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We are a wonderful class of smiley, happy and helpful Year 4 children. Each of us have our own unique talents, skills and interests, but we work well together as a team. We love to learn and to have fun at the same time!

 

The teachers in our class are Mrs Spokes and Mrs Rickards. Mrs Leese helps us too.

 

Please explore our class page to share in our Year 4 learning journey.

TERM 5 and 6

PICK TOPIC

ALL CREATURES

GREAT AND SMALL

TERM 6

Art - Week 2

Our final task in this art unit was to re-create Antoni Gaudi’s ‘trencadis’ pattern on our animal sculpture. We did this by using lots of colourful poster paint to make it look like his mosaic of broken tiles.

 

Here are our final decorated sculptures:

 

Art - Week 1

We have had an 'arty' first day back and made our wonderful clay sculptures. Look at how fantastic they are! We can't wait to paint them in the style of Gaudi when they are dry.

TERM 5

Whisby Nature Reserve 25.5.22

This week, our topic lesson involved a fantastic trip to Whisby Nature Reserve to link with our theme 'All Creatures Great and Small'.  We did some pond dipping, made our own dens in the woods, and completed a minibeast safari.  We had a brilliant day, and learnt lots about the creatures living in our local area.

Week 6 - English

Stories with Imaginary Settings

In this unit, we have explored a number of different stories such as ‘The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Peter Pan’. We have created our own imaginary settings and interesting characters. This week, we have started to write our own stories which include an opening where the character is bored or doing a very everyday activity. The build up then transports the character to the imaginary world. Have a read of some examples of what we have written so far. 

English Discussion Texts

In English this term, we have been writing our own discussion texts in the form of an ‘online’ blog, based on the question “Should animals be kept in zoos?”

We began by identifying the features of a discussion text, before looking at many of the ‘for’ and ‘against’ arguments of the existence of zoos. After that, we had our own class debate, and finally we planned and wrote our own texts. And as promised 4SR, here they are for all to read… congratulations on having your first ever blogs published online! They really are amazing!

Week 2 - Art

This term, we are working towards making a small, clay animal sculpture. We are going to be decorating it in the style of Antoni Gaudi who used trencadis (broken tiles to create a colourful mosaic). This week, we practised creating this type of decoration. 

Week 1 - Topic

Picture This

To continue with the launch of our topic, 'All Creatures Great and Small', we completed our 'Picture This' based on a painting by Henri Rousseau called, 'Tiger Caught in a Tropical Storm'. We began by answering some questions about the picture, making predictions about who may have painted it, where and when they did it, what it was about and how it may have been executed.  After that, we attempted to recreate a missing part of the artwork using pencil and pencil crayons.  Our finished pieces look incredible, and here are a small selection... Can you spot the original?

Week 1 - Topic Launch

Today, The Bug Lady visited us with a whole variety of interesting creatures! A bearded dragon, giant millipedes and even death feigning beetles came to Year 4. We were very brave and many of us held them. Have a look at the photos below.

TERM 3 AND 4

PLACE TOPIC

EXPLORING EUROPE

Click below to find our Exploring Europe Knowledge Organiser. We will use these at school to help make our learning stick, but you can also use them at home to find out more about our topic or go over something that you found a bit tricky. Try getting an adult to quiz you on some of the information and vocabulary.

TERM 4

Design & Technology

This term we have been designing and making our very own light-up souvenirs!  We've learnt all about 2D nets and how to create 3D structures out of them, and then we've incorporated our knowledge of electrical circuits to include an LED light in our European souvenirs.  Have a look below at our final products.  We are extremely proud of our achievements this term!

WEEK 6 - French

Over the course of this term, we have been Au café. The topic has taught us how to ask and answer questions about what we have for breakfast. We ended the unit by making some videos to practise all the language we have learnt. We are all ready for a trip to have breakfast in Paris now!

 

 

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Au cafe 2.mp4

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Au cafe 3.mp4

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WEEK 5 - Geography

This week, we have learnt about the features of rivers. We have learnt that they have an upper course, middle course and lower course. It was great to learn all of the important vocabulary such as source (where the river starts), mouth, meander and oxbow lake!

 

Some of us labelled river diagrams, some drew a river and some made a river model!

British Science Week 2022

 

Our class has taken part in some thought-provoking Scientific experiments as part of British Science Week 2022. The theme this year was ‘Growth’. One of our tasks was to investigate what makes a successful nest for a penguin! We used various different materials to build our nests, and then tested them against wind and rain - a messy but fun activity!  We have also created our own space creatures this week, capable of living and thriving on Mars. Take a look at some photos here:

Week 3 - Geography

This week in our Geography lesson, we learnt all about a big city in Europe - Barcelona, in Spain. We went on an exciting ‘bus tour’ and completed an information leaflet about the human geography there. Luckily, no members of the class got lost along the way, and we returned to Westgate safely!

 

Have a look at the super leaflets that we produced! 

World Book Day 2022

We have spent World Book Day sharing stories, reading some of our favourite books, and writing our own creative pieces with the theme "If I ruled the World..."  On top of that, we have seen a fantastic selection of outfits in class today! HAPPY WORLD BOOK DAY FROM 4SR!

Art - Photography

In Art, we have been learning about photography. We started by looking at the work of David Hockney, replicating his style by cutting up photos of famous landmarks in Europe, before sticking them back together in a haphazard way.  We think the final pieces look amazing!  

Over the course of the term, we then improved our photography skills, learning how to take expert photos, before editing them on iPads and laptops. Our final task was to take a photograph using the Steps to Success we’d learnt about (such as perspective, the rule of thirds and focus), before editing it on the iPad. We then took a printed copy of the photograph, cut it up and rearranged it to create our own Hockney-inspired masterpieces! 

TERM 3

Week 4 - Class Book

We are really getting into our class book - ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’. It is teaching us a lot about empathy and helping us to understand what it means to be a refugee. We recommend it so far!

Week 2 - Computing

 

In our Computing this term, we are using Scratch 3.  This week, we have been learning how to create a programme using an ask and wait block. We had a conversation with our sprite. Have a look at our videos!

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Science - Electricity

This term we are learning all about electricity.  We have learnt about complete and incomplete circuits, and have tested different materials in the classroom to see if they are electrical conductors or electrical insulators.  We discovered that METAL is a conductor of electricity.

WEEK 1 - Launch Days

During the first 2 days back this term, we launched our new topic with taster sessions about each of our 4 focus countries: Spain, Denmark, Italy and Sweden. 
 

Our class focus country in 4SR is Spain, and for our lesson about this, we learnt about ‘fiestas’. Each group became an expert on a particular celebration and then, we decided which one we would like to experience in real life and why! La Tomatina was a popular choice - the only time when you would not be told off for throwing food! 

Next up was Sweden.  We learnt all about the geography of the country, including that it borders Norway and Finland, and it has over 95,700 lakes!  We also tasted some famous Swedish foods, like meatballs and lingonberry jam, and appraised some music by famous Swedish musicians like the band ABBA and the DJ Avicii.  Finally, we shared the book 'Greta Thunberg - little people, big dreams', and discussed what an incredible impact she has had on the world!

Denmark was the next European country that we looked at.  Again, we learnt all about the geography of the Kingdom and were amazed to find out that it was made up of 443 islands and that the capital city of Copenhagen is connected to Sweden by a 5 mile bridge!  We then learnt about some famous Danes, including Hans Christian Anderson, who wrote famous fairytales such as 'The Ugly Duckling' and 'The Little Mermaid', and Ole Kirk Christiansen who invented Lego!  Inspired by this, we then created our own Lego masterpieces, which represented Denmark in some way.  We made flags, ugly ducklings, robots (as the city of Odense where Hans Christian Andersen was born is also home to 120 robotics companies), bridges and smiley faces to represent the fact that the Danes are some of the happiest people in the World!

Our final country was Italy.  We learnt all about the geography of the country, as well as some of the tasty food that they are famous for, such as pasta, pizza and gelato.  We also read all about famous Italian explorers Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus, and famous Italian inventors Leonardo di Vinci and Michelangelo.  For our task, we created our own maps of Italy using pasta, which was great fun!  

TERM 1 AND 2 - PAST TOPIC

TERRIBLE TUDORS

TERM 2

DT Project - Marzipan Centrepieces 

During the last two weeks of term, we completed our Food Design and Technology unit. Linking this learning to the Tudors, we investigated Tudor centrepieces which they often created to put on their banquet tables. This would make them seem wealthy and impress their guests! 
 

We designed our pieces and then, practised with Play-doh. After this, we thought about any improvements we might want to make, before producing the final centrepiece. 

Look at our fantastic final pieces!

Making the centrepieces 

Practising with Play-doh

Gainsborough Old Hall 19.11.21

 

We had a fabulous and very informative day at G.O.H. During our visit, we explored the hall, had a guided tour of the huge kitchen and then 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 each of our roles were?

English: Finished Non-chronological Reports!

Have a look at our non-chronological texts about Shakespeare. We have worked really hard on them, and we have written them for parents to read!

English: Non-chronological reports

Watch this space for our non-chronological reports about William Shakespeare. We are writing them for parents to read on our class page. Today, we have been researching all about Shakespeare’s life. Did you know that he invented over 1700 of our common words?

Maths: Measurement

We have started the term with a recap of measurement. Today, we answered Lucky Dip questions about cm and mm. We recorded them in a ‘Graffiti Maths’ style with coloured paper and felt tip pens! 

Music - DRUMMING

We are continuing with our Drumming lessons this term, which are provided by Lincolnshire Music Service and the expert music teacher, Mrs Bourne. The children are learning all about drums from around the world and are getting to try out lots of different drumming patterns. Our sessions take place on Wednesday afternoons at 2.30pm in the hall.  Here are some photos of us getting stuck in!

Watch us in action!

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Watch our final performance!

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COP26 Discussions

This week, we have heard lots on the news about COP26 - a conference in Glasgow where leaders are coming together to discuss what we can do/change to protect our planet. We watched a Newsround clip, and had some thoughtful discussions about different scenarios. We found out that some people we know now have electric cars, some parents have become vegan and someone in our class even has a bamboo toothbrush! People are making these changes to do their bit towards helping protect our world. We hope the leaders also come up with some big plans at COP26. 

TERM 1

The Terrible Tudors!

After some time away from school for most of us, we have finally started our History lessons! This term, we are going to be learning all about the Tudors. Our first lesson has been thinking about chronology and where the Tudors came in time. We linked this back to our learning about the Romans which we did in Year 3. 

Outdoor P.E.

This term, we have been practising our throwing, catching and batting skills as part of our unit on cricket. Have a look at us in action below!

English

Take One Book - Romeo and Juliet

This unit, we are learning how to write a diary entry recount. We have read Romeo and Juliet, learnt about the author, William Shakespeare, and now we are practising lots of SPAG skills ready for writing our own text in role as a character from the book. 

 

Have a look at our Learning Journey and some of our work below!

Newspaper Reports - The Lincolnshire Uprising

Our final English unit of the term was linked to the celebration of Lincolnshire Day. We learnt all about the 1536 Lincolnshire Uprising, where local people marched on Lincoln, furious at Henry VIII’s reforms of the church. Have a look below at our incredible final newspaper articles. We’ve done such a fantastic job and have loved learning about this fascinating piece of local history! 

Science - Sound

This term we are learning all about Sound.  We have learnt that a sound is made when something vibrates.  These vibrations travel through particles in the air and into our ears.  The vibrations are then turned into electrical signals that travel to our brains and tell us that we are hearing a sound!  

We have investigated amplitude - how loud or quiet a sound is - by watching rice vibrating on a drum skin.  The bigger the vibration, the larger the amplitude (and the higher the rice flew!)  

We then investigated pitch - how high or low a sound is - by looking at how different instruments make different pitches, before making our own set of panpipes!

We now know that generally speaking, the thinner, tighter or shorter the object, the higher the pitch will be.  Lower pitched sounds are a result of thicker, looser or longer objects.

This week in Science, we have looked at how sound travels over distance.  We learnt that the vibrations get smaller as they travel further, and eventually disappear, meaning the sound cannot be heard at that distance.  We made our own string telephones to investigate how we can make the vibrations travel further.  Despite getting in a tangle, we had a lot of fun!

Picture This - Topic Launch

For our Picture This lesson, we looked at a famous Tudor painting.  We talked about what we thought it might be about, who might be in the picture, when and where it might be from and how it was made.  Have a look at the picture below and see what you think.  Can you spot any famous faces from the Tudor times?  

We then recreated parts of the picture using our observation skills.  Have a look at the slideshow below to see what an amazing job we did!

Music - DRUMMING

Our Music this term is provided by Lincolnshire Music Service and the expert music teacher, Mrs Bourne. The children are learning all about drums from around the world and are getting to try out lots of different drumming patterns. It links brilliantly to our Science topic of Sound, as we explore how to make different pitches by hitting the drum in different places.  Our sessions take place on Wednesday afternoons at 2.30pm in the hall.

OUR CLASS BOOK

 

 

The teachers in 4SR have chosen to read this book with the class because it has a non-linear time sequence. These sorts of books can be the best types of books to read; however, they can sometimes be tricky to understand because time moves in fits and starts, time doubles back, or there might be flashbacks.  It is good to read books like this time and time again to really master them.

 

WEEK 1

Getting to know each other!

We are new Year 4 class, so we have been playing games and doing activities to get to know each other better. Our 'Me too!' game made us all join together using wool. This showed that we are now all connected as members of 4SR. 

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