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Welcome to the Year 4 part of the Lowther website from Miss Mason, Mr Mahi, Miss Newton and their team of learners
 
 

Please see below for some examples of the amazing work we've been doing!

 
Year 4 Curriculum Forecast  
 

 
  Summer 2 in Year 4  
 

And just like that it's May! The children have really settled back into school life as we head towards the final part of the year.

In English, we have continued our work on Varjak Paw, further developing our inference and comprehension skills, alongside looking at the features of play scripts and having a go at writing our own. We have also been combining our English learning with Computing and Science as we research and put together our own information booklets on digestion.

In Maths, alongside our continuing work to improve the fluency of our timestables, we have been working hard on decimals. We have been working on our understanding of what a decimal is, ordering decimals using place value, rounding decimals and converting to decimals from fractions! As I write we begin our transition from decimals to money.

In the wider curriculum the children have had lots of opportunities to develop their artistic skills, producing some beautiful mixed media pieces whilst in Science they have learnt about all things digestion!

Finally we have been working hard on our Year 4 Original Play/Film this half term! The children have been rehearsing and learning lines and filming starts imminently! I have been really impressed with their efforts and I'm sure you will be too!

I am so looking forward to things opening up even more and spending a fantastic final half term with fantastic Year 4!

 

 

 
  Summer 1 in Year 4  
 

We’re back! Year 4 have truly come back to school with a bang – ready to learn and take on new challenges!

In English, we have been focusing on working in depth with a text – ‘Varjak Paw’. The children have been doing lots of guided reading and character studies as we continue to work on our inference, comprehension and prediction skills. We will also be using the book as stimulus for other work – whether that’s exploring other forms of writing or writing creatively.

We are also going to be working on a small play this term so that the children will have the chance to flex their acting muscles! More information on this to follow in due course…

In Maths, alongside our ongoing work to improve the fluency of our timestables, we have been working hard on fractions. We have been working on our understanding of what a fraction is whilst also adding and subtracting them and converting them to find equivalent fractions! Soon we will be moving on to decimals.

Since being back at school we have also had the opportunity to explore more of the wider curriculum in a way that we were unable to during Lockdown which has been so much fun! In History we have been exploring all things Roman, whilst in Science we have been mastering electricity - learning all about insulators and conductors and experimenting with different circuits. Recently we have moved on to learning all about teeth as we begin our topic on digestion!

It has been so wonderful to be back together again and I cannot wait to see what the brilliant Year 4 team will achieve this term!

 

 
  Spring 2 in Year 4  
 

Remote Learning continues to go at full speed in Year 4! I have been so impressed by how the children have handled this lockdown period, maintaining such a positive outlook and excellent work ethic as they mastered the ins and outs of Google Classroom.

In English we have been working on a variety of writing styles and working on improving and stretching our vocabulary with the children producing some marvellous instruction writing, newspaper articles and now trying their hand at formal letters.

In Maths, we have continued to work on multiplication, focusing on perfecting our recall of those trickier times tables and also looking at different written methods. We have now moved on to a focus on division, looking at both mental and written methods. Division is not the easiest of mathematical operations to master, but the children have really embraced the challenge! Once we are back in school our next topic will be fractions.

Once again, the support from parents during this difficult Lockdown period has been nothing short of amazing and very much appreciated by both me and the Year 4 TA team.

We are so excited to all be together again on the 8th March – the countdown is officially on! Until then, keep up the excellent work Year4 – you’re fantastic!

 
  Spring 1 in Year 4  
 

Remote Learning has got off to a good start in Year 4 this month! The children have shown amazing resilience and I have been so impressed by how well they have adapted to Google Classroom and a new way of learning. In English they are on the way to becoming the next generation of best-selling authors, building some truly fantastic adventure stories.

In Maths, we have spent some time recapping our addition and subtraction skills before working on perimeter of shape. We have also continued to work on multiplication, focusing on perfecting our recall of those trickier times tables through lots of different methods.

The children are doing an excellent job of challenging themselves and trying their hand at some of my weird and wonderful methods – like times table themed karaoke!

The support from parents has been brilliant, and so appreciated as we’ve all adjusted to the new platform and to living and working in Lockdown 3. It wasn’t what we hoped for, for 2021, but the children are showing that they can achieve amazing things, even remotely. I can’t wait until we all get to be together again, but until then - keep it up Year4! You’re awesome!

 
  Autumn 2 in Year 4  
 

Christmas spirit has been in full swing in Year 4 this month!

The children have really honed in on their comprehension skills in English, thinking about how we can find information in a text. In Maths we have continued to work on multiplication, focusing on fluency and recall so that we can quickly recall timestable questions out of order. The children are really enjoying challenging themselves!

We have also been lucky enough to receive a (virtual) visit from Santa Claus, and to watch a pantomime, provided by the PTA, which was great fun!

Finally, the children had an amazing time practising and performing their Christmas songs - I hope you enjoy watching them too! Have a very Merry Christmas from all of us in Year 4 - can't wait to see what the New Year has in store!

 
  Autumn in Year 4  
 

We have been incredibly busy in year 4! The children have truly thrown themselves into our Geography topic of Rainforests this term. Initially we focused on where rainforests are located in the world, their climate, and the creatures that call these areas home. We then delved deeper into why rainforests are so important, what deforestation is, and its causes. We have linked our Geography learning closely to our English and Art/DT units where the children have been creating balanced arguments and creative pieces, alongside looking at indigenous art and creating our own sculptures using natural resources. The leaf-bowl sculptures are truly stunning and the children are really looking forward to bringing them home and giving them to someone special!

In Maths we have been consolidating our understanding of the foundations of Maths, with place value, addition and subtraction and now multiplication as our focus areas. Year 4 have been working hard to try different methods and are on their way to becoming timestables superstars!

Finally we have been lucky enough to have had two themed days and a visit so far this term! We took part in the wonderful Roald Dahl Day alongside Year 3 and celebrated our Rainforests topic with a brilliant 'Rainforest Day' at the end of October. We also had a fantastic visit from the CLC who came last week to run an ICT workshop on robotics. The children were amazing and loved programming and controlling their very own robots. What a term we’ve had already! Bring on Christmas!

 
  Year 4 Harvest Assembly (A little something different)  

 

 
 

Each year group has prepared a performance for you and recorded it. We hope you enjoy watching our Harvest Assembly. You can also watch the full (All year groups) version here.

 
 
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