Hello and a warm welcome to our Year 4 class page. Our class teacher is Miss Field and our teaching assistants are Mrs Richardson and Miss Mills.
Our PE days are Monday and Wednesday.
We change our books on a Wednesday. Please ensure that your child has read their book and their journal has been signed.
Homework will be given on a Thursday including spellings to learn for a test on Wednesday. Homework should be handed in the following Monday in time for it to be marked and rewarded in class.
Tuesday 28th November 2017
Today we visited the Magna Science Adventure Centre and it was brilliant! The children had lots of fun discovering the different activities within the four pavilions- earth, water, fire and air. Then, we all took part in a volcanoes and rocks workshop which developed understanding regarding eruptions of volcanoes and classifying rocks. Behaviour was excellent as always. Below are some pictures that we took throughout the day.
Thursday 16th November 2017
Anti Bullying Week
In year 4 we have been doing lots of different things to help improve our understanding of what bullying is and what we can do to make sure it doesn't happen. Children worked in groups to look at different bullying scenarios and talked about why the bullying was happening and what we could do to stop it. Then, we talked about what personality attributes we looked for in a good friend before making a recipe to create a good friend. The children included respect, honestly, resilience, loyalty, trust and kindness in their list of ingredients.
I asked the children what they had learnt about bullying during the lesson and they said:
Norah said, "Bullying is both verbal and physical."
Eloise said, "It's when someone is unkind continuously to somebody else."
Amelia said, "It's when unkind behaviour is planned."
Alfie said, "When people purposely go out of their way to hurt someone everyday."
Tuesday 7th November 2017
Today we began our new topic- 'Volcanoes and Mountains'. To kick start our new topic we watched a short video of a real life volcanic eruption and created a piece of music in small groups to represent this event. The children used their knowledge of rhythm and layering from previous lessons to build up the sounds. Below is the result. Fantastic teamwork skills year 4!
Wednesday 25th October 2017
At the beginning of our dance unit I posted a video of our chorus. Since then, year 4 have continued to build on their routine as a team and have created a dance that really fits with the lyrics of the song. Their idea was to create a dance where monsters woke up and then at the end went back to sleep. Below is the finished product, we hope you enjoy it!
Monday 16th October 2017
Weston Park- Offerings for Athena
Today, year 4 went on a trip to Weston Park Museum and as you can see in the pictures below, we had a fantastic time! Everyone really enjoyed the interactive activities within the museum and had great fun building our own Parthenon during the workshop in the afternoon. The children really impressed staff at the museum with their knowledge of Ancient Greece and the class were exceptionally behaved all day.
Friday 13th October 2017
James and the Giant Peach
This half term our novel study has been James and the Giant Peach. Today the children made birds to add to our new display in the KS2 hall. Here are some pictures of children taking part. Watch this space for pictures of the completed display.
Friday 6th October 2017
This week we have been learning about the Greek Myth 'Hercules'. We watched the Disney adaptation and then read the written version. Next week we are going to be investigating the similarities and differences between the two versions and using this to write a comparison text.
Tuesday 26th September 2017
Today we began our new novel study in Guided Reading- James and the Giant Peach. The children found the first few chapters very funny, especially the parts about Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker. Here are the children during some partner reading.
Wednesday 20th September 2017
This week we started dance in PE. Over the next few weeks the children will help to create their own choreography to the song 'Monster' by the Automatics. This lesson, the children worked in groups to make a 5 move routine for the chorus. Then, we put ideas from each group together to finalise our moves for the chorus and even included some monster freestyle! Have a look at what the children created.
Thursday 14th September 2017
This week in Maths we have been improving our rounding and counting skills. To help we have been using number songs in class to make counting up in 6s, 7s and 9s fun. The videos are posted below so that you can practice at home.
Friday 8th September 2017
This week we have begun our Fiction unit in English. Over the next three weeks we will be learning all about myths, the structure used to write them and the language features that we need to include. Today we focussed on the structure of a myth during a role play activity.
First, we looked at the myth 'Theseus and the Minotaur'. The children worked out what information belonged to which section. Was it the introduction, build up, problem, resolution or ending?
Then, the children worked in a group to role play a section of the myth. This was year 4's first attempt at role playing and working together in this way and I was really impressed with the team work and discussions going on in class. Below are the videos of each group's role play.
Year 4 blog entries
Tuesday 27th June 2017
This week was our final swimming lesson at Royston Baths. For the last 15 weeks of swimming lessons the children have tried their best and have all made progress with their swimming skills.
Below are some pictures of some of the children with their awards.
Friday 16th June 2017
This afternoon, year 4 have entered a competition to create their own habitat. We started by filling in a survey form of the area we were planning for and then we discussed all the different things we could place in our habitats to encourage different animals to live in our school grounds.
The children have created some fantastic designs that include things like:
We really hope to win the competition and hopefully build one of our designs for our school.
Thursday 8th June 2017
This afternoon all children in KS2 took part in a fun activity. We started by talking about the general election and what it meant and then in groups the children created their own political party. They thought about what was important to them and what they needed to solve in their town and the UK.
All of the children worked brilliantly together and came up with some great ideas. One group decided on a 'Communication Party' where everyone had limited time on the computer and had to dedicate time to talking instead. Another group created a 'Giving to the Community' party that argued that everyday people should do a good dead to make people smile.
Some examples of their ideas are below.
Thursday 24th May 2017
This week year 4 had lots of fun in music. We started by listening to Perpetuum Jazzile's choir and how they used their hands and bodies to make music. We then discussed how the music started soft and quiet and then built up. Then we created our own piece of music.
Year 4 worked really well and we decided to film what we had made. We hope you like our 'Rainforest storm' piece.
Friday 19th May 2017
Our first attempt at Limericks
This week we have begun learning about limericks in our English lessons. We started the week by focussing on the key features of a limerick and what makes it different to other forms of poetry. Then the children had a go at writing their own Limerick and focussed their Limerick around an animal. Below are short videos that show some of the examples. Next week we hope to write a set of limericks that contain some tricky language features.
Friday 12th May 2017
Save our Pond!
Our topic this term is ‘Habitats’. We have been researching different types of animals and the different habitats that they live in. One of the habitats we have looked at is a pond habitat which is great because we are lucky enough to have one in school!
In English we introduced the scenario that there were plans to take the pond away and replace it with a playground. Year 4 were horrified and thought about all the negative consequences this would have for us and the plants and animals that rely on the pond to survive. Therefore, we decided to write a letter to convince the Mayor of Barnsley to have a rethink.
The children in year 4 have produced some really persuasive writing which includes lots of different language features.
Well done year 4!
Friday 5th May 2017
Gangsta Granny at the Grand
Today we went to see the spectacular show ‘Gangsta Granny’! It was fantastic and year 4 were really impressed with all the cast for remembering all of the lines from the book, the staging and props and the brilliant dancing.
Year 4 were asked what their favourite part of the show was. They said…
“My favourite part was when all the children were asked to dance along at the end.”- Tara.
“My favourite bit was when Gangsta Granny did naked yoga!”- Evie.
“My favourite bit was the Christmas scene at the end.”- Terrianne.
“My favourite bit was when Granny and Ben were having a nice talk in the hospital.”- Brodie.
“My best bit was when Granny and Ben were breaking in using the drill to get to the crown jewels!”- Aaron J.
“My best part was when Ben was about to break the glass but the Queen appeared.”- Oliver F.
As always, behaviour on this trip was superb. All the children in years 4 and 5 did Kexborough proud. We hope all the children enjoyed it.
Friday 7th April 2017
For our warm task in English, the children have been writing their very own newspaper report all about Boudicca's rebellion. I have to say that this is the best piece of writing I have marked and it made me very happy to give lots of greens in books and lots of 'great' and 'excellent' stamps.
To everyone in year 4, have a lovely break and enjoy the sunshine (hopefully).
Friday 31st March 2017
Learning in Maths
This week the children in year 4 have been learning all about co-ordinates and 2D grids. We started the week learning how to read co-ordinates and spotted mistakes along the way. Next, the children learnt how to describe the movement between points and used their reasoning and problem solving skills to explain the patterns in movements. Then, we learnt how to plot points and join them to create polygons. Finally, in today's lesson the children put all of their knowledge of shape and co-ordinates together to create their own instructions and find missing co-ordinates. I am really pleased with all year 4's attitude towards Maths this week.
Friday 24th March 2017
Red Nose Day.
Today we celebrated Red Nose Day in school. The children dressed up in red and brought in a joke or funny poem to read out in class. Later in the day, the children performed these jokes. All of them were brilliant and two were chosen to perform later in assembly. A big well done to all the children in year 4!
Tuesday 7th March 2017
For homework, over half term, year 4 had a fun and exciting job to do! They were asked to make a Roman fort or a building found in a Roman fort. This morning we arranged their creations into a Roman fort and took some pictures which are shown below.
Thursday 2nd March 2017
World Book Day
We have had a fantastic, creative day in year 4 and have focussed all our learning on the book 'Spy Toys'.
In the morning we looked at the book which is full of extraordinary toys that are all created by Professor Snaztacular Ultrafun. These toys have brains and personalities and can all do different, amazing things. We meet a bear called Dan who is programmed for cuddles and hugs children when they are upset as well as fetching them a glass of milk and reading stories. Then, the children thought of their own Ultrafun toys and drew and labelled these in class, thinking about all of the amazing things their toys could do.
Next, we thought about how we could advertise these toys to ensure they would be a success for the Ultrafun business. We looked at different adverts and the children worked as detectives to find the key features of adverts before creating their own advertisements for their toys. Some of these are shown below.
Year 4 have really enjoyed world book day. Here’s what some of them had to say:
Aidan said, “I have enjoyed reading on a morning this week because I have found the book I am reading really interesting.”
Liala said, “I have enjoyed creating my own toy today because we’ve been able to let our imaginations run wild.”
Aaron J said, “I enjoyed reading ‘Spy Toys’ because I’ve never read it before and the title sounded really fascinating. When we started reading it, it was very good.”
Aaron T said, “I enjoyed seeing the new library and finding out how the new system works, it looked brilliant.”
Tuesday 14th February 2017
Yesterday year 4 went out exploring for minibeasts. We thought about the places where minibeasts might hide in the cold and found spiders, ants, slugs, woodlouse and worms! We then recorded what we had found and described the habitat where it lived. This week we are going to research minibeasts further and discuss the similarities and differences between them.
Monday 13th February 2017
Last week we learnt about internet safety and how to look after our personal information on the internet. Year 4 completed an activity and created their own emoji or avatar to represent them but in a safe way. All pictures of the children’s finished work can be found on Miss MacKay’s head teacher blog.
Monday 6th February 2017
This week in Science we have focussed on what plants and animals need to survive. We started by thinking about what we knew already and then learnt all about MRS NERG to help us remember the basic needs of animals and plants. Then we made a poster for either the needs of animals or plants. Some examples are below.
Tuesday 31st January 2017
Year 3 and 4 relay competition
Today some of the year 3s and 4s competed at the relay competition at Barnsley College. It was a really successful day for everyone and to top it off we won 1st and 2nd place!
The children did Kexborough proud. Myself, Mrs Frostick and Miss Shillto were really impressed with how much effort all of the children put in and also how well they worked as a team!
Below are a few of the pictures from the competition.
Monday 23rd January 2016
Roman character play
Today year 4 acted as characters in the famous Roman event, Boudicca’s rebellion. First we learnt about the different people involved and learnt some key facts about each of them. Then, the children got into groups and thought about how their character would stand, act and what they might say. They worked together to create a short role play where they said a fact or two about their character. Finally, we predicted what might happen during the rebellion and which characters might cause the most trouble. The children are excited to find out if their predictions are right in the next lesson.
Friday 20th January 2016
This week we have completed our extended write. We have written a letter from Julius Caesar to a Celtic general, arguing for peace or terms of surrender!
We started the week by collecting persuasive arguments on the working wall and then expanded on these in our planning. Then the children used the support given in class, to write their own persuasive letter. The children then used the success criteria to improve their work and ‘show off’ what they can do.
English has been challenging for the children this half term as they have been learning about complex sentences and how to make sentences simple, compound or complex. However, I am really impressed with the progress they have made and hope this continues for our non-fiction unit focussing on the brilliant ‘Gansta Granny’ by David Walliams.
Well done year 4!
Thursday 12th January 2016
This term our topic is 'the Romans', and we have already learnt a lot!
In topic lessons we have looked at how the Roman empire grew and how they defeated many Celtic settlements and tribes.
In Maths we have learnt about Roman Numerals. We started by learning about the pattern the Romans followed and then we read and wrote the numerals.
In Art we have started to learn about Roman mosaics and how they were used as a show of wealth. We have designed our own mosaic boarder by creating a pattern using only three colours.
We have had a good start to our topic and are excited to find out more!
Wednesday 23th November 2016.
This week we went on our first trip in year 4. We had a fantastic time and learnt a lot!
Our day began with a workshop, where we conducted a volcano experiment and created eruptions using scientific materials. This showed how lava erupted and cooled to form the layers on a volcano. It was really interesting and really helped us to visualise this volcanic process.
Then, we explored the Magna Science centre and explored the air, earth, water and fire platforms. We really enjoyed learning about these four areas interactively, and it gave us lots to talk about.
Also all of the year 4s were extremely well behaved and did Kexborough proud!
Year 4 Educational visits and Events.
Wednesday 28th June 2017
Wet wet wetlands!
Today the year 4s went on a full day trip to the Dearne Valley Wetlands nature reserve. Although it was a very wet day, all the children thoroughly enjoyed it and took part in lots of interesting activities.
We began the day with pond dipping and discovered lots of creatures. Once we had found the creatures we used our investigation skills to identify the name of the creature we had found.
In the afternoon, we went for a walk around the woodland to find the living things that lived there. We used special equipment to have a closer look!
As always the behaviour from year 4 on this trip was brilliant. Have a look at some photos from our day.
Wednesday 15th March 2017
Today year 4 went on a very exciting trip to the Yorkshire Museum in York. We looked at the many Roman artefacts in the museum, including Roman coins and pottery. Then we went to a workshop where we explored Roman York and learnt that York was once a Roman city called Eboracum. We met a Roman citizen who explained what it was like to live in Eboracum and then we participated in lots of different Roman activities. These activities were Roman hairstyles, knuckle bones, fort building, trying on Roman armour, crushing Roman spices, solving numeral problems and creating mosaics. As always the behaviour on the visit was brilliant and all the children said they had enjoyed their day out.
Year 4 Magna trip