Welcome to the Summer term and thank goodness we have finally had some sun! 4DE have had a great first week back and really gotten stuck into our new topics.
In Maths we have started to look at how to read, write and represent decimals. Everybody has impressed me with their investigative work as we tried to find out how many different decimal numbers you could make using 3 counters and a place value chart. We will continue to study decimals for a few weeks so please look out for any real life examples of decimals in action (eg. prices, measurements, etc) I am also pleased to announce that many children have passed their weekly times table rock stars tests and will be moving up to the next set of questions. Alannah, Emily and Ozzy all passed their 11 x tables, Summer passed her 3s, Justin and Elijah passed their 12s and Jack and Daisy completed their 7s. Just a reminder that by the end of Year 4 children are expected to know ALL of their times tables so please remember to keep up the practice at home!
In English we have been learning the story ‘Stone Age Boy’ to fit in with our new topic, ‘Are these your teeth?’ which will see us study Prehistoric times from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. We introduced this topic by allowing each table to dig through a rubbish bag to hunt for clues as to who the rubbish belonged to. This allowed us to put our inference skills to good use and was a great hook to the idea that there are no written records for Prehistoric times – all our knowledge comes from evidence left behind. Take a look at our photos to see what sorts of things we found.
We completed our work on sound in Science this week and had great fun investigating how sound comes from vibrations. We worked in groups to use drama to show how sound is heard when molecules in the air collide and cause sound waves, which travel into our ears and cause tiny hairs to vibrate, sending signals through nerves to the brain to let us know that we heard something. The teachers judged which group we thought presented this most effectively and you can watch the winning video below.
We have also begun to look at blogging in ICT. We are using Purple Mash to do this and I have asked children to continue with their blog entries at home. This week we are writing blogs entitled ‘All About Me’ and I have suggested that children might like to add photos of themselves, family or pets to their posts. This is a closed blog that can only be seen by the class and we have discussed the importance of being safe and not disclosing personal information when using public blogs. I look forward to reading your blog entries next week!