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Welcome to Year 4!
Welcome to our Year 4 page. Here you will find important information about our Class routines, curriculum and general information. We will also keep you updated about the amazing activities we have been getting up to at school. Please scroll down to keep up to date with our class blog.
Our Year 4 staff:
Mrs Dowdle & Mrs Olver – Teachers
Miss Cavanagh – Teaching Assistant
Well I hope you all had a fabulous Bank Holiday weekend. We have been very busy here in year 4! This week we finished reading our super exciting class book ‘The firework maker’s daughter’ and became budding reporters as we get ready to write our Tudor newspaper.
Over the last few weeks, in art, we have been looking at sculpture and focussing on the sculptor Antony Gormley. The children have research some of his amazing work and found out many fascinating facts about the Angel of the North. During our art lesson, we tried to recreate on of Gormley’s installations (field for the British isles) and created our own class version using salt dough. It was great fun.
Congratulation to all of the stars of the day this week and Addison for winning this week’s head teacher’s award.
Another super week in year 4! The children have worked extremely hard this week writing their amazing adventure stories based on our class book ‘The firework maker’s daughter’.
In history, the children have been learning about the Tudors. We have really enjoyed learning about Henry the VIII’s wives, dressing up in Tudor clothes and finding out all of the gruesome facts from the Battle of Bosworth.
Congratulations to all of the star’s of the day and well done to Sophea for winning this week’s headteacher’s award. Keep up the good work year 4!
The run up to Christmas is officially underway at Fatfield this week…and what a week we’ve had!
Fatfield opened up it’s first winter wonderland this year. Year 4 loved their walk through the woods to meet Mrs Clause in her kitchen, the elves in their workshop and then finally round to see Santa on his sleigh, where they received their present.
On Thursday, the children had a fantastic time at their Christmas disco. Lot’s of dancing, party games and sweet treats.
We have also been very busy making Fabulous Christmas decorations, calendars and Christmas cards this week. While listening to our favourite Christmas songs.
As we are unable to have the Christmas fayre this year, the children have made a Christmas craft which you may like to purchase. Year 4 have made amazing Reindeer pompom. You can purchase your child’s craft for £1.
Christmas has officially arrived in Year 4. The tree is up and we have started our chocolate advent calendar.
This week we have had our Great Fatfield Bake Off! The children have been looking at the history of bread making, sampling some well known brands and designing their own fantastic loaves. Each group, chose flavours that complimented each other and practiced the look of their loaf using salt dough. The children produced some brilliant work and everyone’s loaves looked and tasted amazing. At the end of the week, we invited Mrs Pizl into class to taste each loaf and choose a winner.
Congratulations to all of the stars of the week and Harry for winningthe head teacher’s award.
This weeks spellings and homework can be found on Showbie.
We have had another busy week in year 4! The children have produced some amazing work and I am very proud of them all.
In Geography, we have been looking at water and this week we conducted an experiment on how water is treated to make it drinkable. The children were given a funnel and asked to use stones, gravel and sand to create a filter for the muddy water. It was great fun and was a little messy!
We have had another visit from the ‘change for life’ visitors this week. The children were put through their paces in the hall playing dodgeball and learning the importance of regular exercise.
Well done all of the stars of the week and Lexi for the headteacher’s award.
This weeks spellings are: consider, continue, decide, describe, different, difficult, disappear, early, earth and eight.
It’s already 3 weeks into Autumn 2 and the weeks seem to be flying by so quickly. This week we have seen the launch of our exciting new online learning platform ‘Showbie’. Hopefully, logins will be sent out next week so all of the children can start to access their homework and spellings online.
The children have really enjoyed our guided reading this week as we get to the exciting chapters in the Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton. The children have used inference, summarising and retrieval skills to analyse the book and explore the text in greater depth.
We had a very exciting visit from the ‘change for life’ people, who set up the hall with PE equipment and gave the year 4’s a good workout! The children had a fantastic time.
Well done to all of our stars of the week.
This weeks spellings are: immature, impossible, impatient, irregular, irrelevant, refresh, return, reappear, submarine, submerge.
What a really busy week we have had in year 4! Where do I start…?
In English, we have been continuing with our class text ‘Think of an Eel’. This week we have been writing our very own explanation text explaining the life cycle of an eel and discovering where these mysterious creatures go to lay their eggs.
In maths, we have been looking at time. We have been telling the time on analogue clocks, reading 24hr digital time and looking at durations of time between events.
We have had a fabulous science week this week, where we have had the opportunity to try out our shiny new science room. We have been looking at states of matter and conducting experiments with gas and cooling and melting chocolate (yum).
We also had a very special zoom call this week from the published children’s author Guy Bass. The children loved listening to his childhood stories and looking at his funny baby pictures.
Well done all of the stars of the week.
This weeks spellings are: build, busy, business, calendar, caught, centre, century, certain, circle, complete.
First week back after the half term and it has flown over. Our classrooms have all have a facelift over half term and are all freshly pained and carpeted, ready for this terms work to be displayed.
In English this week we have started our new book ‘Think of an Eel’. The children were fascinated by these mysterious creatures and enjoyed completing life cycles and collecting interesting facts. Next week will be looking at explanation texts and writing our very own.
Our new topic this half term is ‘water’. We started off this topic by looking at water in its different states such as liquid, solid and gas. We placed a water balloon in the freezer overnight and discussed the changes the next day.
Congratulations to all of the stars of the day and Sophea for winning the headteacher’s award.
This weeks spellings are: disappoint, disagree, disobey, misbehave, mislead, misspell, inactive, incorrect, illegal, illegible.
Woohoo it’s Friday! I hope you’re all as glad as myself and Mrs Dowdle! This week in Year 4 we have been continuing are Viking theme and we have started the build up to our diary entry ‘a day in the life of a Viking soldier’.
In history, we have been investigating Viking longhouses and finding out what it was like to live in Viking times. The children created an aerial view of their very own Viking longhouse. Did you know that many Vikings slept in the same building as their animals? I bet that was delightful!
Well done to all of the stars of the day and congratulations to Isabella for winning the headteacher’s award!
This week’s spellings are: actual, actually, address, answer, appear, arrive, believe, bicycle, breath, breathe
Well this week the year 4 classroom has been transported back to the Viking age! I have been so impressed by some of the amazing Viking projects you have all been researching and creating over the last two weeks. WOW!
In history, we have been continuing our Viking research by looking at what parts of the world the Vikings travelled from and where they invaded and settled in Britain.
In English, we wrote a sequel to our Dragon Slayer story and we included a terrifying dragon description.
Well done all of the children who received star of the day this week. Congratulations to Connor for winning star of the week for an amazing start to year 4.
This weeks spellings are: myth, gym, Egypt, pyramid, mystery, young, touch, double, trouble, country (ask your child why Egypt has a capital letter).
Wow I can’t believe it’s the end of week 4 already! This half term is flying over!
In History, we have continued our study of the Vikings. The children were ask to be archaeologists this week and examine Viking artefacts. We needed to work out what it could be, what it was used for and what it was made out of? Some children made their own conclusions about Viking life all from one ancient object.
In English, we have continued to read our class book ‘How to train your dragon’. The children were asked to write an application form for the role of Viking leader and they designed a wanted poster (using some amazing descriptive vocabulary) for our terrible new character…the dragon!
Congratulations to all of the starts of the week .
Don’t forget that History projects need to be in by next Friday. Have fun!!
This weeks spelling are: there, their, they’re, hear, here, where, were, we’re, people and beautiful.
Another week has been and gone in year 4! We are learning lots of new and exciting things and are enjoying every second of it!
In English, we have been planning and writing a four part viking story. We have watched a Viking saga to help us with our story as well as included our new skills to enhance our writing.
In Maths, we have been learning about perimeter. We went on a walk of the school grounds to find out the perimeter of the school as well as find the perimeter of shapes.
In History, we have continued to learn about the vikings. This week we sequenced Viking events onto a timeline as well as look at similarities and differences of viking clothing. We then discovered what this told us about the way they lived.
In Science, we investigated vibrations. We found out that louder sounds make louder vibrations and smaller sounds made smaller vibrations. We then wrote Tv scripts explaining this!
Our spellings this week are begin, beginner, beginning, prefer, preferred, gardening, gardener, limiting, limited, limitation. We will have a short test on these on Friday.
What a busy it has been in Year 4!
In English, we have started our new book linked to our Viking topic; ‘How to train your Dragon’. We have written some lovely descriptions and looked at a range of Viking vocabulary. In maths this week, we have been looking at measurements, focusing on mm, cm and m. It was such a beautiful day on Tuesday that we decided to take our learning outside and drew lines of varying sizes all over the KS2 yard and then rounded them to the nearest m.
Well done to all of our ‘Star of the day’ winners this week. It has been very hard to choose as everyone is working so hard and trying hard to settle back into school life.
This weeks spelling focus is suffix revision. The spellings are: nice, nicer, nicest, pat, patting, patted, forget, forgetting, forgotten and accident.
Well done Year 4. You’ve had an amazing week! 🙂