Welcome to the Year 4 class page! The page will be updated with newsletters, letters and photos of the children's learning.
Mrs Finch and Miss Johnson
Autumn 2 Egyptian Homework
Year 4 have surpassed themselves with this term's creative homework. They were asked to build a model, make a mask or even design a PowerPoint, showcasing what they have learnt about the Egyptians. The time and effort that went into these projects is amazing, well done Year 4!
11.12.19 Leeds City Museum Egyptian School Trip
On a very busy Christmas shopping day in Leeds, Year 4 went to explore Leeds City Museum. We went by train from Skipton, which was a new experience for some children. We explored the different galleries, from Life on Earth to Voices of Asia first. We then looked round the Ancient Worlds gallery and visited the final resting place of Nesyamun, the 3000 year old Mummy. In the workshops, we learnt how to mummify a body and how to make a clay amulet.
04.12.19 Physical Food Web
We have been learning about food chains and webs in science. Everyone was given a sticker with an animal or plant on and they had to join themselves up into a food web, showing who eats what. There were lots of tangled webs going on!
03.12.19 Balls Skills for Invasion Games
Year 4 have been practising their ball skills to help them in their invasion games. Learning controlled chest passes, bounce passes and one arm passes and throwing into hoops to improve their accuracy.
29.11.19 Making Egyptian Canopic Jars
After designing their own canopic jars, using different pencil skills, Year 4 made their own 3D ones. Using paper cups, masking tape and cardboard they made the shape they needed to make either a falcon, baboon, human or jackal jar. They then added strips of papier mache to build up layers to strengthen their jar.
26.11.19 Stretch and Fitness Circuits
Year 4 had a go at different circuit stations in P.E. There were stations of burpees, mountain climbers and star jumps alongside team stretches to stretch their muscles.
21.11.19 Mummification Demonstration
Year 4 found an old suitcase in the corner of the room with a dead body in it. Their job was to prepare the body for burial by mummifying it. First they cleaned the body with wine, then they took the brain out of the nose with a hook. They then took out all the organs except the heart and put them into canopic jars. The body was then washed inside and stuffed with linen. Natron salt was placed all over the body and left for 40 days to dry out. Then the body was bandaged with linen strips and set with resin.
The body was then ready for its death mask and to be placed in a tomb.
14.11.19 Eggshell Science Experiment
Over 8 days, Year 4 observed the changes that happened to boiled eggs when left in different liquids. Eggshell is a very similar surface to teeth so this experiment showed the damage that certain liquids can do to the surface of your teeth.
Predictions were made first then observations over different days and then everyone discussed and concluded which liquid was the most harmful to teeth.
The whole class also concluded that they would not do the same experiment again because it was just too SMELLY!
07.11.19 Year 4 Performance Assembly 'The Jungle Book'
Linked to our 'India' topic, Year 4 have been reading The Jungle Book in class. We decided to perform the play version for the school and parents. The children were each given a part and they practised their lines very carefully.
In the performance, Year 4 spoke loud and clear with lots of dramatic expression. They were all so confident with their lines and did amazingly, even though they had little time to practise.
06.11.19 Invasion Games
In PE this week, Year 4 concentrated on playing bench ball and planning tactics for their game. Miss. Hoggarth came in to support us with the team tactics and a lot of fun was had by all.
04.11.19 Scenery Painting
Year 4 designed lots of scenery this week for their performance assembly, The Jungle Book. They used lots of brightly coloured paint to paint trees, leaves, snakes, bushes, tigers and monkeys to create a jungle effect. The creativity and team attitude was amazing to see!
25.10.19 Diva Lamp Photo Shoot
Year 4 finished their diva lamps and were very proud of their own designs. They wanted to have a photograph taken with their lamp to celebrate Diwali.
10.10.19 Food Technology - Kulfi Ice Cream
Year 4 learnt how to grind their own Indian spices, using a pestle and mortar. They then followed a recipe to make Indian Kulfi ice cream, mixing up mango pulp, double cream and condensed milk. Cardamom spice was then added and the mixture frozen in cups.
At the tasting the next day, some people loved it whilst others were not so sure about the spice!
04.10.19 Diva Lamp Painting
Year 4 painted their diva lamps in lots of beautiful colours, according to their lamp design. They also added glitter and sequins to give their lamps an added sparkle to celebrate Diwali.
03.10.19 Digestion Experiment
Year 4 have been learning about the digestive system in Science. We carried out a hands on experiment to really see how food travels through the body. Year 4 worked in pairs, filling up their plastic bag (stomach) with banana and crackers. They mushed these together through the bag and then added water (saliva) and stomach acid (orange juice) and mixed it some more.
They then pushed the mixture through some tights (intestines) and squeezed it to get rid of any excess water. The children then cut the end of their tights to push their waste out of the end (rectum), which resulted in some children being totally grossed out!
01.10.19 Retelling of the Rama and Sita Story
In RE, Year 4 have been learning all about Hinduism. We watched a film about the Rama and
Sita story and each table was given two scenes to act out. They wrote their lines out in speech bubbles and confidently acted them out to the rest of the class. Some groups even used their own props, making a bridge out of their pact books!
26.09.19 Food Technology - Indian Dips
In food technology, we have been looking at foods native to India. Before we started we discussed whether our ingredients were grown, caught, reared or processed. Year 4 practised their cutting skills, chopping up all the vegetables and herbs. They then mixed them with other ingredients in pairs, working as a team. We then enjoyed tasting all the dips with poppadums.
20.09.19 Diva Lamp Modelling
After designing their diva lamps to celebrate Diwali, Year 4 created them from clay. They formed the pot using the pinch pot method and smoothed the clay using water and their hands. Using clay tools, they added different designs into the clay.
Year 4 have started to look at teeth in their 'Digestion' topic. They learnt why we have different shaped teeth and what they're used for. The children completed a teeth map to show how many baby and adult teeth they have. They also researched the different parts of a tooth and labelled a cross section. Using plasticine, they made a model of their own teeth. They ensured they got the correct shape by using a mirror to look inside their mouths.
14.09.19 Parts of the Body in French
Year 4 have been learning the different parts of the body in French. They started by learning how to sing a French version of 'Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes', then they drew around their bodies and added French word labels to them.
12.09.19 Digestion Modelling
Year 4 started off their Digestion topic by making the different organs of the digestive system out of recycling. The children were given a picture of a mouth, an esophagus, a stomach, a duodenum, a small intestine and a large intestine. They came up with their own designs, constructed their organs and decorated them with tissue paper.
10.09.19 Bollywood Arm Dance
Year 4 learnt how to use their arms to dance to Bollywood music. They found it tricky at first and had to learn to follow the person in front, a few seconds behind. The children were very proud of themselves when they eventually got it.
03.09.19 Bollywood Dancing
Year 4 have started their PE block of Bollywood Dancing. They first learnt five different steps, including 'Twisting the Lightbulb' and 'Rolling the Dough' and have been performing these amazingly to the Slumdog Millionaire theme tune 'Jai Ho'.
Why not ask for a performance at home?
26.06.19 Ultimate Roman Challenge at Ermysted's Grammar School
Today fourteen of our Year 4 class were today fortunate enough to participate in the Ultimate Roman Challenge at Ermysted's Grammar school in Skipton. We had a great time breaking codes, making and racing chariots, throwing discus, leaping, running, building an aqueduct and performing some marvellous maths before proving their Gladiator worth in the final obstacle course. The children really proved how well they can work as a team and were really supportive of one another as well as the children from the other schools participating in the event.
10.05.19 Class performance assembly - Wind in the Willows
We have had an amazing time performing our class assembly of Wind in the Willows first to family and then to the rest of the school. What amazing singing and acting from all of the children, not to mention remembering to follow stage direction, all with just 6 days of rehearsal from start to finish. We couldn't be more proud - well done everyone!
03.04.2019 Class trip to Malham and Janet's Foss day 1
We had an amazing trip out today to view the river system from Malham up to Janet's Foss. The children amazed Mr Magee, our resident geologist, with their knowledge (of confluence, floodplains, meanders, tributaries and more!) as he shared with them his in depth knowledge of the area and the river system.