Each half term, we have a hook to get our topic started. This half term, we flew aboard flight QMLM4 to Tokyo, Japan! As we arrived at the check in desks we needed to hand over our boarding cards and passports. After this, we made our way through security, before putting our luggage onto the conveyor belt and through a scanner. After being shown to our seats on the plane, we watched a short safety video and were served refreshments during the flight! When we arrived in 'Tokyo' we tried sushi and practiced Origami. We had a fantastic time!
Year 4 were lucky enough to have virtual reality experience this half term. Our theme was, 'World of Volcanoes'. We were able to experience and learn about different volcanoes from different countries around the world, including; Japan, Indonesia and the USA. This linked well with our topic, Japan. Japan has around 200 volcanoes, around 60 of which are active!
This half term, our artwork was illuminated letters which were used in Viking times. An illuminated letter was usually the first letter of a page. These were large and colourful, with areas in gold, while the rest of the text was black. The images used to illustrate the letters included animals, plants and mythical creatures.
We turned our desks into Viking longships and gave our longships names: the Blue Dragon, the Death Dragon, the Destructive Dragon and the Atomic Dragon. We worked in our longship teams to earn points in each of the activities throughout the day. We did some rowing practice (using hockey sticks as oars), completed a Viking quiz, practiced Viking runes, listened to Viking sagas and learned Viking songs. We had a fabulous day!
This half term, our artwork has been inspired by the artist David Hockney. We looked at his swimming pool pictures and focused on mixing tints and shades of blue to create the effect of the water moving.
Please find attached an overview of all the spelling words that will be shared and taught this half term.
This half term, Year 4's topic was Romans. The children learned about how the Roman army worked tactically using weapons and man power to take over territories for the Roman Empire. In Science, the children learned about simple mechanisms. They investigated some simple mechanisms. They then made their own catapults. The children displayed fantastic team work in this task. Well done!
In our Reading lessons, we have been looking at poetry. The children loved the story of the Grinch and wanted to share it. We hope you enjoy it and have a lovely Christmas break!
In Year 4, children learn the Ukulele in their music lessons with Mrs Truscott. This term, children have learned a few chords and are now able to play some simple songs! They have learned songs such as, Mamma Mia and Last Christmas. Here is one of our favourites, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer!
Please find attached an overview of all the spelling words shared and taught this half term. Children should use this document to recap their knowledge. The spelling test on the last Friday of half term will be 10 words chosen at random from this list.
Year 4 were super scientists this half term. They enjoyed learning all about living things and their habitats. They were able to group and classify animals by their characteristics. They also investigated and studied invertebrates outside using a classification key. We even wrote our own reports about endangered species and what we could do to help them. Well done, Year 4!
Advice for reading at home
Your child will have been sent their home reading book home. This book is colour coded according to their reading level. If you would like to access more books you can do so online at https://www.oxfordreadingbuddy.com/uk
When you log in, the books you can access are colour coded according to children's reading levels. Please check the colour of your child's home reading book, this will correspond with a number on the Oxford Reading Buddy website. If you are unsure of your child's reading level, please email me – Year4@quarrymountprimary.org.uk
I hope this helps you to continue enjoying reading whilst children are not able to access the resources in school. Thank you for your support.