In year 4 this week, we have spent the mornings rehearsing for the Spring Production. During English we have continued our work by completing non-chronological reports using all the correct features, whilst in maths we have been adding and subtracting mixed numbers as part of our work with fractions. Towards the end of the half term, there was a project evening where we were able to share our amazing homework projects.
This term in Year 4, we have been learning about Anglo Saxons, fractions, diary entries and non-chronological reports. As part of our Anglo Saxon unit, we made little Anglo Saxon buildings with cereal boxes, lollipop sticks and paper. We even got to paint them but brown paint is really hard to mix! Everyone loved it. Next we focused on fractions. Lots of us found this really hard and challenging but we all helped each other out. We’ve learnt what mixed and improper fractions are and how to change them. We even learnt how to find equivalent fractions. Sometimes this is easy but sometimes this is really hard. We wrote diary entries about our class text: Freedom for Bron. We had to pretend to be lots of different characters. Finally, we have also been learning about non-chronological reports. We were learning about Mars and Tim Peake and had to write this in any order that we liked. It had to be written in the present tense.
In Year 4 this week, the children have been consolidating their understanding of place value in maths, and using prepositional phrases, adjectives and adverbial phrases to engage readers with their stories. In science the children have been conducting various experiments to establish how sound travels. Watch this space for some photographs and observations.
Year 4 received a letter from Wallace explaining that his inventions had been stolen by a mysterious figure! Have you seen him? He is disguised as a chicken and is on the loose! To help Wallace, the children have worked hard to produce their own blueprint designs of their inventions which all have a specific purpose. To accompany the designs, year 4 have been using sub-headings to organise their information to form part of their explanation texts ready to be delivered to Wallace on Friday.
This week in year 4 we have been looking at time in are maths lessons. I have been converting from analogue to digital and back, using 12 and 24 hour clocks and we have been converting between units of time. In science this week we have been explaining how electricity works. We have been drawing circuits then labelling the circuit with what components are and what way the electricity flows.
Last week, we were writing mythical stories about Theseus. We used adjectives, metaphors and similes to describe Theseus’s emotions and journey, some of use used a twist at the end of the story. During maths, we were looking at litres and millimetres. We were converting the measurements and making potions to link in with our story on Theseus journey to Crete. We used imaginative ingredients, including unicorn blood, box woggle juice. In UoE, we were researching and making pots to do with ancient Greece. In science we made windmills to look at the force of wind and we looked at different surfaces to see how objects travelled on them.
It was a dazzling sunny afternoon at the Thurrock Nature Reserve on Wednesday 8th June. Six pupils from Year 4 represented the year group at a special prize giving ceremony for the borough-wide Sculpture on a Pallet Project. Children from our school were the youngest in the competition and waited with baited breath as the winners were announced. Our first cheer was when we won a highly commended award for 4BG’s sculpture, though Mr Barry-Gregory preferred that it wasn’t referred to as ‘the one with all the sand and mud on it’! We were so excited to be presented with certificates by the CEO of the Essex Wildlife Trust for all of our sculptures and to hear about his passion to work with animals from a very young age, as this also tied in well with this week’s Aspirations and Enterprise Week. A huge well done to all of Year 4. You will be able to see our pallets on display as part of a summer art trail from 9 July.