Class Teachers: Mrs Whyte
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Jung
Click to download the Year 4 curriculum: Year 4 curriculum letter spring 2020
Have a look below to see what we have been up to!
Primary Cookery Day
Year 4 enjoyed a cookery workshop based on healthy eating on Monday 24th February 2020 led by Mary Reader and her team. We have developed this friendship with the Christchurch Food Festival for some years now and are grateful to Mary who also organises the Christchurch Food Festival which this year is a 3-day event running from May 8th-May 10th inclusive! It was a tremendous bonus to welcome her and her fantastic team back to St. Joseph’s to engage children in healthy food which was curriculum topic related and even better, it was hands on!!
Our morning started with a demonstration from Ian who made a delicious looking, smelling and (most importantly) tasting Moroccan chick-pea and aubergine casserole. 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 a Mediterranean fish stew, the second station saw children making a breakfast omelette and the final station was for a Mexican style salad. 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. At the end of each cooking task they enjoyed tasting these one-pot meals, with some of the children trying – and to their surprise liking – foods they hadn’t eaten before! One favourite tasting was the breakfast omelette.
At the end of the session Mary, Lucy and Di explained how different nutrients (such as vitamins) in each food group helped them to eat healthily, the children listened very well. 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, we couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you to those who would like to have helped but for other commitments were unable to.
Quotes from our children on the day:
“We were able to taste delicious food that we hadn’t tried before.”
“Our favourite meal was the omelette.”
“We learnt how to hold a knife safely and how to use a ‘claw’ or ‘bridge’ grip when cutting the food.”
“There was a beautiful rainbow of colours of food on the table.”
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
Have a look below to see what we have been up to in the first 6 weeks of term!
Our first Science module is called ‘Living things and their habitats’ and last week Year 4 took to the school grounds on an insect hunt. They worked brilliantly in pairs running across the playground to different areas to find different types of habitats to investigate. They spotted ants, a butterfly, a bee an assortment of bugs and beetles and some spiders. These were all accurately detailed and drawn and their habitats were described.
We have taken inspiration from our work on Ancient Egyptians and have been having great fun this term creating Egyptian cartouches and have made a start on making Egyptian death masks. This will involve some fairly messy papier mache lessons to create our basic mask shapes and paint work to add detail to our masks. Keep an eye on the website for some pictures of our finished work!
In music the children have been exploring human percussion – using their bodies to make sounds! From slapping their knees and tummies to clapping their hands, children have been learning about the number of beats in a bar and making a rhythm.
In PE this term, we are doing tag rugby which gets the children very noisy, active and muddy! They are loving the competition element as well as learning the important skills of passing and safely tagging each other.
In Year 4 we received an email from Miss Tharme in Year 2 saying that some of the children in her class were scared of wolves because all of the stories they read about them always showed them to be big and bad. We decided to investigate further and found out that many species of wolf are actually endangered in the wild and that we should respect rather than fear them. In literacy we all wrote fact files to share the information we had discovered about wolves and next week we will be re-writing the story of the Three Little Pigs to tell the story from the wolf’s perspective. The children will then be presenting their work to Year 2 in a session in the hall.