Class 4 - Mrs Marshall


Hello and Welcome to Class 4.

Let us introduce ourselves; we are the Year 4 team: Mrs Marshall and Miss Brooks. We are just beginning a very exciting year, full of interesting topics, trips and sporting events. We are really excited about the forthcoming topics with a wide variety of learning opportunities for our Year 4 children. Expectations are high and lessons are hard but the only thing I ask is that the children always try their best! I have lots of fantastic lessons and opportunities lined up for the children.

At West Melton our homework tasks and reading are very important. In Year 4 our homework is given out on a Friday and due in on a Thursday. Children need to bring their P.E kit each week on a Monday and take it home on a Friday.

You can contact us if you have any questions, appointments can also be made at the office. Keep logging on to check for more information and new events coming up.

What are we learning? - Summer 2 Term

Black Gold!

As Scientists ... we will learn all about animals and how they adapt to their environments. We will be capturing our own mini-beasts and looking at why their habitat is good for them. The children will be looking at recently discovered species too.

As Responsible Citizens ... we will be learning that everybody has the right to a good health and health services. We will compare our rights to health services with a look to see how this is different in other countries.

As Musicians ... we will be learning some rhymes and songs. We will be learning traditional songs and learning some new songs linked to coal miners. We will even have a go at making up our own songs.

As Geographers ... we will be using maps to look at the UK. We will use ordnance survey maps to look at West Melton and compare it with a mining village in Wales. We will be drawing plans of West Melton and drawing different houses and factories.

As Artists and Designers ... Designers we will be looking at designing a new getaway vehicle for Gangsta Granny linked to our work in Literacy. We will be drawing silhouettes of coal mines, sketching coal miners, using charcoal as a medium. We will be using shade and tone to draw pit ponies. We will also be making medals for miners in honour of their bravery.

As Historians ... we will be learning about a historic event. We will be looking into the explosion at the Cortonwood Colliery. From this we will be writing a newspaper report. We will also be creating a timeline of West Melton's history using our chronological ordering skills.

As Enterprising Learners ... we will work in teams and think about how we can improve our teamwork skills. We will make decisions and look at why and what we need to do when making them. We will examine the process of decision making and discuss how we can further develop these skills.

National Coal Mining Museum

Class 4 went on a school trip to the National Coal Mining Museum. We went underground, crawled in small spaces and got extremely dirty...even the teachers!!

What did we learn in the Summer 1 Term?

Gulp!

As Scientists ... we learned all about teeth, the digestive system and food chains. We created a human model of the digestive system and learned all about the different functions of the organs. We labelled all of the teeth inside our mouths too.

As Responsible Citizens ... we learned that everybody has the right to a good health and health services. We compared our rights to health services with a look to see how this is different in other countries.

As Musicians ... we learned some rhymes and songs. We learned traditional songs and learned some new songs linked to food and shopping. We linked our Dance in PE to this music.

As Geographers ... we looked all around the world to see where our food originates from. We found out what happens to our food once it leaves the farm. We looked at different climates around the world and how this helps certain fruit and vegetables to grow.

As Historians ... we learned about the British Empire and trading. We looked at what shops were like years ago and what produce was available then. We sent out a survey to parents and carers to find out what they liked to eat when they were little and whether they are still available in the shops or not.

As Artists and Designers ... we looked at the work of Archimboldo and how he created pictures using fruit and vegetables. We made and printed our own blocks from potatoes and created artwork. We designed an Eat Better poster to try and encourage healthier eating.

As Enterprising Learners ... we worked in teams and thought about how we could improve our teamwork skills. We made decisions and looked at why and what we need to do when making them. We examined the process of decision making and discussed how we can further develop these skills.

Baking bread and making butter

We have been busy baking bread and making our own butter in Year 4. We thought it was absolutely delicious!

Fruit Salads

We've been preparing our own fruit salads. We carried out some market research before designing and choosing what to include. We tried some new foods and were very impressed with the results.

Year 4 at the National Institute for Sport

Year 4 recently went on a trip to the National Institute for Sport. We tried out lots of new different sports we hadn't done before. We all had a very good but tiring day.

More Homework Projects ...

The homework projects the children have done are fantastic. Well done Year 4 and well done to the parents for helping.

What did we learn in the Spring 2 Term?

Vile Victorians!

As Scientists ... we learned all about electricity. To be able to construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers.

As Responsible Citizens ... we learned that everybody has the right to education. We compared our school with a Victorian school and learned about the differences in their rights and our rights in school today.

As Musicians ... we gained an understanding of some types of music popular in Victorian times. We learned some songs from the Victorian period. We looked at brass bands, Victorian composers and parlour music.

As Geographers ... we looked all around the world with Phineas Fogg. We compared maps from the past and present looking at the changes in landscape. We looked at the role of railways in Victorian Britain.

As Historians ... we learned about Queen Victoria and her character. We learned about jobs that poor Victorians did and compared these to rich Victorians. We gained knowledge of major inventions that occurred in the Victorian era. We also gained skills in how to use a timeline and used correct historical language.

As Artists and Designers ... we identified the characteristic features of Victorian buildings and sketched these features. We made a typical Victorian school room in a shoe box using a range of different materials. We looked at the life and work of William Morris and created our own William Morris design. We also carried out observational drawings of Victorian artefacts.

As Enterprising Learners ... we worked in teams and thought about how we could improve our teamwork skills. We made decisions and looked at why and what we need to do when making them. We examined the process of decision making and discussed how we can further develop these skills.

Science Week

The children had Ross the Scientist from Sublime Science come and amaze them. The children were in awe and thoroughly enjoyed their workshop as you can see from their faces.

Homework Projects

The children have made some amazing homework projects this half term. I am very impressed!

Vile Victorians

The children have produced some lovely topic work linked to their topic Vile Victorians, including biographies and William Morris inspired artwork.

Castle in the Sun

The children have been creating some Picture This artwork linked to the artwork Castle in the Sun. The children sketched around different 2D shapes and then used pastel for the technique, they then went around the outlines in charcoal.

What did we learn in the Spring 1 Term?

Shang Dynasty

As Scientists ... we learned all about sound. We looked at different musical instruments and experimented with patterns of vibrations. We demonstrated this by banging rice on drums. We also looked at a range of materials to see if we could reduce sound.

As Responsible Citizens ... we listened to the ideas of others and worked co-operatively. We looked at Article 24 - Health Care and Article 33 Drugs from the Unicef charter of Rights of the Child. We looked at fair treatment of people from all cultures.

As Musicians ... we listened to and appraised music. We learned to sing the song Benjamin Britten Cuckoo. Once we had learnt it we introduced playing instruments with the song. We then performed the song.

As Designers ... we investigated patterns by making blue and white willow pattern plates. We made Chinese paper fans using folding techniques and then designed patterns for the fans. We made a Chinese slat book with Chinese scripture on it.

As Historians ... we learned all about the Shang Dynasty. We researched who the first Shang King was and looked at whether this evidence was reliable or not. We looked into the Shang army and the strengths that it had. We built up our knowledge of Chinese buildings, techniques, sacrifice and art.

As Artists ... we did some detailed sketches of Chinese dragons, mixing our own different shades of colours. We created our own decorative paper for a Chinese scrapbook featuring carnations in pretty pinks, blues and purples.

As Enterprising Learners ... we worked in teams and thought about how we could improve our teamwork skills. We made decisions and looked at why and what we need to do when making them. We put these skills into practice with some Chinese Dragon Dancing.

Class 4 Assembly

I was very proud of the children in Class 4 for performing their class assembly fantastically. They had so many lines to remember, they were acting and dancing.

The parents were very impressed.

Chinese Dance

Year 4 had a visit from a Chinese Dance group. We learnt two dances that we performed for the school. We learnt a fan and parasol dance and also a dragon and lion dance.

The children absolutely loved the experience and learnt so much in such a short time.

What did we learn in the Autumn 2 Term?

Road trip USA

As Scientists ... we blew bubbles! We all enjoy blowing bubbles, but are they always spherical? Can we make square bubbles? What about different coloured bubbles? This topic also looked at places we can see bubbles, such as in food stuffs to produce lighter products.

As Responsible Citizens ... we listened to the ideas of others and worked co-operatively. We looked at Article 24 - Health Care and Article 33 Drugs from the Unicef charter of Rights of the Child. We looked at fair treatment of people from all cultures.

As Musicians ... we created river songs and sang in rounds. We looked at beat this term and improvised some Native American music.

As Designers ... we designed our own 3D totem poles. We created tribal homes, such as tepees, wigwams, pueblo houses and igloos. We also wove fabric to create small woven wall hangings. We tried to capture our dreams by creating dreams catchers.

As Historians ... we learned all about settlers. We looked at the story of Pocahontas and looked at the treatment of Native Americans. We researched into the history of America and pin pointed the key moments.

As Artists ... we looked at Native American pattern artwork. We created our own pieces of Haida artwork. We experimented with bright colours and different shades.

As Enterprising Learners ... we worked in teams and thought about how we could improve our teamwork skills. We made decisions and looked at why and what we need to do when making them. We examined the process of decision making and discussed how we can further develop these skills. We made a product to sell for profit at the Christmas Enterprise Fair.

Enterprise Fair

Class 4 have been creating their products for the Enterprise Fair. We made 60.90 profit as a class for the school.

Dewali

Class 4 created Diva lamps for our Dewali celebration.

Road Trip USA

These photos are from our most recent topic Road Trip USA. The children designed and made their own totem poles. We did a lot of map work in geography too.

What did we learn in the Autumn 1 Term?

Potions

As Scientists ... we learned about different materials and their properties. We learned about changing states. We changed the state of some materials to see if they are reversible or non-reversible changes.

As Responsible Citizens ... we listened to the ideas of others and worked co-operatively. We looked at Article 24 - Health Care and Article 33 Drugs from the Unicef charter of Rights of the Child.

As Musicians ... we experimented with pitch and changes in sound by filling potion bottles with water and blowing over the top of the bottle. We then investigated how we can alter the pitch of the sound by making changes. We then planned a musical accompaniment to our spells.

As Designers ... we designed our own potion bottles. We made digital condensation pictures. We designed and made our own ice lollies and slush puppies (with parents - your turn).

As Historians ... we looked at medicine through the ages. We researched into the life and works of Marie Curie. We tried to find out how potions were used in the past for medical and magical reasons.

As Artists ... we compared and commented on artwork showing love potions. We created our own art in a bottle. We sketched different potion bottles and focussed on our shading skills. We also looked at using pastels and created an over lapping potion bottle picture.

As Enterprising Learners ... we worked in teams and thought about how we could improve our teamwork skills. We made decisions and looked at why and what we needed to do when making them. We examined the process of decision making and discussed how we can further develop these skills.

3D Spooky Houses

We have been creating some 3D spooky houses. We used a range of skills to create this picture. We also discussed who might live in a house like this.

Tuned or untuned?

The children have been experimenting with pitch this term and have used a variety of instruments. The children had to decide whether the instrument was tuned or untuned.

Marie Curie's Life

The childen have been creating Powerpoints of Marie Curie's life. They did their own research on the internet and then worked in small groups to create a presentation - implementing the skills taught to them by Mr Sutherland in Computing lessons.

X-Ray artwork

Year 4 have been using white pastels as a medium to create some X-Ray artwork after looking at Marie Curie's work in History. The children used their own hands as a template and the results are very effective.

Y4 Science

Year 4 have been experimenting in Science. They have looked at different substances under a microscope before looking at dissolving them in water. The results were interesting and the children loved the close up images.

Y4 Handball

Year 4 were lucky enough to have 2 International Handball players help them in their PE lesson. They were taught the skills they needed to play handball and played lots of fun team games.

The children thoroughly enjoyed the lesson and I think we have some future sporting stars in our class!

What did Class 4 learn in 2014/15?

If you'd like to see what last year's Class Four got up to, you can view their page here.