Autumn Term 1
In Donaldson we started off our year with the topic of “Burps, Bottoms and Bile”. Kicking it off by using plaque disclosure tablets in class and brushing our teeth (NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED). Independently, the children then wrote instructions on how to brush your teeth – ASK THEM AT HOME! We then delved deep into our topic by looking at the digestive system as well as the impacts of several famous scientists on the world of medical science. This culminated in a biography of biologist, Edward Jenner.
We have also been exceptionally lucky to experience some music experimenting with rhythm and learning about a new faith – Sikhism. In maths we have been working on our place value and moved onto addition and subtraction.
On theme day we dressed up as our favourite characters from Julia Donaldson’s books. We also wrote a letter to the author telling her that we named our class after her – we’re still waiting on a reply!
Autumn Term 2
This term was a little different for us in Donaldson. As a part of the Year 4 team we performed our play production of ‘Zoom!’. The children came together to produce a fantastic performance for both family and the school that they can rightly be proud of. Since the performance we have seen children in our class become more outgoing and confident around school which is lovely to see!
Our topic for this term was ‘I am Warrior.’ The focus of which was on the Romans. The children focused on Geographical skills by identifying different regions of Europe that the Romans ruled as well as what it would be like to be a Roman soldier for a day. The children have retained some fantastic knowledge from our Knowledge Organisers and lessons.
In Maths we have focused on learning formal methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. After Christmas, we will be moving onto fractions which the children are very excited about! For English our focus has been on writing to entertain, where the children have been writing about setting and character descriptions based several books. Included were ‘Where the Poppies now grow’ and ‘The Christmas Truce’.
Next term, Donaldson will be moving onto our new topic of Potions! Expect many conversations at home about Harry Potter as we begin to learn to write how to persuade.
Homework to be in by 11th February.
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Please click here to download the Year 4 Ilam Hall YHO Presentation.