Welcome to Year 4!
Rachel Taylor, Danni Wilkinson, Emma Harris, Vicky Viney
Welcome to our year group page. This is where we share the children's fantastic learning and achievements, as well as class information, trip details and other reminders. We hope you visit regularly as the children love to show off what they can do!
Exeter university are running enrichment opportunities for year 3-4 children between the 10th and 22nd June 2019. Their courses can be viewed, booked and paid for via their website at
Please note that Year 4 classes have arranged a school trip on the 18th (Foxes), 19th (Badgers) and 20th (Rabbits) June.
In our English lessons, we are getting to know the 'ingredients' that make an exciting Greek myth. We have been reading different versions of the same stories, we have put together a comic strip jigsaw of Pandora's Box and have been acting our Theseus and the Minotaur. These will help us decide on characters, settings and quests when we write our own Greek-style myths next week. At the moment, we think the Ancient Greeks were definitely more 'gory' than 'groovy'!
Year 4 had a 'virtually' fantastic time on Monday morning, travelling, dancing and hunting with an Aboriginal tribe. They learned about the different meanings behind the different dances (welcome, warning and ceremonial) and collected witchety grubs and beetles in the Outback! In the afternoon, they donned million pound spacesuits and jetted off into space, exploring the rings of Saturn, the volcanoes on Mars and the gas bands of Jupiter. Videos of their workshops are on the class dojo pages!
Just a little sample of some of the children's work that has inspired our Around the World in 80 minutes production! Please come and support us at the Great Hall on Monday afternoon if you can! If you are unable to make it, keep an eye out for news about the DVD!
This week we were introduced to Aboriginal Dreamtime stories, which explain some of the beliefs of the Aboriginal people as well as the unique characteristics of some Australian animals. We learned how the kangaroo got its pouch and why the koala has a stumpy tail. We then looked at some Aboriginal dot paintings that showed scenes from some of these stories. We decided to have a go at making some of our own, using natural colours and sticks or cotton buds instead of paintbrushes. Have a look at our efforts below. They took a lot of careful planning but we think they look amazing!
In year 4 we have been working really hard learning to round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000. We have learned a song to help us remember the procedure, and in our videos, Leah and Indie show us how to use it! Thank you girls!
Thank you to everyone who donated cakes and came to eat them at our Macmillan Coffee Afternoon last Wednesday. We had a lot of fiddly fun making origami dragons too - the tricky ones were a true test of our growth mindsets!
We raised a fantastic £251.10!
We have had a wonderful day today with author and storyteller Clive Pig. The children were entertained, inspired and challenged in the most creative atmosphere, and we have all had a lot of fun! After a whole year group story session, Clive visited each class for some workshop activities. The children used their word wands (pencils) to draw and describe their own ogres and monsters and listened to stories from around the world. Have a look at some of us in action!
What a busy first few weeks the children in year 4 have had! We have been very impressed by how well they have settled in to their new classrooms, new routines and new learning expectations! We hope they have been telling you all about the fantastic learning they have been doing, but just in case, here is a quick summary (and check out the photographs below to see them in action!)
In maths, we have been really embedding our understanding of place value and are getting to grips with multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. We are practising our times tables, rounding numbers and will be looking at roman numerals this week.
In literacy, the children have been using adjectives and adverbs to produce some wonderful descriptions of the Dragons of the British Isles, and learning how to paragraph their work to keep it organised and easy to read. We have already given out some 'pen licences' and are working hard on making our handwriting the best it can be.
Our topic this term is 'Fearsome Beasts' and we have shared what we already know about dragons, dinosaurs, volcanoes and fossils, thought hard about curious questions we would like to answer, built dragon nests, painted dragon eggs and drawn charcoal dragons!
All of this alongside French, ICT, PE, mindfulness and meditation! PHEW!!
We are looking forward to meeting you on Wednesday 19th September at 5pm for an informal welcome and 'meet the team'.
Year 4 use Class Dojo as a method of rewarding the children for super behaviour, making good choices, displaying excellent attitudes to learning, sharing their work and much more. The Class Dojo App allows us to communicate this with parents and keep you informed about activities we are doing. If you have not received a log in code and would like to get involved, please see your child's class teacher. The children can access the Dojo from home and share photos of their home learning and achievements. The Class Dojo however, does not replace any of the other means of communication and text messaging, email and newsletters will continue to be used, and requests for meetings with teachers or raising concerns about your child, should always be made via email through the school office. Many thanks!