In Topic this week, we have been writing a non-chronological report about the Stone Age. First, we gathered vocabulary and discussed the features of a report. After that, we planned our report, thinking carefully about the language we needed to use. Then, we wrote our reports.
This week, we also went on a school trip to the British Museum, which was fantastic. We traveled there by train and by tube. At the Museum, we looked at exhibits from the Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age and the Roman Era. We were really interested by the body of a man who had been preserved in a bog! We also saw lots of interesting artifacts, including tools, pots and other interesting objects. A huge thank you to all the parents who helped us on the trip!
In Maths this week, we have been continuing our work on division by using the formal (short) method to help us solve division problems. We also drew bar models to represent these problems.
This week we have been extremely excited to being our new topic ‘Portals to the Past’. We began by thinking of 3 big questions that we wanted to find the answers to by the end of the topic. Our questions ranged from what children did to entertain themselves in the Stone Age to how they carved their weapons. We also placed the Stone Age on a timeline and explored the settlements that people in the Stone Age created! At the end of the week we looked at cave paintings and the stories that they told about life in the Stone Age. We created our very own cave paintings in the classroom!
In maths this week we have been using the short method of division (bus stop). We also progressed onto exchanging and remainders.
This week, the children have done some work on division with remainders. They used counters to support their understanding. We began dividing by ten, one hundred and a thousand an noticing the changes that happen to the numbers. Finally, we looked short division as a strategy. Please see the photo below for some examples of our work.
We finished our topic this week by completing a group project. We built a small raft and tested which materials floated. This was great fun and we felt so proud of our creations.
This week we have begun to celebrate Christmas a bit! We watched some of our teachers in a hilarious version of the Grinch that a few talented Year 6 children wrote. After that we made a Christmas card! Then we had a Christmas party where we ate some snacks, had a boogie and generally had a great time. On the final day, we did Christmas colouring, origami and a word search. We had such a lovely week!
This week in topic we have been learning about rivers. We have looked at features of a river using iPads, images, and fact files. We have also looked at the history and current uses of the River Thames (pictures below of some of our role play based on the past uses of the River Thames). This included using atlases and creating a role play. To finish the week, we located the rivers around the world. To do this we practised our map skills and labelled a world map.
During this week, we also went to St John’s Church to watch the Year 3 Christmas show, ‘Lights, Camel, Action’. The children thoroughly enjoyed this trip.
This week in maths, we have been learning about short multiplication, and factor pairs. We have also been using our times tables knowledge to solve divisions without remainders.
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.