Your child’s journey through Year 4
The start to Year 4 has been fantastic and the children have started the year with a wonderfully positive attitude. Our topic this term is called ‘Long, Long Ago’. Wherever possible, we will be taking a cross curricular approach to our learning and making it an active hand-on experience for the children. We will learn about pre-history from the Stone Age to the Iron Age; this will link directly with our geography, art, DT and some of our literacy learning. Please see our curriculum document here: Year 4 Curriculum Overview – Autumn 2019 which will provide you with an overview of the different skills and knowledge we will be covering up until Christmas.
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!
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!