Hogwarts – Y4 (2018/19)

It is our choices that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities.

Class teacher – Mr Douglas

Mrs Thornton and Mrs Lingard also help us with our learning

 

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Summer 2

Spring 1

English

This half-term, we have linked our English with our History Topic, the Anglo-Saxons.  This has enabled us to study a range of non-fiction and fiction texts while learning about Britain over a thousand years ago. We started by investigating why the Romans left Britain in AD410 and used hot seating to put ourselves in the shoes of a Roman soldier at that time. We then used the Roman soldier’s point of view to write a letter to our families explaining why we would have to leave Britain to fight against the invading barbarians. Before writing their letters, the children used the reading phase of the topic to become familiar with the features and the types of language used in informal letters.

   

We then moved onto when the Anglo-Saxons moved to England and focussed on their homes. We used the reading phase to find out about where the Anglo-Saxons chose to live and why they chose to live there before sketching what we thought an Anglo-Saxon home would look like and writing our own explanation texts. These included a range of year 4 skills including sub-headings, fronted adverbials and exciting vocabulary.

Finally, we studied Anglo-Saxon beliefs, in particular the Gods which they believed in. We used computers to research 3 of the most important Gods- Woden, Thunor and Tiw and then used this information to write an effective character description of Thunor the God of thunder.

 

Maths

In Maths, we started January learning about area and how to find the area of 2-D shapes. The children applied their knowledge of multiplication to find the area of regular polygons and were able to draw rectilinear shapes of certain areas using the squares in their books.

After that, we moved onto fractions. In order to obtain a greater understanding of fractions, the children have been creating and representing fractions using cubes and bar models. By using these methods, the children have been able to recognise fraction, find equivalent fractions, add and subtract fractions including fractions greater than 1 whole. As this is a tricky yet important topic, we will continue to look at this at the beginning of next half-term.

Science

Our science topic this half term has been animals including humans. We have mainly focused on the human body and have learnt about each part of the digestive system. We have also learnt about our teeth as they play an important role in digesting our food. The children have been able to label the different types of teeth and explain their uses.

 

Geography

We have started a new topic of Megacities in Geography. This has been an exciting topic for the children as they have been able to learn about some of the largest cities from across the world. While learning about these cities, the children have been applying their geographical skills, using a range of maps to locate cities around the world, comparing data of the populations of cities and plotting graphs using the information they have found.

 

P.E.

This term in P.E., Hogwarts have been swimming every Tuesday. All of the children have been making great progress, with over half of the class now able to swim without the help of floats. We will continue with our swimming lessons next half term up until we break for Easter.

Art

In preparation for our street art exhibition, Year 4 have been practising the specific skills needed to  create their artwork and making sure they have got all the materials required.

Autumn 2

English

This term, we have been learning about fables. We have read a range of fables and peer assessed ourselves to see if we can change our tone when speaking with different characters. We have used talk for writing to help us write our own fables based on the Hare and the tortoise.

We have also learnt about persuasive writing and learnt a range of persuasive techniques which we have applied through drama and in our letters which we have written.

        

Maths

This term, we have been learning how to multiply and divide using our knowledge of our times tables. The children have enjoyed applying their understanding to solve a variety of problems involving concrete, pictorial and abstract methods.

We have also begun to look at our topic of measure. This has involved measuring objects around the classroom and finding the difference between two lengths.

                 

Science

The children have really enjoyed learning about our topic of animals including humans. We have studied and compared animals, discussing their diets and habitats.

    

Computing

Year 3 have recently begun a new computing scheme, which they are thoroughly enjoying. This term they have learnt about the uses of the internet and how to remain safe when using it. They have also applied this knowledge when researching for different topics.

St Andrew’s Day

On the 30th November, Year 3 was asked to learn about St Andrew’s day and then present what they had learnt to the rest of the school in assembly. The children showed great enthusiasm towards the topic and were really excited to teach the rest of the school what they had learnt.

 

                  

 

Autumn 1

English

Following the summer break, we started our English topic on fantasy stories. We focused on the story of The Firework Maker’s Daughter but also read extracts from other fantasy stories to help us develop an understanding of how a fantasy story is set out and gather exciting vocabulary to include in our own writing. The children used the plot of the novel to plan and write their own fantasy story similar to The Firework Maker’s Daughter but with several twists in the tale.

  

We then moved onto Playscripts. The class enjoyed exploring a range of Playscripts and recognising how they are structured compared with a story or a non-fiction text. The topic also gave the children an opportunity to use their acting skills and perform the Playscripts which they had written.

Maths

In Maths, we focused on our key skills in place value which involved a lot of learning around the value of each digit in a number. Children used concrete objects, pictures and abstract numbers to represent thousands, hundreds, tens and units.

After that, we moved onto addition and subtraction. This began by learning about different methods to help the children mentally add and subtract numbers and we have now moved onto using formal methods to solve addition problems with up to 4 digit numbers. Again, we have used a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach to enable all the children to access larger numbers.

  

Science

Our science topic this half term has been electricity. The children have shown excellent subject knowledge and have worked scientifically to create their own circuits and carry out their own investigation into conductors and insulators of electricity.

 

History

This term, our history topic is linked to the Romans. We have had a strong focus on skills and the children have applied these skills when exploring the topic. The children have compared Boudica’s armies with the Roman armies, identified the modern-day countries which the Romans invaded and have interpreted historical sources.

Geography

Similar to History, our geography lessons have focussed on key skills. The children have been learning about Florida and the Magic Kingdom. They have researched information about Florida, described what a peninsula is and located geographical features around the world using a range of maps.


 

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