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Year 4

Welcome to the Dali and Monet Class page!



2020 - 2021

Mathematics - w/b 12.07.21


This week in mathematics, we have been learning how to determine how many minutes there are past the hour; record time in digital format; convert analogue time to digital time and use key vocabulary to describe our learning.

PHSCE - w/b 05.07.21


In PHSCE this week, we explored our new topic of ‘Changing Me’. We completed our KWL grid based on aspects of what we know and what we wanted to learn. We then considered the changes and differences we have experienced so far in life. Once we discussed this, we explored ideas based on our future aspirations. Finally, we completed a polygon net which consisted of statements based on our achievements and accomplishments.


History - w/b 28.06.21


In history, we have been learning about WW2 and the impact it had on our local area of East London. We looked at the many reasons as to why East London was targeted, as well as the devastating consequences it had on the capital. Once we discussed this, we created a timeline of the key events which included the Blitz and the dreaded Black Saturday. 


Let the Olympic Games begin! - w/b 21.06.21



This week we have been learning about the Olympics. We attended a workshop about this topic and learnt many facts about this popular event. Did you know that the first Olympic event started in Greece? This workshop was helpful in enabling us to deepen our knowledge as well as retrieving/consolidating information which we have learnt in guided reading.


Diversity Week - South Africa - w/b 14.06.21


This week, year four learned all about South Africa. We learned how to greet one another in Afrikaans as well as the meaning of the flag and what each colour represents. We also learned about a revolutionary- political leader, Nelson Mandela. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. We were so fascinated by Mandela’s achievements and what he had overcome, that we made non-chronological reports about him. Later in the week, we made a traditional dish called Chakalaka, which was very yummy indeed! We also painted black silhouettes of African animals in an African savanna. 


Mathematics - w/b 07.06.21

This week in mathematics we have been learning to recognise that hundredths arise from dividing one whole into one hundred equal parts. We now understand and can see that one tenth is also ten hundredths. We also are confident in counting in hundredths. We used diennes to help support our learning and understanding of this concept. Throughout the lesson we used key vocabulary including: place value, tenths, hundredths, equal parts, split and number line. 


English - w/b 24.05.21


In English, we have been creating letters in the role of the main character from ‘Fly, Eagle, Fly’. In order to successfully complete this, we first considered the main features of a letter and used emotive language to persuade the reader. We used ambitious vocabulary such as urge, compel, injustice to help with justifying our reasons. Finally, it was important to structure our work carefully so that we could present our ideas in a thoughtful and clear manner.

Get Active! - w/b 17.05.21


Everyday, we take part in a ten minute Get Active session. We do this first thing in the morning to help stimulate our minds and get our bodies moving. As we know, lockdown has prevented many of us from being active so fitness and keeping healthy is at the very top of our agenda here at Sir John heron. Starting our day with Get Active has made our mornings much more fun and has made our learning much more productive. 


PHSCE - w/b 10.05.21


In PHSCE this week, we have been learning about the effects alcohol can have on our health. We furthered our understanding of how drinking excessively can affect our organs such as the liver and how alcohol can affect our brain and decision making. During this lesson, we also considered the reasons why some people may drink alcohol and how we can resist from others (peer pressure). To put our learning into context, we created poems based on this topic and performed these to our class.  


Art - w/b 04.05.21

In art this week, we focused on colour mixing. Specifically, we looked at creating a spectrum of tints using pure hues. Firstly, we created tints using a darker colour (prussian blue) and then moved onto other primary colours such as vermillion red or cobalt blue. In order to do this effectively, we gradually added white to each of the hues to lighten the hue until it became almost white.  Next, using a colour wheel we began to mix primary colours to match the colours used in Seurat’s Eiffel Tower painting. We created a variety of shades which complemented his pointillism art piece. 

Falconry Workshop - w/b 26.04.21


Reading - w/b 26.04.21

Over the last two weeks, we have been reading ‘The Lost World’ by Arthur Conan Doyle. We have read the first few chapters and completed a range of tasks that focus on making predictions and inferences. This week, we have focused on describing one of the main characters from the text, Mr Challenger. Mr Challenger is a peculiar character, as he is bold, unapologetic and fiery. We wrote character descriptions and used evidence from the text to justify our answers.

Mathematics - w/b 19.04.21


This week in mathematics, we have been learning about equivalent fractions. We have explored the meaning of what is meant by equivalence, as well as beginning to identify patterns. The lessons involved embedding key vocabulary linked to fractions, as well as looking at a range of representations including bar models and number lines. In this particular lesson recorded, we focused on looking to find missing fractions on a number line. We applied our knowledge of multiplication and division in order to correctly find the many equivalent fraction pairs. 


Easter Holiday Homework Projects - w/b 19.04.21

During the Easter holiday, pupils were asked by their teachers to design and make a model of a 3D pyramid, ancient Egyptian jewellery and a headdress. Pupils used cardboard boxes; foil, paper, crepe paper, paint, sequins, beads, pipe cleaners and even pasta to created these models. Have a look at some of the wonderful models created by our artistic year 4 pupils!

English - w/b 29.03.21


Today in English, we acted out a part of the novel we have been reading this term. We chose parts of the story that we favoured the most and performed in front of the class. After weeks of annotating, making inferences and describing events in the story, we thoroughly enjoyed playing the parts of the characters we have grown to love. 


Computing - w/b 22.03.21


This week in computing, we were learning about the technical aspects of how the internet makes the web possible. We now understand the hidden meanings of URLs and are able to distinguish what each part of a URL means. We learned many acronyms that are used to form web pages and can now recite and explain their meanings.


Now Press Play! w/b 22.03.21

On Thursday, Year 4 travelled back in time to relive Ancient Egypt using a program called 'Now Press Play'. They started their journey in the school hall, where they received a set of earphones each. They became a character who travelled back to a time when pharaohs ruled over Egypt. During their visit, they discovered pyramids, hieroglyphics and mummies. It was very enjoyable and pupils were also able to use the knowledge they already had of the ancient Egyptians, as they studied this in History back in the Autumn term.

Have a look at some of the pictures taken during the session!

Science: The Digestive System - w/b 15.03.21

This term, we are learning about the human digestive system. So far, we have discovered how it works and have learned about all the different organs that are a part of our digestive system. We are confident in identifying, labeling and describing the function of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans. 

Back to School! w/b 08.03.21


We are very excited to be back at school, and made a great start! This afternoon, the year 4 pupils became fashion designers, when they used newspaper, masking tape, clothes pegs and scissors to design and create an outfit. After all the groups completed their designs, each class held a fashion show, showcasing their creations. The children did a great job working together in teams. 

Keep watching this space for more exciting learning!

PHSCE - w/b 07.12.2020

In PHSCE, we have been looking at strategies to help keep a healthy mind. We identified that there is a link between a healthy body and mind. For example, if you are anxious this can negatively impact your physical body by increasing your heart rate or making you feel nauseous. Just like a muscle, if we give ourselves positive affirmations on a daily basis we are strengthening ourselves and reinforcing the idea of having a positive outlook. This particular lesson focused on incorporating all of our learning to reflect on ways to keep calm. For example, we can embed techniques such as colouring for mindfulness or yoga and meditation.

This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 30.11.2020


RE - w/b 30.11.2020


This week in RE we have been learning about the Bible and what it means to Christianity. Each child in Year 4 has spent time interviewing a member of staff, who is Christian; looking at the Bible; ranking the ten commandments; reading parables and discussing the meaning of certain proverbs and interpreting them. After learning more about the Christian faith, we have concluded that the Bible gives Christians hope and reminds them that God is with them. 

English - w/b 23.11.2020


In English, we wrote instructions on how to make a spider. We focussed on embedding imperative verbs, fronted adverbials and adverbs. We made spiders using pipe cleaners and googly eyes. We chose to make spiders as a tribute to our book for this term, ‘Charlotte’s Web’ by E.B White.

This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 16.11.2020

Art/DT - w/b 16.11.2020


In art, we have been creating a relief sculpture based on our topic in history which was ancient Egypt. Initially, we sketched designs of our sculpture and then we began to create these using newspaper and masking tape. Once we had our 3D designs on cardboard, we used mod-roc to cover these. Today’s lesson focused on painting our relief sculptures. We used muted tones which resembled the sculptures from the ancient Egypt period. We ensured that we considered painting techniques in order to get the texture we needed for our reliefs. 

This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 09.11.2020

Mathematics - w/b 09.11.2020


During mathematics this week, we have been learning about division. We looked at a variety of methods including grouping, repeated subtraction for division (with and without a number line) and short division (bus stop method). We determined the efficiency of each method and found that short division can be helpful in most cases. During this particular lesson, we strengthened our mathematical vocabulary by determining the dividend, divisor and quotient. We worked in pairs to take turns to solve division problems and checked our answers by carrying out the inverse process.

This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 02.11.2020

Guided Reading - w/b 02.11.2020


This week in guided reading, we have been introduced to our new topic ‘Endangered’. The book we are looking at is called ‘Big Game Adventure’ by Alison Hawes and Jorge Santillan. In our school, we love learning new vocabulary and a robust vocabulary improves all areas of communication and helps us make sense of our world. After reading chapter one, we created a vocabulary roll for a word that appears in our text, this helps deepen our understanding of a word.  

Computing - w/b 19.10.2020


Today in computing, we looked at backing tracks that are used for films. First, we considerately listened to selected music. Then we used interesting adjectives to describe how each piece of music makes me feel and then matched a backing track to a specific genre of film. Finally, we used an image to inspire a backing track.

This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 12.10.2020

PHSCE - w/b 12.10.2020


During this week’s PHSCE lesson, we reflected on a given scenario which linked to disappointment. Through role play, we were to carefully consider what is disappointment and how it can make you feel. As a class we then considered ways to counteract this emotion. For example, through speaking to others or gaining advice, we can focus on problem solving strategies instead. Furthermore, we can try to create a positive mindset by dwelling less on the negative and having a plan or strategy to overcome disappointment.

English 'Wolves' - w/b 05.10.2020


This week, the pupils in Year 4 have continue their home learning, using Google Classroom.

Like before, their teachers recorded lessons on Zoom and set them some writing tasks based on the text. One of this week's tasks was to use last week's research on wolves, and create a non-chronological report. Have a look at the template given to the children on Google Classroom.

English 'Wolves' - w/b 28.09.2020

This week, the pupils in Year 4 have been learning from home, using Google Classroom.

Their teachers recorded lessons on Zoom and set them some writing tasks based on the text. One of this week's tasks was to conduct research on wolves. Have a look at the template given to the children on Google Classroom.

This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 21.09.2020

Mathematics - w/b 21.09.2020


This week in Year four, we have been learning how to mentally calculate simple addition problems. When solving the problem, we use the part whole model to remind us of the steps we need to take in order to solve it. 


Once we understood the concept of the part-whole model, we then applied this to our learning by partitioning the numbers and adding them mentally. 

For example: 


232 + 451 = 683


{2 + 1 = 3}

{30 + 50 = 80} 

{200 + 400= 600} 

{600 + 80 + 3 = 683}


That’s right! We can do all of this mentally!


This Week's Photo Moments - w/b 14.09.2020

Geography - w/b 14.09.2020


This week in year four we have been learning about our local area. This has promoted our spiritual learning because we were in awe when we discovered how many local amenities we have nearby. We made these discoveries by looking at an aerial map and deciphering the key of that map.



Later in the week, we learned the difference between human and physical features. We then identified and categorized different places that we can find in our local area. We now know that a human feature is made by man and a physical feature is found in its natural state. 



13/03/2020- Art: Pointillism

We have been working in the style of the artist Seurat and been applying a specific brush technique called pointillism to create our paintings. This involved using small concentrated dots of colour to make our work impactful. Initially, we learnt how to make tints of colours such as blues, greens and reds. We then practised colour mixing different shades together. We now know how to make a range of secondary colours such as purples, oranges and greys. We used this knowledge to create a wash/background for our masterpieces. Then we added contrast colours and used pointillism to paint a famous London landmark. The lessons were enjoyable and we learnt lots about painting.

13/03/2020- Mathematics: Percentage of Amounts

This week, Dali class reviewed their understanding of how to find a percentage of an amount. We now know that we need to convert the percentage into a fraction; then divide the dividend (the whole number) by the denominator (the divisor) and finally multiply the quotient by the numerator. We thoroughly enjoyed working with our partners and we now feel much more confident to work out a percentage of an amount.

5/03/2020- Acting out a scene from 'I Was a Rat'

This week in literacy we were introduced to our new text called ‘I was a Rat’. First, we made inferences based on the illustrations and text from the front cover and the first few pages. Then, we looked at the language of the text in more detail and made many discoveries about the characters and the time in which the story was set. Later on in the lesson, we acted out the first part of the story, focussing on the character’s emotions.

28/02/2020- Religious Education

During our RE lesson, we spent time looking at and discussing the importance of artefacts that link to Easter. We used the artefacts as a stimulus to make a ‘big question’ in small groups. Later in the lesson, we chose one question and had an intense discussion about it. From this discussion, we learned how to thoughtfully express our opinions about a faith and debate why it still remains important to Christians today. 

14/2/2020- Equivalent Fractions

During this maths lesson, we consolidated our knowledge of what is meant by ‘equivalent’. We applied key mathematical language to explain our choices as to whether a fraction was equivalent and used our reasoning skills to find which fraction was the ‘odd one out’. In order to find an equivalent fraction, we either simplified the fractions by dividing the numerator and denominator by the lowest common multiple, or we multiplied our fractions by the same multiple. The rule was ‘whatever we do to our numerator, we must do to our denominator’. This ensured that our fractions, although look different, remained the same value i.e. equivalent.

14/2/2020- Being different

In our PHSCE lesson this week, we reflected on what makes us unique. We appreciated the qualities we have and what we value in our peers. At the start of our lesson, we read a book by Maggie Glen titled ‘Ruby’. This tells the story of being different, feeling you don’t belong but whatever you look like, you are special and unique. We then created a circle and played a game called ‘special’. Here we used the statement, ‘I am special because’ and outlined features which we like about ourselves. This could have linked with our skills, talents, interests or personality. We also did the same for our peers where we created a compliment slip. Finally, to showcase our uniqueness we created photo frames for our classroom display.

7/02/2020- Robotics workshop

This computing workshop involved both year 4 classes. The objective was to make a robot. We were provided with instructions and had to work in groups of four to produce a robot which mechanically moved. This required team collaboration, good communication and a great deal of resilience. We had to ensure that the components were slotted in correctly and that we followed the picture instructions carefully. Once our robot was made, we had a battle against other groups to see whose robot could collect the most rings and which was faster!

7/02/2020- PSHCE: Bullying

In our PHSCE lesson this week, we learnt how bullying is not always apparent and that it can be hard to spot sometimes. For example, it might start slowly, it might be done secretly, or you might think people are your friends but their intentions might not be as pure as you think. We reviewed the guidelines for bullying and worked in groups to reflect a scene where bullying takes place. We created freeze frames for this session and had a clearer understanding of the role of an ‘up stander’.

31/1/2020-Alarm Systems

This week in D&T, we have been producing an alarm system. We initially considered the design and purpose of our alarm and then began to make the device itself. We considered the components we needed in order to make a circuit. These included mechanisms such as an on/off switch, a buzzer, wires and a battery. We noted that in order for our alarms to be working, the circuit needs to be complete. We ensured that we worked safely and carefully due to the fact we were working with electricity. We were happy with our overall product and had success with making an alarm which ‘buzzed’!

31/1/2020-Newspaper Article

This week in literacy, we have spent a lot of time on producing our final draft about the Iron Man. In our article, we wrote about the extreme phenomenon (Iron Man) and the chaos he had left behind. We wrote a newspaper article to help articulate the anger and confusion of the farmers. We focussed on embedding their reaction by including direct speech. Later in the week, we read the next few chapters of our text, The Iron Man. We acted out a few parts from the chapter to help us bring the words on the page to life. This will also help us with our writing next week, as we are going to write a narrative in a similar style to Ted Hughes.

20/1/2020- Art Educational Visit- Tate Modern

This week, pupils in year 4 went on an educational visit to the Tate Modern Museum. We were exposed to new artists and new forms of art. We were flabbergasted by the talent that was on display. During our visit, we drew some sketches of the art that we saw and made our own interpretation of what it might mean.

13/02/2020-Living Things

In science, we have been looking at different methods for sorting living things. We examined the different groups of classifications and discussed some of their features. For example, did you know humans are classified as mammals because we have hair and feed our young milk? We considered and generated other criteria to sort living things through the use of a Venn or Carroll diagram.

13/01/2020- Iron Man

This week in literacy, we acted out chapter two from our story The Iron Man. We acted out the part when Hogarth had an unexpected encounter with a tall, dark figure (the Iron Man). We focussed on our body language and facial expressions to portray the shock and bewilderment of Hogarth and his parents. By doing this, we have a better understanding of the sequence of events and can empathise with the characters.

6/1/2020-Mathematics: Grouping

This week, we are exploring division and how it works. Division is breaking a number up into an equal number of parts. Today we consolidated our learning of the bar model by using cubes and counters to group a number. This way we could make links between division and multiplication. We have thoroughly enjoyed working on division so far and are looking forward to learning more methods about division.

Here is an example of what we were doing today:

If you take 20 things and put them into four equal sized groups, there will be 5 things in each group.







6/1/2020-English: Iron Man

In English, we have been looking at a new book titled ‘The Iron Man’. We read the opening scene and sketched an illustration based on what we inferred. We used evidence from the text to annotate the key words or phrases which helped us to visualise what was happening in the story. Following this, we made predictions about the key character and what might happen next.

13/12/2019- NRICH-Multiplication squares

In maths, we completed multiplication squares during our NRICH lesson. This involved us applying our knowledge of factors pairs and our times tables. We firstly identified key terminology such as what are rows and columns. We then identified patterns in the multiplication square to help solve missing boxes. We found this task interesting as there were many different approaches to solving the problem. To help us work efficiently, we ensured that our methods were systematic.

11/12/2019-Religious Education (RE)

This week in RE, we have been learning about the bible and why it is still important to Christians. We learned that in 2009, the top five children’s books were: 1. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, C S Lewis; 2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle; 3. Famous Five series, Enid Blyton; 4. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne; 5. The BFG, Roald Dahl. These great books were all written in the last 60 years, but the sacred books are at least 1400 (Qur’an), 1900 (Bible) and 2700 (Torah) years old. In our last lesson, we explored the bible in more depth by looking at the bible; interviewing a Christian; reading the ten commandments; discussing the proverbs and reading stories from the bible. From this lesson, we now have a greater understanding of the old testament and the new testament and their significance. We can also compare the bible to other holy books and we can explain the similarities and differences.

2/12/201- A visit to the British Museum

Over the last few weeks, Monet and Dali have made a trip to the British Museum to learn more about Ancient Egypt. We were spellbound when we saw the hieroglyphics and mummies in real life! We loved exploring the museum as we found out more interesting facts. We came to realise that Egyptians believed that certain symbols represented good fortune. Such as the eye of Horus (the Egyptian god) represented protection, wealth and power. 

28/11/2019-Tibetan Flags

This week, we made our own version of Tibetan prayer flags. We learned about the Tibetan culture and how important the flags are in Buddhism and in country of Tibet. We learned that the Tibetan people believe that their mantras (prayers) can be heard if they are blown by the wind. Each Tibetan flag represents the four elements so we tried to incorporate this into our own flags. We designed our flags to inspire our world to be more positive. We drew a positive symbol, included a positive message and used vibrant colours to make it stand out.

21/11/2019- The Digestive System

In science, we have been exploring all about the human body. We carried out enquiries to take a closer look at the digestive system and how this is used to process our food. We focused on an enquiry looking at how bread is digested using a plastic bag and water. The bag acted as the stomach and we learnt key terms such as stomach acid to explain the journey of our food. Following this, we created brain hats to investigate how our brains work. Did you know that the left side of our brain controls the right side of the body?

Using the method of exchange in mathematics 

In one of our mathematics lesson this week, we worked in pairs to work out how to add using the exchange method. We know that if there are more than nine ones, tens, hundreds or thousands we need to exchange it. We worked together using the counters to help us with our understanding of place value. We then began to use the written method to record our findings.

                                8/11/2019- Yoga in Year 4

In PHSCE, children have been using cosmic yoga to help keep a heathy mind and body. We explored the benefits of yoga and watched a cosmic yoga clip on the Wizard of Oz. We followed the video and copied the movements and positions. Afterwards, we reflected on which was our favourite position and how this helped us feel calm.


7/11/2019- Using speech and expression in year 4

In literacy this week, we read a page from our literacy text Charlotte’s Web using expression. We annotated how the verbs are used to suggest tone of voice and carefully looked at the way speech marks are used to indicate when someone is speaking. We now understand how punctuation is used to carry on and end the speech of a character. We also acted out a part of the story, focusing on the speech and tone of voice. Next week, we will rewrite the part of the story that we were acting out and use speech marks to demonstrate our understanding.

30/10/2019- Healthy Eating Workshop

This week Monet class took part in a workshop with parents. The focus was on healthy eating which was led by our PE teacher, Mr Mason. We looked at what is a healthy lifestyle and the things associated with this, such as having a balanced diet, exercise and keeping active. Next, we worked with parents to estimate how much sugar was in a variety of food and drink. We used teaspoons of sugar to guess the amount and were surprised by the findings! Did you know there is 7 teaspoons in a can of Pepsi?

29/10/2019- Mental Health and Wellbeing

This term, we are focussing on our mental health and wellbeing. We are learning to take more responsibility for our wellbeing by having more time to reflect and consider strategies that will help us have a positive mind-set. This week we took our first step in improving our mental health by creating our own affirmations. Affirmations are positive messages that encourage us to do something to better ourselves.

                           17/10/2019- Moving mechanisms

During this lesson, we learned how to create different moving mechanisms. We explored a range of techniques with our partners and now know the correct terms for moving mechanisms that appear in story books. Later in the week, we will be using our new knowledge of moving mechanisms to create our own story books. We will challenge ourselves to include as many moving mechanisms as possible to make our stories pop out.

11/10/2019-Planning an alternative ending for Wolves by Emily Gravett

In our literacy lessons this week, we collaborated with our partners to create a new ending for the story 'Wolves' by Emily Gravett. First we discussed our ideas in groups, next we acted out our ideas to see how an alternative ending would work with the story. Finally, we wrote down the first few sentences of our ending with our partner. We are proud of our first steps to gathering our ideas for an alternative ending. Next week we will be publishing our alternative endings for the story.

30/09/2019-04/10/2019 Learning to Swim in Year 4

This week, year four have been taking swimming lessons at the Olympic Park Aquatics Centre. So far, we have learned how to float in the water, swim under water, how to swim backstroke and breaststroke. We feel very proud of ourselves for all we have achieved so far and cannot wait to learn more next week!