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Year 4S Blog Autumn

We have had an excellent start back to the year this year. Our class have shown determination and dedication to their learning and to having fun! Here are some of the highlights from the term so far.

Writing

In writing, we have been reading extract from the picture book ‘The Whale’. From this, the children have been writing phenomenal adventure stories demonstrating ambitious new words such as ominous and elusive. We have also gone on to write a newspaper report discussing whether the Great Spotted Whale was a hoax or not.

Reading

We have read a great anthology of texts so far from ‘The Secret Garden’ to nonfiction texts on the Romans. We have even performed a poem called Beach Orchestra using real instruments and powerful intonation. Through the week we focus on reading for fluency, vocabulary skills, retrieval skills, inferences skills and on Fridays we look deep into the intention of the author.

Maths

Maths this term has allowed the children to revisit key skills in formal written methods for addition and subtraction. We have also done an exceptional job of learning brand new skills such as the propertied of quadrilaterals and triangle types. In our class we have been working on reasoning questions also, practising our verbal and written responses to problems.

Wider Curriculum

We have been learning even more about the Romans this term in History. We have written a case study to compare the various emperors (some of whom were quite mad!). We have created timelines, presentations of our findings and used sources to make informed predictions.






In Art, we have thoroughly enjoyed learning about animals in art. We have explored the history of animals in art through the medieval times, the Egyptian times and even the iron age. We have looked at collage artist Megan Coyle for her use of colour and technique. Finally, we have concentrated our skills on that of Rosa Bonheur and have been painting to create real life fur effects with our paint brushes.

In Science, we have looked ta changed of state. We have conducted two experiments from melting ice with sugar and salt to melting the three types of chocolate. All of use have done an excellent job of writing up our findings scientifically and thinking scientifically too.