This term, Kingfishers will be looking at the theme of 'Do all heroes wear capes?' Studying those such as Marie Curie Nelson Mandela and Bill Gates we'll be considering the attitudes and achievements of many people considered to be heroes through history.
Dance this half term
In Dance in Year 4, we have looked at traditional African dance positions and used ideas from these to create our own short dances in groups. We had to ensure that we had strong movements within our dances and included different levels.
Resilience in Editing and Perseverence with Word Problems!
Kingfishers have written, read and edited multiple times to learn the importance of proof-reading and checking our own writing. We recalled together in groups the beginning eight chapters of Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl and individually planned and began writing an alternative ending to the narrative. In Maths we've been continue to look at addition and subtraction and have been developing an understanding of how to know, when given a word problem, how to know which operation is necessary. Continents, countries, and oceans have been the content of Geography lessons. We've been learning in Art, P.E. Dance, ICT too - it's Go Go Go!!!
Nelson Mandela and Roald Dahl
Kingfishers have completed our Nelson Mandela diaries this week, and moved on to learning about a literary hero, Roald Dahl. In Geography we have looked at human and physical features of landscapes and applied this to our setting description in Literacy. In Maths, we've been practically learning about addition and subtraction and the importance of carrying across place value columns. On top of this, we've had a visit from Kevin Foster, MP and had the opportunity to ask him questions ahead of next week's Democracy Week.
Macmillan Coffee Morning
It may have been in the afternoon, and there may have been no coffee in sight but we still managed to raise £281.39 for Macmillan Cancer Support. The children prepared cakes during the week, and through generous donations from family members there was a enough cake for everyone, and more! Thank you to everyone who came along on Friday afternoon to make it such a success!
Estimating and Calculating
We came to the end of our first unit in Maths, looking at using our understanding of rounding to help us estimate, particularly looking at amounts of money. We began our estimating by looking at where on number lines numbers might appear.
Enlightened about Electricity
Kingfishers considered our heroes of electricity, and in particular, that of Thomas Edison. Considering other attempts at inventing the light bulb, we found out why Edison is the most well known of the light bulb inventors (it was cheaper and longest lasting!). We then had a go at building circuits in order to light up a light bulb.
A busy week of 'hero-ology'!
Wow, what a busy week we've had in Kingfishers. We've been really focused on rounding to the nearest 100 and 1000 in Maths. In Science we've explored heroes of electricity who we all feel very thankful for, having considered the extent to which we're reliant on electricity and we've begun looking at electrical circuits. Having completed a non-chronological report about non-cape-wearing heroes, we've started to investigate the life of Nelson Mandela, in preparation to write a diary entry.