Category Archives: Year 4

Active Travel

Active Travel

We competed the annual Active Travel survey with Mrs Iliadou this week. We monitored and recorded how each of us travels to school and then back home again.

At our school we encourage active travelling.

This year we had better results than ever before. We did more walking and used less cars!

We know it’s not always easy to walk to school, especially on rainy days or busy mornings, so we’d like to say a big THANKYOU to all of our parents who helped us ‘walk more’ when possible and for supporting our school with Active Travel.

Keep it up everyone. Well done!

Y4 Writing – ‘Soar’ Narratives

Y4 Writing – ‘Soar’ Narratives

Using the silent film, ‘Soar’ (see link below), Y4 made incredible progress with their writing skills!  As we watched each expressive nuance, every subtle action, we were able to find our narrative voice to describe what we could see happening.  We watched it little by little each day, pausing each time to explore new vocabulary…Read More

Y4 Working with Chris Howlett, Pallette Knives and Acrylic Paints

Y4 Working with Chris Howlett, Pallette Knives and Acrylic Paints

“I was asked by Mrs Whitelaw to come in and show Year 4 children how to paint using acrylic paints and a palette knife for the very first time. We looked at the artwork of Flordia’s Highwaymen Painters for inspiration – https://www.culturetype.com/2020/04/13/beginning-in-late-1950s-african-american-painters-known-as-highwaymen-captured-floridas-natural-landscapes/ -then experimented with sticky acrylic paint and flat palette knives to spread and…Read More

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…Read More

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