Class Teachers: Mrs Whyte
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Jung
Click to download the Year 4 curriculum: Year 4 Curriculum Letter – Spring 2019
Have a look below to see what we have been up to!
Wow what a start to Year 4. It was a pleasure to meet many of you at parents’ evening and to talk about your child and how they are doing in Year 4. Read all about some of the things your children have been doing and learning about below.
Professional cooking demonstration and hands-on session
On 31st January we welcomed Mary Reader and her team, Ian, Susan and Gilly, into St Joseph’s to work with our Year 4 and 5s. Our morning started with a demonstration from Ian who made a delicious looking, smelling and (most importantly) tasting lamb and rice dish while Susan was making some yummy sugar free biscuits (I know what you are thinking but all of our children loved them!). Three kitchen stations were set up in the hall, each for a different meal from around the world.
At the first station children were making Spanish omelette and a tomato and pomegranate salad; the second station saw children making an Asian pork stir-fry and the final station was for a sea-bass tagine from Turkey. Children got the opportunity to cook at all three stations which involved them chopping ingredients (some familiar some new to them – like dill and pomegranate), adding them to the pans and stirring their ingredients thoroughly. The most fun part of the morning for us all was the tasting of the 3 dishes they cooked. Most loved the new dishes and wolfed down their servings – a few were unsure of the new tastes but all tried everything and were very discrete if they didn’t enjoy the flavours!
Throughout the morning Mary and the chefs were educating our children about the different food they were eating and the food groups they fell into. We also learned about the importance of a balanced diet and for vegetarians we talked about some sources of protein to ensure their muscles and bodies could grow properly. They were also learning about the different vitamins in food and how they are all beneficial to our bodies in different ways.
I was very impressed with the level of food and nutrition knowledge many had and they were answering some tough and challenging questions from Mary. Many also asked very interesting and pertinent questions of the team about the foods they were handling and the techniques needed to chop food up safely.
All in all it was a fantastic morning that engaged and enthused every single child and adult involved. I was immensely proud of year 4 and would like to thank those parents who gave up their morning to support us and help with chopping and washing up!
In R.E., during the period of Advent, the children have been retelling the story of some of Jesus’ different ancestors and looking at his titles and exploring their meanings. Please see below some great examples of work from Year 4 pupils:
Art – Egyptian masks
Please see our pictures of the wonderful Egyptian masks Year 4 have made in our art classes.
Wow what a nativity we put on for you all. Hope those of you that got to come to a perfomrance enjoyed watching it as much as the children enjoyed putting the production on for you. If you are anything like us you are still humming the songs now! All of the classes involved did St Joseph’s proud – and made us laugh.
As part of the ‘Children Fit for Life’ campaign Year 4 have been involved in trying to ‘Run to Paris’. Every day we run laps of our playground, record our scores and then see how close we are to getting to Paris. The children love this part of the day and it is clear we have some great runners – so keep your eyes peeled at Sports Day in the summer or you will miss them. Even children with injuries or who are not great runners take part and jog / limp their way around at least 2 laps to be part of this whole school initiative.
Maths – times tables
Our key focus in Maths in Year 4 is the mastery of our times tables. Therefore, we are doing lots of different activities each week to ensure that we know all of them and that we improve our recall speed. We have a weekly 3 minute test, children love playing ‘Times Table Bingo’, we have sung songs and played many games. The children have also made wonderful posters for the wall in class and at home.
Science – Living Things and Their Habitats
Science has started with us all being very active. We have been outside on a bug hunt to locate some invertebrates and discuss their habitats, they have completed branching database to understand the kinds of questions scientists have to ask to classify animals. This week we looked at the work of microsculpturist, Levon Biss, and have made some large scale drawing and paintings of invertebrates. These are currently on display in our classroom.
Act of Worship
October is the month of Mary. She is also known as the untier of knots. In the first week of the month we talked about worries that people may have across the world. We then looked closer to home with every child writing down something they are worried about. We each took a ribbon and tied it to our fence outside in the hope that Mary to symbolise Mary taking our worries away from us. We all said the Hail Mary together to take our prayers to her.
P.E. – Rugby
Year 4 have been lucky to have a team come in from Rippa Rugby come into school this term to work with us during our outdoor rugby module. The children are really working hard on improving their skills with specialist rugby teachers and. They are also having so much fun running around chasing Mr Curran in a ‘Hula Hula’ skirt (aka a tag belt) whilst wearing their own ‘skirts’.
Our first swimming session was on 18 September. All children remembered their swimming bags and packed lunches (thanks to all at home in your help with this) and we boarded our coach full of excitement. The first lesson was an assessment and when not in the pool all children behaved beautifully. Week 2 saw the proper swimming lessons start and we are very impressed with the efforts of the less confident swimmers to master their strokes and in the natural ability of some (there may be a call up to the England swimming squad for a few). We are really looking forward to seeing the progress over the remaining lessons.
Literacy – Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf
Year 4 received an email from Miss Tharme in Year 2 telling us about how some of the children in her class were scared of wolves because all of the stories they had read were of them always being big and bad. So we decided to investigate further to see if this was the truth. The children found out some amazing facts about them and decided that we should always respect them as one of God’s creations and not fear them because actually they are not really that mean to humans! To share this with Year 2 we have created some wolf Fact Files which we will be presenting to the Year 2’s soon. Over the next 2 weeks we will be looking at some of these traditional tales from the other side, and children will be writing the Three Little Pigs story, but will tell the story from the wolf’s side. The children have been so engaged and enthusiastic about this topic that they have done some fantastic homework pieces on wolf facts and have produced some wonderful drawings.
Art – Egyptian Masks
Last week was the very messy, papier mache start, to making our Egyptian death masks. We first looked at the process of mummification that Egyptians carried out and talked about the purpose of Egyptian death masks (so that a spirit was able to find the correct body and re-enter it after death). Then was the making… lots of balloons, glue and strips of paper later we have the building block of the masks. Photos will follow over the next few weeks.
RE – Creation
This RE module has been creation where we have revisited the creation story and we reminded ourselves of the importance of looking after God’s creation. Year 4 came up with some wonderful ideas to protect the world, which I hope they are following through on at home – ideas included: turning lights off as they were leaving a room; not leaving rubbish at the beach; switching taps off when the water is not needed.