Year 4: Blog items

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.

Year 4- Writing Playscripts

Date: 7th Dec 2023 @ 4:28pm

Year 4 have been focusing on writing playscripts. This week, we have watched a couple of the scenes from Arthur Christmas and have written a film script of these scenes as a class. We have thoroughly enjoyed looking at the main features of play/film scripts and using these in our own shared writing. We look forward to planning and drafting our own film scripts later on this half term.

Year 4 - Presenting yourself

Date: 7th Dec 2023 @ 3:52pm

This half term we have been learning to present ourselves. We have learned to answer the questions "Common tu t'appelle?", "Quel âge as tu?" and "Où habites-tu?" We have also been responding to the questions "Ca va?". Lots of our work has been verbal, but here's some of our written work.

Year 4 - Enterprise

Date: 7th Dec 2023 @ 9:02am

This week, we learned about what enterprise means. We were then told that we had an enterprise project for the school Christmas Fair. Next, we went into Redcliffes and made reindeer food ready to sell at the Christmas Fair in a few weeks time.

Year 4- Laurel's Reading Champions

Date: 30th Nov 2023 @ 7:57pm

Well done to our new Reading Champions in Laurel. You have read three times this week and been on Reading Plus for half an hour. Hopefully there will be more pupils in Laurel that can earn their Reading Champion badges! Keep up the good work! 

Year 4 - Acting from a filmscript

Date: 30th Nov 2023 @ 10:15am

In Reading into Writing we have been looking at playscripts and filmscripts. Today we had a go at acting out part of the filmscript from Arthur Christmas.

Year 4 - Most effective toothpaste

Date: 30th Nov 2023 @ 8:50am

This week we tested which the most effective toothpaste is. We observe how damaged egg shells (representing our teeth enamel) were after leaving them in white vinegar for 24 hours. We had one control egg, one egg covered in children's toothpaste, one egg covered in a toothpaste which cost £1 and one egg covered in a toothpaste which cost £5. Which do you think was the most effective? Ask a Year 4 child for the answer!

Year 4 - Starting a sequence

Date: 30th Nov 2023 @ 8:46am

After learning new rolls and jumps (pike, straddle and forward straddle), we have started to look at how we can put them into a sequence ready to perform to the rest of the class.

Year 4 - Retouching

Date: 24th Nov 2023 @ 2:12pm

Today we recapped what the internet is. Then we used our previously learnt image editing skills such as cropping and cloning to retouch images.

Year 4 - Digestive System

Date: 20th Nov 2023 @ 8:31pm

Last week, we were introduced to the digestive system. Using our new knowledge, today we made our own digestive system to represent what it's like inside our bodies.

Year 4 - Eid Al-Fitr research

Date: 20th Nov 2023 @ 1:44pm

In RE we are learning about Islam. Today, we researched more about Eid Al-Fitr. We found out lots of information about Eid from around the classroom and then we used all the information we gathered as a table to make a Google Slide. This gave us chance to practise our digital literacy skills too.

Year 4 - Storytelling through drawing

Date: 14th Nov 2023 @ 3:01pm

Today we practised the medium of charcoal. We did some mark making first, then we set scenes to draw.

Year 4 - More Reading Champions!

Date: 14th Nov 2023 @ 2:57pm

We have three more Reading Champions in Maple class this week ! Well done you three.

Year 4 - Anti Bullying Week

Date: 13th Nov 2023 @ 8:52pm

Our focus this Anti-Bullying Week was : To know how bullying takes place within a group and the different roles people play.

In the morning, we took part in the BBC's Live Lesson.

Then, in the afternoon, we used resources from the Anti-Bullying Alliance's website to look at and discuss the roles that are involved in bullying. We looked at different scenarios and discussed who was playing which role and how the scenarios could be handled.

To finish the day, in our odd socks, we listened to a Now, Press, Play experience based on Anti-Bullying Week where numerous scenarios played out and we got to hear and feel how the characters were thinking and feeling.

Year 4- Keeping Teeth Healthy

Date: 10th Nov 2023 @ 4:42pm

This half-term, Year 4 our topic in science is Animals including Humans. Over the past couple of weeks, we have been looking at the functions of each one of our teeth. After this, we modelled our own teeth using playdough. We have also looked at why it is important that we brush our teeth twice a day. To test why we need to do this, we put 6 eggs into a range of different liquids and observed what happened to their shells. We found that the driinks with the most sugar caused the egg shells to decay and discolour. This showed us that too many sugary drinks can damage our teeth. 

Year 4 - Remembrance poppies

Date: 9th Nov 2023 @ 9:05am

In preparation for Remembrance Day over the weekend, we have been busy doing an art activitiy to make poppy art. We have spoken about why we celebrate Remembrance Day and practise a new medium using clay in art. Year 3 created the background of our clay art using charcoal. We have also been looking at some famous Remembrance poems and some children have used their best handwriting to rewrite them.

Year 4 - Visual Notes

Date: 2nd Nov 2023 @ 2:12pm

Today we started our Storytelling through Drawing pathway. We research by ourselves using our digital literacy skills on the laptops about two illustrators called Laura Carlin and Shaun Tan. We then used all the research we found to make visual notes about one of the artists in our sketchbook.

Year 4 - Gymnastics

Date: 30th Oct 2023 @ 8:40pm

This half term, we are doing Gymnastics during our in school PE lesson with Miss Crystal and Miss Bates. During our first lesson, after a stretching warm up, we focused on how to safely complete a jump and we recapped previous jumps we have learned such as a star jump. Today, we looked at a straddle jump, pike jump and half turn.

Year 4- Laurel's Reading Champions

Date: 30th Oct 2023 @ 7:54pm

Well done to the first Reading Champions in Laurel Class! They have been reading at home at least 3 times a week and accessed Reading Plus for at least 30 minutes. We are excited to see who our next Reading Champions will be. 

Year 4 - Final Products

Date: 30th Oct 2023 @ 10:19am

We finished our Christmas cards for The Card Factory! We designed them on laptops and made them move using a lever mechanism.

Year 4- Core Vocabulary and Phonetics

Date: 18th Oct 2023 @ 4:25pm

This half-term, Year 4 have been recapping core vocabulary from Year 3 such as numbers to 20, colours, days of the week, days of the month and months of the year. We have also learnt the essential French sounds and vowels. We have recapped and practised these sounds and words through a range of methods. For example, we used a song to recap the days of the week. We are looking forward to becoming more confident with our French speaking next half-term!

Year 4 - Another Reading Champion!!

Date: 17th Oct 2023 @ 10:56am

Well done to another Reading Champion in Maple class! 


We have lots of children reading their reading books at least 3 times a week, but you MUST be going on Reading Plus for at least 30 minutes!

Year 4 - What did the Romans do for us?

Date: 17th Oct 2023 @ 10:23am

During No Pen Morning, we investigated what legacies the Romans left behind. We were tasked with finding two red herrings in our investigating too. We couldn't believe how much the Romans brought to Britain during their time here and what we still use today!

Year 4 - The Water Cycle

Date: 16th Oct 2023 @ 9:54pm

Over the last few weeks, we have been putting all of our States of Matter knowledge together to learn about The Water Cycle. We created a model of the cycle in class then we used our knowledge to write a story about 'Robbie the rainddrop' and his journey around The Water Cycle.

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