We are looking forward to a fabulous year!
Year 4’s Learning Journey - Autumn 2018
During the Autumn Term, the children have linked our writing with our topic in the Learning Challenge curriculum, which looked at the Romans. Children looked at what life would be like as a Roman soldier and then produced their own diary entry, based on a life as a soldier. In addition, we also looking at Mount Vesuvius and the famous volcanic eruption in Pompeii, children produced their own newspaper article on this traumatic event. We have published these on our display on the Year 4 corridor.
To promote reading for pleasure, we created our own personalised ‘Warbooks’ café, which features the children’s recommended books for their peers. In our library, we collect a variety of reading resources, such as: First News children’s newspapers, match day sports programmes and our own published writing. The boys particularly have been amazed with our donated match day programmes from St Helens RLFC and this has had a tremendous impact on the time spent reading for pleasure. Both libraries have comfy seats, cushions and tables where children can sit and enjoy their favourite books! We have recently sent off a letter to our favourite class author and are waiting patiently for a reply!
This term, we had two mystery eggs appear in school and children and parents were shown a video clip ‘teaser’ about our upcoming event, Dinosaur Week. This created a real love of learning especially when Jam the dinosaur came to visit. This experience really encouraged writing and Year 4 actually managed to produce two pieces of finished and published writing. The first, an instructional piece of writing, encouraged through a practical activity. Children made an ‘ice fossil’ and then decided to write their own instructions to allow Year 3 to be able to make these! They then created their own instructions and went to share the good news with their peers in Year 3! They were also able to have some fun with their finished iced fossils, as we went outside on our own ice fossil hunt!
For our second writing outcome, we used the iPads to choose a dinosaur and find out specific facts. Additionally, we used ‘Green Screen’ to bring our dinosaurs to life! We then combined our fantastic adjectives with our fun facts to create our own dinosaur poems! The boys especially really enjoyed this scientific approach to writing about dinosaurs and it was brilliant week for everyone in Year 4.
In Science this term, we have focused on the human and animal digestive system. Lots of technical vocabulary was used by the children, as they enjoyed learning about each part in the system. The children also enjoyed practical paleontology lesson to link in with our dinosaur week. Girls and boys both enjoyed our STEM opportunities and there are plenty of future paleontologists in Year 4!
After Christmas, we will be focusing on a different era in our British history: The Saxons and Vikings. Our class text, ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ will come in handy and we can't wait to see the children's faces when they discover a 'real life' dragon egg. We will create our own non-chronological report based on the species of dragon that the children create. The highlight this term for teacher and pupils will be the Winter Warmer - two whole days being 'outdoor and adventurous' with a sleep over in school.
As the weather becomes warmer, we will turn our attention to how we can help our planet. After learning about the effects of global warming and deforestation, we will set ourselves the task of making a change. Last year, the children organised and ran their own fundraising event and raised over £300. This topic linked perfectly with our maths lessons, as we will be able to practise giving the correct change to customers and then budget how to spend our profits.