Welcome to Year 4!
Our class teachers are Mrs Khan (Monday, Thursday & Friday) and Mrs Cook (Tuesday & Wednesday). Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Gleeson.
Year 4 have PE on Mondays and Tuesdays. Please send PE kit in on Monday and leave in school for the whole week as sometimes PE days can change or there may be other activities or fixtures.
Copies of our curriculum newsletter and our homework project for this term can be found at the bottom of this page.
Roald Dahl Day 2019
On Friday 13th September, Year 4 took part in Roald Dahl Day. The children either dressed up as characters from one of his many books, or they wore yellow- his favourite colour! In class, we looked at the book 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.' The children became mischievous inventors just like Mr Wonka! They had the chance to become creative and think up a sweet treat of their own. In pairs, they thought about what their dream sweet/chocolate would look like, taste like, and be called using Roald Dahl's famous gobblefunk language. Once they created their poster advertising their new sweet treat, the children got even more inventive and made it come to life with some arts & crafts.
Stone Age Cooking
Year 4 have been talking about the Stone Age diet and how people in the Stone Age would hunt and gather their own food. In class, they wrote a set of instructions before making the Stone Age inspired dish. They have been getting busy in the kitchen and followed a Stone Age recipe for stewed fruit. We used lots of cooking skills, but unfortunately, we didn't get a chance to get photos of them during the process due to safety!
We hope they enjoyed it!
In Science, the children have been learning about digestion.
What is digestion?
Digestion is an important process in the human body. It helps us get the nutrients our body needs to stay healthy.
Where does it happen?
Digestion happens in the digestive system, which begins at the mouth and ends at the anus.
What happens during digestion?
Different things happen to food as it passes through the digestive system:
In order for the children to understand the process, we modelled the process using household items!
The clear plastic bag represents the stomach which is a large muscular sac that contains hydrochloric acid. It is able to churn the food, mixing it with the acid so that it can be broken down into even smaller molecules.
The food is then poured into the tights. This represents the small intestine inside the body which is where the nutrients from the food we have eaten is absorbed.
The small intestine is well adapted for digestion: it has thin walls, making it easy for food molecules to pass through into the blood stream.
The last stage of digestion involves the large intestine that absorbs water and any remaining nutrients from the small intestine. Once this has been done the waste products are then excreted from the body as faeces.
World Mental Health Day
On Thursday 10th October 2019, Fox Hill Primary School took part in the international World Mental Health Day. We wore 'yellow' to show our support to this important cause. This was in recognition to remind us, especially children, that our mental health is just as important as our physical health. Just like we take care of ourselves physically through sleep, diet and exercise, we must take care of ourselves mentally otherwise it can impact our lives and our learning. The children learnt to 'Talk. Listen. Tell.'
Roots to Food
This afternoon (Wednesday 15th October) we enjoyed expanding our cookery skills when Darren from Roots to Food came in to school. We made a chicken Rogan Josh with sultana rice and naan bread. The end result was really delicious. The recipe will be coming home so maybe Year 4 can have a go at making it for the family!
Here's what some of the children said:
"Yesterday, it was Roots to Food. I really liked it and I nearly ate it all!" Evie
"The food was good because it had lots of flavours and was healthy." Alesha
"Curry is my favourite food. I enjoyed making it but I liked eating it more!" Byron
"Thank you Darren for cooking with us. I don't really like curry - but I liked the one we made!" Isabella
"I liked the vegetarian option because instead of chicken, we used chick peas." Jacob P
"Thank you Darren for an amazing experience at Roots to Food. I learned new things and I know how to stay safe with a sharp knife". Lauren
"The food was lovely. I liked it when we chopped the naan bread and the pepper." Brae
Autumn 1 Homework Project- The Stone Age
At home, the children have been working incredibly hard to complete their homework project. We were extremely impressed by the effort and quality, and enjoyed hearing the presentations. We were both really pleased at how much they discovered and how creative they were. We had projects made from coffee cups, modelling clay, duct tape, stones, and bamboo sticks just to name a few! We are very proud and hope they feel proud themselves!
Tooth Enamel Experiment
We have been investigating the effect that different liquids have on tooth enamel. We have used egg shels in our test as they are made from a similar substance to tooth enamel. We predicted that Coca-Cola would turn our teeth brown. What do you think?
Children in Need 2019
Bell Beaker Pottery
At the end of the Stone Age and going into the Bronze Age, pottery became widespread throughout Britain. In class, we used clay to shape and create a pot/beaker and then used different textures/resources to create a pattern on the them.
Year 4 were lucky enough to spend the afternoon at St Michael and St Mary Magdalene's Church of England to take part in their 'Christmas Unwrapped' workshop.
The children were able to ice their own star cookie, in which some children really loved the sprinkles, and quench their thirst with some squash. However, it wasn't all treats! The children learnt the true story behind Christmas- the birth of Jesus. The children met different characters such as the King, a shepherd, Mary and the angel Gabriel.
We took part in a quiz, where some story details were unpicked. Did you know that the donkey is not mentioned in the Bible when Jesus was born?