Term 5 and Term 6
I cannot believe we have reached the end of the school year. What an extraordinary and challenging year it has turned out to be! Who would have thought at the start of the year that we would all be having ‘Zoom chats’ and lessons on Google Classroom!
This term we have been learning all about Anglo Saxons and Vikings in our topic ‘Traders and Raiders’. The children have enjoyed researching all about the history of the Vikings and Anglo Saxons and how their daily lives and customs were very different from ours. We have learnt about the Anglo-Saxon justice system; and compared and contrasted crimes, punishments and laws with their modern day equivalents. Everyone had lots of fun designing and making Viking shields and longboats!
We have been having Grammar and Reading lessons on Google Classroom using CGP and Schofield and Sims workbooks. We’ve covered a wide range of topics in Grammar lessons such as extending sentences using subordinating conjunctions, writing noun phrases, adverbials and fronted adverbials as well as working on punctuation by using commas after fronted adverbials, correctly punctuating direct speech and using apostrophes to show possession. In reading lessons we’ve enjoyed reading a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction texts. We read extracts from some classic stories such as Black Beauty and also read information texts about fridges and bees. The pupils have been using a range of reading skills such as retrieval and making inferences to help inform their understanding of the texts.
In Maths lessons, we have been learning about fractions. We have learnt about the links between tenths and hundredths, how to find equivalent fractions and how to simplify fractions. We have also looked at fractions that are greater than one and the relationship between mixed numbers and improper fractions. Finally, we have learnt about how to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator and how to subtract a fraction from a whole number.
In Science lessons, pupils learnt about what electricity is. They identified which appliances use electricity in their homes and how to keep themselves safe. They had to construct circuits, started to create pictorial circuits and conduct an investigation into how easily different types of switches can break and reconnect a circuit.
In Spanish, we recapped on previous learning, refreshing and expanding previously taught vocabulary. In ICT pupils enjoyed creating their quizzes on Scratch. We also created ‘chicken’ artwork to celebrate the birth of the chicks in our hatchery! The pupils also focused on their well-being and looked at ‘10 a day’ in Assemblies and PSCHEE.
Despite all of the difficulties, this term has been another great success. We were very disappointed to have to end the term early and we hope that we can get back to school as soon as possible.
So this term Brazilian Parrots had weekly swimming Lessons! Everyone really enjoyed this and it was amazing to see everyone having fun learning to swim. The children were impeccably behaved and members of the public even commented on this. Also a big well done to class members who took part in all of the sporting events this term.
Linked to our topic ‘Burps Bottoms and Bile’ we’ve been writing persuasive texts about healthy eating. The class has worked on using persuasive phrases as well as using sub-headings to aid with formatting their work into paragraphs. We’ve worked especially hard on structuring an argument and using supportive statements. As part of grammar lessons we’ve worked on using relative pronouns and relative clauses. We’re starting to embed these in our writing and are using them to add extra information to sentences.
The whole class looked amazing dressed up on World Book Day! Everyone loved reading the ‘Zeraffa Giraffa’ story, after which we took on the role of the King of France and wrote a letter of complaint to the Pasha of Egypt.
In maths lessons we’ve been working on times tables and multiplying numbers by 10, 100 and 1000. We’ve looked at a range of strategies to aid us with multiplication such as using the commutative method and using times tables to help us multiply numbers. The class is now much more confident using times tables and have also started playing ‘Times Table Rock Stars’, which is a fantastic way for them to practise.
Linking with our topic ‘Burps, Bottoms and Bile’ in Science lessons we’ve been looking at classifying animals by their living characteristics and also how food chains work. We had a visit from Thames Explorer Trust who gave a workshop about the Thames River and how it is formed, the wildlife that live there and also about how everyone can take part in planning a healthy future for the river. The class asked them some great questions and came up with excellent ideas about future conservation efforts.
Everyone has continued to enjoy learning the flute and recorder, and are now starting to play some actual music! We also did some interesting artwork in the style of Andy Warhol based around the ‘Zeraffa Giraffa’ story. In RE lessons we looked at the theme of forgiveness, and how holding on to negative feelings can over-burden us. The class acted out some excellent group role-plays to show examples of this. Well done everyone for working so hard this term and we are now looking forward to our new topic, ‘Traders and Raiders!’
We have been learning all about our bodies and the digestive system in our topic ‘Burps, Bottoms and Bile’. Particularly, what parts and organs make up our bodies and how the systems inside it work.
We’ve been reading the Demon Dentist by David Walliams. This has helped inform our writing of non-chronological reports all about teeth and how to keep them clean. We’ve focused on organising paragraphs and using sub-headings to structure our writing into different sections. We’ve also written glossaries and included technical diagrams in our reports. Moving on from this we’ve started writing persuasive texts about healthy eating and the importance of eating the right foods so our bodies (and minds!) stay fit and healthy.
This term we have been adding and subtracting 4 digit numbers using different methods focusing on column method and practising exchanges of digits. We’ve learnt how to check our answers using a variety of methods such as finding the equivalent difference and using the inverse. We’ve also used estimations to quickly check answers and this has consolidated previous learning based around rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. Moving on from this we’ve worked on problem solving using addition and subtraction where we have explored single bar models and comparison bar models to interpret and solve multi-step problems.
In science this term, we have been learning about animals including humans. We’ve looked at the types and functions of teeth and also at the parts of the digestive system and the functions of these parts. We’ve carried out investigations into tooth decay by using boiled eggs in different liquids and predicting then observing changes that occur. We looked at the sugar content of different drinks and then observed the changes that occurred to the eggs over time. It was amazing to see the damage sugar can cause and we were astounded that apple and orange juice (things we consider healthy) are in fact full of sugar!
In topic, we’ve looked at local history and researched about Maidstone’s past from the earliest formation of the town to its current day incarnation. We’ve made comparisons with Maidstone today and Maidstone of 100 years ago and have seen how some things have changed greatly while others have remained the same.
It’s been another fabulous term for Year 4 Brazilian Parrots! We’ve had so much fun writing biographies about Sir Edmund Hillary in our English Lessons. The class has worked on using sub-headings and formatting their work into paragraphs. Everyone did their own research about Edmund Hillary and then used their facts to write up their biographies. One of the most interesting facts discovered was that Hillary went to the North Pole with Neil Armstrong!
As part of grammar lessons we’ve worked on using singular and plural possessive ‘s’ correctly. The class has used this new knowledge in their biographies to write about Hillary’s life achievements. We’ve also looked at using a range of conjunctions, specifically time and cause conjunctions and subordinating conjunctions. This can also be seen in the classes’ biography write ups.
In maths lessons we’ve continued looking at place value by ordering numbers to 10,000, rounding numbers to the nearest 1000, counting in 25s and using negative numbers. We’ve now moved on to looking at addition and subtraction by adding and subtracting 1s, 10s, 100s and 1000s. We are now adding two four digit numbers and are working on questions that involve exchanging 1’s for 10s, 10s for 100s and 100s for 1000s. Everyone is grasping these concepts well and are able to use a variety of methods such as place value counters and column addition.
We also had so much fun investigating solids, liquids and gases as part of our Science topic. We carried out experiments to investigate melting and freezing and into how different liquids flow. The class also took part with African Elephants in the Science Technology and Engineering workshop by designing a motorised vehicle to carry a shoe! The winning team was chosen from Brazilian Parrots and they have now gone on to represent the school at county level - a fantastic achievement!
Finally, everyone enjoyed making Himalayan music using percussion instruments and setting this to a poem about Mt Everest. We also did some interesting artwork using rulers to draw straight crossing lines in a grid to create a mountain shape. Well done everyone for working so hard this term and we are now looking forward to term 3 and our new topic, Burps Bottoms and Bile!
We’ve had an amazing term in Brazilian Parrots, learning all about mountains as part of our ‘Misty Mountain Sierra’ topic.
During English lessons the class have explored writing poems and narratives based around a mountain theme. They’ve produced some fantastic calligram poems and written narratives around encountering the mythical Yeti creature! In Grammar lessons we’ve focused on using expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials and are now embedding these in our writing. We’ve also been reading Jess Butterworth’s ‘Running on the Roof of the World’ as part of Guided Reading Lessons. Everyone has enjoyed reading this story and learning about Tibetan culture and their struggle for independence.
In Maths lessons we have been working on recognising the place value of each digit in a 4-digit number, rounding numbers to 10 and 100, using number lines and have been comparing 4 digit numbers using the signs for less than and greater than. We’ve also worked on reasoning problems for the concepts mentioned above, making sure we are using the correct mathematical language.
We’ve spent the last week of this half-term taking part in Jubilee University! We’ve learnt all about First Aid, particularly about how to make an emergency call and how to treat someone who has asthma. The class produced some amazing information posters and took part in role-plays based around different emergency scenarios.
Finally, Brazilian Parrots did a fabulous job performing the ‘Harvest Celebration’. I’m sure you are proud of the effort put into this and everyone loved taking part and performing for the school and parents. A big well done to everyone involved.