Beginning our journey…
This half term, Westminster class are learning all about refugees through history – from Moses to Bob Marley and Freddie Mercury to Albert Einstein. This week, the class has been learning about the refugee artist Marc Chagall. They learned about when he left Russia to flee from being persecuted due to being Jewish. He is famous for being one of the first to develop the ‘modernism’ style of painting. He is also famous for created fantastic stain glass windows for churches all around Europe. The class designed and made their own stain glass windows out of black paper and tissue paper.
In Maths, Westminster have been developing mental strategies to add 3 and 4-digit numbers along with learning more formal written methods. They have learned about exchanging and the rules behind all of the calculations.
In English, Westminster are reading the beautiful book by Francesca Sanna ‘Journey’, which tells the tale of a mother who is fleeing her war-torn country to save her two children. The class have looked at key words and the style of illustration to determine how the author wants us to feel as we read the book.
In Science, the class have been learning about animal habitats and how certain animals (camels can close their nostrils!) have adapted to survive and thrive in their environment.
Westminster class are working very hard and are excited to learn more about refugees and are very excited to start thinking about Christmas shows!
This half term, Year 4 have been learning all about the Vikings, their culture, history and impact on the United Kingdom. Year 4 have been learning about Viking warriors, food, homes, fighting style and contributions to the world. One of the highlights was being able to meet a real viking via Zoom – Bjorn Bloodaxe!
The class have been creating a scene description based on a boat journey, inspired by the book by Ethan Murrow ‘The Whale’. They have also written a newspaper report about a mythical creature that emerged on the beach in Russia. In the final week of term, the class have been learning about Benjamin Zephaniah and his brilliant poetry. The class have made personification poetry about their shoes and a pencil!
Mr. Sparks has been so impressed by the class’ hard work in their maths lessons, with everyone trying really hard to become more confident with their place value. Mr. Sparks has tried to give the class some tricky work, but they have handled it, no problem!
This first half term has been wonderful, with the children settling back into school so well. Next half term will be lots of fun as Mr. Sparks has lots of exciting things planned!