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Headteacher - Mrs Fiona Wharton

Guiseley Primary School

Year 4 - Amber Class and Coral Class

Spring 1

What a busy start to 2024 year 4 have had!

The children have really enjoyed learning about Coco Chanel in art. They learnt about her life, career and jewellery designs. They enjoyed practising their sketching techniques by drawing some of her designs then took inspiration from her to design their own jewellery. Finally, after learning about why Chanel jewellery became so popular and a lesson on sustainability, the children brought their visions to life. Excellent effort from all involved. Each piece was unique and personal to the child. Well done to everyone!

The children have been on a multiplication and division adventure in maths this half term. They have learnt how to multiply and divide two and three digit numbers in a range of ways from practical methods to more formal, written methods. The children’s perseverance was excellent during some trickier lessons. We are all looking forward to moving on to something different in maths next term!

In English, the children have been learning about legend stories. They studied King Arthur and Robin Hood in English and read Beowolf as their class novel. The children loved creating their own hero characters and developed their writing skills by focusing on direct speech, fronted adverbials and expanded noun phrases. They then planned their own legend story. The children took editing their work very seriously and this is shown in their published pieces.

In history, we enjoyed learning about Anglo Saxons. We loved doing some drama and played reporters, interviewing several Saxons about why they decided to settle in England.

Our science focus was states of matter. The children had lots of fun pretending to be particles in solids, liquids and gases! We enjoyed several experiments involving water and changing state. The children were fantastic at observing over time and made some good predictions and conclusions from our experiments.

We had two visits from the MindMate team in our PSHE lessons this term. The first session focused on understanding emotions and zones of regulation. The children spoke articulately about a range of emotions and shared strategies they used to support them. This was fantastic to see. They learnt about how the brain works when under stress and how we might ‘fight, flight or freeze’ and how we can support ourselves instead of ‘flipping the lid.’ The second session focused on worries, how they are normal and how we can overcome them. We discussed the ‘circle of control’ and how we can’t worry about things outside of our control. This led nicely into our Children’s Mental Health week focus where the children shared who they talk to when they are feeling worried and some brave children shared what worries them. It was a lovely, open and respectful discussion to have and the children listened to each other really well.

In computing, the children have been learning about programming. They have successfully programmed basic commands such as forward, left and right, then moved on to draw basic letters and shapes. They finally learnt how to write a repeat loop and used this to create some amazing patterns. The children worked collaboratively with their partners but also supported their friends and peers (and even the teachers) on a couple of occasions.

Outdoor PE has been focused on fitness this term. The children have been completing circuit training activities as well as other activities to test their endurance and agility. They set their benchmark on week 1 and the aim was to have improved in all areas by week 5.  

A big well done to all children for a busy but successful half term of learning.

Autumn 2

It’s been a busy and fun filled second half to the Autumn term, here in Year 4.

In English, the children enjoyed watching an animation about a little shoemaker called ‘Le Petit Cordonnier’.   

https://www.literacyshed.com/littleshoemaker.html 

We used this clip to explore diary texts this half term. The children produced some entertaining diary entries in character as the shoemaker.

In Maths, we completed important units about calculating. We covered addition and subtraction methods including column methods. Following the maths mastery format, the children did some brilliant work using practical and pictorial methods to support them, when adding and subtracting. The children showed us that they could exchange confidently.

In Science, we looked at the digestive system. Starting with the teeth, we found out about different types of teeth and what roles they play in breaking down the food. We followed the journey of food through each part of the system.

In Geography, the children impressed us with their map skills, using OS maps to look at Guiseley and the surrounding areas. The children learnt about 4 digit grid references and used ‘digimaps’ to find grid references for places near our school.

In RE, we looked at logos and symbols for our school and local clubs that we attend. We then looked at the symbols associated with faiths. As part of our map work, we found places of worship in our local area and across Leeds. We recognised the symbols for each faith on google maps.

In DT, the children enjoyed a new topic where they made biscuits and then edited the original recipes to be their own design. The children were given criteria to design a Christmas biscuit and they thoroughly enjoyed getting to eat them, at the end!

We had a fantastic time getting ready for Christmas, in school. The children in Year 4 demonstrated brilliant performing skills when preparing for our Year 3 and 4 carol concert. They even choreographed some of their own dance moves! Well done children for a superb performance. We were all very proud of you. Have a good rest and we will see you in the Spring term.

Autumn 1

What a fun filled first half term we had in year 4. When we arrived in our new classrooms, there was a mysterious box labelled 'Do not open...' The children found it very hard to ignore and for days they were tempted to open it. Eventually, and like Pandora, they opened the box. Luckily, no evil came flying out but it was an exciting way to start our topic all about Greek Myths!

We started the half term with a focus on our whole school programme ‘Zones of regulation’, completing a variety of tasks to begin categorising our feelings into 4 colours or ‘zones’. We revisit these daily in class and the colours are great for provoking conversations about ‘big feelings’ and what to do about them.

In English, the children produced some wonderful writing about mythical creatures and wrote their own chapter based on 'Theseus and the Minotaur'.

In maths, we revised place value as we do each year and the children were able to use the Maths Mastery approach to represent 4-digit numbers in a variety of ways. We then began our calculation work, completing the column methods for addition and subtraction.

In PE, Amber class have made a start on their weekly swimming lessons and they have done some fantastic work so far, with their instructors. Coral class made a start on their gymnastics skills, working on rolling skills and cartwheel skills.

In history, we learnt about ancient Greece and some of the significant achievements e.g. Olympic games. We finished the topic with a debate about which one the children felt was the most significant.

In art, we designed and made Greek theatre masks, using mod roc. They are designed to be bright and have exaggerated facial expressions. In ancient Greek times, this was so that they could be seen from far away! We also had a fantastic time learning about the life and art of Frida Kahlo, throughout art week.

In science, we loved learning about sound and completed a number of experiments, this half term. We particularly enjoyed testing what happened when you put varied amounts of liquid into glass bottles and tapped them.

In computing, we learnt about networks and the internet this half term. We brought this to life by passing messages between computers, switches and routers.

The children have settled really well and it’s been a fun half term. Well done, children.

To view previous year's information and pictures, please click here.