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St Albans Museum

Yesterday,  Year 4 enjoyed a trip to the recently refurbished City Museum. Each class took part in a workshop where they were able to explore Ancient Egyptian artefacts and have some fun. Then we looked around the rest of the museum with a quiz to help us discover more! Many thanks to all of the parent helpers.

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Drop Everything and Read! We had a wonderful time last Thursday celebrating book day. Our text as a year group was ‘The Great Kapok Tree’  by Lynne Cherry. It really made us think about the effects of deforestation and we each produced a descriptive mini-book retelling the story/ writing our own version. We also painted stones as animals from the story or representing our favourite author/book.

Some of the children have started sawing wood for the base of their Ancient Egyptian lamp, which we hope to complete in the next few weeks.

In Maths, we have interpreted and presented data in a number of ways, including bar charts, line graphs and distance-time graphs. Today, the children wrote fabulous descriptive stories about a woolly mammoth emerging from a melting glacier!

Sound, fractions and origami

Year 4 made a wonderful sound on Friday as they experimented with pitch and volume using different instruments. We had fun drawing some sound waves. In Maths we have been linking fractions to decimals and finding fractions of amounts. The children have shown great determination. In Faith and Belief this week we are looking at stories from Sikhism and how they link to our theme of ‘right, wrong, just and fair’.

Please remember that tomorrow is Book day. Please bring in chapter book and large, smooth pebble if you can.

Dynamic decimals

In Science, we have started to learn about sound and how it travels from the source to our ears. We made telephones using cups and strings and had fun experimenting.

We finished our Literacy explanation texts, which explained how different machines, processes and inventions work.

In Maths we have been adding, subtracting and partitioning decimals to solve different problems, using maths apparatus to help us.

Multiplication explanation

In maths we have been revisiting multiplication and division and looking at some new methods in preparation for year 5. We have almost completed our explanation texts to describe how different inventions and contraptions work and are becoming experts in using subordinating conjunctions! Did you know that the Nile is the longest river in the world? On Tuesday, we explored atlas’ found out the importance of the river Nile.

Ancient Egyptian Fun!

Year 4 made the whole of the school smell of delightful cinnamon yesterday! We hope you enjoyed the Ancient biscuits. We discovered more about how the pyramids were built and had a go at creating some of our own out of different materials. In the afternoon, we got even more creative and made Scarab Beetles, jewellery, dancing paper-chains and did some junk modelling. We even completed some pyramid maths! We hope you all had a lovely half-term and welcome back to the last half-term of year 4.

Mummifying cats!

After finding out all about the mummification process in Place and Time, we’ve created beautifully decorated cat mummies.  Come in and see them on display.  In maths, we have been calculating with negative numbers and looking at where we would encounter negative numbers in everyday life.

Homework will be set on Thursday and is due back on 13th June.

Have a lovely half term break!

Playscripts and Electricity

We have been having fun experimenting with testing a range of circuits to check if our predictions were correct.  In literacy, our playscripts have been developing well and we look forward to performing them next week.  In maths, we have been converting different units of measure and exploring different ways of setting out our work to support our calculations.

Ancient Egypt’s got Talent!

After a gloriously sunny long weekend, the fun continued as each class investigated and voted on the best Egyptian God/Goddess. In Literacy we have begun exploring the features of a playscript and taken part in a performance. In maths we have been converting units of measure – for example length, mass and capacity.

 

Time to write some Ancient Egyptians stories!

This week has involved writing out our dramatic Ancient Egyptian stories. We used short sentences, questions and fronted adverbials to create mystery and drama.

Our time telling skills have vastly improved as we have practised both reading an analogue clock and converting between 12 and 24 hour time.

Also, our topic has led us to learning about when hieroglyphics were first discovered. We have been practising writing our own names in hieroglyphics which we will carve into clay soon.