This week Year 4 have been very busy with all their activities and lessons. Once again they are all doing a fantastic job in their live lessons and we are very proud of their mature approach to their work. We are very impressed with how independent they are becoming in their learning.
Please can you remind your children to upload their work at the end of the lesson. If, for any reason, they are not able to complete their work on time, please ask them to write us a comment or email us with an explanation. If your child is unable to attend a live lesson or if they are unwell, please send us an email as you would if they at school. We are keeping a record of attendance at every live lesson and need to explain any 'no shows'. This includes the whole class session at 3pm.
Following Ms Simon's email, we are very pleased to confirm that the children will start Forest School on Tuesday. We will upload information about what they will need every Friday, to give you time to gather any resources requested. The groups for Forest School are in Google classroom: Group 1 is at 1:00 pm and Group 2 at 1:30 pm in the main Y4 Google classroom.
Thank you again for all your help and support to make Remote Learning a positive and fun experience for the children.
From the Year 4 Team
Friday 8th Jan 2021
Welcome to the New Year and new term. We are so proud and impressed with the attitude and work ethic Year 4 have shown this week. They have produced work of high quality and are engaged during the lessons. The students have shown a growth mindset in their approach to each task. Through their mature attitude, we have been able to achieve all the lesson objectives for Week 1. Keep up the good work Year 4 ( and parents) - we look forward to seeing you all next week.
Jewish Studies - week beginning 7.11
This week in Jewish Studies, Year 4 have revised some core Chumash Pesukim and revised some tricky Sh'va rules. We also produced some lovely Chanukah work, with some children writing diary entries as if they were part of the Chanukah story and others writing eye witness account news reports!
FRIDAY 11TH DECEMBER 2020
What a fantastic term it has been. We can really see how the children have grown up over the past few weeks and how they are becoming more focused and independent learners. We look forward to an exciting Spring Term together.
In Maths this week we have been consolidating all the arithmetic rules we have learned over the course of the term and applying the knowledge to solving word problems. The children were shown how to tackle multi-step word problems systematically using the following guide:
IDENTIFY: Work out what is being asked. Highlight the key information and cross out any irrelevant information.
STRATEGIZE: Decide which operations you need to use. Estimate what your answer might be.
SET UP: Set out your calculations in a neat and ordered manner.
SOLVE: Work out the answers to your calculations. Remember to ensure that you are doing every step.
CHECK: Check that you have answered the question. Does your answer make sense? Use inverse operations to check you have not made a mistake
Please encourage your children to use these steps when tackling word problems.
In English, the children wrote plays and sketches for Mrs Elliott's farewell party. They then filmed these and we all enjoyed watching them at her farewell party on Thursday. We are so sorry to lose her but wish her every happiness in her retirement. See below for pictures of Mrs Elliott's farewell party.
In English this term the children have been studying a variety of first chapters and this week discussed what makes an interesting opening to a story.
In Geography we finished our topic on the Rainforest by looking at the pros and cons of deforestation. Thank you to Blake and Josh who volunteered to create a PowerPoint on the topic- it was superb!. The children also wrote a summary of all they have learned about the rainforest this year - we hope you enjoyed their Chanukah performance where they shared their knowledge. We are sending home the children's dioramas today - they are fantastic. Please find attached a video presentation of all the dioramas- you will agree that the children put a lot of thought into their work.
Next term we will be switching to History and will be learning about Ancient Egypt. We are very happy for children to start reading around the subject.
Our personality of the week was, appropriately, Edward Jenner. We discussed how he discovered the vaccine for smallpox and generally how vaccines work. This obviously led to a discussion about the Covid vaccine which was rolled out this week.
Thank you again for our wonderful cards and gifts.
Wishing you a happy Chanukah
Ms Vinokur and Mrs Sharman
Mrs Elliott's farewell party
Jewish Studies – week beginning 30th November
This week, in Chumash, Year 4 have begun learning about the physical descriptions of Yaakov and Eisav as babies. We have also assessed our Chanukah general knowledge prior to learning new objectives. The children are also working on producing a news report that will detail the main elements of the Chanukah story.
FRIDAY 4TH DECEMBER 2020
This week in English the students wrote a book review on Kasper which we were able to use as a beautiful display. They also chose their favourite piece of writing about Kaspar to copy out in their best handwriting to go on our Kaspar display. We can already see the difference that the handwriting program is making and how the children's handwriting is improving.
In Maths the students learned how to do division questions using the bus stop method. Most children were able to do this but realised that they need to be fluent in their times tables in order to do division. The children also decoded word problems and were able to use their inverse skills to help them.
This week, we filmed our Chanukah show which will be sent to you next week. Thank you for reminding the children to bring in their 'costumes' and helping them to learn their lines. We have also filmed our 'exhibition' of the dioramas which will be put on the blog next week. The children will be bringing them home at the end of term- they are phenomenal.
In Grammar this week, we reviewed all the topics covered this term.
In Geography, we learned about deforestation and why the Rainforests are being destroyed. next week we will finish the topic by discussing the pros and cons of deforestation and having a small class debate.
Our personality of the week was Steve Irwin, and the children were fascinated by what he had achieved in his short life.
A number of children have been wearing trainers to school due to issues with their feet or footwear. From January, all children will be expected to wear school shoes unless they have a doctor's note indicating what footwear needs to be worn and why. If your child is affected by this, please ensure that you obtain a letter from your child's specialist over the holiday period.
Jewish Studies - week beginning 23.11
This week, in Chumash, we have focused on Avraham's family tree against the backdrop of the twins - Ya'akov and Eisav- being born. This taught the children that Rivka was actually part of Avraham's extended family. We have also identified some male/female possessive suffixes as part of our learning and look forward to continuing the story next week.
Friday 27th November 2020
It was lovely speaking to you all this week and sharing your children's successes. We are so proud of how they are progressing and how grown up they are becoming.
In Maths this week we learned how to do formal written short multiplication and used the skill to answer word problems. The children were all able to use the skills they had learned through partitioning and using the grid method to allow them to estimate their answers. This helps them see if they have made a careless error.
In English we read the post script to Kaspar and watched an interview with the author Michael Morpurgo where he explained the inspiration behind the book. The children were surprised to hear that there really is a sculpture of a black cat called Kaspar at the Savoy Hotel - I am sure that once lockdown is over, they will be asking to visit The Savoy to see it. (We are not offering to foot the bill!)
We also looked at a newspaper article, translated from Yiddish, about Jewish passengers on The Titanic that were saved, and read how they were rescued by The Carpathia, just as Johnny was in our story.
In Geography we learned about different tribes of the rainforest and how they survive day to day. The children also wrote explanations about their Dioramas which they stuck on the finished product. As we are unable to invite you in to see their Dioramas, we will be filming an exhibition and will email it to you.
We have been busy practising for our end of term performance which we are filming on Wednesday. Most children now know their lines- if your child does not , please give them a gentle reminder. For the performance the children have been asked to bring in coloured T shirts/ tops:
Explorers: brown/beige/green (camouflage colour)
Frogs: The colour of their frog picture (they will know)
Trees: brown or green top
Plants: the colour of their flower (they will know)
We also need some flat caps (8)- if you are able to send any in, please do so.
Today we celebrated all the birthdays we have had this term with a grand birthday party - ask your children to tell you all about it. Below you will find some photos of the Great Kerem Birthday Bake off as they were asked to create a birthday cake in teams. We did not taste them though as they were made out of play dough!
Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom.
Mrs Sharman and Ms Vinokur
FRIDAY 20TH NOVEMBER 2020
The classroom has been absolutely buzzing this week with preparations for the Shabbaton, activities for anti-bullying week, preparations for our end-of-term performance, and finishing our class reader. Of course, we have still done our normal maths and English work too!
In Maths this week we learned how to do multiplication using the grid method. This is a method we teach prior to teaching the formal written methods of multiplication (which we will be covering next week). It allows the children to have a full understanding of the place value of numbers they are multiplying and aids mental ability to multiply large numbers at speed. We were impressed with how quickly the children caught on and how they were able to apply the method to solving word problems.
In English, we finally finished our class reader, Kaspar. The children made up some of their own endings which we will read out in class next week. Next week we will be looking at the inspiration behind the story and watching an interview with the author who explains how he came up with the ideas for the story. We will also learn about some of the Jewish survivors of the Titanic.
We did a number of activities for anti-bullying week.
On Monday we watched a film and discussed why it is okay to be different. The children also completed their part of the Kindness jigsaw.
On Tuesday, we watched another film showing the impact of bullying on a child in school and how each one of them can make a difference. They then made up plays about how to stop bullying in school. We also discussed e bullying and how anything you put online is there forever. We will be doing more of this over the next couple of weeks.
On Wednesday we read about Random Acts of Kindness (thank you Natalie for bringing in the article). The children were then challenged to do random acts of kindness over the next week.
On Thursday the children decorated stones on the theme of Chesed for our Kindness Garden. We also held another assembly where we looked at some of the puzzle pieces decorated by children and by families. We watched the new John Lewis Christmas advert which is about kindness and spreading the love and likened it to what we are doing at school; the John Lewis strap line is 'Together we can make a difference' and this is truly what we believe as a class and as a school. Together we can create a kinder environment in the classroom and in the playground.
See below for information about the Shabbaton and for pictures of everything we have done over the past couple of days. Your children were a pleasure to have and we all had a great deal of fun.
Jewish Studies - week beginning 16.11
This week in Jewish Studies, we have had an absolute blast gearing up for our and experiencing the AMAZING Shabbaton! We have acted out this week's Parasha as a class, made Challah covers, decorated Kiddush cups and much, MUCH more. I'm sure you will all discuss the activities, food and experience with your wonderful families over Shabbat! Looking forward to seeing you for Havdalah!
Friday 13th November 2020
It has been another packed week in Year 4.
In Maths we have been learning how to find factors and Factor Pairs of numbers. We have also learned how to multiply 2 and 3 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers using partitioning e.g:
123 x 5 =
(100 X 5) + (20 x5) + (3 x 5)=
500 + 100 + 15 = 615
Next week we will be looking at the grid method and moving onto formal methods of writing short multiplication.
In English, we read the penultimate chapter of Kaspar and answer a word search comprehension on the chapter. The children have written beautiful poems imagining they were on The Titanic and have begun to write their own version of the final chapter of the book. We will finish this on Monday morning and then read the last excerpt.
In Geography, the children planned their Dioramas which they have now begun to make. They are so beautiful and we can't wait to show you the finished results.
This week we also launched our Kerem Kindness campaign ahead of National Anti-Bullying Week next week (you should receive a separate email). The children have been asked to complete a puzzle piece to show how they are going to play their part in creating a kind environment. On Monday it is 'National Odd Socks Day' and we have asked children to come to school wearing odd socks. This is to promote discussion about respecting differences.
Congratulations to our new members of the Kerem Cares committees:
Bella E and Rafi
Natalie and Josh
Megan and Naomi
We are very much looking forward to our 'Shabbaton' next week - you will receive more details shortly.
Ms Vinokur and Mrs Sharman
Jewish Studies - week beginning 9.11
This week in Jewish Studies, we have really had our thinking caps on. We have revised the reasoning for the Torah's repetition of words and read and translated the 2nd (super long) Pasuk of Parashat Toldot. Here, we have also taken an in-depth look as to why Rivka's father and brother are mentioned when describing Yitchak's marriage to her. In the Parasha, we have been discussing the Midah (value) of Hakarat HaTov (gratitude) throughout the week. During Modeh Ani each day, we have mentioned different things we are grateful to Hashem for.
FRIDAY 6TH NOVEMBER 2020
We started the week by learning about Guy Fawkes for our Marvellous Monday soft start activity. We discussed why we celebrate on November 5th and compared it to some of the Jewish festivals where we celebrate being rescued from being destroyed.
In Maths this week we revised what multiplication means and showed different ways of representing sums through arrays, pictures and grouping. We then learned how to multiply 2 digit numbers by multiples of 10. The children had a wonderful time pretending to be the different numbers and moving to their new place value when multiplied by ten. Please note that we do not teach the children to add a zero when multiplying by ten (although it looks like that is what has been done when working with whole numbers). We teach them that the numbers move to the next column as they have increased their place value. By learning this way, they will find it easier to multiply decimals by 10 later on in the year.
In English, we read the next chapter of Kaspar and left the story at a crucial moment with our hero about to go down with the ship! In creative writing, they learned how to create an atmosphere by using powerful description. In grammar we revised how to use apostrophes in contractions e.g don't, it's, we've.
This week the children did their Verbal Reasoning Assessment and we will tell you the results at Parents' Consultation.
In Geography they learned about the different plants found in the rainforest and the adaptations made so that they can survive. Next week we are planning to build our own models of the rainforest in a shoebox. PLEASE CAN EVERY CHILD BRING IN A SHOEBOX ON MONDAY
In Science, we learned about the food chain and look forward to our practical activity next week.
Ms Vinokur and Mrs Sharman
Jewish Studies - week beginning 2/11
This week, we have revised the 'Patach genuvah' and 'Yud ending' (Hebrew) reading rules and recorded some examples found in our Siddurim. We have also studied the background story to the birth of Yaakov and Eisav - which is now our text focus in Chumash lessons. We have read and understood Pasuk Aleph (Parashat Toldot) and discussed the reason for the Torah's repetition of Avraham's relationship to Yitzchak.
Learning how to multiply by 10 by changing place value
FRIDAY 22ND OCTOBER 2020
It is hard to believe that we have reached half term- the weeks have zoomed by. The children certainly deserve a week off.
This week has been assessment week and we have been very impressed with how the children have approached their tests. We explained to them that the tests were for us to see what they already know and what we still have to teach them and that they must not worry. All the children were calm and focused and did their very best. The assessments have now been sent off for marking and we will be able to share the results with you at Parents' Evening in November/December.
In Maths this week we explored different mental methods for adding and subtracting numbers e.g counting on, rounding to ten, using known number bonds etc. There was a lot of discussion as to which was the best method for different sums and the children realised that they can pick the one that they understand the best ( as long as it results in a correct solution).
In Maths we also explored how we can check our addition and subtraction sums by doing the inverse calculation. For example if 168 - 27= 141, then 141+27=168. They got quite excited when it worked for larger numbers.
After half term, we will be looking at multiplication and division. It is essential that the children know their times tables, so please revise them over the break.
In English, we read the next chapter of Kaspar. It is getting very exciting now and the children are keen to find out how it ends. This week we answered comprehension questions using a crossword. Many of the children had forgotten how to fill in a crossword, so it was a useful and fun task.
In Science, the children created their digestive system t-shirts which they were very excited to bring home. Scroll down to see them modeling their handiwork.
In Geography we learned about the layers of the Rainforest and discussed why different animals live in the different layers of the Rainforest.
We have had a couple of 'wet breaks' this week and have been very impressed with how well the children play together in the classroom. We have had the teachers who are on duty compliment them on their calm and mature behaviour which makes us very proud. See below for some pictures of them at play.
This week we sent home an email regarding the children's use of social media especially chat groups. Thank you for working together with us to keep the children safe.
Wishing you all a healthy and happy half-term
Ms Vinokur and Mrs Sharman
Friday 16th October 2020
The children have settled straight back to work this week after the Chagim.
In Maths this week we put our knowledge of addition and subtraction to test through tackling 2 and 3 step word problems. Some children found this challenging so we will be revisiting it after half term. In Maths we also learned how to complete Arithmagons using inverse addition and subtraction facts. We had lots of fun!
In English this week we read and wrote poems about Autumn, listening to music sounds of Autumn to inspire them. We were impressed with the results.
We also read the next chapter of Kaspar which saw our main characters climb aboard the TItanic (much to the children's dismay!). We learned about The Titanic, answering a comprehension on the facts and the children have begun making posters advertising a trip on the ship to entice customers.
In Geography we continue to write 'Who Am I?' clues about animals in the rainforest.
We sent an email home on Wednesday about homework, particularly Maths homework and we thank you in advance for taking on board what we have suggested. Please remember that English homework is set on Friday and is due back on Wednesday - a number of children did not return the assignment this week. If, for any reason, your child cannot complete the homework, please email us at email@example.com. Please do not write on the google classroom - this is for interaction between ourselves and the pupils.
We are very much looking forward to next week when we will play the 'Mathsopoly' games that the children have made in their weekly practical maths lesson.
Ms Vinokur and Mrs Sharman
FRIDAY 9TH OCTOBER 2020
We have worked very hard this week.
In Maths we have been looking at subtraction with exchange (please use the term exchange rather than 'borrow' as the children have learned to exchange the ten for ten ones etc.) We used practical equipment first to demonstrate and explain why the written method works. We were really impressed with all the children and their ability to grasp and understand the method. Next week we will be working on word problems that mix addition and subtraction.
We read Chapter 5 of Kaspar and the children answered a comprehension on the test. They are really improving in their ability to answer more complex questions in depth. Some children also wrote character descriptions of the various characters in the book.
In Geography we started learning about the animals and creatures that inhabit the rainforest and the children wrote ''Who Am I?' puzzles about an animal. We will continue these next week and will put some on display.
In Science, we continued our work on teeth and looked at the effect of different drinks on enamel. Ask your child to tell you what they have discovered so far from our class experiment.
Homework is back to normal today - there is English homework on Google Classroom.
Wishing you all a Chag Sameach
The Year 4 team
FRIDAY 2ND OCTOBER 2020
We hope you all had a good fast and have recovered well.
This week we have been revised column addition and how to regroup (carry) when there is more than 9 in a column. We were really impressed with the children's knowledge and were able to move quickly onto word problems involving the addition of large numbers. Next week we will be teaching column subtraction. Please do not do this in advance as it important that the children use the same method and terminology at home as at school. We will upload a video with the homework showing how we have taught it.
In English we read the next chapter of Kaspar; some children completed their newspaper articles whilst others wrote about one of Elizabeth's adventures.
In Science this week we started our tooth decay experiment using real teeth and eggshell. We have put them in a variety of liquids (coke, Fanta, orange juice and water) and will monitor how they decay. Watch this space for photographs.
In PSHE we talked about communication and miscommunication and related it to their experiences in the playground. We played a game where children sat back to back linking arms and had to try to get up in unison through communicating their next move with each other. See the photos below!
We are not setting formal written homework over the Succot period but will be sending home a spelling and maths game for the children to play.
The Year 4 Team
Communication and Teamwork
FRIDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER 2020
We hope you all had a wonderful Rosh Hashanah and that the children weren't too tired this week. They have certainly worked hard this week.
In Maths we have been learning about negative numbers and discussed when we use them, for example, to talk about the temperature in Winter. We also looked at Roman numerals and had fun making different numbers using them.
In English, we read the next chapter of Kaspar and some children wrote newspaper articles about the Countess' accident. They also learned about how to use speech marks - this is something we will revise throughout the year.
In Geography we looked at the climate in the Rainforest and compared it with the climate in London. The children learned the word precipitation and realised that much as we complain about the rain here, there is much more in the Rainforest! Look at the pictures below to see if you can find your child hidden in the rainforest.
In Science, we began to learn about our teeth and how to keep them healthy. Watch this space for news about the teeth experiment we will be doing.
We are very grateful for your support with homework but ask that you do not push your child to do a level that is beyond their comfort zone. Homework is to consolidate what they have done in class and the children should be able to do it (for the most part) independently. We always put up the Powerpoints we have used to remind them of the rules we have learned in school. In Maths particularly, please let your child do the level for their group first - if they find it easy then they can extend themselves with the harder work. Equally, if they find it hard, they can try the easier level. This is why we provide 5 levels. Many thanks for your support.
If your child has any issues, please email us. We ask that you do not write comments on the google classroom. This is the place we chat with them, make comments about their work and give them tips for improving. Please remember that your child can see all the comments that are made.
We want to tell you that we are so impressed with the behaviour of Year 4. In particular, during a wet break this week, they all played board games together beautifully. It was a delight to see.
We wish you all a 'G'mar Chatimah Tova'
Mrs Sharman & Ms Vinokur
FRIDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER 2020
We are pleased that we have managed to touch base with so many of you this week to discuss how your child has settled into Year 4. If you have not yet heard from us, please do not worry, we will be in touch next week.
In Maths this week we have continued with place value, learning how to add and subtract 10, 100 and 1000 from a given number and how to apply this knowledge to word problems. We have also looked at rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.
In English we read the second chapter of our books and answered written questions on the story. We also looked at some idioms that were used in the book and learned what an idiom was. As the book features a trip to the Royal Opera House to hear Madame Butterfly, we showed the children a video about the Royal Opera House and played an excerpt from the opera.
In Geography we looked at the rainforest and listened to the sounds they could hear. They then wrote some beautiful poetry.
In Art, the children created their own rainforest collages having seen the work of Matisse.
In Science, we discussed why our body needs food and how it is broken down in our body to provide the necessary nutrients needed to be healthy.
Can we please remind you not to send any nut or sesame products to school. This includes items containing almonds or almond butter.
We have uploaded some photos below of your children hard at work!
The Year 4 Team
FRIDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER 2020
It was lovely to 'see' you all on Wednesday evening and hope that you are as now as excited about the year ahead as we are.
In English this week we read the first chapter of Kaspar and we were impressed with the children's written comprehension. We also learned about metaphors and similes and were able to spot examples in the chapter we had read.
In Creative Writing, the children were asked to describe a storm, revising techniques taught in Year 3.
In Maths we have been looking at place value and using a variety of concrete resources to represent large numbers.
In Geography began our topic on the Rainforest and learned about the Equator and which countries lie on or near it.
Our Science topic this term is the human body and we began by learning the names, position and function of our organs. We linked this to our Jewish life by discussing why we make certain brachot such as after we have been to the toilet.
In Art, we began our collage topic by looking at the artist Matisse. We will continue this next week.
As well as this, the children have been doing assessments in Maths, English, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning. As mentioned on Wednesday, we will be in touch with all of you within the next two weeks to discuss your child's results.
1. Please remember not to send in any items of food containing sesame seeds in your child's lunch box. We have a child in the class who is severely allergic.
2. Please ensure that your child is wearing black school shoes and not trainers. We understand that it has been difficult to book appointments for shoe fittings and that there has been a delay in receiving new footwear. If this is the case, please drop us an email.
2. Please return any Hebrew reading book you have from last year. If you cannot find it then the cost of a replacement will be added to your school bill.
The Year 4 team
Friday 4th September 2020
Welcome back! It is hard to believe that the children have not been together in school since March. They have settled back beautifully and we hope that they have enjoyed their first couple of days. We have certainly enjoyed teaching them.
This week we have started assessing the children. They have completed a Maths and English paper and been assessed on their Times Tables. We will carry out more assessments next week including listening to children read. We do not want the children to worry about these tests; they are simply to show us where the gaps are and where individual children need extra support or extension. Once we have marked and analysed the assessments, we will be in touch with each of you to discuss your child's results and needs.
We would like to remind you that PE is on Monday and Tuesday and that the children should come into school in their PE kit on those days.
Following our last email, please do not worry if you cannot find the 'silver' homework books. We will replace any that are missing.
Homework will begin next week- we will tell you more about it at our Meet the Teacher meeting on Wednesday
We look forward to seeing you, albeit virtually next week and to telling you more about the exciting year ahead.
The Year 4 Team