Term 2 Week 4 - 27/11/20 - What have Warwickshire 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, Miss Wright:
I am so excited to be your teacher in Year 4! We are going to have a very fun and fabulous year together that will begin with learning about myths and legends, folklore, Vikings and adventure in September.
I feel very fortunate to be a primary school teacher as I get to be a part of your learning journey and teach you about a wide variety of topics. Together, we will explore the curriculum, learning about rainforests in Geography, the Egyptians in History and classifying animals in Science, as well as many other topics and subjects.
I can’t wait to learn about your interests and hobbies too! Some of my hobbies include: playing sport, keeping fit, eating and baking. Growing up I used to be very active, I would go to dance classes most evenings, play netball three times a week and compete as a cheerleader for the Brighton Panthers Cheerleading Squad.
Recently, my interests have changed ever so slightly. I still like to stay active but do it through playing netball twice a week and going to the gym. Of course all of that exercise is hungry work and I love getting home and cooking a delicious dinner followed by a home-baked dessert. Delicious!
I look forward to watching all of your poem or story videos and speaking to you all on the 21st of July. Until then, stay safe and enjoy the lovely weather,