Year 4 – 2016/2017 – Term 6

In Term 6 we learnt about light and sound which included experimenting with the movements of shadows and making paper cup telephones. We used our scientific skills to make predictions and record the results of our experiments.

 We also went to Bristol Open Doors Day which meant we got to visit the architecture centre, City Hall, St James’s Priory and go on a history walk. We learnt a lot about Bristol’s famous buildings.

 

 

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Year 4 – 2016/2017 – Term 5

This term we have been learning about geometry. We have learnt how to classify shapes and angles. In English, we have looked at a few sea based stories. We have written our own stories and focused on correctly punctuating speech. We have also thought more about editing our work to make it better. This term we also took a lovely trip to the woods. We did a range of activities designed to make us notice and appreciate the nature all around us. The children had a fantastic time.

 

 

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Year 4 – 2016/2017 – Term 4

This term we have been thinking about how the body works. We did a body MOT and checked our pulse rate and counted our teeth. We learnt about how our lungs work and how our eyes see. We used our scientific enquiry skills to design an eye test and to make observations of our own teeth. In Maths, we have learnt about decimals and money as well as practising our multiplication skills. In English, we learnt about the Epic of Gilgamesh and read the fantastic Varjak Paw.

 

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Year 4 – 2016/2017 – Term 3

This term our topic has been about our local area so we have done a lot of work looking at maps and learning some map reading skills. In maths, we have been learning about fractions. We did some great work off the back of the performance of Jack and the Beanstalk that we watched. We thought about perspective and tried to draw from Jack’s point of view. We also did some forced perspective photography.

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Year 4 – 2016/2017 – Term 2

The children have worked hard at multiplication this term using concrete apparatus and pictures to show their understanding of multiplicative reasoning. As a class, we studied ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ and the children really enjoyed the exciting descriptive writing in the book. We might have to get the second one in the series. We have also looked at the work of Modigliani. We built up to creating our own Modigliani style self-portraits. The class have continued to learn chess and are now able to use all the pieces as well as thinking about moves like ‘en passant’ and ‘castling’.

 

 

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Year 4 – 2016/2017 – Term 1

This term we have been learning about ancient Egypt. We went on a trip to the museum to  handle some actual Egyptian artefacts and had a go at making our own mummies. In maths we have been learning about place value and negative numbers. The children have had the chance to enjoy a range of stories and attempted to write their own spooky story. We are also lucky to have a teacher come and give us weekly chess lessons. maybe we’ll have a future Grand Master.

 

 

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Year 4: Term 6

Our final term has been good for art and craft. We had our shadow puppet performances, bird studies, symmetrical faces and towards the end of term we made gatehouses from folded card and some stunning modular origami lotus flowers. I enjoyed reading the children’s stories about a crocodile who follows a lion cub back to its den, only to be thwarted by a large gorilla. In maths we looked at geometry before a big recap on fractions. I was really pleased when, after the children had used card, blocks and their own drawings to represent these fractions, many now say it’s a piece of cake.  We had an interesting history trip to the Red Lodge and in chess, we had our final session with Chris the chess master. As well as being amazing at chess, Year 4 are just a super class and I will really miss them next year.

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Year 4: Term 5

I am incredibly proud of Year 4’s performance of the Cumberland Square Eight dance and their mummers play. It made a very nice end to an interesting term. We’ve been on two trips: the Aquarium and @Bristol. Science week fitted well within this: a visit from Dr Lane helping us make wind-up cars; learning about pulleys and mechanical advantage; siphons; measuring volume by displacing water; measuring the distance of balloon rockets and a lot of writing to describe all of this. We explored more measures with the timing of footballs going downhill and baking scones. In literacy, we made speech punctuation and spelling patterns out of plasticine and pipe-cleaners to help us remember. We’ve also been performing a script based on Varjak Paw (which we’ve now finished studying) complete with cat masks. We had a few messy science lessons on the human body, making our teeth out of plasticine and the digestive system out of orange juice, plastic bags and pairs of tights. Finally, we’ve started playing ‘secret buddy’ again this term and I’ve seen some really friendly gestures between children and a big improvement on last time. Thanks as always to all you brilliant parents and wonderful children.

 

 

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