Year 4

Thursday 1 December
Week 5: Human Geography
Geography: This week in Geography, we explored the human features of Barcelona. Using Google Maps, we located famous landmarks in Barcelona and plotted them on our own maps. Then we analysed the location of the landmarks, described where they are in the city and linked them to Catalonia's economy. 
RE: We enjoyed exploring our new Let Us Pray 2together resource box and used it to help us plan our weekly class liturgical prayer. We held a special class liturgy linked to our current RE topic on Advent. In our RE lessons, we wrote some beautiful thank you letters to God thanking him for sending us the gift of Jesus.
English: Tomorrow, we will be writing our final piece for our Adventure Story topic. Miss Greatrex has been very impressed with our work so far and she is super excited to read our imaginative narrative for the picture book 'Journey.' 
Enjoy the weekend!
Miss Greatrex and Year 4
Thursday 24 November
Week 4: Gifts
Maths: For our multiplication and division topic, we have been learning about the 3, 6 and 9 times tables. We used the manipulatives to see how many different ways we can represent 9. We also enjoyed spotting patterns between the different tables and exploring different tricks for working out if a number is a multiple of 3 or 9. 
Science: We had lots of fun in Science this week learning about materials as they change state. We investigated the melting point of different types of chocolate.
RE: With one month to go, the countdown to Christmas has begun! Our new RE topic throughout Advent is on Gifts. We thought about the gifts our friends and family give us including love, care and fun. We also wrote some special hymns to thank God for giving us the gift of Jesus. For our spiritual art, we created some beautiful oil pastel scenes of the Three Wise Men on their journey to give their gifts to Jesus.
Have a lovely weekend!
Miss Greatrex and Year 4
Thursday 17 November 
Week 3: Anti-Bullying Week
Anti-Bullying Week: This week is Anti-Bullying Week and the theme this year is 'Reach Out.' On Monday, we wore odd socks to school to celebrate our differences. It was fantastic to see everyone's crazy, colourful socks! We discussed who we can reach out to if we are being bullied or if we know someone who is being bullied. There are lots of trusted adults we can speak to in school and at home. On Tuesday, we reached out to each other by writing secret compliments. We really enjoyed both giving and receiving lots of lovely compliments!
English: Our new English topic is adventure stories. We are exploring the beautiful picture book 'Journey' by Aaron Becker. We are using our imaginations to write our own narrative for the story, including lots of different features such as expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials and similes. 
Maths: In Maths, we have finished our topic on area and are now exploring multiplication and division. In our timestable lessons, we enjoyed using manipulatives to make lots of different representations of the number four. 
RE: To finish our RE topic on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we planned and held a special class liturgy. We thought about all the things we are sorry for and all the ways we can show we are sorry. We know that just saying sorry isn't enough; we have to change our behaviour in order to reconcile our relationship with the person we have hurt and also with God.
Well done for your super work this week!
Miss Greatrex and Year 4
Thursday 10 November
Week 2: Commando Joe's

Commando Joe’s: On Wednesday, we completed our first Commando Joe’s day of the school year. The theme of our missions was survival. Inspired by Levison Wood’s intrepid expeditions across dangerous and hostile environments, we imagined we were stranded in the Himalayan region of Jammu. To successfully survive and escape, we had to transport water across rocky terrain, collect a range of nutritional food, build a bridge to cross a racing river, design and build a buggy to transport us to the extraction point and choose the best SOS signal to call for help from the mountains. Miss Greatrex was impressed by our teamwork, creativity, leadership and communication!

Maths: We have started our new topic on measuring area. To explore area, we had to make as many different rectilinear shapes as possible using four post-it notes. We are excited to learn more about measuring the area of different shapes!

RE: We had a special visitor this week: Father Michael came to talk to the class about the Sacrament of Reconciliation and answer our questions. In our RE lessons, we discussed what it means to say and show you are sorry. We explored the story of ‘Jesus Forgives a Sinful Woman,’ and we were given different scenarios of examples of sins. We discussed the scenarios and wrote scripts to describe how the characters can say and show they are sorry.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Miss Greatrex and Year 4

Thursday 3 November
Week 1: A Fantastic Start To Autumn 2
English: Are you tired of the rampant, repetitive rain and cold, dreary weather that plagues England? Do you want a break from work and school to explore an exciting new location where you can enjoy scorching, sizzling sunshine? Rhetorical questions are just one of the persuasive devices we have been exploring this week as we start our new English topic on persuasive writing. To link with our Geography topic, we will be writing a persuasive text trying to convince the reader to go on holiday to Catalonia!
Geography: Tomorrow we will start our European Study topic in Geography. We will be exploring the similarities and differences between Newcastle and Catalonia. We are excited to practise our map skills as well as find out lots of interesting facts we can link to our persuasive writing. 
PE: This term, our indoor PE topic is gymnastics. We had a fantastic time practising individual and partner balances. We learnt the importance of communicating with and trusting our partners. This allowed us to create some very tricky and highly inventive balances!
Science: In Science, we are learning about states of matter. We identified the properties of solids, liquids and gases and we described the particles of each state. We are looking forward to doing lots of scientific investigations as we explore states of matter over the coming weeks. 
Well done for a fantastic start to the term!
Miss Greatrex and Year 4 
Thursday 20 October 
Week 7: Building Bridges
PE: To finish our topic on fundamental movements, we have been practicing skipping with a rope. We really enjoy this skill and Miss Greatrex was particularly impressed by our partner skipping!
Music: In Music this week, we enjoyed learning to play some different melodies and songs on the glockenspiels.
Maths: We have been recapping the column subtraction method and applying it to four-digit numbers. We have been doing sums with lots of exchanges, using place value counters to help us visualise this process.
English: In English this week, we wrote our potion instructions using lots of expanded noun phrases to describe our ingredients and imperative verbs to command the reader. From love spells, to super-strength tonics, sleeping draughts to healing elixirs, there is something for everyone in Year 4's potion class!
RE: This week, we were excited to start our new topic learning about the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We explored building bridges of friendship and produced some beautiful spiritual art to capture these special relationships. We also discussed the story of The Good Shepherd and wrote some reflective prayers thanking God for his unconditional love and forgiveness.
October is Black History Month and tomorrow we will be learning about the significant individual Martin Luther King Jr.
Well done for all your hard work this half term Year 4! Wishing you a safe, happy and restful half term holiday.
Miss Greatrex and Year 4 
Thursday 13 October
Week 6: Take One Picture
Take One Picture: For the next few days, we are taking part in 'Take One Picture' during which we will be exploring Claude-Joseph Vernet's 'A Shipwreck in Stormy Seas.' We discussed what we like and dislike about the painting, created a beautiful fact file on the artist, practiced different sculpture techniques and designed a lighthouse. Tomorrow we will be constructing our lighthouses using clay and the techniques we have learnt, such as pinch, coil, carve and slip.
Science: We explored the negative impacts different natural changes can have on living things and their habitats. These included drought, wildfire, flood and volcanic eruption!
English: In English this week we have begun our new topic on instructional writing. So far, we have identified a number of features of instructional writing, practiced writing commands using different imperative verbs and explored the text we will be basing our instructions on: 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.' Next week, we will write our own instructions for how to make a potent potion. Miss Greatrex can't wait to see what wonderous wizardry and ingenious imagination we use in our writing! 
Enjoy the weekend!
Miss Greatrex and Year 4 
Thursday 6 October
Week 5: Carnival Capers and Mini-Beast Hunting!

Macmillan Carnival: Last Friday, we had a fantastic afternoon playing carnival games and raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. The school council team organised lots of fun activities including balloon limbo, memory matching, giant jenga, feed the monster and pin the bow on Poppy the dog.

Science: For our Science topic, we planned and carried out a scientific investigation where we explored living things in their habitat. We searched for invertebrates in forest school, identified their characteristics and discussed why each characteristic makes the creature suited to its habitat. Some of the mini-beasts we found included worms, slugs, spiders and woodlice.

English: Following our lessons last week on Alice In Wonderland, we have been working very hard this week on writing a fiction narrative with our own alternative twist. In our versions, Alice does not follow the White Rabbit into Wonderland, she falls into a super spooky haunted house. We kept Miss Greatrex on the edge of her seat with our nail-biting descriptions of the perils Alice has to face!

PE: During our indoor PE lessons, we have been developing a range of fundamental movement skills including running, jumping, balancing, throwing and catching. This week we focused on practising our balancing skills and saw how many bean bags we could keep on our bodies at one time!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Miss Greatrex and Year 4

Thursday 29 September 
Week 4: Adventures In Wonderland
English: For our fiction topic, we are exploring a story from our literary heritage - Alice In Wonderland! We have enjoyed using the five senses to deepen our descriptive writing. Miss Greatrex has been super impressed by our use of expanded noun phrases, adverbs and fronted adverbials. We are excited to write our own alternative ending to this well-loved story next week.
Art: This week, in our formal elements topic, we constructed our own stamps and then used them to print different patterns. It was great fun to explore the different shapes and textures we could create. 
Science: In Science, we are learning about living things and their habitats. This week we planned a mini-beast hunt for our scientific investigation. Using our knowledge of different habitats, we have predicted which invertebrates we will find in Forest School. We can't wait to see if our predictions are right!
It was lovely to see parents and carers at our curriculum evening. For those of you who were unable to make it, please find the PowerPoint slides above.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
Miss Greatrex and Year 4 
Thursday 22 September

Week 3: Let's Vote! 
School Elections: Last Friday, we practised our British value of Democracy by voting for our new House Captains. We were really impressed by the Year 6's inspiring speeches and we had lots of fun casting our votes at the polling station.
Maths: For our Place Value topic in Maths, we have been reading, writing, representing and partitioning numbers up to 10,000. We are also focusing on our 2, 5 and 10 times tables and we had some nail-biting multiplication partner races this week. 
RE: In our People topic for RE, we are learning about Jesus' family tree. We particularly enjoyed the story of Jacob and Esau and we had lots of fun creating our own drama performances.
PE: One of our favourite Outdoor Adventurous Activities during PE was working in teams to make different letters using our bodies. We really impressed Miss Greatrex with our creativity and ingenuity. 
We look forward to welcoming our parents and carers to school for our Curriculum evening next week.
Have a lovely weekend!
Miss Greatrex and Year 4
Thursday 8 September

Week 1: Welcome Back!

Welcome back everyone! Year 4 are super excited to be back at school – lots of us have grown over the summer and we are sporting some very smart haircuts

We have had a jam-packed first week back filled with lots of fun activities…

English: In English we have been exploring Kennings poems – we can’t wait to have a go at writing our own next week!

Art: To begin our topic on formal elements, we practised mark marking with black pastels and white chalk. We expressed different words (such as tiny, huge, messy, strong, slow, fast) in an abstract way without drawing pictures.

History: Salvē! This is how the Romans greeted each other – and just one of the many things we learnt during our fantastic History workshop on Wednesday. This half term we are studying The Romans and after a morning of being taught by a Roman citizen we already feel like experts! We learnt lots of Latin words, we marched like a centurion of Roman soldiers, we wore Roman armour, we handled Roman artefacts (including swords, shields, pots and a Roman war javelin), we made our own ink and wrote in Latin, and we played the Roman game ‘Rota.’

Bikeability: On Thursday, we brought our bikes to school and learnt the important rules of Road Safety. We can’t wait to go out and about on our bikes and impress our friends and family with our new knowledge and skills.

It has been lovely welcoming the children back this week and we are looking forward to the year ahead!

Miss Greatrex and Year 4 

We join with Bishop Robert and the whole of BBCET, to mourn the loss of our beloved Queen. We pray for the repose of her soul and for her family. We are very grateful for her years of service. We give thanks to God for everything she has done. May she rest in peace.

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