Y4 Termly Information Autumn 2 2018

Summary of this terms learning

This half term, much of our learning in English has been based on the famous novel by Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland. The children have created their own imaginary worlds, characters and scenarios which enabled them to write their own innovated version of the story. They also pretended to be reporters at the court case of the Queen of Hearts.

As part of the children’s Design Technology learning, and linked to English, the children designed Mad Hatter chairs using 3D software. The teachers will choose several designs based on both their creativity and practicality. These will be printed for the winners as a keepsake to remember their experience by.

In Maths we have continued to cover the four main operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The children applied their learning by solving a variety of Christmas word problems towards the end of the half term.

Our Earthquakes and Volcanoes topic has been a great success with the stand out highlight being the eruptions we created in the volcanoes made by the children as part of their homework.

The children have enjoyed the Gymnastics unit ‘Cold Places’, where they experimented turning their bodies into different shapes and putting together routines containing a range of movements. We have also been developing our basketball skills outside.

The term finished off with the Year 3 and 4 Christmas Carol Concerts, performed to the school, family and friends. The songs ranged from traditional carols to more modern tunes! A really lovely way to end a very busy term.

Children’s comments about their learning

Uliana, “This term I have enjoyed learning about volcanoes and watching Penquins in Madagasa as part of our Cold Places gymnastics unit.”

Emily, “My favourite thing this half term has been the Mad Hatter’s Tea party because it was a fun way to celebrate our learning based on Alice in Wonderland.”

Joe, “I enjoyed learning about volcanoes and earthquakes. The most interesting thing was that volcanoes’ ash can make the human body effectively turn to stone. I also enjoyed learning about states of matter because solids are able to be smelted down like liquid gold. The erupting volcanoes was my highlight!”

Alana, “The Alice in Wonderland Tea Party was my favourite day of the half term because I had such fun with my friends doing the activities. The best part of the day was making the jam sandwiches because I got to give it to someone else, which made me happy. Recently, we have been learning about earthquakes and volcanoes, which I’ve really enjoyed. The more I learnt, the more I wanted to know”.  

Useful website links to continue learning at home:


Weekly maths tasks set as part of homework: www.mathletics.co.uk

Interactive maths activities: www.mathswhizz.com

BBC Bitesize: Vikings: https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/ztyr9j6

A range of resources linked to our curriculum: www.espresso.co.uk

A range of resources linked to our curriculum: https://www.purplemash.com/sch/monkfield