Welcome to Year 4
We are delighted to say that the children have settled into their new classroom routines and are familiarising themselves with new learning expectations for Year 4 with a positive attitude and determination to do their best! In only a few weeks, we can already see an increase in independence and motivation. We are currently focussing on improving our listening skills.
It has already been a very busy term. In literacy, we have been exploring Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘Lost Happy Endings’ which is full of gorgeous descriptive language and beautiful illustrations. We have been developing our inference skills and were surprised to find out how much we can learn about a character from a simple illustration. Our writing has included character and setting descriptions, diamante poems (to help consolidate grammar terminology) and this week, we have written diary entries as Jub, showing her disappointment and despair after having had the endings stolen by an evil, old woman. We are amazing, talented authors when we are in our author “bubbles” and we have produced some gorgeous writing (being excellent magpies of ambitious vocabulary and beautiful descriptive phrases). Some of our work is on display in the corridor for you to read.
Our learning journey in Maths began with consolidating our understanding of place value in numbers to 10,000. We have learned to add and subtract 10, 100, 1000 and developed our rounding skills. Next week, we begin a new journey developing our formal written methods in addition and subtraction.
In Science, we have been exploring states of matter, using drama to help us understand the properties of each state. This week we investigated the question; “Do gases weigh anything?” and “Which chocolate melts the fastest?”. Ask your children what they discovered and learned.
In RE, we have been looking at the Creation story and what it tells Christians about the nature of God and also humans. We will be exploring the “fall” of Adam and Eve and considering the role of temptation in their demise. I am sure the children will recognise how difficult it can be to resist temptation and we will most certainly have interesting discussion and debate on this matter.
In Geography, we have been learning about the journey of a river in preparation for our Horton Kirby river trip next week and we are expecting a water workshop too. In DT, through our “Bridging the gap” topic we have been investigating different types of bridges. In preparation for building our own bridges, we have explored different joining and strengthening techniques and next week we hope to use our new construction kits and have a go at building a suspension and truss bridge.
Mrs Hollands and I are looking forward to working in partnership with you and watching your children develop maturity, independence, resilience and confidence over the course of the year. A busy year it will be, we assure you!