We have looked at how artists interpret human faces by studying portraits by Picasso. We have now moved on to the way the human body can be portrayed by focusing on the sculptures of Henry Moore. The children have become living sculptures to explore the shapes their bodies can make.
Fruit SaladS and Fruit Kebabs
Year 4 have been planning and making (and eating) fruit salads or fruit kebabs. They tried some new fruits and evaluated what they had done and what they would do differently in the future.
The Human Body
Year 4 children have been doing a range of different activities to learn about the human body. They have made a model of an arm, recorded their own videos about muscles, drawn organs and muscles on a skeleton, made notes on three organs and have started to make an information page about what they found out.
In our learning this week, the children have focused on throwing. They have practised javelin, overhead throw and throwing to a target. They have used their search skills to find tips to improve throwing after learning that an Olympic medalist in javelin first learnt technique using YouTube videos! The children have used some critical thinking when making judgements about which videos would be helpful and suitable to watch - they are super at staying safe online.
This week we have started our new topic. The children took part in a child friendly decathlon and our topic this term will be all about how to improve in the events they did. Year 4 came up with the title “Olympkids” ! They had a lot of fun as well as starting to learn a few new skills like hula hooping and throwing a javelin. The class have worked together to think about what they’d like to learn and some activities they could do to help.
Making an Explorer’s Ship
The children had loads of fun making a ship out of cardboard! The wind was against us and it was frustrating at times but the children showed wonderful perseverance and problem solving skills. I was very impressed with their team work too. The result isn’t what we had hoped because of the weather conditions but everyone learned a lot.
The children have watched a programme about Jacques Cousteau and made notes about his life. They made a Power Point slide about him and learned how to use different features of this package. They worked very hard, as you can see.
Over the 2 weeks leading up to Easter, we’re looking at ocean explorers. We have measured out the lengths of real explorers’ ships, drawn pirate ships and made origami boats. These are all activities chosen by the children.
In our English lessons, we have been learning about information texts using the Talk for Writing method. The children have worked hard to learn a model text about Rainbow Dragons. You can watch them performing the first section of the text in the video below. They will be writing their own information about dragons next week.
We are focusing on flight in our topic work at the moment. The children have planned an investigation into spinners, choosing for themselves what they would like to change about the spinners, made the spinners and started to test how different factors effect how the spinners work.
We have been learning about properties of materials and methods of joining materials through a fun challenge. The children had to make a boat out of only natural materials. They had a great time and learned that mud is not a good replacement for glue! They found out that size and weight of a material is important and whether it floats or not depends on the amount of water. I was particularly impressed with the collaborative work and the children’s perseverance.
Over the last four weeks, Year 4 have been working hard to build on and improve their story writing skills. They have learned how to use speech marks correctly and how to use a specific story structure. The children have self and peer assessed their first draft before using this to write a final copy.
Today we went on a texture walk around the school grounds. We felt different natural materials and collected some to stick down as a record of our walk.
Croeso i Flwyddyn 4! Welcome to Year 4!
I hope everyone has had a wonderful summer. I'm looking forward to us all being together again, safe and well.
Below is our first class newsletter and the new KS2 booklet with lots of information about the changes in school.
See you soon, Mrs Foley
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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