Welcome to Year 4
You can follow our exciting journey of learning with us and watch our learning unfold in all our subject areas.
Our amazing team in Year 4 starts with the 31 FANTASTIC children we have, Mrs Streeter, Mrs Goldstraw and Mrs Shaw. It is a pleasure to be part of a great team and we look forward to the Autumn term, which is going to be incredibly fun, definitely exciting and above all, a challenge to make us achieve beyond our dreams.
We began our expedition with an exciting residential to the Outdoor Education Centre ‘Stanley Head’ and what a truly remarkable time we had! It was an amazing experience for all and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and strengthened our team bond, it was a momentous occasion! Some of the activities we participated in were; archery, crate staking, climbing, fire lighting and orienteering just to name a few. We were extremely exhausted by the end of our trip but it was 100% worth it! We enjoyed it so much in fact, that we’ve spent several weeks compiling all of our memories to write some amazing recounts. Additionally, we wrote thank you letters to the staff for taking such wonderful care of us and to tell them all about our positive experiences and the impact they have had on our lives. Thank you again Stanley Head. Our time spent with you was EPIC!
In Math’s we have spent several weeks focusing on place value looking at 4-digit numbers. Our incredible children have become super fluent in this area. By following our school's vision and values, they have all been determined to succeed and have had a positive attitude towards their work. They have faced new challenges by taking part in problem solving activities using reasoning to determine their answers. We are so proud of you all!
In topic, we have been putting our map reading skills to good use. We’ve been learning all about the rivers, seas and mountainous regions of the UK. Then, we dived deeper, researching the three peaks in the UK. Did you know some people take part in the three peak challenge? It is an event in which participants climb three mountains- Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales within 24 hours. That’s a whopping 23 miles in walking distance and a total ascent of 3064 metres. WOW! We’re exhausted from the research alone.
We cannot wait to dive into our next topic –Bright Sparks. So watch this space!
In our topic ‘Bright Sparks’ we began to work for Forsbrook Electrical services.
We spent time working out how to create simple circuits. We had to use our knowledge to predict whether we thought some circuits would light up and explain our reasoning’s. This followed by looking at the importance of switches, we conducted a tally chart of all the different types of switches we have in our school. Next we learnt about conductors and insulators, we then experimented and used the information we had acquired to discover which materials were conductors and which were insulators.
In Maths we had to work out the rates of people’s gas and electrical bills using addition and subtraction. The children worked extremely hard in this area as they wanted to ensure they were given excellent customer service ratings
We have begun to delve into out Egyptian topic. Looking at how the Egyptians lived over 5,000 years ago. We discovered that the Egyptians were around for at least 3,000 years before the birth of Jesus. We were thoroughly amazed!
In English we read ‘The Egyptian Cinderella’, an alternative version to the traditional story of Cinderella. This version set in ancient Egypt is about a girl called Rhodopis who was taken as a slave from her homeland in Greece to Egypt. It is thought to be one of the oldest versions of the Cinderella story.
We made comparisons between the stories, discussing their similarities and differences. We compared characters and found new and exciting vocabulary.
Furthermore, we spent time looking at speech included within the text. We noticed that every time a different character spoke the speech would start on a new line. This made it easier to read. Also, we looked closely at the punctuation involved in speech e.g. inverted commas, commas and spent time looking at alternative verbs for ‘said’. We found some amazing vocabulary, such as, boasted, giggled, scoffed. We decided to have a go at using some of these verbs in our own writing.
In English we delved deep into our whole school text ‘The Tin Forest’, written by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson.
There was once a wide windswept place, near nowhere and close to forgotten, that was filled with all the things that no one wanted. Right in the middle was a small house, with small windows, that looked out on other people’s rubbish and bad weather. In the house lived an old man.
The introduction was great. But we challenged ourselves to create to be BIGGER and BETTER. We wanted to create a page turning introduction that kept the audience on the edge of their seat. We wanted to build an image in the reader’s mind that kept them hooked and glued onto the edge of their seats.
So we did exactly that…
Over the coming weeks, we picked out key features we believed added depth and emotion into the story. Next, we delved deep, exploring the importance of language. Developing our language skills and enhancing our vocabulary was one of our main objectives. So as a team we spent time working collaboratively to build a list of super synonyms.
We exchanged old for dated, archaic, aged.
We swapped dirty for foul, mouldy, grimy.
We substituted wet for drizzly, sodden, soggy
We created a huge list of exceptional adjectives, incredible adverbs and marvellous verbs we could use to enrich our writing. Furthermore, we wanted to incorporate some of the new skills we had been taught into our story e.g. similes, fronted adverbials and list sentences.
The children wrote some truly magnificent pieces of writing.
Please see below and take a look….
Every day he tried to tidy away the rubbish, sifting and sorting, burning and burying.
The Tin Forest has been an amazing topic for us. Not only did we create some magical pieces of writing but we spent time exploring the importance of reducing waste.
Recycling is good for us and the environment because it reduces the use of new raw materials to product new products. It also reduces the energy we use, improves the quality of air and water, and fights climate change. We explored all the different types of materials that can be recycled and what they are recycled into.
And every night the old man dreamed.
Dreams typically involve elements from our own lives but they often take on a fantastical Did you know dreams are the stories the brain tells—they’re a collection of clips, images, feelings, and memories that occur during our sleep. feel. We thought long and hard about some of our most adventurous, wild, mysterious and terrifying dreams…
Spring 2 World War 2!
In English, we have explored the raw and emotional tale of Rose Blanche, written by
Robert Innocenti and Ian McEwan. A story set in Germany during the outbreak of
WW2. This book is clever in many ways as it taps into the understanding (or lack of)
of a young girl, Rose Blanche. As the streets of her hometown fill up with soldiers
and tanks. The children wrote amazing setting descriptions evoking the atmosphere
at the beginning of the war. They incorporated metaphors and personification and
used a variety of powerful sentence starters to build an ambience of celebration
As the story progresses Rose stumbles across something harrowing and unforgiving.
After following one of the tanks into the forest, Rose uncovers a Nazi concentration
camp and forms a bond with the prisoners from across a razor sharp divide. The images really helped to captivate the full extent of what war was truly like. Sensitively, we approached the subject of concentration camps and the unsettling realities of war.
During our guided reading sessions, we submerged ourselves into Rose
Blanche’s world. We considered the views and feelings of different characters
e.g. the young boy who tried to escape the van. We discussed the language used by the author e.g. ‘other pale-faces in the gloom’ and the impact it has
upon the reader.
Furthermore, we read ‘Anne Frank’ by Josephine Poole and Angela Barrett. It
depicts the life of Anne Frank from birth until she was taken from the hidden
attic. It is a well-presented, brilliantly crafted picture book, a compelling yet
easy-to-understand non-fiction text.
Firstly, we spent time identifying features of biographies and the importance of paragraphing. Whilst learning about technical devices used to compose a well-written biography, we also devoted time to research, using a variety of secondary sources to find out as much as possible about Anne Frank and her family so we knew exactly what information to include in our own biographies.
In topic, we began with the question ‘When and why did Britain go to war?’ This evoked a brilliant discussion. We examined many pictures from the war, which gave us a clear image of what life must have been like for many people. Then a further question arose ‘If it was called World War 2- does that mean the whole world was involved?’ There were many differing opinions that led to even more questions! The discussion that followed was truly REMARKABLE. Off we went down the rabbit hole, we were astonished by how many countries there were in the world- a whopping 195! After that, we decided to identify which countries were involved. We wrote two lists, a list of allies and a list of axis.
Due to our school production ‘A big green adventure’, we have yet to complete our topic on WW2. However, we are looking forward to continuing when we come back after the Easter holidays!
A big green adventure!
Our Year 3 and 4 production this year was F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C!
A fun-packed musical, which pulled no punches in delivering its big green message. We are extremely proud of all the children involved, they were amazing in every way and all their hard work paid off. It was a truly a wonderful, wonderful performance!
This half term, Year 4 continued their World War 2 adventure by exploring life in Britain during the 1940’s. We focused on evacuees, women during the war and ‘The Battle of Britain’.
Our topic started with a classroom that looked like a bombsite! We listened to the sound of an air raid and thought about the ways in which people may have protected themselves in such instances.
First, we explored what happened to children during the war. We learnt that most children, who lived in large cities, for example, London, were evacuated to the countryside. Furthermore, we read and listened to recounts of those who grew up during this era and how the evacuation protocol affected their lives. We used our knowledge to role-play the feelings and emotions of an evacuee child growing up during this time and wrote letters to our parents detailing what life was like, our thoughts and feelings.
Next, we looked at the impact WW2 had on women’s lives and how women were central in the war effort. Prior to the war, most women were expected to be homemakers. However, as men all over the country joined the fight, women were called upon to help. In June 1939, The Women’s Land Army was set up. We created posters to encourage women to work and support their country.
In art, we crafted our own ‘Blitz’ skylines. Firstly, we concentrated on the background, we wanted to create a realistic setting of London during this time. Initially, we decided to focus on the fire, we used oil pastels keeping to fiery colours red, orange and yellow. We also used white, black and brown to colour mix in order to generate different shades. We used our fingers to blend shades together. Next, we surveyed historical landmarks that would have existed in 1940s London e.g. London Bridge, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Afterwards, we drew our outlines of skyline silhouettes, cut them out and stuck them onto our backgrounds. We used greys and blacks to create a smoke effect. Take a look at some of our pictures!
In Maths we focused on fractions. We learnt about equivalent fractions and how to simplify fractions.
On Wednesday 22nd May Year 4 went to Apedale Heritage centre. We had a spectacular time. Throughout the day, we took part in three different activities. We were given a guided tour underground, where we were surrounded by the unique atmosphere of a real coal mine. Also, we visited the interesting and information museum which gave us a look at how historical coal is. Did you know coal was formed at the same dinosaurs were roaming the plant?! That’s a whopping 300,000,000 million years ago! This blew our minds! Furthermore, we went visited the surrounding countryside of Apedale Community Country Park. It was a beautiful day and we had a wonderful time becoming one with nature.
Overall, our experience was epic and we would like to say a big thank you to the Blythe Bridge Rotary Club for organising and subsiding costs. This was a magnificent trip and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Once again, thank you.