Year 4 Blog

Welcome to the Year 4 blog. Find out what our classes have been up to lately!

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

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Our theme for this half term in English is Voyage and Return. Our focus text this term has been The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and the children have really enjoyed reading the story and were even lucky enough to watch the film! Over the last few weeks, we have been developing our understanding of voyage and return stories in particular the story of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and have participated in various drama activities such as 'hot seating' and became the different characters from our story. The children thoroughly enjoyed this and really got into character! 

 

Over the next few weeks, we will be planning to 'invent' our own voyage and return stories and write them using all of our prior learning. The children are continuing to impress us throughout all English lessons with their superb ideas and fabulous imaginations! 

Science - Animals including Humans!

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This term in science, we are learning about animals including Humans. In our lessons so far we have learnt about the different parts of the digestive system and are able to define the word digest. The children are also confident in explaining what the job of the digestive system is and we have even labelled our own class human body!

Today we have been in the Phiz Lab and looked at the process of the digestive system and how our body digests food. By carrying out this experiment, we realised how hard our digestive system works every time we eat!

Take a look at the video below which shows the experiment we completed as a class.

 

The Digestive System

¡Olé!

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Year Four had a fantastic opportunity this week to take part in a Flamemco workshop. The lady who taught the was an expert from Spain. 

 Flamenco dancing was started in Spain by Andalucían gypsies. It is rhythmic dancing made up of clapping and stamping. The term 'flamenco' was first recorded in the late 18th century but many believe the art form is much older. Flamenco has acoustic guitar music, singing, hand claps, heel stampscastanets. It is danced by a man and a woman in traditional Spanish costumes. The dance has no set tempo. It may have both fast and slow passages, rising to a dramatic end. 

 Year Four spend the morning learning rhythms, learning hand movements and  learning steps. This was then put together in a short dance. It was lots of fun! The lady also taught us simple words in Spanish like left (izquierda) and right (derecha). 

Clip here to watch more

Toad of Toad Hall

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Over the last couple of weeks we have been reading Wind and the Willows. We have had lots of discussions about the vocabulary used for example meander, flabbergasted and weary. We've also begun to write setting descriptions of the river banks and English countryside. Some of the characters like Toad are very mischievous! These type of characters will be included in our own stories. 

 Click on the link  below to listen  to the story in full. 

 https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03g64pq#The%20Wind%20in%20the%20Willows%20episodes

He came...we saw...the Romans conquored!

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What a start to the new term!

Year Four had great fun this week travelling back in time with the wonderful and wild Professor McGinty! The children got to experience first hand the artefacts used by the Romans such as; mosaic tiles, clay pots, coins and drinking vessels as well as learning about the Celts and their primitive way of life, from the 'pointy do-do sheds' to their choices to live upon the hilltops of ancient Britain. The children thoroughly enjoyed their history session and I’m sure it will help them produce a range of topic work over the half term.

He came...we saw...the Romans conquored!

Christmas at the movies!

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This week we have started our rehearsals for our year three, four and five Christmas concert – ‘Christmas at the movies’. The children are really excited and are making excellent contributions to our rehearsals. Each class will have one Christmas song to sing and as a collective we have three songs to practice. The children have been working really hard to ensure they are becoming more familiar with the lyrics and working hard with their beautiful singing voices. It is sure to be a Christmas concert to remember!

Take a look at the links below, which are the songs we are singing during our concert:

Santa Claus is coming to town – 4AF

Sparkle and Shine – 4CC

All classes:
All I want for Christmas is you
My favourite time of year                    
When Christmas comes to town

Each video has the lyrics to each of the songs for the children to follow along, but eventually the children will need to sing without the lyrics.

If you could encourage children to practice these songs at home, it would be much appreciated!

4AF - Santa Claus is coming to town

4CC - Sparkle and Shine

When Christmas comes to town

My favourite time of year

All I want for Christmas

Topic 'Around The World in 80 days'

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Year Four have started our new topic 'Around The World in 80 Days'. For our hook lesson, the children went out onto the playground and drawn and labelled their own world maps in groups, identifying the 7 continents of the world. The children can now identify and explain the seven continents of the world and label them on a world map. This week the children will be researching and using atlases to help us identify capital cities of countries within the seven continents, we will also be developing our understanding about traditional foods of the world.

Take a look at the video link below which the children enjoyed when learning about continents!

Continents

Year Four Remembrance Day

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This Sunday is Remembrance Day and in Year Four we have been learning about World War One. We have been learning about the recruitment process and how all of the posters used propaganda to encourage men to sign up for the war. We discussed what propaganda posters were used for in World War One and we found out that they were used to; recruit men to join the arm, recruit women to work in the factories and in the Women’s Land Army, encourage people to save food and not to waste it and keep morale high and encourage people to buy government bonds.

We discussed how men were made to feel unmanly and cowardly for staying at home and how women were encouraged to pressurise their husbands, boyfriends, sons and brothers to join up. We looked at different propaganda posters and spoke about how they made us feel now and how we think it would have made us feel if we were women and men living during World War One.

We made our own propaganda posters, here are a few examples below!

 

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Sound

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This half term Year Four having been learning all about sound. The children can now explain how sounds are made and how they travel through the air. In Science last week, they had to write a letter explaining which materials are best for Dr Buzz to sound proof his room. This week the children will be investigating how to change the pitch of different sounds. 
Click on the  link to play the sound game 
 
 

Brass

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Over the last few weeks Year Four have begun their brass lessons! 
 
First of all, they  have learnt all about Looking after the instruments and opening them correctly. Then they learnt the breathing techniques for example floppy buzzes and tight buzzes. This week they have learnt how to play a C.
 
Whilst the music is playing the children have also started to count the number of beats and name the musical symbols like a treble clef. The children are really enjoying their lessons and have started to play at home! 
 

Welcome to Year Four

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Welcome back!

The children in Year Four have been working very hard this week and they should feel very proud of how well they have settled into their new classes. They are already reaching the high expectations. 

In topic this week the children have started to learn all about Volcanoes. Their hook lesson was extremely exciting. They cut into a scotched egg and compared the layers to the  earth's surface. They did incredibly well using lots of geographical language like mantle, inner core as well as earth's crust. 
If the want to learn more, click on the link below. 

Needles and Thread

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Art in a Day has taken 3 days to finish. :-)

The children have had great fun evaluating, designing and creating their own coat of arms. They looked at the meaning of different colours, animals and items, and then created their own coat of arms to represent their family.

art in a day

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