In Year 4 the children have been reflecting on how the Bible helps us to pray and to have faith and trust in God throughout our lives. We have studied the content and layout of the Bible and distinguished between the Old and New Testament. Our focus this half term has been on the stories from Exodus which reveals the plight of Israelites under Egyptian rule. Most importantly we looked at how Moses was able to help liberate the Israelites from slavery with God’s guidance. Furthermore we have studied the stories of Joseph, David, and Abraham, trying to relate these stories to our own lives, thinking how we might respond in similar contexts. To deepen their understanding of their faith and connection with God they also actively participate in collective worship and meditation sessions.
During English lessons Year 4 have continued to expand their repertoire of different grammatical elements thinking carefully about to apply them in a range of different contexts. We have developed their use of ‘words to express time’ as well as thinking about how give variety to their sentences by using different conjunctions to link clauses. We try to encourage children to use prepositions to give extra detail to their writing and have also thought about how fronted adverbials also help us to begin a sentence to describe an action being performed.
Our writing this term has largely tied in perfectly with our Project ‘Potions’. We studied a child friendly version of Romeo and Juliet and were able to write our own alternative version concentrating on how the ending could have been different depending on the effects of the ‘potion’. The children were able to write up their ending in the form of a play script thinking carefully about the features we needed. We acted out the scripts in groups and gave one another some feedback and tips.
Then our thoughts turned to another of Shakespeare’s plays and honed into the Witches’ Spell in Macbeth. We thought carefully about how the poem is written and what ingredients it needs in order to have the desired effect on the reader. We thought of our own ‘ingredients’ and began to write some rhyming couplets thinking carefully about how rhythm plays a key factor in poetry. We subsequently wrote our own independent spell, performed and recorded it in front of the class.
Our focus then moved to Non Chronological report writing where the children carefully organised information in their reading about Solids, liquids and Gases into paragraphs with headings and subheadings. They thought about the language and style needed in report writing, how to categorise information and how to make the information seem appealing to the reader.
This term our project has had the Science focus theme of ‘States of Matter’ which focuses on Solids, liquids and Gases. We started with an engaging trip to the Science Museum to ‘light our fires’ in terms of scientific discovery. We were shown several experiments where we witnessed changes in states of matter by adding chemicals or applying certain temperatures. We were able to try some experiments of our own in the classroom turning liquids into solids and reversing the process. We were able to find out how liquids turn into gases when exposed to different conditions. Our focus has largely been on how to record and present information in our scientific write ups thinking carefully about the methods we used, how to make our tests fair and how to record our results in in the form of tables and graphs. It was also important to think about how one might make an educated prediction before commencing the test and compare it our subsequent findings. It has been necessary for the children to write conclusions so that they can reflect on what they have learned and what they can retain moving forwards in their quest for scientific discovery. The children are able to discuss what is the same and what is different about the States of matter and how we identify them. Our projected concluded with a Non Chronological report drawing on all of our learning into one piece of writing.
The focus this term has been on Place Value and Addition and Subtraction building on learning from Year 3 whilst also working with 4 digit numbers. We have represented numbers in numerous ways using Part whole diagrams, Place Value charts, numerals, words and through concrete manipulatives. The children have been able to partition 4 digit numbers and represent numbers differently by changing the values of numbers in a column. We found there are many ways of making up a number as long as we are able to have a good grasp of what each number or picture represents depending on what column it lies in. We were then able add 4 and subtract 4 digit numbers using an exchange and then recording the algorithm in the form of a column methods. It was important the children were able to understand the process of exchanging using concrete manipulatives and pictorial diagrams. As always we are able to engage and challenge the children by showing them different ways of recording similar type questions. Problem solving and developing reasoning has also been a focus for the children as they look to apply their learning in numerous contexts and use their Mathematical vocabulary and language to explain their thought processes steps and development of an answer.