We have been so excited to welcome everyone back after what we hope has been a fantastic summer for you all; we are so pleased that everyone has settled back into their learning brilliantly. Within our first week at school, the Year 4 children had already begun some excellent shared writing based our first English narrative writing unit inspired by the video clip ‘The Lucky Dip’. This has allowed the children to think about their experiences of going to the fairground or visiting an arcade at the beach. We have also been busily working away answering some challenging Book Talk questions based on Harry Potter and the Philosophers stone.
In Maths, we have kicked off with our place value unit. So far we have been understanding how to round 2 and 3 digit numbers to the nearest 10 and 100, as well as counting in jumps of 1,000.
We also have lots of exciting new topics that we are just beginning. In science, we will be looking at science and investigating how different sounds are made, as well as how they travel to our ears. Whereas in geography we will be comparing Lincoln and London and studying the changes that have occurred in both cities over time. After a few weeks we will also begin our new history topic – Benin. This will give us an interesting insight into an ancient African culture.
Art and DT have also grabbed the children’s imagination and will let them experience different elements of each, which they have previously not experienced. Throughout our first term of art, the children will be learning all about architecture – understanding what it is and comparing buildings of past architect Christopher Wren, to the modern stylings of Norman Foster and Renzo Piano, both of whom have revolutionised buildings on London’s skyline. Sticking with the theme of buildings and structures, the children will then be having a go at designing and creating their own pulley/lever system whereby they will be tasked with transporting an object from one place to another (like their very own cable car).
Finally, in RE we will be looking at celebrations of different religions and cultures; as well as commemoration and how it is important to remember the people who have left us. For our indoor PE, we will be looking at gymnastics where we will try to improve our flexibility and balancing skills and we will be using our improving map skills to practise orienteering in our Tuesday PE lesson.
It is sure to be a busy term!