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Updated 13.2.2017

 

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Class Teacher: Miss. K. Walker

Teaching Assistants: Miss. C. Noon & Mr S. Khan

 

 

This year our topics are: Brainwave, Temples, Tombs and Treasures, How humans work, Land, Sea and Sky, Living together, Explorer and adventurers, and Chocolate.

 

Firstly, I would like to say a warm welcome to 4W! 

We have had a fantastic year so far and are all really enjoying our topics in Year 4. The class web page is a fantastic place to come  for information about what is going on in class.   It also explains what things you need to be doing, both at home and at school to get the best out of your time in Year 4.

 

 

 

We are just coming to the end of our Land, Sea and Sky topic, we have found out lots about adaptation, climate, environments and habitats. Before that was How Humans Work where we learnt about the body and how to keep ourselves and others healthy! Our first topic was Temples, Tombs and Treasures. We found out about the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Sumer. We learnt all about the Pharoahs and how they built their pyramids,  we learnt about the importance of rivers in ancient times, we learnt to write in hieroglyphics and we even threw our very own Egyptian party for our exit point.

Blue Kit

After half term 4W will not need to wear their blue kit until further notice.

 

Reminder:

Children in 4W will start swimming on Tuesday February 28th. They will go every week until July. Please find attached swimming letter with all information needed.

 

Homework..

Weekly homework sheet - this is a sheet that we give out every Monday and it is to be completed and sent back into school for the following Monday. If your child has lost their sheet their is a blank copy below to be looked at or printed out at home! - The more homework sheets we bring in, the bigger and more impressive our  personal homework files will look. Its time to show off our knowledge and understanding! 

Spellings.

Children will be given spellings every week as part of their homework. These will include 5 spellings that have been identified from the children's work that are proving tricky, and 5 spellings from the National Curriculum list of expected spellings for Years 3/4.

Please find a copy of the list attached below.

Passports 

 

Please ensure your child is practising their passport targets at home. This is an expected task as part of their homework and we would like to see as many children as possible passing their passport and moving onto the next one.  Please make sure that you are spending the expected time each week practising these targets.

 

If your child is ready for testing please sign the sheet and let us know. We will get them tested as soon as possible, then we can celebrate their achievement in Friday assembly.

Reading Books

Children are flying though their reading books in Year 4 and are really excited about the new accelerated reader programme. In class we are trying to read every day so children get as much opportunity as possible to develop a love for reading.  It is so vital to their learning - we will be having a real push on reading over the next few weeks.  We are still getting used to things but things are looking positive.  We will keep you posted as things progress. 

 

 

We're even finding time to read in our lunch!! 

 

 

Our topic in the first half term was:

Temples Tombs and Treasures

The people who helped create the first great civilizations were not unlike you and me. Today we can learn a lot about these people and their way of life through the things they left behind – from everyday objects to magnificent and rare treasures.

 

In History, we found out:

Why rivers were important to ancient civilisations

What daily life was like in Ancient Egypt

How to write using Egyptian hieroglyphics

About the different rulers of Egypt

About Ancient Egyptian religion and burials

How the Ancient Egyptians might have built the pyramids

About the treasures discovered in Tutankhamun’s tomb

How to use different sources to find out about Ancient Sumer

How to compare life in Ancient Sumer with life in Ancient Egypt

 

In Music, we found out:

About the instruments used in Ancient Egypt and Ancient Sumer

How to create our own music to retell a story from an ancient civilisation

 

In Art, we found out:

How to plan and create our own tomb wall painting

How to make an Ancient Egyptian headdress

 

In International, we found out:

How to plan an Ancient Egyptian celebration to share with friends and family

We had a great time at our Egyptian Party!

We had a great time at our Egyptian Party! 1

Our topic in the second half term was:

How Humans Work

Your body is like an engine that never stops working. By knowing how your body works you can learn to look after it better and stay healthy. 

 

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

That we need light in order to see

How human teeth compare to animal teeth

How our body uses food and water

How our heart works to keep us alive

All about skeletons and muscles

About the human life cycle

Why exercise is good for us

How tobacco and alcohol harm the body

Which foods keep us healthy and why

 

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

How to plan and prepare a healthy meal

 

In International, we’ll be finding out:

About people’s health problems

If we can improve the health of the world's children

As part of our knowledge harvest we worked as teams to identify the bones in the skeleton.

Our topic this half term is

Land, Sea and Sky

The Big Idea

Plants and animals can adapt to living almost anywhere on our Earth. Wherever we look on the land, in the sea and in the sky, we find living things that have evolved in unique ways just to live there. 

 

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

How water plants are different from other plants

How fish have adapted to living in water

How birds are adapted to flying

How to create a classification key to group animals

About food chains in different world habitats

About the life cycles of plants and animals

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

How to set up an aquarium

In International, we’ll be finding out:

How environmental changes are a threat to the world’s coral reefs

About Earth Day and how we can help our planet

Our next topic is

Explorers and Adventurers

The Big Idea

Do you love discovering new places? Yes? Well you might just be an explorer. Explorers are people who travel to new places in the world and discover new things that they didn’t know existed. So much of what we know today about our world is because we have been explorers in the past. Being an explorer is exciting but scary at the same time. Could you be an explorer? Let’s find out.

 

Explaining the Theme

In Geography we’ll be finding out:

How to use geographical terms

How to use different types of world maps

How to look for geographical information

About places we have explored on holiday

In History, we’ll be finding out:

About explorers and adventurers in the past

How to gather information from maps, pictures and books

How to answer simple questions about exploration

How explorers told the time and navigated at sea

In Art, we’ll be finding out:

About the artwork of explorer artists

How to draw plants and animals with accuracy

How to draw an imaginary plant or animal

In Society, we’ll be finding out:

If we think exploration is a good thing

About conflict and exploration in the past

About female explorers in the past and today

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

About shadows and the sun

About magnetism and which metals are magnetic

How to make a compass

About using sound and echoes

In International, we’ll be finding out:

How exploration has changed the world

Who owns the Moon and planets in space

 

This is also the term which we go to Buckden! I know we're all really excited!

We are SO proud of Lien who was in the newspaper after she cut her hair off for charity!
Well Done Lien!

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During English we have been working hard to write our own poetry based on 'I am Winter, King of Seasons!'

Take a look at the original below!

Keep checking back for when we add our own class version.


 

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Take a look at us taking part in 'I am Winter, King of Seasons!' drama.


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