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Year 4 - Hickory Class

Multiplication

With the multiplication check fast approaching, the children have been working hard to master all of their times tables. Please remember to practice over the half term! We hope you have a lovely week off! 

Homework - Summer- Week 6

Maths - p 44 + 45

English - p 26

Timestables - Booklet

Spellings

guide

fruit

forward

history

heart

height

group

grammar

heard

guard

Tudor roses

Today we painted our Tudor roses from Wednesdays Tudor day. They had finally dried so we could add the paint to them. I think you’ll agree they look amazing!

Tudor Day!

Year 4 enjoyed their day where they experienced life as a Tudor! The children participated in many activities including making clay roses, archery and writing their name in calligraphy. The afternoon was spent at a royal banquet where they indulged in Tudor food and learnt how to dance like a Tudor!

Petting zoo!

Thank you so much to the PTA for arranging a petting zoo for the children. We absolutely LOVED meeting all the animals and even Mrs Chambers made friends with a lamb called Rosie!

Author visit

This week, we were very fortunate to have a visit from author Tom McLaughlin. He shared his inspiring journey of becoming an author and gave us a fascinating glimpse into how he illustrates his books. Tom also taught us how to create our own characters, sparking our creativity and imagination. To top it off, we had the pleasure of listening to excerpts from his new book. 

Homework - Summer- Week 5

Maths - p 62 + 63

English - p 67

Timestables - MIXED

Spellings

enough

eight

extreme

experiment

famous

exercise

eighth

experience

favourite

February

Dictation Activity

The children were set the task of copying sentences into their books from memory as they were read aloud. The sentences increased in complexity and included many common exception words to test the children’s spelling as well as punctuation. 

Homework - Summer- Week 4

Maths - p 54 + 55

English - p 32, 33 + 34

Timestables - MIXED

Spellings

different

disappear

circle

complete

decide

difficult

describe

early

earth

continue

consider

Egyptian Workshop

Hickory class delved into ancient Egypt during their workshop, embracing the spirit of discovery as they excavated for artifacts, each find sparking excitement and curiosity. With paintbrushes in hand, they meticulously crafted scarab beetles, honoring a symbol of rebirth and protection. Amidst laughter and teamwork, they kneaded date bread dough, connecting with the culinary traditions of the Nile Delta. Through hands-on activities, the students immersed themselves in the rich culture of ancient Egypt, forging lasting memories and deepening their understanding of history.

English- poetry reading

 

In English this week, the children have been practising their poetry reading to perform to the class in a competition. They each performed a chosen poem in front of the class, and we voted for the top 2 readers. We then went against Hawthorn class and voted for the overall winner- Rishona! She will perform in competition against the winner of Year 3.

Homework - Summer- Week 3

Maths - p 18 + 19

English - p 27

Timestables - 6’s

Spellings

century

build

breath

breathe

caught

centre

busy

calendar

certain

business

Art studio- dragon eggs

Inspired by our extended writes this week, Hickory class took a trip to our brand new art studio! Using their description from their work, they painted a version of the dragon egg they had discovered in their stories. 

Parliament Assembly

Key Stage Two recently enjoyed an insightful visit from Tom from Parliament. During his visit, he provided a fascinating insight into the Houses of Parliament, detailing the functions of both the House of Lords and the House of Commons. Tom also discussed constituencies across the UK, highlighting Marcus Fysh as the MP representing our constituency. We delved into the concept of democracy, exploring its significance both within our school and on a national level. Tom also shed light on the role of the government, mentioning our Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, and his team. It was a valuable learning experience that enriched our understanding of the political system and governance in the UK.

Homework - Summer- Week 2

Maths - p 10 + 11

English - p 64 + 65

Timestables - 4’s

Spellings

believe

accident

address

arrive

actual

actually

accidentally

answer

bicycle

appear

DT projects- Structures

The children have begun their Design and Technology for this term which is structures. This week, they have enjoyed constructing 3D structures made from paper art straws and playdough!

 

Constructing simple circuits in Science

This week, the children have been learning how electricity flows through a pathway called a circuit. To help their understanding, they were tasked with a challenge to get the light bulb in their circuit to light. They loved constructing the circuits and figuring out why things would or wouldn’t work. We even managed to get the buzzers out to create a wonderful, yet very annoying, noise

Timetable walk!

To support our understanding of timetables, we took a walk along the local area to find the bus stops. The children were fascinated by the different timetables and loved finding all our local ones near the school.

Homework - Summer- Week 1

Maths - p 15

English - p 78 + 79

Timestables - 9’s

Spellings

who's

whose

plane

reign

rein

whether

peace

weather

rain

piece

plain

History- How Henry VII became king

In Year 4, we've delved into the captivating history of the War of the Roses. Through our studies, we've uncovered the riveting tales of rival houses, fierce battles, and the intricate web of alliances that shaped medieval England. From the emblematic red and white roses to the power struggles of the Lancastrians and Yorkists, we've journeyed through this tumultuous period with curiosity and awe. As we reflect on the lessons learned from this fascinating chapter in history, may we continue to appreciate the importance of unity, resilience, and the enduring legacy of the past.

Welcome back Hickory!

 

I hope you had a fantastic Easter break filled with laughter and joy. It's wonderful to see each and every one of your smiling faces back in the classroom, ready to dive into new adventures and learning experiences together. Let's make this term one to remember, filled with curiosity, growth, and fun. Get ready to explore, discover, and create amazing memories together!

I hope you all have a wonderful, well deserved break! I can't wait to see you all after our Easter holidays. No homework has been sent home but please can you continue to practise your timestables. 

 

Thank you for all your hard work this term! See you soon!

Mrs Chambers

Alice In Wonderland

I am simply bursting with pride after watching the children perform their play to the school and parents this week! They were ALL absolutely incredible and I can't believe how hard they have worked. Thank you to everyone for supporting to learn lines and providing costumes. Well done Year 4!

India Workshop

In the Year 4 Indian workshop, students explored the rich tapestry of India's culture and traditions. They participated in engaging activities like learning traditional dances, creating colourful rangoli art, and playing instruments. The classroom buzzed with excitement as children immersed themselves in the vibrant sights and sounds of India. Guided by enthusiastic teacher, the workshop provided a fun and educational experience, leaving lasting memories of cultural discovery for all who attended.

Homework - Spring- Week 9

Maths - p 43

English - p 4

Timestables - 7’s

Spellings

mane

meddle

mist

not

mail

meat

main

missed

knot

medal

meet

male

Stone Age Trip- Museum of Somerset

What an amazing time we had on our trip to Taunton! The children had the opportunity to discover pre historical artefacts, make some Stone Age necklaces and paint some cave artwork. They also loved their trail around the museum exploring the artefacts fro all over Somerset. We had lots of members of the public comment on how well behaved the children were.

D.T at Westfield 

Westfield D.T department kindly offered to help us make props for our play. A group of children walked over to work with some Year 10 children to make the props.

Homework - Spring- Week 8

Maths - p 30 + 31

English - p 10 + 11

Timestables - 6’s

Spellings

bawl

break

fare

fair

brake

bury

except

ball

berry

accept

SCARF workshop

We had a wonderful morning with Helen from scarf! We learned all about being ourselves and how playing with friends is much better than being on our own. The children loved seeing Howard the giraffe and he even managed to nibble some of the children's fingers!

World Book Day 2024

History- Stone Age cave paintings

For History this week, we have been exploring how Stone Age people communicated. The children discovered that, using animal blood or berries, people who lived in the 3 different periods of the Stone Age painted cave walls to tell stories. They were extremely creative and told some wonderful stories. 

Shadow art

The children completed their shadow artwork and used some wonderful describing words!

Maths- converting grams to kilograms and reading scales.

Linking to our DT, today we read scales to help measure out the ingredients for biscuits. We compared 2 different types of scale and decided that a digital one was a lot easier to use as it was more accurate. The children also developed their skills of reading scales accurately by helping to measure out the ingredients.

Homework - Spring- Week 8

Maths - p 59 (Time word problems)

English - p 80 + 81  (Suffixes- ly)

Timestables - 4’s

Spellings

weigh

eight

they

veil

reign

obey

beige

neighbour

sleigh

vein

World Day of Prayer

To celebrate World Day of Prayer, the children wrote their own prayers and then translated them into different languages. Some of the children in Hickory who already speak another language were able to write a prayer in theirs!

Alice in Wonderland- rehearsals!

Things are in full swing for our play with rehearsals going extremely well! The children are doing an outstanding job of learning lines and where they need to be on stage. Thank you to those that have brought in costumes. We can't wait to show you our performance in a few week's time!

Homework - Spring- Week 7

Maths - p  (Money)

English - p  (Noun phrases)

Timestables - 3’s

Spellings

discipline 

ascent

scent

scissors

descent

crescent

fascinate

science

scene

Tying their shoes!

We set the children a challenge, over the last few weeks, to learn how to tie their shoe laces. They were then given an opportunity to show us what they had learned and even earned themselves a small treat!

Computing- voice recordings

Our computing this term is all about audio recording! The children have learned how to record their voices on an ipad and what makes a good audio recording. This is in preparation for creating their own podcasts towards the end of the term.

Homework - Spring- Week 6

Maths - p 64 + 65 ( Lines of symmetry)

English - p 12 + 13 (Articles and Determiners)

Timestables - 12’s

Spellings

unique

antique

vague

catalogue

league

tongue

rogue

dialogue

monologue

plague

Art projects- weaving recycled materials

Children's mental health week 2024

To begin children's mental health week we participated in some relaxing yoga to set our week off well! The children learned all about how to take care of themselves and we did an activity called 'Window of Tolerance' which allowed the children to understand what makes them feel worried or emotional. This was really insightful for them and will help when it comes to regulating their emotions. To end our week, we thought about all the things that have made us proud to be us! 

Science- Does temperature effect evaporation?

Last week, we set out an investigation exploring the question- does temperature effect evaporation? The children wrote out the experiment and discussed what we needed to make it a fair test. After we had left it a week, we then wrote our findings. As we had predicted, the water on the radiator had evaporated more than the one in the window.

Safer internet day 2024

To celebrate our safer internet day, the children participated in a live lesson that discussed 'AI' and how we can keep ourselves safe online. The children joined in with the activities and made a poster all about 'AI'. Luckily, robots won't be taking over teachers anytime soon!

Year 3/4 disco 2024

Homework - Spring- Week 5

Maths - p 27 ( Multiplication and Division)

English - p 90 + 91 (Hard C and soft C sounds)

Timestables - 9’s

Spellings

machine

champagne

parachute

chalet

charade

crochet

chef

brochure

Wire art

The children have been designing and bending their own wire art in Monday’s art lessons! I think they all look amazing and must have taken a lot of concentration.

Indian sport Kabaddi

For this week’s PE, the children have been learning how to play kabaddi, a popular Indian sport. It really was exhausting watching them chase each other and having to chant Kabbadi at the same time!

Wessex Water Visitor

We were very lucky to have Wessex Water worker, Tim, come and do a workshop with the children about the water cycle. They learned all about how the water cycle works, how water is treated to make it clean and what not to put down the toilet! The children had a go at ‘flushing’ a fake toilet and discovered what would happen to certain items. Who knew that flushable wipes aren’t flushable! They learned a new word of the day too, disintegrated, and even observed toilet paper do just that.

Homework - Spring- Week 3

Maths - p 22 ( Addition)

English - p 36 + 37 (Capital letters and full stops)

Timestables - 7’s

Spellings

mathematician

injection

musician

magician

politician

permission

invention

tension

hesitation

World religion day

Science- Observing changes of state.

To help further their understanding of how states can change, the children observed changes when making jelly. They watched as the jelly cubes changed from a solid to a liquid and then further observed when the liquid has cooled, the state changed back to a solid again.

Homework - Spring- Week 2

Maths - p 73 (bar charts)

English - p 24 + 25 (Prepositions)

Timestables - 6’s

Spellings

extension

discussion

confession

electrician

expression

comprehension

admission

completion

expansion

Art- Soap carving

Maths- Data handling (Excel)

To help further the children's understanding of data, we linked with our computing topic of data logging. The children learned how to fill out a frequency table on Excel and then inserted a bar chart to their spreadsheet. They even managed to change colour and style of the bar chart!

Geography- Indian culture

For Geography this week, the children have been learning all about the culture and settlements in India. The children learned about the difference between the rich and poor and looked at some real rupees! They then wrote diary entries imagining they were rich and also poor.

PE- yoga

As there has been a delay in our swimming for this term, we decided to work on our core muscles by participating in a yoga session. The children did extremely well with some tricky poses- especially the cactus tree pose!

Maths- data handling

This week's maths is all about discrete and continuous data. To handle this data the children collect some information about the class. They created tally and frequency tables and tomorrow we will be interpreting them into bar charts!

Homework - Spring- Week 1

Maths - p 52 +53 (Perimeter)

English - p 8 + 9 (Pronouns)

Timestables - 4’s

Spellings

vigorous

poisonous

spontaneous

outrageous

serious

tremendous

various

obvious

mountainous

 

New Year's resolutions

For our PSHE lesson this week, the children have been thinking about the new year and what they want to achieve in 2024. They wrote some resolutions for school and at home. I saw lots of children writing about keeping their rooms tidy so parents make sure you remind them! It was lovely to see what the children's goals are for this year. Remember- If you can believe it, you can achieve it! 

Happy New Year everybody!

I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas break and spent time with your families and friends. I have missed you all so much and I can't wait to see you all back in school tomorrow! We have a very exciting term ahead of us! 

 

See you soon, 

Mrs Chambers

Christmas week 2023

What an absolutely wonderful week we have had in Hickory!! Thank you for all your hard work this term and I wish you a Merry Christmas. Have fun spending time with family and friends and I can’t wait to see you all in the new year!

Homework - Autumn - Week 12

Maths - p 6

English - p 7

 

There are no spellings or timestables this week.

Outdoor Learning - Week 6

Due to the stormy weather, we were inside this week but that didn't stop us from embracing the outdoors! The children got into the Christmas spirit by making leaf wreaths to hang on their doors at home. We encountered a few creatures on our way and we took the opportunity, whilst indoors, to have a chat with each other about what our Christmas looked like at home.