This term in year 4 we have been focusing on The Ice Palace by Robert Swindells, an exciting tale about a boy who travels through a frozen landscape to find his brother. We have recently reached the dramatic conclusion and really enjoyed acting out the ending. Some of the performances were incredible, both those playing the hero and villain! As part of this we have learned about cold weather survival as well as the science of the states of water as solid, liquid and gas.
Our mathematics has focused on multiplication as we continue to consolidate our formal methods as well as some fractions. There has also been some artwork showing the shapes and patterns that can be created with just straight lines.
We are very lucky to have Sue working on so many art projects with the children and they have produced lots of great work from snowy landscapes in chalk to popart portraits in the style of Andy Warhol. Collage has become a class favourite as the children used it again; this time to create urban and rural landscapes as we thought about the changes that humans bring to an area.
Finally, we have continued to have chess lessons from chess master Chris and we look forward to entering the Delancy UK Schools Chess Challenge next term.
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In Willow class this term we have been focusing on a Russian folk tale – The Firebird. We have been trying to put ourselves in the shoes of several of the characters, especially Prince Ivan the main character. As he travelled from kingdom to kingdom, tricking people and trying to steal things, we have decided that we don’t think he is a hero and so have been trying to persuade him to make different choices. We have also looked at his companion Grey Wolf and whether we think he should have been helping Ivan as much as he does in the story. This has involved plenty of roleplay and even some movement to music by Stravinsky inspired by the story.
This term has also had a real focus on multiplication and learning our times tables. A new method of multiplication, column multiplication, has been introduced to the class and we have seen how we can use it to multiply much larger numbers than we can do in our heads.
We also travelled to Overcourt farm to plant trees with the Woodland Trust and learned a lot about trees and what scientists are just learning about them whilst enjoying a morning getting very muddy! In the run up to Christmas we have also made lots of cards for our winter fair using stamps and collage to be really creative. During kindness week the children made the wonderful kindness cards which are pictured below.
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This term we have been looking at electricity and sound including building our own circuits and switches, as well a trip to Aerospace Bristol in Filton. There we learned about how to make jet engines quieter and even got to take a look on board a concorde. Our descriptive writing has been the focus of literacy with a whole unit on monsters from myths and legends. In Maths, we have been revising and extending our knowledge of column addition and subtraction.
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