Week 2 - 14/01/19
This week in English, we have looked further at our story, the 'Wolf's footprint'. On Monday and Tuesday, we started taking on the role of the main characters, creating freeze frames and hot seating each other to understand their thoughts and emotions. We also predicted what would come in chapter 3, titled 'The Paw Print'. Sequencing the freeze frames into a story map, we then wrote our own interpretation of the second chapter, following the structure but choosing our own descriptive vocabulary. Finishing the week, we re-examined our earlier predictions on Chapter 3 and after listening to it, tried to retell it verbally in our own words.
Following on from last week's catapult experiment, we looked at measuring the best way to launch a projectile (tennis ball) instead of an arrow. Discussing the need for accuracy of results through keeping all the variables the same, we went out onto a chilly field and launched tennis balls with a variety of 'machines'. Considering the need for accuracy as well as distance, we all then attempted to hit a target using our preferred method (I think we need some more practice!)
Week 1 - 06/01/19 (VI/I/MMXIX)
Starting a new book this week in English called 'The Wolf's footprint' by Susan Price, we spent the first lesson trying to predict the plot from the front cover and blurb. Taking clues on when the story was set in the first chapter, we realised it was a historical novel, based around two main characters Elka and Daw who are in a very desperate situation. As the week progressed, we learnt more about the characters, describing the atmosphere in the forest where they have been foraging for food in a variety of ways. On Friday, we used role play and shared writing to retell the beginning of the story in our own words.
This week in Maths we have been learning about Roman Numerals and applying this to basic Maths problems. We have written the date in numeral form and discussed patterns and trends with how the numbers are ordered. We will continue to use this over the topic and throughout the rest of year four in our time activities and whilst learning about the Romans. On Thursday and Friday we worked together to apply our eleven and twelve times tables. Looking at how we can break up the questions into manageable parts we have developed a good understanding of how to work out higher numbers and more difficult questions.
Although more of a medieval than Roman weapon, we looked at the forces associated with catapults. Creating our own from lollysticks and elastic bands, we spent the first part of the lesson trialling the best method to fire projectiles. After predicting which projectile would fly furthest, we spent time firing different objects five times (to find the median average distance). Finally, we had a class competition using our favoured projectile to see who could go furthest!
This week we started a new topic called I am Warrior. We have been learning about the invasion in Britain and even acted out a Roman vs Celt battle to evaluate the methods of each side. We discussed how the Romans used a very organised approach and how the Celts used scare tactics to intimidate the Romans. After the battle each side made shields to protect themselves and used traditional colours and motifs to decorate the shields.