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Recently in our English lessons, we have been looking at the genre of newspaper reports. We looked at lots of different examples of newspaper reports and identified the different features before creating our own newspaper articles. We tried to showcase some of the grammar work we have done recently on punctuating direct speech. Have a look at some of our examples!
As part of our latest Science unit, we have been learning about how to keep our teeth clean and healthy. We presented our findings in eye-catching posters, drawing upon what we have learnt about in our Computing lessons.
This half term, we went on a school trip to Manchester Museum where we helped to solve the ‘Mystery of the Thunderstone’. We started the day learning some archaeological skills and practising unearthing real historical artefacts from sandpits. We also had a chance to look around the different exhibitions currently on at the museum, including the dinosaurs exhibit and the living things exhibit.
We have just performed our class assembly infront of our parents and the rest of the school. We aimed to teach our audience something about the Stone Age in an engaging and entertaining way. We learnt our lines and delivered them really confidently. We also enjoyed learning the Horrible Histories stone age song and filming our TV adverts using the green screen!
Our latest Science topic is Animals including Humans. We have started by learning about the different organs in the human digestive system. We had to cut out and rearrange the different organs to create our own diagrams of the digestive system.
As part of our World Book Day celebrations, Year 4 chose the era of Prehistoric Britain as inspiration for their costumes. We had some fantastic costumes from the Stone Age! Some of the books that inspired us include Cave Baby and the Flinstones.
We have recently started our new History topic of Prehistoric Britain. In our last Art lesson, we were creating drawings using oil pastels. We looked at some examples of real cave paintings for inspiration.
We have recently started our new art unit, focussing on the style and techniques of the famous Dutch painter, van Gogh. We started off by looking at his use of lines to create depth and texture in paintings. We used a viewfinder to recreate sections of some of his famous paintings.
Our Computing unit this half term is Animation. We started off by looking at the history of animation and how artists creating moving images before computers were invented. We had a go at creating our own flip-books and thaumatropes before moving on to computer animations.
The first piece of software we have been using is called Pivot Animator. You can download it for free at home by clicking here.
We started off by learning the basics of animation, including ‘onion-skinning’ and capturing individual frames. Then, we started to be more experimental and use more of the features available to us. We produced some super examples of animations!
Our current Science topic is ‘States of Matter’. Recently, we carried out an experiment to measure how salt affected the melting point of ice. Our results were mixed so we talked about the importance of carrying out a ‘fair test’.
We also experimented to discover how temperature affected the rate of melting in chocolate buttons. We found that the higher the temperature, the quicker the chocolate melted!
As part of our History topic 'the Mayans', we designed and sculpted Mayan temples out of clay. We looked at different examples of temples and discussed the traditional design. We talked about the area and perimeter of our different component shapes and also how we could add finer detail using the tools that we had.
During the final week of Autumn term, we had our Christmas party with Year 3. First, we had a disco hosted by Mr Vickers who played our favourite songs and hosted some classic party games. It was super fun!
After the disco, we joined Year 3 in their classroom for our Christmas feast! We all brought in a snack box filled with our favourite treats and happily ate and sang Christmas songs together.
As part of our festive fun this year, we have been designing and creating snowmen out of clay. First, we sketched our designs on paper before getting a chance to create our inventions! Afterwards, we painted them to try and reproduce our original drawings.
This year, we created Christmas cards in the form on Christmas puddings. We used card and tissue paper to create the finished effect.
Recently, we have been working on designing our calendars. To do this, we were working on the iPads. First, we had to take the photographs we needed for our projects. We spoke about the importance of the background when taking good pictures and ensuring the camera was focussed correctly to achieve the best shot. Once we had the perfect photo, we spent some time investigating how to edit photographs. We used two great iPad apps: Afterlight and Pixlr. We were able to apply filters and frames to our photos to achieve our final designs!
In our Shape, Space & Measure lessons this half term, we have been learning about coordinates and the four quadrants of a graph. Recently we have been using our knowledge of coordinates to plot pictures on graph paper
This term in English, we have been studying poetry. First, we read and shared a variety of different types of poetry and identified the features of the text. We learnt about similes, onomatopoeia, alliteration and descriptive language. We then started to think about writing our own pieces of poetry. In keeping with our Science and Geography lessons this half term, we decided to write acrostic poems about the rainforest. We planned and drafted our poems before typing up our best versions using Microsoft Word.
In our Art lessons this half term, we have been focussing on drawing insects. We have been looking at pieces of insect art and reproducing our own examples using a variety of mediums. We started using just our pencils before moving on to using pencil crayons and oil pastels.
In our Computing lessons this half term, we have been programing using Scratch. We have been designing our own ‘sprites’ and ‘backdrops’ to use in maths games that we have programed ourselves. We have also been practising our ‘debugging’ skills and finding and correcting any errors in our code.