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Welcome to Year 4 !

 

We hope that you enjoy exploring what we are doing in Year 4 and keeping up to date with key information.

 

 

Here is a taster of what we have been up to in Year 4 recently!

The Ancient Greeks

 

Throughout Autumn term we learnt about the Ancient Greeks and made some comparisons with modern Greece.

 

We learnt about what life was like in Ancient Greek times, reflecting on the perspectives of the citizens living then. We sang songs in Music about the Trojan War and each class turned their classroom into a court room for an afternoon to debate whether Athens or Sparta was the best city state. We also used atlases and Google earth to identify and compare the physical features of Greece in comparison to the UK.

 

In Art and DT, we created Ancient Greek pots, using clay, which represented 21st century life. We also made Ancient Greek theatre masks, using papier mache, which included exaggerated expressions.

 

 

 

 

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The Ancient Romans

 

In the Summer term we will be learning all about the Romans. We will be looking about the impact of the Romans on our life today and what they did to influence history. 

 

As part of this, we will be linking our learning to other areas of the curriculum. 

 

In Art we will be making our own Roman mosaics using mosaic tiles. We will be looking at examples, understanding the features of mosaics and designing our own in order to be able to use this design for our tile work.
Watch this space for some photos of our work!

Science - Summer term

 

In the Summer term, our topic is 'States of Matter' and 'Electricity'.

 

We have started by exploring different materials, considering what we think they might be. Are they a solid, a liquid or a gas? How do we know? Are they none of these and more complex to explain?

 

Here are some pictures of 4D exploring these materials. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What materials can you find at home which cause you to ask scientific questions?
Science - Autumn term

In the Autumn term, our topic was 'Animals including humans'.

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We learnt about the digestive system and what happens to our food when it is consumed. We had a lot of fun working together to create a model that represents the digestive process. We explored healthy and unhealthy foods and discussed the importance of having a balanced diet. We analysed the nutritional content on various food wrappers and made comparisons. 

 

Next, we looked at our teeth. We learnt the names of different types of teeth; incisors, canines, premolars and molars. We discussed how to keep our teeth healthy including why to avoid too much sugar. We investigated the effects of sugar on our teeth by storing eggs in various sugary drinks as egg shells contain enamel which is what we have on our teeth to protect them. 

 

Finally, we learnt about how energy is passed from one living thing to another. We drew food chains and made human food webs to show this. We also begun classifying living things in different ways.

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Other learning

Religious Education:

In RE, we will be learning about miracles and the impact of prayer on a believer's faith.

 

Computing:

In Computing, we have worked on our Word processing, PowerPoint and Publisher skills. We have learnt how to insert and resize images, copy and paste, screenshot and print in various formats. We will continue to work on our coding skills and using the program 'Logo'.We will also be taking time to discuss E-safety issues and the importance of keeping your personal information safe online.

 

Music:

In Summer, the children will be linking their learning on the Romans to the music curriculum, exploring using glockenspiels more. 

 

PE:

In the Summer term, 4D will be doing dance lessons and the whole of Year 4 will have the opportunity to improve their football skills as they will be taking part in football lessons with a football coach who will be coming into Brushwood. 

How you can help your child at home:

 

  • Practise times tables (up to 12 x 12)
  • Practise number sentences for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division (see method attached)
  • Practise spelling patterns and Year 3-4 spelling list (see attachment from National Curriculum)
  • Practise high frequency words (see attached)

 

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