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7th March

In maths, we have been learning how to read and write the time on a 24 hour clock.

You can practise reading and writing the time on an analogue and digital clock using the following websites:

 

http://www.visnos.com/demos/clock

http://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/116/telling_the_time#

 

We have also been learning how to convert minutes into seconds. We timed how long it would take to do different activities - run around the yard, complete 10 maths questions and complete 20 star jumps - and then converted the time into seconds.

 

In order to understand the length of a minute, we counted how many different things we could do in a minute. 

 

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28th February

This week, we  have started reading 'This morning I met a whale' by Michael Morpurgo.

The story is based on a real life event. On 20th January 2006, a 5 metre whale was spotted swimming up the Thames past the Houses of Parliament.

For two days, rescuers battled to save the whale. 

You can watch footage of the actual event on the following website:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iA_uwuYl2VU

 

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15th February

In Maths, we have been learning how to compare and order decimal numbers by looking at the value of the tenths and the hundredths digit. 

We popped balloons which had hidden decimal numbers inside of them and worked as a team to order the numbers from smallest to largest.

If you would like to watch the video, go to the Year 4 Video Sharing Platform. 

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We used counters to represent decimal numbers on a place value chart. After that, we played a strategy game which involved putting 3 decimal numbers in order on a spiral while our partner attempted to block us.
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9th February

Some of the children in the Literacy class have been working over their lunch time to recreate the story of 'The Iron Man' in pictures.

They used chalks and black paper to create silhouette pictures.

1st February

In Maths, we have been learning about decimal notation for tenths and decimal equivalence for tenths.

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30th January.

In Literacy, the children have been writing diary extracts to describe Hogarth's thoughts and feelings when he first encounters the Iron Man.

We tried to use short sentences and rhetorical questions to build up tension in our extracts.

Thank you to Lana and Hannah who worked over their lunch time to create a silhouette picture of the Iron Man.

You can read them below:

 

Diary Extracts

23rd January

The children in Literacy lessons have been using Kung-Fu punctuation to help feel where the different punctuation marks go in a sentence.

Watch the video below to see the action for each punctuation mark:

Kung-Fu punctuation

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19th January

In Maths, from our weekly times table challenge, each child has identified the next multiplication table which they need to learn.

Each child made a multiplication fortune teller so that they can learn the facts at home. 

 

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We have also been learning how to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator.

You can use the following websites to practise adding and subtracting fractions:

12th January

 Today in Maths, we have been playing hopscotch with equivalent fractions.

To play the game we had to:

  • Put the fractions in order from smallest to biggest.
  • Match up the equivalent fractions.

We had to work as a team to achieve these goals.  

 

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In Literacy, we have been finding synonyms for the word 'big' in order to make our writing about The Iron Man more exciting:

 

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We used a thesaurus to find the synonyms and we used a website called Tagxedo to put all of the words into a word cloud in the shape of the Iron Man.

10th January

In Maths, we have been learning about hundredths.

Look at some of the pictures which we have created:

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If you would like to practise using fractions at home, try some of the following websites:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/fractions-and-decimals

https://www.mathplayground.com/index_fractions.html

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/fractions/memory_equivalent1.htm

http://www.fractionmonkeys.co.uk/activity/

http://www.mathsisfun.com/numbers/fraction-number-line.html

Well done to Sophie who was our Maths Star today. She was a hair's breadth away from completing the 5 minute multiplication challenge. A great start!

In Literacy, we have been learning how prepositional phrases can expand the noun phrase to make our writing more interesting and precise. Listen to the song on Youtube which explains prepositions:

Image result for preposition song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byszemY8Pl8

4th January

Today, we started to read our new class novel 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes.

To watch a short animation of the introduction to 'The Iron Man' please visit the following website:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/z878q6f

 

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In our Maths lesson, we revised fraction notation.

We looked inside a Smarties packet to investigate the fraction of coloured Smarties in each packet.

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After that, we used blocks of multilink to practise recognising and writing fractions that are several parts of a whole.
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