## Spring 2 Week 5 – DT

Stars of the Week: Fintan and Amaris.

This week in D.T., Class 4 have been designing and creating prototypes of their recycling posters and testing out their mechanisms. They all worked very hard to design different mechanisms and evaluate if they worked within their designs. They were able to make honest reflections and make any necessary changes. Class 4 understood that sometimes in D.T. ideas change and that’s all part of the process!

Next week we are going to be creating our final products, with all the functioning mechanisms and designs.

## Spring 2 Week 4 – Theatre Trip to the Unicorn

Stars of the week: Charles and Polina

This week in Class 4, we had a very exciting trip to the Unicorn Theatre to watch Gulliver’s Travels. The children behaved incredibly well and enjoyed watching a alternative version of the story – about a young girl called Grace who wanted to explore the world! The children were able to make links to our work in History and they even spotted a short cameo from Queen Elizabeth I!

Class 4 have also been completing their Maths and English assessments this week. Well done to everyone for working so hard.

In Geography, we have been looking at earthquakes. The children what causes them, and how scientists accurately measure them. Well done to Charles who was so interested in learning more about earthquakes and made some great points about their locations in the world.

In D.T., we have been making our mechanisms for our recycling posters. Class 4 looked at existing examples and attempted to make some mechanisms of their own.

## Spring 2 Week 3 – Maths

Stars of the Week: Parker and Bea.

This week in Class 4, we have started our topic of fractions. The children recapped what a fraction means and how it can be represented in shapes. They explored the classroom, looking at different shapes and wrote down the numerators and denominators to create the fractions.

In Geography, we looked at the location of volcanoes and how they are formed by the movement of tectonic plates. The children mapped out various volcanoes on a map and labelled the tectonic plates.

## Spring 2 Week 2 – World Book Week!

Stars of the week – Nifemi and Margot

This week in Class 4, we have been getting our dragon teeth and claws stuck into our class text – How to Train a Dragon. We discussed the different ways we could trap a dragon and started to write a setting description about the dark and damp cavern that all the dragons are asleep in.

On Thursday, Class 4 had a brilliant writing workshop with two fantastic authors – Jan Burchett & Sara Volger. The children enjoyed listening to the adventures of Sam Silver, and the different characters he meets along the way.  The children loved drawing and describing their own sea monsters and are going to progress onto writing out some great narratives.

Thank you Jan and Sara for such a great, interesting and engaging writing workshop!

## Spring 2 Week 1 – Maths

Stars of the Week: Deborah and Ben

In Maths this week, Class 4 have been continuing their work on division and understanding the method when dividing 3-digit numbers by a 1-digit number. Next week, we are going to progress onto division calculations with remainders and then start our new topic of area.

Also, Class 4 have been working very hard with rehearsals for their Easter performance. A special well done goes to Deborah who has worked especially hard to learn all of her lines and lyrics to the songs.

## Spring 1 Week 6 – Art

Stars of the Week: Amelia and Saraea

This week, Class 4 have been decorating their pinch pots in the style of Yayoi Kusama. They carefully considered the contrasting colours to include, to make sure the spots stood out from the background. Amelia and Saraea took particular care and time to add their dots onto their pots and they all look brilliant.

In History this week, Class 4 have been learning about the Spanish Armada. We looked at the reasons for the battle between Prince Phillip II of Spain and Queen Elizabeth I of England. The children created a timeline of the key events and then produced a TV News report about the historical battle. Well done Class 4 for some great performances.

## Spring 1 Week 5 – History

Stars of the Week: Anderson and Funmi

This week in History, Class 4 looked at Tudor inventions, from the flushing toilet to the fork. They carefully studied the pictures of each invention and came up with adjectives to describe them. Then Class 4 wrote about which invention had the largest impact on life now, and most of them agreed on the flushing toilet. Funmi even guessed the picture of the ‘wrist-clock’ which was the first watch, dating back to 1500!

In Art, Class 4 created their own pinch pots! They used clay to mould their pots and delicately pinched around the sides to create a pumpkin-shaped pot. Next week, we are going to decorate them with patterns  and styles of Yayoi Kusama.

In English, Class 4 started to write out their set of instructions for their royal performance. They considered the chronological order of each step and how they can make sure the performance impresses King Henry VIII – or else they might get beheaded. Anderson paid particular attention to his method to ensure he had included enough detail.

## Spring 1 Week 4 – Maths

Stars of the Week: Alpha and Saraea

This week in Maths, Class 4 have been continuing their work on multiplication. They have looked at multiplying 2-digits by 1-digits and progressed onto 3-digits. Alpha and Saraea worked incredibly hard to recognise the individual place values of a number and showed clear workings out of their methods.

In English, Class 4 planned out a performance for King Henry VIII. They considered the type of performance it would be (magical, musical or theatrical) and the extent to which it would impress the king! Next week we are going to start writing a set of instructions about the performance and how it can be prepared, practiced and then performed.

## Spring 1 Week 3 – Art

Stars of the Week: Annamaria and Noella

This week Class 4 have continued their Art topic by looking at the colours and patterns Yayoi Kusama used in her artwork. They made their own paper viewfinders and placed them across her artwork. From this, Class 4 sketech our patterns and added them to a reference bank. Annamaria and Noella worked particularly hard focusing on each of the patterns and discussed Kusama’s use of contrasting colours to create impact.

In History, Class looked at the power  of  Tudor exploration across the world. They looked at 5 main explorers and their journeys – namely Sir Francis Drake who spent 3 years travelling around the whole world! Next week we are going to look at the impact of their explorations.

In English, Class 4 have started to think about advertising their royal Tudor banquet and how they can create a persuasive poster and letter to  King Henry VII.

## Spring 1 Week 2 – History

Stars of the Week: Terrence and Bea.

This week, Class 4 got stuck into their History topic which is the Tudors. The children worked hard to research Tudor life and how different it could be if you were born into wealth or poverty. They considered the variety of clothes they wore, the food they ate, the houses they lived in, and the entertainment that they enjoyed. They created some great spider diagrams about each of these aspects, and these will help them with their writing task in English. It was interesting to hear that most of the children felt that they would have wanted to be a poor Tudor instead of a wealthy one, as life felt more family-focused and sociable.

In English, Class 4 started to consider how they could organise their own Tudor banquet at one of their palaces – in the hope of receiving an appearance from Henry VIII! They are going to start writing their persuasive adverts next week, and develop some posters to advertise their banquets that are fit for kings.