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  • Spring 1

    Published 26/01/24, by Nazmin Choudhury
    Literacy  In literacy we have been learning about poetry. We explored different poems and studied poetic features such as metaphors, similes and personification. We used what we learnt to create our own poems about empathy. We thought about o
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  • Autumn 2

    Published 05/12/23, by Holly Croxall

    Literacy

    In literacy we have been writing stories about a gladiator battle. We applied our learning in History about ancient Rome to be able to create an exciting narrative to engage the reader! First of all, we planned our story, then we wrote the story in the 1st person, as if we were entering the Amphitheatre, ready to face the gladiator. In our description, we used lots of literary features, such as similes and alliteration and tried to describe all of our senses. Innovation was the most important core skill we use as we explored ambitious vocabulary and literary features to make our writing interesting and effective.

    Maths

    This term we looked at dividing numbers and were introduced to using the bus stop method (compact method) to help us successfully divide larger numbers and to solve tricky division problems. We learnt that a remainder is what is left over when a number cannot be split equally into groups and practised applying this knowledge to solve reasoning problems. We also began looking at fractions by understanding how many fractions make a whole and how to find equivalent fractions.  We learnt to apply the rule “the bigger the denominator, the smaller the fraction” when comparing the size of unit fractions. We used our teamwork skills when we worked with our partners to consolidate new concepts.

     

    Topic

    Year 4 have continued to investigate the Romans throughout history lessons this term. We have been building on the initial research and knowledge gained from last term and looked in more depth at the impact the Romans had on Britain. We even invade each other’s classrooms to help us understand what an invasion would feel like. We explored what made them such a successful empire and how they came to dominate Europe and parts of Asia and north Africa. We have focused on the Curwen Core Skill of empathy, thinking about how different people might have felt about the Roman invasion. During computing lessons, we researched Boudicca, our significant person for this half term and created a presentation about her on Google Slides.

     

     

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  • Autumn 1

    Published 16/10/23, by Holly Croxall

    Literacy.

    This term in literacy, we have been researching our local area to write a non-chronological report all about Newham. We learnt about the different features of non-chronological reports and then used our teamwork skills to research different aspects of Newham. We applied our knowledge about reports into our writing and then edited and improved our writing to create a final draft. We have also begun reading our first whole class text (Adolphus Tips – Michael Morpurgo, Cyborg Cat: Rise of the Parsons Road Gang- Ade Adepitan, The Sleeping Sword- Michael Morpurgo, Treasure Island- Robert Louis Stevenson).

    Maths

    In maths, we have been learning all about place value. This has included how to round a number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1,000. We have also learnt how to multiply and divide numbers by 10, 100 and 1,000, using a place value chart to support our learning. We had to be resilient when looking at different types of challenges and questions in lessons.

    Topic

    During topic, year 4 have been studying Roman history. So far we have learned about the origins of Rome as well as looked at chronological order by placing key events on a timeline. We have also learned about the beginnings of Rome and features of Roman society. We got to see the remains of a Roman temple in the Mithraeum and experience what happened in Roman temples by listening to some of the Latin chanting that used to happen during Roman times in London Mithreum. We used our innovation skills to recreate what happened in the amphitheatres and to present some of the facts we learnt.

     

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  • Summer 2

    Published 14/07/23, by Hana Mehmet

    Literacy

     

    During Literacy, we have continued to finish our final class text and explored writing our own narrative, retelling the story from a different character’s perspective using the first person. This has helped us gain a deeper understanding of the books we are reading and the characters' feelings throughout. In spelling, we have been learning about words with Greek or French origin and how this affects the spelling of the word in the English language. During Grammar lessons, we have been learning more about phrases, clauses and subject verb agreement to improve our writing overall. Finally, year 4 completed their trips to Plaistow  Library and have begun the Summer Reading Challenge! This trip featured a surprise appearance from West Ham Football Club, who have promised a football signed by the entire Cup winning West Ham Team to whichever school in Newham manages to read the most books!

     

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    Maths

    This term in maths, we have been recapping our basic skills using the four operations to help us solve single and multistep reasoning questions. We have also learnt how to use and recognise Roman numerals up to 100, and recognised positive and negative numbers on a number line. We then used this knowledge of positive and negative numbers to add and subtract them in reasoning style questions. We have previously learnt how to round whole numbers, and we used the same rule: “5 or more, let it soar. 4 or less, let it rest” to help us round decimal numbers to 1 and 2 decimal places. This taught us how to make more accurate estimations- especially when estimating amounts of money.

     

     

    Topic

    This term we have been learning about the Amazon. We began by recapping what we learned about South America during International Week and discovering more physical and human features of both North and South America. Once we had located these on a map, we moved onto comparing the Amazon River with the River Thames. Although the Amazon River is much, much bigger, we were surprised to discover that the River Thames is one of the cleanest rivers in the world! Both rivers are vital habitats for an abundance of wildlife. Finally, we looked at the environmental issue of deforestation. We learned about the impact it is having in the Amazon Rainforest and across the world. We debated whether it is the most important environmental issue in the world right now. Each class held a debate about whether deforestation is the most important environmental issue in the world or of there are more pressing environmental issues that need to be addressed.

     

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  • Summer 1

    Published 19/05/23, by Hana Mehmet



     

    This term in literacy the children have continued reading a whole class text, focusing on skimming and scanning, inference and character descriptions. They have also been developing their creative writing skills in preparation to plan and write the final writing assessment of the year- a narrative to describe the Amazon jungle! The children have recapped and consolidated their understanding of using apostrophes, direct speech with inverted commas and literary features. They have been doing short drama activities to inspire their writing, which has been very beneficial! 

     


     

    Maths 

    This term in maths, the children have enjoyed a range of practical activities as they have learned about units of measure and money. The children weighed a range of objects as they learned about kilograms and grams and comparing the different masses of objects. They then moved onto capacity, first estimating the amount of water in different vessels, before measuring it accurately. When we learned about money, we made sure that we spoke about the value and importance of money, as well as learning to recognise different amounts of money and look at a range of reasoning problems. Well done to Huryra, Aaron and Clarissa were chosen to represent the school in the ‘Count on us’ London maths challenge this term! 

     


     

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    This term in Topic we have been learning all about Rivers. The children have explored and then created their own diagrams showing how a river is formed and labeling the different parts of a river such as: the source, meander, oxbow lakes, river mouth and deltas. They researched how the River Thames has changed over time and created their own fact sheets based on their inquiries. Finally, we explored why people choose to settle near rivers. They created their own maps to show which human features would likely be found at which part of a river, creating a key to explain why. To embed this learning we have been making links to previous lessons such as: our Geography field study when the children walked along the banks of the River Thames, our Roman Topic from Autumn 2 when we looked at the settlement of Rome next to the River Tiber, our Science knowledge about the water cycle to think about why the river source is usually found on high ground and our PSHE 'effects on the environment lessons’ to explore erosion and flooding.

     

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  • Year 4 Stubbers trip

    Published 27/04/23, by Holly Croxall
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  • Spring 2

    Published 23/03/23, by Hana Mehmet

     

    During Literacy, we have continued to read a whole class text, where we have linked our skimming and scanning skills and inference skills using the A.P.E writing format (Answer, Proof, Explain). This has helped us gain a deeper understanding of the books we are reading and the characters' feelings throughout. In grammar, we have been consolidating our understanding and application of conjunctions to extend and improve our sentences. These sentences linked to International Week, where we learnt about the various species of animals that live in the Amazon rainforest. We have also looked at identifying prepositions and determiners. 

    We also celebrated World Book Day where we got to share the books we love to read at home!

     

      

     

    Maths 

     

    This term in Maths, we have been working with BIDMAS to understand the order in which to attempt complex Maths stories, including: brackets, combination problems and working systematically. We have also been learning about  shapes and angles within them, as well as calculating the area and perimeter of a 2D shape. We have explored data and the different ways we can show or share data through bar charts, pie charts and line graphs (this has been linked to our Geography fieldwork too). We have begun to use key vocabulary when talking about data including explicit and implicit information.






     

     

     

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    This term for our geography topic, we have been carrying out fieldwork. The children went to Battersea Park to carry out a comparison of Newham and Chelsea. Before carrying out the fieldwork, we looked at data and research about the two areas. This included levels of pollution and greenery. During the field trip, we made our own conclusions about the area, rating the levels of cleanliness, greenery and other aspects. In geography lessons we then discussed how our findings compared with the research and presented the information we gathered. We also made observations about the river Thames on our fieldwork trip, to introduce our new  topic on rivers. 

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  • Spring 2023

    Published 31/01/23, by Hana Mehmet

    Literacy 

     

    In literacy we have been learning about poetry. We explored different poems and studied poetic features such as metaphors, similes and personification. We used what we learnt to create our own poems about resilience. We thought about our own experiences and when we have had to overcome barriers. We used these experiences to think about what resilience looks like to us and used a range of poetic techniques to put these images in the reader’s mind. Every child performed their poem in front of their class and each class chose a winner. Congratulations to Phoebe-Grace (4A), Sufyaan (4C) Jasmine (4G), Alice (4M) who were the Year 4 winners!

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    Maths 

     

    In maths this term, we have been recapping the four operations and using our reasoning skills to solve word problems. We have also learnt how to use column multiplication to help us solve problems with 2 and 3 digit numbers. We also learnt how to use and apply the commutative and distributive law. We have loved taking part in the “Count on us” challenge day which allowed us to apply our problem solving skills along with our mathematical knowledge by taking part in some challenging games including dominoes, T- shapes, pentominoes, code breaking and the 24 game. We learnt that maths is all about problem solving and that those problems don’t just involve numbers!

     

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    Topic 

    In topic, Year 4 have been learning about the Ancient Kingdom of Benin, located in modern day Nigeria. This involved a trip to the British Museum where we looked at a variety of primary sources and artefacts. Even though we loved seeing the artefacts, it also gave us some time to consider and discuss if it is ethical that these items are in London, not Nigeria? We ended our unit by writing a letter to the British Museum to express our opinion about whether or not the artefacts should be returned. 

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  • Autumn 2

    Published 04/12/22, by Hana Mehmet

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  • Autumn 1

    Published 17/10/22, by Hana Mehmet

    Literacy
    This term in literacy, we have been researching our local area to write a non-chronological report all about Newham. We learnt about the different features of non-choronological reports and then started to plan our own report. We applied our knowledge about reports into our writing and then edited and improved our writing to create a final draft. We have also begun reading our first whole class text (Adolphus Tips – Michael Morpurgo, Cyborg Cat: Rise of the Parsons Road Gang- Ade Adepitan, The Sleeping Sword- Michael Morpurgo, Treasure Island- Robert Louis Stevenson). We have been learning to read with fluency and expression, as well as practising our prediction skills.

    Maths
    In maths, we have been learning all about place value. This has included how to round a number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1,000. We have also learnt how to multiply and divide numbers by 10, 100 and 1,000, using a place value chart to support our learning. You count the number of 0’s in a number and move it that many spaces to the left or to the right, it depends on if your number is getting bigger or smaller, and make sure you don’t forget about your placeholders or the decimal point!

         

     

    Topic

    During topic, year 4 have been studying Roman history. We have explored the three phases of the Roman civilisation (Kingdom, Republic, Empire), the origin stories of Rome (legend compared to historical accounts) and the Roman invasion of Britain. Throughout this topic we have compared Roman democracy to our own modern equivalent and questioned why historical learning is important to understand our own society and culture today. This learning has been linked throughout our curriculum, specifically to computing (working collaboratively to create presentations through online shared files) and will inform a piece of extended writing during literacy. One of our highlights so far has been retelling the legend of Romulus and Remus, with great dramatic effect!

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  • Summer 2

    Published 04/07/22, by Nazmin Choudhury
    Literacy In literacy, we continued to read our class text and applied our reading and writing skills to the stories. Texts that we read include: Wonder, The Explorer, The BFG and Journey to The River Sea. We continued to build on our learning of
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  • Summer 1

    Published 13/05/22, by Nazmin Choudhury
    Literacy In literacy, we continued reading our whole-class text. We did a lot of work around authorial intent and trying to identify why the author chose to use certain words and phrases, and the impact these have on the reader. We used our class
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  • Spring 2

    Published 18/03/22, by Nazmin Choudhury
    Literacy In Literacy this term, we have been focusing on our love of reading. Each class has been reading a different class text (4C have been reading The Sleeping Sword, 4K have been reading The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, 4A have been readin
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  • Spring 1

    Published 25/01/22, by Nazmin Choudhury
    Literacy In literacy, we have been exploring poetry throughout our lessons. We began by reading a range of poetry and learned about different poetic features used by poets in their writing. Next, we identified those features within other poems, ex
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  • Autumn 2

    Published 25/11/21, by Nazmin Choudhury
    Literacy During Literacy this half term, Year 4 have been practising their writing skills by creating their own original, first person narrative about being forced to fight in a Roman Colosseum! To complete the writing we have carefully planne
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