Welcome to the Year 4 Oak webpage.
Class Teacher: Miss Gray
Support Staff: Miss Travis
Current Learning Journey: Escape from Pompeii by Christine Balitt
PE Days: Wednesday and Friday
Current Learning Champion and Jigsaw Genius
Learning Champion: Harry for an improved effort in all of his learning.
Jigsaw Genius: Haram for being able to respect differences between others and celebrate diversity.
Acres Attributes: Jack for being democratic in the classroom and ensuring things are fair.
Autumn 2 Week 1
In English this week we have been learning about adjectives for precision and clarity and using commas when writing a list. We made some Rocky Road, and our end write up will be the recipe for this.
In Maths, we have been learning about finding the perimeter of a rectilinear shape. We first learnt about counting using a grid and then moved on to calculating it using centimeters.
In Geography, we began to learn about Volcanoes. We learnt about different types of Volcanoes such as Cinder Cone, Shield and Composite. We created factfiles about Volcanoes.
In Art, we began to learn about the work of our new artist Steven Brown. We looked at the style he uses and techniques to create his Art work.
In PE we had a Cricket coach come in and looked at fielding skills.
It has been another busy week in Year 4!
We have been learning about direct speech and multi clause sentences. We looked at different positions of putting in our main and subordinate clauses. We also planned our newspaper report which is going to be base don our class text 'Krindlekrax'!
In Maths we have been concentrating on subtraction with and without exchanges. We also looked at different efficient strategies we could use to solve these.
In History we have been learning about the skill of chronology. We looked at plotting events in different centuries and plotting different Roman events on a timeline.
In Art we completed our sketches of the Colosseum by using the different techniques we have learnt.
In DT we have completed our Roman shields which we made using cardboard and painted them in red, yellow and black to reflect a traditional Roman shield.
In French we added to our conversations the introduction of Madame, Mademoiselle and Monsieur.
In Music we used the Boom whackers for the first time and used them to learn a traditional tribe song.
Autumn 1 Week 5/6
We have had a really busy couple of weeks in Y4 Oak.
In Maths, we finished off our place value learning by recapping some of the things we found tricky such as Roman Numerals and using number lines to 10000. We have moved on to addition and subtraction and looking at different methods to use to add two four digit numbers together such as place value charts, bar models and column sums. On Arithmetic Friday we practised using these different methods and concentrated on addition.
In English we have been writing a biography about Julius Caesar. We concentrated our grammar learning on fronted adverbials, use of subheadings and paragraphs for the layout and use of apostrophes for both omission and possession. We found out lots of interesting information about him to use in our writing such as he was the person who developed the calendar we use today!
In Music we continued our learning of rhythm and beat in songs and used basket balls and hoops to help us do this.
In Art we have been sketching pictures of the Colosseum in the style of Paul Cadden. We are applying the different techniques we have learnt such as stippling, cross hatching and shading.
In DT we have began to make our Roman shields. We completed 2 designs and decided on the best one before we began to make it.
In PE we have continued to develop our dibbling skills in Hockey.
In French we have been learning more conversational words and are now able to ask how people are and what their names are.
We also had a visit from the History Van which was fantastic and we learnt all about being a Roman soldier, about marching with our mules, how to build a bridge and how to fire catapults at our enemies.
Autumn 1 week 4
In our Maths this week we have continued our learning about Place Value concentrating on Roman Numerals and Negative numbers.
We represented different numbers and completed addition and subtraction number sentences.
In English we have been writing an advert to persuade people to visit the Colosseum. We used a range of sentences and features such as slogans and exaggerated adjectives.
In French we have been learning different instructions and different French greetings. We are really enjoying using our French all around school.
In Art we have continued to sketch in the style of Paul Cadden and next week will be moving on to sketching the Colosseum.
In DT we have been designing our own Roman Shield.
We had a visit form the History Van and had an amazing time. We learnt how to fight like a Roman, build a mule to march with, build a bridge and file a catapult.
It has been a fantastic week!
In our reading we have been retrieving key information from our reading texts and our class book Krindlekrax.
In English we have been beginning to look at persuasion and looking at advertising. We considered the different aspects used as part of an advert and looked at the different types of sentence used.
In Maths we have continued our place value learning looking at counting in 25s and Negative numbers.
In Art we have been studying the work of Paul Cadden and looking at his hyperrealism art and have began to sketch in the style of his work.
In History we looked at the influence of the Romans on our roads. We looked at why they developed our roads, how they were made and what they were made out of.
Weeks 1 and 2
We have made a fantastic start to Year 4!
In History we have been learning about the Romans. We have learnt about the invasion of Britain and how they took over most of Europe.
In Maths, we have been continuing our Place Value learning. We have been learning about rounding and ordering numbers, Roman numerals and in arithmetic Friday we have been learning our number bonds to 100 and different methods of addition and subtraction.
In MFL we have been learning to count in French. We learnt numbers to 10 and played Bingo!
In English, we have been writing up our final copies of our character descriptions. We used expanded noun phrases to help to describe the character in more detail.
In PE we have been leanring about aiming and throwing beanbags to help develop our ball skills.
What a fantastic week we have had!
It has been year 3 Oak's final week with Mrs Taylor and Mrs Mennell so we wanted to make sure it was a good one.
The children have worked hard right up to the last minute. In English we created our own leaflets to interest local people to come and visit our strange material characters. We had to use a range of conjunctions and prefixes and suffixes in our writing.
On our final day, we had a presentation event where we were all awarded certificates for different things, such as kindest child in class, cheekiest child and toilet king!
Year 3 Oak have worked so hard all year and are now ready for the new challenges of year 4 which begin next week as they progress into early risers with their new teacher, Miss Gray.
This week we have been learning about time in maths. We drew clocks outside on the playground and used them to help us tell the time to 5 minutes.
In English we planned, wrote and edited our own stories based on the class text 'Iron Man'. Some of the characters we thought of was, Brick Man, Rainbow Girl, Book Girl and Marshmallow Man.
In PE we have been lucky enough to have a professional dance teacher come into school to teach us. We have loved the lessons and have already learnt 1 dance and this week we have began learning another one.
This week has been assessment week for year 3. We have worked hard to complete assessments in reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar and maths. We were also lucky enough to visit St Therera's Primary school on Tuesday and although we were all soaking wet we had a great time. While we were there we had a workshop from 'Now press play'. We each had a set of haedphones and listened to a story about our science topic friction. While listening we had to act out what was happening. The children had fun and will hopefully apply what they learnt into their science work in school.
This week we have been learning about time in maths. We began by learning how many days each month has and enjoyed listening to a song to help us (the link is below). We then revised telling the time when half past, quarter past and quarter to the hour. In English we planned our own material man story based on our class text Iron Man. We will use our plans to help us write a story over the next week or two. In science we had fun learning about friction and experimented how friction effects the speed of a toy car travelling down a ramp.
This week in maths we continued practising how to find fractions of amounts, we are getting much more confident now!
In English we have been revising prepositional phrases and expanded noun phrases and how to use them effectively. We have also been discovering the different functions of an apostrophe and had the chance to practise using them to show possession and contraction.
Our sports day was on Monday and we all had fun completing the different activities. We took part in a variety of races and team games.
Summer 2 week 1
We have had a fantastic first week of summer 2 in year 3. This week has been science theme week. We have had fun investigating how light works and how it helps us see. We completed an investigation, 'Does the size of the shadow change when I move the torch further away?' We discovered that the shadow started getting bigger when we moved the torch further away.
In maths we have continued learning about fractions and finding fractions of amounts.
This week was our class assembly and we revealed our Iron men!
This week in DT we have been busy building our own Iron men. The finished models will be revealed at our class assembly.
10.5.19 We have been looking at fractions on a number line today in different ways, we even made a human number line!
These children achieved full marks in the spelling test today, well done!
10.5.19 Can I practise my spellings?
9.5.19 Today we have been lucky enough to practise riding a bike at school. Here are some of us.
3.5.19 We have been practising our spellings and learning to use apostrophes to show possession.
3.5.19 In maths we have been learning our 8 times tables and found a pattern to help us!
Writing direct speech using balloons
Oak have begun the summer term with fantastic attitudes to learning across all subjects.
In maths we have been busy measuring objects and discussing how millimetres, centimetres and metres can be equivalent to each other similar to ones, tens and hundreds.
Our new English text, Iron Man will inspire the children to write a balanced argument for capturing the iron man or allowing him to roam free.
In computing children have been introduced to branching databases and have already been sorting data which they will input onto a branching data base next week.
26.4.19 Today we experimented printing using fruits and vegetables.
We have been practising using our new ACE structure to help us answer maths questions.
Summer 1 Curriculum information
This week has been assessment week for KS2 pupils across the school. Inbetween assessments Oak children have been very creative. They have used different fabrics to make animal inspired bookmarks and salt dough to make fish skeletons. It has been great to see the children be so creative with the resources and make wonderful items which they have taken home.
Animal inspired bookmarks
Salt dough fish skeletons
15.3.19 LQ: Can I explore which fractions are equivalent?
LQ: Can I give the correct amount of change?
Spring 2 - Week 1
We have had a great start to the second half of the spring term. The children have been working with money in maths; making amounts and finding totals using different coins and notes. In English we have started reading a new book, Jemmy Button written by Jennifer Unman and Valerio Vidali. We will complete our first piece of writing, a diary entry, pretending to be the main character of the book, Jemmy.
LQ: Can I explore a range of techniques using dough?
Spring 1 Curriculum Information
Spellings - We practised our spellings in class today to try and improve our spelling test marks.
Spring term Week 1
We have had a great week back to school.
The children have started reading our new class text The Twits written by Roald Dahl and enjoyed discovering about the main characters in the book.
In English we have been learning about fact files and the grammar features often found in them. We are using the text The Great Kapok Tree to learn about rain forests and the animals that live there. Next week each child will write their own fact file about the animals who call a rain forest their home.
In maths, we have continued practicing multiplication and division and applying our skills in different ways.
History week - Trains in Sheffield
The final week of the Autumn term has been spent learning about trains in Sheffield long ago. We discovered how trains have changed over time and why they were important in Sheffield. In groups children created their own steam train adventures and advertised them through a radio advert.
Year 3 Oak would like to say thank you to everyone that came to see our Christmas performance. We enjoyed learning the songs and loved you all coming along to see us.
Mrs Taylor and Mrs Mennell would like to say a huge well done to all the year 3 children for learning and performing our songs so enthusiastically. We are very proud of you all!
Multiplying and dividing by 3!
Year 3 Oak have had a great start to Autumn 2.
In maths we have been practising using column addition when regrouping the tens. During arithmetic Friday we worked in groups to solve 2 step word problems. This was tricky but we all worked hard to solve as many as we could.
We have been learning about newspaper articles in English and the features they often have. Next week we will be writing our own newspaper articles about a volcano erupting.
Autumn 2 Curriculum overview
Year 3 have had a fantastic start to the new school year. All the children have been working very hard and have enjoyed the learning we have completed so far.
In maths we have covered place value up to 1000 and the children have been encouraged to prove how they know answers to questions. We will be progressing onto addition and subtraction over the next few weeks.
Using our class text 'Who let the Gods out?' we have wrote a setting description to describe a rock where the main characters were trapped. We used effective adjectives and prepositional phrases such as, behind the scared children, to make our descriptions exciting to read.
The class reading text is 'The boy in the dress' written by David Walliams. The children are finding this book engaging and funny so far.
TT Rock Stars
Each child has brought home a log in for the Times Tables Rockstars website/app. They can practise times tables in a fun but competitive way. If your child can not find their log in details ask me for it again. I will be awarding certificates to children who use this site the most.
We brought Ancient Greece alive during our history day.
Some of our maths learning