Welcome to Year 4’s Class Page. Chris Atkins is the Class Teacher in Year 4.
Some of the main activities in Year 4 – Weeks Beginning Monday 1st May 2017
Year 4 have been finding out about natural resources and how they affect the environment when they are extracted from the ground. We have also looked at man-made resources and examined how plastic is damaging our local area when we went on a litter pick around the school grounds.
This will hopefully give the children lots of ideas for their challenge pack – to invent something that will solve a problem.
Along with this, Year 4 have made a great start on their homework challenges and some of the children have been researching about different inventors and their creations.
Our Science topic this term is Electricity. The children have found out about the dangers of electricity and have collaborated in dismantling electrical devices to find out more about them. This really inspired the class and many said that they would like a career as electrical engineers!
They are now starting to create their own electrical circuits and will continue investigating how circuits work and how they can be changed.
Some of the main activities in Year 4 – Weeks Beginning Monday 27th February, 6th & 13th March 2017
Viking Treasure is believed to be buried under our school field!
In English, the children have been debating about whether it is a good or bad thing to excavate the field. From this debate, they have been writing persuasive letters to Mrs Tewley. Many of the class believed that the find would lead to Fortune and Glory!
In maths, the children have been looking at co-ordinates, movement and position on a grid. This helped them to locate metallic objects on the field and to find out if it was Viking Treasure.
Using co-ordinates has also helped the children to understand where locations are on maps. They are now creating treasure maps so the Spanish can hide their treasure from Sir Francis Drake.
In Science, the children have started their new topic – States of Matter. Year 4 began by finding out how they can group matter into solids, liquids and gases. They then created moon rock and observed what matter was involved in the process and how it changed during the activity.
Outside in Forest School, the children continued to look how the state of matter changes by heating up various types of matter on the camp fire. This lead to some delicious results! The children also tried to make their own paper and writing tools out of natural materials.
Some of the main activities in Year 4 – Weeks Beginning Monday 6th and 13th February 2017
In Year 4, the children have been looking at Internet Safety in English and creating stories with dilemmas. They looked at scenarios where children are not careful with their personal information and who they make friends online with online.
In maths, they have been looking at subtraction and applying it to solve money problems involving change.
The children have finished off science work looking at ‘Living Things and their Habitats’. They have created their own keys to help identify different plants using yes and no questions.
The class have also completed various assessments for the end of the half term. This has given the children a great opportunity in-between, to finish off their shield designs and to actually start making them.
Some of the main activities in Year 4 – Weeks Beginning Monday 23rd and 30th January 2017
Year 4 have been busy creating and acting out play scripts based on their Class Book – The Saga of Erik the Viking.
In Maths, the children have been looking at division, how it links to multiplication and how they can use written methods like chunking to divide larger numbers. The class found this quite tricky at first, but used their Making Links and Perseverance Learning Power Tools to help them.
The children have been thinking about their Viking theme in ICT. They have been demonstrating how they use different tools and techniques with paint applications to create some fantastic Viking Longboats on the computer.
In Science, the children have been finding out how living things have adapted to their habitat and then investigated animal behaviour in a classroom experiment.
It has been a little muddy in Forest School over the last couple of weeks, but it hasn’t prevented the children from having a great time! Mr Rolands has been showing the children how to cut and carve a dragon head, for a Viking Longboat, from a tree branch. The children then attempted to create their own mini versions of these using different carving tools.
Some of the main activities in Year 4 – Weeks Beginning Monday 2nd, 9th and 16th January 2017
Year 4 went on their Time Traveller Trip to Manchester Museum where they developed their Historian Skills by examining artefacts from hundreds and thousands of years ago. There was also an opportunity to find out about living things and their habitats. The children were fascinated by the animals on display; both living and dead.
The trip also gave them ideas to add to their TASC wheel for their NICER Challenge – to create a pop-up museum.
In English, the children have been using their Class Book – The Saga of Erik the Viking to inspire them in their writing. They have written a diary entry by Erik, the main character and instructions about how to prepare for a Viking Voyage.
In Maths, they have been focused on using written strategies for calculating difficult multiplication questions and converting the 12 hour clock to the 24 hour clock.
During Science, the focus has been grouping and identifying living things and their habitats. The children went for a search in the school grounds for animal/creature habitats which are local to them.
This term the children will take part in weekly Forest School sessions. The children have been learning how to start a campfire and cooking Viking food. Using their Collaboration Learning Power Tool, they have been making shelters as well.
Some of the main activities in Year 4 – Week Beginning Monday 5th December 2016
Year 4 have been busy finishing off their puppet project in D&T and their NICER Challenge.
In English, they have written their ‘Funny Bones’ Christmas Story, which they have been planning.
In maths, the children have been learning about data and statistics and have been trying to draw charts and tables. As well as this, they have been interpreting the data by answering questions about the charts and tables.
In the build up to the festive season, the children have been putting great effort into learning songs for the Christmas Concert. The proof of how hard they have worked will be in the Christmas Pudding!
Some of the main activities in Year 4 – Week Beginning Monday 14th November 2016
Year 4 had a special day on Wednesday, as the children welcomed a sports coach into school to help them to learn a series of new sports activities. This enabled them to see what effect the new skills had on their body. The activities also helped them to understand how their heart works, which gave them a head start for their work in Science.
The children have been creating information sheets about body parts in English. They worked in the ICT Suite to carry out research and used illustrations to add detail to their work.
In maths, the children had great fun on RPA’s Pokemon Maths Day. They had to use multiplication skills to help them to find a Pokemon.
In their D&T Puppet Project, the children reached their final design stage and are now ready to start making their Christmas themed puppets.
Some of the main activities in Year 4 – Week Beginning Monday 31st October 2016
In English the children have been looking at Haikus and Acrostic Poems. They have been using their bodies as a theme and have come up with some really creative ideas.
In maths the children have been spending time looking at fractions and decimals and how they relate to division. They have also been focusing on their x table facts and using division as an inverse operation to check out answers.
In ICT they have been improving their animation skills in preparation for their NICER Challenge.
As part of our NICER theme Year 4 have been finding out about gruesome medical practises from the past and everyone agreed that they are happy to be living in the 21st Century! Along with this, the children have found out about sound and how we hear and then moved on to invertebrate and vertebrate animals. This has lead into our recent work about our bones and the jobs they do for us.
Finally, the children have started a Design and Technology project and hope to make Christmas puppets to sell at the Fayre in December.
Some of the main activities in Year 4 – Week Beginning Monday 3rd October 2016
Year 4 have had a great couple of weeks expanding their learning. They have been using their revising power tool to recap the column method for addition and subtraction and applying it to a money context. They have also been exploring different acute, obtuse and right angles. In English lessons, the children have completed a balanced argument on whether people should live on a narrow boat or not, as well as creating a biography on an iconic figure from black history in association with Black History Month.
Aside from Maths and English, the children have started a TASC wheel with their Challenge Pack outcome in mind – to create a piece of artwork. In Science, they have created telephones using cups made from a variety of materials and in PE the children have been finalising their routines of playing characters to tell a story through dance, in this instance, a family trip to the seaside!
Some of the main activities in Year 4 – Week Beginning Monday 5th September 2016
In Year 4 the children have made a great start to the year completing lots of fun and different activities. They have been on their Big Adventure to Dudley Canal Trust. Not only were they able to travel along the canals and through the caverns in a narrow boat, but they also had an opportunity to learn about echoes using different musical instruments. It was a great day out, and the children produced a great recount detailing all of the different parts of the day which they experienced. Following on from this, the children have been creating an information text all about canals; researching famous canals, locks, how the canal boats move and much, much more.
In NICER they have also been preparing for RPA’s 3rd annual bake off, creating a TASC wheel and following a recipe to create a pirate ship to represent the pirates who used to work along the canals, robbing the canal boats.
In maths, they have been looking at representing numbers in different ways, practicing their expanded column addition method, telling the time using a clock face and data handling through reading and creating a bar chart.