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Conway Primary School

Year 4

Autumn Term 

 

English

 

In English this term, our focus reading text has been Into the Forest by Anthony Browne. We have enjoyed reading the story.  We wrote a setting description about the boy’s journey through the deep, dark forest.   Did you know that this story has other links with other traditional fairy tales? We loved learning about narratives and the features they contain such as the five parts to a story (opening, build up, problem, resolution and ending)!’ We now know how to use different sentence openers to make our writing more exciting for the reader.  Also, we consolidated our knowledge of how to write a detailed character description by including appearance and personality to make the characters more interesting

During Autumn 2 our writing topic was to write a newspaper report.  We linked this to our focus text, Into the Forest by writing a newspaper report on the missing Grandma. It was exciting to become newspaper reporters for the day. We interviewed each other and discussed different scenarios about the missing grandma. We learned so many features for non-fiction text especially for newspaper reports. By the end, we are able to distinguish the difference between direct speech and reported speech. Also we attempted to use inverted commas correctly to indicate when something has been said.

 

Next term we are looking forward to reading Varjak Paw and finding out what adventures the main the character goes on.

Maths

 

In Maths, we have learned how to partition whole and decimal numbers We used our prior knowledge of understanding place value when partitioning decimal numbers. We applied this to solve place value word problems and showed our working out in a systematic way. We are able to round decimal numbers to one and two decimal places. We also learned different mental strategies to help support mental calculations. For example the bridging method, compensating method and identifying number bonds. We are constantly working with strategies that are efficient to help derive our answers when answering mental calculations.  Some children are confident with using a range of different methods to find the answer to a mental calculation.

Also in Maths; we will consolidate our learning on multiplication and division using a formal written method.

Science

Our Science topics for the autumn term have been Living Things and their Habitats and Animals including Humans. While learning about living things and their habitats, we have learnt to identify, sort, group and classify living things. We were able to associate scientific names with the different groups. This includes, differentiating between vertebrates and vertebrates.  We also investigated the different categories of vertebrates, mammals, amphibians, birds, fish and reptiles. Through research, we are now more aware of the unique features of each species, which makes it different from other animals.During autumn two, our Science learning focused on the digestive systems of humans and animals, as well as, the functions of the teeth. We learnt the names and functions of the different parts of the digestive system, after which we compare and contrast the human digestive system with that of other animals. With the teeth playing a key role in the initial stage of digestion, we then explored the different types of teeth and their functions. It was fascinating to investigate the relationship between animals and the foods they eat. This includes herbivores, carnivores and omnivores

 

Topic

 

Over this term we have learned all about the Anglo-Saxons and the Scots – a period spanning over 600 years!  We began by looking at the invasion and settlement of Britain and how it sculpted new lifestyles and cultures.  We studied life in Anglo-Saxon villages, how people crafted tools, farmed the land and traded goods.  We acted as historians and archaeologists by looking at artefacts from the period and wrote a newspaper report on the discovery of a brand new artefact.  As we moved into Autumn 2 we looked at the Pagan religion; its gods, beliefs, practices and legacy.  We produced some fantastic non-chronological reports on the gods and will end the term by looking at their conversion to Christianity.

Next term we move onto the vicious Vikings!

 

Art

The focus in Art this term has been on mosaics, as we were learning about the Romans in Topic, it seemed rude not to.  We researched different mosaics and explored where they may have been found, what they looked like, the details in them and how they were made.  We then started small and created our own patterns using small squares.  Once we were confident with that we then drew out mosaic grids and created shapes and pictures using squares and colours (this is much harder than it sounds like)!  We even made sun-catcher mosaics and displayed them in our Art classroom.

 

In Design Technology this term we learned how to make a kite.  At first, we all thought we knew how they stayed in the sky, the wind right?!  Oh no, there are many different parts of a kite and each one has a specific role to play in the flight of a kite (ask us so we can show off what we know).  So, we learned about the different parts and then used this to design our own and really thought about what resources we would need to use.  We then made our kites using our designs and even took them to the playground to test them. 

 

Computing

In computing this term, we created our own wiki page.  We linked this to our topic work on Anglo Saxons. We used iPads to research our ideas and make notes like real researchers.  We then planned it out and used an app on the iPads to create our wiki page.  For this we had to develop our understanding of the purpose of creating a wiki page. We were able to edit each other’s work and communicate using the iPads whilst creating our wiki page.

Swimming

This term we are continuing with our swimming lessons. We have all gained confidence in the water. Most of us are able to go under water to retrieve objects and some of us are now strong swimmers. A few of us are still learning but are now able to swim using swimming aids.  We have really enjoyed working with our swimming coaches and are looking forward to continuing to swim next term.

RE

This term in RE we have been learning about Peace.  We have looked at what peace means to us and our community. Did you know we had a peace checklist? This really enabled us to ensure we were facilitating peaceful actions in School, at home and in our community. Many of us wanted to help one another and found alternative ways to avoid conflict so we can live in a peaceful way.

Below is an example of some of the ideas we came up with.

Acts of Peace Checklist

At School

  • Listen to all the adults.
  • Work as a team.
  • Be a good friend

At Home

  • Help my siblings.
  • Keep my bedroom clean.

In my community

  • Put the rubbish in the bin.
  • Say nice things to each other.

We looked at famous people and how their attitude to peace changed lives. It was fascinating to learn about how peace contributed to improving lives. For example Martin Luther King was instrumental in changing attitudes through peaceful protests during the time of black and white segregation in America. We used this to reflect on our lives and how we could use peaceful techniques to improve the quality of our lives.

We really enjoyed learning about Judaism Shabbat. Did you know that Shabbat is the Hebrew name for Sabbath? The important thing we learned is that Shabbat is day of rest for all Jews. So from Friday evening all housework and preparations are done so they can rest on the Saturday. On this day they go to the synagogue to offer special prayers and sections of the Torah are read out. We enjoyed watching how Shabbat is carried out and different roles the family members have.

Music

During the autumn term in music we have been consolidating our understanding for rhythm and singing.  We have been exploring different sounds using our voices as instruments. We have written our own raps, using our voice to create a beatbox.  We had so much fun doing this!  We also have learned a variety of songs where we had to learn the lyrics and sing along in tune as a whole class (this is harder than it sounds)!

Now we are learning to play the recorder and the violin.  We have been taking it in turns to learn each instrument so we all have the opportunity to learn each one.  Our teachers have been very impressed with us so far!

Next term (Spring)

This term in English we will be learning the features of an adventure story, how to write an exciting plot and character descriptions.  We are very excited to put our skills to the test and develop on these further!

In Maths, we will continue to further develop our knowledge of place value including Roman numerals and negative numbers.  Also consolidate our understanding of using mental and written strategies in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. 

During the spring term we will be learning about ‘The Vikings Anglo Saxons’ in Topic. For this they will be learning about who are Vikings and Anglo Saxons.  In Science, we will be learning about ‘States of Matter’ The children will begin to develop their understanding of gases, liquids and gases. During Art we will be learning about Andy Warhol and focusing on printing. How exciting is that?

 

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