Summer 2 2021

Welcome back! This last summer term is full of exciting opportunities to be learning about the Ancient Egyptians as part of our new topic! Keep checking back to see what we get up to in Year 4!

Collective Worship

As part of our collective worship time, we like to gather together and listen to Bible Scriptures and discuss their meaning for us. We listen well and respond to God’s word. Reflection also plays a big part in our everyday lives as it lets us think about our choices. We like pray, listen to songs and get active as part of our worship time. We also like to express our gratitude to God for all the special people and things in our lives.

During Refugee Week, Year 4 learnt a lot of important vocabulary. We learnt who asylum seekers or refugees are, what a refugee camp is and what is the difference between refugees and migrants. We read an article titled ‘Welcome to the UK!‘, where we learnt about Naqeeb’s story of having to leave his home. We had a discussion about how it could feel when someone has to leave their beloved home. The children really felt that they would like to include the refugees in their prayers and we all wrote our thoughts down and collected them on our prayer table.

RE – The Church

In RE the children will learn about how we belong to the Church. We will explore how our school helps us to be true followers of Jesus and learn about how our Church is a community of faith, love and hope. Our learning will include the different seasons in the Church’s year and a reflection on when we receive a sacrament, we receive God’s love. We will also learn about God’s call to individuals and their responses, as well as linking our learning to British Values on how it is important to respect public institutions and services.

During the first two weeks of this half term, we had a focus on ‘Living in Leeds‘ and other faiths.

We got active and did a Burn2Learn activity where the children had to look at pictures of buildings and guess what they were. Then we discussed these buildings are all in Leeds. Afterwards, we used iPads to research the buildings and find out more about them, for example: What is the Leeds Corn Exchange? The children then wrote some post-it notes on what it is like to live in Leeds.

To link our learning to other faiths, the children had to find three different picture around the classroom of Sikh temples that are all in Leeds. The children had a look and noticed the buildings all had the same symbol. We then talked about the origin of Sikhism and the ways to have a good life which is suggested by the Sikh religion. This activity also linked to our ‘Living in Leeds‘ fortnight as we discussed what cultural diversity and intercultural city means.

We learnt about how the Church is a family and we used our English skills to plan and draft a letter. The children wrote to a family member or friend to explain what the Church means to them and how they are part of God’s family. We also included how school helps the children in their faith journey. It has been super to read all the reflective comments the children made!

English

Our theme of ‘Ancient Egyptians’ runs throughout our English learning. We will be exploring the book ‘The Egyptian Cinderella’ by Shirley Climo.

As we came back after the half term break, we dived into practising our new spellings as well as our neatest handwriting. We area working really hard to be able to keep our writing just as neat in our English books throughout the whole term.

We use our colour coding to explore new vocabulary relevant to our English learning. We like to say the word of the week out loudly but we do not stop there! We whisper, sing, mime and act the word out too. We can get extremely dramatic!

The colour coding resources also came in handy as we organised our ideas into paragraphs. We started to engage with our new class text by looking at the cover and the words in the blurb of the book ‘The Egyptian Cinderella’ by Shirley Climo. The children had to write their predictions and back up their points by using evidence from the sources and explaining their thoughts.

We have now read the whole story and spent time picking it apart and discussing the characters, setting and plot in great detail. In groups, we sequenced the most important events of the story and retold the story outdoors to each other.

The children had the opportunity to write two narratives after we explored the Egyptian Cinderella. Many wonderful ideas were put onto paper and the children had fun creating their action packed plots! 

We regularly enjoy some quiet reading time in Year 4. The children get to explore the class library and choose books, magazines, newspapers or poetry to enjoy alone or to share.

We learnt more about mummification! We created our own instruction texts with clearly structured steps and added warnings and ‘Did you know?‘ boxes! To make sure the steps were all in the right order, we did some sequencing before writing and we planned our key vocabulary.

Maths

At the start of this half term, children will develop their understanding of decimals. We will learn to divide by 10 and 100 and find the effect of these divisions, being able to identify the value of the digits as ones, tenths and hundredths.

We started our maths learning by having an Egyptian themed treasure hunt. We ventured outside for a Burn2Learn activity as we became archaeologists trying to break the pharaoh’s code. We solved varied fluency questions by being able to find the value of different representations of decimals. We then had to work with the decimals we found and use our column addition and subtraction to work the answers out. As an extra challenge, we could have a go at writing our own hieroglyphic codes to each other!

We became decimal numbers! During our Burn2Learn activity outside, we used some of our equipment to be able to embody decimal numbers. We had to become a digit or a decimal point and order ourselves to be able to represent different decimal numbers. We had to rearrange ourselves to show the greatest or smallest decimals that we could create as we carefully considered all the place values.

We became food items from our kids’ menu and decimal numbers! During our Burn2Learn activity outside, we used our kids’ food menu. We had to become a main dish, a dessert, a side or a drink! We had to find our matches and then build on our learning from the previous lesson to compare the prices and then order ourselves in ascending or descending order.

We had a great time exploring different 2D shapes in the classroom. We sorted the different shapes according to their different attributes to begin with, then we had a go at describing them and going on a bit of Burn2Learn treasure hunt around the classroom for more shapes we could recognise around us.

Some of the children’s comments were:

“I was the only one who said the class emojis were circles.”

“I found the closest shape to me which was a rectangle.”

“I knew all the worthy word cards were rectangles.”

We also explored symmetry and used mirrors to find and check for lines of symmetry in our various shapes. The children really enjoyed the practical elements where they could fold the shapes!

Science

This half term we will be learning about plants. We will start by learning about the different parts of plants and what plants need to grow well. We will plan an investigation to find out the best conditions for plants to grow and create detailed diagrams based on our findings. We will also carry out a fun experiment to observe how water is transported in plants. After observing and measuring growing plants, we will also dissect flowers to learn more about the life cycle of flowering plants.

To start our science learning, we got our hands dirty! We planted some cress seeds and planned a fair test to see how sunlight has an effect on the growth of plants. The children formed groups and they are in charge of observing the changes in the plants on a daily basis and recording their observations.

We learnt about the different parts of plants and what the function of these parts are. The children created their own information poster with labelled diagrams in their books. 

We used our English skills to read more about sunflowers. We explored more scientific vocabulary and answered questions relating to the growth of sunflowers. We also explored what helps plants grow.

Art and DT

Our project this half term links Art and DT together as we take inspiration from different Egyptian jewellery. In art, we will develop our painting skills and in DT, we will have the choice to work with various materials that we need to make sure fit our purpose. The children will be able to experiment with different brush strokes and colour mixing, as well as cutting, shaping and joining techniques.

We evaluated Bidget Riley’s Winter Palace and also had a close look at ancient Egyptian collars!

The children sketched and planned their ancient Egyptian collars whilst enjoying some fresh air in our outdoor classroom!

We practised our brush techniques before we got out hands on our paper plates.

We used our DT cutting and shaping skills to measure and cut our paper plates to fit well. Then we decorated the collars following our plan and using our painting skills we practised.

Check out our final products!

Computing

We always start our computing learning by refreshing our knowledge of online safety. This half term, we had a go at playing Cyber Sprinters, which the children really enjoyed! We had great discussions about what the children learnt through the pop-up mini quizzes in the game. Some remarks the children had:

“I had a quiz about how to keep passwords safe.”

“I know it isn’t safe to open phishing emails.”

“Did you send us homework by email Miss Hegedus? Would that be safe to open?”

Another big hit in Year 4 has been Band Runners! The children really enjoyed the the fun game and they navigated the quizzes with great enthusiasm and thought! The mini quizzes made the children consider how to be kind to others online and play games together. They also had to evaluate scenarios and choose the best course of action to take regarding sharing information online, talking to others, using the Internet and keeping information private.

The children really enjoyed the visit from Mrs Lynch, who spoke to us about online safety and expanded our learning even further!

To follow on from the Internet Safety workshop we had with Mrs Lynch, the children learnt more about digital footprints and sharing information online. We had great discussions and the children could understand very well the potential dangers of oversharing or talking to strangers online too.We created our own information posters about leaving digital footprints online.

Some of the comments the children made:

“If I post something, it will stay there forever.”

“I would never tell anyone where I live.”

“The other person could be lying about who they are.”

“I want to be kind online too.”

Geography

In Geography, we will find out about the physical and human geography of Egypt and we will work with various sources and data to be able to explain our views about the location by giving geographical reasons.

We started by exploring different maps of Egypt. We looked at a map from our atlas and a historical map with the famous landmarks on. The children had to use their maths skills to plot the marked coordinates on the maps and find the relevant human or physical features

We then had to sort different bits of information about modern Egypt and its geography into human or physical features. We also had a lot of information regarding the climate and weather that we learnt. 

We read even more about Egypt. We used our English reading comprehension skills to retrieve the important information from the text. We then looked at two different bar charts and used our maths skills to be able to interpret the data and read the average temperature and the amount of rainfall from the graphs.

History

Our topic is linked to History this half term. We will explore the ancient culture and investigate the lives of ancient Egyptians. We will learn about how Howard Carter found the tomb of Tutankhamun and we will write a diary entry in character.

We had a great themed morning the first day we came back to school where we ventured outside for a Burn2Learn activity as we became archaeologists trying to break the pharaoh’s code. We solved varied fluency questions by being able to find the value of different representations of decimals.

We kept ourselves active as we had to uncover the Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and uncover the topic specific vocabulary that we will use in our history learning this half term. We then kept ourselves active by doing a bit of spelling aerobic Burn2Learn to help us remember the correct spellings.

We used our superb library books to do a bit of reading around the subject and to be able to learn more about the lives, beliefs of men, women and children of ancient Egypt. The children found many exciting facts that they recorded and expanded their vocabulary even further.

We built on our research and used our writing skills to sum up our knowledge and understanding so far relating to the ancient Egyptians. Now that we started exploring the topic in greater detail, we also came up with lots of questions we still want to be able to learn about!

We carried on our history learning by looking at photographs from the past and explaining what we can see on them, what we think is happening and what we wonder. The children used their English skills to organise their ideas into detailed paragraphs and add lots of description. They were really creative and could think like archaeologists!

We used our maths skills to sequence dates on a timeline and represent different historical events.

The aim of our following lesson was to recreate the atmosphere of tension and anticipation back in 1922 when Howard Carter first caught sight of the boy king’s tomb that lay undisturbed for some 3,000 years. We turned part of the classroom into the chamber leading to the tomb. At the end of the tunnel, lay the treasures that we had to sketch and describe as best as we could!

We also dug for more ambitious historical vocabulary that we planned to include in our diary entries written by Howard Carter.

MFL

This term, as part of our French learning, we will refresh our knowledge on numbers, days of the week and months of the year.

We learnt more about numbers in French! This was part of our learning in maths about time, so we could count what hour it is in French too. We created our own flash cards and tested each other on the new vocabulary!

We also learnt the days of the week in French and ventured outside to do our hoop hop Burn2Learn activities to be able to remember all the words!

We also had fun finding the French words in our word searches!

Music

At the start of the term, we will explore songs relating to our Egyptian topic. We will learn how to use technology to choose, order, combine and control sounds to be able to compose a musical piece of our own. We will be sharing our compositions with the class as we play and evaluate each of the compositions together.

The children really enjoyed listening to different Egyptian musical instruments and they had to use their imagination to create a scene in Egypt. They also came up with various adjectives to describe their emotional response to the musical composition and the type of instruments used.

We also had a great time learning a new song and the matching actions! We practised the lyrics and to keep in tune as a class.

The ancient Egyptians have really inspired us in music! The children came up with some absolutely brilliant choreography to keep up with the rhythm of the music and they performed truly professionally, always keeping in character.

The children used technology to create their own music and combine sounds to create an atmosphere. They loved the challenge and came up with some super sound combinations!

Some of the children’s comments were:

“I chose a flue and it sounded really high pitched sometimes.”

“Our aim was to create something spooky.”

“We had to practise over and over together.”

PE

In PE, the children will be taking part in various outdoor games to work on their teamwork skills. They will improve their ability to control and retain possession of a ball as well as how to strike moving balls. They will explore the great outdoors by improving their understanding of maps and giving clear instructions.

We had such a great time in the glorious sunshine the first day back at school! The dodge ball tournament has gone really well and congratulations to all the house teams as they all have done amazing! We kept our spirits up by cheering for each other and showed excellent sportsmanship all throughout the afternoon.

We have been working on our personal bests in PE. The children had to work on their accuracy and coordination, as well as their power during the throwing activities. We used our right and left hand and chest passes too. As part of the other circuit activities, we had to work on our speed and agility as we explored the different areas.

The children enjoyed the sunshine again as they got busy working through various circuits to develop their agility and speed! Safety first! We all had sun cream and our sun hats to the ready with lots of water to keep us hydrated!

Year 4 truly loved sports day! We had a lot of fun cheering each other on and our mummy novelty race turned out to be a lot of fun! Who would have thought that toilet rolls could be so tricky to wrap around our legs?!

We enjoyed the outdoors dance lessons in Year 4! The children came up with some very creative movements as a team! They kept up with the rhythm and created their own dance sequences.

PSHE

In PSHE we will explore the topic of speaking out and staying safe. We will learn about what children’s rights are and how to get help if needed. We will learn about British Values and how to show respect and tolerance towards everyone. We will also learn about how growing up affects emotions and behaviour and we will learn more helpful strategies to be able to cope with feelings and to be able to show empathy towards others.

Speaking out and staying safe is very important and we had a great discussion about what people, places and things are safe for us and what rights children have.

We have been exploring as a class what we all have in common with each other and how important we think teamwork can be during our school days and in our lives. Mrs Latham has been leading the sessions and the children participated very well! The children started out by standing in a circle, having to name something they have in common with each other and we talked about things that are permanent (like having the same birthday), or things that could change (wearing the same colour dress).

We then ventured outside to engage in a discussion. Our topic sentence was: Is teamwork really that important? The children shared their ideas truly respectfully and contributed very well to the session. Some of their comments were:

“I think teamwork can help me when I get stuck.”

“Sometimes if you do something by yourself, you learn more.”

“Team members can support each other which can lead to a win.”

The Year 6 pupils have been busy working through the school’s anti-bullying policy and creating their posters in a child-friendly format. Year 4 really appreciated this and as we recapped on the rules, we also made sure to indicate how we are 100% ready to keep following the school’s TRUST rules to avoid any bullying behaviour! We left our fingerprints on the poster to show our commitment.

With the approach of the summer holidays, we could not help but think about visiting the coast! We learnt about water safety and drowning prevention in Year 4 and the children were incredibly perceptive about the possible dangers on the beach and what to watch out for in the water. We closely examined our posters to spot the potential dangers!

We explored British Values in our PSHE lessons. We discussed the meanings and we explored how the values are present in our own lives. The children then collaboratively created their posters where they included relevant details on how the British Values are relevant to our everyday school life.

Some of the children’s comments were:

“We voted yesterday about how to stick in our pictures in English.”

“I know that everyone in class will get help if they ask an adult.”

“We need to show respect or we can lose our friends.”