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Grange Valley Primary & Nursery School

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Welcome to Year 4 HGMiss Gaskell's Class

20.06.22

This week has been amazing with our first sports day since year 1 for the children! Everyone took part and held their heads high when the final scores came in. It was an excellent day and a brilliant turn out from all parents, thank you to those who came. We had our final Year 4 pictures this week, a letter has been sent out with a QR code for you to view and purchase this. We had Haydock ARLFC visit school to do a trial training session with the children, there was so much interest and such skill shown. We completed our Maths unit and will be moving on to focus on Area next. The children enjoyed exploring different European cities in our Geography lesson. 

13.6.22

This week the children have finished their biography about Harvey Milk. We have learnt so much about the pride book. In Maths we have been looking at measurement. We have looked at mass (kg and g), volume (l and ml) and length (cm and m).  In Geography we created fact files about different countries in Europe. In Science, we labelled parts of the ear and discussed how sound travels. We have also been practicing for Sports Day. Please look at the message on ClassDojo about Sports Day and follow our rules so that the day runs as smoothly as possible

6.6.22

To start our final half term, we had a fantastic Jubilee celebration on Monday. The children took part in garden games, scarecrow making, crafts, dance of the decades and a lovely Jubilee lunch. In English we started our topic looking at the book 'Pride'. The children will be working towards writing a biography. In Maths we are looking at find and comparing the mass and volume of objects. In our foundation subjects we have started topics such as sound in Science, Europe in Geography and cricket in P.E. We are looking forward to our final half term in Year 4.

23.5.22

This week the children have been finishing off their foundation topics. We have answered our assessment questions around Islam, electricity and coal mining. The children have particularly enjoyed the coal mining topic, especially our trip to the library. They have in depth knowledge about the history of Haydock and St Helens mining. We have also finished off our money topic in Maths. The children have produced a journal around their book Gullivers travel. We had a brilliant culture morning with parents were the children created masks and flags. 

We finished our KABS journey with Adam and what an experience it has been. Thank you to all of the parents who have taken part. 

Have a lovely week off and well deserved break!

 

16.05.22

This week we celebrated our Arts and Culture week! The children learnt a new dance with Emma based around our chosen culture of Brazil. We also took part in an African drumming session which the children loved. During the week, the children had the chance to show off their own aboriginal art work through our art exhibition. In our English lessons we edited our leaflet all about our own civilisation. During Maths we moved onto money and solving money problems.

The children have really enjoyed learning about coal mining in History and particularly how it was so important within Haydock. This week we looked at the miners strike and why it was so important. We also took an amazing trip to the library to explore more about Haydock's pits and what happened, it was amazing! We learnt so much. 

9.05.22

This week the children have finished their Weslandia topic. We created our leaflet for our own civilisation using fronted adverbials, conjunctions and expanded noun phrases. In Maths, we finished our decimal topic looking at dividing by 10 and 100. We remembered the rules using our place value charts. In Science we took part in experiment to see which circuits worked an which did not, and why! In P.E we have continued with athletics looking at throwing, sprinting and long distance running. We have also been getting ready for our art exhibition by creating our Aztec art features. Our exhibition will be on show everyday next week.

3.5.22

This week the children have finished off their non-chronological report about their own civilisation. They have used a checklist to create their own non-chronological report about different parts of their civilisation including crops, sports and language. On Wednesday, the children had a pantomime all about Oliver Twist, it was fantastic! In Science the children were experimenting by creating circuits and finding out how to fix broken circuits. Year 4 are also taking care of some caterpillars and hoping that they grow into butterflies so that we can then release them during the Queen's Jubilee celebration.

25.4.22

This week in Year 4 we have been focusing on a range of conjunctions in English. We also created a map of our own civilisation and looked at leaflets to create our own persuasive introduction. In Maths we have moved on from tenths to hundredths. The children have really enjoyed starting their coal mining topic. We looked at why coal is so important and the 60 colliery's located in St Helens and Haydock. During Art, we began our weaving topic and created our own mood boards to reflect our personalities and interest.

19.4.22

During our first week of the Summer term, the children started their new English topic looking at the book 'Weslandia'. They are going to build up to creating a non-chronological report about their own world! In Maths we started our new topic about decimals. We looked a tenths. In Science we will be looking at electricity this half term. The children enjoyed our first R.E lesson about the religion of Islam and we compared it to other religions. We meet Adam from KABS, who will be taking the children every Thursday to complete forest school and team building with the children. Year 4 also had a visit from Catch 22 to talk all about internet safety

28.3.22

In our final week, the children have planned and created their narrative story. In Maths we finished off our time topic. The children used their knowledge to solve different time problems. We have also completed our other topics in R.E, Science and Geography. The children had a great time watching Year 1 perform their Easter assembly. On Friday we wore purple to celebrate everybody being different!

Please have a lovely break and enjoy time together. The children have worked extremely hard this half term!

21.03.22

This week the children have enjoyed reading our class novel 'How to Train a Dragon'. We have been focusing on this in our reading sessions and also linked it into our English. They have enjoyed creating pieces of narrative writing about the dragons and using lots of description. In Math we have be focusing on time. The children have been changing times from 12 hour clocks to 24 hour clocks and vice versa.  We also had a lovely Art assembly from Miss Sheffield were we got to show our our lovely Picasso art topic from the previous term. We had an amazing time dressing up for WOW work week and meeting the police! 

13.03.22

This week in English we have started our new topic about narrative writing. The children have looked at different features of narrative writing. In Maths we finished our topic of fractions. We looked at adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator. In Geography we have been learning all about dams and their advantages/disadvantages. For Science week the children investigated changes in matter. We created an experiment changing solids to different states of matter. On Friday we showed our respect to Ukraine and wore blue and yellow to represent their flag. The children learnt all about Ukraine, their situation and were given sunflower seeds as this is Ukraine's national flower.

28.2.22

This week we have continued our topic about newspaper articles in English. We have looked at the features, focused on using direct speech with the correct punctuation and even linked this to the news. We looked at questions that we are worried about between Russia and Ukraine, and we used newspaper articles to answer our questions. During this week it has also been world book day. We made our own book front cover, book marks and took part in a reading lesson were we looked at the book 'The Day the Crayons Came Home'.  During this week we really enjoyed World Book Day. The children loved dressing up as their favourite characters and going to the book fair. In Maths we have continued with fractions. We have looked at equivalent and simplifying fractions. We have also looked at animation in Computing. The children learnt about the history or animation and made their own flip charts. 

W/C 21.2.22

What a fantastic week back with a bang. We have loved exploring newspapers and their presentational and language features. In Maths we started our fractions unit, exploring hundredths and equivalent fractions. Geography we started our 'Rivers' unit, exploring the major rivers of the world and how they connect with the water cycle. We have got back to our normal school life this week, we've some amazing assemblies back in the hall and a fantastic road safety talk. We finished off our Art project on Picasso and cubism, with the children using their build up of skills to produce their final piece of work. 

 

W/C 7.2.22

This week we have finished off our English unit about non-chronological reports. We planned and wrote our very own non-chronological report about Anglo-Saxons using sub-headings, prepositions, subordinate clauses and paragraphs. During this week it was also Internet Safety Day. We looked at how it is important to stay safe on the internet and play games in the correct way. This week has also been Children's Mental Health Week. Each day we have focused on a different area including 'Move It Monday', 'Teamwork Tuesday', 'WOW Wednesday', Thoughtful Thursday' and 'Feel Good Friday'. 

Have a lovely half term!

 

28.2.22

This week we have continued our topic about newspaper articles in English. We have looked at the features, focused on using direct speech with the correct punctuation and even linked this to the news. We looked at questions that we are worried about between Russia and Ukraine, and we used newspaper articles to answer our questions. During this week it has also been world book day. We made our own book front cover, book marks and took part in a reading lesson were we looked at the book 'The Day the Crayons Came Home'.  During this week we really enjoyed World Book Day. The children loved dressing up as their favourite characters and going to the book fair. In Maths we have continued with fractions. We have looked at equivalent and simplifying fractions. We have also looked at animation in Computing. The children learnt about the history or animation and made their own flip charts. 

W/C 21.2.22

What a fantastic week back with a bang. We have loved exploring newspapers and their presentational and language features. In Maths we started our fractions unit, exploring hundredths and equivalent fractions. Geography we started our 'Rivers' unit, exploring the major rivers of the world and how they connect with the water cycle. We have got back to our normal school life this week, we've some amazing assemblies back in the hall and a fantastic road safety talk. We finished off our Art project on Picasso and cubism, with the children using their build up of skills to produce their final piece of work. 

 

W/C 7.2.22

This week we have finished off our English unit about non-chronological reports. We planned and wrote our very own non-chronological report about Anglo-Saxons using sub-headings, prepositions, subordinate clauses and paragraphs. During this week it was also Internet Safety Day. We looked at how it is important to stay safe on the internet and play games in the correct way. This week has also been Children's Mental Health Week. Each day we have focused on a different area including 'Move It Monday', 'Teamwork Tuesday', 'WOW Wednesday', Thoughtful Thursday' and 'Feel Good Friday'. 

Have a lovely half term!

W/C 31.01.22 - 

What a jam packed week we have had! National story telling week has been brilliant, pyjama day was full of lovely activities and delicious hot chocolate with a relaxing story told by Miss Gaskell. In Science we took part in an experiment of changing states, exploring how heat can affect the state of matter of an ice cube. In Art we explored the main colours required for a cubism painting and experimented painting this. In P.E we focused on competing and challenging ourselves, we used the ropes in this session to see how long we could hold on for against peers. 

W/C 24.01.22 - 

This week we started our new English unit on non-chronological reports. We identified and sorted numerous texts into their correct genres using our knowledge from our previous units. We have looked into the features included in the reports and the specific language used. We will be building up a set of skills to write a report on the life of an Anglo-Saxon. We started a new Maths unit on graphs, practicing the skills of drawing them and plotting information. Within History we got to hold a real life artefact from the Anglo-Saxon times, this was a helmet worn by soldiers in battle. In P.E we explored different dances from around the world, including Indian, African and Street dance. The children practiced the styles of dancing and choreographed a sequence of steps in their groups. 

W/C 17.01.22 -

This week we have looked into push and pull factors for the Anglo-Saxons to invade Britain, learning about what 'pulled' them to invade and what 'pushed' them from their homeland. In Art we continued our unit on Picasso, this week focusing on portraits and self portraits, evaluating artists work and creating our own. In Math's we have continued to master our knowledge within division and multiplication working with 3 digit numbers using new methods. We finished our English unit on Leon and the place between, creating fantastic diaries as proudly shown on our wow work wall. 

W/C 10.01.22 - 

What a fantastic start to the new year and term we have had. We have started so many new topics. In English we are focusing on Leon and the Place between, we are building up a unit of skills to write a diary reflecting the book. This week we had a debate on whether Leon should of stepped into the magical box. We even got to to take part in everything circus for an immersion day. In Science, we began our unit on the states of matter, we identified the three types of matter and looked at their different types of particles. In History we started our Anglo-Saxon unit, using some of our previous knowledge on Romans to find out the next step in the British timeline. 

W/C 13.12.21 -

This week we finished our Science unit on Animals including Humans, using all of their knowledge the children answered whether or not a peacock could live in Haydock. We  watched a puppet show about the Christmas story. We had our Christmas jumper day and took part in the National Santa Dash with other year 4 groups across the country. We had a great party together, made some Christmas cards and played some great games to end a fantastic term in Y4.

W/C 6.12.21

This week in English we have continued looking at Explanation texts. We have explored using subordinate clauses and cause and effect sentences. In Maths we have looked at dividing by 'sharing'. We have had a very exciting week in school this week. 'Dylan's Reptiles' came to visit us and showed us lots of different animals such as snakes, millipedes and bearded dragons. This was through our project with Liverpool Community were we have been looking at a range of topics such as animal cruelty. 

w/c 21.11.21

This week in English the children planned and created their own persuasive advert for 'The best tomb in town'. The children used a range of persuasive features. In Maths the children focused on using multiplying and dividing to solve word problems. In R.E we have continued to learn about Christianity. The children looked sacred texts, religious festivals and religious rules that Christians follow. In Geography we have been focusing on 'The Water Cycle'.  We did an experiment turning dirty water into clean water. The children were very impressed with the filtration process. We then discussed if we could drink our water without adding the correct chemicals. In our LFC community project session we made posters and designed t-shirts, which we decorated with 'stop animal cruelty' pictures. We can wear these when we go on our trip to Lyme Wood Pit. We will keep you informed about the trip.

w/c 15.11.21

This week we stepped into the shoes of meteorologists, determining the cloud coverage of the day. We mostly found there was a coverage fraction of 7/8. We made jewellery to help write a persuasive advert within English, focusing on emotive language, rhetorical questions and direct address. In Science we explored the different teeth humans have. Looking into which teeth we currently have and why they are so important. During Anti-Bullying week, we have focused on one kind word. The children have been sharing their kind words to one another and about the children at Grange Valley Primary school, our most popular included: respectful, honest and trustworthy. 

w/c 08.11.21

This week we have continued our persuasive writing in English. We tasted different Egyptian food to help us persuade our readers to try it. We have been exploring the water cycle in Geography, looking into the states of matter and the stages of the water cycle. Within Science we have identified the different organs within the digestive system, looking into their individual functions. We have had some important assemblies this week, including road safety delivered by the PCSO's and Year 5's remembrance day assembly. 

w/c 01.11.21

We have had a fantastic first week in our new term. The children have been exploring persuasive adverts within English, looking at the different features and which adverts speak to them and why. In Maths we have been focusing on multiplication in 6,7 and 8's, the children have explored different avenues to work them out. 

w/c 18.10.21

In our final week of the half term the children have finished off their subtraction topic in Maths. We have looked at exchanging hundreds and tens when subtracting. The children have also created their final quiz on Scratch using their knowledge of programming. On Tuesday the children absolutely loved their barn dance. 

I would just like to say thank you for your support this half term and for a lovely first parents evening. The children have been fantastic and worked so hard in their first weeks of Year 4. 

 

w/c 11.10.21

Year 4 have practiced and worked hard and completed their harvest assembly this week. The children have researched different animals’ habitats exploring the food they eat and how they have adapted to their environment. In history we have finished our Ancient Egyptian unit, answering and exploring the question whether Egyptians were more advanced than we are today. Within English we have completed another poetry unit on Tetractys poems, this involved exploring syllables, which the children really enjoyed. In P.E we have combined all of our skills so far in football to pass, dribble and move within small teams.

The children have really enjoyed performing their Harvest assembly this week. Here is the recording.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqGSmAqR9bY

w/c 04.10.21

This week is English the children have started their poetry topic. We have been learning about 'Kenning' poems. Kenning poems work as a riddle, never telling the reader what the poem is about. The children have made their own poems about Autumn and used objects that they found on our Autumn walk. We have also started to practice our Harvest assembly, in which some of our kenning poems will be performed. In R.E we have been focusing on Diwali in Hinduism. The children have been learning about the different avatars associated with Diwali and creating their own.

w/c 27.09.21

This week the children have continued their instruction writing. We planned, wrote and edited our instructions about 'How to mummify our best friend'. We even mummified a tomato! Linking to this is History we have been building our own pyramids and writing facts all about the evolution of pyramids in Ancient Egyptian times. In Maths we finished our place value chapter and focused on rounding. We also discussed the importance of being kind and how we can spread kindness day to day.

W/B 20.09.21

We have developed our knowledge in Science of living things and their habitats this week. The children went on an invertebrate hunt and found insects, molluscs and annelids. We also focused on our wish for peace on international peace day, with the children having discussions of their own wishes for peace in the world today. We have produced some amazing WOW work in our history Egyptian topic on the River Nile this week.

W/B 13.9.21

This week Year 4 have started their English topics about instructions. We have been looking at instructions about 'how to mummify your best friend'. The children have looked at organisational and language features of instructions. In Maths we have been focusing on place value. In P.E we had a special visit from a Liverpool Football Club member, who discussed how we can improve the community.

W/B 6.9.21

We are all so glad to be back in school! The children have had a brilliant first week back and settling into new routines. This week we have focused on 'The Rule of Law' in English and connecting this to our everyday lives. Practicing our timetables and column addition and subtraction in Maths. We have started our history unit on Ancient Egyptians and our science unit on living things and their habitats.

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