Year 4 went to Fanwood to do activities for two days and one night. When we arrived with all our massive bags we went to our dorms. They were called Oak, Beech, Ash and Birch - they were named after species of trees. We had to make our own beds - this was a new experience for some of us! Mrs Hoare showed us around the site and we had an opportunity to play in the woods before we had our packed lunches. We then split into 3 groups to do 3 activities: crate stacking, low ropes and caving. Look at our photos to see what we did.
By then we were really hungry and we enjoyed our tea outside. Then we went to put on our swimming costumes and did some team games before finishing off with a water fight.
Having put on our pyjamas, we watched a film, had some popcorn and hot chocolate and went to bed.
We might have chatted a little bit in our rooms before everyone fell asleep!
On the second day we had breakfast and then did our own washing up - again, a new experience for some of us.
We completed an orienteering course and played some rounders in the sunshine. Everyone had lunch out in the sunshine before heading back to school.
"I loved it" Sylas
"It was a good experience - it was my first chance to sleep over on a school trip" Jayda
"I loved the caves even though, to start with, I didn't want to do it. Once I had done it I felt great!" Kagan
"My favourite part was the low ropes. We had to figure out a way to get across an obsticle course" Ruby
"It was the first camping trip that I have enjoyed" Kaeli
"My favourite part was crate stacking. Look at the photo of me at the top of 29 crates!" Brooke K
Written with support of the children attending.
On Wednesday 19th June, eight children from Year Four represented our school at the Carry My Story celebration event. This was held at the Al Hikmah Centre in Batley. Mrs Minchella kindly drove us there in a minibus! There were lots of other schools at the event. Everyone shared the life story work they had produced. We shared individual poems, a class poem and show some figurative art we made with Boys from Upper Batley High School.
We also shared the story of Odonchimeg, a Mongolian lady who visited our school to share her story of fleeing persecution in her own country. She has since returned to see if it is safe to live there once more, and we made decorated yurts to show messages of solidarity to her.
We thoroughly enjoyed our day our meeting other schools and people and listening to some amazing life stories from some amazing people.
Can you work out the spelling rule for the next fortnight? These are your words to learn: expand, expansion, extend, extension, comprehend, comprehension, precise, precision, confuse, confusion, revise, revision.
Your other words are: possible, potato, pressure, probably, promise, purpose, question, quarter.
We haven't handed out a new set of spellings to learn over half-term. If you have some spare time perhaps you could have a look at the words from the Year 3/4 spelling list. The complete list is in your Home-School Learning Journey. It would be ideal if you could spell all these words by the end of the year.
Everyone has taken a letter home informing them of their current 'score' in the Times Tables trial test. Well done to all those people scoring full marks. Please take note of any times tables that you still need to learn and spend some time learning them over the break. We'd really appreciate it and we know that it will really help you in your Maths lessons moving forward.
Finally, and most importantly, have a brilliant break enjoying time with your friends and families. Fingers crossed for some lovely weather.
Just one week to go until half-term so we're going to be looking at homophones this week and introducing a new spelling rule after half-term.
This week's words are: heal, heel, missed, mist, who's and whose. Make sure you understand the meanings so that you get them the right way round in context.
Our Year 3/4 words are: recent, regular, reign and remember. One of these is also a homophone. Can you spot which one?
Our first set of spellings for the Summer Term include -ssion. Here are some examples to learn: expression, confession, progression, possession, discussion, impression, admission, permission, transcription, submission, depression and aggression.
We are making great progress through learning the Year 3/4 spellings. These are our current words: often, opposite, ordinary, particular, perhaps, popular, position, possess.
irregular, irresistible, irresponsible, irrelevant, irreplaceable
impatient, impractical, imperfect, improper ,impolite, immoral
Our Year 3/4 words are:
material, medicine, mention, minute, natural, naughty, notice, occasion, occasionally
Year 4 are creating Greek inspired Frieze paintings. A frieze is a long panel used around the top of temples for decoration. They mainly depict figures, often showing people in their daily lives or the Gods in battle.
To create our group painting we used posable figure stencils to create body shapes. We then either drew around the shape in oil pastel, shaded across the shapes or sponged paint around the shape. When the figure stencil was removed it left an interesting outline of a figure. We also experiment with overlapping figures and adding colours to the background.
We all enjoyed working on such a large painting, especially as it enabled us to practice our teamwork skills!
We plan to complete the friezes by adding smaller figures in grey and black silhouette, and maybe add a Greek patterned border around the edge.
You will be able to see our friezes if you attend our parent assembly next Thursday afternoon and we hope to display them around school once complete.
Wow - the weeks seem to be whistling past and we're onto another spelling rule. Can you spot the spelling patterns in these lists? Plaque, cheque, antique, unique, grotesque + picturesque. Catalogue, league, tongue, dialogue, fatigue + colleague.
Our other words this fortnight are: knowledge, learn, length, library, increase, important, imagine and island.
This fortnight we are thinking about prefixes which can alter the meaning of the root word so that it results in an opposite meaning. We are learning to spell: illegal, illogical, illegible, illiterate, unkind, unclear, unbelievable, disqualify, disobey and discolour.
The words from our Year 3/4 spelling list are: group, guard, guide, heard, heart, height, weight and history.
Year 4 have been working hard in Literacy.
First, we wrote instructions on how to make mythical wings. We were inspired by the story of Icarus.
Now we are immersed in writing our own myths. We have created our own beasts. Our stories are inspired by the Greek myth of Theseus fighting the Minotaur.
Most of us have chosen to be the hero in our own myths. We'll keep you updated on how we manage to defeat our beast and escape the labyrinths...
decision, revision, division, confusion, explosion, television
invasion, erosion, collision, conclusion, persuasion, illusion
These are our new spellings. Can you spot which spelling pattern we are focusing on?
This fortnight's spellings contain the letters 'sc' although they make a 's' sound. During this week we have: scent, scene, science, scissors, ascend and descend.
We are also working through the Year 3/4 spelling list; we're finishing the d's and moving onto the e's. Can you learn: difficult, disappear, early and earth.
If you need another copy of the Year 3/4 spelling list you can find it on-line or ask Mrs Stocks for a copy.
Happy New Year from all in Year 4!
We are excited to get stuck into our new themes and topics this term.
In Science we have already learned about what a 'Solid' is and discovered that although they are tricky to describe, we know many things that are solid. Solidity is all down to those tightly packed molecules!!
We are learning about Ancient Greece and in particular how their lives and learning still affect us today.
Look at these handsome chaps with their beards! Do you recognise any of their names? We are going to be studying the lives of famous Greeks in more detail soon, and contrasting them with the lives of famous people today.
Plato Pythagoras Socrates
Rather than start a new spelling rule in the final week of term, we're going to focus on a few homophones. Try learning these words; make sure you know what each spelling means. I wonder how many of you will score 10/10 for a star sticker in your learning journey?
If you scored 8, 9 or 10 in this week's spelling test, try learning these words: tremendous, courageous, adventurous, outrageous, humorous and glamorous. They follow the same spelling rule as last week.
These are the words from the Year 3/4 spelling list too: continue, decide, describe and different.
If you didn't score 8 or more, relearn the words from last week. You need to improve your score.
Week commencing 3.12.18
This week's spellings are using the spelling rule -ous
jealous, serious, curious, anxious, obvious, hideous
Then from the Year 3/4 words
certain, circle, complete, consider
Please check your child's learning journey for any personalised spellings
Did you know there are 100cm in a metre and 10mm in a cm?
On Friday we enjoyed measuring items around the classroom and converting the measurements by multiplying and dividing by 10 or 100.
It's time for a new spelling rule. What sound can you hear in all these words? Look at the different ways that we can spell that sound. Remember, we also have 4 words a week from our Year 3/4 Word list now too. The ones for this week (and next) are below.
Word List words: breath, breathe, build, business
Week commencing 23/11/18: calendar, caught, centre, century
Our spellings for over half term and for the following week are below. You will notice that we are now not only covering the 'spelling rule' but we are adding 4 words from our Year 3/4 word list for you to learn too. Good luck.
I hope everyone has a fantastic half-term.
Congratulations to the 21 children who achieved full marks in this week's spelling test. We had some tricky words to learn. Over the next two weeks we will be focusing on adverbs. I expect a lot more than 21 of you will get full marks this week to earn the star sticker in your Learning Journey.
Can you do these 'Challenge Words' too? Do you recognise the 'auto' prefix from last week?
There are some tricky spellings to tackle this week. I wonder who will achieve full marks in order to get another star sticker in the front of their Learning Journey. I am looking forward to finding out.
We have been thrilled with the spelling test scores for the majority of pupils over the last two weeks when we have been revising work on prefixes. There have been lots of 'full marks' so well done.
Over the next two weeks we will be studying words containing sure/ture. This is the first set of ten words to learn.
If you can score 8 or more when we do our test on Thursday, these will be the challenge words we are going to ask you to learn. Can you spot a word we've added to try and catch you out?
Finally, we mustn't forget Mrs Woodhead's spelling group who are revising the spellings for the months of the year this fortnight. They are discussing the seasons too. Work hard - we're looking forward to seeing how well you can do with these tricky spellings.
Class 4GE had great fun on Roald Dahl day. We enjoyed dressing up and looked at the Centipede's Song from James and the Giant Peach. We had a go at writing our own version where we were a class who loved to eat revolting things. See if you can spot the strangest thing we like to eat!
Class 4GE’s favourite food song
“We’ve eaten many strange and scrumptious dishes in our time,
Like wabub flesh and curried moon-cheese and green mucus cooked in slime,
And dragon’s feet - they’re really neat
When roasted in their prime.
(but don’t forget the dragon blood and a piece of stinky lime!”)
“We’ve eaten fresh fish skin from the greatest cod there are,
And scrambled snails and slugs and warthogs stewed in tar,
And pails of three headed worms and rotten butterflies
And gone off zombie guts near and far.
(Zombie guts are improved by mouldy slime from a jar.”)
“We often eat boiled cats tails. They’re grand when served beside
Minced frog’s flesh and curried worm pie. And have you ever tried
Spiced rats and mouldy cats hats
Most sizzlingly fried?
(The only trouble is that cats tails can get dried.”)
“We’re mad for slushy mud on a piece of buttered toast,
And pickled juice of ants. And then a gorgeous roast
Of goat flesh, well hung not fresh-
It costs a hundred dojos at most.
(And frog’s eyes and sour slugs can be sent to you by post.”)
“We crave the tasty shark kebabs of the North Sea for tea,
We love spider skewers. We crave spiky stewers, and surely you’ll agree
A plate of rotten banana
A super recipe.
(We hardly need mention rat stew- All the more for us if you disagree!!”)
“For dinner on our birthdays shall we tell you what we choose:
Fish gut soup and jigglebug gloop on a bed of worn out shoes-
And a rather putrid dish
Made of fox’s nose and rotting migglewish.
(The migglewish is delicious but you have to hold your nose.”)
“Now comes,” Class 4GE declare, “The reason for our speech:
These foods are rare beyond compare – some are right out of reach;
But there’s no doubt we’d go without
A million plates of each
For one small mite,
One tiny bite,
Of our troublesome times-tabling teach (Mrs Ellis!”)
Welcome to Year 4!
Our teachers are Mrs Stocks and Mrs Lambley in class 4LS with support from Mrs Woodhead.
In class 4GE the teacher are Mrs Ellis and Mrs Greenough with support from Mrs Taylor.
Year 4 are excited about our swimming lessons on Wednesday afternoons.
This half term we have brilliant Rugby lessons delivered by the Huddersfield Giants on Thursday so all children will need their outdoor PE kit in school all week.
Our topic is the Victorians. Thank you to everyone who completed their homework. We had some fantastic learning brought back to school. Those that took part have really boosted their topic knowledge. Well done!
Children can continue to practice their TTrockstars at home and continue their journey to becoming Rock Legends!