Term 3 – This has been a very exciting term so far as we have been studying volcanoes which has really inspired the children – many have found out even more information at home. In class, we have located the Ring of Fire and decided whether we would like to live near a volcano or not – the advantages actually outweighed the disadvantages! We have made models of volcanoes detailing how an eruption occurs. The eruption of the volcano in the Philippines has made this topic really come alive as we have followed its story closely on the news.
Our work on volcanoes is tied in with our English unit of work. We are writing our own explanation texts entitled “What is a volcano?” which will describe the structure and chronological order of events of an erupting volcano. We have worked in groups to explore the features of an explanation text and spent a lesson producing oral explanations to share with the class before moving onto our written work.
In maths, we are working fantastically well on understanding multiplication. We are moving on from long multiplication to formal, short multiplication and have been using a variety of resources to help us to understand how we partition to aid us.
We have been really lucky this term to have the Football Association working with us in PE. We are discovering all the skills needed to be a successful footballer and have been considering the principles of attacking and defending as well as ball control.
We are really excited about going to Hooke Court at the end of this term and will post some pictures on the website.
Term 2 – Year 4 have been continuing their topic of the rainforest. In English, we are learning how to write a discussion text with the question “Should deforestation be allowed?” We have been researching the different people that invest themselves in either using or protecting the rainforest, such as loggers, farmers, environmental scientists, fast food owners and forest inhabitants. We held a debate to thrash out our ideas and to challenge the opposing team.
In maths, we have been working really hard on learning how to do column subtraction and addition with 4-digit numbers. We have used various resources to help us to visualise exchanging. We played a game with our learning partners to consolidate our learning when estimating numbers.
In science, we have been considering the needs of plants and have conducted investigations into the requirements of seeds in order to germinate and how water is transported through plants. We went outside and Mrs Scherer demonstrated how plants use their roots to anchor themselves into the soil so they don’t get blown away in the wind and how they spread out to reach the nutrients and water.
Learning the skills of successful running in cross-country has been our theme in PE this term and we have been very lucky to have Mr Millard to show us all the techniques such as using our arms to power our bodies and legs and raising our knees high.
We have also been finding out the various ways that different religions express their beliefs through art and other visual media. We have created our own Rangoli patterns which Hindus use during Diwali to welcome Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity, into their homes. We have also made our own version of the Salvadoran cross to represent what gives us hope and enjoyment in our own lives. This is a Christian expression and originates from El Salvador in Central America. We found out a little of the difficulties that some communities suffer in this area due to oppression and how Christian missionaries such as the Maryknoll Sisters endeavour to make their lives more bearable.
We loved showing our learning to our parents and carers during our Year 4 worship where we shared poems, songs, stories and information all about the rainforest.
Term 1 – Year 4 have had such a great start to their new year: a new classroom, a year older in school and lots of new learning. With these ‘new’ things comes lots of new responsibilities which the children are taking to marvellously.
Our topic for the next 2 terms is the rainforest and we have been learning where in the world these are located and why they are getting smaller. We have found out many interesting facts regarding the types of animals that inhabit each layer in the rainforest and why they choose to do so. This has led us to consider rainforest food chains and we have created some artwork that displays our research and knowledge in this area of science.
We had a wonderful day at Bristol Zoo exploring the Zona Brazil which showcased the climate and animals of the rainforest. An educational session with an expert allowed us the opportunity to hold real creatures from our topic area including a giant cockroach and snake. Some were more pleased about this than others!
Our number skills have been put to the test in our maths lessons. We have spent many lessons investigating the place value of digits and have used many different resources to help us. This will give us a brilliant future with numbers.
In English, we are learning all the skills needed to write an interesting rebirth story based in the rainforest. So far, we have learnt how to use basic direct speech, a variety of persuasive techniques and have used a lot of oracy to help us develop our own ideas.
We have considered our growth mindset and how we use words. We played a team game whereby we had to build the highest tower using only our shoes. At the beginning, Mrs Scherer heard us use phrases such as, “We can’t do this” and “This is impossible.” However, we kept on trying and every group succeeded in building a tower of shoes. We developed an, “I can do this,” attitude which we will continue to build upon.