WELCOME TO YEAR 4!
This term, we are learning about angels in RE. We created role-plays of stories showing angels in The Bible.
Last term,Year 4 were lucky enough to go on a reciprocal visit to MetroBank as part of our Maths learning. We got to experience how a bank works and were lucky enough to go inside a vault!
As part of our 'Living Things and their Habitats' topic in Science, Year Four visited Camley Street Natural Park. We had the opportunity to explore for mini beasts and go pond dipping to identify what creatures lived there.
This term, Year Four have started exploring Pentecost in RE. We started by reenacting the story and thinking about how the disciples may have felt when given the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Today, we started our new topic of 'Living Things and their Habitats' in Science. We began our topic by investigating the different ways we can classify living things. These included type of animal (eg. amphibians or reptiles) and features of the animal.
This week in Maths, Year Four have been learning how to order decimals. We used counting sticks to order decimals to one decimal place then used this to help us place decimals to two decimal places on the counting stick.
We've got mail! Last term, Year Four wrote persuasive leaflets trying to convince Prince Harry to join us for Fun Day this year. We arrived back to school with a photo and a lovely letter from Kensington Palace informing us that Prince Harry had been "touched by our generous words of support" and he was "extremely grateful for the children's kind invitation." Unfortunately, however, he is unable to join us this year because he is so busy.
This past week, Year 4 have been lucky enough to have chicks in the classroom! We watched them as they hatched and have been looking after them as they have been growing.
We also showed how we can work scientifically by conducting an investigation to find out whether bigger hands can hold more sweets. We made sure to record our results in a table.
We created our own investigation titled: 'Which biscuit is best for dunking?' We discussed how to make sure our test was fair by keeping things the same and deciding what we would be changing.
Year Four spent time trying to create simple circuits using wires, bulbs and batteries. We then investigated all the things we could do with a circuit. We discovered how to make a bulb brighter and dimmer. We also investigated which materials are conductors and insulators.
Year 4 in the ICT suite typing their PSHE adverts for display
Year 4's PSHE lesson - recognising what influences us, our friends and the media, and how to deal with these. The children wrote their own adverts trying to influence their peers in the class.
Our History focus this term is Ancient Egypt. Today, we used what we know about different Pharaohs to create role plays showing what life might have been like under their rule.
This week, we are still focusing on The Ten Commandments. In class, we created role plays depicting how we could live out these rules in our lives.
This term, Year Four have started looking at The Ten Commandments in RE. We started by trying to list the commandments in order of importance as a group. It wasn't easy - we all had lots of different ideas!
This week, Year Four have been looking at Still Life in Art. Today, we painted our pictures using only the three primary colours. We experimented with mixing colours in order to gain the range we needed to paint our picture.
PSHE in Year 4 – ‘Healthy and Safer Lifestyles’: Smoking. We played a 'true' / 'false' game to see if we already knew anything about the drug called nicotine found in tobacco.
Smoking less than 20 cigarettes each day won’t hurt you.
Nicotine makes a smoker’s heart beat faster.
People who do not smoke can be harmed by breathing in the smoke of others.
A woman who smokes when she is pregnant can hurt her unborn baby.
Every cigarette smoked shortens your life by about 14 minutes!
The class eflected on the following scenario with reasons why 'grandad' might have begun smoking along with what advice he and his family could be given. 'Grandad started smoking when he was 13. He understands it is harmful to himself and his family but has struggled to quit the habit. Whenever he visits his daughter and her family, he always goes outside when he wants a cigarette; whatever the weather! Mum is concerned because he has a bad chest and she worries that standing outside will make it worse.'
This week, Year Four have started looking at Fractions in Maths. We started by using magnets to find as many equivalent fractions as we could.
This week in Science, Year Four have been discussing the Water Cycle. We have set up an investigation to find out whether the surface area of a container can affect the speed of evaporation.
Continuing with our topic of Measurement in Maths, we have been looking at mass this week. We had a variety of objects and we estimated the mass of each of them. We then investigated how close we were to our estimate by measuring the mass using scales and recording our findings in a table.
This week, Year Four have been looking at Measurement in Maths. We had a variety of objects and we estimated how much liquid was in each of them. We then investigated how close we were to our estimate by measuring the capacity using measuring jugs and recording our findings in a table.
In RE this term, we are looking at Sacred Texts. We started by discussing the Qur'an and why it is important in Islam. We then held a circle time, reflecting on our own special book, explaining why this book is important to us.
This term, Year Four are learning about States of Matter in Science. We started our topic by sorting and classifying materials into Solids, Liquids or Gases according to their properties.
Last week, Year 4 visited Fulham Palace where we explored artefacts from the Stone Age. We also had the opportunity to forage for food that may have been eaten during the Stone Age.
Continuing with our topic of Shape, Year Four have been looking at lines of symmetry. We found lines of symmetry by folding and drawing lines to find out how many lines of symmetry each shape had. (We were quite surprised to find out that not all shapes have lines of symmetry!)
This term, Year Four have been looking at Judaism in RE. We created role plays that illustrate how Jewish people pray and how this differs to other religions.
This week, Year 4 have started looking at Shape in Maths. We started our topic by sorting and classifying shapes in as many ways as we could. These included: number of sides; shapes with acute or obtuse angles and regular and irregular shapes.