Weekly Review – 18th January

Friday 18th January 2019

It has been yet another busy week in Year 4. It has been really pleasing to see so many children eager to take part in the FOBISIA Short Story Competition. There have been some very imaginative ideas and we look forward to reading their final drafts.

In Literacy, we have begun to look at Suspense Stories. We watched a brief animation and then wrote this into our own story. We tried to include as many suspense writing techniques as we could remember. The purpose of this activity was for us to see which techniques we are confident at using and which ones we need to develop further over the next couple of weeks. Then, we progressed onto looking at effective suspense language and devised a toolkit which we will use to help us successfully build up suspense.

In Numeracy, we have continued to learn about Fractions. We began by learning an entirely new concept, ‘the part whole model.’ It was a challenge at first, but after repeated practice, we can now use this model to turn improper fractions into mixed numbers. After this, we moved onto ordering fractions on a number line and then finished the week by learning to add and subtract fractions. We only had to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator so we soon grasped this method.

In Humanities, we have learnt about the causes and effects of volcanoes. We began by exploring Google Expeditions so that we could see what a volcano is and what causes them. After this, we used images to identify the effects of a volcanic eruption. To begin with, we thought that a volcanic eruption would mainly cause consequences but we soon began to see that there can be some advantages too.

In Science, we have continued to investigate sound. We created our own string telephones and had a conversation with our friends. We soon realised that we could hear each other as vibrations were being sent along the string. We experimented with using different lengths of string to see how this changed the volume and pitch of our voices. Some of us even went one step further and changed the material to see if this had an impact upon the sound created.

We hope you all a very happy weekend.

Many Thanks,

     The Year 4 Team


  1. Saturday 19th January – SHR Pop Up Playgroup cancelled
  2. Tuesday 22nd January – 4LP Class Assembly
  3. Friday 1st February – Chinese New Year celebrations


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4LP Explore Sound

In Science this week, 4LP communicated to each other without using any technology at all…just a basic string telephone! We discussed how sound travelled through the phone and identified ways that we could make the sounds louder and quieter. 


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Sounds great!

4MD continued their investigations into sound by testing how sound travels. We noticed from our observations that sound travels through vibrations. We witnessed this when we held the string lightly during the classic cup experiment. We can also stop the vibrations by holding the string tight and no sound was heard. The class went on to investigate different types and length of string exploring how these can effect the volume and pitch of sound. 

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4CL find out more about natural disasters

4CL have begun looking at our new topic, natural disasters. As well as identifying different types of disaster, the class used the internet to locate where disasters have taken place across the world. They then used plasticine to plot the disasters on a map of the world.


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4LP Class Assembly

Dear Parents,

On Tuesday 22nd January, we will have our class assembly and 4LP’s parents are invited to watch from 7.45am in the Memorial Hall (please do not enter before this time).

Children will need to wear dark clothing for the assembly and then change into their school uniform afterwards. Please can children arrive promptly on the day. Children will be collected from the playground at 7:30am and registered in the Memorial Hall.

The children now have their script and we would be extremely grateful if you could encourage them to learn their lines. The script will also be shared with the children on Google Drive in case they need an extra copy.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thank you for your continued support.

Ms Pearson and Ms Gieng 

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Term 2a Home Learning

Please be aware that the grid Home Learning tasks, as previously, are available on Firefly. These can be accessed securely by your child’s login. This half term, we would also like children to write a short story as part of the FOBISIA Short Story Competition. This can be instead of the Grid project for the first 3 weeks. Once again, details have been posted on Firefly. We would like planning to be completed by Wed 16th, writing by Wed 23rd and editing by the 30th January. Children will need to use Google Drive via the secure link provided on Firefly. I have attached a copy of the guidance below, although please note that our deadlines are different in order to give us time to choose a class winner, and subsequently Year 3/4 overall winner.

Enjoy your weekend,

Alan Wright

FOBISIA Short Story Competition 2019 POSTER1

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Weekly Review – 11th January 2019

Friday 11th January 2019

We hope you all had a very restful holiday and would like to wish you a Happy New Year. This week, we have quickly settled back into our routine. Our memories are refreshed and we have already made an excellent start on term 2’s learning. 

In Literacy, we have been writing persuasive letters. Our letters encourage a local business to consider ways that they can further reduce food wastage. We have researched why it is important that we save food and identified ways that this can be done. This all links to our work on sustainable development goals. We are definitely excited to read the response to our letters and hope that they implement some of our solutions. Next week, we will begin to look at how to write an effective suspense story.

In Numeracy, we have begun to look at Fractions. We understand what fractions are and when we may need to use them in everyday life. We can now identify fractions of shapes and learnt some tricky mathematical vocabulary to help us with this, ‘numerator and denominator.’  After that, we began to find equivalent fractions through using our knowledge of multiplication and division as well as the help of a fraction wall.

In Humanities, we have started our new ‘Natural Disasters’ topic. We have shown great enthusiasm towards this topic and many of us already knew some interesting facts which we were eager to share. We combined technology with our first lesson and used Google Maps to identify the location of places where natural disasters have already occurred. We then created our own key using plasticine, labels and cocktail sticks to show these on a world map! In Computing, we have started to think about how our electronic devices actually work. We looked at what a network is and learnt how our computers communicate through this.

In Science this half term, we will be exploring Sound. We began by thinking about what we already know about sound and what we would like to find out. We will review our questions at the end of this half term to see whether we have some answers. Our work in the Science Lab consisted of making a lot of noise! We looked at how sound travels and considered why we can actually hear sound.

We hope you all a very happy weekend.

Many Thanks,

     The Year 4 Team


  1. Friday 11th January – SP Family Night
  2. Thursday 17th January – Please note that the Year 3 and 4 Sports Day is postponed due to predicted high AQI’s next week. This has been rescheduled for Thursday 7th February during periods 1 and 2.
  3. Saturday 19th January – SHR Pop Up Playgroup
  4. Tuesday 22nd January – 4LP Class Assembly


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4CL use their powers of persuasion!

4CL found out all about sustainable development and food wastage, and used this knowledge to write persuasive letters. 

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Natural Disasters in 4LP

Today, we began our new ‘Natural Disasters’ topic. We used Google Maps to locate previous natural disasters and then pinned these onto a world map. 

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Sports Day 17th January

Dear all,

please note that Sports Day will now be on Thursday 17th January, periods 1 and 2. This is a change from previously advertised dates. Kindly see the letter below from our PE department for details:

Year 3+4 Sports Day 2019 letter.docx

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