Year 4 Class News

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History: learning about the Minoans using historical sources

Posted on Monday 09 November 2020 by Mr Wilks

This afternoon, we’ve used historical sources to learn about the first great Greek civilisation: the Minoans.

We learnt about Arthur Evans, a British archaeologist who discovered an early Minoan written language which has never been deciphered.

We’ve also learnt about Arthur Evans’ greatest discovery: the Palace of Knossos. We then used pictures of the palace and artefacts found there to tell us more about life during this time.

Odd socks day

Posted on Monday 09 November 2020 by Mrs Taylor

Next week is Anti-Bullying Week.

This year’s theme is ‘United against bullying’ and we will be taking part in Odd Socks Day on Monday 16 November.

Odd socks day is to raise awareness of our differences, individuality and personal choice. There is no need for any payment – your child should simply wear odd socks and join in the fun!

Thank you for your support.

Science: sound sources

Posted on Friday 06 November 2020 by Mr Wilks

In today’s science lesson, we’ve been learning about how sounds are produced.

We used tuning forks and drums with rice to see the vibrations causing the sounds.

Reading: Ancient Greece

Posted on Friday 06 November 2020 by Mr Wilks

A nice, calm start to the morning in Year 4. Milk and a gory Greek Myth!

One of our Y4 friends is reading the myth Perseus and Medusa and the other is reading Atalanta’s Race.
Ewan is reading a graphic novel of the myth Pandora’s Box.

History: chronology of Ancient Greece

Posted on Thursday 05 November 2020 by Mr Wilks

This week, we’ve been learning about a period of Ancient Greek history and the key events during that period. We’ve learnt about the golden age, a dark age and the things that happened prior to the golden age which enabled Greece to make such impressive advances.

Science: environmental dangers

Posted on Friday 09 October 2020 by Mr Wilks

In our science lesson this week, we’ve been learning about how humans can cause environments to change and how this can have a negative effect on the plants an animals that live there.

We learnt about how deforestation is leading to habitat destruction for lots of plants and animals. We also learnt about how plastic pollution in the environment affects sea creatures.

Children were then tasked with creating a short video to inform others about these dangers and what we can do to help.

DT: maze making

Posted on Wednesday 07 October 2020 by Mr Roundtree

In DT lessons over the next two weeks, we’re designing and making marble mazes.

In this lesson, children had to design their maze on squared paper. The colouring serves an important purpose as each colour represents a different length of maze wall that they will have to saw. This will help them know how many pieces of each length they will need.

Oracy: performing a poem

Posted on Wednesday 07 October 2020 by Mr Roundtree

In our reading lesson yesterday, we had an oracy (speaking and listening) focus. We have been retelling The Ugly Five by Julia Donaldson with some changes. We then practised performing them in a pair with focus on appropriate volume and intonation. They were great!

Living and Learning: building relationships

Posted on Friday 02 October 2020 by Mr Roundtree

In this week’s Living and Learning session, we were learning about attributes that will help us to make friends. We were all given an attribute and children had to decide where to place it on a continuum showing whether it was a positive or negative attribute for building good relationships.

Art: watercolour paint

Posted on Thursday 24 September 2020 by Mr Roundtree

This afternoon, we’ve been painting British garden birds with watercolour paint. The concentration was impressive and the artwork was excellent!