Year Groups: Year 4
Welcome to our Year Group page for Year 4
Our Class Christian Values are: Koinonia (4BF), Hope (4DT) and Truthfulness (4W)
Our 3 classes for 2020-2021 are:
4DT – Mr Day (Mon-Wed) and Mr Treble (Thurs-Fri)
4BF – Mrs Book and Mrs Fraser
4W – Mr Waldron
Other adults working in Year 4 are:
Year 4 Novel – Freedom For Bron by N.S. Blackman
We’ll be reading through a novel this term, which links to our topic Anglo-Saxons. It’s very exciting but as it is set in Anglo-Saxon era it does contain some mild violence. Click on the links below to listen to the novel.
As of Monday 25th January, all home learning will be available via ClassDojo.
Whilst you are learning at home we would love to see all the fabulous work you have been doing. If you would like to share any photos of your work, projects or artwork, then you can send them to us using ClassDojo, and your teacher can then respond to you. Information on how to sign up to ClassDojo has been sent out to all parents/carers, once they have connected to your class and your teacher has approved this then you will be able to share work with them.
Other Useful Websites
We have found that there are some useful resources on the BBC Daily Learning and Oak National Academy websites. Both offer home learning resources using a variety of videos, games and activities.
Abacus Maths books
Abacus have made their text books available as free ebooks, they can be accessed below:
Access Year 4 Textbooks
As well as the work from your class teacher, there are a number of free learning resources available. For example:
Hamilton Trust: https://www.hamilton-trust.org.uk/blog/learning-home-packs/
Carol Vorderman’s The Maths Factor app: https://www.themathsfactor.com/
Sir Linkalot spelling app: https://www.sirlinkalot.org/spellathome/
While school is on pause, kids can listen for free on Audible: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
Find out how to access some excellent, free eBooks from Oxford Owl.
Through your Libraries West library card you get free access to: Borrow Box App – audiobooks, Cloud Library App – e-books, RB Digital App – Magazines
In literacy we have studied some famous war poems. We then wrote our own Remembrance Poems and presented them alongside a watercolour poppy.
Lowry Inspired Art
In art we have been studying Lowry and how he used a vanishing point to create perspective.
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.
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
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.