Welcome to the Year 4 page! Here, you will find information with regards to announcements, learning, Pupil Voice and celebrations.
We have a wonderful year of learning ahead and are all very pleased with how the Year 4 Pupils have begun their learning journey. We thank you for helping these wonderful learners to be prepared with school by helping them to arrive on time, in full school uniform with all their equipment!
Below, you will find an introduction to the staff who are working with your Life Long Learners which is accompanied by portraits drawn by the children.
Ms Austin: I am the lead for Year 4 and the class teacher for Green Class. I have high expectations for all of the children in the year group and hope t that all the children will be reading aloud daily for 10-20 minutes. As your child's Year Group Leader, I recommend that reading logs be signed by parents and that homework is completed on time. I also would like your children to enjoy their learning. This lovely portrait was created by Alexandra of Green Class.
Mrs Merriam is the Teaching and Learning Advocate [TLA] for both Green Class and E Gjelbert Class. She is responsible for teaching groups of children and leading comprehension sessions during Reciprocal Reading lessons. This delightful portrait was created by Hanan of Green Class.
Miss Dworniak is the class teacher for E Gjelbert Class. She has high expectations, leading exemplary reading sessions, as well as a passion for classical music. This brilliant portrait of her and Mrs Merriam was created by Enisha of E Gjelbert Class.
Ms Mahon is the teacher of Alowa Ewe Class. She has a great knowledge of the children and the curriculum and has very high expectations. This sweet portrait was created by Honey of Alowa Ewe Class.
Ms Corsan is the teacher for Shobuj Clas. Although new to whole class teaching, Ms Corsan has high expectations for behaviour and learning. This wonderful caricature was created by Mohit of Shobuj Class.
Last, but certainly least, we have Ms Obeng, Ms Boyce and Ms Syeda. Ms Obeng and Ms Boyce are the teachers of Verde Class, where they demonstrate high standards and expectations on a daily basis. They are joined by Ms Syeda who works diligently in both Verde and Alowa Ewe Class. She is also responsible for running a phonics group called Codex. This Anime inspired artwork has been created by Nawar!
At Gascoigne, we understand that reading is not just an academic skill, but a life skill. Children who are able to read well have a greater chance at being successful in all areas of life. Reading also improves confidence, questioning skills and helps to develop vivid imaginations. Studies also show that children who can read well are also able to write well; an important year with only two years until your child's final assessment in this school.
Your child has access to books to take home and read. This should be done on a daily basis for about 10-20 minutes. Reading should be aloud, as this helps to develop and understanding of how to use punctuation and expression.
To help your child make more progress, ask some questions to check their understanding of the text. You could also help them to use a dictionary to check unfamiliar words.
Here are some tips you could use when checking your child's understanding of a text they have read.
While some questions only have one right answer, the questions that don’t for two reasons.
1-They lead to great conversations and discussions between you and the child.
2-They put the child at ease. When children struggle with comprehension, the last thing they need is the added pressure of trying to figure out the one answer you want them to give (on top of simply coming up with an answer). Try adding, “In your opinion…” or “Why do YOU THINK…” to the beginning of questions to indicate to the child that their opinion and thinking matters more than getting the “right” answer.
Thank you to all the parents who came to support us during our Sports Day.
We have been listening to different poems and have been performing some of our favourites.
This term we are learning about electricity. We looked at how to make a simple circuit with wires, a bulb and a battery.
We designed and made our own digestive systems using a range of materials.
We have also been learning about teeth. Click below to find out about the different types of teeth.
This term we have been looking at how much sugar is in our food. We decided to design our own healthy snack and make fruit lollies. They were delicious!
In English we have been learning how to write instructions. One class made jam sandwiches and wrote instructions on how they did it.
Year 4 Easter bonnets
We have been looking at the different designs on Roman shields and have been making our own.
Year 4 have been learning about the Romans and had the opportunity to visit Colchester castle.
This term in maths we have been learning about shapes. We have identified the properties of 2D and 3D shapes including lines of symmetry and angles.
In English we have been learning how to use descriptive language in our writing. We have looked at how we can use interesting verbs, adverbs and adjectives to describe characters and settings.
World Book Day!
There were some fantastic costumes in Year 4 for World Book Day.
This week we have been learning how to convert different units of measurement by multiplying and dividing.
Year 4 have been designing their own potion bottles and have made them using clay.
Year 4 were visited by Professor Fox who introduced this term’s topic – Potions. He showed us how the particles inside a solid, liquid and gas are different.
He also showed us how gases can be made by mixing solids and liquids.
End of term performance
All of the children at Gascoigne School took part in an end of term performance which showed Christmas around the world. Year 4 looked at USA and performed songs and poems from this country.
This term in Year 4 we have been learning about Ancient Greece. We read lots of different myths and enjoyed learning about the mythical creatures. We looked at the features of myths and have written myths using our own characters. We have also used drama to help us write recounts.
We have also looked at non-fiction books this term to find out information about Ancient Greece. We have been recapping the key features of writing non– chronological reports such as headings/ sub-headings, paragraphs, technical vocabulary and how to write in the present tense. This information has been used to help us write non-chronological reports.
In our Science lessons we have been learning about sound.
Using different materials, we carried out an investigation to see which was the best for muffling sound.