Year 4

 

Welcome to Year 4. The adults in this class are:

Monday- Tuesday - Mr Arnold and Mrs Bragg

Wednesday-Friday - Mrs Noble and Mrs Bragg

 

Please remember:

Wednesday - Swimming - Come to school in kit

Thursday - PE - Come to school in kit

 

Responsibilities at home: 

Read 3 times per week and sign Reading Record 

TTRockstars 3 times per week 

 

Homework:

Set Monday to be completed by following Monday - Spelling shed for Year 4 spelling list or SPAG sheet/online homework

Set Friday to be completed by following Friday -  Maths (Deepening Understanding or MyMaths)

 

 

Welcome message and things to remember

Summer 1 Topic

The Nature of Life

The Big Idea

From frogspawn to frogs, from caterpillars to butter´Čéies and from seeds to plants, all living things grow and change, feed and reproduce. But how does life begin for living things and what effect does the environment have?

Entry Point

For the start of our topic we were lucky enough to visit Lineham Farm for an amazing residential where we were able to spend lots of time in nature. We met lots of different animals and learned about the plants and animals which live around the farm.

We also took part in lots of new activities such as climbing, archery, cycling and low ropes. We faced our fears and challenged ourselves while supporting and encouraging each other as part of a team. We had the best week! Take a look at some of the fun we had!

Spring 2 Topic

Scavengers and Settlers

The Big Idea

Humans are special. Unlike other animals, we can adapt and learn new skills in order to survive, which is exactly what our ancestors did in the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages.

Entry Point 

We thought about how our ancestors may have found food and compared that to how we get our food. We went outside to 'scavenge' for food  (pictures on cards) in our playground. We found a variety of different foods including nuts, berries, leaves and wild animals. 

We then built ourselves a fire and talked about the importance of fire in the Stone Age. 

Knowledge Harvest

We discussed what a family tree is and how it would lead us back, eventually, to our very first ancestors. We drew pictures of what we thought they would have looked like and thought about questions we would like to have asked them. Take a look at some of our ideas!

Our Class Novel

This half term we're reading The Wild Way Home by Sophie Kirtley. 

When Charlie's baby brother, Dara, is born with a problem in his heart, Charlie RUNS. Runs to the forest, with it's sheltering leaves that shut out trouble and hurt and fear.      But in the forest is a boy, lying in the river, breathing, though only just. And when Charlie goes for help, the forest has changed. Now its's something vast and strange.           Something ancient . Something WILD. And Charlie is a long, long way from home.

World Book Day

We were visited by The Book Man and had fun completing a number of different drama tasks about some popular books.

Music Task

Today we started a unit of music about body and tuned percussion. We listened to a piece of music called 'Rain Sound', listening carefully to identify the texture and structure of the music. Then in groups we worked on recreating the rain sounds with our body percussion. Finally, we put all our work together. Listen to our final piece in the video below- can you hear the sound of the rain?

History Task

Today we used our investigation skills to find out about the life of an ancient man, Otzi,  who's body was found in the Alps. We looked at the weapons, tools and clothes found with his body to work out what skills he had. We used the things we found out to write about his final days. 

PE 

In PE this half term we are learning to improve our skills in basketball. Here we are practising our dribbling and ball handling skills.

Music

We are continuing our learning about body percussion. We made up some patterns with our partner and tried to stay in time. 

History task

Spring 1 Topic

They Made a Difference

The Big Idea

Some people have made such a big difference in the world that their influence on our lives can still be felt today. From scientists to sports people, from politicians to musicians, from all backgrounds, countries, races and religions there are people whose ideas or achievements have singled them out from others.

Together, we are going to learn about significant people who have touched our lives in some way.

Our class book this half term is Race to the Frozen North by Catherine Johnson. We are enjoying finding out about the life of Matthew Henson, the first man to reach the North Pole. 

When orphan Matthew Henson ran away from his violent stepmother to find a new life in the big city, no one could have predicted that he would become the first man to reach the North Pole. A little luck and a lot of hard work led to a  life of adventure on the high seas and in the Arctic, but back home in America his achievements were ignored due to the colour of his skin.

 

In Art, we have been looking at the work of artists who have created successful and interesting portraits. 

We studied the work of Kimmy Cantrell and were inspired by his wonderful faces to create our own. 

Creating our faces

Our Amazing Faces!

 Some of our designs and the finished product.

Exit Point

To finish our topic, we all dressed as someone we thought was an inspirational person. Then we made a zine (mini book) about them. Can you spot who we were?

Autumn 2 Topic

Bright Sparks

The Big Idea

Electricity is an energy that flows along wires in our homes, schools, offices, towns and cities to power lights, televisions, computers, cars and trains, and hundreds of other things that we use every day. Let's find out what we can do with electricity.

Entry Point

  We walked around school and identified what we thought used electricity. We then decided which were mains operated and which used batteries. 

Knowledge Harvest

 

Look at our lift the flap questions that we want to find the answers to. 

Science Task: 

We investigated how to prove electricity flows through wires by trying to light up a bulb. Once we had worked it out, we added in some switches and a motor.

PE

In PE this half term, the sport we are focussing on is Gymnastics. Take a look at the routines we have been working on so far.

During our RE lessons about the importance of the Nativity story to Christians, we learned about the symbolism of a Christingle and made our own.

At the end of term we enjoyed watching an online pantomime, Cinderella!

Autumn 1 Topic

Active Planet 

The Big Idea: The tectonic plates that form the Earth’s crust are always moving. Even the smallest movement can cause huge earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis that devastate communities across wide areas. If we can understand what is happening underground we can learn to predict and protect ourselves in the future.

 

Entry point

We made a disaster relief centre in groups using equipment from the scrap shed. We had to think about what supplies and facilities that we would need. We hosted other groups in our centre in role play activities.

 

Geography task:

Research and present information about a specific volcano.

Geography Task:

We talked about seismographs and how they work to measure earthquakes. Then we worked together in groups to make our own and tested them out by shaking the table to create an earthquake in our classroom.

Geography task

 

Exploring the impact of earthquakes

Building earthquake proof structures 

 

Science task: sorting and classifying rocks 

Science Task 

We observed and described the changes that happen when liquids are heated

 

Music task

First we explored and analysed these pieces of music inspired by nature. 

Next we created our own musical pieces inspired by natural disasters.

In computing we have been developing our understanding of presenting software by exploring iMovie. Here is the winning video about our topic.


Well done Jessica and Maia.