Welcome to Year 4
Welcome to Year 4. Our two teachers are Mrs Copeland in 4C and Mr Ward in 4W. Our excellent teaching assistants are Mrs Szymanowska and Ms Boyer. Miss Kendall supports and challenges groups of children in her intervention work. Miss Thresh is our PPA teacher in year 4.
When Mickey Met Wallace
In our 1st topic of the summer term the children were concentrating more on the Arts and ICT.
We began by exploring ‘What is animation?’ and when you heard the word, animation, what did it make you think of? The children will be discussed their favourite cartoon characters, before being asked to draw them. We then explored cartoons that aren’t animated and animations that are not cartoons.
We looked at how pictures moved in the past through zoetrope and flipbooks. The children were able to evaluate a range of books, before making their own flip book. Moving onto Mickey Mouse, we watched his first appearance in a moving picture and looked at how he has developed over the years from 2d to 3d. We loved the animations such as Steamboat Willie! The children put various pictures of Mickey Mouse in chronological order, before attempting to draw an old and a more modern picture of him.
We then moved on to more modern times and carried out research into Wallace and Gromit. The children discovered how the animations were created before attempting to make their own character out of clay. We got very messy!
Our final look at cartoons concentrated on the work of Davey Law who famously created the Beano characters. The children had opportunities to draw and collage a range of characters.
Throughout the 5 weeks, the children carried out drama work connected to appliances from the past studied Beethoven in depth, resulting in the children creating The Beethoven Beat rap.
In Computing the children created animations in various styles, from digital flipbooks to stick figure animations.
We had amazing fun and have learnt a vast range of skills this half term!
Rocky the Findosaur
In our 2nd half term our topic is Rocky the Findosaur!
We will begin by finding and comparing rocks, discussing if they are man-made or natural. Then we will move onto the different rock classifications and what makes them all different and how we can sort them.
After that we will begin to look at fossils and will watch the Fossil Rock Anthem! We will learn how fossils are made and will observe and compare them based on their properties. We will move from this to pose question about what the animal may have been and where it might have come from.
Next we will look at the muddy topic of soil! We will learn what soil is and why it is important before looking at what different substances soil is made from. We will test how water reacts with soil before looking at different types of soil and making a soil cocktail!
Then we will ask ourselves… “What’s the matter?” We are going to be looking at the different states of matter – solid, liquid and gas and focus on how the molecules react with each other in these states. We will then look at the different states and water and link to the evaporation and condensation of water as seen in the water cycle.
We are going to have a very busy final half term!
Spring 2 – A Right Royal Battle/ Window on the World
This half term we will be having two topics! We will look at “A Right Royal Battle” first. This will start with us learning all about who the Normans are before looking at the famous events of 1066. We will ask questions and decipher who William the Conqueror was and then move on to the battle itself and how it changed our country.
The second half will be a topic called “Window on the World” and will be focusing on the whole world. We will look at how the world imports and exports goods across different countries. This will link onto the idea of fair trade and we will learn all about what fair trade is and even make fair trade snacks to sell! Finally we will look at the issues of deforestation and extinction and hopefully our funds from the fair trade snacks will help these issues.
Spring 1 – From Out of the Shadows
As part of our Out of the Shadows topic the children learnt all about light, sound and electricity. We looked at different light sources and even created running tops that would be reflective and keep the wearer safe. After that we experimented with puppets to alter the size of shadows by moving closer/further from the light source. We moved on to electricity and had a “shocking” time creating a circuit and altering the components to test the effects. In our sound section we learnt how the different parts of the ear works and how sound travels in straight lines. We also tested how pitch and volume affects sound waves in a test involving making chocolate dance! Finally we finished the topic with an amazing half day activity which allowed us to play with toys and games involving circuits, sound and light elements, we all really enjoyed it.
Autumn Term 2
We began this term with a special Spanish/DT fortnight.
During the 2 weeks we focussed our afternoon work on Spain/ish and design technology.
We focussed upon:
In design technology, the children tasted Spanish food and made Spanish omelettes, learning basic skills such as washing, slicing and mixing.
They also focussed upon skills such as cutting, joining, measuring and designing during our project: making souvenir boxes.
Spirit of Christmas
We focussed on Germany, learning about festive traditions and customs, particularly those associated with Christmas.
Our chosen country to focus upon in Year 4 was Germany.
We began by finding out where Germany is in Europe, its surrounding countries and its main cities and rivers. The children carried out research into what Germany is famous for e.g. cars, inventing x-rays, sausages, etc.
We looked at some traditional Christmas tales associated with Germany.
The children focussed upon Christmas preparation in Germany: Christkindl, Knecht Ruprecht and St Nicholas and the stories behind the traditions.
They designed and mod-rocked shoes ready to leave out on the eve of St Nicholas; the well behaved children received bags of sweets in their shoes, while one or two children received sticks, with a hope that their behaviour would improve.
The children had the opportunity to taste a variety of German food and researched what the Germans traditionally ate over the Christmas period.
Christmas markets were studied, with the main ones being located on maps and the children discovered the different goods that were sold there.
We observed similarities and differences between how Christmas is celebrated in this country and how it is celebrated in Germany.
The children looked at and researched more origins of some of Christmas traditions from the past. They put Christmas firsts onto a timeline in chronological order. The children handled artefacts from the museum and made intelligent predictions about what the objects were used for.
The children smelt different spices for baking, before designing their own German sweet treat. They then made, decorated and ate the biscuits. In the final week, a German Christmas market was set up in the hall. Children came dressed appropriately and spent ‘German’ money on lots of lovely treats such as Lebkuchen, pretzels, gingerbread and hot mulled punch.