Welcome to the Year 4 Sycamore webpage.
Class Teacher: Miss Haden and Mrs Ord.
Support Staff: Mrs Mellor.
Current Learning Journey: Why the Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo. Theme- Conservation
PE Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Current Learning Champion and Jigsaw Genius
Learning Champion: Daniyal-For beginning to show great confidence in answering maths questions independently and for beginning to show an enjoyment towards his maths learning.
Jigsaw Genius: Safa-For consistently being a positive role model to others and ensuring others are supported with their learning. She always sets a good example with her behaviour and is always well mannered throughout school.
Well done to you both! (21/6/19)
Summer 2 Home Learning
Spring 2 Curriculum Overview and Home Learning
Spring 1 Curriculum Overview and Home Learning
Autumn 2 curriculum overview and home learning
In writing, we have focused on how language and speech is used to create an effective piece of dialogue to convey characters in a story. We have carried out drama and other activities for us to imagine how that character would be feeling throughout the story. This lesson involved looking at a range of direct speech from the book and including this in our own dialogues, involving emotive language. We then edited different types of dialogues written by peers to improve this further. (20/6/19)
Todays weekly spelling lesson was focused around the prefix, super and auto. We took part in a spelling carousel which we completed a range of spelling activities based on this spelling rule. (14/6/19)
In our Science lessons, we have been focusing on classification keys and how both living and non living things can be classified through the features and characteristics that they show. From looking at examples of different classification keys in class and researching a range of different living and non living things, we have created our own keys. (12/6/19)
This week in Writing, we are beginning to focus on story writing, by writing our own take of a chapter from the book, Why The Whales Came. Today we focused on our WAGOLL and identified the key features that are included when writing a story.
These include: fronted adverbials, subordinate conjunctions, expanded noun phrases and dialogue to convey character.
We then used this to support us in writing an opening paragraph that appropriately used some examples of these specific grammar features. (11/6/19)
Summer 1 so far!
During the last 3 weeks, the children have really began to excel in their learning and are becoming more and more confident in contributing to all lessons a 100% attitude.
In writing we have began looking at our new reading text, Why the Whales Came. The children have become engrossed in the story so far and are using key information from the text to include in their writing.
Our current writing focus is about writing a newspaper report based on the mysterious man that has been found on Bryher island, known as the Birdman. The children have become really engaged within this and are on their way to come up with some fantastic language and ideas to use in their reports next week.
The children have began linking this text to our current topic, conservation. They have learnt the importance conservation has in saving our wildlife and in particular, how plastic pollution can affect our oceans and sea life.
This leads on to our learning in science, which we have begun learning about the digestive system and what happens to an animals digestive system when involved with plastic pollution.
We have had a huge focus in our maths learning on decimals and linking this knowledge to solve a range of money related problems. Currently, we have been converting pence to pounds and using this to answer a range of reasoning and problem solving questions. Check out the weekly maths homework for further revision!
Finally, we are really enjoying our weekly swimming lessons on a tuesday and we are certainly getting better as the weeks go on! (3/5/19)
In today's Arithmetic Friday lesson, we have been focusing on number bonds of 100. We have become really confident at recalling our number facts and using base 10 to help us work this out. We have applied this knowledge by playing a fun Connect 4 game that involved rolling a dice to make a 2 digit number and finding the number bond on our sheet to make 100. (1/2/19)
Last week we in Writing we looked at a range of different sentence structures, using a variety of clauses. One of our activities was to order different sentences into their correct clause category. This activity really helped us with our argument writing.
In science we have been looking at electricity and how circuits work. In particular we have been looking at circuit symbols and how to draw these to make complete and incomplete circuits.
In Maths we looked at number factor pairs. We had a go at making factor rainbows of different numbers so we could learn about the range of factor pairs numbers have. (14/1/19)
Today we have been working in our learning as always. In our grammar starter, we revisited our understanding of plural possession. Here, we were challenged with a range of problems that we had to solve, ensuring we could explain why some sentences showed plural possession.
During Maths, we had to book Mr White a holiday with a budget of £18,000. We were given a list of places around the world, hotels, restaurants and things to do whilst on holiday. All of these things came at a cost which we had to total up and keep within our budget. This helped us to practice our addition and subtraction calculations.
Finally, in art this half term we are looking at collage techniques. We firstly learnt about what a collage is and what makes up a collage. We then experimented different skills that we could use when we come to make our own collages.
In science we have been learning about electricity! We have looked at how electricity is produced and focused on what electrical appliances we have around us. This lesson, we were able to find electrical appliances used around our school and had to decide whether they were powered through mains electricity or battery powered. Also, we then had a go at creating our own circuits in order to make the bulb light up. (7/1/19)
In our writing, we are beginning to understand what we must include in our short stories to have amazing dialogue throughout. Using our step by step guide to dialogue, as a starter we had to see where the features had been used in an example of a story.
In today's History lesson we continued to look at the history of trains and how they have changed over time. We looked at the different types of trains and their features and purpose. (18/12/18)
To start off our history week, we have began looking at local railways. We have looked at key facts about the history of Sheffield's railway and have put this into our very own timeline, showing the changes to the railway over time. (17/12/18)
In today's maths lesson, we have been looking at multiples of 3 and 6, and the similarities that they have.
We can now recognise what numbers are both multiples of 3 and 6, as well as understanding the relationship of doubling the 3 times table to work out our 6 times table. Using numicon, we have worked out multiplication sums in the 3 and 6 times table and were able to show the understanding we have between the two multiples. (17/12/18)
In writing, we have been looking at relative clauses and how they can extend our sentences by adding more information about the noun. This will help us to create specific instructions to Mount Merapi next week. This practical activity allowed us to see how a relative clause can be embedded in a range of sentences.(6/12/18)
In today’s French lesson, we have been listening and speaking simple French phrases based on activities that we might do in our spare time, outside of school. It was great to put our own sentences together using a variety of French phrases and share these with our peers. (5/12/18)
In today’s writing lesson, we have been focusing on subordinate clauses in preparation of writing our instructions to Mount Merapi. This practical activity allowed us to understand the structure of sentences when a subordinate clause is included. This really helped us to visually see how subordinate clauses can be written alongside a main clause. (5/12/18)
Maths Morning at Acres Hill
Thank you to all parents and carers that attended the Maths Morning in Y4 today, the children really enjoyed taking part in their arithmetic work as well as showing parents their understanding of addition and subtraction. The children really enjoyed it! (30/11/18)
Today's writing starter!
We are getting confident in converting singular words into plural. (27/11/18)
Before we began to plan our adverts based on selling our own firework, we had a go at sorting words into plural and singular categories from our WAGOLL. From this we learnt a range of different rules that we must consider when converting words into its plural form. This also helped us with our spelling! (26/11/18)
Today in spelling we played a group game called Spell it. The aim of the game was to choose a spelling card for our partner to spell correctly. If they spelt the word correctly, they would roll a dice and work around the template to the finishing line.
In maths we focused on making number bonds to 10 and 100. Using our knowledge of this we used base 10 to show representations of each number. Also, we played a number bond pairs game which helped us build our confidence to complete our work on number bonds. (16/11/18)
Today we have been working really hard in both our writing and maths lesson. (13/11/18)
Before planning our newspaper reports, in writing we recapped our understanding of verb forms by highlighting the ones that were used as part of the newspaper witness statements. (12/11/18)
We have finally finished our firework artwork. They look great! (9/11/18)
Today in our arithmetic lesson, we have been practising adding and subtracting 4 digit numbers with exchanging. In pairs, we consolidated our learning through a game that helped us to practise applying our understanding of addition and subtraction through the use of the column method. We rolled a dice to create our sum and whoever solved the sum the quickest gained a point. We had so much fun doing this! (9/11/18)
Today in Writing, we have been learning about how to write a newspaper report about the disappearance of Lila. Before we begin to write our own, we came up with our own catchy headlines with the use of alliteration to make this even more effective. In the lesson we also completed an activity called Role on the Wall where we had to draw the outline of the characters in the newspaper report and write key words based on how they were feeling as well as what they may have said when being interviewed by reporters. This lead us to record and ask key questions via IPad to get us to feel what it would be like being a news reporter. (5/11/18)
In this weeks music lesson we had the opportunity to look at the cornets we will be playing for the very first time. As well as practicing our rhythm activity, we also got to have a go on the cornets too. (22/10/18)
Today in French we have been learning about colours, listening to how they are pronounced and spelt. From doing this, we completed a matching activity that allowed us to complete and identify these colours in our word search. (16/10/18)
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.
This week in Maths we have been learning how to add 4 digit numbers together involving column exchange. Today's Friday lesson was an opportunity to display our understanding of doing this as well as carrying out subtraction to solve a range of problems. We had to justify why some questions had the wrong answer.
Using place value counters really helped us to represent each problem for us to answer.
This week in writing we are preparing to write a biography about author, Philip Pullman who wrote our class text, 'The Firework Maker's Daughter'. In order to do this we have been looking at verb forms that we can use in our writing. Although challenging at first, the ordering and matching activity really helped us to understand the different forms. (9/10/18)
In todays Art lesson, we have continued looking at developing our pastel techniques in order to create our firework art work in the upcoming weeks. Our focus was to look at how a snapshot of a firework from a piece of artwork can include a variety of pastel techniques within it. (5/10/18)
Today was Arithmetic Friday in our Maths lesson where we were looking at multiples of 6. Using our base 10, we identified how we can use this to support our knowledge of our 6 times tables. (5/10/18)
Today in History we have been using the IPads to research information about Guy Fawkes' life. This research will then help us to write up our very own Guy Fawkes fact files. (2/10/18)
Every Monday in our music lessons we are learning to play the cornet. In order to do this we learnt to follow different beats through singing a range of different songs. Also, we had a go at drawing our own musical notes to help us begin to read music. We really enjoyed our music lesson taught by our visitor! (1/10/18)
Today in Maths we have been learning to count in 100's and 1000's. In order to do this we used digit fans to make a 4 digit number, which we then used place value counters and base 10 to represent the changes in the thousand and hundreds column. (27/09/18)
Mount Cook Residential! 24/09/18-26/09/18
What we will be covering this half term:
Y4 Sycamore Autumn Term Home Learning