We have had a fantastically busy week this week! It has involved problem-solving, explosions and chocolate!
At the beginning of the week, we looked at language features used in newspaper reports and identified examples of these in our model text. We then focused on the difference between direct speech and indirect speech and learned how to accurately punctuate speech. Towards the end of the week, we have been planning for our ‘Hot Write’. We have produced a double-page spread plan and a structured plan to support us in writing a newspaper report about a volcanic eruption next week!
We continued our length and perimeter work this week which has involved problem-solving, working out the lengths of missing sides and calculating the perimeter of rectilinear shapes.
Volcanoes have continued to be our Geography focus this week. At the beginning of the week, we made a volcano out of craft materials and then used a combination of various ingredients to create our own volcanic eruption! We have also looked at famous volcanoes and volcanic eruptions in Iceland. Children were tasked with writing a text message or postcard to a friend or family member to tell them all about the fascinating volcanoes of Iceland!
As part of our ‘Magnificent Materials’ topic, we have been looking at changes of state. This week, we applied that to a real-life context and (luckily for the Seals) it involved chocolate! We melted chocolate, turning it from a solid to a liquid, poured the liquid chocolate into molds and then cooled the chocolates in the fridge to turn them into a solid again! I hope the children enjoyed eating their chocolates when they left school on Wednesday!
This week is Children’s Mental Health Week and the theme this year is ‘Lets Connect’. In the classroom, we have discussed what we mean by mental health, why it is important to protect our mental health and why it is important to connect with ourselves and others. Children completed a selection of activities in the classroom around this theme.
Children have been given some creative homework this week. The task has been explained in class, but if you have any questions about this, please do get in touch. This piece of homework is due on Monday 13th February 2023. Children should practice their spellings and times tables and read at home alongside this.
Year 4, List 18 – Challenge words
Spellings given out: Monday 6th February
Spelling test: Monday 13th February
Please be reminded that there will be no swimming lesson next week (Tues 14th)
Have a wonderful weekend,