Year 4: Blog items

Summer 2 Week 6

Date: 17th Jul 2017 @ 10:46pm

                                                       

 

What a lovely week we had in Year 4 last week!

We had our final house competition of the academic year! This time around, we were competing against the other houses as we showcased our fantastic rounders skills! The sun was shining and it was great to see all the skills that have been learned and practiced put to the test. All of the children were amazing and definitely did their houses proud! The winners will be announced during the next assembly!

We received some fantastic news this week too! After spending lots of time and effort creating our assembly for the Sefton Council ‘GULP’ campaign earlier in the Summer term, we are very pleased to announce that out of every school in Sefton that entered, Year 4 at TSP are the WINNERS! Two children from the class are representing the school and will be attending a short award ceremony on Tuesday 18th July with Mrs Martin. A massive well done to you all for your amazing work, time and effort!

As we are coming to the end of our theme ‘Do you like to be beside the seaside?’ we looked at how coastlines have changed over time and assessed the reasons for these changes. We also critically discussed whether we would rather visit a coast back in the 1900’s or whether we thought it would be a better day out today! Although there are some similarities between the two time periods, there seem to be many more activities and fun things to do along our coastlines today!

Well done for your continuous hard work, only a few more days before a well-deserved break!

Summer 2 Week 5

Date: 7th Jul 2017 @ 4:02pm

                                                

We’ve had such a fun week in Year 4!

In Maths, we have been using all of our skills and knowledge to design our own theme park! So far, we have used area and perimeter to calculate the size of our rides, restaurants, stalls and picnic areas that we would like in our parks. We have also worked out the cost of each of these features and have been working hard to stick to a given budget! We will be continuing this next week and will incorporate our Art and Design and Geography skills as we create map and tickets for our theme park!

In Theme, we have been investigating the dangers of living in coastal areas. We compared these dangers to the ones that we could be faced with if we lived in a land-locked area. Within our groups, we critically considered ways in which we could prevent these dangers. We carefully considered the question ‘Do you think these hazards could affect us in our local area?’ There were some fantastic points made!

We ended the week with the fantastic Spirit of Trinity St Peter’s Celebration Assembly.  The Year 4 children were absolutely amazing in their performance and Miss McFord was so proud to see the progress that has been made over the Year within music sessions. Each member of the class is truly talented and should be so pleased with themselves! A massive thank you to Mrs Mather for all of her hard work!

I hope everybody has a fantastic weekend!

Summer 2 Week 5

Date: 7th Jul 2017 @ 4:02pm

                                                

We’ve had such a fun week in Year 4!

In Maths, we have been using all of our skills and knowledge to design our own theme park! So far, we have used area and perimeter to calculate the size of our rides, restaurants, stalls and picnic areas that we would like in our parks. We have also worked out the cost of each of these features and have been working hard to stick to a given budget! We will be continuing this next week and will incorporate our Art and Design and Geography skills as we create map and tickets for our theme park!

In Theme, we have been investigating the dangers of living in coastal areas. We compared these dangers to the ones that we could be faced with if we lived in a land-locked area. Within our groups, we critically considered ways in which we could prevent these dangers. We carefully considered the question ‘Do you think these hazards could affect us in our local area?’ There were some fantastic points made!

We ended the week with the fantastic Spirit of Trinity St Peter’s Celebration Assembly.  The Year 4 children were absolutely amazing in their performance and Miss McFord was so proud to see the progress that has been made over the Year within music sessions. Each member of the class is truly talented and should be so pleased with themselves! A massive thank you to Mrs Mather for all of her hard work!

I hope everybody has a fantastic weekend!

Summer 2 Week 4

Date: 30th Jun 2017 @ 4:37pm

                              

A very successful week in Year 4!

This week in Collective Worship, we ended our monthly value of Friendship in a fantastic way. We each wrote something on a strip of paper about one or more people in the class. The messages were all things that have made us feel loved, happy or appreciated throughout the year. We then linked all of these strips together and made a ‘friendship chain’. When we had completed it, we read all of the wonderful messages. It is clear that we each have so many amazing friends in Year 4 and so much to be grateful for.

In RE, we used the Lord’s prayer to create our own. We thought about things that we are thankful for and the things that we would like to ask God for. We thought it was important to reflect on all that we have, and pray for the people in the world that are less fortunate than we are. We created some beautiful prayers that reflected our kind hearts.

Whilst looking at our Theme this week, we have been looking at the coast in the South West of England. We have been exploring key coastal places and comparing them to our local area. Although there are many similarities, we were able to identify that aspects such as the weather and wildlife in the South West are really quite different compared to our local coastline.

Yet another week where everyone has worked extremely hard! Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Summer 2 Week 3

Date: 23rd Jun 2017 @ 5:26pm

                                     

Year 4 have had yet another fantastic week!

In English, we have planned and written some fantastic leaflets all about our local area! We were inspired by our trip to Formby beach and all of the attractions in the surrounding area. We highlighted the key features of other leaflets and discussed why they were so successful. This has enabled us to use the very best features in our own leaflets and make them catchy and meaningful.

We continued to use our inspiration from our Formby Beach visit to create some beautiful artwork! We were able to mix primary colours to achieve many different shades and tones so that we could really get the best from our work! We have also been developing our skills whilst using watercolour so that we can blend effectively. We were very pleased with the fantastic outcome!

We have been so excited during the build-up of TSP’s got talent and today was the day we were finally able to perform! We were amazed whilst we watched Year 2 and 3 with their fantastic acts and we were both excited and nervous for our own! As a class, we sang so well to Shine by Take That. We could tell by the look on their faces that all of our visitors were so proud! We also had Lana and her performance of America. Lana demonstrated her excellent tap dancing, violin AND singing skills – well done Lana, you should be so proud! Gillee sang us a beautiful song whilst Lilly, Amelia and Ellie-Mae danced behind her. The girls really did themselves proud, it was fantastic to watch!

A massive well done to everybody for all of their hard work this week! See you all on Monday! 

Summer 2 Week 2

Date: 16th Jun 2017 @ 3:46pm

                                      

 

Another excellent week in Year 4!

We made a fantastic start to our new theme ‘Do you like to be beside the seaside?’ by visiting Formby Beach. We were able to identify the main features of the beach and discuss any human activity that we could see taking place. We explored the vegetation and wildlife that are unique to the coastline and also considered how the beach differs from beaches abroad and around the UK.

We were able to raise money for an amazing cause this week – Save the Children! We used one of our many talents to design and build dens. We were lucky as we got the opportunity to work with Year 5, who will be our buddies next year! We realise that some children aren’t as fortunate as we are and some people don’t have homes and shelters to protect us. We built our dens to raise money for those children who will benefit from it.

For Healthy Eating week this week, we each made a fantastic poster! We completed some research into what makes a good, balanced diet and thought about meals that we could eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We investigated the nutritional value from each of the meals and talked about why they contributed to a balanced diet. It made us all very hungry!

Well done for all of your amazing work this week. Have a fantastic weekend!

Summer 2 Week 1

Date: 9th Jun 2017 @ 2:08pm

 

                             

 

An amazing start to Summer 2!

We have had an extremely busy week filled with lots of exciting opportunities! We started off the week with a visit from The British Golf Museum. Our lovely visitors explain the history of the British Open and we learned lots of new facts! We also had the opportunity to polish the Golf Champion Trophy using special equipment!

A big focus this week across the school was ‘One Love’. We had a lovely discussion all about love and what it means to us. We then took the time to write some beautiful prayers and poems which focused on all of the heroes that were involved in the Manchester and London attacks. We gave extra thought and appreciation to the people that came together in those awful situations to help and support others

Later on in the week, each class in the school had their chance to participate in the General Election. We looked at the manifestos from each of the parties and discussed each one as a class. We looked at the purpose of a General Election and why we need a government, and also discussed democracy. The overall winner for Year 4 was Labour! We had great fun and gained a greater understanding into the General Election.

To finish off the week, we started off our new theme ‘Do you like to be beside the seaside?’. We had a look at some of the most visited coasts around the UK and compared the features of each one. We found lots of similarities between them, but also noticed some subtle differences. We then used Digmap on the iPads so that we could locate coastal towns around the UK.

Everybody has worked very hard this week, a big well done! Have a lovely weekend.

Summer 1 Week 6

Date: 26th May 2017 @ 2:15pm

                                         

 

A great end to a great half term!

We have had another exciting and busy week in Year 4 this week! During the final RE lesson of our current unit, we designed our own places of worship, critically considering the important aspects of a place of worship and discussing how these can differ from different depending on personal beliefs, experiences and preference.

We also had a fabulous afternoon on Thursday as we competed in our Quadkids House Competition with help from Formby High School and their Young Leaders. We had a fantastic time as we took part in various races including sprints, long distance races and relays!

We had the very important job this week of carrying out a whole school assembly. The theme of our assembly was GULP, a new initiative which stands for ‘Give Up Loving Pop’. The Year 4 children explained to the rest of the school the dangers that come with consuming too much sugar in our diets! We made sure that children were aware of healthy alternatives to fizzy drinks, such as water and milk! We had a fantastic time during the whole process and did ourselves proud!

A huge well done for all of your hard work this half term! Have a brilliant week off!

Summer 1 Week 5

Date: 19th May 2017 @ 3:51pm

 

                                      

Year 4 have had an excellent week this week! In RE, we investigated how people become members of a faith or religion. We discussed the importance of not judging anything or anyone by appearance, as we know that this does not always give us a true reflection or insight into what we want to know. We also reminded ourselves about being multicultural. We had some time to be mindful and think about the importance of encouraging different countries, beliefs, faiths and languages to come together as one.

We were very busy this week as we carried out the auditions for our TSP’s Got Talent competition! We saw such a variety of amazing acts such as singers, dancers, magicians, comedians, musicians and impressionists! Everyone was so entertained and so proud of the members of Year 4 who auditioned. I know we’re all excited now to start rehearsing our whole class act.

We ended the week by raising money for an amazing cause, Cancer Research. Every member of the school managed to run around the field in our Race For Life to raise money for charity. We all had an fantastic time and finished off the celebration with cake and drinks. A massive well done to all of the parents who came to join in too!

I am so proud of you all this week, you all should be too. Have a great weekend!

Summer 1 Week 4

Date: 12th May 2017 @ 9:44pm

                                     

 

What a successful week in Year 4!

Although we have been busy with our assessments this week, we have been busy with lots of other exciting things too! In collective worship this week, we looked at some Bible stories and were able to identify how these stories demonstrate courage. We had a discussion all about our school values and how they can be linked to courageous acts.

We had the opportunity this week to explore all of the dangers that people in the Bronze and Iron Ages faced. We learned all about the hazards that they came accross daily, and were able to use our empathy skills to consider how they must have felt. We also had the chance to investigate ways in which people in the Bronze and Iron Ages were able to protect themselves. We made some amazing shields as a result of our research.

We also had the exciting opportunity to start a new lunch time club this week - cricket! Year 3 and 4 were given the opportunity to learn some new skills and put them into practice, and those children who had played before were able to act as role models and help the other children. It was a beautiful day and the children were excited to add cricket to the list of their many talents!

Remember, it is Walk To School Week next week and class photographs on Monday.

Have a fantastic weekend everyone, you deserve it.

Summer 1 Week 3

Date: 5th May 2017 @ 4:33pm

                                         

 

Another great week in Year 4!
 

We have been very busy with lots of exciting activities this week! In PE, we have been getting ready for our next interform competition. We were very lucky to have a session with Mr Hunt from Formby High School this week. We were practicing our springing skills and learned how the professionals start their races!

In collective worship, we have embraced our new monthly value of courage. We discussed all of the things that we have completed in life that demonstrate courageous traits or qualities. We also set ourselves each a goal to complete by the end of the year, based on something that we don’t yet have the courage to do. Hopefully, we will have built up the courage to reach these goals by the end of the year.

To finish off the week, we had an amazing djembe drum session. We each created a short sequence using the rhythms that we have learned over the past few weeks. We were able to perform these sequences to the rest of the class, and they had to guess the rhythms that we had chosen to include! We have learned lots of musical terminology and vocabulary too!

Have a fantastic weekend in the sun everyone!

Summer 1 Week 2

Date: 28th Apr 2017 @ 4:06pm

We’ve had a brilliant week in Year 4 this week!

We were very lucky this week as we had our second session of Listening Hand Therapy. This children are able to link the new skills they are learning with their mindfulness that we carry out during time in class. We were also able to finish off our monthly value of ‘Trust’ whilst practicing our Listening Hands Therapy. We did this through combining the therapy with a series of trust exercises. We also had a brilliant discussion all about building trust with people, how we can achieve this and why it is important to do so.

In Maths, we have had a very challenging week converting different units of measure. Although this was a big challenge for us, we have managed to learn lots of new skills and have certainly demonstrated how talented we all are! We are now able to convert between different units of measure confidently and apply these skills to real life tasks, such as baking!

We are all extremely excited for out CATs performance tonight at FHS! We have been rehearsing again this week in preparation for the big show!

Well done to everybody for all of their hard work this week. I hope you all have an amazing long weekend!

Summer 1 Week 1

Date: 21st Apr 2017 @ 3:40pm

                                             

A fantastic first week back to start off the summer term!

This week, we have been extremely busy in Year 4! In RE, we have started our new unit ‘The Church’. We looked at different places of worship across different religions and compared them to Churches that we have seen or visited. We were able to identify the features that we were familiar with and we also learned about some new features too!

This week, we focused on British Values, liberty and democracy.  We did this by looking at a book called ‘We are all born free’, which showcases the 40 human rights outlined by the United Nations. In Year 4, we focused on article 13, which states that ‘we all have the right to go where we want in our own country and travel abroad if we wish.’  As a class, we discussed what the implications would be if this right was taken away from us. We then produced some fabulous newspaper articles as if we no longer had the right to travel.

We had a fantastic opportunity this week to visit Martin Mere. We had a day experiencing life in the Iron Age. We travelled back thousands of years and lived a day in the life of an Iron Age child. We completed lots of exciting activities such as thatching a roof, building a house, foraging and learning all about the weapons that were used in those times. We had such an exciting day and learned lots and lots of new things!

An excellent first week back. Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Spring 2 Week 6

Date: 31st Mar 2017 @ 9:52pm

                                                           

What a fantastic end to our Spring term!

Year 4 have been so busy this week! On Wednesday, we used our Maths skills in the hall to complete a Cyber Coach competition, it was so much fun! We split into teams and used to arrows on the dance mats to answer Maths questions to earn points for our team. We were great at multi-tasking!

On Thursday, we were so lucky to visit Formby Library. We had some lovely visitors from Greenbank High School who came to read with us. They were so kind to give up their time, and we all had the opportunity to read some amazing books that we wouldn't normally read! Later on that day, we competed in our dodgeball interform competition! We used all the skills that we have been consolidating this half term, it certainly paid off.

We ended the week with such a fabulous day. We absolutley amazed Miss McFord along with the other staff and all of our visitors at our celebration assembly. We performed our super dance to the whole school and did ourselves so proud! After this, we were so excited to participate in the anual Easter egg hunt. We found lots of tasty treats!

Such a fun-filled week. Have a brilliant two week break everyone!

Spring 2 Week 5

Date: 24th Mar 2017 @ 4:30pm

                                                        

A super week in Year 4!

We have had an excellent day today celebrating Red Nose Day! We discussed the importance and the meaning of Red Nose Day and took the time to think about ways in which we could raise money. We were then split into our houses and participated in several really fun activities throughout the day. These included biscuit decorating, T-shirt designing and pom-pom making. We then participated in a nose and spoon race!

In PE, we had a fantastic lesson where we introduced some new rules into our dodgeball lesson! We played ‘King of the Castle’ where the opposing team had to also knock over a large tower of cups to win the game!

We also thoroughly enjoyed our drum session this week. We are able to explore and listen to different music styles from various cultures. We have learnt new terminology and new ways to create cultural music.

Spring 2 Week 4

Date: 17th Mar 2017 @ 1:57pm

                                    

Such a busy week in Year 4!

This week, we have been celebrating National Science Week. Alongside our current Science unit ‘Why are teeth so important?’, we have also carried out a Science experiment to investigate wind direction using bubbles and compasses. In small groups, we blew bubbles and followed them until they popped. When they had popped, we went back to our starting positions, pointed our compasses to the direction where the bubbles popped and this enabled us to use the compass to work out the direction in which it travelled. This was so much fun!

In English, We each created a leaflet to persuade people to visit some Stone Age architecture, such as Stonehenge and Cheddar Gorge. We used the iPads to research all the information that we needed and turned it into fantastic information leaflets. Did you know that people used to think Stonehenge was so tall because it was made for giants?!

We have also identified and discussed how the Easter Story demonstrates trust and betrayal. We talked about what these terms mean to us and linked this in with our monthly value of forgiveness. We discussed the times when Jesus had to forgive people in Bible stories.

Another week where you should all be very proud of yourselves. Well done!

Spring 2 Week 3

Date: 10th Mar 2017 @ 3:45pm

                                   

We have had an excellent week in Year 4!

This week, we have introduced our new monthly value of forgiveness. We thought about the times when God might have had to forgive us and all of the reasons why it is important to forgive people when given the opportunity.

We also had a discussion about racism this week. We had a look at the ‘Show racism the red card’ campaign and made sure we are all aware of the importance of raising awareness about racism. In Year 4, we celebrate diversity and culture and recognise how special we are as individuals.

In Maths, we have been looking at angles and lines. We have had lots of fun this week as we were able to design our own aquarium filled with fish. We used different sized angles for the mouths of our fish which made our tanks look great! Not only did we learn lots of new Maths skills, but we also got a chance to use our Art skills too!

You have all worked so hard! Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Spring 2 Week 2

Date: 3rd Mar 2017 @ 4:42pm

                                       

In Collective Worship this week, we embraced the end of our monthly value ‘Love’. In groups, we created poems to express what we feel is the meaning of love. We will be moving onto our new monthly value of ‘Forgiveness’ next week.

In English, we have been looking at persuasive writing. We linked our writing in with our Stone Age theme and were persuading other children in our class whether or not we thought children in the Stone Age should have had jobs! We discussed the fact that children in the Stone Age don’t go to school like we do, but instead helped their families to do lots of work.

Also to tie in with our Stone Age theme, we looked at some Stone Age art! We looked at replicas of cave drawings and discussed the materials they used, and the signs that we think they used to communicate with each other. After this, we had a go at creating some fabulous Stone Age cave paintings of our own! We thoroughly enjoyed it!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Spring 2 Week 1

Date: 24th Feb 2017 @ 4:04pm

                                        

What a great first week back in Year 4!

We were lucky enough this week to visit St Helens world of Glass. We had a fantastic day and were able to participate in lots of different workshops throughout the day. These included a pattern trail, making a kaleidoscope and watching real life glass blowers! We were able to make connections with our Science unit and witness the liquid glass changing state. It was fascinating to watch!

In Collective Worship, we looked at Bible Stories and how Jesus demonstrated love to his disciples and towards other people in the Bible. We reminded ourselves that God will always love us, alongside our friends and families.

We have started a new and exciting theme this week! We are going to learn all about The Stone Age, we are all very excited to learn all about this period of time. Today, we made a giant timeline identifying the key events that happened – we couldn’t believe how long ago it was!

Have a lovely weekend everyone, you deserve it!

Spring 1 Week 6

Date: 10th Feb 2017 @ 4:49pm

                                                           

We have had such a busy week in Year 4!

This week in Collective worship, we teamed up with our buddies to learn all about the monthly value of Love. We looked at the story of St Valentine and the origin of Valentine ’s Day. We then had to opportunity to recreate the story with our buddies to demonstrate our understanding.

We have been very sporty this week too! We had our dance lesson, our interform competition and our sponsored Sports for Schools circuits. A massive well done to everybody who took part in both the circuits and interform! Also, congratulations to everyone in the winning interform team, Mark!

Internet safety day also took place this week. We learnt about the power of images online and how they can be manipulated and changed. We know that things online may not always be as they seem. In Year 4, we are very aware of how to be safe online and even used emojis in a game of charades to send out messages about using the internet.

A massive well done to each and every one of you for all of your hard work this half term! You all deserve a lovely rest!

Spring 1 Week 5

Date: 3rd Feb 2017 @ 4:01pm

                            

We have had yet another fantastic week in Year 4! This week in RE, we played the role of private detectives. Our job was to find evidence to prove that Jesus is the Son of God. We watched some video clips, looked at some Bible stories and used our prior knowledge to do so. We came to the conclusion that there is lots of evidence to suggest that Jesus is the Son of God!

In theme this week, we joined up with our buddies in Year 3 to make a television advert all about the River Mersey! We watched a video clip and then carried out our own research using the laptops. We found out so many interesting facts, including lots of information about the history of the River Mersey. We then performed our advert to the rest of Year 3 and Year 4. Miss McFord and Miss Hewitt were so proud when they were watching us!

We have also introduced our new monthly value of love. We talked about what love meant to us and each wrote down our thoughts and feelings. We reminded ourselves that we are very lucky to have our friends, family and God who all love us all!

Have a lovely rest over the weekend!

Spring 1 Week 4

Date: 27th Jan 2017 @ 3:58pm

                                              

We have had a fabulous week in Year 4 this week!
 

The boys and girls have each written an amazing explanation text all about the water cycle. They looked at each of the 4 steps which include evaporation, condensation, precipitation and accumulation. The children were able to explain in detail what happens during each stage of the process. The explanation texts were so fantastic that we thought they had been written by the Year 5 children!

In collective worship, to finish off our monthly value of humility, we each created a beautiful prayer jar. We discussed everything we have learnt about humility and what it means to be humble. We then used our knowledge to each write a special prayer to ask God to help us to maintain humility within our lives.

We were lucky enough to have an excellent end to our week as we learnt all about Chinese New Year! We partnered up with our buddies from Year 3 and made some outstanding Chinese lanterns. We learnt that the Lantern Festival is a celebration that marks Chinese New Year coming to an end. We also found out that they often contain riddles for people to try and figure out. If they are successful in doing so, they will receive a prize from the owner of the lantern.

Thank you all for your hard work again this week, you are all amazing!

Enjoy your weekend.

Spring 1 Week 3

Date: 20th Jan 2017 @ 3:55pm

                                                                  

 

Another fantastic week in Year 4!

In Collective Worship this week, we have continued to think about our monthly value of humility. We looked at a variety of Bible stories and discussed how they represent humility and the messages that those stories sent to us. We each thought of a way in which we can show humility and have set ourselves the challenge to demonstrate humility over the next week.

We have continued with our river theme for this half term and have looked at the main features of a river, in addition to identifying rivers in the UK and locating their source. To get a more in-depth understanding of the features of rivers, we made a model in small groups. Our models were made from clay which we then painted. There are lots of fantastic and creative artists in Year 4!

Well done for all of your hard work again this week.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Spring 1 Week 2

Date: 13th Jan 2017 @ 4:13pm

                                          

What a fantastic week in Year 4!

In PE this week, the boys and girls developed their gymnastic skills further by creating their own counterbalances. It required a lot of strength and patience but the children worked their way to the 5 star balances. Impressive gymnastic work children!

This week in RE, we have been learning all about authority, what it means and who has it. We have looked at bible stories which demonstrate Jesus’ authority and we have thought about what authority means to us. After a lovely class discussion, we each made a poster on the laptops which included images and words that we believe portray authority.

In English, we have been looking at poetry! This week, we were focusing on poems all about rivers to tie in with our new theme. We looked at all the different features that are included in poems and even got the chance to perform our favourite poems in front of the class. There were some amazing, theatrical performances!

Well done Year 4 for working so hard this week. We are all so proud of you!

We hope everybody has a lovely weekend!

Spring 1 Week 1

Date: 6th Jan 2017 @ 4:02pm

                               

What a great first week back in Year 4!

It was lovely to see everybody back in school on Wednesday and to hear all about everyone’s fabulous Christmas and New Year!

During our three day week, we have had to opportunity to focus on Sikhism in our RE lessons. We began by looking at the Sikh place of worship: The Gurdwara. We explored why the Gurdwara is so sacred in Sikhism and looked at Gurdwaras from around the world. It was interesting to see how they all differed from each other on the outside, but all still had the same features on the inside. We also looked at the “5 K’s” which are symbols worn by Sikhs. We split into groups and each researched one of the “5 Ks” and produced an amazing poster using our findings. We have learned lots this week about Sikhism and have more understanding of other cultures and faiths.

We have also introduced our new topic this week “How does water go round and round?”. To start off this topic, we looked at the art work of Claude Monet, particularly Monet’s River Thames series. From this, we each produced a beautiful watercolour piece of art.

You have all worked so hard this week. Have a wonderful weekend!