In Class 4 we have been very busy learning all about our new topics, as well as preparing for that tricky time for the year 6's.... SATS!
In English, we have been focusing on our reading skills. The year 6 children have been thinking about the skills of scanning and skimming, as well as how to structure expanded questions using the model of 'Point - Quote - Analyse' and have been improving our SPAG knowledge with looking at tricky tenses such as the present perfect. Year 5's have been planning a story mountain ready to write their own suspense stories set in a natural disaster. They have also been learning about relative clauses too.
In Maths we have covered circles and properties of 2D and 3D shapes, including calculating the area of triangles and compound shapes and the perimeter too. We have also learnt how to find the volume of 3D shapes, as well as looking at translations and coordinates. We have been very focused on improving the speed and accuracy of our arithmetic too.
In topic we have continued to look at the natural world, and this term have been focusing on how humans can have an affect on the environment. This week, the children drafted formal letters to our local MP on the recent topic of single-use plastic and the amount of plastic waste causing harm to our marine wildlife. We have also learnt about some wild weather, and the children created their own news reports on hurricanes, as well as discovered mountain ranges across the world.
In RE we finished learning about the Christian idea of the Messiah, and the children thought about the type of person that we would need to save us in different situations, concluding with writing their own songs about the need for a saviour. We have recently started looking at Judaism, and so far the children have learnt about the origins of the religion and the importance of their prayer; The Shema.
In PE the children have been covering hockey and fitness with Mrs Dawe. In Music we have had a singing focus ready for our performance, and also explored pentatonic scales. In French we have been learning about what we might discover in a French lunchbox! In ICT the children have started thinking about algorithms, and how we can write and debug programs.
Science has seen us continue with our chemistry topic of changes of state and reversible and irreversible changes. We have been taking part in experiments that have seen us separating materials; check how different substances dissolve and what other factors can affect this, as well as understanding the particles in solids, liquids and gases.
As you can see, a busy few weeks for Class 4! We look forward to updating you on our progress in the next couple of weeks!