Welcome to Year 4
Croeso i flwyddyn 4
Please ensure that children bring their reading books and personal reading record books to school every day. Pupils are encouraged to read at home to an adult on a regular basis. The personal reading record books are collected weekly and rewards are given at the end of the week if a child has read three times with an adult.
We visit the village library every other Tuesday. Please ensure your child has their book to school to change on this day.
P.E. will take place every Thursday (indoor) and Friday (outdoor) – please would you ensure that your child brings gym kit to school on a Thursday and wears their gym kit to school on a Friday. Kit is a plain white T-shirt and navy shorts/tracksuit trousers. For your child’s safety, no jewellery is to be worn and long hair should be tied back. Trainers are not allowed in during dance and gymnastics lessons in the hall. Lightweight black pumps are permitted. Please ensure that sensible footwear is provided on Friday i.e. netball - trainers, rugby – togs (preferably) or trainers.
Spelling/language homework is given on Monday and Mathematics homework is given on Wednesday, to be returned to school by Friday to be marked. On occasions extra or different work is given in line with class theme. Please can you provide your child with an A4 file for their homework sheets.
Library (every other week)
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s work and/or wellbeing at school please do not hesitate to contact me. Diolch!
(assisted by Miss Candice)
Come and see what we have been learning this term!
Our theme this term in Year 3 / 4 has been ‘Blood, Bones and Gory Bits’. We have been learning all about the different parts of our bodies and their functions.
We really enjoyed finding out about the different parts of the blood by making a model of what it looks like using yellow food colouring and water to represent the plasma, Cheerios and red food colouring to represent the red blood cells, mini marshmallows for the white blood cells and bits of purple pipe cleaner for the platelets. We watched videos and read explanation texts to find out about the function of each part of the blood.
We also read lots of non-fiction books in order to create huge labelled models of our skeletons. We used everything we had learned to write our own explanation texts to explain how our skeletons work and also used our knowledge to create lots of skeleton art, indoors and outside!
Our investigative skills have also been developed through planning and carrying out a fair test. We investigated how exercising affects our pulse rate. First of all, we had a visit from one of the parents in our school, Mrs.Davies, who is a nurse. She taught us all about our hearts and how to check our pulse. We then planned our investigation and used our numeracy skills to time accurately and present our findings. We found out thast the harder we exercise, the quicker our pulse rate gets.
We have enjoyed developing our ICT skills by taking photos of our skeleton art outside and transferring them into J2Launch to label them and also creating Power Point presentations on Office 365 all about the human body.
In Year 3 / 4 we have been trying very hard to develop our ‘perseverance’ skills through lots of fun and sometimes quite tricky tasks! One of which was the human knot where we had to work together as a team to untangle ourselves!
Spring Term 2015-16
In year 3 / 4 this term we have been enjoying learning all about ancient Greece and modern day Greece in our topic ‘Gods and Mortals’. We have studied lots gods and goddesses and read Greek myths and legends.
We used Pie Corbett story telling strategies to learn the story of Pandora’s Box and retell it from memory. We then used our narrative writing skills to re-write the story and innovate it using our own ideas. We have also written instructional leaflets to explain to the king of Delphi how to build a Trojan horse and an entry in Daedalus’ diary about the fateful day his son Icarus flew too close to the sun.
We have been working on developing our measuring skills in maths. We then used these to help us investigate how far arrows can fly and also to measure distances during our ‘Mini Olympics’.
During the term, we have learned all about different aspects of Greek life, both now and from a long time ago. We used our ICT skills to create power point presentations to present our findings to the rest of the class. We have also made Greek pots, looked at the Greek alphabet and made name plaques. We looked at timelines from 800BC to 100BC and plotted all the important events that took place during the ancient Greek times. We learned that they were very clever people and lots of the things we do today are because of them.
Collaboration has been an important part of our classroom life this term and we have completed lots of different tasks where each member of the group has a different role. One of our collaboration tasks involved researching the Greek soldiers from long ago, making a fact file and creating a large diagram of a Greek soldier.
We have loved learning lots of Welsh this term. We can describe our houses and the area in which we live and can have a short conversation all about Wales. Mae Cymru yn lle prydferth! (Wales is a beautiful place!).
We are looking forward to the Summer term where we will be learning all about being ‘Digital Pioneers’ and looking at the geographical topic ‘Tremors’.
This term has been a busy term, but we have managed to fit lots of learning and fun in!
For the first half of this term, our theme was ‘Tremors’. We went to Dan Yr Ogof caves to get enthusiastic about rocks! This was such an interesting topic where we researched types of rocks, volcanoes and natural disasters using QR codes and information books on our Desg Gwybodaeth in class. We also went on a visit to a local beach in Burry Port to collect different types of rocks so we could study them closely back at school. We loved the ‘hands on’ learning that went with this theme. We made our very own erupting volcanoes!
This theme enabled us to develop our writing skills. We collaborated in groups to research natural disasters and used the information we collected to write non-chronological reports. We also enjoyed learning all about the features of poetry, such as alliteration, similes and onomatopoeia. We used these in pour own volcano shape poems!
We developed our ICT skills by learning about databases and the purpose of them. We were then able to create our own using the Black Cat programme. We used volcano top trump cards for information including, name, country, height and eruption cycle and then used our databases to locate information and answer lots of questions.
For the second half of the term, our theme has been ‘Scrumdiddlyumptious’. This has been such a fun theme where we have researched all sorts of weird and wonderful foods from around the world and developed our oracy and presentation skills by presenting our findings in front of the rest of the class. These included deep fried tarantulas and raw blood soup! Yuk!
We have developed our maths skills through a variety of everyday situations by helping ‘Chef Thomas’ in lots of different tasks. These included applying our measuring skills by altering recipes for him, converting them from kilograms to grams, doubling and halving quantities depending on how many customers ordered each dish, using QR codes to research Chef’s shopping lists, comparing prices to find out where he can get the cheapest ingredients from.
We developed our designing skills by visiting the Surf Bar Café in Burry Port and researching smoothie flavours and names. We then used this research to design our own smoothie with a catchy name, write a recipe, create an advertising campaign including a television advert and making our smoothies in class. They were delicious! This task included using persuasive writing, script writing, weighing, measuring and ICT.
A lovely way to finish off the theme and indeed our school year in ¾, was to write and perform our class assembly to show of everything we have learned!
We are very much looking forward to a relaxing summer holidays and starting back in Year 4/5 in September, ready and raring to go!
During the Autumn Term we have had lots of fun learning about our theme ‘Bottoms, Burps and Bile’. As the title suggests, this theme was all about the human body, and in particular the digestive system!
We have developed our non -fiction writing skills by learning all about the features of explanation writing. We then became writers for the day and wrote a page for a science text book explaining all about how the digestion system works.
Science has been a big focus in year 4 this term, with lots of ‘hands on’ activities to learn all about the different organs involved in digestion and the processes our food goes through after it enters our mouths! The teeth are a very important stage in digestion and we did a really interesting experiment using eggs, to see how different types of drinks effect our teeth. We also learned about the different jobs that different types of teeth do.
Our writing skills were developed further by learning a conversation poem in Pie Corbett style, ‘Please Mrs Butler’ by Allan Ahlberg. We then wrote our own conversation poems and performed these on our outdoor stage.
We have been working really hard to learn times tables through Times Tables Rockstars. We have all made really good progress and have enjoyed rocking out in class to lots of different rock anthems!
We are striving to become better Welsh speakers in Blwyddyn pedwar and are working really hard to earn as many tocynnau iath as we can by speaking lots of incidental Welsh inside and outside of the classroom. Our Criw Cymraeg are doing a marvellous job at encouraging us! Diolch!
Our theme next term is ‘The Romans are Coming’ and we are really looking forward to immersing ourselves in the past!
From all of the children and adults in Year 4, we are wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!
This term we have been learning all about life as Romans in our topic ‘Here come the Romans!’
At the beginning of the term we went on a trip to Castell Henllys where we found out exactly what it was like to be a Roman soldier, invading a Celtic hill fort. We had a great time dressing up in the armour and helmet. We learned about the different battle tactics they used and went on a march around the settlement. We also made oil lamps out of clay like the Romans would have made. After our trip, we researched life as a Roman soldier, wrote a short presentation on Word online and then did our presentations in front of the rest of the class.
In English, we have been writing in different genres. We have focussed on character dialogue and have written extracts of stories based on two characters. Lots of hard work went into the lead up to the final piece of writing including learning about speech marks, adventurous adverbs and using apostrophes. We also did lots of work on characterisation and how characters say things to reflect their personalities. After we learned all these new skills, we were able to apply them in a cross curricular way, writing a story about the Emperor Claudius and one of his soldiers. Another type of writing we have been learning about is character portraits. We learned the features of this genre through writing a description of Miss Trunchbull from Matilda and then applied our skills to describe the great Julius Caesar!
We have learned lots of new maths skills this term too, including working out the area and perimeter of shapes, compass points, directions and division problems. All of these skills, we have applied through our Roman theme, working out problems to help the Emperor Claudius. We have helped him work out floor plans for his Roman villas by using our area and perimeter skills. We have also helped him divide his army up into groups in order to invade Celtic villages. He needed help getting to different places so we were able to use our knowledge of compass points and directions to get him to the coliseum!
ICT has been used all the way through our learning. We have been scanning QR codes to take us to websites for research, copying and pasting pictures and using hyperlinks in our presentations and using graphic modelling programmes to find out how our decisions affect the world in our Science topic ‘Our Sustainable Earth’.
We had great fun during our Roman theme days…cooking Roman recipes, playing a Roman version of chess, playing Bingo with Roman numerals and making a class mosaic. We fully immersed ourselves, dressing up as Romans and having new Roman names!
We really hope we have as much fun in our new topic, the Blue Abyss.
Happy Easter everyone, from Year 4.
Year 4 have had a really busy, but enjoyable and fun summer term! Our theme has been The Blue Abyss where we have learned all about the deep blue sea and surrounding coastal areas. We realised that we lived in a perfect area for discovering what species of wildlife live in Britain’s coasts and set out to investigate.
Our trip the Cefn Sidan was our first stop, where one of the Park Rangers, Emyr, took us on a walk around the Country Park to see what wildlife we could discover. He also gave us some booklets and leaflets for us to read, listing all the species of animal that can be spotted off the coast of Pembrey such as dolphins, seals and even basking sharks! We used all the information we collected from our visit in our lessons back in class when we had to plan an exhibition about the local wildlife in Pembrey. Here, we had to apply our maths skills by costing the event and our reading skills by researching all the animals we learned about on our trip in order to create factfiles. We also used out ICT skills to create branching databases about the animals found on Pembrey’s coast, in order to create an interactive game for the younger visitors to the exhibition.
Our science topic has been ‘Our Sustainable World’ where we have been learning all about litter, landfill and reducing the impact of these on our planet. We learned all about reducing, reusing and recycling and how our decisions impact our environment. We then used everything we had learned in here to help us write persuasive letters, trying to persuade the community to recycle more. We used our oracy skills to try and convince our class mates too!
We have also been learning all about the Great Barrier Reef and comparing it to what we have learned about Pembrey. We researched the issues which affect the coral reef and applied our persuasive writing skills to write letters to persuade people to save this amazing natural wonder.
As underwater has been our theme, we have been writing underwater adventure stories, learning all about creating interesting characters, describing settings and how to ‘hook’ the reader in by creating suspense and excitement! We have loved being authors!
We have been developing our creative and artistic skills by looking closely at sea shells and some of the patterns that can be found on different sea creatures and using our pencil drawing skills to produce detailed drawings. In addition, we have planned, built and tested out very own submarines in D&T. It was so much fun!
In Welsh, we have been learning lots of vocabulary related to the animals we have been studying, in particular where they live and what they eat.
We have been so busy this term we are very much looking forward to a relaxing Summer holidays. We will then be ready and raring to go for our new adventure in Year 5! Hope everyone has a fantastic holiday.