Year 4 Class
Welcome from Miss Padley and all our Year 4 children.
This half term, the children’s topic is Chocolate.
The school is now adopting the Chris Quigley ‘Essentials’ curriculum and as part of this the children will be completing ‘Connections’ lessons. Their connections lessons will be focusing on this and they will be partaking in various activities. As part of our topic work, we are focusing on a new topic of ‘chocolate’. In our connections lessons we will be finding out which parts of the world the cacao tree grows in. They will then compare the similarities and differences between these countries and the United Kingdom. The children will also understand the production process of chocolate from bean to bar.
This term Science will be an important focus with our topic being changing states. The children will learn about solids, liquids and gases and their properties. They will also conduct various experiments involving melting, freezing and evaporation.
This term the children will also be partaking in an exciting Design and Technology project. They will be given a brief by Willy Wonka to design their own chocolate bar. They will have to taste test existing products to identify the type of chocolate they want to use and any suitable fillings. They will also explore existing packaging and design their own for the bar they will create. They will then make and evaluate their finished product.
To demonstrate their understanding of the chocolate production process they will be learning about the features of instructional writing and will write their own to explain how chocolate is made from a bean to a bar. They will also learn about the features of persuasive writing and will create their own advertisement to promote their own chocolate bar.
Year 4 Learning experience at the Grammar/High school
The children from Y4 attended visits to either Spalding High School or Spalding Grammar School. They were given the opportunity to work in specialist teaching rooms with secondary subject specialist teachers.
The aim of this visit was to extend pupils’ learning experiences, secondly to raise pupils’ awareness of the possibility from Year 7 onwards to study at either single-sex school, and thirdly to build professional links between the primary and secondary sectors in and around Spalding. The boys enjoyed sessions baking muesli bars and replicating artistic pieces at the Grammar and the girls enjoyed getting creative with a variety of media including print, collage and paint and also creating their own map of the world through play-doh.
Deanery Schools Celebration
The children had the opportunity to explore the story of Joseph, as told in the Old Testament, through: Music Making, Dance, Art and Craft and Drama.
Red Nose Day - supporting comic relief
Throughout science week, the children in Year 4 have been very busy! We have carried out lots of activities and investigations regarding magnets and forces and we also investigated biscuit dunking! We looked at how magnets attract and repel and which materials are magnetic. We also tested the strength of different types of magnets by recording how many paper clips they could hold. We also made various games involving magnets. Then we explored forces and carried out an investigation into friction using a ramp and different surfaces. Finally, we explored which variety of biscuit is the best for dunking!
Transport, Travel and Forces projects
Once again we are delighted with the enthusiasm and time that has been taken in making the children’s project homeworks. We have received various pieces including: models of the Titanic, information regarding 1st class, 2nd class and 3rd class dress, costumes and tickets, alongside various other things including posters.
During forest schools, the children have made ice sculptures from various natural resources they have collected, including: stones, shells, sticks and leaves.
In art, the children have been looking at drawing techniques. The children looked at a picture created by Vincent Van Gogh and then each created a replica piece of it to produce the overall image.
Science and DT
Throughout this term, the children have been learning about electricity. They have created simple series circuits and have learnt about switches, insulators and conductors. They then applied this knowledge to create a beat the buzzer game in DT.
This half term, the children’s topic is Exploring Europe. The school is now adopting the Chris Quigley ‘Essentials’ curriculum and as part of this the children will be completing ‘Connections’ lessons. Their connections lessons will be focusing on this and they will be partaking in various activities.
We will begin by creating our own replica passports and learning about the continent of Europe itself. We will then embark on our flight to our first European country of Italy. Whilst learning about Italy, we will focus on mountains, beaches and cities. The children will then produce a persuasive piece of writing in the form of a travel brochure.
We will then embark on our second journey to the country of Germany. Whilst in Germany, we will focus on their literature - The Grimm’s Fairy Tales. The children will then produce their own/modify an existing one. We will also produce ginger bread houses (Hanzel and Grettle) and focus on electricity and electrical circuits and using this knowledge create our own game similar to operation/the steady hand game. The game and gingerbread houses will then be involved a christmas market style activity.
As part of PE, the children are currently focusing on dodgeball and the relevant skills that this sport requires. They have been learning to throw and move sideways, duck and jump to avoid the ball.
As part of music, we have started to learn about Samba which originates from Brazil. Over the next few weeks, the children will have the opportunity to play a drum, shaker, tambourine and bells.
In Year 4 we have started our new topic with a bang! We began by creating our own replica passport including a photo identification page and pages to collect stamps for the countries we have visited. We then went through passport control, baggage and a security scanner before we embarked on a virtual flight to our first European country we will be exploring. We enjoyed following the safety information during our flight including turning all iPads into aeroplane mode. We also enjoyed refreshments and a feature presentation. We have now arrived in Italy and are excited to find out more about this interesting country.
Once again we are delighted with the enthusiasm and time that has been taken in making the children’s project homeworks. We have received various pieces including: flags, passports, models/drawings of famous landmarks and fact files. These are now proudly on display in the school hall. Thank you once again to parents/carers for the time it has taken to produce these pieces alongside your children.
As part of the children’s connection topic, they have been learning about the Romans. The children have looked at using art to make Roman mosaics on their iPads and now they are beginning to produce them using small pieces of paper.
GIST road safety
The children were very fortunate to have had a talk delivered by GIST about keeping safe near roads particularly with larger vehicles. The children were reminded how to cross a road safely and learnt many new and interesting things, including: blind spots, road signs and stopping distances. The children thoroughly enjoyed the session.
Roman WoW Day
On Monday 10th October, Year 3 and 4 children at Whaplode school enjoyed a Roman WoW Day. The day started with children arriving at school in Roman fancy dress. The children then watched some short Roman videos to get them into the mood of the day.
The first activity was then looking at Roman numerals and making calculations using these. The next activity was Roman baking and making Roman shields. After lunch, the children enjoyed using their shields to get into the tortoise formation and avoid the water from the water pistol. We then played Roman games and learnt a Roman war dance. Afterwards, we enjoyed a Roman feast including: our Roman bread, figs, dates, pomegranates, pears and beetroot. Finally, we enjoyed learning a Roman song with actions.
The day also coincided with parent open mornings. It was delightful to see so many parents and thank you for coming and getting into the spirt of the day and purchasing costumes. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by parents, staff and children!
Friday PE Sessions
We are delighted with the enthusiasm and time that has been taken in making the children’s project homeworks. We have received various pieces including: model colosseums, wax tablets, Roman coins, jewellery and head pieces, and weapons. Thank you once again to parents/carers for the time it has taken to produce these pieces alongside your children.
We have been in the process of electing a school parliament for this academic year. The Year 4 children were very enthused by the opportunity to partake in this position of responsibility. Many children prepared speeches and we held a secret ballot to elect our two representatives. The School Parliament members for Year 4 are Sam and Eden.