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Welcome to Year 4 !

 

We hope that you enjoy exploring what we are doing in Year 4

The Autumn term in Year 4

 

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. All of the children took part in a Greek day where they dressed up and a visitor came in to tell them more about Greek life. The children completed puzzles, played Greek games, learnt about Greek myths and took part in Olympic sports. The children sang songs in Music about the Trojan War and they used atlases and Google earth within Geography lessons 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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Science

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

 

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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The Spring term in Year 4

 

Nature versus Mankind

In the Spring term, we learnt about our environment. We classified natural and man-made features before considering what impact they have on the natural world. We explored environmental issues in our local town and worldwide, and reflected on what we can do to overcome them. We then looked at the impact this has on living things. We researched endangered animals and wrote about how we can help them. We found out how we can help to sustain the world by using renewable resources and we wrote persuasive letters encouraging people to use them more.

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Science

 

In the Spring term, we learnt about how animals are classified into two main groups, Vertebrates and Invertebrates. They can then be classified further into groups such as, Mammals, Reptiles and Crustaceans. We considered how food chains can be broken due to environmental issues, and what impact this has on eco-systems. 

 

We also learnt about sound. We classified high and low sounds and discovered how the ear works, drawing a diagram to show the different parts. We investigated which materials would make good ear-defenders. 

Art

 

We learnt all about Impressionist artwork. We researched the lives of famous artists including, Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh. We observed many well-known paintings, thinking about their key features before applying them to our own re-creations. We worked with pencils, pastels and paints to make our own Impressionist artwork.

The Summer term in Year 4

 

The Ancient Romans

 

In the Summer term we have been learning all about the Romans. We have started looking about the impact of the Romans on our life today and what they did to influence history. We have used maps to locate countries which were part of the Roman Empire. More to come...

 

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.

Here are some examples of our mosaic work!
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Science

 

In the Summer term, our topics are '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? We looked at how the particles within them differ to help us understand. We melted chocolate to observe how solids can become liquids. More to come...

What materials can you find at home which cause you to ask scientific questions?

Other learning throughout the year

 

Religious Education:

In RE, we have been exploring and comparing the beliefs and practices of various religions including, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism. We looked at the meaning behind different symbols. We found out that Pilgrimages are the religious journeys which believers make to special places for example, Lourdes in France of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. We have learnt about festivals and why they are celebrated. We have recently been exploring what miracles are and have read Christian stories relating to them.

 

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 have learnt how to use email. We will continue to work on our coding skills and using the programs 'CodeforLife' and 'Logo'. We will also be continuing 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. 

 

 

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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