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Sensoria (Jan - Feb 2016)

Our topic this term is 




This project has a science focus and teaches children about light and sound and how they travel. At the heart of this project children learn how to write poems on the theme of light and sound and learn additional skills in scientific recording and explanation writing.
In this project the children will learn:
• How sound travels and how sounds can be made louder and quieter;
• How shadows are formed and how these change according to the position of the sun;
• About significant people and inventors who advanced the technology of light and sound;
• How the absence of sight and hearing affects people’s everyday life;
• How to use light and sound creatively in art, music and other creative media such as photography;
• How to write poems on a theme.

February 1st – 12th
This fortnight Year 4 have continued doing work on sound. We tried measuring the speed of sound, but it was too fast to measure in the weather we had. We did however discover that sound travels slower than light over a long distance. See pics below for our attempts.
We have finished our work on Helen Keller by watching the film ‘The Miracle Worker’. We also made shape poems and calligrams in the I.T. suite. In phonics we learnt the ar and or sound, which we put in sentences, and we also came up with our own nonsense words using these sounds. We came up with words like chorply, flarmy and sartorpy. 
We revisited the story of Gelert this week to help us with our understanding of reading different texts. In maths we have found equivalent fractions and we have also been budgeting whilst planning a school trip to an adventure centre. There were also visits this week from the RSPB and the Cardiff Devils. See below for our pictures of the visits.
We wish you all a happy half-term and hope that the children return after a lot of rest ready for action!

January 18th – 29th 
In maths this fortnight we have been rounding numbers up to the next 10, 100 and 1000. We learnt that 756 could round to 760, 800 and 1000. We have also learnt to subtract by counting to the next 10, 100 and 1000; this method is called the frog method which some of us picked up quite quickly. We finished off maths this fortnight by multiplying 3 digits by 1 digit using the grid method. Some of us found this quite difficult but have been persevering well. Please go to  to practice using the grid method with lots of interactive activities.
In language we have been putting punctuation in the right places of given texts. We have been learning new phonics and making up our own nonsense words using the sounds we have previously learned and our new sounds oi and ear.
With our sensoria topic we have been starting work on different types of poems. Acrostic poems are a favourite of ours and we have been using similes to great effect. We have also been learning all about sound and how it travels. After learning about Alexander Graham Bell last week, we built our own string telephones this week which showed us sound travels best through a solid. We also learnt a lot about one of Alexander Graham Bell’s students, Helen Keller who achieved a lot despite being both deaf and blind. See below for Photos.

January 4th – 15th
This fortnight the children have settled in well after a nice Christmas break. In Maths we have been halving and doubling numbers up to 3 digits. We have been comparing decimals and fractions on number lines. We also have been dividing by 10 and 100 and coming up with decimal answers. We finished the week off by adding 4 digit numbers and learning the 3 and 4 times tables.
In language we have been practicing our handwriting, learning new phonic sounds such as ur and ow and using them in compound sentences. We have also been using thesauruses to find synonyms of words to make our sentences better. We also learnt about Alexander Graham Bell and made up a comic strip about his life and how he invented the telephone.
In Welsh we have learnt what different subjects are. We learnt words like: mathemateg, saesneg, celf, cerddoriaeth a hanes. We can ask each other what subjects we like and why we like them with confidence. The RSPB paid us a visit this week too and we went on a birdwatch and spotted many different birds in and around our school grounds. See below for a few photos!