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2023/24 Our Learning

Summer 1 Week 1

What a fabulous start to the summer term (apart from the weather!) we have had in Year 4. We have started our new topic of Historical Heroes. In Maths, we have been introduced to decimals and Mrs Bullen and Mrs Sullivan have been blown away by how well we have understood this new learning. We found out that decimals show us parts of whole ones just like fractions. We learnt about the decimal point and the tenths column and how to write number with whole ones and tenths. We also put decimal numbers onto a number line and divided single digit numbers by 10. In English, we started our new novel Secrets of a Sun King. It has a very mysterious start and we have been making predictions of what could be in a parcel that was sent to one of the characters. We have also been doing some letter writing between the characters using our predictions and we produced some fantastic writing.  In History, we built on our learning about the stone age from Year 3 and thought about what things a civilisation needs in order to be successful and we made posters. We are going to be thinking about an ancient civilisation and so we thought about what the word ancietn means and where it would be on a timeline. In English with Mrs Scholes, we finished writing our non-chronological reports about the Romans. We added features such as a heading, an introduction, a glossary and pictures. In Maths, we continued our learning about perimeter by finding the missing lengths on rectilinear shapes. We started our new Science topic about teeth and digestion by learning about the basic parts of the human digestive system. We played a game where we had to work in a group to draw a simple picture of the digestive system...but we were only allowed to look at the picture we had to copy for a few minutes before we had to try to replicate it! We were all pleasantly surprised by the outcomes. We had some great discussion about the new topic and we were amazed by how long our intestines are! Our new R.E. unit is about the Church. We began by learning that the Church is not a building - it is the people. We looked at the features of the Church that Peter and the other disciples 'built' after Jesus left and we realised that the Church is still very similar now; people still gather together to do things such as learn about Jesus, pray and spend time together and try to help others. In Computing, we looked at different ways that digital images can be edited and looked at some examples. We had some technical issues when we came to have a go at cropping and rotating an image, so we will have another go next week now they have been resolved. Our DT topic this half term is slingshot chariots. We looked a simple chassis design for a car and thought about how we could adapt it to be for a chariot. In PE on Monday, we did some gymnastics and thought about the vocabulary accelerate and decelerate and what it means. We also discussed when we might need to accelerate or decelerate in gymnastics. We practiced accelerating and decelerating. In our other PE session, we thought about different athletics events before focusing on jumping. We looked at the flight part of the long jump and tried to improve our jumping technique. In PSHE we did an online safety lesson, where we looked at copyright. We found out what copyright is and how it protects creators. We looked at a scenario where copyright had been broken and thought about what we should do. In French, we started our new topic L'Argent de Poche which is all about pocket money. We discussed our own experiences of pocket money and how we like to spend it. We watched a video of a French child earning some pocket money so that he could buy a toy he wanted and picked out some familiar vocabulary.  

Spring 2 Week 6

We have had a fantastic end to the half term in Year 4 with lots of exciting activities.  To finish our History topic about the Romans, we thought about the reasons why the Romans left Britain and their rule ended. We also had a battle re-enactment using shields that we made as part of our home learning (which everyone did an amazing job of). We made some of the different army formations and tried to march keeping in position. On Thursday, we went on a trip to Ribchester Roman Museum. We did a workshop with Patrick the curator where we learnt about Ribchester being a Roman Fort for mounted soldiers and what it was like there in Roman times. We were able to look at and handle some authentic Roman artefacts that had been found by archaeologists and also some replica items. We went out to look at the ruins of the granary (food storage) buildings. Additionally, we were able to try on some of the different armours, helmets and hold some weapons. We finished the visit by completing a trail around the museum to find the answers to some questions. We got back from our trip just in time to have our gymnastics session with Miss Winward. Because it was our last week, we did some races that tested our core strength, speed, balance and teamwork. Also this week, we had spirituality day where we learnt about different days of Holy Week and their significance to Christians. We had different adults come to do different activities with us for each of the days. We completed our Science unit on sound by carrying out another investigation. We were testing different materials to see which is the best insulator (a material or object that does not easily allow heat, electricity, light or sound to pass through it) by measuring the loudness of a sound source when it was covered in each material (in decibels). We found that rubber was the best insulator out of the materials we tested. In our R.E. learning, we finished our Easter unit on trust and betrayal by thinking about what World Faiths say about forgiveness. We were surprised that the faiths can be so different to each other but they all said the same thing about forgiveness...we should forgive people because God forgives us! In English with Mrs Scholes, we started writing our non-chronological report about the Romans, using the notes we made from our research last week. We used the features of a non-chronological report, including a heading, subheadings, paragraphs, a glossary and a text box. We loved our behaviour treat for this half term. We enjoyed a bouncy castle assault course, spending our time racing each other and finding different ways to come down the slide! Watch our experience here. We enjoyed making Easter cards for our families using the chalk pastels to blend and create different shades.  

Spring 2 Week 5

This week in Maths, we have finished our unit on fractions. We finished with subtracting fractions from whole numbers and also from mixed numbers. We had to use our understanding of converting to improper fractions to help. In English, we have been writing our version of Rumaysa with our innovated character; our villain. We have been focusing on included adverbial sentence starters and description of our evil character. In History, we looked at Hadrian’s wall and some of the reasons why it was built by the Romans. We also thought about what it would have been like to be a Celt or a Roman soldier  whilst the wall was being built, thinking about the sources of evidence that we have that tell us about it. We looked at some Vindolanda tablets that Historians have excavated and what messages the Romans wrote on them. We were surprised to see that they included invitations to birthday parties, shopping lists and military notes. This week, we took part in a circuit session with the Great British cyclist Milly Tanner. It was hard work! We then enjoyed an assembly with Milly where she told us about herself and her sport, reminded us about staying healthy both physically and mentally and answered lots of our questions. In our English learning with Mrs Scholes, we used the questions we had generated in last week's lesson to carry out research about the Romans. We mainly used the internet but we also enjoyed using the features of the information books to find the answers we needed. Our R.E. learning about the trust and betrayal in the Easter story centred around why Christians can trust Jesus. We gathered lots of words that represent the trust we can have in Jesus and we used them to create a piece of art. In Science, we planned another investigation relating to our Sound unit. We are going to see which material is a good insulator for sound by wrapping the sound source in different materials and measuring the loudness of the sound in decibels (dB).In PSHE we looked at behaviours that make us happy and behaviours that make us sad and we discussed why. We then looked at the role of the bystander in times when people are being made to feel sad and how we can be active and do something about it. On Thursday, we had our outdoor learning session for this half term. We started with a group challenge to use natural materials to create an Easter bonnet. After that we recapped our Science learning about sound and how sounds are made. We then formed some forest bands, where we had to make instruments to play from the natural materials around us. Each band then performed a piece of music with their instruments, some groups even composed their own pieces of music. In Music, we watched some sections of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty ballet and thought about how the music helped us to understand what was happening in the story and also to build the tension and drama. In gymnastics we continued to work on the three core elements of strength, flexibility and balance. We recapped jumping onto the vault and being able to dismount it and the started to think about how we could jump over the vault completely in one action. On Friday, we had a visit from the author Simon Hunt. He read his book Billy the Bottom Burping Pirate to us, which was really funny. He then shared with us the inspiration for him becoming a writer as well as some of how the writing process worked. In French, we recapped everything we have learnt in our healthy living topic since January. We were able to remember lots of things from our topic and then we played a game to help us remember them. In Art, we looked at creating still life compositions from classroom objects we worked together to try out different arrangements. Then we sketched them thinking about the sizes and shapes of the objects. 

Spring 2 Week 4

It has been another busy week in school and Year 4 have been working hard! In English, we have really enjoyed creating a new character to use in our own writing next week. Our character is the villain of the story, so we have been drawing on our knowledge of villains we already know from books and films to help us make our character as evil as possible. We have created Top Trumps cards about them and written a description of them. In our Maths learning this week, we have been adding and subtracting fractions from other fractions and also from mixed numbers. In History, we looked at how the Celts fought back against the Romans led by the Celtic Queen Boudicca. We discussed the reasons why they fought back and what happened when they did. We used our skills from English to then create a Top Trumps card about Boudicca. As part of British Science Week and our Sound learning, we carried out an investigation to see what happened to the loudness of a sound as we moved further away from the sound source. We used the data logger to record the decibels (dB) and then recorded our measurements in a table. We then presented the data as a line graph. We found that our predictions were correct; we thought that the sound would get quieter as we moved away from it and when we carried out our investigation, the number of decibels decreased as we moved away from the sound source. We had one measurement that didn't fit in with the others so we had the opportunity to discuss the data and whether it was reliable or not. In our English learning with Mrs Scholes, we used the non-fiction texts about the Romans to choose subheadings for our non-chronological report. We then generated questions for our research next week. We continued our learning about perimeter in our Maths lesson with Mrs Scholes. We used the properties of rectangles to calculate their perimeter or find the length of a missing side if we already knew the perimeter. In PSHE, we thought about how the media can influence our opinions and actions. We looked at a newspaper article that had been written in two different ways and how the language used affected our opinions. On Thursday in gymnastics, we did some conditioning training to get our bodies active and really warmed up before doing some more flexibility exercises. In our Music lesson, we listened to Tchaikovsky's waltz from Sleeping Beauty. we discussed how a waltz is a piece of music that has 3 beats in a bar and is often written for people to dance to. We then went back to the song Frere Jacques and learnt to sing it in a round.  In Art, we investigated a range of different painting techniques to create different effects. we tried dabbing, stippling, pointillism, creating washes and uses sponges to create texture. Our French learning this week, needed us to be detectives and use some 'sideways thinking' to try and decipher the vocabulary of some different leisure activities that we hadn't seen before. We needed to draw on previous learning and identifying parts of words that we already knew. 

Spring 2 Week 3

This week was World Book Day and to celebrate we came to school dressed as our favourite book character or as a word. It was wonderful to see the children in all their different costumes. We took part in a virtual author visit with the author of the Invest-GATORS books; John Patrick Green. He spoke to us about the style of books he creates and taught us how to draw one of the characters. for World Book Day, we also read The Pirates Next Door. We thought about some of the different characters in the story and then created a character profile for Jim Lad. In Maths, we looked at converting improper fractions into mixed numbers and then we moved onto identifying equivalent fractions. We used number lines and fraction walls to help us identify the equivalent fractions. In History, we looked at how the Romans were able to defeat the Celts when they came over in 43AD. We looked at the weapons and armour that both sides had and also at how organised the Roman army were. We used a written source from a Roman called Tacticus that described one of the battles to help us understand the differences between the two sides. In Computing, we looked at the data logger and what things it measured. We took some readings in the classroom. We also had a go at being data loggers and recording some information, we realised it was quite challenging to record information over time and understood why we use data loggers to do that instead of humans. This week in our Science learning, we planned an investigation to find out what happens to the loudness of a sound as you move away from the sound source. We are fairly confident that we know what will happen, but we are going to use a data logger to measure the sound levels and see if our predictions are correct! Our Easter R.E. learning focused on Peter's betrayal and how significant it was to God's Big Story. If Peter hadn't denied that he knew Jesus, he may not have been around to establish the church and continue to tell people the good news about Jesus. In English with Mrs Scholes, we practised using our skimming and scanning reading skills to work as a team to locate information in a text.  In PSHE we thought about what our rights are. We discussed what the United Nations is, what they aim to do and how they have created rights for children. We looked at some statements and decided if we thought they were rights or just things we would like. In Music, we listened to some of Tchaikovsky's most famous pieces of music from Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. We were surprised that we recognised some of them and we discussed what they reminded us of and how they made us feel. We then listened to a jazz version of Frere Jacques and learnt to sing it. For our Gymnastics session, we focused on flexibility; we recapped some bridges from last week and also did some flexibility exercises. We then learnt how to do a headstand. In French, we recapped the days of the week and thought about verbs that are used in commands. We also started to predict the vocabulary for different ball games. 

Spring 2 Week 2

This week, we have read some more of our story Rumaysa in our English lessons and have explored the two main character's of Rumaysa and Cordelia (the witch). We were a bit shocked at how evil Cordelia was. We wrote diary entries about one of the chapters from both Rumaysa and Cordelia's points of view. In Maths, we continued to build our understanding of fractions. We have focused on mixed numbers and improper fractions, showing them on a number line and converting improper fractions to mixed numbers. In History, we looked at the reasons why the Roman's wanted to come to Britain using a written account from Strabo, a Roman general, as a historical source of evidence. In our Science learning, we investigated pitch (how high or low a sound is) using the musical instruments. We discovered that we could change the pitch of a glockenspiel by changing the size of the bars. To change the pitch of a ukulele, we could pluck a thinner string or we could make the string shorter. In our R.E. lesson, we looked at trust and betrayal related to the Easter story. We focused on Judas betraying Jesus and how crucial that was to the outcome of the story. If Jesus hadn't been betrayed and put to death, God's Big Story would have been incomplete. We continued to look at non-chronological reports in our English learning with Mrs Scholes, and we practised retrieving information from the text. We wrote a multiple choice quiz using the information that we found! In Maths with Mrs Scholes, we converted units of measurement. We found equivalent measurements in metres and kilometres. In PSHE we continued our work around the duties of people who help us such as doctors, police and firefighters and thought about how we could help them to help us. In Music, we found out some interesting facts about the composer Tchaikovsky. Then we revisited the song Let Your Spirit Fly and learnt to play part of it on the glockenspiels. In French, we recapped the days of the week in sequence, but then we completed lots of puzzles to help us remember them out of sequence. In our Art lesson, we thought about how we can use shades and tints to make object appear to be 3D. We used a grid template to paint a cup using gradual tints and shades to show the dark and light parts of the object. 

Spring 2 Week 1

Year 4 have come back to school after half term and thrown themselves into our new topic of Treasured Tales. In English, we looked at the traditional fairy tales of Rapunzel and Rumpelstiltskin and thought about the characteristics of fairy tales. We then started reading our text, Rumaysa. We have read the first chapter and have identified some similarities between Rumaysa and Rapunzel and Rumpelstiltskin. We also looked at the characters and how they would have felt throughout the events of first chapter. We then concentrated on the dialogue and did some role play of what the characters might have said to each other before writing it down using the correct speech punctuation. In Maths, we moved onto our unit about fractions. We started off by making sure we all knew what fractions are, what they show and what the numerator and denominator are. We then looked at fractions that make a whole and counting in fractions to go beyond a whole one. We discussed what improper fractions and mixed numbers are and how to write them. In History, we explored some artefacts. We thought about what they were made of, what we thought they would be used for and who might have used them. In our English learning with Mrs Scholes, we started the non-fiction part of our Traditional Tales topic which will link to our History learning on the Romans. We have looked at different text types, with a focus on non-chronological reports. We used our skimming and scanning reading skills to locate information about rich Roman women! In the R.E. lesson, we began our Easter unit by investigating what it is to trust people. We considered how we know the disciples trusted Jesus and how we know that Jesus also trusted them. As part of our Science learning about sound, we used junk items to create our own instruments! We thought about what needed to vibrate on our instrument to make the sound. We then enjoyed playing along to a piece of music. Listen to our home-made music here. In PSHE we talked about people who help us and linked this to the idea of duty. We thought about the different ways different sets of people help us and what their duties are. In Music, we listened to the song Let Your Spirit Fly and thought about what style of music it was, what the dynamics were like and also if it was legato or staccato. We then learnt to sing it, ensuring we had good posture. In Gymnastics, we recapped some different positions; pike, tuck and straddle and used them in some simple sequences. We also did some different rolls; barrel, forwards and backwards. In French, we learnt the 7 days of the week to help us talk about when we do some exercise activities in the next part of our topic. We put actions with the days to help us remember them. In Art, we looked at some of the work of Paul Cezanne and the different techniques he used. We then experimented with white and black paints to make tints and shades of blue. 


Spring 1 Week 5

We have had an extremely busy end to the half term! In English, we have been looking at the issue of tiger numbers declining due to hunting and environmental issues, particularly in Asia. We found out lots of facts about it and then we wrote a formal persuasive letter to the Prime Minister asking him to help with the situation. We then linked to the work we have been doing with Mrs Scholes about plastic problems and then used our letter writing skills to write a second letter to Rishi Sunak asking him to do something about single use plastics. Maths this week has been quite challenging. We have been learning about the written method of division called chunking. We started off with small numbers to get us used to the method, but then we moved onto larger numbers which meant we had to think about taking larger chunks at a time. Even though it was tricky everyone worked really hard and did brilliantly with it. In PE we worked with a partner to apply all the different Charleston moves into a short dance sequence. This week was Children's Mental Health Week, so in our PSHE lessons we thought about what mental health means and which things can affect our mental health both positively and negatively. The theme this year has been 'My Voice Matters' and we discussed how we felt when people listened to us and also when they didn't listen to us. In our English learning with Mrs Scholes, we used the expanded noun phrases we wrote last week to write our own version of the poem Plastic by Lea Knowles. In Science, we investigated a variety of percussion instruments to discover what vibrates on the instrument to make the sound. We then used this information to design our own instrument! We will be using everyday items and upcycling them (taking something no longer in use and giving it a second life and new function) into an instrument, thinking about which parts can vibrate to make a sound. For Safer Internet Day, we thought about connecting with people safely. Connecting with others is really important so we discussed how to make sure that we can do it in the safest way when we are online. In our R.E. learning, we completed this half term's learning by exploring the traditions and meaning of Jewish Shabbat. We were interested to find out what Jewish people do and don't do on their day of rest, the Sabbath. As it is Chinese New Year on Saturday, we found out about what it is and how it is celebrated across 15 days. We made some pop out cards to wish people a happy and lucky new year. In French, we learnt two new phrases to say something is good for your health and to say something is not good for your health. We practised saying them with the different foods that we have learnt. In Music, we sang a slightly different version of The Bare Necessities with Mr Richards and played our glockenspiels to accompany it. 

Spring 1 Week 4 

This week, we had our outdoor learning session which we linked to our Geography and DT learning. We started by playing the floor is lava, the children had to find different  ways to get their feet off the ground to escape the lava! Then they were set a group challenge of building a volcano and surrounding village using frame structures like we had looked at in DT. Each volcano was built around a bottle and they had to use cladding to make sure that we couldn't see the bottle. Once they were all built bicarbonate of soda and vinegar to make them erupt. Whilst we were working on our volcanoes, Mrs Bullen took some of the children down to the stream to measure the water levels. You can watch a video of our outdoor learning in the video resource centre of the school website using this link In English, we have finished writing our alternative ending to the Jungle Book. In our ending, Mowgli stayed in the jungle rather than going back to the village and was attacked by Shere khan's son. we then started to look at some persuasive formal letters and their features ready for our non fiction unit. In Maths, we started to look at division, we made sure we understood that division is grouping or sharing and then looked at different mental strategies we could use to help us work out how many groups of are in a number. We then moved on to looking at divisions that had a remainder, still using mental methods. In Geography and DT we looked at some of the design features that buildings in earthquake zones have in order to prevent damage during an earthquake such as cross bracing and base shock absorbers. We then designed our own earthquake proof building using the different design features. In our English lesson with Mrs Scholes, we planned our own version of the poem Plastic by Lea Knowles. We used the description from the poem to write expanded noun phrases about the pros and cons of using plastic, ready to write our poems next week. In Maths, we found the product (the result of multiplying two or ore numbers together) of 3 numbers. Multiplication is commutative (can be done in any order) so we looked for the most efficient way to multiply the numbers. On Friday, it was the NSPCC Number Day. We all dressed up in clothes that had numbers on or showed something to do with Maths and we all looked fabulous. We then completed a special challenge where we had to get pieces of a key by answering Maths questions correctly. In our R.E. learning this week, we researched Archbishop Oscar Romero. Archbishop Romero was assassinated for his faith and for speaking out against social injustice and violence in El Salvador. We discussed when it may be right to challenge authority, like Oscar Romero did. In French, we continued to look at giving our opinions about the different foods that we have learnt by saying 'J'aime' or Je n'aime pas'. We also learnt to say I would like 'je voudrais' and please 'sil vou plait' so that we can use the full sentence to ask for a food we want. We played a matching pairs game in teams where we had to match the foods, but to get the point we had to ask for it using our sentence. In PE we started to learn some Charleston dance moves that you do with a partner. It was really important  for us to be completely in time with our partner. We practised the moves ready to put into a dance next week. 

Spring 1 Week 3

This week in Maths we have been looking at both mental and written methods of multiplication to multiply 2 and 3 digit numbers by a 1 digit number. We have used partitioning and our known facts to help us break down the calculations and make them easier. We also needed to use the skills we learnt last week of multiplying by 10 and 100 to help us. In English, we have finished reading The Jungle Book. We thought about the way that  Mowgli was treated by the wolf pack and also by the humans and how this affected his behaviour We then planned an alternative ending to the story where Mowgli has to stay in the jungle and he gets attacked by Shere Khan's son. We had a great on Wednesday when we took part in a virtual meet the author session with Beth Lincoln. Beth told us all about her book The Swifts and shared some of the techniques she uses when she is writing. In Geography, we looked at where about in the world there are the most active volcanoes and earthquakes and identified the Pacific Ring of Fire. We used the earthquake tracker website to look at where earthquakes have been happening over the last few days and weeks. We also thought about some of the reasons that people choose to live near to volcanoes and earthquake zones despite it being dangerous. We were surprised to find out that the land is very fertile so good for growing crops and that there are lots of minerals that you can mine for.  We loved investigating the link between the size of vibrations and the volume of the sound they make in our Science learning this week! After observing what we could hear and feel when we hit a drum softly and then harder, we used birdseed to show us the strength of the vibrations when we hit the drum. Watch our investigation here. We spent time in our R.E. lesson reading stories about Jesus in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). We continued to make links between the Bible stories and what Christians believe about Jesus, thinking about how Jesus is revealed to be the Son of God. In English with Mrs Scholes, we worked in a group to learn part of the poem Plastic by Lea Knowles and perform it as a class. We thought about what makes a good performance, including intonation (the rise and fall of the voice in speaking), tone (the emotional sound of the voice, e.g. frightened, angry or joyful), volume (how loud or quiet the voice is) and action. Watch our performance here. Our Maths learning with Mrs Scholes focused on the 12 times table and strategies we could use to multiply the number. In PE we continued to refine our Charleston dances to trying and make sure we are completely in time with our partners and that the moves are perfected. In PSHE we thought about ways that we can reduce the risk in different situations to make them safer and who might be able to help us with that. In French, we recapped the opinion phrases from last week and all the new food items that we learnt. We practised saying them and also had a go at writing parts of them. In Music, we continued to work on our performance of the song The Bare Necessities on both the vocals and the glockenspiels. 

Music accompaniment of The Bare Necessities on the glockenspiels

Still image for this video

Spring 1 Week 2

It has been another busy week in school and the children have been working hard. In English, we continued to read and analyse The Jungle Book. We thought about why the wolves may not want Mowgli to join their wolf pack and wrote a persuasive speech. We then read about Mowgli getting taken by the monkeys and made predictions about how Bagheera and Kaa would rescue him. We used a point and evidence table to identify things we found about about some of the characters within the text. In Maths, we focused on the key skills of being able to multiply and divide numbers by 10 and 100 thinking about how the digits move and their value changes. This skill will be very useful as we start to look at written methods of multiplication next week. In PE we learnt another 3 Charleston style moves to add to the 3 we learnt last week. Once we mastered the technique, we worked in pairs to create our own short dance sequences using the 6 moves focusing on being in time with our partner. In Science, we continued our learning about sound and how sounds are made. We discussed which parts of objects and other things vibrate to make the sound. For example, the strings on a guitar vibrate to produce the sound. We learnt about the Transfiguration of Jesus in our R.E. lesson, where Jesus was changed as he had an encounter with God. We imagined what it would have been like to be a witness of the event and how it demonstrates that Jesus is the Son of God. We continued our poetry unit in English with Mrs Scholes, focusing on the fantastic vocabulary in the poem Plastic by Lea Knowles. We used our dictionary skills to find the appropriate definitions of the words. In PSHE, we looked at the vocabulary danger, risk and hazard and what each one means. We then looked at some scenarios and identified if there were dangers, risks or hazards in them. In Geography, we looked at how the movement of tectonic plates can cause volcanos to form and then we looked at the different parts of a volcano and what they do. In Music, we continued to refine our performance of the the song The Bare Necessities from the Jungle Book and added to the actions that we created last week. We also played some games with the glockenspiels to help us get used to striking the notes C, A, D, G and jumping between the musical intervals. In French, we recapped some of the food vocabulary that we learnt last week and added some new ones. We also learnt to express positive and negative opinions abut the food using the phrases j'aime and je n'aime pas to say I like or I don't like. 

Spring 1 Week 1

It has been wonderful to welcome the children back into school this week after the Christmas holidays and we have got stuck into our new topic of Amazing Asia enthusiastically. In English, we have started to look at our new text The Jungle Book. We discussed how the Year 4 version of the text will be different to the Year 2 version of the text. We compared the openings of the text and the film and discussed their similarities and differences. We also wrote a speech to persuade the wolf pack to let Mowgli join them using some of the persuasive techniques we looked at last half term. In Maths, we started a new unit about multiplication and division. We started by looking at factors. We identified what they are and then created factor monsters to show the factors of a range of numbers. We also looked at multiplying numbers by 10 and 100 and how this changes the numbers. We used place value sliders to help us move the digits one or two places to the left. In Geography, we looked at the structure of inside the earth and what the different layers are. We then identified the tectonic plates that are found on the Earth’s crust and how they move, which causes earthquakes. In DT, we identified what pavilions are and looked at some examples of them and what they are used for. We were then given a challenge to complete in groups. We had to build the biggest and strongest structure that we could using marshmallows and cocktail sticks. Each group faced different challenges and worked well together to think of ways around them. In French, we were introduced to our new topic for this term which is ‘La Vie Saine’ or having a healthy lifestyle. We looked at some vocabulary for the names of different foods, lots of them were cognates and we were able to work out what they were. In Computing, we thought how we can record and playback sounds and thought about the input and output of devices. We also discussed what would make a good recording thinking about the background and also what the person speaking would need to do. Our English learning with Mrs Scholes focused on poetry about plastic and the environment. We read and responded to the poems, thinking about meaning, structure and vocabulary.  In Science, we started a new topic on sound. We started by thinking about how we think sounds are made before learning that they are caused when an object vibrates. The air particles around the object also vibrate and form a sound wave which goes into the ear. When the sound wave causes the ear drum to vibrate, a message is sent to our brain. In our R.E. learning, we read a range of Bible stories that show us that Jesus has power and authority over nature, sickness and death. The stories included Lazarus being raised from the dead and Jesus calming the storm. In Music we listened to a piece of music composed by our focus composer for the half term Joe Hisaishi and thought about the style and how it made us feel. We learnt to sing the song The Bare Necessities from the Jungle Book, we added actions to bring the song to life. We also learnt to play the verse on the glockenspiels. In P.E. we started our Charleston dance unit. We discussed when the Charleston originated from and the some of the stylistic features. We then learnt 3 basic moves ready to build on next week to start creating our own dances. 

Autumn 2 Week 8

It was a short week in school this week, but we still managed to pack a lot in. We had two more performances of our carol concert and again we were fantastic. We had a Christmas party where we played lots of games and had some snacks. We finished off our English unit on the Pied Piper of Hamelin by reading the ending of the story and then thinking about whether or not the Pied Piper was right to take the children away. We thought of reasons for and against and started to think about how we could create a debate. In Maths, we have done lots of Christmas themed activities and puzzles using all the skills we have learnt over the term. In History, we looked at how the Anglo Saxon period ended with the Battle of Hastings. We thought about why William invaded Britain and created a timeline of the events the led up the battel ad the battle itself. In RE we looked at the Jewish festival of Hanukah and how the symbolism of light is used and made comparisons to Christians and Christmas. On Wednesday, we made Christmas cards to give to our loved ones. We also had a special surprise from Mr Dugdale, as a reward for all our hard work on our reindeer fact files, we had two reindeers come to visit. We were able to ask the handlers questions about them and also share some facts that we had learnt. We would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year. 

Autumn 2 Week 7

It has been another very busy and Christmassy week in Year 4! We have been rehearsing hard for our Carol Concert making sure we know all the lines and actions to our poem and that we know all the song words. We had our first performance on Friday morning and despite some technical issues with the laptop, it went brilliantly. At the start of the week, Mr Dugdale set us all a special Christmas Challenge to create a class fact file about reindeers. So we have been working as a class team to research and find out as many facts as we can about reindeers for our fact file as well as drawing reindeers and bubble writing for our headings. In English this week, we have been looking at different ways to persuade people such as using rhetorical questions, emotive language and alliteration. We the used these techniques to write a formal letter to the Mayor of Hamelin trying to persuade him to get the children back. In Maths, we looked at what we mean by mathematical difference and how it is another way of saying subtraction. We found the difference between some numbers and solved some problems that included difference. We also looked at finding the difference between some areas of shapes and gardens. In Computing, we used all these skills from the unit such as using the repeat function and programming the turtle to create shapes, to create some complex patterns. We also used the pen up and pen down function and changed the colours to make our patterns bright and interesting. In English with Mrs Scholes, we used drama to explore a scene from the text The Adventures of That Most Entertaining Feline Puss in Boots by Philip Pullman. We acted out a conversation between Puss and a ghoul, where the ghoul said it might take out all of Puss's bones and play skittles with them if he didn't help them to go to sleep! We then used out ideas to write a short text, focusing on speech punctuation. In Maths, we continued to explore multiplication and division facts for the 7 times table using arrays. Our PSHE learning looked at respecting people's personal space and looking for signals that people aren't comfortable when we get too close to them. We also talked about what to do if we aren't comfortable with people being in our personal space or if we experience any physical touch that we don't want.


Autumn 2 Week 6

This week year 4 have all become entrepreneurs for our Elf Enterprise week. We have been busy in the kitchen baking lots of biscuits and then decorating them ready to sell at the Christmas Fair on Sunday. We had some problems with our cutters and had to do some problem solving and make changes to our original plan to get around them. We had to measure out the ingredients, mix it well, roll out the dough, cut out the shapes, make them and then decorate them. We worked together as a class to come up with a name for our products and we decided on December Delights using some alliteration. We created some tags to put onto our biscuits to make them look more appealing and also to tell our customers what ingredients are in them. We also created some posters to advertise them. We are really proud of our end results. In Maths this week, we finished our unit on area. We looked at using the < and > signs to compare the areas of rectilinear shapes and then we completed an investigation about carpets. We had to calculate how much carpet and all the extras such as gripper rods, underlay and fitting would cost from a range of different shops to work out which one would be the cheapest. In English, we read the next part of The Pied Piper and thought about how the townspeople of Hamelin would have felt at different points in the story. We also looked at how the vocabulary we choose can effect the reader, we looked at how different words can have stronger or weaker meanings and when we might use the different ones. During our RE lesson, we discussed ways in which we could follow Jesus' example and bring light to the world. There were some wonderful suggestions, such as "I could be the light in the world by being respectful to others" and "I could be the light in the world by raising money for charity." In PE, we were continuing to practise our throwing and catching skills. We played lots of games to keep moving and warm during the cold weather! In PSHE, we thought about the difference between friends and acquaintances and how we would behave towards to each one. In French, we were given some French Christmas words and we used the French to English dictionaries to find out what they meant.  In Computing, we used the skill we learnt last week; programming the turtle to create a shape from just a one word command and then we used it to create repeating patterns using that shape. 

Autumn 2 Week 5

It has been another packed and exciting week in school for Year 4. On Wednesday, we had the opportunity to take part in an inclusive sports workshop. We spent some time getting used to being in the wheelchairs and moving them around the room, before playing some wheelchair basketball games. Although it was challenging having to move the wheelchairs and think about throwing and catching the ball, it was lots of fun and it gave us an idea of what it feels like to play wheelchair basketball. Wednesday continued to be a different day for us as we had French with Madame Wardle (who usually comes on a Friday). In our French lesson, we recapped all of our learning from our On y va topic and played a game of Blankety Blank to help us remember some of the small words that we can easily mix up in our sentences. In our English learning, we started a new topic and a new text; The Pied Piper of Hamelin. We began by looking at an extract from the text and looking for clues in it that would tell us what the text was about. We then thought about how the townspeople of Hamlin would have felt when the town became overrun by rats. In Maths, we continued to build on our understanding of area and looked at how to find the area of rectilinear shapes by counting squares. In History, we looked at what life was like for different groups of people in Anglo Saxon times. We looked at the hierarchy of people within Anglo Saxon society and how each group lived their lives. During our RE lesson, we worked in groups to make our own Christingles, thinking about what each element represents. In PE, we continued to practise our throwing and caching skills In PSHE we thought about stereotypes and identified examples of them in our society. We also look at how the media can promote some stereotypes and ways that they do this. In preparation for our Elf Enterprise project next week in our DT lesson, we looked at the ideas of budget and profit. We looked at how much all the ingredients for our biscuits would cost to make a batch and how much we could sell them from. We then refined our biscuits designs to ensure that the cost of them would be within a budget to enable us to make a profit. On Friday, we had a very exciting morning, we went to Bolton to watch the Mayors Christmas Concert. We had the opportunity to see and hear a full orchestra playing a variety of Christmas music and also to join in with singing some well known Christmas songs. Everyone enjoyed the experience and represented our school brilliantly.  

Autumn 2 Week 4

It has been another busy week in Year 4. We started the week with a visit from the mobile planetarium, which was really exciting. We looked at the Earth and some of the landscapes on the different continents. In readiness for our learning in the Spring term, we looked at earthquakes and volcanoes and some of the effects of them. In Maths, we finished off our unit on addition and subtraction by applying all the skills we have learnt over the last few weeks to some problems. The problems all needed us to complete two steps in order to solve them, so we had to think really carefully about what we needed to do. We the started our new unit on area and we used post it notes to help us understand that area is the measure of a surface inside a boundary. In English, we wrote our hybrid magazine pages with a non chronological report about the Anglo Saxons describing who they are and what life was like for them and also a biography about the Anglo Saxon King Alfred the Great. Once we had written them, we then published them thinking about the layout and how we could make them attractive to the readers. In Science, we looked at ways to classify animals, in particular vertebrates. We looked at the 5 different groups of vertebrates; mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians and what qualities or properties they have. In PSHE we thought about the ways that we can be similar or different to each other thinking about our physical and personality features. We then discussed how we can embrace and celebrate our differences and treat everyone with respect. In Computing, we continued to use the repeat function to help us to draw a range of different shapes. Mrs Wardman also challenged us to use the pen up and pen down feature so we could draw more complex things such as a house using different shapes inside each other. During our RE lesson, we discussed the Christingle services that are held in the run up to Christmas. We identified the different parts of a Christingle and what they represent. In PE, we were practising our throwing and catching skills again. Everyone in Year 4 had to really focus on their hand-eye co-ordination to try and achieve as many successful throws and catches as possible. As we finally had some dry weather, we finished off our PE session with the daily mile as well. In D.T, we introduced the ideas of a budget and profit and how when we are making our biscuits, we don’t want to spend more money than we make. We looked at the prices of some of the ingredients that we thought of using in our biscuits and how much it would cost to make them using them. We set a budget of £3.50 per batch to keep within an redesigned our biscuits from last week. In French, we continued to build our sentences to show how we travel to different places, but instead of travelling to different countries on holiday we learnt how to say how we travelled to school.