In Topic this week, the children have had great fun learning about Finn the shark and his unfortunate adventures. They enjoyed developing their understanding of the story by creating actions and drawing images to summarise the main parts. Then, the children planned their own versions using story maps. The Year Four teachers are so impressed with the children’s work this week, they have thoroughly enjoyed sharing some of the stories already!
The children worked hard to incorporate many features of their writing this week, to ensure their stories were entertaining. They specifically focused on prepositions, fronted adverbials, speech and expanded noun phrases. Well done Year Four you have worked incredibly hard on your brilliant stories.
In Maths this week, the children have developed their understanding of the distributive law. At first, most children found this quite challenging to completely understand as there are several steps to complete. However, with hard work, the children demonstrated resilience and perseverance, as they were able to successfully understand what this meant and were able to solve a number of calculations using this method.
In Topic, we edited and improved our persuasive speeches about plastic pollution. In addition to that, we have been very creative in Art this week. We learnt about Monet and Banksy and looked at some of their art work and the techniques they used. Then, we practised using different media (paint, water colours, pastels, pens, pencils) and techniques to gather ideas for a final piece of artwork. We created a final piece of artwork in the style of Monet, but we added plastic pollution to the river (which is similar to one of Banksy’s paintings) to show the deadly effects it has on our precious planet.
In Maths, we have been practising our 7, 9 and 12 times
tables, recognising multiples and solving related problems. We have spotted
patterns in the times tables as well as learning strategies and rules to help
us remember and apply the number facts. We have also used our knowledge of
multiples and times tables to help us solve multiplication problems.
This week in topic we have been learning about how to save water. We gathered the vocabulary perfect precipitation, wicked waste and remarkable rain. Next we planned our writing, before writing our leaflets. After working hard writing our leaflets, we edited them in partners.
This week in maths we have been learning about column subtraction and bar models. For subtraction, we were exchanging tens and hundreds. Our teachers were so proud of how we persevered. We applied our column addition and subtraction strategies to word problems and used the bar model to help us choose the correct operation. At the end of the week, we started to use cuisenaire. We had a lot of fun doing problem solving activities and playing games with this manipulative.
This week in topic we have started learning about the water cycle. We used the vocabulary evaporation, condensation, precipitation and collection. First we set up an experiment which we observed over the week. After that we sang a song about the water cycle and created some actions. Then we learnt about water distribution in the UK and compared it to Ghana. Finally we created a poster to encourage people to save water.
This week in maths, we focussed on column addition and begun our work on column subtraction. To add, we created the numbers using place value counters and worked out the total. Sometimes we had to bridge as well! For subtraction, we made the first number and subtracted the smaller number. Sometimes we had to exchange a ten counter for some extra ones in order to solve the number sentence.
On Tuesday, Year Four engaged in Health and Wellbeing morning. We started by having class discussions to clearly establish what bullying is and how important it is to understand its definition.
The children enjoyed a variety of activities celebrating anti-bullying week. They role played different scenarios and found solutions to in their groups. They also created their own friendship poems which are displayed in the classrooms. Finally, the children created their own pledges that will help eliminate bullying. Have a look at some fantastic work that was created…