KS2 - Year 4
Welcome to our Year 4 class page ...
In Year 4, we have a daily schedule in which English, Maths and Reading are taught every morning, with an exciting range of Foundation Subjects each afternoon. Our team consists of class teacher Mr. Henney, HLTA Mrs. Hindshaw, Teaching Assistants Mrs Graham and Miss Friar with Life Smart taught by Mrs Gamesby and PE taught by Mr. Curtis and Mrs. Wilson.
We will be exploring three fantastic topics this year. In the Autumn term, children will study Egyptians, followed by Road Trip USA in Spring and Tribal Tales in Summer. We link and incorporate our 17 Sustainable Development Goals into our work.
We will be using a range of methods throughout the year including 'Talk 4 Writing' and 'Slow Writing' to help children structure their ideas and creatively develop their writing style.
RE will follow the 'Come and See' approach in which the Catechism of the Catholic Church addresses the search for meaning in life. God’s initiative in Revelation who comes to meet us and our response of faith. This pattern guides the structure of the programme and informs the process of each topic, opened up through; Explore, Reveal and Respond.
Autumn Term - Walk like an Egyptian
This term we will travel back 5000 years to the dusty realms of ancient Egypt. Cruise along the Nile, entering a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings. We will research and learn about life on the river’s fertile banks, discovering Egypt and its fascinating culture.
We will move from ancient Egypt to the modern day and incorporate our 'Sustainability Goals' into our learning, paying close attention to sustainable cities and communities.
Extended writing, non-chronological reports, letters, persuasive writing and creative stories.
Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and place value.
Health (inc. diet and teeth) and states of matter.
Domestic Church/Family, Baptism/Confirmation/Belonging, Advent/Christmas/Loving
Centre for Life & Newcastle Quayside
Year 4 visited the Centre for Life in Newcastle to further explore the topic of Egypt and in particular mummification. We began the day by completing a range of scientific experiements to examine the role of natron in removing water from the body. We performed these experiments using raw chicken and salt. The morning was complete with children identifying organs removed during the process of mummification and then finally having the opportunity to "mummify" their own stuffed animal. For the remainder of our time inside, children had the opportunity to explore the Centre for Life including the '4D Motion Ride', Planetarium, Brain Zone and Science Show.
Our day was complete by us braving the conditions and walking from the Centre of Life alongside and across the River Tyne using the Millennium Bridge. We simply couldn't resist the opportunity to stop for several group photos. All children shone on our visit and impressed Centre for Life staff with their knowledge, curiosity and intuition. They not only impressed us with their amazing attitude and effort but, represented the school impeccably and made us all proud! Please visit the Educational Visits page for more information.
This term children have used 'Talk4Writing' to develop their writing skills. They have retold an 'Ancient Egyptian' story following the three phase technique of Imitation, Innovation and Independent Application. This allows children to take the original structure of a story and modify and adapt it into their own unique creation. As you can see from the photos, the children certainly love this method.
Art and Design - Cartouche Hieroglyphics
This term, children have had the opportunity to use clay moulding and carving to produce cartouche hieroglyphic sculptures similar to those used in Ancient Egypt. We began by designing our sculptures before progressing onto moulding the shape then carving our chosen image. We completed the exercise by pouring plaster of paris over the moulding and then painting the completed product. As you can see from the photos, the children loved making these and showed a true creative edge while applying themselves with an exceptional degree of accuracy.
Music - Recorders
Children in Year 3 and 4 have been expressing their musical talent and honing their recorder skills this term. They have had weekly tuition from a music teacher and have progressed rapidly in a short space of time.
Science - The Digestive System and States of Matter Experiments
Children stuidied how fluoride and brushing twice a day can protect our teeth from the harmful effects of sugar. They examined the role of enamel and how it prevents harmful sugar from eroding our teeth and creatively described it as a rain jacket that keeps us dry. We used eggs to replicate our teeth and children placed one in (fluoride) toothpaste, and several others in a range of drinks from orange juice, milk, orange juice and a range of sugary drinks. The effects after leaving these eggs for a week were staggering. Children certainly discovered why parents' tell them to brush their teeth twice a day!
Children have studied states of matter (solid, liquid, gas) and began to critically think about just where they are present and how much they weigh. We began by selecting a range of drinks and discussing which states were present such as the bottle was solid and the drink was liquid. During these discussions children debated whether the gas inside the bottle weighed anything at all and then prepared an experiment of their own to investigate how to test this. The range of drinks selected were then weighed and shook up daily for 2 weeks. These were opened carefully each day to let the air escape before sealing the bottle again. We weighed these again after 2 weeks and recorded just how much the weight had decreased and were able to calculate the weight of the gas that was present in the bottle at the start.
Spring Term - Road Trip USA
This term we’re going on a road trip across the good old US of A! Flying from London Gatwick, and landing at JFK airport New York, it’s time to explore the sights and sounds of the Big Apple. It’s going to be a long ride, put the roof down and let the wind blow through your hair – we’re off!
We will travel back in time to learn about the Pilgrims and their epic journey across the Atlantic Ocean on the Mayflower. We will research their first encounter with the Native America tribe of Plymouth and how they lived together on the same piece of land ... and the difficulties that inevitably followed.
Literacy - Extended writing, non-chronological reports, letters, diary writing, persuasive writing and creative stories.
Numeracy - Fractions, decimals and angles.
Science - Electricity and Sound
RE - Local Church/Community, Eucharist/Relating, Lent/Easter/Giving
Summer Term - Tribal Tales
This term we will take a moment to step outside and stand quietly and still. Turn off all our technology and try to forget the modern world. Imagine this place 5000 years ago. What would you have seen? What tribal tales will you have to tell? We will be exploring the Stone, Bronze and Iron ages, analysing how clothing, tools and homes developed over time. In particular we will examine the mystery and curiosity surrounding Stonehenge. Why was it built? What was it used for?
This term will be accompanied by an educational visit to the North York Moors Visitor Centre where children will spend the day living as a caveman. This will encorporate bare-foot hunting, camp/shelter building and observing how cavepeople safely but creatively built a fire using only natural resources.
Literacy - Extended writing, non-chronological reports, letters, persuasive writing and creative stories.
Numeracy - Shape, space, perimeter and area.
Science - Our environment, human impact and sustainability.
RE - Pentecost/Serving, Reconciliation/Inter-relating, Universal Church/World