Welcome to Year 4
Here you will find our termly topic sheet, the Year 4 information booklet and copies of Year 4 letters on the Information page. You will also be able to see samples of the children’s work, as well as photos of them taking part in a range of activities in school. You can also meet the Year 4 team, by clicking on the Staff link, so you can put a face to the names your child mentions.

We are on duty on the Key Stage 2 playground after school on Thursday. Do catch us if you would like a quick chat, or, if you want to talk in more depth, you can also arrange an appointment by sending in a note, or contacting the school office.


Mr Blower & Ms Bowen

Topic Overviews

 
What's been happening recently

2016-17

Magic Boxes
In class today, Kyle was defying gravity with his amazing magic boxes! Why do you think they don’t crash to the floor? It took a lot of patience and balancing skill to create these brilliant illusions.

 
 

First Aid Training
Year 4 had a great opportunity to learn something this term that could potentially save someone’s life. Dan from St John Ambulance trained us how to do an initial check, how to put a patient in the recovery position, and how to perform CPR. The sessions were very enjoyable with the chance to practise on each other and the CPR dummies!

 

Superstan!
As our Middle Years production get closer and closer, we have been busy with rehearsals. All of the children are feeling really proud of themselves as they have learnt their lines and no longer need a script on stage. We are working on perfecting expression, as well as choreographing dance routines to the catchy songs! Everyone is excited for the performances on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th March.

St Faith’s Maths Challenge

Four children from Year 4 represented Queen Edith at an exciting maths challenge held at St Faith’s school. Along with over a hundred other children from Cambridgeshire schools, they enjoyed trying to solve a wide range of maths problems while Year 7 pupils from St Faith’s acted as markers. Finally, a tasty tea with squash, sandwiches, cakes and cookies rounded off an excellent afternoon!

Bikeability
Year 4 have really enjoyed the opportunity to have Bikeability training this week. The instructors checked their bikes and then led the children in various cycling activities on the playground. As you can see from the photos, the weather was amazing!

 

E-safety
In Year 4, we drew some apps that we use or know about. We talked with our partners about whether you can have “friends” in the apps, or if you could see messages from other people.  Then we talked about ways we keep safe when using those apps. These included making sure our parents knew about what we were doing; only making friends with actual friends and family; ignoring comments from strangers; and telling an adult we trust if something goes wrong.

 

Winter Vegetable Soup
Year 4 have completed our DT project on Winter Vegetable Soup by preparing, cooking and eating the soup! We used some potatoes from our garden as part of the recipe – we planted them when we were in Year 3. As part of our project we also talked about healthy eating and the advantages of using locally grown food. The soup was delicious!

 

Year 4 Art Afternoon
Year 4 ended our art project inspired by Andy Goldsworthy’s work with an afternoon of natural Art with our parents, family and friends. Together with our visitors, we created leaf sculptures, pencil sketches and pastel drawings. We have made a special art project book to celebrate our work.

Mathematical thinking
In Maths, we tackled a problem from the nrich maths website (nrich.maths.org). We had cards with numbers 1 to 15 printed on them. We then had to lay 7 of them in a row, with rules about their sums, like “The numbers on the first two cards add to 15”. As you can see from our faces, it certainly stretched our maths brains, but we got there in the end, trying different ideas and find all the solutions.

 

Author Visit
Years 3 and 4 were delighted to meet author Gillian Overitt in a special assembly. Gillian read a chapter from Max’s Magical Dream and talked about how she planned the characters for her books. The children asked lots of interesting questions about how, when and where Gillian wrote her books, as well as the illustrations and how a book is put together when it is published.

 

Beware Beware
The book “Beware Beware” tells of a girl exploring a spooky forest. To help us imagine the girl’s feelings, we acted out part of the story, where she walks between the trees.

 

Explorers
As part of our Explorers topic, we tried to sort some maps of the world into chronological order – oldest first.

 

2015-16

Author Visit
Year 4 (at Queen Edith and Queen Emma) and Year 5 and 6 at Queen Edith, enjoyed when author James Nicol visited. He spoke about his book 'The Apprentice Witch' and even made some adults dress up!

 

 

Ballet Boys
After writing to people who inspire us, the Ballet Boys came in to run a workshop with each Year 4 class. They then performed a short piece to Year 3 and 4 and answered the children's questions. We found out that to become a professional ballet dancer you need to work very hard, persevere and work very long days!

 

 

 

TV Adverts
After writing our own TV adverts in literacy, we performed them in small groups to the class. We then used our new Plickers cards to evaluate our friends’ performances. The iPad scans the Plickers cards and shows a graph of the results. We can also use them to answer multiple choice questions the teacher has written for us.

 

 

 

 

Science – Egg Drop!
After learning about the history and science of parachutes, we designed a container for an egg and a parachute to help it float gently to the floor. We then dropped them from the Year 6 stairs. Almost all the eggs survived, though some did crack. Surprisingly, having a large padded container didn’t seem to be the best solution – the small light containers worked better, with the parachute really slowing the fall of the egg.

 

 

 

Chocolate bar fractions
We imagined a party game where one chair had one chocolate bar and another chair had two chocolate bars. The guests had to stand by one of the chairs, then share out the chocolate on the chair between all the children at that chair. After we tried a few examples together, Hayden thought about what would be the best for 12 guests to do. At first he thought it might be 6 children at each chair, but then the children at the first chair would only get a sixth of a bar each. In the end he worked out it would be best for 4 to go to the first chair and 8 to go to the second chair, then every child would get a quarter of a bar.

 

 

Strong triangles
In science, we looked at photographs of tents, bridges and other structures and noticed that triangles were often used in order to make them strong. We then made our own bridges out of straws and masking tape, before testing their strength with dictionaries!

 

 

 

Science and History in 4.1
As part of our study of inventions from the Islamic Golden Age a thousand years ago, we tried to turn our classroom into a camera obscura. We blocked all the windows apart from a small hole in a piece of cardboard. We then held a white piece of paper as a screen for the light to fall on. You can see a blurry picture of the view outside. The image is upside down, just like happens in a camera or in your eye - the bright sky is at the bottom, and you can see the shapes of the trees and the mobile classroom roof. If you look carefully you will see a yellow rectangle in the middle. This is a piece of coloured paper being held by a child outside. When the yellow paper was waved around outside, we could see it moving on the white paper screen inside.

 

 

 

 
 
  

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