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Year 4

Hello and welcome to Year 4. I am Ms Andrews, the class teacher, and Mrs Young is our class teaching assistant.

I think Year 4 is a wonderful year group to be in as the children are old enough to think for themselves and yet still have all the energy, enthusiasm, freedom and humour of younger children. It's a lovely age.

We continually endeavour to make our learning as interesting and enjoyable as we possibly can. By linking learning across the curriculum we hope to engage the children, capture their imaginations and help them remember what we are learning!

Our aims are to encourage independence and self-confidence whilst instilling a love for learning. We hope these skills will help equip the children throughout their future education and in their wider lives. 

We're sure you will enjoy looking at some of the learning the children have completed on our class page. I have noticed how much Year 4 love seeing their work on display and how proud they are with their finished results! The majority of our displays are whole class, everyone's learning is up (unless they were absent).

Star of the Week

Egg Investigation

As part of our, 'Where does all that food go?' science topic we investigated the effects of different liquids on egg shells. We wanted to see which ones could cause tooth decay.

Our investigation started by carefully measuring out 100ml of each liquid, thinking about fair testing. We then made predictions about what would happen to each egg.

"I think the egg in coke will turn yellow because the yoke might explode. I think this because of the sugar in the coke."  Owen 

"The egg in the coke will go mouldy and break the shell before it explodes."  Peyton

 "I predict the egg in the sugar free blackcurrant squash will be fine because it is sugar free and sugar is bad for your teeth."  Amelie P

The children are trying to remember to give explanations to support their predictions. 

We made observations of the eggs after a week in the liquids. 

"The egg in the sugar-free blackcurrant squash was covered in blue mould and looked disgusting."  Josh 

"The egg in the vinegar has been pickled and is now soft and squishy; the egg shell has completely disappeared."  Cobie

We then compared the outcomes of the investigation with our original predictions. 

"My prediction was incorrect and we found out that sugar free might not be that good for you."  Sophia

"My prediction was wrong, I thought the coke would crack the egg. We found out that coke is not as bad as we thought."  Tommy

"My prediction was right, the egg in water was fine and had not even cracked."  Kai

"My prediction was wrong because I thought the egg in vinegar would rot and disappear but it didn't. I was surprised the egg went bouncy."  Cobie

We tested the bounciness of the egg in vinegar by volunteering to play catch with the egg. It definitely was bouncy!

Finally we discussed the reliability of our investigation - our results are not conclusive as we only tested six eggs for one week. To be certain of our results we would have to test many more eggs for a greater length of time. But the classroom was getting a little bit smelly!

World War Two Letters Home as Evacuees

Following a lesson on the Blitz, the children were asked to imagine they were evacuees being sent away from their homes and families in London to a new temporary life in the country.

We watched real life evacuees recall their experiences and discussed children who were evacuated to Stoborough during the Blitz. We were also lucky enough to have a video call with Hannah's grandad who told us first hand what it was like to be evacuated.

We imagined how difficult it would be leaving our families but also recognised how exciting it would have been for the children, seeing the delights of the countryside for the first time.

I was very impressed with the empathy and understanding the children showed in their letters; they definitely didn't like the idea of being sent away from their lovely families.

Star of the Week

Journey through the Digestive System Stories

As part of our science topic, 'Where does all that food go?' the children have been learning about the digestive system. Our initial lesson was quite interesting as the children were a little unsure of where the different parts could be found...

We used mnemonics to try and help us remember and then invented food characters who went on perilous journeys through the digestive system. Of course the children's favourite part was when the characters turned into poo and were flushed down the loo! 

Their final writing shows a good understanding of the science objective and I was also very pleased with their use of scientific vocabulary. My favourite part however, has to be the illustrations, the children produced, to support their story lines. I think they are wonderful!

What If?

To help the children settle in and ease some of their worries we shared the, 'What If?' poem. The children loved the humour in this poem and we discussed how some real life worries were sandwiched inbetween the silliness. They loved having the opportunity to share their thoughts and worries writing their own, 'What If?' poems and inventing, 'What If?' characters.

Friendship Portraits

Throughout the autumn term we have been reflecting on the importance of friendship. The children had clearly missed being with their peers throughout lockdown!  

Observational drawings were created from photographs taken in class which were then painted in watercolours. We also thought about the background and the children mixed their own colours using acrylic paints. The finished images are amazing and it is lovely to see the resemblances!

Poems inspired by Wilfred Owen's, 'Dulce et Decorum Est'

I was amazed by the children's capacity to think about the suffering of war and whether it ever really is, 'sweet and right to die for your country.' The children's ideas showed understanding of the trauma caused by war and the lesson ended discussing ways in which we could prevent further wars in the future.

Mendhi Hand Designs

Mendhi hand designs created as part of our, 'Night of Power,' R.E. topic. The children loved drawing around their own hands and filling in with intricate geometric patterns.