This year Y4RG have again made links with a school in France. This year we are writing to children in a school in rural France which has only a few pupils. The village is called Montigny and it is near another small town called La Foret sur Sevre in the Deux Sevres region of France. This will give our children a chance to find out about life in the French countryside as well as developing their language skills. We have sent Christmas cards to France as well as making photo diaries of our lessons to share our learning with our French friends. A display has been created in the Key Stage 2 foyer so that other Lowfield children can share in our adventure.
See below for Mr Greens Trip to France.
Anglo Saxon D.T. Day
Over the course of the day we researched and designed an Anglo-Saxon artefact. We began by choosing a specific item and found out more about what it was made of, what it was used for and who might have used it. The children sketched their design for their artefacts and used this as their basis for their final creation.
At the end of last half term we had a lovely trip to Ewden Water Treatment Centre where we learnt all about the water cycle and how the water treatment plant works. We were also very lucky to have a tour around the actual plant!
This term we have begun our swimming sessions at Heeley Baths. Within a few short weeks all children are much more confident and understand that, one day, the skills they are learning might save their life. This half term the swimming teachers from Swim Sheffield have been focusing on basic pool safety and getting children used to the routines of swimming lessons. Children are taught at their own level but are encouraged to take the next steps towards increased confidence by using floats, armbands and woggles. Many of the children are already swimming independently and all children are thoroughly enjoying their weekly sessions.
In Y4, we are working with a school in Poitiers in France to set up links between the children in our school and French school. We have exchanged letters with the pupils and will be using our friendship to find out about life in a French school. We will also be applying what we have learned in French lessons so that we develop our written French skills. In the KS2 foyer we have created a friendship wall to celebrate the links between our schools.
Graves Park Cross Country Running Trip
We had a fantastic trip to Weston Park Museum in March.
The children showed so much interest in the artefacts on exhibit and particularly enjoyed the roleplay opportunties.
We were impressed by the high level of independent enquiry which the children undertook.
Notes were also taken on the organistation and signage of the exhibitions to help us to create our own museum.
The Lowfield invaders museum will be open on Thursday 30th March from 8:45am to 9:30am and 2:30 to 3:15pm.
Last term we studied the Anglo Saxons in detail and following research and design sessions, made artefacts for our museum. We also considered in depth, the need to stay safe online and learned strategies needed to surf the internet safely.
We continued to work really hard in maths, consolidating our in depth understanding of fractions.
To help the children understand about databases and their uses, they had a great time acting as a human data base and used data on Anglo Saxon people, which linked with our work on the roles which people played in Anglo Saxon society.
Earlier in the term, the children enjoyed writing water-based poems, which included Kennings, narrative and descriptive verse. They were able to write dramatically and with empathy which really impressed.
In Y4 we have looked at the impact of negative and positive language. We considered how comments affect our self image. In groups, we thought about the types of comments which make us feel bad – then wrote them on a body outline and crumpled it up to convey the impact.
We then repeated this with positive comments and though about how these make us feel strong and important. The difference between the occasional negative comment and actual bullying was understood.
In addition, the children will remember how words cannot be taken back as we looked at this in terms of not being able to put toothpaste back into its tube once it has been squirted out.
We have been really busy learning all about Mexico.
Here we see the children innovating the work of Mexican landscape artist Xavier Castellanos. We researched his work and produced our own designs based on this. Now the children are transferring their designs onto their own canvas boards, prior to adding colour.
In addition, we have developed our presentation skills by being reporters based in our ‘Mexico City green room’.
Look out for Nachos coming home next term!
Year 4 enjoyed a fun and energetic day at Graves Park. We loved the opportunity to do cross country running through beautiful, animal-filled fields, past duck-filled ponds and flower-filled gardens!
Ian from Edale Mountain Rescue cam to visit Y4 to tell us all about how this charity is run by the volunteers who rescue and help people in the Peak District.
He brought along some of the equipment which is used and allowed the children to try it out. This will help the children when they write their reports about a rescue in the Peak District.
If you would like to enrol your child on one of the following music and singing courses see the following documents.
Life in Year 4 this half term
Well, we’ve been busy yet again!
The children have really enjoyed learning about Aesop’s fables. Working out the morals was interesting and we have applied them to everyday events rather effectively – especially the moral of the Shepherd and the Wolf! We also wrote postcards from one fable character to another, imagining what they would say. This work involved a big focus on learning to use correct speech punctuation in writing.
All children have now baked the corn bread, written recipes and tasted their work! We hope you enjoyed tasting this somewhat unusual food from a different country.
Linked to our topic on the Maya, we have been researching the structure of Mayan temples and comparing them with the structures designed by other architects, such as famous towers and bridges. This research will lead onto the children making clay temples and linking with their knowledge of square numbers.
Your children are so brave and determined! They have conquered their fears, if they had any, and impressed the swiming staff with their positive attitudes and perserverance!
Thanks for sending the children with the correct kit - as well as the odd packet of biscuits.
Best wishes the Y4 team and pupils!
We are really looking forward to working with your children this year. They have already shown themselves to be a helpful, friendly and hard-working group of children.
Please see the newsletter for information about swimming, PE, times tables and reading. There is also an explanation of which aspects of the curriculum are being covered this half term.
The significant thing to mention is the importance we place on the children increasingly taking responsibility for their learning. This is particularly vital for their learning of times tables and their progress in reading. In addition, where possible, we try to give the children choices about which aspects of an area of learning they would like to explore in more detail.
Please ask one of the Y4 team if you have any queries at any time.
Jo Hollands, Leigh-Anne Schofield, Qasim Rauf, Debbie Harrison
Getting the measure of it!
Y4 have been developing their understanding of measures.
Children compared the height measurements of the outlines of different sized people.
Initially, this involved estimating the heights with increasing accuracy, based on experience.
The children then converted measurements, first from millimetres to centimetres, and then from centimetres to metres.
In addition, the children worked in small groups to design their own measuring investigations.
In maths we have been learning new mathematical terms. We have been sorting 2D shapes into sets of regular/ irregular polygons. We then studied the properties of 3D shapes and learned to identify polyhedrons and tetrahedrons. We have carried out some impressive work, by proving (or trying to disprove) Euler’s Formula: F + V – E = 2 Faces + Vertices – Edges = 2 Try it for yourself! In golden time we made polyhedrons using straws and blu tack. It was a tricky business but the results were impressive, due to the determined efforts of the group.
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Headteacher: Mr C Holder