This week has been Anti-Bullying week in school. It was great to see the children show their support by wearing their odd socks to reflect this year’s theme of ‘all different, all equal.’ The children have had opportunities to celebrate what makes them and others unique as well as to understand the importance of respecting and valuing every individual.
In Literacy, we have written another poem, this time based on a theme of ‘The Magic Box.’ The children have rehearsed their poem and have each had the opportunity to perform this to our Year 2 students.
In Numeracy, we have continued with our work on Statistics. We have progressed onto presenting data by drawing our own bar charts and line graphs. Some of us have even challenged ourselves to write our own questions about the data shown in our charts. We will begin a new unit on ‘Geometry’ next week.
In Humanities, we have continued to look more closely at a map of India. We have begun to ask geographical questions about the location of places in India. In Science, we have moved onto our new unit of ‘Living Things’ and we began by classifying different organisms. We improved our scientific vocabulary by learning new names of groups that plants and animals can be sorted into. In Art, we will be designing our own Indian Batik so we have been looking closely at the different patterns and colours used in Indian artwork which we can use for our own design.
The Year 4 Team
Tuesday 21st November – Charity non-uniform day. Children are asked to wear appropriate footwear and no football tops. They have been asked for a donation of 100 Baht.
Monday 4th December – Years 3 and 4 Sports Day (8:00am – 10:00am)
Week beginning Monday 11th December – Children will present their Incredible India Long Term Project to their peers. Please make sure that the children have completed their project before this date. See the instructions on Firefly for more details and an overview of key dates.
Please note that children should have their Art shirts in school as they will need these during our upcoming Batik work.
4LP have shown their support for Anti-Bullying Week and have been busy celebrating what makes us all different but equal. They took part in an odd socks day to show that they want to make a stand against bullying.
As part of the school’s ongoing drive to raise funds for our Charity Partners, next Tuesday will be a non-uniform day for Junior School. If you would like to find out more about the charities we support, please follow this link:
Our new topic began in earnest last week as we started learning new vocabulary associated with India. We furthered our understanding of Indian geography by creating maps of India which displayed geographical features such as the River Ganges. The maps were also used to highlight the various climate zones in India. We linked our knowledge of these zones to our scientific studies of the water cycle.
Today marks the start of Anti-Bullying Week. 4OB enthusiastically participated in ‘Odd Socks Day’ to show that we all embrace our differences and treat others equally. This morning, 4OB also held their own anti-bullying workshop in which we discussed the definition of ‘bullying’, how it can make people feel and how to stop bullying. We also spoke maturely about how we should treat others and shared our own mottos to demonstrate how we live our lives.
This video clip also helped us to understand the effects of bullying and the importance of making a stand together against it.
It’s been another busy week in Year 4! It is has been very pleasing to see the children making a start on their Long Term Projects and they are making an excellent job of working collaboratively with their peers. Many thanks for supporting the children with their Home Learning. We have also taken time to participate in an Act of Remembrance as a whole school and all children participated in this with a respectful manner.
In Literacy, we have made a fantastic effort to write our own poem called, ‘A Poem to be Spoken Silently.’ We described India using our senses and we ensured that our poems included poetry toolkit features. We also had to focus on making sure that our structure was the same as the model poem.
In Numeracy, we have moved onto a new unit, ‘Statistics.’ We began by asking questions about a variety of different graphs or charts which revealed data about India. We then studied pictograms, bar charts and line graphs and answered a range of question types which required us to interpret the data they showed.
In Humanities, we have continued to focus on our Geography skills, this time looking more closely at a map of India. We have used Google Maps or Google Earth to locate key places in India and we have studied atlases so that we could identify where India’s famous rivers, mountains or deserts are. In Science, we have looked at the different stages of the Water Cycle and learnt new vocabulary such as evaporation, condensation and precipitation. We have put together our own ‘mini water cycle’ investigation so we can observe what happens.
The Year 4 Team
Week beginning Monday 13th November – Anti-Bullying week
Monday 13th November – Odd Socks Day
Week beginning Monday 11th December – Children were present their Incredible India Long Term Project to their peers. Please make sure that the children have completed their project before this date. See the instructions on Firefly for more details and an overview of key dates.
As you may be aware, next week is Anti-Bullying week. As part of this, we are inviting all students to participate in ‘Odd Socks Day’ on Monday 13th November in order to promote the concept of diversity and celebrate difference. If your child would like to participate in this event and help support the campaign, they simply need to wear odd socks to school!
Anti-bullying wrist bands will also be sold throughout the week (100 baht) with all proceeds being donated to charity.
Last week, we once again welcomed Ex Cathedra into our school for some singing and percussion learning. As a class, we tried very hard to play a Samba tune, maintaining our timing and beat pattern. Please comment below on how you think we did…
This week in Numeracy, 4OB have been conducting some data research on our topic for this half term – Incredible India. Using the Ipads and various tables and graphs, 4OB used their mathematical skills to read and understand what the data was telling them about the population of India, weather, rainfall and tourism. By working together as a team, we discussed our findings and found out lots of new and interesting facts about this incredible country!
2 house points for anyone who can tell us an informative fact they discovered about India!
We have had an exceptionally busy week in Year 4. The week began with a visit from Ex Cathedra, a British choir. We took part in a range of musical activities which encouraged the children to carefully listen to and follow rhythms. On Tuesday, we all participated in our Swim Gala and it was fantastic to see such a good team spirit amongst the children and to see so many parent spectators offering their support. The week concluded with Loy Krathong celebrations; the children looked spectacular in their traditional Thai costume and they thoroughly enjoyed making their own Krathongs.
In Literacy, we have begun our new unit on Poetry and started by looking at what skills are needed to write an effective poem. We then moved onto rehearsing and performing poems whilst considering ways to engage an audience. In preparation for writing poems linked to our Incredible India topic, we have started to focus on collecting vocabulary to describe what India is like.
In Numeracy, we have continued to look at both mental methods for division and written methods such as chunking, using a number line or short multiplication. Please encourage the children to continue to learn their times tables. This link can help children practise: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
In Humanities, we began our new Incredible India topic by using a globe to identify the geographical location of the country. We then focused on a world map to identify the world’s oceans, continents and tropics so that we could begin to consider what type of climate India has. During Art, we began to research Indian artwork so that we could gain a sense of the styles used. We then evaluated and shared our opinions on the artwork. In Science, we bought our evaporation experiment from last half term to an end by drawing conclusions and completing an evaluation.
The Year 4 Team
1. Friday 10th November – Whole school act of remembrance
2. Week beginning Monday 13th November – Anti-Bullying week
3. Week beginning Monday 11th December – Children were present their Incredible India Long Term Project to their peers. Please make sure that the children have completed their project before this date. See the instructions on Firefly for more details and an overview of key dates.