Year 4 – Spring 2

We started Spring 2 with the majority of the year group learning remotely. At the beginning of week three, we were delighted to see all the children back in their classrooms. All the year four classes settled back to the routines of school very quickly.

In maths, we came to the end of a series of lessons all about fractions. The children developed a wide variety of skills including finding equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting fractions, finding fractions of a quantity and some problem solving. We then moved on to the new topic of decimals. The children learned about tenths and hundredths and how these decimal numbers could be represented on a place value grid and on a number line. We finished the topic by dividing 1 and 2 digit numbers by 10 and 100.

In whole class reading, we enjoyed a text very different from The Butterfly Lion. Beowulf is an old English story by an anonymous Anglo Saxon poet. The poem tells of a strong and brave warrior (Beowulf) who defeats monsters and goes on to become King.

The children undertook many activities to develop their reading skills. These included using evidence from the text to make predictions about what the monster Grendel would look like, retrieving key details, summarising events from more than one paragraph and comparing the two fights that Beowulf had.

This learning coincided with our History topic about the Anglo Saxons. The children began the topic by learning about why the Anglo Saxons invaded Britain, these reasons were sorted in to push and pull factors.

Then the children studied maps to find evidence of Anglo Saxon settlements in East Anglia and located places that contained part of an Anglo Saxon word.

The children were also given the opportunity to research an aspect of everyday life in Anglo Saxon times, using their tablet and non-fiction books, in order to create a fact-file to present their new knowledge.

In Art, the children learned about Islamic patterns to link with the R.E topic for this half term. During this time, the children designed, made and printed using a print tile. The final task involved evaluating their work by recognising what worked well, what could be improved next time and what they had learned throughout the project.

The big question whilst learning about Islam in R.E was “Is happiness the greatest purpose in life?” This learning built on aspects of Islam that the children had previously experienced. The children studied The Five Pillars and passages from The Qur’an to help them answer the key question.

In Spanish, the children learned new vocabulary for parts of the body and then described aliens using their new vocabulary and a range of adjectives. This pattern was repeated in later lessons, where children first learned the names of a variety of animals then had to translate some descriptions that described them. It was very impressive to see just how quickly the children picked up the new vocabulary and how well their pronunciation was developing.