Category Archives: Year 4

Y4 Earthquake Detectors!

Y4 Earthquake Detectors!

We have been learning about North American states in geography.  In California, the San Andreas Fault causes earthquakes. We wanted to create our own warning system for these.  Find out more about the San Andreas Fault by clicking on these links:

https://kidskonnect.com/geography/san-andreas-fault/

https://kids.britannica.com/students/article/San-Andreas-Fault/335615

Using our knowledge of circuits and conducting materials in science, and our design and technology skills, we built our own earthquake detectors!  Check these out:

 

 

Y4 Wellbeing Workout

Y4 Wellbeing Workout

Before we began any of our lessons on wellbeing, we negotiated and established our own ‘ground-rules’. In our first wellbeing session we had so much fun!  Using the rhythm and personality of a piece of music we gave our observational drawings of Autumn leaves a sense of flow and playfulness.  Our hearts felt light, our…Read More

Y4 Maths: Making our own Pyramid Nets

Y4 Maths: Making our own Pyramid Nets

In Y4, we have been investigating the angles in triangles.  After lots of practice measuring angles with a protractor, measuring lengths of sides of shapes in cm/mm, and using a template to build our own pyramids, we used all of this maths knowledge and skill to make our own pyramid nets from scratch.  We had…Read More

Y4 D&T: Ancient Egyptian Shadufs

Y4 D&T: Ancient Egyptian Shadufs

To lift the water from the canal the ancient Egyptians used a shaduf.   A shaduf is a large pole balanced on a crossbeam, a rope and bucket on one end and a heavy counter weight at the other. By pulling the rope it lowered the bucket into the canal. The farmer then raised the bucket…Read More

Y4 Maths: Investigating angles in quadrilaterals

Y4 Maths: Investigating angles in quadrilaterals

We all had 2 sheets of rectangular paper.  First we were challenged to make two squares.  Then to fold and to cut into triangles.  We were then challenged to use these 4 right-angled triangles to make other quadrilaterals – first a parallelogram, then a trapezium… We learned so much about the angles in these shapes! …Read More

Y4 Art: Marvellous Monet

Y4 Art: Marvellous Monet

We have been learning all about Claude Monet, who was one of the main impressionist artists.  Monet was born in Paris in 1840 and as a child he showed great talent as an artist. In 1872 he painted a picture of a harbour using very loose brushstrokes. He called the picture Impression, Sunrise and exhibited it…Read More

Y4 Writing: Howard Carter’s Diary

Y4 Writing: Howard Carter’s Diary

In Y4 we have spent many weeks enthralled with the history of Ancient Egypt!  Last week, we learned about Howard Carter’s incredible discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun.  Using all that knowledge, we composed our own diaries as if we were Howard Carter himself, imagining we had found the young Pharaoh’s resting place in the…Read More

Our Amazing Shoe Box Appeal!

Our Amazing Shoe Box Appeal!

This year, for the very first time at St. Columba’s, as part of their Sacramental Preparation Journey in Faith, Year 4 decided to support ‘Operation Christmas Child’ – the Shoe Box Appeal. A shoe box is Christmas wrapped, filled with toiletries, toys and school items before being sent to a child in natural disaster zones…Read More