Welcome to Year 4’s page. Here you will find information about what we do in Year 4. You will be able to see photographs of some of our wonderful work and see some of our displays.
Year 4 Team
In English this term, year 4 will be studying the texts Noah Barley Runs Away and Gregory Cool. We will use these books as a tool to engage the children and discover the author’s writing style. We will be discussing the book in great detail and analysing the thoughts and feelings of the different characters. This will help us to write diary entries, letters, leaflets, non-chronological reports and our own stories. Gregory Cool will allow us to explore the Island of Tobago and we will be carrying out our own research into this beautiful place and writing fact files. We will also be carefully drafting and editing our work to make sure it is the best it can be.
During spring term, year 4 will be covering fractions and decimals in detail. We will be finding equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator, counting up and down in hundredths, ordering decimals, dividing one and two digit numbers by 10 and 100 and rounding decimals with 1 decimal place to the nearest whole number. We will use a wide range of problems and puzzles to deepen the children’s understanding and develop their reasoning skills.
Later in the term, we will then move on to the units of measurement and shape.
Topics covered this term will be Sound and Electricity. As with all our science topics, we will be carrying out a number of investigations which allow us to work scientifically.
As part of our Spain topic we will be looking at the artist Gaudi and will recreate some of his elaborate pieces of work. We will create our own nature inspired pieces using some of his methods.
In design and technology, will be creating our own catapults as part of our Roman Invasion topic. We will plan, create, test and then evaluate our finished products.
A European enquiry – a study of Spain
During this topic we will discover both the human and physical geography of Spain. We will be locating Spain on the world map and looking at the climate zones across Spain.
The Roman Invasion
This topic will allow us to further develop our knowledge of the Roman Empire and will enable us to develop our historian skills. We will look at the spread of the Roman Empire and the impact this had on the UK. Once our topic is complete, we will be going to Chester to have a Roman experience and visit a real Roman city.
During the Summer term we will be learning about The Romans. We will be learning about life during the Roman times and how different classes lived very different lives. We will use world maps to discover to extent of the Roman Empire and the tactics they used during battle to build their empire. The children will also learn about the effect the Roam Empire had on Britain and how it helped shape the world will live in today.
Reading and Homework
Homework will be set each Friday and will need to be completed by the following Tuesday. Activities will be set for your child via Mathletics so please ensure your child logs on to their account to complete.
All children are expected to read at home at least 3 times a week. Even if your child is a fluent reader, it is still important for them to have someone listen to them read so they can have any unfamiliar words or phrases explained to them. It’s also nice for them to have someone to discuss the book they are enjoying with.
In our art lessons we have been creating watercolour skies using watercolour bleeds and splashes. We decorated our watercolours with things we see in the sky including helicopters, hot air balloons, birds and many more.
People in Motion
Year 4 designed, planned and created sculptures of people in motion. The sculptures were created using pipe cleaners and finished with tinfoil. Year 4 thought creatively about positioning, with some of their sculptures even doing the famous floss dance!
Year 4 experimented with blow painting and created unique artworks using paint splashes. We demonstrated our knowledge of warm and cool colours and enjoyed this expressive painting technique.
We looked at the artist Van Gough and focused on his Starry Night painting. We then created our own version using oil pastels and black card to create a city silhouette. We were pretty impressed with our finished pieces of work.
In science we have been looking at how our digestion system works. To help us gain a better understanding we created our own stomachs using bread as food, water as saliva and fresh orange juice as stomach acid. The results were pretty disgusting!
Which liquid causes the most damage to teeth?
We carried out an investigation to see which liquids cause the most damage to our teeth. We came up with a list of things we drink and used them in our investigation.
As you can see in the pictures, Coca-Cola and Vinegar caused a lot of damage to the egg shells, it even turned them black! We concluded that the best drink for our teeth is water.