Year 4 - Oak and Beech Class
This term our topic is called 'Savage Saxons and Vicious Vikings!' We will be exploring Britain's settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots as well as the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor.
This afternoon, Year 4 explored the concept of differing perspectives about one historical event. We thought about the Vikings' perspective of the Battle of Stamford bridge and then considered how the Anglo-Saxons' perspective would differ. Year 4 did a super job of portraying the Anglo-Saxons' point of view.
In Maths, we have been learning all about shape and we are now able to describe the properties of scalene, equilateral and isosceles triangles! In writing, we have been focussing on our discussion text, 'Should dogs be kept as pets?' Next week, we will be writing our own discussion text, 'Should dragons be kept as pets?'
We have been writing fantasy narratives this term based on our favourite characters from 'How to train your dragon,' Stormfly and Astrid. We have recognised the importance of using 'Show not tell' and have been focusing on imagery when describing character, plot and setting.
This week we have each decorated a pebble ready for Remembrance Day next week and discussed the significance of this day. We really took great care with these as we will be laying them in the garden next week. We had also had some brilliant homework being brought into school - keep it up!
Today some of us competed in the Year 4 house football competition. Each house played 2 matches of 5 minute halves. The standard was extremely high and each house won one match. Once the other year groups have played their matches, we will know who the overall football cup winner for 2020 is. Well done Year 4!
This week we had our harvest celebrations over Zoom. Beech Class performed 'Autumn Days' as a poem and Oak Class told the rest of the school about the origins of the Harvest Festival which dates back to the Anglo Saxon period. Thank you to all those who brought something in to donate to the food bank.
I cannot believe we are at the end of our first month back at school and what a busy one it has been! If you haven't yet done so, please can all children and parents connect to our Class Dojo page via the links sent home last week.
Today we shared our homework with the rest of the school (via Zoom!) A super effort!
The children are quickly settling into classroom routines. We have been working on rounding numbers this week in Maths, and in English, we are writing our information leaflets about the National Trust site Sutton Hoo. We have been spoilt by the weather for our P.E lessons so far but unfortunately the weather has now changed! Fingers crossed we win the reading challenge in tomorrow's assembly!
We have had a wonderful start to the year in Beech and Oak class! We have been really impressed with how quickly the children have settled back into 'our new normal.' We have begun our new text, 'Anglo-Saxon Boy' in reading sessions, we are looking at National Trust information leaflets in English and we have been revising our knowledge of place value in Maths. Keep up the hard work Year 4!
Key Documents for Parents
Our pupils at our school are required to complete 4 reads a week at home with an adult. We ask that your parents signs your record after each read. We check the records every Friday ready for celebration assembly.
Let's get 100% reads every week!
You will be given a list of spellings each week which you will must practise at home. On a Monday, we will test a number of these spellings through a spelling dictation.
You should all have a copy of your username and password in order to log on to the mathletics website. Here you can access a range of maths tasks and games,
At the end of this academic year, you will be completing a times table assessment. You will need to know all times tables and related division facts up to 12 x12. We advised regular practise to increase your speed and fluency.