White Rock Primary School

'Inspiring Learning Together'

White Rock Primary School

WELCOME TO YEAR 4 KESTRELS

Kestrels are enterprising and creative, and they approach all their endeavours with focus, commitment and enthusiasm, so they can soar above the land.  As the older members of the year 3/4 team, the Kestrels use all these skills to be positive role models to the whole White Rock team. 

 

P.E AND DANCE DAYS

P.E. is on Tuesdays.

Dance is on Fridays.
Please ensure that your child has the correct kit in school all week. We will ensure that they are sent home at the end of every half term.

 

HOME LEARNING DAYS

Home Learning will be set every Friday and expected to be returned by the following Wednesday.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday 7th September - First day of Autumn Term

Friday 25th September - Whole school individual photographs

Thursday 1st October - Black History Month

Monday 5th October - Parents' evening

Thursday 8th October - Parents' evening

Friday 23rd October - Break up for Half Term

Monday 2nd November - Non-Pupil day

Tuesday 3rd November - Children back to school

Monday 16th November - Anti-bullying week

Thursday 10th December - Human Right Day

Friday 18th December - Break up for Christmas

SPRING TERM

AUTUMN TERM

This term, we will celebrate our dreams and aspirations by ultimately creating a picture book that captures what ‘free to be me’ means to us. We will recognise that life isn’t plain-sailing and we may need to overcome barriers but that no characteristic (including race, religion and gender) within us should limit us. 

Friday 4th December- Hinduism

This week, we have had an RE focus and have started to learn about Hinduism; building upon our knowledge from Year 3 when we learnt about Diwali. We now know that Hindus believe in a god called Brahman and that he is part of The Trimurti alongside Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. We also learnt about 'atman'. Hindu's believe that everyone has a spark of Brahman (god) within them and atman is similar to our soul. We made our own models of a living thing using play dough and embedded a jewel inside it to represent atman. Check out our learning below!

Friday 27th November - Science

In Year 4, we have started looking at different states of matter. The children have successfully classified solids and liquids and described their properties. Yesterday we investigated gases and enjoyed listing the gases that we are aware of! The class carried out a couple of investigations to explain how we know gases are there even when we can't see them. One of those was trying to squash a bottle with the lids tightly on - it turns out the bottles weren't empty after all!!

Friday 20th November- Reach Outdoors

Wow, Kestrels had so much fun! As always, you have shown great resilience and have adapted well to the changes both inside and outside of school during this National Lockdown period. 

This week, we got on our warm clothing and wellies and ventured out to the school field to learn archery with the brilliant Reach Outdoors team. 

Thursday 5th November - Music

In music this week, we have listened to the timeless pop song by Abba - Mamma Mia! We found out that that song name is derived from Italian where it is used in situation of surprise and how it translates in English to 'My Mother', We then focused on on rhythm patterns that begin after a rest, in the same way that the first three lines of the chorus from Mamma Mia do. We had lots of fun creating our own music! 

 

Friday 16th October 2020- Maths

This week in Maths, we have been learning about the columnar method for subtraction. Kites worked amazingly with their learning partners to understand what happens when exchanging. We took it in turns to represent using place value counters and the columnar method.

Furthermore, Kestrels were incredible at their Spanish this week. Check out the Spanish page on our school website to see some of Kestrels' writing and speaking in Spanish!

Friday 9th October - Writing
This week, we have immersed ourselves in our new Year 4 text 'Sulwe'. We created a story map to help retell the story and learn the structure of the text. Check out the learning below. 

Friday 25th September - Learning Journey and Maths

This week, we've continued with our second writing journey of the year based around the text 'Bill's New Frock'. The book highlights how differently girls and boys can be treated through the main character, Bill. We decided to explore how gender might affect the way we experience life.  We considered the statement "Girls shouldn't be allowed to play on the field at break and lunch times."  We shared our opinions as we responded to the statement and discussed how it made us feel. We then wrote a discursive text to highlight views from both sides of the argument. We have also consolidated our place value knowledge through mathematical games by ordering and comparing 4-digit numbers. Take a look at the photos below. Well done Kestrels!  

18.09.20 - Science

Another great week getting stuck into our Year 4 learning. This week, we have refreshed our minds of some of our Year 2 Science, remembering the seven characteristics of living things. We went outside to find some living things and write about how we knew it was living. We also began our second writing journey of the year as we considered the statement "Girls shouldn't be allowed to play on the field at break and lunch times." There was some passionate debate and we started to look at how to present this in a discursive text. 

11.09.20 - Welcome back Kestrels

It's been so great to have everyone back to school this week! In Kestrels, we've got off to a great start. The class have done brilliantly at consolidating on their place value knowledge and taking on rounding for the first time. Leading up to Roald Dahl day on Sunday (13th), we've been reading The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me and thinking about why they work so well as a team. We've started to think about the the amazing talents, skills and personalities we each have and how we can help our learning partner by working as a team. Finally, we discussed how important READING is - Take a look at some of our learning!

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