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New Year – New Topics for Year 4!

Organising materials

The New Year has started extremely well for year 4! The children have had a fantastic time looking at different materials for our new science topic – changing states. We have already compared different types of objects and categorised them into solids and liquids. Additionally, we have been discussing water. What we know and what we want to know. The children came up with some excellent questions which we will address as the term progresses. Watch this space!

In topic, we have begun our Geography project on the region of Australasia. First of all, the children have begun by recapping their knowledge of the seven continents they learned from year 3. Furthermore, they have added to this knowledge by placing the Equator, Tropics and Longitude and Latitude lines on a world map. We have briefly discussed the region known as Australasia but will be focusing our efforts on the country of Australia. Finally, the children have learnt how to accurately place cities and landmarks on a map and will be using the knowledge they gain each week, to produce a persuasive leaflet to a destination of their choice.

 

In English we have finished our own nonsense poems and have begun to write them out neatly. The children used the classic nonsense poem The Jabberwocky from Alice Through the Looking Glass (and what she found there) as inspiration. the results are fabulous, we will be uploading examples of some neat drafts next week. Since completing this topic, we have begun to study the Michael Morpurgo book, Toro! Toro! This book is set in the 1930s during the Spanish civil war and revolves around the dilemma a young boy called Antonito faces when his beloved bull is doomed for the Corrida! The children will be writing their own dilemma stories next week and will spend this week planning and editing their ideas.

Negative numbers and number liines
Children use a number line to play tug or war using negative numbers.

In maths, the recent cold snap has been helpful in developing the children’s understanding of negative numbers. We have also recapped rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. This week, the children will revisit addition and subtraction using expanded column in different contexts, using the bar model to help them make sense of problems. Finally, we will be addressing time, where they will be comparing analogue and digital time.

What  a great start to the term! Well done year 4, spring term is going to be a good one.