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The Year 4 class is led by Ms Zorlakkis. She will be helped by Mr Williams and Ms Gaumah.
This half term our topic is London. We will be learning all about The Stone Age to the Iron Age.
We will practise reading in our Guided reading lessons and will write in a variety of genres in our Literacy lessons. We will focus on some interesting stories and information books all about the Stone Age.
In Maths, we will be working on counting in thousands, hundreds, tens and ones, making number patterns and practising rounding and estimating numbers.
In Science, we will be looking at sound. We will identify how sounds are made, recognise how sound travels and find patterns between the pitch and volume of sound.
Remember our first swimming lesson is on Thursday 6th September – don’t forget your swimming kit!
Year 4 have had a fantastic start to this school year! In topic, Falcon class have been learning about the Stone Age. We have been looking at Skara Brae and how the Neolithic people lived. To understand this further, we have been reading ‘Ug – Boy genius of the Stone Age’ in English, and have empathised with the character writing a diary entry in role. We have also written him a letter to inform him of all the wonderful modern inventions.
In Maths, we have been focusing on place value and rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. We are beginning to develop this further to look at numbers in different contexts.
In science, we are learning about ‘Sound;’ we have carried out two small investigations to understand how sound travels and how we hear. In RE, we are learning about ‘People who inspire us’ and have looked already, at Moses and Guru Nanak. In computing, we are beginning to develop our own Scratch game that incorporates levels and stages to make it even more interesting! For PSHE, we are learning about feelings and ourselves where we have role-played different scenarios to model ‘good’ behaviour and intentions. We are hoping to continue our wonderful learning in these areas and develop our understanding even further, during these coming weeks!
Year 4 have been time travelling back to Ancient Greece. We started with a wonderful Greek banquet, where we had food they would have eaten in Ancient Greek times and even did some Greek dancing! In English, we have been reading a variety of Ancient Greek myths, including Pandora’s Box and the adventure of Odysseus. In maths, we have been working hard to recall all of our time table facts up to 12 times as well as how they correspond to their related division facts. We have been working on number fluency, as well as reasoning by looking at how various facts and operations are related. This extended into division with remainders, a topic we will revisit later! Finally, we have begun the fun topic of fractions and will continue to develop our understanding of this throughout the year. In RE, we have been looking at a variety of leaders from Ghandi to Obama and even written our own fantastic leadership speeches.
As part of the academy theme of ‘Wild Weather’ we have been learning about volcanoes. The home learning projects that pupils created at the start of the topic were outstanding. Thank you for your support with these.
Our launch day ‘We are volcanologists’ was a huge success with pupils dressing up, presenting their home learning projects, playing volcanoes themes games and creating their own papier-mache volcanoes!
Pupils have been immersed in volcano research and have used this in their topic and English learning. Our focus has been factual writing; pupils have therefore produced some excellent non-chronological reports and newspaper articles. Please come along to our next show my learning party to learn some volcano facts for yourself. In Mathematics, we have been focusing on number, multiplication and area. Pupils have enjoyed the practical element of the area learning.
Our swimming lessons continue each Thursday; the children are making fantastic progress and have been gaining certificates for Challenges 1 and 2. Well done to Zeta who was the first pupil to achieve Challenge 3.
- Please ensure your child has a water bottle which can be kept inside our classroom. This enables children to stay hydrated throughout the day which helps their learning.