Summer 2 – Celts and Romans
Year 4 have loved our Celts and Romans topic and all the fun activities we have done. This has been a busy term not only for Year 4 but for the whole school. We loved doing lots of fun experiments in Science Week where we were learning all about our Carbon Footprint, learning about sea levels with an ice experiment and having a visitor from a local research company who shared lots of useful information and activities helping us to understand our impact on the planet.
We loved competing in Sports Day this year, congratulations to red team! Everyone showed lots of our Great Binfields Values, especially cooperation and resilience. We loved being able to welcome parents and carers onto site to cheer us on and see our sporting achievements. Another event our community were looking forward to was the Year 5 and 6 Robin Hood production. We felt very lucky to be able to watch the first dress rehearsal which really blew us away. The acting was superb and we could tell they had all put in a huge effort to create such a hilarious performance.
Our Celts and Romans topic has been a great success and we have learnt so much about a fascinating period in time. On our topic day we got dressed up as Celts and romans, created Roman roads from tasty, chocolate treats to show the carefully planned layers. We dyed fabric with natural dyes, just as the Celts would have done and built aqueduct models to transport water from one area to another. We also had a fantastic day with Treehouse theatre and performed the highly interesting historical account which had us laughing and gasping in surprise. These were fantastic opportunities to tie all of the other learning we have done throughout the half term.
As a lovely way to round off our year we have been reflecting on all of the fun topics and learning we have done. To bring all of these thoughts together we used our DT project to create a popup book all about our time in Year 4. We had a wonderful DT day were we used lots of different mechanisms, such as a spinning wheel and a window to make our fun and interactive books.
We are so incredibly proud of what an outstanding year the children have had. They have made so much progress both personally and academically and it has been a real joy to see their love of learning and curious minds develop and flourish. We wish them all the very best of luck in Year 5 and hope they enjoy a well-deserved break over the Summer Holiday.
Summer 1 - Lights! Camera! Action!
Despite it being a short term, Summer 1 has been full of fun and exciting learning. Our first week back being a real highlight, our residential week at Stone Farm! Although we were filled with a mixture of excitement and nerves before leaving we all had such an incredible time. We loved meeting all the Farm animals and doing our different duties from mucking out the pigs to holding a beautiful owl! Our days were filled with fantastic days out, we had the chance to ask a real monk questions at Buckfast Abbey and we enjoyed learning about all the wonderful plants at the Eden Project. We learned how many tribes use the rainforest for all they need, even today. On the third day we explored rock pools and discovered a wide variety of creatures from snails to crabs before seeing even more sea creatures in the aquarium. The sharks, rays and turtles were a real highlight. After a delicious breakfast and final play with all the animals we waved good bye to Stone Farm to head home with a short break to see Lydford Gorge and the magical waterfall! Although we returned home exhausted from all our adventures we had all made such great friendships, shared new experiences and created so many happy memories.
Back in the classroom we have enjoyed continuing with our Lights! Camera! Action! topic. We have been creating acrostic poems about light and dark and being our very own directors creating film scripts. There have been some real 'light bulb moments' in Science this half term learning all about electricity! This has created a real buzz in the classroom as we have loved exploring circuits and discovering how to make a bulb light up. As the sun has started to appear more we have enjoyed more opportunities to get outdoors to do our learning too and love keeping active on the trim trail too! Geography has taken us away from Encanto and Colombia this half term and closer to home where we have been exploring the Netherlands, everyone has enjoyed comparing the differences between the two countries. In PE we have been starting to prepare for Sports Day and enjoying athletics on the field practising our running, jumping and throwing.
To finish off the half term we have had another fun filled and busy week with Art Week! This year to Celebrate the Jubilee we looked at the Common Wealth as a whole school, with Year 4 focussing on New Zealand. We have loved creating a huge variety of art pieces and displaying these for the school community to come and look at. The batik was a particular favourite to create a year group 'Mutual Respect Banner.' We have certainly displayed our Great Binfields Value of Creativity this week!
Overall we have had a fantastic half term and we cannot believe we are coming to the end of Year 4! As ever the children have been working so hard, showing our Great Binfields Values and enjoying the wonderful variety of learning. We hope everyone enjoys the half term break and returns fresh and ready for the final half term in Year 4!
Spring 2 – Lights, Camera, Action!
This half term started off with a real Year 4 highlight, our Theatre Crime Day. The Year 4 children spent the day investigating what happened when a local theatre had some rather expensive jewellery props stolen from their safe. The evidence, the CCTV footage and all the suspects were all investigated and the children wrote thrilling, action packed stories based on what they think happened. Our value of creativity was demonstrated over and over again as the children’s packed their imagination into their work.
In Science, we have been making quite a bit of noise as we explored ‘sound’. We have been pushing ourselves within the ‘Working Scientifically’ aspect of the Science curriculum and we have had the chance to plan out and test many of our own demonstrations, all linking to how sound travels. We all learnt lessons about variables impacting the validity and fairness of the tests as well as the importance of organising materials.
In Geography, we have enjoyed beginning to answer the question “How accurate are film settings?”. This half term we have focussed on Encanto and the setting of Colombia. We made use of many of our Geography based skills in order to think about the human and physical geographical aspects that we could see evidence of (or not) in the film. We have loved getting to think a little more deeply about what we watch on the big screen.
The progress made by our Year 4s this half term has been phenomenal and we are so proud of what they have achieved as we come to the end of our 2nd term together. As the sun starts creeping out into Summer, we look forward to our final term – particularly with Stone Farm as an upcoming highlight.
Spring 1 – Extreme Earth
What a start to the New Year! Extreme Earth has been a very exciting topic to work on, with our focus moving to a Geography one as opposed to a History one. We began by wrapping up warm and climbing Mount Everest, stopping to write diaries on the way. We have also learnt about the key features of Earthquakes and volcanos, something we were able to demonstrate using jelly. Who would have thought! We then moved on to thinking about tornados and created our very own shape poems about this topic. There were wonderful, ambitious vocabulary choices being made in Year 4 and we all appreciated how incredible and powerful these forces of nature can be.
In Art, our main project has been recreating (in our own way of course!) The Great Wave, which was made of many elements including sketching, water colouring, collaging and then combining. We were all so proud of the pieces we produced. In Jigsaw learning, we have been thinking about Dreams and Goals – being ambitious and showing our Great Binfields value of ‘Aspire’. It was a great time to share with each other what we are working on in terms of our own goals and how we plan to achieve them. In Maths, this helped perfectly because we have been thinking about how to develop our times table knowledge and speed, something which certainly requires goal setting.
In Computing, our resilience levels have been truly tested! We have been creating and interpreting Databases on Excel. Miss Grove taught us many clever tips and tricks which helped us to display the data we had collected in an effective way.
Something that has really stood out this half term is the enthusiasm that some of our children have to take their learning home. We have seen so many examples of people recreating our Art, writing, Geography and so much more in their own time, making creative and personal links to their learning. We love to see it so keep it up Year 4!
We are looking forward to beginning our next topic ‘Lights, Camera, Action’. This topic spans over Spring 2 and Summer 1 so we will have plenty more time to develop our Geography understanding further in this next stage of Year 4.
Autumn 2 – The Ancient Greeks
Well, Miss Grove and Miss Hanafin said this is one of their favourite topics and we were not wrong – what a brilliant half term it has been. One of our favourite parts of the half term was listening to lots of different Ancient Greek myths. We analysed the characters, creatures, story lines and settings to find the key themes woven through myths: morals, punishments, gods and happy but sad endings. We used this information to write our very own myths. This was a real project for us as there were so many stages to consider but they turned out AMAZING and we look forward to sharing these with our adults at home.
In Maths we have been working on a range of skills, including time telling! We recapped some of our Y3 knowledge on the analogue clock and applied this to converting 12 and 24 hour times. Telling the time is such an important Maths and life skill. We were really impressed with the Growth Mindset from both classes during this TIME of learning!
In History, we have been exploring the question ‘why did the Ancient Greeks star the Olympics?’ We have worked hard delving deep into this question and even themed some of our Home Learning around this. Can you remember the answer?
Our Science learning has taken us around the world, getting to know different producers, prey and predators. We have learnt lots about different food chains from different habitats, including our very own woodland.
As we descend into the craziness of Christmas, we can reflect on how much progress we have all made in the Autumn term. We enjoy looking through our books and our Seesaw journals, seeing what our learning looked like at the start of the year and comparing it with now. Every single person in Y4 has so much to be proud of. We cannot wait for the fun that Spring will bring as we begin our new topic: EXTREME EARTH!
Autumn 1 - Scrumdiddlyumptious
Wow, what a whirlwind of a half term. We have thoroughly enjoyed working through this first half term, getting to know our new classes and exploring a whole range of learning.
We started the half term thinking about chocolate (what else?!), being inspired by the world of Mr Wonka. We designed our own imaginary bars, made delicious chocolate bark bars and then wrote instruction on how to create an effective bar. We used a range of sentence structures and really tested our vocabulary in order to ensure our instructions were suitable for our audience. We then had a very exciting launch of our Ma Humbugs advertising poster. Nicky from Ma Humbugs came into look at our planning and share further advice about how to ensure our persuasive posters were fit for the purpose. It was such a valuable learning experience.
We have been enjoying delving deep into Maya civilisation in our History sessions, getting to grips with how they connect to the history of chocolate itself. The children have thoroughly embraced their learning and have loved learning about a civilisation so different to other aspects of history we have already explored. We have connected our Art to our History and have been thinking about drawing bodies in proportion. The children had to be extremely resilient in order to develop their skills and enjoyed seeing their progress across the half term.
The children have really impressed us with the way they have settled into their new routines but more importantly, how they have embraced exciting new opportunities as school begins to look a little bit more 'normal'. We have loved the active learning in Y4, having time to enjoy the outdoor area, the shared area and all of the wonderful practical resources we have to offer.
Next half term we move onto Miss Hanafin and Miss Grove's favourite topic .... The Ancient Greeks!
First week back 2021
We have had such a wonderful first week with you all. You have made a wonderful first impression and we have loved starting to get to know each and every one of you. It is very clear you are all looking forward to the fun and learning we have ahead of us this year.
In the first week back, we looked at each of our Great Binfields values. It was great to remind ourselves of what our school values are but to also delve a little deeper into what they mean for us. We explored ‘resilience’ and ‘cooperation’ when completing team work games and challenges. We thought about ‘respect’ when looking at our behaviour code in school and in our own team acrostic poems. We delved into ‘aspiration’ when reading about inspirational people and thinking about our own hopes for our learning this year. We really got involved with ‘creativity’ when designing our own chocolate bars. And finally, we had some open conversations about ‘honesty’ when talking about our own personalities in the class.
We also introduced our three concepts for this half term: ‘honesty’ (GBPS value), ‘morality’ and ‘truth’. We can’t wait to get stuck into more concept learning.
All in all, a wonderfully busy, varied and fun week. Have a look at the pictures to see what we got up to.
Welcome to Year 4 2021!
Below you will see a Y4 staff team photo.
Left to right: Miss Grove (Pine class teacher), Mrs Lowe, Mrs Tomkins, Miss Hanafin (Ash class teacher), Miss Heath (Teacher training), Miss Rendall (working one day a week in Y4) and Mrs Clarke. How lucky we are to have such a happy and hardworking team.