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Autumn 2

17th November 2021

Hello everyone!


This week has been super in Year 4!


Monday marked the start of our anti-bullying week with Odd Sock Day. On this day, we shared what makes us unique (and our socks!) with each other and thought about what makes us similar and different. Then, we spoke about how we fill each other's invisible buckets by being kind to each other, and all this takes is a kind word or a smile. We then practised filling each other's buckets - this made us all smile!


Then, we created a chain of kindness filled with positive affirmations. Make sure you have a look at the photos below!

Anti-Bullying Week Photos

10th November 2021

Hi everyone!


We have had yet another exciting week in Year 4!


In English, we have nearly finished our sentence stacking lessons for 'Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp', and we are excited to begin to plan our independent writing!


In our reading lessons, we have finished looking at 'The Dreadful Menace' and enjoyed using our prior knowledge to infer meaning. This week we are now looking at 'Make More Noise!', a collection of short stories celebrating inspirational women and girls. We kicked off the week's lessons by looking at women's suffrage and discussing the treatment of women before and after the suffragette movement. We then read the short story 'Tea and Jam' and have been using thought-tapping to explore the feelings of central characters.


In maths, we have just started a new unit, measurement! We have been looking at millimetres, centimetres, metres, and kilometres and learning how to convert one unit of measurement into another. Today, we investigated how many 15cm and 30cm rulers you would need to make 1 metre (3x 30cm and 1x 15cm, with 5cm too many)!


In history, we have been looking at the Gods and Goddesses of Mount Olympus and created fact files about each one - have a look at the pictures below!

3rd November 2021

Welcome back, Year 4! We hope you had a lovely half term.


We have had a great first week back (so far)!


In English, we have started a new unit focusing on the traditional tale 'Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp' by Philip Pullman. We made some excellent predictions on what the story could be about, and we are excited to start sentence stacking!


In maths, we are continuing to look at addition and subtraction, focusing on estimation and rounding. 


We are now looking at the poem 'The Dreadful Menace' from the 2014 Olympic Games in our reading lessons. We are enjoying this poem and are using it as an opportunity to practise our inference. We are also continuing to read 'Rooftoppers' by Katherine Rundell in our class reader slots. Both classes feel very invested in the story and cannot wait to find out what happens next. 


In History, we are continuing our topic 'It's all ancient Greek to me!' So far, we have located Greece on a map and examined the chronology of ancient Greece. We have also learnt about the beginning of the Olympic Games and the differences between the city-states of Athens and Sparta. We are excited to continue learning about this fascinating time.


In music, we are now learning how to sing in tune and in time. Please have a look at our lesson from yesterday!

Romans are coming!

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