Welcome to the Year 4 Page!
Welcome to our Year 4 class page. I hope that you and your family have had a fantastic summer, and that you are all looking forward to what the next year will bring! I am excited to be teaching Year Four again this year - I am sure that we will work hard and have lots of fun along the way.
This term, we will be looking at life in World War II. We will be investigating many questions, including what life would have been like for evacuees around the world, what food was eaten during the war and how people stayed positive in such testing times. We will also be looking at how Grantham was affected by the war.
In Science we will be looking at both sound and electricity, asking many questions including how they are both made; we will find our answers through lots of experiments, from using musical instruments to making electrical circuits of our own.
In R.E this term we will be learning about Hinduism, including the festival of light, ‘Diwali’. After half term we are fortunate enough to be welcoming a guest for a day from ‘The Indian Experience’, where Year Four will get to take part in traditional dancing, wear Indian dress, and design some beautiful Indian artwork.
Please ensure that your child has their P.E kit in school all week so that they are prepared for any timetable changes, and that this includes suitable clothing for both indoor and outdoor activities.
Reading at home is a very valuable tool for your child’s progress, and there are many ways you can get involved. You can support your child by encouraging them to ‘keep at it’, as well as talking with them about what they are reading in order to help their understanding of the text. Reader of the Week will be chosen for sustained evidence of reading at home. Children can bring in their completed homework folders every Wednesday, but must be completed by Thursday. This means their work can be marked, ready for the new homework to be given out on Friday.
I look forward to meeting you at Parents Evening later in the year, but until then, please get in touch if you wish to discuss any concerns about your child’s progress.
Autumn Term 2017
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I have been delighted by the emotive stories written by the class on our topic of World War II. They show real empathy for the children who were evacuated. You can read a fabulous example by Scarlett below:
Rose sank into the train seat feeling small inside and fearful of what her new family would be like. Her eyes started to hurt because all of the fields started to blur into one. They had been chugging along on the train for what seemed like an eternity. She thought to herself, “Will we ever get there?”
We were delighted to welcome Sunita from ‘The Indian Experience’ recently. We learnt lots about the Hindu religion as well as the country of India and created some beautiful artwork based on ‘Rangoli’ patterns, traditionally made to welcome people. We also had the chance to dress in traditional Indian dress and take part in some Bollywood style dancing- it was great fun!
More photos can be found in the Gallery.
I was so proud of the class when they, along with the children in Year 3, led our Harvest celebration. We all had great fun learning the songs and the children worked wonderfully together to perform in front of their friends and family. Well done everyone!
More photos can be found in the Gallery.
World War II Day
I was really impressed by the outfits worn by the children on our World War II day. We had a fabulous time where the children role played being an evacuee; having to hide due to an air raid and then writing a letter home by candlelight. During the day, they made carrot cookies and had a go at 'make do and mend' - learning how to weave, sew on buttons and put patches on clothing. We also had a tasting session of some of the foods eaten during the war - not all of it very tasty! We then had the opportunity of looking at a real gas mask before making our own - quite tricky but they looked great! Thank you everyone at home for all of your support.
You can find more photos in the Gallery.
In science this term we are learning about sound. The children have been listening hard to recognise a change in pitch using drums, guitars and ukuleles. They also enjoyed making instruments to see how to actually change pitch eg by using a shorter straw or smaller sound box.
We had a wonderful time at Rand Farm! We were all kept very busy looking after the animals which we found great fun! You can find more photos in the Gallery.
It was great to go back to Uganda this summer and see some familiar, and some new faces at Blessed Hope School. All the teachers and students send their greetings and I have even come back with some cards they have written to our school! The children are doing well; the late harvest means that they are now having 2 meals a day instead of 1 and they are so full of energy! Porridge in the morning and beans at lunch- can you imagine it? Here are some photos of the team I went with and the lovely people we met.
2016 - 2017
We had a fantastic day at Cadbury World experiencing the 4D cinema, learning more about the history of Cadbury and not forgetting a super tasting session! You can find more photos in the Gallery.
The children worked incredibly hard to produce the chocolates for their shop and were able to raise over £80 for our class trip later in the year. As you can see in the photos below everyone loved the chocolates!
We have using a technique from Talk for Writing to write a non-chronological report through story telling. We created a story map, using pictures and actions, to depict actions and events from the text - you see how it all came together in the video below. The children will go on to explore the key ingredients and language that make the text work and build a tool kit of important features to use when writing their own versions of the text.
Edina Bulb Project
We are very excited to be involved in the Edina Trust Bulb Project, which is a long running climate change investigation involving hundreds of schools around the country. It is a real, live experiment where we will contribute to the final result; there are no known outcomes and no ‘right’ answers. We planted Daffodil and Crocus bulbs in pots, with each child taking responsibility for their own pot. We also planted bulbs in the ground near the Wildlife Area so comparisons with the potted bulbs can be made.
The children will be responsible for recording weather conditions and measuring the growth of the bulbs over the next few months. This information will then be uploaded to the Trust website.
As you can see from the photos below, we thoroughly enjoyed decorating the pots and preparing the ground for the planting. More photos can be found in the Gallery.