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Blwyddyn Pedwar (4)

Croeso i Flwyddyn Pedwar

Teacher: Mrs Miles and Mrs Phillips

P.E. days - Wednesday and Friday (please come to school in P.E. kit)

Forest School - Wednesday afternoon, alternate weeks (beginning 13.09.23)

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Class update

Spring 2024

5.2.24-23.2.24

Welcome back to another busy term. We hope you all managed to get a little rest. The weather wasn’t great but we are looking forward to the Spring. In maths this week we have been focusing on multiples and factors of numbers- please do ask your children about these terms- also remember to have a look at the home learning blog on Google Classroom, which is available every Friday from 3.30! This week we have been busy preparing for Eisteddfod- Learning a Welsh recital, handwriting, creating a poem about our local rivers and making a Welsh Mascot. The children are especially enjoying creating a mascot. It always amazes me how creative they are when using recycled materials. We have recommenced our Buddy reading this week with Reception class which all the children seem to enjoy, together with potting some primroses with Mrs Cornish and Mrs Marsh. We are doing a sponsored read- more details to follow, and the children will have an opportunity to buy a book on Monday 4th March, Tuesday 5th March and Wednesday 6th March. All profits will be used to buy books for all classes. Don’t forget the Eisteddfod homework-use ICT to produce a poster that advertises Wales and the Welsh language. 

Photography- Produce a landscape photograph that reflects Wales/Welsh culture. Art- Welsh Dragon collage or Dragon sketch. We have some fantastic opportunities coming up over the next week with our visit from an athlete from Team Wales this Friday afternoon and an anti- racism workshop next Monday! Never a dull day in year 4!! Thank you for your support. 

22.1.24-2.2.24

We are really impressed with the children’s Literacy work based on the text- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The children have invented some interesting definitions and characters in the style of Roald Dahl. We have also created a story of how the Oompa Loompas were treated in Oompa Land and how they escaped; using some of the skills previously taught. We are now looking forward to creating a new sweet with some interesting and unusual features! In Forest School, we consolidated our knowledge to create fractions using natural materials. We have been learning a Welsh Dance together with Reception Class, which we will be performing at Eisteddfod. In Science/Numeracy we have analysed the nutritional content of various cereals. Discussions with the children have been interesting- initially they thought the names and what the cereal looked like, had an impact as to how healthy the cereal is. We looked at the difference in content such as vitamins and iron. The children then created graphs on google sheets and analysed the data. Currently, the children are now producing an advertisement to market a new cereal in the style of Roald Dahl- together with music and annotation. Bendigedig! We took part in a live lesson using Adobe Express on Hwb, the focus was Saint Dwynwen’s Day and the children used many skills to create a flyer using various animation and features of Adobe. We continue to practise past tense Welsh language patterns, such as Es i I'r ( I went) Ces I ( I had) and  Gwelais i ( I saw). Next week we will be commencing our work in readiness for Eisteddfod. Thank you for your support. 

8.1.24-19.1.24

We hope you had a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. The new year has begun with a bitterly cold spell of weather. (Better than the rain I suppose). Year 4 has “seized the season” by creating some gorgeous ice decorations. They have been on display at the willow dome for us all to enjoy. The children have experimented with putting a key in each decoration which meant that they didn’t freeze as well, and the ones without any natural materials didn’t look very appealing! We also thought about the coldest part of the school grounds we could put some of the decorations so they would last longer. Our topic this term is Scrumdiddlyumptious and the book we are basing our Literacy on, is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The children have created some interesting character profiles together with synonym chains about the Oompa-Loompas. This week we have created our own characters just like Roald Dahl and made up some very interesting and quirky definitions. We have commenced Commando Joe’s this term which has enabled the children to work as part of a team to achieve a goal. We created a vessel to carry Arthur Wharton to England. (He was the first black professional football player in the world).  Our next mission this week was to build a wall that has collapsed. The children are allowed to choose their own equipment and discuss their choices with each other. At all times the children are encouraged to respect each other’s opinions on how the mission will be achieved. In Numeracy we have been focusing on fractions and decimals. We began by looking at equivalent fractions and then moved onto place value of 2 decimal place numbers. Please have a look at the weekly learning blogs on Google Classroom if you haven’t already- there is much more information here on how to support your child with this learning, We are developing our skills of netball on a Friday now for this next half term, so please ensure they have plenty of warm layers for this. Our Welsh home diary (Dyddiadur Cartref) is now up and running- children will get chance to bring this home, and write a short account of some things they have done over the weekend/week. Can we please ask it stays inside the bag provided when it is not being used to keep it nice and clean- diolch! Thank you for your support. 

27.11.23-8.12.23

Busy! Busy! Busy! The Christmas celebrations have well and truly begun. We have been trying to think of different ways we can use natural materials to design and make some natural decorations. We collected lots of interesting things at Forest School which encouraged the children to become more aware of their surroundings. It was quite exciting when we found an interesting piece of gnarled wood! We will be selling these on Friday December 15th and all the profit will be spent on Year 4 children. The children are busy learning Carols ready for the Carol Service on Tuesday 19th December. In Humanities, we have looked at the development of farming through Stone Age and the different foods people eat. We made a simple, healthy stone age stew and bread which the children seemed to enjoy. The bread was so simple to make that some of the children made some at home too. In Literacy this week we have been using all the skills we have learnt this term to create our own story based on the story of Stone Age Boy. In Numeracy we have been focussing on division by 10 and 100 and consolidating our place value knowledge as we shift digits as we divide. See the home learning blog for more information on this. It was exciting that we could all participate in the planting of some new trees around the school. We will certainly be keeping a check on their growth as we pass them on the daily mile each day. We have been thinking and discussing things we are grateful for this week and have written a little tag with a message on to hang on our school gratitude tree. The children impressed us with their mature and thoughtful responses. Thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you over the next few weeks at our Christmas activities.  

24.11.23

A busy and productive few weeks in Year 4- we really enjoyed celebrating Children in Need Day last Friday- where we had a rather cosy day in our pyjamas and dressing gowns! This Monday saw us dress up again, this time in ‘Blue’ to mark World Children’s Day. Thank you all for your support with these days. In Literacy last week we were discussing why the boy from Stone Age Boy decided to become an archaeologist. Who inspired him? What were his dreams for the future? We then moved on to our dreams and aspirations for the future. Which people do we aspire to and why? What have they achieved in their life? Do you have a family member that inspires you to do something?  

Swimming lessons commenced last week which was all very exciting. At Forest School the children made a range of analogue and digital clocks using natural materials. They never cease to amaze us with their creativity and imagination. We regularly check in with “pupil voice” and in discussion about our topic, the children would like to cook some of the things stone age people would have eaten. We may have to substitute some of the foods as I did find it a challenge trying to catch a woolly mammoth! In Numeracy, we have worked hard with analogue and digital time and can see the progress the children have made- it hasn’t been easy! In Welsh, we have been working hard to read a Welsh text called Yn y goedwig, yn y nos. (In the forest in the night) There is a copy of the text in our Year 4 drive. The children have been practising their reading skills and pronunciation as well as being able to ask and answer questions about it- da iawn!  

As always, spellings and some suggestions for home learning are in our Google Classroom every week. Thank you for your support. 

10.11.23

Every term is just so busy, but we have a feeling that this one is going to be packed with lots of excitement and fun. It won’t be long until we start practising for our Carol Concert, creating an enterprise project and designing and making Christmas cards.  

In Literacy, this week we have been identifying the different jobs that people did during stone age time- hunting, making tools, fire etc. We then compared these jobs to present day jobs and how things have changed. We also created freeze frames to act out the various scenes from Stone Age Boy. The children created poems using personification to celebrate Remembrance Day and we were very proud of their adventurous vocabulary. In Science, after completing an experiment as to how food is absorbed into their bodies, they drew and labelled the digestive system. We are still completing digital Art in the style of Alma Thomas’s abstract style which is looking very bright and colourful. Maths has been lots of fun with looking at telling the time on both analogue and digital clocks; as well as reading information from timetables. Keep up the hard work Year 4!  

Thank you for your support. 

20.10.23

To celebrate Black History Month, the children are embracing our learning on Alma Thomas. They have started to create digital drawings in the style of Alma’s abstract style. In Literacy, we have started to read Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura which fits in perfectly with learning about our past. We have started to use different types of punctuation for affect and used expanded noun phrases and connectives to extend sentences. Our maths sessions have focused on area and perimeter. We have explored mostly rectangles so far and are beginning to realise how the area and perimeters of shapes doesn’t have to be the same. In humanities, we have started to look at the timelines of human existence and the definitions of words related to this period. Thank you for supporting our School Harvest Festival, and I think you will agree how fabulous the children were. It was quite a tricky song to sing, and we were very proud of them. In Forest School, the children created bridges to travel to a central station, and they never cease to amaze me with how creative they are. In Science, we started to learn about the part teeth play in digestion and we have found out some interesting facts. Did you know we produce about 1 litre of saliva a day!  

Please can you ensure your child has a coat in school every day and they bring their reading book in daily.  Thank you for your support.

6.10.23

Busy, busy, busy in Year 4 in the last two weeks. The children have created some amazing art in the style of Gustav klimt which has certainly brightened up our classroom. A range of materials were used together with gold foil to create a Tree of Life that was personal to them. This week we have finished our book- Journey, which is a wondrously, illustrated picture book about self-determination, perseverance, equality and unexpected friendship. This week we have been looking at similes that we could use to describe sections of the story and completed our learning by writing a descriptive poem. In ICT we followed a live learning session on how we can enhance our knowledge and language skills by using Adobe on Hwb- lots of new skills were learnt that will be reinforced in the next few weeks. The children really surprised us with their teamwork, strength and communication whilst creating a Sukkah in forest school. This is a temporary hut that is constructed for use during the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot. We have been recapping our knowledge of verbs during Welsh sessions and asking and answering about what we like to do, such as swimming-nofio, play football – chwarae pel-droed and singing-canu. Ask your child ‘Beth wyt t’in hoffi wneud?’  

                                               

22.9.23

Our topic this term is- Memory Box. We will be focusing on our immediate environment- looking at Trellech in the Bronze age and how things have changed over time. Local historian and Archaeologist, Katie Churchill came in to talk to the children about Trellech and how archaeologists have been able to piece together evidence of how Trellech looked in the past. Katie brought lots of interesting objects and bones for the children to examine. The children were so enthused, with so many questions, which was just great. Fortunately, we were then able to visit the archaeological dig at Court Farm where Dr Mark Lewis from the National Museum in Cardiff explained to the children how to undertake a geographical survey in the field. Just so fascinating! The children were then able to have a go at digging, sieving and washing bits of pottery that they excavated with Katie Churchill.

A local Author, Margaret Iggulden is coming in to talk to the children on 25th September about her recent book which is all about a family living in the Wye valley in the 21st century; where they visit an archaeological dig site and discover a mysterious bronze mirror. We are currently reading this fabulous book and we will have an opportunity to purchase her books on the same day. (Schoop message to follow). In Literacy, we have been studying the picture book Journey by Aaron Becker. We have been describing the setting using interesting place openers together with adventurous adjectives and verbs. In Numeracy, we have been subtracting numbers by finding the difference, reading numbers up to 100 and beyond, and understanding each numbers value