- Year 4 Long Term Plans (289.39KB)
Welcome to our Year 4 classes
Our teachers are Mr Taylor and Mrs Stubbs.
In the Autumn Term our topics are South America and The Rainforest.
In the Spring Term our topic is Viking Raiders and we have a residential visit to Grafham Water.
In the Summer Term our topics are Ancient Greece and Science Fiction.
November 2023Youth SpeaksAll of the children in Year 4 prepared and presented a short piece on a topic of their choice. We then invited some groups to perform to the whole school and we invited their parents/carers too. We as staff, you as parents/carers and they as children can all be very proud of what they did!
Rainforest role-playAs part of our English work this term, we have been imagining living like the indigenous Yanomami tribe of the Amazon Rainforest. We ‘lived a day in the life of’ which saw us waking up in our yano, gathering around ‘the fire’ and then venturing out into the rainforest.
Year 4 have been learning about the Rainforest.
We learned about the life of Henri Rousseau and how he painted his paintings.
We then did some Rainforest pictures in our own style, doing the background first.
Then adding the foliage and lastly collaging our favourite rainforest animals.
Year 4 Leavers’ Concert
Year 4 Leavers’ Party 2023
Falcon Class Summer Term
The Year 3 and 4 children took part in a wonderful Cross Country Event at KJAR last Half Term.
The children did really well. Two notable performances were Hayden Taylor in Year 3 and Oliver Webber in Year 4.
The children made a Coronation flower for the King’s coronation and were provided with a very tasty biscuit from our kitchen in the shape of a crown.
A wonderful artist came in and showed us how to properly make an Ancient Greek pot. Some children in Year 4 have said it was the highlight of their term.
We have never had such good pots in Year 4!
We also made some pottery art in the style of Kimiyo Mishima.
Our Year 4 art looks beautiful around the school and in the classroom. Everyone’s art was worthy of display this year. The children created their own monster and after drawing it, described it in their English books.
Eagle Class – Kimiyo Mishima pottery, Ancient Greece activitiesYear 4 have been working a lot with pottery this term. We studied the work of contemporary artist Kimiyo Mishima whose work focuses on waste and recycling.We then had a visit from a potter who helped teach both children and teachers some new techniques that we then used to make our interpretations of Ancient Greek pots.
We held our own Olympic event. Here are our winners in the categories of: standing long jump, discus, javelin, running and sportsmanship/effort.
What a wonderful way to end off the Spring Term in Year 4 with a Viking day.
The children all dressed up as Vikings and enjoyed making Mead and Oat Flapjacks. Mandy Jinkerson came from Tesco to help us on the day. As well as helping us, Tesco also donated all the ingredients to make these Viking treats.
They also wrote in runes and made their own version of the Viking game Hnefatafl.
During the term the children have done some brilliant work and writing while learning about the Vikings and their gods. Before they wrote their play scripts they got to do role play and act them out to the class. Some fabulous Viking ships were painted by the children, using tint, tone and shade, adding drama to the stormy seas.
The day ended with parents and carers invited in to see some of the things the children have been learning as well as enjoying oatcakes and mead.
Thank you for joining us and for taking the time to sort an outfit for your child to wear on the day.
Grafham Water 2023
Eagle Class Spring Term 1The children have learned about primary and secondary sources in history by studying Viking shields.
We then used this knowledge to design and complete our own replica Viking shields.
In science, the children have learned about the importance of keeping our teeth clean and healthy. To help us understand the damage that can be done, we carried out an investigation into the effects of different liquids on egg shells (not too different to human tooth structure). Here are the results after 1 week.
The children had a visit from a Hertfordshire County Council advisor on recycling. We followed this up in class by discussing the environmental impact different resources can have.
No One Wraps Like an Elf
Autumn Term in Year 4 Falcon
The term has gone so quickly. The children have made some lovely Christmas decorations in D&T.
They have really enjoyed doing Science and learning about States of Matter as well as the Water Cycle! They couldn’t believe that they may be drinking water that a dinosaur once drank.
We did some orienteering, learning about direction and how to read a compass. Then we read a map looking for flags.
We had such fun in the snow building snowmen.
Rainforest DramaAs we come to the end of our rainforest work, we have been focussing on English skills.
The children have covered paragraphs, fronted adverbials and including description of sensations such as what they might smell or feel.Before the children wrote their story set in the rainforest, we took them on ‘a trip to the rainforest’.
Our session started in the yano where the children sat with the ‘wise elder’ who helped them plan their trip. We then ventured out into the rainforest where we hunted, fished and foraged. As we went back to the yano, we had to go low and quiet to avoid the jaguar. Back in the yano, we then noted down some good ideas from our ‘adventure’ that we then used in our story writing later the week.
In the Autumn term each and every one of the children did a fantastic job of preparing a short presentation that they then gave to the whole year group. A few groups then presented to the whole school during an assembly.
In science we have learned about classifying plants and animals.
We found different examples of the groups of plants and sketched them.
The children attended a Football Festival at KJAR recently where they got to practise their football skills. The weather was kind to us and the morning was thoroughly enjoyed by them all.
They have been doing High Fives in PE with Mrs Parcell and enjoyed some mini games in this week’s lesson.
Henri Rousseau Rainforest Artwork
We are learning about the rainforest and used the artist Henri Rousseau as inspiration for a multi-layered piece of art. See if you can spot the hidden animals!