Year 4 had an exciting start to the summer term with their new topic, ‘A Day at the Museum’, which forms part of our cultural stimulus, looking at Ancient Greece. We were introduced to Larry, the guard from the film ‘Night at the Museum’ and he told us about the precious pottery he looks after in the Ancient Greek section of the museum. However, something terrible happened…some of the priceless pots had mysteriously fallen from their displays and had broken into many pieces! It was our task to help Larry put them back together (which we managed successfully!). Once complete, we were able to explore the different pot designs more closely and began to think about what they tell us Ancient Greek life might have been like. We noticed that the pots were different shapes, so to investigate this further we researched six different pot styles, finding out their names and what they were used for. Noticing that Ancient Greek pottery is decorated with unusual geometric patterns, we decided to look at this more closely by sketching some of these patterns ourselves. Once we had finished, we used these ideas to form patterns as part of our own designs for our own Ancient Greek-style pot.
English – Mythical Madness
This week, we began our English lessons by reading and interpreting some famous Ancient Greek myths. The first myth was ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’ where we took part in a ‘Story Whoosh’. This involved listening to the story and dramatising different sections, acting out the characters, objects and events. This was a lot of fun and really helped us to understand the sequence of events and characters in the story. We developed our understanding even further by working in groups to text map different paragraphs from this story and then acted this out to show we had learnt our paragraph inside out!
Next, we explored the myth ‘Perseus and Medusa’ by watching and listening to this on a video clip before comparing the similarities and differences between this myth and the previous one. Then we finished the week by looking at the myth ‘Pandora’s Box’, a cartoon version by Marcia Williams and then another version of the same story, which we used to answer comprehension questions about the myth, hunting for evidence in the text to support and justify our answers, something we feel we want more practice with!
Maths – Decimal Dissection – Understanding Place Value
We started the new term by dividing one and two digit numbers using place value grids and Gattegno charts to explore the effect dividing by 10 and 100 has on the value of the digits in the numbers and what direction the digits move on the grids. We noticed that the two charts show this differently, with numbers moving to the right on a place value grid and down on a Gattegno chart. We moved on to reading and representing hundredths on place value grids and partitioning decimals using the part-whole model, also referred to as the ‘cherry model’. To deepen our understanding of these concepts, we have been using reasoning skills to solve problems involving dividing numbers and explaining the effect this has on place value.
Julian Clary Event at Bishops Stortford College
The weather was most certainly on our side on Friday 20th April, when Year 4 set off to visit Bishops Stortford College to see Julian Clary and learn more about his books, ‘The Bolds’. We had the opportunity to hear him read extracts from his books and ask him questions about the characters and his inspiration for his books. We also had a masterclass with his illustrator, David Roberts, who showed us how he draws the characters. When we returned to school, we put this into practice and had a go at drawing the characters ourselves and these now form a wonderful display in our classrooms.
What an exciting start to the Summer Term – with much, much more to come!