Y4 Visit to Jorvik
Year 4 had a fantastic day on Tuesday 9th November at Jorvik and The Dig. Even though the coach journey was rather long, the children thoroughly enjoyed their day and learnt some exciting new facts to start off this term’s topic – Traders and Raiders.
At the Dig, the children enjoyed becoming archaeologists with a hands-on archaeological dig giving the children chance to become real-life ‘diggers’ and discover some exciting artefacts from 2000 years of York’s history. There were four in-door excavation pits and children used trowels to dig up artefacts from the Roman, Viking, medieval and Victorian times. After this, the children got hands on with artefacts including bones and antlers. We now have budding archaeologists on our hands!
We also took part in the Battle Tactics Workshop where we learnt how Vikings prepared for battles. We discovered some of the causes of raiding in the Viking times, saw some very exciting weapons and had a go at re-enacting Viking strategies. The children looked terrifying with their battle faces!
At Jorvik, it felt very historical as we were standing on the site of one of the most famous discoveries of archaeology – the Viking-Age city of Jorvik nearly 1,000 years ago. This was a very different museum trip as we got to see the museum from a ride! We sat 6 to a cart and discovered the Viking streets of York and got to experience what it would have been like 1,000 years ago. One of the main issues that the children found was the smell of the Viking-Age which certainly put them off living in this era! We then got to look and feel ancient artefacts and we even discovered a huge Viking poo. The children were very impressed at this discovery even if it was slightly disgusting!
Above all, the children behaved superbly throughout the entire day and worked hard to show the Sitwell 7 Values. Well done Year 4!
Autumn 2 – Week 4
This week, we’ve had another busy week! We have been solving problems including negative numbers in Maths, learning about diary entries in English and writing our names in Latin in topic. Further, we’ve been very busy with our Christmas concert rehearsals. We can’t wait to show you!
Year 4 Winter Book Work
Well done to the Year 4 children who have produced some excellent pieces of work around their winter books. All of the children thoroughly engaged with their picture book and have produced a range of work including writing, watercolour and collage. We can’t wait to see all of the winter displays up around the school.
Last week saw us celebrate the wonderful world of books through the book fair and in class, where children shared a winter book, producing fantastic artwork and writing. The work produced reflected how engaged the children were with their chosen books; it created a real buzz around school.
Away from the classroom, the children all spent time at the book fair, reading through books and discussing their preferences with friends. It was good to hear so many recommendations for books to read! Further, it was also lovely to see so many family members attending the fair: your support of these events is greatly appreciated and valued.
Prior to the book fair arriving, we organised a reading competition where we wanted children to be ‘caught reading’ and there were many wonderful entries. Thank you to everyone who entered; we certainly enjoyed looking at the photos. There were five winners overall, with each winner receiving a £5 voucher to spend at the fair. The winners, as chosen by our guest judge, were:
Harry White, Zarah Amani, Freya Mounsher, Rayyan Chaudhry, and Oliver Baines.
Autumn 2 – Week 3
Takeover Day 2017
Clifton Park Museum
Well, what an amazing experience! On Friday 17th November, the Y4 children took over Clifton Park Museum with their Roman work and it was certainly a day to remember. On the day, we had over 100 visitors and the children were fantastic at being tour guides. Members of the public commented on how confident, enthusiastic and knowledgeable the children were. All children excelled and shone like the Sitwell superstars that they are! The Roman work looked excellent on display and the quality of the work was commented upon numerous times.
The year 4 team are incredibly proud of the children and the work they have produced. It was an excellent opportunity and one the children will remember for a long time! Thank you for your support and attendance on the day.
Here are some quotes from the questionnaires and the visitor book.
- “Amazing, informative, interesting”
- “The children were enthusiastic and showed pride in their work”
- “The young people made the museum come to life”
- “A credit to your school, to Rotherham and to yourself”
- “Very polite children”
- “Amazed at how much the children have learnt”
- “Really lovely to see the children engage with the public”
- “Heart-warming and inspiring!”
Autumn 2 – Week 2
Y4 had a fantastic Roman day on Friday 10th November. We were very impressed with the children’s Roman attire; they looked incredibly smart! Thank you for providing them with their outfits.
Throughout the morning, they engaged in three different Roman-based activities:
- Miss Ogden held a Roman Olympics where the children competed in three different events: 100m sprint, tennis ball shot putt and standing long jump. Miss Ogden was very impressed with the children’s attitude and their competitive spirit. Further, they showed relationships by cheering for their friends.
- In Miss French’s class, children engaged in a problem solving maths activity. They were challenged to solve the Roman numeral hidden message by Julius Caesar. This activity certainly tested their Roman numeral and relationship skills as they had to work effectively with their partner whilst drawing on their maths knowledge. The winners, who solved the message in the fastest time, were Faheem and Erin (4JF), Sara and Misa (4G0) and Hope and Shabnam (4GT).
- Miss Tunstall held an art session. The children created their own Roman puppets. The puppets were very artistic and they even climbed to the string at the top. The children used resilience when making sure that the string and puppets were cut out accurately.
In the afternoon, we held a Roman banquet which consisted of pitta bread, olive oil spread, breadsticks, grapes and carrot sticks. The children seemed to enjoy the Roman diet with some even asking for more! After our banquet, we held an awards ceremony for the winners of the Olympics and the maths competition. 4GO then took to the floor with their very impressive ‘square’ formation. Their shields looked amazing and they performed like real Roman soldiers. We look forward to seeing 4JF and 4GT’s demonstration this week.
Well done to all children for their engagement and effort in the day!
Autumn 2 – Week 1
Here are some pictures of the Y4 children working in the ICT suite. They are in the process of typing up their fantastic newspaper reports. They are combining their ICT and editing skills to complete their final newspaper report. We cannot wait to get them up on display!
Autumn – Week 7
This week, the children have really engaged with writing our newspaper reports about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. We have been very impressed with the children’s work and the amount of thought that has gone into every piece of writing. The variety of sentence structures and the impressive vocabulary has really stood out. We are looking forward to typing them up in the ICT suite next week.
In topic, we have loved creating our volcano art pictures. The children sketched the outline and then used crayons and oil pastels to create the desired effect. Also, the children have been finishing their Roman shields which are looking very creative.
Please note that our Roman Express Day will now take place on November 10th instead of October 24th. On the day, the children will be invited to dress up in Roman attire. This could be in the form of a simple toga, tunic or a full Roman soldier costume. If you child wishes to dress up, please send their costume to school, in a bag, ready to change into for the afternoon.
Autumn – Week 6
A fabulous week full of creativity!
This week, our highlights were: African Drumming where we learnt all about crotchets and quavers, creating our impressive Roman shields and engaging in outdoor learning to create our Roman roads.
Once again, the children have tried hard to show the Sitwell 7 Values. The value that stood out this week has been relationships. In various activities this week, the children have had to use their relationship skills when working in groups and it has been great to see new friendships forming.
Year 4 are thoroughly enjoying their African drumming lessons with Miss Jackson. They are learning all about rhythm, posture, crotchets and quavers. This week, the children learnt that a crotchet and a pair of quavers are worth 1 beat. In pairs, the children had to create their very own 4 beat piece of music and perform it to the rest of the class. We have been very impressed with the children’s rhythm and understanding of musical terms.
Autumn – Week 5
What another busy but productive week in Year 4! Here are some of each teacher’s highlights for this week:
Miss Ogden – 4GO have really impressed Miss Ogden with the amount of resilience and responsibility they have shown when completing their topic work. They have taken care and shown great focus when creating and painting their Roman coins. Don’t they look fantastic?
Miss Tunstall – 4GT’s football skills have really improved this week. Miss Tunstall enjoyed watching their PE lesson on Tuesday where they proved to have much more control over the ball. Also, 4GT worked hard when completing their planning grid for their newspaper reports – here are some below.
Miss French – 4JF thoroughly enjoyed watching the video clip about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii. The clip really helped children to imagine what it was like on 24th August 27 AD and Miss French was very impressed with the children’s vocabulary. We also had great fun making us some catchy headlines for our newspaper report. One of our favourites being Fire Flood!
Autumn – Week 4
This week, the children have really impressed us with how they have shown their risk-taking and resilience skills. Despite having some very tricky questions in maths, the children worked their way through them with great effort and drive to achieve the objectives. We look forward to seeing more problem solving skills in maths throughout the term!
All children in Y4 enjoyed making their Roman clay coins at various times this week. They are looking excellent and we can’t wait to put the final touches to them by using metallic paint.
In our reading sessions, the children have thoroughly enjoyed reading the picture book ‘Escape from Pompeii’. They have become more familiar with the two main characters, Tranio and Livia, and have found out some interesting facts about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
Clifton Park Museum – 13th and 20th September
Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed their Engage Trip to Clifton Park Museum for their Romans topic. On the day, they took part in two different workshops as well as having a guided tour around the museum.
The first workshop was all about artefacts. Our guide explained how the artefacts, which were found in Rotherham, help us to learn about how the Romans lived. The children used their responsibility value when working with the artefacts as they had to handle them with care and attention. The children enjoyed sketching the artefacts and found it interesting that only the wealthy Romans wore perfume.
The second workshop focused on Roman soldiers in battle. The children certainly loved the goriness of learning all about how the Romans killed their enemies. A certain piece of equipment that the children found interesting was the pilum – it was very long and had a sharp, pyramid end. Another highlight was the children getting to touch the chainmail shirt. It was extremely heavy and Miss French almost dropped it!
During the guided tour, the children had to find the answer to a range of different questions. This task required the children to use their relationship skills. We loved exploring the museum and finding out a range of facts which will certainly help us during the rest of our topic.
Autumn – Week 3
The children have continued to work hard this week and have further developed the Sitwell 7 Values. In handwriting practice, the children have been resilient when taking their time to form each letter correctly. This week we have been perfecting our formations of the straight line family – letters i, l, t and j. The children’s handwriting books are looking very neat indeed. 4JF also enjoyed their trip to Clifton Park Museum on Wednesday where they learnt some interesting facts. One of their favourite parts of the day was the Roman Solider Workshop where they got to try on some very large helmets. Look at our pictures below! Also, they handled the artefacts that were found in Rotherham over 2000 years ago with a great deal of care and respect – showing their increasing levels of responsibility. Another great and busy week!
Autumn – Week 2
This week, we have had another busy week in Y4. The week started off with some African drumming. During the first session, the children learnt about rhythm and tried hard to keep in time with the beat. On Wednesday, 4GO and 4GT visited Clifton Park Museum and they had a fantastic time discovering facts about the Romans. Also, they were very resilient on our long walk! In topic, the children learnt about the spread of the Roman Empire by comparing maps and were shocked at the differences they observed. Further, in Maths, the children have become more familiar with the place value of 4-digit numbers and have begun to look closely at the structure and features of newspaper reports. A good week in Y4!
Autumn – Week 1
What an exciting first week we have had in Y4! The children have stepped up to the new challenges and have tried hard to show the Sitwell 7 values in all areas.
This week has been spent establishing new routines and expectations and making sure that we are ready for the new school year. All children have enjoyed receiving their new exercise books and equipment and have already proved to be resourceful.
Our main learning this week was to become more familiar with our class identities. To do this, the children have created acrostic poems, sketched their class animal and learnt some interesting facts.
- In 4GO, Miss Ogden was very impressed with the resilience the children showed when creating their seahorse sketch. They are now adding some finishing touches.
- In 4GT, the children worked hard to include fine detail on their octopuses. Miss Tunstall also commented on the children’s resilient attitudes.
- In 4JF, Miss French thoroughly enjoyed reading the children’s acrostic poems about sea turtles. They were very factual and included some impressive adverbs.
This week, the children have enjoyed their first two PE sessions of the year where they have been developing their football skills with Mr Cassell and Mr Goddard. Finally, the Y4 children used their relationship skills when working in groups to create a timeline of the events of the Roman Empire.
Here are some pictures from this week and some of our classroom displays so far!
What a fantastic start to the new school year! It was excellent to see all of the Y4 children engaged with their learning and enjoying being part of their new classes last week. They have most definitely stepped up to being in Year 4 and many children have been spotted helping out our new Y3 children which proves their relationship skills. The Y4 team have been very impressed with the children’s attitude towards school and everyone is trying hard to show the Sitwell 7 values. We have also enjoyed watching the children using their relationship skills to establish new friendships. The value that stood out the most last week was resilience. Across the year group, children had a can-do attitude and remained focused even when things got tricky. A great first week!
I Am Warrior – I am Warrior Autumn 1 Long Term Plan
I am Warrior – I am Warrior Autumn 2 Long Term Plan
Traders and Raiders – Traders and Raiders Long Term Plan
Burps, Bottoms and Bile – Burps, Bottoms and Bile Long Term Plan
Potions – Potions Long Term Plan
Blue Abyss – Blue Abyss Long Term Plan
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