25th April, 2018
Where do Gruffalos live?
In our Gruffalo teams, we invented different types of Gruffalos. We had to decide together what it would look like, what its habitat would be like and how it would behave. We came up with a mermaid gruffalo, a fire gruffalo, an ice gruffalo, a magic gruffalo and even an explosive gruffalo! Following on from this, we created each gruffalo's world on huge paper. All the teams worked co-operatively and supportively.
Tomorrow, we are going to look for signs of gruffalo activity in the woods....
Spring Term topic homework
Look at the amazing results of our topic homework!
Thank you to all our families and friends for supporting our children in their home learning. We appreciate all your efforts.
How did engineers use water power?
We were engineers for a day! In teams, we designed and made water wheels. Water wheels were used to harness power, which enabled the cogs to rotate and the grain to be ground into flour. We constructed our water wheels from recycling, and we had to include an axle and a counter balance. Finally, we tested our wheels by pouring sand into the buckets. We even had a health and safety inspection!
How did the Impressionist painter, Claude Monet, use colour to convey moods?
How did Monet use colour and light to create impressions of water?
We have been learning about the French painter, Claude Monet. He loved to paint water and was obsessed with painting the River Thames. He started over one hundred canvasses, all views of the River Thames, but he actually only completed thirty-seven of them. We learnt about colour mixing and followed in Monet's footsteps, painting our versions of the Thames. We confined ourselves to only using four colours.
In the following lesson, we learnt more about Impressionism. We created paintings to great effect, using our colour mixing skills and dabbing paint onto our 'canvasses' with our fingers. We have produced a colourful display of our Monet-inspired views of the River Thames.
How do mathematicians tell the time?
In Maths, we have been learning how to convert the 12 hour clock and the 24 hour clock. We have learnt to solve problems which involve converting minutes to seconds, hours to minutes and days to hours. We know how important it is to be able to tell the time to the nearest minute. Here are some of our anchor charts which we made during this unit of work. They show the progression in our learning.
Curious Creature Captured!
We have started learning our new text, Curious Creature Captured! It is a newspaper recount about a boy, who on his way home from football practice, spots a creature, possibly an alien. He bravely captures it and it is then sent to a science lab for further testing. Here, we are putting actions to the text in order to help us remember new vocabulary, such as 'intriguing', 'vigilant' and 'speculation'. It also helps us to recall sentence structures.
As part of our study of mountains, we analysed the Japanese artist, Hokusai's series of 36 paintings of the mountain, Mount Fuji. We learnt about perspective, foreground, background and how a painting can affect your mood. Next, we looked at lots of images of Mount Snowdon in Wales and made sketches in our sketch books. Finally, we selected one of our sketches to inspire our paintings of Mount Snowdon.
How do Geographers locate countries and mountains on a map?
This term, we are learning about the Water Cycle. As part of our studies, we are learning about world mountains and mountain ranges. We are using key skills like how to locate them on maps and globes. We worked in 'continent' teams to find the world's highest mountains. Finally, we plotted them on the continents, then fitted them together to create a world map of mountains and mountain ranges.
Talk for Writing: The Iron Man
We have started to learn our new story which is an extract from Ted Hughes' 'The Iron Man'. here, we are putting actions to the story in order to help us remember the new vocabulary and sentence structures. The Iron Man has been described as being a modern fairy story. It is rich in descriptive language and we shall be building on our knowledge of noun phrases, powerful verbs and how to use similes effectively, during this unit of work.
Ancient Greeks topic homework
Here are the outcomes of our topic homework for this term. We have created Greek menus, models of temples, masks and factfiles about Ancient Greek gods and goddesses. The children have put in lots of effort and produced some impressive results! Many thanks to all the families and friends who supported the children in their activities.
In Ash class, everyone was extremely busy preparing for Christmas. We used key Design and Technology skills, cutting and joining a variety of materials to produce some high quality Christmas products. We designed cards and decorations which incorporated accurate measuring and repeating patterns. Finally, we adorned our products with embellishments to make each item an individual and unique product.
Clay in a Day
On 17th November, Year 4 participated in a Design and Technology 'clay in a day' workshop with Cobnuts- a mobile clay studio.
Children were taught all about our native wildlife and the importance of creating natural habitats.
This was particularly interesting because the children are currently studying 'Animals and their Habitats' in Science.
The children learnt new clay skills and techniques, and created individual sculptures with small spaces for creatures to shelter within.
Ultimately, in the summer term, the children will incorporate these clay sculptures into a specially designed cob wall at Flatford RSPB wildlife garden. Another school visit to look forward to!
This week, we have been learning to recite our new information text. We have added actions to help us to remember the new vocabulary and the sentence structures. We know what a Storm Unicorn looks like, about its diet, its habitat and what it is known for! We have also learnt that we would be extremely lucky to see one in real life...
Maths Word Problems? No problem!
Over the last few weeks, we have been exploring multiplication and division facts, and building on our times tables knowledge. Here we are, solving two and three step word problems. We have found lots of different ways to do this, and have discovered that working together and supporting each other helps when faced with these tricky challenges.
Dinner time down in the woods!
In Science, we have been investigating animals and their diets. We went down to the woods to explore and hunt for herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. We know that animals living together in habitats are dependent on each other for food. Food chains are constructed from prey, producers and consumers. Back in the classroom, we constructed some of our own food chains. Did you know there is a fox which lives in our school woods?
Little Red Riding Hood
In Talk for Writing, we have started a new unit entitled 'Quest stories'. We will be learning how to punctuate dialogue correctly, how to use fronted adverbial phrases, such as 'Early one morning,' and how to write exciting stories using imaginative vocabulary. Here we are putting actions to the story, Little Red Riding Hood, to help us to remember the language and sentence structure.