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Happy New Year Year 4!
A new term can mean only one thing... a NEW topic! This term we are reading the Firework Maker's Daughter written by Phillip Pullman. On Monday, we started the week by exploring the front and back cover of the book. We knew nothing of the story but used what we had in front of us to predict what it may be about. It was lovely to hear about some of the ideas we had and how we supported these ideas with clues from the cover.
We have started our new term off with a lot of Art! On Monday afternoon, we started by creating our elephant sculpture. In groups, we used Modroc to sculp the shape of our elephant around the wire structure. On Tuesday, we looked at how we could use light and dark to represent shaping. We looked at examples of volcano drawings and sketched our own. To add detail, we learnt how to use oil pastels to represent shading. Next, we used gutta to add definition to the sides and details within our drawing and finished by using ink to create our volcanoes eruption.
This week in English we have been looking at a few different forms of poetry and the different features found within poetry — we have been learning about onomatopoeia, alliteration and similes within poems and how these features can improve our writing. We have also used a thesaurus to improve our vocabulary and from this we have written our own poem about fireworks! The children chose the type of poem they wanted to create and included onomatopoeia, alliteration and similes to create some wonderful poems!
In SPaG this week we have focused on learning the spelling of words with the 'gu' sound. Our spellings for this week are words we have practised throughout the week. We have also been recapping techniques to help us learn these words — try using these at home.
Within Maths this week we have started to follow the Power Maths unit of work. We focused on using a lot of discussions and working as a team to solve problems. In particular, we have learnt how to use arrays and bar models to represent multiplication problems.
In the afternoons, we completed our big art this week, started our new Science and Geography units and practised our songs again for young voices.
In our new Science unit this term we will be exploring the new topic of sound. We have thought about what we already know about sound and how we hear. The children have also thought of some interesting questions they would like to investigate and find the answers to regarding sound!
In Geography, we started to explore the structure of the earth. Using a video from the Dr. Binocs Show, we learnt about the names of each layer of the earth as well as facts about them. Towards the end of the lesson, we learnt how the crust is made up of tectonic plates. Next lesson, we will learn how tectonic plates help to form volcanoes.
On Friday, we ended our first week back by taking a trip the New Vic Theatre. We watched a magical performance of The Wind in the Willows. The animals and story were brought to life by talented actors, musicians and dancers. Everyone seemed to really enjoy the experience.
Miss Welch, Miss Holland and Miss Davies would like to say a HUGE thank you for our lovely Christmas cards and gifts. We really appreciate them and feel truly blessed.
Have a lovely week.