Welcome to the Year 4 Maple Class page!
Here you will find what we’ll be learning in class in the week ahead, examples of learning that have taken place, links to useful websites, resources for home learning, photos of activities and events and much much more! Be sure to check this webpage every week; you could even set it as your homepage!
PE in Year 4 will be swimming on Tuesdays. Children will also run the 'Daily Mile' to improve both their fitness and focus in class.
- Homework will be given out on a Friday and should be handed in the following Wednesday.
- Spelling tests will take place on a Friday
Sum 2 - Week 3 -18.6.18
This half term, we will be learning about a number of Scientists and Inventors. This week we have been learning about Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone.
Please watch this fantastic video about him- https://www.bbc.com/education/clips/z8kd7ty
Please practise reading different types of clocks with the children and encourage them to say the time in different ways, such as: 3pm, 3 o'clock, half past 3 or 3:30. Practise reading both 12 and 24-hour clocks.
Topic Overview - Summer 2 2018
Here is the sixth and final topic overview for the academic year. Listed are details of the topics and subject matter that will be covered over the coming weeks in class. Please research these areas at home. If you have any questions about anything on the overview, please do not hesitate to ask. I am more than happy to go over anything and suggest ways of exploring each subject further at home.
Sum 1 - Week 3 - 30.4.18
Ancient Egypt Assembly - 2.5.18
Maple Class delivered a phenomenal assembly to the whole school on Wednesday. They performed their lines magnificently and made their teacher very proud! If you were unable to attend please check out the photos below. I hope the children continue to be fascinated by history!
Careers Day - 26.4.18
This was a first at East Acton. Children throughout Key Stage 2 met professionals face to face and interviewed them about their careers. They met a doctor, a scientist , a publisher and even a Formula 1 chemist! This was a fascinating event and I hope the children started to really dream about their exciting future careers. Have a look at the pictures below.
Sum 1 - Week 2 - 23.4.18
Ancient Egypt Workshop- 19.4.18
On Thursday 19th April, Year 4 had the pleasure of meeting Steve and Sally, two passionate Egyptologists. We learnt so much about the Ancient Egyptian civilisation. From geography to customs, mummification to dance, we even did maths like Egyptians! We learnt loads and mega massive fun! Check out the pictures below.
Sum 1 - Week 1 - 16.4.18
Topic Overview - Summer 1 2018
Here is the fifth and penultimate topic overview for the academic year. Listed are details of the topics and subject matter that will be covered over the coming weeks in class. Please research these areas at home. If you have any questions about anything on the overview, please do not hesitate to ask. I am more than happy to go over anything and suggest ways of exploring each subject further at home.
Spr 2 - Week 6 - 26.3.18
Here are some photos of the amazing events that have taken place this term. It's been a really busy term but the children have been brilliant. There has been a great deal of learning and I can really see their progression since the beginning of Year 4. Have a wonderful break over Easter and I'll have a proper catch up with you all at Parents' Evening.
Spr 2 - Week 5 - 19.3.18
Trip to Hampton Court Palace- 23.3.18
The trip to Hampton Court Palace approaches. Here is a description of the workshop the children will be participating in.
Objectives for the session at Hampton Court:
‘Led by a costumed interpreter and using artefacts written and picture sources and replica objects, this session helps pupils to understand how the past is constructed from a range of sources. This interactive object-handling session encourages pupils to think critically and to weigh evidence to formulate a balanced opinion of Henry VIII.’
Hampton Court trip: Friday 23rd March 2018
Home Learning Gallery: 28th March 2018
Last Day of Spring Term: 29th March 2018
Egyptian workshop: 19th April 2018
Spr 2 - Week 3 - 5.3.18
Maths- Multiplication (Commutative property and factor pairs)
In maths this week, we have been looking at commutative property and factor pairs. Commutativity, is the concept that if 3 x 4 = 12, then 4 x 3 also equals 12.
Factor pairs are pairs of numbers that multiply together to make a product. The factor pairs of 12 for example are 3 and 4 (3 x 4), 2 and 6 (2 x 6) , and 1 and 12 (1 x 12). Understanding these concepts will help the children solve problems quicker and more frequently mentally. Below is a website which helps you practice this, as well as other maths skills. Sign up and get practicing.
Spr 2 - Week 2 - 26.2.18
Tudor home learning project
This half term we will be learning about the Tudors and how Henry VIII changed England.
Due in: 23/3/2018
Home Learning Gallery: 28/3/2018
The Tudor rose is the traditional floral heraldic emblem of England and takes its name and origins from the House of Tudor, which united the House of York and House of Lancaster. We would like the children to create their own family emblem combining one aspect from each parent. This will then be turned into a 3D model that can be made out of junk modelling, clay, fabric or even pasta. This will then need to be painted and have a family motto written underneath. NO DRAWINGS.
In Maths we have been looking at multiplication using a formal written method. The children have been timings a 2 and 3 digit number by a 1 digit number. We have used the column method and doing it in stages of ones and then tens .
21 7 x 3
60 20 x 3 (when timings a tens number the children have learnt to place zero as a place holder)
+ 300 100 x 3 (when timings a hundreds number the children have learnt to place two zeros as place holders)
Spr 2 - Week 1 - 19.2.18
Topic Overview - Spring 2 2018
Here is the fourth topic overview for the academic year. Listed are details of the topics and subject matter that will be covered over the coming weeks in class. Please research these areas at home. If you have any questions about anything on the overview, please do not hesitate to ask. I am more than happy to go over anything and suggest ways of exploring each subject further at home.
Spr 1 - Week 6 - 5.2.18
'Meet the Puppies'- Charity Fundraiser - 7.2.18
On the Wednesday of the last week of Spr 1, Maple Class' charity fundraising event took place, where children from KS2 were offered the chance to meet Mr Webb's two French bulldog puppies (Rocky and Dobby), in exchange for a charitable donation. The class raised over £80 for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, a sanctuary for dogs and cats in need. The event was a great success and we will surely be doing it again. Woof woof!
Spr 1 - Week 4 - 22.1.18
Maths Curriculum Morning - Bar Modelling - 23.1.18
Thank you to all the parents and carers who attended the Maths Curriculum morning on Tuesday. If you weren't there, the focus for both the workshop and lesson, was the use of 'bar models' to help with addition and subtraction in word problems. Below is the presentation which we went through. It should be self-explanatory, but if it isn't, please come and see me and I'll go through it with you. There are many challenges on there which you can go through with your children. I hope that you find it useful.
Topic Overview - Spring 1 2018
Here is the third topic overview for the academic year. Listed are details of the topics and subject matter that will be covered over the coming weeks in class. Please research these areas at home. If you have any questions about anything on the overview, please do not hesitate to ask. I am more than happy to go over anything and suggest ways of exploring each subject further at home.
Spr 1 - Week 3 - 15.1.18
We are looking at transferring our addition and subtraction skills when using graphs and reading them. We will be learning how to draw and read bar and line graphs. As well as reading tables and graphs, the children will have to answer questions about the data; this will either be looking at the difference or comparing the information they have been given.
Our focus this week is learning how to draw line graphs and create our own questions. We will be using a set of data and then turning that into a line graph. We will be learning how to draw the and label the graph correctly and understand how to place the information so it can be read clearly.
Things to do at home
Read up on graphs and data: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/data/frequency_diagrams/read/1/
Learn through play: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/data/frequency_diagrams/play/
These are some of the key words we will be looking at this week:
Our focus for ICT this term is learning how to send emails and the different types of emails we might send, for example an informal email to a friend where they might use text speak or smiles as well as what a formal email looks like. The children will be learning how to deal with unwanted emails such as spam or ones that contain nasty messages.
Learning Objectives: Skills, Knowledge & Understanding
· Send purposeful messages to people & characters in the school community
· Understand that communications can be in various forms: text, image, sound, etc.
· Use an address book / contacts list
· Forward received messages.
· Attach various files to emails
· Know how to open and save received attached files
· Use technology safely and respectfully
· Keep personal information private
· Vary tone & style of language typed according to recipient
· Know that files received from an unknown source must be viewed with suspicion and COULD contain viruses and / or nasty messages.
In Science this term we will be learning about sound. Here is some key vocab to begin your studies.
Spr 1 - Week 1 - 1.1.17
Hello and welcome back, we hope you had a fantastic holiday and break. This half term is full of fun and exciting activities.
This half term we will be looking at different countries from around the world. The focus will be on their geographical features both natural and man-made.
What you can do at home:
Research the topic online, visit local parks as well as visiting forests and woods and complete the class project
Class projects are an essential part of your children’s learning and children will be expected to present their projects to the whole school in the home learning gallery at the end of every half term. The class project this half term is to produce their own version of their country's flag or rewrite the national anthem based on what they think is important to them and their country.
We will be continuing to work on number with a particular focus on addition and subtraction. We will now be looking at solve more complicated questions using exchanging and missing numbers to help the children understand the importance of knowing the inverse of the operations and how we use it to check our answers. Please can ask you to practise the children’s number bonds to 100 as this will be very supportive during mental maths lessons.
Please continue to practise this at home with the children.
We will now be doing whole class guided reading lessons where we look at the different reading domains. Our focus for this week will be looking at the meaning of the worlds and explaining what the means within the context of the text.
These are the key words we will be looking at this week:
Our focus for ICT this term is using specific programs for a specific outcome. This will be linked to our topic and the children will be creating a presentation based on the countries they have been looking at and then presenting these to the class. The children will continue learning how to research on the computer safely and understanding what a creditable source is for information.
In Science this term we will be learning about sound and how our ears help us to hear.
Aut 2 - Week 6 - 4.12.17
Ufton Court- Vicious Vikings Trip - 4.12.17
Below are slideshows of our trip to Ufton Court in Reading. It was a truly memorable trip. We learnt how to battle and raid like Vikings. We learnt about their weapons, voyages, battles and much much more. Check out the photos below and continue to research this fascinating period in history. And don't forget the Viking projects are due next week!
Our focus for Maths this half term has been adding and subtracting. We have looked at a range of different methods we could use to add and subtract. We been using our place value to help us.
What we are focusing on
We have been looking at adding with more than one exchange. Below is an example of how we have been doing this with place value and column method.
On Tuesdays we will be doing Times Tables tests. The children will be given 10 minutes to answer as many questions as they can.
Please continue to practise this at home with the children.
In English we are rewriting 'The Night Pirates' by Peter Harris and Deborah Allwright. Below is a link to the book if you would like to look at it home with your child.
The focus for this text as been to take what has been written and use that as a structure to create a more detailed version of the book as it has been written for younger children. We have been looking at using extended noun phrases, which is when you use more than one adjective in front of a noun e.g fluffy brown cat.
We have also been using these to help with creating more detai in quite a simple text.
Aut 2 - Week 4 - 20.11.17
Topic (The Vikings) - 15.11.17
Last week, Year 4 were visited by a Viking! His name was Rik and he brought many amazing Viking artefacts to show us. Alongside Miss Widowson, he also showed us how Vikings would fight, using a shield and range of weapons, including spears, axes, daggers and swords. Check out the video and pictures below of a truly memorable morning. We'd like to sincerely thank Rik and Miss Widowson for all their hard work and teaching us so much about the Viking age.
Aut 2 - Week 3 - 13.11.17
We will be looking at adding 2 four digit numbers together without exchanging.We will be looking at mental and written methods to do this. Below are the methods we have been using in class to help the children.
In English, we have been writing playscripts based on the book 'Gentle Giant'. We have loved writing and performing them. To learn more about plays and writing playscripts, check out the link below.
In Science this term, we are learning about Electricity. We have made electrical circuits using a range of components and learnt to draw them using the correct symbols. To learn more, check out the BBC Bitesize link below.
Here is the second topic overview for the academic year. Listed are details of the topics and subject matter that will be covered over the coming weeks in class. Please research these areas at home. If you have any questions about anything on the overview, please do not hesitate to ask. I am more than happy to go over anything and suggest ways of exploring each subject further at home.
There are also details of the class project. Class projects are essential pieces of home learning and are both fun and informative. Make sure you put the hand in date in your diaries now! We want to show off all your hard work at the next home learning gallery! Your Anglo-Saxon settlements were amazing, so let's keep up the wonderful work
What you can do at home is research the topic online, visit the British Museum and complete the class project as well as visting https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/ztyr9j6. The class project is to either design a Viking shield or create a Viking long ship.Projects are due in Wednesday 13th December 2017.
Our focus for Maths this half term is adding and subtracting. We will be looking at a range of different methods we can use to add and subtract different numbers from each other. We will still be using place value to help us. As the weeks go on I will add the different methods we are covering class and how best you can support your child at home.
What we are focusing on
Next we will be looking at adding and subtracting 1, 10, 100 and 1000 from any four digit number.We will be looking at mental and written methods to do this.
In English we are reading the ‘Gentle Giant' by Michael Morpurgo. He draws on traditional storytelling to weave a tale of extraordinary relevance to our own world today. A story of compassion, and love, and a simple belief in the healing powers of nature. A powerful folktale about a lonely giant who lives by a beautiful lake. When he saves a girl from drowning, the giant finds the love and courage to save the lake from destruction.
On a small island way out in the middle of a silver lake there once lived a sad young man. He was sad because he had grown up into a giant of a man, very big, very strong and very frightening. Because of this, no one liked to go near him. So his only friends were the wild creatures that lived all around him.Then one day, he saves a girl from drowning, a girl in a wide-brimmed straw hat. Little does he know how she is going to change his life forever.
We will be focusing on writing a play script based 'Gentle Giant'. We will be looking at the features of play script and how it differs from a story and how we read it.
Aut 1 - Week 6 - 9.10.17
Our focus for Maths this half term is to understand place value and how we can use it to help us with ordering, rounding and problem solving. We will be starting with concrete materials to help develop the children’s understanding practically, then moving onto visual (images of the concrete), and then the abstract, such as written numbers.
We have been using practical resources during Maths. Some of the recourse’s used are:
Place Value Chart
What we are focusing on
For the next two weeks will be looking at ordering and comparing numbers. As you can see from the image below we are still supporting the children's understanding with dienes and a place value table. When ordering and comparing numbers we are encouraging the children to look at the numbers to identify what is the same and what is different to help them with the tasks.
Greater than and less than.
Ordering from smallest to the largest.
In English, we have been writing newspaper reports based on the book we have been reading 'The Children of Lir', an Irish fairytale. Newspapers are written in columns, have snappy, eye-catching headlines, summative opening paragraphs, quotations and concluding paragraphs which explain what next and may include a rhetorical question. Check out the example below and have a go at reading and writing more reports at home.
This week we have been learning about Anglo-Saxon villages. Check out this great website below to learn more about their settlements and how people would live in them.
Aut 1 - Week 4 - 25.9.17
This week in maths we have been learning to round numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. We have found the phrase ' 4 and down, round down; 5 and up, round up' to be very useful. Have a practice on the maths games below to help improve your rounding skills. If you have any issues with rounding, please come in and see me and I'll guide you on various techniques.
This week in English we have been improving our descriptive writing. Descriptive writing is essential if you are to paint a picture in the minds of the readers. Check out the link below to get tips on how to improve your descriptive writing; then why not have a go at describing a character or setting of your choice using everything you have learnt.
We have been looking at Anglo Saxon settlements and drawing maps of our own settlements. You can use this to help you when designing your settlement at home for your home learning project.
Our focus for Maths this half term is to understand place value and how we can use it to help us with ordering, rounding and even problem solving. We will be starting with concrete materials to help develop the children’s understanding practically, then moving onto visual (images of the concrete) and then the abstract such as written numbers.
We have been using a lot of practical resources during Maths. Some of the recourse’s used are:
Place Value Chart
In English we are reading the ‘Silver Swan’ by Micheal Morpurgo
A boy observes and becomes fond of a swan that settles on his local lake, finds a mate, and hatches a family. But even he cannot save the swan from a starving, predatory fox. In the end, the boy comes to terms with the harsh and the redeeming aspects of nature.
We have been learning how to write diary entries, written from the perspective of the characters from 'The Silver Swan'.
These are the main features we use when writing diaries:
In Science, we will be learning about Animals and their diets. Are they Carnivores (eat meat), Herbivores (eat vegetation and no meat) or Omnivores (eat both meat and vegetation). Check out the Marwell Zoo website to learn more about a wide range of animals and their diets.
Topic/ Home Learning Project
Here are some pictures showing what is expected for the Autumn 1 home learning project. Your model should show the main features of an Anglo-Saxon settlement. You should add some informative cards to your models, describing the settlement and informing viewers about the Anglo-Saxons' lifestyle.
Here is the first topic overview for the academic year. Listed are details of the topics and subject matter that will be covered over the coming weeks in class. Please research these areas at home. If you have any questions about anything on the overview, please do not hesitate to ask. I am more than happy to go over anything and suggest ways of exploring each subject further at home.
There are also details of the class project. Class projects are essential pieces of home learning and are both fun and informative. Make sure you put the hand in date in your diaries now! We want to show off all your hard work at the next home learning gallery!