Busy times in year 4 over these last few weeks. We have had a range of events to keep us out of trouble, from Topic Open afternoons, Good to be Green events and Drama Workshops.
This term we have been studying the region of Australasia, with a focus on the country of Australia. In preparation for our Open afternoon, the children studied Aboriginal paintings. They investigated the dot technique to create their own Aboriginal style paintings. Parents were then invited to come and see their fantastic creations.
Good To Be Green
Finishing last term with a bang, the children celebrated their fantastic behaviour with our Good To Be Green event. Year 4 chose den building in their classrooms followed by a film. This really was a celebration as no one missed the whole event, demonstrating how improved the behaviour since September. Well done year 4!
As we finished the half term with a bang, we thought we might as well begin the next with one too! We had the privilege of inviting our Cluster schools along to a drama workshop run by the year 12 students from Ellesmere College. It was lovely to see the children mixing with their peers from other schools. They totally let their barriers down to take part in performance techniques. They are all looking forward to reuniting in the summer term to showcase their pieces and reconnect with their new friends.
As always, the children have been working extremely hard in lessons. In English, we have been busy studying discussion texts, where the children have asked some very interesting questions. They have learnt all about balanced arguments and remaining impartial. They have begun to use mature vocabulary to organise their non-fiction. Next week they will build on this, as we move on to study explanation texts.
In maths, the children have been busy consolidating their prior learning using the grid method for multiplication. Additionally, they are being tested every day on their times tables. This has sparked some serious competition and self improvement. We are seeing some fabulous results. This week, they are learning all about coordinates and translation.
Finally, in Reading, the children have had lots of fun studying The Guinness World Book of Records and the song, The Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel. The children have been challenged on their understanding of vocabulary and meaning. They thoroughly enjoyed listening to the different versions of the song and were able to justify their reasons for their preferences. As the term nears its end, we will be evaluating the effectiveness of all these activities with some juicy assessments, just what the children love!
Have a listen to The Sound of Silence for yourselves, which one do you prefer and why?
Original, Simon and Garfunkel: https://vimeo.com/106045592
Cover version by Disturbed: https://vimeo.com/144828601