It’s hard to believe that we’ve been back in school for nearly a month now! However, they do say time flies when you’re having fun.
For our first topic of the year, we are looking at our place in the world. On launch day, the children showcased their talents in a Talent Show, proving that all of us are unique and occupying our very own, personal space in our worlds. It was great fun seeing all the children participating so enthusiastically and we were very impressed with some of their talents!
In literacy, we spent our first unit exploring poetry. We read some of Roald Dahl’s hilarious revolting rhymes and worked on our performances with intonation and tone of voice. We also worked hard at writing our own rhyming couplets and even published some revolting poems about ourselves! Recently, we just started our new unit on narrative writing, using Eliot Midnight Superhero by Anne Cottinger as a modelled text to write our own narrative stories.
In maths, we have been finding 1000 more and less than a given number. We are also working hard at rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. However, we had the most fun when we put our detective caps on and decoded secret messages in Roman numbers!
In science, we are learning about habitats and living organisms. We even went on a habitat hunt of our own, looking for creatures great and small in our environment. It was great fun looking for them in the bug hotel, under leaves, in the soil and all the corners of the playground! We are also learning how scientists classify all the millions of different animals and creatures, and had a go at making our own classification trees!
In RE, we are learning about Hinduism and the guided principles of ahimsa (non-violence). The children have been very respectful and asking insightful questions about different gods and goddesses.
The most exciting event, however, has been the Year 4 residential trip to Gilwell Park! It was an amazing time for all the children. We had the opportunity to participate in some amazing activities, such as raft building, crate stacking, zip wire and the aptly named 3G swing! Everyone was very brave and it was wonderful to see the children supporting each other and showing amazing teamwork for all the challenges. Even the children who stayed at school had a fantastic time, creating their own superheroes, then writing and filming their own superhero movie clips!
The children in Year 4 have been settling phenomenally well in to their new classroom. Everyone has been really positive, kind, enthusiastic, and hardworking. Here’s hoping for a wonderful year of fun and learning!
Tune in for next month’s monthly learning!