More Division - February 2020
Now that we have conquered division (sharing) in our numeracy lessons, we’ve now moved onto division (grouping). Today, the children used concrete materials to show their understanding.
Talk Triads - February 2020
In Year 4, we have ditched talk partners in favour of talk triads. This is to see if it helps the children with their learning conversations and to provide more opportunity within class to discuss ideas. We hope this will help develop the children’s oracy.
Safer Internet Workshop - February 2020
Thank you to all those parents that joined us for our Safer Internet workshop. We were focusing on our identity online. The children thought about what made them unique and then, with the help of the parents, thought hard about what information is safe to share online.
Possessive Apostrophes - February 2020
To help out learning of possessive apostrophes, we played a game a snowballs. The children re-wrote sentences that required an apostrophe to show possession. When they were finished with their sentence, they threw it across the room and went scouting for another sentence snow ball.
Division Word Problems - February 2020
Today the children have been solving division word problem. They have been sharing equally using the bar method.
Boudicca - February 2020
Year 4 have been learning about the story of the fierce Iceni warrior Boudicca.
To better understand her struggle against the Romans, the children freeze framed parts of her story in small groups. We then put all the pictures together to form a comic strip.
The Roman Army - February 2020
Year 4 have been looking at the Roman army in detail. Today, the children drew themselves in Roman armour. They will then label it using the original Latin names.
Sharing - January 2020
To help the children securely understand sharing, they have completed an activity in which they had to show the problem as both a number and word sentence. Then, they were required to show the answer using the bar method and a picture of what it looked like.
Division - January 2020
In numeracy, we have moved on from decimal numbers and started to look at division. We are starting our week by sharing amounts equally.
In our first lesson, the pupils used concrete materials to help show their understanding.
Time Machines - January 2020
Today, the children began planning the explanation for their very own time machine. Over the course of the week, the children will write the steps on how to operate their unique inventions.
Britain Timeline - January 2020
In computing, the children are designing their very own timeline of Britain using PowerPoint. These will then be printed and displayed in their books.
NSPCC - January 2020
As part of the NSPCC workshop, the children spent some time going over the PANTS rules. They then coloured coded a picture of a doll to show areas of the body people are OK to touch and areas that are private.
John Brunsdon - January 2020
In Art this half term, we are looking at landscapes. We imagined what a Roman solider might see the very first time they arrived in Britain for the very first time. Our art work is inspired by The work of John Brunsdon.
Explanation Texts Continued - January 2020
Now that the children are confident with explanation texts, they have had a go at writing their own. The children have been asked to include time words, technical language and causal convictions to make their writing effective.
Cause and Effect - January 2020
Today, the children have been joining clauses looking at cause and effect. The conjunctions they have used will create a useful word bank they will use when writing their very own explanation text.
Decimal Number Sequences - January 2020
Today in numeracy, the children have been learning to complete decimal number sequences.
The Shirt Machine - January 2020
Today, the children have started their work on ‘The Shirt Machine’. This invention can produce amazing shirts that give the wearer special abilities.
The children are now beginning to develop an explanation text on how the machine is operated.
New Topic - January 2019
A new term means a new topic. This entire term we will be looking at the Romans. We will focus on their impact on modern day Britain and where their civilisation came from. Today, we created a timeline of British history and looked at how the Roman Empire developed.
Partitioning - January 2020
In numeracy today, the children have been focused on partitioning. This is splitting a number into its component parts. This activity helps the children to understand the values of digits within a number.
Explanation Texts - January 2020
In literacy, we have started to look at the features of explanation texts. We’ve started by comparing them to instructional writing to see the differences.
Decimals - January 2020
The very first morning of the new term and children have settled brilliantly. We have started the day by tackling decimal problems in numeracy. Understanding what a decimal represents and how it links back to our work on fractions.
Christmas Performances - December 2019
Enterprise - November 2019
The children have thoroughly enjoyed creating exciting products to sell at our enterprise event this week. The pupils can’t wait for you all to see what they have been making.
Children in Need Maths Share - November 2019
Thank you to all those adults that were able to attend the maths share morning. The children thoroughly enjoyed working with you.
Dragon Eyes Continued - November 2019
Inspired by our Dragonology topic, the children have been drawing and water colouring dragons eyes. The results are incredibly effective.
Dragon Poetry - November 2019
This week in Reading, we have been looking at some dragon poetry. Today the children were able to discuss the text with each other and give opinions on what they believed the true meaning of the text was.
Dragon Eyes - November 2019
Continuing with our Dragonology topic, the children are doing some close up art work of dragon eyes. Today we started with the outline sketch before we move into adding colour.
Dragonology - November 2019
We have started our brand new topic ‘Dragonology’. The particular topic is science based. The children have already had to use thermometers to test the temperature of various locations and states of matter.
Fraction Walls - October 2019
We have spent some time looking at fractions in maths. Today, we were trying to gauge which fractions were bigger using a fraction wall. We then completed a scavenger challenge involving dragons to try and find which dragon stole the treasure.
Equivalent Fractions - October 2019
In maths we have been looking at equivalent fractions. To start with, we used rods to illustrate this practically before we move onto problem-solving in our books tomorrow.
Bath - October 2019
As part of our journey around Great Britain, we arrived in Bath. The children were then asked to write a diary entry based on their adventure so far.
Newspaper Articles - October 2019
In literacy, we have been looking at newspaper articles with the aim of moving onto writing some of our own. The children have enjoyed acting out some scenarios that involved a witness to a crime being interviewed by a police officer. These quotes will then form part of their writing.
Art and Reading Share - October 2019
Thank you to the parents that attended our art and reading share afternoon. The children loved working with you. We hope you found the experience fun and informative.
Orienteering - September 2019
One of our PE focuses this half term has been orienteering. The pupils are given clues to certain locations around the school grounds. At each destination the children collect items or information.
Plotting Routes - September 2019
Our most recent topic lesson has involved the children plotting a route from Lands End to John O Groats. They had certain cities they were required to stop off in and some very interesting points of interest to find. The children were brilliant at using an atlas.
Roald Dahl Day - September 2019
Year Three and Four celebrated Roald Dahl day on his birthday, September 13th.
They had an exciting day learning all about his books and taking part in a variety of activities such as hiding the Enormous Crocodile in their paintings and creating their own dream jars from The BFG.
They looked at characters faces from The Twits listened to and read lots of Roald Dahl stories throughout the day.
Beccles - September 2019
Now that we have learnt about the world as a whole, we have been able to zoom in and look at Beccles specifically. Today we have spent some time learning how the land in our town is used.
In our next lesson, we will compare it to a map of Beccles from 100 years ago.
Treasure Hunt - September 2019
Numeracy today involved a treasure hunt. The children followed a route around the classroom whilst practising their rounding to the nearest one hundred skills. They were all really engaged and managed to complete the trail.
Continents and Oceans - September 2019
The pupils have been researching the continents and oceans of the world.
This afternoon, the children had to assemble a jigsaw of the planet whilst placing of its features in the correct place.
World Classes - September 2019
In literacy this week, we have started looking at word classes. To begin with we have been identifying the different types of nouns. Ask your children the difference between common, proper and collective nouns.
The Nearest Ten - September 2019
Today we have been learning how to round numbers to the nearest ten. It helped us to work out which multiple of ten came before and after our number.
Great Britain - September 2019
Our around Great Britain topic is now well underway. Before we start looking at where we live in more detail, the children need a good understanding of where exactly we are in the world. To help with this, the children have been given blank maps and an atlas. They are trying to identify all of the oceans and continents.
Welcome Back! - September 2019
It is like they were never away. The children have settled in brilliantly today.
We started the day off with a game. They used images from my holidays to guess where I had been and what I had been up to. They then spent some time sharing their stories and adventures from the past six weeks. It was great to learn what they had been up to.
Towers - July 2019
The Year 4’s have had a brilliant transition. This afternoon they spent some time honing their team work skills by building the largest tower they could. However, they were only allowed to use spaghetti and marshmallows! Some of the constructions creates were very unique.
Transition Days - July 2019
Our first day as Year 4. The pupils have settled in fantastically! They have been getting to know each other and learning all about their teachers to. They have also been thinking about what makes then unique and all of their individual personality traits that will help us to become a brilliant team. We are very much looking forward to September.
Ancient Myths - July 2019
We have started looking some ancient myths. Today we have looked at the story of ‘The Golden Touch’. A story of a greedy king who receives the ability to turn anything to gold! This works well until he what’s something to eat and his daughter wants a hug. The children have rewritten the story but changed the power of King Midas. They are sounding brilliant.
Equilateral Challenge - July 2019
Today the children have been set the challenge to create a heptagon, a quadrilateral and a hexagon whilst only using equilateral triangles. A very difficult challenge!
3D Shapes - July 2019
Continuing our work on 3D shapes, the pupils today have been assembling nets and then giving the shapes an appropriate name based on their properties.
Art Week Continued - June 2019
Jewelled Goblets - June 2019
As part of art week, Year 4 were lucky enough to be visited by Sarah Cannell. Sarah is a professional artist and she delivered a master class in class work to our pupils.
Inspired by the book The Lion the With and the Wardrobe, the children had to try and create a 'jewelled goblet'. These all look amazing!
Art Week Continued - June 2019
Stage 2 of Art Week - turning yesterday's work into an awesome collage!
Mark Making - June 2019
Art week has begun! The start of our project looks like this. Mark making in the style of Jackson Pollock. The pupils loved getting creative and mixing all kinds of colours.
Sports Day - June 2019
Thank you to all those parents that attended our lower key stage sports day. It was brilliant to see everyone taking part and enjoying themselves. An added bonus that we managed to miss all the rain. Once getting back to class, it was clear the children thoroughly enjoyed the experience. They particularly liked showing off their skills to all the spectators. The pupils worked well in teams and demonstrated great sportsmanship.
Dentist Visit - June 2019
On Wednesday 12th June, Year 4 were lucky enough to receive a visit from the dental team. The pupils completed a work shop that looked at the structure of the teeth and their purpose. This really helped to cement their previous learning we have done over the course of the last half term. To finish, the children were asked to demonstrate how to brush their teeth. It became apparent that quite a few of them struggle to clear all of the plaque from their teeth and gums. We used a disclosing dye to identify those tricky to reach places and then the team helped everyone to make sure they mouths were then perfectly clean.
The pupils went home with a wealth of knowledge about their oral hygiene and healthy eating habits for the future.
Invertebrates - June 2019
In our most recent topic lessons, we have been learning how to classifying living things. Today, we learnt what a vertebrate and invertebrate is. In addition to this, we have learnt to classify all manor of invertebrates based in their habitat, characteristics and diet.
Athletics - June 2019
On Thursday 6th June, Year 4 fielded two athletics teams at a fixture held at Sir John Leman. The children did brilliantly as they competed in tug of war, howler throwing, skipping, running, long jump and various relays. All pupils demonstrated positive attitudes and were a credit to the school. The B team worked well together to secure 8th place while the A team showed real dedication and determination to walk away with silver medals.
Well done to all those involved.
Organisms - June 2019
Continuing with our topic on nature, we have been learning how to define a living thing. This included using a diagrams to classify organisms based on their characteristics.
Digestive System - June 2019
To make our digestive system come to life, we drew the exact outline of the organs needed to digest food onto plain white T-shirt’s.
The children did brilliantly and can now name each and every organ involved in this process. They have been allowed to take these home. I hope they get lots of use from them.
Analogue Clocks - June 2019
Today, we have been looking at analogue clocks. This is always something the children find initially quite difficult. They are just not seen everyday now.
If you get the chance, ask you child what the time is using an analogue clock, this will help their understanding.
Iron Menu - May 2019
Our latest Iron Man related problem was creating a delicious meal made from all the materials he likes to eat. The children have come up with their very own tasty meal along with the recipe to go along with it. Some very odd yet wonderful ideas.
Egg Experiment - May 2019
We have been testing liquids on eggs to compare the effect these would have on human teeth.
After 10 days of leaving our eggs in various liquids , we were ready to see the results. The pupils examined the eggs in detail and then endorsed their results in a table.
It turns out, orange juice and Sprite are incredibly bad for our teeth. Some of other results were surprising. With beer and coffee having a minimal effect on the structure of the egg.
The Digestive System - May 2019
The journey of food through the digestive system is long and complex. The children have been learning about the specific functions of each of the organs and have written a story about the journey of a piece of food.
Letters - May 2019
What should you do if your village is being terrorized by a giant iron creature? Write a letter to mayor of course. The pupils have written fantastic persuasive letters to the mayor asking for help to get rid of this menace. They were required to outline the problem along with the evidence they had, convince they mayor he was a real issue to the community and then come up with a cunning plan to get rid of him.
Rectangles - May 2019
Today we have been learning to calculate the area of rectangles. The children started off by simply counting the squares within each shape, however, they soon learnt that using their times tables was much quicker.
Literacy Challenge - May 2019
In literacy over the past week, we have been reading chapter three of The Iron Man. This children have then been challenged to retell this chapter in their own words. Whilst taking inspiration from the original, they have managed to include all of the various literary skills we have been learning about all year.
Their final work is amazing!
New Topic - May 2019
In Year 4, we have started our brand new topic! We have left the Romans in the distant past and are now focusing on how our bodies digest food, with an extra emphasis on our teeth. You will see and hear about various experiments happening over the next few weeks that will allow our pupils to learn all about their incredible bodies first hand.
The Iron Man - May 2019
In literacy, we have been reading the Iron Man by Ted Hughes.
This story has really captured the imagination of the children which has led them to produce some exceptional writing. You will find some examples of their writing displayed around Year 4.
We hope you are as impressed as we are with the standard of their work.
Units of Measure - 15th May 2019
In Year 4, we have been focusing on both using and converting units of measure. This week we have moved on to looking at volume and capacity. We spent some time in the sunshine today estimating and measuring the capacity of various house hold objects.
The pupils worked brilliantly and were very close with some of their estimations.
Den Building - March 2019
Recently, the children were lucky enough to enjoy a den building experience out on our playing field. Some of the constructions that quickly appeared were amazing. The pupils picked their groups and then raced to get their dens finished.
Over the past few weeks, Year 4 have been showing off their gymnastics skills in their PE lessons. We have learnt how to travel whilst maintaining correct posture, to balance using only specific body parts and to complete a variety of rolls whilst reaming focused on good technique. We are now looking at combining all the skills we have learnt into short routines.
Sports Day - June 2018
Year 4 took part in their annual sports day. The children really enjoyed completing all of the activities in the warmth of the bright sunshine. All of the Year 4 pupils behaved brilliantly! It was fantastic to see so many of them cheering each other on and showing genuine pleasure in seeing each other succeed!
Well done to all that took part!
Iron Man Completed - June 2018
Art week has been incredible! Year 4 are extremely proud of their Iron Man sculpture and have thoroughly enjoyed working with local artist Sarah Cannell."
Nature Detectives - June 2018
This week, Year 4 have started work on our new topic. Over the course of this half term, the children will learn to be nature detectives.
So far, the pupils have learnt how to classify based on whether things are living or non-living and have identified various creatures around our school field.
Observational Drawings - June 2018
Over the last few art lessons, the children have been inspired by some brilliant art work created by Miss Goodwin!
Miss Goodwin showed the children some of the observational drawings she completed whilst attending university. These fantastic pieces of art really focused the children to produce some amazing work of their own based on observations of rusty metal.
Menu for the Iron Man - May 2018
Metal meatballs, Iron ice cream, Barbed-wire bread, Copper cakes and Magnetic milkshake would all sound pretty disgusting to us. However, the Iron Man would jump at the chance to sample some of these delicious meal options.
Over the past couple of days, the children have been creating their own Iron Man menu and have been developing a set of instructions for each meal.
They have made great use of imperative verbs in order to make the instructions simple to follow.
Iron Man Art - May 2018
Year 4 have been incredibly creative to use various artistic skills in order to recreate parts of the Iron Man.
The children were asked to pick their favorite scene from the first four chapters and then create how they believed it would look. They have used soft pastels to fill the background and then stuck on their Iron Man creations in black card.
The Iron Man Continued - May 2018
Over the course of the week, We have been reading more of The Iron Man. In our literacy lessons, we have been focusing on the skill of ‘retelling’.
The children have focused on chapter 3 which sees the return of The Iron Man as his arm erupts from under a peaceful hill whilst a family are enjoying a nice, quiet picnic.
The pupils have had some great ideas and have used advanced language to enhance their writing.
The Iron Man Display - May 2018
The pupils have produced some exceptional work whilst reading The Iron Man.
Some of this fantastic work is now on display in the room. The children have produced some amazing character descriptions using similes, personification and targeted questions in literacy and have made their own Iron creatures out of aluminium.
Hard Boiled Eggs - May 2018
Ever since our 'Teeth' workshop, the children have been fascinated with teeth and the effect sugar has on them. To that end, we have now set up an investigation looking at the effects of different materials on hard boiled eggs. Hard boiled eggs represent teeth perfectly. They have a hard outer shell and a soft interior.
We will be looking at these eggs frequently as they sit in nothing, water, lemonade, coffee and a sugar solution.
We will keep you updated with our findings!
Look After Your Teeth - May 2018
Throughout the morning, the children have taken part in a fantastic workshop all about keeping their teeth healthy. they are now experts in brushing and foods that contain sugar.
In addition to this, the pupils will now be checking the quality of the toothpaste they are using, making sure it meets the fluorine levels of 1450 part per million!
Enjoy the photos!
Machine Designs - May 2018
As we read through the story of The Iron Man, it has become more and more apparent that such a creature would create a massive problem for our town!
As such, Year 4 have planned some designs for a machine that could deal with the colossal iron man. Obviously, as we are a kind and caring year group, we wouldn't want to harm the creature. Therefore, our designs vary from a shrinking machine to an unlimited food producer. A teleportation device to a machine that would create him his own iron family.
Estimates - April 2018
The children have been enjoying the sunshine whilst estimating length.
The pupils were given ten measurements that they then had to estimate on the playground using chalk. When the children had finished, they needed to measure their work to see just how close their estimates were.
The Iron Man - April 2018
Over the course of the half term, we will be reading the Iron Man by Ted Hughes. This story focuses on the mysterious Iron Man after appearing at the top of a hill. Know body knows where he came from or how he got there. Throughout our literacy lessons, the children will be analysing the text, answering questions and producing written work of their own.
Please ask the children how the story is progressing to see what information they can remember.
Measures - April 2018
Norwich Castle Visit - March 2018
This Month, the Year 4 pupils were lucky enough to visit the Norwich Castle Museum for a Roman experience. The children benefited from learning about the Romans and the Iceni and how their lives were effect by one another. On one side, the Romans demanded taxes for the luxuries they had brought to Britannia. On the other hand, the Iceni felt they didn't need or want anything the Romans had to offer.
The children loved making their very own Torcs (Iceni Jewellery), learning what it took to be part of the vast Roman army, learning what a typical day in the life of an Iceni villager was like and to handle some genuine Roman relics.
To finish the day the children were asked to vote on favour of the Romans or Iceni based on the validity of their argument. Unfortunately, the Romans didn't approve of democracy and did what they liked anyway.
The children were exceptionally well behaved, which was commented on by members of the public, and thoroughly enjoyed the learning experience. We hope that the children will now use their free admissions voucher to pay another visit to this local treasure.
Maths Week Update - March 2018
To conclude our fantastic Maths week, we had our 'Parent Share' which involved some orienteering.
The children, along with willing adults, were set a difficult challenge!
They had to wonder around our playground to decipher a secret message. Using their maths skills, they needed to solve 25 different problem that applied the skills and knowledge they have learnt over maths week and the rest of the year. As they answered each question, they received a letter of a clue. Once all 25 were completed the children had to decide which of the treasure boxes they would open.
Thank you to all of the adults that participated in our afternoon
Maths Weeks - March 2018
Maths week has well and truly begun with the children looking at 2D shapes and their features. Now the children have a good understanding of measure and shape, we have begun the designing phase of our very own model Roman Chariots!
Over the next couple of the days, the children will be measuring and cutting the wood they need to create the basic shape of the Roman chariots, they will be learning about triangles and then using them to support the corners of the chariots.
The designs are currently looking brilliant!!
World Book Day - March 2018
We celebrated World Book Day on Friday 9th March and were so impressed with all the amazing costumes from both the children and the staff!
The children had a lovely day and took part in some book themed activities!
Hobbit Challenge - March 2018
The children engaged fantastically with their scientific, Hobbit based challenge. Imagine the surprise on Bilbo’s face when he realised his magical ring had been stolen and the only suspects were his supposed friends! However, I don’t suspect the thief had any idea hat Year 3/4 were experts on chromatography and could decipher who’s pen had be used to write the note they left behind.
After much testing, the pupils were able to identify the culprit!
I’m sure Bilbo will be forever thankful.
Time Table Rock Stars - March 2018
This afternoon, the children have really enjoyed completing their first session on times tables rock stars. The pupils have been earning coins so they can fit out their wired and wonderful avatars with some funky clothing.
All of he pupils have received a username and password so they can access the website at home.
Over the next few days, a competition will begin between the Year 4 classes ... who will win!?!?
Outdoors and Adventure - February 2018
In PE, Year 4 have been learning to improve their team work and problem solving skills through a range of outdoor and adventure tasks. They’ve demonstrated some fantastic team work and enjoyed completing orienteering trails.....
participating in bench challenges …
and taking part in mat games.
Division Detectives - February 2018
Our numeracy lessons have helped us become division experts. We have enjoyed using lots of resources to explore the meaning of division …
and we had fun participating in ‘The Great Division Dash’.
Romans Rule - February 2018
The children have truly embraced our new topic, Romans Rule, and love being historians. They have asked lots of fascinating questions and thought carefully about how they are going to find out about life in Britain during the Roman period.
We had great fun being archaeologist and using the artefacts to learn about the past.
After finding out about the successful invasion of Britain in 43AD, we enjoyed finding out about Boudicca, the Celtic Warrior Queen. Unfortunately, cameras hadn’t been invented during the Roman times, so no one really knows what Boudicca looked like.
With a little help from a historical description, we created some amazing watercolours of what we think she looked like.
We also enjoyed learning and performing a song about the Celtic Queen in our music lessons.
We decided that the Roman army were key to the success of the Roman invasion. This led us to wonder what it must have been like to be a Roman soldier. We used non-fiction books to research the army and created some amazing information pages.
We also designed and made our own Roman inspired shields,
and used our number skills to crack ‘The Great Roman Army Challenge’. With the help of a few clues we eventually managed to calculate the number of soldiers in a legion …
..and the entire Roman army!
After passing a fitness test in PE, we practised creating army formations.
The Roman Army - February 2018
We have been looking at just how vast the Roman Army actually was. After a lot of research and Maths, we were able to calculate that the number of men stood at around 167,200!!!!! How amazing!!!
Inventions - January 2018
Some brilliant learning this wet Monday morning. We have been looking at how explanation texts are written. The children have now explained how the odd but spectacular shirt machine works.
Over the course of the week, the children will be designing their very own inventions and explaining how to operate them.
Growth Mindset - January 2018
Over the past few weeks, we having been talking about adopting a ‘growth mindset’. The children have been trying to remain positive, remind themselves that they can tackle their problems and to realise that a mistake isn’t a mistake if they learn from it.
Today the children have been tackling complex division problems with remainders. However, they soon realised, that with a little help from their talk partners and the learning resources, they could do it.
Dragon Egg Update - 14th December 2017
Year 4 was filled with excitement this morning as the Dragon Egg they have been keeping in the classroom had hatched, and left a glittery trail all the way to the library, but no Dragon was to be seen!
Jesus' Christmas Party - December 2017
The hall was packed on Monday evening and this afternoon for the Year Three and Four Christmas play.
All the children performed brilliantly and looked fantastic in their costumes. Mr Loman and Miss Goodwin are very proud of everyone who took part.
Enterprise Project - 24th November 2017
Well done to Year 4 for running such a successful stall at the Beccles Christmas Fair on Friday 24th November.
The children did a fantastic job of selling their products and took a whopping £439 on the night! After much discussion, the children have decided to spend some of the money raised on some exciting new books and to donate the rest to charity, a local food bank.
Year 4 Pony Club - November 2017
Congratulations to the Year 4 Pony Club! Throughout the term, the children have been developing their understanding of stable management, road safety, horse riding and even participated in their very own gymkhana.
Children in Need Share Morning - November 2017
Year 4 had a great time celebrating Children in Need. There were some very spotty outfits and the children thoroughly enjoyed throwing baked beans over Mr Lowman!
Thank you to those that supported our Maths share morning. It was great to see so many adults and children getting involved with the Pudsey maths puzzles.
Enterprise - November 2017
Over the past few weeks, Year 4 has become a work shop for our Enterprise evening.
The children have become incredibly creative and produced some fantastic, quality products.
These have included Christmas cards, scented candles, decorative salt dough decorations, snowmen pegs and deliciously decorated biscuits.
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.