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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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  • Autumn 1

    Published 04/10/21, by Nazmin Choudhury
    Literacy Year 4 started the year by focusing on our writing skills. We looked at the features of a non-chronological report and learnt about different literary and grammatical features found in them. As groups, we researched our local area and fou
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  • Summer 1

    Published 25/05/21, by Nazmin Choudhury
    At the beginning of our Summer term, we have continued to explore our love of reading, moving onto our 5th class book of the year! We have been investigating authorial intent; asking ‘why’ and ‘how’ an author has created certa
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  • Spring 2

    Published 18/03/21, by Nazmin Choudhury
    Literacy In literacy, Year 4 have been learning about different spelling rules, including how to add the suffixes ‘ous’, ‘ful’ and how to spell words with the ‘ei’ sound but are spelt ‘eigh’. Each cl
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  • Autumn 2

    Published 11/12/20, by Nazmin Choudhury
    Literacy In literacy, we have been learning to summarise and sequence events from a story. In this lesson, we sequenced events in a story through role play. We had to know which chapter each group were performing, and as a whole class, we sequence
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  • Autumn 1

    Published 16/10/20, by Nazmin Choudhury
    Literacy  In literacy, we shared our lockdown memory boxes and created a diary, which depicted our experiences and how our lives changed during the challenging time. We started to read our class book, which has been great fun! We have used ma
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  • Spring 1 Update

    Published 12/02/20, by Nazmin Choudhury
    In year 4 we have been learning about resilience in Maths. We’ve been working on breaking codes and tangrams. It was really hard work, even for the teachers! However, we didn’t give up and we kept on trying. These tangrams are fun but tou
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  • Autumn 2 Update

    Published 13/12/19, by Nazmin Choudhury
    In Autumn 2, year 4 has continued exploring the history of the Romans and their impact on our lives. How would our lives be nowadays if it wasn’t for the Romans! After all our learning and as a conclusion to the Romans topic, Year 4 put a great
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