It has been a superb start to our last term in year 4. We have been incredibly busy this week and have done a lot of fantastic learning! This week has been Shakespeare week in Upper Key Stage 2. We have been teaching the children all about the different works of the Bard, his life and how he has influenced many pieces of work and our language today. We have incorporated elements of him into each of their lessons and the children seem to love it!

In English, as we have been studying Shakespeare, Year 4 has been looking at his famous lovers play ‘A midsummer night’s dream’. We have been studying the text, innovating it and inventing different aspects to it. We have been doing some role play and improvisation of it. The children have used their reciprocal reading skills to summarise the story and also asked (and answered) some really fantastic questions – which some, included them making predictions! We have also been looking at the poetry/ sonnets by William Shakespeare and the children also learn Puck’s ending speech and songs from the play. Our favourite lesson this week has got to be writing our own Shakespearian insults and learning them. Some of us even said them to Mr Ingall!

In Maths this week, we have been looking at 2 digit place value. This has included us: ordering decimals from smallest to largest (with some pretty big decimals!), comparing 2 – place decimals in context to length and adding and subtracting 0.1 and 0.01. The children loved doing these and we then placed them into a monetary complex. We will be doing a consolidation of this topic in Monday’s on the boil.

In other topics this week: In Science, we have been looking at food chains and triangles. We have studied and recapped on herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. Then on Friday, we did a consolidation quiz on everything Human digestion, teeth and food chains. In PSHE this week, we started our new topic for this term: Changing me. We looked at how we are similar to our parents, guardians, carers or those who look after us, wither it be looks, personality, characteristics, likes or dislikes. It was very interesting to see some excellent discussion and support from the children to one another. And finally, in Art this week we were very lucky to have two students, on placement, from the Warriner Secondary School, come and help us create some Shakespearian artwork to display at the festival this year. We created some skull heads out of clay and created Peas bottom and Mustard seed fairies from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.

“If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumbered here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
If you pardon, we will mend:
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call;
So, good night unto you all.”
William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

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