A new term, new year and many new topics already are under
way for Class 4.
In English, we have been focusing on non-fiction text types
that link with our topic, The Natural World: Near and Far. The children have studied volcanoes,
including where they are located and how they are formed and have created
fantastic newspaper reports on the tragic eruption over Pompeii in 79AD. The children have also learnt all about
earthquakes and the Earth’s tectonic plates, using the internet to research
facts about them and then writing an explanation text about how earthquakes
happen. As well as this, we have been
working hard on our spelling patterns and grammar knowledge, as well as
practising reading comprehension in preparation for SATs.
In Maths we have been revising arithmetic methods involving
calculating percentages of amounts, as well as using fractions. The children have been working hard on their
reasoning skills, using the four operations, order of operations,
inverse operations and using fractions within reasoning maths problems, whilst
all the time sharpening those times tables!
In Science, we have begun a focus on chemistry, thinking
about materials and their properties. We
have sorted objects as to whether they are porous, flexible, transparent or strong. We will be moving on to investigating whether
certain changes in materials are reversible or irreversible.
In RE we have finished our topic on Islam by spending our final
lesson looking at the importance of the Mosque, and the children each created a
3D class model of a Mosque. We are now
thinking about Christianity through our topic, ‘Why do Christians believe that
Jesus is the Messiah?’, thinking about the exile of the People of God, and what
qualities the Messiah needed to save the people of Israel.
In PE the children have been doing basketball on the
playground, alongside football and tag rugby on the field. In Topic we have been looking at natural
disasters and how they affect communities and the world. In Music, the children
have looked at pentatonic scales, and composed short pieces in groups that use
five notes. In Art & Design, the
children have been focusing on the contemporary collage artist, Megan Coyle, who
creates postcards using the medium of collage and only using recycled
materials - a way for the children to show their artistic skills, whilst also
being mindful of the environment around them!
In French we have been learning to say days of the week and months of
the year, whilst looking at special days and celebrations.
As you can see, we have had a busy couple of weeks here in
Class 4, but the children have been impressing me with working so hard, at an
especially busy time of year. We look
forward to updating you with what we have been up to in the next couple of