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Sir John Heron Primary School

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Year 4

Welcome to the Monet and Dali Class page!

 

2021-22

History - w/b 09.05.22 

 

This week in Topic Year 4 have been learning about the Mayan civilisation. The children have created a timeline to show how the Mayans civilisation developed over time. The children did map work to label different cities. Year 4 learnt about what Maya people eat and wear. The children had a discussion about the artefacts used during the Mayans civilisation. 

 

The children learnt about the religious beliefs of the Mayan people. The children learnt about the different gods and created a fact file about one of the gods.

 

Art - w/b 02.05.22

 

This week in Art we have completed our final pieces of artwork using two main techniques known as etching and monoprinting. We developed new skills within this area and were pleased with the outcomes produced. Following this, we completed evaluations of our own work. Here we considered what we liked, disliked and would improve for the future. 

 

French - w/b 25.04.22

 

This week in French Year 4 explored a new topic titled ‘The Carnival of Animals’. Here they learnt about time and applied their learning from the previous term about numbers. Working in pairs, they asked each other what time it was and responded in full sentences.

Mathematics - w/b 18.03.22

 

This week in Maths Year 4 have been looking at fractions. Year 4 have been counting in tenths as well as this they have been looking at equivalent fractions. 

 

Using concrete resources such as cuisenaire rods the children were able to identify the equivalent fractions. The children were able to use their reasoning skills to explain which fractions are equivalent to each other. Children were also able to define equivalent fractions with an example. 

 

Science - w/b 28.03.22

 

Last week the children did a Science investigation where they identified materials that are conductors and insulators. 

 

This week the children wrote their Science investigation into their Science books. They have demonstrated our school value of being a reflection ninja as they recapped their learning and were able to discuss their findings. Year 4 have ensured that they use scientific vocabulary in their writing

 

English - w/b 21.03.22

 

This week the children have been working hard to complete their publishing piece. They identified the main features of a leaflet. The children used subheadings, images and did you know facts to make their leaflets interesting and eye-catching. 

 

Reading - w/b 14.03.22

 

During DEAR time the children have been sharing book reviews with the class. The children really enjoyed the book recommendations made by their classmates. Children also asked questions about the book. We discussed the main events of the story. 

 

RE - w/b 07.03.22

 

In RE Year 4 have been learning about Easter. Year 4 have explored religious symbols and evaluated how the symbols are associated with Easter.  

 

Year 4 have also compared how different Christians (Catholics, Orthodox, Anglicans, Baptists) celebrate the Last Supper. We discussed the importance of the key vocabulary and had a discussion about why Christians celebrate Easter. The children also did a Now Press Play experience based on the Easter story to reflect on what they have learnt in RE this term. 

 

Art - w/b 28.02.22

 

Year 4 have been looking at the work of George Seurat. Children learnt about one of George Seurat’s work called ‘Sunday in the park.’ The children replicated this drawing by focussing on aspects of the drawing. 

 

The children did mark making first using a cotton bud to practice pointillism. Then the children focussed on one step at a time to create the tree in the drawing of ‘Sunday in the park.’ The children were able to use key vocabulary to explain pointillism as well as the key skills that the artist used. 

 

Geography - w/b 21.02.22

 

This week in Geography Year 4 we explored our new topic ‘Where does food come from?’ The children looked at where milk, orange juice and rice comes from. We discussed the journey of these foods and how it is produced. The children enjoyed identifying how the foods are made. 

Design and Technology - w/b 07.02.22

 

This term in DT the children have been exploring battery operated light. We discussed the functions of a night light as well as the purpose and target audience. Year4 have been exploring how to make a circuit and use their design brief to create their night light. The children learnt about the circuit symbols.

Computing - w/b 31.01.22

 

This week in Computing we identified the features of what makes a good website. We looked at Sir John Heron’s school website to identify some of the features used. We also began to use HTML 5 Editor.net to create our own healthy eating website. We practised coding and tried adding in some tags. 

 

Mathematics - w/b 24.01.22

 

In mathematics this week, we have been working hard to recall our times tables. Fluency is an important skill we need to master since it ties in with other concepts/areas of maths. In order to help us with this, we used concrete and pictorial models to help with recall.

History - w/b 17.01.22

 

In History, Year 4 have been looking at the time before the Vikings reigned. We have been finding out more about what Britain was like before the Viking invasion. Children have carried out various different activities this week which involved creating a timeline, using map skills and ‘Now Press Play’. The children have really enjoyed learning more about the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons.

English - w/b 10.01.22

 

In English, this week Year 4 have been writing their predictions and inferences about our new book called ‘Iron Man.’ The children have also created their own illustrations for the book based on the opening of the story. 

 

The children have been analysing and identifying the features of newspaper articles. In addition to this, the children have also discussed the main purposes of these features.

 

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! - w/b 13.12.21

 

This week the children watched the Aladdin pantomime. The children enjoyed watching the pantomime. This also ties in very well with what the children have been learning in English. The children have been writing playscripts and discussing the conventions of a playscript. The children have applied their learning from English and ensured that they were looking out for the conventions of a playscript whilst watching the pantomime. The children also had a discussion about what they liked about the pantomime. The children have also been singing along to festive Christmas songs both in class and their music lessons.

Computing - w/b 06.12.21

 

In computing this week the children looked at different scenarios and decided whether they were trustworthy or untrustworthy. The children used their reasoning skills and created a diamond shape of all the trustworthy and untrustworthy scenarios. We had a discussion about e-safety and ways in which we can stay safe online.

 

Year 3 and 4 Sport Tapscott Handball Competition w/b- 29.11.21

On Friday 3rd of December we welcomed North Beckton Primary and Kensington Primary School to our school to take part in another Sports Tapscott inter-school sports competition.  A great afternoon of handball saw lots of goals and plenty of determination from all the children involved. After the all the matches had been played we were declared the winners of the competition. Well done to all the children involved and look out for the next inter-school competition which will be taking place soon. 

Eco Day - w/b 29.11.21

 

On Thursday, we had a special focus day called ‘Eco Day’. We kickstarted our day with a debate about whether children can make a big difference to the environment. We outlined the pros and cons of this and deepened our understanding of current environmental issues. Following this, we created posters based on how the moon affects Earth. We discovered interesting facts about the moon and how important it is for planet Earth. Finally, we created lovely art pieces reflecting the moon and earth. We used black sugar paper, oil pastels and chalk to create our galaxy.

RE - w/b 22.11.21

 

In Year 4 the children have been learning about the story of Joseph. The children have also created a mood graph to show Joseph's feelings. The children used the bible and identified where the story of Joseph can be found. This week the children have looked at proverbs, 10 commandments and the story of the miracle of Jesus. They have explored what the proverbs and 10 commandments mean and why they are important. The children have looked at the story of Mary Jones and Joseph and we had a discussion about the morale of the story.

 

Mathematics - w/b 15.11.21

 

In Year 4 we started our new topic of length and perimeter. This week we have been focussing on converting different measurements. In particular we looked at lengths such as converting from cm to m as well as mm into cm. We tackled a range of questions which explored this concept such as using number lines as well as using objects around the classroom.

Reading - w/b 08.11.21

 

In English, we have been reading our new book called ‘Happy Here.’ Children have explored new vocabulary. In Year 4 the children have been writing diary entries as one of the characters in the story. They have thought about the features of a diary entry as well as the character’s thoughts and feelings. 

 

During DEAR time children have been doing book reviews to their classmates. The children have provided a recommendation and used their reasoning skills to encourage their classmates to read the books that are being shared with them. 

 

PE - w/b 02.11.21

This week in PE we have been learning to refine our dribbling in order to keep control and possession of the ball. We have focussed on identifying space when dribbling and what options we have what we receive the ball in basketball. In addition to this we have started to play small sided basketball games. 

 

 

 

 

French - w/b 18.10.21

 

In French, Year4  have been learning how to count to 30 in French. We have focussed on oracy and pronunciation this term. Children are beginning to write and recall their own sentences based on our learning in French.

 

In French, children learnt how to say doll, console, teddy bear and balloon in French. We have had discussions about pocket money and described the cost of objects. Children also described their opinions about the object using the sentence starters taught in the lesson. 

 

RE - w/b 11.10.21

 

In RE this week, we have been focusing on the importance of symbolism in Hinduism. We looked at a range of objects and tried to identify the meanings behind these everyday items. For example, a diva lamp is used to symbolise light and is often used in the Hindu festival of Diwali. During the lesson, we extended our vocabulary of key words including the names of deities and Gods such as Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.

 

Science - w/b 04.10.21

 

This term in Science, we are learning about sound. So far on our learning journey, we have explored how different sounds travel. 

 

The children have carried out scientific enquiries where they have investigated pitch, using different instruments. The children have also learnt new scientific vocabulary throughout the week. The children have started to note down their findings from the enquiry.

 

Mathematics - w/b 27.09.21

In Mathematics this week  Year 4 have been learning about finding 1, 10,100, 1000 more or less of a number. The children have also been working on identifying values on a number line. In every Mathematics lesson the children do flashback 4 to recap and revisit topics that they have learnt before. This is also a great opportunity for children to share ideas and learn from each other. The children have also been using manipulatives to help answer questions in the Mathematics workbooks.


Both classes in Year 4 have been learning more about how to represent numbers pictorially and as a concrete representation. Children have used their prior knowledge to help them answer the questions. As we are coming to the end of this unit the children have become much more confident in understanding place values. They have also been resilient and used key vocabulary taught as well as this they also used their reasoning skills to answer questions. Reasoning is one of the school's values.

 

English - w/b 20.09.21

 

In English this week, Year 4 have been exploring the poem ‘Grandma’s Sugarcake.’ We annotated the poetic devices used in this poem. We also discussed how John Lyons uses non-standard English. The children have worked hard to identify what John Lyon was writing. They were all following Sir John Heron’s value of resilience. 

 

The children also used their drama skills and performed a ‘Performance Carousel’ for the poem ‘Grandma’s Sugarcake’ which was a great success. The children worked collaboratively as a group. Using the work of John Lyon the children wrote their own poem about a food type following the structure of the poem of. Just like any other writing, the children proofread and edited their first draft, before redrafting and finally publishing their poems. Children used a combination of standard English and non-standard English. They also used the new vocabulary learnt in our poetry unit.

 

Reading - w/b 13.09.21

On Monday, in Guided reading we read a poem called ‘Chocolate Cake.’ Both classes used what they have learnt in English to identify the poetic vocabulary used in this poem. We focussed on drama in reading. We have really enjoyed reading the poem chocolate cake. We explored the ‘Drama Contract’ and all agreed to adhere to it. During Guided Reading we presented our group’s actions using a performance carousel and explained our freeze frames to the class, using the key vocabulary which we had generated. We thoroughly enjoyed using this technique and put ourselves into the shoes of the characters.

W/b 06.09.21 - Back to school!

 

Pupils in year 4 had a very strong start to the school year. They already started working hard on place value in mathematics and returned their homework projects to school. 

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Year 3

2020 - 2021

English - w/b 12.07.21

 

This term we have been exploring the story ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’. We have discussed and brainstormed Edward’s complex relationships with characters in the story, created an illustrated character description, hot seated as Edward and written thought bubbles describing one of the tragic events. Now that it is the end of term we have been writing an extended piece of writing of an autobiography as Edward Tulane. We explored the features of autobiographies and have been redrafting and publishing our writing this week. 

 

PHSCE - w/b 05.07.21

 

In PHSCE this week, we have been learning about the fascinating and inspirational life of Anne Frank. We explored key events that occurred during her life and the discrimination that she and her family faced during World War II. We had a long discussion about how Jewish people might have felt when Hitler forced them to wear a yellow star in public. We then moved onto creating our own fact file about Anne Frank.

History - w/b 28.06.21

 

We are learning about the amazing Romans! We discovered fascinating facts about what the Romans are famous for inventing, how Rome grew from a city to an empire and we compared life during the ancient Rome times to life today. We found out about the story of Remus and Romulus- two brothers who were banished from the land Alba Langa so that they did not earn their right of one day becoming king. When learning about this story we shared our moral views on whether the actions of all the characters were right or wrong. We enjoyed writing the story in our own words and adding colourful illustrations to go with each key event. We are looking forward to creating mosaic art next week!

 

Let the Olympic Games begin! - w/b 21.06.21

 

This week in Year 3 we attended an Olympic workshop. This was an amazing opportunity for us to broaden our knowledge on the Olympics as we have already been exploring the Olympic games during our guided reading sessions. We found the workshop exciting, especially since we had prior knowledge of the Ancient Greek Olympics and were able to impress our visitors with the interesting facts we had learnt. We really enjoyed the interactive tasks and role-play during the workshop and look forward to learning more about the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.

Diversity Week - India - w/b 14.06.21

 

This week has been a very exciting week! As part of diversity week Year 3 have been celebrating the diverse cultures and traditions of India. We started the week with learning Indian greetings and carrying out research on India. We learnt about the geographical location, landscapes, population, cities, languages, religions and traditional foods of India. We enjoyed creating holiday brochures persuading people to visit India, we wrote fact files about Indian animals, we found out about Anish Kapoor and Mahatma Gandhi and created our own flags of India.

One of our favourite activities this week was making a traditional Indian dish of masala pasta. 

 

Mathematics - w/b 07.06.21

In Mathematics this week, we have been exploring money. We were able to recognise different notes and coins as well as tell each other the value of each. We used the notations £ and p in the correct context and also started to add and subtract different amounts. We found that converting pounds to pence and pence to pounds helped us to do this. We used key mathematical terminology such as coins, pound, pence, money, notation, addition, subtraction, part, whole, commutative, amount, sum and equal.

Great Big School Clean - w/b 07.06.21

 

On Thursday, year 3 pupils took part in the ‘Keep Britain Tidy's Great Big School Clean’ event. Staff from Manor Park library, as well as members from Newham’s Recycling team accompanied our pupils to Little Ilford Park, where we were briefed about health and safety, split into groups, and set off to find and collect litter. We were shocked to fill five large bags!

Litter ranged from empty cans, chocolate wrappers, plastic bags, empty crisp packets to name but a few. After having a brief discussion about the serious effects of litter on the environment, we enjoyed a drink of water and a piece of fruit (making sure we bin our litter!). We decided to become more vocal about litter when we are at home and with our friends outside of school. 

 

English - w/b 24.05.21

 

This week in English we have been exploring the topic of ‘recycling’. 

We researched facts about why recycling is important for the environment, we found out what materials can be recycled, how they are recycled and we discussed the changes we can make in our own lives to ensure that we are looking after the planet. We have been writing information leaflets about the importance of recycling. We enjoyed writing a catchy slogan and drawing illustrations for our leaflets. We linked our learning to our knowledge from our guided reading topic of ‘Endangered Animals’. We explained how animals are at risk of becoming endangered if their habitats are destroyed and recycling can help to protect the environments where animals live.

 

Get Active! - w/b 17.05.21

 

During ‘Get Active’ this week, Year 3 we discussed different types of ways to get active and stay healthy. We tried various exercises and yoga activities. Our favourite type of activity is dancing! We enjoyed boogieing to our favourite tunes on Just Dance Kids. We also participated in daily dance competitions where the person who followed all the moves accurately and enthusiastically won a dance award which was created by our teachers. We also participated in a Now Press Play session where we had further opportunities to get active while acting out different scenes in the story. We really enjoy our active sessions and look forward to them every day!

 

PHSCE - w/b 10.05.21

 

In PHSCE this week we discussed emotions and suggested ways people can deal with their emotions. We listened to the story ‘The Heart and the Bottle’ and discussed how the character was feeling very low. As a class, we thought of different strategies we can use if we feel sad to help us feel better. Then we planned a design for a pebble of positivity. Our pebble design included bright pictures and an inspirational quote. We look forward to painting our pebbles!

 

Art - w/b 04.05.21

This week we have been exploring Van Gogh’s painting styles and techniques. We delved deep into a famous painting by Van Gogh called, ‘Starry Night’. We annotated this painting using key vocabulary such as, tone, shade, mood, texture, highlight, colour mixing and brush strokes. We then moved on to create our own textured background in the style of Vincent Van Gogh.

Falconry Workshop - w/b 26.04.21

 

Reading - w/b 26.04.21

 

We have been reading an exciting non-fiction book called ‘Animals in Danger’. This week we have analysed the key vocabulary in this book. In partners, we created a vocabulary brainstorm defining key words we are learning, such as, vertebrates, invertebrates, classified, ventured, perished, extinct and endangered. We found out all about the animals that have been hunted to extinction. For example, we learnt about the Elephant Bird which has sadly become extinct as it was commonly hunted for its meat and eggs. Due to its size and weight it was unable to fly or run away fast enough from hunters. We have also answered comprehension questions to demonstrate our understanding of the text. This helped us to use the skill of retrieval by referring to evidence from the text. We enjoyed showing our understanding of the animals in danger by writing our own fact files. 

 

Mathematics - w/b 19.04.21

 

Finding a quarter

In Year 3 we have been learning about Fractions. This week we have started looking at unit fractions. During this lesson, we used counters to help us find a quarter of different values. In our discussions, we used key mathematical language such as (fraction, unit fraction, numerator, denominator, vinculum, quarter)

Easter Holiday Homework Projects - w/b 19.04.21

During the Easter holiday, pupils were asked by their teachers to design and make an ancient stone circle or a replica of Stonehenge, using recyclable materials that they had at home. Some pupils even used play dough to create their model. Have a look at some of the wonderful models created by our artistic year 3 pupils!