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Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!

Our Class Teacher is Miss Clark.
Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs O' Beirne. 

Year 4 Non-Negotiables for Writing, Reading and Maths

Year 4 Welcome Meeting

This week, Year 4 have been exploring climate in the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn and contrasting weather in these regions with the weather in the U.K. All of the children had the opportunity to produce their own weather report.

This week, Year 4 have been learning how to construct an electrical circuit. We focused on how to work safely with electricity, how to choose the appropriate equipment, and how to construct the circuit.

Our Learning Journey 2021-2022

This week the children have been working really hard in their groups for our DT project the Great British Bake Off. All the children really impressed me with how hard they worked and with the quality of the work they produce. Here are a few pictures from our bread making.

Year 4 have really enjoyed competing in sports week. They have all shown brilliant Olympic and Gade Valley values and should be proud of themselves.

Year 4 have enjoyed learning all about water for science day. They worked well together to complete the water pipeline challenge where they had to transport water from one side of the playground to the other using a variety of items. They also explored what happens when water mixes with skittles.

This week in Year 4 we have begun our learning about The Romans. We learnt that they are famous for creating intricate pictures called mosaics using small square tiles. We were inspired to create our own Roman mosaics.

Year 4’s Jubilee video

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This week in Maths we have taken our learning outdoors. The children have been learning about ordering decimals. They generated their numbers by completing long jumps and then ordered and compared their results.

Year 4 had great fun during their GOAL day this week. The children explored shape, wrote instruction for a new game and even visited Gadebridge park to explore settlements.

This week we have been visited by baby ducklings! We enjoyed spending time with them, watching them waddle around our classroom and even holding them. Below are a few pictures of our time with them.

Goldilocks and The Three Bears- We really enjoyed performing the play. Here are some pictures of the performance.

Go Outside And Learn - Survival. Year 4 had a fantastic day learning outside today. We were imagining we had been stranded on a desert island and had to survive. We learnt about the things we needed to survive including food, water and shelter. Below are some pictures from our day.

This week the children of Year 3 and 4 went on a fantastic trip to the Roald Dahl Museum. We had lots of fun learning about Roald Dahl's life and exploring all the interactive activities the museum had to offer. We also explore Great Missenden where Roald Dahl was inspired to write lots of his stories. Below are some photos from the day.

This week in Year 4 we have been learning about measurements in Maths. We began by learning about time including how to calculate time intervals using the frog method and then moved on to learning about area and perimeter. Below are some examples of the children's work.

Year 4 have really enjoyed sharing stories with children from other classes as part of Book Week. All the children were really attentive and caring towards the younger children.

In geography, the children were learning about how water is treated before it arrives at our homes. They were set a challenge to clean a cup of dirty water using a range of equipment such as sieves and filters.

Explanation texts The children in Year 4 have been working hard to create explanation texts about the Water Cycle. They have thought carefully about the different processes and features of an explanation text to create their work which is displayed in our class. 

Melting chocolate This week in science, the children have been learning about melting and freezing points. They conducted their own investigations to find the melting point of chocolate. 

The Water Cycle This week in Year 4 we have been learning about the Water Cycle. The children learnt to use the correct terminology to describe the process and created their own flow-charts, some of which can be seen below. 

Merry Christmas from Year 4: It has been a fantastic first term in year 4. The children have worked really hard and are a credit to the school. Thank you for all of my very kind presents and cards. I hope you all have a fantastic break and I look forward o welcoming the children back in the New Year. 

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Riddles in the Dark

This week the children have had great fun learning to write riddles. We read the chapter 'Riddles in the Dark' from The Hobbit and then had our own competition between Bilbo and Gollum. Below are some of the children's riddles. Can you solve them?

 

I whirl past the streets,

over ground and under ground,

gears turning hear me shriek,

don't fall in my path or you will not return.

What am I?

(Jackson and Kasey)

 

I have a mouth but I don't speak,

I have fingers that I don't move,

I hide in my box in the summer and come out in the winter.

What am I?

(Poppy and Cooper)

 

I dark but dead by night,

I follow you to give me a fright,

You can never break me,

and never make me.

What am I?

(Isabella and Logan R)

The Science of Sound

This week the children have been learning about how we hear sound. They have used what they have learnt to create their own programmes entitled 'The Science of Sound'. Below is an example of one of our programmes. 

Science of Sound

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Diwali Dance Workshop

This week the children were taught a fantastic Diwali dance. The class worked really hard to learn all the different steps and really enjoyed themselves. Below are a few photos from the session.

Hudnall Park

This week Year 4 went on a fantastic trip to Hundall Park. The children (and adults) learnt a range of map reading skills including how to read a compass, how to create a journey stick and even how to make your own compass using the sun. All the children really enjoyed the day and were attentive and motivated throughout the day. 

Growth Mindset Workshop

This week the children took part in a Growth mindset workshop. Ian, who ran the workshop, and I were extremely impressed by the fantastic attitude the children demonstrated. In the session the children were shown how to draw Gromit using Ian's picture and instructions to help. They were encouraged to learn from their mistakes and persevere when they found the task challenging. Here is their finished artwork.

Maths treasure hunting

This week the children took their learning outside. They had to use their ability to add and subtract 10s, 100s and 1000s to solve a series of clues which had been hidden in the woodland. The children showed a great understanding and really enjoyed their time outside. 

Super Scientists

This week the children have been learning all about static electricity. They learnt how it is caused and then completed a range of experiments to see it in action. Here our a couple of our class professors with 2 of our favourite experiments.

Floating tissue paper

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Water bending

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Wow what a fantastic start to Year 4! The children have worked hard and have settled in really well. This week they have been creating wanted posters and bandit nicknames for themselves. Here are some of their pictures.

Goodbye from Mr Hakner and Mrs Reeve

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St Alban's Museum

The children had a brilliant day today at St Alban's Museum learning all about the history of the Romans in Britain. All the children were a attentive and motivated and were a credit to the school. Below are a selection of pictures of our time at the museum as well as some of the children enjoying the path afterwards. 

The Romans

This week the children having been having lots of fun making edible Roman roads using chocolate, custard and biscuits. Below is a selection of pictures of the children working together to make their Roman roads as well as some instructions they created to go with them.

Sports Week 2021

I have been really impressed with the children this week. They have all shown fantastic sportsmanship and the CHAMP qualities. It has been lovely to hear them cheering for each other. 

Sports day 2021- Year 4 Flat Races

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Year 4 Relay Race

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Year 4 Middle Distance Run

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Summer 2

 

This week, the children have been enjoying the return of swimming at Gade Valley. I have been impressed by the children's ability and attitude during these sessions. 

 

Additionally, the children have been creating work based on the classic children's tale Charlotte's Web. On Friday they created Kenning Poem and performed them to the rest of the class. 

Kenning Poems

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Summer 1

This week the children have been working hard recording their class assembly. They all did a fantastic job. Here are the children singing ‘Lean on me’ as part of our assembly.

Lean on me

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This week we have been investigating area and perimeter in Maths. The children have been measuring objects on our playground and calculating their area and perimeter.

In addition to our Maths learning, we have also been learning about the city of Pompeii as part of our Roman topic. The children have been creating their own Mount Vesuvius.

This week the children have begun learning about the Roman Empire. They have learnt all about Roman Mosaics and were inspired to create their own ones.

Spring 2
This week the children have continued their learning about 'The secret sky garden' and we were inspired to create our own kites. 
The children have also continued to care and water their sunflowers which are getting bigger everyday.

What an exciting 1st week back we have had. The children have been busy learning about the book 'The secret sky garden'. 

In Literacy they have created posters to encourage people to look after our environment. 

In Science and DT we have been busy planting sunflower seeds and creating grassheads. 
We have also created our own secret sky garden above our heads using flowers that we made from coloured napkins. 

We have been having fun developing our orienteering skills.

In English, we have been writing diary entries about our school day.

In PE we played boccia. The aim of the game is to get your balls as close to the yellow target as you can. Each colour has a different point. red 1, blue 5 and yellow 10. The children worked really well in their teams!

Welcome to our Year 4 Class Assembly!

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English

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Guided Reading

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Once Upon a Time

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Maths

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Take 5

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Science

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PE - running skills

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PE - football skills

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PE - tennis skills

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PE - basketball skills

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DT

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Art

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Computing

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Our topic this half term is All Around the World. We enjoyed researching different countries and creating fact files about them.

In Art, we have been researching animals around the world. We created a collaborative piece of a lion focussing on colour and we have drawn animals with the focus of symmetry, proportion as well as light & dark areas.

In computing, we enjoyed creating our own personal wordles about our school.

We have been great mathematicians, adding and subtracting multiples of 10,100 and 1000 as well as counting in multiples of 25.

In English, we have been reading the story Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers and have enjoyed writing our own mindfulness poems inspired by the poem ‘A Love Letter To The Stars’.

Our learning journey for 2019/2020

For World Book Day, we designed a new front cover for our some of our favourite books.

We had great fun participating at a speed stacking event.

In Science the children have been learning to use thermometers to take the temperature and record their findings accurately.

In P.E, we have been learning different types of dance from around the world. This week, we have been learning the Haka .

We had fun identifying birds in our local area for Birdwatch Day. We researched and made fact files for some of the birds we saw.

We made posters to promote awareness for E-Safety Week!

This week we have been learning to make sequences in gymnastics. We had to include a starting position, two rolls, three jumps, two balances and an ending.

This week we have been writing an explanation of how the Water Cycle works. We worked really hard on our presentation.

For homework, the children produced posters explaining how the Water Cycle works. We are really impressed by the quality of their work and proud of how much effort they have put in.