Welcome to Year 4
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Our day began by meeting Beornwulf. The children were introduced to the day’s itinerary. The first session gave the children an opportunity to explore different Anglo-Saxon jobs and names, choosing one for themselves. This was followed by looking at, and trying on, different Anglo-Saxon clothing. The children explored Anglo-Saxon life and the different roles people would have within the family.
Our second session started with Anglo-Saxon stick fighting! The children wrestled in pairs and were very competitive! Next, all the children had the opportunity to grind flour using a quern stone. The following task was to look at a range of Anglo-Saxon artefacts and try and work out how they would have been used. The children had some fantastic suggestions and they correctly identified 4 out of the 7 artefacts.
Our afternoon session saw the children creating a shield battle wall and what fun it was! They were also challenged to pick up chain mail that weighed over 20kg! It really was an incredible day and ‘Beornwulf’ commented on how well behaved and respectful the children were. Thank you again to https://repeating-history.com/ for a truly fantastic and educational experience.
Wow day - Term 5 - Anglo Saxon's
On Friday 9th March, Year 4 had a wonderful afternoon of ‘Medieval weaving’ during Design and Technology. Miss O’Brien gave the instructions and modelled how to make the bracelet. The children worked so hard and demonstrated high levels of resilience and perseverance. It was also a great opportunity for the children to strengthen their fine motor skills.
How To Travel
This term’s focus for PE is Gymnastics. The children have been working on ways of travelling across the bench and holding a range of different poses. The children have been working hard to ensure they keep their form and execute their moves well. They are looking forward to creating a range of sequences and performing them to the class at the end of the term.
Our Medieval Feast
On 23rd February, Year 4 travelled back in time. They spent the afternoon baking and creating posters for a medieval feast. The children received an envelope of instructions as to how to bake their bread. In groups, they had to put the instructions in the correct order before they could go down to the DT room to bake their bread. The delicious smell of baking bread wafted throughout the corridors for most of the afternoon!
Different Ways To Sort
Year 4’s Science topic this term is ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’. The children were applying their maths skills by grouping different animals using Venn diagrams. The children had different criteria that they used to determine which group the animal belonged to. Some children created their own criteria, discovering that sometimes it was too broad. However, the children realised this and chose an alternative criteria to sort their animals.
In Topic this week (29th November) Year 4 carried out a volcano experiment with the help of Miss Church. On Tuesday, the children worked in small groups to create their volcano. The equipment needed was a small plastic bottle, card and different coloured paints. The following day, once the volcano had dried, the fun began! We went outside to carry out our experiment. First, we had to fill half the bottle with water. Next was the vinegar and finally the bicarbonate of soda. As you can see from the photos, the children really enjoyed the lesson!
Children In Need
As part of Children in Need the class watched a video about a young boy called Logan who has cerebral palsy. They discussed how they would feel if they were no longer able to do their favourite activities such as sports and drama. The video showed how Logan received help and support from Children in Need, giving him opportunties and experiences. The children then created mood boards to explain how Logan might feel before and after receiving his therapy.
Year 4 have been looking at anti-bullying this week. The children watched a short video clip and discussed some types of bullying and how people can be affected. The class then went on to create helping hands. On one side, the wrote names of people who help and support them if they are worried. On the other hand, the wrote kind things you can do for people.
How Does Sound Travel?
Today, Monday 30th October, Year 4 looked at how sound travels over distances. The children discussed their theories using their prior knowledge and learning on sound. They then created their own string telephones to test out how sounds travel distances across the playground. Once back in the class, the children used scientific language to explain how the sound travel from one persons ear to another.
On Friday 13th October, Year 4 spent the afternoon make coil pots out of clay. They watched an online tutorial and created a set of instructions. The children showed great resilience and perseverance during the process as it was challenging at times.
Symmetry and Reflection
On Friday 22nd September, Year 4 have been learning about symmetry and reflection this week in Maths. We are also learning about the Romans in topic so we decided to combine both skills. The Romans are famous for their mosaics so Year 4 used their knowledge of symmetry to create their own symmetrical mosaics out of coloured paper.