Year 4 2017/18

Summer Term

As an introduction to the theme on Rivers, our year 4s went on a visit to the Longshaw Estate in Derbyshire where they learnt all about the water cycle as well as completing two exciting river investigations. Carefully paddling through parts of the water, the children measured the speed of the river flow as well as the depth and length of different parts. Wet and wondrous, the children collected data which they used to produce work in Science, Maths and Art.

Many of the year 4s took part in a quick cricket festival this year, where they demonstrated their excellent cricket skills and again represented our school brilliantly.

To end our Year 4 learning journey, the children's theme is linked to Mayans and they are given the opportunity to learn about yummy chocolate!! The English and Reading focused on the famous, popular Roald Dahl book 'Charlie and the Chocolate factory' and the children have already produced some fantastic descriptive writing.

Watch out for information on our exciting 'Chocolate Day' where the children will participate in making their own chocolate ...

Spring Term

A move through History took our Year 4s to the era of the Celts and Romans.

They worked hard to produce more excellent narrative writing and extend their subject knowledge; describing how the Romans invaded Britain and explaining how Britain changed as a result of the Roman invasion. Using artefacts and timelines, the children became little historians and were involved in some fun, practical historical enquiries.

Enjoying another focused History day, the children dressed as Celts and Romans, participated in some fun drama based activities as well as making real sized shields and learning about Roman roads.

During some PE lessons, the children focused on the Key Steps Gymnastics Routine and were able to learn and perform this floor sequence after only a few weeks of practise!! Some of our talented year 4 gymnasts were selected to perform the routine as part of a LINKS gymnastics competition - they represented our school perfectly and made us very proud.

Autumn Term

During the Autumn term we learnt all about Ancient Greece and the children wrote their very own Greek myths which included their own mythological creatures.

At the end of this theme we celebrated by having a special Greek day. The children (and staff) dressed in Greek costumes, ate delicious Greek delicacies and performed fabulous Greek dances. Throughout the term, all the children worked hard to produce beautiful artwork on Greek frescos and vases, and the children became experts on Greek gods and goddesses.

Also, during the Autumn term the year 4s started their weekly swimming lessons to Hillsborough Leisure centre where many of the children reached their 25m swim target.

In Literacy and Reading, the children focused on the book, 'Iron Man' and produced some excellent pieces of writing including diary entries, descriptive writing and biographies. In DT the children made models of the Iron Man. We also had The Sound Man come in to school and spent the day learning about the science of sound, how musical instruments work, as well as making a variety of instruments.

Fantastically colourful self-portraits created at the start of the year to welcome all to Y4.

What did Year 4 do in 2016/17?

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What did Year 4 do in 2015/16?

Home Learning

Home learning will be sent home every Thursday and will consist of either an English, Maths or Theme task. This home learning will be shared and marked during lessons every Wednesday.

Please return home learning in the folders that will be provided (Yellow for English, Blue for Maths)

Spellings will be sent home on a Friday and tested two weeks later on a Friday.

Reading

All children have been given a new reading record to evidence their reading habits across the year.

Children are encouraged to read every night and bring their reading records to school every Tuesday so that each child's home reads can be recorded on a classroom display.

What are our themes for the rest of the year?


 

Year 4 - Autumn 1 Term

To immerse ourselves in our Autumn 1 theme, we became archaeologists and discovered pieces of Ancient Greek pottery which we then pieced together to introduce our English focus - the marvellous myths of the Ancient Greeks.

We have been having great fun learning about Greek myths. This has included re-telling stories, re-enacting scenes from the Greek myth, Jason and the Golden Fleece, and we are now writing our own pieces using some very spectacular mythical beasts!

In Maths, we started the term with a strong focus on PLACE VALUE so that we have a really great grasp of the value of numbers for the year ahead.

In Art we have been studying the magnificent pots produced by Ancient Greek craftspeople and will be drawing our own with scenes of Greek heroes and heroines in action.

We are making the most of our outdoor space and have used live models to help us to develop our skills at drawing the human body in interesting action poses, fit for a Greek hero or heroine.

We are very proud of how our drawing skills are developing.

In Science, we have been learning more about our teeth and the digestive system. We investigated the effect different drinks have on our teeth by studying the effect they had on egg shells, which also contain calcium. The large amount of sugar content in the orange juice stripped the outer shell off the egg demonstrating the amount of decay the drink may cause.

The Year 4's have started their swimming lessons this year and are having great fun learning to improve their different strokes. We were extremely lucky one week to have a true Olympian, Rebecca Turner, to come and talk to us and she kindly demonstrate her perfect style in the water. We wish her all the best for upcoming trials for the 2016 Olympics.

To Celebrate National Poetry Day on Thursday 8th October, we became poets ourselves and amassed a bank of rich and varied vocabulary to use to great our own group poems linked to the theme of light! We were 'dazzled' by the results.

Fantastically colourful self-portraits created at the start of the year to welcome all to Y4.

Summer 1 Term

Year four have spent a fabulous term studying the Roman Invasion of Britain.

Their learning journey culminated in a magnificent celebration day with children making a wonderful effort to arrive at school dressed up as characters from the period. Across the day, they engaged in a series of fun activities.

This began with making stuffed dormice (really sugar mice!) to feast upon. Mr Thornton's room was a cloud of icing sugar, as would-be chefs mixed and moulded to produce their own versions of Roman delicacies. Later, the year group continued to create - crafting beautiful Roman brooches and constructing models of working aqueducts.

The day ended with the Year 4s using their own replica shields to form a testudo (tortoise) that they then used to defend themselves from the attacking Y4 teachers. Fun was had by all.

What a great end to our journey back in time!