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.
20th January 2020
This afternoon we invited Mrs Leatham to talk to us about leadership. We discussed the qualities needed and how Shackleton may have used them for the expedition.
‘It was very exciting listening to our headteacher’ – Isla
‘Mrs Leatham told us it was important to keep us happy and for us to learn’ – Natalia
‘As a leader you have to be happy on the outside even if you are sad inside, demonstrating you are a good role model’ – Finn
‘She told us how being a leader meant you needed to support members of staff and children’ – Nicole
17th January 2020
We have had another busy week learning about exploring cold places. On Tuesday we had surprise visitors who shared their own frozen expedition with us. They showed us their equipment and even let us touch and try things on!
To demonstrate our school values, we have been busy writing thank you letters to Jenny and Mike (the explorers) to show our respect to our visitors. The children have had an opportunity to impress them with their beautifully presented letters.
13th January 2020
After learning about Shackleton’s planned expedition of 180 miles, we decided to recreate 1/100 of the journey. The children enjoyed pretending to be crew members, walking around the Antarctic in Crondall on the playground. Weather conditions were hazardous as a blizzard was approaching! We also took our pair of school huskies (AKA Lulu and Alfie) and saw penguins and icebergs. It was an amazing adventure where the children enjoyed using their imagination.
We felt like Shackleton’s crew trekking across the Antarctic – Sophia
After we finished walking everyone was really tired! – Nicole
We all thought about our jobs in the crew. I was a carpenter and was thinking about making a shelter – Jackson
10th January 2020
Welcome to 2020!
What a wonderful week we have had in Year 4. lt all began as we walked into a winter wonderland classroom.
The start of this year has been really interesting because we have been so busy and it has been fun! – Sienna
We found an ice block and waited patiently (1 and ½ days) to find the clues that were hidden for our stunning start. In the ice we found a sock (we think it is clean!), a map, a compass and a glove – Clara.
The children have enjoyed learning about Antarctica and some of the explorers who have visited there. Keep checking our blog to see what happens next!
19th December 2019
Over the last week, we have been enjoying the Christmas festivities!
Christmas tree Competition
All the Christmas trees were amazing but I think Crondall’s was the best as we only used one bit of plastic – Anja
It was really fun and my favourite part was when Aladdin and Princess Jasmine were married. I had never been to a pantomime before and I would like to go again! – Scarlett
Our Class Messages
We wrote nice things about people in our class on to card. Every day we read them out so people know what others think about them – Jamie-Joe
Calendar of Kindness
We all came up with kind things to do for others. My favourite one is to hold a door for someone – Benjamin
We also enjoyed sharing our reading with Year 2 and Year 6!
10th December 2019
Thank you for all of your support at our Fabulous Finish yesterday!
There was a loud, bustling street market in our own school hall with the finest hand-made jewellery, mouthwatering bread and cakes alongside our impressive home learning. The children looked magnificent in their Anglo-Saxon costumes and really took on the role of working in an Anglo-Saxon market.
We would also like to thank you for the amazing feedback you gave the children…they really enjoy sharing their learning with you!
5th December 2019
Today the children had a very exciting and mouth-watering English lesson as our very own Mary Berry (aka Mrs Leatham) gave a bread making demonstration. The children were impressed with Crondall’s secret MasterChef and created their own instructions ready for our Anglo-Saxon market next week. Here are some of the children’s comments about the show stopper…
‘This is delicious!’ – Toby
‘Fresh and tasty bread’ – Xanthe
‘Exquisite’ – Jackson
28th November 2019
We had a magical morning with our families and friends discovering new ways to learn our spellings. This included lots of shaving foam, clay, cutting out, colouring and so much more!
‘My favourite activity was playing games on the iPad with my Mum which I hadn’t played before’ – Sam
‘I enjoyed drawing flowers and vines and writing colourful words on it with my Mum’ – Hugh
‘I liked making words with the clay. My Dad also enjoyed it!’ – Xanthe
‘I loved helping my friends to make a rap out of the spelling words. We then performed it to the class’ – Lexi
19th November 2019
This afternoon we were very lucky to have guests from Year 2 join us for a reading session. The children were enthusiastic about sharing their books and we really enjoyed their company.
‘Instead of my brother just reading the words, we spelt out some together and this helped him’ – Khyran.
‘I enjoyed his expression and the book because it was hilarious’ – Ben.
‘It was fun to read to someone else and we shared the reading so we got to hear each other read it in a different way’ – Scarlett and Natalia
15th November 2019
This week we have been thinking about Anti-Bullying Week and how we can build positive relationships. Our class have been writing poetry about friendships and how we can support each other. The children have all shared their work with each other, Year 2, Year 6 and this afternoon with Mrs Leatham. Their poetic creativity has been amazing which has resulted in them creating our own class book of poetry. Please find some of the poems shared this afternoon.
5th November 2019
A big thank you to all our lovely adults who came to share our learning and celebrate our hard work during our book viewing. The children really enjoyed having guests in our classroom. Thank you!
23rd October 2019
What an amazing day! The children enjoyed our visit to Buster Ancient Farm and displayed great enthusiasm and engagement with their learning. We began by sitting around a fire in the Anglo-Saxon house and sharing all of the information we have learnt so far. The staff were very impressed with our knowledge!
We had opportunities to do wattling, spinning wool, pottery and even to become archaeologists digging for hidden artefacts from the past.
The staff who worked there were very impressed with our children’s behaviour and commented on how respectful they were towards other school groups who were visiting. We are very proud of our children and would like to thank all of the adults who made today a successful learning experience!
17th October 2019
Following on from our drama last week, we have been busy writing the story of the ‘Sword in the Stone’. To help us in our writing, we created freeze frames to identify the five key parts of the story. Please see our dramatic photos below.
You will be able to read our stories next week at parents’ evening!
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.