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Year 4 Archive: 2014-2015

Welcome to Year 4!



Wow! It's the last half term already; it's gone by so quickly but Year 4 still have lots of things to do! This half term, we will be learning lots of new things about different animals and plants.  We will be classifying animals into their groups and deciding why they fit into that group! Year 4 will then use this information to create a non-chronological report, classification key and Venn diagram!


Also Year 4 will be making 'Grassheads' so look out for photographs to see them grow! I wonder which one will have the longest hair?


Children will also learn how bees make honey and put this into an explanation text!


In maths, children will be focusing on symmetry, shape and translation as well as many other topics.  We're going to have so much fun this half term and work as hard as we can!

Debates! Debates! Debates!

In our Literacy lessons, we're beginning to work in groups to take part in different debates about a range of subjects.  This week (22.6.15) we're focusing on:

'Should animals be kept in zoos?'


Children have been working in small groups to think about the 'Pros' and 'Cons' of keeping animals in zoos.  Year 4 completed a drama activity called a 'conscience alley' suggesting reasons why zoos are good and bad. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves!

Next week, children will then begin writing balanced arguments to link with their debates!

All About Algorithms!

This half term, Year 4 have been focusing on algorithms; algorithms are set of instructions that can be inputed to control an object or program.  If the algorithms were inputed incorrectly, children needed to debug in order to correct it!


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Children followed a simple set of instructions to produce some fantastic animal sketches!

Which grassheads' hair will grow the quickest? Keep checking the website for regular updates!

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During our 'Languages Week' we were extremely lucky to have a parent that speaks Russian.  She came to read a story in Russian as well as learning a song.  We even learnt how to say our name in Russian and played a Russian playground game!

During this half term, Year 4 have been extremely lucky to receive gymnastic teaching from a secondary school teacher from Prince Henry's. The focus has been gymnastic floor work using individual and paired balances, different movements and using these to perform sequences!

Have a look at our photographs and there's even some video clips of the children's sequences!



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This half term, our topic is all about Whitby and we've just got back from a fantastic two day trip!

We've been so busy; we did lots of exciting activities such as:

  • Captain Cook Museum
  • People survey
  • Toursit Information Centre
  • Harbour sketching
  • Walking up and down the 199 steps
  • Beach in the rain
  • Shop survey
  • Lifeboat Museum
  • Whitby Abbey
  • Eating ice-cream in the rain
  • Visiting the whale bones
  • And lots more!
Here are a selection of photographs to show you how much fun we had!
After our trip to Whitby, Year 4 worked really hard to produce some fantastic recounts of their trip.  Open the following documents to read about all the exciting things we did!

Data, data, data!

We've learnt lots this week interpreting data and drawing different graphs!


Aesop's Fables

This week in Year 4 (w/c 30.3.15) we will be reading different fables and writing our own.  There are many websites available for children to read different fables.  Here are a few websites to get you started!


Come and Calculate Morning

Year 4 had a fantastic morning showing parents how we use different formal methods to solve problems using all four operations.  I was extremely proud of my class as they really rose to the challenge and successfully taught parents how to use the different methods.  Children had lots of positive feedback and I would like to thank parents for getting involved! We hope it helps to make maths homework that little bit easier!


Maths Mayhem!

Over the past few weeks, Year 4 have been looking at equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages; we've completed lots of puzzles to match them together!

This half term in Year 4, we will be continuing to learn about the Vikings but we also learn about the Anglo-Saxons too because we know that they overlapped in many areas.  Keep checking the website for photographs and captions showing all the things we learn about this half term!

Year 4 had a fantastic day at Murton Park; we got to spend the whole day as Vikings! We did so many exciting activities such as:

  • Dressing up as a Viking
  • Training to become a Viking warrior
  • Making clay pottery
  • Having lunch in a Viking banqueting hall
  • Making bread in a longhouse
  • Farming and collected wood for our fire to keep us warm
Last half term, Year 4 have been extremely fortunate to take part in a number of rugby sessions lead by sports teacher from Leeds Rhinos. The children have thoroughly enjoyed it and I've improved in my rugby skills too!
We took part in a drama activity to learn more about the Lindisfarne raid in 793AD; we used lots of replica artefacts to help us!

Year 3 and 4 Water Safety Talk


On Friday 6th February, Year 3 and 4 enjoyed a Water Safety Talk from three qualified lifeguards.  They dressed up as lifeguards, listened very carefully to the advice and answered lots of different questions.

They now all know how to stay safe near water!


Year 4 Homework Timetable

Day Handed out Due Day
Monday Reading/Times Table Awards See rota
Tuesday Maths Friday
Wednesday Reading/Times Table Awards See rota
Thursday English or Topic Tuesday
Friday Spellings Monday