Welcome to our 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.
Let's meet your child's class teacher and teaching learning advocate for the academic year 2018-2019.
Ms Radcliffe and Miss Parmar
Ms Cole Davis and Mrs El Khalidi
Mrs Dushku and Mrs Frost
Ms Obeng-Yeboah and Mrs Sanders
Ms Dworniak and Mrs Gaxha
Ms Begum and Mrs Kakkar
Alawo Ewe Class
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.