Welcome to the spring term 2020
Who were the Anglo Saxons and where did they originate from?
Math: Representing the 11 times table using counters.
PE: Hockey skills: Dribbling the ball and increasing our speed.
Children In Need - Anti-Bullying Week - Raising the awareness in year 4
Welcome to Year 4
Class of 2019-2020
Our research question is:
Why is London so iconic?
We will study the importance of the UK capital city.
(Please refer to our Dojo message for the weekly focus/objectives)
RE: Reflecting on the Ten Commandments: We looked at five of the commandments and asked the children to stand next to the one they considered to be the most important. This encouraged lots of discussion between groups. Some learners decided to stand in the centre of the classroom as they believe that all of the commandments are of equal importance.
Books! Promoting our non-fiction books in year 4.
Roman numerals: 1-100 (l-C)
Math: Using counters to help us round numbers to the nearest 100.
Math: Impressive Roman numerals 0-100 and beyond...
Literacy: Greek Myths - Pandora - Was Pandora wrong to open the box? Examining text, finding evidence and presenting the information found.
PE: Our warm-up game was 'Knight and Castles' followed by our lesson on basketball skills.
Welcome to the Class of 2018-19.
As the last term of Year 4 draws to a close, we would like to take the opportunity to share our learning and our experiences with you. We have thoroughly enjoyed our time in Year 4 and have many fond memories to take forward with us to our next year at Lawford C of E Primary School.
Maths: We are learning to combine our skills using the four operations to design and budget our own dragon theme park.
English: We are learning to write a fantasy story inspired by 'How to Train Your Dragon' by Cressida Cowell.
SPaG: We are learning to spell words that end in the 'shun' sound -cian, -tion, -ssion, -sion.
Science: We are learning to describe the functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans.
We have been learning about mountain ranges, including the Andes and the Alps. As an end of unit project, we have created our own mountain ranges using a variety of art related skills.
We have taken great care and pride in our competition entries. We have chosen to base our entries around the theme of Windows on the Soul. This theme encourages the children to dream and imagine the spirit and the soul. If you could look through a window in your soul or mind, into the 'big beyond' what would you see?
This term we visited Sutton Hoo, where we completed a burial tour, an archaeological dig, a scavenger hunt and explored items from the museum. As an added bonus, the farmer was sheering sheep in the fields so we were able to watch this too. It was a great day out that helped us to make the link between the end of the Saxon era and the beginning of the Vikings.
Investigating volume over distance
We have designed our own experiment to investigate how volume changes over distance. Some of us used cones to mark out the distance, whilst others used steps or 2 metre distances to check if they could hear a noise produced by an instrument of their choosing.
Constable Chalk and Charcoal Art
We have been exploring the medium of chalk and charcoal. We have experimented in different ways with the mediums and we are about to bring everything together to create our final piece inspired by the work of John Constable.
We have been recapping our skills in squash and building on them in lessons using our new equipment.
We were treated to a visit from STEM. The children explored different aspects of light and even created their own photographs of themselves in infra red.
This term we finished building our bridges, complete with lights and buzzers to alert pedestrians when our bridges open. The children thoroughly enjoyed this unit, even when presenting their prototype to the rest of the class. Great effort by everyone!
Maths/ Food Technology: Christmas Mince Meat
We were able to use our utilise our measuring skills alongside our food technology skills in order to make mince meat. The mince meat was then spooned into jars, decorated with festive ribbons and sent home as a Christmas treat. Some used the mince meat to create mince pies whilst others seemed to enjoy it straight out of the jar.
Anti Bullying Week
Monday 12th November - Friday 16th November
Welcome to our Lawford Circus. Each of our performers showed different skills in their acts. The Ringmasters, the Elephant handlers, the Strong people the Plate spinners, the Escape artists, the Clowns and the Tightrope walkers. In order to have a successful circus, you need everyone's individual talents. Through our differences, we work together as a team and we can tackle bullying by showing RESPECT to one another.
Each child in this class are needed, valued and belong in Year 4.
Science: Electricity- Constructing and testing simple series circuits
We have been creating simple series circuits, including bulbs, buzzers and motors. We have been given a diagram of a circuit and have then recreated it to test if the light bulb will light. Before each test we made predictions as to whether the bulb will light or not with reasons behind our decisions.
Greek Myths: Hercules and the Hydra
We have finished our myths, some of which are available for viewing on our classroom display.
Reflecting on the Creation Story
We have been using meditation techniques to appreciate the Creation Story. The images created in our minds have helped us to remember the story with greater clarity and we were able to draw out our own images and reflect on the story.
Science: Investigating Solids, Liquids and Gasses
We have been comparing and grouping materials and objects according to whether they are a solid, liquid or a gas. Initially, we have focused on the properties of a solid and a liquid to see if we could allocate a category to an substance. On Friday 14th September, we explored what a gas is and explained how smells travel through the air.
Design and Technology: Engineering Day
On Friday 7th September, we built marble runs in order to investigate structures. We spent time reinforcing structures, securing foundations and trying different techniques to create the longest, the tallest or the most aesthetically pleasing marble run. We also had a few experts on hand to help us with our investigation.