Welcome to Term One in Chestnut Class. On our return to school, the immediate focus will be settling back into the school routine and our emotional well being.
The first term in Autumn is always a Geography focus. In Year Four, we are learning about rivers and mountains. Alongside this, we will be learning about the water cycle in Science, and bridges in Design and Technology. The class book, The Wind in the Willows fits in with our general theme of water and rivers.
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Home Learning River Art Gallery
Enrichment- Geography Fieldwork
Design and Technology
In D.T, we designed and made bridges from only paper and glue. We are going to think about how to improve our designs.
This week, we have written long stories ensuring we use paragraphs. We have worked so hard on our handwriting. The results are entertaining and beautiful. We are very proud of our achievements.
Using a labelled diagram of the features of a river, we made models in each of our table groups. We are sure that you agree that the results are impressive.
In Maths, we have practised rounding numbers to the nearest 10,100 and 1000. Number lines have been a feature again. We have also focused on the four times tables and learnt about counting in steps of 25.
Now that we have learnt some skills, we have started to play a simple team game. Our catching has really improved.
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This week, we have found out about the features of mountains and made models of four different kinds of mountains.
This week we have been comparing and ordering 3 and 4-digit numbers. We have used the vocabulary greater than, less than, ascending and descending. Snappy the crocodile helped us learn the inequality signs.
We are now back to studying and writing fiction text. In comprehension, we studied the character Toad and used the ideas to write our own character descriptions. We have been using expanded noun phrases.Finally, we wrote story plans ready to write stories next week.
Over the last few weeks, we have used play scripts to organise our own plays. This week we performed them to the rest of the class. We also went out to check our allotment plot and found the carrots needed thinning. Back in class, we washed and ate the thinnings. Some class members stayed inside and played board games.
In French, we have been learning weather vocabulary using the fun dice we made. This term we have also learnt some of the water cycle vocabulary too!
This week we have made a leaflet for a boat trip on the Medway. We used emotive language and rhetorical question to persuade the reader to make the trip. We have continued to develop our understanding of paragraphs and subtitles.
We have continued to broaden and deepen our understanding of place value. Moving onto 4-digits on a number line and finding 1, 10 and 100 more or less.
In Geography, we have been making relief maps and considering the topographical features of Italy.
This week, we have been working together to decide where 3-digit numbers should be placed on a number line. Working out the intervals by dividing by ten is a key skill here. Rounding numbers to the nearest ten and one hundred is a concept we have also developed.
We have made a leaflet about Mont Blanc. We have discussed what is fact and opinion in comprehension and applied these skills in our writing. We have made sure that our sub-titles have capital letters.
We have listened to the composition 'Night on a Bare Mountain' and responded by drawing the images that are conjured up.
We have completed the scarecrow of the ghost of Catherine Howard for the Church Scarecrow Trail.
This week we thought about what makes a paragraph. How is it laid out differently to a verse in poetry? In writing, we wrote a scene setting if a mountain seen for the first time.
This week, we have been learning about number lines that do not start at zero. Finding the midway point is an important skill in this work. Also, being able to divide by 10, 5 and 4 is vital to successfully finding missing numbers on the line.
Each week, we will focus on one of the multiplication tables, starting with the twos. The tables test is every Thursday.
This term, our P.E lesson with Mrs Shrimpton are on the frisbee. We will play mini-games once we have the basic skills.
Welcome to Chestnut class. Below is the power point that introduces you to Chestnut Class. If you have any questions, please use the class email or ask at pick up time.
Today, we had an active Maths lesson. We drew what we thought would happen when we kicked a ball round a circle and counted in steps of two. What shape do you you think we made?
We discovered it was a hexagon!
This week, we have been exploring and writing poetry. We have studied the poem ‘Duck’s Ditty’ from Wind in the Willows. Here are some of our completed poems about frogs.
In Geography, we have used atlases and globes to recap oceans and continents. We now know where the Northern and Southern Hemispheres are.
Enrichment afternoon is a new introduction to our weekly timetable. This week we began making our scarecrow for the village scarecrow trail. We have also decorated pots to keep the pens on our tables tidy, started clearing the beds outside the classroom for new plants, and played board games.