Physically Active Learning
Welcome back to school after the summer holidays! I am very much looking forward to the beginning of a new year with this class. We have such exciting topics to learn all about this year, I have no doubt that the children will love their learning!
In RE, we have begun with our learning all about ‘Trust in God’, We started by undertaking some trust exercises of our own in order really understand what trust feels like to give and receive. The children really enjoyed this activity and they really understood the varying feelings it gives.
We have since been learning about parables in which we learn about God’s love and those who have shown great trust in Him. The children have also been working on their skills to find references within The Bible. They have really enjoyed learning to find these and then learning about how they can use these to support them within their own lives.
In Year 4, we have enjoyed developing our relationship with God through our collective worship. Each week we think of the new statement of the week and together we pray and praise God.
We have started to plan and lead our own worships in class and the children enjoy setting up their prayer table each day and listening to stories from the Bible.
Every Friday, we join together with Year 3 and we have collective worship in our very special prayer garden. We enjoy getting together and we sing and pray together.
During the Month of the Rosary, we also joined year 3 to pray on the rosary together. It was a very special time for us all!
In English, we have been focusing on the story of ‘Romulus and Remus’ who were said to have been the founders and creators of Rome!
The children have enjoyed their stories and have written some exciting posters to try and help the baddy; King Amulius!
We have also been working on our sentence structure. The children have been working on coordinating and subordinating conjunctions. The children are much more confident with this and I can’t wait to see them reap the rewards of this within their writing!
The children have been working very hard on their place value understanding! They have really been working on their understanding of number by using lots of numicon and counters to support them with this.
They have worked hard on their place value and in Year 4 we are much more confident with using mathematical vocabulary to explain our answers. Go Year 4!
We have been learning all about our new topic, ‘States of Matter.’
We have been familiarising ourselves with the vocabulary solid, liquid and gas and learning what this means. We have even been outside acting how their particles work! It is fair to say, the children loved being a gas and running around in all directions!
We created our own investigations for testing materials to see if they were a solid, liquid or gas. This was a great learning experience because we discussed materials that can seem like one state but they are intact another! For example, rice seems like a liquid because it pours but it is actually a solid. A tricky concept!
We have also been experimenting with what affects a change of state. What better way to test this than with CHOCOLATE! The children were given a few ways in which they were to hold the chocolate and to see which changed state the quickest. We quickly found out that temperature was a big factor in this and it melted quickest when we had our mouths closed. It was very tricky to not eat this Science experiment!
Our topic this half term is The Romans.
So far in History, we have been learning about using a timeline to order dates. The children learnt about AD and BC. This was tricky but they got there!
We have been completing some exciting work where the children learnt about what The Romans would have in a banquet. Firstly, they had to complete a hunt around the school to locate all of their ingredients and then they created a menu that would delight a Roman Emporer! Does pickled dormouse sound like a delectable meal to you?
We then looked at the important Roman roads. We used ‘stones’, ‘cement’, ‘sand’, ‘broken rock’ and slabs to create our own roads so that we could create our very own Roman roads. The children really enjoyed this activity and afterwards wrote some lovely explanation texts to describe why they had then and why they were built the way that they were.
We started the year by discussing our important class rules. The children came up with some great ideas with how we can make our classroom a happy, purposeful place to be. We all came up with the rules together and the children reflected that these would help us to be respectful to one another. We signed it by drawing around our hands and decorating this to show that everyone fully supports this!
Our class motto this year has become, “Love your neighbour as yourself’. We discussed about how we can be good friends to one another and why/how God teaches us to do this. We always refer back to it whenever we have any issues and the children are reminded to think about this when playing in the playground. We use this to help us in our tolerance of different situations; it isn’t always easy but we keep God’s message about love at the forefront of our minds!
Our PSHE topic this half term was all about physical health and wellbeing. We looked at what food choices people make and how we can make the best choices for ourselves. The children planned their own meals thinking about getting the balance right and understood why we need to get the balance right.
We also looked at the importance of sleep. The children thought about the sleep quality they had and how they can take charge of looking after themselves and making sure they get the best amount of sleep that they can. Following this learning, one parent even commented, “I’m pleased that you taught them about how to prepare for sleep because now they know the importance of unwinding with a book at bedtime!” I was so pleased to hear that this had such an impact on the children already!
Macmillan Coffee Morning
We have been joining in with the biggest coffee morning! We discussed how we have these wonderful people who support and help the friends and family of people who are sick. We thanked God that we have these people to support our community! We enjoyed some yummy biscuits so that we could join in too!
Lego Workshop- DT/Computing
We had the fantastic opportunity to participate in a Lego-themed workshop which helped to develop our knowledge of coding in order to make the Lego move, talk and sense its surroundings. The children had to carefully assemble their lego and then use a special app to code it to complete certain actions. The children had lots of problem-solving to do when it didn’t work or if it wasn’t as effective as they wanted! They completed the challenges well and they were so disappointed when the workshop was over! A fantastic day of using and developing their Computing and DT knowledge!
In Art, we have been creating collages. The children have found this to be a tricky, sticky task which requires lots of careful scissor, glue and design skills. Decorating a Roman soldier’s shield isn’t a quick or easy task so this is taking a while to complete! Pictures coming soon!
Autumn Term 2
Another term for us! We have some great things planned and I am excited to see the children get stuck in to their learning again!
RE – Trust in God
We have continued to focus on our topic about trusting in God.
We began the half term learning about the fruits of the holy spirit. We had a hunt around the school to locate the different fruits and then we matched them up to their meanings. We discussed how and when we feel these fruits and understood how they grow in us so that we can become more like God.
We closely linked our RE learning to Armistice day centenary this year. The children understood about how the war was a hard time for all and we reflected that these men were sons, husbands, brothers, nephews, uncles and dads. We looked at how scripture can be of some support to someone who is in need. The children created some excellent artwork and then writing linked to this.
In Year 4, the children are beginning to learn to lead their own collective worship. The children are beginning to plan and deliver their own worships with just a little bit of help. This is a really special time in class for us all and the children are thoroughly enjoying supporting one another as they develop in their faith journeys.
In English, we are working on our basic SPaG skills this half term to ensure we are using them all with great accuracy. In Year 4 we certainly enjoy any activity that involves running and searching so we have been using outside to learn about ‘run-on’ sentences. The children loved running and grabbing a ball and then organising them to see if they were accurately punctuated, a run on or a comma splice.
To finish our learning about states of matter, we began learning about the water cycle. The children completed some great drama where they acted as the different parts of the water cycle. We then moved onto creating our own water cycles to display and see it in action!
The children were set some creative homework and were encouraged to think outside of the box for our topic of Romans. The children completed some brilliant homework and I am so proud of them for this beautiful work! Thank you also to the parents for supporting your children with this homework. The Year 4 team were so impressed and really appreciated the effort that had gone into this project. Below is just a snap shot of the excellent projects that were handed in!