Welcome to Year 4 2021-2022. Let's make this year rock!

Our Class Saint is St. Teresa of Calcutta

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Whole Year Information

Long Term Plan                                                                                                           Year 4 Expectations

Autumn

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English

Our first unit in Year 4 was a wonderful poetry unit! We learnt about figurative language. We wrote our own ideas for coming to school and turned them into wonderful poems. 

Another of our marvellous English units this term has been writing and then performing play scripts. We learnt all about scene descriptions, dialogue and stage directions. We hope you like our performance of our class play!

PE

 In PE this half term, Y4 have mastered their Ultimate Frisbee techniques. By the end of the unit we were able to have an efficiency competition which was won by... St. Andrew's team.

After half term, we had the opportunity to work with Sam from Bee Active. He taught us all about 8-counts in music and how to dance at different levels. 

Maths

To start our magnificent year of Maths, Y4 have learnt about the place value of 4-digit numbers. We have compared, ordered, represented and identified so many numbers! Here are some of our amazing pieces of work. 

Music

Year 4 have been continuing to practise their ukulele's this year and are thoroughly enjoying their ambitious target of playing a full song. 

  Art and Design & Technology

In the final week of 2021, we have worked on lots of different designing skills. First we created a digital media net of a Christmas Jumper! We then printed these and created a 3D structure. Lots of us had never done something so fiddly before! Our fingers definitely ended up all sticky but we absolutely love our products. 

Our second project was SEWING! If we thought our structures required patience, we had another thing coming mastering this skill! However, by the end of it, we were all quite gutted when we had finished! Hope you like our Egyptian Death Mask designs. 
Finally, we created a Christmassy scene and used electronics to transform our product into a light up image. 

Take 10

 On the 8th of October we took part in taking 10 at 10 to discover the joys and positives of reading. Just ten minutes of reading per day can help our mental wellbeing and expose us to a world of wonders. 

Science

Our excellent electricity unit has involved us creating circuits and testing different items to find out if they are insulators or conductors. 

Our second unit in Science was all about States of Matter! We loved learning about particles in solids, liquids and gasses. Three of our favourite sessions included melting solids into liquids (and then putting melted chocolate onto a cake!), identifying that gasses have a weight (by flattening lots of fizzy drinks!) and then learning how water can be in all states and the processes by which it changes (which ended in a quiz hunt in the hall!)

Severn Trent Live Lesson

Leanne joined us for a live lesson all about the Wonderful World of Water. She taught us about the water cycle, how water has been used over different historical eras and how we should use it to make sure it is sustainable in the future.  Thank you Leanne!

RE

In class, our first unit looked at the Creation story and how we are made in the image and likeness of God. We then learnt about Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. To conclude our second unit, learning about the Rosary, we held a Collective Worship. All children were reverent and prophetic, making beautiful reflections after the worship. 

We have been luck enough to be joined by Phil from CAFOD this term. He taught us about Catholic Social Teaching. 

Computing

This half term, we have started our journey into the world of Year 4 coding. If we wat to carry on our journey at home, we can access https://scratch.mit.edu/ to practise our coding more. 

Next, we became world class animators! Using 2Animate on Purple Mash, we learnt about the Onionskin tool and how to change our frames so subtly that it looked like continuous movement. 

Outdoor Learning

So far this half term, Year 4 have completed some incredible orienteering work. They have added geographical features to a map of the school grounds which will help people locate different areas more easily. They have then learned about 2-figure grid references and plotted these on a map. Using their plotted locations, they were able to complete an orienteering course in record time! Mr Fox and Mr Nolan were incredibly impressed. Well done Year 4!

Christmas!

In Year 4, we love music and this year we wanted our Christmas card to represent our love for this subject. We hope you all enjoy your treble clefs, staves and musical notation. 

We also hope you enjoy looking at the pictures from our trip to B Arts. So many of us had not been here before and we had the best time ever! We highly recommend checking out all of the work they do via this link https://www.b-arts.org.uk/events/2021/12/13/the-lost-post-office 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Year 4!

Spring

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PE - Dan the Skipping Man

The whole school was able to join a session with Dan the Skipping Man and boy did Year 4 make the most of it! After we were given our own ropes, we practised forward skipping with a jump in between and without. Then, we learnt how to do a rodeo skip before all having a go at running through the long rope. To keep up the super work, watch some of the videos on their YouTube site  https://www.youtube.com/c/dantheskippingman

Outdoor Learning

This half term Year 4 will be enjoying 6 sessions with the wonderful Peak District Survival School. Come back each week to see an update of what we are up to! 

During our first session, we were classifying different leaves and plants which we could find in the local park. We used an index booklet to find out if the plant was medicinal, practical, pointless or poisonous!
Our final session on classification keys involved us trying to create our own key in order to classify ourselves! We had a lot of fun finding the best questions to split us up.
Our second week continued our learning about classification keys as we used them to classify invertebrates. 
This week, Year 4 researched the different changes there had been to the local environment and how these have affected the living organisms who use it. 

PE

Year 4 have been continuing to boss their basketball skills! They have perfected passing and are working on their delicate dribbles. We thank Bee Active for their wonderful support in teaching these skills to our children.

Roman Experience Chester Trip

Year 4 were phenomenal on our class trip, which, let's not forget, included a 5 hour journey home! In the gallery below, you can see how we explored the ancient Roman city of Dewa and marched and chanted around the city scaring all the locals/tourists. Lupus, our legionnaire, was so impressed with our class's determination and order.

The first of two slideshows shares the rebellious, dogged-determination our Year 4 gladiators had in the life-like museum where we learnt about Ancient Roman life, bathing, the invasions of Britain and entertainment. In comparison, the final slideshow demonstrates how angelic they all are really with their amazing smiles on our delayed return home. 

Year 4, you do make us proud. 

Science

This half term, we have been learning about the digestive system. We tried to position each part of the digestive system within our bodies before learning their scientific names and their purposes. In order to identify the processes which occur in each part, we completed an orienteering course around the school grounds. 

Summer

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Our Assembly dedicated to Mary.

During the month of May, we dedicated our assembly to Our Lady, Mary. We took part in the Mission Together challenge of saying a decade of the Rosary each day for week. Year 4 were clear and confident delivering their assembly and the whole school learnt lots of new information about Mary. 

Art

To practise our printing skills, Year 4 have researched, designed and then printed Roman Mosaics. We based our designs on the two most common themes in Roman mosaics, Nature and War!

PE

In our session with Bee Active, we harnessed our tennis skills and quite a few of us became experts at hand-eye co-ordination tasks. 

Computing

We took part in a collaboration with Digital School House this term and they taught us so many new skills using Scratch Online. This session definitely inspired some of the children to think about a future in STEM industries. 

British Science Week

The theme of this year's BSW was Growth and Year 4 had the specific theme of Carbon Footprints. We completed a range of activities and investigations including how to reduce water consumption, the importance of making do and mending when it comes to clothes, identifying the food miles in our favourite meals and working out carbon emissions in transport. We hope you enjoy our activities below and our final presentations. 

Jubilee Celebrations
Year 4 have had a fantastic day celebrating the Queen’s platinum Jubilee!
The children came into school wearing either red, white and blue and all looking great! Throughout the day we have been doing lots of different sports and craft activities, we also had a special party lunch. Click on the photos below to reveal the next photo of our celebrations!

 

RE

When learning about the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples at Pentecost, we acted out an interview scene with Peter and John. 

On the 10th Tuesday of Ordinary Time, we had a LKS2 Mass. We had some new readers who really impressed everyone involved. 

Science

To start our science unit all about sound, we investigated the different way that vibrations can make sound. 

Our second lesson looked at the relationship between volume and the size of vibrations (amplitutde). Sorry if your ears hurt!