In English this week, we began writing our Discussion texts. We started with our introductions, explaining what a zoo is and why it is important to write about them. We thought carefully about what we had learnt about endangered animals and tried to include this in our text. We wrote, in paragraphs, arguments for zoos with an emphasis on how zoos benefit the animals and against zoos using rhetorical questions as a powerful tool to make the reader think.
On Friday, we began our new text, Bill’s New Frock by Anne Fine. We thought about what a ‘stereotype’ is and made mind maps to define a stereotypical girl or boy. We will be using this text to help us to address stereotypes and there will be lots of interesting discussion as we work our way through the text.
In Maths, we have been learning how to add and subtract using a written method. We applied our knowledge to solving word problems and understanding the different vocabulary in word problems. We sorted words such as ‘greater than’, ‘reduce’, ‘total’ into addition or subtraction and this has been really useful in helping us to solve the word problems. Once we were able to do this, we gained a better understanding of how to use the inverse operation to check our answers. We all thought this was a clever trick and will be using this to check our answers in the future! Next week, we move on to learning about fractions.
In History, we have been learning about the plague doctor. We thought he looked a little bit scary and we learnt about his uniform and why he dressed the way he did. We also learnt about some very unusual cures and ways to prevent the plague. Did you know that in 1665, some people wore a dead toad as a lucky charm?
On Tuesday, some children in Year 4 were able to go to Queens’ School to take part in an athletic competition. We came second place and can’t wait to go to the finals! Those of us that stayed behind had our own athletics competition, with a number of team games.
In our Class Assembly, we have been talking about changes in our lives. We talked about changes in our lives and how they can affect the way we feel and how we might behave. We talked about the ‘balloon’ getting bigger with worry, anger and anxiety and how to make the ‘balloon’ go down. We all made emotion graphs to talk about how big changes in our lives make us feel. We all came to the conclusion that things do get better and that no matter what happens, our family love and care about us. We were very respectful about other people’s feelings throughout the lesson.