This week we completed reading Varjak Paw. The children have absolutely loved the book and we already have waiting list of children wanting to read the sequel “The Outlaw Varjak Paw”. This text has inspired us to write across many genres; letters, diaries, descriptions and newspaper articles. Some of these you can read below and more examples will be put up on display outside Year 4. One thing’s for certain, I will miss the children’s grumbles and their pleading for me to read more, when I have stopped reading at THE most exciting, crucial part (shows how much we loved the book!!). The next book we are working from is also one that won’t disappoint!
Our journey through the digestive system is well on its way. The children have learnt the names and functions of human teeth and have learnt how teeth in animal skulls can give scientists important clues as to the diet of the animal. We learnt to classify animals as herbivores, omnivores and carnivores using the animals teeth to determine their diet. Thanks Ollie Jones for bringing in horse teeth!).To learn the names of the organs involved in digestion, we created our own digestive systems. We will be looking at the process of digestion in future lessons (hands on and dramatic!)
In RE, we are learning to ask BIG QUESTIONS using creation stories as a starting point. I have been impressed with the maturity and respect shown for each other as diverse opinions and beliefs have been expressed. This topic has, without doubt, provoked interesting debate and discussion.
In Maths, we have been working on understanding decimal equivalence and being able to order and compare decimals. In a couple of weeks we will begin our unit on time. In preparation for this it would be helpful if the children could practise reading the time on an analogue clock, as this will provide a good foundation on which to build. In Year 4, we teach telling the time on a digital clock, 24 hour clock, reading timetables and calculating time intervals.
The big countdown to STEM week has begun with only a few days to go. We wait in anticipation to find out what exciting learning has been planned.