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Willaston Church of England Primary School

Welcome To Year 4

Welcome to Year 4!

In our English lessons we have been linking our history topic work to our extended creative writing. We have used our historical skills of empathy to think what life would have been like being a soldier living in a World War 1 trench. We also used our empathy skills to think how we would feel about being evacuated during World War 2. In our non-fiction work we have written information about World War 1 and 2. In our geographical work we have linked our geography topic about the United Kingdom to our extended creative writing. We have written a letter to a vet pretending we have found a baby dragon in our back garden. This is based on the English legend of St George and the Dragon. We have also written dragon poetry using adverbial phrases. We wrote our own magical story based on the Welsh legend of The Magic Harp and completed a non-fiction activity where we had to design a booklet to persuade visitors to go on holiday to Wales. During Spring Term we studied various myths and legends of Ancient Greece such as Theseus and the Minotaur, Icarus and Daedalus, King Midas and Jason and the Golden Fleece. These stories gave us the stimulus to write lots of poetry, creative writing and extended writing. They have also given us the support to write non-fiction during our Ancient Greek historical topic work. During the Summer Term we are going to study The Romans and we will be completing lots of different writing genres such as non-fiction reports and instructional writing.     

During our daily English Skills lessons we have been completing lots of different activities to support our knowledge of spelling, grammar and punctuation. For example investigating prefixes such as anti and inter, the use of apostrophes for plural possession, adverbial phrases and comma use in sentences.    
We are really enjoying our guided reading sessions as we are reading humourous extracts from various books such as 'The Midnight Gang' by David Walliams. We also use pictures during guided reading to predict story lines and evoke feelings etc. We have read some non-fiction information about Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake and discussed their literary links with the author David Walliams. We are also reading non-fiction texts such as information fact files about animals at Chester Zoo; especially the four animals who are our house mascots - Meerkat, Red Panda, Penguin and Giraffe. 

Our 'Debate Days' have enabled us to use our speaking and listening skills. We have used the theme of our house mascots to discuss whether we agree or disagree with keeping animals in captivity in zoos. We have also debated whether primary school children should have playtimes.  

In our Mathematics lessons we have studied the topic of Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division and Fractions and Decimals. We are now currently studying the topic of Measures. We have been trying really hard to share reasoning skills within our answers. We have used different methods of calculation including mental and formal written. Black Belt Challenges within our maths activities have given us chance to extend our thinking to include extra challenge. We also have the opportunity to peer teach each other our different tasks. We have designed a 'Top Tips' mathematics display for the classroom to support us in for working out strategies. Our times table knowledge to 12x12 is improving and we enjoy the 'Beat the Clock' challenges.

In Science we have investigated the topic of 'Electricity'. We explored what happens to the brightness of a bulb when more than one bulb is added to a circuit using just one battery. We also studied the topic of 'Sound'. We had great fun investigating the hypothesis - Do your eyes help you to hear? During Spring Term we studied 'Living Things and their Habitats' where we had some great links in our Forest School lessons. This Summer Term we are studying 'States of Matter'.  

In History we have studied the topic of 'The World Wars'. We used first and second hand evidence and used our empathy skills throughout our activities. During our geography topic we studied 'The United Kingdom'. We enjoyed using the atlas' to support our knowledge of capital and major cities around the UK. During Spring Term we studied The Ancient Greeks and have researched aspects such as the importance of Gods and Goddesses in Ancient Greek culture. This Summer Term we are studying The Romans.

In our Forest School lessons we are completing lots of cross-curricular activities to support our learning outside the classroom. We have linked the theme of British Values to the outdoor environment and thought about the importance of respecting the environment we live in. We had great fun during one of our Science lessons in Forest School. We were able to go out onto Willaston Meadow and investigate 'Sound' through using cup telephones to show how sound travels through a medium to the ear. Our Science topic of Living Things and their Habitats has enabled us to complete lots of activities out on the meadow.

We will be using our class set of iPads and lap tops to research different aspects of all our topics. We are also going to be using the app 'Scratch Junior' to complete some programming tasks and then peer teach younger children. One of our homework tasks was to teach our parents and carers the importance of cyber safety.

We have spent some time in our classroom discussing the importance of 'British Values' - Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect, Rule of Law, Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs and Democracy. 

We had an amazing time on our two night residential to Tattenhall Outdoor Education Centre. We had so much fun completing a low ropes problem solving course, a tree abseil and a zip wire course. We also visited Cheshire Ice Cream Farm and ate lots of ice cream - yum yum! 

Please read our Year 4 Summer Term 2017 Newsletter, attached, for more curriculum information and other important classroom information!

Miss Chapman
Year 4 Class Teacher


Year 4 Newsletter Summer 2017.pdf (PDF 83.5KB)
Curriculum Overview.pdf (PDF 144.0KB)
Guidelines for spelling, years 3 and 4, including word lists.pdf (PDF 69.2KB)
Guidelines for vocabulary, grammar and punctuation Year 4.pdf (PDF 63.6KB)
Glossary of terms for English Year 4.pdf (PDF 167.2KB)