Welcome to Year 4
Class teacher: Mrs Waldron
Teaching assistant: Mrs Louden
Year 4 is taught by Mrs Waldron and Mrs Louden supports us with our learning.
After already cancelling the visit back in March, Class 4 were determined to conquer Pen Y Fan to finish off our topic about mountains. Although mountains can be so beautiful and majestic, we quickly discovered how hostile the environment can be and how quickly the weather can change. We all reached the summit in an hour and half and looked forward to reaching the foot again so we could eat our lunch on the coach and get warm and cosy.
After writing a dairy entry on Friday about the trip, this conclusion sums up how all the we felt.
‘’When we got back to the bottom of the mountain, I felt that I had achieved something in my life. On the coach, travelling home I felt stronger and that I could do anything.’’ Hollie.
Year 4 have been busy making Easter egg nests and taking part in science experiments - How can sound change? We used vocabulary such as pitch and amplitude and put water into glasses to see if the pitch changed. We also made string telephones to understand how sound travel though solid mediums.
We thoroughly enjoying putting together our production of Hansel and Gretel. We were able to demonstrate our super acting skills, singing and as always, showing our school values.
On Friday 5th April 2019, we were very fortunate to have the West Midland Air Ambulance POD come to school. Year 6 had chosen them as part of our charities that we support as a school. We had a whole school assembly all about what they do. It was very informative. Can you believe that they need nine million pounds a year to sustain this public service? This money is from sponsors and businesses.
We had an enjoyable time sitting in the helicopter.
Year 4 had an amazing time at the Pioneer Centre. The activities were very challenging but we all tackled them with self-belief and courage. Mrs Waldron was very proud of us and said we were a credit to the school as we were well behaved and showed all our school values.
On Monday 11th March, Mr Smith came in to school to talk about mountaineering to class 4. He dressed up in his kit and we discussed why each piece of equipment was so important to a mountaineer’s safety.
The class asked super questions and were fully enthused looking at all the gear.
We had a fantastic day dressing up as our favourite characters on World Book Day. We focused on writing a World Book Day story. Each child became the hero and then created his or her own villain. First, we wrote wanted posters and then a story plan.
Unfortunately, the villain wanted to stop World Book Day and stole all the books. Thinking of a plan, the hero challenges the villain to a quiz so that he could lose and would have to return all the books.
We have finished our model mountains. We think they look amazing. We hope you agree!
In week 4 of our Forest School sessions we had a fantastic lesson learning how to tie different knots!
In week 3 of our Forest School sessions, Richard asked us to identify different birds and we made a bird feeder. We were also lucky enough to pick up and feel different birds’ nests.
Safer Internet Day
Year 4 got into pairs and discussed how to react and how not to react to different issues that could arise whilst being on the internet.
Remember to keep safe.
In Year 4 we have been very excited about our topic ‘The Class that Climbed Twmpa’.
We started by learning what animals are found on the mountains. An example of this is the snow leopard. As part of our topic we have carefully drawn the face of a snow leopard using charcoal and after researching their habitats, diet and behaviour we have written it all up. We are very lucky as for our Christmas Present, Mrs Waldron adopted a snow leopard through WWF.
In Georgraphy, we have learnt about how mountains are formed and we have been putting together pieces of writing to explain it in our own words. Using newspaper and then mod roc, we have created our own fold mountain landscape to help us understand the features of mountains. We loved using mod roc and we got very messy!
Last Friday, we braved the cold weather and had a fun session with Richard in Forest School. We worked well in teams and had to give clear instructions to each other. We are looking forward to our next session.
Year 4 have had another great forest schools session. Linking to our science topic on habitats, Richard set us a challenge to guess which British animal footprint was on the log. In teams we had to say what habitat the animal lived in and Mrs Waldron gave us a further challenge to say if the animals were carnivorous, omnivores or herbivores.
In tennis, Steve is setting us a skill each week to practise at home.
This one is called ‘the sandwich pick up’.
We had an exciting morning on Tuesday as we jumped aboard the polar express and went on a train ride! We experienced drinking hot chocolate and played games with our friends. As we journeyed, we wrote sentences including personification, similes and noun phrases.
Year 4 have been really busy during the first three weeks of this term. In Music we have been enthusiastically learning the cornet. Both Pete (the teacher) and Mrs Waldron have been super impressed.
In Year 4 we have been visited by a mysterious dragon. We had to ask Miss Taylor questions about what happened when the dragon visited school. The result by our roving reporters were some super newspaper reports.
We have enjoyed creating and painting our own dragons and making passports for them. We have also been decorating dragon eggs.
In Science we have been busily learning all about the digestive system. There is a little surprise next week for the year 4s! Keep a look out on Facebook and the website.
Before half term we successfully made Viking longboats. Whilst making the longboats we were able to show our good D.T skills but also used our values such as determination, perseverance, co-operation and caring. We were all very pleased with our finished product.
Since half term, we have undertaken a science experiment to show the effects that different drinks have on our teeth. We used hard boiled eggs for our experiment as the shell acts like enamel as well as using coke, milk, orange juice and water. We were surprised with the results. The orange juice had completely worn away the shell away and Mrs Waldron could actually cut the egg in half!