Week Beginning 30/01/23
On Monday the children had a visit from Catherine Hammond who works for the Epping Forest District Museum Service. She brought a number of fascinating pieces which depicted life from Ancient Greek times. The children were invited to make observations about for example, what clothes were worn in those times or which musical instruments were played. As you can see from the photos there were lots of clues for the children to go on.
This week in English the children wrote non-chronological reports about their Ancient Greek mythical creatures they had designed. They used writing features such as: main headings, sub-headings, paragraphs, fact boxes and pictures with captions. They really enjoyed the imaginative challenge of coming up with their own creatures. The children came up with names like: The Slaying Slivther, The Nasty Naimir and The Petrifying Perhand! This was to be their next piece of important writing, which gets displayed up on the classes' English Writing Walls.
In R.E., we continued to study Hinduism and their worship. The children drew and labelled Puja plates:
In Science, we began to investigate whether gases have any mass. We filled bottles with fizzy drink, shook them and then released the gas. We weighed the bottles before and afterwards to see if their mass had changed. There was lots of Scientific discussion about Dependent variables, Control Variables and Independent variables.
Week Beginning 23/01/23
Another productive week for our Year 4s. They have been busy planning their non-chronological reports about their mythical creatures they have designed for English. Some of them have started the tricky concept of short division in Maths, which will become easier with practice.
The children are still looking at states of matter during Science and there will be more investigations coming up. In the mean time, we have a fun suggestion they could try at home should the weather turn below zero and become icy. They could fill a balloon with coloured water (food colouring), tie a knot in it and leave it out in the cold over night. The idea is, that the next day when they cut away the balloon they are left with a beautiful, coloured ice ball!
During music the children have started learning about the Japanese festival called Hanami. They discovered that this is a Cherry Blossom Festival and is celebrated every year towards the end of March. They then had to visulise standing under these trees and imagining what smells, sights, sounds & feelings they might experience. They wrote some words and drew a cherry blossom tree.
In History, we are continuing with our topic of Ancient Greece. This week and next, we will be investigating and researching the Ancient Greek way of life including clothing, food and entertainment. Here is some of the fantastic work so far:
Week Beginning 16/01/23
Another exciting week for our Year 4s. They have begun investigating making slime as part of their Science topic. As you can imagine there was lots of mess, laughter but plenty of scientific enquiry was apparent. This will continue next week.
In Maths this week the children have continued working on multiplication and division. They now have a better understanding of multiplying & dividing by 10 and 100.
In English, Year 4 retold the story of Theseus and The Minotaur. Once they had finished the story, they used their editing skills to improve their work. We are really pleased to see that the children are beginning to use accurate punctuation including speech punctuation, brackets and dashes. They are also becoming more confident in using different sentence types and starting their sentences in different ways. Keep it up Year 4!
Our area outside Whitebeam and Lime Classes is ready for all things Ancient Greek, as you can see from the photos. Hopefully by Parents' Evening you will be able to see examples of the children's work.
Week Beginning 9.1.23
Welcome back everyone and we hope that you had a fantastic Christmas break. It is lovely to have Lime and Whitebeam classes back for the Spring Term.
We had our first swimming session today, which went really well, and the children seemed to love it - we have some amazing swimmers this year.
In English this half term, we will be writing Greek Myths and non-chronological reports about mythical creatures. We started this week with story maps of Theseus and the Minotaur.
In RE, we will be learning more about Hinduism and in PSHE, our theme is Dreams and Goals.
In Art, we will be drawing Greeks vases for the first few weeks. Here are some of our first attempts:
We will definitely miss Mrs Wells!
Maths for the next few weeks will be all things concerning multiplying & dividing numbers.
In Science for Spring Term, the children will be looking at 'States of Matter' - that is solids, liquids and gases.
For ICT they will be getting to grips with their Google emails and using Google Classroom effectively.
This term we have started our exciting new topic the Ancient Greeks. The children will be learning all sorts of interesting information. As you can see this topic branches into other subjects they are doing too.
French this half term the children are learning the story of Goldilocks and the Three Little Bears in of course French!
During their music lessons they will be learning about the Japanese festival of Hanami.
We wish you all a wonderful weekend.