered into the air!

All the stars made a big smudge across the sky.

Something caught the little girl’s eyeball when she looked around.

She saw the smudge that the monkey had made lit up the whole landscape as far as the eye could see.

Everyone came out of their homes to see what the beautiful sighting was!

They marvelled as they looked at the stars in the night sky glistening.

From then on the fishermen could find their way home every night.

This is how the stars came to be.

By Riley Officer-Jacquet

 

How the Stars Came to Be 

The stars glimmer like emeralds,

the moon has a tune,

the sky has an evil darkness,

and we will be dead soon.

 

The morning comes bright,

but then I realise it’s still night.

Next day the sun is out of sight.

 

Now I know there is a fight

between the bright and the night.

 

So I pray for the sun

to come out of the darkness

and shine on the world

like God in heaven.  

By Jack Hollis 

In honour of all of the incredible women and girls all across the globe, on Monday we will, along with millions of others, be celebrating International Women's Day. 

For anyone wanting to browse over the weekend, check out the links below.

International Women's Day

Girl Power

Have the most wonderful weekend and make sure you get an early night Sunday (if you can contain your excitement) because I know you will all need the energy Monday.

I am looking forward to seeing your cheeky, smiley faces bright and early.

Remember, there is nothing to worry about, you are fantastic and will settle back in beautifully! I have every bit of faith for a smooth return. 

Best wishes,

Miss Cook

This week in Year 4...26.02.21

Miss Cook's Friday Mantra is: 

I am brave and I am strong. I can achieve whatever I put my mind to. 

Wow, I cannot believe it is nearly March - time is truly flying. 

Another fabulous week completed and one more week of online learning until we are back in the classroom. I can feel the excitement transcending through my computer's monitor - what a joyous day being reunited will be! 

This week in English we have continued to read and discuss various tales and myths from Seasons of Splendour. We have devoured many chapters already. The children have been writing newspaper reports and retelling specific tales. Next week, we will be looking at Lord Krishna and writing a report about his birth. 

In maths we have been describing, plotting and translating coordinates on a coordinate grid. This has been lots of fun and has required us to engage with many mathematical skills: 2D shapes skills, directional skills, interpreting skills and accuracy with drawing. Next week we will be looking at and exploring time.

In science we have been creating and reading classification keys in relation to pond and seashore animals; in art we have been experimenting and exploring abstract shape, line and colour inspired by Wassily Kandinsky; in RE we have finished our Hinduism unit, learning about Diwali and finally; in computing we have started to explore composition and the concept of making digital music.

The wonderful Esme entered a poetry competition and wowed the judges with her riddle. She gained a remarkable runners up award, well done Esme.  Can you guess the answer to the riddle?

In other news, Jack won the 'Build a Bridge' competition in Year 4 by creating a strong and stable structure which could hold some weighty household items. Check out his evidence:

World Book Day 2021 - themed 'Bedtime Books'

Thursday 4th March 2021, is World Book Day and without giving too much away, I am enthusiastic about the book we will exploring:

 

Check out the World Book Day Website at all the wonderful activities and resources that will be shared there:

World Book Day

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King

Finally, Mr Cotton's Trick Shot Challenge. Get involved and get putting your skills into action! 

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the beautiful blue skies we are due to have,

Best wishes,

Miss Cook 

 

This week in Year 4...12.02.21

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Lunar New Year, Chinese New Year 2021; this year, it is the year of the ox.

Miss Cook’s Friday Mantra is:

I get better every single day.

Wow, what a half term! It has been a roller-coaster but we have officially made it to the end, with our heads held high. You have been absolutely AMAZING and should be beyond proud or yourselves for keeping so positive throughout. I hope you all have a wonderful break, full of rest, love and joy, where you beam from ear to ear.

In English this week we have been looking at Indian Tales and have been writing our own version of Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman. We have been weaving in elements from our Hinduism unit to try and make it as authentic as possible. In maths we have been continuing to add and subtract decimals; completing money and measure word problems.

For the rest of the week we have been taking part in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Week. The children have been experimenting with bubbles, investigating different types of paper planes and how far they can be launched, they have been making marble runs, squashy toys or braided bags, and finally, they have been completing maths and science challenges.

After half term...

In English next week we will be reading and basing our learning around the book, ‘Seasons of Splendour’. I will read, type and photograph different chapters from the story and upload them to Google Classroom so the children can read this is at home. This book coincides beautifully with our Hinduism unit. In maths we will be focusing on coordinates. We will be continuing with our home schooling schedule for the first two weeks. You can see the timetable below.

    Coordinates Online Learning Timetable

Here are some of the Yoga Pose Competition Entries:

 Here are a selection of photos of work from this week:

 Check out Rawdon’s AMAZING marble run that he created for DT Day:

Finally, thank you for all your amazing hard work and enthusiasm this half term, it has been my privilege to teach such willing and determined children. Have a wonderful rest and take lots of walks and keep safe. I look forward to seeing you virtually in just over a week’s time. Then, hopefully in person.

Best wishes and warmest wishes,

Miss Cook 

 

This week in Year 4…05.02.21

Miss Cook’s Friday Mantra:

I am loved and cared for.

As another week comes to a close, I have to say, I am so proud of all for your hard work and your dedication throughout our live lessons and online learning.

This week in English we have started to look at stories from other cultures. The children firstly read and answered questions about Mango Tree an extract from an Indian tale. We then went on to discuss Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman, another Indian tale. We discussed the stories plot, wrote adverts from Cinnamon’s parents to plead people to help their child (Cinnamon), we wrote a diary entry from Cinnamon herself and we created dialogue and direct speech between Cinnamon and the Tiger. Next week, we will be writing our own story based on the story 'Cinnamon' including many similar features.

In maths we have been exploring decimals. The children started the week by looking at the place value of decimals and then moved onto rounding decimals to the nearest whole number. After, we added and subtracted decimals by lining up the decimal points and using formal written methods. Finally, we finished the week with a Harry Potter themed decimal potion shopping list where we purchased different items and worked out what change we would receive from different totals. Next week we will consolidate our decimal unit looking more closely at the place value of decimals and partitioning them into what each value represents.  

In science we looked at food chains; we discussed the definition of a producer, primary & secondary consumer, predator and prey. In RE we looked at the Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan and we created cards and bracelets to give to people who we love and whom we want to protect. In Art we created a collage flower inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe. In Spanish we created a Spanish shopping list. 

Check out some wonderful piece of work from this week:

Next week is STEM Week. The children will take part in maths and English as normal and then will be completing an array of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical activities. We will have guest speakers and we will also be incorporating Safer Internet Day. Check out the timetable below:

STEM Week Timetable

Thank you for another phenomenal week of learning. Have a wonderful weekend, get some fresh air and have a well-earnt rest ahead of a busy week of investigating, making and problem solving.

Best wishes,

Miss Cook

This week in Year 4...29.01.21

Miss Cook's Friday Mantra: 

I can be whoever I want to be - I am brave and I am strong - I am me.

Another fantastic week in Year 4...you are working tremendously hard and I have been thrilled with your attitude to learning this week. 

In English, we have been writing a Narnia Travel Brochure including amazing features to persuade people to visit this extraordinary resort. 

In maths, we have been placing, ordering and comparing decimals, dividing whole numbers by 10 or 100 to create decimals and we have been looking at the place value of decimals. Her are some resources to help with your maths...

In science we have been investigating what teeth we have and what job they have, in computing we have continued to create vectors using layering techniques, in PSHE we have been discussing what is safe and unsafe to do, looking at specific scenarios, in art we have been drawing zoomed in shells inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe and in Spanish we have continued to say what food we like and dislike in Spanish.

Finally, in RE we were learning about Puja as part of our Hinduism topic and we have explored what might be offered during Hindu worship in the Mandir or at home. The children created Puja trays with items that they might offer to someone to show respect. I was so impressed by the thoughtful work I received, well done. Take a look at some of the work. Outstanding!

Finally, the children have been learning about Tudors in History with Mrs Fox and one of the children created a very informative presentation. I hope you enjoy.

Please do not forget to take part in the St Peter's Yoga Competition and the Keepy-Uppy Challenge.

Best wishes,

Miss Cook 

This week in Year 4…22.01.21

Miss Cook’s Friday Mantra:

I will always thrive to be my best even when things seem tricky.

Another fantastic week despite a few technical hiccups. I have admired your patience and your support with a couple of tech issues that have occurred this week, thank you for that.

In English this week, we have been writing an Arctic Travel Brochure for a dream winter holiday in Norway, Iceland, Sweden or Canada. The children have been exploring persuasive language techniques to market and advertise their resort, they have included rhetorical questions to entice the reader, they have included authentic features of their resort and they have focused on including key features of a travel brochure. In maths we have finalised and reviewed our work on fractions, finishing the week with an assessment paper. Well done for your hard work and I think we all have developed confidence with finding equivalent fractions, finding a fraction of an amount and with writing both improper and mixed number fractions. Bravo!  

In science we have been exploring the main parts of the digestive system and describing the specific functions. In computing we have continued to look at vectors, in art we have been drawing the same flower from different zoomed in perspectives, in RE we looked at the Hindu Mandir (place of worship),  in Spanish we adapted an Ogre poem including different food names in Spanish and in PSHE we explored what photos are ok to share online.

You have impressed me with your online presence, the way you use chat effectively in lessons, how you respond to my comments on the stream and the work which has been submitted has been of a high standard – well done Year 4, you are really showing your maturity.

Check out some incredible artwork from this week!

Rosie's very funny Tudor video - enjoy!

Next Week

Next week in English we will be writing a Narnia Travel Brochure using what we have learnt this week; this task will be increasingly more independent than this week’s, it is your chance to unleash your creativity. In maths we will be looking at decimals which will lead on nicely from our fraction unit – I have every faith the children will be just as awesome.

Have a safe and wonderful weekend, I am sure you are in need of some relaxation,

Best wishes,

Miss Cook

This week in Year 4...15.01.21

Miss Cook's Friday Mantra:

I am excelling with online learning.

Year 4, hard at work!

As our second week of online learning comes to a close, I can safely say you are resilient, hard working and truly outstanding. I am so proud of  your work ethic and your dedication to your learning, keep up the great work and we will back together in the classroom before we know it - fingers crossed!

In maths this week we have been continuing our work with fractions: identifying tenths and hundredths, subtracting fractions and finding fractions of an amount. In English we have finished writing our Narnia twist plot story and have started to look at travel brochures, I am very excited to hear your ideas for your own travel brochures next week. We finished the week by exploring the features of a travel brochure and discussing what a writer should do to persuade and convince someone to go to this destination.

In Re we have been learning about Hindu Holy texts, in art we have been exploring work of Georgia O'Keefe and have been drawing zoomed in flowers, in Spanish we have continued to name food in Spanish, in PSHE we have been learning about 'Who keeps us safe?' and in science we have been learning about 'What happens to our food when we eat it?'. 

It has been a jam packed week and you have all been incredibly busy and getting onto challenge activities and extensions - you are brilliant. Keep up your motivation and enthusiasm and I look forward to seeing you live and direct next week.

Check out this awesome Mayan Mask:

Check out Ella's innovative story...I will add more week by week.

Next week...

We will be planning and writing travel brochures, consolidating and reviewing our fraction learning, looking at the digestive system, drawing more close up flowers from various angles, writing a poem in Spanish and many more exciting activities.

On Monday I will put a weekly timetable online so you can see the live sessions. Daily, at 8:45am, I will add a starter question and a break down of the daily schedule too. I hope you find the useful.

Have a wonderful, safe and restful weekend - everyone truly deserves it. Thank you for your continued support and commitment.

Warmest wishes,

Miss Cook

 

This week in Year 4...08.01.20

Miss Cook's Friday Mantra:

I can achieve whatever I put my mind to. 

Well, there aren't enough words to say how wonderful the children have been this week and how amazingly they have adapted to online learning. It has been a joy to see them in the live lessons, you have truly wowed me with your enthusiasm and commitment to your learning - keep it up, I have no doubt that you will. 

This week in English, we have been focusing on our Narnia stories and the children have carefully been writing each section to the story by using a range of punctuation, figurative language techniques, direct speech and different clause types. Next week we will be finishing our stories, publishing them and then moving on to writing a travel brochure, which is a very exciting unit.

In maths we have been looking at fractions; we have been ordering them, finding equivalents and we finished the week by adding fractions. Next week we will be looking at tenths, hundredths, subtracting fractions and finding fractions of amounts. 

In RE we started our Hinduism topic and the children explored 'Why in Hinduism there are so many Gods?'. In fact, we learnt that Hindus believe in Braham, one God, who has many different names for different qualities people need. The children created beautiful artwork to express this belief. 

Here is Udval's beautiful piece of art...I was blown away.

Have a wonderful, safe and rested weekend.

I look forward to see you bright and early Monday morning for live maths,

Take care,

Miss Cook

 

This week in Year 4...18.12.20

Miss Cook’s Friday Mantra:

I can and will achieve anything I put my mind to.

This year has well and truly been one we will remember; we are all in need of a well-earnt safe rest with our loved ones. I can’t thank you enough for your continued support with the children’s learning throughout these unusual circumstances. Each and every child has made me extremely proud this term and I can see how dedicated they are to their learning and their progression; the pride you take in your work Year 4 is wonderful, keep it up.

We have spent the week completing many exciting Christmas themed lessons and activities; making cards, creating eco-friendly Christmas decorations, taking part in the KS2 quiz (which was very competitive) and continuing to learn about how Peace is present at Christmas.  Also, we got to have a virtual goodbye to Miss Jones, who sadly hasn’t been at school this week. The children have spent time recapping various bits of learning from the past 14 weeks and generally have been having a lovely time celebrating as we lead up to Christmas.

As this term comes to an end, a bitter sweet one some might say, as we say goodbye to the lovely and one of a kind, Jimmy Thomson. You will be greatly missed by all Jimmy and have been an utter asset to St Peter’s school, I have had the greatest pleasure of teaching you in both Year 1 and now in Year 4; I couldn’t be prouder of the young boy you have become. Best of luck at your new school, you will blow them away with your charm, charisma and humour; we will all miss you deeply; they are very lucky to have you.

Enjoy some lovely photos of the children from over the past week!

Have the most wonderful Christmas holidays and Happy New Year. I wish you all amazing health, love and kindness. I will leave you with a Christmas Prayer:

Dear God,

we give thanks for this time when we can all be together. We give thanks for this food which is bountiful and delicious. We give thanks for this joyful holiday when we can celebrate our Savior and his love for us.

With joy we pray,

Amen.

 

Best wishes,

Miss Cook

This week in Year 4...11.12.20

Miss Cook's Friday Mantra is:

I can achieve anything.

Wow, only one more week until the start of the Christmas holidays. This term has absolutely flown by. The children have worked extremely hard this week to complete many assessments in reading, SPaG, spelling, arithmetic and reasoning - they are in much need of a rest this weekend.

We finished the week by planning our version of Narnia/fantasy story, in English. We then have been looking at and exploring perimeter in maths. Here are some examples of the perimeter questions we have been looking at this week: 

We will continue with this next week and then complete some revision maths sessions, to recap and revisit all that we have learnt so far, this year.

In RE we have been writing prayers based on peace, in geography the children have been investigating 'How are mountains represented on maps?', in computing we created algorithms for every sprite on our toy so that it can move, talk or make a funny sound, in Art we finished some Pop Art final pieces and are beginning to make paper mache masks for our Mayan Art Unit. It truly has been fun filled and jam packed.

Wellbeing

The ‘Celebrate Me Book’ is an opportunity to share your authentic and unique self with the rest of your class. Remember, there is only one you and you should have the chance to shout out about it and celebrate! You are wonderful!

Every Friday, one child will have the opportunity to take this book and record something inside. You could share something you love, share something you are proud of or ultimately, just share something that makes you, you!

The book will be due back on the Monday. Inside the book there will be ideas of what you could include...happy celebrating you, Miss Cook and Kindness Ambassadors

Moreover, we have kindness jars in each classroom which are eager to be filled with acts of kindness that the children can complete day to day.

Sporting News

Next week, within our PE lessons, we will be running Christmas themed House Competitions. The competitions will be snowball (dodgeball) competitions, which will take place within each year group. 

Each class will be divided into their house groups where they will compete against their opposing house groups to win the House Competition Trophy. Each year group will have a winning house but the trophy will be given to the house with the most wins across the school; the trophy will be presented in one of our virtual assemblies and each member of the winning house will receive a certificate.

Have a happy and joyful weekend,

Miss Cook 

T

his week in Year 4...04.12.20

Miss Cook's Friday Mantra is: 

I am respectful of all living beings.

This week we have been speaking a lot about respect, it has been intertwined in our PSHE, Computing, Science and RE learning. In Science, we have been discussing how we can respect our planet by recycling and not littering; litter has a huge negative impact on animals and the environment. In RE, we have been focusing on peace and how peace is prominent at Christmas. Jesus was born at Christmas and He is still referred to as The Prince of Peace to try and stop hurt and destruction in the world. In Computing, we were discussing a range of digital technology and spoke about that it is ok if we don't all play the same games, or have the same devices. 

In English, the children have been using and exploring a range of figurative language techniques (similes, metaphors, personification and alliteration) and were introduced to what an oxymoron is (two contradictory words like pretty ugly). we have been discussing a range of fantasy settings and characters so next week the children can create their own setting and ethereal creature when they plan, write and publish their own version of Narnia.

In maths we have been looking at measure. The children have started converting m to co, km to m and vice versa. Through this we have been looking at decimals and discussing what happens when we divide or multiply a number to covert it to a different unit of measure. 

Thank you to those who have brought in food for the food bank, we have a lovely collection. 

Below is some information regarding a lovely Eco Competition - please to enter if possible!

 Next week, we will be recording and looking at perimeter in maths and writing our own version of Narnia in English. I would highly recommend looking at decimal numbers with the children as when converting measure this was a tricky area for most. 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Cook

This week in Year 4...27.11.20

Miss Cook's Friday Mantra is:

I can find inner peace by thinking kind and positive thoughts.

As we embarked on our Christmas unit in RE, the children learnt about inner and outer peace; discussing how by having positive thoughts and by keeping faith, we can emanate peace and bring joy to others. 

In English this week, the children have been reading and discussing The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe. We have been learning a range of figurative language (similes, metaphors, personification and alliteration) techniques when describing characters and settings in the story. This is leading up to us writing a letter from one of the children in the story to a loved one who they'd parted with because of the air raids in London. 

In maths we have been using short multiplication and division methods. This week's, Friday homework, is to consolidate this. Here are some methods to help you manage and support your child/children at home:

Don't forget, you might need to carry into the next column!

For more detail of these methods please click the link below:

Methods

In art the children have been looking at Mayan Masks and have been designing their own masks and discussing how they want the masks to make someone feel; they generated a range of powerful adjectives to describe them.

In science the children have created and completed a litter survey of all the rubbish which was either in the Year 4 bins or in the playground bin. We discussed which type of material was most frequent in our bins, thinking about why. We then looked up the recycling rules in Hammersmith and Fulham and noticed that some items had been placed in the incorrect bins - woops! In class we watch a snippet of Barney's litter challenge, the children can watch the rest below:

Things to follow up at home:

-spelling words ending with the 'shun' sound spelt tion, sion, ssion or cian

- dividing three digit numbers using the short bus stop method 

- multiplying  three digit numbers by 1 digit number where carrying is required

- reading 5 times a week for 20-30 minutes 

- making sure your are recycling effectively

 

PTA - well done to the PTA for raising funds for the school by hosting yoga sessions, I thoroughly enjoyed teaching you!

Have a wonderful restful weekend, 

Miss Cook

 

This week in Year 4…20.11.20

Miss Cook’s Friday Mantra is:

I can make a difference in the world.

As Greta Said, we can truly make a difference, no matter how small our gestures might be. In science we are exploring human impact and discussing the negative and positive impacts that humans have on the world. This week and next, we are exploring litter; discussing how rubbish/littler can be sorted into different waste groups depending on the material. Today’s homework is to create recycling posters for us to display around the school on the bins to help the children/staff and wider school community to effectively dispose of their litter - hooray! I can't wait to see the finished results.

In English, we have finished our non-chronological reports about mythical creatures and we have created an amazing class book of fantastic Norse beasts; the writing is OUTSTANDING and includes important structural elements and a range of emotive vocab! Over the next few weeks, we will be discussing and completing a range of activities based on C.S.Lewis' book series, Narnia: specifically studying The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. You can access a copy of the story via the link below - happy reading!

Narnia

In maths next week, we will be multiplying using the formal short method and spending a lot of time developing our fluency with times tables facts - have added some additional task for the children to complete on Mathletics.

In Geography with Mrs Fox, the children have been looking at volcanoes and the website below contains some interesting facts and knowledge related to this topic, please check the link below for more child friendly information to look at, at home. 

Volcanoes

Finally, this week was Anti-bullying Week and the children have taken part in many conversations around bullying with sensitivity and respect. We are reunited to stand up against bullying in year 4 and we want to help make the change that is needed in the world.

That is just a snap shot of what the children have been doing this week, they are really maturing into wise children who are taking ownership of their learning; well done Year 4! Enjoy the snaps.

P.S thank you to the PTA for organising the yoga class this week, I look forward to teaching a second. I am excited to see how much money has been raised for the school - remember, every little helps!

Have a fantastic week and warmest wishes,

Miss Cook

 

This week in year 4…13.11.20

Miss Cook’s Friday Mantra:

My challenges help me grow.

If things do not challenge us then no learning can take place. In order to grow and flourish, we need challenges along the way, perseverance is key! – Miss Cook

I hope everyone has had a lovely week and are staying happy and positive – week one of lockdown complete, hoorah!

The children have been working hard in English to plan and begin to write their non – chronological reports about a mythical Norse creature which we will finish and publish next week. We have been working on including generaliser such as majority, most, some of and comparative words like similar to, alike, different from.  We have also been working on referencing the audience in our reports by including ‘did you know questions’ or by stating ‘you might already know that,’. We then have been working on including sentences starters which act as signposts for the reader: however, meanwhile, in addition to.

In maths we have been identifying different types of triangles and quadrilaterals then exploring their properties including angles, side lengths and whether they have parallel or perpendicular lines. Over the next two weeks we will be moving on to the Multiplication and Division Unit and next week, the children will be finding mental strategies to multiply, multiplying by 100, multiplying three numbers together and multiplying using the short multiplication method.  

In science we are exploring human impact, discussing the positive and negative impacts humans have on the world. We have been discussing deforestation, littering, noise pollution, food waste and many more.

In computing we are exploring toys which contain computer systems and exploring their inputs and outputs. In Re we have been analysing the Beatitudes and developing a set of our own that wish people would live by.

On Wednesday, it was DT day, the children persevered to create wonderful tipper trucks using tech card, axels, pistons and wheels. We designed, made and evaluated our creations which all successfully worked. Well done Year 4.      

Have a restful and well deserved weekend break,

Miss Cook

This week in Year 4...06.11.20

Miss Cook's Friday Mantra is:

I am happy, healthy and safe.

Well, the cold months have well and truly arrived - what a chilly week it has been! Despite this, Year 4 have had a lovely week. Congratulations to Year 4 on another amazing performance; your poetry recital performance was full of expression and really captured the imagination.

In English, we have been identifying the features of non-chronological reports and have started to develop our mythical Norse characters. We defined expert vocabulary using a dictionary and used a thesaurus to find synonyms so that next week we can write our own report about our new Norse mythical creature. In maths we have been exploring shapes and symmetry; we have been describing the features of 2D shapes, describing angles of 2D shapes, identifying lines of symmetry and completing reflective symmetry. In art we have been focusing on our final piece for Pop Art. In science we completed an experiment; we explored how different materials can create different levels of sound; we used a decibel scale to record the sound levels.

Here are some incredible pieces of writing from Year 4; their Norse myths were authentic and gripping, including wonderful writing features - bravo!

House Athletics Competition

We would like to congratulate all of the children for their wonderful sporting skills in athletics. Mr Cotton was so pleased with the determination and sportsmanship he saw. We would like to give an almighty congratulations to the children in Keys who received the most points in the competition, well done.  We look forward to running the next house sporting competitions at the end of this term. Thank you, Miss Cook

I hope everyone is feeling ok in light of the new lockdown rules - we can't thank the NHS enough for keeping us safe! I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your families, keeping safe and with bright smiles.

Best wishes,

Miss Cook

This week in Year 4…23.10.20

Miss Cook’s Friday Mantra is:

I am an excellent performer.

What a whirlwind of a half term. The children have been back to school for a only 7 weeks and already I can see an amazing attitude to learning, great progress in their learning and lovely smiles at the end of the day. It has been a pleasure teaching the children this half term and they have worked exceptionally hard – I think we are all in need of a well-earned rest.

I have to congratulate all the children this week for an incredible class assembly, each and every one of you shone brilliantly; you learnt you lines effortlessly and spoke with expression, clear intonation and with brilliant acting. I couldn’t have been prouder of you all – thank you for your hard work. In English, the children have been equally as brilliant. They have been writing their own Norse Myths. We finished the week by beginning to edit and publish our myths onto an eye catching writing frame – these myths included some authentic ideas and lots of rich vocabulary. In maths we have been developing mental strategies to answer addition and subtraction calculations and we have been exploring the formal written method for subtraction. We are developing our mathematical fluency and recall in year 4, the progress has been great already.

Black History Month

In honour of Black History Month, Year 4 took back in a Caribbean dance workshop and delved into some research around Rosa Parks. The children wrote newspaper reports describing what happened back in 1955 when Rosa Parks stood her ground and refused to give up her seat in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. What wonderful reports the children wrote using some wonderful language around racism and discrimination.

House Competitions

What a wonderful week for sport. Thank you to all year groups for taking part in the house athletics competitions this week, it has been lovely to get the children involved in competitive sport, and they really enjoy it. It has been a very close call all week but Mr Cotton will tally up the results and announce the winning house after half term. Best wishes, Miss Cook 

Finally,

Have an amazing break, keep healthy and happy,

Miss Cook and Year 4

 

This week in Year 4…16.10.20

Miss Cook’s Friday's Mantra is:

‘I am important’.

“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne/Christopher Robin

We have had a lovely week in Year 4 and I am so impressed with the progress in all aspects of learning this week. In maths, the children have been exploring their 7 times tables and have been finding and applying mental strategies to solve addition number calculations. In English, we have been performing our lines for our class assembly and we have been planning our own Norse Myths; we finished the week by beginning to write our Myths. I am excited to read them already. In art we have been looking at digital artwork and we also completed a Norse Mythology inspired piece of pop art – it was very cool and innovative.

    

     

      

Show Racism the Red Card!

Today was show racism the red card day and the children wore something read with their uniform to show their solidarity for the cause. In class we discussed and watched a documentary about racism in Britain. We then discussed how someone might feel in they are being treated unfairly, we discussed the difference between nationalities, race, culture and religion and we finished the session by looking and listening to scenarios, reflecting on how we would feel in that situation.

Next Thursday, is our class assembly, and I look forward to sharing it with you all. The children have worked extremely hard and are most definitely stepping up to the challenge of being the first virtual performance.

Have a wonderful weekend, keep you spirits high,

Miss Cook

 

 

This week Year 4…09.10.20

Miss Cook’s Friday mantra:

I am Confident and believe in myself.

“We all can dance when we find music we love.” – Giles Andreae

 We have had a jam packed week this week. I have been so impressed with Year 4’s dedication and perseverance; we have been completing a range of English and maths assessments papers. We then finished the week by starting our class assembly, based on Norse Myths. We read through the scripts and began to include acting and stage directions. We certainly have some budding actors and actresses in Year 4.

In science, we completed a very fun and engaging science experiment – the children loved it. We used metal coat hangers and string which we linked together and twisted around our fingers. The children put their fingers to their ears and then knocked the coat hanger against the table; the sounds which were made were so astounding to the children. In computing we have been making mathematical games. This week we have focused on including a visual scoreboard, repeated random questions and an end screen. In Spanish this week we have been retelling a short story in Spanish. Finally, in art we have been continued to be inspired by the work of Warhol and use tracing paper to copy and replicate our self-portraits so we have numerous on one page – we then decorated them in bright, vibrant colours – I love the blue lips.

Sporting News

During the final week of school, before half term (week commencing 19th October 2020), within our PE lessons, we will be running sporting House Competitions. The competitions will be house athletics competitions which will take place within each year group. 

Each class will be divided into their house groups where they will compete against their opposing house groups to win the House Competition Trophy. Each year group will have a winning house but the trophy will be given to the house with the most wins across the school; the trophy will be presented in one of our virtual assemblies and each member of the winning house will receive a certificate.

I wonder who will be the winning house this half term.

Happy competition and good luck,

Miss Cook

Please ensure you are reading for 20-30 minutes an evening and logging this in your reading logs.

Have a wonderful, safe weekend,

Miss Cook

This week in year 4...02.10.20

Miss Cook's Friday Mantra:

I am ambitious.

‘If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.’ Maya Angelou

What another full on week in year 4 – we have been getting through lots of wonderful work this week.

                     

                                              

This week the children have been describing Norse characters and settings. They have also been reading and discussing ‘Odd and the Frost Giants’ by Neil Gaiman. The children read and answered questions about the text and then finished the week by writing a conversation with Odd, the Viking boy, and the bear, who got his paw stuck in a rotten tree. The children explored and learnt rules of how to use inverted commas correctly within text and how to punctuate direct speech.

In maths we have been adding numbers with up to 4 digits, using column addition. We have also been adding numbers with decimals; we enjoyed calculating the prices of items off a restaurant menu. In science, we took part in an investigation with a range of equipment, to make lots of sound. The children observed what happens when we strike a cymbal, listen to the sound a ruler makes when it is struck at the end of a table and pluck an elastic band over an open box . In computing we created our first game prototypes so that our sprite asks a mathematical question. We then challenged ourselves to input data so that the sprite would ask range of randomised questions.

          

Next week:

WALK WITH US
ON W/C 5 OCTOBER!

Get your happy feet on, it’s time to celebrate.
Living Streets, have created the greatest national Walk to School celebration, where pupils and grown-ups around the UK unite for one week of walking to school.

The five-day walking challenge aimed at primary schools is a fun and engaging week-long activity, raising awareness and celebrating walking for all. Not only will it set them up for a positive day in the classroom, it will also help create healthy habits for life.

 Walk to School Week is now scheduled to take place on w/c 5 October 2020, during International Walk to School Month.

The class with the most amount of children and staff walking to school will receive a lovely, sparkly certificate.

Thank you,

Miss Cook - happy walking!

 

Have a wonderful, happy and safe weekend,

Year 4 and Miss Cook

 

This week in year 4...25.09.20

Miss Cook’s Friday Mantra (affirmation):

I am a writer.

“You can make anything by writing” – C.S. Lewis

I have been very proud of the children this week, their behaviour and attitude has been great – I am so pleased with the progress and focus they have made. I can already see the progression since the first week of term – bravo Year 4, keep it!

Check out some of our wonderful writing this week:

In Year 4 we aspire to learn to read as much as possible and read stories and poems from different cultures:

In English, we finished our topic on Fantastic Mr. Fox and we are venturing back in time to analyse, write and discuss Norse Myths. The children started the unit by reading three Norse Myths and describing their features; How Thor Regained Mjolnir, The Mead of Poetry and the Building of Asgard’s Wall. The children and I have  enjoyed discussing the Gods, Goddesses, evil villains, powerful weapons and supernatural entities. In maths we have been exploring positive and negative numbers and Roman Numerals. In art we have been drawing self-portraits ready to create our first piece of Andy Warhol inspired Pop art; in computing, the children designed their educational games; in Spanish we have been naming animals, including farm animals; and in PSHE we have been discussing ‘good’ and ‘not so good’ feelings, and how these can affect our bodies and mind.

Enjoy our weekly roundup of Year 4 photos…

Have a wonderful weekend, stay safe, be mindful and see you Monday.

Miss Cook and Year 4

This week in Year 4...18.09.20

Miss Cook’s Friday Mantra:

I am compassionate.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”
― Plato

Our second full week is complete, and what a wonderful week we have had. The children are making brilliant progress and are getting back into the routine of school life.

This week I have been very proud of the children in English, they have been  adapting scenes for Fantastic Mr. Fox: writing play scripts. We have focused on including exciting adverbs, verbs and onomatopoeias (bang, crash, haha, etc.). We finished the week by editing and publishing our scripts so we can put some up on display in the classroom and near the school’s library.

In maths, we have been rounding 3 and 4-digit numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. As the week progressed, we started to confidently grasp this concept. The children are going to be ‘Software Developers’ in Computing, and they have been analysing a range of educational games. In History, the children started their Viking and Anglo-Saxon topic; in Science, they started explore sound; and in RE, they have been discussing the different concepts you can find in the Bible.

Twitter - do not forget, St Peter’s has joined the hip and trendy trend of being on Twitter. The school’s Twitter account will share exciting news and on goings in school - let’s share the love and follow out account (perhaps we will be trending in no time). @St_Peters_CE

Reading

Please ensure that the children are reading for 20-30 minutes each evening; this must be logged in their diaries.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the last of the summer weather,

 

Miss Cook and Year 4

 

This week in Year 4…11.09.20

Miss Cook’s Friday Mantra – each week I will start our blog with a mantra (a quote/positive affirmation) which will encourage the children to believe in their abilities and to help promote a positive mental attitude.

This week’s mantra is:

"I am beyond capable."

I am so proud of the children for returning to school with such enthusiasm, confidence and eagerness to learn, after a long time away from learning.

What a lovely week we have had, and I am so impressed with the improvements I have seen already. It is my absolute pleasure to be teaching the children again this year; it is lovely to see the growth they have made since I last had them in my class, and I am happy to see their personalities still shining bright.

This week we started the week by ‘Celebrating What Makes us Different’, and the children created beautiful artwork containing all the things which make them unique and special. Similarly, we created a second piece of artwork, ‘The Tree of Life’. Within this tree, we included our strengths, aspirations, dreams, and the people who support us, including what they do to help us grow. Both these activities resulted in great artwork but also cultivated interesting and thought provoking conversations.

In English, we have started reading and analysing Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox: the play script version and the chapter book. We enjoyed getting into character this week and acting out some of the scenes from the book.

In maths, the children have been exploring place value of four-digit numbers, comparing the value of four-digit numbers, and placing numbers up to 10,000 on a number line.

This term’s Christian value is ‘Compassion’ and we have been writing prayers about how we can be compassionate, sympathetic and empathetic. I loved reading the prayers, they were written with sensitivity and maturity. Well done, Year 4!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Happy wishes,

 

Miss Cook and Year 4