Plastics in the Ocean
Throughout the course of this term the children have been extensively researching the issues facing our oceans. We have looked in detail at the different animals which are on the verge of extinction and the main reasons behind this...PLASTIC.
The children started by using recycled materials to make and design their own fish. Their stomachs are filled with plastic to highlight the issues facing these beautiful creatures.
Next we used a Read, Write, Perform topic from Lee Parkinson to write and record our own nature documentaries. The children researched the Leatherback turtle, found out all about its appearance, its mating rituals, and the key reasons behind why this wonderful creature is on the critically endangered list. After writing a superb documentary the children out together a video using iMovie and narrated their excellent writing over the top.
We have made shorter versions of the video using Spark Video, they highlight our concerns quickly and succinctly and have shown that we need to adapt our writing for different audiences.
Finally, the children have designed a reuseable bag that could be taken to most shops. We contacted the local bag company who have kindly offered to produce the product for us. Any proceeds we make from selling the bag will then be used to adopt Friday the Sea Turtle who currently lives at Plymouth Marine Aquarium.
Our children have found the power of writing and producing for a purpose inspiring. I hope you like what we have created.
Check out our reusable bag - only £2.50. All proceeds go towards supporting charitable causes and helping endangered animals.
CAMP MEETING INFORMATION - if you were unable to attend the camp meeting, I have attached a copy of the Powerpoint containing all of the key information.
All about us:
Welcome to Year 4, Mr Rees and Mrs Nancollis work in 4LR. This term our topics will be The Celts and Romans and Extreme Earth. The children will explore life in the times of the Celts, they will look at the innovations the Romans brought us and the evidence they left behind. We will welcome the wonderful storyteller Clive Pig, who will take us on a journey through life as a Roman or Celt. 4LR will also visit the Eden Project to go ice skating, as a reward for all of their hard work in making the Christmas Tree decorations.
After half term our focus will be on the Earths natural disasters. We will investigate global warming, earthquakes, volcanoes and Tsunamis. We will look at what happens when these natural disasters occur and try to find ways of combating it.
In maths our key focus will be on developing the childrens fluency in all areas of multiplication and division. We will aim to ensure that all children are able to apply their knowledge and understanding to different reasoning and problem solving challenges. In addition, we will be looking at all areas of fractions. To help support the children at home you could use the subscriptions that they have to Sumdog and Times Tables Rock Stars. We also send home a fluency challenge sheet from our 99 club, please support the children with this.
To support your children's reading comprehension the school have invested in the program, Accelerated Reader. Once your child has read their book, they take a short quiz. It then sends the teacher the results and we are able to help target areas of weakness and provide support and intervention. We ask that to support your child you should aim to listen to, or read to, your child for 20 minutes at least 4 times a week. It would help us if this information was recorded in their home school diaries.
Finally, the children will be given 4 new spellings a week. They will be tested weekly until they have 20 spellings. We will then give them an assessment.
If you have any queries please contact the school office and arrange a meeting, or catch me in the playground at the end of the day.
Time lapse video of Sam and Witney decorating our tree at the Eden Project.
Have a look at what we got up to on our recent trip to Truro Museum. Our focus was on seeing a real life mummy and finding out all about our great county - Cornwall!
Here is an overview of our curriculum. If you would like to find out more about what we do, please book an appointment with the class teacher.
Term 1 topic overview:
Term 2 topic overview:
Term 3 - Topic overview
Please have a look at our class welcome meeting PowerPoint. If you are new to year 4 or were unable to make the meeting this will explain all of our expectations in year 4.
Mr Luke Rees