Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!

Teacher: Miss Ward

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Davies-Ward

Spring Term 2 - Traders and Raiders!

The year is AD 410 and the once-mighty Roman Empire is crumbling. Sailing across the North Sea, ships land on the beaches of Britannia’s eastern shores. The boats carry the Saxons, pirate raiders and strong soldiers, greedy for land and ready to attack! These Germanic warriors travel the seas in small sailing boats, striking coastal settlements and working their way inland.

Maths:

  • Mental calculation strategies
  • Place value in decimal numbers
  • Addition and subtraction (focusing on decimals/money)
  • Time (24 hour clock, time intervals)
  • Multiplication

English: 

Key text: The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi 

Fiction unit: fantasy fiction

Poetry unit.

RE:

  • Complete current unit - Old Testament: Moses - King David
  • Lent
  • Holy Week

House Keeping:

PE: Tuesday / Wednesday (Please ensure that children have suitable kit for both indoor and outdoor PE)

If children wear earrings please ensure that they are able to remove them themselves or remove them before they come into school on PE days

Ukulele: Friday (please ensure ukuleles are in school on this day)

HomeworkSet on a Friday, due on a Wednesday (a record of late/not completed homework will be kept).

Reading Diaries: These will now be checked every Tuesday, please ensure they are in school

It would also be appreciated if parents could listen to their child read everyday and record a short comment in their reading diary. 

Times Tables: 99 club challenge every Friday. Below is a link to some times table games that children may wish to play to support them in their learning.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?q=times%20tables

Our learning journey so far...

Traders and Raiders (Spring Term 2/Summer Term 1)

On the 13th March 2019, Year 4 were visited by Kevin from the History Squad, who provided a workshop about the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings. We got to see armour, helmets and weapons (some of us were lucky to try them on and hold them!). We discussed what they would eat and how they would have lived. We helped Kevin build a model of a Viking ship and played team-building games to prepare us for life at sea! We had a fantastic morning and learnt lots about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings - Thank you Kevin!

       

  

1066 (Spring Term 1)

Our first topic of the new year was 1066! We learnt about one of the most important years in British history, studying the contenders to the throne, the Battle of Hastings and the Bayeux Tapestry. 

During our engage day in January the children experienced some aspects of what life would have been like in Norman times. The children came to school dressed in some fabulous Norman-style clothes. They baked bread, and ate it with pottage stew. They painted their own shields, adding meaningful colours and symbols. To end our day, our budding knights tested their aim in archery practice!

           

Blue Abyss (Autumn term 2)

This half term, Year 4 dived deep into the Blue Abyss! We learnt about the world's seas and oceans and about the creatures that live there. 

To kick-start our topic, the children were set a project-based homework task to find out about a sea creature. We were very impressed with the work that was produced and the children all presented their homework with enthusiasm. Well done everyone!

    

Our trip to Hollybush Garden Centre

In December, Year 4 went to Hollybush Garden Centre to visit their aquarium. We got up-close to turtles, fed the huge Koi fish and observed a wide variety of fish in the aquarium. We all had a great time! Thank you to the enthusiastic staff at the aquarium for sharing their passion and knowledge with the children. 

         

2018 Concert at Blessed William Howard

On Monday 17th December 2018, Year 4 had the fantastic opportunity to perform in a concert at Blessed William Howard. We were lucky enough to show off our terrific ukulele skills by performing two songs (chosen by the children!). Some of our talented musicians also performed in smaller groups on violins, clarinets and flutes.

Thank you to Mrs Helliker at Blessed William Howard for helping us to learn the songs for the show!

Potions (Autumn Term 1)

Our first topic of the academic year was potions! During our engage day we made a fantastic fizzing potion and lovely lava lamps. We got messy in some sloppy slime! The children then created their own magical potions. 

June 2019

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