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Year 4 - Whale class

Welcome to Whale Class!

Whale class is taught by Miss Moreton and supported by Mrs Roberts. Please feel free to email me at amoreton@standrews.dsat.org.uk if you have any queries or questions and I will reply as soon as possible.

 

Watch this space for regular updates to find out about our amazing learning!

 

 

This half-term our topic is...

Road Trip USA

 

 

Buckle up, sunglasses on - we're going on a road trip across the good old US of A! In English, we will be reading an exciting and magical book called 'The Indian in the Cupboard' by Lynne Reid Banks, which is a perfect read for anyone who loves a good adventure! In maths, we shall be revisiting statistics. We will be exploring bar charts, pictograms and time graphs. This topic will also be developing the children humanities skills through exploring the human and physical geographical features and exploring the historical Native Americans. 

 

New This week...

Whale Class showcase on Friday 19th July at 2:30pm.

W/C Monday 8th July

We've had an extremely exciting week, with Whale class meeting their new Year 5 teachers. They all enjoyed spending time with their new teachers, new classroom and new peers. They cannot wait until September! Whale class have also been working hard this week by writing their own Myth and Legend story, including a Legend which they designed. In maths, we have been developing our problem solving skills by completing a range of problems from Nrich. 

This week the children have been learning about the spelling rule/pattern: adding the prefix ir- and il-

Please learn to spell the following words for the Speed Spell test on Monday.

  1. Irrelevant
  2. Irresponsible
  3. Irregular
  4. Irresistible
  5. Illegible
  6. Illogical

 

Please note that this will be the last weekly spelling test in Year 4!

 

W/C Monday 1st July

Another busy week in Year 4. Everyone showed great sporting persverance and sportsmanship during sports day. All the children enjoyed themselves and the brillaint weather was a bonus. The children have been working hard in English through exploring Native American Myths and Legends and will be creating their own Myth and Legend story next week. In maths, they have been revising finding the perimeter and area of shapes. They have also been busy making dream catchers and totem poles, which you will get to see during our showcase on Friday 19th July at 2:30pm.

This week the children have been learning about the spelling rule/pattern: c sound spelt –que and g sound spelt -gue

Please learn to spell the following words for the Speed Spell test on Monday.

  1. Unique
  2. Cheque
  3. Antique
  4. Colleague
  5. Catalogue
  6. Dialogue

 

W/C Monday 24th June.

This week, I have burst with pride as Whale class have worked extremely hard on their end of year assessments and were super confident when performing their class worship based on 'Respect'. I would also like to thank all the parents who attended. Here are a few snap shots:

 

                        

 

I'm also pleased to announce that 18 children have been awarded a Mathletics certificate. A big congratulations to Maisy who collected the most amount of points this week and has been awarded a silver certificate. Bronze certificate winners: Isabelle, Mateusz, Henry, Bella, Ben, Katia, Oliver, Amy, Summer, Paige, Nikita, Luca, Amelia K, Jessica, Chloe, Amelia T, Wells and Kajetan. 

 

This week the children have been learning about the spelling rule/pattern: zhun sound spelt -sion

Please learn to spell the following words for the Speed Spell test on Monday.
1.    Invasion
2.    Explosion
3.    Division
4.    Collision
5.    Confusion
6.    Decision


W/C Monday 17th June.

What a busy and exciting week we have had. Firstly, I have been truly amazed by the art work which the children have produced this week. The children were given a picture of a Native American Indian and each and every child in the class took their time to sketch and use their pencil to add detail and shading. Have a look at the amazing drawings above. Whale class also had a fantastic time at WOEC - they cheered each other on when rock climbing and developed their team building skills through a range of activites. Take a look at some of the pictures from the day above. This week the children have been learning about the spelling rule/pattern: ay sound spelt eigh, ei and ey. Please learn to spell the following words for the Speed Spell test on Monday.

  1. Eight
  2. Veins
  3. Neighbourly
  4. Weightless
  5. Obeyed
  6. Greyness

 

Matheletics: Use your login and complete learning tasks to get a bronze, silver or gold certificate.

 

W/C Monday 10th June.

This week we started our topic 'Road Trip USA!'. In Literacy, we began reading 'The Indian in the cupboard' and enjoyed describing the Indian using expanded noun phrases. In Maths, we have been learning about different measures and converting between different units e.g. litres to millilitres. In topic, we had a hunt around the school to find 14 states of America and collect tickets. We also learnt about the Iroquois including what they looked like, how they lived and what their houses looked like. We then designed our own longhouses and made them using natural materials.

In spelling this week, the children have been learning about spelling rule/pattern: adding the suffix -ly and ally. Please learn to spell the following words for the Speed Spell test on Monday.

  1. angily
  2. bossily
  3. sadly
  4. hastily
  5. magically
  6. heroically

 

W/C Monday 3rd June.

What a fantastic and busy start to the final term! The children have been so engaged and excited to celebrate our vision week. Our vision is that we work to be; making a difference for good, with each other, everyone, in our community. The children have also been focused on our 3 core values which underpin our vision: love, trust and perseverance. We started by exploring the bible story Cain and Abel and thought about the importance of including everyone. The children have been very creative and have created wonderful art pieces inspired by our Values. Well done to Bella, Luca and Paige who were voted as the best pictures.

  

                                                    

 

In spelling this week, the children have been learning about spelling Homophones. Please learn to spell the following words for the Speed Spell test on Monday.

  1. Groan
  2. Grown
  3. Reign
  4. Rein
  5. Peace
  6. Piece

 

W/C Monday 20th May

What a brilliant end to the first half of the summer term. Thank you to all the parents who came to Whales' topic showcase. The children were so enthused about their learning based on Burps, Bottoms and Bile and could not wait to share their digestive system models and t-shirts.

 

No spellings to learn over half-term!

 

W/C Monday 13th May

This week the children have been learning about the spelling rule/pattern: adding the prefix mis-

Please learn to spell the following words for the Speed Spell test on Monday.

  1. Misbehave
  2. Misplace
  3. Mislead
  4. Misspell
  5. Misprint
  6. Misunderstand

 

The children have been extremely excited to become news reporters in English this week. They have begun to create a newspaper article warning people about the DEMON DENTIST! In maths, we have been learning all about money. We began by converting pounds into pence, rounding and comparing money and then finished with money problems. On Thursday, they worked in partners to solve problems to be able to find some treasure. Well done to Chloe and Paige who were the first children to solve all the problems. We have had an amazing amount of junk modeling items to help make our digestive system models. We hope you are avaliable to come to our showcase on Friday 24th May at 2pm, to have a look at them. 

 

W/C Monday 6th May

This week we have been continuing to read Demon Dentist and made predictions of what will happen to Alfie when he is trying to catch the infamous 'tooth snatcher.' We acted out our predictions in groups and then planned and wrote the next chapter. In maths, we have been learning about fractions which included fractions of numbers, equivalent fractions and amounts of money. In cornerstones, we have learnt body parts in French and created a poster about the importance of personal hygiene. 

 

Here are some of our predictions in action...

 

W/C Monday 29th April:

We have had an exciting week of learning! We kicked off the week with a look at a pig's organs and we were surprised at how squishy they felt and how they were connected. We then found out about our digestive system and the function of each organ. In English, we drafted and published our letters to PC Plank to persuade him to arrest the wicked dentist, Miss Root. In maths, we continued our learning about telling the time, which included comparing and ordering times. We also found some shocking results to our science investigation! The pinapple juice was the worst drink as the egg shell became soft and decayed. The mils was the best drink as the egg shell stayed the same, infact it was even harder than before.

 

 

W/C Monday 22nd April:

In English, we have started reading the fantastic book by David Walliams, Demon Dentist. The children have described Miss Root using expanded noun phrases. We have looked at features of a persuasive letter and will be writing one to PC Plank to persuade him to arrest the cruel, wicked dentist. In topic, we had a look at our teeth and learnt their different names; incisors, molars, canines, premolars and wisdom. We have also started an investigation to find out how different drinks can affect your teeth. In maths this week, we have been learning about time including converting between analogue and digital time with both 12 hour and 24 hour clocks. Science Investigation: In each box, we poured a different drink (squash, pineapple juice, sugar-free lemonade and milk) and placed part of an eggshell (to act as the enamel on our teeth). We are watching closely over the next week to see what happens. Have a look at the results so far...

 

 

 

Physical Education!

 Please make sure your child has got the correct PE kit in school on the correct days. 

Tuesday - inside PE with Miss Moreton

Thursday - outside PE with Mrs Stone

 

 

Our Digestive System T-Shirts

Spelling

The National Curriculum outlines the spelling rules that children will learn in Year 3 and Year 4:

  • Use further prefixes and suffixes and understand how to add them (such as dis– and –sure)
  • Spell further homophones (such as except/accept)
  • Spell words that are often misspelt 
  • Use the possessive apostrophe accurately (plurals)
  • Use the first two or three letters of a word to check its spelling in a dictionary

 

See: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/at-school/subject-guides/spelling-at-primary-school/

 

Please see Year 3 and 4 spelling list below.

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