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In English we have been reading the books ‘Can you Catch a Mermaid’ and ‘The Unicorn Prince’. We looked at the themes of friendship and kindness in each story and picked out the key features. We acted out parts of the books and focus on the vocabulary used to describe. We then wrote our own stories that contained mythological creatures and strong description.
This term we have focused on place value to 10,000. We have looked at what each digit is worth and how to write a 4-digit number. Using this, we have learnt how to order and compare 4-digit numbers as well as how you round numbers to the nearest 10, 100, and 1000.
In history we are looking at the Romans in Britain. We have investigated why the Romans invaded Britain and why they had failed in the past. We also looked at how they were almost defeated by Boudica and her Celtic tribes and compared the two armies. Investigating wealthier Romans we read a letter from a Roman woman to her sister inviting her to a birthday celebration and wrote a reply using similar language.
For our Geography this term we have looked at The Magic Kingdom in Florida. We investigated why it is such a popular theme park and where many of its visitors come from. We also researched other states in America some of their key features.
In computing we have been learning how to code. We have used PurpleMash to solve problems in coding and to create small animations.
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. For our ball skills we focused on chest and bounce passes and we have practiced dribbling skills.
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 affect the learning of others.
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 Christianity. We have investigated why Christian’s believe the stories and teachings of Jesus are so important and why these encourage them to perform loving acts. We also looked at the life of Mother Teresa and how she showed a selfless love for others.
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.
This half-term we have focused on drawing from observation. We looked in detail at the patterns in leaves and drew these with pencil and charcoal. We also focused on different drawing techniques and how we could use these to improve our drawings.
Year 4 children have been studying different genres of music. They have tried to recognise a range of music from other countries and cultures from around the world. Their favourite genre was Rock Music.
The children also played along to the ABBA song Mama Mia on their glockenspiels using notes A and G. In addition they enjoyed playing the sharps and flats to mimic Chinese Music.
In English we have been looking at persuasive writing texts. We looked at how these texts set out arguments and what methods they used to persuade. We talked about why you might write a persuasive text and what makes it effective. Using what we had leant we then wrote 2 of our own texts. One to try and persuade Mrs Nasim to let us have a class pat and another to persuade people to help us save the turtles.
This term we have looked a lot at column addition and subtraction with increasingly larger and more complex numbers. We have also focused a lot on our times tables and different ways of working out the trickier ones. We have used Times Table Rockstars and competed in competitions to help us practice our times tables.
During the half term we finished our Romans in Britain topic. We looked at what Hadrian’s Wall is and why it was used to keep the Picts out of Britain. Looking at Roman towns we compared them to the Celtic ones that were in Britain before them. Finally, we looked at gladiators and why the Romans put on gladiatorial games.
We have continued to look at Florida and have been comparing its climate to ours. We talked about when in the year we would most like to visit Florida based on the weather. We also looked at why turtles around the coast of Florida are endangered and what we can do to help. We linked this with our English to help us write a persuasive text.
In computing we have focused on E-Safety. We have looked at how we can keep ourselves and our information safe on the internet and what to do if we feel uncomfortable or worried while using it.
This half term we have been developing our throwing and catching and racket skills. We have thought about how we need to move our bodies in order to intercept a ball and whether we should use an overarm or underarm throw to get tennis ball to hit different targets. We have also practiced how to hold a tennis racket correctly to hit a ball.
In PSHE we have looked at how we may be wrong when we make a first impression about some one and how it is okay to change what we think about them. We have also talked about what a stereotype is and how these can be hurtful to people. Finally, we looked at what we should do if we witness bullying and the reasons why someone might become a bully.
This half term we have looked at Hinduism and why they believe in the concept of good overcoming evil show in the story of Rama and Sita. We have discussed why Hindus see light as a symbol of hope and what we would use as a symbol of hope in our own lives.
In science we have been investigating sound and how it travels. We have discovered that sound travels as a wave and how tall the is wave determines how loud the sound is and how long or short the wave is determines the pitch. We also looked at how different instruments can make different sounds and then made our own.
Throughout this term we have looked at rollercoasters. We thought about what we would need to build our own and how we would determine if it was successful. We then spent a week building and testing our rollercoasters before painting them. We have used fantastic team work to create our final rollercoaster and are very proud of what we have accomplished.
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