Class 4 have once again been very busy these past few weeks
working on lots of different skills. In
English, we have continued our work on A Midsummer Night’s Dream where we have
examined the mischievous character of Puck and created our own magic potions
that would cause as much mischief as his ‘Love in Idleness Flower’. We have also been working on our spellings
and different grammatical devices such as fronted adverbials and adverbial
phrases, and punctuation lists correctly.
We have also used figurative language such as metaphors, personification
and similes to describe the setting of the Midsummer forest. As well as this, we have been working on some
reading comprehension tasks and focusing on finding evidence in the text to
support our reading answers.
In Maths, we have been working on lots of different number
work. The children have looked at topics
and using mathematical reasoning in negative numbers, rounding and this week
prime numbers, factors, multiples and Roman numerals. The children have also been increasing their
speed and fluency by working on lots of different arithmetic skills such as
multiplying and dividing fractions, long and short division and calculating
percentages of amounts in a given time frame.
In science we have been practically investigating the impact
of many different forces. The children
created parachutes to test the pushing force of air resistance, and then we
investigated what would happen if mass and gravity were added to our parachutes
too. We have looked at friction, and
which surfaces cause more or less friction when a shoe is dragged across them
and most recently created boats out of tin foil to examine buoyancy and
upthrust; whilst all the time thinking about how to ensure we are making a fair
In RE, we have continued looking at the religion of Islam
and where Muslims turn for guidance. We
have examined the significance of the Qur’an, as well as the importance of the
prophet Muhammed and thought about where Christians would turn and how their
holy book compares.
In topic we have been looking at the different city states
in ancient Greece and the empire of Alexander the Great. We have also looked at the myth of Jason and
the Argonauts and combined it with Greek theatre by making masks of the
characters in the myth and comparing ancient and modern theatre.
In PE, the children have still been improving their football
skills in FA coaching, as well as working on their team building skills through
sports. In music, we have been singing
Christmas songs, as well as focusing on standard notation, scales and the
difference between the major and minor key.
In French we have been learning directions and translating journeys from
French into English as well as learning places in the locality. We have been using ICT publishing
software as well as learning how to keep ourselves safe online. PSHE lessons have seen us looking at the
international, national and local news to see if we can see any of our
Christian Values being displayed across the world.
I have been so impressed with all the hard work that the
children have been doing and look forward to updating you in the New Year with
more of our challenging work!