Year 4

Curriculum Overview

Meet the Staff

Mr R Medwell
4RM

Team Leader

Miss R Porter
4RP
Miss K Bland
4BD
Mrs L Dobson
4BD

Termly News

Please click on the links below to access the latest newsletter and topic web.

Spring Term 2022

Well what another great term it has been! After the Christmas holidays, children came with raring to go with their new topic of ‘Water, water everywhere!’. We experienced a range of exciting and unique learning opportunities throughout the term and below are some of our favourites!

Dapdune Wharf – Our first trip in Year 4 for quite some time, we travelled to Dapdune Wharf in Guildford. The children learned all about life at the wharf, what it was used for and how goods were transported to and from London via barges. Every child experienced a detailed site tour of Dapdune where they learned about integral elements to a life working with barges, including experiencing how pulleys and levers work. They even got to go into a barge that was built at Dapdune in the early 1900s. Whilst on our visit, children also got to explore a range of ‘mysterious’ historical artefacts that were commonly found in areas that were used for transporting goods. Children needed to use their historical detective skills to analyse and deduce what certain objects were. The horse blinkers caused some problems for our historical detectives – many of who thought it was a belt for people who worked on a barge! Finally, the children were able to use their observational and geographical skills exploring why water travels faster down the centre of the river using oranges, metre sticks and stop watches! All in all, it was a fantastic trip made all the better by the beautiful weather!

Hampshire Book Awards – Year 4 classes up and down the county are in a very fortunate position as they get to take part in the Hampshire Book Awards. This is a competition run by the Schools Library Service where Year 4 children are given 6 non-fiction books to explore in great detail at the end of which they vote to chose which was the best. We used our guided reading sessions this term to look at these books and the children were truly fascinated by them! The books really did range in terms of content this year from books about how to become a vet to books that included in depth facts about particular mountain ranges across the globe. The winner for this year was Ocean Life by Anita Ganeri. The children loved this book and thought it was absolutely fascinating – it is really worth picking up!

Story Time – As always reading is an integral element to our Westfields Curriculum. Our topic about Water has allowed us to explore some wonderful texts linked with this topic. In our English lesson we read ‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell. All of the children in Year 4 loved reading this book about a group of children who get lost in the Amazon. From this, the children created some fantastic creative writing pieces that we are looking forward to sharing at our Celebration Evening next term.

Easter Decorations – The children in Year 4 have also had the opportunity to put their sewing skills to the test by creating an Easter decoration! They explored similar designs available in shops, considered different audiences and evaluated designs. Following this, they learned what fabrics and textiles could be used to make various kinds of decorations. After making initial designs children sewed together their own designs and created some outstanding outcomes!  We have no doubt your child’s was sitting pride of place in your home over the holidays!

Poetry Slam – Finally, the Poetry Slam is certainly worth a mention! Every class learned a different poem and shared them in our Whole School Poetry Slam! Special mention must go to 4BD as the lower school winners who performed a beautiful and unique poem all about our wonderful school!

It’s been a jam-packed term filled with lots of learning and great experiences. Please take a look at the photos to see just a few of them! We are all looking forward to what is in store for the Summer Term….

Autumn Term 2021

Well what a great term it has been! After the Summer holidays, the children in Year 4 hit the ground running! Keen and eager to get started, Year 4 had a fun-filled return to school.  Let’s take a look at some of their highlights…

Creative Day – Our topic this term was the Ancient Greeks. We clearly have some budding historians in the year group as the children have been fascinated in finding out about life in Ancient Greece and how they have impacted our lives today. The children had a great time taking part in our Ancient Greek Creative Day, where they got to dress up in Ancient Greek attire and also had the opportunity to take part in a range of Ancient Greek-themed creative tasks. These activities included acting out Ancient Greek stories, creating olive leaf crowns and making and eating hand-made pitta bread! In addition to this, the children enjoyed a rendition of Theseus and the Minotaur performed by the teachers while eating their pitta bread.  Overall, the children (and adults) had a fantastic day!

Harvest Assembly – Our Harvest Assembly this year needed to be virtual! However, this didn’t stop Year 4 creating some amazing offerings, including a collaborative vegetable themed super hero movie from 4RM, a retelling of Supertato and a West African Harvest dance!

Story Time – Like every year, reading is an integral element to the Westfields Curriculum. Our Ancient Greek topic has allowed us to explore a range of iconic stories which the children have enjoyed enormously. Some of our favourites this half term have included ‘Hercules and his 12 Labours’ – a choose your own destiny book, as well as Icarus and Daedalus, a children’s version of Troy and the Odyssey!

Greek Salad – In the Autumn Term we created our own Greek salads! Children evaluated the ingredients in a classic Greek salad – they were extremely keen to try flavours they had never eaten before! After this evaluation, children designed their own version of a Greek salad, learning the key cutting skills they would need in order to be successful and safe. They then made, ate and evaluated their own versions of a Greek Salad which were a great success and the children loved them!

Class Assembly – 4RM were the first out of the three classes to perform their Class Assembly this year! It was a roaring success and combined lots of their learning from the Autumn Term! They went back in time to Ancient Greece, retelling Ancient Greek stories. It was also jam packed full of Greek facts. They finished their performance with a rendition of ‘It’s all Greek to me’ – a song they have been learning in their music lessons!

It’s been a jam-packed term filled with lots of learning and great experiences. Take a look at the photos to see just a few of them! We are all looking forward to what is in store for the Spring Term!

Poetry Slam 2021

Harvest Assembly – Our Harvest Assembly this year needed to be virtual! However, this didn’t stop Year 4 creating some amazing offerings, including a collaborative vegetable themed super hero movie trailer and some lovely poetry!

(the other class Harvest Celebrations can be found under latest news)

 

 

 

Year 4 Calendar

For the following trips and events, further details will be communicated to parents in due course.

September

06.09.21               First day of term

13.09.21               Whole School Reading Matters Week

16.09.21               Individual School Photographs (AM)

20.09.21               First week of clubs

21.09.21               Year 4 Meet the Teacher Meeting (2.45pm)

22.09.21               PAWS Welcome Meeting & AGM (7.00pm)

29.09.21               Blue Sky Thinking – opportunity to meet with Headteacher (8.45-9.45am, 2.25-3.15pm, 6.30-7.30pm)

October 2021                    

01.10.21               Christmas Card Designs home (with leaflet)

04-08.10.21         Walk to School Week

12.10.21               PAWS Film Night (3.15-5.00pm) postponed to Spring Term

14.10.21               Year 4 Greek Creative Day

15.10.21               Christmas Card Order Deadline

20.10.21               WJS Open Evening – prospective Year 2 parents and children (6.00-7.30pm)

21.10.21               PAWS Mufti Day

21.10.21               4RP Radio Show

21.10.21               PAWS Fundraising Pizza Making Kits to go home

22.10.21               Inset Day

November 2021                               

06.11.21               WJS/Lions Yateley Fireworks Fiesta – volunteers required

10.11.21               PAWS Meeting (7.00pm)

11.11.21               Whole School Fun Run

14.11.21               WJS attending Remembrance Parade

15-19.11.21         Anti-Bullying Week (Monday 15th Odd Sock Day – commences week with ‘what makes us unique’)

15-19.11.21         Road Safety Week (Friday 19th Time to Shine)

19.11.21               English Parents Workshop available online

24.11.21               Parents Evening (3.45-6.45pm)

25.11.21               Parents Evening (3.45-6.45pm)

27.11.21               Yateley Christmas Market

30.11.21               Whole School Flu Immunisations

December 2021                

02.12.21               PAWS Christmas Pop-up Shop

03.12.21               4RM Class Assembly (10.00am)

10.12.21               Christmas Extravaganza (afterschool – all welcome)

14.12.21               School Carol Concert at St Swithun’s Church (10.30-12.00 parents welcome)

15.12.21               School Disco (Year 3 & 4 5.00- 6.15pm/Year 5 & 6 6.30- 7.45pm) – postponed

16.12.21               Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Lunch

17.12.21               End of term (1.15pm finish)

January 2022                     

04.01.22               Inset Day

05.01.22               First day of term

11.01.22               Year 4 Ufton Court Parents Information Meeting (6.00pm)

14.01.22               World Religion Day

February 2022                   

02.02.22               Year 4 Westfields Has Talent Auditions (lunchtime)

03.02.22               PAWS Film Night (afterschool) postponed

08.02.22               Safer Internet Day

11.02.22               Westfields Has Talent Showcase

18.02.22               PAWS Mufti Day & Pizza and Cookie Fundraising Event

March 2022                        

02.03.22               Parents Evening (3.45-6.45pm)

03.03.22               World Book Day

04.03.22               4BD Class Assembly (10.00am)

03.03.22               Parents Evening (3.45-6.45pm)

14-18.03.22         Science Week

25.03.22               Whole School Poetry Slam (World Poetry Day – 21st March)

25.03.22               PAWS Quiz Night

April 2022                           

01.04.22               4RM Radio Show

05.04.22               Potted Sports Afternoon

06.04.22               School Disco (Year 3 & 4 5.00- 6.15pm/Year 5 & 6 6.30- 7.45pm)

08.04.22               Easter Raffle and Last Day of Spring Term (1.15pm finish)

25.04.22               First day of term

27.04.22               PAWS Meeting (7.00pm)

May 2022                            

02.05.22               Bank Holiday

13.05.22               Year 5 Fiver Challenge (afterschool – whole school welcome)

20.05.22               4RP Class Assembly (10.00am)

24.05.22               PAWS Film Night (afterschool)

25.05.22               The Great Debate Event

26.05.22               Westfields Jubilee Celebration Day – Dress to Impress for a party fit for the Queen!

27.05.22               Inset Day

June 2022                           

14.06.22               Class photographs and Year 6 Photograph

17.06.22              4BD Radio Show

27-29.06.22         Year 4 Ufton Court Residential Visit

July 2022                             

05.07.22               Sports Day

06.07.22               Celebration Evening (3.30-5.00pm – all welcome)

08.07.22               PAWS Mufti Day

12.07.22               Reserve Sports Day

13.07.22               Year4 Boomwhackers Performance to Parents (2.45-3.15pm)

21.07.22               Last day of term

Letters

Whole school letters and newsletters can be found under the Parents tab (link to whole school letters)

Year 4 Letter 2021-2022

Year 4 Letters 2020-2021

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