Autumn Term 1 (2019-2020)
Happy New Year!
It was lovely to see the children return to school full of excitement to share what a wonderful Christmas break they had! We have started our new topic ‘We Are Scientists’ by discussing prior knowledge and identifying what questions the children would like to answer through the topic. On Thursday, we learnt about the Christmas Story, learning about the Annunciation to Mary, the Visitation, the Birth of John the Baptist, the Annunciation to Joseph and why Mary, Joseph and Jesus travelled to Egypt. On Friday, we started our Design and Technology unit. We have been designing a lantern that must allow light to be seen through. The children had some thoughtful and creative ideas. Introduced by Hartpury College, we have started ‘Busy Brain Breaks’. This consists of three five-minute breaks, where the children copy some exercises. The children have thoroughly enjoyed the ‘Busy Brain Breaks’ so far and I have noticed an increase in their attention to their learning. A busy but exciting week back and I am looking forward to the term ahead!
A Busy Final Week!
Wow! What an exciting week we have had! On Tuesday, we were lucky enough to have a visit from the pantomime workshop in the morning, so we could learn the story of Cinderella and the pantomime sayings. In the afternoon, we went to the pantomime. The children were all looking forward to trying out their sayings they had learnt earlier. They were particularly excited to see Tweedy. The children behaved fantastically and it was lovely to see them with their peers enjoying the performance. Thank you to the parent helpers who enabled us to visit the pantomime! On Wednesday, the children sang beautifully at the Carol Concert. It was brilliant to see all their practise and hard work orchestrated in their performance. On Thursday, the children enjoyed eating party food and playing Christmas games. Thank you to everyone who brought in food for the party – the children certainly enjoyed it! We were fortunate enough to have a visit from Santa on Friday who was bearing gifts for all! The children had a delicious breakfast, then made some festive ‘pom-poms’. Thank you Year 4 for your continual hard work this term! Have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Today, we were lucky enough to visit the Roman Baths in Bath. First, we had a workshop where the children could dress up in togas and tunics. Then, they held and learnt about different artefacts. Also, the children created a mosaic pattern using different coloured tiles. After that, we enjoyed refuelling with a lunch stop. Then, we walked around the Roman Baths listening to an audio guide tour, informing us all about the Baths. The children’s behaviour was fantastic and represented St Joseph’s really well. They have been so enthused and engaged with our ‘Roman’ topic. Thank you so much to the parent helpers who accompanied us on the trip! Well done Year 4!
On Friday, we had a brilliant day! We used paper and sweet wrappers to create a mosaic picture which linked with to outdoors. The children made some fantastic pictures of: a butterfly, a tree, leaves and birds. The children used a range of colours which looked really effective. In the afternoon, we used clay to create characters from the story Romulus and Remus. There were some fantastic designs and the children worked well in the pairs.
During our literacy lessons this week, the children have been substituting their re-tell texts. Next week, they will be writing their new journey tale including a range of speech and different language features. The children had some brilliant and imaginative ideas. We started our ‘Romans’ topic this week. We looked at some key dates and events that happened during the Roman period and why the Romans invaded Britain. As part of our REACH activity on a Friday, we learnt the story of Romulus and Remus. Throughout this term, the children will be creating the characters out of clay. Then, the children will use the computers to create an animation using their characters. In our outdoor learning session this week, we learnt about weapons the Romans used. We learnt the Romans used machines which were like catapults to launch large rocks at walls to break them. Then, the children made their own catapults out of lollypop sticks, elastic bands and a plastic spoon. After that, we had a competition to see who could launch an acorn the furthest with their catapult. What a fantastic first week back we have had! (08/11/19)
This week, we made a bridge using newspaper and sellotape. Our challenge was to see how many toy cars it would hold. We have enjoyed computing where we made our own times table maths game using ‘Scratch’. We enjoyed our maths work this week as we have been learning about different shapes. We have been lucky enough to have Mrs Baron teach us first aid – we learnt what to do if someone is fainting, choking or having an asthma attack. We also learnt DR ABCD. ‘D’ is for danger, ‘R’ is for response, ‘A’ is for airwaves, ‘B’ is for breathing, ‘C’ is for circulation and ‘D’ is for defibrillator. We enjoy our REACH assemblies on a Friday as we celebrate our great work. We enjoy REACH time where we get to play fun activities and watch videos from the Literacy Shed. By Millie and Harry (25/10/19 )
During our maths lessons this week, we have been learning about quadrilaterals. The children enjoyed listening, singing and dancing to songs about parallelograms and a rhombus to support their understanding of the properties of these shapes. This week, we have been learning about Sikhism for our “Week of Awe and Wonder.” Our focus was the celebration of light over darkness. We learnt about Diwali and how it is celebrated. Then, the children learnt about the celebration of Vaisakhi. On Thursday, we enjoyed Mass at Church. The children’s singing and behaviour was fantastic! Unfortunately, the weather was cold and wet on Friday but it did not dampen the children’s spirits during our Forest School lesson. We collected natural resources, then created a country that is in Europe using a map to help them. The children used the resources to identify human and physical features. It was lovely to see the children enjoying themselves at the school disco! I hope all the children had a brilliant time showing off their dance moves! (18/10/19)
On Wednesday, we celebrated our Harvest festival. Well done to all of Key Stage 2 children for their fantastic singing! As a class, we wrote a prayer for everything the children are thankful and grateful for. During our literacy lessons, we have been retelling a journey tale. The children will be learning to use speech, as well as range of powerful vocabulary to enhance their writing. In maths, we have been learning to round three and four-digit numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. We have also been learning to read Roman numerals to 100. I was so impressed with the children’s understanding of Roman numerals. As part of our topic lessons, we have been locating countries in Europe and looking at their physical and human characteristics. We have also been learning to use four-figure grid references to locate places on a world map. The children persevered with some challenging geography work. (12/10/19)
This week, I have enjoyed our topic work because we have been writing a persuasive letter to “Mr Moreton” to persuade him not to build a supermarket or car park on our school field. In literacy, we have been substituting writing about an animal we made up. This week in maths, we have been rounding 3 and 4 digit numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. I am looking forward to guided reading next week because I like writing sentences. In forest school this week, I enjoyed making habitats for our mythical creatures we made last week. Written by Emily (04.10.19)
This week in topic, we have been learning to use classification keys to classify animals in our surrounding and wider environment. They were very tricky but the children demonstrated resilience to complete a successful key. In our literacy lessons this week, the children have been creating a mythical creature. They have been thinking about what it looks like, what it eats, where it lives and an interesting fact about the animal. Next week, the children will be writing a non-chronological report about their mythical creature using a range of conjunctions and generalisers. During Forest School, the children worked in partners to create a mythical creature using colourful play-doh. I was impressed with the children’s enthusiasm and fantastic ideas. They created a fact file all about their animal. See below for all the amazing creatures they created. Well done Year 4!
A Busy Week in St George’s Class!
During our literacy lessons, the children have been looking at different non-chronological reports. The children have specifically been learning to use a wide range of conjunctions in their writing. Next week, we will begin to substitute the re-tell text the children learnt and adapt it to create their own non-chronological report. In our topic lessons this week, we have been learning about food chains. The children created a range of different food chains and identified the producer, prey and predator. I was so impressed with the children’s engagement and understanding throughout each topic lesson. Well done Year 4!
During our topic work this week, we have been using atlases to locate the seven continents, five oceans and United Kingdom countries, capital cities and surrounding seas. Also, we have been learning to group living things in a variety of ways. The children used Venn diagrams and Carroll diagrams to group a range of living things. During our outdoor learning, the children grouped flowering and non-flowering plants. Then, the children created an animal out of natural materials. I was impressed with the children’s imagination and team work.
First Week Back in Year 4!
What an exciting first day back to Year 4. The whole school were lucky enough to visit Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm. We were able to explore and learn about God’s wonderful creatures. Whilst at the zoo, we had a workshop called ‘Classifying Creatures’. The children learnt about the five main vertebrate groups, held a giant African snail and touched a corn snake. What a fantastic first day back in St George’s class. We are looking forward to building on our learning from the trip to Noah’s Ark. Thank you to all the parent helpers who enabled the trip to happen!