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Welcome to Year 4!

 

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Year 4 Curriculum Leaflet - Autumn 2

Firstly, please let us welcome you to Year 4 and the new website. Thanks to all the parents and carers that came to the meet and greet session at school. Below is a summary of the information that we delivered in a Word document as well as an overview of what the children will be studying this term. Let's make it a great year!

Egg-cellent fun!

 

Our last session of orienteering this term was a special one. Not only did we make it that bit harder by introducing the grid reference system to the children's maps (ask them to explain it to you), but they were also told that successfully finding all of the 'eggs' dotted around the grounds would mean that they could have an actual Easter egg to take home too. As usual the children threw everything into it and really used their perseverance to track down each of the hidde3n eggs. Great fun was had by all and we shall try to do another one in the summer term.

We have Bee-n gardening!

 

As part of Science week, each year group was set the challenge to develop or create a habitat for an endangered creature so that they might begin to thrive and increase in numbers within or very capacious and natural grounds. Year 4 decided to choose the humble bumblebee and to help, here is the plan, presented by some of the year group:

 

 

What can we do to help?

To help the numbers grow, we need to plant flowers but a variety of different ones. We are going to make a bumblebee friendly garden in our school field in order to attract more bees and increase their population. We will make sure that our flower garden provides pollen and nectar during May and June when nests are built and growing. As the flowers will bloom at this time, we will try to measure the number of bumblebees in the flower garden during the summer months.

Jack, Libby and Uday (4C)

 

Look to check back in in the summer time when, hopefully, the flowers have bloomed and we have some bumblebees helping themselves to the pollen. Have a look at some before and after shots of our garden area below.

Trip to the Lickey Hills - Mountaineering

 

Year 4 enjoyed a superb trip to the highest point in the area as we climbed the peaks of the Lickey Hills. We had an excellent time learning about how they were formed (can you remember what type of mountains they were?), finding different types of rocks and orienteering around the nature park. See the pictures for how we got on.

Architects of the future!

As part of our cities and villages topic, Year 4 embarked on a Design and Technology quest to plan, draw up, resource and create our very own buildings that we could put together to form part of our very own Year metropolis. Have a look at the pictures below to see the early stages of the planning using art straws. Can you remember how we started our designs? What did we need to think carefully about when creating the designs with the art straws?

Keeping safe with Sheldon Community Fire service

 

The children in Year 4 were very honoured to be visited by two local servicemen from the Sheldon Community Fire station. Each year they visit local schools in an effort to inform children about how to prevent fires and what to do in case you discover a fire, including calling the Emergency services. They also helped us understand how to be safe around roads and in cars. I hope the children will pass on all their knowledge to the people at home.

 

Check that your smoke alarms work everybody! Can you remember what to do if YOU are on fire? See the pictures below for a reminder.

A Tale of Two Classes

 

Thanks to all of Year 4 and their families for, yet again, producing an incredible array of homework as part of our cities and villages topic. The results were informative, comprehensive and sometimes quite spectacular. A great effort made by all those who attempted it. Look at the pictures below to see some of the work. Which one do you like best? Has it inspired you to learn more about another city? If you could go to any one city in the world, where would you go?

Year 4 get some new teachers

 

Year 4 enjoyed learning from some new teachers this week as Year 5 became the professors and told us all about their learning about the topic of Space. The children in Year 4 listened well and learned some new information about the planets and the Solar system and a host of other interesting facts. I can safely say they will enjoy learning about space next year when they get to Year 5 and have had a great head start already!

Back with a bang! Tudor Assembly!

 

Happy New Year! Spring term started strongly with Year 4 preparing a most excellent assembly to show off all their learning about the Tudors. We had some Shakespeare references, Christmas traditions, Rich and Poor (great song) and the Spanish Armada all referenced and acted superbly. Well done everyone and thanks to all for coming to watch.

Music for Tudor Assembly

On the first day of Christmas my Tudor topic gave to me....

 

At the start of December, Year 4 embarked on a time-travelling trip to the past to Tudor times to learn all about what Christmas was like for the inhabitants of Blakesley Hall. This timber-framed house, built in 1590, is a prime example of Tudor architecture and we were able to go inside and learn all about Christmas traditions, some of which are still around and celebrated today!

 

Can you remember what some of the traditions were? See if the pictures below can help remind you.

Mummification!

 

As part of our Ancient Egyptian topic we learned that they used to mummify their dead. They did this to preserve their body for their journey to the Afterlife. It was quite a gruesome process, and the Year 4 teachers weren't able to show the children exactly, despite there being many volunteers!

In order to get a taste of the gory and hands on process Year 4 mummified a tomato and we have buried them in Natron for 70 days. More pictures will follow when we dig them out of their salty sarcophagus!

 

Can you remember what happens at each stage? Ask your child to describe the process in all the gory detail! sad

Our Autumnal Poems

 

We took Year 4 outside so they could experience the school grounds in autumn. The children came up with some amazing adjectives, similes, metaphors and even personification to describe what they could see,hear, smell and feel. We then used this fantastic ideas to write our very own autumn inspire poems.

 

Take a look at some of the things we got up to when we went outside below:

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The Big Bowel Experiment

 

Year 4 have been learning all about human digestion in our science lessons. The children took part in the gruesome big bowel experiment; of course they loved it! Have a look at some of the photos below, can your child name the part of the digestion process?

 

 

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Year 4 have been getting stuck in to their Ancient Egyptian topic this term. After a showcase of all their wonderful homework pieces, the children were charged with building a pyramid using our own modern building blocks: LEGO. Ask your children how it went and what challenges they faced after looking at the pictures below.

Such Amazing Homework!

Such Amazing Homework! 1 Great job 4C! Lots of creative homework
Such Amazing Homework! 2 Thanks 4J for your inspiring work

Trip to the brook - local habitats study

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Science week in Year 4

Fizz pop brrrr! Year 4 scientists got up to all sorts during science week last week (wc 25/6). Ask your child to talk you through these exciting photos from our extraordinary and exhilarating week.

Habitat Walk to Sheldon Country Park

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Science workshop with Professor Jayne

Making quicksand - why not try this at home?

Year 4 Trip to Blakesley Hall

Terrible Tudors! Year 4 embarked on a local history trip to nearby Tudor house, Blakesley Hall. One half of the year spent the morning in the house being shown around by Ruth, seeing the different rooms and handling a variety of different artefacts (some lucky children were even able to dress up). Meanwhile the other group were engaged in the activity room learning about writing with quills and ink, searching for herbs (which the Tudors used very widely in medicines) and learning about Tudor household items. It was a brilliant day enjoyed by all. The children also wrote some terrific recounts of the day expressing their satisfaction at another fun day in Year 4!

Year 4 went to Solihull school to take part in a singing concert with two other local schools. This was all as a result of the grand effort put in by Solihull School's Music leader, Mr Oliver Walker. Mr Walker had taken time out of his busy schedule to do afternoon sessions with primary schools in the wider area around Solihull and he transformed our Year 4s into a harmonious and dulcet choir! The children had a wonderful time and were cheered on supportively by a host of parents and family members. Thank you all for coming. I hope you were all as superbly impressed as we were. Well done Year 4

We came, we made, we battled! Roman war!

We came, we made, we battled! Roman war! 1 Year 4 made some magnificent shields
We came, we made, we battled! Roman war! 2 for the Roman and Celtic army
We came, we made, we battled! Roman war! 3 They were carefully drilled by their centurions,
We came, we made, we battled! Roman war! 4 and marshalled and organised by ruthless leaders!
We came, we made, we battled! Roman war! 5 The Celts were a fearsome enemy
We came, we made, we battled! Roman war! 6 And they lined up to attack the invaders
We came, we made, we battled! Roman war! 7 A raging battle ensued
We came, we made, we battled! Roman war! 8 Many were slaughtered
We came, we made, we battled! Roman war! 9 The Celts could not penetrate the Roman shields
We came, we made, we battled! Roman war! 10 And they suffered heavy losses
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Orienteering around the world!

For our final orienteering session Year 4 went on an Easter themed hunt looking for paper eggs to trade for an Easter treat! This was the final session of our Orienteering PE, which has been great fun. Lots of new skills have been learned, not least map reading, understanding grid references, an improved sense of direction and a huge demonstration and improvement in one of our core school values: CO-OPERATION.

Eggcellent fun (sorry, terrible yolk!)

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As part of a mixed curriculum topic the children in Year 4 were invited to become business men and women and to compete to become the most successful product in the most competitive of food markets: Chocolate bars! The children were involved from product idea generation, selecting ingredients, making the chocolates, designing advertising posters and materials, and even creating a radio advert that the whole of KS2 listened to! The idea was to be as persuasive as possible and to use all the persuasion techniques they were learning about in English. Ask your child how they got on and how they made their advert persuasive.

 

The culmination of this superb process was the big chocolate sale in the hall. All choclates made, all advertising present, the teams clamoured to sell their wares. Everyone had a super time. See if you can spot the teachers too!

The Great Chocolate Sale!

The Great Chocolate Sale! 1 Getting our stalls ready
The Great Chocolate Sale! 2 Final preparations
The Great Chocolate Sale! 3 Ready for business!
The Great Chocolate Sale! 4 Ready for business!
The Great Chocolate Sale! 5 Ready for business!
The Great Chocolate Sale! 6 Ready for business!
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The Great Chocolate Sale! 8 Year 3 our first customers of the day
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The Great Chocolate Sale! 16 All sold out!
The Great Chocolate Sale! 17 I'm not sure whether they like it...?
The Great Chocolate Sale! 18 Thumbs up from Year 5!

First journey into the unknown! Orienteering 1

First journey into the unknown! Orienteering 1 1 Beautiful (albeit chilly) weather
First journey into the unknown! Orienteering 1 2 greeted us for our first go at orienteering
First journey into the unknown! Orienteering 1 3 First we had to collect clues from 'base'
First journey into the unknown! Orienteering 1 4 before racing off...
First journey into the unknown! Orienteering 1 5 sometimes before we had even read the map...
First journey into the unknown! Orienteering 1 6 before racing back to see if we had the right one!
First journey into the unknown! Orienteering 1 7 Partners worked very hard
First journey into the unknown! Orienteering 1 8 though some took a more steady approach

Thanks for your continued support helping your child with telling the time!

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Making a mountain out of a topic

To further our understanding of mountains and the terminology and weathering that occurs on and around them, Year 4 set about making our own mountain ranges out of recyclable materials. Who knew milk bottles and newspaper could look so good with just a lick of paint. As you can see the children followed a specific process to achieve some wonderful results. They were on display at parent's evening too. We will be learning some of the key terms around them this week, so ask your children to describe them to you.

Mountain making - you could try this at home

Scaling new heights!

Another new topic Year 4 are to scale this term is our 'Mountains' topic. As a result, Year 4 embarked on an expedition to the highest part of the area - the Lickey Hills. What a day we had! Luckily, and in spite of the early morning mist, which gave us some very atmospheric photos, the weather held clement for us and we enjoyed a stunning and informative walk round the site. We learned that the rocks there were over 480 million years old! Wow! And that they were originally formed in Australia, on the other side of the globe! Wish they had brought the weather with them!

Particle Party!

Spring term brings with it new topics to get our teeth into. In science this term we are looking at the different states of matter and materials. In our classes we got together to represent a solid, and liquid and a gas. 

Can you tell which is which?

Can you tell which is which? 1 Tightly packed together...
Can you tell which is which? 2 We need to be cut or broken to change.
Can you tell which is which? 3 Taking the shape of our container...
Can you tell which is which? 4 Our particles are less tight and can flow around.
Can you tell which is which? 5 Often invisible, sometimes smelly (!)...
Can you tell which is which? 6 Our particles are free and travel everywhere!

Mummification!

Our Egyptian theme just gets better and more gruesome by the week! After looking at pyramids, artifacts and the afterlife, Year 4 set about sending something on the long journey to the afterlife by following some ancient instructions. Thankfully, nothing had to actually be mummified: we all used a tomato! 

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