Year Groups: Year 4

Be generous and you will be prosperous. Help others, and you will be helped.

— Proverbs 11:25

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

 

Video message from your class teachers
Click on your class teacher’s picture to see their latest video message

As you may have noticed, it’s not Mr Waldron doing 4W’s video message as he’s sustained an injury. There is no need to worry about him, it is not Covid-19 related.  We are in touch with him and he is cheerful and will be fine. He is taking the time to heal and recover now, but will be back to talk to you as soon as he can. We all wish him a speedy recovery. If you are in 4W, please click on Mr Randall’s picture for your video message this week.

 

Independent Work for Home Learning – Week commencing 1st June 2020

We would love to see all the fabulous work you have been doing at home. If you would like to share any photos of your projects or artwork, please email the school with the photos attached and add the subject “FAO Y4 Teachers” and we will aim to update the website regularly so you can see what your friends have been up to! Please note by kindly submitting photographs/images of your child’s work you are giving permission for the material to be uploaded onto the school website.  Please state if you would rather work is not included. Thank you. Look underneath the home learning instructions to see some work from the year group.

 

Reading

Linking to our science work on species, Please read this comprehension about the endangered white rhino and answer the questions about it. Remember to scan the text for key words and answer in full sentences.

If you want to have a go at a slightly easier version, please click here. If you want to challenge yourself with a rather tricky version, click here.

 

Writing

Sometimes it’s great to let our imagination take us away! Watch this clip called “Adrift.”  You are then going to write your own story imagining that, for a time, you lived on top of a chosen animal. What animal did you live on? Where did you travel with it?  What happened? What did you see?

Remember to include lots of wonderful descriptions and use “I” and past tense.

You could write it as a page or two, or even create a chapter book! Why not create a picture showing your journey (see art below)?

Let your imagination take you where you want it to…could you live on top of an eagle soaring the mountain heights, or on top of a camel trudging through the desert, or even a tiger deep in the dense jungle? What did you see and experience?

 

Grammar task – please complete the lesson on formal and informal language on BBC Bitesize.

You could also complete this lesson on similes and metaphors. Try to use some of these in your story!

 

Spelling

Each week, please try and learn your spelling words. Look, cover, write and check.  You may want to write them in sentences to practise (use a dictionary to check the meaning if you are unsure). You could even get an adult to test you on the Friday. Let’s see who can get lots of 10/10’s in a row!

 

Maths

You are mostly working on fractions this week.

Please see abacus for the normal weekly homework tasks.

Also, have a go at these lessons on BBC Bitesize:

 

If you want to challenge yourself with some trickier problem solving, try this website:

https://nrich.maths.org/

We also recommend these websites for practising times tables, number bonds, halving, doubling, and other maths skills:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

https://www.themathsfactor.com/times-tables-check/pinpoint/#/menu

 

The Wider Curriculum


Science

We are thinking about the importance of conserving habitats, so species can thrive. We’re going to do some learning about bats in Bath.

Read through this powerpoint (watching the videos too) and have a go at this worksheet.

 

P.E

Have a go at these activities created for Year 4 at WASPS.

 

ICT

Learn about how search engines work with this BBC Bitesize lesson.

 

Art

Create a special landscape using paint, collage or printmaking (if you don’t have these resources, you could always use colouring pencils/crayons).  This could be the amazing place you visited in your story as you were on top of the animal. Go to this art lesson to find out more.

 

As well as the work from your class teacher, there are a number of free learning resources available. For example:

Access the Abacus Year 4 maths textbook here: Access Year 4 Textbooks

Find out how to access some excellent, free eBooks from Oxford Owl.

Hamilton Trust: https://www.hamilton-trust.org.uk/blog/learning-home-packs/

Twinkl: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/covid19-school-closures

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

Through your Libraries West library card you get free access to: Borrow Box App- audiobooks, Cloud Library App- e-books, RB Digital App- Magazines

 

Archive of previous home learning

 

Year 4 Home learning

Here are some fantastic examples of home learning from the last few weeks. Please do keep sending any photos for us to see –we’d love to see what you’ve been up to.

 

Have a look at Polly’s amazing puppet show she created about Henry VIII and his 6 wives. Well done, Polly!

 

 

Year 4 is a fantastic year with lots of learning and fun.

Here’s what some children from last year’s Year 4 said about life in their year group:
“Year 4 was the best year ever!” – Cleo
“Year 4 has been my best year yet, and it’s been really enjoyable.” – Stanley
“We’ve had so many good adventures.” – Amber
“Year 4 is full of interactive experiences!” – Nandini
“You will learn lots of history.” – William
“It’s always really exciting” – Max
“We visited lots of extraordinary places on our trip to St Briavels” – Maisie “The topics will take you back in time” – Roseanna

Our 3 classes for 2019-2020 are:
4G with Miss Gray
4S with Mrs Stagg
4W with Mr Waldron

In our Year 4 area, we will keep you up to date about your child’s learning (curriculum and timetable), trips and events and homework (including spellings)

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.