Year 4 Weekly News 6.11.20
Year 4 have returned for Term 2 with a fantastic learning attitude! Well done! Here is what we have been up to this week...
In maths this week we have been learning about equivalent fractions and how to compare and order fractions. Equivalent fractions are fractions that are equal; they are worth the same amount.
We began by shading shapes to show that fractions are equal e.g.
We then moved on to find equivalent fractions using a fraction wall like this one:
Looking at the fraction wall, you can see that 3/5 is the same size as 6/10 so 3/5=6/10.
We then used our fraction walls to order fractions. For example, if asked to order these fractions from smallest to largest, 1/4, 1/12, 1/8, we can see that 1/12 is the smallest, then 1/8 and finally 1/4 is the largest.
We also ordered fractions with the same denominator without using our fraction wall e.g. order 7/8, 3/8, 5/8 - because these are all eighths, we know that 3/8 is smallest, then 5/8 and 7/8 are the largest.
English and Reading
In English this week we have begun to read our fantastic new text called Ice Palace by Robert Swindells. The children have acted out part of the story, they have clarified unknown words and predicted what is going to happen in the story.
Here we are acting out the part of the story where Ivan is walking through the icy wilderness:
Our writing this week has been poetry. The children have written some beautiful poems containing figurative language that describes the icy wilderness that Ivan lives in. They have used alliteration, onomatopoeia, similes, metaphors and personification.
This term's PSHE is focussed on kindness and healthy relationships. We have begun by thinking about bullying. The children have learnt what bullying is using the acronym STOP - several times on purpose. We have discussed how bullying is deliberately hurting someone (physically or emotionally) over and over again, and we discussed the difference between unkindness or falling out with your friends and bullying.
At children we also use the acronyms STOP and WATTS which stand for Start Telling Other People and We Are A Telling School. We discussed who we could talk to if we were worried about bullying.
Love to Learn
We are very pleased to let you know that Love to Learn home learning is beginning again this term! The Love to Learn books will be sent home today and your first challenge is to decorate your Love to Learn book so that it reflects your personality. We would love it if you can decorate the front and back of your book and write your name and class on the front cover.
Love to Learn books are due in the following Wednesday each week and we will quarantine the books until Friday when the children will share their home learning with the class. So this week's challenge is due back on Weds 11th November please.
Spellings to practice
Mrs Cousins' group - preparation, admiration, temptation, sensation, cancellation, explanation, exploration
Mr Cook's group - eight, reign, rein, obey, weight, neighbour, veins, prey, sleigh
Miss Young's group - sadness, kindness, darkness, foolishness, softness, illness, quietness
Miss Knight's group - pretty, prettier, funny, funnier, happy, happiest, silly, silliest, nicest, finest
- We can now confirm that the date for the Year 4 Ancient Egyptian Day is Tuesday 17th November. We would like to invite the children to come to school on this day dressed as someone from Ancient Egyptian times. We will also be trying some Egyptian food; if you have any concerns regarding the food, please email your child's teacher. On this day, we will be learning Egyptian maths, writing and making some Egyptian artwork. We can't wait to see your costumes!
- As the weather is becoming colder, please could we ask that the children come to school in warm clothes - they really must bring a jumper or cardigan everyday. This is because new government guidelines have informed us that the children need to go outside for 10 minutes after 50 minutes of being inside so that the air in the classroom can refresh. We have to leave the windows and doors wide open whilst we are out of the class. We also have to keep the windows open all day to allow ventilation in the classrooms so the school is just generally colder than normal. We thank you for your support in this.
- On a Thursday, the children will be taking part in PE whatever the weather so please could you ensure that your child has warm PE clothes and a waterproof jacket (they can even wear waterproof trousers if they would like to).
- Mrs Cheshire and Mr Lamprell have already sent a letter home regarding the children bringing in a pair of shoes/trainers that are okay to get muddy that they can wear at playtimes. Please could they be sent into school in a NAMED plastic bag as they children will keep them under their desk. This is so that the children can continue to use the field area at playtime and this will aid social distancing amongst the year groups.
- Friday 13th November is pyjama day at Chilton for Children in Need. The children can come to school in their pyjamas for the day!
The Year 4 Team