YEAR 4 CLASS PAGE
Thank you for visiting our class page, we hope you enjoy seeing all the wonderful things we get up to during our learning in Year 4.
All of our important School events and Class reminders can be found here, so please check back often!
We all work hard in Year 4 - but each week someone is selected who has had their shining moment!
They receive a special certificate in Friday Celebration assembly to recognize this so please be sure to check your texts so that you can witness this too!
In Spring 1 our stars of the week have been;
Nicole - for her independence and improved confidence in all areas of learning
Joshua - for challenging and believing in himself when working independently.
Nicolas - for a very sensible and improved learning attitude
Finlay - for excellent contribution and focus in all his work.
Jacob - for his brilliant input and focus in all work, especially Maths!
Kephie - for excellent effort and confidence in her Maths work
In Spring 2 our stars of the week have been;
Anna - for improved concentration and focus during her lessons!
Aya - for focus and determination in her assessments!
Welcome back to the Summer term!
I'm glad you all had a wonderfully relaxing break over Easter. Lots of you were busy creating spectacular villages to complete our learning on Village Settlers in Geography. I was very impressed to see the detail that you used to demonstrate how settlers selected and developed in the various places across the UK!
Well done to all of you that worked hard on these projects!
DRAMA: Jesus' Trial before Pontius Pilate
This week we have been exploring the events of Holy week. Today we used drama to explore the emotions and dialogue that occured during Jesus' trial.
We all took different parts and used Mark's Gospel to perform.
It was very beneficial for our learning and helped us display our understanding of this remarkable trial.
Stations of the cross reflection
The whole school has been very busy preparing for Easter and marking holy week. Each class created their own image for our own stations around school. Today we visited each one and reflected on the importance and meaning behind it.
This has really supported our RE work this week on Holy week, with particular emphasis on the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. We were all very respectful and joined in with the response:
'We adore you O Christ and we praise you'
'Because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the World'
Cadbury World Trip!
We very much enjoyed our snowy trip to Cadbury World today! The children learnt a great deal about the ancient civilisation of the Mayans, a 4D cinema experience, the history of the Cadbury family and of course had lots of fun eating chocolate too! Thank you for allowing them to visit and their behaviour ensured they were a credit to the school, well done year 4!
A heart that sees... Lenten reflection.
The whole school enjoyed a Lenten reflection from Dan and Emily from one life music.
We enjoyed prayer, meditation, new hymns and thought provoking discussion about our journey in Lent so far. We all got a great deal from this day and are trying to remember how to see with our hearts in our daily lives to become closer to Jesus.
World Book Day!
Thursday 1st March 2018
We had another wonderful World Book day, Year 4 really impressed with their costumes and dedication to theme of the 100 books to read and the idea of sharing a story!
Thank you for all your help with their costumes and ideas!
We were very excited to walk to our local library on Weoley Castle Square today and have a look at the books there. We really enjoyed listening to Derrick, who read some of his favourite stories and poems to us and we joined in too!
We then had a look around at the books and were excited to see some of our 'Top 100' titles there. Derrick explained the free library card to us and lots of the children have brought home application slips. We hope to see lots of the children using this excellent resource to help their reading and learning!
Life caravan visit in Year 4
We had a very important lesson this week, from a Kate and the Life Caravan. She was teaching us all about our health and how the choices we make impact on our bodies. We sorted out different choices which were unhealthy and healthy and learnt about the effect this has on our bodies, especially internal organs. We also discussed everyday choices and the positive and negative impact depending on the choice we make. We were all very interested and participated well, Kate was very impressed with us!
Dr Watson comes to visit...
As part of our Polar theme we were very fortunate to welcome an Antarctic expert into our classroom - Dr Jenny Watson.
She taught us all about the North and South Pole and the importance of historical and modern day explorers who have uncovered its secrets.
She also helped us with experiments which helped us understand these regions more. We were very grateful for her knowledge, which helped our understanding even further!
Year 4 goes Polar!
We have returned back to school and are off to a chilly start! Our new school wide theme is Polar Explorers and we are focusing on the incredible explorer Ernest Shackleton. Therefore we started our new book - Ice Trap, which outlines his miraculous Antarctic expedition.
We are all enjoying reading this. As a introduction we looked at real life polar explorer items of clothing and created our own questions about them.
Christmas Pantomime - Cinderella
We were very lucky to watch a special pantomime performance of Cinderella. The whole school were treated to unique version and year four found it extremely enjoyable!
Author Visit - Maz Evans
We had the opportunity to meet a real Author in school. She is the Author of Who Let the Gods Out, Simply the Quest and Beyond the Odyssey. Her introduction was extremely enjoyable, she discussed her inspiration for the books and her journey to become a published Author.
We then were very lucky to have a special writing session with her and she gave us a clear structure to make our writing even better!
We all learned a great deal and were truly inspired by her.
We began the season of Advent with our own class reflection. We focused on the true meaning of Advent; slowing down to prepare for the Birth of Jesus. We explained all the symbolism of the candles and wreath and how this could become meaningful to our lives, especially at this special time of year. All the children participated beautifully and have truly embraced the meaning of Advent over the last few weeks. We were especially glad to see so many parents and friends to reflect with us.
SCIENCE - CLASSIFYING PLANTS
In Science we have looked at living things and their habitats. Today we discussed how plants are also organisms and looked at classifying British plants.
We worked in groups to capture pictures around school and then used an online plant classifier to find out their names and information about them.
Northfield Fire Fighters visit
We were very fortunate to have four firefighters take time out of their busy day to visit us in class today. They taught us very important things such as; escape routes, dangers of hoax calls, how to make an emergency call and stop drop and roll. We all listened very attentively and learnt life saving information.
ICT - SCRATCH PROGRAMMING.
We have begun our first ICT project this Half term - using a computing programme called Scratch.
Our task is to create an 'Educational game' we have created concepts and plans and once they have been completed using algorithims and debugging we will test them on Year 3 and gather feedback.
This resource can be used at home too - https://scratch.mit.edu/
We have had a wonderful start to our 'MMADDD' Fridays! This term we are doing French with Miss Purcell and Drama with Miss Murphy.
We have recapped our basic conversation from last year and are working hard to build on it every lesson.
Our new novel - THE IRON MAN
We were introduced to our new book for this half term - The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. We are enjoying it a lot already! To find out the title and plot of this well-loved classic, we took part in a QR CODE hunt around the school grounds. Each code, when scanned, revealed a clue about the book.
We had great fun during the hunt and asked lots of interesting questions during the guessing!