In the Autumn term we have covered a number of writing genres in our literacy lesson. We have written powerful performance poems about the beasts from the book, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ by JK Rowling. After, we looked at discussion texts and how to effectively write a balanced argument.
Most recently, we have just finished writing our own chapter from Roald Dahl’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. Creating our very own room in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, to write fantastic stories set in an imaginary world.
We are currently looking at explanation texts. By the end of the unit, we will be able to write explanation texts based on the literacy shed clip ‘The Shirt Maker.’ https://www.literacyshed.com/shirtmachine.html
In the Autumn term we focused on place value and the four operations.
Using our new Small Steps approach (http://www.mathshubs.org.uk/) we are offering all children the chance to become masters at maths. Every lesson sees chances to become fluent in a skill, reason with it and solve problems. Just like the home learning, which is split into three sections.
Please help your child regularly practise their times tables as this is an end of year 4 expectation. A particularly useful resource is Top Marks (https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables) and many games are tablet compatible.
This term we have learned about the Ancient Mayans culminating in making some research based masks out of clay. We then moved on to looking at our Local Area and studying it’s human and physical geographic features. We have worked on using a compass and map to locate landmarks and gather information from electronic map sources.
Our Science curriculum this year has so far covered States of Matter. Examining the way our world is put together through experimentation and classification. We have learned about the three key states, solid, liquid and gas. And through examining different materials have compared and classified these.
Through this unit, we are deepening our ability to perform experiments and gradually taking over the planning to create and test our own ideas.
Our first religious education topic was, ‘How can a synagogue help us understand the Jewish faith.’ We explored the key features of the synagogue and investigated what they reveal about Jewish beliefs. As part of this unit, we visited Wimbledon Synagogue. It was a fantastic, immersive experience for all the children and really helped bring the faith to life.
We are currently learning about our Christianity unit on, ‘Why do Christians call God Father?’ We are gaining a greater understanding of Christian’s beliefs about God and his nature. As we draw nearer Christmas, we will start our short Christmas unit on, ‘How can artists help us to understand Christmas?’ Emphasising the importance of Jesus within the Christian faith through reflecting on and comparing different cultural expressions of Christian’s beliefs about his birth.