In literacy we have been learning about poetry. We explored different poems and studied poetic features such as metaphors, similes and personification. We used what we learnt to create our own poems about resilience. We thought about our own experiences and when we have had to overcome barriers. We used these experiences to think about what resilience looks like to us and used a range of poetic techniques to put these images in the reader’s mind. Every child performed their poem in front of their class and each class chose a winner. Congratulations to Phoebe-Grace (4A), Sufyaan (4C) Jasmine (4G), Alice (4M) who were the Year 4 winners!
In maths this term, we have been recapping the four operations and using our reasoning skills to solve word problems. We have also learnt how to use column multiplication to help us solve problems with 2 and 3 digit numbers. We also learnt how to use and apply the commutative and distributive law. We have loved taking part in the “Count on us” challenge day which allowed us to apply our problem solving skills along with our mathematical knowledge by taking part in some challenging games including dominoes, T- shapes, pentominoes, code breaking and the 24 game. We learnt that maths is all about problem solving and that those problems don’t just involve numbers!
In topic, Year 4 have been learning about the Ancient Kingdom of Benin, located in modern day Nigeria. This involved a trip to the British Museum where we looked at a variety of primary sources and artefacts. Even though we loved seeing the artefacts, it also gave us some time to consider and discuss if it is ethical that these items are in London, not Nigeria? We ended our unit by writing a letter to the British Museum to express our opinion about whether or not the artefacts should be returned.