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Year 4

In Summer 1 and 2, we are learning about...

w/b 27th June - Seas the day! 🌊

We continued our geographical studying by exploring coastlines and how a bay is formed through erosion of bands of soft rock - complete with a human demonstration! 

W/b 6th June - #PlattyJoobs

To celebrate our beloved monarch's Platinum Jubilee, we had a royally-good day, where we learnt about the history of the Queen, made collaborative pieces of art and had a tea party!

W/b 23rd May - Batter up! 🏏

In PE this half term, we have been practising how to play rounders, leading to a 'clash of the titans' tournament between two of our classes!

W/b 2nd and 9th May - Say Watt!

In science, we have been building simple series circuits with cells, wires and lightbulbs. We have then investigated how switches work and the effect of adding additional cells to a circuit. Truly shocking stuff!

W/b 25th April - Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!

In English and guided reading we have been looking at the poem 'Beachcomber' by George McKay Brown. To help us develop our own similar poems, we have been beachcombing ourselves at Westward Ho!

In Spring 2, we were learning about...

W/b 4th April - We are... actors! 🎭

Our learning celebration this term was a selection of plays which we performed to our adults about various events in Ancient Egypt. We performed the life and death of Cleopatra, the mummification and discovery of Tutankhamun, and the Egyptian journey into the afterlife.

W/b 21st and 28th March - PRESSURE! Pushing down on me, pressing down on you!

In PSHE, we have been learning about the peer pressure people face before role playing scenarios to practise the choices we can make when faced with tough situations.

W/b 14th March - I'm rooting for you!

In Science, our learning has been based around life cycles and food chains. As part of our learning, we are investigating phototropism. We are observing how plants re-orientate themselves in order to grow towards the sunlight!

W/b 28th February - Whatever floats your boat!

We have had a fantastic first week back! 

In DT, we tested the strength and shape of the hull of our boats in order to create a new boat Pharaoh Khufu. 

In Geography this term we are learning about Egypt! We started by looking at the equator and what the climate of countries on the equator are like!

We are back in the forest and what fun we had! We have been identifying the different types of trees in our local woods!

In Spring 1, we were learning about...

W/b 31st January - TREEmendous art!

In this week's outdoor learning session, children had a brilliant forest school experience creating natural art out of materials gathered in our school woods. 

W/b 24th January - I sphinx I feel a song coming on!

During our history learning we have learnt all about ancient Egyptian gods. We then spent some time composing a chant to worship the Sun God, Ra. 

W/b 3rd January - Our new project hook day!

We had lots of fun in Year 4 during our hook day on Wednesday as we began to explore our new project about the ancients Egyptians. We had a go at carving hieroglyphics, building pyramids and creating ancient Egyptian jewellery, often worn by the rich pharaohs. What a great start!

In Autumn 2, we were learning about...

W/b 29th November - Who wants to be a millionaire?

In computing, we used our knowledge of the Romans to create our very own quizzes! We then had a lot of fun going around the room and testing ourselves on other people's quizzes.

W/b 22nd November - Do we drink dinosaur wee?

As part of our science learning we have been investigating how the water cycle works, specifically looking at the processes of evaporation, condensation and precipitation. We learnt that the water we drink has been on this planet since the Prehistoric age, as water isn't created, it just goes through a continuous cycle!

W/b 8th November - What's the matter?

This half term we are looking at states of matter, which includes investigating how a gas is created when vinegar and bicarbonate of soda is mixed together. This caused each balloon to expand as it was filled with carbon dioxide.

W/b 1st November - Our hook day - Portals to the Past!

To kick off our second Roman topic, we have taken part in a workshop called 'Portals to the Past', which gave us the opportunity to take part in a multitude of Roman experiences such as joining the Roman army, gladiator battles and exploring Roman artefacts.

In Autumn 1, we were learning about...

W/b 11th October - Aiming for victory!

We have been researching, designing and building our own catapults, just like the Romans used to invade Britain!

W/b 27th September - No guts? No glory!

As part of our science learning, we have had a go at making our own digestive system, following the journey of orange juice and crackers through our bodies...

W/b 6th September - Our hook day!

We have been immersing ourselves in aspects of Roman life. For example: making Roman vases, playing Roman games and re-enacting historical events such as the eruption of Pompeii!