Mr Gwilliam and Ms Hunte work in Kestrel class.
Mr Scannell and Ms McAndrews work in Nightingale class.
Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf
In English we have been reading an excellent book – Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf. As part of this learning we have had a debate about the ethics of children creating new animals and enjoyed drama activities such as role-play and freeze frames.
In maths we have been learning about a new approach to maths from Singapore called ‘Inspire Maths’. This stresses the importance of beginning our learning with concrete objects before moving onto pictorial representations then finally the symbolic (numbers).
Temples, Tombs and Treasures
Year 4 have been learning about Ancient Egypt as part of their Temples, Tombs and Treasures topic. For our Entry-Point we went to The British Museum and explored the Egyptian galleries which were full of mummies and statues. We also attended a workshop about the journey to the Egyptian afterlife which talked about the various hurdles that you would have to jump (not literally-no athletics involved) to reach the afterlife where you lived forever.
We have a homework project investigating the River Nile.
As part of their ‘Saving the Rainforest’ topic, the children in year 4 got to make rainforest smoothies. Using fruits found in the rainforest, passion fruit, mango, figs, grapes and oranges, the children made delicious, tropical tasting smoothies.
Trip to London Zoo
The first topic for the year for Year 4 was ‘Saving the Rainforest’. For their entry point the children went on a trip to London Zoo. They had the chance to explore the zoo’s rainforest room as they learnt about the animals, climate and layers of the rainforest.
The children also got to learn all about a magnificent but endangered animal, the tiger. They learnt how we could protect the tiger to save it from extinction while handling artifacts such as tiger fur and claws.
Below you can download the curriculum letters for this year group.