Current Learning Journey: Alex Rider in Stormbreaker (Secret Agents)
PE Days: Tuesday and Thursday
This child is making so much progress with their times table knowledge and recall. She is on her way to becoming a rock hero which is fantastic to see!
Every writing lesson, we start with a GPS starter that links in to the grammar required in our writing genre for the current week. We currently looking at leaflets to inform and we are thinking about the structure of our sentences and how the order can give a superficialities impact around the subject. In our starter today, children began writing a sentence then they got their learning partner to restructure the sentence thinking about different language, punctuation and how the order of the sentence could be changed.
I am looking forward to seeing the impact in our leaflets next week!
ICT - writing for different purposes
This half term in ICT, we are looking at how we write for different purposes including things such as emails, CV’s and reviews.
To start with, we are looking at how we write emails and making links back to our letter writing to help us understand why we write them. We looked at how quick it is to send and receive emails and why this is useful in today’s world. We are then going to write our own persuasive email to MI6 to persuade them to hire us as their new agents.
Counting in Fractions
As we continue our fractions focus, we have been looking at how we count up in fractions, solving a range of reasoning and problem solving activities to deepen our level of understanding around fractions. We are still loving our fractions learning!
This half term in maths we are looking at fractions and we love them! Because the children are working so hard on their multiplication knowledge, they are now confident to tackle more challenging fractions problems and it’s brilliant to see. Well done, Hazel! Here are some of the pictures from our fraction wall lessons.
Insulators and Conductors
This half term in science, we have been looking at different insulators and conductors in electricity and today we investigated a range of different materials within our circuits. The children used their investigation to link back to their predictions, creating a written follow up of what they identified and why.
Spellings - cian and tion
Oue spelling focus this week was looking at different words that have cian and tion suffixes. We had to look at the different spellings and split them up before we used the syllables of the words to help us spell them.
Jigsaw - How do we deal with situations
In our Jigsaw lesson this week, we were looking at different ways to deal with certain situations. We looked at what could be an effective way of dealing with certain situations so that we don’t get angry, upset or too disappointed. Here are some of the freeze frames from our role plays to demonstrate some our our kind actions for the different scenarios.
Mulitplication and Partitioning
This week we have been looking at partitioning numbers to help us with solving mulitplication problems. We used base 10 to help us see the links.
To check the children’s understanding of multiplication, today we looked at factor pairs and how these help us understand what makes up a number. Here are our factor rainbows to help us see the links.
Our arithmetic focus this week was addition and subtraction. Mr White asked for a huge favour from the children because he loves going on holiday. To consolidate our use of column addition and subtraction, the children had to work out different prices to send Mr White on holiday. I think the class just wanted to send me away for some peace and quiet...
ICT - Spreadsheets
This week in our ICT lessons, we have been looking at different spreadsheets and when we would use these in real life. Firstly, we looked at different cells on the spreadsheet and how we can input data to give us a clear understanding of things such as money. Here are some pictures of us investigating with our spreadsheets at the beginning of the topic.
In Hazel class we love our Friday spelling games. This week we played spelling bingo to help us learn specific Y3/4 spellings.
Number bonds to 100
Our arithmetic focus this week has been looking at number bonds to 100. We’ve been using our knowledge of number bonds to 10 to help us see specific links so that we can solve problems mentally, using efficient strategies.
Multiply and Divide by 10 and 100.
Look at this fantastic way or supporting our understanding when multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100. We use Mr White’s second favourite song ‘cha cha slide’ to slide to the left or slide to the right. These laminate sheets help us visually understand what happens to our numbers when we use this skill. This has allowed us to really work hard on our reasoning understanding this week.
Every Monday afternoon, Year 4 are lucky enough to have music lessons. This is a song we are beginning to learn at the moment.
10 in 10
We love 10 in 10 at Acres Hill. Take a look at our questions this morning for Year 4 Hazel. We are really thinking about our methods and misconceptions now!
in our geography lessons, we have been learning to understand how to use grid references to find different places in the world.
Number Bonds of 100
In our arithmetic lesson this week, we have been looking at number bonds to 100 using our number bonds of 10 To support us. We started to make links between what happens in the ones column and tens column and noticed that if we make 10 in the ones column, we only ever have to make 90 in our tens column.
As you can see, we love to use resources to check our understanding.
What would we say?
To help us with our newspaper reports, Year 4 have been thinking about what type of quotes we would likely see after the event. Lila, the young daughter of Lachland has gone missing on her journey and we are hoping this newspaper report will help her dad in finding her.
We thought carefully about what different people would say to Acres Hill News according to their relationship to with Lila. This will help with some very effective direct quotes.
Year 4 Hazel are working so hard in every spelling lesson. We look at a range of different spelling rules and patterns using our knowledge from KS1 and year 3 to help us. Every week we take part in a different practical spelling activity and the children love it!
At Acres Hill, we are working really hard to improve our maths reasoning skills making sure to explain our answers using key vocabulary and methods to explain how we solved problems.
Year 4 Bonfire Celebrations
Linking with our topic around Guy Fawkes and how the law has developed in the UK through the years, the children in year 4 held their own bonfire party with a little help from the local scout camp. Every child had created their own mini Guy Fawkes figure that would be placed on the bonfire before enjoying a lovely roasted marshmallow.
To celebrate our focus on poetry in school this week, Mr White led a RAP poetry session for every year group to get everyone to use their imagination and skills to create some fantastic pieces of poetry. We used some of our favourite lyrics from some of the best songs in the world and used them to generate a piece of poetry which we then all performed.
Our Learning Champion - 12.10.18
LC - Well done to our learning champion this week, Raghad. You have been impressing me more and more each day and Mr Hingley is so proud of how far you have come already in 7 weeks. Well done!
JG - Well done to Leo, our jigsaw genius. You continue to show a mature and sensible attitude to everything you do and you are a fantastic role model for everyone in Hazel class. You keep putting the feelings of others before yourself and this is why everyone loves sitting next to you to have your support.
Next week is the start of Acres Hill’s 10 day Active challenge. Let’s try and get as many people travelling to school in an active way as possible.
Adding 4 digit numbers
This week, year 4 are looking at adding 4 digit numbers together with no exchanging before moving onto exchanging. We have been using a range of resources to help us solve missing digit problems and some reasoning questions.
Year 4 have been looking at different verb forms and how we use these effectively in our writing. We used the different verb forms to create sentences and match the correct verb to the verb form.
We love music!!
Year 4 are very lucky to have music lessons every Monday afternoon where we are learning loads of fantastic skills and techniques that will help us play different instruments. This week we have been focusing on different beats and the pitch in our voices. As a class, we are getting much better at keeping to the same beat.
We love our learning walls!!
Year 4 have been discussing different ways to improve their stories this week and the children were so enthusiastic about using the learning walls which are filled with fantastic resources we have used throughout the skills lessons. It’s great to see these being used in our stories. Well done Year 4!!
Learning Champion and Jigsaw Genius - 5.10.18
Learning Champion - Fayyad for giving 100% in everything he does and always showing a positive attitude to wanting to improve his work.
Jigsaw Genius - Hamza for gong out of his way to make others feel included. He is always showing what a kind, mature and caring young boy he is and is a fantastic member of Year 4 Hazel.
In Hazel class we love Fridays. Every Friday we take part in our weekly arithmetic and spelling lesson.
This week in our spellings we focused on different homophones and when to use the correct one.
In year 4 we have been thinking about how we can deepen our understanding of place value through reasoning and problem activities. We love taking part in ‘what went wrong?’ problems to prove Mr White wrong.
To support our story writing, we have been looking at how to use dialogue effectively to introduce our characters.
Before we did this, we also had to look at how to punctuate our dialogue and think about different synonyms for the word said and when it would be appropriate to use these depending on what was happening.
Some of Year 4 enjoyed 3 days at Mount Cook where we took part in a variety of different activities that enabled us to work as a team and support each other in activities that some of us had never done before.
I was so proud to witness every child attempt every activity with a positive mindset and just giving everything a go. Every memeber of Hazel class was a real credit to themselves and Acres Hill.
4 Digit Numbers
Year 4 have been focusing on their understanding of 4 digit numbers and how these can be made up. We started to look at what happens when we end up with 10 lots of tens, or 10 lots of hundreds and what this would look like.
How would we feel?
To support us with our understanding of characters feelings and emotions in our stories, we started to look at the experiences our characters were going through and the impact this would have on them.
We have been looking at what makes up a number. To help us make the links and see exactly what numbers are made up with, we used our base 10 to show representations.
Learning Champion and Jigsaw Genius 14.9.18
Learning Champion: Ali for showing a positive attitude towards all of his learning since we have returned to Hazel class. He is showing what a fantastic role model he is. Keep up the hard work, buddy!
Jigsaw Genius: This week it goes to Halima for showing mature and sensible decision making when others are struggling to get along.