Welcome to our class web page where you can find out about our amazing learning journey. You will find information about our activities, examples of our work and comments from us! Please visit often to see our learning journey develop.
These are the people you will meet in Year 4
Teacher: Mr Smith (Mrs Hayes and Mr Glover on Tuesday)
TAs: Mrs Powell
PE will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
This term will be focused on science and we will be exploring the different states of matter, such as solids, liquids and gases. We will be trying to find out how we can change matter from one state to another by conducting experiments. Our book this term will be George’s Marvellous Medicine, which will hopefully inspire Year 4 to get experimental with their science!
MOD Engineering Workshop
Members of staff from Filton Abbey Wood Ministry of Defence have visited Year 4 this term to look at designing and engineering fan boats. Year 4 had to design a boat which would float while also carrying a battery pack, motor and fan to propel it. They worked in small groups to create a design which took into account balance and surface area. They then had to construct their design using recyclable materials, and finally put it to the test to see if it would float. We lots of different designs and approaches to the problem with some exciting results!
This term we will be developing our football skills with the Bristol Sport coaches. The children will be learning dribbling skills, controlling the ball with both feet, passing and shooting. There are also afterschool football sessions available for those that want some extra opportunities to hone their skills.
We are exploring different states of matter and asking the question: Why does matter change? We have looked at how matter is made of particles and how they differ in solids, liquids and gases.
This term we will be journeying to the Ancient Mayan Civilisation in both writing and our enquiry work. Our book is Rain Player, which tells the exciting story of Pik, a young Mayan, who has to use all his wits to beat the Mayan god Chac at a game of Pok-a-Tok. We will be learning about Mayan history and culture as well as exploring the geography of Central America.
This term we are learning basketball with the Bristol Sport coaches. Year 4 will be developing skills in dribbling, passing and shooting.
Year 4 had a go at playing the Ancient Mayan sport of Pok-a-Tok! This involves hitting a ball with either your hip, elbow or shoulder. One way to win a game is to get the ball through a hoop, so we practiced in class aiming the ball. We definitely have some natural born Pok-a-Tok players in our midst!
This term we are reading the book The Iron Man by Ted Hughes and are investigating how electrical circuits work. We will be writing our own character descriptions and action scenes of the Iron Man, before using those skills to write about our own gigantic monsters.
In PE we will be working with Bristol Sport to develop our rugby skills. We will learn about passing, moving with the ball and working as a team.
In science we are looking at how electricity travels in a circuit and are using this knowledge to wire up a light-up model of the Iron Man’s head. We worked in teams to plan and design our heads with the electrical circuits in mind. Once we had created the frame (using a cardboard box), we inserted the circuit and secured it with two lightbulbs and a switch to control the lights.
We started our journey with The Iron Man by creating our own scrap people in a junk modelling activity. We thoughts about how best about the junk which could be used to create all the different parts, then we created a word bank to describe how our Junk Giants looked and how they might move if they came to life.