INTRODUCING THE TEAM
|Mrs Shelly Boyce||Class Teacher||Year 4|
|Mrs Hannah Larkin||Teaching Assistant 1:1||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.
30th April 2021
This week we have been comparing fiction and non-fiction text with wolves in it. We ended the week by finishing ‘Walk with a wolf’ by Janni Howker and created a short description of the hunt scene. Please enjoy a sample of our amazing writing.
Trotting through the forest in the deep snow, skidding on sharp ice.
Hearing a crash in the bushes, they duck down low and lift their nose to a scent, then they run out backs bent.
They pounce on an old scared moose like a thunder strike and eat the moose with absolute delight.
Sleeping in an icy trench as snowy dreams fall on the wolves.
The wolves trot down the steep, snow covered hills with the cubs close behind. Wait. Sniff. Stop. Sniff. There’s a faint odour of moose. Slowly but steadily the pack sniffs it out.
Ready to pounce, they charge. The moose turns. He is old and weak… he was too late. The male wolf sinks his teeth into the moose. They feast.
Full bellied, they drift into a deep sleep under a soft pool of light.
By Amelia G
19th April 2021
If you went down to the woods today, you would have been in for a big surprise…Year 3 and our class were there for our stunning start. Armed with maps and compasses, we ventured into our ‘Woodland Wonder’ topic. We explored and navigated our way through nature.
Elizabeth – ‘We had a long walk and went Lee Woods’
Jacob – ‘Today we went to Lee Woods and we did a scavenger hunt and it was so fun!’
Elsie- ‘We went on a scavenger hunt and we were looking for particular leaves and sticks’
Amelia – ‘In the woods, we found a den’
Charlie – ‘We saw three hares running across the field’
Halle – ‘In the woods we found some badger holes’
Maddie – ‘I saw one tree which was in the shape of a H’
Amelia G – ‘We found a tree that looked like a whomping willow tree from Harry Potter’
Will – ‘We were exploring the woods looking for sticks and leaves’
Maisey – ‘I enjoyed exploring the different twigs, trees and leaves’
26th March 2021
We’ve had another busy week! We have all finished painting our moths (Amy Johnson inspired art), started creating our phenomenal flight bags and we had our fabulous finish yesterday.
In the afternoon, we had a zoom call with Matt Roberts who works as a chinook pilot. We were able to see inside the helicopter and ask him lots of questions.
Elizabeth – ‘There were a lot of chairs inside it!’
Jasper – ‘I can’t believe the blades were actually made of cardboard’.
Elsie – ‘It was very big and bigger than the normal helicopters that pass my house’.
Charlie – ‘It was amazing how much fuel it could carry’.
Amelia – ‘There were so many buttons I couldn’t count them all’.
We are looking forward to our learning next week!
19th March 2021
Everyone really embraced Red Nose Day today and really made us smile. We wanted to share a picture of us all looking amazing!
12th March 2021
This morning we had a visit from Sports Cool who ran an Olympics PE session. The children had an opportunity to demonstrate their team and sports skills. Here are some pictures…
8th March 2021
We have had an amazing first day back at school. My, they have all grown!
After waiting patiently we finally managed to fly our kites. There was very light wind but we didn’t let this stop us.
After much deliberation the results were…
Best Flyer – Ellie
Best Design – Halle
Most Creative – Will
Well done to all of the children who took part!
16th December 2020
We had a lovely TEAMs call from Year 2 this afternoon. They wanted us to take part in their ‘Fabulous Finish’ which was called ‘The Explorer Factor’. Using the power of technology, both classrooms joined virtually as they tried to persuade us who was the most important explorer. We heard arguments for Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong. It was a difficult decision but an overwhelming vote was made for Neil Armstrong as he was kind and a good team player. Year 2 made us think and reflect on how he demonstrated our STAR values. We really enjoyed our meeting and want to say a big thank you to Year 2 for making it so exciting.
Year 2 also gave us feedback on our stories we wrote for them based on our work on ‘1001 Arabian Nights’ last week. They enjoyed the graphic novels and picture books. The stories are going to be stored in their book corner for Year 2 to enjoy. Well done Year 4!
15th December 2020
Today we had our ‘Fabulous Finish’ which gave us a chance to show off our ‘soap market stall’ (I’m not sure they would have had the glitter or the toy in a traditional market in Baghdad but we were very impressed with our creations!)
Here is a clip showing some of our bars of soap.QDRB9083
4th December 2020
We have had a phenomenally busy ‘Fun Friday’! After writing instructions to make soap, we made our own unique bars which have a variety of colours, fragrances and secrets inside. More will be revealed soon…
We have also been opening our class ‘acts of kindness advent calendar’. This week we have been smiling at people we meet, paying compliments, telling jokes and today, if someone was lonely we would be there for them.
As we have a very important date coming up next week, we have been preparing for it…here is a little clue.
26th November 2020
Following on from last week, we can now share some of our poems from our book we have published. I’m sure you will be as impressed and proud of our work as we are.
18th November 2020
This week is ‘Anti-bullying Week’ and the theme is ‘United against Bullying’.
We have been looking at poetry around the theme of bullying in our English lessons and have been creating our own poems modelled on some examples we have studied. The children have considered what friendship means to them and how they can support each other. At the end of the week we will make our own poetry book with a collection of poems we have created to share with you. Below are a few examples so far.
I am the person
I am the person who can help,
I am the person who will never let you fall,
I am the person who can always be there for you,
I am the person who will stand up for you no matter what.
I am the person who goes down with you,
I am the person who helps you gain your strength,
I am the person who will walk you home,
I am the person who will always be your friend no matter what.
I am the person who is waiting for you at lunch,
I am the person who can stand up for you,
I am the person who will fight with you when you need me,
You are not alone, we fall together.
I am the person
I am the person who picks you up when you fall,
I will always be there for you,
I am the person who fights off the bullies,
I am the person who keeps you going,
I am the person who takes the blame.
You are like a brother to me so I would do anything to keep you going,
When I laugh you laugh,
When I cry you cry.
So I guess we’re best friends!
By Bede dedicated to Sam.
3rd November 2020
The children created thoughtful and considerate presentations as they made their speeches on Democracy Day this week for the position of School Council and Eco-Warriors. We cannot wait to find out the results!
22nd October 2020
As we come to the end of our first half term in Year 4, I wanted to celebrate all of the children’s learning so far. You may not be able to come into our classroom at the moment, so we thought we’d share some of our work with you.
These are pictures of our reading rivers and our artwork based on ‘Midgard’.
We also enjoyed our ‘Crondall Strictly Come Dancing’ with Year 3 this afternoon. The children had the opportunity to showcase their performances with each other and celebrate the end of their dance lessons. Pictures of the dance will follow…
15th October 2020
This week we have been inspired by the text ‘Saving the unicorn’s horn’ and have been writing our own time slip stories. We have transported our characters from 2020 to a Viking village.
Here is an extract of George’s story for you to enjoy…
William had nothing to do. He couldn’t play with his brother because he was at a friend’s house. Finally he made up his mind, he would go on a long nice refreshing walk. So William pulled on his coat and started to head towards the woods. As he went further in, he came to a clearing where the ancient house stood. It had always been there but William had never dared to go in. It had shattered windows and a broken down door. Today curiosity got the better of him and in he went.
There was a cupboard and it looked very old. He decided to open it. Suddenly silver and gold flashed before his eyes. William felt like he was falling. Eventually he felt his feet on the ground and his eyes opened. He was in a tiny hut and it looked just like the room in the house. It had no windows and no beds. A hare hung from the ceiling. William was confused. He swung the door open and the stench hit him. It stank of sewage! Then he noticed the dirt paths and the horses pulling the carts. Huts just like his were on both sides of the muddy paths.
We will keep you posted!
30th September 2020
Today we have been using sources from archaeologists to prove/disprove a statement about the Vikings. We found out lots of different facts we didn’t know before!
25th September 2020
We had a wonderful day out at Stubbington yesterday. The children displayed excellent behaviour and were a credit to our school. During the day, the children had many activities to keep them occupied and demonstrated our school value of teamwork. I am very proud of them all as I am sure you are too!
‘I really liked the ‘Earthquake’ obstacle course because we had to help everyone and it was a challenge because we had to carry lots of different items’ – Amelia S
‘When it was dark we saw the badgers. They liked to eat pizza – I thought that was strange!’ – Elizabeth
‘I really liked it when we had to run away from the Boyce bird because we had to complete the challenge at the same time!’ – Ellie
‘I enjoyed it when we were looking for clues about animals who lived at Stubbington. We found food that had been nibbled. My partner and I found a fox hole. We knew it was a fox hole because it was 26cm and our guide told us which animal it belonged to.’ – Jasper
‘I liked it when we had to climb the rope because it was a different experience’ – Maddie
‘I really liked the pond dipping because you can see all kinds of pond animals’ – Maisey
‘I liked it when we went to the adventure playground as it was fun!’ – Clementine
‘My partner and I found two newts and we named them…Debbie and Alfred’ – Amelia G
‘I liked looking for evidence of animals as we found a nibbled acorn’ – Elsie and Sam
‘I liked it when we saw a double rainbow. I’ve only seen one once before!’ – Elsa
‘We found two water boatmen and a water skater!’ – William
17th September 2020
A Viking raid in Crondall?
It was reported that a group of Vikings sailed onto the playground disturbing the monks and locals, who were outside the monastery. Here are photos of the event that took place.
YEAR 4 2020-2021
9th September 2020
It has been amazing to be back at school and in our new class. We have all missed the children so much and I think the children are pleased to be back too!
The children have settled well into Year 4 and this week we have enjoyed our stunning start to our topic…The Invader Factor!
To begin, the children had to create a human timeline with significant dates in history (we even included some of our family birthdays too!) Then, as Saxon spies in teams, we had to have a look at a picture a man named Sven had left on the wall. This gave us clues to see what Vikings used when they invaded. We have already generated lots of questions we want to find out. Our class will tell you more once we have conducted further research!
YEAR 4 2019 – 2020
20th March 2020
This morning I was impressed to learn about two sisters in our school who are thinking of our school community. Ellie and Anja have been busy ‘finding’ money that people may have forgotten to pick up and have donated £33.02 for our school.
‘At first Ellie and me collected money that people had left in lockers but then we started to add our own pocket money’ – Anja
Well done girls!
17th March 2020
Wow! I am not speechless very often but our class have created some of the most magnificent pieces of home learning I have ever seen!
So far we have seen PowerPoint presentations, models, posters and even a website.
5th March 2020
What a wonderful World Book Day! It was hard to recognise all of the children this morning as they came dressed as book characters instead of their school uniform. It has been amazing sharing stories and being immersed in book related learning. The children have also been busy creating our class door for our school competition (please see our entry below).
We have enjoyed many stories and we are logging all of our reading as part of the ‘share a million stories’ campaign. The enthusiasm and passion for reading has been everywhere in the school today and I think everyone thoroughly enjoyed our special day. Thank you to all of the adults who helped their children with their costumes…they looked spectacular!
‘I really liked today because we got to go to other people’s classrooms and hear other teachers read’ – Jackson
‘I really enjoyed having the Year 2s coming in’ – Isla
‘I really enjoyed reading The BFG to the BFG!’ – Scarlett
‘I had fun dressing up’ – Khyran
‘Having a story read to us was very fun’ – Anja
‘I enjoyed everything including dressing up as I wore a suit’ – Jay
‘I liked making the display’ – Lexi
‘I liked drawing Mr. Men for our display’ – Sam
‘I liked today especially as it was my first World Book Day in this school’ – Nicole
‘Today has really inspired me to read more’ – Milo
‘I really loved reading books all day and doing the share a million stories’ – Finn
‘I really enjoyed the book Mrs Harbord read’ – Liam
‘Today was really enjoyable’ – Rory
‘I liked reading to my sister because I like bonding with her more often’ – Hugh
‘My brother came in and he had a smelly book which was fun’ – Ben
14th February 2020
This morning we were lucky to have visitors from Year 2. They shared their writing with us and we were very impressed with their learning.
‘Spencer used a really good word, it was albatross’ – Jackson
‘The Year 2s work was amazing!’ – Sophia
‘I thought Amber’s work was great’ – Scarlett
‘When I looked at my brother’s work, I thought it was really good and his presentation was good too’ – Khyran
‘Alfie’s work was outstanding!’ – Isla
‘Darcey read her work really well and I thought it was unique’ – Ben
‘I really enjoyed having the person read their work instead of us just reading it’ – Natalia
‘Daisy’s handwriting was really good’ – Nicole
‘Toby’s imagination was super’ – Benjamin
‘I loved Beth’s pictures she did’ – Clara
‘Nyah’s story was really detailed’ – Sienna
‘Sophia’s work The Lost Penguin was really good’ – Jay
‘Ethan wrote a really detailed setting of the penguin’s surrounding’ – Hugh
‘Alexander has really neat handwriting and he did lots of work’ – Finn
6th February 2020
‘Today Paul Geraghty came to give us a thrilling talk about what it is like to be an author and an illustrator’ – Natalia
‘At the time he was showing us how to draw the face of a dinosaur’ – Jackson
‘He gave me some inspiration for the book I am writing’- Sophia
‘I enjoyed watching him draw’ – Luca
‘Paul was a really interesting and optimistic man’ – Sienna
‘He told us how an author would write a book and draw the pictures’ – Khyran
‘I enjoyed how we looked at the book and the drawing he did of the dinosaur’ -Nicole
‘I enjoyed it when he said to trick the Year 3s to pretend we could speak another language’ – Hugh
”When he read the story of Rotten and Rascal it was really funny and I really enjoyed it’ – Clara
‘He has inspired me to do more illustrations and he is a great character’ – Milo
‘It was funny when he didn’t say book properly’- Scarlett
‘His books are prize-worthy and he is an inspirational man’ – Rory
‘He told us that one picture of a landscape took two weeks!’ – Lexi
‘I liked it how he made up funny words and he was hilarious’ – Sam
‘When people were saying questions he didn’t say our proper names which was funny’ – Jessica
‘I enjoyed it when he told us his own language and he inspired me to make my own language up’ – Jamie-Joe
‘I think he inspired me to write and read my own books and to sell them online’ – Toby
‘I think Paul is a really enthusiastic man and he is really funny’ – Finn
29th January 2020
This week we have been blogging and we will be posting our blogs within our blog!
It all began last week as we recreated the crew of ‘The Endurance’ from 1914 in 2020. Everyone (including Mrs Boyce, who is Ernest Shackleton) has taken on a role as one of the members of the crew. See if you can guess which jobs we all have!
26th October 1914
The blistering sun of Buenos Aires burnt my face. We weighed anchor on the 26th October 1914. I heard the seagulls screeching in the sunlit sky. Sweat was streaming down my face. My stomach was twisting and turning. The whole crew had been looking forward to today.
As the day went on, I was convincing myself not to go. When we left the port, I heard families saying their farewells. I could smell the salty sea beside me. It was splashing me in the face while I was looking at the people gathered on the shore. I could hear the waves lapping against the boats side whilst my face stung from the salty water. The Endurance glided swiftly through the gentle sea. I felt like I was going to make history!
As I day dreamed about the adventure, I heard the crowd screaming and crying at the same time. There was a terrific tingling sensation waving over me.
(Written by Alexander Kerr, Engineer – Rory)
Buenos Aries, 26th October 1914
We were just leaving the port saying our farewells to our friends and families, sweat dripping from our foreheads. I was thinking, there is no turning back now and we are all desperate to get to Antarctica.
Now we have to be prepared for the long and dangerous journey we will face. I`m worried I might get frostbite or worse… not come back which my wife won`t like at all. Adrenaline is rushing through my body faster than the speed of light. We can now smell the dogs because there are 69 dogs on board, but on top of that, I can smell the delicious appetising meals. We`re all very nervous because we might not meet Ernest`s expectations. Now I can go to the top of the ship to try and predict the weather.
(Leonard Hussey, Expedition Meteorologist – Luca)
More blogs will be posted as our expedition continues…
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!