Year 4 are making pop up books in design technology. Here are some of our practice “pops ups”, in a few weeks we will be ready to make our final product a pop up book of the Iron Man.
As part of our forces topic year 4 investigated magnets and found out which materials are magnetic and which are not.
We already knew that magnetic materials are metal but we did not realise that some metals are not magnetic like silver, copper and platinum.
In science this half term we are learning about forces, this afternoon we learnt about friction and how different materials slow down objects.
Today in science we continued with our light topic, investigating whether materials are reflective or not. We found that the most reflective materials are shiny and the least reflective materials were Matt and dull.
In English this half term we are studying the novel 'Esio Trot' by Roald Dahl.
In maths we will be learning multiplication and division, area, fractions, and decimals over the Spring term as well as practicing our times tables ready for our times tables speed tests. We will be continuing learning to swim every Monday.
In geography this half term we are investigating 'Why do so many people in the world live in megacities?' This investigation supports pupils to develop their understanding of the important geographical concepts of settlement and urbanisation through the study of the world’s megacities (cities with a population of over 10 million). This is very important because globally over half of the world’s population now live in towns and cities.
Through the ancillary enquiries pupils are able to explore some of the economic and social reasons why the population of cities increase. They also compare and contrast the benefits and problems that can arise in urban areas as a result of housing people at such high densities. Through their enquiries pupils are able to apply, in relevant contexts, a wide range of geographical skills; and as is appropriate to Lower Key Stage 2, the emphasis is on supporting them to explain things through the synthesis of information from different sources.
In science we are learning about light, the ‘Light’ unit will teach your child about light, reflections and shadows. They will learn about different sources of light, and that we need light to see. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate reflective materials, they will learn that the sun’s light can be dangerous, the children will have chance to test which objects are opaque and will find out how shadows change when the distance between the object and light source changes. They will develop their scientific enquiry skills, making observations, predictions and conclusions.
Please see our curriculum map below for more information about what your children will be learning this half term
Last week our class took part in a project linked to our ' Young Leaders Award.'
We helped to plant 40 tress around our school. We worked as a team and thoroughly enjoyed this activity. We cannot wait to see the trees grow around our school.
In geography this half term we are looking at maps, this week we learnt about human and physical features. We identified what is human and what is physical and discussed how we knew this.
We are learning about animals in their habitats this half term in science, the children enjoyed finding different invertebrates in our school environment and later we studied their characteristics so we could classify the different animals we found.
Our Harvest Assembly
Bulb planting with Darwen Rotary club
As part of our Arch Bishop of York's young leaders award we went out into our community and helped the Darwen rotary club plant crocus bulbs to help eradicate worldwide polio.
Today we investigated different materials such as sugar, foam, rice, talc and more to see whether they were solids, liquids, and gases. We were surprised by some of the answers!
Maths - Understanding numbers to 10,000
Here are some children showing their maths work from today, we used base ten to make numbers to 10,000 and then usd out whiteboards to draw and make numbers to 10,000 in different ways.