INTRODUCING THE TEAM
|Mrs Shelly Boyce||Class Teacher||Year 4|
|Mrs Lucy Reeve||Teaching Assistant||Year 4|
|Mrs Yvonne O’Connor||Teaching Assistant||Year 4|
|Mrs Melanie Stephenson||1:1 Teaching Assistant||Year 4|
What happens in Year 4?
In Year 4, we work to nurture and encourage the feelings of independent thinking, learning and decision making. To achieve this, we guide the children to make decisions on how to present work, how and when to complete homework, and also how to learn best. Children often ask questions; instead of giving them the answers, we encourage the children to think for themselves so that they learn skills which are vital for Year 5, Year 6 and for adult life.
Maths and English
We aim to ensure that the children know and understand particular key skills. Apostrophes, commas, times tables and key spellings are just some of the things children in Year 4 are expected to use accurately.
The Wider Curriculum
We use a cross-curricular approach to enhance the learning experience for the children. In Year 4, there are many exciting Science topics that the children enjoy studying, such as: food chains, sound, electricity, and gases. Fun and engaging History topics, such as the Anglo-Saxons, the Vikings and Ancient Egypt, are also taught through an enquiry approach that often fire the imagination of the children. Throughout the year, the children will also develop their speaking and listening skills by participating in a range of performances, including a Christmas production, the Easter Service, and a Class Assembly. Furthermore, the children are encouraged to become physically active and are taught to lead healthy lives. They learn about dance, gymnastics and team games. The children also learn how to swim competently and confidently over a distance of at least 25 metres. Participating in sporting activities enables the children to become physically confident in a way that supports their mental wellbeing and fitness. In addition to weekly PE sessions, the children have the opportunity to engage in competitive sporting events with other local schools. During these events, the children enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other, taking pride in their achievements. Sporting events help build character and embed values of fairness and respect.
Moving from pencil to pen
Year 4 is often the year that children earn their ‘pen licence’ — that peak of handwriting neatness that allows the children to use a pen for writing tasks in school. The children enjoy having a goal to aim for and work hard to raise the standard of their handwriting.
9th October 2019
This week we have been introduced to the mystical character, Merlin. We have created character descriptions about him and have learnt about his part in the legend of the ‘Sword in the Stone’. This resulted in small groups retelling the story in a special performance in our own class ‘theatre’. Both the
children and the adults who are in Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed the interesting adaptations! Please see pictures from the plays.
11th September 2019
The children have settled well into their new class and enjoyed their stunning start to our topic…Manuscript Detectives!
To begin, they had a set of clues which led them to find an old manuscript written with some unfamiliar language. They pieced the clues together and found out that we will be learning about the Anglo-Saxons. We have already generated lots of questions we want to find out. Our class will tell you more once we have conducted further research!
Their Learning 2018 – 2019
Friday 28th June 2019
We had a fantastic time on our school trip to the Blue Reef Aquarium in Portsmouth!
“I really enjoyed the giant gourami because they tried to bite!” (Ben)
“We liked seeing the otters because we enjoyed watching them swim” (Tylor, Taylor and Lucas)
“We liked the sting rays because they came up to the top of the tank and splashed us!” (Noah and Rowan)
“I really liked the snapping turtle because I liked the way that it moved” (Charlie)
“There were lots of incredible features to look at and amazing animals!” (Tom)
“I liked the snapping turtles because it was fascinating to see them!” (Reuben)
“I liked seeing the moray eels open their mouth” (Alexander)
“We really enjoyed seeing the sea horses being fed!” (Alexander and Zoe)
“I enjoyed seeing the dangerous fish because I wondered how they had been transported” (Eva)
“I liked the tunnel because there were lots of colourful fish to see!” (Robyn)
“I really liked the sharks because they moved gracefully” (Charlie)
“I liked the otters because they swam well” (Reuben)
“I like sting rays because they have a long tail” (Taylor)
“We enjoyed seeing the turtles; they were fantastic!” (Zoe)
Wednesday 26th June 2019
Crondall’s Got Talent
Well done to our Crondall’s Got Talent children who volunteered to perform to the school. In particular, we would like to congratulate Freya and Bella for coming 3rd for KS2!
“I really enjoyed Sports Day because everyone got to take part” (Kit)
“I really liked relay because we achieved together as a team” (Reuben)
“Sports Day was fun and exciting for everyone!” (Robyn)
“I liked the Bean Bag Balance Race; it was really fun!” (Jack)
“I really liked Sports Day because everyone got to take part in the Long Run” (Bella C)
“I really liked Sports Day because the Howler worked really well” (Olly)
“I liked Tunnel Ball because everyone had to work as a team” (Alexander)
“I really liked Sports Day because everyone supported one another and showed good sportsmanship” (Freya)
Friday 21st June 2019
This week we have enjoyed completing our shark habitat boxes!
Thursday 6th June 2019
On 6th June 2019, we welcomed Mums and other special adults for Mums’ Morning.
Monday 25th March 2019
Gilbert White Centre Trip
On Monday 25th March, Year 4 visited Gilbert White Study Centre in Selborne as part of our River topic work. We had a great day and the sun shone!
“It was very educational and I enjoyed catching the creatures in the stream” – Ben
“I enjoyed measuring the velocity of the river” – Alexander
“The stream was very fast” – Isla
“I enjoyed the spinning barrel!” – Tom
Treasures of the Deep
Our Stunning Start
For our stunning start, the children discovered a message that had been left for them in the classroom. The message was a clue to water locations around the school. At each water location, there was another message that led to the next place. At the final water destination, the children discovered a treasure chest with the name ‘Jacques Cousteau’. When the children opened the trunk, they found lots of clues, including a waterproof diving bag, a snorkel, a waterproof camera, fins, sea shells, seaweed, sand, and photographs from dives.
We also met a team of divers who talked to us about their diving experiences.
We enjoyed the opportunity to see diving equipment first hand.