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Trotts Hill Primary School and Nursery

Year 4

Welcome to Year 4

Welcome to Year 4.

 

Mrs Burr and Mrs Kramer are the class teachers and Mrs Murrill is the classroom assistant and will be supporting in class every morning.

 

Year 4 is the second year of Lower Key Stage 2 and we continue to build upon the foundations developed in Year 3 whilst preparing the children for Upper Key Stage 2.  The children will be encouraged to continue to develop their independence and further develop their responsibility for their personal belongings, learning in school and with their home learning.  

 

Year 4 is a very exciting and busy year where children will be continuing to develop a range of skills and knowledge alongside discovering and learning lots of exciting new things.  The children will be encouraged to develop their 'Behaviour for Learning'.   We will   work very hard but also have lots of fun learning together.

 

This year we will cover a variety of skills, knowledge and understanding including the following topics:

  • The Ancient Egyptians
  • The Anglo-Saxons
  • Digestion and teeth
  • Persuasive writing
  • Pablo Picasso

 

The children will continue to have the opportunity to be involved with many pupil groups around the school.

 

We look forward to helping Year 4 develop and grow.

 

 

Welcome to Year 4 Parent Presentation

Year 4 Curriculum Overviews

School Closure 12th December 2022

Whilst you are at home today there are somethings that you can do at home:

*Complete your home learning for the week

*Practise the dance moves and song words for our performance 

*Read a book

*Log in to Purple Mash and practise your times tables 

*Enjoy the snow! 

 

Year 4 Reading Spines 

 

Week beginning 30th January

 

Year 4 have been learning about sound in science and this week carried out an investigation to find out how sound travels over distance. 

We discovered that sound in measured in decibels and travels been through a solid than a gas as the particles are closer together. 

To carry out our investigation we headed outside. We laid out metre rulers and then struck a triangle over difference distances and measured how the sound changed. We talked about how the accuracy could be compromised with striking the triangle differently and cars and outside noise effecting the decibel reading. Nevertheless, the children clearly demonstrated how sounds get quieter the further they travel. They presented their results on impressive line graphs. Well done Year 4. 

Active Maths

 

We kept the metre rulers out and made good use of them in our maths lesson today. We have started a unit on length, converting measurements into different units. We started by talking about the metric system as the children had heard of inches, feet, yards and miles and were interested in how these differ. 

We then started this series of lessons by converting cm to m and vice versa. We ended by measuring lots of items in the hall. We even measured the width of the hall. It's 12m 73cm wide. 

Week beginning 23rd January 

 

This week we have been looking at persuasive writing in English. We started by reading a hilarious book called 'The Day I swapped my Dad for Two Goldfish'. We then looked at different persuasive techniques, including rhetorical questions, exaggeration, opinions, facts/statistics, emotive language and alliteration. Don't be surprised if you are persuaded into late bedtimes, extra sweets or TV time!

 

Computing was so much fun this week. We have been looking at photo editing and using lots of different tools. Today we were 'Combining'. This means cutting out one image from a photo and then adding it to another image in order to create something new. It fitted in really well with our English topic as we could discuss how advertisers manipulate images. Attached below are some examples of what the children created.  

Combining Images

Short Division

 

We've started learning short division using the bus stop method this week. The class are doing really well. However, if you'd like to practise a little more at home, here are some slides for the adults to refresh their memories. Also below is a link to a little video. I have sent home a sheet for those children who would like to try a few more. 

Bus stop method presentation

Timestable workshop links

 

Thank you for those parents who attended the timestable workshop today. We hope you found it useful. Below are the links for the websites and resources discussed. 

Remember, you don't need to buy anything new to make maths fun. Use playing cards, dice, post it notes and music. 

Week Beginning 9th January 2022

Year 4 returned from an incredible day at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. They spent the morning exploring the exhibitions, looking at ancient artefacts and discovering many new facts about the Egyptians. In the afternoon, they used papyrus to paint their own Egyptian inspired painting.

Merry Christmas from the Year 4 team

We limped to the finishing line! Well done to those children who made it to the last day. 

To finish off, we made some beautiful sparkly chalk pictures. 

Have a safe and restful festive season.  

Week commencing 19th December 2022

Year 4 has finished the year off with a flourish. They performed their dances brilliantly in the Christmas show and also sang their hearts out. We are very proud. 

For the final few days, we have been finishing off our DT project. The children have worked so hard on their felt stockings and they are amazing. They are really creative and finished to an excellent standard. 

We have also completed work on Christmas-themed co-ordinates as well as learning about King Herod's role in the Christmas Story. The children hot seated the main characters and looked up the correct passage in the bible to find out what happened. 

Well done year 4. It has been a pleasure teaching you. Have a fab Christmas. From Mrs Burr, Mrs Kramer and Mrs Murrill.  

Week commencing 5th December 2022

This week in RE we looked at how advent is celebrated around the world. We discovered that many different cultures, religions and countries celebrate it. There are common themes of light, stars and circles. We made a Mexican Advent pinata, Chinese lanterns, Danish bread wreaths and UK candle wreaths.  

This week in science, Year 4 investigated how well they look after their teeth. We discussed what is needed for good oral hygiene. We decided that regular trips to the dentist, twice daily brushing (for 2 minutes) and toothpaste with fluoride are essential, whilst floss and mouth wash are added extras.

Then came the real test! The children all crunched on a plaque reveal tablet. Pink dye on their teeth indicated new plaque (which can easily be brushed away) but blue dye shows old plaque. Many of the children discovered that the opposite side of their mouth to their dominant hand had less blue plaque as it is easier to brush. Whereas the other side and the backs were bluer.

The children then brushed their teeth and repeated the investigation. Some of the children pledged to change their habits and brush more regularly and more thoroughly. It was an important life-lesson as we really need to look after our teeth (plus it was loads of fun!).

Week commencing 28th November 2022

WARNING! GROSS PICTURE ALERT

After reading this, you may never drink fruit juice again!

Year 4 undertook an experiment in science to discover which drinks were worst for our teeth. We used hard boiled eggs to replicate our teeth. The shell was enamel and the hard-boiled egg underneath, dentin.

To make the experiment a fair test, only the liquid was changed (the variable) and it was measured out accurately.

The eggs were left in water, milk, coffee, Pepsi Max, Coke, orange juice and apple juice for a week.

Over the course of the week, the class used their ‘working scientifically skill’ of observation to see what changes were occurring.

Almost immediately, the apple and orange juice eggs started to bubble and peel. The Pepsi Max and coffee started to stain.

By the next week, they were all rather smelly (especially the milk!) and the results were surprising and shocking.

The children observed all of the eggs to gather their results and then write a conclusion.

We concluded that the apple juice damaged the enamel the most – rotting down to the dentin. This is because the apple juice contains the most sugar. Water was the best for your teeth. Well done Year 4 you carried out the experiment excellently and used lots of scientific vocabulary.

Week commencing 21st November 2022

Year 4 really enjoy their weekly computing lessons. We start by playing timestable games. This week we are looking at the 6 times table and building up our speed at recalling the facts. 

Then we moved on to our current topic which is spreadsheets. We use PurpleMash and their 2calculate tool which is a lot like Excel. The children had to plan a party. They selected which items they would like and how many people they wanted to invite. Of course the cost was astronomical. Obviously, you need soft play, a disco and an animal charmer! So, we imposed a budget of £300. Pizza needed to be swapped for cheaper sandwiches. Milkshakes were ditched for squash. It was a great lesson where the children competently used the total tool and the formula wizard. 

Week commencing 14th November 

This week Year 4 have started their new unit on poetry in English. On Friday, the children took turns to be the two different characters from one of our poems 'Overheard on a Saltmarsh' by Harold Munro. Each child was either the nymph or the goblin, they used body language and the dialogue to portray character.   

Week Commencing 7th November 2022

Year 4 have had a great day today building, testing and racing their balloon buggies. The project is part of a whole school science/maths and DT initiative and develops children observational, measuring, sawing and problem-solving skills. After watching videos on hovercrafts and discussing airflow, aerodynamics and friction, the children had to design their buggies in agreement with their team mates. They carefully measured, drew and cut out templates along with measuring the axels and plastic tubing. After sawing the dowelling with hacksaws (carefully!!), they then glued on the wheels with glue guns (also carefully). 

The teams then tested their buggies to decide if they could make any improvements. This was the part of the lesson which was the most surprising as the children needed to problem solve and discuss making changes. Straws needed to be straightened to help the airflow, axels had to be made more parallel or lengthened or the body cut away so the wheels had clear space to rotate. 

We ended the lesson with a competition to see which buggy could freely (no pushing!!) roll the furthest. They ALL worked and some went much further than expected. 

Mrs Burr and Mrs Murrill were really proud of the classes' achievements today. We have some budding product designers! 

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Week Beginning 31st October 2022

This has been the final week looking at formal addition and subtraction methods (for now!) and it included with a great active problem-solving lesson. The children had to move around the room and solve problems. Some were one step, some were two-step and some were multi-operational! The children did really well and applied their newly acquired skills. 

Week beginning 17th October 2022- Diwali 

Year 4 have finished the half term with a flourish by presenting their assembly on Diwali to the whole school and their families. The children told the story of Rama and Sita where light triumphed over darkness. The children spoke beautifully and recreated the story with excellent acting and just a little bit of fighting!

The children also got the opportunity to show the work from their recent RE lessons. They showed rangoli patterns made from coloured sand which entices the Goddess of Wealth into homes. They also showed their brightly coloured diyas moulded from modelling clay.

The assembly finished with a rendition of ‘A Night of a Thousand Lights’ which was performed with great enthusiasm.

Well done to Year 4. They were amazing!

Week Beginning 10th October 2022

This week, we have begun an exciting five weeks of additional sport and physical activity. We are working alongside coaches from Sporting Futures as part of the 'Action Mats' programme. We worked in partners and tried to beat our own and other's scores in challenges like skipping, lunge jumps, rocket jumps and star jumps. By the end of the session, we had all had a gruelling workout but felt great!

Week Beginning 3rd October 2022

Year 4 have spent the last half term honing our painting techniques. We have looked at paintings by Picasso discussing his Blue and Rose Periods. Last week, we looked at mixing shades of blue using painting. This week, we have drawn self-portraits and used the techniques we have learnt to paint our own 'Blue Period' portrait.

 

Week Beginning 26th September 2022

 

Never a dull moment in Year 4 and this week we’ve had lots of active lessons. In maths, the children made their own number lines and changed the scales, midpoints and estimated values at various points. It was both fun and helped to move their learning on.

In RE we continued to look at how Hindu’s celebrate Diwali. We learnt that it is the Hindu new year and they often spring clean, wear new clothes and celebrate the festival with fireworks. Goddess Lakshmi is encouraged to visit Hindu homes as she is the Goddess of Wealth. She is invited in with colourful rangoli patterns and candles. So… we ambitiously made our own rangoli with coloured sand and lots of glue! We lit candles and listened to the legend of Lakshmi. A fun fact we heard was that some people take their business laptops to the madir (temple) to be blessed!

Week beginning 19th September 2022

Murder...deceit...jealousy...fighting...flirting....marriage... Just your standard English lesson in Year 4! We have continued with myths this week. The children have used subordinating conjunctions and improved their descriptive writing with expanded noun phrases. The class ended the week planning their own myths. We are really looking forward to reading the finished stories next week. The children had some great ideas! In RE we looked at the Hindu story of Rama and Sita that interestingly has the same themes as the Greek myths. We will be exploring Diwali further next week.  

In computing and PSHE we have been discussing internet safety and plagiarism. We have had some interesting and worthwhile discussions. 

Week beginning 12th September 2022

The Year 4 classroom has been filled with a buzz of energy and practical hands-on experiences this week. In science, we made models of the digestive system. It was very messy and a bit gross; squishing mushed banana and crackers through tights – which represented the intestines – ending with…well the end of the digestive system! The children will certainly remember their learning through this experience.  

English has been all about myths and learning about Venus. To help us, we did some drama activities. Who knew there was a Costa on the top of Mount Olympus? Minerva, Juno, Apollo and Mars had a good gossip about how the vain and shallow Venus is married to poor, ugly (but kind) Vulcan. It generated some excelled vocabulary.  

In maths, the children explored number lines and scales looking first at everyday equipment. They looked at jugs and measuring cylinders, Newton metres and measuring tapes. Identifying the start, mid and end points of number lines in the lesson then became much easier.  

Week beginning 5th September 2022 

Year 4 started their dance unit working alongside Mr Sapsed to create their own routines. We began trying to use the five elements of dance in our group routines which are; spin, roll, balance, jump and slide. Can you guess which element each group are showing in the pictures? 

Year 4 2021-22

Week Beginning Monday 11th July - LI: To explore the Langar in Sikh life

In RE, year 4 learnt about the Sikh Langar. They learnt that in every Gurdwara, there is a Langar where volunteers cook and feed hundreds of people twice a day. Year 4 looked at the values that the people in the Langar show including equality, generosity and kindness. 

Week Beginning Monday 4th July 2022 - LI: To create a landscape in the style of Gaudi 

This week, year 4 have had a focus on art. They began the week by looking at a variety of Spanish artists to link to our Geography topic about Spain. They identified the styles that they liked most and learnt about Antoni Gaudi - a Spanish artist and architect. Throughout the week the children have been using different medium to create texture on their own landscape following Gaudi's style. This included marbling, paste resist, water colour with the added effect of salt, paint mixed with sand, tissue paper and oil pastels. 

Week Beginning Monday 27th June 2022 - LI: To write an Ananse story 

Over the past three weeks, year 4 have been learning about stories with an African theme. They have read lots of stories about Ananse and finished the topic by writing their own story titled 'Ananse and the chameleon'. 

Week Beginning Monday 20th June 2022 - LI: To compare analogue and digital times

This week was year 4's third and final week learning about time. They participated in 'maths of the day' by racing to match times on an analogue clock, times written in words and times on a digital clock together. 

Week Beginning Monday 13th June 2022 - LI: To investigate gases

This week in Science, year 4 carried out a variety of investigations to find out about gases. We squashed bottles with the lid on and then off to prove that gas is inside the bottle, we weighed a balloon before and after it had been inflated to show that gas does weigh something and we investigated how the smell travels. We also arranged ourselves as the particles in a solid, liquid and gas. 

Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th June 2022 - Wymondley Wood Residential Trip

This week, the children went to Wymondley Wood on a residential trip. They arrived at Wymondley Wood at 4:30pm on Tuesday 15th where they began activities straight away, starting with a hunt around the field for some leaves with a letter on to unscramble. The children participated in a range of activities including parachute games, den building, camp fire songs, rounders, running noughts and crosses, tree rubbing and natural art. They enjoyed 'Granny's pasta' for dinner on the Tuesday night and then went to bed after a hot chocolate around the camp fire. They were then suitably exhausted and picked up at 2pm on Wednesday. The sun was shining throughout the whole trip and the children behaved beautifully! 

Week Beginning Monday 16th May - LI: To write a poem in the style of Roald Dahl 

Over the past two weeks, year 4 have been learning about poetry in English, focusing particularly on poems written by Roald Dahl. This week the children were able to write their own alternative ending to 'Little Red Riding Hood' in the style of Roald Dahl. They then wrote their poems up neatly and illustrated them in the style of Quentin Blake. 

Week Beginning Monday 9th May 2022 - LI: To add money 

This week in maths, year 4 have been learning about money. They have been converting money from pounds to pence, ordering amounts of money, adding money, rounding money and solving problems. They have worked really hard and are trying hard with their presentation as well as deepening their reasoning skills. 

Week Beginning Monday 3rd May 2022 - LI: To use classification keys to identify living things in the local environment 

In Science, year 4 have been using classification keys to help them identify different types of invertebrate in the nature area. They found lots of different creatures including ants, worms, slugs, snails, beetles and even a green stink bug. 

Week Beginning Monday 25th April - LI: To locate Europe on a world map and find out about it's features

In Geography, year 4 began their new topic about Europe. They started by locating Europe on a world map and were able to name the other 6 continents too. Around the classroom were lots of facts about Europe which the children collated onto a fact file. 

Week Beginning Monday 18th April 2022 - LI: To design, make and evaluate an electrical circuit to create a steady hand game

This week, year 4 have been working hard in DT to make their own steady hand game. They have applied their Science skills of making circuits to use metal wire to make a buzz game. 

Week Beginning Monday 28th March 2022 - LI: To practise times tables up to 12x12

This week in maths, year 4 have been working really hard to improve the speed of their recall for their times tables. They have played a variety of times tables games, made flashcards to remember the difficult calculations and practiced completing the times tables check. They have made excellent progress this week! 

Week Beginning Monday 21st March 2022 - LI: To prepare a savoury quiche 

This week in DT, year 4 were learning about making quiche. They looked at different photos of quiche and used these to help plan which ingredients they would use in their own quiche. They then used their cutting, chopping, mixing and grating skills to make their design. The finished quiches were delicious! 

Week Beginning Monday 14th March 2022 - LI: To open and close a circuit with a switch

Year 4 have been learning about electricity in science and this week focused on the use of switches in a circuit. They discussed why switches were needed in some circuits and experimented with making their own circuit with a switch. 

Friday 4th March 2022 - World Book Day

For World Book Day 2022, year 4 dressed up as characters from any of J K Rowling's books. We read the potions chapter in 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' and learned about the potions Harry had to make. Then the children decided what potion they wanted to create and the ingredients that would be needed for their potion. 

Wednesday 2nd March 2022 - Ancient Egyptian Day

Today year 4 came into school dressed as Ancient Egyptians. In the morning, Stevenage museum provided us with a workshop where children were able to practice mummifying a body, being archaeologists, writing hieroglyphics and carrying out the weighing of the heart ceremony. Children then spent the rest of the day learning about canopic jars. They learnt about the four canopic jars that were used and looked at different pictures of how they have been created. They then planned and sketched their own canopic jar, choosing an animal to guard their internal organs. Following their sketch, the children then used clay to create 3D models of their canopic jars. They were really proud of how they turned out. When the jars are dry they will be painted and decorated. 

Week Commencing Monday 7th February 2022 - LI: To ask and answer questions about playing respectfully online

As part on internet safety day, year 4 created their own fortune tellers to question each other about how to be safe and respectful online. Some of the questions included: 'Why do games have age restrictions?', 'What does SMART stand for?' and 'What information should you not share online?' 

Week Commencing Monday 31st March 2022 - LI: To find out about the people of Ancient Egypt from artefacts

In history, year 4 were using images of artefacts to solve a crime. They were told that 4 people's tombs had been raided and had to use what was left in the tombs to find out who each tomb belonged to. 

Week Commencing Monday 24th January 2022 - LI: To understand how ears hear sound

In Science, year 4 learnt about the structure of the ear and how it hears sound. They wrote descriptions explaining how the ear works as if they were travelling through the ear canal. Lots of the children chose to be very creative with their writing. 

Week Commencing Monday 17th January 2022 - LI: To explore how the 10 commandments show commitment 

In RE, year 4 learnt about the 10 commandments in Christianity and how Christians choose to follow these to show their commitment to God. They ordered the 10 commandments into the diamond 9, placing the commandment that they thought was the most important at the top. The children then came up with their own 10 commandments deciding their own rules that they believe people should follow. 

Week Commencing Monday 10th January 2022 - LI: To perform using stage directions

This week, year 4 have been reading and writing play scripts. They acted out a scene from James and the giant peach ensuring that their character followed the stage directions carefully. 

Week Commencing Monday 13th December 2021 - LI: To conclude from an observational experiment 

Over the past week, year four have set up an experiment investigating which drinks effect the enamel on your teeth. This week, they took the eggs out of the liquids and observed the changes that the drinks had made. They then concluded which drinks are best for your teeth. Water and milk came out on top! 

Week Commencing Monday 6th December 2021 - LI: To make a Christmas stocking

This week, year 4 have been working extremely hard to create their own stocking for Christmas. They looked at designs of existing stockings before practising different stitches and decorations. The children then planned their own stocking and spent two mornings bringing it to life. 

Week Commencing Monday 29th November 2021 - LI: To understand and describe how settlements are connected

Year 4 enjoyed using the maps to identify which roads linked different towns and cities this week in Geography. They identified different A roads and motorways which would get them from a specific place to a different destination. 

Week Commencing Monday 15th November 2021 - LI: To practise times tables

In maths, year 4 have been practising their times tables. Today they used purple mash to play some times tables games. They enjoyed playing monster multiplication, 2race and using the multiplication times tables check. 

Week Commencing Monday 8th November 2021 - LI: To identify different types of teeth

This week in Science, year 4 began to learn about teeth. They learnt about the 5 different types of teeth - incisors, canine, pre molar, molar and wisdom teeth. They then used mirrors to identify which teeth they have and which teeth they are missing. 

Week Commencing Monday 1st November 2021 - LI: To understand how different countries celebrate festivals (Diwali focus)

This week, year 4 have enjoyed performing a play about Diwali to the rest of the school and to their grown ups. They retold and acted out the story or Rama and Sita being sent into exile for 14 years. Year 4 also spent their RE lesson learning how different countries celebrate Diwali and compared the similarities and differences. 

Week Commencing Monday 18th October 2021 - LI: To write a non-chronological report 

This week in English, year 4 have been writing their own non-chronological report about an animal of their choice to link to our science topic 'Animals and humans'. The children have research lots of information about their animal and included a front cover, contents page, subheadings, paragraphs and lots of pictures. 

Week Commencing Monday 11th October 2021 - LI: To interpret Picasso's art

This week, year 4 began learning about Pablo Picasso in art. They looked at the blue period, rose period and abstract period and interpreted some of his paintings from these times. They also looked at drawing faces using the correct proportions and had a go themselves. 

Week Commencing Monday 4th October 2021- LI: To write a myth

Over the past 4 weeks, year 4 have been learning about different Roman myths and the features included in myths. They spent a week writing their myth and then published them as their own myth book with a front cover and detailed pictures. 

Week Commencing Monday 27th September 2021 - Yoga - LI: To practise different yoga balances

Over the past five weeks, year 4 have enjoyed taking part in weekly yoga sessions. This week they were practising different yoga balances including the flying flamingo and tree pose. 

Week Commencing Monday 20th September 2021 - LI: To understand how Hindus celebrate Diwali