Y4 Hummingbird Class
Welcome To Hummingbird Class
Welcome to Hummingbird class webpage. We are a class of year 4's who are enthusiastic and eager to learn more. We are always working hard to best the best we can be. We hope you enjoy checking out what we get up to this year.
We have lots of exciting events planned for this academic year and we are eager to share our learning and progress with you. You can read examples of our writing on our class blog: hummingbird.norbridgeblogs.net and see pictures of our learning both on our twitter page (@Y4Hummingbird) and on the page below.
Children will have a weekly P.E session with Mr Scott. Please ensure your child has a P.E kit in school. In Year 4, we will also have swimming for half of the year. Letters will be sent home giving additional details about the dates and what children will need to bring with them.
Children will be provided with a reading diary and a library book. Please ensure your child brings their reading book and diary to school every day. Diaries will be signed each week and children will be given the chance to change their reading books weekly. Don't forget to record you reading at home to help you earn stickers on our reading chart so that you can attend our reading party!
Homework will be sent home each week along with a list of spellings and children will be tested on these spellings the following week.
Summer Term Dates
Wednesday 2nd May: Year 4 Roman Day
Friday 4th May – KS2 Attendance Disco
Monday 7th May – May Day Bank Holiday
Friday 11th May – Year 4 Romans Assembly (2:30pm-3:00pm)
Tuesday 15th May – Year 4 Romans Blogging Event
Wednesday 16th May – Year 4 RE Day: Islam
Wednesday 23rd May – Hummingbird Class Trip to the Harley Gallery
Friday 25th May – Break Up for May Half Term
Monday 4th June – Back to school for Summer Term 2
Week beginning 9th July – KS2 Production Week
Friday 20th July – Trip to Murton Park to learn more about the Romans
Tuesday 24th July – Break up for the Summer Holidays
Wednesday 25th July – INSET Day
PE: Sports Day Games
In our PE lesson, we were really excited to be able to use all the Sports Day equipment to practise our skills. We worked well in teams to organise the different activities. See pictures of us developing our skills using the different equipment below:
On Wednesday, we had our Year 4, 5 and 6 Sports Day. We had lots of fun showing our skills in a wide range of areas. Lots of parents and carers came to watch us show our different skills. Have a look at the pictures from our sports day below:
We have lots of children who have produced some fantastic work or shown a great attitude who have been given a star pupil postcard to award their efforts. See the children below who have earned the star pupil postcards:
Year 4 Islam Day
We had an Islam Day in Year 4 in which we looked at the beliefs of Muslims, learnt about where Muslims go to worship, looked at Islamic Art and learnt about how Muslim celebrate Eid. Have a look at our mosque designs below:
Year 4 Romans Assembly
In Year 4, we created a Roman Assembly to share with parents, family members and other children in school. We shared facts that we have learnt about the Romans and sang Roman themed songs. We did a fantastic job and got a great turn out. Thank you to all parents and family members who came to watch us in our assembly.
Making Celt Roundhouses
Year 4 Roman Day
History: Boudicca's Rebellion
In History, we have been learning about the Romans and the Celts. We learnt all about Boudicca and her rebellion against the Romans. Once we had learnt about the story of Boudicca we acted out the story in groups and then performed them to the rest of the class. See pictures of us acting out the story below:
Year 4 Roman Day
On Wednesday, we had a Roman Day in Year 4. We really enjoyed learning all about the Roman army and making our own Roman style shields and helmets. We also learnt about the Celts and made our own Celtic style roundhouses in groups. At the end of the day, we practised the songs ready for our Roman assembly. See pictures from our Roman Day below:
English: The Iron Man
In English, we have started to look at our new core text 'The Iron Man'. We made predictions about the story and the characters in the story. See pictures of us making our predictions below:
We have been having lots of fun in our Karate sessions with Sensei Dave. This week in Karate, we have been practising our kicking skills. Have a look at the pictures of us developing our kicking skills below:
Art: Roman Vases
This week in our Art session with Mr Slaney, we have used clay to create our own Roman style vases. We looked at examples of Roman vases and then used these to help us style our own vases. We are looking forward to decorating our vases next week. See pictures of our vases below:
English: Fairy Tales
In English this week, we have been looking at a range of fairy tales. We have looked at the different features of fairy tales and created story boards showing the 5 parts of a story in fairy tales. We have also worked in groups to act out fairy tales. At the end of the week, we have looked at how we could alter the end of fairy tales ready for producing our own fairy tales next week.
Summer Term: The Romans
We have lots of exciting events coming up this half term in Year 4 including learning about our topic The Romans, taking part in the Key Stage 2 production, visiting Murton Park in York, RE Days, A Roman Day and our Roman Assembly! See what we will be learning about in the different subject areas this term:
English: In English, this term our focus text will be 'Iron Man'. We will be using these to help inspire our ideas for our writing. We will also be looking at producing longer pieces of texts, using paragraphs to separate ideas, using features of different text types, improving our story writing skills and writing poetry.We will be continuing to practise spellings daily using our spelling scheme and will continue to improve our handwriting through our handwriting sessions.
Maths: In Maths, we will be furthering our understanding of the place value of 4-digit numbers, multiplying and dividing using a written method, recognising and reading Roman numerals, comparing fractions and decimals, interpreting data on bar charts and pictograms and using coordinates to draw shapes. We will also continue to develop our times tables knowledge throughout this term.
History/Geography: We will be looking at understanding how the Roman Empire was formed, understanding how the Romans invaded and what Roman life was like, identifying Roman Gods and Goddesses, recreating Roman mosaics and Pottery, comparing entertainment across time periods, investigating the structure of Roman buildings and researching the Roman legacy.
Computing: We will be looking at continuing to develop our coding knowledge this term as well as gaining basic computer skills when using programmes such as PowerPoint and Excel.
Science: Our Science topic for the first half term will be states of matter in which we will learn more about the properties of solids, liquids and gases. In the second half term, our Science topic will be sound. We will learn about how sound is created and how sound travels through different materials. Throughout our Science lessons will be completing a range of scientific enquiries to help us develop our skills in predicting and completing fair tests.
Art/DT: This term, we will be continuing our graphic design lessons each week run by Mr Slaney. Also, we will take part in Art and DT activities as part of our Roman Day, including making sheilds, peg soldiers and catapults.
Music: We will continue to have band sessions each Thursday with Mr Bellingham and Mr Oakton to develop our skills in playing different instruments, composing music and developing our singing skills.
French: We will be having weekly French sessions each Wednesday with Madame Walsh to continue to develop our skills in reading, writing and speaking French.
RE/PSHE: This term, we will be having two RE/PSHE days. We will be learning all about Islam in the first half term and how we can take action against Cimate Change in the second half term.
Physical Education: This term, we will continue to have PE sessions each Friday with Mr Scott. We will also have weekly Karate Sessions with Sensei Dave each Thursday. We will also continue our swimming lessons each Tuesday at Valley Leisure Centre.
Venture Experts: Children will continue to have their chosen venture experts sessions on Tuesday afternoons until the end of the summer term.
Summer Term Performance: We will be taking part in the Key Stage 2 performance of Peter Pan. We will be learning songs and dances to perform in the play.
Trip to the Buddhism Centre
Trip to the Harley Gallery
On Wednesday 14th March, we went on a trip to the Harley Gallery. At the Gallery, we explored the circus photography by Peter Lavery and completed activities linked to the pictures. We discussed different acts in the circus and got to dress up as different circus performers. Later, we created our own circus and had a go at acting out our circus. See the video below to see pictures of our trip:
Trip to Harley Gallery
Western Park Museum Trip
On Friday 9th March, we went on a trip to the Western Park Museum in Sheffield. At the museum, we explored the different galleries and took part in an Egyptian Workshop. In the workshop, we had lots of fun learning how to mummify a body. See pictures from our trip below:
On Friday, our salt dough hieroglyphics necklaces from Ancient Egyptians day had dried and were ready to paint. We used lots of bright coloured paint to finish our necklace design. See pictures of us painting our necklaces below:
Make Do and Blog
This week, we have took part in a make do and blog challenge. We created our own characters and then wrote a story about the characters. The runners up of the challenge earned a sweet and our two winners received a super sewing themed prize. See pictures of our characters below and don't forget to read our stories on our blog: hummingbird.norbridgeblogs.net
Ancient Egyptians Day
On Wednesday, we had an Ancient Egyptian day in Year 4. Lots of children came dressed up in Egyptian themed clothing. In the morning, we looked at mummification and had a go at dissecting parts of a tomato and created a mummy style mask. In the afternoon, we created a hieroglyphics necklace using salt dough and created an Egyptian sunset picture. See pictures from our Ancient Egyptian day below:
History Around The World: Maori Day
On Monday, we celebrated our History Around The World day in Hummingbird Class by looking at the Maori people of New Zealand. We looked at locating New Zealand on a map, created a postcard from an imaginary trip to New Zealand, looked at the Maori language using colour by numbers and ordering number names, looked at Maori people in the Moana film, looked at the All Blacks Haka and then created our own Haka. See pictures from our Maori Day below:
Safer Internet Day
As part of Safer Internet Day we have looked at discussing how to stay safe online and what to do if we have any worries or are unsure when online. We discussed rules that we should follow and created our own posters about staying safe online. Have a look at some of our posters below:
Maths: Using Partitioning & Chunking To Divide
In Maths this week, we have looked at solving larger divisions using partitioning and chunking. We worked in groups to use 10s and 1s to help us divide and then looked at how this relates to the chunking method of division. See pictures of us using partitioning to divide below:
Venture Experts Showcase
This week, we celebrated all of the fantastic work done in our Venture Experts groups at our showcase. Parents and family members were invited along to see our learning, watch performances and take part in activities. We loved showing what we have been doing and were really pleased to see so many parents and family members coming to see our learning. See pictures from our showcase below (there are also lots more on the gallery section of the website):
On Monday, we were very lucky to get to watch a pantomime production of Dick Whittington performed by a theatre company. We had a really fun afternoon watching the show, joining in with songs and laughing at all of the jokes. We are looking forward to their next visit to school.
Science: Digestive System
In Science, we have been learning about the human digestive system. We have looked at the different organs involved in the digestive system and the order of the events in the digestive system. This week, we have tried to describe the stages of the digestive system. See Wojtek's and Emily's super work below:
Maths: 2D Shapes
This week in Maths, we have been looking at the properties of 2D shapes. We have been learning about recognising acute, obtuse and right angles in shapes, identifying parallel and perpendicular lines in shapes and finding lines of symmetry in shapes. See pictures of us identifying lines of symmetry in shapes below:
In PE this week, we looked at developing our skills in athletics. We practised the triple jump and the high jump, worked on our hurdling skills and relay races. See pictures of us working on our athletics skills below:
English: Writing Diary Entries
In English this week, we have started to look at our core text book 'Millions' and made predictions about the story. We then have looked at the features of diary entries and have worked on writing our own diary entries based on personal experience. Next week in English, we will be working on writing a diary entry from a character from the book 'Millions'. Have a read of some of our diary entries from the week on our class blog: hummingbird.norbridgeblogs.net
Coding: Use Block Language
This week in Coding, we have been looking at using the block language to direct a character. We worked in pairs to complete a range of challenges looking at using different blocks. We really enjoyed our session and are looking forward to completing more complex activities next week. See pictures of us completing the coding challenges below:
History: Using Hieroglyphics
In our History session this week, we learnt more on our topic of the Egyptians. We learnt about their writing system and how the Rosetta Stone helped us understand the language they used. We then had a go at writing our own name using hieroglyphics. See some of our names written in hieroglyphics below:
This term in our PE sessions with Mr Scott, we have been working on our hockey skills. We have had lots of fun developing skills and playing hockey on our new MUGA area. See pictures from our PE sessions below:
Maths: Ladder Method
In Maths, we have been looking at using the ladder method to solve large multiplications. We have recapped the steps of the method and have applied our times tables knowledge to help us solve the problems. See some of our super Maths work using the ladder method below:
Music: Band Sessions
In our Music sessions, we have been practising keeping rhythms and playing songs on different instruments. We have had lots of fun and our skills are really developing. See pictures from our music sessions below:
Graphic Design: Creating Logos
We have enjoyed our new graphic design sessions with Mr Slaney. For the first two weeks, we have looked at creating our own name logo using different things that are important to us. See pictures of us creating our name logos below:
100% Attendance Awards
Well done to all the children below who achieved 100% attendance for the Autumn Term. Here they are below with their invites to the attendance disco:
In Homework Club, we have been working hard on our Ancient Egyptian homework. We have been creating 3D pyramids, created pictures of pharaohs and created fact files about Ancient Egypt. See pictures of us working hard in Homework Club below:
History: Ordering Events
In History, we have started our new topic on Ancient Egypt. In our first lesson, we looked at ordering events in History. We tried creating a timeline of different events that have happened in history and learnt when the Ancient Egyptians were around. See pictures of us creating our timelines below:
Spring Term: Ancient Egypt
In Spring Term, our topic will be Ancient Egypt. Read below to see what we will be learning about in the different subject areas this term:
English: In English, this term our focus text will be 'Iron Man'. We will be using these to help inspire our ideas for our writing. We will also be looking at producing longer pieces of texts using paragraphs to separate ideas, using features of different text types, improving our story writing skills and writing poetry. We will be continuing to practise spellings daily using our spelling scheme and will continue to improve our handwriting through our handwriting sessions.
Maths: In Maths, we will be looking at properties of shapes, rounding numbers, using the ladder method to multiply, identifying different types of angles, identifying equivalent fractions, comparing and ordering decimals and solving problems involving money. We will also continue to develop our times tables knowledge throughout this term.
History/Geography: We will be looking at discovering information from Ancient Egyptian artefacts, learning about hieroglyphics, understanding Ancient Egyptian hierarchy, understanding why pyramids were used, understanding Ancient Egyptian views on afterlife, recognising Ancient Egyptian Gods and understanding the process of Mummification
Computing: We will be looking at developing our coding knowledge this term. We will be learning about algorithms, how to debug programmes, how to give directional code and how to use repeating blocks.
Science: In Science, we will be learning all about the human body. We will be looking at the digestive system, the function of different types of teeth and how to keep our body healthy. We will be completing a range of scientific enquiries to help us develop our skills in predicting and completing fair tests.
Art:This term, we will be having graphic design lessons each week run by our new Art teacher Mr Slaney.
Music: We will continue to have band sessions each Thursday with Mr Bellingham and Mr Oakton to develop our skills in playing different instruments, composing music and developing our singing skills.
French: We will be having weekly French sessions with Madame Walsh to continue to develop our skills in reading, writing and speaking French.
RE: This term, we will be having RE Days to help us learn more about different religions. We will be learning all about Sikhism this half term and Buddhism in the second half term.
Physical Education: This term, we will continue to have PE sessions each Friday with Mr Scott. We will also have weekly Karate Sessions with Sensei Dave. After February half term, we will be having swimming lessons at Valley (letters about this will be given out closer to the time).
Venture Experts: Children will continue to have their chosen venture experts sessions on Tuesday afternoons until the half term break. Children will then get to select a new Venture Experts activity to take part in.
A New Adventure
We are very excited to start back in Spring term because we will be in our brand new classroom! The classroom looks fantastic and will be a great space for learning. Have a look at pictures of our new classroom below:
This week, we attended a christingle service at St John's Church. We had lots of fun learning about what each part of the Christingle orange represented and singing songs at the church. We also got to light the candle on our Christingle and sing a song. It looked great seeing all the Christingles lit. See pictures below of us at the service:
This week, we had a Karate session with our new Karate instructor Sensei Dave. We had lots of fun showing our skills from our previous learning and completing different Karate activities with our new instructor. We are looking forward to Spring Term where we will have Karate sessions each Thursday with Sensei Dave.
On the final week of term, we held reading parties for children who had achieved 10 or more stickers on their reading chart. Well done to all the children from Hummingbird Class who attended. Remember keep reading at home to earn your stickers on the reading chart ready for our party in Spring Term.
Journey Around South America Blogging Day
This term, we have been learning all about Brazil. To finish off our learning on the topic we have had a journey around South America Blogging Day in Year 4. On this day, we travelled around different countries in South America and completed activities linked to the different countries. We did a range of activities such as making clay roses based on the flower of Ecuador, creating weavings based on traditional clothing worn by indigenous clothing worn in Bolivia and learning about flags of South America. We enjoyed learning about countries in South America, completing creative activities and working with children from Nightingale class. See pictures from our day in the slideshow below:
On Monday, we had a special visitor from Action Aid who ran a workshop all about Brazil. She brought in a range of resources linked to Brazil for us to explore and taught us about the animals and people that live in Brazil. We had lots of fun learning more about Brazil and exploring the different resources. See pictures from our day in the slideshow below:
This week, we held our Norbridge Christmas Fayre. There were lots of stalls with Christmas crafts, tombolas, a Santa's grotto and festive treats. In Hummingbird Class, we made our own Christmas tree pine cones and marshmallow and strawberry chocolate kebabs for our stall. See our creations below:
Over the past few weeks, children in Hummingbird Class have taken their bikeability level one course. They had lots of fun taking this course and developing their skills. Here we are with our certificate from the course:
Afternoon in the Amazon: Art & Geography
This week as part of our learning on Brazil, we spent an afternoon in the Amazon. We learnt all about the people and the animals that live there. In Geography, we learnt about tribes that live in the Amazon and created blog posts on our class blog to share our learning with others. In Art, we learnt about animals that live in the Amazon. We then created our own chalk pictures of animals that live in the Amazon, see pictures of our art work below:
In Science, we have been looking at the topic of Electricity. We have learnt about how electricity is generated and items that are powered by mains and battery power. This week, we have looked at electrical circuits and what makes a complete and incomplete electrical circuit. We have predicted whether circuits are complete and tested these using practical equipment. See pictures of us testing electrical circuits below:
Bikeability Level 1
In year 4, we have been offered the opportunity to take part in a level 1 bikeability course where we get to practise our skills on bikes and learn how to ride our bike safely. This week group 1 completed the course. See pictures of them taking part in the course below:
Art: Rio Carnival
This week as part of our topic on Brazil, we have been learning about the Rio De Janeiro Carnival. In Geography, we looked at the traditions and history of the Carnival and then in Art, we have made our own carnival costumes. We used lots of colourful materials to create bright, sparkling costumes like the ones worn. See pictures of us creating our carnival designs below:
Coding: Firework Pictures
In Coding, we have looked using hopscotch to create our own moving firework pictures. We learnt about the coding blocks needed to create the picture and learnt how to edit our code to improve the picture:
Art: Poppy Crafts
In Class, we have been learning about Remembrance Day and why it is celebrated. In Art, we created our own poppy pictures using finger painting and then used coloured paper and paper plates to create our own poppy wreaths. Have a look at our fabulous art work below:
English: Hodgeheg Book
In English this week, we have read the next two chapters of our Hodgeheg book. We have made predictions about what will happen next and have thought about how the story might be told from others perspective. We have then wrote the chapter from the perspective of the cafe owner. See pictures of us enjoying the book below:
In assembly this week, we have learnt about the reason we celebrate bonfire night and how to stay safe on bonfire night. We hope all Hummingbird class have a lovely time celebrating bonfire night.
English: News Report
In English, we have been working on writing a newspaper report based on our hedgehog discovery. Then on Friday, we presented our newspaper report as a news story in groups. See pictures of us presenting our stories below:
English: Newspaper Report
This week, we have learnt about features of newspaper reports and have planned our own ideas for newspaper reports. Then in our independent writing, we created our own newspaper reports based on our hedgehog discovery. Don't forget to read examples of our newspaper reports on our class blog: hummingbird.norbridgeblogs.net
This week, we have created our hedgehog homes and placed them in a quiet space outside our classroom. We were very excited that our hedgehog camera picked up some visitors during the night. We have enjoyed checking for signs of visitors during playtime.
Science: Building Hedgehog Homes
To finish our topic on Living Thing & Their Habitats, we have looked at how we can protect animal habitats and have created our own hedgehog homes. We worked in groups using wood, sticks, leaves and masking tape to create our own hedgehog homes. We then placed them outside our classroom to create our own hedgehog home village. See pictures of us creating our homes below:
English: Identifying Features Of Newspaper Reports
In English this week, we have looked at writing newspaper reports. To help us learn how to write newspaper reports we looked at a variety of examples of newspaper and identified the different features that they contained:
In Geography, we have started our new topic on Brazil. We have learnt about the location of Brazil within South America and have looked at neighbouring countries. We have then looked at using maps to identify rivers and cities within Brazil. We are looking forward to learning more about our topic on Brazil this half term.
We have been really impressed by the number of children who have achieved 100% attendance for the first half term. See all the children who have achieved 100% attendance so far with their certificates:
We were very pleased to have four children from our class selected to represent our school at a Handball Competition. They had lots of fun learning new skills and playing handball games against other schools.
Harley Gallery Trip
This week, Hummingbird Class went on a visit to the Harley Gallery. We explored an exhibition by the artist Michael Brennand-Wood and then created our own art work based on the artists work. See pictures of us on our trip below:
RE: Hindu Stories
As part of our learning on Hinduism, we have looked the Hindu story of Krishna and Sudama. We looked at the key events in the story and the messages in the story. We then acted out the story in groups and showed them to the rest of the class. See pictures of us acting out the story below:
English: Diary Entries
In English, the children have been looking at writing diary entries from Max in the book Hodgeheg. The children looked at examples of diary entries, looked at features in diaries, wrote their own diary entries and then blogged their writing. See pictures of us doing our diary entries below:
Geography: Languages Of India
In Geography, we have looked at different languages spoken in India and discussed that the main language spoken is Hindi. The children looked at the Hindi alphabet and then wrote their name in Hindi. See pictures of us writing our name below:
English: Features of Diary Entries
In English, we have looked at diary entries and the features of diary entries. We looked at a range of examples of diary entries and created a list of features that we could see in them See pictures of us identifying features below:
On Thursday, we have had a special music day across school. We got to take part in a range of exciting activities including Samba drumming, writing song lyrics, creating iPad orchestras and taking part in a body percussion worksop. We had lots of fun trying new activities and developing our skills in Music. See pictures of what we did on the day below:
English: Writing Play Scripts
In English this week, we have continued to look at our focus book Hegdehog. We have read through Chapter one and discussed the events. We have then looked at writing our own play scripts based on the chapter. To help us learn more about the features of play scripts we looked at different examples in groups and had a go at acting out the play scripts. We then created our own play sript for Hodgeheg using some of these features. You can see pictures of us working in English below and you can read our worn on our class blog.
Each Friday, we visit the school library to select new books to read and have the time to look through different books. After visiting the library, we have the time to read the books that we have selected. See pictures of us enjoying the books that we have selected below:
English: Hedgehog Fact Files
In English, this week we have started looking at our class focus book 'The Hodgeheg'. We have looked at the cover and discussed our predictions for the book. We have then looked at creating our own fact files about Hedgehogs. We researched hedgehogs and recorded key facts about them. Then we looked at the layout of fact files and then created our own fact file about hedgehogs. We then looked at improving the presentation of our fact files and worked in groups to create an interesting looking fact files using different colours, pictures and interesting layouts. We shared our work with the rest of the class and we voted on our favourite design. See pictures of our English work below:
School Council Elections
This week, we held school council elections in class. Children who wanted to run for school council gave a short speech about why they would make a good school council members. The rest of the children then voted for who they would like to represent our class. Well done to all the candidates who applied and well done to Jakub and Rihanna who were voted as our class's student council representatives for this year.
In RE, we have been learning about Hinduism and looking at how they respect others, living things and the World. We discussed how we show respect for others and created our own acrobatic respect poems. You can read more of our poems on our blog: hummingbird.norbridgeblogs.net
English: The Silent Blue Book
In English, we have been looking at the silent blue book video to help give us a stimulus for our writing. We have worked on thinking about questions the characters may have and have wrote passages of speech for the story containing inverted commas and alternative words for said. See pictures of us working in groups to write a passage of speech:
Science: Invertebrate Hunt
In Science, our topic is Living things and this habitats. We have looked at classifying living things and sorting vertebrates and invertebrates into groups. To help us learn more about invertebrates we went on a visit to Valley Road Park to look at the different invertebrates that we could find. See photos of our invertebrates hunt below:
Coding: Emoji Drawings
In Coding, we have looked at using hopscotch to create emoji drawings. We worked on following a tutorial, identifying the correct blocks to select and editing our codes. See us creating our emoji drawings below:
PE: Attacking & Defending
In PE today the children played games to developing their throwing, catching and team work skills as well as developing their ideas on how to attack and defend effectively in games. They showed great skills in thinking about strategies and using their team talk time to plan their game approach.
In English, we have been looking at writing a description of a seaside setting. Throughout the week we have looked at different features such as different senses, conjunctions, sentence openers, similes, alliteration and expanded noun phrases that we can use to improve our work. We have done some fantastic writing this week, you can check out our work on our class blog: hummingbird.norbridgeblogs.net.
Music: Band Sessions
We have really enjoyed our first few band sessions in year 4 and have learnt lots of skills already. Each week we get the chance to play different instruments and learn a range of rhythms. See pictures of us in our band sessions below:
Science: Sorting Vertebrates
This term in Science, our topic is 'Living things & their habitats'. We have looked at the life processes of living things and how to group living thing by their characteristics. In today's lesson, we have looked at vertebrates and invertebrates and learned the difference between them. We then looked at the five vertebrate groups: mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish and birds. In groups, we had the challenge of sorting pictures of vertebrate animals into their groups. See how we got on in the pictures below:
This week, we went to our first Venture Experts afternoon. In these afternoons, the children have selected areas that they would like to develop from a wide variety of options from drama and singing to mechanical engineering and STEM. The children loved getting to try new things, work with others and develop their skills. Don't forget to use Twitter to see what we get up to in our Venture Experts sessions.
Our First Few Days In Hummingbird Class
We have had a great first few days back at school. We have been busy creating rules for our new class and learning about our new daily routine. This week, we have learnt about adding money in Maths, wrote our own stories in English, had our first band session, learnt about verbs in SPAG and learnt how to classify living things in Science. We have also learnt about our venture experts programme, chosen our venture experts activity and named our class mascot. It has been a very busy first few days! See some pictures of us in our new classroom in our first music session below:
Autumn Term 1: India
In Year 4, our first topic will be ‘India’. We have lots of exciting activities planned for this half term. Read below to see what we will be learning about in the different subject areas:
History & Geography: We will be learning about the location and climate of India, we will look at daily life in India, compare rural and urban life in India and learn about languages and religions in India.
Art and D&T: We will be looking at using a range of different techniques to create artwork inspired by India and its landmarks.
RE: We will be looking at Hinduism and will learn about religious stories, symbols, practices and places of worship in Hinduism.
ICT: We will be looking at developing and improving our skills in Word, PowerPoint and Excel. We will be learning how to use the different programs for a range of different purposes.
Science: Our Science topic for the first half term will be ‘Living things and their habitats’. We will be learning about grouping living things, identifying vertebrates and invertebrates, classifying animals, completing a local habitat study and looking at the effect of environmental changes on animals habitats.
Music: We are very excited to start our band sessions. At the end of Year 3, we had the chance to experience band sessions and loved them. In band sessions, we will have the opportunity to develop our skills on different instruments, develop our singing skills and learning how to play a range of songs as a class.
PE: We will continue to have weekly PE sessions with Mr Scott, our schools sports coach. In Year 4, we will also have swimming lessons for half the year. Letters will be send out containing dates for these sessions later in the year. Children will also be able to select to have Karate sessions during the year.
French: We will continue to develop our skills in French in our weekly lessons with Madame Walsh.
Venture Experts: We are excited to reveal our new Venture Experts opportunities to children this half term in which children will have the opportunity to try new activities and develop skills in an area of their choice. We will be sharing more details of our new Venture Expects programme soon.