St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School - Wetherby
Welcome to Year 4’s class page
Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. Anthony J. D’Angelo
Check out our long term plan to see what we are learning about this year
Welcome back to school after the summer holidays! I am very much looking forward to the beginning of a new year with this class. We have such exciting topics to learn all about this year, I have no doubt that the children will love their learning!
In RE, we have begun our learning journey all about ‘The Bible’. We thought carefully as a class about why we read The Bible and why it is such a special book.
The children have created a front page for The Bible to show how important and special it is. They really thought carefully about what to include on their front cover and thought about some important stories they could include to make this meaning clear.
We have continued with our learning and begun to think about the relationship that God had with Moses and Abraham. We thought carefully about the reasons why they trusted God and how much faith they must have had in God.
The children have then combined their RE and Art learning and we worked on our brush techniques whilst painting the Story of Moses and the Red Sea.
At the start of our first week, we were very lucky to have a visit from the author Tom Palmer. The children loved asking him lots of questions and it became very clear that there are some aspiring authors in Year 4! Tom shared his experiences of planning stories and he said he usually uses a big piece of paper to write down his ideas so we copied and did this too! He then helped us to plan our own story and the children enjoyed writing these. A very inspiring visit overall!
To begin our learning journey, we have started to use the Ancient Roman myth of ‘Remus and Romulus’. So far we have acted out the story and we will begin to create character descriptions and write our own version of this myth.
King and Queen Bee
In Year 4, we like to celebrate excellent editing skills. For any writing lesson, a child can be given a crown or our special BEE glasses to show that they have been found to be the Queen or King Bee! Look how happy our Queens and Kings look!
The children have already astounded me with their developing knowledge of place value. They showed great enthusiasm towards maths and quickly show they could read very large numbers! We have also worked on comparing numbers and the children have enjoyed learning how to use the < and > symbols. We now call these ‘Charlie the crocodile’ and in our class he ALWAYS eats the bigger number!
Our first topic is ‘States of matter’. This has been a great topic so far and the children thoroughly enjoyed acting as the particles as solids, liquids, and gases. They were able to quickly put objects and items into categories and were even able to explain why tricky things such as rice and sugar are solids and not liquids! A very tricky concept!
Below are some pictures of us being molecules as solids. liquids and gases. Year 4 particularly liked being the gas molecules so they could run around in all directions!
We then moved onto seeing how temperature affects states of matter. We used chocolate and investigate how it would change state in 4 different ways: holding it on an open palm, holding it in a closed fist, with an open mouth on the tip of our tongue and holding it in our closed mouths. The children were fantastic at this and really understood how temperature affected the chocolate changing from a solid to a liquid. It was a very tasty experiment too!
We then moved onto ‘The Water Cycle’. Here are some pictures of the children creating their own version of the water cycle using plastic sandwich bags. We have them on our window to help us visualise the different parts of the cycle. The children loved doing this and like to keep a close eye on their bags to see how the water evaporates, turns into condensation, then acts like precipitation and then back to the water source again!
Our topic this half term is ‘The Romans’. The children have so far looked at how far the Roman Empire spread across the world and they were suitably surprised at how this included three continents!
We have also begun our learning in art about mosaics. The children learnt all about where these mosaics were placed in the Roman times and they began to develop their own designs to create a mosaic of their own. Keep an eye out for pictures of these- I am sure you will be suitably impressed!
The children have been enjoying their PE learning which takes place every Tuesday and Wednesday. They have shown a developing understanding of team work and they clearly set themselves very high goals to improve their own fitness and strength!
We also have some keen footballers in Year 4 who have quickly signed themselves up for the football team. I look forward to being able to inform more about their successes on the pitch when playing against other schools!
The children were very enthusiastic for their music lesson today and already in week 1 I could see they were picking up the different keys to use on a xylophone. Mrs Lee and Mrs Riordan were very impressed with their enthusiasm towards this learning!
The children have continued to impress and have been volunteering for singing solo in front of the class. We have some talented children in our class!
Autumn Term 2
Welcome back to school!
I am very excited for this coming half term. The children were so enthusiastic last half term I know we will continue to achieve some great things in all of our subject areas!
Trips this half term:
English/ PSHE: Emoji Movie at Kirkstall Vue Cinema.
In RE, we have begun our learning journey all about ‘Trust in God’. We really began this learning last half term so it has been a very quick transition into our new learning.
So far, the children have consolidated their knowledge all about finding verses in The Bible to help someone who is in need. Here are some of the children’s most used verses:
I think you will agree about how powerful these messages are! The children have become very familiar with these and are becoming more and more aware of how The Bible can help us within our own lives.
To begin our learning abut trust, the children completed some trust exercises with a partner. The children were blindfolded and had to lead one another around a course. The children loved this activity and enjoyed the hands-on approach to understand how it feels to trust and to be trusted.
Here are a few things that the children said about this activity.
“It was good to be trusted!”
“I felt fine! I knew I could trust my partner!”
“I was a bit worried at first in case I bumped into something, but then after a while I knew I could trust my partner”
In Year 4 we have been working hard on our new topic of instructions. The children have been taking on the role of Mr and Mrs Twit and have been creating revolting recipes. The children have learnt all about the features of instructions and the important language features they need to include. They quickly learnt how to use fronted adverbials (and now feel very confident with these), using alliteration, repeated questions to interest a reader AND they have even been using brackets! Their recipes are truly gruesome and I didn’t know they had it in them to use create such awful pranks!
We have begun our topic all about fractions and the children have had some hands-on learning to understand equivalent fractions. We started by using lots of different equipment and food to find equivalent fractions. The children were able to reason their fraction families well and have begun to understand exactly WHAT a fraction is! Below are some pictures of the fractions they made- we had great fun with this activity!
In Science we have started a new topic all about teeth. The children were intrigued to learn just why our teeth all look different and were very surprised to learn that they all have different uses! We made some models using playdough to help us really understand the different shapes and sizes our teeth came in. This certainly wasn’t very easy as we had a few missing milk teeth in our class!
Year 3 and 4 had an AMAZING day at Eureka Children’s museum. The children loved the hands-on approach to learning and we very excited about all the activities they could take part in! The children also thoroughly enjoyed their ‘From Chew to Poo’ workshop! They were amazed to learn about the digestive system! Thank you to all of our parent volunteers that came with us- the children (and teachers!) really appreciated you being there!
We have been very lucky to have Robbie visit again! We were inspired by his visit to have a robot-themed week. Here are some pictures of our amazing artwork that we completed in the style of Karl Egenberger.
We also had the opportunity to work with Robbie in order to edit and improve a story. He had a rather boring story to start with so we really worked on our description. We took the opportunity too to give him some instructions to see how he is programmed. We were amazed at what he could do!
Project Reading Area!
Year 4 were delighted to hear that we were allocated some money to spend on our reading area. The children came up with their ideas and we decided on… SPACE! The pupils and all of the Year 4 teaching staff were pleased with this idea as it links well to our reading challenge of ‘Rocket Readers’. The children then used the internet to research what we could put in, put this into a spreadsheet, use formulas to tally up the costs to ensure we didn’t go over our budget (you are welcome Miss Milivojevic!). The items are now ordered and we are very excited to see how our newly designed reading area will look!