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St Alban's Catholic Academy

St Alban's

Catholic Academy

First Avenue, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2NP

Through God’s love we learn together, grow together and achieve together.

19th - 23rd April 2021

Another great week in Year 4! This week, the children explored the myth of 'Daedalus and Icarus' and created a storyboard of the main events using powerful verbs. Their work was incredible and we put some pieces on display in class! In RE, the children learnt about how the Holy Spirit brings new life and courage. The children had been working hard so rewarded by completing their RE work about the Ethiopian man outside in the sunshine! In Topic, the children enjoyed learning about the first Olympics and were horrified that the competitors would be naked! In Maths, we learnt our 11 and 12 times tables (the children much preferred the 11s!). Well done for another great week! 


12th - 16th April 2021

We have had a brilliant first week back after the East holidays and the children have jumped straight back into their learning with enthusiasm! In English, we started exploring Greek myths. The children enjoyed reading 'Pandora's Box' although they were surprised at the gruesome ending! In Maths, the children demonstrated a good understanding of the place value of tenths and hundredths in decimals. In addition, the children did some fantastic research about the Greek island of Crete in our Topic lesson and produced some wonderful booklets about the weather, culture and history on the island. In RE, the children learnt about Pentecost and how the Holy Spirit comforted the disciples. Have a splendid weekend!


22nd - 26th March 2021 

Another term has been and gone! This week, the children have shown great resilience during all their quizzes. In RE, the children created their own painting of the empty tomb and reflected on what they have learnt what Jesus teaches us about self-discipline. The children also enjoyed decorating their own wooded crucifixes. In English, the children have shown great pride in their work by writing up their non-chronological reports in their best handwriting. It's lovely to see all their hard work coming together. Have a lovely Easter and enjoy a well-deserved break (and an Easter egg or two!).


15th - 19th March 2021

This week the children have been busy working hard. In Maths, the children were all very confident reading, ordering and comparing 5-digit numbers. We also started working with negative numbers, both by counting back and when looking at measuring temperatures. In English, the children finished writing their non-chronological reports and wrote paragraphs detailing their research about the habitat of howler monkeys. In Topic, we explored what natural resources the rainforest offers and learnt about the life of the Yanomami tribe. Have a lovely weekend!

8th - 12th March 2021

It's been a fantastic first week back! We have been so excited to see the children again and hear about all they have been up to at home. The children have settled back into the school routine well and have thoroughly enjoyed being reunited with all their friends. In English, we have continued our genre of non-chronological reports which we started looking at during our remote learning. The children enjoyed researching about the diet of howler monkeys, and listening to their distinctive cry! In Maths, we have been learning to tell the time using 24-hour clocks. The class worked very hard on this, and we will continue practising using 24-hour clocks as they can be tricky. In Topic, the children made their own rainforest terrariums and planted their own green plants. In Science, we explored evaporation and condensation (parts of the water cycle) by boiling a kettle and watching what happened.  We hope the children are as glad as we are about being back!


13th - 18th December 2020

Another term has been and gone! The children have worked incredibly hard since coming back in September and all of the staff in Year 4 want to say a huge thank you. In Maths this week, we have been recapping our learning from this term, including: column addition and subtraction, times tables and place value. In English, we read the poem 'Twas the night before Christmas and created a storyboard of the poem. We also recapped our spelling and grammar from this term. In Topic, the children sewed their Anglo-Saxon initials into their chosen material. The children loved this project and we hope they are proud of their finished pieces. Have a lovely Christmas, stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you back in the new year.

7th - 11th December 2020

In Maths, we have been practising the column method to subtract and multiply. This required the children to practise their mental maths and times tables and lots of the children were challenging themselves to not use resources as prompts. Well done! We also learnt our 7 times tables. Perhaps you can quiz your child at home... In English, the children planned their own alternative ending to Bill's New Frock. Their final drafts were incredible and the children were able to use comedy cleverly and had me laughing out loud when I was marking! Continuing with our Anglo-Saxons learning, the children produced leaflets about religious builings associated with Anglo-Saxon conversion to Christianity (such as Canterbury Cathedral). Their leaflets were very informative and built on all their research in their Home Learning. Thank you for a wonderful week, Year 4. 

30th November - 4th December

This week the children have worked very hard. In Science, we learnt about food chains and the children were able to use the terms 'predator', 'prey', 'producer' and 'primary/secondary/tertiary consumer' to label their food chains. In Maths, we recapped our knowledge of place value in 4-digit numbers and applied this to rounding and comparing numbers with < and >. The children were very confident with this - a testament to how hard they have worked this term. In English, the children explored monologues. We watched Syndrome's monologue from The Incredibles and used this as a model to write our own version for Bill Simpson. The attitude in the children's writing was brilliant! In Topic,the children produced fact files about the Anglo-Saxon gods. Thor proved to be a popular choice! Also, a huge well done to our Reading Champion this term! It's wonderful to see your love of reading in school and at home through your post-it notes. CouldYOU be our next Reading Champion?...


23rd - 27th November 2020

We are so proud of all the children's efforts in school this week; the children have all taken the chance to show off what they have learnt during Assessment Week. However, we have been doing more than just assessments. In our Science, we have been learning about the terms 'herbivore', 'carnivore' and 'omnivore'. The children accessed the National Geographic website on the laptops to research animals with these diets and produce a fact file. In our Topic lessons, the children became archaeologists and were exploring Anglo-Saxon artefacts, asking historical questions to drive their enquiries. Well done, Year 4.


16th - 20th November 2020

What an amazing week we have had! Continuing with our gruesome Science lessons, the children were learning about the digestive system of owls and how this contrasts to a human's. The class learnt that owls eat their prey whole and regurgitate the parts they cannot digest. They then watch Miss Ashborn dissect an owl pellett to find bits of fur and bone! In our writing, the children wrote some wonderful diary entries from the perspective of Bill Simpson - the main character in Bill's New Frock. In Maths, we practised our times tables, four operations and converting units of measure ready for Assessment Week.


9th - 13th November 2020

This week the children enjoyed a rather disgusting demonstration of the digestive system in our Topic lessons involving some crackers, bananas and orange juice! The mess was worth it as the children were then able to explain each stage of the digestive process confidently. In Maths, we have been learning how to divide with and without remainders using number lines. The children were able to use resources such as times table squares to help them, and we are so proud of their perseverance when they have found this trickier. In English, we have started reading Bill's New Frock. The children have loved the story so far and are looking forward to producing some creative writing around the story next week...


2nd - 6th November 2020

The children have had a great first week back after the half term break and have enjoyed starting our topic of Inside Out. In English, we have started looking at explanatory texts. The children made some brilliant flow charts to explain the process of a chicken hatching an egg. In Maths, the children enjoyed our practical activity of measuring the capacity of a container in litres and millilitres. A highlight of the week was exploring the different types of teeth we have and their functions, and making a clay model of our own bottom set of teeth in our Topic lessons.