Year 4 September 2021

Year 4 have had a great September! They settled in very well and adapted to the new routines quickly.

In English, we have been looking at explanation texts where we designed an invention and explained how it worked. We loved basing our ideas on Wallace and Gromit’s cracking contraptions. The children came up with some fantastic ideas. We have also looked at fantasy texts where we have been reading the story “The Firework-Maker’s Daughter’.

In Maths, we have been looking at place value, addition and subtraction. We have been using the place value counters to make more than one exchange when adding two 4-digit numbers. The children have been showing some great problem-solving skills.

In topic, we have been looking at modern Egypt and using lots of geographical vocabulary. The children have made some great fact pages which are displayed in our classroom. We also compared Egypt to England.

We have enjoyed our ukulele lessons with Mrs Shepherd from Blackpool Music Service. The children are progressing well and are learning some key concepts in music.

Finally, we enjoyed a trip to Blackpool Central Library where we worked with The National Literacy Trust and Young Blackpool Poets. We looked at the beautiful stained-glass windows which will be an inspiration for our poetry writing back in class.

Library Visit- 1st October 2021

On 1st October, Year 4 had the fantastic opportunity to visit Blackpool Central Library. During their visit, children were able to explore the Library, talk to the Librarians and design their very own stained glass windows which could be used to decorate the Library. The children all really enjoyed their visit.
Year 4 Hindu Temple Visit
On the 7th November, Year 4 went through to Preston to visit the Gujarat Hindu Society Temple. During the visit we were shown the beautiful temple and the ornate shrines to the gods. We were told some of the stories about the gods, Vishnu and Rama, and learnt about the stories through the pictures in the Temple. Whilst we were there we learnt a lot about the Hindu faith.

Year 4 – Walk Like an Egyptian

This term in Year 4 we have been busy learning about the Ancient Egyptians and discovering what life may have been like over 4000 years ago. During the topic we have learnt about the key dates in the history of Ancient Egypt and ‘freeze framed’ some of these dates. We learnt about the importance of the River Nile to Egyptians, and made our own Shaduf so we could see how the Egyptians would have watered their crops. During our Egyptian Theme day, we all dressed in Ancient Egyptian style clothing and learnt about writing hieroglyphics like a scribe, made our own jewellery and even tried some Egyptian style food and drink.

Wild Aid
On 1st March, we were visited by Charlie at Wild Aid, who came to talk to us about different species of birds. During his visit, we created our own bird feed recipes and put them in the school garden to see which were the most popular ingredients. In the afternoon, we also made our own bird feeders.

Rainforest project
Over half-term, Year 4 were given the mission to create their own Amazon Rainforest by researching the different features and adding these to their own design. The children were told they could design their project in any mode they liked and the designs they came up with were amazing, ranging from cakes, to 3D posters, to rainforests in boxes.

Life education Bus
On Thursday 6th December, we had a very special visit from the Life Education Bus, where we learned all about the human body and what we can do to look after it. We looked at the special model ‘Tammy’ and the different parts of her body lit up. We also followed Harold and his friends on their journey around a theme park and took a visit to ‘Conformatron’ where the rule was that everybody was the same. This showed us how important it was to embrace everyone’s unique qualities.

Egyptian Class Assembly
During our Egyptian topic in Autumn Term, we enjoyed showing our parents what we had learned throughout our topic during our ‘Walk Like an Egyptian’ class assembly. We even had a ‘real life’ Mummy to demonstrate how Egyptian bodies were mummified after death.

The Christmas Period
Over Christmas, we took part in lots of fun and festive activities, for example, our school nativity where we played the scene of the Census Office. We also enjoyed a Christmas dinner as a whole class with Christmas crackers, hats and jokes. During our class party, we also enjoyed a visit from Father Christmas himself.

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