Y4 have been learning about the human digestive system in their Autumn 1 topic, ‘Burps, Bottoms and Bile’. The children have written explanation texts about the process. We also went on a very fun and interactive visit to Eureka! and we took part in the ‘Chew to Poo’ workshop. We enjoyed our healthy snack café in the last week of the half term, when parents were invited into class to taste a range of healthy snacks the children developed and prepared. This science-based topic sparked great interest for the children and we also had a fantastic response to home learning projects, with children creating and sharing some fabulous 3D models of the human digestive system
In English, the children have been writing persuasively, including a debate about climate change and formal letter writing. We have recently moved onto descriptive writing, focusing on settings and characters. One of the key elements that teaching is focusing on is building writing stamina and there has been evidence of progress in this; children have been producing well-written extended pieces of writing. Children have been learning about word classes, identifying adjectives, nouns, verbs, expanded noun phrases and prepositions and then using them in their own writing. We have also been teaching the children to be reflective about their learning, including teaching them how to edit and improve their own work and become resources for their own learning and each other through self and peer assessment.
We have read a range of engaging age-related texts in Reciprocal Reading, including ‘Demon Dentist’ by David Walliams. The children enjoyed reading this text so much in reading sessions that all three classes voted for this as the class novel. We are using a range of questioning techniques in reading and the children have been learning to use P.E.E. (Point, evidence, explain) when considering their response to a question. This links to our English and Maths, as we are encouraging the children to reason and explain their answers clearly and in full sentences, justifying how they know their answer is plausible.
In Maths, children have been learning key place value knowledge, including rounding, estimation and use of the inverse. Most recently, children have moved onto formal written methods of addition and subtraction, progressing onto column subtraction and addition. The final week of the half term saw the children learning about measures and being able to apply these skills in real life contexts, to help them to embed their knowledge and understand why and how their learning is so important in real life situations.