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As if by magic, three dartboards have appeared in Mr Lowe's Hogwarts reading area. Pupils from Year 4 and Year 5 have joined the lunchtime darts clubs and are honing their skills for some upcoming competitions. Not only is darts a test of skill and nerve, it is also an enjoyable way to practise mental maths. Good arrows!
Pupils at St Thomas' have been enjoying the new golf putting mats and clubs that have been purchased with the Sport Premium grant. Year 4 have been practising hard ahead of the upcoming intra-school competition between Year 4 and Year 5. The lunchtime clubs are very popular with the boys and girls in Year 4, with a number of pupils having never played before. Even the teachers are enjoying taking part!
Year 4 have now commenced the Daily Mile, an initiative which encourages children to adopt a healthy lifestyle. By bringing their trainers into school everyday and participating in ten minutes of exercise every afternoon, the pupils are improving their fitness whilst setting themselves a target of improving the distance that they can cover each day. The pupils performed a bleep test at the beginning of term and will perform a second one at the end of term so that they can measure their improvement. Last year's Year 4 came third in the district for the Daily Mile so we are aiming to do even better this year!
As part of an investigation into the water cycle, Year 4 pupils have been creating their own clouds in jars using hot water, ice and hair spray. We simulated the sea being heated by the sun by placing hot water in a glass jar; the evaporated water vapour would rise to the top of the jar and be cooled down again when it came into contact with the ice-cold lid (representing the colder air as the water rises). This would cause the water vapour to condense again into water droplets. The hair spray was added to make it easier to spot the water vapour. The pupils loved the experiment and enjoyed releasing the cloud into the classroom!
Pupils in Year 4 were perplexed when their teachers opened bags of pasta into the middle of the classroom floors and told them to count all the pieces! After trying a few different strategies, the children discovered that the task was an investigation into why our 'base 10' number system uses place value. By adopting the base 10 method into their counting strategy, the pupils could easily stop their counting at any point and determine how much pasta there was.
Congratulations to Laila and Imogen for becoming the first Times Tables champions this year!
Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday sees Year 4 practising their times tables knowledge against the clock. Pupils have three minutes to answer as many times tables questions as possible whilst listening to some of the greatest rock anthems known to mankind. For an added challenge, some pupils have to answer questions which test their knowledge of their inverse times tables (i.e. division questions), or even a mixture of both multiplication and division!
Welcome to our new Year 4 pupils! The staff are really looking forward to learning with you this coming year; we have got some exciting topics and activities planned! Our first topic is 'Romans' and will see us investigating famous events, landmarks and people. It is a great topic to start with as it links to many of our other subjects such as Maths, Literacy, Art, Geography, Languages, R.E., Science and, of course, History!
Below are the Medium Term Plan (what we will be studying during the Autumn term) and the Long Term Plan (an overview of all the learning that will take place during Year 4).