Hogwarts - Y4
It is our choices that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities.
Class teachers - Mrs Dempsey and Miss Duckworth
Miss Creek, Miss Feroz and Mrs Wilson also help us with our learning
Each half-term we are given homework that matches the learning we do in school for each topic.
We bring home a reading book. It is important to read at home as well as school. We learn lots of new things when reading on our own, with a teacher or in small groups. After we have read our book, it is quizzed and our results are shared with our teacher
Autumn Term 1 2017
The first two weeks back went by in a flash. We had a week of settling in and making the classroom our own. We then took part in Identity week; we had some special visitors come in and work with us. They were called ‘The Young Un’s.’ They are a folk band that tell stories about ordinary people who have done extraordinary things through the medium of music. We had a workshop with them, where we learnt about some amazing people, joined in with songs and created out our chant. We even went time travelling.
For this week we studied Sir Alec Issigonis, who created the Mini. His engineering skills and contributions to our country were recognised -for that reason he was knighted
Following Identity Week, we started our English topic on fantasy stories. We focused on the story of The Firework Maker’s Daughter. The children spent time exploring the story, learning it by heart and learning lots about nouns and adjectives. Each child then planned and wrote their own fantasy story based on The Firework Maker’s Daughter. We had some very imaginative story lines such as, The Candyfloss Maker’s Daughter and The Moon Maker’s Son.
We then moved onto a non-fiction topic in English, explanation texts. We looked at different examples of explanation texts and focused on the purpose and features. We then watched some of Wallace and Gromit’s Cracking Contraptions and chose The Soccomatic as our focus. We created our own explanation text to explain ‘How to use a Soccomatic’. The results were fantastic! We created our year 4 display for the whole school to admire on the back of the work produced.
In Maths, we focused on our key skills in place value. We looked at ones, tens, hundreds and even thousands. We looked at reasoning and problem-solving skills using our knowledge of place value and we have deepened our knowledge of strategies to solve problems. We then moved onto addition and subtraction and we are now able to add and subtract mentally and using the written method. We even spent some time working our missing number problems which were quite tricky.
In topic we were looking at where we live and what other countries are like around Europe in our topic ‘Passport to Europe’. We looked at our local area, England, the United Kingdom, Europe and beyond. We spent some time comparing our county to Germany and what it would be like to live there. We drew some fantastic maps and put our English skills to use by writing a report about a town in Germany that we researched.
Autumn Term 2 2017
This half term has been very productive. We gave the term a kick start with our new English topic of Fairy tales; we looked at lots of different fairy tales; retelling the stories through drama, dramatic retellings and hot seating our favourite characters. We enjoyed hot seating the characters and looking at the story from different perspectives. We then wrote our own version using what we had learnt.
In history we were exploring London in 1665 and learning all about the Great Plague. We researched, explored and answered question such as What was London like in the time before the Great Fire of London in 1666? What sources can we use to imagine what London might have been like? What was the plague and why was it a problem? And why did plague spread so quickly? We explored Samuel Pepys diary and compared it to a fictional diary about a girl’s life during the plague. We then wrote a newspaper article about the Great Plague.
Our Science topic was electricity this half term. We have looked at what electricity is and where we can find it and how we use it, we then explored the components of a circuit. This topic is continuing in the spring term when we will be completing a STEM project in Science and DT.
Hogwarts, with The Hobbits, thoroughly enjoyed their trip to see Dinosaurs in the Wild in Manchester. We travelled back in time 60, 000 years to see dinosaurs in their natural habit in the cretaceous period. We saw Ankylosaurus, Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops in the wild, explored the scientists’ labs including seeing a dinosaur autopsy and almost got eaten by a Tyrannosaurus. It was an amazing experience even if we did nearly arrived back in 2018 instead!
Just before our Christmas holidays we went to see Beauty and the Beast at King George’s Hall. We loved the jokes and the physical comedy, good overcoming evil, the fabulous singing and dancing (some of us even joined in) and the emoji poo saving the day! It was a great morning out and what a treat.
Spring Term 1 2018
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