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January 2017

Volcanoes in Year 4

Year 4 began our exciting Quest topic of volcanoes by learning about the layers of the Earth. To demonstrate this, they used Play-Doh to make their own earth!

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First they made a sphere using red Play-Doh to represent the core.

They learnt the core could be as hot as 5,500 degrees C,

 

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For the next layer, the mantle, they flattened some orange Play-Doh and wrapped it around the core.

Interestingly, they discovered the mantle is mostly made from semi-solid Iron and Nickel.

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With a lot of hard work, a third and final layer was added, the crust.

They used blue Play-Doh to show the water covered, thinnest layer of the Earth.

 

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Finally, they delicately cut through our earths so we could see each layer as a cross section.

 

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This was a very effective way for the children to learn about the layers of the Earth! Some of them were happy with our hemisphere of Play-Doh.

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Others were still happy, even though their hemispheres were a little squashed!

 

 


 

Year 4 learning: Term 3

It’s hard to believe we are already in Term 3! The children have settled well and both teachers and children have enjoyed their time together! We look forward to an equally happy and productive 2017.

 

Literacy:

t1pic1We will be embedding our use of different sentence structures, noun phrases, possessive apostrophes, inverted commas and presentation of information by writing stories about imaginary alien worlds, reports on volcanoes and writing a story on a mischievous flock of birds. As always, our writing links into our Quest topic where possible. We are encouraging children to use their Literacy skills across all curriculum areas.

 

Numeracy:

Year 4 have responded well to our new maths scheme and have shown terrific engagement in our learning this year. Over Term 3, we will be learning how to use t1pic2tables, interpret graphs and explore fractions in depth by looking at mixed numbers, improper fractions, how to convert fractions, adding fractions and subtracting fractions. Teaching fractions is always fun for the children, a great example to use is pizza!

 

Science:
t1pic3For Term 3, we will be exploring states of matter. In this, we will be learning how different materials can be solids, liquids or gasses, what these mean and how they change states. We will be learning through drama, outdoor activities, group investigations and even using balloons!

 

 

 

Quest:

Always a popular subject, Quest this term will be all about volcanoes! We will be quest-volcanoesdelving into the depths of the earth, exploring the layers below our feet, how tectonic plates move on the mantle to form mountains, different types of volcanoes and how they erupt! This is also a great opportunity for our writing as the children are so enthused by Quest topics.

 

P.E:

pe-basketball-or-netballWe have had a lot of opportunity so far to improve skills of passing, catching, athletics, coordination and team work through our P.E so far. This term will be no exception as we are learning basketball in outdoor P.E while indoors, we are exploring dance and team games.

 

 

 

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The children will continue to develop their presentation skills through our travel presenters project.

 

D&T and Art:

t1pic7D&T and art are linked this term through our Quest topic of volcanoes. A great way to see an eruption is to make a volcano ourselves! We will also be sketching our impressions of volcanoes and exploring their different shapes.

 

 

 


Wednesday 21st September, 2016: Meet the Teachers

Click here for a copy of the presentation delivered to parents and carers at meet the Teachers.


September 2016

A very warm welcome back to our pupils from the Year 4 team. We have a very exciting year for our pupils, from Egyptians to Volcanoes, we are sure to have a fantastic learning journey together.

 

Year 4 learning: Term 1

Literacy:

t1pic1We will be revisiting and honing some of the pupils’ grammar rules from Year 3 while beginning to explore Year 4 writing techniques. We will be focusing on the use of fronted adverbials, noun phrases, subordinate clauses, imperative verbs and exploring variety of sentence openers. We have some exciting ways to apply these techniques, pupils will be writing newspaper articles, diary entries, fact files and setting descriptions. These will be mostly based on our knowledge from Quest and Science topics.

Numeracy:

The Hartley team are excited to be engaged in the Inspire Maths scheme this year. Inspire is a scheme of work t1pic2written for the new curriculum that aims to reach all abilities of pupils and especially, focus on the mastery aspect of our curriculum. This term, we will be revisiting and embedding Year 3 mathematics core concepts of mental maths strategies, column methods for addition and subtraction, multiplication, division and place value. With this focus, we can begin to move towards the Year 4 objectives for these areas.

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Science:
In Term 1, Year 4 pupils will be learning how to approach investigations using the scientific method. To apply the scientific method we have some exciting investigations to explore including chromatography, outdoor learning activities and a team structure challenge!

 

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A year 4 favourite, we will be exploring the Ancient Egyptians over Terms 1 and 2. Boys and girls alike find this subject exceptionally fascinating as we investigate Egyptian Gods, the River Nile, Egyptian society, the role of women, the pyramids, famous pharaohs and mummification by… mummifying something ourselves!

 

t1pic5P.E:

We are lucky to have such large outdoor grounds on which to learn our first sport of the year, tag rugby. Pupils will be learning passing, running and teamwork skills. For our indoor P.E lessons, pupils will be learning how to control their bodies and movements through gymnastics. These are two great topics for pupils to learn teamwork and gain important motor skills.

 

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Pupils are learning, through a project called Leisure King, how to design and create a presentation. This will link into a D&T project later in the year.

 

t1pic7D&T and Art:

There are several opportunities to engage in these topics through our Quest lessons this term such as building a model of an Ancient Egyptian farming tool and representing Ancient Egypt through painting.

 



2015-16

Term 6, 2016

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English: This term our writing will be linked to our Quest work as much as possible, during which time we will focus on advertisements, recounts, story writing and much more!

Quest: Raging Rivers is the name of our quest work for the next term. We will be looking at what rivers are, how they are formed, rivers around the world and plenty more.

Maths: Over the course of the term, we will be looking at addition & subtraction, multiplication, fractions, geometry and statistics.

Science: We are learning about all things t o do with States of Matter.

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Religious Education: Christianity.

Indoor and Outdoor PE: Rounders and athletics and sports day practise.

Computing: Keeping safe online and Scratch.

Modern Foreign Language: French.

Music: Music in the past.


Term 5, 2016

Below you will find the range of topics that year 4 will be exploring over term 5.

English: This term our writing will be linked to our Quest work as much as possible, during which time we will focus on letter writing, play scripts, recounts, diary entries and poetry.

Quest: Ruthless Romans is the name of our quest work for the next term. We will be continuing  to look at the Roman ruling system, the Roman army, Roman Empire, Boudicca, gladiators, Roman buildings and mosaics.

Maths: Over the course of the term, we will be looking at addition & subtraction, symmetry, multiplication, fractions, geometry and statistics.

Science: We are learning about all things to do with Animals including humans.

Religious Education: Christianity.

Indoor and Outdoor PE: Rounders and athletics.

Computing: Passwords and Prezi.

Modern Foreign Language: French.

PSHE: Relationships.

Click here for the Amazing ‘Year 4 Times Table Pack‘.


Term 4, 2016

Below you will find the range of topics that year 4 will be exploring over term 4.

English: Linked into our Quest work where possible, our writing will be focusing on play scripts, setting description, persuasive writing, instruction writing and non-chronological reports.

Quest: Ruthless Romans is the name of our Quest work for the next term. We will be learning about the Roman ruling system, the Roman army, Roman Empire, Boudicca, gladiators, Roman buildings and mosaics.

Maths: Over the course of the term, we will be looking at statistics, measures, geometry, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Science: We are exploring all things to do with electricity including circuits.

Religious Education: Judaism.

Indoor PE: Dance.

Outdoor PE: Tag Rugby.

Computing: Software and hardware.

Modern Foreign Language: French.

Music: Sounds and recycling.


February 2016

Super Salads

During the last 2 weeks of term, Year 4 took on a ‘Super Salads’ project for D.T. In this time, we were required (how unfortunate!) to taste existing pre-packaged salads in order to evaluate them. Some of the salads that we tasted included:

  • Chicken and bacon pasta salad
  • Tangy cheese salad
  • Mediterranean salad

As a result of our tasting, we were able to design our own salads, giving careful consideration to the ‘Eat well plate’. We decided on all of the ingredients that we would need, some of these included:

  • Lettuce
  • Pasta
  • Potatoes
  • Cheese
  • Chicken
  • Bacon
  • Sweetcorn
  • Carrot
  • Cucumber
  • Pepper

Our ‘Super Salads’ project enabled us to practise our cutting, chopping, peeling, grating and presentation skills in the school environment. Year 4 are now able to advise on the bridge hold, claw grip and safe peeling and grating techniques.

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January 29th, 2016

Road Safety

On Friday the 29th January 2016, Year 4, Willow and Rowan classes had a visitor from Kent County Council to discuss the importance of road safety, including how to be a safe car passenger.

Our visitor, Jo, gave us lots of advice, such as not to fiddle with car door handles; how to wear a safety belt safely and we even learnt that during a car accident, a box of tissues can become the weight of a house brick!

We had a really informative session!

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Term 3, 2016

Below you will find the range of topics that year 4 will be exploring over term 3.

English: This term our writing will again be linked to our Quest work, during which time we will focus on setting descriptions, story writing, non-chronological reports and much more – all linked to volcanoes!

Quest: Violent Volcanoes is the name of our quest work for the next term. We will be looking at what volcanoes are; the Ring of Fire, secondary impacts and Vesuvius.

Maths: Over the course of the term, we will be looking at fractions, decimals, multiplication, division and many more areas.

Science: We are learning about all things to do with sound.

Religious Education: Judaism.

Indoor PE: Gymnastics – balance.

Outdoor PE: Tag Rugby.

Computing: Communication.

Modern Foreign Language: French.

PSHE: Getting on and falling out.


December 2015

Click on the recount below to read Hannah’s recount about the day Rowan class mummified a ‘live’ body!

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November 2015

As part of year 4’s Quest topic, ‘The Ancient Egyptians’, the children have been learning all about mummification. Having researched around the subject, the children knew exactly what steps were required – so we had a go at mummifying, using tomatoes!

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Click here to read Riann’s Biography of Tutankhamun.


Term 2, 2015

Below you will find the range of topics that year 4 will be exploring over term 2.

English: We will be reading the text ‘Let’s do the Pharaoh’ by Jeremy Strong, as our class reader to support our Quest work. We will be writing a leaflet, biography, recount, fact file and a set of instructions – all in relation to Ancient Egypt!

Science: This term, we are focusing our work on and around scientific investigations and experiments. We will be looking at predictions, questions, data collection, conclusions and much more.

Quest: Walk like an Egyptian is the name of our quest work for the first two terms. We will be studying how the Ancient Egyptians lived, hieroglyphs, pharaohs, mummification and modern day Egypt as a comparative.

Religious Education: Christianity.

Indoor PE: Egyptian dance.

Outdoor PE: Basketball.

Computing: Communication.

Modern Foreign Language: French.

Music: Ancient Worlds and Exploring Beat.

Drama and singing: This term, we will also be preparing for our winter production – Cinderella and Rockerfella.


Wednesday 23rd September, 2015: Meet the Teachers

Click here for a copy of the presentation delivered to parents and carers at meet the Teachers.


Term 1, 2015

The team in Year 4 would like to welcome you back to school. Below you will find the range of topics we will be exploring over term 1.

English: We will be reading the text ‘There’s a pharaoh in our bath!’ by Jeremy Strong, as our class reader to support our Quest work. We will be writing recounts, setting descriptions, non-fiction texts, instructions, diaries, reports and more, all in relation to Ancient Egypt!

Science: We are learning about living things and how these can be classified into different groups.

Quest: Walk like an Egyptian is the name of our quest work for the first two terms. We will be studying how the Ancient Egyptians lived, hieroglyphs, pharaohs, mummification and modern day Egypt as a comparative. We will also be designing and building/creating our own shadufs and death masks – so it’s going to be an exciting topic!

Religious Education: Islam.

Indoor PE: Gymnastics.

Outdoor PE: Basketball.

Computing: Communication.

Modern Foreign Language: French.

Miss Grundy and Mr Higgs