Year 4

Hello and welcome to Year 4 

This year, 4M will be taught by Miss Wild and Miss Sharp. 4R will be taught by Miss Webb. Between us, we have a mix of experience and new ideas, a range of subject specialisms and talents!

We begin our learning in year 4 by travelling back through time to discover what happened when the Romans invaded Britain. 

 

In the spring term, we shall find out about the Mayan peoples of Central America, looking at their art, architecture, writing and mathematical systems – a wonderful cross-curricular topic! Our learning in the summer term will be all about food. This topic will have a scientific and geographical focus, and include the opportunity to taste some dishes from around the world.

We are looking forward to getting to know the children and their families, and to working together throughout the year.

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On Thursday, the Romans invaded year 4! There were plenty of fierce soldiers, some very regal emperors and lots of beautiful, handmade costumes. 

The day started with preparations for a fabulous feast in the afternoon. We learnt how to make bread, measuring ingredients and having a go at kneading and shaping. The children watched in amazement as their dough doubled in size while it proved in the warmth of the classrooms.  Unlike the Romans, we popped our loaves into the ovens in the school kitchen to bake. Mr Abel earned his 'Hollywood Handshake' by expertly cooking the bread and sorting the washing up!

In the afternoon we learnt all about a Roman board game discovered in the remains of a villa at nearby Colchester. The problem is, archaeologists still aren't sure of the rules of the game. So, the children were given a board and asked to come up with some of their own. They had great fun devising strategies and beating their friends before it was time for the great banquet...

Did you know your brain produces electricity? Year 4 have been learning about how neurons inside our brains send and receive signals. These build and strengthen pathways to help us learn. We learnt that the neuroplasticity of our brains means that the more we practise a skill, the stronger these connections become. We have all set ourselves three challenges in the hope that we will be able to mould our brains before the end of term! So if you see Miss Webb trying to do keepie-uppies before school, you'll know why! Do ask your children what they have pledged to learn and support them with this where possible.

The children in 4R have been busy learning about Boudicca, Queen of the Iceni. They located the Iceni on a map of Celtic tribes, learning that she inhabited the area we now know as Norfolk. They spotted the Trinovante tribe too, who used to live in Cambridgeshire. 

The children listened in horror as they heard about the serious betrayal Boudicca had suffered at the hands of the Roman soldiers, after the death of her husband. 

In groups they thought carefully about Boudicca's predicament, listing reasons for her to fight and those for her to give in. The debate was powerful and thought-provoking, with children arguing passionately for both sides. In true democratic style, we put it to a vote. The consensus was clear, 4R thought Boudicca, and the Iceni, should go into battle. 

The children's next job was to get into role as Boudicca, ready to rally her tribespeople for war. They each wrote a persuasive speech hoping to convince the rest of the tribe to follow them into battle. We were very...

This morning, our courtyard was transformed into a story telling arena. Each child was paired up with a partner from the opposite class to share the stories they have written in response to reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. Judging by the atmosphere, there were many gripping plots and we look forward to reading all 61 in due course!

Though the weather may not immediately bring cricket to mind, year 4 have been busy learning and practising their skills with the help of Steve the cricket coach. We started by learning how to hold the bat before trying to break the school record of hitting a ball right across the field. The following week we developed our skills in partner work and communication by trying to score runs before the ball was returned by the fielders. We then moved on to bowling (no bent arms here!) before practising our overarm throwing skills this week. We are lucky enough to have Steve returning for two weeks after half term, it's been great fun!

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