This week we have been learning about food chains and classifying living things in our Science lessons. We sorted different plants and animals into a Venn diagram.
In our cooking lessons on Thursday afternoon, we made gingerbread men! It was lots of fun and they tasted delicious!
On Friday, we went to church for our Harvest celebration. Year 4 had been learning about Harvest celebrations around the world and some of us talked about this as part of the service. We sang some different songs about Harvest and listened to other year groups perform songs or poems too.
This week Year 4 have been on their monthly visit to the library. The children had a great time listening to stories, sharing books, completing rainforest word searches and finding books with titles from A-Z.
On Monday, the children had the opportunity to taste different fruits from the rainforest. We thought about how they looked, what they might taste like and what they actually tasted like. On Wednesday, the children held a rainforest café for the parents, where they could read rainforest books and taste smoothies made out of favourite fruits.
This week we had an expert come in to teach us how to line dance! It was quite tricky but we were really resilient and made lots of progress!
On Thursday, we had a special lunch - movie and a meal. Some of us built our own burgers, some of us built our own pizzas and others just had a packed lunch. In Year 4 we voted to watch Matilda or Alvin and the Chipmunks.
In Year 4 this term, we are looking at how the children can improve their fitness levels. As part of this, the children are walking a mile around the South Campus playground on a daily basis. We have worked out this is 10 laps of the centre playground.
If you wish to find out more about the Daily Mile you can find more information here: http://thedailymile.co.uk/
Here are some photos of the children enjoying their walk.
In Maths this week, we have been doing lots of outdoor learning! We learnt how to round numbers to the nearest 10 and 100, then practised the skill outside using chalk and other materials.
We also visited the library on Thursday. We had a great time listening to stories, searching for books and learning how to use the Dewey Decimal system.
Year 4 are changing the day home learning is sent out to fit in better with the teaching of spellings. It will now be going out on a Friday each week and will be due back the following Friday.
This week's home learning went out on 19.9.17. The home learning is due back on 29.9.17. The home learning has been uploaded to the school website so you can easily access it if you need another copy. The children will have a copy of one of the sets of spellings below.
For those of you who weren't able to attend to the coffee afternoon, please find the information regarding Stubbington attached.
We have been thinking about how we hear and how sound travels. The children wrote playscripts and performed them for our tv show 'The Science of sound'. I think you'll agree that the children take to the camera very well! Check them out below! 😊
This week we made Frobscottle, the BFG's favourite drink! We wrote detailed instructions for how to do it, then made the drink to test our recipes! It was made of food colouring, lemonade and vanilla ice cream. It was surprisingly nice!
Today's home learning went out on the 23.6.17 and is due back on 30.6.17.
The spellings are attached below.
On Friday, we went on a trip to Butser Hill Ancient Farm, to support our learning about the Vikings. It was a great trip and we learnt lots of new skills! We tried wattling (weaving saplings to create fences), clunching (a chalk mixture to make walls), and chalk carving. Also, we took part in an archaeological dig and discovered lots of interesting items! It was scorching weather and very tiring, but a great day was had by all. Have a look at some of the photos below.
In PE this term Year 4 have been learning different athletic skills. They children have learnt to throw, jump and run in a variety of events. Below are some videos of the children showing their athletic skills.
Our home learning went out on Friday 9th June and can be brought back any time until Friday 16th June. The spellings this week are from the Year 3 & 4 spelling list and are often being misspelt in the children's work.
Today Mr Patrick came to speak to us about an exciting project! The Friends of Brockhurst have been raising money and might have some spare for some new outdoor equipment. We were given the task of thinking about what we might want to have, but before we could do this, we had to think about the existing equipment we have and how much room it takes up.
Next week, we will be using our measuring skills to redesign the playground and think about costings!
Yesterday Year 4 learnt about the General Election that happened across the country. In the morning, the children discussed what they already knew about general elections and the political parties. After this, they were given some time to read each of the key parties’ manifestos. We then held our own mini general election in class, after the children had made an informed decision. The children had to queue up, say who they were and then cast their vote in a polling booth. As the results were announced, children were very anxious to hear if the party they had voted for won. Tensions were high! Then the children had the chance to create their own political parties and think about what they would include in a manifesto. Some of the children’s ideas were fantastic! This morning (9th June) we cast some of the children as each of the party leaders (complete with masks!) to announce the result. Below are some pictures of the children casting their votes and creating their manifestos.
Recently in Maths, we have been looking at how the maths we learn in school links to real life!
First, we looked at new guinea pig cages from the Pets at Home website, and worked out the area and perimeter of them to enable the animals to have the most space.
Miss Warne is getting married in August, and she wants a very large wedding cake, so we also worked out the area and perimeter of wedding cakes and tins.
It was lots of fun!
This afternoon, we decided to make the most of the lovely weather and complete our Maths learning outside. The children had to round decimals to the nearest whole number. They completed the answers by making the numbers using their bodies, and then by creating the answers out of materials they found outdoors. The learning was brilliant!
Today we went for our monthly library trip. The children enjoyed a story about a snow girl, before completing an A-Z of books, which they had to be able to find on the shelves. Finally, they completed a word search which the librarians had prepared. What a great morning
Over the past week, we have been looking at different types of poetry during our Guided Reading lessons. Today in groups, the children learnt and performed a poem to the rest of the class. They watched a funny video of Michael Rosen first to help with the performances! After this, the children thought about how to vary the tone and volume of their voice, and how to add actions to make it more exciting.
All the children did brilliantly and worked really well with each other when practising. Have a look at the videos of the poetry below!
Today we took some time to have a look at the Art Attack display that the children all had a part in creating. The children had a great time meeting Lloyd Warbey and having a go at the art.
Here are some of their comments about the display.
"My favourite part is the Gruffalo."
"I love the effect of the straws on the Angry Bird's tail!"
"The leaf decoration looks great."
"I like that you can see all our plans behind the main display!"
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 19th May and is due back by Friday 26th May, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed.
The spellings this week are taken from the list of National Curriculum words that the children need to know by the end of Year 4.
I wonder if your child can correctly put them into a sentence?
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 12th May and is due back by Friday 19th May, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed.
The spellings this week are taken from the list of National Curriculum words that the children need to know by the end of Year 4.
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 5th May and is due back by Friday 12th May, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed.
Our spellings this week are words that are currently being spelt incorrectly. We have included the root words for some of the spellings so the children can see the pattern.
This afternoon the children took part in a bouncing competition to raise money for the school. They tried really hard and were exhausted after the 30 seconds! Don't forget that it is not too late to donate if you haven't already.
As an introduction to our new 'Vicious Vikings' topic, this week we made oat cakes, using ingredients that the Vikings would have had access to. They were quite plain! We then thought about what would make them even better, and remade them adding ingredients such as mixed fruit, chocolate chips, honey, vanilla, golden syrup, sugar and lemon.
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 28th April and is due back by Friday 5th May, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed.
Today both Year 4 classes had great fun! In RE, we have been learning about Holi, the Hindu festival of colours. This is a time where they can celebrate good overcoming evil. One of the activities is paint throwing, and children can play pranks on people they usually respect, such as teachers. So we let the children experience this for themselves!
We were amazed at the incredible home learning that was brought in for our 'Exciting Electricity' topic!
Here are a few photos of some of them.
As part of our Exciting Electricity topic, and also our English work based around a magic and circus themed book, we designed our own circus signs. We came up with a design, made it and then tried it out with a circuit. Here are some of the signs before we added the bulbs.
The South Campus have been lucky enough to have fruit as a snack over the past couple of weeks, donated by Aldi in Gosport. The children are really enjoying having the fresh fruit - thank you, Aldi!
This week we have done lots of fun activities. On Tuesday morning, we took part in a live workout hosted by the Body Coach, Joe Wicks! Lots of schools across the country took part, including Year 4. It was quite challenging and we all felt tired afterwards!
In the afternoon, Year 4 performed a ukulele concert, which they have been practicing hard for all term with Hampshire Music Service. We think they did really well!
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 31st March and is due back by Friday 7th March, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed. These are spellings from the Year 3/4 word list but also spellings that the children are often misspelling.
Today we dressed up in a variety of costumes and outfits in support of Red Nose Day. We looked at Hassam's story, an orphan in Sierra Leone, and completed some Maths around his journey to school. In the afternoon, we did a fun run with help from St Vincent college students. Everyone did really well! We ended the day with a dance-a-thon, sponsored by Miss Warne and Miss Warwick!
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 24th March and is due back by Friday 31st March, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed. The spellings this week are plurals ending in o, and looking at whether to add 's' or 'es'.
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 17th March and is due back by Friday 24th March, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed. The spellings this week support our learning in class for -cian, -tion, or -sian suffixes. I wonder if your child can come up with any more?
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 10th March and is due back by Friday 17th March, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed. The spellings this week either have the prefix of auto- or inter-. I wonder if your child can come up with any more?
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 3rd March and is due back by Friday 10th March, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed. This weeks spellings are all the words the children have already learnt from the Year 3 and 4 statutory spelling list. Children can practice these spellings in any way they like and do not have to do all of them.
This weeks spellings are:
address, believe, caught, century, continue, describe, different, difficult, experiment, favourite, February, guard, guide, increase, knowledge, occasionally, opposite, pressure, remember, suppose, therefore.
Today we dressed up as our favourite book characters. Lots of fun was had, including a trip to the library, designing new covers for reading logs and creating a book token for a competition. Enjoy the photos!
Today Year 4 were excited to hear about Alden's first 2 days on the job with Mercy Ships. They watched a video of Alden and the rest of the bridge team welcoming Nelson Mandela's wife, Winne, and the First Lady of Benin, Claudine Talon, aboard the ship to see all of their fabulous work. Here are some pictures of the children watching the video.
'It was really exciting because we were able to see Alden.' - Finley
'It was really, really cool because Alden got to meet the First Lady of Benin' - Kian
'It was extremely enjoyable to see Nelson Mandela's wife' - Tommy
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 17th February and is due back by the Friday after half term (March 3rd), with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed. These words are all from the Year 3/4 word list.
As mentioned in the recent newsletter, we have sent home a list of the essentials that we expect the children to use in their writing, in order to meet the curriculum objectives. We have also sent home a list of the spellings that children are expected to know by the end of Year 4. For your ease, we have also attached them with this post
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 10th February and is due back by next Friday, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed. These words are all homophones - words which sound the same but have different spellings and meanings.
This week started off with an exciting workshop for Hampshire Music Service. We learnt a four part harmony using body percussion and instruments. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and did really well keeping to the beat!
On Monday afternoon, we had a special visitor in to talk about his trip volunteering on a hospital ship in Africa. We will be doing some fundraising for this next week!
This afternoon, the children were lucky enough to have a visit from Anyachi's mum, for our Africa topic. She talked to Year 4 about her life in Africa, as well as food, the landscape and other things. The children were able to look at photos and items that she had brought in
Here is a recording of Year 4 practising 'Mo Li Hua' that they sang in front of the whole school, twice! I think you will agree with how well the children have done learning this.
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 3rd February and is due back by next Friday, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed. These words all have possessive apostrophes. I wonder if your child can think of any more?
What a busy day Year 4 have had! This morning we took a rather soggy trip to the library. The children enjoyed having stories read to them by the librarian, then searching for and reading different books. Some children had remembered to bring their library cards so they were even able to take some books home with them! Thank you to the parents that made the visit possible by walking with us! We will be visiting again next month for another enjoyable morning.
This afternoon the children practiced the song they have learnt in Chinese for the Chinese New Year - an audio recording of this will be posted soon. Year 4 then undertook an important job! Mr Nicholls wants to switch from bars of soap to liquid soap as it is more hygienic, so the children tested out a range of soap products.
They got their hands very muddy, then tried out each product. We thought about the smell, the amount of soap in the bottle, how well it lathered and most importantly, how well it cleaned our hands! The pink fruity soup from Asda scored the highest in the evaluations, and this also happened to be the cheapest one! Great work, Year 4!
The afternoon was finished off with some paper mache for their African drums
Today in History, Year 4 took a 'flight' to Nigeria, where they hunted for artefacts. Once they had found them, they examined them to see what the artefacts could tell us about Benin, and then thought about which one they would most like to see in an exhibition.
Year 4 have been learning about how Chinese New Year is celebrated and why each year, in the Chinese Zodiac, is named after a different animal. Today, the children shared what they have learnt with their peers by presenting an assembly to the rest of the South Campus. As part of their learning the children have learnt a traditional Chinese song called 'Mo Li Hua', which translates into English as Jasmin Flower. This is a popular song sung around this time of year in China. Staff and pupils alike were amazed at how well Year 4 have done learning the song in Chinese. One boy in Year 3 stated 'It was brilliant.'
Well done Year 4, you should be proud of the resilience you have shown!
This week's spelling homework went out on Thursday 26th January and is due back by next Friday, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed. These words all have double consonants. I wonder if your child can think of any more?
Well done to the following children for their times table awards this week:
Ryan - Emerald
Charley - Emerald
Bella - Emerald
Chloe - Sapphire
Bradley - Sapphire
Harvie - Bronze
Robert - Silver
Josh - Platinum
Well done to Charley for earning his silver (50).
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 20th January and is due back by next Friday, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed. These words end in the suffix 'ture'. I wonder if your child can think of any more?
Well done to Josh who received his gold award today for reading (75). He also was given a book for reaching this milestone. Keep it up!
This morning, Year 2 came across to the South campus, where the children shared the African folk tales they have been writing. They then enjoyed juice and biscuits whilst watching an African 'Tinga Tinga' folk tale. Finally, they performed an African song that they had been learning! What a great morning!
Year 4 have been working really hard this week with their African folk tale writing, so this afternoon we got the guinea pigs out for the children to handle. We talked about how we can be responsible when holding them - the children were so respectful and quiet that one of the guinea pigs (Squeak) fell asleep on some of them! Here are some photos of our fun afternoon!
The school guinea pigs, Pip and Squeak, have been visiting the Parrots class this week! The children have really enjoying having them around, and being able to take responsibility for feeding them and giving them clean water.
Pip and Squeak have been watching the children hard at work, and visiting the tables that have been trying their best!
They will hopefully be regular visitors to the class, so please do fill in the permission form for you child to handle them if you haven't already!
Yesterday at 11am, BBC broadcasted a live introduction lesson to their annual 500 word writing competition, which Year 4 will be taking part in. The lesson had lots of activities and fun games to watch, and we all really enjoyed it! The children will be writing their entries in class, but if they have any fantastic ideas which they would like to record, they can always do this in their homework books!
Well done to Connor who received his silver reading award today (50) and to Zak (25) who received his bronze! Keep going!
This half term's topic is 'African Adventures' - the name was chosen by the children! We will be looking at the history of Benin, and much of our Guided Reading, Maths and English will also be based around Africa, including looking at African folk tales.
The homework has been sent out already this week with the children, but just in case it has been misplaced, another copy has been attached below!
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 13th January and is due back by next Friday, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed. Aside from being words on the Year 4 curriculum, these are words which will also be useful to the children in the coming weeks, when we look at explanation texts in English.
Well done to Robert for earning his bronze award, Maya for earning her silver and Josh for earning his gold!
Well done to Chloe for earning her bronze (25), Josh for earning his silver (50), and Anyachi for earning her platinum (100)!
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 6th January and is due back by next Friday, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed. This week we have been looking at words with the 'gu' pattern. I wonder if your child can come up with any more words?
Today in Year 4 the children have been learning to balance. They were challenged to work in pairs to create different balances using only 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 parts of their body. Children took it in turns to roll a die to select the number. Here is a selection of some of the balances the children came up with.
Yesterday Year 4 had a hook day to introduce and excite them for their new topic this half term, in which we will be learning about Africa.
We spent the morning looking at music and dance from different countries in Africa, and the children then had a go at it themselves. They really enjoyed themselves and we were impressed with how enthusiastic they were, despite some of the dance moves being quite challenging!
Well done to all those children who completed homework this week. We have sent out times tables and handwriting with the children if you find the time, but we feel it is important for the children to rest and relax over the holiday. They have had a brilliant start to year 4, and worked very hard, so we want them to come back feeling refreshed and motivated for another school term. We look forward to hearing about all the things you have been up to over Christmas - make the most of it!
We were really pleased with the amount of children that completed topic homework this half term, and enjoyed looking through it all! All the homework is on display in the school, do pop in and see it if you get chance in the new year!
Hope you all have a great Christmas
As part of our RE lesson today, we looked at ‘Angels’ by Robbie Williams. We thought about what the lyrics meant, and how people might interpret them. Mrs Kilcoyne from Year 6 then kindly taught us the sign language to go along with the song.
Today in Year 4, we have been tasting tropical fruits as part of The Wild Life topic. Some of the fruits we tried included; pomegranate, papaya, pineapple, mango, kiwi, banana and watermelon. The reactions were varied! However, the children were great sports and all had a go at trying some new foods - we were very proud of them!
Lots of times table learning has been going on in Year 4! Well done!
Remember the more times tables you learn, the easier you will find calculations in Maths!
Spellings - 9/12/16
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 9th December and is due back by next Friday, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed. This week we have been looking at suffixes (word endings that add or change the meaning of a word). All homework is age appropriate, however, please remember that if your child is struggling, they can come and speak to us (Miss Warne or Miss Warwick).
We have had lots of completed topic homework back already, which is fantastic to see. If you need another copy of the homework choices, we have attached it with this post.
Well done to Bradley who received his silver reading award today for reading 50 times, and to Anyachi who gained her gold reading award last week.
A big well done to Lucy as well, for consistently fantastic handwriting and presentation in her work. She was rewarded with a special handwriting pen.
Remember to keep reading and recording the entries in your reading logs!
Spellings - 2/12/16
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 2nd December and is due back by next Friday, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed. This week we have been looking at words with the same sounds - I wonder if your child can tell you what the common theme is for these words!
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 25th November and is due back by next Friday, with dojos on offer if the Maths and spellings come back completed. We have been looking at plurals of words ending in y.
Remember - if the noun has a vowel before the 'y', then you just add an 's' to make it plural (more than one).
If the noun has a consonant before the 'y', then you take off the 'y' and replace it with 'ies'.
This week in Year 4 we have been trying out the new markings on the playground at the front of the school, as part of our PATHS lesson on problem solving and team work. The children had great fun and have asked to use them in the warm up for outdoor PE!
We have also been looking at estimating and measuring this week in Maths.
Here are some of the photos :)
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 18th November and is due back by next Friday. We have been looking at homophones and common misconceptions this week:
Year 4 have been working hard this week on their descriptive writing, and trying to make sure they are including lots of adjectives, expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials! As they have put so much effort in, this afternoon they were treated to juice and biscuits whilst they shared their descriptive settings with the other class.
This afternoon, Year 4 have been learning all about the learning pit. The learning pit is a pictorial representation of the stages that children go through when learning a new concept and how they might feel. They have thought of numerous strategies of how they can pull themselves out and how they are feeling at each stage. Here are some of the children’s learning pits, which will be displayed in class and will be used as a resource when they are finding a new task difficult to complete.
This morning, Year 4 led the Remembrance Service for the primary school. Some Year 4s read aloud to the whole school, others laid wreaths and poppy crosses, whilst the rest were a great help in giving the readers advice when practicing, as well as listening respectfully and sensibly; setting the example as the other year groups entered the hall.
During the 2 minute silence, a grandparent of one of the Year 5 children performed the ceremonial flag salute, and the school was also treated to a lament on the bagpipes by a visitor to the school.
Well done Year 4!
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 11th October and is due back by next Friday. We have been looking at prefixes this week:
Stubbington Study Centre day 2
It has been an action packed day here at Stubbington. After our delicious breakfast, the children had their first room inspection, which many of them were feeling nervous about. Then the real fun began! The children took it in turns to complete two activities this morning - mapping and shelter building, with the latter being the stand out favourite of the children. After lunch, we went searching for tracks and signs of mammals living in the conservation area. The children found signs of foxes, badgers and mice living here. Their final activity was creating a 5* hotel for a small mammal, which they loved! They are all curious to see what animals have come to stay for the night in their hotel tomorrow morning. This evening, a wildlife photographer came to show the children some of his favourite photos of wildlife in the local area. All of them were enthralled by his captivating presentation. Tonight was the boys turn to visit the hide, where they were lucky enough to see 3 badgers! Now we are finally relaxing before bed watching a film altogether.
Stubbington Study Centre day 1
Today the children have been at the beach, where they created rock pools, looked for fossils and had a sandcastle competition! Tonight after dinner, some of the children went to The Hide to look for wildlife. They didn't see any badgers, but there were lots of foxes which came right up close!
This week's spelling homework went out on Thursday 20th October and can be returned after the children have come back from Stubbington. We have carried on with homophones this week, looking in particular at spellings the children have been finding tricky:
We also encourage the children to continue to read and learn their times tables during their time off. Have a great half term!
This week's spelling homework went out on Friday 14th October and is due back by next Friday. We have been looking at homophones this week:
Well done to Anyachi who has reached her bronze and silver reading awards already!
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