Year Groups: Year 4

For where two or three come together in my name, I am there with them.

— Matthew 18:20

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Welcome to our Year Group page for Year 4
Our Class Christian Values are: Koinonia (4BF), Hope (4T) and Truthfulness (4W)

Year 4 Harvest Assembly

We have made a video Harvest Celebration to share with you. Our chosen Harvest charity this year is WaterAid, we would be extremely grateful for any donations, which can be made on The WaterAid website.

Year 4 class teachers

 

Our 3 classes for 2020-2021 are:
4T – Mr Treble
4BF – Mrs Book and Mrs Fraser
4W – Mr Waldron

Other adults working in Year 4 are:
Mrs Wilkinson
Mrs Pirways
Mr Byrne
Miss Minotti
Mrs Harland

Home Learning wc 19th October 2020

English

We will be using this poem by Tony Mitton as a starting point for our work.
You can find more poems by Tony in his books ‘Plum’ and ‘Come into this Poem’.

Find out more about Tony on his website.
You will find a clip of him reading this poem there.

Day 1
Find out what glum means. Practice performing the poem holding a real or
imaginary plum. If you have a real plum, eat it slowly and enjoy it!
Discuss these questions with someone else and then write the answers in your
book. Write in full sentences:
1. Who is the ‘you’ in this poem?
2. Why might the plum be feeling glum?
3. How does the poet try to cheer the plum up?
4. What is the mystery under the plum’s skin?
5. Is this poem just about a plum? What else might the poem be saying?

Day 2
Write 2 quick lists: Ten things that make me glum, and Ten things that
make me happy
Choose one of these lists to write as a poem by expanding the items on the list
with adjectives and extra detail. For example, pizza could expand to a steaming,
crusty pizza with swirls of sweet, red ketchup

Day 3
Look at the trees near your home. Do you know what sort of trees they
are?
Using a dictionary or computer, find the definitions of these words:
germination, seedling, sapling, bough, canopy, deciduous, evergreen, forest.
Find the names of 10 trees that grow in the UK. Which is your favourite and
why?

Day 4
Use a computer or the fact sheet provided to research the importance of
trees:
try trees.org or The Woodland Trust
Make notes in your book about why trees are important.

Day 5
Make a Plant a Tree in 2020 poster, including the best ideas from
yesterday’s notes.

Day 6
Write a letter addressed to a seed that will one day become a tree. For
example, acorn, conker, apple pip, fir cone. Decide on your tone of voice – for
example, you could tease and joke with the seed like a mate
you could coax and encourage like a parent
you could ask it for its secrets respectfully
Think about the future of the tree – the cone might become a Christmas tree;
the conker a great horse chestnut where children gather conkers.
Tell the seed about its wonderful future.

Day 7
Practise your use of speech marks and write a short poem where trees
speak. For example
TREES SPEAK
The apple tree says, “I bet you can’t wait to bake me in a pie.”
The horse chestnut says, ‘Who’s ready for a game of conkers?’
Try the same for other trees – for example, holly, Christmas tree, palm tree,
walnut tree, oak, lemon,

Day 8, Day 9 and Day 10
Plan, then write a story with the title Lost in the Forest about some children who
wander off into a forest but get lost. You can borrow ideas from fairy tale
characters in other stories. Can you create a mind map of traditional tales and
the characters that you remember?
The children in your story could meet characters from traditional stories (e.g.
Little Red Riding Hood, the wolf, Goldilocks, Hansel and Gretel, the witch.) Some
characters are helpful and some are not, but make sure your characters find
their way home in the end.
You will share your story back in school, so write the best story you can!

Maths
During book week we will be reading folk tales about the sun and moon and our maths will link to this.
Lesson 1
Learn about the phases of the moon and then create a stapled flip book with the named phases. You could use white paper and pencils or black paper and white chalk/pencils.
Lesson 2
Use coordinates to plot different star constellations.
Lesson 3
Use the last page of this pdf to see scaled version of the planets in our solar system. Estimate how far apart you think they would be. Then cut out the scaled versions of the planets on the first 8 pages and use the measurements given to space them out to scale. How enormous is our solar system!?!

 

Jean-Michel Basquiat inspired self portraits
As part of our work in Black History Month we studied some artwork by Jean-Michel Basquiat, and then created our own versions!

 

Hope based art inspired by Andrew Goldsworthy
4T were inspired by the work of Andrew Goldsworthy this week. We gathered natural materials and used them to create abstract art that represented our class Christian value, Hope.

School year 2019 – 20

4G retelling of Beowulf

Year 4 all did a fantastic job sharing their learning at their assembly on Tues 3rd March. Here is the re-writing of Beowulf that 4G shared in their part of the assembly. This is all totally original writing from different members of 4G – isn’t it amazing?

One dark and gloomy night, a dark misty shadow called Grendel was going to invade a hall called Heorot. Thud, thud, thud went the sound of Grendel in his underground cave, where no-one dared to go. It was dark and gloomy down there, just how Grendel liked it.

Silently, this great coal black figure emerged from the dirty, grimy waters. His bloodshot eyes flickered in the incredulous beauty of the glimmering moonlight. Burning determination was building up inside of him to destroy his next victim. The fur on the creature’s body was hard, knotted and stained.  He stomped and splashed through the water as quietly as he could but the sea shattered, making the fish faint.  The beast was as terrifying as a pack of lions. His claws were as sharp as a sword. His knees were knobbly like tree trunks.

Silently, with blood dripping from his mouth, he was creeping across the hills when he saw the castle of Heorot. Grendel approached Heorot like a tiger about to pounce on a mouse.  His claws were rancid, dagger like claws.  Suddenly, he entered the hall threateningly and ripped open the door. He slithered into the dim, patterned hall. The Geats were sound asleep, Grendel lurking in the dark, gloomy hall. Suddenly, he stopped and scanned the area, his huge beastly eyes shining like rocky diamonds.

The hair on Beowulf’s neck bristled as he turned and looked at the gruesome creature. The hideous creature took one big stare directly at Leofric.  Grendel took a colossal step onto Leofric’s foot and grabbed him on the arm but it was too late. Grendel snuck up on Leofric and ate him. Grendel sucked his brain like pot noodles. Leofric was spilling lava red blood everywhere. Beowulf gasped. Beowulf couldn’t save Leofric; he was already ripped up into pieces.

Beowulf leapt up at Grendel with fury. Grendel roared in agony; tables and chairs exploded into pieces. At once, all the Geats awoke. Their eyes glittered like diamonds; they began to encourage Beowulf and chant his name.

Grendel reached out for Beowulf; his diamond eyes glinting in the dim candlelight. Beowulf leapt up, grabbing on to Grendel’s outstretched arm. The deathly tug of war woke up the other Geats who slashed at Grendel with no success. Grendel was using his sword and spitting disgusting, hot, wet spit. Suddenly, Beowulf twisted Grendel’s arm behind his neck and pulled. Horrifically, Beowulf ripped Grendel’s arm off, blood spurting everywhere. Grendel gave a howl of pain and stalked off into the night, far, far away. From that day on, the Geats never saw him again.

Year 4 Medieval Walk around Bath  

On Wednesday 26th February, to fit in with their topic work, Year 4 took part in a walking tour of Medieval Bath. They were transported back in time as they discovered the 4 medieval gates of Bath, saw the last remaining part of the medieval city walls, and learned about the history of the magnificent Abbey. On top of that, they learned all about Bath’s history as a medieval market town and about the presence of a saw mill and a cloth production industry.

Well done to the children who walked for some time with great energy and who showed great enthusiasm for their learning. They were great ambassadors for WASPS when out and about -well done, Year 4.

 

 

 

 

Viking Day

Year 4 were again immersed in their topic learning as they experienced “Viking Day.” The day began with Hothgar the Viking raiding and plundering the Year 4 classrooms. The Year 4 Vikings lived their day as Viking warriors, heard myths of Norse gods, experienced fire-lighting, Viking games and even a Viking funeral. The children used these amazing first hand experiences to inspire their writing of their Norse myths. It was an amazing day enjoyed by all.

Chinese Teachers’ visit

On Wednesday 8th January, WASPS received some very special guests from Guangdong Province in China.  4 teachers from the Humen Foreign Language School (which Miss Gray visited on an exchange in October) came to tell WASPS pupils all about Chinese New Year, their school and to share Chinese culture with them. Years 3-6 took part in an interesting assembly about Chinese culture, then Year 4 classes were treated to workshops with the teachers. These included: Chinese calligraphy (with traditional writing instruments), Chinese singing, Mandarin language study and Chinese papercraft. A huge thank you to the teachers for teaching us so many things and a big well done to the children for taking part so enthusiastically.
 
Here are some quotes from the children:
“I really enjoyed  the Chinese calligraphy, it was really different and fun. I thought that the brushes and the ink were really cool and I enjoyed trying to hold it the proper way.” Tess, 4G
“I most enjoyed the calligraphy. I loved learning about all the Chinese words. It was amazing. It was really nice having the Chinese teachers at our school.” Emily, 4G
“I enjoyed paper cutting because I’ve never done Chinese paper cutting before and I also enjoyed singing in Chinese because I don’t speak Chinese.  It was really fun!” Delia, 4W
“I really enjoyed doing the songs. I enjoyed it because we could sing in Chinese. The songs were called Happy New Year and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. I enjoyed singing in a different language.” Callum, 4W

Monk Day

Year 4 had a real treat on Monday 13th January on Monk Day, when they all got to experience what life was like for Medieval Monks. This took place in the very appropriate setting of Weston All Saints Church. The day started with a talk from a Medieval historian, and then the children took part in activities such as beeswax candle making, medicinal herb bag creating, and they even learned the Lord’s prayer in Latin. Their time at church finished with a talk from our rector, Mark, who spoke about Monk life and led the children into a quiet time of reflection and music.  The children even managed 20 minutes of meditative silence as part of the day.

Genesis Trust visit

As part of thinking about the wider community, Year 4 raised £130.79 for The Genesis Trust back in October with their “Poetry and Produce” harvest sale. In January, they welcomed Hilary Long into their classrooms as she shared with the children about the amazing work the Genesis Trust do in Bath. Children found out where the money they raised will go. Children listened really well to Hilary, reflecting class Christian values of compassion and hope, and they asked some very thought-provoking questions at the end of the talk.

Year 4 Christmas

Year 4 have had a wonderful few weeks in the lead up to Christmas.

They have enjoyed a fantastic show from the Bristol Old Vic, a delicious Christmas lunch complete with home-made hats, their Christmas parties, and lots of in-class fun Christmassy activities.

On the afternoon of Tuesday 17th December, each Year 4 class performed their Christmas nativity play “Christmas Stars” at Weston All Saints Church. The children had put in a lot of work and preparation for their performances and it showed. Each performance was so full of energy, enthusiasm and wit. The children especially excelled in their beautiful loud and clear singing, even going into 2 part harmony at one point! A big thank you to all Year 4 children for their hard work and to parents and grandparents for being such a great audience.