Week 2 (WC 26/02/24)
This week we have written our third person narrative about Arthur travelling to the land of the gods. At the beginning of the week, we looked at how short, single clause sentences can help build tension or atmosphere. Using this knowledge (and last week's learning), we then planned in opportunities in our story to use dialogue, short sentences and prepositions. At the end of the week, we evaluated our work and proof-read for accuracy.
We also had a visit from Struan Murray who spoke about his journey as an author and the four books he has had published. He helped us create our own story, choosing the setting (haunted library), character (detective), beginning (arrival of mysterious individual) and villain (monster from a book). Children had the opportunity to buy a signed copy (or copies!) from him.
We completed our second week on fractions. This involved looking at fractions beyond a whole number known as improper fractions (where the numerator is bigger than the denominator) or mixed numbers (where you have counted whole numbers and the remainder is shown as a fraction). We practised moving between these two types of fraction, noting they were equivalent but shown differently. At the end of the week, we started looking at equivalence in fractions, investigating the different ways that the same amount can be shown.
This week in history, we researched the first ever Viking sighting in Britain. Vikings appeared in Dorchester, killed the Reeve (important figure) and left, not to be seen again for another few years. We discussed their motivations, what this meant for the people of Britain and the short and long term effects. In Science, we explored how the brain transforms vibrations of air particles into sound using the outer, middle and inner ear. We looked at the ossicles (hammer, anvil, stirrup) and discussed how the cochlea works.
English - new unit on Beowulf
Maths - adding and subtracting fractions
Wider curriculum - Viking raids in Lindisfarne
Week 1 (WC 19/2/24)
This week in English we have started a new unit using a text by Joe-Todd Stanton called ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’. Using this text, we have practised skills linked to narrative story telling. This includes prepositional phrases and punctuating dialogue correctly. A preposition is a word that tells you where or when something is in relation to something else. Examples of prepositions include words like 'after', 'before', 'on', 'under', 'inside' and 'outside’.
In Maths, we have built on our understanding of multiplication and division by turning to fractions. At the beginning of the week, we learnt about unit fractions and the different parts that make a whole. We developed this by understanding how fractions can build beyond a whole (i.e. a mixed number) and then placed these numbers on number lines.
On Tuesday we welcome Erik Erikson, son of Erik, into school to teach us all about the Vikings. He covered a range of topics including everyday life, warfare and provided the children with the chance to interact with artefacts. Within lessons, we explored Anglo-Saxon monasteries, how different methods are used to slow food decay and how sound travels.
English – writing our narrative based on Arthur and the Golden Rope
Maths – second weeks of fractions, looking at improper fractions and mixed numbers
Wider curriculum – The Anglo-Saxon legacy and the arrival of the Vikings.
Week 5 (WC 5/2/24)
This week in English, the children started off by learning the final key feature that they would be using in their newspaper articles, which was using coordinating (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so) and subordinating conjunctions, such as after, as, since, before, because, to extend their sentences. The children then moved onto planning their newspaper articles about what Arthur was doing before the wolf attack and what he could see, what the eye witnesses said about the wolf attack and what was the impact upon the town of Arborhaven. Once their plans were finished, using the pictures as prompts, as well as the WAGOLL and their plans, they all worked really hard and wrote their articles about the wolf attack.
In maths year 4 finished off the length and perimeter unit. They began the week off by learning how to find the perimeter of rectilinear shapes and then how to calculate them. They learnt that in order to find the missing length, you have to use the other lengths of the shape to help you, which then allowed them to calculate the perimeter of the shape.
Both classes also looked at calculating the perimeter of polygons and working out which shapes are non-polygons, irregular polygons and regular polygons. Towards the end of the week, the children took their end of unit assessment for length and perimeter, and the results showed how hard they had all worked.
It was year 4s last day of forest school this week, so both classes ventured outside together and were able to choose what activities they would like to do from den building to building a bird feeder in the shape of a star to using a map to find hidden flags. They have all thoroughly enjoyed their time outside and can't wait to have another go in the future.
Term 4 - Week 1
English - Writing a narrative for Arthur and the Golden Rope
Maths - Fractions
Wider Curriculum - Anglo-Saxon Monasteries and Everyday life in Anglo-Saxon Britain
Week 4 (WC 29/1/24)
This week in English, we have begun a new piece of writing about Arthur and the Golden Rope and the children will be writing a newspaper article about an event that happened.
One of the features the children have been using is direct speech, but specifically quoting the townsfolk about what they had witnessed. They have been writing some amazing sentences that all of the staff have been very impressed with, remembering to use the correct speech punctuation, reporting clauses and an adverbial along with the reporting clause. Both classes have also looked at using the Standard Form of English, drawing on their knowledge of the Subject Verb Agreement.
Year 4 came to the end of the multiplication and division unit and they all completed their end of unit assessments. They all tried their best and showed how hard they have been working in maths. We have now started our new unit which is length and perimeter. To begin with, we have looked at equivalent lengths and how we can use a bar model and the part-whole model to help work out and represent them
Continuing on from last week, Year 4 started by looking at the Geography of the different invasions into Britain from the invading groups. The children learnt that the invaders had to tackle lots of physical features such as mountains, seas, coastlines, rivers and large areas of bog and marsh land. They also had to tackle human features like Hadrian's Wall, Offa's Dyke and hillforts. Year 4 also looked at the different Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms and how they were created as well as the consequences and impact of the invasions.
Elm class had a great time outside in their second forest school session, den building and drinking hot chocolate. They thoroughly enjoyed their time and can't wait for their final session with Birch class next week.
English - Coordinating and subordinating conjunctions, planning, writing and editing their news articles.
Maths - Length and Perimeter
Week 3 (WC 22/1/24)
In English this week, we started off by learning the last feature that would be in the setting description which was interesting verb choices. For lightning we thought of illuminated and bolted and then for boat we came up with bobbed and flowed. The rest of the week the children planned out their setting description on the Mousehole Cat and have done an amazing job at writing up their setting descriptions and have included some super similes, metaphors, verbs and fronted adverbials.
This week in maths, Year 4 have started looking at more formal methods of multiplication. We began with multiplying a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number and then moved on to a 3-digit by a 1-digit. They have all worked very hard and have had to apply all of their times table knowledge, giving them a good challenge. We then moved on to dividing a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number and then a 3-digit number by a 1-digit number. This really challenged the children and we were able to see some fantastic perseverance, as well as using different methods to help them get the answers.
Building on from last week, we took a deep dive into the significant events that occurred during the middle ages from when the Vikings first landed on the shores of Britain to the birth of Alfred The Great. These key events were put onto a timeline, along with ones that the children could choose from a large selection. Year 4 also listed to a piece of audio from the perspective of one of the invading groups, about the causes of invading Britain, and then the consequences of it as well.
On Monday, Birch class had their second session, which was a very windy one for them, but they braved the storm and enjoyed planting bulbs around the schools grounds and warmed themselves up with hot chocolate.
English - Newspaper report on Arthur and the Golden Rope
Maths - Multiplication and Division and Length and Perimeter
Wider Curriculum - Anglo-Saxon invasion and The Geography of the Invasion
Week 2 (WC 15/1/24)
This week in English the children have started working towards their next piece of writing in which they will be writing a setting description about the Mousehole Cat.
The children have been working really hard with their learning of the features they will have to implement into their writing. This week they have learnt how to use a simile as an opener, metaphors to describe and fronted adverbials to show manner.
In maths this week we have continued with multiplication and division and both classes have been really challenging themselves. First we built on last weeks dividing and moved from dividing by 10 to dividing by 100. We then looked at how we can use related facts to support our calculations and how we can use a range of informal methods to work out tricky calculations.
Continuing on from last week, Year 4 began to study the timeline of invasions that happened in Britain over a 800 year period. They looked at the different groups of invaders, that at some point, came over to Britain such as the Picts and Scots from Scotland and Ireland as well as the Vikings from Scandinavia.
This week was the first week of forest school for Elm class and they all thoroughly enjoyed their time outside making dens and drinking hot chocolate.
English - Interesting verb choices and planning and drafting of their setting description
Maths - Multiplying and dividing 2 and 3 digit numbers by a 1 digit number
Wider Curriculum - Significant events of early Middle Ages and the Anglo-Saxon invasion
Week 1 (WC 8/1/24)
This week in English we have been looking at a new form of poetry called a haiku. A haiku is a traditional Japanese poetic art form in which poems consist of three lines.
The children have been learning how to write a haiku using similes, ambitious adjective and sticking to a syllabic structure. They have been writing their haikus about a part of a book called The Mousehole Cat in which a boat is caught in a storm.
This week in maths we have started our second unit of multiplying and division. The children have be working really hard learning about factor pairs and how they can be used. They have also started to multiply and divide by 10, looking at how to make numbers 10 time bigger and smaller, using place value grids to support them.
This term our topic is Invasion. This is looking at the Roman withdrawal from Britain and what life was like after this. Later on we will be looking at Anglo-Saxons and Vikings and the Norman conquest.
This week we have started to investigate the cause of the Roman withdrawal and the consequences of that on the Britons. The children also studied a poem called The Ruin and discussed how good it was as a primary source.
The children have been really excited to start forest school this term and Birch class thoroughly enjoyed their first session on Monday and Elm class can't wait for their first session next week.
English - Setting description for the Mousehole Cat
Maths - Dividing by 100, related facts and informal methods
Wider Curriculum - Timeline of key dates and significant events during the early middle ages.