Welcome to Year 4!
Welcome to our new Year 4 pupils! The staff are really looking forward to teaching and learning with you this coming year!
The staff in Year 4 are as follows:
4BP - Mrs B. Proctor (Teacher), Mrs Perry (Teaching Assistant)
4GJ - Mr G. Jefferson (Techer), Mrs Smith & Mrs Clark (Teaching Assistants)
4PL - Mrs S. Lord & Mrs J. Palit (Teachers), Miss Simone (Teaching Assistant)
Mrs D. Hemmingway (Teacher)
We have got some exciting topics and activities planned for you this year! Our first topic is 'Romans' and will see us investigating famous events, landmarks and people. It is a great topic to start with as it links to many of our other subjects such as Maths, Literacy, Art, Geography, Languages, R.E., Science and, of course, History!
Below are the current Medium Term Plan (what we will be studying during the Autumn term) and the Long Term Plan (an overview of all the learning that will take place during Year 4) which are both currently under review.
Please visit our Coronavirus Update Page for current updates from school.
The Daily Mile
Year 4 have now commenced the Daily Mile, an initiative which encourages children to adopt a healthy lifestyle. By participating in ten minutes of exercise every afternoon, the pupils are improving their fitness whilst setting themselves a target of improving the distance that they can cover each day. The pupils will perform a bleep test at the beginning of term and will perform a second one at the end of term so that they can measure their improvement.
Below are some of the projects Year 4 pupils have done in the past few years.
Year 4 looked at different styles of art. This piece of work was inspired by the artist Andy Warhol. Who can you spot in our gallery? I think you will agree the results are just stunning! Well done Year 4.
Fantastic Featherstone - A History Walk with Ian Clayton
Have a look at the fantastic poetry Year 4 children produced following Ian's workshop.
Year 4 were taken on a fascinating journey into Featherstone's past with our very own local historian Ian Clayton. Starting off in the cemetery, we heard all about the fateful day in 1893 when the Redcoats fired on the people of Featherstone. James Gibbs and James Duggan sadly lost their lives that day.
How times have changed! Children heard the sad story of Thomas Millard who died at only 15 years old, when a stone fell on him whilst working down the pit. Amazingly we discovered our very own local connection to Thomas.
World Book Day
Year 4 excelled themselves with a real variety of costumes! Well done parents for coming up with such fabulous ideas. As well as enjoying lots of book-themed activities throughout the day, we thought about children in all parts of our world who do no have any books. Children then tried to decide which books they would choose to give to a child who did not have a book of their own.
Year 4 Gardening Club
Our gardening club took over looking after our planters and tubs at the front of school. We grew our own flowers from seeds and planted a range of different plants to help attract more insects and create a pleasant place.
As part of an investigation into the water cycle, Year 4 pupils have been creating their own clouds in jars using hot water, ice and hair spray. We simulated the sea being heated by the sun by placing hot water in a glass jar; the evaporated water vapour would rise to the top of the jar and be cooled down again when it came into contact with the ice-cold lid (representing the colder air as the water rises). This would cause the water vapour to condense again into water droplets. The hair spray was added to make it easier to spot the water vapour. The pupils loved the experiment and enjoyed releasing the cloud into the classroom!
Pupils in Year 4 were perplexed when their teachers opened bags of pasta into the middle of the classroom floors and told them to count all the pieces! After trying a few different strategies, the children discovered that the task was an investigation into why our 'base 10' number system uses place value. By adopting the base 10 method into their counting strategy, the pupils could easily stop their counting at any point and determine how much pasta there was.
Here are some useful websites to help your child whilst learning at home:
Also remember to access your Times Tables Rockstars at www.ttrockstars.com
Parents can also use Twinkl to support their childs learning at https://www.twinkl.co.uk/
Parents could also use the BBC Bitesize online daily lesson service that has been made using https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Parents could also use the Oak National Academy online daily lessons and quizzes using https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-4#schedule
Also why not learn a new skill and play chess using www.chesskids.com
Also check the music class page for music activities set by Mrs Hemmingway that are situable for all year groups https://www.stthomasfeatherstone.co.uk/class-pages/music
Some fun activities from the RSPB https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-kids/games-and-activities/activities/
Some fun activities from The Woodland Trust https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/03/kids-nature-activities-self-isolation/
This page will be updated periodically with new information and news about our wonderful year group!!!