Year 4

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 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.

Please see two pieces of work from our very talented children. Their brief was to create something to do with our planet and what it means to them.Fast Fashion CG Jackson project y4 energy 

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

Pantomime          

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!

 

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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!

Sports Day

“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

Mums’ Morning

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.

 

 

 

 

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