Can you believe that we have almost finished the first half term of Year 4? The weeks have whizzed by in a flash as they have been so busy and full of learning.
The children have grasped each learning opportunity with both hands. We have built on the firm foundations of Year 3 learning in our Maths lessons this half term, focusing on place value, addition and subtraction. In English, we have enjoyed reading the story The Firework Maker's Daughter and have produced high quality writing including newspaper reports, letters and alternative chapters.
We've loved our electricity learning in Science, making circuits and testing out conductors and insulators. In History, it's been fascinating to learn about the Early Islamic Civilisation and all the incredible scientific and mathematical developments that came from Baghdad over 1000 years ago. In Geography, we have developed our learning of longitude and latitude, time zones, hemispheres, the tropics and the polar regions. We have enjoyed exploring charcoal and printing in Art. In PE, the children have shown growing flexibility and strength in gymnastics, and developing technique in multi-skills lessons. In Music, we have enjoyed learning about gospel music and learning and performing the song 'The Little Light of Mine' joyfully with added movement and actions.
Well done for your continued efforts and hard work, Year 4.
History: The Early Islamic Civilisation
We have been enjoying our history learning about the Early Islamic Civilisation and the city at its heart: Baghdad.
As well as building our knowledge of facts about the city, we are trying to develop our understanding of world history and how the periods that we have studied fit together.
Today, we made a timeline by finding out about how long each civilisation lasted, and creating a strip of paper where 10cm represented 100 years. We couldn’t believe how long some of the strips were! Afterwards, we put the timeline together to see what order the civilisations happened in and which happened in concurrence.
How You Can Help at Home This Half Term
It was a busy second week in Year 4 and the children have applied themselves well to their learning.
We are enjoying our class text 'The Firework-Maker's Daughter' by Philip Pullman and exploring the characters in reading lessons. We have written descriptions of the settings and characters, and also written letters between Lila and her father Lalchand, focusing on organising our ideas into paragraphs.
Our maths learning focuses on Place Value and this week we learned about rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. We identified the previosu or next multiple of 10/100/1000 then applied the rules for rounding to round the numbers. We applied this learning in different contexts and used reasoning to explain our ideas. Next, we are going to focus on being more specific in our reasoning answers, using numbers and examples to support our ideas.
Well done for your hard work across the curriculum this week, Year 4.