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Welcome to Year 4 - the Brilliant Badgers!

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As part of our ancient Egyptian learning we looked at hieroglyphics today and wrote our names! It was fun but also quite tricky drawing some of the hieroglyphics - we are glad we don’t have to write like that all the time!
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We have finished our class sentence stacking story about an archaeologist who discovers a cartouche with a difference! We are now planning our independent writing to use the skills we have learnt and applying them independently.
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We have had our first go at Spelling Shed this afternoon - we love it! We were all really engaged and enthusiastic about it - what a great way for us to improve our spelling skills while having fun!
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We finished our Mockrock Mountains this week. We had to work hard mixed paints to create the colours we desired, before painting our mountains, keeping in mind the geographical features. This meant we had to use excellent teamwork. Once they were dry, if we were having snow on our mountains, we used chalk to add some extra detail to the snowy areas. Don’t our finished mountains look amazing!
We learnt how email is sent across the internet. We learnt how an email is sent to a server before being broken down into small packets of data and being transferred across the internet through routers. Once the packets of data reach the server of the recipient the packets of data are reordered and stored ready for the person who the email was sent to. It was fun acting this process out!
Take a look at our amazing Europe and the Alps homework projects!
We thought about features of mountains when creating our silhouettes of mountains for our calendars. Don’t they look wonderful!
We have created double page spreads to show off our learning and research skills in our Europe and the Alps topic. Aren’t they amazing!
We are now learning about addition and subtraction in maths this term, and learning how to correctly use the column method after using practical ways of understanding how to add and subtract.

Our main guided reading focus is "The Butterfly Lion" by Michael Morpurgo. We are really enjoying this story and using our VIPERS reading skills to think more deeply about the text. We are reading The Witches by Roald Dahl as our class novel, and are really engrossed in the story. 

Our science topic is states of matter - we thought about deciding if items were solid, liquid or a gas. It was lots of fun!
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As part of our States of Matter learning, we investigated if we could slow down or speed up the melting of ice cubes! We learnt how to use a thermometer and recorded our findings. We discovered different teams found different materials were more effective - as we had wrapped the cups differently. However, within our teams we ensured we had conducted a fair test so we could compare our own results.
We have been writing a poem about mountains to link with our geography topic. Take a look at our sentence stacking display, we have all come up with some great ideas! We are currently writing our own poems including the aspects we have covered - personification, alliteration, similes and rhyme, where possible. As a class we have been coming up with our own success criteria before writing our own independent pieces, in order to encourage us to focus on the writing skills we have been covering during our class sentence stacking lessons.
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We are learning about Geography this term - in particular Europe and the Alps. We have researched why people might want to visit the Alps using the internet. We are now enjoying start to create a double page spread to show off our knowledge!

 

We are creating mountain models using Modrock, trying to include the feature of mountains that we have recently learnt about.

Autumn 1 - We have started to learn about the Romans, think about electricity and alarms and have even begun to write our first story together. Our first topic in maths is place value, which includes many aspects such as rounding and Roman numerals. Currently, in our reading lessons, we are discussing The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe - the children are really enjoying this classic tale and the old-fashioned vocabulary it uses.

 

The photos below show us investigating whether materials will conduct electricity. We made predictions on whether the materials would be conductors or insulators before testing the material to see if we were correct. 

Our collaborative class art is now complete - see the photos below that gives you an idea of how we created it, along with an image of our masterpiece!
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We were lucky enough to have a visit from Frances Durkin, the author of The Histronauts series of children's books! The children had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed learning about different aspects of Roman life from a real life historian. The children enjoyed discovering the Latin for "beware of the dog" and what a Glilarium was used for. 
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We have created some amazing homework about Romans. It will be on display in the library if you are in school anytime and want to have a look!

Curriculum Overview Y4 2019-2010

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