Welcome to 4F's Class Page 2023/24

 

CLASS PHOTO:

                               

STAFF:

Teachers in our class are Miss Foster, Mr Newton, Mrs Schofield, Mrs Lewin, Mrs Buksh and Mr Ainscow.

UPCOMING EVENTS...:

 

PE DAYS:

PE days are Mondays and Wednesdays.

  Please bring your PE kit in on Mondays and Wednesdays only.

READING:

Please bring your reading book to school every day so we can read with you.

Please read a few pages at home every day and ask an adult to sign your reading record.

 

 

Y4 Curriculum.

 

Our creative curriculum is driven by the 4Cs of communication, conflict, conservation and culture which meets the needs of our diverse school community.  It is designed to inspire an enthusiasm for learning, engaging with and learning about challenging 21st century issues, dealing with tomorrow’s issues today. 

 

Y4 are Adventurers. 

CURRICULUM LETTER:

Here is our spring curriculum letter so you can see what we are learning about this term: 

Year 4 Curriculum Spring 2024


SPRING SPELLINGS:

Here is our spellings for spring. There are three groups for spellings and your child should know which group they are in. Spellings are tested each Friday with the dates shown on the sheet: 

Year 4 Spellings - Spring 2024


SPRING 1:

In Spring 1 our theme is called 'Come Fly With Me - Africa!'. This is a thematic unit based around the continent of Africa, with a key focus on geography and history. Pupils will be learning about the location of Africa and identifying its largest countries. Alongside this geography element, they will study the Benin era. They will also learn about African culture, in particular typical African food and folk tales.


READING:

In Spring 1, our 5 Reads books that we read in story time each day are:

Last by Nichola Davies | Anansi and the Golden Pot by Taiye Selasi | Lila and the Secret of the Rain by David Conway |
Cinderella of the Nile by Beverley Naidoo | The Lost Words by Robert MacFarlane

Last: by Nicola Davies : Davies, Nicola: Amazon.co.uk: BooksAnansi and the Golden Pot by Taiye Selasi, Tinuke Fagborun | WaterstonesLila and the Secret of Rain: Conway, David, Daly, Jude: 9781847800350:  Amazon.com: BooksCinderella of the Nile (One Story, Many Voices) : Naidoo, Beverley,  Vafaeian, Marjan: Amazon.co.uk: BooksThe Lost Words: Rediscover our natural world with this spellbinding book :  Macfarlane, Robert, Morris, Jackie: Amazon.co.uk: Books

Our class novels we are also reading in English lessons and Class Novel time are:

Children of the Benin Kingdom by Dinah Orji | The Story Thief by Andrew Fusek Peters

Children of the Benin Kingdom : Dinah Orji, Sonya McGilchrist:  Amazon.co.uk: BooksThe Story Thief (White Wolves: Stories from Different Cultures) eBook :  Peters, Andrew Fusek: Amazon.co.uk: Books


PHOTOS:

Amazing Events we have done in Spring 1:

Our learning:

In Spring 1 our theme is called 'Come Fly With Me - Africa!'. This is a thematic unit based around the continent of Africa, with a key focus on geography and history. Pupils will be learning about the location of Africa and identifying its largest countries. Alongside this geography element, they will study the Benin era. They will also learn about African culture, in particular typical African food and folk tales. In Science, we will be exploring 'Animals including Humans' with a focus on bones, muscles, teeth and digestion as well as food chains. In English, we are looking at African folklore and stories with historical settings. We will also be creating and reciting performance poetry. In Maths, we will continue to look at multiplication and division.

Look at some of the things we have done:

English - The Benin Kingdom Non-chronological reports:

After researching all about the Benin Kingdom, we created our own non-chronological reports. We took pride in our presentation with beautiful handwriting and included lots of interesting facts.

Art - African Dance Masks:

This week, we have started making our African dance masks! We used paper mache to build up the features on the mask. Our next step is to paint our masks and add details.

PSHE - Poaching:

We have been learning about what poaching is and the dangers animals face in Africa and across the world. We worked in groups to research and then created our own posters on poaching to raise awareness. 

English - Hot seating characters from The Children of the Benin Kingdom:

We had lots of fun thinking of questions for the main characters in our story. We wrote out open questions using the 5 Ws and then put ourselves in the 'hot seat' to roleplay and answer with what we think the characters would say. We all thought of some fantastic questions to extend our knowledge of the story's events and showed some wonderful speaking and listening skills with our hot seating.

Science - Classification keys of African animals:

Today, we have looked at a range of African animals and thought about their similarities and differences. We thought about their animal classes, habitats, diets as well as more specific features of their physical appearance. Then, we worked in groups to create our own classification chart of African animals.

RE - Stories of Jesus:

In RE, we read five stories in our bibles about Jesus. We looked at Jesus in the temple, Jesus heals many people, Jesus raises the widow’s son, Jesus feeds the five thousand and Jesus heals the leper. We discussed each story and thought about what this shows us about Jesus. Afterwards, we worked in groups to act out one of the five stories focusing on what we think was the important message in the story. We learned about Jesus's power and how he helps the world.

Geography - Researching an African country:


To start our theme work, we chose an African country we wanted to find out more about and researched the country on iPads. We thought about the different customs, traditions and beliefs in the country. We found out their languages, population, currency, flags, food, landmarks and any other interesting facts. Then, we presented our research to the rest of the class.

English & Music - Walking With My Iguana:

This week in English, we have been looking at performance poetry. We explored the poem 'Walking with my Iguana' by Brian Moses and then wrote our own versions. To end the week, we performed our poems with an instrument of our choice focusing on the dynamics and pitch to enhance our performance.

 

CURRICULUM LETTER:

Here is our autumn curriculum letter so you can see what we are learning about this term: 

Year 4 Curriculum Autumn 2023


AUTUMN SPELLINGS:

Here is our spellings for autumn. There are two groups for spellings and your child should know which group they are in. Spellings are tested each Friday with the dates shown on the sheet: 

Year 4 Autumn Spellings 2023


AUTUMN 2:

In Autumn 2 our theme is called 'Rocky The Findosaur'. This is a thematic unit based on a thematic unit based around rocks and fossils, with a key focus on science. It teaches about different types of rocks as well as solids, liquids and gases.


READING:

In Autumn 2, our 5 Reads books that we read in story time each day are:

Our class novels we are also reading in English lessons and Class Novel time are:

The Firework Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman


PHOTOS:

Amazing Events we have done in Autumn 2:

Christmas Party:

We had a fantastic party celebrating Christmas together. We did lots of singing, dancing, party games and eating delicious food! Take a look at our pictures.

Rocks and Fossils Workshop:

We had some wonderful visitors to our school to share with us their amazing rocks and fossils collection. We got to be fossil explorers and take part in lots of different activities.

Christmas Sing-a-long:

Thank you to all our families for coming to see us in our 'Christmas song'. We enjoyed learning and performing ten festive Christmas songs for you.

Autumn Reading Afternoon:

Thank you so much to our parents who came to send some time in our beautiful library reading with the children. It was a lovely afternoon and the children had lots of fun.

Our learning:

In Autumn 2 our theme is called 'Rocky The Findosaur'. This is a thematic unit based on a thematic unit based around rocks and fossils, with a key focus on science. It teaches about different types of rocks as well as solids, liquids and gases. In English, we are looking at stories from other cultures with a focus on The Firework Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman. We will also be creating persuasive leaflets and explanation texts. In Maths, we are looking at area as well as multiplication and division. 

Look at some of the things we have done:

 

RE - Christingles:

We learned all about Christingles and what they represent in Christianity. Then, we created our own Christingle using an orange, candle, sweets and ribbon.

Art - Christmas Cards:

We created some beautiful Christmas cards to wish our families a 'merry Christmas!'.

Science - The Water Cycle:

Today, we have learned about the water cycle. Then, we set up an experiment to demonstrate the water cycle.  We used zip lock bags and drew the water cycle on them.  After, we poured in warm water and closed the bag. 

Science - Making Orange Slushies:


We had lots of fun learning about how the melting, freezing and boiling points change with different materials. We worked well in our group to investigate how salt lowers the freezing point of ice. We loved trying our 'orange slushies'!

PSHE - Self-worth:

This week, we have continued to look at bullying and the impact on an individual and their self-esteem. After, we spoke about ourselves and how we want to focus on all the positives about ourselves to boost our self-esteem. We worked in groups to write ‘Marvellous Me’ poems and then performed them to the class.

Science - Making fossils:

After learning all about how fossils are formed, we enjoyed making our own replicas using 'Plaster of Paris' in clay moulds.

Computing - Loti-bots:

We were really excited to test our coding knowledge with the 'loti-bots'. Using the iPads, we inputted code to tell the lot-bot what to do. We were set the challenge of making the loti-bot move around the edge of our table. We worked really well in our groups.

Art - Rock Observations:

We each chose a rock to draw, making careful observations and sketching careful to ensure we included lots of details.

Science - Rock Detectives:

We became 'rock detectives' to explore the features of different rocks including their hardness, permeability, acidity and appearance. We then used this information to see which of the three types of rocks it was; sedimentary, igneous or metamorphic.

PSHE - Stereotypes and discrimination:

This week, we have looked at discrimination and gender stereotypes. We read a story about discrimination called ‘Jodie and Finn’. After, we thought about different jobs and about who can do certain jobs. Then, we all agreed that it doesn’t matter who you are as everyone can do any job that they want to.

Science - How are rocks formed?

We learned the three different types of rocks and how they are formed. Then, we worked in groups to model how the different rocks are formed using sweets. We all worked well in our groups and successfully created the three rock types.


AUTUMN 1:

In Autumn 1 our theme is called 'Athens vs Sparta'. This is a thematic unit based on Ancient Greece, with a key focus on history. Learning is centred on how the Greeks used to live, including the key aspect of mythology, especially highlighting the conflicts that characterised Ancient Greece.


READING:

In Autumn 1, our 5 Reads books that we read in story time each day are:

Leo and the Gorgon’s Curse by Joe Todd Stanton | Orchard Book of Greek Myths by Geraldine McCaughrean | Every Child A Song Paperback by Nicola Davies | The Adventures Of Beekle, The Unimaginary Friend By Dan Santat | Umbrella by Elena Melville

 


PHOTOS:

Amazing Events we have done in Autumn 1:

Rivington Pike:

We had such a great morning walking all the way to the top of Rivington Pike. We were so proud of ourselves and loved looking at the beautiful view!

Ancient Greek Day:

We had so much fun on our Ancient Greek day learning all about Athens and Sparta. We got to play some traditional games, look at Greek artefacts, act out an Ancient Greek myth and make our own clay coin based on an Ancient Greek symbol. We had lots of fun!

National Poetry Day 2023:

National Poetry Day was on Thursday 5th October this year with a theme of 'refuge'. We read the poem My Treasures by Kate Wakeling and thought about the things that are important to us. We cannot wait to perform our poem in front of the whole school next week!

Harvest Festival 2023:

On Wednesday 4th October, we went to church to celebrate Harvest. Thank you to those who brought generous donations.


Our learning:

Our theme unit in Autumn 1 is called Athens vs Sparta. In this unit we have a look at how the Ancient Greeks used to live, including the key aspect of mythology, especially highlighting the conflicts that characterised Ancient Greece. We are learning about forces with floating and sinking in science. We are learning about e-safety in computing. We are doing gymnastics in PE. We are learning about the importance of David in the psalms in RE. In English, we are reading lots of different myths and legends from Ancient Greece as well as writing our own. In maths, we are learning about place value, addition and subtraction and multiplication and division. We are developing our independence and resilience with Commando Joe.

Look at some of the things we have done:

DT: Greek Food

To end our theme work on Ancient Greece, we worked in groups to make tzatziki and hummus. Then, we tasted our dips along with a range of other traditional Greek foods.

Art: Ancient Greece Creative Challenge

As part of our Ancient Greek theme, we were set the challenge to make something for our Greek day outfits. Take a look at what we made!

Science: Raisin Observation

In science, we used our observation skills to carefully observe what happened when we placed raisins in water and lemonade. We were surprised to see how the raisins moved through the lemonade with the bubbles of gas. After, we drew pictures of each stage of the observation to record our findings.
PSHE: Anti-bullying and Bystanders

This week, we have looked at bullying and bystanders. We discussed what bullying is and how a bystander can help create a positive ending in a range of scenarios. After, we thought about how we could help those being bullied even when we haven’t witnessed it. Then, we worked in pairs to create a positivity poster around anti-bullying. We created some beautiful, bright posters.

Debate/Speech: Athens vs Sparta

After learning about Athens and Sparta, we were given a city-state to debate for. We prepared our debate by thinking about all the positives of our given city-states and the negatives of the other states. We also wrote persuasive speeches for our city-state. We showed confidence and debated our points well. 

Science: Liquid Density Tower

After learning about liquid density last week, this week we created a colourful tower and observed how the liquids layer on top of each other based on their density. We also added a range of small objects to see where they fit in our tower.

Art: Clay Coil Pots

 After researching Ancient Greek artefacts, we watched a video that showed us how to make our own. We then used clay to create our pots using the 'score and slip' technique.

History: Ancient Greek Mythology

We looked at different Greek gods and then learned about how they were all related. We had the challenge of placing each Greek god and goddess correctly into their family tree. We worked so well in our teams and successfully completed it!

PSHE - Resilience and Persistence:

This week, we have looked at resilience and persistence. We had a go at balancing a spoon on our noses and explored the meaning of being resilient. Some of us found it easy whereas others found it very tricky! Then, we read the story of ‘Robert the Bruce and the Spider’. After that, we thought about times in our own lives where we had to show resilience and acted a scenario out in groups.

Science - Liquid Density:

In science this week, we have looked at different liquids and thought about whether this would affect how long in takes for our plasticine to sink. We found out the bubble bath took a very, very long time for the plasticine to sink in because it is a very dense liquid!

PSHE - Who Will Create The Tallest Tower?

To build on our understanding of collaboration, this week we worked as part of a team to create our own tower using limited resources. We had 20 pieces of spaghetti, 1 metre of sticky tape and 3 sheets of newspaper. We also had a time limit of 15 minutes to complete our tower. We all worked well as part of our group and learned the importance of overcoming our differences to succeed.

Art - Greek Pot Designs:

After looking at Ancient Greek pots last week, we now have created our own Greek pot designs thinking about appropriate colours and patterns.


Science - Will it float?

Today, we explored floating and sinking using a plasticine ball. We completed a set of challenges to explore what affects an object’s ability to float. Firstly, we used timers to see how long it takes for the plasticine to sink. Then, we thought about how we could slow down the time it takes to sink. Afterwards, we worked as a team to explore how we could change the plasticine’s shape to make it float.

RE - God Looks At The Heart:

We looked at the bible story 'God Looks at the Heart' then we created our own hearts with values that we thought God would look for in a person.

PSHE - Collaboration:
Today, we learned about collaboration and the advantages and disadvantages of working as part of a group. Then, we got into small groups and completed a word challenge using the initials of our group. We learned the importance of working with different people and understanding our strengths and weaknesses.

Science - Water displacement:

We read the story 'Mr. Archimedes Bath' and thought about what happens to the water when we go in the bath. Then, we investigated three different sizes rocks to see how they affect the water too. We found out that the bigger the rock, the more water is displaced.

Geography and History - Ancient Greek City States:

We learned all about the Ancient Greek Empire and how it was organised into different city states with their own rules and leaders. Then, we worked in groups to recreate a map of Ancient Greece. We slowly received some clues of the locations and positions of each city state in relation to each other.

School library:

We love spending time each week in our school library, finding new books and reading with our friends.

Science - Floating and Sinking:

This half term, our science unit is all about floating and sinking. Today, we tested objects to see which float and sink and thought about the materials that each object was made of.  We found out that, if an orange has skin on, it will float.  However, if the skin is removed, it will sink!

Drama - Theseus and the Minotaur:

In English, we have been learning about different Greek myths and legends. We read the myth 'Theseus and the Minotaur' and discussed the message of the story.  We then worked in groups to act out different sections.

Geography - Finding Greece:

We used atlases in Geography to help us find the location of Greece and the neighbouring countries.

PSHE - Conflict:

In PSHE this half term, we are learning all about conflict and resolution. In week 1, we have learned about what conflict means and then reflected upon recent times we have been involved in a conflict. We thought about how these situations started and the outcome. Afterwards, we re-enacted the scenarios and thought about creating a better outcome so that the conflict could be avoided. We worked well in our groups and showed good reflection skills on our own conflicts and the situations in our life.

Class Charter:

To start the year, we thought about how we wanted our classroom to be and how we wanted to feel in our classroom. We thought about our rights in the classroom, including our right to feel safe and have a good education. Then, we thought about all our responsibilities so that everyone can get their rights in our classroom. We signed a coin on our Class Charter rainbow to show we agree to the responsibilities.

ART - Making our mark!

Before starting Year 4, we had a moving up morning in the Summer term. On this morning, we read a book called The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds that is all about a little girl who doesn't believe she can draw so instead she draws a 'dot'. We discussed how we can do anything we put our mind to and made lots of beautiful dots to show us making our own mark. Take a look at some of our work below...

EXTRA LEARNING:

Here are some apps our children have logins for at home. These apps will help support their learning in school. The times tables are particularly helpful to help improve speed at their times tables, ready for the Year 4 test in June.

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We have put together some useful websites that will help support your learning.

 

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Have a look at all the wonderful, exciting things 4F in 2022/23 got up to:

 

STAFF:

Teachers in our class are Miss Foster, Mr Newton, Mrs Berry, Mrs Boyd and Mrs Buksh.

Summer:

CURRICULUM LETTER:

Here is our Summer curriculum letter so you can see what we are learning about this term: 

Year 4 Curriculum Letter - Summer

SPELLINGS:

Here is our spellings for Summer 1 and 2. There are five groups for spellings and your child should know which group they are in. Spellings are tested each Friday with the dates shown on the sheet: 

Year 4 Spellings - Summer

SUMMER TERM 2 THEME OVERVIEW

“Picture Our Planet” is a thematic unit, with a key focus on geography. Learning is centred around two contrasting localities:- Brazil and Scotland , and includes key facts, physical and human features, traditions and customs and an insight into how each country is tackling particular conservation issues. Pupils will have the opportunity to look at a range of sources and evidence and make comparisons.

“Viking Warrior” is a competency-based thematic unit with a history focus, telling the legendary story of Ragnar Lothbrok. He is a Viking “sea lord” who, according to his very famous saga, invaded the ancient Kingdom of Frankia and then the British Isles over 1000 years ago. He is known for wearing “hairy trousers” which protected him on his adventures.

READING:

In Summer 1, our 5 Reads books that we read in story time each day are:

The Boy Who Grew a Forest by Sophia Gholz | Along the Tapajós by Fernando Vilela | 
From My Window By Otavio Junior | One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul | Rainbow Weaver By Tejedora Del Arcoiris

Our class novel we are also reading in English lessons and Class Novel time is:

'Charlotte's Web' by E. B. White and our focus in English lessons is on stories which raise issues and dilemmas.

Charlotte's Web eBook : White, E. B., Williams, Garth: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle  Store

PHOTOS:

Amazing Events we have done in Summer 2:

Creative Challenge:

As part of our homework and linking with our theme, we were asked to create our own posters or leaflet on Brazil or Scotland.  We had some amazing creations . it was clear to see that sound starts with vibrations.  Some of our instruments  could change pitch. Members of staff voted for the best creation and the winner won a £5 Waterstones voucher.  Everyone who took part received a smaller gift. 
Author Visit - Pooja Puri:

On Friday 12th June we were lucky as a real author visited us.  We worked with her and she gave us a copy of her book, An Alien Stole My Planet by Pooja Puri.

Sleepover:

We had so much fun at our sleepover! We spent lots of time playing outside and then we had lots of snacks whilst watching a film together.

Our learning:

Theme: Our theme units are called “Picture Our Planet” which is a thematic unit, with a key focus on geography and compares two different countries (Brazil and Scotland) as well as our final theme called “Viking Warrior” which is a competency-based thematic unit with a history focus, telling the legendary story of Ragnar Lothbrok.

Look at some of our photos of the things we have done:

Science - Exploring ear size:


We carried out comparative tests to find out if the size of an ‘ear’ affects the volume. We found out that the larger the ear, the louder the sound was heard as there is a greater surface area to help collect the vibrations.

Music & History - Vikings:

To start our learning on the Vikings, we looked at traditional Viking battle music and then had a go at making our own.

Art - Tartan weaving:

To continue our learning on Scotland, we learned about the importance of tartan. Then, we practised our weaving skills and made our own piece of 'tartan'.

Science - Vocal chord research:

To continue our learning about sound, we were set the challenge to research and create our own Power Point to explain how vocal chords work.

Art - Father's Day:

To show our Dads, and those important in our lives, how much we appreciate them, we made Father's day cards. Take a look at our designs...

Science - Exploring pitch:


We have continued to explore how pitch changes with different mediums. This week, we explored the sound that a jar makes when tapped. We decided that we could alter the pitch of this sound by adding water. After, we were set a challenge to try to recreate the tune of ‘Three Blind Mice’ using our three jars and varying amounts of water. We all worked well in our groups and were fantastic investigators.
English - Hotseating:

After reading some more chapters of Charlotte's Web, we considered the thoughts and feelings of the characters.  We wrote questions that we would like to ask and then 'interviewed' them. 

Science - Making panpipes:

Continuing our learning about sound in science, we learned about pitch and frequency.  We explored glockenspiels to find out out to change a pitch.  We then created panpipes to find out if the same pattern applied. 

Pop Art- Romero Britto:

We were learning about the Brazilian artist, Romero Britto.  He is known for his own style merging pop art style with cubism.  He used black, bold lines and bright colours.  We created our own pieces of art in the same style. 

SUMMER 1 HALF TERM THEME OVERVIEW:

“Window on the World” is a geography-based thematic unit with a focus on settlement and trade. Pupils will learn about physical features that make a location suitable for habitation, trade links and the interdependence between countries importing and exporting and will build on learning about biodiversity through a focus on captive breeding programmes.

READING:

In Summer 1, our 5 Reads books that we read in story time each day are:

The Last Wolf by Mini Grey | Greta and the Giants by Zoe Tucker | Little Turtle and the Sea by Becky Davies | Sonam And The Silence by Eddie Ayres | The Visible Sounds by Yin Jianling

Our class novel we are also reading in English lessons and Class Novel time is:

'My Name is River' by Emma Rea and our focus in English lessons is character-driven adventure stories. 

My Name Is River - Emma Rea

PHOTOS:

Amazing Events we have done in Summer 1:

Author Afternoon - Poetry!

Our focus for author day was poetry.  All children in lower key stage 2 (Years 3 and 4) were put into mixed groups and took part in different activities in the 4 classrooms.  In Miss Foster's room, we looked at nature poems in the book 'I am the seed that grew the treee?' compiled by Fiana Waters. We read poems for each day of the year. We focused on the poem 'What is Green?' by Mary O' Neill and then wrote our own nature poems based on a given colour. In Miss Manly's room we found out about the Victorian poet, Christina Rossetti.  We read her poem, Have You Seen the Wind? and then rehearsed it chorally.  We then made wind spinner which had the first stanza of the poem printed on. In Mrs Johnson room, we looked at the book 'Tiger Tiger Burning Bright' and explored animal poetry with syllable counts. In Mrs Clarkson's class, we created our own riddle poems in the style of kennings.

Coronation Lunch:

To celebrate the King's coronation, we had a special dinner with all our friends.

Eid Party!

We had so much fun celebrating Eid with our friends. We played lots of games and dancing as well as ate lots of yummy food!

Our learning:

Theme: Our theme unit is called 'Window on the World' where we look at human geography..

Look at some of our photos of the things we have done:

Sandpit:

We've had lots of fun playing with our friends in the sand pit whilst we've had such lovely, sunny weather.

Science - String Telephones:

After making string telephones, we thought about whether the volume would change depending on the length of the string. We worked in groups and had 3 string telephones, each with a different length string. We found out that the shorter the string, the louder the volume because the vibrations have less distance to travel. We worked so well in our groups and enjoyed using the dataloggers to record the volume heard.

Science - Creative Challenge:

As part of our homework and linking with our science unit of sound, we were asked to create our own musical instruments using items and home.  We had some amazing creations which all produced different sounds. it was clear to see that sound starts with vibrations.  Some of our instruments  could change pitch. Members of staff voted for the best creation and the winner won a special science box prize.  Everyone who took part received a smaller gift. 

PSHE - Debating:

We have been thinking about how we communicate our ideas and then discussed what a debate is.  We agreed that a debate is a way of communication our ideas whilst trying to persuade others.  We debated different  questions as a class and voted on whether we agreed, strongly agreed, disagreed or strongly disagreed with the question posed. This was followed by a discussion where we put forward our arguments for our chosen stance.

English - News Broadcast:

We worked in small groups to prepare a news item about our class novel, My Name is River.  In the book, children have uncovered a terrible secret project organised by one of the employees of an international company.  This is what our news report was based on. 

Science - Pattern seeking with rulers:

Our science unit is all about sound.  We observed what happened when a ruler is held at the edge of a desk and then 'twanged'. We changed the length of the ruler by having more of the ruler hanging over the edge of the table and recorded what we observed.  We repeated this with a wooden ruler to compare results with the plastic ruler.  We found out that, the shorter the ruler the higher the frequency which results in a higher pitch noise.  

Maths - Pounds and pence:

We have been learning about money in maths. To start with, we looked at each coin and note to learn their values as well as their similarities and differences. After, we started to look at making amounts to £1, £5 and then £10.

Science - Researching using secondary sources:

In our science lessons, we have been learning all about sound and how we hear.  We found out that sound starts with particles vibrating.  We used science text books to research how our ears work and how we hear sound. 

Science - Sound travelling through different states:

We have investigated how sound travels through different mediums including through the air (gas), water (liquid) and a metal fork with a string (solid). We explored how this changes the sound heard. Then, we created our own paper cup telephones to see how the sound travels down the string ready for another investigation next week.

English - Hotseating:

We have thought about our main characters and their motives in the story. We wrote super questions for the characters to find out more information. To finish our lesson, we put our characters in the hot seat to find out the answers to our questions.

Maths - Using counters to make decimal numbers:

We have been learning about decimal numbers and about how to compare and order them.  Some of us having been using counters and/or place value grids to help us with our understanding of value. 

Maths - Times tables:

Children in Year 4 our preparing and practising for  the Year 4 multiplication tables check which will begin in June. We have been playing lots of games, both as single players and with/against our friends.  

Commando Joe:

This half term we are continuing to work with Commando Joe to build up our resilience, team work and problem solving skills.

Science - Investigating Sound:

To start our new unit on sound, we explored a range of instruments and how they make sound as well as how to change the sounds they make. We learned that sound is made by vibrations of particles.

Art - Jack Kirby:

Last half term, during our animation theme, we researched the comic book artist Jack Kirby, This week, we have spent time looking at different painting techniques. Then, we created our own superheroes inspired by the works of Jack Kirby.

Art - Eid Cards:

This week, we spent time making cards to wish our families a happy Eid. Take a look at the beautiful, detailed designs on our moons...

Spring:

CURRICULUM LETTER:

Here is our Spring curriculum letter so you can see what we are learning about this term: 

Year 4 Curriculum Letters


SPELLINGS:

Here is our spellings for Spring 1 and 2. There are four groups for spellings and your child should know which group they are in. Spellings are tested each Friday with the dates shown on the sheet: 

Year 4 Spellings Spring

SPRING 2 HALF TERM THEME OVERVIEW:

“That’s All Folks!” is a thematic unit based around the history and development of animation and cartoons. It primarily takes in elements of history, art and computing / ICT and starts with learning about the beginnings of animation, looking at zoetropes and flip books, before moving on to the dawn of the Disney age. Then, the process of animation is explored further, with an opportunity for pupils to exchange their own design ideas and create their own animated films.

READING:

In Spring 2, our 5 Reads books that we read in story time each day are:

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore by William Joyce | Leon and the Place Between by Angela McAllister | Ocean Sky by The Fan Brothers | The Dragon Machine by Helen Ward | The Lost Homework by Richard O’Neil

Our class novels we are also reading in English lessons and Class Novel time is:

'Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the witch and the wardrobe' by C.S. Lewis and our focus in English lessons is stories set in imaginary worlds. 

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 2)

PHOTOS:

Amazing Events we have done in Spring 1:

Lindow Ensemble:

On Tuesday 28th March, we had visitors in school playing some wonderful music from all around the globe.  Four of our children were special judges who had to score each piece of music.  We all had a great time. 

Church - Easter Service:

On the 29th March, we went to church with our whole school for our Easter service. Each year group shared work related to the Easter story and we had lots of fun singing hymns.

Animation Workshop:

On Friday 24th March, we had lots of fun at our Animation workshop. An animator came to our school to show us how to make a stop motion animation. Firstly, we chose our background and planned out our storyboard in groups. Then, we each made our own clay figures for our animation. Finally,  we carefully placed and moved our clay figures and took pictures that all joined together to create our animation. We had lots of fun!

World Book Day 2023 (with PSHCE):

The whole school celebrated World Book Day 2023 with a theme of reading for pleasure.  Each class focussed on one of Tom Percival's 'Big Bright Feelings' books. Year 4 read 'Meesha Makes Friends' and then carried out a range of activities based on this book including roleplay, class discussion and making paper 'toys' which including instructions on how to make friends and make people feel welcome.  They all thoroughly enjoyed the book and could reflect on their own feelings. We also managed to spend some time in our beautiful school library and 'buddy up' with Reception class and read to the smaller children. 

Science Day 2023:

We had lots of fun being scientists on Science Day! In the morning, we explored the questions 'Do taller people have bigger feet?' where we started off by the children ordering themselves by height.  We then split into groups (ensuring a range of heights were in each group) and then the children measured and recorded their results. In the afternoon, we completed some experiments to look at liquid density. The children poured different liquids into a measuring cylinder and then observed what happened.  The different liquids created layers due to the different densities.  Different small objects were then placed into the cylinders and the children were surprised to find out that they settled in different places too, again due to density. The children recorded their observations in their books. The children showed fantastic observation skills!

Great British Spring Clean!

As part of the Great Big School Clean 2023, we went out in our local area. We were disappointed by how much litter we found but we worked hard to help tidy it up.

Our learning:

Theme: Our theme unit is called 'That's All Folks' where we look at the history of animation.

Look at some of our photos of the things we have done:

PE - Rugby:

This half term, in P.E, we have been learning all about the skills in tag rugby. We have learned how to pass the ball, how to intercept and tackle as well as how to score. To end our half term, we used all our skills in a full game of tag rugby.

Art - Easter cards:

We have spent time this week making some beautiful cards to wish our families a 'hoppy' Easter!

Science - Making and testing toothpaste:

We have been learning about how to keep our teeth healthy.  Previously, we had tested the effectiveness of different toothpastes. We followed recipes to make our own toothpastes and then tested them in the same way to find out how effective each one was. 

Art - Mothers' Day cards:

For Mothers' Day, we made cards to show how much we appreciate all that our mothers and carers do for us. We really enjoyed making them so we hope you love our cards too!

History & Art - Animation:

We have been learning about early types of animation.  We started by making flipbooks and then learned about other Victorian animation such as thaumatropes, phenakistoscopes and zoetropes.  Each 'toy' had some similarities and differences.  Each did involve having different 'frames' and tricking the eye (optical illusions).  We learned a new phrase. 'persistence of vision'. Take a look at how we got on...

History & Art - Flipbooks:

We had to take lots of care with our flipbooks so that each picture was only slightly different. Once we'd created our pictures, we stapled them together in the correct order. When we flip them, the pictures 'move' together and create an animation.

History & Art - Thaumatropes:

Next, we made thaumatropes which we found were a lot quicker to make as it only included two images. We found the 'persistence of vision' creates a very interesting trick that makes the two images join together.

History & Art - Zoetropes & Phenakistoscopes:

Lastly, we made two more versions of early animation. We had to work carefully and kindly in our groups to follow the instructions as these types were a little trickier to build. We had lots of fun!

PSHCE - Collaboration:

In PSHCE, we have been developing our understanding of collaboration and what makes a good team. We realised that sometimes working with our friends isn't always the best option as it depends on the task we have been set and the skills we need. We learned about the importance of listening to each other. We created a list of rules and then we worked with children we wouldn't usually to learn new things about the children in our class.

SPRING 1 HALF TERM THEME OVERVIEW:

In Spring 1, we start by continuing our Autumn 2 theme 'Come Fly with Me! Africa'. This is a thematic unit based around the continent of Africa, with a key focus on geography and history. Pupils will be learning about the location of Africa and identifying its largest countries. Alongside this geography element, they will study the Benin era. They will also learn about African culture, in particular typical African food and folk tales.

In Autumn 2, our second theme is called 'Saxon King: Harold Godwinson'. This is a competency-based thematic unit with a history focus, telling the inspirational story of Harold Godwinson. He is famous for being the last Anglo-Saxon king of England, ruling as a talented leader in peace and war. Pupils will learn, through his life story, all about his achievements and what makes him such an important historical figure.

READING:

In Spring 1, our 5 Reads books that we read in story time each day are:

Arthur and the Golden Rope by Joe Todd Stanton | Lao Lao of Dragon Mountain by Margaret Bateson-Hill | No Dinner! By Jessica Souhami |

Chandra’s Magic Light by Theresa Heine | The Flower by John Light

Our class novels we are also reading in English lessons and Class Novel time are:

The Firework Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman

The Firework-Maker's Daughter : Pullman, Philip, Bailey, Peter, Bailey,  Peter: Amazon.co.uk: Books

PHOTOS:

Amazing Events we have done in Spring 1:

The Anderton Centre (again!):

After our first - very rainy! - visit to the Anderton Centre, we were so excited to return and join in with the activities we missed out on the first time around. We showed super team work skills during our crate stacking as well as team games. It was lots of fun and, thankfully, a lot sunnier too.

NSPCC - Number Day 2023:

To help raise money for the charity, NSPCC, children in school dressed up as rock stars and made a donation.  During the day, children were involved a range of maths activities.  Y4 logged onto TTRockstars and earned some points - practise in preparation for the Year 4 multiplication check coming up later in the year. 

Our learning:

Theme: Our first theme unit continues from Autumn 2 with 'Come Fly with Me! Africa' where we look at the continent of Africa and learn all about the history, geography and culture of this continent.

Our Second theme unit is 'Saxon King: Harold Godwinson' where we explore the life of Harold Godwinson who was the last Anglo-Saxon king. We will be looking at his life story, his achievements and his importance as a historical figure.

Look at some of our photos of the things we have done:

Music - Clapping the beat:

This week in music, we learned a version of 'The Grand Old Duke of York' to suit Harold Godwinson's journey to his battles. After, we looked at clapping out the beat and following the musical notes on the board. As a final challenge, we create our own small tunes using crochets and quavers in groups.

Science - What affects our teeth?

We have been learning about our teeth and how to keep them healthy.  We talked about the impact different drinks have our our teeth.  We carried out an enquiry to find out the impact of different liquids.  We used eggs as the shells of eggs are made of a similar substance to tooth enamel.  

PSHCE - Mental Health Week 2023:

To recognise 'Children's Mental Health Week' children across school took part in different activities with a theme of 'connections'. In Year 4, children played a game of connections bingo.  To play the game, children were given a bingo card and had to complete it by finding someone who fit a certain criteria.  For example, 'find someone who has a sister' or 'find someone how can play an instrument.' We linked the activity with out physical health and played the game during our PE session.  Children took part in a fitness session and, when the whistle blew, they had to make their way to a new station to find someone to help complete their 'bingo card'.  To make it a little bit more challenging and to encourage the children to talk to others outside of their friendship group, the teachers set extra rules.  Children could only find someone from the opposite Year 4 class and each child had to have a mixture of boys and girls on their card.  This did take some of the children a little out of their comfort zone but were surprised to learn some facts about their peers. 

Computing - Safer Internet Day 2023:

It was Internet Safety Day on Tuesday 7th February.  Children talked about and explain what internet safety actually means and looked at different ways to stay safe on line.  Some children shared some of their own experiences of people being quite mean online.  After the discussion, they completed a Venn diagram thinking about if certain activities online were positive, negative or a bit of both. 

Science - How Muscles Work:

Today, we looked at how our muscles move in our arms. We created our own model arms and labelled on the bones and muscles involved.

History - Harold Godwinson:

We have looked further into Harold Godwinson’s life including his powerful family and the control they had over different parts of the country. We worked in groups using iPads for our research and created a poster to display the key facts we had learnt.

Geography - African Climates:

We have researched different foods grown in Africa and plotted them on a climate map. We found out that where the food grows depends on the climate of the area.

PE - Dance:

In PE this half term, we are looking at movement and dance. So far we have looked at different ways we can move our bodies to represent aspects of nature including rivers, lakes and raindrops.

Art - African Dance Masks:

In ART, we have looked at African dance masks and why they are important. Then, we used 3D form and paper mache to create our own African masks using bright colours, feathers and beads to decorate.

Science - The Digestive System:

We carried out a practical experiment to show digestion. After, we looked at what each part of the body was represented as in our experiment. Then, we spoke about the importance of each body part involved in the digestive system. We had lots of fun, even though some of us found it very disgusting!

English - Performance Poetry:


This week in English, we have been looking at the poem ‘Walking With My Iguana’ by Brian Moses. On Monday, we looked at good performance techniques and then worked in small groups to create our own performance of this poem. After this, we created our own versions of this poem with an African animal. To end our week, we recapped the important features of performance poetry and looked at how we can further improve our performance with musical instruments. We looked at the 7 elements of music to explore in our performance. Then, we looked at a range of instruments and chose ones we thought was most suitable for our African animal. We had lots of fun!

Autumn:

AUTUMN 2 HALF TERM THEME OVERVIEW:

In Autumn 2, our first theme is called 'Rocky the Findosaur'. This is a thematic unit based on a thematic unit based around rocks and fossils, with a key focus on science. It teaches about different types of rocks as well as solids, liquids and gases.

In Autumn 2, our second theme is called 'Come Fly with Me! Africa'. This is a thematic unit based around the continent of Africa, with a key focus on geography and history. Pupils will be learning about the location of Africa and identifying its largest countries. Alongside this geography element, they will study the Benin era. They will also learn about African culture, in particular typical African food and folk tales.


READING:

In Autumn 2, our 5 Reads books that we read in story time each day are:

Last by Nichola Davies | Anansi and the Golden Pot by Taiye Selasi | Lila and the Secret of the Rain by David Conway |

Cinderella of the Nile by Beverley Naidoo | The Lost Words by Robert MacFarlane

Last: by Nicola Davies : Davies, Nicola: Amazon.co.uk: BooksAnansi and the Golden Pot by Taiye Selasi, Tinuke Fagborun | WaterstonesLila and the Secret of Rain: Conway, David, Daly, Jude: 9781847800350:  Amazon.com: BooksCinderella of the Nile (One Story, Many Voices) : Naidoo, Beverley,  Vafaeian, Marjan: Amazon.co.uk: BooksThe Lost Words: Rediscover our natural world with this spellbinding book :  Macfarlane, Robert, Morris, Jackie: Amazon.co.uk: Books

Our class novels we are also reading in English lessons and Class Novel time are:

Children of the Benin Kingdom by Dinah Orji | The Story Thief by Andrew Fusek Peters

Children of the Benin Kingdom : Dinah Orji, Sonya McGilchrist:  Amazon.co.uk: BooksThe Story Thief (White Wolves: Stories from Different Cultures) eBook :  Peters, Andrew Fusek: Amazon.co.uk: Books


PHOTOS:

Amazing Events we have done in Autumn 2:

On Tuesday 20th December it was Christmas party day:

 

Om Monday 21st December we went to watch A Christmas Carol at The Octagon:

Christmas Fair 2022:

On Thursday 8th December it was our Christmas Fair. We had a wonderful time playing games and meeting Father Christmas.

The Mayor's Christmas Concert:

On Friday 2nd December we wore our Christmas jumpers to raise money for Save the Children then we went to the Victoria Halls to the Mayor's Christmas Concert where we listened to and sang Christmas songs with an orchestra and a choir. It was amazing!

Church Visit - Advent:

On Wednesday 30th November we went to church to celebrate the start of Advent.

Parent/Carer Reading Afternoon:

We are so happy to finally welcome parents/carers to our beautiful, new library after such a strange few years. It was a fantastic turn out and we are so grateful to everyone who came. We cannot wait to do it all again in the Spring term.

Rocks and Fossils Workshop:

On Thursday 24th November, Year 4 were very lucky to have some special visitors who came to deliver a workshop about rocks and fossils.  Children were able to look at and talk about different kinds of fossils.  They were able to see them through an onscreen microscope.  They also were able to explore different kinds of rocks and group them according to different properties.  It was a great way to reinforce their learning in our theme, "Rocky the Findosaur". 

Author Afternoon - Autumn 2022:

On Friday 18th November it was author afternoon.

Years 3 and 4 had a lovely time going into different classrooms

looking at and doing different activities about 4 non-fiction books:

Maths Week - Times Table Competition:

England Rocks

As part of Maths Week we participated in a KS2 competition on Monday 14th November to Wednesday 16th November.

Unfortunately, we were not the winning class.

 

Our learning:

Theme: Our first theme unit in Autumn 2 is 'Rocky the Findosaur' which we started in the last week of Autumn 1. In this unit we look at rocks and fossils.

Our second theme unit is 'Come Fly with Me! Africa' where we look at the continent of Africa and learn all about the history, geography and culture of this continent.

 

Look at some of our photos of the things we have done:

RE - Making Christingles:

We learned all about Christingles and what they represent in Christianity. Then, we created our own Christingle using an orange, candle, dried fruit, sweets and ribbon.

Art - Hanukkah & Making Dreidels:

In RE this week, we have been learning about the Jewish festival Hanukkah. After, we created our own dreidels and played the game in groups.

English - Benin Kingdom Non-Chronological reports:

After finishing our class novel, we spent time recapping the features of non-chronological reports from last half term. Then, we spent some time using non-fiction books to deepen our learning on the Benin Kingdom. Once we'd researched and planned, we wrote a double page spread non-chronological report. All the children worked so hard on their writing and improving their presentation.

Class Novel - Book talk:

Today, we finishing reading our class novel, Children of the Benin Kingdom by Dinah Orji. After we had finished reading, we discussed what we liked and disliked about the story as well as made connections to other stories we have read. Finally, we thought about anything we were still wondering about the book and discussed the questions we still had as a class.

Science - Classification Keys:

We have looked at a range of African animals and thought about their similarities and differences. We thought about their animal classes, habitats, diets as well as more specific features of their physical appearance. Then, we worked in groups to create our own classification chart of African animals.

Art - African Collages:

Our current theme in Year 4 is 'Come Fly With Me - Africa'.  We decided to base our collages on African line art.  We used red and orange to create a sunset with a yellow sun, different shades of green to create hills, cotton to create a dress, card for a face, felt tips for ams and legs and binka for a fruit basket.

Research - African Countries with the 'Big 5':

We have been learning about the 'Big 5' animals in Africa and which countries have all 5 of the animals. After, we researched some of these countries to learn their capital cities and population as well as some interesting facts to continue to deepen our understanding of the continent of Africa.

Practical Maths - Finding the Perimeter:

Year 4 children have been working on measure and perimeter.  We worked out the missing edges using sticks to help us. Take a look at our fantastic problem solving skills in the pictures.

Art - Christmas Card Craft:

This week, we have started thinking about the Christmas festivities by making cards for the elderly in our community. We hope they love them as much as we loved making them!

Geography - African Countries:

To continue our theme work on Africa, we have been spending time learning the countries of Africa. This week, we chose a country of interest to us and researched this country to find out more. We presented our findings on the country - including their customs and culture - to the rest of the class.

PE - Invasion Games:

This half term, in PE, we are looking at different invasion games and developing skills for these games. So far, we have practised our dribbling and catching skills for different invasion games using a range of balls.

Science - Investigating Melting Points:

 

We tested to see which material (out of butter, chocolate and ice)  would melt the fastest using a tea light.  Most of us predicted that the ice would melt first but were surprised to find it was the butter.  We also left a sample of each on the window sill and it was the ice which melted first.
Science - Changing Freezing Points:

We had lots of fun learning about how the melting, freezing and boiling points change with different materials. We worked well in our group and created some delicious orange slushies by lowering the freezing point of ice with salt.

Science - Investigating the Water Cycle:

Today, we have learned about the water cycle. Then, we set up an experiment to demonstrate the water cycle.  We used zip lock bags and drew the water cycle on them.  After, we poured in warm water and closed the bag. We will observe them over the next few days to see the cycle of how water changes through evaporation, condensation, precipitation and collection.

Research - Changing States of Matter:

We researched how and why water changes its state from ice to water to vapour. We created a power point to show our findings.

Science - Learning the 3 States of Matter:

We learned the three states of matter - solids, liquids and gases. We acted as each as a representation of the particles in each state of matter. Then, we grouped different objects into solids, liquids and gases.

Science - Investigating Soil Permeability:

We learned about what soil is made from. Then, we compared the permeability of two different soils - chalk and sand - and recorded our findings. We all worked well in our groups and showed some fantastic scientific investigation skills.

English - Exploring Poetry Forms:

We looked at three forms of poetry; haikus, tankas and cinquains. We learned all about their syllable structure and then had a go at grouping some unknown poems into the correct poetry type. After, we performed our favourite poem in our pairs or threes using expression and actions.

Science - Different Rock Properties:

We investigated different sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks to compare their hardness permeability and acidity. We recorded our results in a table in our books.

Science - How Rocks are Formed:

Today, we learned the three different types of rocks and how they are formed. Then, we worked in groups to model how the different rocks are formed using starburst sweets.

AUTUMN 1 HALF TERM THEME OVERVIEW:

In Autumn 1 our theme is called 'Athens vs Sparta'. This is a thematic unit based on Ancient Greece, with a key focus on history. Learning is centred on how the Greeks used to live, including the key aspect of mythology, especially highlighting the conflicts that characterised Ancient Greece.

PHOTOS:

Amazing Events we have done in Autumn 1:

Greek Workshop - Athens VS Sparta:

As part of our theme learning this half term, we had a fantastic Greek day where we met a woman from Athens and a man from Sparta who taught us all about the daily lives in these places of Ancient Greece. We got to join in with lots of acting, looking at artefacts, playing games, creating clay coins and lots more. To finish our day, we had a vote to see whether we'd rather live in Athens or Sparta. Take a look at all the exciting things we got up to...

Anderton Centre:

Year 4F went on a trip to the Anderton Centre and took part in lots of different activities which all involved team building including a very wet and windy trip across the reservoir on paddle boards! Despite all the rain, the children all had a fantastic day.

Music Concert:

We watched a fabulous music concert by some music teachers...

 

Rivington Pike:

On the 16th September, we had a fantastic walk all the way up Rivington Pike. We had lots of fun in the lovely weather. Take a look at our pictures below...

National Poetry Day 2022:

For National Poetry Day this year, we looked at a poem called I Shall Protect The Forests by Lenore Hetrick. We chose this poem to fit in with this year's theme of the environment. We read the poem and discussed the importance of its themes. Then, we practised performing it aloud as a whole class thinking about our expression, rhythm and volume. Later, we performed it to our whole school. 

Our learning:

 

Our theme unit in Autumn 1 is called Athens vs Sparta. In this unit we have a look at how the Ancient Greeks used to live, including the key aspect of mythology, especially highlighting the conflicts that characterised Ancient Greece. We are learning about forces with floating and sinking in science. We are learning about e-safety in computing. We are doing gymnastics in PE. We are learning about the importance of David in the psalms in RE. In English we are reading lots of different myths and legends from Ancient Greece as well as writing our own. In maths we are learning about place value, addition and subtraction and multiplication and division. We are developing our independence and resilience with Commando Joe.

Look at some of the things we have done:

Science - Observation over time:

This week in science, we have been developing our observation skills. Firstly, we poured out our liquids; lemonade and water and made careful comparisons. Then, we predicted what would happen when we added raisins - would they sink or float? In the lemonade, we had some interesting findings of a cycle of floating and sinking. Using our careful observations, we found out that the air bubbles help the raisins rise up and float. After they reach the surface, the air bubbles pop and the raisins sink back down.

Art and Design - Greek Pots:

In history, we have been learning all about Ancient Greece and we used ancient artefacts (including vases) to help us learn about their daily lives. Then, we designed our own Greek pots and, finally, we had a go at making a traditional Greek pot using a coil technique. We learned how to slip and score the clay to help it form a strong and solid foundation. We were all very proud of our designs and final products.

Science - Liquid Resistance:

Following on from our learning about floating, sinking, density, water resistance and water displacement, we were left wondering if different liquids would have the same resistance as water if an object was dropped.  We tested different liquids: washing up liquid, bubble bath, cooking oil and water.  We timed how long it took for a ball of plasticine to sink to the bottom of a measuring cylinder.  We made sure that the amount of liquid, the size of the cylinders the same.  The liquid with the highest resistance was the bubble bath.  We decided that this was because it was much thicker than the others.

PE - Gymnastics:

This half term in PE we have been doing gymnastics. This week, we continued to look at jumps as well as balances. We thought about what body parts we can balance on and created different 1, 2, 3 and 4 point balances.

The Persian Wars:

In History this week, we have been looking at key battles in the the wars between the Persians and the Greeks. We worked in groups to research key facts on a specific battle and presented our findings to the class. Then, we created a timeline of events from the earliest to the latest battle.

More Commando Joe!

We are having so much fun with Commando Joe this half term. Here is some more pictures from the 'missions' we have completed. This week we had to work as a team to break down a huge 'ice berg'! Then, as we were so super speedy, we had time for some team games too.

Science - Floating:

 

We explored floating and sinking using a plasticine ball. We completed a set of challenges to explore what affects an object’s ability to float. Firstly, we used timers to see how long it takes for the plasticine to sink. Then, we thought about how we could slow down the time it takes to sink. Afterwards, we worked as a team to explore how we could change the plasticine’s shape to make it float.

Geography - Ancient Greece Empire:

 

We learned all about the Ancient Greek Empire and how it was organised into different city states with their own rules and leaders. Then, we worked in groups to recreate a map of Ancient Greece. At first, we tried to create it with no help whatsoever and then we slowly received some clues of the locations and positions of each city state in relation to each other.

PSHCE - Conflict and resolution:

 

We have learned about what conflict means and then reflected upon recent times we have been involved in a conflict. We thought about how these situations started and the outcome. Afterwards, we re-enacted the scenarios and thought about creating a better outcome so that the conflict could be avoided. We worked well in our groups and showed good reflection skills on our own conflicts and the situations in our life.

Science - Water displacement:

 

We read the story 'Mr. Archimedes Bath' and thought about what happens to the water when we go in the bath! Then, we investigated three different sizes rocks to see how they affect the water too. We found out that the bigger the rock, the more water is displaced.

Commando Joe:

 

This half term, we are building up our resilience and team work skills with Commando Joe. This week, we had to work in pairs to get across the 'choppy sea' (the skipping rope!) without it touching us. We showed such determination and also cheered on all the other teams with kindness. 

English - Drama:

We have been learning about Greek myths and legends in our English lessons.  We read the myth 'Theseus and the Minotaur and discussed the message of the story.  We then worked in groups to act out different sections.

 

Maths - Place Value:

Our first unit in maths is place value.  In our first lessons, we have been revising the value of digits in a number and represented numbers in different ways.  We have used counters, part-whole models, place value grids and arrow cards.  

 

Science - Floating and Sinking:

In our science lesson today, we have been learning about the five types of scientific enquiry.  We reflected on our previous lessons in forces and then thought about water resistance, density and buoyancy. We tested objects to see which float and sink and thought about the materials that each object was made of.  We found out that, if an orange has skin on, it will float.  However, if the skin is removed, it will sink. 

 

Art - The Dot... 'Making our Mark!':

We read a beautiful book called The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds that is all about a little girl who doesn't believe she can draw so instead she draws a 'dot'. We discussed how we can do anything we put our mind to and made lots of beautiful dots to show us making our own mark. Take a look at some of our work below...

PSHCE- Our Class Charter:

To start the year, we thought about how we wanted our classroom to be and how we wanted to feel in our classroom. We thought about our rights in the classroom, including our right to feel safe and have a good education. Then, we thought about all our responsibilities so that everyone can get their rights in our classroom. We signed a coin on our Class Charter rainbow to show we agree to the responsibilities.

 

 

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