Welcome to Year 4

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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Following in the footsteps of Jesus

At the beginning of the year we helped design two pieces of art and writing to go on a new display sharing some major events in the life of Jesus. We contributed with the Nativity story and Jesus Lost in the Temple. 

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! 

We then worked on adding and subtracting these 4-digit numbers. We have become experts of columnar calculations. 

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. 

English

Our first unit in Year 4 was a wonderful poetry unit! We learnt about figurative language and 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. 
For our big write this term everyone in school drafted a speech. Linking to Parliament Week, we chose topics that would be discussed in the House of Commons. Year 4 debated whether you should delete your online accounts if you are being cyber-bullied. 

Art and Design & Technology

Our first art unit has involved us mastering our drawing and sketching skills by adding shading to facial features. To conclude we looked at the artistic stylings of Picasso and used our facial feature skills to replicate some of his art. I think we may have the next cubist in our own classroom!

Mary's Birthday

We came together to celebrate the birth of Our Lady by creating a piece of art and sharing a collective worship. 

PE

 Year 4 have started their 30 weeks of swimming this term and are loving every second! 

We have also had the opportunity to work with Sam from Bee Active to improve our gymnastics skills. 

Dudson Centre Trip

On the 4th of November, Year 4, alongside Year 5, went on an incredible free school trip! We were lucky enough to receive an offer to visit the Dudson Centre Museum, thanks to the National Heritage Funding. This centre, containing the best preserved bottle kiln in the city is celebrating its 150th Birthday this year and is holding a special event later this month. Please check their website and encourage anyone you know to visit and support this local museum. https://dudsoncentre.org.uk/ 

On our trip, we met Mrs Potts who taught us so much about the origins of the Dudson pottery firm and showed us around the beautiful museum. Afterwards, we designed a quarter-plate and used a series of mirrors to see what our full plates would look like. We evaluated our designs and then traced our favourite into all four quarters of our final plates. 

The children's behaviour was exemplary and commented upon by all adults at the musuem.

We are incredibly proud of you all! 

Design and Technology

As part of our Egyptian's unit, we created some craft modelling sculptures of pyramids, Egyptian housing, canopic jars and other artefacts. 

Science

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

Another lesson involved us creating our own switches and identifying that when a switch was 'off' or 'open' it created a gap in the circuit which resulted in the light bulb not lighting up. 

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 shared with the whole school in our assembly. All children were reverent and prophetic, making beautiful reflections after the worship. 

Computing

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

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. 

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. 

Finally, we created a Christmassy scene and used electronics to transform our product into a light up image. 

Christmas! 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Year 4!

Spring

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Prime VR Experience

To kick start our new topic all about Romans we had the amazing Prime VR team in to engage in a fully immersive and interactive 360 degree imaging and video software! We were absolutely amazed by the depictions of the Ancient Roman housing and landmarks. As you can tell from the noise in our video, we LOVED IT!!!

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!)

Summer

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