For most of Year 4, coding and Seesaw have been the favourites this term. The children have been learning to make code for simple computer games and, on Fridays, we have been learning about metacognition through sewing and using an app on the iPads called Seesaw. Seesaw is like a child-friendly version of Facebook where you can take pictures of your work and reflect on them. The children then share their work with each other and add ‘likes’ and comments. Hopefully, with our metacognition lessons, we will have the skills to learn anything more effectively.
In chess, we have begun our tournament which will last over several weeks and will culminate in some of the children going to play against children from other schools.
We have enjoyed two trips: firstly, to the Sikh Gurdwara (although the snow prevented a lot of children from going) and, secondly, the Forest School trip to Clifton where we learned to make fires, build dens and did a 2 km cross country run.
In the last week of term, we had a trip to Bristol Rovers ground where will meet the author of the ‘Jamie Johnson’ books, Dan Freedman.
In maths, we’ve been using manipulatives and bar models to help us understand fractions greater than 1, equivalent fractions and how to find fractions of an amount.
In English, as well as some Big Writes, we completed a ‘Talk for Writing’ sequence of lessons on the Pied Piper which finished in us writing our own ‘invented stories’. In French we’ve been learning a song and playing board games over the past few weeks to help us talk about modes of transport whilst in PSHE, we have been roleplaying ways we can handle situations which make us feel us upset.
I think we’re ready for term 5 now!