We are excited to be starting the year with a fantastic history topic: ‘I Am Warrior!’ We’ll be learning all about the Romans: their army, their daily lives, their food and their impact on modern Britain among other things.
Year 4 made a great start to the year, learning all about Democracy in PSHE. The children held their very own mini election by nominating candidates who presented their policies to the class. The rest of the class created their own ballot paper and having heard the policy ideas from each candidate they voted for the party they felt best represented their views. All of the candidates were fantastic but the winner of the election was, Mateen the Machine Party!! Well done Year 4, great learning.
As part of our topic, I Am Warrior, the children have been learning to count just like the Romans. Having learned the seven different numerals and some of the tricky rules of Roman numerals, they created their own roman numerals.
Year 4 ended there topic of 'I am Warrior!' by presenting all of their wonderful learning in a Roman Museum. They turned into super Roman museum guides for a very busy museum visit. Thank you to all the visitors for their support.
We are really excited to be continuing the year with our new topic ‘Potions’. We’ll be looking at different potions from the past and present, exploring the properties of different ingredients and the reasons why they might be important. We will also be getting imaginative and creating our own potions!
In our topic 'Playlist' we will find out about different pieces and genres of music, explore some of our favourite songs and create their own compositions using Garageband. We are sure the children are going to have great fun learning to create and appreciate lots of music!
The topic 'Traders and Raiders' focuses on the Saxons and Vikings. The children will investigate if the legend of King Arthur is fact or fiction and write their very own legends. They will find out about Saxon Kings and look in depth at the character of Alfred the Great. Using their developing research skills they will find out about the life of the Saxons including how they lived, whey they came from and where they settled.
The children have had a very busy term preparing for Easter rehearsing for the Year 3/4 Easter production, The Gospel Show. The final performances were amazing with every child giving 100%.
In addition, the children also took part in a interschool skipping competition. They had been practising for several months and all that practise paid off at the skipping Festival. They competed against 4 other schools in 15 events and were placed in 11 of them with 6 being gold! The judges were particularly impressed with the number and difficulty of skipping skills displayed in the class skip dance in which they achieved gold. An all round excellent team effort as well as being lots of fun.
For Summer half term 1, our topic is Blue Abyss. We will be exploring the depths of the ocean and all the creatures that make it their habitat. We are sure the children are going to have great fun exploring all things under the water! The children will be using maps and globes to identify the world’s oceans and seas as well as identifying their position in relations to the Equator, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn and the Arctic and Antarctic Circles. We will also be finding out about environmental issues linked to the oceans. In Science, we will be finding out about the different habitats for living things in the ocean, exploring the different layers of the ocean and finding out how creatures have adapted to survive in the extreme environments. We will be using classification keys to identify creatures that live in seas and finding out about the different food chains of sea creatures.
We began the half term finding out about submarines and how they work. The children made their own mini submarines using blu tac and a straw and created the ocean using a plastic bottle. They discovered submarine works because when the bottle was squeezed, the increased pressure squashed the air bubble inside the straw. Squashing the air bubble increased its density above that of the surrounding water, making it sink. When the bottle was released the air bubble expanded again and its density decreased making it rise. Super science!
Year 4 have been learning how to make simple stop motion animation using the iPads and have moved onto to creating their own props and backdrops for a sea related animation to which they will add special effects and their own scripted voice over. Their enthusiasm and creativity has been incredible.