Autumn Term Literacy
Year 4 have started off the year consolidating some of the learning we did when we were in Year 3. We have recapped adjectives, nouns, verbs, adverbs and speech marks.
We have been reading The Wild Robot by Peter Brown as our class literacy text and have been really enjoying this adventure of robot lost in the wild. We've been imagining what it would be like to be alone on an island and have written diary extracts pretending we were otters discovering Roz the Robot.
Both classes have also been loving Gangsta Granny by David Walliams as our class reading book.
Autumn Term Numeracy
Similar to our literacy, in numeracy we began our year by reflecting back and consolidating some learning from Year 3. We refreshed our memory of the place value of numbers, how to use maths resources and have really enjoyed a number of challenging problem solving lessons.
Autumn Term Science
In science our focus has been on Living Things and Their Habitats. This topic has been absolutely fascinating with some amazing learning experiences. We have been learning about the biodiversity on our planet. We now know the difference between a vertebrate and an invertebrate and also the different animal classes within each.
We've had the opportunity to look at some real invertebrates and acted as scientists, noting the characteristics of each vertebrate class. Not only that but we were lucky enough to see some real life underwater local sea creatures including spider crabs, scallops, hermit crabs and star fish.
We have also learnt what we can do to help protect our planet and care for the habitats in which animals live.
Autumn Term Other Curriculum Areas
On top of all that wonderful learning we have also been lucky enough to experience an incredible Lihou residential. Year 4 spent the night on Lihou Island and took part in some amazing experiences. We explored the beautiful island, went on a night walk, took part in orienteering, archery, beach art, learnt about the islands history through stories and drama and lots lots more. Great fun was had by all and it was the perfect way to start the school year.
In art we have been developing our sketching, painting and sculpting skills by looking at the works of famous artists such as Giorgio Morandi and Paul Cezanne. We used sculpting tools to carve fish into bars of soap.
We have also been learning about computing in ICT, attacking and defending in games lessons, learning a street dance routine in indoor P.E. and have also been sea swimming down at Cobo. What a busy half term we've had!
Spring Term Literacy
At the start of the Spring term, Year 4 have been using the book 'The Pebble in My Pocket' by Meredith Hooper as inspiration for some amazing creative learning. We have written some beautiful poetry, created non-chronological reports on dinosaurs and even written a persuasive letter to the prime minister of the UK to ask for aid in tackling issues surrounding climate change.
Spring Term Numeracy
In numeracy, we have been learning all about fractions. We learnt what the words numerator and denominator mean and what each part of the fraction represents. We have learnt how to order fractions, count in fraction and even add and subtract fractions.
Spring Term Science
It's been a fascinating half term in our science lessons. We began by learning all about teeth. We learnt about the function of incisors, canines and molars and how we could identify what an animal ate just by looking at it's skull.
We also learnt about what happens to food inside our bodies. The digestive system was so interesting to learn about and we even acted out the process using orange juice, water, a sandwich bag, digestive biscuits, a banana and an old pair of tights.
Finally we looked at food chains and how energy passes from one living thing to another.
Spring Term Other Curriculum Areas
One of the highlights for us this half term was our year 4 enterprise day. We hosted all the other year groups in the school hall for a day of fun and games. Children could pay to play our games, buy our amazing artwork and take part in competitions, all money going to our school charity. We raised a huge sum of money and had so much fun.
In P.E. we have been learning gymnastics and tennis skills. In art we have been learning how to use watercolour pencils to recreate a famous piece of artwork.