Welcome to Year 4’s page for the new school year. Our first topic the Rotten Romans has got off to a flying start as we have already learned lots about their impressive empire!
The new year is upon us and 2018 has kicked off with a bang! Our themes for the spring terms are the Ancient Egyptians, electricity and WWI
A bright idea!
This term year 4 have developed their understanding of electricity and how circuits work. We began by creating simple circuits, then moving onto the differences between series and parallel circuits as well as experimenting what would happen if we increased the amount of components and power sources. This week we have investigated which materials are effective conductors and insulators, our next step is to study how switches work.
This afternoon all of lower KS2 joined in with the BBC live lesson SUPER MOVERS! It was half an hour session on decimals, fractions and percentages. It was a lot of fun and we even got our school name announced for the whole country to see!
Well done guys!
24 hours in Attenborough
As part of our school’s 24 hours learning about a scientist, year 4 delved deep into the natural sciences and learned all about BBC legend, David Attenborough. We filmed voice overs for some of his most favourite clips from his 30 years of broadcasting. We also used molding clay to create replicas of some of the animals that we had seen on those clips.
What’s the matter?
The scientists are at it again in year 4! This time we have been looking at the process that occurs when states of matter change from solids to liquids. We have studied how solids, liquids and gases are made up of particles and what they may look like under the microscope.
We planned our test and carried it out observing the process of changing states we even discussed that solids can come in all sorts of different forms Ice, chocolate and bread were just some of the examples we used.
South American adventures!
As part of our study of South America we have found out about the different types of weather climate that the continent of South America has, some of the more famous landmarks as well as the human and physical features of the thirteen different countries! The children have created impressive fact-filled information posters about one of the many countries.
We have also looked at some of the more exotic wildlife that the South American countries have to offer and developed our art skills by drawing these using (or smudging) oil pastels!
Following our study of the digestive system our little scientists have carried out an experiment to see which liquids decay our teeth quicker! We have placed hard boiled eggs in different liquids and are tracking them over the course of the week. We have learned how to ensure our test is fair and made a sensible prediction from our knowledge on what decays teeth!
I think we will have a few more children wanting to drink only water from now on!
Flexing our creative muscles, over the past two weeks the children have been studying and creating their own mosaics, we first planned the design and made them on card and then today made them out of clay! I think they now understand how long it must have taken to tile an entire floor in the Roman times!
This term our topic is Rainforests. Below is a link to our learning lighthouse.
Learning lighthouse Rainforests
Wow! What an amazing few days Year 4 had with Morecambe High when they went Ghyll Scrambling in the lakes. There is another group still to go too! Thanks to our pupil premium money our children can experience wonderful things like this. Thanks to Morecambe High!
Year 4 were lucky enough to experience the amazing Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra today! We learnt about the different families that are in an orchestra and world famous composers.
Year 4 were treated to a visit from More Music’s Ben, who helped us learn to develop and perform our Willy Wonka Rap
4D did a fantastic job researching and designing their own chocolate bar wrappers and even made their own Wonka bar with a secret ingredient!
Year 4 investigated electricity and made some fantastic circuits
Learning lighthouse Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Year 4 Gymnastics
Year 4 took part in the Gymnastics competition at Heysham High- They performed beautifully and came 2nd overall- well done!
Year 4 RE
Diana, from NISCU came to talk to Year 4 about The Nativity Story. The children enjoyed
learning the story through games, music and a quiz!
Well Done Boys!!!
A huge well done to the year 4 boys that played at Heysham High in a inter school tournament this week. It was the first competition for year 4 this year and they played really well! They just missed out on getting through to the final stages of the competition. Well done!
Year 4 kicked started their new theme, the Terrible Tudors, today researching the Kings and Queens from the period. This included using QR codes and non-fiction books. We also had a look at Henry VIII, his six wives and his short temper!
Values Day – Fridenship
Today the whole school took part in a values day and year 4 chose to look at the value of friendship. We discussed why friendship is important and how we can use it within school to help us to learn. We took part in some team building activities and created a friendship chain using the qualities we thought made a great friend!
Some of our children in year 4 have been very excited about joining the new book club. Have fun reading and discussing some brilliant books that have been chosen for you!
World Book Day
Year 4 have celebrated 100 years of Roald Dahl by looking at one of his most famous books ‘The BFG’. We have been writing our very own dreams and dressed up as our favourite Roald Dahl character.
During the summer term, Year 4 will be looking at Rainforests.
Look out for copies of the Learning Lighthouse heading home!!
Welcome to Year 4. We have had a brilliant year so far, exploring the magical world of Hogwarts with Harry Potter, researching the life and death of King Richard III and spending time looking at our national sporting heroes who show British Values that we can all look up to. Willy Wonka has also made a special appearance, offering the children the chance to win a sixth golden ticket! We have looked at issues with global significance, such as the weather, as well as national stories, including 24hours in Remembrance Day. Locally, we have visited Morecambe to see the Midland Hotel and Winter Gardens. We used this experience to compare how the buildings have changed since the 1920/1930’s. We also ventured to Arnside for our sponsored walk, it was a great day out for all of Year 4.
Year 4 enjoyed brilliant afternoon in the Midland Hotel, we had a tour of the building and got the chance to ask lots of questions about the design, some of the features and interior of the fantastic 1920’s themed building. We also had the chance to experience a lovely afternoon tea, with sandwiches and cake.
We had a fantastic time today trying to break some of our own world records that we had come up with as a class. They included popping 78 balloons in 1 minute and 3 seconds, managing to put 53 pencils in Nadia’s hair in 3 minutes and trying to keep Megan off the floor by taping her to the wall.
Today we finished our instruments and composed a short piece of tribal music. Can you spot some of the animals hiding in our Year 4 rainforest?
Keeping up with our Rainforest theme we have been making and designing our own jungle inspired instruments so we can then create and perform our own tribal music.
In class this afternoon we have been revising our Spanish greetings and simple questions. We worked together in small groups to come up with a short conversation which some children then showed to the rest of the class. Muy buen!
Our value this half term is TRUST. We have talked about who we trust and the ways we can show trust towards other people. Here are a couple of examples of some of the trust games we played in class.
Angelic voices could be heard coming from our classroom today! We also used a variety of musical instruments to create a rhythm which would accompany the beautiful singing.
We have had a busy afternoon finishing off our tropical rainforest information books. We have researched the anatomy, habitat, diet and threats to some of the animals living in the Amazon Rainforest.
Year 4 were lucky enough to have the opportunity to go rock climbing, some had to overcome their fears and conquer the wall but with the support and help of their classmates most children made it all the way to the top!
Our sponsored walk to Arnside Knott was a success. The weather was brilliant and we all had a great time eating our lunch while looking at the stunning views.
In 4M we love a little bit of drama, today our classroom was transformed into the chocolate factory and Willy Wonka made several special appearances.