This term our topic was...
Stories from Around Europe
This term, we explored playscripts. The children read, prepared and performed playscripts using intonation, tone, volume and action. They also read a well-known fairy tale 'The Little Match Girl' before they developed the story into a playscript.
The key features written into their playscripts were character lists, scene introductions, dialogue in greater detail and stage directions in greater detail.
Year 4 studied the classic narrative poem The Pied Piper of Hamelin. They investigated the rhyming scheme of the poem and how this supported the storytelling, analysed themes and inferred characters' thoughts, feelings, actions and motives. Also, they wrote letters of complaint to the Mayor of Hamelin before completing a poem review.
Take a look at the work we did below.
Folktales and Fairytales
After our classic poetry unit, we investigated folktales and
fairytales. We looked at the story of Dick Whittington and his Cat and a story version of The Pied Piper of Hamelin.
They used these stories to write their own folktales and fairytales.
Using different techniques such as ripping, tearing and overlapping we created collages to show hot and cold scenes in the Little Match Girl story.
We followed the Maths No Problem Scheme and started this term with learning how to interpret picture graphs and bar graphs. We introduced line graphs and how they are used to measure change over time. We also interpreted line graphs and used information collated in a table to draw a line graph.
In Science, Year 4 explored and investigated how the digestive system works, looking at different organs and their functions. They also completed work on human teeth, dental care and the importance of dental hygiene.
In gymnastics, we developed ways of travelling, jumping and rolling. We balanced using small and large body parts and created a sequence of travelling, balancing, jumping and rolling actions. We suggested ways of improvement and made judgements on qualities of performances.
In dance, we explored movement to communicate characters using travels, turns and gestures. We communicated narrative with partners and combined sequences to create final performances. We then described, interpreted and evaluated our own and others' dance.
In PSHCE, we looked at how to maintain good oral hygiene and how our lifestyle choices can affect our teeth. We also discussed every child's right to an education on health (Article 24). Did you know dental care is free for anyone under the age of 18? Make sure you are registered with a dentist and make regular visits.