A busy and exciting week for all in 4J, with everyone challenging themselves and discovering new methods and achievements for themselves. We have continued, from last week, year 4’s development on reflection. We have been using our reflection fans, discussing our work with each other and been developing our skills in self- assessment and reflection. We have all got better at this and are asking higher order questions of each other. Next week, we will be trying to reflect on the lessons of the day and the week, to see which are the most memorable learning experiences and why.

In English this week, we have been continuing our topic of ‘Beowulf’. We have invented class and individual plot matrixes, dramatized the best text and have now started to write our own stories around the theme of 1 hero, 1 villain and the death of a villain, which we will be finishing on Monday. During the week we also had a SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) lesson on fronted adverbials, so we now can (and will!) include them in our stories.  Next week, we will be starting our new topic in English, explanation texts.

Maths, we have been applying written strategies (expanded and compact column method) to 3 and 4 – digit subtraction and addition numbers.  At the end of the week, we consolidated all of our learning and peer and self-assessed our own and each other’s work.

We have also continued with our gymnastics topic. This week we were looking at cannon work, continuing to include mirroring and transitions. Each week we are swapping partners and getting the opportunity to watch and reflect on each other’s work.  In RE, we have continued our topic of Judaism, this week looking at food and the Kashrut rules that Jewish people follow and why.

In our Geography topic, we developed our map reading skills, looking at X and Y co-ordinates and plotting. We created our own maps and found objects on each other’s maps using their co-ordinates. We have made a giant map, which can be seen on the classroom window.

This week in DT (design and technology), we constructed our river formation models from last week’s design plans. We used a variety of materials from clay, boxes, card, paint, chalk, paper, water, tissue paper and many more! We all really enjoyed this lesson, as we were given the opportunity to try different methods, reflect on what went well and didn’t and have another go. All of our constructions worked well and we are all very proud. The rivers will be displayed outside the staffroom, in the corridor and will soon be sent home.

Our learning next week will include:

Maths; we will be looking at inverse operations, fractions of numbers and equivalent fractions. English; explanation texts and our SPaG lesson will be focused on time connectives and complex sentence structures.  Indoor PE; continuing our transitions, mirroring movements, but now also including balancing and sequencing to our performances. RE; Looking out our key question for this module and researching more into kosher foods, Passover and the food that this consists of. Geography; we will be developing our map reading skills further, looking at the rivers of Europe and discussing European countries and their capital cities.


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