Wow! What a fantastic week we have had in year 4!
In our English lessons this week we finished learning our Talk4Writing recount of a volcanic eruption in Pompeii. We then created plans for our own piece of writing which we based on the eruption of Mt Merapi. Before we could write our own plans, we needed to know the information about this eruption. Using the iPads, we gathered our research and then used this to plan our recount. Over our last couple of lessons, we then learnt how to carefully construct each paragraph. By modelling another piece of writing, the class were able to see how to use their plans to write their own recounts. We are currently half way through our piece of writing.
In our SPaG lessons this week we have been spell words spelt 'gu' which is the sound 'g'. Through practising our handwriting and different spelling games, we learnt how to spell words like guide, guest, guinea pig and guitar.
In Maths this week we have been learning more about multiplication and division. At the beginning of the week, children learnt how to solve correspondence problems using their knowledge of multiplication and division. As a class, we discussed and solved problems worded in a variety of ways. In our following lessons, we learnt how to divide a two-digit number by a one-digit number using part-whole model. We split the whole number into two different numbers which were both factors of what we had been asked to divide by. This enabled us to mentally work out the division problem.
In our afternoons this week we have been singers, historians, musicians and scientists. On Monday, we investigated what life was life for people living in the Shang Dynasty. We learnt about the social hierarchy within the Shang Dynasty.
In our Science lessons, we have learnt more about circuits. The children constructed their own circuits and now learnt about what happens when you add a switch. They conducted an experiment to see whether their circuits were still complete when switches were added to different parts. At the end of the lesson, the children were able to able how a switch works and why they are needed.
In our Music lesson this week, the children learnt how to play a simple tune of 'hot cross buns' on their musical instruments.
On Thursday, Year 4 and the School Choir made the journey to Manchester Arena to take part in the World's largest school choir event! There were over 7000 children at the event, all singing the songs we have been learning for the past few months. Alongside a live band, conductor and dancers, we joined in with some amazing songs -- Pop Medley, Queen Medley, Freightfest and Kusimama -- to name just some! The children all sang and danced their hearts out.
We have had a fantastic week in Year 4 and I hope the children have created memories which will last a lifetime.