Year 4 news:
Year 4 Science learning
As part of our Science learning, we have been observing animals in their habitats. We explored our Wildlife Area to see different insects in their habitats. We discussed why different animals had different habitats and how they were different to the homes we live in.
Year 4 Enterprise
Year 4 hosted their Enterprise event on Monday 10th December which was a roaring success. The children made products linked to their science and art learning to sell in order to make money that will go towards visits in year 4. As part of our science learning we looked at changing states of matter and used chocolate as a stimulus – the best part was the tasting! We were inspired by Jackson Pollock and created a Jackson Pollock inspired pattern on our chocolate.
As part of our Design and Technology learning, we developed our understanding of hygiene and how to use different kitchen utensils safely. We ensure were hygienic when we sold the products by wearing gloves.
We developed our understanding of money as we needed to ensure we gave accurate change to our adults when the bought our products.
Year 4 have thoroughly enjoyed our visit from Lush today in order to support our Science learning about properties of materials and changing state. We learnt how bath bombs were made, and then we were able to make our own bath bomb to try out at home. As part of our learning, we discussed the uses of bath bombs and how the solid changes state by dissolving when it is in water.
This half term, year 4 have been focusing our learning on changing states of matter in Science. We investigated what happens to water when it is boiled using a kettle. We discovered that the liquid particles are heated and a gas is produced which takes on the form of steam. After this, we used mirrors to investigate if we could change the gas back into a liquid form. It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon for our Science learning.
Children's comments on the experiment:
"I enjoyed this learning because I didn’t expect to be able to see condensation on the mirror."
"We learnt that when you boil the kettle steam is created. When you put a cold mirror over the spout you can turn the gas back into a liquid through condensation."
In year 4, we have been investigating human rights and the importance of them as part of our PSHCE learning. After learning about the different rights, we set up a ‘Human Rights Marketplace’ where we could purchase the four human rights we thought were the most important to each of us. We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon and it was interesting to see the different choices we all made as individuals.
On Tuesday 5th November 2019, year 4 enjoyed a successful parent English session focusing on reading in particular the use of vocabulary. The children thoroughly enjoyed working in their Kagan groups to discuss the vocabulary used in the text. They linked their learning to Maths and completed a Venn diagram to sort the vocabulary into ‘Muggle’ vocabulary and Wizarding’ vocabulary.
Year 4 have really impressed Mr Burdon and Miss Gibson because they have been thoroughly enjoying our class text Beowulf, and they have been eager to continue reading to find out what happens next.
World Maths Day:
Year 4 enjoyed celebrating World Maths Day with Year 6 this week. As part of World Maths Day Year 6 created multiplication games for Year 4 in preparation for our multiplication check in June. Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with Year 6 to play these games and have asked to visit again soon!
The Jorvik Centre:
On Thursday 12th September, Year 4 visited the Jorvik centre as part of their learning linking to The Vikings. During the day, we learnt about Viking battle techniques and even managed to use the swords and spears! We also learnt about Viking settlements and enjoyed our trip through a Viking village although the realistic smells were not enjoyable. After our ride through History, we were shown how Vikings coins were made and could explore different elements of the museum. After an exhausting day, we fell into our seats on the coach to return home - some of us even managed to catch 40 winks on the way back to school.
Year 4 Parent Maths session:
"On Tuesday 10th September 2019, year 4 enjoyed a successful parent Maths session focusing on the development of problem solving linking to Roman Numerals and multiplication. The children thoroughly enjoyed the Roman Numeral treasure hunt where they needed to convert the years from Roman Numerals. Also, there was a focus on multiplication and rapid recall of the times tables. The children and adults enjoyed making flashcards to help support their learning at home. We hope our adults enjoyed joining our Maths learning.
Year 4 Parent PE session:
"On Friday 6th September 2019, year 4 enjoyed a successful parent PE session focusing on the development of problem solving, communication and teamwork. They completed six different activities focusing on a variety of sporting skills whilst developing communication and teamwork. The highlight of the afternoon was ‘Red Flag’ which is a firm favourite of the children in year 4. As they have started a new year, it was agreed that it is important to work collaboratively to ensure we can all achieve our goals and targets set in year 4. More than 25 parents/carers attended the event, and we would like to thank them all for attending and participating in our PE session. We hope they had as much fun as we did!”