Welcome to Year 4.
By the time your children join us they are familiar with the routines and expectations of the Junior School.
In Year 4 we aim to provide an enjoyable and interesting curriculum where the children have fun but also see the importance of learning. We build on all the hard work of the Year 3 teachers and continue to prepare them for the challenges in Year 5 and 6.
Our aim is to ensure that the children enjoy their learning through practical activities which are varied and imaginative. We encourage independence although they are given opportunities to work with others.
Our classrooms have access to the rear playground but two of our classrooms have a super view over the school field.
The teaching staff are: Mrs Merricks (Year Leader), Mrs Padley (Class Teacher), Miss Buckman (Class Teacher), Mrs Mulrain (Deputy Headteacher/Class Teacher), Mrs Millward (Teaching Assistant) and Mrs James (Teaching Assistant).
Year 4 had a wonderful time on Tuesday 31st October - their Inspiration Day for their new topic 'What Is Italy?' There were some fantastic outfits and costumes - including several pizzas and even a Mario! During the day, the pupils were able to make their own pizzas, taste a variety of Italian foods, learn a few Italian phrases and draw famous landmarks. We were impressed by how much the pupils already knew about this culture-rich country: some by actually visiting and others who had researched the topic in advance. It was also great to see so many pupils try new foods - hopefully some will be lifelong favourites!
On 8th February, Year 4 visited Singers Hill Synagogue in Birmingham. We were given a detailed and impressive tour by Geoffrey who showed us the many areas of the synagogue and who questioned the pupils about their knowledge of Judaism. The pupils were very impressed by the cathedral style building and the 8 huge Torahs kept in the main Ark.
We have been studying The Kingdom of God in RE. As part of our work we looked closely at Pentecost which remembers the time when the Holy Spirit came to the Disciples and the birth of the Christian Church. We learned how important it still is to Christians today. As part of our curriculum we delivered a Collective Worship for the school. Here we are doing our performance.
In Science we are studying Animals Including Humans. After learning about the digestive system of humans we moved on to teeth. We were given an opportunity to try a plaque disclosing tablet which is designed to show up any plaque on our teeth. We predicted which of our teeth may be stained more and why this might be. Here we are having a go, then showing our results.
On Thursday 27th April Year 4 went to the Birmingham Progressive Synagogue. We were made to feel very welcome and Amanda helped us to see many similarities between our religions. This educational visit linked well with our work on Judaism in RE and we showed our knowledge clearly as well as picking up several new and interesting facts.
Here we are enjoying our morning.
For our new topic of Invaders year four dressed up as outdoor adventurers, bringing in a backpack with five survival objects. The children prepared themselves for their journey as they voyaged to the forest school. We gave the children a set of instructions to invade the land and build a new village using only the natural materials around them. In their teams the children overcame challenges throughout their building process; using problem solving and communication to convey their ideas. Take a look at our photos to see how much we enjoyed this experience.
On Tuesday 21st March, Year 4 took a walk to Bournville Cadbury Factory. We enjoyed a talk called Bean To Bar which linked well to our topic of Chocolate. We have been learning about how chocolate is made and we looked closely at Fair Trade. Here we are making the most of our day.
This week Year 4 have been organising their stalls to raise money at the Lenten Project. Here we are having lots of fun again.
Year 4 have been enjoying Science again this week. We have been looking at electrical circuits.
Here we all are, enjoying learning outdoors. We created a human circuit, collecting power from our battery and carrying this power to our light bulb. After this we investigated the different ways to successfully make an electrical circuit. It did not always go to plan, but we enjoyed the problem solving and finding solutions.
Despite the rain and wind, children and staff thoroughly enjoyed Culmington. The children behaved extremely well and made the most of every opportunity given to them. It was lovely to see the children encouraging one another, working as a team and facing some of their fears. A huge success - Well done Year 4!