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Year 4 News 13.10.23

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In English, our editing skills have been put to the test this week as we have had the opportunity to reread and edit our extended write. We have used checklists, marking codes and the writer's toolkit to help us. We have then moved on to our second outcome. In our first lesson, we arrived into our classroom which had been transformed into a news reporters office. We were then all given an envelope with a letter explaining that we are needed to write a newspaper about the spotting of the elusive whale. We have spent our week exploring the model text, understanding the vocabulary and the exploring the structure.

In our Reading time, we have moved onto another non-fiction text – 100 facts about Vikings. We looked at the key features of a non-fiction text to help us retrieve key information. We have been able to answer questions about Viking homes, how the Vikings settled in countries and about the use of boats.

We have been practising our handwriting skills this week.

Our Maths this week has moved on to learning about addition and subtraction. On Monday, we completed our previous end of unit assessment to recognise what we had learnt. We then moved on to our new learning – exploring the vocabulary and visuals we would use throughout this unit. We have then learnt how to add and subtract 1s, 10s, 100s and 1000s. We used place value grids to understand this. We have then learnt about using column method to add two four-digit numbers with and without an exchange.

Wearing our own clothes on Monday gave us the perfect opportunity to complete our well being focus to think about I keep myself safe by.... We also thought about speaking positively, softly and kindly to ourselves as our final strategy this term.

The Transfiguration story was the main focus within our RE learning this week. We reflected on the question How do the events in this story reveal Jesus to be the son of God? We thought about the different viewpoints in the story and this enabled us to write a diary entry from one of the disciples.

We have started to practice for our Year 4 class worship this week and are looking forward to continuing this this week.

We enjoyed continuing to develop our skills in athletics as part of our PE session this week.

In our French lessons this week, we have learnt how to say the names for different pets.

During our computing lessons this week, we have learnt more about websites and web pages. We recapped the difference between the two and looked at the features of a website by exploring our school's website. We then moved on to learn about how we can create content online. Using Chrome Music Lab, we created our own 'songs' or pieces of music which we learnt was a way of creating content online.

For our science lesson this week, we have recapped how we can create classification keys for some animals figures we had in our classroom. We created a fantastic classification key as class. We then moved on to learn about habitats. We recapped habitats we know and considered whether these were micro or macro habitats.

We have also enjoyed continuing to learn songs in preparation for YoungVoices as part of our Music lessons.

For our History lessons we have focused on Black History month. For this, we have celebrated the life and contributions of Marcus Rashford. We have learnt about his charity work and how he has raised awareness of many different issues that some children face. We summarised our learning of Marcus Rashford by creating a football kit that reflected him as a person and his achievements.

In our DT lessons this week, we started to create our catapults. Using our prototypes and designs, we have carefully measured our wood to the lengths that we need. We have then made sure that these are labelled ready for our construction. We then went on to cut our wood using our handsaws and cutting blocks. We carefully thought about all the safety needed to complete this.

Maths.co.uk homework has been set for this week.

We hope you are having a lovely weekend.

Miss Welch and Mrs Pointon

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