Have you ever wondered what happens to scrumptious spaghetti bolognese once you've eaten it? How does our amazing human washing machine break down food? And how does it begin in your mouth and come out as poo? Well, year 4 have learned about the digestive system. They were enthused yet slightly disgusted at how the intestines work by squeezing, contracting and essentially moving the food along through our meandering train track- the large and small intestine. In this case, a pair of everyday tights were used to replicate the intestines as food was pushed along and water squeezed out to create a stool. Children excitedly observed and developed questions of their own.
Chew to the poo!!
Year 4 Updates
Year 4 are given weekly homework that is set on a Thursday and should be handed back in for marking by the following Wednesday. The homework will be a variety of Maths, English and topic activities. The children will also be given a weekly spelling pattern to learn, which is not tested in a set test but observed in their writing. Children are expected to read every day and have their reading diaries signed with comments as necessary. This should be handed in every day. Rewards are given weekly for those meeting our reading expectations.
How you can help
Please continue to support your child by encouraging them to read a wide variety of genres (poetry, information texts, fiction including adventure, historical stories, diary style books and fantasy) and to read daily. A suggested reading list is available. They should also be discussing their reading with an adult on a regular basis. Ideas for questions can be found in their reading diary. Please approach a member of the Year 4 staff if you require more ideas.
At this stage of their learning journey, children should still be practising key skills regularly, such as their number bonds to 10, and within 100, telling the time both on an analogue and digital clock, adding and subtracting 1 or 10 from any number plus multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100. Ensuring that your child is fluent with their multiplication tables is also incredibly beneficial for them. There are lots of ways that these facts can be practised; chanting, singing, games, apps, web sites or simply writing them out.