Mrs Paganuzzi and Miss Bedford (Class Teachers)
Mrs Gourlay (Support Staff)
Year 4 are working hard and are really enjoying their new topics this term. They are enthusiastic about the new science topic, which is all about human impact in the world. They are learning about climate change and what we can do to protect our planet. They produced some brilliant posters encouraging people to dispose of their rubbish in an eco-friendly way. They have also explored food chains and webs and produced excellent pieces of work to support their learning. Year 4 have looked at how different natural and human disruptions have an impact on an ecosystem.
The history topic of the Mayans is also proving popular. Children particularly enjoyed hearing about the how the Mayans dealt with law and order. They didn’t have prisons, but shaved the heads of people who had committed crimes, so everyone would know that they had done something wrong.
In RE, children have been thinking about the different beliefs that people hold. We have looked at a range of festivals that are celebrated by the main religions. Children enjoyed making their own Rangoli patterns, linking art and RE. In art, children have loved the chance to sketch natural objects found outside.
In English, Year 4 have been busy working on explanation texts. They have watched Wallace and Gromit’s inventions for inspiration and designed various labour saving devices for busy parents.
In Maths we have been learning how to make a whole, writing, comparing and ordering decimal numbers. We have been impressed with the work we have seen and the pupils have a secure understanding of this.
In Science, pupils have been preparing an interview or writing biographies about the scientist Carl Linnaeus. We are now beginning to explore sound and pupils will be carrying out investigations around their homes. Additionally, we are looking at solids liquids and gases. The children are looking forward to lots of exciting experiments, where materials to change form.
In History we have started the Tudors, starting with placing this era on a timeline. There is lots to learn, notably about the larger than life character Henry V111 and his wives. Children will also be learning what it would have been like to live during this period. The history topic of the Anglo-Saxons is also proving popular. Children are particularly keen to find out about Anglo-Saxon food and drink and the clothes they wore. Later in the term, they will have the chance to make a traditional Anglo-Saxon pottage.
In RE we have been reading various sacred stories. Children will think about what messages the stories give us. In art children are practising their sketching skills and sketching what they can see from their windows.
In Art children are focussing on sketching, they will be able to learn different skills such as cross hatching.
In P.E. one topic is basketball. They are enjoying learning lots on new skills. The other P.E topic is athletics; children are working hard to perfect their running and jumping skills.