Year 4 Spring A Update

What a wonderful term we have had settling into 2023! Kicking off with our new theme, ‘Adventurers and Explorers’, we have thoroughly enjoyed learning all about famous explorers and their expeditions all around the world.

Who would own a bag like this?

We have researched lots of different explorers, from Amy Johnson to Ernest Shackleton, and plotted their adventures on a timeline. We also chose our own adventurer, did independent research and presented our findings in the form of a biography. In addition, we collated our research to create databases for a variety of adventurers using different platforms such as Hwb and Flipgrid.

The children researched famous explorers and adventurers and then created their own database using relevant fields.

The children had the opportunity to step into the life of Ernest Shackleton  and couldn’t believe that the crew of his ship The Endurance, survived! Our diary entries as the stowaway, Perce Blackborrow, portrayed the complete disbelief of his team’s endeavour.

Our S.T.E.M topic this term is closely linked to our theme; exploring the polar regions. Techniquest have supported our learning with their online shows, teaching us all about the similarities and differences between the Arctic and Antarctica. Following this, we carried out an insulation experiment to identify the best insulating material for a polar explorer’s clothing.

We planned the investigation together considering how to make it a fair test and then the children predicted the outcome, explained whether they’d been right or not and gave reasons for the findings.
It was tricky to measure the water’s temperature with the thermometer!

In P.E, we have been developing passing, dribbling and blocking skills needed to play hockey. We have learnt how to pass and receive at different distances, block tackle and the Indian dribble technique, in order to ensure we can get past our opponent.

Some tasty hockey skills!

Once again the children have had the opportunity to explore their creative side, whilst learning a range of simple tunes on the piano, with the help of Mr Banks. We have some budding pianists in Year 4! We have also used Garageband in the Mac Suite to compose our own explorers music.

We have been busy composing and creating!

Over the past fortnight we have been busy preparing for our 2023 Eisteddfod. We have used our creativity and innovative skills to produce work of a very high standard. More to follow in our Spring B update. Don’t forget, you can take part in the DT competition over half term. Look out for details on Seesaw/Class Dojo.

Amazing artists!

We’ve been busy in the Forest School this term creating and building dens and using our skills to make beautiful masks using our knowledge of multiples of 3.

Excellent mathematicians.

Thank you so much for your continued support and enthusiasm for your children’s learning. Happy half term from all of the Year 4 crew 🙂

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