Year 4 Blog
Week commencing 11 September 2017
This week year 4 have had an entrance day to our new topic 'Can the earth shake, rattle and roll?' We have been in the imagination studio to watch famous and recent earthquakes up close and have learnt all about the causes and outcomes of earthquakes. The children demonstrated their understanding by presenting self-made working models of plate boundaries.
Week commencing 4 September 2017
A warm welcome back to all our children. Hope they all have had a refreshing break over the summer.
This week all the children have been busy getting to know their new class teachers. They have settled very quickly in their year groups and back into routine. All ready for a busy and fun term!
Week Commencing Monday 5th June
This week has been a busy first week back to school. We have been busy creating experiments in Science based on a question posed to us, what do you think will happen to the lamp in a circuit when the switch is closed? The children used their prior learning to help them create an experiment in their kagan groups. They demonstrated fantastic results too!
Week Commencing Monday 22nd May
This week year four have amazed their teachers with their poetry writing. The children analysed a narrative poem focusing on language devices and vocabulary. All of the children performed their own narrative poetry at the end of the week in the solardome. Fantastic work year four!
In Science this week the children have been busy making Cornflake Cakes for our topic 'States of Matter'. We were focusing on the processes within making Cornflake Cakes looking at the chocolate changing state from a block of chocolate which the children told us was a solid, to heat being added to the chocolate for it to turn into a liquid. We got to take our Cornflake Cakes home and we enjoyed them at home after school.
Week commencing 9th January
This week we were lucky enough to work with Gavin from Kagan. He came into class and worked with us on Kagan structures. We all showed him our new team handshakes and discussed our team names with him. We all worked really hard learning the Kagan structure our class teacher had chosen and we can't wait to use it more in different lessons now. The children worked extremely hard this week on learning the time this week in Maths, even converting analogue time into 24 hour digital time!
Week commencing 2nd January
This week we have changed Kagan groups and so we have got to know our new team mates and how we can help each other this term. We have also created team names and at home we will be creating our Kagan team emblems. We can't wait to use our team chants and handshakes for when we score table points! The children have worked super hard with shape this week in maths and have been excellent at describing properties of quadrilaterals!
Week commencing 5th December
This week has been Curriculum week across school. This week in year 4 we have been focusing our learning around our topic The Egyptians. Year 4 parents joined us on Thursday morning, we split ourselves across 3 activities, we were busy making our purses using our joining techniques, adding our buttons and zips once we had made our purses. In the Imagination studio we went on a Pyramid tour, followed by carrying out a drama piece based on The Scarab's Secret. Finally, we were looking at Egyptian Hireroglyphs, we had to solve a puzzle using the letters which matched the Egyptian Hireroglyphs, once we had solved the puzzle we then had to reply back in Hireroglyphs.
All of year 4 are progressing well with their swimming. We had a really positive swim on Thursday and all the children were really enjoying themselves. Some of our children even swam a whole length of the pool!
Week commencing 28th November
'We have been learning to sew to make our purses.' This week year 4 have practiced different joining techniques in order to make Egyptian money containers next week. In English, we have been studying the class text The Scarab's Secret. We have looked at historical fiction themes and conventions as well as role-playing characters to gain a better understanding of their thoughts, feelings and actions.
Week Commencing 21st November
This week in year 4 we have had a really exciting week in maths learning about fractions. On Friday we had a practical maths lesson, we were applying our understanding of tenths and hundreths to measure our material, zips, buttons and velcro ready to make our Egyptian purses in a couple of weeks time. The children applied their understanding of tenths and hundredths from the week to this task accurately.
Week commencing 14th November
This week year 4 went on an Into Film trip to the cinema to watch Hotel Translvania 2. The children had an amazing experience and we have been discussing the morals embedded in the film as well as using it in English to learn about direct speech.
Week commencing 7th November
This week year 4 have been extremely busy! As a year group we watched a production of ‘Robin Hood’ on Monday which everybody really enjoyed, all of the children in year 4 were joining in and loved seeing Robin Hood come to life. As normal, we went swimming on Thursday, the children are all progressing really well and are enjoying their swimming lessons! Today, Friday 11th November 2016 year 4 have had a really special visitor to start our History Topic on Ancient Egyptians. The Mummies Head came into school and bought numerous artefacts and exciting information for us all to learn about.
Week commencing 31st October
We have been learning about Aboriginal culture: the beliefs about dreamtime, dreamtime stories, Australian aboriginal art and dance.
We were very lucky to learn to use African drums and perform Bhangra dancing from specialist teachers. We liked the different drums and acting out the animal spirits in dreamtime stories the most!
Week Commencing 17th October
It has been another super week in year 4! This week we watched a performance of Charlotte’s Web, the whole school absolutely loved it, especially year 4. We have had such a busy week that we also walked up to Church this week to celebrate Harvest. Our school councillors took our boxes of food to the alter to be given to the soup kitchen and to send to Calais.
Week commencing 10th October
To prepare for our next writing task, this week we have created a T.V advert to persuade an audience to "adopt an abominable". The children have tried to use a range of persuasive devices and focussed on changing the tone of their voice and emphasising key words.
"We have been taking a look outside our school to sketch the landscape." The children have been making observational drawings taking into consideration perspective and composition.
Week commencing 3rd October
In year 4 we have just started our new class book 'The Abominables'. We are really interested to find out what will happen in the story and learn about the adventure that the characters are going on!
Week commencing 26th September
Cake, cake and more cake! Ryders Green was taken over by lots of sweet treats for Macmillan Coffee Morning. Lots of us were very busy at home and made fantastic designs for the 'wow'stopper challenge, we entertained the people at the coffee morning and even had a chance to buy a cake ourselves.