Welcome to Year 4’s Class Page. Kieran Bourke is the Class Teacher in Year 4.
Some of the main activities in Year 4 – Weeks Beginning Monday 4th September 2017
What an amazing first half term in Year 4! We have been really busy and settled in really well to Year 4. The year started with a bang after a science adventure day led by sublime science!
During this half term we were given the task of finding out more about the scientist Alfred Nobel for our challenge outcome. This has led to a discovery of Europe and in particularly Sweden as this was where Alfred was born. We have been writing letters to Holly (Mr. Bourke’s Niece) in Sweden to request more information about the country and what it is like to live there. This really helped us to understand more about where Alfred Nobel grew up. Alfred travelled around Europe and lived in lots of different countries so we have also worked on our map reading skills based around Europe and where Alfred Nobel lived. With all of this information we went on to write a biography about Alfred Nobel for our challenge outcome.
In science we have been looking at states of matter. We have explored all three states of matter, solids, liquids and gases, taking part in lots of different practical experiments along the way. We have looked at how liquid changes shape, ice cubes melting and gas bubbles caught inside a beaker full of raisins. This was linked into our challenge pack as our back included different states of matter and how they change including jelly, melting chocolate and making ice cream. Yum! We took this task into our English work and also created a set of instructions.
As our scientist created dynamite we have looking to make links with in all areas our work. In PE we have been composing dances based around the song ‘Dynamite’ by Taio Cruz. The whole class have really enjoyed this work and I was pleased to see everyone have a real go at it! We have also made explosive art looking at the whole process of creating art including research, evaluation, practice and a final creation. We used lots of different techniques including blowing through straws, using sponges and using polystyrene pieces.
In Maths we have looked at place value up to 4 digits and rounding work. We then went on to look at addition and subtraction up to 4 digits which included exchange and carrying. We learnt lots of rhymes to help us including ‘more on the floor go next door!’ for exchanging.
The class have also started to bring in their homework challenges with lots of baking and research taking place which has been exciting to see and taste!
After the break we are moving onto our next challenge pack – bolts & bones!