Autumn Term 1
Year 4 have settled really well and quickly back into their school routine. Their behaviour is excellent, the children are eager to learn and they are showing that they are active, resilient and independent learners already. As a class we like to celebrate stars of the day at the end of each day when Mrs Frost and myself pick children for their hard work, showing resilience, behaving excellently, showing kindness, being super role models and more. We are also collecting smiley emojis as a class for following our class rules all day. Once the class collects 30 emojis, they will have some well-earned golden time. We also have ping pong ball rewards which are given to children for their perseverance, resilience, seeking help at the right time whilst still being an independent learner. We are all very proud of our hard work and we keep trying our very best!
Collective worship is a special time for us all. We all gather together and listen to a reading from the Bible. We listen and respond to God’s word and consider how this relates to our lives. We reflect on how we can learn from the Bible and what choices we should make going forth. Together we like to pray, listen to songs and sit quietly to remember how lucky we are to be part of God’s beautiful creation!
RE – The Bible
In RE this half term, we will learn how the Bible tells us about God and His love for us. We will learn some Old Testament stories and we will consider how the Bible can help us and others in need. Our research skills will be put to the test as we look up references from the Old and New Testament. By looking up and reflecting on Scripture, we will explore how they link to our own life experiences.
We discussed how the Bible can be used at home and at church and we spent time looking up Scriptures from the Bible. The children enjoyed reading from the Bible and spent time turning Bible pages whilst reading in our classroom reading corner. We explored how Bible stories can tell us more about God.
As we carried on learning more about Bible stories, we read the story of Abraham and Sarah. We explored what Abraham did to show he was a faithful servant of God and how in return God rewarded his faithfulness. The children considered how God is a faithful friend who never deserts us and they reflected on how to be a faithful friend.
Our theme of ‘Amazing Adventures’ runs throughout our English learning this half term. We will be exploring the classic novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. We will look at the curious vocabulary used in the book and work out the meaning of words and phrases within context. The children are beginning their learning journey by a class debate: Should Alice follow the white rabbit? We will begin by unpicking the key features of persuasive texts to gain a better understanding of the features we will be learning about. Following this, we will write our own pieces of persuasive texts and letters.
We used Burn2Learn outside on the playground to find and match our new vocabulary from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to their meanings. Keeping active and working as a team, we found all the teacups and wrote a list of our worthy words.
We used our curriculum cups Burn2Learn to refresh our word class knowledge. We raced around the classroom quickly as we scanned the cups for nouns and adjectives, turning the cups upside down and right side up!
Beach Ball Bonanza is a fun and active way to demonstrate self-control and to share our growing vocabulary. We played inside the classroom, making sure we were safe and sensible and listed as many nouns, verbs and adjectives as we could as a team.
At the start of this half term, children will develop their place value knowledge. We will spend time consolidating our place value knowledge about 3-digit numbers. Following this, we will learn to read, write and partition 4-digit numbers and we will investigate number lines to 10,000. We will be rounding, counting in thousands, ordering and comparing 4-digit numbers. Our learning also includes solving worded problems and working on our mathematical reasoning skills.
We used pizza shapes to represent 4-digit numbers as many different ways as we could. We worked as a team and drew place value charts, number lines. We also used standard and non-standard partitioning methods and part-whole models to show our numbers.
We kept our bodies and minds active as we practised finding 1000 more and 1000 less of numbers. The children enjoyed competing against each other as they hopped through the hoops during our Burn2Learn on the field.
This half term, we will be learning about states of matter as we sort everyday materials into solids, liquids and gases. We will describe their properties and explore the behaviour of the tiny particles inside them. The children will investigate what conditions affect changes of state.
We started off by modelling the particle arrangements in solids, liquids and gases by using ping pong balls and using Burn2Learn to act out how the particles move in small groups.
To investigate whether gases weigh anything, we used different types of fizzy pop. We used our Maths knowledge and measured the drinks’ mass in grams with bubbles and when flat. We worked out the difference in mass once the fizzy drinks went flat. The children could prove and conclude that carbon dioxide had mass and fizzy drinks were lighter once the bubbles have gone!
Art and DT
We used the Alice in Wonderland cartoon as our Art and DT inspiration. We recreated some of the wondrous mome raths Alice comes across on her journey.
We will bring stories to life with our next project this term. Children will have the chance to explore moving parts in a variety of storybooks and learn how to recreate some of these parts using different tools and techniques. Children will design, create and evaluate their very own pop-up books. We will take inspiration from Sir John Tenniel and practise hatching and cross hatching to draw and shade our characters for our books.
We have been busy practising different techniques to create moving mechanisms out of paper. Our aim is to create our very own pop-up books with lots of fun moving pieces. We created concertina snakes, window flaps, rotating wheels and levers. We had to use our Maths knowledge of accurate measurements to complete our DT challenges. We used our rulers to measure the size of our creations.
All the hard work paid off in the end. Our books turned out lovely! The children were getting more and more confident with moving mechanisms and they were very proud of their work.
We evaluated our work and these are some of the comments the children had:
“I enjoyed making Alice’s neck open up like a telescope.”
“I enjoyed making the croquet part.”
“I was happy with my book because all my things were moving.”
“Next time I will make sure it all works before using my book lots to tell stories.”
To begin the half term, we will be using Sketches. The children will choose famous landmarks in the UK and recreate them in digital watercolour. We will work with layering colours and choosing appropriate shades for our artwork. After we have finished this, the children will move onto using Book Creator to create a book trailer for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. We will deepen our knowledge regarding the advanced features of the app to combine text, images, audio and video.
We used The Queen’s Handbag by Steve Anthony as an inspiration for our Sketches art. The children could choose a UK landmark they wanted to recreate. They have impressed me with their truly vibrant illustrations!
We created our own book trailers for Alice’s Adventures. We explored the features of Book Creator and used text, images, audio recordings and videos to enhance our creations!
We will go for an adventure around the United Kingdom, learning about where the UK is in the world, then exploring its countries, capital cities and counties. We will develop our map skills as we identify the topographical features of the UK and explore famous natural and man-made landmarks. The children will carry out an environmental survey around the school grounds for their fieldwork activity. They will compare and evaluate environmental factors and consider how our surroundings could be improved.
We have been busy working on our map skills. We used technology to research the elevation of hills and mountains of the UK. The children working in pairs and had to collect their data in a table. Afterwards, we used our Maths knowledge and drew our bar charts to represent our collected data. The children also had to compare and order the elevation that they recorded in metres.
We ventured outside to carry out our field work around the school grounds. Our environmental survey and evaluation focused on explaining our views about the locations around our school grounds and giving reasons. We collected data in a table and then spent time exploring options how we could improve our surroundings.
We will investigate the Victorian era this term. We will use historical sources (Victorian paintings and other images) to find out about the Victorian period. Our research will include learning about the life of the rich and the poor and finding out more about the life and work of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll).
As we placed historical events onto a timeline, we became experts in various historical time periods. The children had to read around the subject, explore their time period, find out where it fit onto our timeline and present their findings to the class.
We used historical sources to find out more about the past. We looked at various Victorian paintings and discussed what we could find out from the time period based on the images. We then explored how different life was for rich and poor families in the Victorian era.
As part of our French learning, we will be exploring vocabulary relating to school. The children will develop their vocabulary by taking part in active learning activities, listening to songs and speech. We will be discussing school objects and school routines to practise our pronunciation.
We have been working on our pronunciation as we revisited French greetings with a Burn2Learn activity. The children then acted out French conversations between each other. Although our favourite word to describe how we felt ended up being ‘mal’, we had great fun performing in front of each other.
Our new way to wish each other a good morning is by saying ‘Bonjour‘! The children are politely asking how others are doing in French as well. We have been developing our vocabulary, focusing on what we can see around the classroom and particularly in our pencil cases.
We will use descriptive vocabulary to evaluate music. The children will listen to music pieces composed by Hans Zimmer and express their likes and dislikes. We will take inspiration from film music compositions and how they are used for dramatic effect.
We have been working hard on widening our musical vocabulary as we listened to Earth composed by Hans Zimmer. We described the tempo, the dynamics and how the piece of music made us feel. Some of us were so inspired that we had to put up a show and act out what the music made us think about. The endings were especially dramatic!
Our two contrasting pieces of music by Hans Zimmer were Earth and Best Friends. Best Friends greatly entertained the children as they wrote about its tempo and dynamics. We also discussed in detail how layers of sounds were used to affect mood and feelings.
In PE, the children will be developing their skills in team games. They will learn about the importance of warming up before exercise and the benefits exercise has on our own physical and mental wellbeing. They will also be working on improving their fitness, strength and accuracy.
We had a great time working on our aim and accuracy as we worked with our hockey sticks. We spent time working on our dribbling skills and trying to trick our opponents to score the most points!
The children had fun improving the way they approach game situations. They practised different passing techniques as they used various balls in their games. All our catching and throwing strategies were put to the test as we aimed for the greatest control and accuracy.
In PSHE, we are focusing on mental health and emotional wellbeing. We agreed our classroom targets and rewards together and discussed how a growth mindset will help us embrace learning challenges and how we can build up our resilience. By having high aspirations for ourselves, we are keen on giving 100% effort in all we do and take our learning forward as we become lifelong learners.
Our focus is on re-connecting as a class and reengaging with school life. We are reading the book Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers as we are sharing thoughts, ideas and personal responses to the recent events in the world. We use our class journal to capture our reflections and emotional responses about starting school again.
We built on our teamworking skills as we attempted to build the tallest towers out of cards! The children worked really well together and supported each other by sharing ideas, trying different strategies and making sure everyone took part.
Our continuous emphasis of keeping safe has been emphasised as we discussed road safety in Year 4. We had four key words to remember: Stop, Look, Listen, Think. Our classroom turned into a busy road as we acted out how to cross safely. Discussing what hazards might be around us as we walk on the footpaths and near roads. The children were great at recognising risky situations and giving advice about how it is safe to approach crossing.
We have a new addition to our classroom. Meet Maximus the Great. He is our trusted Worry Monster who takes care of our worries so we do not have to hold on to them for long. Maximus, or Max for short, lives next to the class worry jar and the pictures of some of the adults children can turn to if they feel they want to talk about something.