HAPPY HALF TERM!
Once again, the children have blown us away with their writing this week! They have written from the point of view from an orangutan experiencing deforestation, due to palm oil production. Some sentences taken from their writing are below;
In a state of terror, I watched as the savages destroyed my precious habitat until there was nothing left.
Frantically, I ran for my life and chased after my Mother.
“I miss my beautiful, dense, tropical rainforest home,” I murmured sadly, as a tear fell down my cheek.
The men were abhorrent and used their metallic machinery to destroy our precious home.
As you can see, all of the children were so enthusiastic to use all of the new skills we have been working on in our writing, including fronted adverbials of manner, speech using inverted commas and expanded noun phrases using advanced vocabulary.
In Maths, the conversations that the children have been having have been wonderful! We have been learning to use column addition with renaming and they have been proving the method using the resources- physically removing ten ones counters to replace with one tens counter or ten tens counters with a hundreds counter. We really encourage discussion, so that we get an idea that the children have a deep understanding of what they are doing, as opposed to just learning a process.
We enjoyed a ‘Stressbox’ session this week, in which the children learned strategies for when they feel worried or stressed. We focussed on breathing techniques and absolutely loved the opportunity to practise boxing with the pads and gloves.
There are lots of scientists in Year 4! This week, we dissected a lily to closely observe the male and female parts of the plant- the stamen and carpel. We got the boys in our class (our stamens!) to refer to their heads as their anthers, their bodies as their filaments and their hair as the pollen! The girls (our carpels!) referred to the top of their head as the stamen, their bodies as the style and their feet as the ovary!
Enjoy a wonderful week off Year 4! I look forward to hearing about what you have been up to next week.