Welcome to Year 4
Our Big Question for this year is “Why do humans create art?’ and we are starting off with a focus on Ancient Greece. Thank you to those who completed a project during the holidays. We have been sharing them in class and they will be displayed in the hall or classroom for the rest of Term 1.
Please follow the link to our class padlet where you can share evidence of completed homework tasks and return here to our class page for pictures of what we are doing in school.Tweets by WhaplodeY4
Our 30 Things Challenge
Our 30 Things Challenge is a seven year endeavour to be completed by pupils during their time with us. We have worked with children, parents, staff and governors to identify our own twenty-five tasks and combined it with five selected by our academy trust, which will be common to all children attending a LAAT school.
We have now turned these ideas into our very own “My 30 Things Passport”, which will be updated as each challenge is completed. We feel sure that you will agree that in order to meet their thirty challenges the children will be kept busy over their seven years with us!
For those children further up the school, or who join us later on in their school journey, we recognise that it may not be possible to meet all thirty before they leave us but we will endeavour to meet as many as possible in the time we have available.
Year 4 Class Staff
When you are out and about near rivers, lakes or at the beach or playing in paddling pools, remember to follow the Water Safety Code to keep yourself and others safe around water.
Mrs Rous, Swimming Teacher
Maths and Nature
Today, we took our problem solving outside. The children were measuring, calculating and collecting data to solve problems involving trees, sticks and minibeasts. One member of the class declared it the best lesson of the week.
Reading in the sunshine
Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme this year was nature. So, today, we decided to take 20 minutes out of our afternoon for some reading in the sunshine.
This week in our Science lesson, the children constructed, drew and labelled simple electrical circuits. They are now looking forward to developing their understanding or circuits further by investigating what happens when we add more components.
Young Leader’s Award
On Wednesday, we went for a walk around the village as part of our work for the Archbishop of York’s Young Leader’s Award. We were looking at the areas where members of the local community meet and identifying the positive and negative things about these areas. It was really nice to be out and about and the children came back to school full of ideas for our community challenge.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
Friday 4th December was Christmas Jumper Day. This year we were raising money for the Swimming Pool Committee. And, as if that wasn’t exciting enough, it snowed!
We have just finished our class reader, The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Raúf. It has been an enjoyable read that kept us hooked right up to the end. It was a story full of ups and downs, humour and sadness and has provoked some grown-up discussions about war and refugees in the classroom too. Here is what Ollie, Imogen and Gabriella thought about the book.
Maths Week England 2020
This week the children have been solving daily maths problems to celebrate Maths Week England.
Reading for pleasure 14 October
We read frequently during our week at school. Sometimes we read our school books, sometimes we read our guided reading texts, sometimes an adult reads to us and then sometimes we like to find a comfy, quiet little space of our own (or a space we can share with a friend) and read a book just for the fun of it!
Super Scientists 14 October
In this week’s science lesson, we searched the school grounds for different shaped leaves. We were amazed at how many there were. Back in the classroom, we talked about their features - colour, lobes, surface, veins, tips, edges, stalks - and then discussed all the different ways we could classify them.
Walk a mile 11 September
We have been stretching our legs round the track, doing our daily mile. Great for our fitness but also a good time for having a chat with our friends.
PE 11 September
Over the next few weeks we are going to be honing our tennis skills. A fabulous start today, everyone remembered to come to school in their kit and the children demonstrated excellent partner work too. Well done to Ryan, who became the first Sport’s Star of the Week. I wonder who it will be next week?