This Spring Term we have got lots going on. We will be celebrating Chinese New Year with a dance workshop, taking part in a range of activities during World Book Week (w/c 29th Feb) and rehearsing for the Year 4 production ‘Porridge’ which is on Tuesday 22nd March.
In Maths we will be continuing to learn about place value and number. We will be developing our mental calculation skills and learning how to use formal written methods when appropriate. We will be moving on to adding and subtracting 4-digit numbers using the column method. We will also be solving 2-step word problems with a focus on choosing the correct operations. It is important that children continue to learn their multiplication and division facts. The aim is to know all the times tables (up to the 12 times table) by the end of Year 4.
In English we have been looking at Myths and Legends. We read a range of Myths and Legends including the exciting 'Beowulf', 'Can you Catch a Mermaid?' and 'The Seal Children'. The children really enjoyed these timeless stories and went on to write their own myths in the same style.
We have also been learning about Recounts. We read 'Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears' by Emily Gravett. The children wrote personal recounts about their fears and produced a wonderful class collage book in the same style.
Our Topic has been Villages and Settlers. We found out about the needs of early settlers and the origins of place names. The children have worked really hard to learn a range of mapping symbols and to understand their meanings. They have learnt about the different types of roads and used google maps to find and describe routes from their homes to nearby villages. Map skills are essential in life and the children will experience this when we go away to Grasmere.
In RE we have been learning all about Buddhism with a focus on Buddhist festivals and stories.
In Science, we have been learning all about Living Things and their Habitats. We have been learning how to identify and classify a variety of plants and animals. We are really looking forward to taking part in an RSPB outreach project funded by Aldi. On Monday 14th March, an expert from the RSPB will deliver a workshop called 'Giving Nature a Home' in which our class will map and score our school grounds for nature. We will identify habitats that already exist and spot opportunities for creating more. It will be a great opportunity to explore our school grounds and put our learning into practice!
Art - A sense of place. We will be looking at the work of a range of artists who have portrayed the environment in different ways. The children will be designing, creating and evaluating their own piece of landscape artwork.
In History and Geography, we are learning all about the Romans. We will learn about the terms invade and settle, why the Romans invaded Britain, who Boudicca was, what Roman life was like and even look at real Roman artefacts. We will also play Roman games and use athletic activities to train like a Roman soldier would have trained! Later in the term, will be visiting the Grosvenor Museum in Chester to find out even more and meet a real Roman Soldier!
In Art and DT, we will be creating our very own Roman Mosaics. Initially, we will create these out of a coloured paper but then we will take it one step further and use real ceramic tiles! Next half term, we plan to create Roman God pop-up cards and have our very own Roman Banquet.
In Science, our topic is Solids, Liquids and Gases. We will create our own investigations looking at different melting points of materials, discuss the particles in each state of matter and find out all about evaporation.
English: Following instructions to put up a tent
Year 4 really enjoyed putting up tents as part of our English work. They had to read the instructions very carefully and work together as a team.