WB 9th May 2022
In English this week, we have been writing ‘Gahiji’s Story’. Last week, we read and immersed into Christophe’s story – this narrative is about a boy from Rwanda who fled his country to seek safety due to war. We were inspired by how Christophe overcame the barriers of starting a new school in a new country (such as language barriers, bullying and understanding a new culture) and how he found the courage to tell his story.
WB 3rd May 2022
This week in RE, we learnt about humanists (people who seek to live good lives without religious beliefs). We discovered how humanists are more than just people who don’t believe in God; they believe that we have certain responsibilities as human beings and that we should try our best to be good and kind to one another and the Earth. After this, we sorted different humanist beliefs into a ‘diamond nine’, where the children worked in pairs to discuss and order the beliefs they agreed with most at the top of the diamond, then worked their way down to the beliefs they disagreed with the most. Finally, the children wrote their reasons why they agreed / disagreed with certain statements the most.
WB 25th April 2022
In Year 4 this week, we have continued with our topic in DT – ‘Pavilions’. We first made a design brief of our pavilion (frame structure) reflecting the theme of animals. After, we created a footprint of the pavilion in pencil, ready to start constructing our frame over the next few weeks.
WB 19th April 2022
In humanities this half term, Year 4 will be researching the history of some famous British landmarks and learn the stories behind why they are so significant to the British people today! To start off our new topic, this week we named some landmarks and used a map to locate where they are in the UK. We used our prior geographical knowledge of mapwork and coordinates to pinpoint their exact locations on the map. After this, we prepared a historical timeline by labelling key events and dates throughout history. Every week, we will add to this timeline by sticking a picture of the landmark we learn about next to when it was built, developing our knowledge of chronology.
WB 28th March 2022
Firstly, I’d like to say that I’ve been absolutely blown away with the writing in English this week! Every single child in my class put in 100% effort, resulting in outstanding pieces of writing; they all should be extremely proud of themselves, as I am! This week, we produced two different diary entries from the perspectives of the Lucy and Edmund, recounting their contrasting experiences when entering Narnia for the first time. I was astonished by how well the children were able to capture the two children’s different personalities, feelings, thoughts and experiences in Narnia. This child’s work demonstrates this perfectly; notice how this child perfectly captures sweet, little Lucy’s thoughts and emotions, opposed to thoughts and feelings of her horrible, spiteful brother, Edmund. What a way to end the term! Well done Year 4 for your hard work and incredible effort - enjoy a well-deserved break over the Easter Holidays.
WB 21st March 2022
In PSHE in Year 4, we are currently learning about money and work. This week, we discussed why it is important to have a job, what jobs we’d like to do when we're older and what skills are needed for different jobs. We discussed our individual qualities and skills and how they would enable us to be successful in the future job role we want. It was lovely to see how self-aware the children were in understanding their own strengths and weaknesses and applying this to their future. After this, the children wrote their own CVs, describing their amazing personal qualities, the job role they want and what skills and qualities they have that would make them perfect for the job! We have lots of budding athletes, artists, teachers, actors/actresses and footballers, as well as a marine biologist, a NASA engineer, an architect, a police officer and a therapist in the making!
WB 14th March 2022
In DT this week, the children of Year 4 used their knowledge of seasonal fruit and vegetables to make their very own stuffed peppers! Working in teams, the children supported each other to firstly cut a ‘lid’ off the top of their pepper and scoop the insides out. Next, we took turns dicing a courgette, focussing on our cutting skills and using a ‘claw grip’ to ensure our fingers were safe. After this, we mixed the diced courgette into the pre-made couscous then stuffed our peppers. Finally, the children decided if they wanted to sprinkle some mixed herbs and/or cheese on top! I hope all the children enjoyed eating them as much as we enjoyed making them.
WB 7th March 2022
This week in maths, Year 4 have been learning all about data handling. First of all, we learnt the differences between discrete data (data that can be counted and is a whole number) and continuous data (data that is measured and can be a decimal). Next, we explored how we can represent different types of data, such as using tally charts and bar graphs for discrete data and line graphs for continuous data. It was so much fun to collect our own data in tally charts and tables, then represent our findings in our own graphs (see examples pictures)! Towards the end of the week, we focused our learning on interpreting data from a variety of graphs and tables, as well as asking relevant questions about the data presented, such as 'which was the most popular...?' or 'what is the difference between the most popular and the least popular...?'