Welcome to Year 4's Learning Page
Here, you will find out about all our magnificent learning and educational escapades! This year, we will be gathering knowledge on a diverse range of topics, producing creative and engaging pieces writing, securing our times tables and delving deeper into the world of problem solving!
There are some handy documents for you to view to give you a little more detail on our termly and yearly plans!
Here are a few links to websites for a range of English, maths and other curricular activities which you can use to practise the skills we teach at school or even to just delve into other subjects!
In Term 3, our exciting topic was Stone Age Survival! We began the term, by creating Stone Age inspired necklaces from clay before looking at our first text, UG. This comic followed the story of UG, a Stone Age boy who is determined to find himself soft warm trousers instead of his hard stone ones. We loved this funny story and we were inspired to compare our life to UG’s in a letter. Following our exciting Stone Age survival day, we wrote a set of instructions detailing how to make bread, light a fire and other Stone Age skills. Later in the term, we read two more fantastic books, Stone Age Boy (which led us to write our own time slip stories) and Pebble in my Pocket (which led us to write beautiful poems). We worked hard this term to develop our range of sentence openers.
This term, we developed our knowledge and understanding of fractions. We built on our previous learning to find fractions of amounts, fractions of a set of objects, compare and order fractions and solve a variety of problems. We began looking at decimal numbers and linked these to fractions. We improved our ability to round and find equivalent decimals and fractions.
Design & Technology
In Term 3, we used our knowledge of the Stone Age to design and create a diorama. We worked in small teams to carefully plan and select appropriate materials for each part of our models. After refining our plans, we spent an exciting day constructing our scene from the Stone Age. The results were phenomenal and we were so proud to share our finished products to parents and carers at our showcase event!
Stone Age Survival Workshop
In Term 3, we had a fantastic ‘Stone Age Survival’ workshop in school! We completed different activities to really understand what life was like in the Stone Age. Our outdoor activities included grain crushing to make bread, lighting fire using flint, using natural materials to create cave paintings and den making!
Topic: Deadly 60!
What a wonderful second term Year 4 have had this autumn! We have thoroughly enjoyed our Deadly 60 topic which started off with an amazing trip to Bristol Zoo where we took part in a Made in Madagascar workshop and learnt lots about the wildlife that lives there. Inspired by Steve Backshaw’s latest show, Deadly Mission Madagascar, we have learnt a great deal this term about Madagascar’s human and physical geography.
In literacy this term, our writing was completely animal inspired! Our first key text was the exciting Fantastic Mr Fox, which we used as a stimulus for narratives. We then moved on to write a newspaper report following the shocking incident of two fox cubs ransacking the Whitehall kitchen! Later in the term, we studied the elusive Artic Yeti, before creating our own deadly creatures and writing a non-chronological about them.
In Maths this term, we have developing our knowledge and understanding of multiplication and division. We have been focusing on learning our times tables, using factor pairs and developing a range of mental strategies to help us multiply. We have also been looking at formal methods for multiplication and division such as the grid method and and short division. We have developed our problem solving and reasoning skills through a range of Deadly60 inspired problems!
This term, we have been learning about living things and their habitats. We learnt about the seven life processes that determine if something is a living organism, before moving on to look at different species of animal. We went on an invertebrate hunt in our local environment and created classification keys to classify the species we found. We then learnt about food chains and how one change in the food chain can impact all the other connected species. We finished the term looking at adaptations and creating our own creatures especially adapted to their environments.
We are very excited to have started our Castles topic and have already discovered lots of interesting facts! Did you know that the largest castle is in Prague at 570 metres tall?! This term we will be learning all about the different parts of a castle and why they were built, ready to design an impenetrable castle of our own! We will also learn about the different types of weaponry used to defend castles and have a go at making some!
Trip to Chepstow Castle
During our second week, Year 4 went on a fantastic trip to Chepstow Castle as part our Castles topic. We received a tour from historical facilitator Neil Eddiford who taught us about the different parts of the castle and their uses. He also gave a weapons display and demonstrated swords and archery - it was amazing! Then we explored the castle in small groups and took part in a scavenger hunt to learn about the owners and staff who used to work in the castle. It was a great day out!
We began the term by looking at a tradition folk tale, ‘The Cobbler and the Dragon’ – which explained how Krakow gained its name, before going on to create our own folk story. Following our fantastic trip, we wrote Trip Advisor reviews and persuasive brochures about Chepstow Castle and the castle that we built in teams. After this, we created our own fantastic instructions for storming a castle using lots of the facts and technical vocabulary we had learnt in our topic lessons. Finally, we looked at lots of different versions of Robin Hood, and created our own outlaw story where we were the heroes of our story and defeated the evil lord.
In Maths, we have been focusing on place value of numbers up to 10,000 as well as rounding and negative numbers. We have also been developing our mental and written methods for addition and subtraction. We have been practising our skills of estimating and checking answers using the inverse. We have also been solving one-step and two-step problems and investigative problems.
Our first science topic has been states of matter! We began by defining a solid, liquid and a gas. We then investigated their properties by planning and conducting a range of scientific experiments. We recorded our information in results tables and graphs and used it to see if our predictions were right!
This term our theme has been, ‘Being Me in My World’ and allowed us to explore how we worked in a class ‘team’, being a school citizen and the importance of our rights and responsibilities in school. We worked collaboratively to produce a Class Charter which we will follow for the rest of the year.
In terms 1 and 2, Year 4 will be learning to play the steel drum. The steel drum originates from Trinidad and Tobago and is their national instrument. We will be receiving lessons from Fraser (an external music teacher) and learning several songs before performing to parents and carers.