Spring Term has been a unique time: Year 4 have gone from online learning in lockdown to returning to school and WOW, they have been amazing! The children have built the key skills of independence, resilience, adaptability, confidence and perseverance - the Year 4 team could not be prouder.
We started spring term with live, online learning, where the children have been engaged and determined to continue their learning journey in Year 4. During online learning, the children participated in many creative lessons. They became newspaper reporters, reporting about an ‘alien invasion’ and publishing their newspapers on the computer. They became poets, creating pieces of poetry using onomatopoeia and performed these poems during a poetry slam with a special guest, Mrs Shah. This was a real highlight of our remote learning and a celebration of the children's hard work. In reading, the children have explored factual texts on inspirational women, and they have explored Arabian legend stories, based on our class book for this term: ‘A Hundred and One Arabian nights’.
In maths, children began to develop their knowledge of fractions, a unit which has been continued back in the classroom. They have also been practicing their timetables and completing in battles on TTRS between classes. In PE, the children enjoyed lessons led by Joe Wicks on YouTube and by their very own PE teacher, Mr Joe. These PE lesson gave children the chance to participate in physical exercise and focus on their own emotional wellbeing.
Another highlight of online learning was World Book Day. Year 4 explored Tom Fletcher’s book ‘There’s a monster in my book’ and spent the day creating their own interactive books which were fantastic. The children also dressed up as their favourite book characters, with the teachers dressing up as Mr Men. We loved having the opportunity to spend the day sharing our love of reading.
Returning to school, Year 4 have continued to impress us. They have come back with enthusiasm, positivity and respect, it has been a joy to teach them back in school. We have spent time on wellbeing and class communities, with the children continuing to build on relationships with their classmates and their teachers.
The children have quickly adapted to learning