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St Mary's C of E

School Bideford

Year 4

Welcome to Year 4 - Blackbirds & Dunlins!



Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed the space dome last week learning lots of interesting facts about space and seeing the planets rotate. In class we have been continuing with our World War 2 topic and electricity. The children can make a bulb light and a 30 buzzers screech! Much to the teacher’s delight! 
I hope you all enjoyed our play last night, we thought the children performed amazingly and we are very proud of them.

We have been getting really stuck into our topic of World war 2 this week through practicing our play and linking in our science learning of electricity. The children have been creating simple series circuits to show a light working.



In Dunlins, the children have been really stretching their brains when learning about fractions!

Year 4 had a wonderful day on Monday dressed up as world war 2 evacuees. We truly immersed ourselves into the topic with some postcard/letter writing and “make do and mend”. A great start to our second half of spring term.

This week Blackbirds have been lucky enough to design and make their own pizzas. This linked our learning with the volcano Mt. Vesuvius in Pompeii, Italy. As we come to the end of our extreme earth topic the children are writing stories linked to the volcano Krakatoa in Asia with their own characters and ideas. They are looking wonderful!



This week in Dunlins, the children have been creating sculptures of volcanoes using clay.

Year 4 have been making volcanoes this week out of clay. We have been exploring where volcanoes are in the world with a focus on Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii Italy.


Year 4 had great fun last week planning and carrying out their own science experiments. They have all completed science reports to discuss whether their predictions were correct and to show their results. A fab end to a very long term.

This week year 4 have been completing lots of different science experiments in line with our topic “What’s the matter”. Photo 1 and 2 shows our jacket potato experiment where we had to think of ways to keep it warm as long as possible. Photo 3 shows how we experimented with different ways of melting an ice cube, changing its state from a solid to a liquid.

The children really enjoyed using Cheerios to represent the particle formation in solids, liquids and gases.



Using their knowledge of solids, liquids and gases, the children arranged a number of materials according to their properties.

This week Year 4 have been designing Islamic symbols in the style of Gustav Klimt. The Islamic symbol is a crescent moon and a star this can often be seen on the top of Mosques. 


Year 4 are really pleased to have Lottie back for the rest of autumn term teaching tennis. This week the children loved playing the game ghost.

This week year 4 have been producing their shields as part of our roman learning. The children have designed, planned and created the shields using cardboard and paint. Thank you for your donations of cardboard. 
This week all of year 4 thoroughly enjoyed taking part in a workshop delivered by Steve Manning about the Romans. They were able to try on Roman military equipment and hear stories about the famous invasions. 

This week year 4 have been learning about the mythical story of how Rome was created, using drama to retell the story.



This week year 4 have been learning about autobiographic writing, linking this to the emotive writing from the perspective of a Roman solider.