Friday, 23 November 2018

Does Venus deserve to be the goddess of love?

We are continuing to enjoy our Roman theme in Year 4 and been busy developing our vocabulary to write an opening to the myth of Venus. The whole class has worked really hard, both together and independently, to create powerful description using figurative language. They created some great ideas and then the hard work really started as we edited and redrafted our work several times to make sure it was accurately written and effective. Over the last couple of days, we have been reading and exploring the next part of the myth where Venus is forced to marry Vulcan, much to her disgust. The children have decided that Venus does not deserve to be the goddess of love as, although she may be beautiful, she does not behave in a very loving way! We are trying to get into the role of Venus as we will be writing from her point of view next week. Once we have experienced the myth of Venus, we will look at the myth of how Romulus and Remus founded Rome.

In Maths, we have now completed our work on multiplication, factors and correspondence and will be moving on to solving word problems which include measure. We will then look at multiplying and dividing by 10,100 and 1000 in preparation for converting measures. I have asked the children to research units of measure as homework in readiness for our work on this.

In RE, we looked at Judaism and have just begun our topic on advent. Again, I have set a homework task about Christingle so they start to think about the meaning of some of the symbols of this season.

In Science, we have explored gases and began to look at how temperature can change the state of matter. We will continue this and link it to our weather system next. In history, we have considered why Claudius invaded Britain in AD43 and looked at resources to discover what we know about Boudica. Our next stop is Vindolanda to consider life in Britain as a Roman.

In art, the children have been developing their shading and portrait drawing skills and I look forward to have some work to display soon.

And finally, here are some photos of us being particles of solids, liquids and gases (can you guess which is which?) and then getting into role as Roman gods ready to do battle for Venus' affection.


Fortunately, Jupiter averted a battle by telling Venus to marry...Vulcan, god of the hearth and forge (ask the children to tell you how that worked out!).
Have a great weekend.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Back in St Albans

We had fun and learned lots on our trip on Monday. We are now enjoying learning about Roman Myths in English and will deepen our knowledge of the Romans in Britain in history over this coming half term.

In RE, we have finished our look at Confirmation and how God calls us in different ways. We looked at Sean Devereux and considered how he lived out his Confirmation promises and many of the children wrote some thoughtful poems about how love never ends. Next week, we will be looking at Judaism, focusing on Jewish books and Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Then we will move on to our topic 'Gifts' where we will think about how Jesus was given as a gift as a sign of God's love.

In maths, we are finishing our work on times tables and have been using rules of divisibility to work out which numbers any numbers can be divided by. We are now going to look at factors, scaling and problem solving involving measures.

In science, this week, we investigated the properties of solids and liquids in order to classify a range of materials. We discussed how some materials such as jelly and shaving foam have properties of both states. We will look at gases next.

In PE, our gum boot dances are taking shape. The children have impressed me with the way they have worked together to choreograph a dance. Today we added sound rhythms. I'm looking forward to videoing their final performances in the next couple of weeks.

Here is a glimpse of our day out: