Year 4: Blog items

Year 4 - Spring 1 - Week 6

Date: 13th Feb 2020 @ 9:09pm

What an absolutely fantastic half term we have had in Year 4! It has truly flown by in record time and there is much to be grateful for and to reflect upon.

Our action-packed final week brought a half termly House Competition where Matthew, Mark, Luke and John battled against one another in the sport of…Tug O’ War! This was such fun and incorporated much competitiveness and humour in equal measure. Well done to each child for taking part in this classic sport and for giving everything with grit, resilience and, above all, enjoyment!

In our English work, we have been busy working in our ‘Author Books’, which we use to write up and display our final, fully edited versions of our writing pieces. The genre for this particular piece of work was explanation texts and the children were tasked with explaining how a volcano erupts. Most impressive was the children's inclusion of a variety of features, which were appropriate for such a text type, including a glossary and an annotated diagram. The artwork that accompanied our writing was impressive too as each child completed a hand drawn diagram which was annotated with the various sections of a volcano. Year 4; you most definitely have one very proud teacher!  

In our Collective Worship work, we are so appreciative to Poppy from Holy Trinity Church who led our worship as we gathered together in the school hall on Wednesday. This worship was based on our monthly value of ‘Joy’ and Poppy brought along 200 handwritten slips (one for each child in the school), which displayed the message ‘You Bring God Joy’. The children were then tasked with passing on this message (either in school or outside of school) to spread a little joy to somebody who they felt deserves to read this positive message. Year 4 took this in their stride and many other children and staff members gratefully received this message as well as some family members who passed on that they had received a message too!     

In our Maths work, we have been focusing on data handling and statistics. We looked at different ways of presenting data and also how to interpret various graphs and charts. A great deal of mathematical reasoning was applied throughout such questions and we look forward to continuing this focus after the half term break.

This week’s spellings are as follows:

Group 1: dough, bought, brought, cough, rough, enough, though, although, thought, through

Group 2: can’t, don’t, won’t, you’ve, he’ll, you’re, couldn’t, haven’t

It is a pleasure to have spent another amazing half term with a truly amazing class. You are all stars and you most certainly deserve this half term break. Make the most of it and I can’t wait to see you all a week on Monday. Have a great one!

 

Year 4 - Spring 1 - Week 5

Date: 7th Feb 2020 @ 8:12am

 

What a week Year 4 have had! Here are a few snapshots that we wish to share with you…

The beginning of February brought with it the beginning of our new monthly value: Joy. This links closely with our core school value of ‘Enjoy’ with a particular focus on appreciating the opportunities and experiences that we are lucky enough to have. Following a whole school Collective Worship on Wednesday, we each received a post-it note upon which we reflected on the things in our life that give us Joy (no matter how big or small they might seem). The children then stuck their post-it notes randomly around the classroom before we reflected upon each one anonymously at the end of the day. This work linked well to our Gratitude Journals which we use regularly in class to record things from our day/week for which we are grateful.

As this half term rumbles on, there was also some rumbling within the Year 4 classroom on Friday as we had the amazing opportunity to take part in some virtual reality workshops linked to our class theme. Our favourite workshop was linked to the dangerous but fascinating world of…volcanoes! We were awestruck by this immersive experience that transported us to the very sites of eruptions and to see the devastating impact of a volcanic eruption upon its surroundings. Not only that but the children wearing the VR headsets made for some great photos too! As well as volcanoes, another VR workshop that we participated in was linked to our previous theme of the ‘Great American Roadtrip’. This experience allowed us to visit many of the states, landmarks and national parks that we had been learning about. This saved us a lot of air miles! Such great fun was had and we are grateful for the opportunity.

In our Maths work, we have been challenging ourselves as we have learned how to find fractions of amounts. Extending from using diagrams to support out initial learning, the children have progressed further to learning this method confidently and accurately. This will now serve them well throughout their further Maths learning. Well done!

A special mention also to the Year 4 boy’s football team who battled to a thrilling 5-4 victory against Woodlands Primary School on Monday. Well done to these children!

This week’s spellings are as follows:

Group 1: bicycle, centre, century, certain, circle, consider, decide, exercise, recent, medicine

Group 2: rubbing, hugged, runner, biggest, runny, swimming, clapped, planned

A busy but fantastic week in the Year 4 classroom as we approach the final week of this half term (already)! Have an enjoyable weekend and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday!

Year 4 - Spring 1 - Week 4

Date: 30th Jan 2020 @ 10:08pm

Another fantastic week for Year 4 with lots of learning highlights to report!

In our RE work, we have continued our unit that is exploring Jesus as a figure of authority. Following a video which showed how Jesus walked on water, we discussed how, through the power of God, Jesus has authority over nature. We used a Bridge Thinking Map to relate various Bible stories to the different types of authority that Jesus exhibits including: authority over the church; authority over his disciples; authority over death and more. The children made excellent connections throughout this activity as well as using their black thinking hat to demonstrate their knowledge of various Bible stories.

In our Computing work, we have been exploring ‘Fake News’. This week’s lesson involved us becoming BBC journalists who were responsible for covering breaking news stories. However, this role was no easy feat as each child was judged on how well they balanced accuracy, impact and speed. This activity was fantastic for allowing us to delve deeper using real life examples of filtering through real and fake news. This virtual activity allowed us to explore and discuss the importance of checking sources; which sources to trust or not as well as the benefits and pitfalls of using social media to gather information. Our next lesson will show us even more about the power and negative impact that Fake News can have on users of the Internet.

In our Maths work, we have been tackling equivalent fractions. Our work on this concept will continue next week as we extend to finding fractions of amounts.

This week’s spellings are as follows:

Group 1: scheme, chorus, chemist, echo, ache, mechanic, stomach, chaos, anchor, character.

Group 2: sliding, hiking, dancing, changing, loving, hoping, writing, shining

What a brilliant week we have had with so much of which to be proud. Well done Year 4 and enjoy your weekend. I look forward to seeing you all on Monday!

Year 4 - Spring 1 - Week 3

Date: 23rd Jan 2020 @ 6:01pm

Year 4 have been absolutely amazing this week with positivity, resilience and an all-round excellent attitude to their learning. You have one very proud teacher!

In our Maths learning, we had to apply our creativity to a design task. We were tasked with designing our own robots but ensuring that each of the robot’s parts were measured accurately according to area and perimeter. This really put the children’s Maths learning from the past week into action and problem-solving skills were applied whilst accuracy was imperative. Year 4 clearly enjoyed this lesson and the results were certainly impressive.

In our English work, we have been writing about our “ideal weekend”. Using a thinking map (flow map) to first outline key ideas, the children expanded upon these in order to create a gripping, descriptive outlines of their ideal weekend. Many children used previous experiences and memories to help with their writing and they were a pleasure to read and beautifully written. Well done everyone!

In our RE work, we explored figures of authority. The children had to consider who they would consider as somebody who has ‘authority’. This included both within their lives; community, nationally and globally. After putting on their yellow thinking hat, Year 4 considered their own thinking and how they knew that a certain individual or group had ‘authority’. The participation throughout this lesson was phenomenal and there was an abundance of metacognition employed throughout.    

Spellings to be learned for next week are:

Group 1: measure, treasure, pleasure, picture, creature, enclosure, nature, furniture, adventure, capture

Group 2: happier, funnier, chillier, luckier, happiest, funniest

A great week all-round and now it’s time for a well-deserved weekend. Make sure that you all enjoy it and see you all on Monday!

Year 4 - Spring 1 - Week 2

Date: 17th Jan 2020 @ 5:10pm

We have reached the end of the first full school week of 2020…and what a busy and exciting week we have had!

In our Collective Worship work, we have been exploring our January monthly value of Wisdom. We explored the wisdom of wolves in the way that they set up their “wolfpack”. The children used some great logic to try to connect each wolf’s position in the walking pack to their overall role and many were surprised when the outcomes were revealed. We loved learning about how selfless the wolves are and how everything that they do is for the good of the pack. Each wolf is responsible for ensuring that the pack remains unified and on the same path. This taught us a lot about being a true leader!

In Maths, we have been extending our learning to understanding how to calculate area. The children were so impressive this week as we moved swiftly through the learning to extend to a range of challenging problem-solving activities.

We capped off our Maths week with an Active Maths lesson in which we were placed into relay teams and tasked with solving some area and perimeter problems. Both physical and mental pace was important and it was great to see different tactics employed by the teams too!

Next week, the children will be applying their area and perimeter knowledge from the last two weeks to create their very own robot and to design the floorplan for a house. 

Spellings to be learned for next week are:

Group 1: serious, obvious, curious, previous, hideous, various, courteous, spontaneous, courageous, outrageous

Group 2: medal, capital, hospital, animal, national, fossil, April, pencil

A busy week but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Have a brilliant weekend everyone and see you on Monday!

Year 4 - Spring 1 - Week 1

Date: 9th Jan 2020 @ 9:06pm

Just to start by wishing you all a very Happy New Year and all the very best for 2020 and the start of this new decade!

It was brilliant to welcome back Year 4 who returned to school recharged and refreshed after an excellent festive period and it was great to hear about all of their presents and experiences during the break.

In RE, we have had a multi-faith focus as we explored the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah. This eight-day celebration is otherwise known as the ‘Festival of Light’ and celebrates one of the greatest miracles in Jewish history. We focused on the story of Hanukkah and then particularly on the menorah which is displayed throughout Jewish synagogues. The children demonstrated their understanding of the importance of the menorah to the Jewish faith and how it connects to the story of Hanukkah. This led to some extremely creative artwork where we crafted some menorah wax work paintings with the help of a metal spoon. 

We also began some exciting lessons with the help of Formby High School. This included singing tuition with Miss Dilworth, which the children loved and had lots of fun! We also began our PE lessons alongside Mr Hunt from Formby High School. The focus was Gymnastics and the children learned about different ways to travel before combining these with their partners and creating a simple routine using their mats. Great progress was made in just one lesson and we look forward to using these skills and many more next week!

Our PE slots for this term will be each Thursday and the first Swimming session of the term will start as of next Wednesday 15th January.

In Maths, we have been learning about perimeter and extending our understanding to calculating the perimeter of rectilinear shapes. We will continue this learning next week before moving onto the area of shapes too!

Spelling books are also required in school each Wednesday for the spelling test to take place towards the end of the week. The new spellings to be learned for next week are as follows:

Group 1: famous, jealous, enormous, poisonous, dangerous, tremendous, mountainous, special, woman, notice

Group 2: towel, level, squirrel, tunnel, camel, caramel, travel, cancel

It’s great to have you back Year 4 and enjoy your weekends!

Year 4 - Autumn 2 - Week 7

Date: 19th Dec 2019 @ 1:51pm

The time has officially come to step into Christmas!

What an amazing final school week of 2019 to cap off what has simply been an incredible term spent with Year 4. This term has been simply wonderful with this class and I am truly proud to be their teacher and to have watched them flourish from the start of the school year.

A particularly proud moment came on Thursday morning when Year 4 were responsible for leading the Christmas Service at St. Peter’s Church. The children have worked so hard over the last week perfecting their performance and practising several carols and hymns to accompany their acting. In a powerful, moving service, Year 4 guided the congregation through the greatest story ever told and reminded us all of the true meaning of Christmas for us as Christians. The glowing feedback from the congregation was greatly appreciated but also thoroughly deserved for this class of children who more than earned such high praise!

Just to also take this opportunity to extend the absolute biggest of thanks for the generous gifts, cards and well wishes that Year 4 staff received this week. They really are not expected but are most definitely appreciated and meant an awful, awful lot. Thank you all again for your generosity!

All that is left to do now is to wish you all the most amazing Christmas and New Year. Make the most of it, cherish it and I can’t wait to hear all about it when I see you all in the new decade of 2020!

Have a very, very Merry Christmas, Year 4!

Year 4 - Autumn 2 - Week 6

Date: 12th Dec 2019 @ 9:02pm

As Advent rumbles on, so do the fantastic learning opportunities in Year 4 as we cram as much into the end of 2019 as we possibly can!

On Thursday afternoon, braving the wet weather, we made our way to Halcyon House Care Home to be part of a carol service. We led the singing of some of the hymns that we have been learning in class and it was a pleasure to perform some of these alongside the St. Peter’s choir as well as the Halcyon House residents. Being part of this important act of worship for some senior members of our community really was a privilege and we certainly sang our hearts out throughout. Year 4, you made your teacher so, so proud and you should all feel extremely proud of yourselves too!  

We also took part in a DT Project where the end goal was to create Christmas tree bauble decorations using both our cutting and sewing skills. This was a challenging task and not quite as straightforward as it might…seam! The real challenge was transferring the abundance of creativity in our designs into the real thing whilst combining all of this with the use of a needle and thread to stitch it all together. There were so many varying designs and it was brilliant to witness the children’s creations which I’m sure will make it onto many a Christmas tree in your homes this festive period. Pictures are welcomed!

In our Maths work, we have been learning about multiples and how these are essentially the answers in a given times table. We applied our knowledge to a range of problems involving multiples and the children largely grasped this concept quickly and accurately. Naturally, the more fluent we were with our times tables, the easier this was to achieve. This further inspired us in our Times Table Rockstars focused sessions too!

Our final spellings of 2019 are:

Group 1 – ladies’, girls’, children’s, pupils’, men’s, women’s, boys’, babies’, Tom’s, James’s

Group 2 – wriggle, nettle, sizzle, beetle, table, steeple, crumple, candle

What a week we have had that was capped off by Christmas Jumper Day on Friday! Here we raised funds for the Venus Centre, which is a local grassroots charity based locally in Bootle.

A well-deserved weekend awaits each child in Year 4. See you all on Monday and we look forward to seeing lots of family members too at St. Peter’s Church on Thursday for our Christmas Service. Have a great one!    

Year 4 - Autumn 2 - Week 5

Date: 5th Dec 2019 @ 8:32pm

How is it December already? Year 4 have worked so hard this week and have embraced their learning opportunities throughout. We also enjoyed decorating the classroom to mark the beginning of Advent and things now feel rather festive!

The start of December also signalled the start of our new monthly value: Compassion. As we tick ever closer to Christmas, we have pledged to keep others less fortunate than ourselves in our thoughts and in our hearts. Not only this, but we know that we should show gratitude for all that we have too because this IS the best attitude. We also had the opportunity to watch a festive production from 'B Tales', which was titled SHINE and reminded us to have self-belief, self-confidence and a growth mindset to be the best that we can be!

In our Maths learning we have been introduced to factors and prime numbers. We particularly enjoyed a ‘Factor’ game against our table teams in which we had to roll the dice before battling to find all the factors of a given number. Risk missing a factor and we sacrificed the point to our opponent! Things were tense and lots of friendly competitiveness was on display. Not only that, this was an excellent way to build on the times table knowledge that we have accumulated throughout this year so far via the ‘Times Table Rockstars’ app or otherwise.

We will be practising for our Christmas Service next week, which Year 4 will be leading on Thursday 19th December at St. Peter’s Church. The children have all been given a role within the service, whether a reading part or as part of the nativity scene. Some children have also volunteered to lead on some of the carols and hymns. It would be greatly appreciated if the children with speaking parts could practise and learn their lines by Monday if they haven’t already done so! Thank you.

Our spellings for this week are:

Group 1 – babies, thieves, boxes, flies, catches, cacti, wolves, potatoes, libraries, circles

Group 2 – spy, spies, try, tries, party, parties, fry, fries

You always make me so proud Year 4 and you have more than earned this weekend. Enjoy it and see you all on Monday! 

Year 4 - Autumn 2 - Week 4

Date: 29th Nov 2019 @ 2:06pm

Yet another busy but extremely fun week within the Year 4 classroom!

We were proud to be part of our school celebration service at Holy Trinity church on Friday! We sang beautifully and this provided such a brilliant opportunity to reflect upon and honour our school’s many impressive achievements. Not only that, but it also provided a poignant opportunity to remember and give thanks to a much-loved school governor, Margaret Blake, who generously gave so much of her time to school improvement.

Our knowledge of the USA flourished even more this week as we put on our black thinking hats as we quizzed one another on the different state abbreviations as well as the regions of the country in which you would find each state. The children played ‘Quiz Quiz Trade’ where they moved around the hall to music and paired up with the closest person when the music stopped. Then the quizzing commenced and, after a brief period of time, the music restarted before the children then repeated the process again with new partners. The children’s knowledge really showed as they then completed a Thinking ‘Tree’ Map, which organised the states into the correct regions of the USA but using only the abbreviations to recognise which state was which. The children’s learning really was impressive and the knowledge they have already gained is rather formidable!   

Spellings for next week are as follows:

Group 1: haven’t, couldn’t, forgotten, gardening, decision, action, expression, permission, attention, mathematician

Group 2: donkeys, worth, towards, hall, watch, come, wrote, design

You are amazing Year 4! Keep up the great work but, in the meantime, enjoy your weekends!

Year 4 - Autumn 2 - Week 3

Date: 21st Nov 2019 @ 8:31pm

So many more highlights in the Year 4 classroom as another week flies by!

In our Collective Worship work, we linked the fact that it was Road Safety week to our school value of Justice. This allowed us to consider how following some simple rules and being road safe can even help save lives. In our world, people shouldn't have to be hurt on the roads which connected well with our school value of Justice.

In our English work, we have been creating non-chronological reports all about the USA. To start with, the children created their own individual USA flags as the background for their writing. This required a great deal of care for the stars and stripes to be laid out neatly and accurately. The children then included a wealth of facts and information gleaned from their own research and also showed off their own now vast knowledge all about the U.S of A. Lots of creativity was employed by the children in order to select the various different features and elements to be included within these reports in terms of layout and design. The final results are certainly impressive as is the quality of writing. Most pleasing however was the pride that the children felt after completing their final pieces. This is a feeling we aim to continue in ALL our pieces of writing this year. Keep up the great work Year 4!

In our Maths work, we have completed some assessments this week as well as also learning all about different quadrilaterals and their specific properties. Next week, we will continue our shape focus and extend this to various problem solving activities too.

Spellings for next week are as follows:

Group 1: musician, magician, politician, electrician, optician, mathematician, minute, heard, natural, peculiar

Group 2: after, again, half, climb, Christmas, clothes, people, parents

Thanks for another fantastic week Year 4. Enjoy your weekend and see you Monday!

 

Year 4 - Autumn 2 - Week 2

Date: 15th Nov 2019 @ 8:12am

Wow, what an absolutely amazing week within the Year 4 classroom!

A jam-packed week tied together Kindness Week, Anti-bullying Week and Children in Need, which we have LOVED being part of! Each class in the school was part of a different fundraising activity for Children in Need and Year 4 took part in a “Sport-a-thon” alongside Year 5. In a brilliantly fun (and physically tiring) day, the sports and activities were wide-ranging and lots of fun was had all for the worthiest of causes. Our activities included: a Rock, Paper, Scissors Hoop Relay; a HIIT session with Joe Wicks; a dance routine; Table Tennis and some physical challenges which included balance checks, squat challenges and an arm muscle endurance activity. Such fun, resilience and friendly competitiveness was displayed throughout and each child can be proud for the money that they have raised for those less fortunate than themselves!

In our RE work, we explored ‘Matthew the Storymaker’, which is one of the modern gospel rewrites from ‘The Underground Story’ series of books. Focusing upon four extracts in particular, we looked at the theme of light and Jesus’ representation as the Light of the World. The children rated this text highly and enjoyed viewing the Bible through a more modern and child-friendly lens.

In our Maths work, we have continued our shape focus particularly relating to the different types of triangles and their properties. Next week’s Maths work will assess our understanding of our learning so far through some assessments.

Spellings for next week are as follows:

Group 1: inform, admire, sense, adore, prepare, preparation, information, admiration, sensation, adoration

Group 2: copying, copied, crying, cried, replying, replied, drying, dried, kind, hold

Take a breath now that a brilliantly busy week has reached an end. We wouldn’t have it any other way! Enjoy your weekend and see you all on Monday!

Year 4 - Autumn 2 - Week 1

Date: 7th Nov 2019 @ 9:05pm

I loved welcoming back Year 4 to school on Monday who returned fully recharged and ready to go as we began this new half term. It was great to see them all and to hear about their adventures from the half term break!

This week’s learning was certainly filled with an abundance of highlights and just a few of these are mentioned below…

Our new half term brought with it a new theme which will take Year 4 on a roadtrip like no other as we discover the geography of the United States of America! Over this half term, we will take in the incredible landscapes, learn about the fifty states and their characteristics, explore America’s wild side and much, much more!

We have been extremely practical in our Maths work which has included making a variety of complex 2D shapes using art straws and play dough as well as a search for parallel and perpendicular lines around the classroom and in everyday life. Next week, we will explore the properties of different triangles and quadrilaterals as well as the properties of various 3D shapes.

In our RE work, we continued our focus on the theme of light. We explored the various symbols that are commonly linked to the Holy Spirit including the dove, wind and also fire. After watching and discussing a video stimulus linked to the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we created a piece of artwork. This artwork represented of the ‘tongues of fire’ and ‘mighty rushing wind’ that appeared on this day as the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit. We achieved this by using forks and paint to create the effect of flames.  

Spellings for next week are as follows:

Group 1: gym, syrup, trouble, country, eight, grey, return, recycle, symbolises, amendments

Group 2: would, afraid, because, week, bright, coach, group, search, before, scared

Saving the best until last, we capped off our week with the launch of this year's Celebration of Kindness video to launch our Celebration of Kindness Week. The children (and adults) all had a fantastic time filming it and it's fair to say that they enjoyed the finished video even more! Check out the video at the end of this blog. 

Thank you for an excellent week Year 4! Enjoy the weekend and see you all on Monday!

Celebration of Kindness Week 2019 - Music Video

Year 4, Autumn 1, Week 8

Date: 24th Oct 2019 @ 7:25pm

Wow! We can’t quite believe that it is already the end of the first half term of the school year. Time has absolutely raced by and it is more than fair to say that Year 4 have worked extremely hard and already have so, so much to be proud of!

We started our week by visiting St. Peter’s Parish Hall as part of the ‘Shoebox Express’ Christmas shoebox appeal. We filled shoeboxes for children that are in need overseas and had great fun whilst doing so. Above all, we recalled our monthly value of thankfulness as Christmas is a time of year that we have so much to be grateful for. Keeping an awareness of this whilst preparing a Christmas gift for those less fortunate than ourselves really made this experience so much more meaningful.

This week also signalled the end of our first History and Writing theme of Year 4, which was ‘The Romans’. We have loved learning about the Roman Empire throughout this half term and this week we showed off our learning by creating QR Codes that link to an interactive map which outlines the Roman invasions throughout Europe. We also researched even more about life in Roman Britain and our findings were impressive as we recorded our learning in our books.

Our next theme will take us on a Great American Roadtrip as we geographically explore the vast and enticing country of the United States of America.

In our Maths learning, we completed our work on decimals and focused particularly on how to mentally add these numbers using different mental strategies as well as games to improve our speed.

This week’s spellings can be found below:

Group 1: expression, discussion, confession, permission, admission, possession, fruit, breath, complete, continue

Group 2: cereal, ice, race, circus, cinema, city, bicycle, fancy, behind, floor

Thank you Year 4 for an amazing first half term where I have loved getting to know each and every one of you. There are plenty more highlights to come throughout the rest of the year but, in the meantime, go and enjoy your break!

Year 4, Autumn 1, Week 7

Date: 17th Oct 2019 @ 9:02pm

Another brilliant week sails on by within Year 4 and this one has certainly been no less busy!

Our RE lessons this week brought us onto to our new unit titled ‘The Symbolism of Light’. We started the week with a rather different experience that involved sitting in a darkened classroom in candlelight. The children reflected on their senses at this time in terms of what they could see, hear and smell as well as how it made them feel and what it made them think. Lots of deep, spiritual answers were noted by the children during this activity. Following this, we learned about how light is often used to symbolise Jesus with him frequently being referred to as the ‘light of the world’. We played Quiz Quiz Trade to firstly teach us about various symbols from a variety of faiths and then we analysed the lyrics of familiar hymns, such as ‘My Lighthouse’, within which Jesus is referred to as a light that ‘shines in the darkness’.    

This week was also Hate Crime Awareness Week which we marked by firstly discussing stereotype and prejudice followed by playing a word association game. Then we discussed what a hate crime is as well as the five characteristics covered under Hate Crime Legislation: disability, race, religion, sexual orientation and transgender identity. The children then created their own word clouds in the shape of a heart, or similar pattern in order to represent their understanding and in an attempt to spread the love.

We were also able to come to school on Friday wearing our pyjamas in order to fundraise for Alder Hey Hospital. A fun day was had with lots of children getting comfortable in class with their slippers from home too. A fantastic fundraising idea and thank you for supporting it.

This week’s spellings can be found below:

Group 1: action, injection, completion, attention, direction, education, invention, perhaps, popular, bicycle

Group 2: badge, sledge, village, cage, gem, energy, jam, jacket, even, only

Thank you Year 4 for an excellent week and enjoy your weekend!

Year 4, Autumn 1, Week 6

Date: 10th Oct 2019 @ 9:02pm

Year 4 are amazing! There has been such hard work throughout this week with so much learning and progress being made. Well done everyone and let’s talk about just a few of our highlights from the week…

In our RE work, we completed the final lesson of our unit focused on ‘God, David & the Psalms’. In this lesson, we considered Christians who have overcome and conquered “Goliaths” within their lives. Impressive examples made by the children included Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and the suffragettes. We then explored the inspiring story of Desmond Doss. Desmond Doss was a Christian combat medic who was awarded the congressional medal of honour for saving the lives of 75 men. He was a ‘conscientious objector’ who never carried a gun. He is also the subject of the 2016 film, ‘Hacksaw Ridge’. The children explored his life and his honourable actions that all came about because he fervently stood by his beliefs. This helped us to really explore Christianity as a “living faith”.

In our English work, we have been continuing our focus on The Romans as we considered how Boudicca, queen of the British Celtic Iceni tribe, led an uprising against the army of the Roman Empire. We considered things from her perspective and began to write speeches as if we were trying to convince the other tribes to join the fight against the Romans.

In our Maths work next week, we will be continuing our focus on the partitioning of decimals as well as extending this to adding and subtracting decimals mentally. 

Year 4 also achieved something rather impressive this week as they battled to finish second in the Sefton Sumdog contest. A great achievement with so many children managing to answer their 1000 questions both in class and at home too. Well done everyone and let's see if we can push for one better in future competitions throughout the year!

This week’s spellings can be found below:

Group 1: expansion, extension, tension, confusion, transfusion, supervision, comprehension, busy, experience, remember

Group 2: wrap, wreck, knock, knight, knit, gnome, gnaw, sign, gold, everybody

What a fantastic week and a well-deserved weekend awaits. Well done Year 4 and see you on Monday!

Year 4, Autumn 1, Week 5

Date: 4th Oct 2019 @ 4:03pm

What a week we have had in Year 4!

Our RE learning continued with a focus on another bible story about Goliath’s conqueror David who later became King of Israel. The children were tasked with dramatising the bible story of heroic figures, David and Jonathan, and their plight against the jealous King Saul. True friendship won the day and the children captured this brilliantly in their small groups as they acted out and performed a certain section of this biblical tale.

On Friday, it was time for our first school trip of the school year as we travelled to Chester to visit the DEWA Roman Experience as part of our theme learning. What a day we had as we explored the various rooms of the Roman museum with their artefacts and insights into Roman living. There was also a special excavation and archaeology section in which we learned how, three metres under Chester, there is a wealth of history just waiting to be fully uncovered. By far the highlight of the day was our experience as Roman soldier recruits as we patrolled around Chester City Centre. We practised our testudo shield wall formations with differing levels of success (some Romans unfortunately fell victim to the Celts during this exercise). We also paid a visit to the Roman ampitheatre (the largest in Great Britain) as we witnessed Spartacus gain victory fighting a fellow gladiator. What a great trip and so much knowledge will have been gained from this experience!

This week’s spellings can be found below:

Group 1: division, invasion, decision, collision, television, explosion, possible, build, knowledge, therefore

Group 2: wasp, wallet, squash, wander, other, brother, nothing, mother, wild, climb

Well done Year 4 for all of your hard work this week and enjoy your weekends. I look forward to seeing you all refreshed on Monday!

Year 4, Autumn 1, Week 4

Date: 26th Sep 2019 @ 8:08pm

Another week flies by in the Year 4 classroom with lots of incredible learning and highlights!

Our Collective Worship work continued related to our monthly value of Creation as we now approach the end of September. The children were each given a mirror and were (literally) instructed to put their faces up close to it and then to admire each of their individual features. We talked about the colour of eyes, the shapes of noses and more. There was more discussion of the ways in which people look the same and also different. This emphasised the lesson that God has made each person unique – and that there is no one else in the world exactly like them as individuals. Following a reading of Genesis 1:27-28 to further show how God made us to reflect His image to others, we then created portraits of ourselves to celebrate our individuality.

In our English work, we have completed our historical stories that were set on that fateful day of the volcanic eruption in Pompeii (79AD). The stories were an absolute pleasure to read and after editing and redrafting over the last week, the children have now completed their “top copy” within their author books, which is accompanied by some beautiful artwork of the erupting Mount Vesuvius. So many children were incredibly proud of the writing that they had produced and rightly so!

We also celebrated European Languages Day by focusing upon a European language with which we were all previously unfamiliar. This was Croatian! After learning how to say thank you (Hvala vam), we used this to spread gratitude around our school community throughout the remainder of the week.

Group 1: forgetting, forgotten, beginning, beginner, preferred, gardening, gardener, limiting, limited, limitation

Group 2: word, worse, world, war, warmer, ball, walk, beanstalk, find, child

There were so many achievements this week with lots of hard work along the way. Well done Year 4 and enjoy a well-deserved weekend rest!

Year 4, Autumn 1, Week 3

Date: 19th Sep 2019 @ 8:55pm

Yet another excellent weekend in the Year 4 classroom with lots to report! Where should we start…?

In our RE work, we commenced our new unit titled ‘God, David & the Psalms’. To begin the unit, the children explored a familiar bible story, David and Goliath. The children were able to articulate how David was able to overcome the nine-foot tall Goliath owing to the many values that he displayed throughout, including courage and faith in God. The children explored an animated drawing in this lesson and they expertly established how there is no obstacle that is bigger and greater than God. Others explained how, with God at your side, you can achieve absolutely anything.

It was also time for our new Geography theme centred around the Romans. Our particular focus to start this unit is on Pompeii and the catastrophic eruption of that fateful day in 79AD. There were gasps of shock as the children watched an animated video that gave an hour-by-hour account of the atrocities that had befallen this once peaceful and majestic city. From this stimulus, we began our first, whole class novel of the year, which is titled ‘Escape from Pompeii’ by Christina Balit. The children have used this as their inspiration for their own writing and we can’t wait to see how this develops next week.

On Friday it was also, ‘Jeans for Genes Day’, which aims to change lives by helping to fund projects that provide nursing care, equipment, activity weekends, online support and counselling for those individuals and families affected by a genetic disorder. Year 4 arrived to school adorned in denim and we raised awareness in class too by learning about genes and genetics and watching and discussing the story of two girls called Tiana and Star who were born with brittle bones.

Spellings for this week are as follows:

Group 1 – do not, don’t, haven’t, you’ll, you will, I’d, you’ve, won’t, quarter

Group 2 – key, monkey, chimney, valley, money, alley, honey, trolley

Thank you and well done Year 4 on an amazing week! Enjoy your weekends and see you on Monday!

Year 4, Autumn 1, Week 2

Date: 12th Sep 2019 @ 7:27pm

In a flash, the first full week of this academic year has already passed on by! Year 4 have certainly earned their weekend with lots of hard work and plenty of learning highlights. Let’s talk about just a few…

In our Collective Worship work, it was the start of our monthly value focus on ‘Creation’. We started by watching a short video that represented how God created the world in seven days (as per the Bible story in Genesis). The children then applied their creativity by creating a “Creation Cube” in which each face of the cube represented a different day of the world’s creation. Of course, the seventh day wasn’t included because this is the day that God rested and made holy. It was great to observe the children’s careful creation of their cubes during what was an effective Collective Worship session.   

In our Theme work, we have reached the end of our Trolls inspired learning which has given us so many opportunities that have connected so seamlessly to our school values and learning ethos. The children have taken so much from this learning and the culmination in Year 4 was an art activity in which we used one of the Trolls movie posters as our inspiration. The children started by sketching or outlining their favourite chosen trolls in each of four sections that their page was split into. Then they were tasked with experimenting with the use of vibrant or contrasting colours for the background of their pictures as well as for the trolls themselves. The children worked hard on these pieces and you can see how they got on in the picture above.

The spellings for this week are below. Thank you for the spelling books that came into school on Wednesday!

Group 1 – supermarket, superfood, antiseptic, antisocial, interview, happily, information, incorrect, autobiography, enthusiastically

Group 2 – annoying, thirsty, statue, whisper, phone, morning, haunted, Thursday, tomatoes, drew

What an excellent week and I’m already looking forward to Monday. See you then!

Year 4, Autumn 1, Week 1

Date: 5th Sep 2019 @ 8:45pm

Introducing to you, the brand-new Year FOUR! …and what an amazing first week we have had together!

Our learning journey for this year started off with an exploration of ‘happiness’ using the film Trolls as our stimulus. To delve into this further, we considered how best to notice and then show gratitude for those things within our lives for which we should show appreciation. This led to a whole host of activities throughout the week!

Such activities included being given our own ‘Happiness Journal’, which we will write in regularly whilst following our four-step gratitude model. We have also created our own troll-inspired mascot using rocks (and our creativity) in order to celebrate our uniqueness and individuality. This allowed us to also discuss the importance of showing respect for everyone’s differences as demonstrated within our British Values. We really have achieved so much in four school days that have absolutely raced by!

In our Collective Worship work, we have recapped the biblical theology which underpins each of our school values. The children have enjoyed the various video stimuli and they expertly explained how each bible story represents each particular value.   

Spellings have been sent home for the first time this year. These will be sent home each Friday and should be brought back into school on Wednesday. Please see the spellings below:

Group 1: gym, syrup, trouble, country, eight, grey, return, recycle, symbolises, amendments

Group 2: would, afraid, because, week, bright, coach, group, search

An excellent first week and I wish you all a brilliant weekend!

Welcome to Year 4!

Date: 3rd Sep 2019 @ 12:07pm

Mr McCabe would like to wish you a warm welcome to Year 4!

During the Autumn term, PE lessons will take place on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Children must have the correct indoor and outdoor PE kits with them on both of these days.

Children in Year 4 will have a recorder lesson each Thursday afternoon in the Autumn Term. More information on this to follow.

Children are encouraged to bring a snack each day to be eaten at break times. Please remember to provide your child with only a healthy snack – e.g. fruit, vegetables.

Bottles of water with a sports cap type lid are also encouraged so the children can drink as and when they need it throughout the day.

Please see the attached Powerpoint for all additional information to ensure your child has the best start to Year 4.

I am excited to see what wonderful things the new year brings.

Thank you!

Mr McCabe

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