Currently Year 4 are undergoing swimming instruction with Farnborough Fins as part of the PE curriculum. It has been fantastic to watch the progression and enjoyment that the children are experiencing. Initial uncertainty has blossomed into incredible engagement as the children surged across the pool today, learning about the swimming safety flags. It has been wonderful watching the children having a great experience outside the classroom and learning an important life skill.
In Year 4 we have been learning about Buddhism in our RE lessons. As part of the experience, Year 4 tried meditating to see if they could appreciate the journey to calmness and relaxation as a way to experience the path to Enlightenment (Nirvana) that is the goal of Buddhists. The children really enjoyed and valued the experience and certainly seemed to relax.
Watch out the Vikings are coming!
Well they really did when Hrothgar the Viking (aka as Roger Barry) visited Year 4 on Thursday 18th May as part of their Viking topic. We spent the day learning about Viking warriors and their weapons and, through drama, acted out stories about the Viking Gods and their death rituals. We also played the Viking game Hnefatafl (a version of chess). The children all got into the spirit of the day including dressing up as Vikings (no horns on helmets allowed!) A memorable day was had by all.
Mighty Mountain Stories
As part of our Mighty Mountains theme we have been writing mountain adventure stories. First, we read the story ‘The Rainbow Bear’ by Michael Morpurgo and retold this story focusing on expanded noun phrases. Then we watched a video clip called The Ridge about a man climbing and riding up a mountain on the Isle of Skye. We used this to inspire our own adventure stories about climbing a mountain and what could have gone wrong. We focused on improving our vocabulary using a thesaurus. Finally, we watched a video clip called ‘The Menace’; we used this as our inspiration for writing our own mountain adventure stories. We focused on using subordinate conjunctions, improving our vocabulary and adding detail with similes.
Year 4 finished their topics of Violent Volcanoes and Mighty Mountains by exploding their home made volcanoes in front of their parents. We were delighted with the way the volcanoes bubbled, gurgled and exploded but we had to hold our noses because of the strong smell of vinegar!
Mountain Bar Cooking
As part of the Mighty Mountains topic the children have been learning about high energy bars which mountaineers use during their adventures. In design and technology the children have evaluated packaging, designed and made their own boxes and negotiated, in small groups, their own recipes for their own mountain bars. This culminated in the children making their own mountain bars based on a flapjack recipe. The classrooms smelt delicious!
Runways End Visit
On Monday 20th March and Tuesday 21st March Year 4 visited Runways End as part of their Mighty Mountains topic. The children had opportunities to take part in a range of different activities including archery, orienteering, low ropes, high ropes climbing and rock wall climbing. It was fantastic to watch the children have a go at activities which they may not have ever tried before, push themselves further and overcome fears. The children thoroughly demonstrated the school value of opportunity in taking opportunities offered to them. A great day was had by all, including Mr Thorn!
This term the children had to create their own volcano or information sheet about volcanoes. We received lots of amazing projects which are displayed along the Year 4 corridor. Well done to everyone who created a project on all of your hard work and thank you to all the parents who have supported this project.
Last half term the children learnt about primary and secondary colours, mixing their own colours, shades and tints. They then sketched different ideas for their painting. For their final painting they were only allowed the colours white, black, red and yellow and had to mix up all colours, shades and tints they wanted to use themselves. Have a look at our violent volcanoes display.
Gases in science
During our science lesson we investigated the properties of gases. We practised containing gas particles by blowing up balloons and then created 'dancing raisins'. We filled glasses with lemonade and then dropped in some raisins. As the small bubbles of carbon dioxide attached themselves to the raisins they would lift the raisin to the surface of the lemonade but then the bubbles would burst and the raisin would sink. Then it would start all over again. Have a go at this cheap experiment at home.
In their gymnastics lessons the children are learning how to dismount from the apparatus, including cartwheeling off the end of benches and tables. Mr Neate has been encouraging the children to think about what they can do and how they can improve the next time. Have a look at the photos of us twisting and turning.
In Science Year 4 are learning about solids, liquids and gases. This week they had great fun investigating the properties of liquids including non-newtonian fluids.
Year 4 have been inspired to write some winter poetry.
We have read lots of winter poems and thought about what made them effective poems, what we liked and disliked and how poems can evoke memories.
We created banks of vocabulary and ideas after looking at lots of images of winter. We improved our words using a thesaurus.
We thought about literary devices which poets use to add interest to their poems, including adjectives, expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials, adverbs, similes, alliteration and onomatopoeia.
Our Year 4 display shows that we have been learning about food and drink in French. We have learned some French words for common food and drink, learned to say what we like and what we dislike, and learned how to ask for an amount of food or drink. We "dramatised" this by running some market stalls with an audience of Mrs Brady who was really impressed by our enthusiasm.
In Year 4 we have been learning the French words for some common food and drinks. Carter Class decided to run some market stalls to practice their French greetings and requests. Mrs Brady was invited to a 'performance' where she was impressed with their enthusiasm.
Mummifying Fish Part 2
We waited patiently for 40 days and at last, it was time for us to finish mummifying our fish. We removed salt and sawdust from around the fish and carefully washed it again. Then we took it in turns to massage oil into the delicate scales, before wrapping it in cotton and sending it on its final journey to the afterlife.
Here are our thoughts about the experience.
'My favourite part was taking out all of the sawdust while washing the pongy, rough fish because it was good to see what it looked like after 40 days.' - Archie B
'My favourite part of the mummification process was successfully wrapping the fish in linen. I thought it would feel soft and slippery but it felt dry and hard.' - Aqeel Q
This term our homework project was to make an Egyptian Artefact. The children have made some excellent artefacts and the range of ideas is amazing. The artefacts are on display in the Year 4 corridor. Thank you to everyone who has contributed an artefact.
In our music lessons Mrs Summers has been teaching us to play the ukulele. We have been learning which fingers to use to pluck and strum the different strings and notes.
As part of our art topic last term the children made canopic jars. They learnt about the significance of the canopic jar in Ancient Egypt and how they were used in the mummification process. We used mod-roc to cover the jars and then painted it in sandy shades. For the lid we used clay to make a model of one of the heads of the Egyptian Gods - Imesty (the human head), Qebehsenuf (a falcon's head), Hapy (the head of a baboon) and Duamatef (the head of a jackal), which we painted once they were dry. Finally, we decorated the jars with hieroglyphs which spell out our names. Can you tell what we used to make our jars?
Please have a look at our new displays along the Year 4 corridor. In English we have read the story of The Little Hippo, who travelled from Ancient Egypt to find his family. We retold the story changing the places he visited in our stories. In maths we have been learning about fractions, including adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator, finding fractions of amounts and finding equivalent fractions. We finished the week with a fractions challenge - investigating the fractions of different coloured Smarties in a tube.
On Wednesday 5th October Year 4 mummified fish because we are learning about Ancient Egypt and we wanted to learn how they mummified people and animals. It was extremely fun, especially ripping out the organs. We now have to wait for forty days to find out what happens, we can hardly wait! We'll update you in forty days!
Rory & Lydia, Carter Class
Year 4 have been investigating how the ancient Egyptians spent their free time. They have played games such as Hounds and Jackals, which the children decided was similar to Frustration.
Year 4 have learnt about their famous explorers; Howard Carter, Francis Drake and Ellen MacArthur. Each class found out some facts about their explorer and created some artwork. Please have a look at the displays for each class and ask your child about their class name and explorer.