Hogwarts – Y4

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

Class teacher – Mrs Lambert

Miss Hosker also helps us with our learning

Summer Term Home Learning Grid

Autumn 1

Turtle Adoption

At the beginning of the year we adopted a sea turtle with the WWF. We have looked at why sea turtles are endangered and what we can do to help them. As part of our adoption we got a cuddly sea turtle that Hogwarts have chosen to name Rafael.

English

In English we have been looking at ancient Roman and Greek myths. We have read the myths of Romulus and Remus, Persephone, King Midas and the Golden Touch and Arachne the Weaver. Whilst reading these myths, we looked at what the features of a myth were and how they were written so we could write our own. During our talk for writing, we learnt a piece of the story from Romulus and Remus off by heart to help us understand the structure of a myth.

Maths

In maths we have been focusing on place value and how to use this to help us compare and order numbers and add and subtract 3 and 4-digit numbers. We have used pirate subtraction using base ten to help us understand how to exchange values from other place value columns.

History

In history we have started to look at the daily lives of ancient Romans particularly in Pompeii. We have focused on a young, wealthy girl from Pompeii called Sappho. Part of daily life in for ancient Romans was worshiping the many gods and goddesses so we have looked at the different deities of the Romans and what they were the god or goddess of. We have also used these gods and goddess in our myths.

Geography

As a link to our history topic, we are learning about volcanoes in geography lessons. We have looked at what the main parts of a volcano are, how they are formed and how far away the closest active volcanoes are from us. As a focus for our geography we are looking at volcanoes in Iceland and the natural and human features there.

Computing

In computing we looked at how animations are made from a series still images. We made our own small flip books to demonstrate this principle. We also looked at how CGI is now used in many animated movies and how this is different form other types of animation.

PE

In PE we have be practicing our attacking and defending schools for invasion games. We have also looked at our dodging skills using games of tail tag to improve our special awareness and footwork. Our ball skills we also a focus and we have practiced our passing and catching skills.

PSHE

In PSHE we have looked at our rights and responsibilities at school and in the wider world. We have also looked at how working as a team and our behaviours can effect the learning of others.

RE

For the whole year we are focusing on the question ‘How should we live our lives?’. So far, we have looked at Hinduism and how they believe that they should always do everything to the best of their ability and without complaint. We have also looked at the concept of Karma in Hinduism and how Hindus believe if they lead good lives they will be reincarnated as a human or become one with god.

Science

In science we have looked at the 3 states of matter: solid, liquid and gas. We have investigated how the particles of these 3 states look and act and how some materials can change state through freezing, melting, evaporating and condensing. Our experiments have also shown us how the water cycle works.

Autumn 2

English

In English we have been investigating the disaster the happened in Pompeii in 79AD. We looked at the facts of what happened and created a timeline of the events. We them looked at how newspaper reports are written. We turned one into a TV news report then wrote our own to explain how Pompeii had been destroyed.

Maths

We have looked at many different topics in maths this half-term including: written and mental multiplication, reading time in analogue and digital to the nearest 5 minutes, length in mm, cm and m and drawing and reading different types of chart.

History

In history we have continued to look at the ancient Romans. This time we have thought about how the Romans living in Pompeii would have felt in during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and what they though caused it. We have done an in depth look at the events that destroyed Pompeii and how we know that these happened. Looking at evidence we have thought about what evidence is primary or secondary and how reliable this evidence may be.

Geography

For our Geography this half-term we have compared the human and natural features of 3 different places. We looked at Burnley, a town called Hiemaey in Iceland and an underwater volcano of the coast on New Zealand called White Island. We discussed how our town was similar and how it was different to these two other places and why they are based on the geography of each location.

Computing

In computing we looked at data based and how computers are much fasted at sorting information than humans. We created our own database using PurpleMash and looked at the different ways data could be sorted and displayed by the computer.

PE

In PE we have be practicing our racket and ball skills for games such as tennis. We have thought about how the can anticipate where a ball will land and move towards it. We have also looked how we hold a racket to increase our control over the ball and the force needed to make the ball travel different distances.

PSHE

This half-term we have concentrated on how we can celebrate difference. We have looked at why we might make assumptions about other people when we first meet them and that these assumptions may be wrong. We have thought about why people may bully others and what we can do to help others who we see are being bullied. We have also looked at what makes us unique and how we can treat ourselves with respect and love what makes us different.

RE

For the whole year we are focusing on the question ‘How should we live our lives?’. This half-term we have looked at this question within Sikhism. We have investigated why Sikhs believe they are all a part of one family and how they wear the 5Ks as a way of showing this. We compared this how we wear a school uniform to show we are a part of Springfield Community Primary School or how we might wear a team kit as part of a sports club. We also looked at how Sikhs aim to treat everyone equally and how equality does not mean everyone is treated in exactly the same way.

Science

In science we have investigated where electricity comes from, how to use it safely and how it flows around a circuit. We have discussed the advantages and disadvantages of renewable and non-renewable sources of generating electricity and how these sources are turned into the electricity we use at home. We have conducted experiments to create complete circuits and investigated what materials are electrical conductors and what are electrical insulators.

Art

This half-term we have focused on drawing from observation. As we have adopted a sea turtle as a class this year, we looked at the patterns on turtle shells. We drew these patterns using careful observation and in a variety of mediums including charcoal, chalk, oil pastels and paint.

DT

For our Christmas fair this year we have designed and made ginger biscuits and their packaging. We thought about what our packaging would need to be to encourage people to buy our biscuits and the steps we needed to follow to make it successfully. We also decorated our biscuits with icing to make them Christmassy and then evaluated our finished product.

Spring 1

English

In English we have been looking at persuasive leaflets. We focused on the emotive language used in persuasive writing and how it convinces people to buy of do something. In particular we looked at leaflets that persuade the audience to go to a particular place such as a hotel or visit certain places. We used our knowledge of emotive language to record our own advert for a hotel. We then wrote two persuasive leaflets, one to persuade people to visit Iceland as a link to our geography research and another to persuade people to visit Towneley Hall.

Maths

We have look at a lot of different things in maths this term including fractions, area and perimeter of shapes and reading grids. We have also been using board games and Times Table Rockstars to help us learn our times tables.

History

This term we finished our history enquiry on what happened in Pompeii. We looked artefacts from Pompeii and what they can tell us about the people who lived there. As well as artefacts we looked at the plaster-of-Paris casts of the people who dies at Pompeii and how these were made. We them made our own plaster-of-Paris casts using rubber ducks and clay.

Geography

In geography we finished our enquiry on an island of the coast of Iceland called Hiemaey. We looked at the eruption that happened there in 1973 and why people still choose to live in Hiemaey even though there is an active volcano. As part of this we investigated what the two main types of industry there are on the island and the jobs these create.

Computing

This term in computing we have looked at what the internet is and how to accurately use the World Wide Web. We also looked at what a hyperlink is and how to search the Web for information.

PE

In PE we have been creating our own Roman dances to communicate facts about the Ancient Roman Empire. We thought about how we can use our bodies to show different facts such as how the Roman army fought and what happened in Pompeii. As well as what our bodies did we thought about what our facial expressions should be.

PSHE

This term in PSHE we have looked at what our dreams and goals might be and how we can achieve them. We thought about short term and long-term goals and what steps we might need to take to reach them. As a way to focus on our goals we wrote them on a pebble and decorated them to remind us of what we want to achieve.

RE

In RE this term we have looked at the Christian concept of “Love thy neighbour”. To explore this belief, we looked at the parables Christians believe Jesus told to spread his message of love. We also looked at the life of Mother Teresa and how she helped others with no thought about herself. We then looked at how we think we should treat others and why.

Art

This term in art we have explored printing. We created our own volcano prints by drawing onto foam. We then used chalk to create a background for our prints using “hot” colours to look like lava from an explosion. We then used black paint to print our volcanos and create our final piece.

Science

For our science we have been researching sound. We learnt how sound travels and what sound waves look like when a sound is: quiet, loud, high pitched and low pitched. We investigated how different instruments change the sounds they make. We also looked at ways sound can be amplified so it can travel longer distances and why sounds get quieter the further away you are from them.


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