Look what we've been learning!

 
 
Let's celebrate!
 
Headteacher's Award: Tia 
 
Olympic Value Award: William 
 
Super Writer's Award: Simon 
 
 
In Kite Class we have been learning... 
Hello and welcome to Kite Class!
 
We are the Year 4 class full of SUPERSTARS!! We like to have fun, always working with smiles on our faces!! 
 
This Term:
 
Our topic this term is Ancient Greeks. Have a look on our Parent Page for the topic map and further information on how to support your child at home.
 
Coming Up... 
 
 
 
The Wiz 
 
Song lyrics and backing tracks 
Extreme Earth Topic 
Layers of the Earth 
Volcanoes 
 
 
English
 
17/09/2018 This week in English we explored how to add description in our writing. We did this by showing the reader how our character felt through their actions and using our five senses. 
 
15/10/2018 This week in English we began writing diary entries. To support our writing we learnt how to write in paragraphs, how to use a dictionary to support spelling and how to write in chronological order. 
 
05/11/2018 This week in English we started to learn how to write a set of structured instructions. To support this, we learnt what needs to be included in instruction writing, allowing us to write them independently. We even helped Miss Whitton make a jam sandwich, which didn't go too well when she started to spread jam on the plate instead of the bread! This showed us that detail is extremely important! 
 
03/01/2019 To start off the new year, the children were learning how to write a story. We used the short story 'Umbrella' to learn what we could include to make our own writing exciting and detailed. 
 
21/01/2019 In English, we learnt how to write newspaper articles. To start, we read through popular newspapers, picking out the key features. We also wrote our own articles about our volcano eruptions. 
 
11/02/2019 This term, we have been learning how to write a poem. We have learnt how to use a range of skills in these poems such as, alliteration, onomatopoeia, rhyme, repetition, personification, similes and metaphors. We even wrote and performed our own poems. 
 
 
Maths
 
10/09/2018 To start off the year in maths, we recapped over our understanding of place value, making sure we knew the value of each digit in a number. This will support us in our maths for the rest of the year. 
 
01/10/2018 Over the past few weeks, we have been learning how to use column addition effectively. We have done this through the use of maths resources to support us. We have also applied this skill when working out word problems. Last week we explored Roman Numerals, making them out of Lego and displaying them in our classroom.
 
15/10/2018 This week, we started subtraction. In these lessons, we explored how to subtract two numbers using the bar model, counters and the column method. We then moved onto using the inverse operations for addition and subtraction to help mark our own work. 
 
12/11/2018 This week, we started exploring multiplication. Over the next few weeks, we will learn new mental strategies for working out multiplication, as well as using the formal written method for more complicated calculations. 
 
14/01/2018 This week, we recapped over our understanding of division which will allow us to progress into more complex division calculations such as using the short method. 
 
25/02/2019 This week we began learning all about fractions. We have explored what a fraction is, all about equivalent fractions, simplifying fractions as well as adding and subtracting fractions. 
Meet our new math teachers 
 
 
Science
 
Autumn 1 Since the beginning of term we have been exploring the human digestive system, looking at the names of different organs and their importance. We also explored the vital role teeth play in the digestive system, even taking part in a fair test! This involved, placing boiled eggs into different drinks to see which one decayed the eggs the quickest. We were very surprised to learn that Orange Juice decayed the egg quicker that Coca-Cola! 
 
Autumn 2 This half term, we are learning all about electricity. To start our new topic we created ’one word’ poems about a picture of electricity as well as creating pieces of art on what we see about when thinking about electricity. We also explored questions we would like answered by the end of the topic. 
 
Spring This term, our Science topic is states of matter. In this topic, we will be exploring solids, liquids and gases. To start off this topic, we wrote stories using these 3 states as well as drawing images. 
 
Summer 1 This term, we have explored living things and their habitats. We looked at the importance of a habitat to an animal and why it is important to keep these habitats safe. We also made our own habitat boxes for an animal we researched. We made sure each of our habitats contained the things they would need to survive. We also identified and classified living things using a classification key, venn diagrams and carroll diagrams. 
 
 
PE
 
08/10/2018 In PE over the past few weeks, we have been working on our kicking skills by dribbling the ball around cones, passing to our partners and playing football rounders. 
 
15/10/2018  In PE this week, Ms Harvey introduced the class to a new game called Crab Football. This involved the children playing football but they were only allowed to stay in the position of a crab. This game was a great form of exercise but also VERY funny! 
 
29/10/2018  In PE this week we started our dance topic. As it was Halloween this week, we started to create a dance to the Michael Jackson song ‘Thriller’. This dance involved a lot of zombie poses. We will be continuing with this over the next few weeks.
 
14/11/2018 In PE this week, we started our Christmas dance to the song 'Santa Claus is coming to town'. To start this off, we created still images for different Christmas items such as a Christmas tree and cracker. This will be used to create a dance. 
 
07/01/2019 In PE this term, we will be developing our balancing skills in gymnastics. 
 
25/02/2019 This half term, our new PE focus is gymnastics and tennis. In gymnastics we will be learning how to rotate, developing routines using our new skills. In tennis, we will be learning how to use both our backhand and forehand. 
Art and DT 
 
 
Guided Reading 
 
In Guided Reading this term, we are exploring the story 'The Stone Age Boy!' Every week, we read a new page, discussing questions about it. This is done in small groups with Miss Whitton, giving time for all children to share their ideas and opinions. 
 
Please see image below for any activity ideas you may want to complete at home based on your child's home reading book. 
 Times Tables 
 
Times Table Carousel 
 
Every Friday, the children take part in a times table carousel. This involves 6 different activities based on the times table of the week . The children are then given 10 minutes to have a go on each activity. These activities can involve singing songs, working with Miss Whitton, colour by number sheets and purple mash. 
 
Tables Race! 
 
Every week, Kite Class complete a times table test. This involves answering around 30 multiplication and division questions. When they get 100% twice, they receive their certificate and a prize! Then the tests get harder and harder! 
 
Who got their certificates this week? 
 
Well done to Tia, Amelia and Simon who all got their certificates this week! 
Bikeability
Road Safety Week 
 
During road safety week, the children created safety videos teaching people how to cross the road safely. After they were filmed, Miss Whitton and our class Simon Cowell voted for our favourite video. Enjoy! 
Stone Age to Iron Age Topic 
 
During the Autumn term our topic has been Stone Age to Iron Age. 
 
In one lesson, the children learnt all about the discovery of Skara Brae. They were then given the opportunity to create their own news report on the discovery in 1850. 
Trips
 
Class trip to The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge: Wednesday 17th October.
 
I would like to say big thank you to all the parents and carers who are came along on the trip, it was a great success and we really enjoyed ourselves. At the museum we were able to hold artefacts from the stone, bronze and iron age and learn facts about them. We even got to touch a real mammoth's tooth!