Already our first half term of the year is drawing to a close, and what a half term it has been! The children have showed a relentless hunger for learning and it has certainly been a delight to be a part of. In true Team CB style, the class have jumped at the chance to learn this week and once again they continue to astound me with what they can achieve.
In Maths this week we have been busy working on developing our understanding of subtraction. The class have all worked on using the formal written method for subtraction and are now able to successfully solve problems with multiple exchanges. If you need a help calculating your change at the shops this half term I'm sure our Persevering Pioneers would be up to the challenge!
In our Literacy, this week we were set a challenge to write our own poems based on Paris. We considered a range of poetic devices that we could include within our poems and the class were fantastic at generating some incredible ideas for personification. The reason behind our learning this week is that this afternoon we will be taking part in a poetry battle with Team LG. Team CB are hoping to do everything in their power to steal the crown from the reigning Year 5's. I most definitely believe we are capable after reading the class' work.
So, as I reflect upon our first half term I will be looking back with pride at how far our young learners have already come. I hope you all have a safe half term and look forward to posting more updates in the next few weeks!
This week the children have been consolidating their learning around addition before moving on to start exploring the concept of subtraction. We started our investigations using lots of practical resources to help us understand the concept of exchange. The class were really quick to pick up that we needed to take from our neighbor if we did not have enough to complete the subtraction. I can only imagine what wonderful learning the class will demonstrate next week!
During Literacy we have worked really hard to edit our work and create a final published version. To draw our learning on Spain to a close, today we held a Spanish celebration where the children explored some of the topics we had been learning about first hand. We all took part in an orienteering challenge where we had to use our knowledge of school to locate famous Spanish landmarks. Following this, we began to explore Picasso and some of his famous artwork before attempting to create our own. To finish, we all had a chance to try out Flamenco dancing for ourselves. The children were all so engaged and thoroughly enjoyed the session.
Elsewhere, we have continued our exploration of European mountains and produced wonderful Keynotes to share amazing facts. We have also been busy exploring the process of changing states in our Science!
Well done Year 4!
This week the children have really proven why we are called the Persevering Pioneers. We have been busy writing our independent pieces for our travel brochures to Spain, and I must say the children have really shown their full potential! The writing is incredibly high quality and uses a range of different persuasive devices. It should be said that this is BEFORE the class have had chance to edit and uplevel their own writing. What superstars!
In Maths, we have also shown a great degree of perseverance as we have worked to solve more complex addition problems using our formal written method. The class have started exploring reasoning and problem solving and their growing confidence has been clear to see. I can't wait for the class to show off all they have learned next week!
As part of topic, this week we have been researching famous European mountains and creating our own Keynotes to share with each other. The class have found out some incredible information as part of their research, including just how long ago some of these mountains were formed! Elsewhere in Science, we have been exploring how heating and cooling change a materials state. through our chocolate investigation!
In the blink of an eye it is once again Friday and our children are reflecting on all the wonderful learning they have achieved so far this week. In our Maths this week, we have started to explore a new unit of addition. The children have worked practically with counters to explore what addition looks like in physical form and are beginning to make links to the formal written method. The class have been working specifically on adding up to 4 digit numbers without breaking the boundary this week and have been highly successful in doing this. Next week, we will extend this learning further, as the children consider what happens when digits break the boundary of 10.
Literacy has also seen the children begin their new unit of writing focusing on the skills of persuasion. In case you were wondering, Mrs Clarke has recently been to Spain and noticed that tourism needed a boost. With this in mind, Team CB suggested we could write a travel brochure to promote Spain and encourage tourism. This week the class have worked incredibly hard researching Spain and all it has to offer. They have then identified the features and functions of a travel brochure to inform their own Success Criteria for writing. To help embed persuasive techniques the children have used shared and guided practice to then generate ambitious language they may wish to include in their writing next week. Be sure to find out how we are getting on.
As part of our Science this week, the class have been investigating the weight of gas through a fizzy pop experiment. They have thought carefully about dependent and independent variables and how the amount of bubbles relates to the amount of gas present. As week 6 grows closer I am going to consider all the wonderful learning opportunities that we can explore next week!
Ciao for now