Detectives

 

Autumn Term 1

The Detectives have had a brilliant start to year 4. We have been working collaboratively and independently on more difficult tasks. This half term we have been studying the Romans. We used drama to re-enact the story of Remus and Romulus; about how the city of Rome became to be. We have improved our map reading skills to find Roman roads and Hadrian’s Wall, which isolated the Romans from the dreaded barbarians. Rome is a beautiful city and so we designed and constructed our own Pantheon, using various materials.

We have worked hard in English so far. We began the year with a myths and legends story and focussed on improving our writing skills to entertain the reader, using various ‘Alan Peat’ sentences to enrich our work. The children adapted their writing around the story of ‘Midas and the Golden Touch’ and successfully wrote innovative and adventurous stories. Since then, we have used our knowledge of Hadrian’s Wall to write a letter from a soldier living at the wall.

In Maths, we have been looking at place value and formal written methods for addition and subtraction. The children have used concrete apparatus first (base 10) to help them with their understanding. To stretch the children further, we introduced them to more difficult reasoning problems that require the children to problem solve and challenge their understanding.

Autumn Term 2

This half term has been an exceptionally busy one! The Detectives have worked hard to cement their 4 written methods in mathematics. The children have worked on multiplication and division and how to apply and reason with these. As a class, we have prioritised learning our times table and becoming increasingly more fluent with our 3 and 4 times tables.
This half term we have focussed on writing to inform. The children have written a non-fiction explanation text about the water cycle. Through our topic lessons, we have researched and modelled this process allowing us to have a clear understanding to work from. The children used various writing techniques and structural devices to aid their writing. 
In topic, we have looked in detail at different types of mountains and how they are formed. The children enjoyed learning about famous mountain ranges and various continents. Within our mountains topic we have looked at the Adi tribe, who are situated in the Himalayas. The children found this fascinating and we recreated tribal weaving inspired by the tribe. 
The highlight to this half term will have to be our performance ‘The Pirates of the Curry Bean’. The children worked extremely hard to learn their lines, songs and create props and backgrounds. The play was enjoyed by all and gave each child the opportunity to perform on stage. 

 

Spring Term 1

The Detectives have had an exhilarating start to 2018. We began our year visiting the Sea Life Centre in Birmingham. This gave the children a chance to see marine wildlife first hand and inspire them for their at, topic and writing. This half term we have been studying the Blue Abyss. We have looked in depth at weird and wonderful creatures the roam our seas. We have looked at scaled drawings of our favourite marine animals and created fact files.  In science, we have identified primary producers, primary consumers and secondary consumers and looked at different food chains both on land and at sea.

We began our year writing haiku poems about a marine animal we saw on our trip. These were jam-packed full of metaphors, similes and powerful vocabulary. We have worked hard to consolidate some of our grammar terminology and skills to improve the basics of our writing. We have finished this half term, learning, innovating and inventing our own journey tales to the bottom of the ocean.

In Maths, we have been consolidated our understanding of division. Looking at the number line grouping method and the bus stop method (these can be found on our website). The children have enjoyed reasoning and problem solving with division. We have started to look at fractions towards the end of this half term and finding equivalents with percentages and decimals. The children have worked exceptionally hard to cement their 4 and 8 times table. This has been a great success and the children have made lots of progress. Ask them to show you their 4 and 8 times table using their fingers – go on I dare you!

Homework

Homework due .

 

If you choose to present your homework using a computer, you can email it to us at y4o@ibstock.leics.sch.uk. Please put your class and name as the subject.