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Spring 1: I am Warrior

Week 6 11/02/19

 

English

For our last week on the Roman topic, we examined how life had changed since the Romans ruled Britain back in 50AD. We compared both similarities and differences, focusing on big changes (transport, electricity, gladiators) to small changes (tablets, strigils, numbering system). We looked at some historical objects up close before planning and writing a letter to a Roman solider who had found himself in the future. 

 

Maths

This week in Maths we have been developing our understanding of Fractions. We have discussed how top heavy fractions can be transferred into mixed numbers. We have made links between dividing with the bus stop method and creating mixed numbers. We noticed that the remainders would become the numerators and the answer would become the whole number. We also investigated how sequences worked and predicted what could come next in the sequence. We were able to do this in both improper fractions and mixed numbers. 

 

Topic

This week we concluded our topic I am Warrior. We have been planning lots of activities for the parents and have learnt all about the daily life of soldiers, children and gladiators. We have created a quiz for the parents and have discussed what kind of food they would have eaten in Roman Britain. We are so grateful for all the parents that bought in food and enjoyed an afternoon looking at our work and discussing what we have learnt. 

 

Science

A focus week on electricity saw all the children create simple circuits (with no instructions) from a range of components. After successfully modifying the circuits with extra bulbs, batteries and wires, we then tested which materials allowed a circuit to work and which didn't. From our predictions, we then placed each material into the circuit and saw whether a bulb illuminated; this told us whether it was an insulator or conductor. We then took this one step further, creating a circuit of LED bulbs and playdoh, which to our great surprise, worked! 

Week 5 - 04/02/19

 

 English

We moved to a new genre this week, focusing in on the features of letters. After exploring a few letters and find similarities and differences, we then looked at how relative clauses are used to particular effect in a the letter form. On Thursday, we re-examined the life of Boudicca, taking on the role after sacking the city of Camulodunum (Colchester). Needing more troops to her cause, we planned then wrote a letter to the Celts, demanding they join our (Boudicca's) side to stop the plague of villainous Romans forever staining our beautiful homeland. 

 

Maths

This week we have started investigating fractions. As a class we have defined what a fraction should be and how we can identify fractions. In the later half of the week we have been looking at equivalent fractions and how we can simplify fractions to the smallest numerator and denominator. On Friday we conducted an investigation in to fractions and how we can simplify these. We looked at a variety of different sweets and created fractions based on the proportion of each sweet in the total. We also created our own parameters to develop our understanding further. 

 

Topic

This week we have been looking at how the Romans lived. We looked at a typical Roman town and what different amenities the Romans had on offer. This included Roman Baths, the forum and the temple. We looked at Roman towns and how the armies traveled between them. This included discussing how far it would take to march to different towns from Londinium and why the roads were built in straight lines and with a camber. 

 

PE

Science this week was replaced with an interhouse dodgeball championship. However, this still involved an understanding of Newton's three laws of motion, as well as angles and gravity. Each house had a game before being placed in the 1v2 or 3v4 playoffs. The overall winners were the Blue house, however all of Year 4 showed great resilience, effort and sportsmanship; shaking hands after each game and congratulating the other team's hard work. 

Week 4 - 28/01/2019

 

English

This week in English we reached the end of our book, 'The Wolf's Footprint'. At the beginning of the week, we investigated the vocabulary used by the author, examining why the story was a historical novel. We also gave advice to the King on how to change the situation for the poorest in society. Looking at the penultimate chapter, we predicted our own endings before planning and writing them in detail. Due to a very snowy Friday, we are yet to finish the book, but look forward to comparing our endings to the original. 

 

Maths

This week in maths we have been focusing on area. We have really enjoyed this topic and have become masters at calculating area alongside creating our own shapes with a given area. This has developed our understanding further of times tables and we have been able to discuss different ways to calculate the area of a shape. This has also involved looking at scale which will be an excellent foundation for our next topic of Misty Mountains Sierra.

 

Topic

This week we have been learning all about life as a gladiator. We have looked at different types of gladiators and how they fought. We have learnt about how their life would have changed from living before the Roman Empire and once they had become a Gladiator. We have also been continuing to create our mosaic tiles in preparation for the art exhibition at the end of term. 

Week 3 - 21/01/2018

 

English

This week in English we looked at how the characters' perspectives had changed in our story, 'The Wolf's Footprint' by Susan Price. After becoming lost in the forest, the two main characters were found by a wolf pack and, after drinking from a wolf's footprint, turned into wolves themselves. Taking this new perspective, we compared life as a human to that of a wolf. Looking further into the chapter, we predicted, sequenced and linked illustrations before finding out what had really happened. Finally, we split into groups and wrote the end of the chapter from different perspectives: first, third and as a flashback. To round off the week, we performed our own compositions to the class, hearing the different versions of the same story. 

 

Maths

We have been working to develop our understanding of formal multiplication and division this week. We have explored different ways to break up multiplication of three and two digit numbers through partitioning and the extended column method. When dividing three and two digit numbers we have been using our times table knowledge to help us simplify the equations. We have learnt about remainders and how important these can be in our sums. 

 

Science

Our work in Science looked at the Romans' use of (or lack of) toilet products. After finding out that rich Romans used a communal sponge after visiting the toilet, the children compared the natural products on offer for the peasants. Investigating the softness, durability, absorbency and wiping ability of cotton wool, leaves, grass, rocks and our left hand, we ranked the products from most desirable to least desirable. 

 

Topic

This week we have been learning about Queen Boudicca. We discussed how scared the Romans would have been of her and how the historical descriptions of her would influence our own thoughts of her. We then created written pieces to show how much of a hero she would have been to the Celts. In Geography we looked at the differences between Italy and Britain including; climate, landmarks, currency, history and geographical features such as mountains and coastline. 

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Week 2 - 14/01/19

 

English

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. 

 

Science

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!)

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Week 1 - 06/01/19 (VI/I/MMXIX)

 

English

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. 

 

Maths

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. 

 

Science 

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!

 

Topic 

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. 

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