Year 4 has had a very busy half term. Our topic ‘Surf’s Up’ has included lots of fun activities such as creating wave art with chalks and pastels, using iPads to design beach themed word clouds, using Google Earth to explore the Welsh coastline and even visiting our very own school shop!
Our ‘Surf’s Up!’ Immersion Day was so much fun! We were able to explore Welsh coastlines on online maps, analyse photographs considering what we might hear or see, create beach-themed word clouds and match sea creature images to their names.
During this topic the children have enjoyed being ‘shoreline detectives’ and have produced excellent reports about British marine life. They also enjoyed studying Japanese Haiku poetry, and then tried their hand at creating their own poems based on rockpool creatures. The children further developed their Literacy skills by enthusiastically creating persuasive posters prompting people to adopt a dolphin. What a creative and knowledgeable bunch of children we have!
We developed our mapping skills, using Atlases to locate different places on the Welsh coastline such as Tenby, Aberystwyth and Porthcawl and have learnt about the impact of litter found on our beaches. They used this information to create infographics and posters to urge people not to drop litter.
Our new Science topic is ‘Excellent Electricity’ and we had so much fun exploring and learning around this theme. We learnt what electricity was, where it comes from and how to stay safe when using it. We even thought about what life would be like without it!!! We can’t wait to explore further in the next half term.
In Maths we have been working hard on a range of skills. These included calculating tenths and decimals, measuring capacity and volume, adding amounts of money and finding change, and working to gain our times tables bands. We were able to practise all of these skills when we visited the Big Bocs Bwyd! We looked carefully at the menu, chose up to 3 items and then added the prices together to find the total. Next, we had to calculate the change from £2. The Year 6 ‘helpers’ were so impressed that we’d done all the hard work for them!
During PE sessions we have been perfecting our Sports’ Day skills in preparation for our Sports’ Day on June 14th! The children have also thoroughly enjoyed creating Pirates of the Caribbean and Under the Sea dances.
Swimming lessons were a highlight for the children. In these lessons they focussed on swimming strokes, water safety and water confidence. We were so proud of the progress they made and their behaviour at the pool, which was also being used by the public. They were great ambassadors for our school.
In Forest School this term we have been helping Mrs. Buckley move wood-chippings, watering and weeding. We loved it!