Welcome to Year 4
Kingfisher class is taught by Miss Hood and supported by Mrs DeQuincey and Mrs Tanner
Swan class is taught by Miss Higginson supported by Miss Ferguson
Heron Class is taught by Mr Salisbury and supported by Mrs Shin, Mr Wan and Mrs Salmon
Take a look at what we have been learning about at school.
There is also additional information for parents at the bottom of this page.
As part of our harmony art we look at angles and straight lines. We created some interesting stars and coloured them in using one or two different colours and shades. We love them so much that lots of us keep designing more. We hope you like them too!
This half term Year 4 have been studying Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night painting. The children analysed and annotated his painting, making notes of how the painting made them feel, what they saw, what colours were used and why. The children then had a go at creating their own Starry Night picture, using chalk pastels. We think they turned out great!
Spring 1: What are the cycles of our Solar System? Principle of Cycles
Year 4's D&T skills are out of this world!
Year 4 had a fantastic day on Wednesday, using their creativity skills to construct pneumatic aliens. They used all sorts of recyclable materials to produce their creation. Their challenge was to ensure that one part of their alien moved when they compressed the syringe. We had moving arms, moving noses and even aliens popping out of caves! The children really enjoyed themselves, as did the teachers.
Kingfisher Class Assembly
Have you ever wondered which is the best planet in our solar system? Kingfisher's class assembly took us on a journey to find out. They shared lots of facts about each of the planets. The decision was finally made and the winner was Earth, of course, as it is the only planet that supports life. The assembly finished with a song urging us all to take care of the amazing planet that we live on. Congratulations Kingfishers - you performed amazingly!
Artists in the making!
In Year 4 we have enjoyed creating the 8 planets in our Solar System, using different media. We used a mixture of watercolours, acrylic paint, tissue paper and newspaper. The children worked collaboratively to create this excellent planets.
Year 4 have been excited to start our new enquiry all about the Solar System. We started off the week by becoming astronauts and learning all the about the skills they would need. We solved brain teaser puzzles. We practised our dexterity by undoing bolts and using tweezers to move marbles, all with gloves on! Lots of us (including Miss Hood!) would love to be an astronaut, but we think it would take a lot of hard work and study!
We have also started to study what each of the planets in our solar system look like. We painted pictures using watercolours. We also wrote metaphors about the planets. Here are some of our ideas:
Mercury is a grain of sand, fighting the heat. - Luke
Neptune is a drop of water, falling into the darkness - Cayla
Mars is a dusty beach, waiting for rain - Tyler
Neptune is a proud king, charging forward with an icy army encircling him - Sloan
Mars is an enormous meatball, oozing with blood-red, mouth-watering tomato sauce - Bella
Neptune is a carved block of ice, the colour of ocean blue - Lena
The Earth is a beautiful diamond slowly being chipped away by humans. – Bradley
The complex Earth is a Rubix cube waiting to be solved. – Ben
The spectacular Earth is a dream filled with endless possibilities – Jadene
Autumn 2: How can we build community in Walton? Principle of Interdependence
Building a Community
To finish off our learning enquiry for this half term, Year 4 children built their own community. The children used the nets of 3D shapes to create all sorts of buildings for their towns. They discussed where everything should go and why and worked together extremely well, using their knowledge from this half terms enquiry to create three fantastic communities... Swansville, Kingville and Heronville!
Walton Festival of Light
We had great fun making lanterns for the Walton Festival of Light. It was tricky bending the willow into shape and we needed to work well as a team to help each other. We were pleased with the final results. 30 year 4 children then took part in the festival parade through Walton on Thames. We had a great time, despite the rain. Photos of the parade to come soon!
Year 4 have been busy researching information about Walton on Thames. Did you know that the first Walton Bridge was a wooden bridge built in 1750? We are using this information to create leaflets all about the town where we live. Take a look at the amazing front pages of our leaflets.
Autumn 1: How can we prepare for a Tudor Celebration? Principle of adaptation
Year 4 Great Works
On Monday 21st October year 4 celebrated their half term of learning! They had a fantastic Tudor day. The children got the chance to dress up in Tudor costumes, play Tudor board games, take part in Tudor drama and make pomanders. In the afternoon, the children shared their learning with their parents and confidently spoke about everything they have learnt this half term. Finally, they did a fantastic performance of Greensleeves as well as sharing their Tudor dances. They even had a visit from King Henry VIII himself!
Hampton Court Palace
On Tuesday, 24th September Year 4 visited Hampton Court Palace. We were truly blown away by how majestic and magical it was, not to mention the size! We were lucky enough to look at the kitchens, Henry VIII's apartments, the grounds and the Knot Garden. We had the opportunity to sketch some portraits and chimneys. Each class also had the chance to listen to Lady Elizabeth tell us all about Henry VIII and his wives. We now know NEVER to mention Anne Boleyn's name in the palace!
Year 4 LOVE reading!
The year four children are really enjoying reading books from the classroom book corner and choosing books from the library! We asked the children why reading is such a great thing to do and these were some of their responses:
'Reading helps you to find out facts and be more imaginative.'
'Reading gives you creative ideas.'
'Reading is the source of all knowledge!'
'Reading is fun and books can really make you laugh.'
The War of the Roses
To start off our enquiry, this half term we have been learning about the War of the Roses and the Battle of Bosworth. To begin our week we did some geometry, which involved using compasses to draw the perfect Tudor Rose. Later on in the week, we made Tudor roses using strips of paper. Year 4 are really looking forward to learning even more about the Tudors!
Information for parents
Click on the above link to see a PowerPoint for progression of maths skills at Ashley school. These will be useful so that you are able to understand the methods your child uses, which may be different to the methods you use, so that you can best support them. Please ask your child which method they use as it will differ for each child. The key is that they are comfortable and secure in the method they use.