Y4 - Buzzards

Summer Term.

Curriculum Overview - Year 4 Summer Term 2016

Brilliant Buzzard

Reuben has been awarded the Brilliant Buzzard certificate by his classmates this week for; demonstrating good learning behaviours, for trying his best, being kind and helpful; and for being a good friend!

Brilliant Buzzard
Henry has been awarded the Brilliant Buzzard certificate by his classmates this week for; settling in really well to Buzzards and St Mary’s, for demonstrating a really good learning attitude and for being a good friend!

Year 4 Trip to Cobbaton Combat Collection

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Brilliant Buzzard
Lily has been awarded the Brilliant Buzzard certificate by her classmates this week for; always doing the right thing; for always doing her best; for doing great exercise; for her amazing behaviour and for being a good friend!

Brilliant Buzzard
Toby has been awarded the Brilliant Buzzard certificate by his classmates this week for; making a super effort with his handwriting; for concentrating on his learning; for being well behaved in class; for being a good friend and for having a smile of his face!

As part of our topic the children have been developing their design technology skills by making Anderson Shelters
WWII Diary Entries

Blitz pastel pictures using the style of Lowry

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Brilliant Buzzard
Lucy has been awarded the Brilliant Buzzard certificate by her classmates this week for; for always doing as she is asked; for being kind and helpful; for taking it in turns and for being a great friend!

Brilliant Buzzard
Jaydon has been awarded the Brilliant Buzzard certificate by his classmates this week for; Being a really good friend; for being kind and helpful; for being a good learner and for working hard this week!

Brilliant Buzzard

Josh has been awarded the Brilliant Buzzard certificate by his classmates this week for; settling in really well; for being kind and helpful; for listening well and getting on with his learning; for being a good learner and a good friend!

Brilliant Buzzard

Maddy has been awarded the Brilliant Buzzard certificate by her classmates this week for; settling in well to Buzzards; for being a good listener; for being a good friend and always having a big smile!

Brilliant Buzzard

Jaydon has been awarded the Brilliant Buzzard certificate by his classmates this week for; listening and being resilient; for being kind, helpful and a great friend!

PE Festival Bideford College

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Spring Term.

Curriculum Overview - Year 4 Spring Term 2016

Brilliant Buzzard

Leon has been awarded the Brilliant Buzzard certificate by his classmates this week for; being really kind and helpful; for trying his best with his learning; for being resilient and for being fun and a great friend!

Brilliant Buzzard
Reuben has been awarded the Brilliant Buzzard certificate by his classmates this week for; being resilient; for trying hard with his learning-especially maths; for being helpful, being a good listener and a good friend!

Science Week

 

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Brilliant Buzzard.
Toby has been awarded the Brilliant Buzzard certificate by his classmates this week for; trying hard to improve his behaviour; for being resilient in maths and English; for focusing on his learning without getting distracted; for being helpful and for being a good friend!

Brilliant Buzzard.
Tyler has been awarded the Brilliant Buzzard certificate by his classmates this week for; working really hard to improve his writing; for doing well in English; for trying to improve his behaviour; for being resilient; for being a nice person to work with and for being a good friend!

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Ciaran has been awarded the Brilliant Buzzard certificate by his classmates this week for; being polite and well mannered; for making a great improvement with his learning behaviours and the talk expectations; for helping others with their learning; and for being an awesome friend!

Rosemoor Trip
We had a great day out at Rosemoor. The children got to take part in a variety of games and activities to learn about Food Chains. Then after having completed a colour pallet as they walked around the gardens, we ventured into the woods to create some natural sculptures using materials from the environment.

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River Walk
As part of our topic, the children went for a walk along the quay to observe and sketch the different river features that they could see.

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We then walked to the Burton Art Gallery to view the Annual School’s Art Exhibition. The children were very excited to see some of their own work, as well as work from other pupils at St Mary’s!

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To view this term’s homework  - please click here.

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Brilliant Buzzard.

Alfie has been awarded the Brilliant Buzzard certificate by his classmates this week for; always being polite and well mannered, for using the talk expectations and demonstrating good learning behaviours; for being resilient with his learning; for having an extraordinary singing voice in choir; for being a good friend and for his super Ancient Egyptian costume!

Brilliant Buzzard.

Kyle has been awarded the Brilliant Buzzard certificate by his classmates this week for; being a good listener and being able to repeat what people say; for always being ready to get on with his work; for making an awesome tree decoration and for being a good and helpful friend!

Brilliant Buzzard.

Brandon has been awarded the Brilliant Buzzard certificate by his classmates this week for; always listening, being ready to learn and getting on with his work; for settling in really well to St Mary’s and for being a really nice addition to our class!

In maths, the children are completing a learning journey on number sense and additive reasoning. As part of this, they have been learning about counting backwards including negative numbers, positioning numbers on a number line, rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 and Roman numerals. Next, they will be revisiting methods for adding and subtracting.

In English, children have been reading ‘Winter’s Child’ and learning the story. They have also looked at examples of expanded noun phrases and adverbials from the text and have used these to create their own. The children have also discussed what they like and dislike about the text and have also noted down anything that puzzles them about it. They have also talked about the patterns that they notice. They will be using this text as a stimulus to write their own stories based on weather.  

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The children’s spring term topic will be ‘Wonderful Water’ where they will learn about solids, liquids and gases, the water cycle, local, national and international rivers and how people use water in their everyday lives. They will also do a local study of the river Torridge and explore water habitats.

The children have also studied the techniques of the artist Claude Monet particularly in terms of how he used light and colour in his paintings. Children have recreated some of Monet’s most famous work on water lilies.

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In PE, Buzzards will be developing and extending their skills in gymnastics during our indoor sessions. During our outdoor sessions our focus will be on hockey. Due to the cold weather, it would be a good idea for children to have jogging bottoms in with their PE kit this term.

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Autumn Term.

To view the Curriculum Overview for the Autumn Term please click here.

Brilliant Buzzard.

Maddie has been awarded the Brilliant Buzzard certificate by her classmates this week for; always listening and being ready to learn; for being resilient with her learning, for standing out from the crowd and being a great role model; for being kind to everyone and a great friend!

Brilliant Buzzard.

Lily has been awarded the Brilliant Buzzard certificate by her classmates this week for; being confident, resilient, kind and caring; for listening to others and being ready to learn; for always letting others join in her games and for being a loyal friend!

Our learning in mathematics has focused on geometric reasoning. The children have been learning how to classify 2D and 3D shapes according to their properties. For example, children have looked at different kinds of angles in shapes and how we know which 3D shapes are prisms. The children have also looked at identifying lines of symmetry in 2D shapes.

In English, the children are now coming towards the end of their learning journey on instructions. They have learnt about the features of instructions and used good models of writing to create their own instructional text around making cookies. The children are now writing instructions for making Canopic Jars as part of their topic work on Ancient Egypt.

In Science, the children are continuing to work on electricity and circuits. They have been planning and carrying out fair tests involving circuits.

In topic, Year 4 will be having an Ancient Egyptian day on Friday 11th December where they will celebrate the learning they have done on this.
The children are also rehearsing for their KS2 Christmas production which will take place on Tuesday 15th December.

The children also enjoyed their trip to the Atlantic Racquets Centre on Thursday 26th November. Some of the pictures from their games are shown below.

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Brilliant Buzzard.

Lucy has been awarded the Brilliant Buzzard certificate by her classmates this week for; really standing out in the class as setting a good example and being ready to learn; always using our talk expectations and for her brilliant acting as a bully in our class Act of Worship!

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Millie has been awarded the Brilliant Buzzard certificate by her classmates this week for; being a great role model, a good friend and someone who stands out from the crowd!

Ancient Egypt

The children are continuing to enjoy our topic and have produced an information text to present their learning so far.

Canopic Jars

The children have finished painting their canopic jars.

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Act of Worship

On Friday 20th November it was Buzzards’ class Act of Worship. They retold the story of the ‘Good Samaritan’ and linked it to similar situations that they have found themselves in. The children all worked very hard to learn and deliver their lines, with some great acting and a super song performance. Well done!

Science

Our science learning this half term is focusing on electricity. The children are thoroughly enjoying investigating circuits at the moment.

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Our learning in mathematics has moved on to focus on multiplicative reasoning. The children have been focusing on learning multiplication and division facts for the 6, 7 and 9 times tables. They have also been making links between different times table facts and using these facts to solve problems.

In English, the children have now completed their learning journey on writing letters to and from an agony aunt. They focused on a range of issues which are relevant to them in their letters and produced some imaginative and thoughtful writing.

The children have been developing their art skills during our topic work through making and decorating a Canopic jar. Children have also found out about Canopic jars and what the Egyptians used these for.

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Year 4 children also have taken part in the cross country race at Kingsley school with some great performances from all runners.
Excellent performances came from Dylan Smith (1st), William Buck (3rd) and Ryley Curtis (4th).

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Brilliant Buzzard

Each week the children in Buzzards vote for a member of the class who has particularly stood out to them for the effort that they have made with their learning or behaviour. This week our Brilliant Buzzard was Theo for; always listening, trying really hard and working well in class; for using our talk expectations by being ready to answer, ask questions and repeat what he has heard and for being a really good friend!

Our learning in mathematics has moved on to focus on addition and subtraction. We have been learning and extending our knowledge of using a written method to help us when calculating. The children have been using and applying their skills through problem solving activities.

In English, the children are using the text ‘Ask Dr. K. Fisher about Animals’ to look at letter writing.

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The children have been developing their art skills during our topic work through: sketching half of Tutankahmun’s portrait; designing and painting their name in hieroglyphics before recreating it as a template to do mono printing with.

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We have started our science learning with a focus on the digestive system. The children have also been learning how to say and write different parts of our face and body in French, we then linked this with our topic and they were able to label Tutankhamun’s facial features in French.

We have been really pleased with how enthusiastic the children have been with their homework so far this term and the super work that they have been producing. The whole class have enjoyed watching and listening to the children presenting and sharing their learning from home. Keep up the fantastic effort Buzzards!

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Welcome to Buzzards!

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The children have settled in well to their new classroom and Year 4. Our topic for this term is Ancient Egypt; the children will be practising and developing their skills across the curriculum whilst learning about this important period in history. More details of what we will be learning can be seen on our curriculum overview.

In Maths, the children have been learning how to read and write numbers, order these and discuss the place value of each digit in a number. They have also practiced representing numbers using base 10 apparatus and have solved mathematical problems linked to their topic on the Ancient Egyptians.

In English, the children are looking at fantasy stories and have read Jack and the Dreamsack which is all about dreams. They have been immersed in this story, using it to develop their sentence and grammar skills. We are now moving on to inventing and planning their own ideas ready for them to write their own fantasy stories.

Children have started their topic on Ancient Egypt and have learnt how to use hieroglyphics to crack codes related to their topics. They have also looked at where in the world Egypt is.

During our outdoor PE sessions (Thursdays) this term, the children are very fortunate in being able to work with a tennis coach. In our indoor sessions (Fridays) the children will be learning badminton.
Please remember that PE kit needs to be in school on these days.