Friday, 2 February 2018

Real or imaginary?

Half term is almost upon us and we have been engrossed in writing our stories. Creating a second episode of The Spiderwick Chronicles has got 4K's creative juices flowing and I am looking forward to reading the final drafts. In addition to editing and redrafting our stories this week, we will be writing poems in class to enter a Young Writers competition.

We have been exploring what was important to the Anglo-Saxons and are looking forward to having our very own expert spend some time with us on Friday. We are going to spend the day finishing off our Anglo-Saxon topic and will be looking at photographs of artefacts from Sutton Hoo. After the holiday, we will be moving on to a geography topic and thinking about sustainability.

In Science, we have learned a lot about how sound travels and this week explored how to change volume and pitch. Next week we will be conducting investigations into the best materials for soundproofing. Our next Science topic is electricity which we will be linking to Design and Technology and the children will get to make a practical application for a switch. 

The Anglo-Saxon brooches and necklaces that the children have made with Mrs Luckhurst look fabulous on our display and we have been impressed with how hard the children have worked on their designs.

In Maths, we have been focusing on shape, lines and this week, on what influences our spending. Today, we were very busy being shoppers who had to find the best value from four different supermarkets. It was great to see how carefully the children looked at the different deals on offer and hopefully they came away from the lessons with a bit more appreciation of the choices we have to make whenever we shop. We will look at symmetry next week and begin our voyage into the subject of decimal numbers. Any reinforcement of this in the real world always helps their understanding so looking at what a price on a menu or a price ticket means will help immensely.

In RE, we have completed the topic of Community and the children showed a good level of understanding and appreciation of this. We are now beginning the topic entitled, Giving and Receiving where we will study the Eucharist.

Have a good weekend.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Back in touch

Apologies for the delay since my last post, I have been struggling to access the Blog but have finally managed it and hence I am making the most of it, just in case it is short lived!

We have been working hard and achieving lots in Year 4 since Christmas and all the children have come back full of enthusiasm.

We have been enjoying reading The Spiderwick Chronicles and hope to complete the book tomorrow so we can begin planning and writing a new episode in which the children will introduce a new mystical creature and write a story about the trouble the newcomer causes the Grace children.

In Maths we have been working at our measuring skills and converted various measurements, including time as well as reading timetables to calculate time duration. We have been interpreting discrete and continuous data this week and next week we will be looking at perimeter.

Our first RE topic this term is Communities and we had a fun and informative visit from Father Michael last week. This week we are putting all we learned into leaflets about our local parish. 

We have learnt why the Romans had to suddenly leave Britain in AD 410 and will be going on to look at the impact the Anglo Saxon settlers had on life in Britain beginning with a look at Anglo Saxon settlements.

The children are also looking at Anglo Saxon life in Art and are designing and will make brooches typical of the time.

In Science, we have been exploring sound and the children have been asking some interesting questions which we are attempting to answer through our lessons. This week we looked at how sound travels and will be looking at how we can create different sounds through an exploration into pitch.

In PE, the children continue their weekly lesson with Game On and have dived into their swimming lessons with lots of energy and skill.

Enjoy the weekend!