Term 2 Week 4 - 27/11/20 - What have Oxfordshire been learning?
In English, we continued reading The Great Kapok Tree. This week, we focussed in on the importance of the Amazon rainforest and how deforestation has both negative and positive effects for those living in the area, with the children holding a debate to discuss this matter further. We then took inspiration from Greta Thunberg, observing her giving a speech and picking out how to write an effective, emotive speech.
In Maths, the children were using their multiplication understanding to discuss how multiplying or dividing a number by 10 and 100 affects the place value of each digit. We discussed when multiplying a number by 10 or 100, the place value of each digit shifts to the left and when dividing, the place value of each digit shifts to the right. On Friday, we had a very exciting lesson where we used our understanding of symmetry and shape to create some beautiful artwork which will be revealed in due course.
In Geography, we deepened our understanding of the life cycle of the Brazil nut and how our agouti friends are a key element in that cycle. The children explored the different stages and the relationships between each stage. Next week, the children will be investigating how small changes to an ecosystem can have a wider, long-lasting effect in a habitat.
In Art, the children used the stamp they created last week to produce a printed pattern. We decided on which two colours we would use and how we would set out our pattern - using tessellations and rotations, then we used rollers to bring our designs to life.
In Science, we have been conducting an experiment to investigate the rate of evaporation of different liquids. We used four different liquids: water, salt water, vinegar and lemon juice. We left all of the samples in the same place, 4 were covered and 4 were uncovered, and we measured how much liquid was in each cup every day. This week, we inputted our results into a table and then plotted this information onto a line graph. Next week, we will be analysing our data to write a conclusion.
A 'hello' from your new teacher, Mrs Crumbie:
I am so excited to be your teacher in Year 4! We have got such a fun year of learning ahead of us, starting off with learning about myths and legends, folklore, Vikings and adventure in September. The book I read you in the video is called ‘Kai and the Monkey King’ and it is written and illustrated by Joe Todd Stanton, whose text we will study in Term 1 (but I’m not telling you which book!).
The other year 4 teachers, Mrs Latty and Miss Wright are also reading Joe Todd Stanton books too, you might like to listen to their stories! Alternatively, you might like to have a go at drawing one of Joe Todd Stanton’s characters yourself by following this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w18d5dT5A10&feature=youtu.be
I love teaching at Southborough because I am passionate about making learning memorable and fun. I am looking forward to helping you all to make progress and grow, to become confident, curious learners. We will be doing some exciting Science experiments, reading compelling stories and speaking un peu de français (a bit of French!) as well as learning many other interesting subjects.
I have taught some of you already, in RWInc in Year 2, and I have happy memories of our Year 2 learning. Do you remember when Sareem’s mum came in to speak to all of us about Islam? Or when we boarded Mr Britton’s flight in the Great Hall? Some of you may already know a little bit about me, but for those of you who don’t, I love speaking and learning languages! I am really looking forward to teaching you all French - I have also been learning Italian during lockdown and have completed 44 lessons so far. I really enjoy travelling abroad with my family and putting my language skills to use. I also love dancing (especially tap dancing) and you will need to be ready for lots of Go Noodles in Year 4!
I look forward to watching all of your poem or story videos and speaking to you all on the 21st of July. Until then, take care and enjoy the lovely weather,