Autumn Term 1
The first of the term has been busy in Walliams Class. We have worked hard to create a team culture in the classroom and everyone has settled in well into Year 4. It has been a rewarding half term with ACE Awards, COLA Awards and even a few Pen Licences.
Our topic this term was the human digestive system which provided the platform for our writing. Walliams Class conducted experiments to measure the effect that drinks have on our teeth and then wrote about the experiment and what was observed. We modelled how the human digestive system works and wrote about our model. Disclosure tablets were used to see the plaque on our teeth which was followed by an instructional text on how to brush our teeth. We researched a famous scientist, Edward Jenner, and wrote a biography on him. During PE we learnt how to mobilise our joints to reduce injury, how to improve our teamwork and to have fun with sports.
What a great start to the year it has been! The next term is going to be even more exciting with our play and various topic based tasks that we will be doing…watch this space!
Autumn Term 2
What a term Autumn 2 was! In nine weeks we managed to put on our play production, learn new methods for calculating in Maths, complete a Judo workshop, write descriptive pieces based on The Great War AND, we discovered who the Romans were and how their empire expanded across parts of the world.
It was a busy term and the children all worked tremendously hard to the very end. The pinnacle of the term had to be ZOOM!, our play production. The children put so much effort into learning their many roles and songs which culminated in a brilliant performance and an everlasting boost in confidence. Please accept a massive thank you from us for your support.
Maths this term was just as exciting. Learning to add and subtract numbers together as well as learning to multiplying increasingly larger numbers can create challenging moments of learning but the children persevered and developed new skills in problem solving and reasoning. They even made videos to demonstrate their learning. By the way, have you seen our website videos that contain the methods the children have been learning about?
Our descriptive writing was influenced by the centenary of the end to The Great War, which had a rather humbling affect. Reading ‘Where the Poppies Now Grow’ and ‘A Christmas Truce’ gave the children an alternative perspective to their writing. By exploring the tales of Ben and Ray; imagining the life of forgotten soldiers and of course who really won the famous football match, we learnt a great deal about selflessness, friendship and history.
Next term, we delve into Potions, French, division, fractions and, the art of persuasion. We will also begin the excitement of our Ilam Hall residential trip and prepare for our class assembly. We are going to be busy so until then… Au Revoir!
Spring Term 1
This has been a fantastic term. Not only did Walliams Class get the entire school singing Baby Shark in our class assembly, which was only made possible by the efforts of the children, but we also had a wonderful experience at the Sea Life Centre where the children observed the different types of marine life, felt starfish, had a talk on penguins and got mesmerised by the ocean tunnel that was surrounded by sharks, fish and beautiful turtles.
The class also took part in some challenging PE sessions (that involved climbing ropes and over high bars). These activities pushed the children out of their comfort zones and showed them what they can achieve outside of their normal surroundings – perfect preparation for our Ilam Hall residential in May. Through circuit training the children got hot and sweaty whilst developing our muscular endurance and learning about the different muscles in our body. To complete the physical education, we have done plenty of skipping which taught the children about rhythm and how, with practise, anything is possible.
In maths we investigated fractions and wrote highly persuasive letters of complaint in English. One of the stand-out moments of the term was our homework exhibition. This half-termly showcase really shows the hard work that the children put in at home. Some are ideas are beautifully elaborate and some so brilliantly simple, it truly is a pleasure. Thank you for your efforts at home, the children love to show off their work.
Spring 2 holds many exciting opportunities for the children to explore learning and the world around them. From Science Week to World Book Day, this term is going to be an abyss full of a learning adventure. Watch this space!
Homework to be in by 8th April
Please click here to download the Year 4 Ilam Hall YHO Presentation.