This term, the children have explored their understanding of fractions as a half, quarter and three quarters by representing them pictorially as well as beginning to order them on a number line. They have further investigated equivalent fractions for the above and converted them to decimals. The children have progressed their learning to matching fractions to decimals, rounding decimals and ordering decimals. An example of mastery level thinking that the children have been working towards is seen below:
During our last term, the children have been focusing on statistics and the key elements of plotting various graphs using continuous and discreet data. We even explored data outside collating information on natural objects found in the playground and developing a tally chart to enable a pictograph to be drawn. We took our outdoor learning further by developing our own human scatter graph looking at the correlation between hand span and foot size. Amongst the fun of this activity, the children had to remember to create a clear title, key and label the x and y axis clearly and correctly. Following this we have been looking at conversion of measurements specifically looking at time, perimeter, mm to cm, m to km and g to kg.
We have been learning about classification and developing our own keys for insects found around the school, specifically focusing on habitats found beneath logs. The children have focused on developing questions to help narrow down and align them with the focused creature. During Term 6, the children have been working hard at researching and exploring the environment and how, as humans we are damaging this. The children have written newspaper articles with alarming facts as well as creating discussion texts and interesting debates. Some of which were shared during the Year 4 Reflections Assembly.
This terms focus text has been The Firework Maker’s Daughter by Philip Pullman. The children have created some interesting fantasy stories around courage and fulfilling their dreams. The focus for non-fiction was explanation in which the children have created some great texts on volcanoes, good and bad reasons for them.This term we have read Sky Chasers by Emma Carroll. The children thoroughly enjoyed the text that explored and orphan’s will to survive and break the habit the habit of stealing. The focus of the text revolves around the invention of the hot air balloon and how friendships, courage and determination help see the invention through shortly before the French Revolution. In line with this, the children celebrated Bastille Day on Friday 12th July creating an instructional text for a French recipe. The children also had a fantastic opportunity to interview the author of Sky Chasers enabling them to gain a real insight into the process of writing a book from start to finish.
Pilgrimages have been the focus for this term. We have been learning what pilgrimages are and the particular special journeys for the following religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism. The children have gained a real insight into all three faiths and just how similar they are in certain senses.
This term we have focused on effective use of search engines and how to identify fake web addresses in comparison to genuine websites. The children have enjoyed a one of touch typing lesson as well as being able to demonstrate effective web searches to answer focused questions. They have noted that sources of information can vary and may not always be reliable. Using search engines effectively is a vital skill as part of the ever developing world of IT. This term, we have been investigating the hardware behind a computer, the children have thoroughly enjpyed ,learning about the components and complexity of computers.
Our focus this term has been around relationships, specifically looking not just at those closest to us but our wider circle of contacts that we may also have a relationship with. During Term 6, children have been learning about changes to our bodies as we begin to grow older.
DT has involved carefully unfolding packages to look at shell structure of packaging. The children have identified 2D shapes that are created when we unfold a package as well as looking at what makes a shell structure sturdy for example ribbing and corrugating which all support the structure of packages. Recently, the children have developed plans to create their own water bottle by using a design criteria template. In textiles this term, children learnt how to use God’s Eye weaving to create the body of a turtle. They children worked hard to create some fantastic looking turtles.
During Spring 1 Year 4 have been learning about the human digestive system. Building on prior knowledge of why our body needs food, they have been learning the mechanical and chemical processes that must take place to break food down into substances that the various organs and cells in our body can use. This is the job of our digestive system.
To further support their learning, Year 4 have been learning about the importance of individual organs and their parts in the stages that take place to digest our food. Year 4 created their mnemonics to help learn the key organs that aid the digestive system. The best pat was creating a model to demonstrate the digestive system using everyday objects such as tights, orange juice, water and a banana!
This half term we have looked at electricity and what makes circuits work incorporating the understanding of conductors and insulators. The children used named headbands to create a circuit and work out what would happen if the electrons weren’t touching.
This term Year 4 have been learning about mountains, coasts and railways. During this topic the children have learnt about the impact that climate has countries specialities and production line. For example, olives are found in humid locations and olive oil is produced from them. They have also been looking at the differences between human and physical features and went on to create a class model to demonstrate the differences between them. The children worked well as a team to create a cross section of the Black Sea Coast in Bulgaria.
We have also been fortunate enough to have the privilege of visiting Quainton Railway. During the visit, Years 3 and 4 had the opportunity to put their learning into context by exploring the history of trains ranging from the first locomotive to modern day travel. They were guided through the Industrial revolution and the Rainhill trials which was an important competition that tested George Stephenson’s argument that locomotives would provide the best motive power for the then nearly-completed Liverpool and Manchester Railway. From this win, stemmed the contract to produce locomotives for the railway.
We have focused heavily on fractions during Term 3 to help the children to be able to do the following:
Recognise and show, using diagrams, families of common equivalent fractions.
Count and down in hundredths; recognise that hundredths arise when dividing an object by one hundred and dividing tenths by ten.
Solve problems involving increasingly harder fractions to calculate quantities, and fractions to divide quantities, including non-unit fractions where the answer is a whole number.
Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator.
During the autumn term, year 4 have been learning about how sound travels and what happens when a sound is created. They have been making ear gongs to demonstrate how sound travels faster through solids tying in with their previous learning of properties and make up of solids, liquids and gases. The children have demonstrated a good understanding of how sounds travels. During our unit on solids, liquids and gases, children took part in an all-day observation investigating variables and factors that affect how fast ice melts using homemade ‘ice’ hands.
Most recently, year 4 have been learning about different ways of communicating and the advantages and disadvantages of each. More specifically, they have learnt about email and how to stay safe when using email and social media platforms.
The children have enjoyed reading our class book called Perry Angel’s Suitcase about a young boy in search of security and a sense of belonging having been moved from home to home for seven long years. The children have been developing rich vocabulary from the books and have worked incredibly hard to produce quests and newspaper reports by learning and recreating he original text. They worked in pairs to act as reporters taking notes on the victim of the crime who shared a news bulletin with the ‘reporters’ and a witness. This helped the children create some brilliant newspaper reports concentrating on language and structural features of a recount. These are currently on display in the corridor outside the year 4 classroom. The children have been using editing stations to help spot mistakes and improve their own work by making amendments independently.
Last half term, our focus was around Greek myths. We read Greek myths by Marcia Williams and Beasts of Olympus to help us with our myths and Stanzas. The children created incredible stanzas using their knowledge of expanded noun phrases, personification, powerful adjectives and similes to bring the stanzas alive. For example: ‘The golden candles, climbing towards the dark, dim sky’; ‘Blood as red as ruby gushing out like an arc.’ Finally, ‘Giant thunderbolts crashing across the sky.’
The children have been applying their understanding of place value in all four operations. The children have also been using dienes blocks, cubes and base 10 to help them represent units and demonstrate an understanding of the value of each digit in a number. It means understanding that 582 is made up of 500, 80 and 2, rather than 5, 8 and 2.
To consolidate leaning, we have been looking at word problems and created shared class success criteria on how to break a problem down and apply the correct operations to solve them by underlining and processing the key vocabulary.
Design and Technology
This half term we have focused on celebrating difference, the children have been learning that it is okay that we are all different, but it is important to recognize that we all have the same set of emotions. The children have been learning about the impacts that bullying can have as well as making judgments about people by the way they look without getting to know them.
The children studied techniques to produce different effects. One area the children enjoyed was ‘pointillism’. Using a cotton bud, the children worked hard on recreating Monet’s ‘Haystacks.’
This term we have been looking at the song Mamma Mia by ABBA. The children have been listening to the song and discussing rhythm, instruments and pitch. This term we have focussed on the skills of playing an instrument and all of the children have been playing the glockenspiel and becoming familiar with musical terminology and visuals to help us produce music. The children have worked hard and produced a fantastic version of ‘The Postman’.
The children have been using fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills respectively to develop their understanding of fractions.
As a class, we have had lots of fun throughout Term 4 learning about angles; identifying acute, obtuse and right angles as well as further developing our knowledge of the 8-point coordinates to help translate 2D shapes.
During Spring 1 we covered developing and adapting a redacted version of The Demon Headmaster Chapter 1 into a playscript. The children learnt how t read, write and perform a playscript by developing dialogues between characters. The children used the same text to develop a piece if persuasion text to persuade the Demon headmaster on why we should have school uniform.
Towards the end of term, the children learnt how to interpret a picture book to help develop vocabulary building skills.
Following on from this the children produced an excellent piece on persuasion based on the book Voices In The Park. The children have excelled with their inference skills of drawing on pictures and texts, developing their own individual interpretations. Towards the end of the Easter term, Year 4 have produced some fantastic Free Verse poetry around animals incorporating similes, metaphors and powerful expanded noun phrases.
The children have been piecing together the importance of Moses across three faiths; Christianity, Islam and Judaism. To develop our learning, we have been creating picture texts to demonstrate our understanding of the life of Moses. Our understanding was further enhanced by acting parts of Moses’ life. As Easter approaches, our focus this term has been around the importance of Easter to Christians.
As Easter approached, the children began to explore the real understanding and meaning of Easter. They have produced some powerful images of their understanding of how the Eucharist came about- please refer to the display board outside Year 4.
We have been combing our learning about climates and changes to the environment within art. Developing our understandings of sculptures and our perceptions and feelings towards them when we see them. To help us develop our own sculptures we studied the surroundings of the pictures, such as mountains, countryside, alongside colours in the picture to help us sketch and plan our own sculptures for that particular surrounding being studied.