WELCOME to YEAR 4
Mrs Whybrow Mr Thomas
English - Take a look at what we will be learning this year!
READING in YEAR 4
Reading at Home
Every child chooses* a book to bring home each week from the classroom book bank.
This book is changed on a weekly basis. To qualify for Friday Banquet children have to read at home three times a week and get an adult to write this in their reading record.
*Chosen according to the "I PICK" rules so that it is a "good fit" for them.
Individual reading in school
All children keep a book in school to read that is appropriate for them.
Children participate in several Reading Rainbow sessions each week. During these sessions books are shared with classmates and children are given questions designed to further their wider reading skills.
As part of their English lessons all children have English comprehension work to complete both independently and in smaller groups led by a teacher.
On the playground, we began our history lesson today, with the aid of a toilet roll! Each section represented 1000 years. We marked off segments to help us think about periods of time and how we can learn about the past. We used the terms decade, century, millennium to describe these durations of time.
TERM 2 WEEK 1
At last, we got to try out the experiments that we have been devising to explore solids liquids and gases, carefully recording our observations an evaluations.
Our class visit to Techniquest science centre in Cardiff was thrilling! Surrounded by science and technology we twisted knobs, pressed buttons, pulled levers and wondered in amazement. During our visit we had a show about forces and some of us volunteered to take part in the demonstrations.
Jigsaw- rewards and consequences for behaviour
RE- evaluating Jewish people's relationship with God
Science - carrying out a fair test
To aid our descriptive writing we used percussion instruments to create sounds that we might hear in a busy city. Humming, murmuring, clicking, screeching,
yelling, crying, squeaking, buzzing, clanging, whistling.
In English this week we have focused on writing description in the first person. We enjoyed using alliteration and challenged ourselves to include appropriate adverbs. Here are a few that we came up with:
monstrous mosquitoes, anxious adders, angry ants, scuttling squirrels, sneaky spiders
Our enquiry Science work was to plan for a fair test and look at the variables that would effect an experiment to melt ice. We considered things that we could change or vary, such as the amount of ice, temperature and type of container as well the surface that it stands on.
In Maths we have been comparing numbers and adding 10's, 100's and 1000's. Also, we have been getting to grips with the system of Roman numerals compared to the arabic system we already know. We were surprised to discover that they do not have a symbol for zero.
SHAPE SPACE MEASURE
During Friday morning we participated in a carousel of maths activities to help further our learning about shape, space and measure. These included measuring 25 metres on the playground so we could see how far we will need to swim to meet our target. Also, we looked at the work of artist Kandinsky to inspire us with our own shape collages. Making nets proved tricky as we applied our cutting and folding skills. Using pipe-cleaners we challenged ourselves to make cuboids and pyramids.
Solids, Liquids and Gases
Our experiment with raisins and lemonade was both fascinating and fun.
We dropped raisins into a full bottle of lemonade and watched them sink to the bottom then rise to the surface again. There were a lot of bubbles. We used our knowledge of solids liquids and gases to explain and interpret our observations. The bubbles of carbon dioxide attached to the solid raisin made them lighter and propelled them to the surface where the gas was released making the raisin heavier and start sinking again.
Dressed up as scientists, we embarked on a WOW day of discovery and wonder. To begin with we experimented by adding water to cornflour. Here are some of our observations and explanations about what happened;
It was so stiff it made the spoon break. When you leave the mixture it changes. It is partly solid, partly liquid. It is so smelly. It looks like liquid but it is not. Solids are hard. It dries on your hands. When you leave it it goes as hard as rock. It went hard when you touched it.
In maths we have been continuing our learning journey on rounding. Have a go at this rocket rounding game to check your learning.
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In maths we are getting better and better at our times tables. Using this website is a lot of fun.
It is completely free and easy to use. Why not have a go at home?