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We are a super Year 4 class and our fantastic teachers are Mrs Farr and Mrs Drew. Mrs Farr usually teaches us on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and half a day on Thursday, then Mrs Drew usually teaches us for half a day on Thursday and all day Friday. We are also lucky to have Miss McIntyre working in our classroom everyday!

 

Take a look at our class page to see our learning and to find out important information.

 

Remember to check regularly to see what we have been doing. smiley

Year 4 Curriculum Coverage Terms 5 and 6 - Creatures Great and Small; Science Topic

4FD Timetable Term 5

4FD. This is us!

Our Westgate Values

Daily Feelings Check-in

Term Five

All Creatures Great and Small

Topic Launch

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Topic/Science 

'Creatures Great and Small'

During the summer term, we will be learning about Creatures Great and Small in our Topic/Science lessons. We started the unit learning about the 7 life processes that all living things have and then learnt about vertebrates and invertebrates. For this lesson, we sorted animals into their animal groups using their characteristics to help us decide which group they belonged to.

 

English - Discussion Texts

Should animals be kept in zoos?

 

In English, for the first few weeks of this term, we have been learning about discussion texts and have written our own opinion blogs about whether animals should we kept in zoos or not. We considered both sides of the argument and then wrote our own personal opinions. Please read our opinion blogs and see whether they can help you to make up your mind about whether animals should be kept in captivity.

English

Stories set in imaginary worlds

The second unit we are learning about this term in English is Stories set in imaginary worlds. So far, we have explored the features of this type of story, practised SPaG skills we will need to include when we write our stories and have created our own imaginary setting and character. We then completed a whole class shared write about one imaginary setting and character. 

Art - 3D Sculptures

In Art this term, we are learning about 3D sculptures. In our first lesson, we learnt about the famous architect, Antoni Gaudi and the trencadis technique he used in his work. We then practiced different clay techniques, such as rolling, pinching and pulling and making marks using plasticine in preparation for when we make our actual animal sculpture from clay.

Look! We have made our clay sculptures, and they look amazing. We can't wait to paint them in Trencardis style to emulate Antoni Gaudi's work. Check back soon to see the finished products.

Reading Fluency 

Lollity Poppity Day

 

Today, we focused on POWER and PACE. The poem was a mouthful and had very little PUNCTUATION to help us with our PAUSES. We still did a great job! We are now going to work on our PASSION when reading aloud.

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Indoor PE

This term, in indoor PE, we are developing our agility (reaction and response) and static balance skills. To do this, we have been dropping a ball from shoulder height and then trying to catch it after just one bounce starting at 1 metre, then 2 metres and then 3 metres away. Some of us are now trying to catch the ball by balancing on just one foot. We then use these skills to play a small game where defenders have to try to intercept the ball once it has been bounced to another player. We are really rising to the challenge of this skill and are all improving each week! Well done 4FD!

 

OUTDOOR P.E.

 

For Term 5's outdoor P.E. we have been recapping and developing our FOOTBALL SKILLS. We have learnt how to dribble, pass, shoot and tackle. We finished the term with a mini game. Next time we play, we need to work on using the entire space to our advantage.

TERM FOUR

MUSIC - FINAL DRUMMING LESSON

During the last two terms, we have had the best time with Mrs Bourne from The Music Service. We have accomplished so much. Take a look at some clips from our final session.

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British Science Week 11th - 18th March 

The topic of this year's British Science Week is Growth. During this week, we have explored the growth of our universe and the growth of animal population on planet Earth through two different activities. The first activity was called Surviving on Mars. We learnt about how rovers are being used to help grow our knowledge of the red planet and explore the possibilities that life existed there. We learnt facts about Mars and then created our own creature from plasticine that could survive on Mars. We thought about all the characteristics our creatures would need to survive the cold temperature, dust storms, limited water and food and rocky terrain of Mars. Here are our creatures:

The second activity we completed for Science Week was called Ingenious Gentoos. We learnt about the colony of gentoo penguins that live in the Antarctic Peninsula. Despite climate change, this species of penguin has grown in its population by adapting its habitat. From this, we investigated the best material to make a nest for a gentoo penguin. The materials we used were pebbles, stones, hay, sticks and feathers and we tested them against the wind (created by a fan) and rain (created by a watering can). We concluded that the pebbles and stones were the best to use and would recommend penguins use this material to build their nests!

ENGLISH - STORIES WITH ISSUES AND DILEMMAS

 

In English, we are reading, planning and writing stories with issues and dilemmas. We have met many characters that have struggled with decision making and moral dilemmas. To kick-start our unit, we read a story set in the 1960s. Within the story, we discovered that life at school was very different in the 60s. In addition, we have explored film clips called, 'Over the Hedge' and 'The Dragon Slayer.' The latest story we have read is called, 'The Fib.' Now, we are writing our own version of the story and are trying really hard with our use of D.A.D. Dialogue, Action and Description.

MATHS - FRACTIONS AND DECIMALS

 

During our Maths lessons, we have completed our learning on Fractions this week and are now moving onto learning all about Decimals. They link really nicely because both fractions and decimals can show part of a whole. We are really impressing Mrs Farr and Mrs Drew with our self-belief and determination.

MUSIC - DJEMBE DRUMMING

 

In Music this term, we have been learning how to use African Djembe drums. The sound is very different to the Taiko drums from last term. We are very good at playing different parts of the skin to create different pitches. Within each lesson, we play different games to experiment with pitch, pace and volume.

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READING

 

We are continuing with our daily Reading lessons. On Mondays, we complete a FLUENCY lesson where we focus on the 6Ps of reading.

During Tuesday's session we read for pleasure or complete a comprehension lesson. During this lesson, we concentrate on P.C. Slimer's reading skills.

On Wednesdays, we visit the library and complete the session changing our books and reading to our Reading Buddy.

During Thursday's session we return to P.C. Slimer skills whilst reading our class book, 'Rooftoppers.' We are really enjoying learning all about Sophie's mission to find her mother in Paris. She has the help of a mysterious boy called Matteo. It's very exciting!

The last session of the week, finds us expanding our vocabulary. We learn 3 new words and explore their meaning. 

Our Library System:

 

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Our fantastic new library system is up and running. Renaissance Reading is an online system where children are tested and their comprehension skills evaluated. The children are then given a specific reading range. Children select reading books from their reading range. This ensures books are targeted to each individual and provides them with the perfect balance of success and challenge. Children can progress through to higher ranges. After each book, children are quizzed through the system to ascertain their understanding of what they have read. The link is unique to our school and must be clicked before logging on.

Religious Education

This term, we are learning about Christianity. On Thursday 17th March, we visited a local church, St Nicholas' Church. Whilst we were there we learnt about the history of the church and were told the different names of the important items and areas within a church. We had a lovely afternoon learning lots of new facts and seeing everything that is special to a church.

ART - PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Our learning is centered around the photographic style of David Hockney. He is a very influential artist and has been creating pieces of art since the 1960s. His style is very iconic, and we are having fun emulating his unusual style. 

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PSHE - FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS

 

Within our PSHE lessons this term, we are learning all about feelings and emotions. So far, we have discussed how certain emotions FEEL in our bodies and how they PHYSICALLY manifest themselves in different parts of our bodies. We have explored facial expressions and how they might give us a big clue as to how someone might be feeling. We are doing a great job discussing the different feelings and are very emotionally intelligent.

This week, we have made ‘healthy minds’ posters for the NHS. We hope these help children deal with feeling overwhelmed.

P.E.

Throughout this term, we have been investigating the various skills and techniques needed in Athletics. We have explored a range of running, jumping and throwing techniques. Here are some of our jumping styles. 

World Book Day

3.3.22

Check out some of our amazing outfits!

Wet Play and Golden Time

 

During horribly wet and dangerously windy weather, we spend time playing together in the safety of the classroom. Here are some of the things we get up to.

P.E.

Throughout this term, we have been exploring the different skills needed for taking part in Athletics. We’ve explored a range of jumping, throwing and running techniques.

TERM THREE

Exploring Europe - Geography Topic

For our new Topic launch - Exploring Europe - we have spent today in Denmark. This is the country our class will be championing this term. Please ask us what’s special about Denmark.

As part of our lesson, we spent time making Lego models to represent Denmark. Here are some of our masterpieces.

After learning about Denmark, we learnt about the other European countries that the other Year 4 classes are all going to be championing this term too. 

First we visited Italy and we were set the challenge of creating Italy using pasta and then recording 5 facts we had learnt about this country. Here is how we got on:

 

Next, we visited Spain and learnt all about the different festivals they have throughout the year. We worked in groups to become experts on one of the festivals and then we presented our findings to the rest of the class. The most popular festival many of us wanted to visit was La Tomatina where you get to throw tomatoes at each other! Sounds fun, but very messy!

Finally, we visited Sweden. We listened to and appraised music by 3 famous Swedish bands/singers (Abba, Avicci and Robyn), we read a story about Greta Thunberg, sampled some Swedish foods such a meatballs, sylt lingon and bread, oat biscuits with chocolate and sweets and then we learnt Swedish greetings in 3 minutes! Sweden kept us very busy indeed!

In Topic this week, we have played Top Trumps to learn about the different countries of Europe. We drew a card, found it in the atlas, picked a category and played against each other. Once we’d finished, we completed a sheet finding the main European countries. To complete the lesson, we looked at different flags and tried to name the country they belong to. 

European Top Trumps!

English - Persuasion

The second unit of the new term is PERSUASION. During the unit, we will be investigating persuasive techniques to enable us to write (and deliver) a persuasive speech to the Dragons’ Den experts.
We will invent our own chocolate product linked to Denmark - our country of choice.

This week, we have looked at existing chocolate packages and evaluated their effectiveness. Tomorrow we get to try the chocolate products themselves!

Expanded noun phrases before and after the noun.

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Whilst trying the chocolate products, we wrote lots of very descriptive expanded noun phrases. We recapped how to describe nouns using adjectives and the word ‘with’ to help our reader fully understand what we are writing about.

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English - Explanation Text

To kick start the term’s English work, we have flashed back to our Science learning from last term. We have worked hard to recall how the digestive system works. Then, we have used this knowledge to write explanation texts all about digestion in the human body. Take a look at these WAGOLLs.

Science

For Science this term, we have been learning about Electricity. We have made simple circuits, explored conductors and insulators and learnt about the use of switches. To complete our unit, we used our knowledge of Electricity to make our own buzzer games.

Picture This

As part of our Topic learning, we looked at a painting of the Eiffel Tower by George Seurat. We learnt about Pointillism that he used to create the painting and then we recreated parts of it ourselves using paint and cotton buds. They look fantastic!

Music

For the next 12 weeks, we are very excited to have Mrs Bourne in school to teach us drumming. For our first week of drumming, we started to learn how to play the taiko drums which are drums that originated in Japan. We have learnt some Japanese words for the equipment and commands given to us to help us play the drums effectively. Ask us if we can remember any of these words. We had so much fun and cannot wait until next week to learn some more. 

Week Two

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Mrs Bourne is very impressed with how quickly we are picking up the skills of the Taiko drums. Have a watch and see what you think!

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ICT - Coding

Year Four are very lucky to have Mr T and Mr Carlton teaching us coding through the use of Scratch 3. The children are brilliant at remembering all the algorithms and the names of the different components.

ICT Coding Week 4 - Using Algorithms to draw shapes

Outdoor P.E.

We are learning all about tag rugby. So far, we have learnt how to throw, catch and pass. We are trying really hard to understand the ‘knock on’ rule when passing. It’s proving quite tricky to remember to run forward but pass backwards!

Indoor PE

For our indoor PE unit this term we have been developing our dynamic balance skills by walking on a line. In our first few lessons of this unit, we practiced balancing and moving along equipment in straight lines and then in our fifth lesson, we created our own circuits in small groups and applied our balance skills as we moved around it. Our balance skills have really improved over the term!

Library Time - Reading Buddies

Every Wednesday morning, we visit the library. This gives us a chance to change our books and listen to a partner read. We have two lovely librarians that help us scan our books in and out.

 

TERM TWO

Welcome to Term 2. We are very excited to be back together for another term full of learning. We will continue with our Terrible Tudors’ topic. This term will see us going on our first fantastic trip to Gainsborough Old Hall, and we can’t wait! This term’s topic will include learning about The Great Spanish Armada, health and medicine, crimes and punishments and how Tudor Christmas compares to ours today. 

A massive congratulations to two members of 4FD who achieved their Platinum Reading award this term. They have been able to choose a book to take home and keep. Happy Reading! 

15th December 2021

This afternoon, we have enjoyed making Christmas cards. We made two cards and used buttons to create a Christmas scene on one card and biro and paint applied with a cotton bud for the other one. They look fantastic! 

We have enjoyed wearing our Christmas jumpers to school today to raise money for Save the Children. To start the day, we designed our own Christmas jumpers and then we have enjoyed reading Christmas stories and sharing some Christmas jokes in between our lessons. We also did some Christmas Just Dance and Cosmic Yoga and some of us enjoyed a Christmas dinner at lunch time. What a wonderful Christmassy day!

We had the exciting news today that a member of our class won the 'Design a Pudsey Eye Patch' Competition. Congratulations! smiley

Gainsborough Old Hall 15.11.21

 

We had a fabulous and very informative day at G.O.H. During our visit, we took part in a re-enactment of a Tudor feast. We were all lucky enough to dress up and play an important role in the feast. Take a look at the photos- can you guess what our role was?

Tudor feast re-enactment and role play

English Unit - Non Chronological Reports

We have spent the last three weeks looking at NCRs. We have enjoyed them, explored their features, researched William Shakespeare’s life and times, written our informative paragraphs and then published our finished pieces. You were our target audience, so we hope you like them.

Maths 

Our second unit of Maths has seen us working on multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100. We completed a really fun lesson using ‘graffiti maths’ with our partner. We had a mixture of questions hidden in a bag. We had to close our eyes and play ‘lucky dip’ to see what type of question to complete. Some were fluency and some were reasoning and problem solving.

Graffiti maths strikes again! Today we solved questions demonstrating fluency, reasoning and problem solving.

In Maths, for the last few weeks of this term, we have being focusing on our times tables and the corresponding division facts. We have enjoyed answering a range of questions and playing games to help us practice learning our times tables.

Science - Animals Including Humans

We are learning about Animals including Humans in Science this term. For the first two lessons, we learnt the names of the organs in the digestive system and the function of each organ too. We drew and labelled the organs on aprons in teams to show where we thought each organ was in our bodies.

During our third lesson of the new science topic, we had fun investigating teeth. We looked at our own, found out their names and their functions. We all enjoyed telling stories of our many missing teeth! At the end, we learnt of the importance of looking after our teeth.

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For our fourth lesson in Science, we set up an experiment linked to tooth decay. The question we are investigating is: Which liquid causes the most decay? To investigate this, we have placed an egg in 6 different liquids: coke, water, milk, orange juice, vinegar and Ribena. We made sure we set up a fair test by only changing the one variable and keeping all other variables the same. We also made predictions about which liquid we think will cause the most decay and which will cause the least decay. We are excited to see the results in a weeks time.

Reading Fluency - Passion

This week, we have been learning how to be passionate when reading. We had lots of fun!

Reading Fluency PACE

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Today we continued this term’s Fluency by focusing on PACE. We listened to a poet reading ‘Night Train’, then read it ourselves and practiced reading it aloud to a partner using different paces. We tried hard to make our pace sound like a train struggling uphill and then speeding downhill. There were some very tricky words in the poem so we occasionally needed some help!

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Salutations!

In French, we have been learning how to hold basic conversations. This week, we asked each other how we were feeling. This is something we do every morning during the register. 

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Outdoor P.E. this term is focusing on an invasion game: hockey. So far, we have practiced how to hold a hockey stick and how to dribble through gates and around obstacles.

Children in Need

On Friday 19th November, we enjoyed raising money for Children in Need by wearing non-school uniform, buying merchandise, creating a loose change masterpiece, baking and selling cakes and creating a new eye patch for Pudsey. 

TERM ONE

Wonderful Wellies!

For the last day of Term 1, we wore non-school uniform and our wellies (if we had some!) to help raise money for the Winston's Wish Charity and towards creating a memory garden at our school. We had fun designing our own wellies and seeing the wonderful wellies everyone was wearing! 

As a class, we voted for our favourite welly designs and they both received a prize from Miss Fox! Well done!

Winning designs:

Science - Sound

In Science this term, we are learning about Sound. For our first lesson this week, we learnt that sounds are made by things vibrating together. We looked at how a tuning fork vibrates and makes a quiet sound and we looked at how a drum vibrates to make a sound. We then thought about sounds around the school and how they make a sound.

Science this week saw us moving on from AMPLITUDE and focusing our investigations on PITCH. We used a variety of instruments to see how we could change the pitch. How could we make a high and a low sound? After this, we made our own instruments to demonstrate how to make a high and low pitch. It was lots of fun (and quite noisy too)!

Science in week 6 has seen us exploring sounds and how they travel over a distance. We’ve had fun using the decibel reader and made our own telephones. We talked lots about vibrations, particles and how sound travels.

Talking Telephones

For our final science lesson in this unit, we spent the afternoon investigating the absorption of sound energy and vibrations. A band asked us what would be the best material to cover their studio in because they’d had complaints from the neighbours. Ask us which material was best at absorbing the most sound. Can you predict which one it was?

Investigating sound proofing

Reading

Reading - P.C. Slimer and Fluency. We also go to the library once a week to listen to each other read; this is our Reading Buddy time.

In FLUENCY this week, we looked at how punctuation effects the reader and can change the meaning of a story. We had lots of fun making up our own stories using only the word, 'Blah.'

Fluency focus - Pause

Fluency focus - Power!

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Our final Fluency lesson this term was centred around the use of POWER; when to use more and when to ease off to hook the audience in. A few brave people shared their attempts at varying uses of POWER. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

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Topic - The Terrible Tudors

Picture This - Topic Launch. Check out our partial recreations of a famous painting depicting a famous event in Tudor history.

The Battle of Bosworth lesson. We had a great time completing some drama based on the battle for the throne between King Richard III and Henry Tudor. Then we completed our follow up tasks. We did a fab job and learned so much!

Tudor Monarchs lesson. We have learnt all about the order of the Tudor monarchs and how they are all related. Ask us our opinion about Lady Jane Grey; should she be counted as a Tudor monarch? We couldn't all agree (and neither can all historians)!

Art - portraits

In Art this term, we are learning about Portraits and we will be developing our pencil and watercolour painting skills. In this lesson, we practiced 6 different ways of creating texture in our drawings and then used these skills to draw half or all a self portrait. Check them out and keep checking our page for when we draw portraits of Tudor Monarchs.

We have continued to practice our sketching skills in Art this week and the results of our Tudor monarchs are fantastic! Super work everyone!

In Art this week we have developed our Tudor monarch pictures by using watercolours. Watercolour is very difficult to work with. Mrs Farr, Mrs Drew and Miss Mac are super impressed with how well we did!

For the last lesson of our Portraits unit in Art we created our own Tudor Monarch portraits using all the sketching and watercolour painting skills we had learnt over the term. We did a fantastic job and we are so pleased with the results! Can you guess who each Tudor monarch is?

English - Romeo and Juliet

In our second English unit, we are basing all our learning on Shakespeare's, 'Romeo and Juliet.' We have looked at the use of pronouns, expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials and verbs to, 'show, not tell' our reader.

Our third English unit is newspaper report writing. We have been looking at the features of reports in real newspapers and mock Tudor ones. In lesson three, we worked on writing a paragraph about Christopher Columbus before contributing to a shared write. Look at what we came up with on our own…

For our forth lesson on newspaper reports, we learnt about The Lincolnshire Uprising that happened during the Tudor times. We each made a protest sign and re-enacted part of the story that occurred in October 1536. Some of us pretended to be the protesters, and some of us pretended to be newspaper reporters asking the angry crowd questions about why they were there. We learnt that this is why we now celebrate Lincolnshire Day on 1st October each year.

For our last week of lessons on newspaper reports, we planned, drafted, edited and revised and then published our newspaper report about The Lincolnshire Uprising. Here are some of our reports:

Maths - Place Value

We have spent the first four weeks learning all about Place Value of numbers. We have recapped Y3 learning and moved on to Y4 learning. We have really impressed Mrs Farr and Mrs Drew. We even had a visit from Mr Kelwick and Mrs Cross.

Our last lesson of this unit was on Roman Numerals. The Bronze and Gold challenges in this lesson, needed us to make Roman Numerals using lollipop sticks. Here are some of the ones we made:

P.E. - outdoor games on Mondays

P.E. on the field - CRICKET skills

R.E. Hinduism

This week we have continued to look at Hinduism. This week we have looked specifically at the festival of Diwali. We looked at how Hindus prepare for the festival and why it is so important to them. To celebrate, we made our own bright Rangoli patterns and our own paper lanterns.

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