Summer Term 2018
We have had a fabulous time this term in Year 4. To introduce our new topic of the Normans we ventured back in time and visited Warwick Castle. We learnt so much about the Normans, especially how they built their castles for defensive purposes and how they lived throughout that historical era. The children and I learnt a lot on our trip and observed different birds of prey in action! As part of our topic, we researched and observed the Bayeux tapestry and understood that it is a living timeline of the Normans achievements. This inspired us to create our own tapestry using different embroidery techniques. To finish of this topic, we recently designed, constructed and evaluated our own castles with a working drawbridge!
In science, we have been investigating different states of matter. This included experimenting with chocolate and different forms of water and materials! The children really enjoyed learning about how states can be reversed and the scientific terminology used to describe each state. We even investigated how long different materials would take to evaporate in the sun by hanging them on our home-made washing line!
In maths, we have been applying learnt skills and strategies in to reasoning and problem solving scenarios. One of the favourite areas of learning was properties of shape. The children enjoyed working collaboratively to physically construct different shapes and then have to name all the properties of that shape including the amount angles, lines of symmetry, the names of the different angles it could have and if the shape was regular or irregular. It got very competitive!
Autumn Term 2017
Year 4 has been extremely busy this half term. In mathematics we have been focussing on area and perimeter. We have used a range of problem solving and reasoning skills to investigate the area and perimeter of different 2d and compound shapes, extending our learning to incorporate algebra.
Our science topic was based on digestion this half term. We have had a lot of fun learning about the different parts of the digestive system and each part does. We have reconstructed the digestive system in our experiment of making our own poo! This supported our understanding of the importance of the function of each part of the digestive system. We further investigated the first part of digestion; which starts in the mouth using the teeth and saliva; and explored and analysed the effects of different liquids on the enamel of the teeth. This experiment was very smelly as we recreated it by using eggs, which represented the enamel on your teeth. The results were very shocking. This was further supported by a visit from the dentist! The dentist explained the importance of oral hygiene and was extremely impressed by our knowledge of teeth!
We have had a lot of fun learning about our topic The Blue Abyss. We became Blue Planet reporter’s focussing on what we had found out through researching Jacque Cousteau’s accomplishments. We looked at the effects of pollution and over population on the destruction of coral in different parts of the world. We analysed and constructed the layers of the ocean identifying the habitats of animals and plant life in each layer.
Autumn One 2017
Year 4 have been very busy this half term. In mathematics we have been looking at different strategies to add and subtract. We have taken our learning deeper by using the bar model and the part whole model, whereby we have to understand place value before we can even think about adding or subtracting numbers. In our science topic, we have been looking at electricity. We have identified and name different appliances and understood how electricity can be made naturally. We have designed, constructed and evaluated our own investigations looking at insulators and conductors by constructing a simple circuit. This half term we have had the luxury of cooking American style pretzels in Design & Technology. This linked to our topic on ‘USA Road trip’. We took a flight simulation to New York City and learnt all about the physical and human features of the famous landmarks of America.
Autumn One 2016
Please find some pictures of the activities children have been enjoying during the first term in school, including drawings upon our topic Road Trip USA.
St Elizabeth's School is open tomorrow, Tuesday 12th December. Please allow extra time for your journey and take care on the surrounding roads and footpaths which may be icy. School pathways have been gritted for you to use. Can children please wear appropriate footwear for walking safely.
Note: A decision regarding the carol concert at StJohns Church will be made tomorrow, consideration will be given to weather conditions and safety.
Michelle Walsh, Head Teacher.