Please click on the link to read Alex’s interesting facts!
Please click on the link to see Alex’s amazing presentation about the River Nile!
We get a third of our tap water from underground and the rest we either get from reservoirs, lakes or from rivers. It gets to our taps by being transported by pipes, then it is taken to a water tower and next it’s pumped to the top of the water tower then gravity will transport it to our houses and taps to drink.
We use our water for lots of things, like drinking or having a bath or shower. Without water we would die in four days. Our tap water costs 0.1p per litre so we could have a year’s supply of drinking water for less than £1.00.
The River Nile is in Africa. It originates in Burundi, south of the equator, and flows northward through northeastern Africa, eventually flowing through Egypt and finally draining into the Mediterranean Sea.
Lake Victoria, Africa’s biggest lake, is generally thought of as the source of the River Nile. On the northern edge of the lake, water pours over a waterfall, known as Ripon Falls, into a narrow opening which some people believe is the beginning of the River Nile.
The true source of the River Nile
Ripon Falls may be the starting-point of the river, but the many streams that flow into Lake Victoria could claim to be the true source.
Much of Lake Victoria is surrounded by mountains with streams tumbling down into the lake. The largest tributary of Lake Victoria is the Kagera river. The Kagera and its tributary the Ruvubu, with its headwaters in Burundi, is now considered to be the true source of the Nile. It is from here that the Nile is measured as the world’s longest river.
Most Egyptians lived near the Nile as it provided water, food, transportation and excellent soil for growing food.
This term we are learning about water.There are lots of different types of rivers the most famous rivers I know are the Amazon river and the river Nile. .The Amazon river is located in South America. The length of the Amazon River is approximately 6400 kilometers.During the wet season,the Amazon river can reach over 190 kilometers in width. Skye Kay 4D
Watch Joshua’s amazing scientific experiment with his fabulous assistant Amber!
Our topic in year 4 at the minute is about water of the world, we are learning about rivers around the world. We have learnt the The River Nile in Egypt is the longest river in the world and The Amazon River is the second longest. Me and Layla are doing a project on The River Murray in Sydney Australia, it is 2,508 kilometres long and about 3 metres deep but in some places where there are deep pools or holes it can be 6-8 metres deep. We have only just strarted this project and I am enjoying it and looking forward to learning more.
By Jessica 4M
Happy New Year and welcome back Year 4!
We hope you all had a lovely Christmas break and are ready to get back to work.
Have a look through below to find out a little about what we will be exploring this half term.
This half term we will be looking at a book by David Wiesner, called Flotsam. This term we will be concentrating on developing the children’s creativity in writing, this book particularly encourages the use of the children’s imagination with minimal text and a range of interesting illustrations to provoke some amazing ideas.
Again, this term we will be working hard to improve our spelling and will be a huge focus within our morning work and woven within many other curriculum areas. As the Year 4 team, we strongly recommend that children practise the many common exception words and spelling rules for Year 3 and 4. If spelling is an particular area that your child wants to improve, please use the word lists and suggested spelling games below.
In our first week back we will be exploring the relationship between decimals and fractions. We will then continue to develop our fluency skills, testing out new methods and re-visiting old ones to consolidate our knowledge around multiplication, division, subtraction and addition.
It is crucial in Year 4 that the children become fluent with their times tables up to 12 and a range of number facts, such as pairs that total 100, halves and doubles and counting in multiples of 10, 20, 25, 50, 100 and 1000.
Therefore, please make the most of your child’s Times Table Rockstar account to strengthen their knowledge of the times tables and see their rock status grow!
The children also have accounts for Active Learn where they can revise and apply their knowledge through tasks that cover the entire Year 4 curriculum. All activities can be accessed when using a laptop or desktop. However, some are limited when using a tablet or an iPad.
The children should all have their logins now for both of these accounts, if your child has lost their login details then do not hesitate to ask for new ones!
Dangers to Living Things is our next topic we will be exploring in Science. Through this topic children will explore the affects the environment has on living things and how in particular it can impact food chains. Using their knowledge and understanding of Dangers to Living Things the children will plan and carry out an investigation to make an environmental change in order to discover the impact it may have on living things.
This term we will begin a new topic ‘Waters of the World’.
Through this topic we will look at the History of rivers and bridges all over the world, then concentrating on the History of our own local area. We will be looking widely at the Geography of rivers and bridges throughout the topic, covering the most famous rivers such as the Amazon and the Thames.
‘Why is Jesus Inspiring to some people?’
We will be focusing on this particular question this half term. We will begin by exploring the meaning of the word ‘inspiring’ and who the inspiring people are in our lives. Following this we will look at the story of Jesus, understanding how and why he became an inspiration for some people.
This half term we will begin our project ‘Back to the Future’. In this project, children will create their own blog detailing what they learn from research that they will complete throughout the sessions. Children will learn about different technologies both old and new, about inventors and the different components of a computer.
Games is our focus this half term, within this topic we will be exploring the different roles within a range of games and how communication, listening and teamwork are essential skills to be successful when playing team sports.
We will continue with our swimming lessons at Denton Swimming Baths. Please make sure that you come prepared with your full kit.
4D’s lessons are every Wednesday and 4M’s lessons are every Friday.
Our theme for this half term is ‘Goals and Dreams’, where we will discuss the meaning of having goals and dreams and what we might do to achieve them. Through this topic we will look at obstacles that we may have to overcome when attempting to achieve our goals and dreams, promoting skills such as resilience and persistence.
In Year 4 homework is given out each Friday and is to be returned every Wednesday. This half term the children will have a spelling activity each week and either a reading task or mathematics task based on our learning in class. The children can also choose from the Waters of the World homework menu! Homework can be presented in any way the children wish, so if they have published something using an iPad, tablet or computer please email it to us!
F.A.O Mrs Macdonald or Miss Dobie to firstname.lastname@example.org
The children are also asked to read at least twice a week to someone at home. We ask the children to record this in their Reading Log.
Don’t forget that your homework and reading are monitored as part of your Assertive Mentoring profile
On time by Wednesday – GREEN
Late by Friday – YELLOW
No homework or reading completed – RED