Welcome to Year 4 with Miss Handy and Mrs Smith
This Spring Term we have got lots going on. Two key dates for the diary are the Residential to Grasmere on the 18th March and the Yr4 Production on Wednesday 25th March.
In Literacy we have been looking at Non Chronological Reports and Recounts. This has linked very closely with our Science Topic on Living things. Everyone has created their very own wildlife guide on an urban animal of their choice. These are now all on display in our class library area for everyone to enjoy.
In Numeracy we continue work on number and place value with weekly word problems thrown in too! It is very important that the children have a wide knowledge of all mathematical language and understanding how to solve a mathematical question and what operation to use. We are specifically focusing on two-step word problems which often include more than one type of operation.
Our Topic has been Villages and Settlers and all the children have just returned their village projects set as homework. The presentation and content is fantastic and I have been overwhelmed by the detail and effort that has been put in. The children have worked really hard to learn map symbols and understand the different types of roads and why they are used. Map skills are essential in life and the children will experience this when we go away to Grasmere.
This Autumn Term we have a range of Topics and an exciting New Curriculum to learn.
In History and Geography we are learning all about the Romans. We have discussed the term invade and settle, why the Romans invaded Britain, who was Boudicca, what Roman life was like and even looked at real Roman artefacts. On 12th November we will be visitng the Grosvenor Museum in Chester to investigate even more and meet a real Roman Soldier!
In Art and DT we have created our very own Roman Mosaics. Initially we created these out of a variety of coloured paper but then we decided to take it one step further and use real ceramic tiles! Next term we plan to create Roman God pop-up cards and have our very own Roman Banquet.
In Science our topic has been Solids, Liquids and Gases. We have created our own investigations looking at different melting point of materials, discussed the particles in each state of matter and found out all about evaporation.
We have looked at a variety of different genres already this term. We began by looking at stories with a Historical setting and focused on the story 'Escape from Pompeii' by Christina Balit. The children all wrote their own story books based on Pompeii and these are currently displayed in our classroom.
We then moved onto Instruction and Explanation writing. The children followed instructions given from the Usbourne Art book to create the pictures you can see in the photographs. Keeping to the theme of Art and drawing, the children learnt how to draw Horrid Henry following a set of instructions and wrote this up in their Literacy books. We looked at the use of imperative verbs to give commands and the key features used in any given set of instructions.
To complete the term, our next Literacy genre was 'Fables'. This 3 week topic has enabled the children to look at a variety of traditional fables and try to deduct the moral from within. We have covered a whole range of speaking and listening in this unit and the children have enjoyed working in groups to perform both famous fables and ones they have written themselves.
Visit to Christ Church
On Tuesday 5th November Year 4 visited Christ Church. We went to see the different war memorials that they have and found out lots of local information about the First World War.
In Topic we have been finding out about what they Romans did for entertainment and the games they played. We had lots of fun learning some of these games and played them outside.