Year 4 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!