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Year 4 Esther

Welcome to Year 4 Esther (Miss Copson's Class)

 

ncopson@st-thomasmore.gloucs.sch.uk

 

This term, our units include Number and Place Value in maths, The Firework Maker's Daughter in English, plants in Science and Prehistory and Ancient Egypt in history! Ask us what we have been learning!

DT - Money Containers

Our DT unit is ‘Money Containers’. So far, we have looked at a range of money containers and thought about their features and who may use them. Today we are practising running stitch, back stitch and oversewing stitch in preparation to design and make our own money container.

 

Science - Electrical conductors and insulators

We set up an experiment to test which items were an electrical conductor and which were an electrical insulator.  An electrical conductor lets the electrical current flow round the circuit.  An electrical insulator blocks the current and makes the circuit incomplete.

Our Remembrance Liturgy

Due to COVID, we could not share our Liturgy in the normal way. Instead we filmed it and shared it with the classes and our families on Class Dojo.

 

We then led a whole school reflection outside to mark the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month. Each class laid a wreath or cross on our Reflective Area.  Miss Copson could not have been prouder of us!

 

Today, and everyday, We Will Remember.

Science - Electricity

We are learning about electricity in Science.  We have been exploring complete and incomplete circuits.

History - Ancient Greeks

In English, we have been learning about the features of instructions.  We started our unit by following instructions to make a dragon from one paper plate.

History - Egyptian Artefacts

We couldn’t believe it when our classroom had been turned into an Egyptian museum! We had a great time investigating some of the contents of Tutankhamun’s tomb using historical sources.  We looked closely at the sources and predicted what they were and why they were put in Tutankhamun's tomb.  We then researched the real answers.

Some of our learning this term!

Wellbeing Week

Wellbeing Week

Last week, we celebrated Wellbeing Week at St Thomas More.  We completed activates based on the 5 Ways of Wellbeing to boost our happiness and mental health. 

Connect: During PSHCE, we spent time playing games as a class to connect with each.  This made is feel happy and boosted our wellbeing!

Be Active: We completed Joe Wicks workouts and Cosmic Kids Yoga stories as well as our usual PE lessons.  Exercise is so important to keep our bodies and minds feeling healthy!

Take Notice: During our class Liturgy’s this week, we focused on taking notice of God’s wonderful world.  We went on nature hunts, did bark rubbings and played I-Spy to name but a few activities!

Keep Learning:  We learnt about the importance of looking after our mental and physical health and learnt tools and tips to help us feel positive and well!

Give:  We know giving to others not only helps the person feel good, but also ourselves! We drew pictures and wrote messages to give to someone we love.  We also raised money to give to charity!

To end our week, we all dressed in yellow as part of the Young Minds ‘Hello Yellow’ campaign! We raised an amazing £76.32  for this fantastic charity!

 

Our sunflowers - inspired by Vincent Van Gogh

In art this term, we have been inspired by Van Gogh.  We have used sketching pencils to sketch artwork in the style of Van Gogh.  We then explored tints and shades with acrylic paints.  We used what we had learnt to create these art pieces focusing on the use of lines.

Maths - Classifying 2D shapes

In our geometry unit, we have been learning the properties of 2D shapes including a rhombus, parallelogram, kite, trapezium and 4 different triangles! We then worked in groups to classify them based on their properties.

Science - We investigated how water is transported in plants

We worked in groups to set up an experiment to see how water travels through a plant.  We put food colouring in a cup, added a small amount of water and then added a carnation and a piece of celery.  We then waited for the plants to change colour!
We mixed mud, water and straw together to make daub (we left out the poo!). We then covered the hut in the Forest School area (wattle) to make a Bronze Age home.
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