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'Learning to change the World' 'Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God' - Micah 6:8
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4AH

Welcome to our class web page where you can find out about our amazing learning journey. You will find

information about our activities, examples of our work and comments from us! Please visit often to see our learning journey develop.

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Key Information:

4AH have outdoor PE on a Wednesday and indoor PE on a Monday. 

4AH's entrance and exit point is through the classroom door leading onto the playground. At the end of the day, children will be realeased from the coloured spots on the upper  part of the playground.

Mr Hamlen will be out of class each Thursday and will be covered by Mr Stinchcombe.

 

Times Tables of the Week: 3, 5 and 6's

4AH Rights Respecting Charter

Year 4 Overview 2021-22

Term 3

Over the course of this term, Year 4 will be looking at protest. What does this mean? Why do people protest? What do they protest about and why is it such an important right.

There have many high profile protests in Bristol including important historical ones such as the Bristol Bus Boycott in the 1960's. This lead to national change and we want to take inspiration from this knowing that each and every one of us is able to make a difference by campaigning for change and being change makers.

Being a Historian

 

As part of our ‘engage’ for our new Enquiry ‘How can one person make a difference?’ 

We have been learning about Martin Luther King and his famous speech  ‘I have a dream’. This week, we watched a lot of videos about peaceful protests and the effects these had on our world. We were inspired by Greta Thunberg and Martin Luther King to learn and perform this iconic speech.

Term 2

This term, Year 4 will be continuing our enquiry "How can we change farming so there is enough food for everyone?"  We will be historians and geographers as well as scientists in order to conclude our enquiry.  We are going  to be delving deep into the world of the Anglo-Saxons and why farming was such an important aspect of their everyday lives and how it has impacted on our lives today. To finish our enquiry, we will be creating window boxes to help those who don't have gardens but will still be able to grow their own fruit and vegetables to use in their home recipes. 

Being a…… mathematician!

Article 28 You have the right to education.

We started off our space themed maths day by realising that we had already experienced and used maths in many different ways- it was only just past 9am! Following on form that, we then had an amazing workshop lead by Lilly who shared with use The Golden thread in maths and how maths is integral in many, many different jobs.

In reading, we learnt about the space race and the first moon landings. All the answers to the comprehension questions involved maths. The main part of our day was taken up with looking at nets and then designed and built rockets. Once they had been completed, we then tested which rocket travelled the furthest by measuring the distance they travelled- maths again.

No Pens Day!

Article 13: Sharing Thoughts Freely

On No Pens Monday, we recapped oracy and how talk helps us to learn. When being a writer, we explored the world of persuasion and looked at a variety of persuasive texts. We then used some of the new persuasive language to help us decide whether life would be better if we didn't have to go to school! In maths, we explored different types of word problems and used a range of equipment to help us reason our understanding.  In reading, we looked at a couple of poems and recited one in pairs.

Being an athlete.

Article 31: You have the right to play and relax by doing things like sport, art, music and drama.

Today, the focus was improvement. We were supported to take part in agility challenges by our Year 6s and sports coaches. The aim in each activity was to show improvement through practise. The activities ranges from throwing, to shuttle runs, to balancing to speed bounce. Lots of red faces around by the end of the session and the coaches were impressed with our determination to improve.

Being an artist

Article 31: You have the right to play and relax by doing things like sport, art, music and drama.

Today, we learnt about Romare Beraden who was an African-American artist, author and songwriter. He worked with many types of media including cartoons, oils and collage. We focused on collage for the day.

We started off by exploring how to create effects and shapes using pieces of coloured paper, phots and newspaper cuttings. The next step was to create a collage in the style of Bearden. Our final creation was based on an Anglo Saxon settlement.

Term 1

This term, we are going focus on the Sustainable Development Goal - Zero Hunger. As a planet, it is our aim to achieve zero hunger by 2030. We are going to become scientists and understand how our digestive system works, how our teeth help us to chew, grind and tear our food ready for digestion and look at different food chains within the animal kingdom. We are also going to become historians, delving deep into the world of the Anglo-Saxons and why farming was such an important aspect of their everyday lives and how it has impacted on our lives today. To finish our enquiry, we will be creating window boxes to help those who don't have gardens but will still be able to grow their own fruit and vegetables to use in their home recipes. 

Farmer's Week

Article 27: The right to nutritious food

In week 6, we took part in Farmer's Week. We started by exploring what was meant by 'Farmer's market' and the term, 'Field to Fork'. We used this to help us order the stages of food production - from cow to yogurt; sow to sausage and bee to honey.

 

Next, we split into groups. One group was led by our resident gardener - Mr Evans in the allotment distributing and raking compost and planting seeds. In the other session, we were joined by visitors from The Travelling Kitchen who taught us how to make cous cous salad and feta fritters.

 

At the end of the day we got to taste the things Year 4 had made and share them with our parents and carers. We've had a great week being farmers and look forward to tasting more of our school-grown produce!

National Poetry Day

Article 31 - Rest, Play, Culture and Arts.

We have had such a wonderful day celebrating National Poetry Day! It started with a visiting poet, Ian Bland, coming in and amazing us with his poetry. He taught us about action and performance poetry which was great fun. We spent the day learning a poem off by heart to perform. We used actions to help us and thought carefully about how to use our oracy skills to help with the performance. We performed our poem to 6RO and enjoyed their performance too. 

Visit to St Stephen's Church

Article 14 -freedom of thought, belief and religion

On Tuesday, Year 4 visited St Stephen's Church. We deepened our understanding of the key features of a Christian place of worship. Peter explained some of the symbolism behind features such as the candle, altar and cross. We had lots of questions which Peter was able to answer. 

Being Athletes 

Article 31- the right to play and relax

Today we had a great first day with Sporting Chance! We learnt how to dribble and control a football and we can't wait to continue working on our techniques. 

Playpod Fun! -

Article 31: Rest, Play, Culture and Arts

In Week 3, we were finally allowed to play with our wonderful playpod equipment! We were able to experiment and have fun with a wide range of new and exciting junk that the PTA kindly sorted out for us. 

Exploring the library -

Article 31: Rest, Play, Culture and Arts

We were excited to explore the library and choose a book to read and share. Lots of the books have been gifted to the school by parents and supporters of the school which makes our library a very special place. The books have been carefully selected and indexed by theme: from Earth and Beyond to Influential People. It will be open for lunchtimes from now on.

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