Welcome to Year 4
2022 - 2023
As an introduction to our new topic in RE (What is it like for Christians to follow God?), we were set to embark on a pilgrimage walk from the Quaker Meeting House, Pardshaw through to Fell Church, Mosser. However, because of the poor weather conditions we remained at the Quaker Meeting House for the full day. We all learnt a lot about the Quaker strand of Christianity as well as our local history. We managed to get outside for a little while, and so we walked up a crag to where the Quaker people would have met hundreds of years ago.
We have had great fun during our DT topic - Adapting a recipe. We have practiced, created, adapted, budgeted and even branded our biscuits. However, the most important part is definitely the testing!
As part of our Animals, including humans topic in Science, we have been gathering information about our digestive system. We got our hand dirty by creating a model of our digestive system, using everyday equipment to represent the different parts. We even used old tights to represent our intestines! We all had a lot of fun 😁
Our focus in Computing this half term is Data Handling: Investigating Weather. In this lesson, we created our own Weather Stations to gather and record sensor data. We discussed how they would work and the units of measurements we would use.
We had a very yummy first lesson in our DT topic of Adapting a Recipe. We thought about the different packaging and who this is the target audience. The best part was eating the biscuits and thinking about the smell, taste and texture.
We have started our Maths in Year 4 with Place Value. We have been using concrete manipulatives like Base 10 and Place Value Counters to help us understand the value of different digits in numbers up to 10,000. We have also been having lots of fun playing different place value games.
We had an amazing time at Ennerdale and were lucky enough to have gorgeous weather. We walked the whole 7.5 miles around Ennerdale Water (including hiking up Angler’s Crag!) accompanied by members of the Mountain Rescue and got to see some spectacular views. We applied our learning about river features in Geography to the real world by photographing and sketching features of the River Liza and got to have a go at canoeing with Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project. We had so much fun and everyone was so well behaved and gave every activity a good go. You should be very proud of yourselves Year 4!
Year 4 Sports Day!
Year 4 had a super time during sprots day, a huge thank you to Mrs Rudman for organising all the events. The Year 3 and 4 bubble took part in: a relay race, agility races, a sprint race, javelin throwing, a standing long jump competition and the whole event was finished off with a yummy ice lollies and lots of stickers!
Year 4 Torches
Here are some of the finished projects! All the children were successful in creating a working torch that can be operated using a switch. This fantastic Design and Technology project gave a real purpose to all the children's learning from their Electricity topic in Science. It was super fun and all the children loved it, look at all those smiling faces!
Design and Technology in Year 4
Our current topic this half term is electrical systems. The Year 4 have really enjoyed putting all their scientific knowledge of electrical circuits to use by creating working torches. We started the topic by evaluating torches currently on the market, then in pairs, pupils started to design their own torch for a given target market. Then this week, the children have brought their designs to life. Here are some photos of the class busy creating, painting, and connecting their circuits.
Outdoor Learing in Year 4- Part 2
This week Year 4 had their second session of outdoor learning with Miss Lawler. Although the weather wasn't as glorious as the week before, the class had an amazing time nevertheless! We started the morning by looking at the source of rivers and the different features found in the upper, middle, and lower course of a river. We compared and ordered these features and looked how they changed as we travel down river from the source to the mouth. The class looked at waterfalls, meanders, oxbow lakes, and deltas.
The class was then tasked with creating a sculpture, using natural materials and water to show the journey of a river, with labelled features. The class set to work in their groups, scavenging around the school grounds looking for materials they could using and searching for the perfect place to build their sculpture. They came up with some fantastic ideas and then spent time making these ideas come to life. They then took it in turns explaining and showing off their sculptures to the rest of the class. They explained how the water moved down the river and the different features the water would come across on its journey.
Year 4 had fantastic fun, thank you Miss Lawler!
Music with Mrs Watson
Today we had a fantastic music lesson with Mrs Watson. We were practicing preforming the song "Blackbird" by The Beatles. We used a range of instruments including: guitars, recorders, keyboards and glockenspiels. We talked about the different elements of music whilst listening to and appraising the song, we also looked at where the song fits on the music timeline.
Outdoor Learning in Year 4
This week Year 4 had a super outdoor learning session with Miss Lawler. We spent all morning outdoors carrying out experiments, exploring and asking lots of scientific questions. This weeks outdoor learning topic was The Water Cycle and Rivers, which is part of our current Geography topic. We covered many working scientifically objectives, including asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways, using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions, identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes and observing closely, using simple equipment's.
We started our day by finding out what the class already knew about The Water Cycle and identified it as a closed cycle. We then went on a scavenger hunt, around the school grounds, to find items that needs water, changes colour in water and finally something that changes consistency in water. Year 4 came up with some brilliant suggestions, which we explored and discussed as a class. After that, we all gathered in the school's pirate ship, where we shared a beautiful story all about The Water Cycle. Once the story had finished, pupils then went to find somewhere quiet, on their own, where they could reflect on the story and think about the different sounds that water makes. After a few minutes, we came back together and discussed these words. The class came up with words such as: splash, drip, splosh, pitter and patter. We identified these words as examples of onomatopia. Next, we went on another scavenger hunt, where pupils were tasked with finding key vocabulary cards that were linked to The Water Cycle. These key terms and words identified as onomatopia, were then used to create the basis for the next task, which was a drama activity. In groups of 4, pupils had to create a rap accompanied with actions or a dance all about The Water Cycle. The class loved it!!
We had a super fun time outdoors and the weather was amazing! Year 4 can't wait for their next outdoor learning session next week, thank you Miss Lawler!
In PE this half term, Year 4 have been working with a cricket coach to perfect their bowling, fielding and batting skills!
British Science Week in Year 4
Year 4 was tasked with solving a very sticky problem. Using their knowledge of States of Matter, they had to make and test 3 different types of glue, using household items. Their task was to find the strongest, most waterpoof and stain resistant glue. They designed and conducted a range of tests on the different glues to compare their different properties. After carrying out their experiments and recording their results, the class had to decide which glue was best for the job! Then finally, they evaluated their experiments and decide whether or not they had conducted fair tests that could be repeated again.
Check out Year Four’s dance. It was choreographed by themselves with help from Mrs Hampson!
As part of Design and Technology, the Year Fours designed night lights suitable for toddlers. We have been learning all about electricity in Science and have enjoyed experimenting with circuits. Everyone was disappointed that we wouldn't be able to make them in school. Some children, who knew they had resources at home, took home some electrical equipment so that they could still make one as best they could. I'm really proud that school shutting hasn't deterred them. Super effort!
As part of our Burps, Bottoms and Bile topic (teeth and digestion), Year 4 made their own set of model teeth. This activity helped us to really analyse the shapes of different human teeth and then we were able to link the shape to the function. Children spent some time investigating the functions of different teeth by eating different foods and recording which teeth they used for which job. Everyone got different answers because lots of Year Fours have more gums than teeth!