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Year 4 - Oak

Welcome to Year 4!

Mrs Womack is the class teacher supported by Mrs Beaney. We are a friendly and hard working class and so far we have had a productive year filled with lots of fun experiences and learning opportunities. We are building on our independent skills and thinking about our responsibilities as learners and important members of the school.

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Things to remember

  • We have PE on a Tuesday afternoon and a Friday morning, don't forget your kit!
  • Our library time is on a Tuesday - library books  need to be brought in every week for changing or renewing. 
  • In Year 4 children are also given an accelerated reading book - these must be brought in to school EVERY day as the children will be reading these books daily at school, an adult in class will hear pupils read at least once a week.  They will be bringing a reading record home as well - please date and sign each time your child reads to you.
  • New spellings are learnt every week - they will be sent home on a Friday and children will have a spelling test on the Friday of the next week.  Please try and practice these spellings with your child.

 

 

Summer term 2- Blue Abyss

Our final topic this year is discovering the ocean as a habitat. We will be visiting the Sea life Centre and Great Yarmouth beach to discover creatures that live under the sea and this should inspire us to write about them and create incredible artwork. Oceans are remarkable and fascinating places that are full of life. Why not visit the coast together to see an ocean or sea up close? You could also look at an atlas or online map to find out which seas and oceans surround Britain. Alternatively, work together to create an under-the-sea collage using different materials to represent the plants, creatures and water.

 

 

Summer term 1

Our new topic is called Misty Mountain Sierra. We will visit the the highest point in Norfolk, yes there is one! Back in the classroom, we’ll use a range of maps, information books and websites to write a recount of our visit and compare our hill to the world's mountains. We’ll find out where the highest mountains are, learn how to use a compass and make 3-D mountain models. Inspired by the magnificent mountains of the world, we’ll complete graphs showing heights, look at webcam and satellite images and create wonderful weavings and landscape paintings. Using our literacy skills, we’ll write mountain-shaped poems and a biography about famous climbers such as Edmund Hillary. Finally, we’ll think about our personal ‘mountains’. What are our goals and how will we achieve them?

Curriculum information

Spring term 2

Our next topic is called Potions! When Year 4 came into class this morning they were faced with a bottle filled with dark red liquid saying drink me! This promoted lots of discussion and we thought about reasons for and against drinking it. During this topic we will enter the magical world of potions and their properties. We will be investigating chemical reactions and states of matter with a little help from Professor Nitrate during science week!

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Our achievements this term!

Our achievements this term! 1 As a class we have read 1,241,220 words!
Our achievements this term! 2 Tyler has achieved the 50 miles award!
Our achievements this term! 3 Shamina has read the most words in our class!

BBC 500 words competition

Year 4s have entered the writing competition promoted by the BBC. We have been inspired by watching the live programme with authors such as David Walliams and Frank Cottrell-Boyce giving tips on how to plan the story. We have really enjoyed writing them and we are keeping our fingers crossed that someone in our class is successful!

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Visit from the dentist

Recreating the digestive system!

Recreating the digestive system! 1
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Spring term 1

Happy New Year! Our next topic is called Bottoms Burps and Bile. During this topic we will be learning about the digestive system from the top to the very bottom and what happens inbetween! We will be having a dentist visit during the topic to discuss looking after teeth and their role in aiding digestion. 

 

 

Our visit to a 'science of sound' workshop at the Great Yarmouth Minster

Our visit to a 'science of sound' workshop at the Great Yarmouth Minster 1 Feeling the vibrations from the pipe organ
Our visit to a 'science of sound' workshop at the Great Yarmouth Minster 2 How far can sound travel?
Our visit to a 'science of sound' workshop at the Great Yarmouth Minster 3 What happens when I pluck different strings?
Our visit to a 'science of sound' workshop at the Great Yarmouth Minster 4 What happens to the rice when I bang the drum?
Our visit to a 'science of sound' workshop at the Great Yarmouth Minster 5 We made our own kazoos to take home!

 Autumn term 2

Our next topic is Ancient Egypt. We will learn all about the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb and the mystery surrounding it. We will find out about what life was like 3000 years ago, looking at pictures of  amazing artefacts to help us. We will also find out about special landmarks in Egypt including the River Nile and the Great Pyramids. What else can you research about this exciting period of time?

Mummification- we had lots of fun making our classmates into mummies...then we researched how and why the Egyptians did it!

Ancient Egypt learning

Ancient Egypt learning 1 Mummifying tomatoes- We cut open the tomatoes...
Ancient Egypt learning 2 We removed the flesh from the inside
Ancient Egypt learning 3 We added salt and bicarbonate of soda (natron)
Ancient Egypt learning 4 We then packed the inside with sawdust
Ancient Egypt learning 5 We rubbed the skin with alcohol gel to embalm it
Ancient Egypt learning 6 We made sure we weighed them
Ancient Egypt learning 7 We wrapped them up in tissue to represent bandages
Ancient Egypt learning 8 We made canopic jars with playdough organs inside
Ancient Egypt learning 9 We made the Great Pyramids from bricks
Ancient Egypt learning 10 It was a very hard job and took a lot of thinking
Ancient Egypt learning 11 After 4 weeks the control tomatoes went mouldy
Ancient Egypt learning 12 The mummified tomatoes dried out but werent mouldy
Ancient Egypt learning 13 We made death masks for Pharoahs

Remembrance

                                                  

 

From 5th-9th November the whole school will learning about aspects of World War 1 all week to honour the centenary year of the first World War. In Year 4 we will learn about what soldiers might have experienced in the trenches, supported from an educational workshop to train us all as soldiers. We will write thank you letters to those that fought for us and think about how this affected women and children as they continued to work at home. We will learn about the truce at Christmas time and try to reflect on peace and giving in our everyday lives.

Our World War 1 experience day

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Music

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In music we have been learning and comparing some Abba songs and we have learned to sing Mamma mia! We have also learnt to play the recorder to part of the tune!

In Science we have been learning about electricity!

In Science we have been learning about electricity! 1 What do we need for our circuit?
In Science we have been learning about electricity! 2 How did we make that bulb light?
In Science we have been learning about electricity! 3 Building our own circuits
In Science we have been learning about electricity! 4 we made two bulbs light!
In Science we have been learning about electricity! 5 Discussing and predicting
In Science we have been learning about electricity! 6 Writing results
In Science we have been learning about electricity! 7 What have we found out?
In Science we have been learning about electricity! 8 Liam's glasses did not conduct electricity!
In Science we have been learning about electricity! 9 The beans in a tin did conduct electricity!

Our trip to the Roman Workshop at the Time and Tide museum

Our trip to the Roman Workshop at the Time and Tide museum 1 Trying on Roman armour, it was very heavy!
Our trip to the Roman Workshop at the Time and Tide museum 2 The helmet was essential for protection in battle!
Our trip to the Roman Workshop at the Time and Tide museum 3 We were taught how to attack..
Our trip to the Roman Workshop at the Time and Tide museum 4 Ready for battle!
Our trip to the Roman Workshop at the Time and Tide museum 5 Where are those Celts?
Our trip to the Roman Workshop at the Time and Tide museum 6 Trying out the armour!
Our trip to the Roman Workshop at the Time and Tide museum 7 Our tortoise formation.
Our trip to the Roman Workshop at the Time and Tide museum 8 We handled real weapons.
Our trip to the Roman Workshop at the Time and Tide museum 9 Praying with the Celtic druid
Our trip to the Roman Workshop at the Time and Tide museum 10 praying to the gods
Our trip to the Roman Workshop at the Time and Tide museum 11 we enjoyed the whole day, it was great!
Our trip to the Roman Workshop at the Time and Tide museum 12 How do I look?
Our trip to the Roman Workshop at the Time and Tide museum 13 Feeling strong and brave.
Our trip to the Roman Workshop at the Time and Tide museum 14 Practising our battle skills!
Our trip to the Roman Workshop at the Time and Tide museum 15 In position!

Our Roman shields- we enjoyed learning about how the Romans used their shields during battle so we decided to design our own choosing colours, shapes and symbols that we liked.

Our Roman shields- we enjoyed learning about how the Romans used their shields during battle so we decided to design our own choosing colours, shapes and symbols that we liked. 1
Our Roman shields- we enjoyed learning about how the Romans used their shields during battle so we decided to design our own choosing colours, shapes and symbols that we liked. 2
Our Roman shields- we enjoyed learning about how the Romans used their shields during battle so we decided to design our own choosing colours, shapes and symbols that we liked. 3
Our Roman shields- we enjoyed learning about how the Romans used their shields during battle so we decided to design our own choosing colours, shapes and symbols that we liked. 4
Our Roman shields- we enjoyed learning about how the Romans used their shields during battle so we decided to design our own choosing colours, shapes and symbols that we liked. 5
Our Roman shields- we enjoyed learning about how the Romans used their shields during battle so we decided to design our own choosing colours, shapes and symbols that we liked. 6
Our Roman shields- we enjoyed learning about how the Romans used their shields during battle so we decided to design our own choosing colours, shapes and symbols that we liked. 7
Our Roman shields- we enjoyed learning about how the Romans used their shields during battle so we decided to design our own choosing colours, shapes and symbols that we liked. 8
Our Roman shields- we enjoyed learning about how the Romans used their shields during battle so we decided to design our own choosing colours, shapes and symbols that we liked. 9
Our Roman shields- we enjoyed learning about how the Romans used their shields during battle so we decided to design our own choosing colours, shapes and symbols that we liked. 10
Our Roman shields- we enjoyed learning about how the Romans used their shields during battle so we decided to design our own choosing colours, shapes and symbols that we liked. 11
Our Roman shields- we enjoyed learning about how the Romans used their shields during battle so we decided to design our own choosing colours, shapes and symbols that we liked. 12
Our Roman shields- we enjoyed learning about how the Romans used their shields during battle so we decided to design our own choosing colours, shapes and symbols that we liked. 13
Our Roman shields- we enjoyed learning about how the Romans used their shields during battle so we decided to design our own choosing colours, shapes and symbols that we liked. 14
Our Roman shields- we enjoyed learning about how the Romans used their shields during battle so we decided to design our own choosing colours, shapes and symbols that we liked. 15
Our Roman shields- we enjoyed learning about how the Romans used their shields during battle so we decided to design our own choosing colours, shapes and symbols that we liked. 16
Our Roman shields- we enjoyed learning about how the Romans used their shields during battle so we decided to design our own choosing colours, shapes and symbols that we liked. 17
Our Roman shields- we enjoyed learning about how the Romans used their shields during battle so we decided to design our own choosing colours, shapes and symbols that we liked. 18
Our Roman shields- we enjoyed learning about how the Romans used their shields during battle so we decided to design our own choosing colours, shapes and symbols that we liked. 19
Our Roman shields- we enjoyed learning about how the Romans used their shields during battle so we decided to design our own choosing colours, shapes and symbols that we liked. 20
Our Roman shields- we enjoyed learning about how the Romans used their shields during battle so we decided to design our own choosing colours, shapes and symbols that we liked. 21
Our Roman shields- we enjoyed learning about how the Romans used their shields during battle so we decided to design our own choosing colours, shapes and symbols that we liked. 22

Autumn term 1

Our first topic is : I am Warrior! We will be looking back in time when the Romans invaded Britain and discovering which significant people were around during this time period. Our first trip is to the Time and Tide museum on Wednesday 19th September, this will give an opportunity for pupils to have some hands on experiences and learn how to be Roman soldiers! 

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