Welcome to Year 4
Hello and welcome to Year 4 at St. Luke's.
Our class teachers are Mrs. Slater and Mrs. Bourke.
Autumn Term 2016
This term we are looking at the Romans. The children have been learning about the Roman invasion of Britannia, Julius Caesar and other famous Roman leaders. They have also found out about Boudicca's revolt and Caratacus' life.
We had a visit from a Celt, who talked to the children about Roman life and what it was like to be in the Roman army. The children really enjoyed acting and wearing the soldier's helmet! The Celt played Maths games with the children, and there was also a comprehension activity involving information about Ancient Rome.
We have been learning about the digestive system and teeth this term. We carried out an experiment where we broke up a slice of bread, and mixed it with orange juice in a bag. This was to show how the stomach works. The children were surprised how the bread broke down in the acidic drink.
We also did an experiment to find out how sugary drinks affect our teeth. We put hard boiled eggs into plastic cups, and then poured Coca Cola, orange juice, Ribena, water and vinegar into different cups. The cups were left for a number of weeks, and we then looked at the state of the eggs. The children concluded that sugar is bad for your teeth, as several eggs had lost their shell!
The children have been learning how to program a game this term. They have used the Scratch program to create basic Maths games, where the player has to answer Mathematical questions, such as times tables, and the game gives a response and then asks another question.
By the end of term, the children will have also created an interactive toy using the Scratch program, and they will be presenting it to the rest of the class.
We have been learning about the Vikings this term. We have studied why Vikings raided and traded as well as settling in Great Britain.
We have looked at Beowulf the epic Anglo-Saxon poem in Spring One and watched the animated version.
We wrote invitations to Heorot Hall asking people to come to the lavish feast at the Hall.
We also wrote a letter to an advert from the King asking for a Hero.
We drew what we thought Grendel would like and wrote a piece of descriptive writing about fighting and killing Grendel and his mother.
My class loved the poem and were also inspired to write Kenning poetry based on the Vikings too.
At the end of the half term across the school we looked at a country per class.
Year 4 choose Mexico.
We learnt about their religion, their houses, their climate, their festivals, where in the world Mexico is and their food.
We tasted the food at the end of the day to see if we would like to eat it again.
Year 4 enjoyed tasting the food and were keen to try it all again! Success!!
This half term we will be reading the play "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare.
We will be learning why Macbeth became mad with ambition and killed King Duncan and therefore set a path of death and destruction in place!!
If you like funny songs then the Horrible Histories are for you!
You will find silly sketches and songs for our Viking topic that will make you laugh out loud!
Enjoy the few below!
During this half term we have looked at The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien and wrote some descriptive pieces on The Hobbit Hole, Mirkwood and Smaug the Dragon.
The children's writing was amazing! They blew my socks off!!!
The children loved the novel and enjoyed watching snipets of Smaug demolishing the town!
We then designed our own dragon and wrote some dragon poetry.
A big thank you to our artist friend MRS WHEALING for her beautiful eye of Smaug on our display board- she really captured the essence of Smaug for us.
We have been learning about the Ancient Romans and who, what, why they invaded our country called Britannia.
We have been reading the The Captive Celt by Terry Deary and learning about Caractacus - one of the Celt leaders who fought with the invading Romans.
We really enjoyed reading the book, as it was written from a slave boys point of view- this helped us realise what life was like in Rome.
watch the clip below - if the Romans had really been like this then perhaps we wouldn't have been invaded again!!!
We recently had a Roman day where we had a Roman soldier and Roman lady join us!!!
They showed us what life was like in Roman times and how the children were taught in Roman times.
The workshops lasted all day and they were brilliant!!!
Some useful websites