Year 4: Blog items

Year 4 - Discovering Ancient Egypt

Date: 21st Feb 2024 @ 2:30pm

We started to learn about Ancient Egypt this week. Firstly, we located where Ancient Egypt was on a chronological timeline. Then, we completed an information run around the classroom to gather as much information about Ancient Egypt as possible. At the end of the lesson we listened to a Now, Press, Play activity.

Year 4- Our 100th Day in School!

Date: 20th Feb 2024 @ 7:09am

Today, Yera 4 have been celebrating our 100th day in school by completing problem solving activities based on the book 'One is a snail, ten is a crab.' We were given a number and we had to work systematically to find all the possibliites of making that number. We found that starting with the larger number and making small changes each time was the most efficient method to find all possiblities. 

Year 4 - Maple's first Boundary Book Banter

Date: 9th Feb 2024 @ 3:40pm

Today Maple took part in their first Boundary Book Banter. To help engage and excite pupils in reading, we have been chatting about the books that we have checked-out of the new school library (The Attic). Each week, pupils will be given time to share their book with their peers and the whole class, explaining what they liked or disliked about the book. Together we will explore common themes and make links between different genres and different authors.

Year 4- Internet Safety Day

Date: 8th Feb 2024 @ 2:58pm

For Internet Safety Day, Year 4 discussed the positive and negative influences on the internet. As a class, we debated whether certain influences impacted our behaviour and views positively, negatively or both. We also talked about different uses for the internet and the differences it can make to our lives.  

Year 4 - Circuits

Date: 5th Feb 2024 @ 8:55pm

This week, we recapped last week's lesson where we worked on strengthening our upper body. Then we work through circuits to work on our change of direction, effort level and speed.

Year 4 - Planning for LGBTQ+ news report

Date: 1st Feb 2024 @ 8:33pm

As a class, we did a carousel to make a group plan for a news report about Blackpool Pride.

Year 4 - RRT Trip!

Date: 30th Jan 2024 @ 8:24pm

WOW! What a great trip with Ribble Rivers Trust today down at Preston Docks. We went for a lovely walk along the river itself, visited the Pyramid building which controls the docks. Here we learned about the history of the dock, we learned that there's a manmade wall built at the mouth of the river near St Annes because they needed to control the course of the river more. When Preston Docks was fully open (before 1981) it saw cargo bring in things like silk, cotton and bananas. Nowadays, the dock is used for leisure craft. Back at the boatyard, we learned about river safety. We learned the acronym SAFE (Stay, Away, From the Edge) and that if we ever find ourselves in a river with no help, we should lay like a starfish with our feet at pointing towards to direction of the water flow. We even had the opportunity to see the bridge move like how it does when it has to allow boats through.

Year 4 - French numbers to 100!

Date: 29th Jan 2024 @ 6:29pm

WOW! Year 4 amazed us today with their resilience to understanding French numbers up to 100. Can you use the slides from class to tell your family at home some numbers?

Year 4 - DT Food Day!

Date: 28th Jan 2024 @ 10:46am

What a great day we had for our DT Food Day! We started the day planning what we wanted in our sandwiches and what we wanted the sandwich to look like. Then we recapped how to do the bridge and claw method for cutting food. When we were deciding what to put in our sandwiches we had to remember that they needed to look appetising and needed to be an example of a balanced diet. Year 4 did a great job!

Year 4- Taste Testing

Date: 22nd Jan 2024 @ 8:22pm

This half term, Year 4 are creating their own platter of sandwiches. To help decide what fillings they wanted in their sandwich, they tasted 15 different fillings and 3 types of bread. Whilst tasting the different foods, the children wrote down their thoughts about the appearance, smell, taste and texture of the foods. We then used these ideas to create a class table of descriptions. 

Year 4 - River Ribble Trust Week 1

Date: 18th Jan 2024 @ 9:33am

Today we welcomed colleagues from River Ribble Trust for their first session with us. We focused on the key question ‘How do people use rivers?’ We looked at various ways in which people use rivers for their livelihood, leisure and the environment around the world. We looked at the importance of rivers in our daily lives and why we need to minimise pollution. We looked at key features of rivers  and used maps to identify them.

Year 4 - No Pen morning

Date: 16th Jan 2024 @ 1:28pm

In Year 4, we were introduced to a multiplication competition on a website called Emile first thing this morning and we did lots of times tables to gain points for our school. Then we went on a typing skills website ( where we put on headphones and practised some typing skills. After we learnt typing skills, we learned how to use some of the skills on Google Docs (e.g bold, italic). We then used these skills to highlight some of the features of a Newspaper report like we have been doing in Reading into Writing. In Maths, some children matched 3D and 2D shapes into the correct columns on a worksheet. Everyone else continued their work on multiplying 2 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers.

Year 4 - Road Safety

Date: 15th Jan 2024 @ 6:30pm

This morning we had a Road Safety assembly and then this afternoon we did some more work around Road Safety. We started by looking at maps and finding either our own house or someone we know who lives close by and looking at their walking route to school. We looked at how many roads would have to be crossed over and what help there is (if at all). Then we looked at pictures and had to decide if they were safe or unsafe. Last we were given four scenarios and we had to decide how we would keep safe in that scenario.

Year 4 - Fitness (Circuit training)

Date: 15th Jan 2024 @ 6:26pm

Today we start our Fitness unit. We recapped some circuit activities such as step up and star jumps, then we learned to how to do squats, lateral side steps and lunges.

Year 4 - Learning our spellings

Date: 12th Jan 2024 @ 1:13pm

We kicked off the first Friday of Spring 1 learning our spelling rules and the definitions of our words.

Year 4- Finding Features of News Articles

Date: 11th Jan 2024 @ 1:06pm

In Reading into Writing, Year 4 have been identifying structural and language features of newspaper reports and online news articles. Firstly, we looked at some examples of newspaper articles and highlighted the features that we noticed. After this, we used our digital literacy skills to look at some news articles online and were given post it notes to label the features that we found. We will continue to read and annotate a range of news articles and will plan and write our own news article in the next couple of weeks.

Year 4 - UK Flashback and discovering what a river is

Date: 9th Jan 2024 @ 8:25pm

Today we started our Geography unit about Rivers. To start the lesson, we did our flashback about the UK; naming the countries, capital cities, oceans and seas. Then we used information around the room to discover what a river is. Afterwards, we looked for some of the longest rivers in the world on a map.

Year 4 - Christmas Party

Date: 22nd Dec 2023 @ 8:44am

What an afternoon!! And a special guest appearance...

Year 4 - Shape times shape

Date: 21st Dec 2023 @ 11:48am

We really tested our tired Christmas brains this morning! Miss Crystal and Miss Bates were really proud of how well we worked together to solve this NRich problem.

Year 4 - RE Christmas Story

Date: 20th Dec 2023 @ 11:46am

Today we used our Art pathway skills (Storytelling through drawing) to draw and paint a scene from the Christmas Story. We used the medium of watercolours for the background and we used a stencil to cut out a silhouette for Mary, Joseph and the donkey.

Year 4 - Oracy skills

Date: 18th Dec 2023 @ 9:23am

Continuing with our focus on oracy this year, together we wrote our discussion guidelines. These are rules that we all agree we need to follow to be able to have good oracy skills. Afterwards, we introduced two new oracy groupings: Nest and Traverse. Previously, we have used the groupings Pair, Trio and Circle. The children were brilliant at remembering how the groupinga worked and what was expected of them whilst listening and speaking.

Year 4 - Maple's elf

Date: 15th Dec 2023 @ 9:15am

One of Santa's elves has been visiting us recently. Today, we brought a snowman from the North Pole to visit us. Unfortunately, the snowman had melted. We discussed why he had melted and used our States of Matter knowledge from Science to work out that the classroom was too hot. Someone asked if we could take him to the freezer but we realised we couldn't because he would then freeze in the shape of the container.

Year 4 - Storytelling through drawing

Date: 12th Dec 2023 @ 4:34pm

Today we evaluated our art from last week (based on the poem 'A Day in Autumn'). We used evaluation post it notes and stem sentences to write about our illustrations. Then we used our reflections to start our final pieces.

Year 4 - Elf-lympics and Christmas dinner!

Date: 11th Dec 2023 @ 7:49pm

Today we took part in the Elf-lympics playing for points for our houses. Then we enjoyed a yummy Christmas Dinner in our Christmas jumpers!

Year 4 - Commitment and sacrifice

Date: 7th Dec 2023 @ 9:47pm

Today we practised our oracy skills when discussing how we sacrifice things to be committed to things we love. Just like Muslims are committed during Ramadan. We used an oracy grouping called 'Circle' where one person spoke and everyone had to listen to what they are committed to and what they sacrifice. Everyone outside the circle had to use their listening skills.