Your child’s journey through Year 4
Trip to HQS Wellington
Our trip to HQS Wellington was very informative and has really helped us learn.
Make Do and Mend
We have been learning about rationing in the Second World War, in particular the scheme that encouraged people to revive and repair worn out clothes. Our design brief was to create a new bag using old clothes/materials.
We considered which materials would be suitable to work with to design and create our ‘Make do and Mend’ bag. As part of the design process, we practised different sewing stitches and created mock bags using paper. We then used these skills to make our final bag.
We had lots of fun making our new creations!
Year 4 have been inspired by Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore who both created art work during the Second World War. They have been learning about abstraction of the human form. Anja Lurburch a local ceramicist worked along side both classes and our art specialist teacher Karen, to create both small and large scale forms. I think you will agree the results are magnificent. Well done Year 4!
At the end of their fabulous Water, Water Everywhere topic, Year 4 were really proud to showcase their learning for friends and families. They taught their adults about the water cycle, the importance of triangulation in engineering, the tragic history of The Titanic and shared their amazing story writing.
A huge thank you to all the adults who came to the open morning to share their successes. Well done to teaching staff and children. You were awesome!
Year 4 children put a lot of hard work into preparing their classrooms for their Open Afternoon and were keen to show their parents all the work they had learnt.
As part of our Water Water Everywhere topic, we have been given a design brief to design a bridge to cross a river. Our bridge must be at least 20cm wide and allow a boat to pass underneath; it can either have a moving mechanism to lift up, or be at least 20cm tall.
We started by learning about the engineering principle of triangulation to strengthen structures and have practised creating strong structures using straws. We looked closely at pictures of real bridges and then created drawings of our own designs. Some of us used lego to create fabulous model bridges.
Next, we will use wood and lots of tools to create our bridges. Look out for photos to show how we got on!
Building bridges from art straws and cardboard.
Thinking about the design brief and what we have learned about bridges so far.
Problem and Brief
Practising triangulation with art straws
The children worked hard to construct a bridge that they made out of wood!!!
River Thames Trip
Year 4 had an exciting day at the River Thames in Greenwich. We carried out fieldwork on the foreshore: collecting artefacts, assessing the water quality through chemical testing and recording simple data about the river (temperature, velocity and state of tide). It was an interesting, investigative and fun day!
The morning was spent by the river and in the afternoon we took our learning to a classroom. It was great to test the water and find out that although the river is muddy, it has a neutral PH, so is NOT polluted!
A big thank-you to all the parents who came along and helped.
Trip to the Dentist
Year 4 children had a wonderful trip to the dentist recently, as part of our science learning. The Dentists and the Practice Manager were very welcoming and taught us all about how to look after our teeth and gums. They gave us information about healthy foods and showed us how to brush our teeth effectively. They were impressed with our knowledge about the types of teeth we have and their functions!
As part of our Iron Age learning, Year 4 visited Butser Ancient Farm in Hampshire. The farm is an exact replica of an Iron Age settlement and we spent the day undertaking Stone and Iron Age activities which included making jewellery, wattling fences etc.