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Our final art pieces used photocopied lace as a stimulus for incorporating all the drawing techniques we have learnt through the unit.


Last week, we used the iPads to take photos of landscape in our local area and used pencils to sketch focusing on different mark making techniques used by John Brunsdon. This week, we focused on the same photos but used oil pastels to show different textures, depth and colours.


LO: to write a narrative using embedded dialogue.

Year 4 have been using the book 'Leon and the Place Between' by Grahame Baker-Smith, as a stimulus for writing about a character travelling into a magical world.

Our success criteria was:

-to use the rules of speech to embed dialogue into my narrative,

-to use a variety of adjectives and adverbs, 

-to avoid repetition and use a variety of reporting clauses,

-to use a range of sentence lengths to create a magical mood, 

-to write in 3rd person.


In Maths this week, Year 4 have been focusing on properties of lines and 2D shapes. Today we used descriptive mathematical vocabulary to give similarities and differences. We then finished the lesson with a game of 'Guess the shape!' to try and guess our partner's 2D shape in less than 5 questions.



In RE, we started our new unit of work focusing on the religion of Sikhism and the topic of Belonging. We discussed what it means to belong to a community or group and how this makes us feel. 


In Year 4, we made our own mini versions of the water cycle! We used the terms: evaporation , condensation and precipitation to describe each stage of the cycle.


We concluded our RE for the Autumn term by understand how different countries around the world celebrate Christmas and Advent.

These celebrations were linked to how they illustrate the story of baby Jesus' birth.


This week we have been converting units of measure (length, mass and capacity). We used Harry Potter items to give our maths a context and transferred our previous knowledge of multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1,000 using a place value grid.


We transferred our knowledge of multiplying 3 digit numbers by 10, 100 and 1,000, to focusing on dividing by 10, 100 and 1,000.

In order to aid our understanding, we used a place value grid to make sure two digits were not in the same place value column. 


History - LO: to explore what artefacts can tell us about the past.

We investigated the different materials that Roman artefacts were made of. Using our knowledge from the Stone Age in Year 3, we ordered Roman artefacts on a timeline.


Today in Science, we started off our new topci of 'States of Matter.'

We investigated different materials and whether they were solid, liquid or gas.

We then learnt the scientific definition of a solid, liquid and gas!


We started our new English topic on poetry, with the poem 'The Magic Box' by Kit Wright. 

This poem used a box as a metaphor for the poet's memories and used a variety of senses to describe his favourite memories of his life.


Today we related multiplication to repeated addition. We used bead strings to count on and coloured the multiples of the 6,7 and 9 times-tables. 


In English today, we used the technique of story mapping (assigning pictures to words) to enable us to learn the structure of a discussion text and key sentence starters.

Challenge: using the picture attached below, can your child orally rehearse our model text just from the pictures?


Year 4 went on a trip to the Roman Verulamium Museum where they took part in a workshop all about Roman artefacts. The children analysed the artefacts closely and carefully and make inferences about what the items might have been used for, being finding out from the expert archaeologist leading the session.

The children also got the opportunity to dress up as a 'rich' Roman in togas and robes.





We concluded the results from our egg experiment today, using a table to display our results. The vinegar turned the egg bouncy in texture and completely dissolved the egg's shell!


Today we did some 'distorted portrait' artwork based on the artist Francis Bacon.


In English today, Year 4 analysed a text and identified which features were used to make it vivid for the reader. The features included:



-powerful verbs,


-power of 3 adjectives.


Today in Science, we used our knowledge of human teeth, to discuss the teeth of herbivorous, omnivorous and carnivorous animals. 

We then challenged our knowledge by trying to guess an unknown animal from a skull, showing its teeth! 

'I think it was a dog or wolf, as it has an L shaped jaw and more incisors and canines than a human.


This week we focused on the regrouping of 4-digit numbers, using base ten as a visual representation. Each child had a go at drawing their own 4-digit number that could be regrouped differently and we swapped with our partners. We then extended our knowledge by solving a number riddle, where we had clues to guess which 4-digit number had written a riddle.


Today in history, our curiosity for the Romans was sparked, when we carefully handled some artefacts, acting as archaeologists would. This included: oil lamps, pottery, hygiene kits and Roman coins. We found it the most interesting that the Romans would take their hygiene kits to public baths!


We started off our Year 4 ICT curriculum by reviewing our existing knowledge of coding. To progress, we used positional coding and language to move objects.

Meet the teacher presentation

Welcome back to the Spring Term at St Peter's