Primary School

College Square, Bristol BS1 5TS

0117 353 2052

Year 4     

My Byron

Class Information

 PE will be in school every Friday. Children will need to come into school in their PE kit.

Spellings will be tested every Tuesday. There won't be a test the first Tuesday. Spellings for the term will be sent home the first week and then will be posted below.

Term 6 Spellings

This term will will be revising the Year 3 and 4 Spelling lists in class and testing the children on them to see how much progress they have made with their spellings this year.

Term 5 Curriculum Map

 In a bid to save the environment I have put the curriculum map online rather than print 30 of them out. If you would like a paper copy, please let me know.

Weekly Updates

Term 6

Week 5

This week the children have been working hard practising for next week's curriculum concert. The singing is sounding great and we look forward to sharing a summer time poem with you all.

The class shave also continued to build their model suspension bridges during our topic lessons. We really have some budding engineers in the class.

In maths this week, we have been revising some of our multiplication skills.

Week 3 - Big Arts Week!

This week has been Big Arts Week and what a busy week it's been. The theme this year is rainbows and we were given the colour purple. We had a go at some block printing using the same design in two different shades of purple. We also practised mixing paint to create different shades of purple. We then used this paper to make collages in the style of local artist Holly Collage. We were also lucky enough to have a fantastic workshop with Aardman Animations who taught the children how to make a model Gromit. We've definitely got some budding model makers in our midst. We look forward to showing off all our art work at next week's exhibition.

Not content with beign arty all week, the class also attended a Trust-wide sports day at Headley Park. A great time was had by all despite the relentless rain. The class were very supportive of each other and showed great levels of sportsmanship.

Week 2

This week we have been thinking about programming our own quiz using Scratch. We worked on decomposing the job by splitting it into the tasks we would need to do and then created a flow chart to give us an order. We also had a practise at programming and debugging a question.

In maths, we have been learning about angles and lines. We learnt the definition of right angles, obtuse angles, acute angles and perpendicular and parallel lines.

For English, we have been writing a class poem about summer time. We looked at some poetic techniques like personification and similes and the collected together a lot of ideas. Next step is to arrange them and edit them into a poem. 

Week 1

This first week back we have been looking at telling the time. We have made sure that we understand how to tell the time in digital as well as analogue formats. We have looked at the 24 hour clock.

In English, we looked at writing instructions. We made sure we were including all the features of instruction writing like - bullet points, numbered chronological instructions and imperative verbs.

If you want to practise anything at home, telling the time on an analogue clock is well worth the practise. It's a tough skill and the children don't see many analogue clocks about.

We also said goodbye to Mr Jenkins this week. He's been with us for some time now but he has finished his placement and is now a fully qualified teacher.

Term 5

Week 5

We have continued to think about algorithms. We looked a sequences of numbers and tried to see if we could work out what the next number would be and work out what rule we could use to generate new numbers.

In English we finished off writing and editing our newspaper reports. For our progress write we designed our own crazy machine and then wrote an explanation of how they worked.

For our maths strategy we looked at using the idea of constant difference to simplify calculations.

Week 4

This week we have thought about how a computer works. We learnt that they run on algorithms so decided to have a go at writing our own. We created algorithms to help a character move through a maze. We also learnt about debugging algorithms. This means looking for and correcting mistakes. Once we've honed our programming skills, we will move on to creating a simple programme with Scratch.

In English we have been writing newspaper reports- why not ask your child what the 5 Ws are? We have also been practising our use of possessive apostrophes.

For a maths strategy this week, we looked at asking ourselves 'What do I know?' when faced with a problem. This can help us to model the problem and reveal what calculation we need to make. See the picture below.

Week 3

This week we have continued to learn about electricity. We learnt that there are two types of electricity: static and current. We found out that electricity is the movement of electrons and can it can be transformed into light, sound, heat an movement. After making series circuits last week, we had a go at making parallel circuits this week. 

In English, we have been writing our own time machine based stories. We have been thinking about using a range of sentence types to keep the reader interested and making sure we have been using fronted adverbials to add description to our verbs.

In maths, we have started to look at money. We have been converting pounds to pence and back again and comparing amounts of money. As a useful strategy for calculating change, we learnt to count on on a number line from the amount spent to the total.

Week 2

The highlight of this week was definitely the visit from the travelling kitchen. The children had the chance tom learn about changes in states of matter from solids to liquids and to gases as they cooked up a wonderful feast. If you managed to come along, I'm sure you'll agree they cooked up a storm (and provided my lunch for thew following two days!). The Travelling Kitchen were very complimentary of the children saying they behaved well and worked brilliantly as a team.

We also started to learn about electricity. We learnt that it is caused by the motion of electrons and in order to create current electricity to need a circuit. We experimented with creating serial circuits and found out what happened when we added extra cells or extra lamps. Some groups even managed to build a switch into their circuits.

In maths we have been thinking about statistics. After learning about discrete data (things you can individually count - such as the number of dogs in the park) last week, we started to think about continuous data (that is data that can take any value along a range - such as the height of a bird as it flies).

Week 1

The class have had a great first week back. We started to think about our new topic which is called 'How Does it Work?'. It's a science based topic and we will be thinking about great inventors and their inventions as well as learning about states of matter (solids, liquids and gases). To kick of the topic we had great fun trying to make  a rube goldberg machine that would deliver a pencil to a pupil so they could get on with their work. If you're not sure what a rube goldberg machine is, google it and watch some great videos.

In maths, we started to think about statistics and worked at creating our own bar charts as well as answering questions on data.

This term, we will be reading Tilly and the Time Machine by Adrian Edmundsen. The children enjoyed the first chapter.

Term 4

Week 6

What a fantastic maths week year 4 have had. They showed a lot of perseverance with the modular origami and many pushed themselves on to make more complex shapes. They also worked well in their groups during the pirates maths challenge. As a follow up, they used the Tesco website to decide what items they would take if they were going to a desert island. They had a budget of £50. As is often the way in these troubled times, their budget was suddenly slashed by four tenths half way through and they had to adjust.

In English this week, they children have been working on persuasive writing. We have looked at keeping our writing formal and making sure that we are backing up any arguments we try to make. We have also been focusing on basics to make sure we are using full stops and capital letters.

The children also did their fantastic samba performance. A lot of hard work went into their amazing carnival costumes.

Week 5

This week we went on our trip to MShed to find out some more about Bristol. Each group had two particular areas of Bristol to research as well as some general questions about Bristol that they needed to find the answers to. The teams worked very well together. When we returned, we made posters to display some of the information that we had found.

In maths this week, we have been revising division to try to make sure we understand the difference between division as grouping and division as sharing. That's the difference between splitting 10 into 2 equal groups of 5 and splitting it into 5 groups of 2.

In English we have been doing some creative writing. The class have planned a journey story set in the rainforest. They thought about story structure and how it is an important part of story writing.

Week 4

Withe the interviews this week the, the class have had an unusual week. They coped very well with being taught by 5 different teachers over 2 mornings. They also showed off their maths skills when 19 teachers from other schools around Bristol came to watch one of our maths lessons. they did themselves proud.

In topic, we finished off writing our reports on Rio. We have spent some time researching them on the ipads and have now written them up. 

In maths we learnt about finding equivalent fractions. We learnt that you need to multiply the denominator and numerator by the same number.

Mr Jenkins has returned to complete his teaching placement with us. He will be here for the remainder of this term and all of the next one. 

Week 3

This week was British Science week. We had a fantastic visit from Mad Science who showed the children all sorts of science experiments and taught them how to spot the difference between a chemical and a physical change. The theme of Science Week is Journeys so we looked at observing and predicting which types of paper aeroplanes, gliders or helicopters flew for the longest. We had great fun testing them by throwing them off the mezzanine into the hall.

In English this week, we have been thinking about persuasive writing. We looked at the importance of stating your argument clearly and justifying your opinions. We continued to practise using a range of coordinating conjunctions to make compound sentences. We also started to think about the exciting world of compound complex sentences. That's two or more independent clauses joined to a subordinate clause.

We have looked at solving problems with fractions in maths. We learnt that to find a fraction of a quantity, you divide the whole by the denominator. We also looked at the importance of modelling the problem by drawing a bar model and clearly and neatly labeling it.

Week 2

To celebrate World Book Week we set aside 10 minutes of everyday for reading for pleasure. We all sat and read our own book (including me!). We also had a badly described books quiz where the children had to try to recgonise books from bad descriptions of them that  had written. On World Book day itself, there were some fantastic costumes.

In our topic lessons we did some internet research on Rio and started to put together an information text. We also wrote explanation texts about how energy passes through food chains.

In maths this week, we have continued to look at fractions. This week we were subtracting fractions with the same denominator. We were drawing out the problems to help us visualise the maths.

Week 1

The children have settled back into school really well. Many of them have new table spaces and partners and have just got straight down to work.

This week we built on their prior learning about food chains. We looked at more complex food webs and learned the key vocabulary of producer, primary consumer, secondary consumer and apex predator. In groups, the children had to organise animals into their category and them make a paper chain food web.

In English we thought about compound sentences learned that they are made by joining to main clauses with a coordinating conjunction. Why not ask your child if they can remember the coordinating conjunctions? (Say FANBOYS to them: they'll know what you mean.)

In maths, we started to think about adding fractions. We learnt that if you add fractions with the same denominator, you just add the numerators.

Term 3

Week 6

This week we thought about how animals adapt to their surroundings as they evolve. We looked at opposable thumbs and had a go at some activities without using our thumbs. We also learnt about evolutionary variation. Each child drew a picture and a friend had to copy it exactly. They saw that, no matter how hard they tried to replicate the picture, some variation crept in.

In maths, we learnt more about tenths and hundredths by making our own. We got 10 cm of straw as out whole and cut it into tenths and then hundredths. Each hundredth was only 1 mm. We learnt to write these numbers as decimals.

In English, we revised compound sentences. This is a sentence made with two independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction. We did a progress write trying to use all the skills we have learnt this year.

Week 5

This week we learnt about the affects of the palm oil trade on the rainforest. We learnt about orangutans and their rainforest habitats in Indonesia. We found out that much deforestation there is due to harvesting palm oil. We looked at things we can do to try to reduce the amount of palm oil that we use. We wrote letters to the Prime Minister asking for action on palm oil.

In maths, we continued to look at fractions. We thought so more about tenths and started to solve problems involving fractions.

Week 4

 We looked at the features of a newspaper report in order to write a report about the man in our story. We looked at the 5 Ws - where, when, why, what, who. The children made a plan and wrote up an article. It had to include a snappy headline and a quote from a witness.

In maths, we looked at fractions and looked at the importance of equal parts. We learnt that if we divide a whole into ten equal parts, we have tenths.

In word aware this week, we learnt 'tentatively' and 'environment.'

Week 3

This week we have worked on producing an information text about the rainforest. First, the children w orked in pairs and produced an information poster. We thought carefully about how to group the information. Then the children used these posters to plan their writing. Finally they wrote up and edited their information texts.

The children also continued to design and make their carnival costumes.

We also elected out Eco-Team class reps. There were some great campaign pitches by the children. They were very inventive and all very different. It was a close run election. Well done to Jessica and Dante who won the vote.

In Word Aware these week we learnt the words 'abruptly' and 'fatigue'.

Week 2

This week we started looking st some map skills. We looked at a map of Bristol City center and learnt how to use 4-figure grid references to help us to find things. We learnt the golden rule for 4-figures referencing: along the corridor and up the stairs to find the four digits we need.

We also discussed Bristol's traffic problem and ways that it could be addressed. We were planning on having a debate about whether cars should be banned from the centre but we were rudely interrupted by a fire alarm. Hopefully, we'll come back to it next week.

In English, we thought about how we punctuate speech when we write. We wrote a dialogue between two characters from our story.

In maths, we thought about using bar models to represent word problems. This way we can make sure we are doing the correct calculations. We also added the words multiplicand and multiplier to our maths vocabulary. We try to remember these with by repeating 'the amount of items in each group is the multiplicand' and 'the number of groups is the multiplier'.

Week 1

It's been a lovely first week back for Country Class. Everyone has got straight back into their work.

We are continuing to look at our times tables. We worked out that if you know 10x something, you can work out 5x something by halving and if you know 2x something, you can work out 4x something by doubling. It soon became clear that without doing very much work it is possible for us to work out over half of all the times tables we need to know.

Our new topic is called Here and There and we will be studying Bristol and comparing and contrasting it to Rio. We will focus on geography and science skills during this topic and will learn about looking after the environment.#

This term, we started expanding our vocabulary with Word Aware. Why not ask your children about the new words they have been learning. This week we have learnt fragrant, pollinate and smouldering.

Week 6

This week that class blew everyone away with their fantastic performance in the Key Stage 2 Carol Concert. They worked hard to learn the words to their song and it really paid off.

In topic this week, they learnt about how the ear works. We also learnt that sound is passed by vibrating molecules. We tested this theory by making string phones. Much to everyone surprise, the sound was able to pass along the string and the children were able to hear each other's voices.

Week 1

The children have settled back into school really well. We started our new topic about the human body. We learnt about how the brain works. We have started to work on having a growth mindset. This means we will face up to challenges, use our mistakes to help us learn and not give up in the face of difficulties.

We started to read an abridged version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The children have been working on filling their writing with exciting vocabulary to keep the reader interested.


Term 2

Week 8

We wrapped up our topic by having a go at designing some Iron Age art. It's been quite a rush going through 2.5 million years of human history in just 7 and a half weeks. It did give us a good idea about how much life in Britain changed during that period.

We also had a go at a bit of town planning. We played a game that involved linking houses to electricity and water but we weren't allowed to have any pipes that crossed each. The children worked hard to solve the problem but each time they did it, I made them add another house.

There was also a team game where the children had to cross the hall without touching the floor. The only way to succeed was to work together. To add to the challenge, they had to do it in silence. You'd be surprised how quietly they can work!

Week 7

This week we learnt about Bronze Age burials. We came to understand that a lot of what we know about the Bronze age is based on what has been found buried with people. We also continued to work on our Stone Age house at Forest school. The walls were made of woven branches last week so the children started to pack the walls with mud. Next week, we hope to finish it off with a roof.

In English, we wrote a prequel to Stig thinking about how he might have come to end up in the modern age. The children worked in pairs and came up with some great stories.

We spent some tome practising our class assembly for next week and a few children brought in some fantastic homework which we hope to display during the assembly on Wednesday.

Also ask your child to show you Times Tables Rockstars. They each have a log on and it's a great fun way to practise times tables.

Week 6

This week we started to look at changes from the Stone Age to the Bronze age. We learnt about how to smelt copper to make bronze.

We also had a go at some Stone Age cave art which we had meant to do a few weeks ago but we had been sidetracked.

At forest school, the children started to make a replica Stone Age house as well as having a go at making some stone age tools and weapons.

The children demonstrated their problem solving skills by having a go at some modular origami. This involves using squares of paper to make the same shape over and over again and then fitting those together to make a larger shape. After a lot of perseverance, we had a few groups of children who managed to make cubes out of six modules. The most impressive thing was how some children justs did not give up until they were done.

Week 5

We have spent a lot of this week thinking about poetry because of National Poetry Day on Thursday. We looked at Jabberwocky by Lewis Carrol. Even though it contains nonsense words we were able to use our knowledge of English grammar to work out whether the words were nouns, adjectives or verbs. Since the theme of poetry day was change, we then wrote our own version of the poem changing all the nonsense words to real words of the same type.

We also looked at the nonsense poem 'The Ning Nang Nong'. After reading it and talking about it, we decided it created a strong image in our heads despite being very surreal so we decided to draw the poem.

On National Poetry Day itself we also took part in a live lesson being broadcast on the BBC. It was a lot of fun.

In keeping with the theme of change, we decided to make some changes to a song we had been learning. As we are Country Class we have been learning country classic 'He Was a Friend of Mine'. Now we've changed some of the words to make it a song about being in Year 4.

Week 4

This week we continued to learn about the Stone Age. The children used their collaborative skills to undertake some group research and start making information posters about the Stone Age. It was lovely to see the group working well together and gathering information.

In maths, we have been thinking about partitioning numbers into thousands, hundreds, tens and ones and how this can help us with our addition and subtraction. We also had a go at a Fermi problem. We wondered if we could successfully estimate how many vets there were in Bristol. We came to the estimate of 6,000. If this seems a little high, it might be due to the fact that the children came up with some very high numbers for the number of individual vets they had seen working in their local veterinary practice. The children swore by their numbers so we went with them but it did give us a high average number of vets per veterinary practice.

In English, we thought about some of the features of a non-fiction text and had a go at writing one about Stig.

Week 2

This week have have learnt that although early stone age people didn't have written language, they did create art work that symbolised important aspects of their lives. We looked at some modern symbols and discussed how some were representational and others were abstract. The children then had a go at creating a symbol to represent one of the important achievements of the Stone Age- the discovery of fire, the invention of the wheel, creation go tools and the invention of farming.

In English, we have continued to read Stig of the Dump and the children have planned and written the start of the story. This term, we will have a big focus on how a writer needs to plan and edit his or her work.

Week 1 - Welcome back!

The children have come back and settled right back in. They've been showing off many off the things they learnt in Year 3. 

We have our first PE lesson on Friday 7th so the children will need to bring their PE kits in with them. PE will continue on a Friday for the rest of the year. (We will also be going to Failand for PE at some point in the year.)

More class information will go out with the curriculum map at the end of this first week.