In English we focused on applying descriptive techniques to write an alternative ending to a traditional tale. It was amazing to see all of the children’s innovative ideas. They were able to confidently demonstrate all they had learned and were proud of what they had created, with lots of children wanting to share their own version of the story ‘Lost Happy Endings’ that included fronted adverbials and adventurous adjectives.
We also focused on persuasive writing; the children worked incredibly hard to persuade others to buy their food items. The children really enjoyed creating their own slogans and were able to use techniques such as alliteration, similes, metaphors and rhyme to make persuasive and effective adverts.
Our mathematical work had a large focus on multiplication and we have been able to apply our times tables we have been practising – many of the children are competently able to speedily recall most facts up to 12 x 12. Our confidence has grown through practising our times tables and we can now apply these to a range of reasoning and problem solving questions.
In Science, the children have been looking at how we hear sound and have learnt the names of different parts of the ear. We thoroughly enjoyed trying out the different experiments to discover that sound is made by a series of vibrations. The children’s favourite experiment was using the tuning fork in the water (even if the vibrations from the tuning fork did make the water splash a little)!
We have also looked at how to change the pitch and volume of different musical instruments. The children were surprised to find that with some instruments it was very difficult to change the pitch. By far, the children’s favourite experiment was making string telephones from cups and string and seeing which materials were best at passing the vibrations through the “telephones”!
In Music this term, children have been listening to, singing and accompanying a number of folk songs from different countries. They have learned how folk songs form part of a nation’s culture and carry stories from the past. Children are learning how to develop melody in their singing and becoming more accurate when playing parts on the glockenspiel.
In Spanish, the children have been learning the days of the week, months of the year and how to ask and answer about birthdays. Toftwood has just made friends with a Spanish school and every child wrote a letter to the pupils there, telling them about Christmas here and asking the Spanish children about the holidays in Spain (in English) and are looking forward to translating letters from their new pen pals!
History and DT:
This half term we have been busy working on our cake stands. This combined our Roman mosaic art pieces and our new DT skill of lamination. We used this skill to make our cake stands strong. The children had some fantastic designs and it was great to see the cake stands being put to use once the children had made their apple crumble. The skill we focused on whilst making the apple crumble was the peeling as it can be very tricky!
This term in PE, Year 4 have been exploring gymnastics. We have been developing and applying our balancing skills within our sequence routines. Whilst doing this, we have learnt that having a tight core is vital for success. Once successful, we moved onto ‘flight’ and ‘travel’ on the floor. We used a range of equipment such as benches, apparatus and agility tables to build on our skills. Year 4’s favourite part of gymnastics was getting the apparatus out.
This half term we have been learning the computer science concept of ‘sequence’ and understanding this means being careful to put the order in which things are done. We have had lots of fun learning the block code language, Scratch. We have been careful to program the blocks one after the other to make the correct sequence for the computer to understand and execute. We have used the knowledge of sequencing to create a game that uses inputs from a keyboard to control a Sprite to move around a maze and to draw a line.