An Eggciting Arrival! - November 2017
Our new topic, ‘Dragonology’ has begun. A couple of weeks ago, we received a letter inviting us to become dragonologists. To become dragonologists we need to complete a series of scientific quests. We were also sent a dragon egg to look after. We can’t wait until it hatches!
The Reading Challenge - October 2017
Well done to all those who completed the Reading Challenge during the first half term. Mr Lowman and Miss Goodwin were very impressed that so many Year 4’s completed it. We hope you enjoyed reading the specially selected books and poems and had fun during the reward afternoon.
Don’t forget, the new Reading Challenge has begun and the reward will be a disco on Thursday 14th December.
The Great British Challenge
Our first topic ‘The Great British Challenge’ was a roaring success. Year 4 had a great time on their imaginary journey from Lands End to John O’Groats. They learnt a lot about our country and developed some excellent geographical skills.
Year 4 had to use map skills to navigate their way across Britain and find their way out of Wales when they got lost.
In Birmingham, we went past a Hindu mandir. We were fascinated, so we decided to find out all about Hinduism.
We also found out about the British artist, John Brunsdon and created our own art work inspired by the Lake District.
We even spotted the Lochness Monster in Scotland.
When we arrived at John O’Groats, we celebrated the end of the journey with a special Great Britain Day. We dressed up as famous British people, created British themed calligrams and had fun doing some Scottish dancing.
Roald Dahl Day - September 2017
In September, we had great fun celebrating Roald Dahl Day with Year 3. The day involved finding out about the famous illustrator, Quentin Blake, creating dream jars inspired by the BFG and other creative activities.
We were surprised to learn that in 2014 a missing chapter from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was discovered. The chapter was called The Vanilla Fudge Room, but it was cut by Roald Dahl from the final version of the book. It featured two extra children, Tommy Troutbeck and Wilbur Rice, who got into trouble on the Vanilla Fudge Mountain. We painted pictures of what we thought Tommy Troutbeck and Wilbur Rice might have looked like.
Year 4 Carlton Marshes Visit
Year 4 had a fantastic time at Carlton Marshes in June.
We were able to explore our topic 'Nature Detectives' at first hand. We went Dyke Dipping, and found invertebrates from damselfly larvae to pond snails. We also found invertebrates in the marshes where we explored the long grass and plants.
Finally, we visited the woods and created keys to identify leaves. We all enjoyed it thoroughly.
Disgusting Digestion - May 2017
This term, Year 4 have been studying 'Disgusting Digestion'. As part of this topic we welcomed two visitors. Firstly, Mrs Loades from the James Paget taught the children how tooth decay happens and how to look after their teeth to prevent it. In the afternoon they practised brushing their teeth and used a food dye to show up any areas they had missed!
As part of our topic Year 4 investigated the effect of drinks on our teeth using egg shell. We found out that only water and milk did not affect the egg and any juices, squash and fizzy drinks damaged it!
4F would also like to thank Mr Grove for talking to the children about the digestive system and demonstrating how our saliva turns food into sugar!
Trip to the Dell - April 2017
On Wednesday 19th April, Year 4 visited the Dell in Beccles as part of their ongoing exploration of how the environment changes throughout the year.
The children looked for signs of spring and noticed that many plants had begun to grow again.
On returning to school, the children have produced some fantastic descriptions of the Dell and artwork using collage and paint.
We will be visiting again in the summer to see what else has changed!
Year 4 have been looking at the story ‘The Egg’. They were then set a challenge, they had to build something to protect an egg and try to stop it from breaking when it was dropped from a height.
They were given a time limit to do this and had to use social and co-operation skills and work together as a team.
In Year 4 we have been making Roman Chariots. The children used their DT and Maths skills to design and make a model chariot.
They were challenged to work out the base size using their one piece of wood and had to measure, saw and construct accurately to ensure the wood was perpendicular.
Some of the finished work was displayed in our Roman Museum.
As part of British Science week, 4F investigated mixing colours using paper towels.
They developed their questioning skills and tried out better ways to mix the colours such as using different liquids.
Year 4 had a fantastic Roman day in March. They dressed as Romans and tried out the Baths. In preparation for a feast they baked Roman bread.
They also went to Roman school, even though girls would not have done in Roman times!
Everyone had a great day putting their learning about Romans into practise.
On 2nd February Year 4 enjoyed a great day out to Norwich Castle Museum for 'A Day with the Romans and Iceni'.
They learnt about Iceni way of life and made a celtic torc. With a Roman tax collector they got to handle real artifacts and work out which was the replica. Also we met a Roman soldier, and some children even got to try out the armour!
By the end of the day there was a big debate between supporters of the Celts and Romans!
Year 4 have started their Romans Rule topic and were historians finding out about the past in different ways. One way they did this was to be archaeologists digging for artefacts!
They found different objects and decided which they thought were modern and which were Roman.
As part of their Romans Rule topic, Year 4 will be setting up their own museum. To help them with this they visited Beccles Museum on 23rd January to find out how a museum is run and to get ideas for displays.
They had a great time investigating the displays of objects from our local area and came away with lots of ideas and questions.
On the first day of Term Year 4 enjoyed an 'eletcrifiying' day all about electricity! They found out how electricity was discovered and produced, and explored circuits.
The children were able to predict if a circuit would make a bulb light up, and tested out materials as scientists to see if they were conductors or insulators.
Finally they designed and created switches to turn their circuits on and off.
Great Britain Day 20/10/2016
Children in Year 4 celebrated the end of their topic, and their journey from Land's End to John O'Groats, with a special day.
They came dressed in Union Jack colours or even a famous Briton.
The children enthusiastically participated in a 'Great British Bake Off' to make some scones, which they later devoured as 'afternoon tea'!
They particularly enjoyed Scottish dancing.