26/06/2019 at 12:09
This week in SRE, Year 4 have been looking at menstruation. We worked in single gender groups, like last week. The session began with a review of last week’s work on puberty, dealing with any misconceptions. Both groups showed excellent understanding of how the body changes for both girls and boys.
We then introduced the word ‘menstruation’ and watched a video which helped explain the menstrual cycle. We then played a true/false/depends on game, looking at and talking about different statements about having a period. We had a chance to see what a tampon and sanitary towel look like and feel like and why a woman will need to use them.
Next, we ordered a set of cards, showing the different steps of the menstrual cycle to show our understanding. Finally, we finished with questions from the ‘Ask It Basket’.
Again, both Mrs Kroon and I were really impressed with the attitude of the children.
Next week, we will be learning about the impact of puberty on personal hygiene and strategies for managing this.
19/06/2019 at 12:05
This morning, Year 4 did their 2nd SRE session. The aim of the session was for the children to learn about the physical changes associated with puberty. We wanted the children by the end of the session to be able to define puberty and understand that these changes occur generally some time between the ages of 8-17. Also, that puberty is the process that turns us from children to young adults and can they identify the physical changes associated with puberty. They learnt that everyone’s experience of puberty is different and that it begins and ends at different times.
The session was taught in single sex groups, with myself and Mrs Du Preez working with the boys and Mrs Kroon and Mrs Hodgson working with the girls. We were all very impressed with the attitude of the children and how they took on board the information presented to them. We watched some of the short Channel 4 educational film entitled ‘Changes’ and used it as a talking point for anything we weren’t sure about or needed more explaining. We did an activity that talked about changes during puberty that we can control, like what we wear, and those things that we can’t control, like the growing of hair on parts of your body. Finally, we finished the session answering questions from the ‘Ask It Basket’.
Next week, we are due to talk about menstruation and it will be taught in single sex groups.
15/06/2019 at 11:07
It’s been another incredibly busy week in Year 4. In Maths, we have worked on time this week and the children have looked at converting from 24 hour time to 12 hour time. We’ve also had a look at bus timetables. Towards the end of the week, we started some work on statistics. The children had to conduct their own mini survey and present their results. They did brilliantly with this and impressed us all.
In Literacy, we have continued our work on Roald Dahl. The children are really enjoying this and have uncovered some amazing facts. See if they can tell you about a surprising job Dahl had.
We had our first SRE (sex and relationship education) lesson this week and the children impressed us all with their maturity. They asked some thoughtful questions and engaged well.
As there is no more swimming, we will be doing an extra PE on Thursday afternoon. Please can children wear their PE kits on Thursday. A letter will also be sent home to inform all parents.
Have a good weekend.
Miss Chambers, Mrs Kroon and the Year 4 team.
07/06/2019 at 09:25
It has been a busy week back after half term.
In Maths we have finished solving problems with money and moved on to time. The children did really well converting units of time by multiplying and dividing by 60. Next week we will be continuing with time: reading the time; converting 12 and 24 hour times and solving time problems.
In Literacy we have been looking at figurative language in poetry. The children wrote some excellent poems about an animal using similes, based on ‘Tyger Tyger’ by William Blake. They then wrote a poem with metaphors for every day objects. Next week we will be moving onto an author study of Roald Dahl.
This week we have finished our topic on Islamic History and next week will be moving on to a new geography topic of ‘Comparing Contrasting Locations.’ In this topic we will compare Farsley with a village called Horton in Ribblesdale in North Yorkshire and it will include a trip to Horton in Ribblesdale.
There will be no more swimming now for Year 4. Instead we will have an extra PE lesson on a Thursday afternoon. SRE (Sex and Relationship Education) lessons will take place on a Wednesday morning in place of swimming and Mr Garlick and myself (Mrs Kroon) will be running these. These lessons will be about growing up, body changes and puberty and there will be a meeting for parents who would like to find out more on Tuesday 11th June at 6pm.
Enjoy your weekend,
Mrs Kroon and Miss Chambers
18/05/2019 at 20:11
It has been another busy and successful week in Year 4.
We have looked at ordering and rounding decimals in Maths. The children have worked hard to grasp this tricky concept.
In Literacy, we have continued our work on The Twits. The children learnt and performed a short play version of the script which was a great success! The children remembered the criteria for a good performance from our work on performance poetry earlier this year and applied it well to give entertaining performances!
We completed an experiment looking at ice in Science this week. The children had to make a lot of decisions and were in charge of making sure they conducted a fair test. They did this very well and we got some fantastic results.
We continued our topic of the Islamic Golden Age. The children had their first go at using compasses this week which is very tricky to master! They showed great resilience and perseverance with this.
Have a good weekend.
Mrs Kroon, Miss Chambers and the Year 4 team
09/05/2019 at 15:48
We have enjoyed a very productive four days in Year 4.
In Literacy we have begun a new topic on play scripts, using The Twits by Roald Dahl as a model. The children have enjoyed reading a variety of play scripts and investigating how speech is used in dialogue.
In maths we have continued work on decimals. The children have learnt how to divide by 100 and 10 and should be able to to explain the rule. For homework we have set the end of block test. Hopefully, your child will remember how to solve the variety of decimal problems and represent them in different ways.
Of course our most exciting event was Viking day on Thursday. The children had a great time learning about Viking life and demonstrated that they were very knowledgable. The artefacts really brought the history to life.
Here are some photographs:
The children listened really well and were excellent representatives for our school.
Have a lovely weekend. Hopefully the weather will improve.
Mrs Kroon and Miss Chambers