This week we discussed the differences between rich and poor Tudors. We also looked closely at the features of Tudor houses, which are distinctly different from Victorian and modern day houses. We learnt that Tudor houses were made using Wattle and Daub – a way of making walls , in which a woven lattice of wooden strips called wattle is daubed with a sticky material usually made of some combination of wet soil, clay, sand, animal dung and straw. We had a go at making our own wattle and daub panels which we are hoping to paint and put together to make a model house once they have dried.
The children in Year 4 have really enjoyed learning the story of Macbeth. This week we looked at a few different versions. This was one of their favourites. Some children even made up their own dance to the song.
Black History Month Celebrations
Over the last few weeks, 4S have learned about many important black people who have made great contributions to our history. For your homework this half term, I would like you to pick one of the people we have spoken about this month (or someone else you find interesting) and write their biography. A biography is a a detailed description of a person’s life with facts, background information, and stories from their life.
Below are some of the people that 4S have learnt about this month. You can also check out this video on BBC Newsround to inspire you. Black History Month 2021: What is it? – CBBC Newsround
Keep practising your column addition and subtraction over the half term. Try this challenge:
How many different subtraction and addition problems can you create and solve using only the digits: 2, 4, 6, 8 and 0? What do you notice about your answers? Is there a pattern?
Don’t forget to keep practising your times tables. By next half term, I want everyone 100% confident with their 2,5,10,3 and 4 times tables!
We have learned so much about the Tudors so far. Last week, we learnt about the different types of jobs that people did in the Tudor times. We discussed which jobs we would like to do and which jobs we wouldn’t and gave each job a rating out of 10. The majority of us decided that being the Groom of the stool was probably the worst job around at the time.
This week, we took a look at some pictures of objects that would have been used during this period. We worked collaboratively to try and work out what these objects were and what they were used for. We then uncovered what the objects were and talked about who would have used them.
4S did a fantastic job taking part in their fun fitness circuits on Wednesday. I couldn’t believe that they weren’t all exhausted by the end of it. In fact, they were so excited, they were begging to do another round! Well done 4S.
This week we have been learning a story which features the sinking of the Mary Rose. However, the story doesn’t have a lot of information about the ship. Can you do some research at home to find out more? What did the ship look like? What was it used for? There are many theories around how the ship sunk. What do you think happened to it? Have a look at the website to find out more. Mary Rose
You can present your work in a number of ways. For example: Create a fact file; make a poster; build a model of the ship; draw a diagram or put together a PowerPoint.
Also, continue practising your times tables. Try and beat my score on Hit the Button (38). You could also create a mini test in your homework books and see how quickly you can answer 10 times table questions. Set yourself a goal each time. How many can you answer in 1 minute?
We had so much fun at the Tower of London last week Thursday. The children enjoyed learning more about the White Tower and the Crown Jewels. Make sure you ask your child about the ravens that live there and the myths and legends surrounding them.
Homework books are due in on Thursday each week. Remember to Read, Read and Read some more!