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Non-negotiables These are charts that the children use in class so they are clear on what they need to achieve by the end of Year 4.
Spelling list These are the spellings we need to be able to spell within our writing by the end of Year 4.
Curriculum newsletters and topic maps
Spring 2 2017/2018 The Empire Strikes Back
In the second half of Spring term, we will be continuing to explore our topic The Empire Strikes Back, therefore our topic map and homework will be staying the same. To see what we have learned so for in our topic please see our newsletter for Spring 1.
Spring 1 2017/2018 The Empire Strikes Back
This term, our daily reader has been a book called ‘Romans on the Rampage’, by Jeremey Strong. We have been reading the story along with our teachers and our classmates. We always have an activity which relates to the story. This checks our understanding. We have enjoyed this book because the characters are really funny (especially Croakbag), it’s action-packed with lots of events and it’s helped us to understand about the Romans. 4S
In maths, we have been exploring equivalent fractions. We have tried to make these lessons very visual and practical. The children have been folding strips of paper and colouring parts to find equivalent fractions and then investigating patterns.
Science was great fun this week. We were learning about the digestive system. This involved a very smelly and squishy experiment. We had to squashed Wotsits and white bread into a food bag and then we poured lemonade into the bag. Finally, we poured our mixture into the mesh bag and we had to squeeze the bag very hard. This was to demonstrate food entering and leaving our bodies and the importance of chewing!
In Year 4, we have been learning about how the Roman’s and Celt’s fought in battle. We demonstrated this by re-enacting a battle scene in class. This helped us to ‘think like a Roman’ and ‘act like a Celt’. During the week, we have been learning about Boudicca. We are beginning to understand who she was and what she fought for. We are doing this in preparation for the Battle Cry, which we will be writing next week!
In computing we have continued our learning of coding using a new program – LightBot. LightBot helps us to plan, program, test and debug whilst using sequencing skills, repeat functions and conditions.
The children were allowed to challenge themselves by creating a range of sequences for LightBot to follow, but they learnt they had to make all 4 edges the SAME for the REPEAT function to work.
Next week we will be looking at what the different colours mean and how that affects the final outcome.
The Empire Strikes Back
This week, Year 4 started their new topic- ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. Each class was introduced to the song, ‘Just like a Roman’ and through exploring the lyrics and their meaning, they learnt a little bit about how to eat, drink, dress, think, pray, build, slay and party like a Roman. The song was an instant hit and the children have already started learning actions to the song for a special performance in the future.
Each class generated questions for further lines of enquiry during the topic and all children were excited at the prospect of taking an active role in their learning journey this term.
Autumn 2 2017/2018 Journey into the Unknown
Robomind – Logo continued
Following our work on Turtle Art, we moved onto Robomind. This program allowed the children to continue coding but also allowed them to extend their thinking by creating “if and then” conditions e.g. if a white dot is in front of Robomind then turn right or if a beacon is in front then pick it up.
Turtle Art – Logo
In computing we have been learning that a program is a sequence of statements written in programming language and these statements can be adapted and changed. We have been programming a screen Turtle to execute a sequence of statements, firstly to create basic shapes and letters using a 90 degree turn then moving on to a range of angles, colours and the use of ‘repeat’ to create patterns. The children have been amazed at what they have produced and have been showing their work to each other with great pride.
We then extended ourselves and used our logo skills to create Christmas snowflakes, thinking carefully about our colour choices and the repeat function.
Year 4 started their new topic this week on ‘Journey into the unknown’. In our SUPERSTART, we learnt about Shackleton’s Incredible Expedition to Antarctica.
The children read Shackleton’s advert and luckily everyone decided to join the expedition! Once assembled into our crews, it was time to ready the boats. Working together, they made boats using sheets, string and wooden sticks for the mast, with skipping ropes for the boats.
Each child was assigned a job on board the ship, before the navigators led us around the school site looking for hidden clues. On the journey, we learnt about the expedition, the failures and the successes of the Shackleton and his crew.
The children had a great afternoon, actively learning about Shackleton but also working co-operatively together in their crews. Nobody abandoned ship, and nobody was left behind!
The children in Year 4 have been looking at Christian beliefs about God. Our enquiry led us to the Trinity – The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit. We explored the belief that there is one God, but three parts. We talked about each part, exploring artwork, symbols and bible passages that are used to represent each. Finally, we made a Trinity Flexagon to represent – The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit, three parts but one God.
Autumn 1 Gods, Mortals and Beasts
We have been learning our SMART rules, focusing on keeping ourselves and others safe online and on mobile technology.
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We have been busy in Year 4 preparing for Harvest. We helped Frimley celebrate Harvest by performing the play ‘The Little Red Hen’. On Wednesday we walked to St Peter’s Church, along with the rest of the school, to perform our play to the local community.