Rachelle Griffin, Year 4 Homeroom Teacher
The countdown is on! Our 2020 Year 4s are about to become the 2021 Year 5s! To prepare for this important role, for the past weeks, Year 4 have been focusing on leadership and what makes a good leader. We have had some fantastic workshops with Ms Chaplin and Ms Zoe to begin us on this journey. Our learners have written some fantastic and insightful reflections on leadership and what being a leader means. Some of our Year 4 learners have decided to take on the challenge and apply to be JS Captains.
Our writing focus for the start of this term has been poetry. The students have learnt how to write many different types of poems, including Japanese Haiku poems, Limericks and Rhyming Couplets. One of the techniques with which we experimented was “Six Room Poetry”, to help write a poem based on an image in their mind. The idea is to create a list of words, phrases and questions based on their imagined image, and use these ideas to write a poem.
- We are learning to use visualisation to write poetry.
- I can fill in each “room” with relevant details.
- I can combine all of my “rooms” to compose my poem.
- I can use interesting adjectives to describe my image.
Year 4 students have also been working on writing rhyming poems which follow different rhyming patterns. One of the rhyming patterns we explored was rhyming couplets.
- We are learning to write rhyming poems.
- I can identify words that rhyme.
- I can write a poem which follows an AABBCC rhyming pattern.
- My poem is on the topic of “space”.
- My poem is entertaining to the reader.
Our Inquiry unit this term focuses on the different states of matter - solid, liquid & gas. Through learning about this we have been investigating the water cycle. To better understand the water cycle, we conducted an experiment where we made our own mini water cycles.
Learning Intention: To understand and explain the water cycle.
If you want to try this experiment at home you will need:
You will need :
- Cling wrap
- Warm water in a transparent bowl
- Ice cubes
Place warm water in the bowl.
- Cover the top of your bowl with cling foil so it is nice and tight and you can see through it.
- Put ice on top of the cling wrap.
- Observe what happens.